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As previously noted, I tend to be healthy and active during the week when I am on my own.  Then, I spend the weekend with my boyfriend and there is at least one day of unhealthy eating and drinking and general laziness.  

This had been the pattern for a year and half of living 2 hours apart.  I started tracking what I was eating earlier this year, and tried to do a realistic and honest count for the weekends.  It helped me be more conscious and to at the least try to make healthy substitutions wherever possible.  

Chris moved at the beginning of March. And since then, I have dropped 5-8 pounds.  In part, this is because I have more time by myself, which means more time for physical activity. Also, I was taking a long walk each week to train for a 50K hike I did with Liz.  But, the biggest change has been in the weekend food and alcohol consumption.  I certainly have enjoyed a beverage or the occasional fast food meal (exclusively In-n-Out or Chick-fil-A).  And I have visited Chris a couple times and celebrated weekends with other visitors.  Overall, though, it has been a healthy 2 months.  I wouldn’t say that my body looks significantly different, but I do feel better – especially on Mondays. I feel relaxed, energized, and positive.  

I am moving at the end of June.  This time it will be different because instead of only having weekends together, we are going to be living together for the first time. That means my regular food for the week all will be available on the weekend. Also, where we are staying has a small gym and the weather is much more mild than here – so I plan to continue regular exercise.  But, I am curious to see if the scale changes. The number is not so important to me as what patterns I keep up or change and how I feel.  

As an end note, since I have reached my “target weight” and anticipating the new living arrangements – I have stopped tracking calories.  Because I don’t move until the end of June, this gives me time to listen to and trust my body and continue making healthy choices.

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This is my default, middle the week, fridge/freezer full of veggies meal.  The main component is what I like to call “stuff in a skillet.”

I learned this “advanced” technique from a former roommate. Before living with her, I would steam veggies or have them raw, and I was anti-salad. Yes, for years I did not eat salad. For example, I would refuse side salads that came with dinner in restaurants–partly because I was afraid of tomatoes and partly because I don’t like (restaurant) dressing on salad. My roommate, however, taught me a new way.  First, she would always make a simple basic dressing for her salad (usually olive oil with garlic and lemon juice whisked in). Then she would be cut up and sautee whatever veggies she had on hand (we had a CSA share, which was awesome). Instead of having it with dressing, she would add soy sauce or tomato sauce to change it up. 

Stuff in a skillet is good on top of noodles, rice and other grains, potato, lettuce, eggs – and good on its own. I often make it when I have had an unhealthy/low-veggie weekend (like I did this past weekend) and pile in as many veggies as possible.  It isn’t the fastest meal, but it is hard to mess up.  I always feel satisfied and good when I am done – and the variations are infinite.

Veggies and tofu

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Into a pan sprayed with oil – then I add salt, pepper, and whatever other seasonings (McCormick Garlic Pepper Grinder is my favorite, and goes in almost every savory thing I make).

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Half of the skillet on lettuce – with shredded cheese. And, I usually don’t make a dressing for the lettuce but rely on the liquid in the pan.  The other half saved for lunch leftovers.

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