Holy cats, guys. I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. I wish I had a better excuse for you, but the fact of the matter was that I just needed a break. I spent the last part of the year enjoying life – a trip to Hawaii, a road trip to Texas to spend the holidays with the hub’s fam, and lots and lots of yummy food. We even added a new addition to our little family: a tiny little kitten named Mickey. He’s slightly cross-eyed and totally adorable; we just love him! (Our older cat, Malcolm, isn’t impressed with this decision, however. If anyone has tips for helping an older cat acclimate to a new kitten, I’d love to hear them!)
Now that the New Year is fully underway, I wanted to get back into the swing of things with the blog. One of my blog-related resolutions is to get back into the habit of posting regularly, so let’s see if I can keep this resolution!
Not only does the New Year bring blog resolutions, it also brings health resolutions. I stepped on the scale a few days ago and was completely dismayed to see I had gained 10 pounds since June. It really snuck up on me over the last few months, and I can pretty much pinpoint where it started going downhill. I was having some knee troubles late in the summer, likely brought on by poor form while doing some exercises (squats and lunges, my physical therapist thinks). It took me a few weeks to get into the doctor, who then referred me to a physical therapist. I stopped my workouts pretty much completely during that time, other than exercises approved by my PT. I tried to follow a healthy diet, but I’d still indulge here and there.
Once I was cleared to work out, I was a little scared to go back to my more intense workouts, worrying that I’d hurt my knee again. I did Pilates a few times a week, but it wasn’t enough to counteract the typical holiday diet I was enjoying. I kept saying to myself, “I’ll get back on track in the New Year.” Probably not the smartest mentality—but one I’m sure many of us have over the holidays!
So, with the New Year, I’m back in the habit of eating really healthfully and planning out my meals – which brings me to the topic of this post. Let’s talk about meal planning and prepping!Continue Reading…