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Grat…I mean…Catitude.

I am thankful for so many things and for so many people.  I have numerous exciting changes going on in my personal and professional life.  I am grateful not only for the specific wonderful new chapters opening up, but for my readers/friends/family who have been cheering me on along the way.

Specifically, I wanted to extend a humble bow to everyone who has supported me with kind words, constructive non-judgmental feedback, and inspirational energy and stories regarding exercise & wellness.  I started this journey for myself, and I stay true to my goals because of you.  For that you will forever have my gratcatitude.

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Killin’ it at the gym, cool cat style.

This morning alone I had 3 people tell me that I am still losing weight and looking great, when in fact I have gained weight…muscle weight.  It’s amazing how building, strengthening, and shaping your body can make such a difference not only in how you feel and look, but in how you are perceived by others who are NOT your scale.  It’s taught me that the scale is not always the best judge when it comes to your health, but it is still a good way to make sure you aren’t going too crazy with extra calories with an increased workout.  I’m currently trying to balance out my calories with activity right now and it’s been a struggle.  I’ve been hardcore committed to classes 2x a week at my new gym (pilates and yoga) and learning other types of core work to do on my own after cardio/weight training. Needless to say, my appetite is increased a lot and late night snacking is my vice.   This is something I am working on curbing.

I honestly don’t see a dramatic difference in the mirror, my clothes are still pretty tight fitting and luckily I still think I look damn good.  Others have been kind enough to notice positive changes in my body shape and nice enough to tell me.  Even my favorite sandwich technician at Subway noticed I look more fit, without any type of selfish prompting!  To me, that is success. Look out Jared!

All in all I am grateful for everyone who has  been there for me when I was not at my best, when I was at the top of the world, and when I’ve just been blah.  It shows to the true character of my friends when you’re there for me through thick fat and thin, sickness and health, and unbalanced and balanced serotonin levels.  I wouldn’t be on this road to wellness without your unconditional love and support so from the bottom of my cat loving heart, thank you.

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Social Foodies

I love weekly traditions with good friends.  Most of these social engagements revolve around some type of meal which can be tricky when you are trying to watch what you eat.  Every Tuesday evening I visit with my close friends and super fun couple, Melissa and Sheryl.  Melissa used to work with me before moving onto bigger and better things, and her wife Sheryl is an amazing cook and foodie with a day job like Chandler on “Friends”…I still don’t know what she does after she’s told me a dozen times.

Sheryl just joined My Fitness Pal with a mission to get healthier and I could not be happier for her!  Our weekly tradition includes a home cooked vegetarian dinner, my addition of some type of dessert, and a TV series viewed on one of the movie networks that I don’t pay for at home.  Right now we have a weekly drama themed “Shameless Supper”, and last season it was “Dinner and Dexter” on Showtime.   Between these seasons, I think we are going to start a “Gobbling Girls” evening on HBO.

Tonight Sheryl made a low calorie savory butternut squash and carrot soup she just “threw together” as she usually does, with celery and onion in a vegetable based broth.  One bowl was only 115 calories, so I naturally had two bowls.

butternut squash

I opted to bring a nice and light dessert option, strawberry shortcake.  Luckily the local market had fresh strawberries, shortcake dessert shells, and lite whipped cream sitting all together in the produce aisle.  My decision was made for me.  Sweet!  We sprinkled a little sugar over the strawberries, macerating them into liquid sweetness.  It was a perfect way to spend about 200 calories.

strawberry shortcake dessert

 

Altogether, my two bowls of soup and dessert were 430 calories.  3 hours later, I am still full!

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