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Getting Back to the Grind

Coming back from our wedding this week has been tough to say the least.  No, not that “life’s a struggle” feeling or anything of the sort, but more tough to get my mind game in check.

I left for my wedding week with a whole assortment of goals for what’s next in my career and life plan.  I thought it would be great to give my mind a total and complete break off of work for a bit so that I could come back with all fires blazing.

But now, getting back to it, I’m reeeeally struggling to get back in the zone.  My mind and body are used to waking up when we feel like it, taking naps when we feel like it, writing when we feel like it, and taking the antithesis of lazy hikes up mountains to stay active.  The free spirit lifestyle has me feeling, not stressed out (yet), but like it’s okay to be planning last minute blog posts, skipping workouts for days in a row, and eating whatever I want.  Not ideal for someone starting their own company in this day and age!

At the same time, this “chill” mentality has really calmed me down quite a bit.  My mind feels at ease and it’s become easy for me to remember that everything happens for a reason.

Ultimately, I’m hoping that I land somewhere with a balance between the two mentalities.  I don’t want to constantly feel stressed, but I also don’t want to live an entirely lackadaisical lifestyle.  Let’s see where this one goes.


Each week, I like to review an entire day of eating to show that we can be healthy, even if every meal doesn’t take a lot of time to make or look like an Instagram picture.  This week we’re reviewing Tuesday’s (yesterday’s) meals.

7am: My usual Kroger generic brand granola bar and hot tea (English Breakfast Tea.)

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10am: Chocolate Mint Nooma.  I’ll share more about these on Friday, but just know that you’ll be seeing a lot about these in the near future.

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12:30pm: BLT from Vert Restaurant.  I ate almost all of it and it was delicious, but a bit too much Italian dressing.  Had a bit of fresh slaw and a few bites of fresh pasta salad on the side.

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4pm: Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bar

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6pm: Italian Sausage and green peppers.  I forgot to take a picture of my meal, so I took one of Ray’s, as I had eaten about the same number of of peppers, but only one sausage.

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8pm: Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich, another small Oatmeal Fudge Bar, and a small piece of chocolate.

Overall, the day was okay – not great, but not I’m-running-home-crying-at-the-end-of-the-day terrible either.  I went a bit insane with chocolate at the end of the day (one way to put it) because I was starving.  But, truthfully, I think that a lot of that was dehydration because I was on the go all day and didn’t make much time to drink water.

Goals for the upcoming week include implementing more protein, getting back to less sweets (though not zero), and making sure that I drink more water across the day.


How do you get back to regular, daily habits after extended time off?

Do you have any tips to stay on track with drinking water?

Create a great life!

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  • Reply Amanda

    Congrats on the wedding! I find that if I stay relatively active throughout vacations, it’s not as hard to get back on track. This means just cutting back on the intensity of my workouts and maybe doing them every other day. I enjoy trips where I’m more active rather than sitting around all day. As for staying on track with water, make sure you always have some with you. Check the clock and set a goal for when you want to finish the glass and so on 🙂

    July 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Toooootally agree with you. We did a hike or mountain biked almost everyday and it’s made a huge difference to me not feeling “blah” coming back from the time away.

      LOVE your idea for staying hydrated. Definitely using your check the clock method. 32 minutes left to go on this one! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

      July 14, 2016 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Lisa Favre

    Congratulations on your recent nuptials! We just got married last year so I totally know how you feel – don’t you feel like you’re floating on cloud 9? The meals you posted here look great… can’t wait to see more!

    July 14, 2016 at 4:56 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Definitely! Ray’s 30th birthday is this upcoming weekend, so hopefully he feels like he’s on cloud 9 for a while, ha!

      My meals are always simple (as are my recipes), but I find them to be nutritious and delicious. Food I enjoy and that fits perfectly within my lifestyle. Glad you’re here. 🙂

      July 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

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