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Day 19 - The Skinny Rules

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I just read Bob Harper's book, "The Skinny Rules," and I found it intriguing. Most of what he said I already know & agree with (whether or not I practice it perfectly)... some of his rules reminded me of some old healthy habits which I want to rekindle, and some were new but made perfect sense... so I'd like to incorporate them into my plan. Best of all, he has some simple, healthy recipes in the book which I can't wait to try (hello, sweet potato hash and spicy veggie stir fry).

The rules which I find most challenging are:
-no (or little) carbs after lunch
-no white potatoes except on splurge meals
-no store-bought juice (just eat fruit)
-low sodium intake

I would like to work on this is my plan:
-I made a list of low-carb dinners I can make easily (the lazy dinner being a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store paired with frozen steamed veggies... for my "off" days)
-I bought a bunch of yams, turnips, and parsnips to eat in lieu of potatoes
-Instead of buying orange juice, I bought a bag of cuties (tiny little mandarin oranges which are fantastic and just the right portion for someone who never really enjoyed oranges before)
-I will make a conscious effort to wean myself off of salt, though this will be the hardest part. I definitely think I can do it, and doing my food prep on the weekend will help me avoid salty convenience foods throughout the week.

I have some great ideas for next Sunday's FOOD PREP...

1. Go to Whole Foods
Buy: Apples, Strawberries/other berries, pineapple, banana and other fruit, lemons/limes, herbs, cuties, green leafy vegetables, stir fry vegetables, snacking veggies, side dish veggies, squash, nuts, 2 dozen eggs, plain greek yogurt, hard cheese, tempeh, yams nips and snips, kombucha

2. Chop up berries, put lemon juice on them (for yogurts and oatmeal)
3. Chop up pineapple / mango / whatever (fruit that's not berries for fruit salad/smoothies)
4. Chop up root vegetables, ziplock them (for roasting)
5. Make Hummus, cut up pepper strips, celery, carrot sticks, broccoli, snow peas
6. Boil a dozen eggs (snacking / breakfasts)
7. Roast chicken breasts and cube them for salads
8. Make turkey meatballs or salmon dip w/ greek yogurt instead of sour cream
9. Make steel cut oats or quinoa breakfast bars
10. Soak and cook lentils or beans for the week

emoticon in other news, I am still sick. I am still pushing through it, but this is one stubborn cold. I am on my way to the gym now, despite the sickness, because my fever is gone. So I am still pushing through.. I might just have to take this workout a little easier than normal. However, my results are really showing up on the scale, and I only have 1.3 more lb to lose before saturday, so I really can't afford to be lazy. I have a goal, and nothing will keep me from it!

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Here's a link to Bob Harper's book (you can read all 20 of the rules in the first review if you scroll down):
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    I read this awhile back but it was during one of my 'off' times and reading it didn't get me kick started. Now that I am motivated and trying I will revisit - I remember Bob had some awesome tips and recipes. Thanks for the reminder on this - and hope that following it goes well for you! emoticon
    1783 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    A great plan. I read the recipe for the salmon dip you posted and plan to try it soon. I am hooked on hummus right now, so maybe it would be a good break. I like Bob the best on the Biggest loser too. Thanks for the info on the book. I will check the library for it. emoticon
    1784 days ago
    You know, it's only been this season in which I really got into The Biggest Loser, and I'm hooked. Bob is definitely my favorite, but I do have a little soft spot for Jillian. I've been taking a lot away from the show, and it's even become a motivator for me. Feeling lazy? Watch an episode and exercise during. About to bite into that chili fry? Imagine Jillian's rage!

    I think I need to check into the books...

    It sounds like you have a solid plan, and I know you'll rock it!
    1784 days ago
    I think Bob is a rockstar. I love everything about him. I think some of the rules would take serious dedication and I wish you luck!! Can't wait to hear how it goes for you.
    1784 days ago
    Sounds like a plan!
    1784 days ago
  • EUEK098
    1784 days ago
    I found success in the "no carbs after lunch" too but sometimes it's SO hard to stick to! when I do I shed lbs like crazy so you'd think that would be enough motivation to keep it's a work in progress. I like the whole meal prep ideas and have been wanting to get on board with that but its difficult to find the time to cook that much. You can do it as far as losing that little bit before Saturday!! emoticon
    1784 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2013 11:23:32 AM
    Great plan! Sounds like a good book, maybe I will check it out!
    1784 days ago
    I am SO with you on the no carbs after lunch and the no white pototoes! I am sure if I get my mind right I can do it though! I don't eat white pototoes as much as I used to but still need to cut back.

    Cuties are AWEsome! Love 'em!

    I have been able to avoid this cold/flu season so far but have had a lingering headache for a week now, not sure what it is?! I hope you feel better! emoticon
    1784 days ago
    1784 days ago
    I always try to avoid carbs after 1:00 pm. I try to only eat low-glycemic veggies at dinner, never any grains. I keep my sodium intake to 900-1,300 mg per day. If I go above that, I retain a lot of water.

    Turnips are a great alternative to potatoes. I love them roasted with vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice.
    1784 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    Thank you for sharing the rules and where you got them. Congrats on nearing your goals. This is a nice reward for sticking to your plan and really working at it.
    1785 days ago
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