Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rebecca's Balancing Act: The Challenge is Working

Rebecca shares her birthday this week with fellow challenger, Marisa! Wish them both a happy gluten free birthday by leaving a comment here and on yesterday's post from Marisa.

Grilled veggies, with strawberries and figs with balsamic - Yum!

Ugh! Why is there wheat in soy sauce? Can someone please answer that for me?

Of course I knew there was wheat in most soy sauce, and I avoid it, but I missed that there is soy sauce in one of my favorite pre-made Trader Joe's freezer rice blends. Maybe I'll try making that recipe for myself and freezing it, using real soy sauce...made from soy (crazy). Of course, that would entail cooking so it's not super likely to happen.

A few slip ups this week, aside from the hidden wheat. Had one spinach wheel at an open house but otherwise stuck to fruits and veggies. Had a bite of fiancé's buttery cheesy noodles. OMG was that good. Then had about a serving of regular noodles (didn't need that). Also had a bite of a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie at the place where we were getting our wedding rings. Fresh-baked. That's just mean. Don't they know brides are coming in there? Or maybe that is the point. ;) None of these things is the end of the world but they add up and I will see the results in my health if I let in those little slips. Helps to be part of this challenge as it makes me more aware of my habits and choices.

On the other hand, most of my eating has been per plan, my favorite night being the night we grilled up most of the veggies in the fridge and added strawberry and fig kebabs with balsamic - oh yum! And I drizzled truffle oil over the corn - wow! We are slowly getting better at cooking but in reality there is a lot of work left to do there. The only way to be successful at that would be to spend part of Sundays planning for the week, but until I am not working until 8 and 9 at night, it's just not going to happen as regularly as I wish.

All in all, though, it's hard for me to know what to write this week because, in reality, the challenge is working. I am eating healthier foods, sleeping more, walking... My next big challenge is to work fewer hours so that I have time to rest too. Is everything perfect? No. But on the 13th, I turned 36 and I am pretty darn happy with where I am in my life at this time. I'll just wallow in that good feeling for now.

Boutonnieres for the wedding made with old watch faces (get me to the church on time...get it?)

Wedding Countdown:
-66 days as of writing this post.
-Next Wedding Girls' Night: Making place name cards, sewing pennants, writing fortunes, making coffee sleeves, and trying out cakes. :)
-Diet Freakout: OMG PROGRESS - Down 2, now only 5 pounds heavier than when I bought the dress.

THIS WEEK'S KEY TO SUCCESS: Walking almost every night with my fiancé, from 4-7 miles!! Yea!

THIS WEEK'S PERSONAL CHALLENGE: Continuing with the daily 20 minute walk, and at least 2 glasses of H20 (small goals are more achievable).



Dorothy said...

First, happy happy Birthday! And congratulations on losing the 2 lbs. You are so close now. That photo of the grilled food looks SO GOOD -- I immediately wanted some. I'm super happy for you and your progress! Dorothy

remyasbaking said...

Really nice to those grilled veggie and Happy Birthday!


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