More Herbs, Less Salt


I kid you not... today, August 29th is officially "More Herbs, Less Salt" Day which fits in perfectly with this post I've been wanting to write for awhile now. (Also, check out Days of the Year's website to entertain you every.single.day)

Here it is folks: I don't eat healthy. Let me rephrase that.... I eat healthy a lot of the time, but I have still got some terrible habits that I want to kick. While Jared and I try to cook lean meats and eat lots of veggies and fresh fruit during the weeks for lunch and dinner, we tend to fall apart on the weekends. I still reach for a Mountain Dew way too frequently, and I still love to snack on chips and queso when we're out at our favorite Mexican place. We don't keep unhealthy foods in the house- truly, we never buy pop or snacks at the grocery store. I just want to consciously make healthy choices- foods without preservatives and a crazy mile-long list of ingredients in them. I want to choose the things that make me feel good and look good.
I read quite a few blogs about clean eating, healthy living, better ways to snack and curb that sweet tooth, etc etc and feel like I'm truly ready to make the lifestyle change that I know needs to happen. Blogs like Alexa's and Katie's always inspire me to treat my body a little better. It's the only one I've got, after all!

So why am I writing this blog post? Well, what better way to motivate yourself than to put it on there for the world to see?! Since our wedding, just a little over 2 years ago.... I have gained -gulp!- roughly 30 pounds. THIRTY, you guys. That number truly disgusts me. My clothes don't fit right, and I'm squeezing into things I don't even like, simply because I can't/don't want to spend money on new things. I've got a great closet full of clothes that if I can just get on track, eat right and exercise will fit me like a glove again. You'd think that would be motivation enough!

Another big thing for me is going to be getting back into a fitness routine. I go through phases of being motivated, then not working out for a month! I want exercise to become a regular part of my life and I'm excited to see what my body can do and achieve. I've decided to sign up for a half-marathon with my sister-in-law...... Let's let that sink in a little bit. I'm terrified and nervous, but mostly excited. It's been on my 30 before 30 list and I'm ready to prove to myself that I CAN have the body and lifestyle I want.
So friends- I need your motivation and help along the way. Have any favorite healthy living/eating blogs? Favorite workout boards on Pinterest? Any tips for kicking my horrible pop-drinking habit? I'm ready for a change!!!

28 comments

  1. I am so bad with advice because for me... my advice would be to immediately change how you grocery shop. Don't buy things that you think you probably shouldn't eat anymore. That way, they aren't in the house. But girl... lezzzz be honest.. that's easier said than done. Ha. I do let myself indulge.. because if I don't .. I'll want to just throw in the towel and give up. So, indulging is important.... just... in moderation.

    I was also a HUGE soda drinker and I have found that "Clear Splash" carbonated water (stop & shop) is a really really good replacement. Sure.... it's no Mountain Dew... but it really helps me trick myself into thinking that it's soda.

    Good luck girl, and good for you! =D

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  2. You go girlfriend!! You can do it! You're one of the most dedicated, hardworking women I know, and I know getting back on track with your health is going to be a breeze for you! That said, I'm still always here if you want to vent about that insane Insanity trainer :)

    (And your shout-out to me up there? I love you forever and ever amen.)

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  3. hi! I always have lemons around the house for lemon water.. I also make myself drink a as much green tea as a caffeinated beverage every day- (if I drink a cup of coffee, I have to drink a cup of green tea)

    training for a half is tough sometimes but also one of my favorite things to do. it's such a mental game and so amazing what you can make your body do once your mind is in the game.

    I make playlists of songs I reaaaally like but restrict myself to only listen to them while working out- same goes for Netflix. I can only watch it if my butt is at the gym and on a treadmill.

    you can so do this. and I'm so glad you are committing to doing it the RIGHT way. you got this! I can't wait to see what you get from the half marathon experience!

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  4. I always found ways to reward myself after a particular good workout/eating day. Not with food (except when I NEED dark chocolate but that's an exception because it's good AND healthy) but with other things I like- I'll reward myself with a small Friends marathon as long as I stretch during it. Or I can watch a movie but I have to be sitting up and stretching/doing light exercising. Coming from a girl that doesn't actually watch a lot of tv, that really helped me kick it up.

    Plus! I LOVE being active with B, so I recommend that too :)

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  5. I was just talking to Brad about this!!! I am starting out small, cutting out soda and most junk food. If one day I eat a cookie or something so be it but I just won't be eating a whole lot in one sitting

    I've started to put cucumber or lime in my water to give it some flavor. As for workouts, I am still trying to figure this out but started walking more

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  6. Ahh I am constantly battling wanting to eat healthy versus wanting bad food, especially if I'm in a bad mood. I mean, an apple just doesn't cut it like chocolate or candy does when you're sad! But I make a conscious effort to just not to buy soda anymore, then it isn't there to drink (except ginger ale, I NEED it because it settles my upset stomach a lot). Also, Brian and I never ever keep snacks in the house, that way when I do want something in between meals, I'm forced to eat fruit. If you find any good tips, pass them my way! :-)

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  7. You can do it! I admire you coming clean with your little weight secrets and I know you are a strong person and have this on lockdown. ;) thank you for the shoutout, dear!

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  8. I agree with Karla. DON'T buy anything you don't want to eat when you grocery shop. Then you won't eat it. I swear. It works. I stopped buying soda and chips forever ago (which is hard to do when you have a 10 year old in the house). We started the T25 workout this week and we've been eating clean now for a couple of weeks. I feel amazingly better and healthier. Good luck to you!!

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  9. I can so relate! I eat well overall, but I still do love sweets, and now I'm gym membership-less so I don't have much workout motivation either. I gained 60 lbs since HS so I understand. Accountability is one of the best ways to succeed. Having someone asking you about your food or telling you to work out together so you KNOW you will makes a huge difference.

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  10. Check out Muffin Topless (http://muffin-topless.com/) for recipes, workouts, tips, etc. She's a huge inspiration for me!

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  11. It's always a struggle, but so worth it. You know what to do ma'am, we've just got to do it!

    Ps- were going to rock the heck out of this half marathon!!!! :) Mwah!

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  12. I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!!!! I want to lose weight so badly and go through spurts of great motivation to eat right and work out, then fall off a little. It's so frustrating, but I know I'm the only one who can fix it!! We can do it together!!! :)

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  13. I also have about 30 to lose. I'm running these days, but still not eating in moderation :(. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. You can do it!

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  14. You got this girl! I love reading Peanut Butter Finger and Carrots and Cake. They have awesome workouts and healthy recipes!

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  15. I feel you on the post-wedding weight gain. I think I am right at about 20lbs in 2 years. Disgusting.

    The key for me is structure--when I know I can go to the gym whenever, I put it off and put it off and then don't do it. When I have a class that starts at a specific time, I always go. I love that I have a set time to go and then when I show up, they tell me what to do. Basically I need someone to hold my hand through it all to make sure I do it!

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  16. YOU'VE GOT THIS GIRLIE!!!! It's all about small substitutions then making BIG changes. grab carrots instead of chips or pretzels. Eat more protien, less carbs. Don't drink your calories!!!

    Also, fitness wise, just make a plan and then stick to it. If you MAKE fitness a priority it will be, but if you make excuses you won't go. Sometimes that means trying to workout in the morning, sometimes it's late at night. Try doing 5-10 pushups a day. You'll be astounded how quickly you get stronger. Or check out the Fitnessista.com or blogilates for FREE workouts.

    GO GO GO GIRL!

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  17. I am the worst about healthy choices in the week and falling off the wagon on the weekends!!! You can do this!

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  18. I am totally with you on this! Cole turned 10 months yesterday and I still have SO much baby weight to lose - but I am working hard on it! You should check out BeyondFit Physiques. It's amazing! Awesome blog with recipes, support, workouts, etc. I am a member and I absolutely love it- but even the free stuff is awesome. You can do it girl! Either way you are beautiful :) remember you have already taken the first (and hardest step) by making a commitment!

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  19. YOU CAN DO IT MY FRIEND! :) I believe in you! Just pretend that scale is like the loans you've been kicking butt at!!!

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  20. Good for you Erin! You can do it! I'm proud of you. I'm not even ready for a half. Yay for less salt!! I have to watch my salt bc of my blood pressure. Pinterest is where I always go for healthy recipes.

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  21. Yayyayya you can do it!!! Is it the Pig?? So proud of you and you know we will all be here cheering you on!!

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  22. I've gained weight since my 2011 wedding and I have not stepped on a scale though. I go by how my clothes fit or look and I haven't had to replace them yet so I guess I'm good for now.

    However I make sure I have veggies and fruit throughout the day. I always eat breakfast and I never deny myself of a piece of chocolate or something of the like just so I'm not craving it. I'm pretty good during the week and just like you, let it slip a bit on the weekends. I usually drink water all the time except for maybe ice tea when we go out. When I'm teaching I usually bring the flavoring to add to water which is good too. We also only try to eat out once or twice at most during the week.

    Oh and join myfitnesspal and add me :)

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  23. Well, I blog frequently about healthy recipes and my workouts and I swearrrr by Tone It Up! You should check it out :) Super fun and great workouts and they put a bunch of FREE videos online! No gym needed :)

    xo

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  24. Aww you can do it Erin!!! :) I think the half marathon will be SO fun - you and Kayla will make it be! If you want any running tips just lemm e know!

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  25. Have you ever thought about trying CrossFit work outs at home? The gyms are super pricey but the workouts are fantastic. We will even occasionally compete on workouts which is a lot of fun-especially if I win!

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  26. I am so with you on this friend. I have been struggling this week because I'm exhausted once I get home. I know you understand because it's your busy season. I can always tell when I exercise because I have way more energy. The Happiness Project talked about this a lot. I miss you!! I promise to catch up on blogs and friend life soon.

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  27. I love this! I have the same problem. I eat good all week and then the weekend, ugh, it kills me! Especially now that its football season! I think its SUPER important to not take items out of your diet all together because it just makes you want to crave it more! The best thing I have done is a cheat day. LIke on saturdays, I let myself cheat. At first, I went all out! I went crazy! But after a few weeks of eating clean all week, when the cheat day would come around I didn't feel like going all out! Sure I had that ice cream cone, or would grab a diet coke, but my body just didn't even want the junk anymore! Also, sign up for that half marathon you want to do! Once you sign up for it you can't go back (it cost to much to not show up to lol) but this will force you to hit the gym and run because you won't want to be to out of shape when that day finally approaches!

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  28. Yay!!!! I'm so excited about your half marathon!! I have a LOT of running stuff pinned to my fitness board. Race and training tips and all sorts of fun stuff!

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