It’s no secret that I’m trying to lose weight right now. When I started this blog three-and-a-half years ago I was losing weight pretty easily with the help of sensible diet and moderate exercise…and a whole lot of happiness in my life.

I’m a firm believer that happiness has a huge impact on our bodies.

Well, I had a stint over the last couple of years where I was pretty miserable: My mom was very sick for a while, and I was in a job that I hated so much it literally gave me hives on a daily basis. Needless to say, I gained some of that weight back. When I left my evil job in the spring I realized it was time to get happy again, and with happy get back into my skinny jeans.

Those are my skinny jeans. I haven’t worn them in about a year. They fit this morning, and there wasn’t even a muffin top!

This go around it’s taking a wee bit more work to lose weight than it did in my previous incarnation, but I’m willing to log the gym hours because, well…I’m happy. My life is really good right now, and somehow that translates to less interest in gummy bears and buffalo wings and more interest in lat pull-downs. Oh, and being able to dust of these bad boys after not even being able to zip them a few months ago…that makes me happy too!

Is your body positively/negatively impacted by your emotional state?

Breakfast


Egg white omelet with lite cheddar
Whole grain toast
Grapefruit
Coffee with almond milk

Snack

Chocolate protein powder with almond milk
This has become my standard mid-morning snack. As I’ve mentioned before, snacking is not something that comes naturally for me, but I’m really trying to rock the five small meals a day lifestyle; drinking one of those meals seems to be much easier for me.

Lunch


Brown rice pasta with kale, and turkey meatloaf (that’s like meatballs, right?) in marinara

Snack
The last of my chocolate protein muffins. I made a batch of carrot cake muffins for the rest of the week. I’ll try them out after the gym tomorrow, but they smell amazing!

Dinner


I hit up the Whole Foods salad bar after the gym for dinner on-the-go:
Arugula, egg, broccoli, kale, chicken, “detox slaw”, onion, butternut squash, oil & vinegar

Exercise: 20-minute elliptical, 45-min spin class