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!

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.

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.

Getting Started

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting this blog as I work to get in shape. I want to talk about what I have success with and what I don’t. I expect to maybe share some workout tips, recipes, and anything I find helps with my journey to be a bit more healthy.

Right off the bat, this is Day 2 on my adventure. So far my goals for this week is to run half a mile every day, building up to three-quarters of a mile by Sunday. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s been a while since I’ve run. Yesterday I did accomplish the half mile but it was split up by a walk because my knee started hurting pretty badly.

Among my other goals this week I have: 10,000 steps every day and logging my calories. For my steps, I use the iFitness watch and activity tracker app and for my calories I use Noom. Please note this blog is not sponsored by either company (although hmu). Noom actually does have a pedometer as well but it requires your phone stay on your person most of the day for it to be accurate and as someone who just doesn’t have those pockets, it doesn’t happen. I think I’d like to upgrade to a bit more of a multipurpose smartwatch in the future but for right now, my little one does the trick. My favorite feature so far is the sedetary reminder, which goes off far too often for me.

As far as my weight goals, I’m about 30 lbs overweight but I almost want to push an extra few to get to an ideal. Right now I’m at 172 lbs (Yikes!). I’d like to get to 135 lbs within this summer. My immediate goal for the end of April (which my dad is also trying to meet) is to lose 15 lbs this month.

Real talk, while obesity is an ever growing problem in America and world-wide, just because someone is overweight doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. There are a number of body-types and health aspects that can impact your weight and just because someone is larger doesn’t mean they’re not healthy. In fact, there’s a huge problem with doctors ignoring other health factors and only focusing on weight, particularly in women. We’ll probably talk about that at some point but for now, I want to explain why, then, I am doing this.

For me, it’s that I don’t feel good. My boyfriend and I go on a lot of outdoor adventures and I can’t do much of an incline without getting out of breath. I don’t workout enough, I eat very unhealthy, and overall just don’t have a lot of energy. I’m hoping that by losing some weight I can feel better overall.

So, to summarize, here are my goals (plus a few unmentioned):
1. Lose 37ish lbs
2. Workout 5 times a week
3. Eat healthier
4. Keep track of my calories
5. Move around more
6. Drink more water!
7. Have more energy

I’m super excited to start with you and I hope that you feel free to share any thoughts or tips along the way!