WOW. I cannot believe that July is already over. At the beginning of the month, I saw a picture that said, “Make July your b*tch.” Though I haven’t been the cleanest or strictest with my diet, I do feel that July was mine. I enjoyed every last bit of my summer in DC, right down to the last bite of burger or delicious homemade oatmeal cookie, and I don’t regret a second of it! It’s great not feeling the guilt that I used to associate with eating something that may not be the healthiest. I don’t feel anxiety when I can’t get to the gym and I don’t think the world is going to end if I eat a piece of cake. I really think it’s important to indulge and have those off-meals because nobody is perfect. I know that it’s hindering my progress, but I’m also really happy with the progress I’ve made and where I’m at right now. I’m so ready to keep pushing myself harder once I get back in to my routine though! Just because I’m not at the gym doesn’t mean I don’t miss it!
It’s important to decide whether or not your goals allow for little cheats like I’ve taken. I know that once I get back to my diet and exercise plan that I’ll be on my way to reaching my goals. I’m not afraid of falling completely off the wagon; I’m just stopping it for a little bit! If you’re the kind of person who can’t limit yourself to just a one cookie, then you should definitely assess your own choices when it comes to off-meals.
The end of the month also means that it’s Foodie Pen Pal time! My June Foodie Pen Pals were Jocelyn and Judy. Check out what I sent at Jocelyn at her blog: Peace Love Nutrition. Judy sent me some unique items, from her hometown in Oklahoma, that are also clean! I was so excited to see local brands in the box, and Judy actually knew some of the owners.
-Taboli Salad Mix: This bag of dehydrated bulgar, parsley, and onions doesn’t look like much, but it seems to be one of the best kept Oklahoma secrets to me! A restaurant in Bristow, OK sells these bags of their taboli salad to mix with fresh vegetables. Tabbouleh is one of my favorite Mediterranean dishes and I’m so excited to try this super healthy carb!
-Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat Peach Apricot Fig Bar: I am a super fan of Fig Newton’s so this was a perfect on-the-go snack for me:) The short list of natural ingredients was very exciting because it’s hard to find bars that actually taste good and are clean without making them yourself.
-Whole Foods Parmesan Crisps: Okay, I may have had a small bingefest with these on my last night in Virginia, but at least they are clean! I’ve made Parmesan crisps at home before (it’s SO easy and they look so fancy to me!), but mine are never this thick and crispy. We were sure that there had to be some bread crumbs or something involved in these, but after checking the ingredients we were surprised to just see good ol’ cheese on there! Whole Foods never failsJ
-Eden Organic Wild Berry Mix: I have to admit that I was kind of worried about this. Only because I am a HUGE lover of trail mix and can tend to go a bit overboard at times. I’m also trying to cut down on sugar, and dried fruit packs a lot of sugar in a little tiny piece. However, not only has my will power increased, but this stuff is awesome! It’s not too sweet and just a palm full gives me that little boost of energy I need on my way home from work.
-The Prairie Gypsies Blackberry Sage Jelly: Haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but anything with fruit and herbs sounds good to meJ
I hope you all made July your b*tch and are ready for August!