Routine Maintenance

Hello friends, it’s been a minute or two since I have blogged. Life is busy and good! Between multiple family simchas, working full time, swimming 3 – 4 times per week, and generally staying active, I have not had a chance to sit down and write. Throughout these past few months my routines have helped keep my weight the same and my anxiety controlled.

Here is a peek into my weekday routine –

I start my day the same way every day. I do some simple yoga stretches to warm up my muscles and get my blood going (find an easy routine that suits you. https://tools.silversneakers.com is a good place to start). 3 mornings a week I swim laps at 7am. I am so lucky to have the most beautiful outdoor pool in my neighborhood. On the off days I take a walk when I get home and listen to music or a podcast.

If you have followed me at all you know that I am a stickler for meal planning and prepping. My breakfast consists of a yogurt bowl (I stick to 0% fat plain greek yogurt) with cinnamon, chia seeds, and ground flax seeds mixed in, topped with berries and my homemade granola (inspired by https://cookieandkate.com/healthy-granola-recipe/). I have also been experimenting with different kinds of overnight oats recipes (something like this: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/golden-overnight-oats-with-blueberries/). My mid-morning snack is a hard boiled egg and a banana.

For my work lunches I always prep something simple using whole, clean foods. I do play around with Trader Joe’s products to help make meals easy, interesting, and tasty. This week I used their Shakshouka Starter, which is a spicy stew of tomatoes and peppers, and I baked chicken breasts in it. Yum! I pared that with fresh organic broccoli, which I blanched, then seasoned with S&P, and a little nutritional yeast for a little more flavor and also TJ’s frozen mashed sweet potatoes that I had sitting in the freezer. I always have seasonal fruit with me for my afternoon snack. This week it is seedless red grapes, and cherry plums. Other snacks that I keep around are low fat string cheese or Laughing Cow cheese wedges, 100 cal granola bars, and 100 cal nut packs. I am always prepared for the unexpected, as I never know when I will be called away from my office for a meeting.

Yogurt bowl with kiwi (skin on for more fiber) and blueberries topped with homemade granola
Chicken breast baked in TJ’s Shakshouka Starter with broccoli and sweet potato mash
Cherry plums & grapes

Earlier in this post I mentioned Podcasts. There are a few in particular that I have found inspiring and helpful in my journey, and I want to share them with you ~

Real WW Talk – this one is almost as good as attending a meeting. Love these gals.

Losing 100 Pounds with Corinne – she is to the point! No BS. (do not listen if you are easily offended by foul language)

Half Size Me – honest weight loss and maintenance coaching

And lastly, the Hungry Girl podcast. Lisa Lillian is a wealth of knowledge, and I really enjoy listening to her and her crew. They critique all of the latest products from the major grocery retailers.

Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to read this. I hope that it has inspired you in some way in your journey to better health. Please send any questions or comments.

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