Checking In

So far, we’re keeping about a C average on this Glow Up challenge. Here’s where I’m at.

Where I’m doing well

I’m trying to be more conscious about what I’m eating. When we go out I don’t over eat. I still do have some unhealthy trends but I’m working on it. I’m doing some small workouts.

Where I need to do better

Even though I’m eating a bit better, I’ve gone of my meal plan. I’ve had a lot of family in town which results in going out a lot and getting away from a routine. I’ve been doing some of a skin care routine but not all of it. And the workouts need to be everyday.

How I’m feeling

I think ultimately disappointed in myself. I’m supposed to be trying to improve myself but because it’s been a stressful and busy few weeks, I haven’t been keeping up. I think I’d feel better all around if I just stuck to the plan.

How I’m going to change this

It’s not too late. We’re going to redo my meal plan and routine to something more doable and get back into action.

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30 Day Glow Up Challenge

This challenge isn’t dissimilar to how this blog got started or where I came up with the name, but I still think it would be fun.

I’ve seen a few variations of the challenge but in essence, it comes down to this:

  1. At least a little exercise everyday.
  2. 5 bottles of water per day.
  3. Follow a skin care routine.
  4. Have a get-ready/hygiene routine in general.
  5. Eat better.
  6. Put down your phone for an hour.
  7. Be nicer to people around you.
  8. Be confident in yourself.

Essentially it seems like a “Commit to being your best self for 30 days” challenge.

We’re going to start this for August so we have a few days now to get ready. Here’s my plan:

I want to create a solid meal plan and grocery lists for the month. I do all my grocery shopping using City Market pickup and if I don’t have a plan, I end up eating out. If I get everything organized now, I have no reason to not follow through.

I also want to have a gym workout routine with rewards and fall backs for when I can’t manage it that day so I still do something.

I may invest in a different water bottle or several so there’s a rotation but we’ll see about that.

If I feel too overwhelmed, I think I’ll allow myself a total of 3 cheat days so I can have an off day and get back to it.

I’m going to look into a new skin care routine since mine now is really just… Wash your face ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Essentially, I’m going to take the next few days and plan and we’ll soon be on our way! Wish me luck!

Veggie Pot stickers!


These veggie pot stickers are easy, delicious, and come out to be about 200 calories per serving (about 6 pot stickers). Feel free to modify it to your favorite veggies!


Makes 12-16 pot stickers

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 head cabbage, chopped into ribbons
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/2 squash, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 handful cilantro diced
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 12 pot sticker wrappers (mine are 60 calories for 4 wrappers)
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Prepare your veggies by dicing everything to be pretty small. You’re wanting to get an even mixture when you fill the wrappers.
  2. Spray your pan, then add all of the veggies minus the cilantro. You can add your vinegar and soy sauce as well. You want your stove to be on a medium heat. You’re just trying to cook some of the water out of the mixture. Stir every few minutes.
  3. Once your veggie mixture is about half the size it was, you can remove it from heat and add your cilantro. Give it a good stir, then set aside to cool.
  4. When you’re ready to make your pot stickers, set your pan up on the stove on a medium heat with another spritz of cooking spray and about 1/4 cup water. As it heats up, add your filling to your wrappers, lining the sides with a bit more water, then pinching them closed. You can go for looks but the most important thing is that the dumpling is sealed completely.
  5. Add all pot stickers to your pan at once and cover, letting them steam for about 5 minutes. If your pan is too hot, the bottoms will burn while the tops won’t be cooked enough. You may want to try a tester dumpling to start. sometimes I’ll flip my pot stickers halfway through if I’m in that kind of a mood but it’s optional based on how doughy you like yours.
  6. You’re ready to eat! If you serve with 1/4 cup of white rice, tack on another 50 calories.

How to Workout When You Just Can’t

Sometimes, I find Alexander and his Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to be extremely relatable. Today I had planned to till the back yard. When I woke up, it was raining and even after it started drying up, the tiller wouldn’t start. Now I’m moody and I skipped my workout anticipating the yard work. So, what are we going to do about it?

Well, not working out is not really an option. Not for me anyway. Rest days are definitely good and you should have them. I just don’t really define rest days as days where I don’t do anything at all. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t sometimes skip your workout. We all have really bad days, get sick, are too busy, or have other reasons to just… skip it. But on days when I want something light or if I just don’t want to work out because I’m in a bad mood, this is a better option.

10 Minutes of Yoga

We’re going to start this lazy workout with some really good yoga. Now, don’t get me wrong, Yoga can get super intense and there are moves that have me on my booty after a few seconds of trying to hold the position. But it’s also easy to do the easy stuff! Yoga is great because anyone can do it and most of the basic stuff, you don’t even need any extra equipment. Here’s my lazy day yoga routine:


Minimum Effort Cardio

This is a bit harder but honestly, you should still get your heart rate up even if you’re not going for your usual run. You can go through this routine pretty quickly though:

  • 10 Mountain Climber
  • 30 Seconds Run in Place
  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 High Knees
  • 30 Seconds of butt-kicks
  • 30 Seconds of Jump Rope (optional)

Repeat this another two times to get a decent cardio workout on an off day!

No Equipment Strength Workout

I think a lot of these are good for at-home workouts anyway, even on normal days. Just increase or decrease your intensity or reps. I won’t give exact numbers on this, it’s just good ideas for what you want to include in your rest-day workout.

Arms:

  • YTW’s
  • Push-ups
  • Planks
  • Arm Circles
  • Cross Punches
  • Walkouts

Core:

  • Sit-ups
  • Glute Bridge
  • Dead Bugs
  • Bird Dogs
  • Elbow Planks with Reach

Legs:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Side Lunges
  • Wall Sit
  • Bicycle Kicks
  • Donkey Kicks