Hey y'all! In the past, I gave myself a lot of freedom in May to eat and drink what I wanted. I deserved these treats because I had behaved so well in the months before that. Things are not the same as they used to be. I have been in a diet funk for awhile. I don't know if other teachers experience a summer funk but when I have nothing to do, I'm miserable. All I seem to think about is how I'm stressed about money and gaining weight. So, this week, I set some do-able, yet challenging goals for myself. I am staying away from the scale since it's been kind of negative. Instead, I'm going to take a weekly picture of myself in a dress I haven't been able to get into in a while. I don't think I'm willing to share those pictures at this point but I will keep them for myself to track my progress. I'd love to wear it on the first home game day in T-Town for football season. That's my long term goal. My short term goals are things like cutting out fast food this week, using the grill, making sure I get my water, making sure I count calories, etc. I've also set creative goals and goals to be productive around the house. Maybe next week I can share some positive take-aways from smaller, weekly goals. I am a happy and extremely lucky person! I have great friends and family that made my birthday special and Ian and I had a nice time on our little vacation.
So, after all the eating and drinking over the past couple weeks, I'll be honest, today hasn't been easy. It's not what I've eaten so far, it's this looming feeling that I'm going to get hungry and run out of calories. It's all a mental game as usual. For lunch I had some avocado toast and it was so good. I have a guacamole problem. I could eat a pound of chips and guacamole from Chipotle. This was an excellent alternative. It's filling and tasty.
Ian and I have been guilty of eating junk. Well, Ian loves the hash browns at Waffle House with cheese and chili. As we all know, Waffle House packs a ton of butter on their hash browns so I told Ian I would try to make it at home. I made yummy, meaty chili (I always add a beer to it) and then prepared the frozen hash browns in a skillet with just a little light butter spread. Those hash browns are my go to diet side dish. They are 70 calories per cup and super fast. I know, I know, they aren't natural but they are my sneaky way to fill up my belly fast. I can make them with zero added fat. I didn't this night. We added thinly sliced cheese and fresh, homemade chili and quite frankly, I liked it better than the Waffle House version. I'll be back next week y'all!