Hi, I'm Rachel.

A few years ago I could barely boil water.

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Determined to be a kick ass wife, I developed a love for football and learned to cook in my tiny Jersey City kitchen. I spend my days working in Manhattan, my nights and weekends chasing after a rambunctious toddler, and the hours in between cooking with my husband and feeding my TV habit...oh, and I blog about it all! 

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Getting back on track

I feel like I've written this post in the past, but it's back again.

I somehow lost touch with getting back on track with my weight, healthy eating and exercising. While my weekdays were still mostly filled with healthy foods, I found myself having more than a glass of red wine on a Tuesday evening, snacking on cheese and crackers and even downing leftover cupcakes as dessert.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's something I'd never want to live without.

But those are once in a while things, or weekend things at the very least.

Somehow, I gained back weight that I had lost since the holiday and then some. The number of clothes in my closet that weren't tight on me were shrinking. I started feeling worse and worse about myself.


I can dwell on what's been or I can look forward to what's going to be. And this week, I started to turn it all around again. I don't know if it's the incredibly warm weather reminding me that Memorial Day is only 5 weeks away, the fact that my clothes aren't fitting or my general dissatisfaction with my appearance, but I'm ready to make a change! I want to look like this again:

So here's what I've been doing:

1. I made a lot of food on Sunday. Shaun and I chopped vegetables, cooked, packed and prepped all evening so that we'd have lots of healthy options for the week.


2. I made sure that I'd have a big, healthy, filling salad in the fridge, ready at all times to be taken on the go for lunch or for a quick dinner in a pinch.


3. I stocked up on fruit. This has become my go-to snack. I typically have a banana in the afternoon, with a little Better 'n Peanut Butter on the side. Last night, I had a chopped banana with some sugar-free chocolate syrup and a dollop of fat free whipped cream.

4. I committed to exercising 3 days per week. I know this may not seem like a lot to most of you, but to me, it is significantly more than what I've been doing, and I'm hoping to grow this over time.

So that's my plan.

Summer and tight clothing, I'm ready to kick your butt!

Are you feeling the pressure of impending summer?

What are your go-to healthy, yet filling foods?

Reader Comments (9)

good luck girl! sounds like a great plan! and you KNOW i believe in the power of food prep!

Good idea with the prep and salads. Been having the same issues with my clothes and working out.

I think prepping a bunch of healthy vegetables and foods on Sundays is such a good idea! I love having vegetables for salads and then some sort of protein on hand to make the process quick!

you can do it, girl! i'm supposed to be in a bikini in, oh, 8 days for my husband + i's trip to the bahamas, so i've been trying to eat very very very healthy the past week or two. fingers crossed that i feel + look as good as i felt on our honeymoon last year!

Story of my life... I feel like making healthy food to prep for the week is the best thing I can do for myself!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Swam 48 laps today. 72 for tomorrow.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

You were beautiful in that picture, but you're still beautiful now, lady! But feeling like your clothes don't fit is horribly frustrating, and I totally understand! Now is the right time to start focusing on it - and I love that you're doing it by focusing on preparing healthy options instead of a crazy (or unrealistic diet)!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ LauraLivesLife

Seems like you have great goals for the coming week! You can get back on track-- you go girl!

Yes!!! I'm totally feeling the pressure!! We went on a trip to Italy last fall and I was in great shape. Did well on the trip then lost it when I got home and haven't stopped eating. Blogging hasn't helped! I've put on a good 5 lbs and am in NO way ready for summer. I'm gonna try!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim - Liv Life

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