Beautiful on the Inside,Self-Care

Back To Routines

Summer has come to a close and it’s time to get back into some healthy routines. This summer, I really let my guard down and truly relaxed a tone. Oh man did I need to! I took each day at a time, slept in if I wanted and rushed nowhere.

Yes, I worked a lot this summer, but I made a note not to worry about everything being perfect. I did my best each day and that was good enough! HOLY COW it totally worked too! I made it and was able to design good products for 2018 without being a perfectionist.

Last week Nate started his MBA program, which means he’ll have his head in the books for the next two years and we won’t be seeing much of him. My boys will be starting school next week which means I’ll have more time to get work done and catch up!

The one bummer, though, was I ate so much food this summer and put on 15 pounds! I have to say it was totally worth it in some ways. I LOVE eating and trying new things, but I could have been more responsible about it. I hit snacking and desserts pretty hard while traveling. I mean who doesn’t love Swedish Fish and Beef Jerky on a road trip?So my school year resolutions are the following:

  1. I will continue working on not being a perfectionist
  2. Make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep at night
  3. Make exercise (20-45 mins) a part of my morning routine at least 3-4 days per week
  4. Manage my carb intake

I don’t know about you, but I find it way easier to count carbs than counting calories. I have done both ways, and I found more success in counting carbs. Bottom line, it needs to be a lifestyle change, not a temporary adjustment.

When I count carbs, I focus more on eating a ton of vegetables, lean meats (a couple times a week), grains and beans (with a ton of fiber), and fruit. Then, my body really, really likes me. On Friday nights, my one cheat night, I’ll have a heavy carb/starchy meal and a yummy dessert.

The part I really hate about starting this up again is cutting out sugar for at least two weeks so my body can cleanse itself of all the crap I put into it. A year ago when I did this, I was a total monster because I wanted sugar so bad that first week. It’s like PMSing on steroids. When I reached the end of the two weeks, though, I was impressed with how my body wasn’t interested in sugar as much.

For the past couple of years I’ve maintained this lifestyle and managed my weight really well.

I’m behaving now and disciplining myself again (starting this week) so I can fit into my fall clothes again. My pants are a bit tight right now. 🙁

You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet!

So who’s with me for getting back to good routines and feeling good in both body and mind? What do you guys do for healthy eating habits and workouts?



P.S. Are any of you interested in the low carb meals I prepare for me and my family?


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  • Leann
    August 29, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I’m always open to new recipes and losing weight. I’m in.

  • Liz
    August 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I’m in need of eating better and new meal recipes.

  • Anonymous
    August 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

    As it gets colder I look forward to richer, heavier foods. What are tips you use for eating healthy foods during colder months?

    • Melessa
      August 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      I’m so glad you asked! I’ve got some really good recipes that I’ve created myself that can still give you that Fall comfort food satisfaction without the heavy guilt.

  • Allison
    August 30, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Yes! Share recipes, please!!!

  • Jo Brown
    September 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I prefer the first two Back to School Resolutions. Hahahahaha!

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