Work It Out Wednesday: Dreadful Diet

As I unwrap my Blow Pop and scroll past photos of college friends reaching their weight loss goals, I'll admit that I'm feeling a bit discouraged. As much as I'm in the gym, that should be me! I should be on Instagram flaunting a sundae of my six pack and toned arms, the lack of a double chin as the cherry on top. Instead, I'm chewing on the stale gum that's halfway stuck to the lollipop stick and comparing my dream body to an ice cream sundae.

And that's my biggest issue. I constantly hear (and tell myself) that you can't exercise away a bad diet, and as much as I know it to be true, food has always been my Kryptonite. I've tried a litany of diets and lifestyle changes, but something always pulls me back into the black hole. Of every diet I've adopted, a vegan diet has worked best for me, and I recently discovered that it's because it's the best diet for my blood type. Who knew that you have to eat for your blood type? I sure didn't. But recalling how amazing my body was back when I was vegan, I've decided to give it a try again with the hopes of dropping 10 pounds.

Of course, though, restricting things from my diet isn't always so cut and dry for me. Oreos are vegan. French fries are vegan. Cereal is vegan. As are many Pop Tarts. Half the battle for me is choosing green; it's the sure fire way to reach my goals. So, I'm making the effort to ditch these overly processed foods and incorporate more salads into my diet, having one for lunch and dinner and snacking on fruits and veggies (my cheat treat is Deep River's Zesty Jalapeno Chips). This also means trading my beloved cocktails for healthier options. Thanks to my friend and partner-in-dieting, Emma, I've incorporated regular morning smoothies and disgusting (yet supposedly effective) turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and water drinks to my diet.

(Bye bye, cocktails.)

If all goes well, a few weeks from now my Work It Out Wednesday post will be a badass body update. For now, I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on adapting a diet that's disciplined enough to complement my hard workouts in the gym.

 (This salad was so close to being vegan! Very delicious though.)

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