PROCESSED FOODS STINK:
I know, DUH, processed foods are BAD! LOL
I have been doing really well and eating clean. But Sunday I had a few cheats... Eggs Benedict at brunch, a couple of Bloody Mary's watching football, smoked chicken & ham, and some store bought coleslaw. UGH. Weekends are my Achilles heel! I guess that's probably true for a lot of people though.. Hence why we're here
Anyways, after what was supposed to be a cheat meal turned into more of a cheat day, I woke up and like a kick to the shins, I was up 4 "pounds." My BF doesn't believe me when I say my body absolutely hates processed or high sodium foods. I think more than most people! Most people I know don't have those kinds of swings after one bad day (or do they/you??? Please tell me I'm not alone!). I know, I know, what should I expect after those splurges? Its just discouraging that you can be OH-SO-GOOD, only to feel totally set back after just one day? But I digress....
I hopped right back on the clean eating horse the following day, and did 2 classes at the gym. Today I'm down 2 of the 4 "pounds," so a few more days of getting all that garbage out of my system and I'll be good to go
What I REALLY need to do is stop looking at the scale every day. Healthy Lifestyle cardinal rule #4. It can seriously do more harm than good! So - no more daily weighing. I'm just going to stay focused on eating right and getting to the gym. The rest will take care of itself even with indulgences here and there (everything in moderation right!?)
EXPERIMENTING WITH HATCH CHILIES
In the last bountiful basket we received there was a TON of hatch green chiles. Having never cooked with fresh ones before (I've always used the canned ones) I was determined to find a delicious new recipe. Thanks to Pinterest (my other Achilles heel) I found what looked to be a great, healthy, clean recipe for Chile Verde.
I spent yesterday morning fire roasting the fresh hatch chilies, tomatillos, and onions:
That was the easy part. The not as easy part was the peeling and seeding of the roasted chilies. Not to mention the part of me that was terrified to touch my face the rest of the day in fear the extremely spicy pepper remnants were going to burn a hole in my eyeball! Thankfully the gloves I used seemed to have worked!
What I thought was going to be more of an elk green chili stew, it actually turned out to be salsa Verde plus roasted elk meat. While I was preparing it I thought it looked a lot like dog food, and was worried it was going to be HORRIBLE.
After wall was said and done I had about 1.3lbs of elk roast cooked on low in the crockpot with the Salsa Verde PLUS an extra 2-3 cups of Salsa Verde for other dishes AND about 6 left over roasted chilies (which I will most likely save for super bowl Sunday to make more salsa Verde with).
The finished product turned out quite better than I imagined. It does look like dog food, especially over a bed of brown wild rice LOL.
On a side note, the Salsa ended up being only about 30 calories per 1/3 cup! WOOT WOOT
And in other food news, I had a very yummy breakfast yesterday: Egg whites with smoke chicken breast, salsa Verde, whole wheat toast with SF jelly, and an orange
This is what food is supposed to look like! --Okay but the ICBINB and salt free ketchup could go..... I'm working on that too.
And today's lunch, more left over smoked chicken breast, salsa Verde, carrots, and a tomato. (I am going to be sick of Salsa Verde soon-ish I think LOL... Maybe...)
And on the fitness front, as I said I did two classes yesterday. I did a 60 minute weight training class that focused on LOTS and LOTS of squats and arm exercises with weights, and 30 minutes of a kickboxing class. My legs feel like rubber today, but it I loved both classes. I'm very happy I joined LA Fitness