Sunday, August 13, 2017

The art of the KISS

Hello, friends!

It's been a while, I know. I'd be lying if I said I came back from vacation, got right back on my game and have finished the summer off strong. The truth is, I've been on the struggle bus hard core. I may have even fallen off a few times, let it run me over, and gotten back on, worse for the wear.

Now, let me be clear. I DO NOT regret the fun I had in Chicago, the time I spent home in NY, and the two weeks my precious sassafras niece spent with me. Following all of this, however, came kind of a perfect storm of events in many areas of my life that I couldn't control. Unfortunately for me, when this happens, I turn to something I can control, which is food. I know this is not healthy; it's something I've struggled with probably my whole life, and while I'm working now to improve on it as best I can, the truth is, I didn't get to over 300+ pounds because I have a good relationship with food.

And, while I think it's okay that I let myself deal with the hand life had dealt me, I'm not okay that the scale is up a good 10-12 pounds from where I was 2 months ago. It's more than just the scale, though; I feel gross. My clothes aren't fitting great, I feel like I'm moving in slow motion and I'm not happy with how I look. I'm disappointed I let myself get here, but, it is what it is, and all I can do now is pick myself up, decide to not let it continue and make a change.

So, I'm back. And, I'm counting on you all to help keep me accountable. This is the most unmotivated I've felt in a very long time, but I can't keep on this track. Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don't want to. And, I'm making the choice to be disciplined.

I'm determined to KISS-Keep it Simple, Stupid, and get back to the basics.  I need to focus the next few weeks on just getting myself back on track. No challenges, no trendy "diet," no overly restrictive rules. Just focusing on hitting my macros every day with good food that makes me happy, keeps me full and fuels my workouts appropriately.

I have an egg casserole prepped and ready to go this week for breakfasts.I also did one of my favorites- air fried cabbage and chicken sausage for lunches.

Chop up your cabbage and drizzle with some olive oil. I sprinkle a little garlic salt and pepper on it.

 Don't overfill your basket. Stick a few chunks in and cook for 5-7 minutes. Using tongs, break up your chunks. Put back in for another 5-7, or until desired doneness.

I like mine super crispy, so I let it cook on a few rotations.

I mean, yum!

I make a dressing using dijon, red wine vinegar, olive oil and garlic salt. I just eyeball the ingredients, and taste and readjust as I go. I'd say about 1-2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, 1-2 teaspoons dijon and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.  You do not need a lot, you just want to coat your cabbage.

When the cabbage was done, I threw some chicken sausage links in the air fryer. My current favorite are the Al Fresco brand apple chicken sausage. I cut up the links and mixed it in with the cabbage and dressing. The sweet sausage mixed with the bitter of the dijon dressing is so good. Simple and quick lunch prep for the week.

I think it's important to remember that we all struggle. Don't compare your life or your journey with someone else's highlight real. I'm really guilty of this. I get caught up on what I see on social media and what everyone else is doing, I sometimes forget that everything is usually not always as it seems. Not everyone posts their struggles, and that's okay. But, I want to be 100% honest with all of you and let you know it's okay to fall down. It's okay to struggle. Life can't always be about hitting your macros perfectly. It's okay to take some time, be in your feelings, and let the storm pass.  Just don't unpack your suitcase and live there.

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