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I Guess By Default: This is Meatless Monday

Monday, August 11, 2014

I said I'd never do "Meatless Monday" just because it used to be a thing. But here I am using one of my meatless days on Monday.

Breakfast: 1 Egg (It seemed like such a little amount), Greek Yogurt, Honeydew
Lunch: Carrot & hummus, Coconut Lara Bar
Snack: Greek Yogurt
Dinner, Portobello Mushroom fixed like a steak, corn, Caesar salad, rice with Picante, Grilled Onions.
Snack Tonight: Mixed fruit, maybe a Fiber One Cookie

The mushroom didn't have the full flavor of a steak, however the texture was very much like the fatty part of the steak, so I can see the logic behind it.

Sunday I went to Olive Garden after church, then Denny's with a friend later that night after a movie. My goal for this week is to just go down in weight, lose what I put on on Sunday. I'm not expecting a loss this week.

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LIVEDAILY 8/12/2014 2:10PM

    Your menu sounds good!

How are you about protein powders? Myo Fusion available at GNC makes a good vanilla that is non clumpy when added to liquids, and it takes on the flavor of just about anything and gives you a huge protein amount too.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 8/11/2014 7:17PM

    I think you did quite well for having a "Meatless Monday."

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Thursday's Menu & Saturday's Shenanigans

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Breakfast: Two slices of the Quiche from Tuesday & Honeydew
Lunch: Protein Bar (first day back at work)
Dinner: Grilled Rutabaga eaten like a steak (with steak sauce), Grilled Zucchini, Chickpeas with lime and garlic, Cous Cous with pine nuts.

To be honest, I was hungry an hour or two later, but I just drank water.

This week I'm doing vegetarian Monday & Tuesday. I'm planning on eating a portabella mushroom like a steak (see a pattern?) I may try cauliflower but I'm kind of weirded out by those things. I'm also wanting to replicate the chickpea burritos with some greek yogurt instead of the sour cream.

Today I helped someone move, all complete with lifting a piano up some stairs (with 5 others taking breaks of course. Afterwards I went to the gym and did about 300 squats in a circuit. I used kettle bells and did 50 squats with 15 pounds, 40 with 20 pounds, 30 with 30 pounds, 20 with 40 pounds, 10 with 30 pounds, 20 with 20 pounds, 30 with 15 pounds, 40 with 8 pounds, and 50 with body weight. I 'bout died.

I did chest press too, but lower than what I can usually do because I was exhausted from the day.

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ADARKARA 8/10/2014 6:52AM

    My legs ache for your legs. =(

I happen to love cauliflower. There are a bunch of recipes for mashed cauliflower, which is good, or curried cauliflower, which is very tasty. =)

Did you like the rutabaga? I ate it once when I was a kid and hated it so bad I haven't tried it since!

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LIVEDAILY 8/9/2014 10:07PM

    Good lord! I'm all for doing squats, but the most I've done in one day is 60!!

Cauliflower is good, it's just bland. My favorite way of eating it is in salads and smothered in cheese sauce.

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Tuesday's Meatless Menu

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa
(I used apple instead of berries and walnuts instead of pecans due to what I had in the kitchen)

2 Scrambled Eggs with cooked Spinach.

Baby Carrots, Celery, and hummus.

After workout snack
2 Tablespoons Coconut Peanut Butter

Sweet potato and onion hashbrown
Kale, Spinach and Tomato Quiche (No Crust)

(I used Sharp Cheddar instead of Cottage cheese and I skipped the Mustard.) I also used 3 eggs, not 2.

My next vegetable I'll try is Rutabaga. I'm thinking of slicing/eating it like a steak if that's possible. Hopefully I'll get better as I go, the hard part with this plan is getting in the protein.

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BETHEUNICORN 8/7/2014 9:27PM

    Carrots & hummus make my tummy soooo happy! haha Sounds like a great day meal wise! Good job!

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LIVEDAILY 8/6/2014 10:41AM

    The kale, spinach, and tomato quiche sounds good!

The only way I've ever had rutabaga is in a soup or stew. You can grill thick slices of eggplant like a steak. Also you can grill large portobello mushrooms. They taste like steak!

Beans, yogurt, lentils - all good sources of protein.

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ADARKARA 8/6/2014 8:23AM


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ARNETTELEE 8/5/2014 10:12PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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Meatless TWOdays

Saturday, August 02, 2014

So since I try new diet ideas and tricks (or at least I did). I've decided to go "vegetarian" approximately two days a week. This is an effort to try out more vegetables and foods with protein. I'll still eat an egg in the morning which I know a lot of people would say that's a meat, however yesterday I made a burrito but I used chickpeas instead of beef. I've also added Greek Yogurt as a snack.

Today I used a Spark recipe and made Eggplant Pizzas. (Eggplant replaces the crust). One of my meals consisted of Quinoa, Greek Yogurt and an apple.

I'm in no way saying meat is bad. This is strictly a means to find more vegetables to put in my diet. One of my goals is to try Paleo, but man cannot live on meat and fruit alone (well... paleo prob thinks you can...) so my goal is to try other vegetables.

So far, vegetables I'll eat are:
Spaghetti Squash
Corn (which technically isn't a vegetable... yes... I understand... tomatoes too)

In the past, I didn't like beets or Broccoli.

Ideas to get vegetables throughout the day?

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ADARKARA 8/3/2014 1:51PM

    At least once a week hubby and I do a meatless dinner, but we are by NO means vegetarian! We both love beans, so I do rajma masala, which is Indian spiced kidney beans, or black beans and rice, or bean burritos, etc. This week we're doing Portobello mushroom stroganoff. =)

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BETHEUNICORN 8/3/2014 1:45AM

    Meatless chili's can be really good. I tried paleo for a bit but I missed my lentils too much. Hehe!

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LIVEDAILY 8/2/2014 10:45PM

    One of the things I love to do is make a huge salad - at least 2 cups of lettuce, red cabbage (it's really purple), shredded carrots, 3 large radishes, 2 small cucumber, tomato - and then add a protein. You could certainly add a hard boiled egg, but I also like to add pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, and you could certainly add chickpeas or any other bean to the mix.

Ratatoille is another great summer meal: it's basically a summer veggie stew of eggplant, onion, zucchini, and tomatoes, but you could add any other veggies. I like to top mine with parmesan cheese.

You could make muffin frittatas with veggies in them. Coach Nicole has a recipe in the SP Recipe data base. You could make a whole pan of them and eat off of them all week.

Stuffed baked potatoes are good too. You can "bake" them in the microwave, and do several at a time. Cut in half, scoop out the inside and save, leaving a substantial shell, like a boat. Saute the potato innards with spinach, an egg, and some diced tomato. Season, and then fill the potato skin boat up with yumminess!

I have a recipe somewhere for quinoa and zucchini, which is good.

I like your idea of going meatless two days a week. It's easier to do in the summer, when the farmers markets are bursting with fresh produce.

Hope the idea help!

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Why I'm Not Looking at the Scale

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Hello again, it's been a while.

Late December I started the Spark People 5k up again. In 2013 I took a job that threw me off schedule. I couldn't find it in me to settle down and find time to start running again. I kept starting 5k programs and stopping them by week 2 or 3.

Fast forward to December 23rd 2013, I was done with my retail job I held for a year and I was now just focused on the one graphic design job. It has consistent hours, if my schedule needs to change, I pretty much know when that needs to happen.
However, even though I started running, my weight was a hindrance. I timed my mile in the January cold. 17 minutes to run a mile. That's one minute slower than I started in June 2012. I started running and my weight was 308. That's a little over 30 pounds more than what I weighed after BLC16. I kept running, and then February I joined a gym... a few weeks later I was 312, and my measurements haven't moved.

I'm not gonna call that muscle. You don't gain muscle that fast. I promise you that. All you new people out there, take note. You don't gain 4 pounds of muscle in one or two weeks. But 312 was my weight, and I was very discouraged.

But what have I done? I haven't touched a scale in a couple weeks. Maybe I'm still getting heavier, but my 48 waist pants for work are feeling a little lighter, my arms feel a little harder, I beat a girl in a wall squat endurance contest, I can throw a 15lb medicine ball over my head onto a trampoline and catch it before it slugs me Marcia Brady style. I'm now in week 7 of the 8 week 5k training program.

Maybe I'll weigh myself in the future, like in May. But for now I'm obsessing over numbers I swore I'd never go back to, and I'm done doing that.

That's why I'm not looking at the scale.

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/9/2014 12:28PM

    HALINHALF, so great to see you blogging again : )
You're being really smart about those 4 lbs of 'muscle'. Like it or not, we all have reversals and the winners are the ones who don't let the reversal become their new pattern. You're still running--that's major. Keep it up even if you can't do it as regularly as you'd like. Congrats on the "good" job, too.


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DUMBBELLE84 3/9/2014 12:27PM

  Hey buddy, super glad that you're back to the running and happy to hear that you're starting to feel stronger and slimmer. You know what you need to do to make it happen!

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LIVEDAILY 3/8/2014 9:25PM

    The scale is just ONE tool. How your clothes fit you is another. More important, is how YOU are feeling during your workouts. I don't think I've ever lifted a medicine ball, musch less throw and catch one!! Good for you!!

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