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Gabby’s February Challenge: EAT YO’ GREENS!

Around Christmas time, my office is a haven for sweet treats. Around every corner, there were boxes of chocolates, candied bark, cocoa-dusted truffles… You get the idea.

Fast forward to my hometown where I spent Christmas and you’re surrounded by Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, Ferrero Rochers, and Lindor everything.

It was overwhelming, but delicious. I had my fair share of sweets over the holidays. That’s why I really wanted to make an effort to consciously eat healthier in February. Not because I wanted to lose weight or anything, but because I could physically feel that all that sugar had taken a toll on my body. I was tired, sluggish, and had serious brain fog.

Most people dread making goals like this for themselves, but I was into it. Excited, even! I was totally ready to start treating my body like a temple.

For the first 15 days of February, I crushed it. I mean, all my meals were looking like this:

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/574912708665558211/

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/574912708665557930/

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http://www.thesilverpen.com/beating-cancer-with-nutrition/recipes/fridays-fixins-roasted-cauliflower-and-chickpeas-with-mustard-and-parsley/

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https://www.wyza.com.au/recipes/kale,-white-bean-and-fennel-soup.aspx

These are some of my fav go-to meals right now! Click the links to get the recipes 🙂

But then… work got crazy. I mean, really crazy. For the rest of the month (and even bleeding a little into March), I was at the office until 12 a.m. or working from home until then. And you know what that means – I was eating out. A lot.

It was the last thing I wanted after I worked hard to treat my body right for the first half of the month. And I was feeling good! But where do you draw the line when work gets crazy? I had literally no time to get groceries, let alone cook stellar meals like the ones above, so I was subject to whatever was available and filling, which usually meant fast food.

I tried when I could to get healthier foods like salads or buddha bowls from places like Kupfert and Kim and Fresh, but at the end of the day, sometimes a girl just needs a warm meal. Especially when life was feeling kinda crappy.

So I gave my body what it wanted, which was usually deep fried and came with fries. Not my finest hour(s). Sometimes I would be working out of Starbucks and my dinner would be a grande americano with an oat bar. Times were tough, people.

I started slowly giving up on my goal of eating healthy. I thought, what’s the point? I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I wasn’t sleeping properly which made me crave more junk. And I stopped trying to resist the snacks at my work. I just gave in.

But now that February is over, I’ve been slowly starting to get back on track. Work is getting a little better, and I sit here writing this on one of my vacation days I took (because I hella deserve some time off).

I was going to take another crack at eating healthier again as my March Challenge, but I realized there was something I wanted to accomplish even more: going to the gym. Ever since I got a membership a couple months ago, I’ve really gotten into it. But, as you know, February was crazy and I didn’t get a chance to go once.

For March, my goal is to to the gym at least twice a week. That seems pretty doable! But as I’ve learned from my February challenge, it’s important to adjust your goals when life (or work) gets in the way. It doesn’t make sense to force yourself to go if you’re really busy and sleep would be a better option. So I’m excited to see what happens! Let’s do this.

-Gabby

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