I’ve been asked that question more than a few times by friends and co-workers the past couple months. My recent weight loss wasn’t goal-oriented, I didn’t have a number in mind. I even feel silly calling it weight loss, because when I looked in the mirror I didn’t really see a different person. Although I feel more confident in a crop top, when someone asks about this so-called “weight loss” I can’t help but laugh and call them cray-cray.
When summer bikinis make their appearance, you can find me checking myself out in a Target mirror thinking, “Why the hell don’t they dim the lights in this place?” That’s probably the same moment I decide to watch what I eat and work out more often. This Target trip was slightly different. It didn’t help that I packed on a few more pounds than usual during the winter months, but I’ll save that info and bore you another day. If I had to guess, I’ve probably lost 5-10 lbs since winter. I’ve always been average weight for a 5’4″ woman. I’ve also always dealt with yo-yo weight loss and gain since I turned 16. It’s those same 5-10 lbs that continue to haunt me. I know that isn’t the worst problem in the world so you can pipe down your pity party. It is, however, slightly embarrassing.
Now that you know I’m a normal (that’s a relative term,) weight-fluctuating, young woman who has no professional background in diet, nutrition or exercise, I’m going to bet you’ll keep reading anyway.
This is the part where you expect me to say I work out for three hours, six days per week. You’re talking to the person who ran a 5k three weeks ago and before that, hadn’t clocked one mile for months. Cardio and I have an interesting relationship. It’s like that girl in high school you pretended to like, and you guys would hang out in a group of friends, fake laughing at her jokes while holding back your own because she didn’t speak sarcasm. Now that you’re wise, you don’t pretend to like her anymore and you don’t care if she likes you. Cardio is that chick. Luckily, I found a new bestie and her name is yoga. I practice hot yoga three times per week when my schedule allows. I beg anyone on planet Earth to try it. I’m completely addicted and I promise you I’ve never said that about an exercise class. Aside from yoga, I take my dog on walks except when it’s freezing or raining. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
This is the real game-changer. I swear by smoothies. I usually have one for breakfast and one after hot yoga. They keep you fuller, longer and more importantly, they’re nutritious. I still snack multiple times per day, every day and indulge any time some idiot brings doughnuts into work. These smoothies tend to lose their appeal when someone proposes sushi or happy hour. But, everything in moderation. Dr. Oz was the real inspiration behind this smoothie recipe I’m about to share. Did you think I created magic in a cup by myself? (Hello, I’m a Comm major.) He’s the brains behind the three-day cleanse, which I highly recommend. There’s more than a few recipes you can copy until you find your own smoothie crack. Here’s mine:
- 8 oz Almond milk – I buy the unsweetened vanilla.
- 1 scoop Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Protein powder – I’ve tried chocolate and vanilla, both are yummy but I think vanilla is less chalky. I am so addicted to this plant-based protein powder. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and non-GMO. Basically, perfect.
- 1 cup strawberries – I buy frozen strawberries, I like the combo with the banana but you can taste test with any fruit.
- 1 banana – Buy organic if you’re feeling ultra hipster.
- 1 cup spinach or kale – Kale seems to last longer but I prefer spinach’s texture and taste.
- 1 teaspoon chia or flax seeds – Chia and flax are awesome superfoods. I try to keep both stocked and switch it up except I usually reach for the chia.
Blend away and sip yourself skinny.