Change is Good | Finding Balance in Food + Life

Early this month in my May Goals post, I mentioned how I was not meeting my goals when it came to nutrition. For the past year or so I've really been coasting along working out, running, and just eating so-so.  I started to notice I was actually gaining some weight these past few months.  Yea, I can give you all my excuses as to why I was eating badly.  I'm an emotional eater and with Jason's injury and surgeries, food was comforting me when I stressed about work, keeping up with household chores, the kids.....everything really!  Wine had also been quite comforting ;) But, like I said, I could give you all the excuses but the truth is that I allowed my emotions to get the best of me.  I was reacting to the situations around me rather than being proactive and making the right choices for me and ultimately my family too. It's not like I was the only one eating pizza, right?  So, I finally realized enough is enough.  I've been at this for too long to still not have reached my goal.  I told myself 2015 was going to be my year to find balance and I haven't been going in that direction.  

In March I tried to get back to eating Paleo again.  Afterall, the Paleo diet is what helped me lose those first 30 lbs, granted it took about a year, but I have managed to keep most of it off.  But, I just couldn't find myself sticking to it this time around.  I'd eat Paleo-friendly meals most of the week, unless I was tired and we ordered pizza or we were running errands and ended up eating out....See where this is headed?  Like I said, eating Paleo helped me so much at the beginning of my journey, but I just couldn't make it work for me anymore.  It taught me to eat real foods and not be afraid of healthy fats.  I learned to cook and eat whole foods, not processed foods out of boxes.  I will always be grateful for that.  I'm so glad I found Paleo when I did and I never intend on buying Pastaroni ever again!  But, I found myself at a nutritional crossroads.  I wanted to eat balanced meals regularly and not use the entire weekend as a "cheat meal" but Paleo wasn't the answer anymore.  Here's where Reconstruction by Leti comes in.  

You can read about how I started following her on Instagram and a bit about her program HERE.   I signed up for her program just this month and so far so good.  I'm excited to see my results at the end of the month.  I've been learning how to push myself harder than ever on my own workouts and runs.  I never dreamed an 8 minute mile would be within my reach, but guess what? I just might get there.  Last week I ran a 8:26 mile!  But most importantly, I'm learning to eat differently.  I'm learning to take charge of what I eat without omitting entire food groups out of my diet and allowing for flexibility too.  Counting Macros is tricky and you can find tons of info online if you google it, but basically it's finding the right balance of carbs, fats, and protein for your body and your goals.   Leti figured it all out for me as part of her program :) I'm happy to be eating dairy and grains again regularly.  I'm not starving, I'm eating healthy, and losing weight without sacrificing muscle - because I've worked too hard for these baby biceps!!! I'm no expert on tracking macros (yet!) but I'm working to get there.  I know for some tracking your food intake daily and measuring and weighing is tedious, but it's worth it.  Nothing worth having ever comes easily, right?  It's not about obsessing over food, but rather finding the balance that works for you.  And, in order to find that balance to get to where you want to go, you need to put in the work.  

Yes, change makes me a bit nervous, but I'm determined to embrace this journey and look forward to the physical and mental changes that come with it.  How are you working to find balance in your life?  I'd love to hear about! 

PS. Go check out Leti_Reconstructed on instagram because she's celebrating her 1 year anniversary with a nice little offer for June ;)

Tide Dry Cleaners Giveway | Winner Winner!!

Congratulations to Tamara for winning a FREE month of dry cleaning from Tide Dry Cleaners!  

Tamara, send your contact info to {itsamessylife@gmail.com}.  I'll send it to Tide Dry Cleaners so you can get your instructions on collecting your prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the contest.  Don't forget, everyone gets 2 garments dry cleaned for FREE this Saturday, May 16th, at Grand Opening of the newest Tide Dry Cleaners located at 10010 W. Sahara Ave.  in Las Vegas!  


Tide Dry Cleaners Review and Giveaway

Don't you just love the smell of fresh laundry?  I mean, we may not like washing, folding and putting it away and don't even get me started on matching up socks...but, that smell!  So fresh and clean!  Well, what if I told you that you could have that same fresh, clean smell in your dry cleaned clothes too?  Yup, Tide detergent now has a professional dry cleaners.  There newest location will be right here in Las Vegas at 10010 W. Sahara Ave.  and they are having their Grand Opening this Saturday, May 16th!  Be sure to stop by because your first two garments are on them! 

I got to tour the store along with other local Las Vegas bloggers last week and I was totally impressed.  Each garment goes through 7 different inspection points to guarantee clean and pressed perfection.  I especially loved the outdoor kiosk where you can drop off and/or pickup your clothes any time of day.  It kinda works like an ATM for your clothes!  

The other cool thing is the drive-thru service.  You don't even have to get out of your car because they have a 2-lane drive-thru for curbside assistance.  They realize that we all have pretty busy lives and they make it it easy to get in and out of the cleaners!  Plus: They use GreenEarth cleaning in their process that's gentle on your clothes and the environment!

Yup, I most definitely found my new dry cleaners and I'd love it if you all got a chance to experience the difference too!  So, leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win a FREE month of dry cleaning (a $75 value) from the new location at 10010 W. Sahara Ave.  Winner will be announced this Friday, May 15th.  And don't forget, swing by for their Grand Opening on Saturday, May 16th to get 2 garments cleaned for FREE!  Who doesn't love free?!? 

Life gets messy and dirty, especially when you're running obstacle course races, let's let Tide Dry Cleaners help get our clothes squeaky clean ;)