salad with vinaigretteI love my group so much! I genuinely care about each member more than I ever thought I would. Tonight we all went out to a dinner and I had an awesome time! Being out to dinner in a new setting reminded me that I am a stress eater. When I am under a lot of pressure or if my mind is thinking in overtime I eat. With the combination of grad school and healing from an abusive relationship I turned to food to feel I had control of my life and..let’s just say I had a lot of milkshakes. I gained quite a bit of weight in the last few years of grad school. Saying that out loud for the first time was so difficult for me. I remember being close to tears as I told my ‘heart to heart buddy’ in lab. Once I said it out loud I decided to take control. Since January I have been exercising daily, which makes me feel great, and I have been focusing on making healthy meals for Eric and I to eat. It is so easy when you are working so many hours to just say “hey how is take out for dinner,” but I have found we are happier if I take the time to meal plan and have delicious and healthy meals prepped for the week.

A new snack we’ve been having is this beet salad. One of my favorite salads is the beet and goat cheese salad from Cheesecake Factory. I know..Cheesecake it is probably a 10,000 calorie salad. I decided to make my own healthier version with quinoa and a honey vinaigrette. Yum!

I am happy excited to be able to say that with exercise and meal planning I have lost my first 10 pounds! Yay me! Just need to stay on track!