The Close of National Nutrition Month

From the responses I’ve had it seems like the last post resonated with a lot of you. We’ve all been there. A few years into the real world when we thought we’d have it all and we don’t...yet. But chin up, my friends, because every experience we have and every person we meet is for a reason! That’s my motto in life. As Ellie said to me, “you just have to keep opening yourself up to people even if it means you get punched in the heart a few times.” Never been wiser words said.  

 

Anyway, today I’m going a little lighter with a few things I’ve been loving lately to inspire you all to take simple, healthy actions for the last few days of National Nutrition Month!  

Fit in exercise anywhere! 

I joined BeachBody not for the name or the supplements. I actually don’t use any of the supplements because I believe in food first. But I LOVE the workouts. I’m doing Lift4 for the second time and this time around I’m doing each week twice and focusing on my form and going by feel. Last time I felt anxious tracking my weights so I’m not this round! Simple as that. And if I need to do triceps pushups on my knees then I do (yes, I always do).  

Find a group fitness class you love, try BeachBody, take the stairs, walk to work. Whatever gets your heart pumping and doesn’t feel like work, because we have enough of that in our lives.  

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Simple meals! 

I know I’ve mentioned Banza macaroni and cheese before. It’s a complete protein meaning it has all of the amino acids that your body needs. It’s also chock full of fiber so you may have some gas or increased regularity if you know what I mean...it’s so worth it, though! And honestly most of you probably aren’t eating enough fiber (I definitely do...). 

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Other quick meals I love are:

eggs with toast and fruit

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Sweet potato, chicken sausage, apple, onion, and goat cheese

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buddha bowl (any grain+ any protein+ all the veggies+ healthy fat) 

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Soda stream!

I get bored with regular water even though I love my Yeti. So now I drink bubbly water at home with my new toy and regular tap water at work. I have a habit of buying kitchen appliances when I’m sad (I bought a waffle maker when I didn’t get an internship and an Instant Pot when I was having a hard winter). But this appliance helps me stay hydrated and it’s such a fun color! 

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Living a healthier life shouldn’t be harder. So find simple ways to fit in more exercise, fruits and vegetables, and water! And remember these two things: 

1. What works for someone else may not work for you and that’s okay! 

2. It’s about making changes to your habits, your baseline. We’re all human and will have nights out, emotional eating, vacations, etc. It’s all about what you return to. 

Non-Scale Victories

I woke up this morning and felt great (could have been the after effects of drinking my favorite rose last night). I felt energized and strong and fit.


Then I stepped on the scale. No change. Still where I have been the last year. And yet I’ve been working out consistently for the last 67 days (although this week I slacked a bit). But still! Shouldn’t that count for something?! My mind kept racing. Maybe I wasn’t working out hard enough. Maybe I was eating too much out or too many desserts. Maybe I was having too much fun (aka drinking too much alcohol).

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There are pros and cons to weighing yourself. It shouldn’t be the only measurement without looking at other areas of your life and taking into account non-scale victories as BeachBody encourages. So here I am to walk you through my morning and how I turned my thinking around.


4:20 - Wake up and put on my workout clothes. Check myself out in the mirror thinking I look pretty darn good.


4:25 - Step on the scale and think how is that possible? Maybe it’s water weight from the wine...


4:30 - 5:00 - Do 30/60 minutes of Booty day. I was DRIPPING in sweat from the heat and knew I had to stop early to get ready for my trip. Feel lazy and defeated about not finishing my workout when I skipped Monday for a softball game and skipped Thursday to get my nails done (considered Thursday my day off). Life happens, Megan. Life happens.

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5:00 - 5:30 - Get ready for my trip. Shower, eat overnight oatmeal, and finish packing. Feel frustrated when I can’t download episodes of Shameless to my phone for the bus ride. 


6:00 - Call (why do we say that?!) a Lyft to go to the bus station.


6:15 - Feel SO strong carrying all my bags and choosing to take the stairs as I make my way to the bus terminal.



Stepping on the scale twisted my mood for the worst. When I talk to patients I encourage them to use the scale if it works for them. If you can step on it and be unphased by it and simply use it as a measurement and a means of accountability then go for it. If you’re like me and that tiny number can dictate how you feel that day then skip it and focus on non-scale victories. Those can include:


  • Feeling more energized. 
  • Enjoying your workouts and getting them done most of the time. Nobody is perfect.
  • Carrying/lifting heavy things.
  • Feeling your muscles burn and enjoying it (but they shouldn’t hurt).
  • Flexing your muscles and seeing progress.
  • Feeling confident.
  • Choosing nutritious foods more often because you treasure your body.

And please know that some weeks you can crush all of your workouts no problem and other weeks your body needs some slack. Go with the flow. Don’t try tthe be perfect but try your best to reach your goals.

A Few of my Favorite Things

Some of my favorite bloggers have written about their favorite things and it’s inspired me.  Plus, it’s a fun way to find out new fun things to do and get! So here we go. 

 

 

The BeBrand headbands. They get kind of sweaty during a workout, but they’re so comfy and super duper cute

 

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My CSA!!! Cannot shout it from the rooftop enough. It definitely matters which farm you get yours from, but in general you’re supporting agriculture and local farms and that I L O V E!! CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Basically you “buy into” a farm to support its growth and whatever they grow they split between the “shareholders.” Obviously the bounty depends on the prosperity of the farm and the weather that season. But I’ve never been disappointed.

 

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Overnight oatmeal. I always love overnight oatmeal, but lately I have adjusted my recipe and just can’t get enough of it. I’ve been mixing ½ cup oatmeal, ¾ cup milk, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 banana, and 1-2 tsp of maple syrup. The banana sits overnight and makes the oatmeal a bit sweeter and we all know how delicious maple syrup and peanut butter is! Excuse me while I salivate...and I apologize for no picture of it but here’s some oatmeal!

 

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Comfy bathing suits! Out are the days of skimpy bathing suits and in are the days of sporty yet cute bathing suits. I’m all about keeping those girls in place and being comfy. After all, I’m usually in my bathing suit in Maine with my parents and I just want to enjoy myself, not worry about being “too revealing.” I also love how it makes me feel so strong, but maybe that’s just my chiseled arms 😂

 

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Jumpsuits! I mean, duh. Look at how cute they are despite my body type (short and top heavy) being a bit challenging given the style. This one is a bit long in the legs but I still rock it. I’m so modest...

 

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Dogs!!! I miss them terribly. 

 

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 Spontaneous nights out. Friday after work I planned to workout (if I could muster the energy) and crash HARD. Instead I said yes to a meeting some coworkers at Brewers Fork for a drink to celebrate one coworker’s next adventure. I almost didn’t go because I was so tired but I knew I’d just be alone at my apartment. And so I went and I have ZERO regrets. We drank (a lot) and ate delicious pizza and never stopped laughing. Of course the headache the next day and pizza eaten at 11 wasn’t my finest moment, but I still don’t regret it. 

 

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