|Me 5 Years Ago|
I know I am capable of losing weight - I've done it several times, but the problem is actually maintaining my ideal weight. I'm naturally big-boned (a.k.a. "tabain") and it takes a whole lot of will power and discipline to watch what I eat and exercise. If you've been reading my blog in the last few months, you know that I LOVE FOOD. And it's not just the eating part of it, but the creating part of it, and the sharing part of it, and the blogging part of it. I just find it too fun. But looking at my recent photos, and just a few days ago, looking at the weighing scale, it ain't fun no more!!! Okay, so I take it back - it's still fun, but I decided to channel my interests to something that will make me a healthier, happier person.
I don't rant so much in this blog, but one of the things my close friends know about me is that I get stressed out too easily - mostly (if not all) about work. I tend to over-think every single situation that at the end of the day, I'm exhausted, physically and mentally. Ahh... and what a great excuse to binge and slack and not do anything else! A few angels told me though that it really is a choice you make. Why the heck did I choose to work 12 hours a day and be miserable? I can create a whole long list why, but I'd rather focus on what I should be doing instead. So...
Today, I worked from home and when the clock struck 5, I took a shower, put on comfy clothes and shoes and headed out for a walk. In my one and a half years of stay in Chicago, I finally chose not to be stuck at home with my work laptop, stressing over unfinished work that will never be finished anyway... I got home at 6, saw the love of my life who just came from work, and I gave him a big hug - I'm a lucky girl.
And like I said earlier, I'll be channeling my interests to something healthier - ergo, instead of eating very tempting leftover party food (see previous post), I whipped up a nice salad made of mixed greens, salsa verde, cilantro, black beans, tortilla chips, cheese (just a little, hehe), fresh lime juice, a drizzle of olive oil and ranch dressing, and lots and lots of freshly cracked black pepper. It was so refreshing, but I would have to admit, it's been almost four hours, and I'm feeling a little hungry right now! Time to drink a glass of water... whoever said it was easy?! :-)
|South of the Border Salad|
I just had to take a picture of it all mixed up. Next time I'll leave out the salsa verde (which came from a jar) because it kind of diluted the natural flavors of the fresher ingredients. Would also be great if I had guacamole, but then it's going to pile on more calories.
|It's a jungle in there, hehehe!|