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I Haven't Stepped on a Scale since 2011...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

...and I can't believe it's not driving me crazy!

I love BodyRock.tv, and the host Lisa-Marie said she doesn't weigh herself. She just follows her plan and knows she's off if her pants are a little too tight. I decided to weigh in at the end of 2011 and not step on the scale for a month while I kicked off my marathon training and attempted a diet of no added sugar.

I'm about three weeks in with a little cheat here and there, but overall, I'm sticking with my plan, and I don't need that scale to tell me on Feb. 1 that I am fitter, leaner, and a little lighter.

I thought a lot about my diet before this month, and I was generally eating within a good calorie range during the week and then "cheating" on the weekends. BodyRock has helped me think about that pattern, and clean eating has helped me think about what I was consuming. Sure, I was within a good calorie range, but was it quality? Was it good fuel for my body? I'd say overall I was picking good choices, but a lot of them were still highly processed, and instead of picking something wholesome, I'd often reach for something sweet because I could "afford" it.

I wish I had started a list from Day 1 of all the items I would have eaten if I wasn't trying to eat NSA. It would be a crazy list, so cool and inspiring to see! I'm going to keep a list starting today to help me get through the week. Here are some big changes:
1) No sweetner in my coffee every morning, just almond milk.
2) I used to allow myself a diet soda at work if I worked out that morning. Easily 10-12 sodas avoided. (This is a habit I want to keep - no more soft drinks PERIOD.)
3) Reaching for a piece of fruit to help with wanting something sweet (fuji apples are your FRIEND!).
4) More willpower to pass on items at work functions that aren't necessary.
5) Better planning of grocery needs and meal plans because I have to travel farther to specialty grocery stores to get what I need to cook clean.

Even when I allow more sugar back in my diet, I am going to do my best to keep those 6 things going. I am especially excited about cutting out artificial sweeteners and baking/sweetening with the real thing, just less often. I really think I will keep my sugar intake low and truly enjoy my less frequent indulgences that can be MORE indulgent because I'm more disciplined.

I'm really grateful for the blog The Gracious Pantry.
The author has made my journey into clean eating and trying to eat with no sugar added fun, pretty easy, and really tasty!

Also, I'm really grateful for the crew at BodyRock.tv for somehow turning on the light bulb in my head about being even more disciplined about how I eat.

Now, off to plan our meals for this upcoming week so I can grocery shop with a mission tomorrow! This is a great tool for helping plan your meals and shopping for the week:


Week 2 of NSA Eating - Nobody's Perfect!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Goooood morning! I was in bed by 9:30 last night and laid around in bed until 7:30 this morning. Awesome!

No sugar added eating has been going really well overall. I did cheat this week, but I am totally OK with how I cheated! Both were at work functions. I had some wine, salad dressing, dip, and pita that I'm sure was not NSA. But, as a Spark Friend pointed out, what didn't I eat at those functions because of the NSA eating? Plenty of desserts, rolls, meatballs, and bacon wrapped weenies. So I feel good.

I made another batch of NSA bread dough this morning. I measured my flours a little differently and used whole wheat pastry flour instead of whole wheat graham flour, and I can already tell that this batch is going to turn out better. It's rising nicely.

I made this for breakfast and loved it:

And I think I'll make this for dinner:

Andrew wants to watch football at the bar with some of our friends tonight, so my plan is to feed us a good dinner before we leave so we don't have any gross bar food, and I will stick to water.

I have 13 miles to run tomorrow. I did speedwork at the buttcrack of dawn earlier this week and ran 7 miles yesterday afternoon. I did three of the BodyRock 30 Day Challenge workouts this week, and I'm certain that three of those is my limit with my marathon training going on. I am resting from all formal exercise today, and I'm going to enjoy it!


One Week of NSA Eating - Grrrrreat!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I just looked at the calendar and realized I've completed one week of the NSA Challenge. 3.5 weeks to go. I think about how great I feel after just a week, and I'm really excited to see how I'll feel in another week or at the end of the month!

I BodyRocked first thing this morning and tried out our brand new dip station. Love love LOVE it. Then I prepared my first batch of NSA bread dough. The recipe makes 4 loaves and can be found here:

The ingredient list is super basic, and the video is really helpful. You have to let the dough sit in the fridge overnight. So far, it looks good, and I'll bake in the morning!

I went grocery shopping a-go-go this morning! I drove 40 min. (I know) to hit Super Target, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. The best finds were: NSA pitas (Trader Joe's) and all of the following at Whole Foods: NSA tortillas (Ezekiel brand), tofu noodles, and kelp noodles! I've been so sad without any bread/tortilla product all week, and I've been dying to try the tofu noodles since I found out about them on Hungry Girl (see the link at the end). A guy that worked there saw me with my tofu noodles and suggested the kelp noodles instead, so I bought one of both. They are both suppposed to be good pasta substitutes with very few calories. I think I could spend a whole day in Whole Foods.

When I got home, I made a variation of this black bean dip:

I wanted to make more of a hummus that a dip with whole beans, so I followed her recipe except I used a blender, a can of black beans, and a little less of each spice. The consistency turned out great, but the flavor from the spices is a little too strong for my tastes. I'd probably do just a tbsp. of each spice in the recipe. My husband loves it the way it is.

What he didn't love was what I made for dinner. I made these cabbage rolls:

I thought they were super good! I used my homemade marinara for the sauce, and I LOVED the cinnamon flavor to it. Husband did not like the cinnamon flavor and wished it had a more Mexican cuisine flavor to it. So, I probably won't make it again, but I might mix up some cinnamon and cumin flavored rice with chicken or turkey now and then just for me.

We ran 5 miles today at a 9:00 pace. So, 7 days in, I feel good, I'm proud of myself, and I can't wait to tackle another week.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VW_STEPH 1/8/2012 3:19PM

    Well this blog is just full of yum! :P

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BHUSE5 1/8/2012 9:34AM

    Larabars only have natural ingredients and they get their sweetness from dates and fruit.

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CECILANN 1/8/2012 8:59AM

    NSA is no sugar added - gluten is in my diet, thank goodness.

I did not know Larabars didn't have sugar in them! I will have to check that out. I have heard good things about them to begin with.

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JAKENSAMSMOM 1/8/2012 5:54AM

    Is NSA gluten free?

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/8/2012 3:16AM

    yay! I was saying to Mr p yesterday how great I'm feeling with no sugar. I feel as if a fog's been lifted!

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BHUSE5 1/7/2012 11:52PM

    I see from your blog you discovered where to find NSA bread. It is tough because I learned this past week malted barley is off the list and almost all bread products have it. I had bought the Ezekiel english muffins and found out the other day they had malted barley in them.

I did find some NSA bread at Whole Foods which is really good. It is called Alvarado St. Bakery. I had some toast with NSA peanut butter this morning so all was right in my world.

I just discovered Larabars. They are delicious!! I had the banana bread one yesterday and it was like eating actual banana bread. Someone on the FB page mentioned Super Target has mini Larabars that are only 100 calories each. Those are on my shopping list.

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Dip Station's Here & NSA Sushi Night

Friday, January 06, 2012

TGIF. For real. I was the only person at my office all week (there are normally 3 of us and one got fired last month), and I think I developed Office Fever today.

I had a good breakfast of a tofu smoothie with banana, wheat germ, flax seed, peanut butter, and cocoa powder. I appreciate the more subtle sweetness of these smoothies compared to my old ones made with vanilla protein powder and jello pudding mix. I shudder at all the sweeteners now!

I made a kick butt dinner last night that I had for lunch to day. Zucchini Chicken Gnocchi. I used the marinara sauce I made over the weekend... oh so good!

And then tonight we went out for sushi! We avoided all rolls with sauces and made sure our less sodium soy sauce did not have added sugar. It was so good. Sushi is one of my favorite foods.

My dip station came today! I missed the FedEx person yesterday, so I camped out in my office all day to be sure not to miss it. 4:00pm rolled around, and I HAD to leave to run errands, and sure enough, FedEx came while I was gone. I left a note for them to leave the package at the back door, so they left it at the FRONT door, but I don't care! It's here! I can't wait to set it up and try it out tomorrow!

Here's to a great weekend full of good cooking (bread, black bean hummus, cabbage rolls, and Mexican shepherd's pie) and good company.

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SPRINGHAZE 1/7/2012 5:16PM

    Hooray for the dip station! So jeallie!!! I want one real bad!

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VW_STEPH 1/7/2012 2:35PM

    Yayyyy dip station!! Ooh I hope you enjoy it loads!

Your smoothie sounds delicious!

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What's Better Than a Raise?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


My boss told me weeks ago that I was getting a raise, and just today he told me that the board decided to give me an even bigger raise! So awesome!

Day 4 of NSA - pretty uneventful. I found out my cottage cheese has dextrose in it - sugarfied! I don't know if I can give up cottage cheese too... it's supposed to be a clean item. I feel like pretty soon I won't be able to eat anything that doesn't take an hour to prepare/cook!

I started my marathon training today with 4 x 1200s. The target time was 5:40, and I didn't get very close (5:50 - 6:06), but that's OK, because this is why you train for months to hit your marathon goals - you don't start ready to run the race!

I am looking forward to cooking something new for dinner tomorrow, and I don't care - I'm going to keep eating cottage cheese!

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BHUSE5 1/7/2012 10:53PM

    I heard the Anderson Erickson brand of cottage cheese has no added sugars. I think it is a matter of looking at labels.

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VW_STEPH 1/6/2012 4:47PM

    Can't get better than that hey hehe! Congratulations!

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/5/2012 4:03AM

    That's rubbish with the cottage cheese - have you tried other brands?
Otherwise, I think you should make an exception - otherwise you'll end up being so restricted you won't be able to finish the challenge.

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FATHINSN 1/4/2012 11:03PM

    Hmm, must be quite a challenge to find out each thing that you eat or drink if they have sugar added or not. I had this one fitness workshop and the personal trainer said, be careful with products that said no fat as it might contains lots of sugar. I wonder if same thing can apply to food with no sugar added, maybe has extra invisible unwanted thing?

Anyhow, congrats with bigger raise, WooHoo!

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FENWAYGIRL18 1/4/2012 10:01PM

    Congrats!!!!! I was going to say losing weight is better then a raise till I heard you say a 2nd raise... keep up the good work! emoticon

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