Eat. Burn. Repeat: May 2017

When I have bad news, I write an elaborate post explaining myself and trying to find excuses. When I have good news, I jump right in! So here we go! Minus 1 pound, guys!

Trying Cross Fit

I spent the first two weeks of May like a good girl, eating healthy and going to gym. I even tried cross fit for the first time which was a lot of fun. I loved the high intensity of classes and team spirit.  Besides, changing workout routine does wonders to one’s body and mindset. It was refreshing to do exercises I’ve never heard of, and supervision of a qualified trainer was helpful too. As much as I would love to continue, cross fit is quite expensive ($150 per month vs $30 I pay in my gym right now). So at the moment I am back to working out on my own.

grand canyon

Traveling in Nevada and Arizona

Mid-May, only two weeks after returning from Sri Lanka, I booked tickets to Las Vegas and off I went on a new adventure! Which, of course, meant no diet and no gym.

Half of my trip that took place in Arizona was very active with 2 days of hiking in Grand Canyon, visiting Horseshoe Bend and exploring Antelope Canyon. Lots of walking, running, jumping and not much time to eat.

Second part of the trip was spent in Las Vegas and, as you might imagine, wasn’t as physically active. The main temptation was all the free drinks you get in casinos. Am I the only naïve girl who had no idea you get free alcohol when you play? I tried not to take advantage of this policy. Can’t say I succeeded, though.

flock and fowl las vegas
Hainanese braised chicken from Flock and Fowl, the healthiest meal I’ve had in Las Vegas

On the other hand, eating out in Vegas is ridiculously expensive so controlling the amount of food you consume is not only beneficial for your waist line, but for your wallet too. As always in my travels, I allowed myself to eat everything I was craving and had some amazing Thai food in a restaurant visited by Anthony Bourdain, a burger with Japanese twist in Chinatown, my first ever pupusa from a street stall, and a very healthy (for a change) Hainanese braised chicken.


Back in February, at the time when I couldn’t see any progress, I wrote a list of resolutions that would help me lose weight.

  • I was successful at drinking coffee without sugar and having dessert once a week (or less).
  • Drinking 8 glasses of water per day is still a struggle.
  • 6 work outs per week is something I aspire to do, but so far 4 was my average. 
  • Writing down everything I eat… I give up, nobody’s got time for that!

This month I would like to add one more point to the list: have one vegetarian day per week. I’ve already started and it feels good. Hope, I can stick to it. 

Current weight: 156.8 lb

Yulia is a Russian food and travel blogger who found home first in Sri Lanka for 3 years, then in Brazil for a year and is currently based in Austin, Texas. She is the kind of person who starts a research of the new country by googling “what to eat in…” instead of “what to visit in…” Yulia is a self-proclaimed “food nerd” who will spend hours reading on the origins of pecan pie before trying it and who doesn’t consider waiting in line of 50 people to get a cronut a waste of time. She finds it hard to keep her delicious findings to herself and that is the reason why this blog exists.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. chewy says:

    Great job on losing some weight! I haven’t tried Cross Fit, but I do some strength training twice a week usually. Don’t feel bad if you don’t get up to 6 per week! That’s a lot! hahaha

    Good luck with the veggie meals! I personally prefer to cook vegetarian food, and have to do the opposite of reminding myself to have some more protein in my diet.

    1. Thank you a lot, Chewy! I am now 4 months in and my goals start to be more realistic than they were at the start 😀 Gym 4 times a week seems like a pretty reasonable deal indeed!
      Hopefully, one day I will get to the level when I have to remind myself to cook some meat 🙂

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