30 Days of Health and Contentment: Day 7

photo of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Today completes a week of a healthy, happy lifestyle. It’s time to reflect on the successes and challenges, and make plans for the next 7 days.

The Hardest Part Is … Starting

Maybe you’ve read some of the posts in this series, were mildly interested, but didn’t really follow through with the plan. I am one of those people! “Doing” is much harder than “thinking about doing, ” to paraphrase Yoda.

Tomorrow is a great day to start with the Introduction and Day 1. That way, you can plan ahead and stock up on the foods you want to have on hand for the week. You can also throw away the rest of the holiday treats that are still lingering.

What’s for Lunch and Dinner?

Today, take a look at the MyPlate app and plan out some meals for the upcoming week.  It has been really cold here, but we are due for a warm up at week’s end. So, grilled meats will probably be on our agenda.

Lunches can be a bit tricky, especially if you don’t have access to reheating facilities. Avoid processed meats. Hard boiled eggs are a good choice.

You can also make extra grilled chicken breasts, and cube or shred them to use in salads and wrap sandwiches.

While you’re at the grill, throw on a trimmed, whole sweet onion and sweet pepper halves. These keep well in the fridge, and you can use them as side vegetables, in soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Trying to eat less meat? These Au Bon Pain-inspired veggie wraps are delicious and filling!

Veggie wrap sandwich
Veggie wrap sandwich inspired by Au Bon Pain

Grilled meats are good, but to avoid starchy sides and still feel full, try serving soup. This easy recipe for avgolemono soup fits the bill.

Stop Hiding

Buy yourself some clothes that fit. Ironically, clothes that are a bit too tight AND clothes that are too baggy will make you feel bad about yourself. On one hand, you feel like your body is busting out, on the other you look bigger than you really are!

As you continue to exercise, you’ll be surprised at how you waistline and leg muscles firm up, even if the scale doesn’t show much change. If I could only pick one aspect of our 30 day plan, I would pick exercise. Exercise makes you feel better instantly and, according to my endocrinologist, your body gets instant benefits.

Success breeds success.

So, let’s get rowing!

This post is not intended to offer medical advice. Check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise plan.

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