A little bit of accountability goes a long way. This week I was more focused on making healthy choices than usual, since I’d declared my intentions to the internet and all. And it paid off, I saw some downward movement on the scale for the first time in a long while, and I felt better in general throughout the week.
I started off the week doing a bit of a re-set (I prefer this word over detox, but that’s sort of what it was I suppose). I had green smoothies for breakfast and lunch, and a leafy green salad with grilled chicken for dinner. No dairy (except for a wee bit of milk in my coffee that I just can’t quit), no added sugars and no booze. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was good in a small dose to set me back on track.
By midweek I was happy to spice it up… literally, with this buffalo chicken quinoa salad.
I highly recommend this recipe from Half Baked Harvest, which was spicy and crunchy and full of filling protein.
Other wins were more modest where I focused on making healthy choices over the gut-busting foods I really wanted. For example, one evening we went out for a beer at Bluejacket. Everyone around us was eating chicken wings. I feel like even if you don’t like chicken wings, the smell of them is enough to change your mind. It was difficult, but we chose “healthier” alternatives – a pickle pot and fried chickpeas. Are fried chickpeas healthy? Probably not, but it seemed like a win at the time.
Friday was the last Truckeroo at the fairgrounds in Navy Yard, so it was more or less mandatory that we attend. I really, really wanted to check out the Swizzler truck, which serves up grass-fed beef hot dogs topped with unmentionably good stuff. Instead, I opted for a quinoa bowl with chicken from Bonmi. I won’t lie, this one hurt a bit. It was good, but severely lacking in sauerkraut and mustard and fried bread and butter pickles.
A man next to us even commented that my healthy choice was making him feel guilty for going for a hot dog. It felt weird, as I am never one who is admired for healthy choices.
And lest you think I’ve totally turned over a new leaf, don’t be fooled. Saturday morning I found myself unable to live without a breakfast burrito the size of my face. Homemade, but still far from diet food.
I actually went a little lighter on the exercise front this week. At first it was intentional, since I was eating much lighter and didn’t have my usual energy. Then the week got a bit hectic and I made excuses, but I still managed to squeeze in a tabata workout and an online barre class in addition to my usual walking.
Sunday turned out to be stunningly beautiful, so we went on a two-hour hike at Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve.
It was a nice easy to moderate hike on a gorgeous day, but we were a little bit bummed to discover the main overlook point was closed for restoration. While it was far from the most scenic route, we worked up a decent sweat and definitely worked out some stress in the process. Hiking is probably my favorite form of exercise, I just wish it was easier to go more often.