I keep lots of whole grain stuff around, like whole wheat pasta with tons of protein and fiber. You can cook it in the microwave, and then just put some pasta sauce, or a can of diced tomatoes on top. I also love doing fake stir fry with some instant brown rice, a little soy sauce, and a big bag of frozen stir fry veggies.
When I get a sweet tooth, I dig in to a 100 calorie pack of crasins. They taste like candy and don't have any fat, so as long as you don't eat a bunch in a row (the sugar starts to add up) you get the sweet without the guilt.
175 = a new book 165 = a new haircut 155 = a new pair of shoes 145 = a pedicure 135 = new clothes! (and a party! jk)
I am trying to convert to a lacto-ovo vegetarian lifestyle--about a month ago, the doctor sent me a letter to let me know that I'm due for a cholesterol check-up. That scared me. I've grown up in a household where we've had meat basically every day for dinner, and sometimes more than once per day. In other words, way too much meat. So, I've started working out again and I've avoided meat for almost two weeks. I am sure I will probably still have meat on the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, maybe the very rare special outing), but I just know that I want to drastically cut it down from what it has been in my life to this point. I don't need the calories or the cholesterol!
When I'm at school, I focus on hummus (you can make your own--try allrecipes.com)--it's made from tahini, olive oil, garbanzao beans/chickpeas, lemon juice, and garlic, more or less. I eat it with pita bread or vegetables like carrot sticks. For vegetarians, it's a great source of protein--I still have some left in the fridge at home (I'm at work), so I'll probably stop and pick up some vegetables on the way home so I can dig in!
Portabello mushroom caps are also something else that I love--they usually come in packs of 2, about 3 ozs each. Altogether, they're only about 30 calories apiece. I marinade the caps in a combination of canola oil, balsamic vinegar, meat tenderizer (strange, I know--but good!) and garlic powder before I put them on my George Foreman grill. They come out looking like steaks! You can eat them as burgers or stand-alone as steaks--they have about 100 calories in them apiece after all that.
I buy more fruits and vegetables at the supermarket than anything else. I make sure to always have whole wheat pasta on hand. And of course the necessities like nonfat yogurt and applesauce. When stuck in the dining hall I go straight to the salad bar and make something so large that I don't focus on the other less healthy options.
FRUIT,FRUIT AND MORE FRUIT.. I buy mixed fruit containers from Whole Foods or your local grocer and I put snack bags together for the week. I also make litle trail miz bags, adding my own raisins and m&ms for flavor.. My suggestion is make it something that is quick and easy to grab, and something that is also light and healthy.. Plan ahead of time and not after because that is when you run into trouble..
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I do a lot of chicken breast. I buy them when they're cheap and freeze them. Then, as I need them, I thaw in the micro and plop them on the George Foreman. Add a little wheat pasta and some great chunky spaghetti sauce and I feel like I'm eating at a restaurant. For sweets, I really like a nice ripe mango chopped up, and they're cheap, too! I also sometimes cut a sweet potato in half, microwave it until it's done, and then mash it with a dab of cinnamon and ginger and a few sprays of spray butter. YUM!
Minigoal: 10% of my body weight by Christmas.
Goals: 145: Mani/pedi (especially as I just stopped biting my nails) 135: Navel ring (my dad will be so pleased) 125: Some new clothes (I don't have any left that are that small) 115: (by my birthday, April 13) The satisfaction that I finally took off that "last five pounds" I had before I gained 35 more.
I like to keep apples, granola bars, regular oatmeal (cinnamon + splenda = yum!), tea, baby carrots, and go-gurts (frozen is like ice cream!). I do eat in the dining hall, but I get it to-go and make up my own dinners....focusing on lean meats, brown rice, veggies, etc. Sometimes I'll take extra sweet potatoes and heat them up for snacks.
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I have hormel meals, popcorn, 100% juice and fresh fruit, and the little cups of Apple Juice. There is also pudding and jello. The 90 calories snacks like Quaker Oats Rice Cakes. I've had Chicken Noodles also. Once you get inside the store, you'll see a lot of options you didn't think of.
CW: Lost 0 lbs (Jun. '14) GW: 120.0 lbs (N/A)
"The beauty of the Gospel message is not that we shall not suffer, but rather that regardless of the level and intensity of our suffering, God is always there by our side, and will always give us the strength to stand and not fail. In fact I would go as far as to say that the most effective witness to the lost, is the life of a suffering Christian, that overflows with joy, peace and love, rather than bitterness and self-pity.
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I really like the healthy choice soups, just pop them in the microwave and it's done! I also keep around a LOT of fresh fruit and veggies, and have invested in the green bags that keep them fresh for a while, and they really work. I also try to keep like 100 calorie snacks around just in case while studying/doing homework, I want a quick snack.
Hope this helps!
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