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: Day 1

I’m not as prepared as I had planned.

In all fairness to me, it’s been a crazy week. But we’re going to start anyway. First, my weigh in. As a reminder, this isn’t anything where I have a weightloss goal in mind, it’s just a drive to do better. That said, I’m starting at 170lbs. I’ve fluctuated a bit in the past months.

Ultimately, this was just a hard day at work and it left me wanting to binge like crazy. I did snack but they were low cal options like popcorn. I’d grade myself a C+ for the days’ accomplishments.

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!

Chicken Kabobs!

Today is Day 4 on my health journey. So far I’ve been consistent in going to the gym, running, and tracking my eating. I definitely could improve in how much water I’m drinking but other than that, I feel like I’m doing well. I’ll be posting an update on my workouts a little later after I get back from the gym.

I thought I’d share the recipe for last night’s dinner: Chicken Kabobs!

The awesome thing about Kabobs is that they’re totally customizable. You can easily sub in or out healthier items. The most complicated part of this recipe, which is not complicated at all, is the marinade.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • Garlic salt
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Any other desired seasoning
  • 1-2 chicken breasts
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • Any other vegetables
  1. If you are using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least an hour before you put them on the grill. If you don’t, the skewer will catch fire and you’ll end up with a really charcoal-ly mess.
  2. Chop all chicken and vegetables to about 1 inch cubes. Marinade chicken in the soy sauce, orange juice, and vinegar for at least 1 hour.
  3. Thread the chicken and vegetables onto each skewer and sprinkle garlic salt, onion powder, chili powder, and any other desired seasoning onto the whole skewer.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes, making sure the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees. Serve with rice for a delicious and filling dinner!

This recipe, even when you serve it with 1/4 cup rice, only comes out to about 280 Calories per serving. You may want to brush a sauce over it in the last minute or so of cooking. 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce will add about 67 calories and 2 tbsp of Teriyaki sauce will add only about 34 calories.