When it came time for lunch today, I wasn’t super excited about it. I was craving a sandwich – any kind of sandwich – but just the thought of having some combo of veggies + protein in between two yummy, carby slices of bread sounded SO good. Unfortunately, what I packed today was anything but that, so I had to make do!
I was running a little late this morning, so lunch had to be packed in about .5 seconds…hate when that happens!
First thing that I saw when I opened up the fridge was actually a beautiful bottle of apple reisling, but I knew I couldn’t exactly bring that for lunch. 😉 So the next thing I diverted my eyes to was a container of 1% cottage cheese, which I packed up with some of the leftover fruit salad from Saturday. I sprinkled it with a little bit of cinnamon which was an AWESOME touch.
I wanted to add in a few veggies, so I packed up the rest of the leftover party baby carrots & some grape tomatoes to have along with my hommus. LOVING this flavor! 😀
(I thought I had a picture of the whole pack I got, but for some reason it’s MIA???)
Today, I tried the Sunny Garden Herb – OH MY GOSH are they FANTASTIC! I actually dipped them (I had 2 out of the 4 in the pack) into my hommus and it was the perfect combo! I think these pretty much made up for my sandwich craving. 😉
I also ended up packing a grapefruit, but I’m really just not in the mood for it right now, and I’m feeling pleasantly satisfied.
Here’s some more questions answered for ya…better sit down, they’re a little lengthy! 😉
Q: What’s your food/diet philosophy?
A: You know, as much as I think about it all the time, I don’t think I ever really sat down to put it all together as a “philosophy”. But I do know this…
-I don’t like “diets” and I can’t stand when people say “Oh my gosh, I have GOT to go on a diet”. It drives me crazy.
-I DO like healthy, balanced eating…keep reading:
-No foods are considered “off limits” because then I will inevitably crave them somethin’ wicked. I could decide to make mushrooms off limits, and I would end up wanting them at every meal.
-Moderation & portion control are so important. If I want cheesecake, I’ll have it. If I want some sweet potato fries, I’ll eat them. If I want ice cream, you KNOW I’m going to have some 😉 But I’m not going to eat these things every day, and I’m not going to jumbo size my order. Have the food, enjoy it, savor it, and move on from it.
-Incorporate LOTS of fruits & veggies!! I try to hit my daily veggie intake between my lunch & dinner meals (unless a Green Monster or omelet is in order, then they’ll make an appearance at breakfast). The fiber in these keeps me full and satisfied all day…although I’m actually trying to cut back a little bit on the green veggies because I think they might be causing me some extra stomach pains 😳
-Lean, healthy protein is a MUST! Some of my favorites are chicken, fish, eggs, and cottage cheese.
I could go into a lot more, but a lot of it I’m sure you’ve already heard before. In a nutshell, my food philosophy is:
“Eat what I want, don’t pig out on it, and balance my meals to make sure I’m hitting all of my daily food needs”
Q: What’s your fitness philosophy?
A: First and foremost, whatever your fitness routine is, it has to be FUN! You have to enjoy what you’re doing, otherwise, you know you’re not going to stick to it.
For example, I’ve tried my darndest to get hubby to go running with me, but he just does not like it. Finally, I told myself, “Duh” – if he doesn’t enjoy it, quit bugging him about it!
For me, fitness is a combination of cardio + weight training + stretching.
I have come to enjoy various types of cardio such as running, spinning, BodyAttack classes, kickboxing classes, and sports. Sports are a GREAT way to incorporate exercise – you’re focused on having fun with friends, not “how many calories you’ve burned”.
For weight training, BodyPump has become my new best friend. I never really enjoyed lifting – I found it boring, and since I wasn’t “working up a sweat”, it didn’t feel like I was doing much. But with BodyPump, the class keeps me motivated, my heart pumpin’, and my muscles burnin’!
Stretching is something that I wish I incorporated more, but really do enjoy doing. I really like doing Pilates, and I have a couple DVD’s that I will often switch up. Pilates is really great at strengthening the core, which is so important. My current goal is to find a type of yoga that I really like and will stick with. I’ve tried some off of yogadownload.com, which is a great site, but I just don’t know if the ones I tried were for me. I’m on the hunt for some good yoga!
I don’t have a set exercise schedule, because my daily schedule changes every single week (dinners out with friends, late nights, extra work, softball games, etc.). My goal is to get 6 days of exercise in each week, making at least 4 of them cardio, and 2 of them weight training. Sometimes I hit my goal, sometimes I don’t. But in the end, it all works out!