So I’m half way through my 30 Day Challenge or working out every day , and I can proudly say that I have held true thus far. I haven’t missed a day, and I haven’t cheated. That being said, not every workout has been a stellar, balls-to-the-wall sweat fest– they have ranged from a 15-minute pilates session before work, to a 60-minute elliptical followed by lifting. Although I have been sleeping better (which is huge for me), I’ve had some irritations that make me question whether or not it’s worth it:
- Because I have this obligation, I have to find time to fit it in around my schedule. So sometimes, if I have plans after work or know I will be working late, I will need to get up early and workout before I leave the house in the morning. I HATE that. I hate working out in the morning, and I really don’t like waking up earlier than I need to.
- I am sore. All the time. My body is in a constant all-over ache.
- I have not seen any changes in my body for the better. I have actually gained some weight, and not the good kind. All in my belly.
Let’s talk about that last one. Why have I not been “torching belly fat” like every workout video, gym, and fitness magazine promise if I get off my lazy (and giggly) behind? Easy: because I my mentality around consuming has changed, for the worse. I think because I am burning off more, I can consume more/worse. Don’t get me wrong: endulging every now and again is a good thing, but I have definitely given in too much, justifying that I can burn it off (not when you’re 29 vs when you’re younger), and it’s caught up to me.
For example: this Pepper Jelly Bacon Dish. I was at a friend’s house, and she made this for a get-together she was hosting. There is absolutely nothing healthy about this dish, but it is one of the best tasting things on the planet. Warning: like me, you might not be able to control yourself around this stuff. That’s okay though: you and I can go for a 20-mile run later and burn it all off 🙂
NOTE: We honestly ate the dip so fast, I couldn’t even snap the final product pic. The end product is from my pal Averie.
- casserole/baking dish
- mixing bowl
- 1 package of cream cheese, softened (room temp is best)
- 8 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
- 2 jalopenos, diced
- 1 small jar of pepper jelly
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a spatula until well combined.
- Press mixture into a casserole dish. Pat down into one even layer.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden-brown on top.
- Enjoy with pita crackers or regular crackers.