I've lost 14 lbs. I am just below my goal weight and am at the point where I just need to maintain. You all may not notice the changes in my lifestyle here on my blog. I feel like I've been lying to you all. I'm a big fat fatty faker.
I have been chugging right along posting calorie ridden sweet and savory treats on the blog. While in real life, yes I do eat a treat here and there or a bowl of macaroni and cheese but I balance it all out with healthier choices through out my day and add in a good amount of exercise. I rarely share my love for lighter fresh foods here because they are not recipes that get "pinned" and go viral. I never talk about working out, and the activities outside of the kitchen I enjoy. My audience tends to like over the top foods so that is what I share, things I am just not that into these days.... and I've been faking it!
I'm not one who has ever had to watch their weight. In fact growing up and through my teens I was underweight and not by choice. I was the lanky girl with no figure. At the age of 21 I was a whopping 99lbs at 5'5. Fast forward to 3 kids later and edging towards my 30's I put on a good 30lbs. At my heaviest I wasn't over weight but I was not healthy. I reached that number because I ate poorly and stopped exercising as often.
With the help of my fitness pal and a group of food bloggers that are also watching their weight I started holding myself more accountable. I logged my foods counted my calories and started getting back into shape. My goal? To lose 10-15lbs. But more importantly......... to be healthy.
I've been pondering that word, healthy in my head for a few days now. What is truly healthy? Does it mean I need to become a hardcore calorie counter? Do I need to run marathons for fun? Vegan? Vegetarian? No there is no one answer. My health is all about balance. Balance in my diet, regular exercise, balance in my personal life as well as my professional. A healthy Carrie is balanced.
What are some of the changes I've made to create this balance?
I watch what I eat. But not in a guilty "Oh my god, I just ate a french fry" calorie counting way. I just make sure the majority of the foods I eat are fresh, local, and nutritious. I also make sure I do not deprive myself. If I want a cookie... give me a damn cookie!
I work out almost daily. This is not a 90 minute session at the gym 7 days a week. I just make sure each day has some form of physical activity. It can be anything from a dance party with my kids, Bikram Yoga (my love!), running, spinning, strength training, going for a walk. It varies from day to day.
Spending more quality time with my family.... and less time working on my blog. That might seem silly to some. But those of you who "get it" know how much time and energy is put into a food blog. It is a lot of work.
What does this balance mean for Bakeaholic Mama?
You may not see me post as often as I was. With the big move coming up next month, school vacation, among other changes in my personal life the blog is taking a back burner. I'll check in from time to time, it just may not be daily or even weekly for a bit.
To kick the summer months off I want to share a healthy alternative to ice cream, it's made with only a few ingredients, can be made without an ice cream maker in under 3 hours!
Roasted Strawberry and Banana Greek Frozen Yogurt
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1 cup strawberries, cleaned and hulled
2 tbs honey
2 cups Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt
Preheat oven to 400. Thinly slice bananas and berries and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 5-10 minutes or until the fruit is caramelizing the juice are being released.
Allow roasted fruit to cool to room temperature. Add to your food processor with 2 tbs of honey. Puree.
In a mixing bowl mix fruit puree with your Greek yogurt. Scrape mixture into a sealed container and place in the freezer for one hour.
Remove from the freezer and mix and scape down the sides of the container. Place back in the freezer for a remaining 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and mix the frozen yogurt to break up any ice crystals.
Serve and enjoy!
With a freshened outlook on my lifestyle, I have teamed up with Cabot and a team of food bloggers and farmers to run as a team at the Beach to Beacon 10k. It has been a while since I ran in any race.... Three years to be exact. I may not be the most experienced runner in the group or the fastest, but I want to do this so badly! I feel it is a great healthy goal for me to set for the summer.
Be sure to check out the other blogging ladies traveling with me up to Maine! Some I am already friends with one I have actually met in "real life" so it will be a fun and rewarding trip I am sure!
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