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!

Advertisements

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.

What I’ve Learned So Far and Day 9 Update

It’s been a bit over a week now that I’ve been consistently working out and honestly, I have a lot of thoughts.

The difference isn’t immediate

For one thing, it’s almost hard to say if I feel better or not. I always kind of figured that if I was working out consistently and eating better, I’d notice the difference right away. I will say that I think I have a bit more energy overall.

That goes for your weight too

I also thought that I’d see a bigger drop in my weight-loss right off the bat. A lot of people and blogs have said that there’s a big drop at the beginning and then it kind of plateaus. It’s possible that I just haven’t hit that point yet, but for right now, it just seems to be at a steady, healthy level of weight-loss. I’ve dropped about two pounds and am optimistic that I can lose a bit more soon.

Finding a good middle-ground

In the past I’ve gone into getting in shape really hard and with little to no build up. This time I think I’ve found a really good pace that is definitely pushing me, but it’s not pushing so hard that I can’t keep going. It’s one of the biggest problems I’ve had. Everyone’s middle-ground is going to be different too. Mine feels so low but I’ve worked up to running a mile and I’m starting to feel better about my basic routine.

Counting calories is so hard!

The most important thing starting off is to just LOG EVERYTHING. You really have to get into a good habit of recording everything you eat (and drink if it’s not water). It’s super tempting right off the bat to lie to your calorie counter. “I only ate 15 chocolate covered raisins, plus 10 you don’t need to know about” only hurts you in the long run. Your calorie counter couldn’t care less if you lie to it. It’s YOU who should care. Now that I’m starting to get into that good habit, the next step is actually cutting back on calories. That’s super hard too. The best advice I’ve seen for it is to change your mindset. Don’t focus on how much it sucks you can’t have ice cream or how it will make you skinny to skip that dessert. Instead focus on whether or not you’re hungry to begin with or if that food option is the one that’s going to make you feel best long term.

Find a rewards system

We are reward oriented. It’s so helpful to have a reward system set up for yourself so you can get through the day-to-day. Focusing long term can be super hard. Yes, long term your reward is feeling better and maybe something else you’ve promised yourself down the road. But it can make it easier if you also promise yourself small things like “If I stay below my calorie count this week, Friday I can have frozen yogurt!”

My Day 9 Mini Update

I want to see rewards so bad. Today was a rest day so I just did a mile at the gym. I’ve got a lot going on and I’m not sure when I’ll have time for everything. Just have to focus on moving one step in front of the other, I suppose.