Friday, July 18, 2014
I've participated in the BLC 4 rounds in a row (BLC 20, 21, 22, 23), and then took a break for a variety of reasons and returned for BLC 25. Some observations:
1. I benefit from the commraderie of teammates.
2. I don't like being told specifically what I have to do and when I have to do it.
3. I'm an adult. I don't feel that there's a place for scolding in the BLC. We all have our weaknesses and I feel the BLC should be a place to come for support and encouragement. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
4. There is truth in the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." I came back expecting to see the same team, and I did not. I miss some of the old team members, but I am thrilled to have made friends with new team members.
5. I enjoy the opportunities when we're challenged to change our diet/nutrition/foods. I tend to get into major food ruts and this helps me.
6. I enjoy hearing about the successes of my teammates, and I love to cheer them on!
7. I'm a good water drinker, although I don't always update my water tracker.
8. I love riding the recumbant bike at the gym. I need to make this more of a priority, especially once school starts again. It helps me manage my stress.
9. Sleep is VERY important!!
10. I've learned I still have a lot to learn about losing weight and getting fit. I hope continuing in the BLC will help me with this.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
First off, the yumminess! I am SO in love with this recipe that I have it once a week! Yes, it is high in fat, but it's a good fat and if you eat low fat the rest of the day, you're ok. It's easy to prepare. And it tastes so, so good!!
Second, my nutritional victory. I had posted earlier about wanting to try plain yogurt. I have, and I now think that there's no way I could go back to eating flavored yogurt. I'd think it would taste too sweet to me now. This is a good thing for me! I've been using Fage 2% plain in the morning, with a cup of fresh blueberries. Gotta have my blues! It almost has a sour cream-ish taste to it, which is surprisingly pleasant. So, less carbs and sugar from yogurt. WooHoo me!
Meals for next week:
Breakfasts will either be yogurt, blueberries, and Kellogs Bran Buds, 2 hard boiled eggs mashed with about a tsp of mayo and 1/2 tsp of dijon mustard (makes it taste like deviled eggs!) on 1 slice of bread, or my protein shake that tastes like a creamsicle.
Lunch: Pure Protein bar, 14 baby carrots, 20 cherries, 1 apple (same thing every day - still teaching!)
#1 - Chicken saute with peppers and onion, and zucchini
#2 - Large salad with shrimp
#3 - Beans and corn bread, spinach
#4 - Pan sauteed tilapia, green beans, baby yellow potatoes
#5 - Turkey burger, kale salad, carrots
#6 - Veggie burger (no bun), small salad, spinach and rice, red cabbage
#7 - Large salad with shrimp
Here's to a great week!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Another BLC Challenge, this time it's for a whole week's worth of meals. So my breakfasts and dinners have been working out very well. The weather was brutally hot on Tuesday, so the salad with shrimp was perfect. Today was cooler, and eating a hot meal (the tilapia) worked out beautifully!
I want to experiment with different types of yogurt. I prefer Greek yogurt, but I'm also trying to cut down on the amount of sugar that I consume. I understand that some sugar listed in yogurt occurs naturally from lactose, but there has to be a yogurt that's lower in sugar overall, AND that I'll like.
1. Yogurt, blueberries, and 1/3 cup of Bran Buds, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tsp mustard.
2. 4 oz Trop 50 Red Orange juice, 1 tsp. orange Benefiber, 1 serving protein powder, water
3. Banana and peanut butter sandwich with 2 tbsp peanut butter
4. Scrambled eggs with spinach, tomato, and mushrooms
5. Oatmeal and 1 hard boiled egg with 1 tsp mustard
6. Yogurt, blueberries, 1/3 cup Bran Buds, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tsp mustard
7. Loaded baked potato with broccoli, mushrooms, onions, cheese
Lunch: still teaching so it'll be 1 Protein Plus protein bar, baby carrots, and a nectarine, water
1. Large salad with shrimp
2. Pan sautéed tilapia, couscous, green beans
3. Filet mignon steak, baked potato with butter, zucchini
4. Turkey burger (no bun), chili sauce, asparagus, couscous
5. Auntie Jo's Special: lean ground beef sautéed with spinach, with eggs scrambled in, small salad
6. Chicken stir fry with onion and yellow and red bell peppers, corn on the cob with butter
7. Large salad with tuna fish
Must go to the grocery store to get more WW Giant Fudgsicles for dessert!!
Monday, May 26, 2014
Yes, you guessed it. This is another challenge for the BLC. I've spent a good bit of time thinking about this. One of my problems is when I get home at the end of the day, I really don't feel like cooking, which is a conundrum. I love to cook, and I have to eat, and I want to eat healthy food. I tend to make batches of things and eat the same thing every day, but for this challenge I wanted to try to stretch a bit.
Dinner #1 - Filet mignon steak, baked potato with butter, green beans
Dinner #2 - Large salad with shrimp
Dinner #3 - Pan sauteed tilapia, couscous, zucchini
Dinner #4 - Small salad, jambalaya with shrimp and chicken sausage
Dinner #5 - Small salad, beans with couscous
I think that's all doable!!
Friday, May 23, 2014
For our weekend challenge in the BLC, we have to plan 5 breakfast meals for the upcoming week. I LOVE breakfast!!
Breakfast #1: 1 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of Kellog's Bran Buds, 1 single container of Fage Peach Fruyo Greek yogurt (yum!!)
Breakfast #2: 4 oz. Tropicana Trop 50 Red Orange juice, 1 rounded teaspoon of sugar free orange Benefiber, 1 rounded serving scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 1/2 cups cold water. I love this because I don't have to use my blender; I just shake it AND it tastes like a creamsicle!!
Breakfast #3: Vegetable Frittata. I'm going to use Coach Nicole's recipe and tweak it so that it makes just 1. It has 2 eggs, 1 tbsp. low fat milk, chopped broccoli, salt and pepper to taste, and goat cheese. Did you know you can microwave scrambled eggs? They "poof" up, almost to a souffle consistancy, and it takes a LOT less time in the morning to do them this way!
Breakfast #4: Loaded Breakfast Potato: You take a left over baked potato, scoop out most of the insides. Scramble 2 eggs with green onions and other veggies, add the scooped out potato until just heated through, add low fat cheese, heat up the potato shell in the microwave, put the egg and potato mixture back in the shell, top with salsa!!
Breakfast #5: Homemade Mack-Muffin: take a micro safe container, lightly butter the inside, scramble 2 eggs, season and micro them until done, which is about 1-2 minutes. Take an english muffin, toast it, and then make a sandwich with the eggs.
I'm excited about making different breakfasts for 5 days!!
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