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I hate coming home from work and having to figure out what to cook... so to make things easier I take out several meals and thaw in the fridge. Having pork chops, chicken and hamburgers ready to go is a life saver. As I cook one up, I take another package out of the freezer. They stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days easily so I now always have something at hand ready to go to choose from.
I love love love fresh tulip bouquets this time of year.. however they seem to get droopy soooo fast. To get a little more life out of them, simply drop a penny in water of the vase and they will last much longer.
I have been keeping baggies of clean lettuce, chopped carrots, celery, onions, hard boiled eggs, .... you name it... in my refrigerator crisper drawer. When it is dinner time I pull out my drawer, take it to the counter and "viola" .. making a salad is a snap!
After lunch and/or dinner I will heat for 1 minute in the microwave 1/2 to 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce in a ramekin. Sometimes I add a few frozen berries or raisins on top . After it is heated, I top with a Tablespoon of FF whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Yummy way to eat your fruit!
I have found that if I make up a pitcher of Crystal Light first thing in the morning I will stay off the diet soda. It is also a great way to measure my daily fluid intake because as long as I drink the entire pitcher that day I know I got in my 8 glasses.
Last year I decided that in 2011 I wanted to do a triathlon. I've never done anything like that but have a friend that has. I'm not getting any younger so I set that as my long term fitness goal. Making this decision has really helped keep me moving and training as I am working towards a goal.
Eating healthy when traveling can really be a challenge. It is so easy to order off the menu and make a bad choice or tell yourself "what the heck.. I deserve a treat ". I have found that most restaurants will make omelettes with whites only and will substitute sliced tomatoes or fruit instead of hash browns or potatoes. Makes for a healthy filling meal on the road.
For years, I did 20 min on the elliptical 4 days a week and HATED it.... then I started doing some strength training and Wowsa...my whole attitude shifted. I now enjoy all types of exercise and. routinely get in 45-90 minutes 6-7 days a week. If you hate exercise, give strength training (I used free weights) a try 3 times a week for a month and then see if you don't feel differently. It is so worth it and has changed my life and attitude.
When grilling burgers, I always cook up 4 extras. I keep these precooked patties in the fridge and later reheat in the oven for a quick easy lunch or dinner with minimal mess and prep.
If you have trouble getting in enough fruits and veggies, then by all means BUY the pre-cut trays and keep them in the fridge. You are worth it! In the past, you wouldn't have hesitated to buy chips, or other treats so think of the trays as your NEW you treat!