The Monday Motivational

Well, it’s my last Monday Motivational before the big day. For those of you who are new to JerseyBites, I started a self imposed fitness challenge just a little under one month ago. The challenge is to get my 42 year old butt in shape for my 43rd birthday, which happens on Wednesday.

The good news is, I’ve come a long way in just 30 days. Although, this past week almost sent me over the edge. My personal trainer, Susan, has me on a very strict diet to ensure that I really look my very best on the big day. The diet does not allow any added salt or spices to my meals. I am only allowed chicken or fish, nothing on them. Yes, disgusting I know. How does a foodie live like this you might ask? Not very cheerfully, let’s just put it that way. I’m dreaming a lot about my birthday dinner. Last night the kids and my boyfriend had Italian takeout. I had plain chicken, steamed broccoli with lemon juice and brown rice. Mmmmm, mmmmm, good.

But, this morning, I looked in the mirror and said, hey old girl, not bad. I proceeded to have a brutal workout with Susan and another 29 year old trainer. Then 1 hour of cardio on the treadmill. Yes, I needed a nap after that, are you kidding me?

So tonight I don’t know what I’m eating. Can someone send in a recipe that uses nothing but steamed veggies, plain chicken and plain brown rice, and tastes good? Don’t worry, I’m not going to hold my breath. It’s only until Wednesday I keep telling myself.

All joking and crankiness aside, I can confidently say that after this month I will be able to continue to eat in a much better, more intelligent way after working with Susan at Fitness Together. I have changed my mindset about food and its purpose. Also, having a goal has really been motivating. I am going to continue to set goals for myself so you’ll probably be hearing about some new crazy stunt in the future.

Ok, so stay tuned later this week for my before and after pictures. (If I dare to put them up.) It was not fun looking at my before pictures. It’s easy to kid yourself in the mirror. The damn camera, not so much. We also have a review on a new bottle water on the market. Yes, I know, how do you review bottled water? You got me. And, I promise we’ll get back to cooking and great recipes. Please, if you would like to submit one of your favorites, email me. JerseyBites (at)