Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Here's day two of food logging/blogging... I noticed I left out something very important yesterday: NUTRITION! Lol, you know, just the reason we're here... NBD.
Breakfast: A strawberry parfait with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a crushed Nature Valley granola bar (181 calories)
Lunch: Greek salad with romaine, cucumber, tomato, parsley, pepperoncini, feta, a little leftover chicken, and 1/4 cup (dry) quinoa (I made 3 times that to use throughout the week). I also had some carrot and celery sticks with store-bought red pepper hummus (480 calories)
Snack: 23 (lol, diets are crazy, I really counted) pistachios and a 90 gram banana (I actually weighed it!) (156 calories)
Dinner: Shrimp friend rice on a bed of steamed bok choy- it was really good, but I had to use more oil and soy sauce than expected (okay today, though I was on the lower end of cals, whew!) (483 calories)
And the proof!:
This is really fun... And addicting!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I LOVE following your food blogs, and I am off of work this week, so I thought I'd give food log blogging a try!
For breakfast, I enjoyed Greek yogurt with frozen grapes while my oatmeal simmered:
McCann's steel cut oats with cinnamon, brown sugar, and a couple walnut halves (both the yogurt and oatmeal photo'd kinda ugly, so I went with their pretty containers instead!):
My stomach rumbled well before lunch, so I had a fuji apple:
For lunch, I reheated homemade veggie soup along with half a PB&J, and some veggies
Had half an ounce of almonds halfway to dinner (before SP, I would have had about ten times this many per serving!):
Once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Tonight is was egg tacos with anaheim chiles, green onion, tomato, cilantro, and AVOCADO(!), with some homemade smashed cranberry beans topped with a little feta (and Mike and I shared a bowl of strawberries that aaalmost tasted like Summer):
That was today. I think I'll do this again tomorrow- it was fun!
Monday, February 20, 2012
I can't believe it! I really can't believe it, but after stepping on the scale again with Mike as a witness, lol, it's true- I'm down another two pounds. And minus 20 pounds. And I'm in the 140s (by the skin of my teeth!).
This week I ate a little more than usual. On Valentines, red wine helped me hit the very top end of my calories, and the next day, we grilled burgers for dinner, which also put me nearer to the top than I'm used to. That made me nervous. On Saturday, I had a (single) beer with a shrimp cocktail at Ventura beach, and we golfed all day yesterday, which normally means I hold on to some water weight. Against all of these things, I still dropped weight. I am elated.
This is, without a doubt, the longest I've been with a diet (or healthier lifestyle, or regimen, or WHATEVER). I feel great! Don't get me wrong, I have those days that I feel ravenously hungry, or completely tired, but more often than not, I feel pretty great. I don't want for crappy food or soda, I look forward to our walks, and I go to sleep and wake up earlier feeling more rested. I sound like a commercial, but I mean it all.
Things that are working:
-Being consistent (taking walks 6 days a week, planning meals)
-Eating more? (gasp!)
Room for improvement:
-STRENGTH TRAINING (why is so dang hard to start???!!!)
Now, in week 8, I set off to work on the last 10 pounds. This should take me ten weeks, and I am in no hurry. I can't believe I will soon be in a place where I think about maintenance. Never have I reached a weight loss goal in the 10 years I've been starving, running, and girdling my weight away. What a wonderful thought. Thank you all for the love and CONSTANT motivation. I am so happy that I can share such personal happy news with you all
Monday, February 13, 2012
I am on fire, dudes.
After a lazy weekend in week 5, I planned to be more active this week. In addition to my Monday-Thursday walks with Mike, we hiked both Saturday and Sunday. I really felt pushed (in a good way- sometimes I hardly sweat when we walk) and hoped that it would make a difference on the scale. It did. Down almost 2 pounds. I could sing. Lalalallalallalalaaaaaaaaaa (me, singing)!!!
Things that are working:
-Sleeping better (no more all-nighters)
-Getting outside and moving
-Repeating healthy breakfasts and lunches a few times a week (so easy to plan oatmeal Mon, & Weds., parfaits Tues. & Thurs.) and having fun cooking up healthy dinners
Room for improvement:
-Chewing (sounds silly, but I need to slow down when I eat)
In week 7, I'm going to keep doing what has been working, and incorporate strength training into our fitness routine. I'm thinking some basic calisthenics type stuff (shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, core, and legs) for 30 minutes on Tuesday (we did this in week 4, and it kicked our butts!), and a DVD on Thursday-my MIL gave me a couple Biggest Loser DVDs (Cardio Max Weight-Loss and Shred-It with Weights) a while back, and I'll finally give them a try...
Look out 140s- I'm coming for ya!!!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I really love to cook, so I plan on recording some of my more successful recipes here. Why not?
First, I slow cook a chicken breast with carrot, onion, celery, salt and pepper in a crock pot while I'm at work, then shred it up when it's... Shreddable? ;) To make the tinga sauce (totally optional, but so so so good), combine a fresh tomato, a chipotle chile (or reconstituted ancho chile), a little onion, garlic, and a pinch of caldo de pollo (powdered stock) in a blender, puree, and then strain. It's a cross between an enchilada sauce and tomato salsa
I bake tortillas (no Pam or anything) at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, and I flip them over halfway
I mash black beans up (they are not refried), using either store-bought (watch for salt), or homemade
Lastly, top with some light sour cream, and veggies galore. I love lettuce, white onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro. Avocado when I can afford the extra calories!
One tortilla, 1/2 cup black beans, 2 ounces chicken, 1 teaspoon sour cream, and veggies come to about 150 calories. I eat two AND have something sweet afterwards!
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