Hey, all! I hope everyone is having a good week! I’m coming off of a week-long vacation in Mexico, and believe you me, it has been struggle bus running on fumes for me! I’m not even sure what that means, but I’m not sure how else to describe to you what I’m feeling.
In my last blog, I talked about finding balance that works for you and how that doesn’t look the same for everyone. Vacation is always a time that this rears its ugly head for me. I do know what works for me. But just because I know it, doesn’t mean that I follow it!
Vacation is one of those times that you want to enjoy and relax and not have to think about what you’re putting into your body. You don’t want to have to think about exercising to balance out what you may have indulged on the days before. Unfortunately, this is what I need to do, but I don’t.
I could have made the decision to not have the delicious, fresh tortillas at breakfast (and lunch… and dinner), or not have the chorizo eggs full of cheese. There were options for me to do the opposite of the choices that I did make, but I chose not to. But everyone else was eating them, so I ate them too. I could’ve done lower-calorie cocktails, or even provided suggestions for lower-calorie cocktails, but I chose not to. Right or not, I validated these choices because I was on vacation.
I desperately want to be like so many of my friends and family. They can enjoy what they what with minimal repercussions and minimal to no impact on their lives. I pay for these choices for days after. I swell. Obviously I put on weight. I’m lethargic, unmotivated, and it’s hard for me to get out of the rut I put myself into.
I’m not making excuses, and I’m not looking for anyone to feel bad for me. Venting? Yes. But that’s really all. I made these choices, no one else. I’ve previously spent years eating a pretty clean diet, indulging periodically, working out consistently… again, I know what I need to do. But the struggle IS REAL, and I hate the feeling of climbing back to the progress I’ve already made. Yoyo, right?
As I rolled over this morning to turn off my alarm (and opted for more rest vs. getting in a solid workout) I also turned to Pinterest to distract myself from my guilty conscience and this quote was staring right back at me. The timing couldn’t have been any more appropriate.
All this said, I’m fortunate to have an AMAZING support system in the form of my incredible husband who supports me, helps me to course correct and stay on track to reach my goals. We got back from vacation with great memories, and jumped right back into reality. This includes sleeping better, getting solid exercise in, and of course… clean eating!
This brings me to my first recipe – Zesty Cilantro Flank Steak made with the incredible Saucy Lips Zesty Cilantro Gourmet Sauce. All of these sauces are amazing! They’re gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and GMO-free delicousness. This also means that they can support a Paleo or Whole30 lifestyle. Who said eating clean has to be boring?!?! Check them out and use YOLO at checkout for 10% off. You know you wanna!
- Flank Steak 1.5 lbs.
- Saucy Lips Zesty Cilantro Gourmet Sauce Half a Bottle
- Course Salt to your liking
- Pepper Generous amount, but again, add to your liking
- 1. In an 9x13 glass baking dish, lay the flank steak across the bottom of the pan.
- 2. Pour on Zesty Cilantro Gourmet Sauce
- 3. Allow to marinade for a minimum of an hour to overnight
- 4. Add salt and pepper to your liking
- 5. In a cast-iron skillet, cook for 7 minutes on each side over medium heat
- 6. ENJOY!
- Pair with our favorite side! We used heirloom tomoatoes, red onions, and cucumbers mixed with EVOO, salt, and pepper.