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In addition to overnight oats, Buddha bowls are my new food obsession. Not only are they easy to prepare, they are rich in nutrients and so satisfying. And the best part is they make it easy to meal prep for days ahead. Buddha bowls are a mixture of the following: Grains (1/4 of bowl): quinoa, brown rice, couscous, whole wheat or GF pasta. Protein (1/4 of bowl): black beans, edamame, chicken, salmon, chickpeas, or eggs ( fried, boiled, poached, scrambled). Veggies (1/2 of bowl): a mix of raw (leafy greens, carrots, cucumber, sprouts, onion, broccoli) and roasted (sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers, beets). Toppings (a light amount): avocado, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, Greek-yogurt based dressing, low-fat feta, lemon juice, balsamic, olive oil, hummus. will lead me to binging on something worse that’s full of carbs and fat because I haven’t yet learned how to get truly full and satisfied without wheat and dairy. Maybe down the road I’ll experiment with giving up one or both categories, but right now I’m simply choosing to make healthier choices. Another thing about breakfast: I’ve actually started eating it. Before, I would simply sleep as late as possible and skip it in my hurry out the door. I work part time in a coffee shop, so my decision to skip breakfast resulted in me absolutely starving by 9 a.m. and grabbing whatever was closest to me, which was almost always a hot and bubbly ham and Swiss croissant. I’m fairly certain I put on 10 pounds alone from them.

What’s also saving me from devouring pan cheese like Templeton the Rat (Charlotte’s Web) is my new favorite breakfast item: overnight oats. Overnight oats are rolled oats preportioned out and soaked in a liquid overnight. I use almond milk, but you can also use low-fat milk, coconut, soy, or whatever you prefer. Because overnight oats are prepped easily the night before, it’s easy to grab from the fridge and go in the morning even if you’re running late. Hearty, filling, versatile, packed with protein and absolutely delicious, overnight oats will revolutionize your

morning and allow you to begin each day with a strong start.

Overall, January was a slow start, but unlike previous years I haven’t given up yet, which is huge for me. Never discredit the small victories and simply start where you are. If you aren’t ready to give up bread, then don’t. Find other things that you can do, like switching to whole grain, drinking more water, making time for breakfast, or sweating it out in your living room, and not eating past 7 p.m. Do whatever you can to keep it sustainable and not miserable, which will allow you to gain momentum and build up to harder things.

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My husband’s 30th birthday was also this month, so there was a whole week in there where I was baking cakes, cupcakes, and generally bad-for-you treats for his big blowout party. I chose to indulge a little bit and celebrate with him and everyone else, but I didn’t go overboard. I also drank a lot of water to help combat any celebratory bloating from beer and sugar calories.

I highly recommend finding a living room workout that works for you, whether it’s from a fitness DVD or YouTube channel. Getting those initial few workouts in is far less intimidating when there aren’t a bunch of strangers with perfect booties watching you.


To avoid this scenario, I do not skip breakfast anymore, and I’m happy to report that not once have I fallen prey to that desperate morning croissant, nor the resulting pan cheese. What’s pan cheese? Oh, just the melty Swiss that seeps out of the buttery croissant and bakes golden crisp onto the pan while cooking, which I’ve scraped off and consumed for

years when no one is looking because I make questionable life choices.

isn’t a factor that will change over the course of this year, so I need to do what I can to make more time for working out. I did, however, do four or five sessions of Jillian Michaels’ DVD workouts in my living room, and they kicked my butt.

As far as working out … here is where I fear I failed this month. I had big plans to try some beginner yoga or join the YMCA, but I just couldn’t make it happen this month. I was extremely busy in January, but I assume that

Utilizing as many free and cheap resources as she can find in the 918 area, routinely forsaking her fitness comfort zone to discover effective workouts, and cooking more intentionally from home, Duncan is publically documenting her progress in each issue as she works to lose 30 pounds in 2018.


March 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 3)  

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March 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 3)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For 32 years, Preview 918 has been the best resource for disc...