What I Ate Thursday

As promised, here is a full post over “What I Ate Thursday.” I think these are fun because like I’ve said before, I’m curious about what other people eat, especially curious to see what a normal food day looks like for other people. Well, here’s mine!

Breakfast

Jimmy Dean omelet-240 calories

Whole grain toast-130 calories

1 and 3/4 cup skim milk-140 calories

Breakfast total=510 calories

Snack

 

V8-70 calories

4 multigrain crackers-70 calories

1st snack total=140 calories

Lunch

 

French bread-160 calories

2.2 ounces deli turkey-68 calories

Mini brie wedge-70 calories

2 and 1/2 tbs wine jelly-75 calories

2 compari tomatoes-25 calories

Lunch total=398 calories

Snack

 

13 baked chips-110 calories

Individual guacamole cup-100 calories

2nd snack total=210 calories

Dinner

 

Small russet potato-220 calories

3oz cooked chicken-130 calories

1/8 cup lite shredded cheese-40 calories

3 tbs BBQ sauce-68 calories

2 tbs whipped lite butter-100 calories

3/4 cup green beans-35 calories

Dinner total=592 calories

Late evening snack

 

Tea bag-0 calories

1 tbs honey-60 calories

French vanilla creamer-25 calories

Late night snack total=85 calories

Total calories today-1935

My goal is to eat around 1900 calories a day. This is a very typical day for me. I ate pretty much the same thing all week except I had two breakfast options and two dinner options just so I don’t get bored.

My sandwich this week was absolutely phenonminal! I’d normally make my sandwiches on normal sandwich bread, but I wanted garlic toast for dinner with my Caesar salads (had that twice this week for dinner), and I didn’t want to buy two breads, so I made my lunch sandwiches on the same bread I bought for garlic bread.

On my sandwich was brie cheese, shaved deli turkey, and wine flavored jelly. It was sooooo yummy! I never got tired of it all week. I’ll be picking up some more of those mini Brie bites at Trader Joes this weekend for future sandwiches.

Speaking of Trader Joes, I’ll be going there this weekend! I’m so excited because when I go, I always stock up on my favorites from there. They have just so many easy go to meals which makes eating healthy for me just that much easier.

The main reason for the trip though is to go celebrate my nephews 2nd birthday in Dallas! He’s the absolute best thing ever and of course I’ll have lots of pics to show you when I get back.

I’ll be going to a couple of my other favorite places in Dallas this weekend too, so I’m excited to blog about my adventures when I get back!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

  

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I’m Back For Good!

Hey guys!
     I know it’s been forever since I last blogged. To be honest, I’d just kind of given up. I was bored of eating healthy and I went back to eating junk (and even some pop) and just not caring as much about my health.
     I’ve slowly been changing the way I feel, though, and I’m 100% committed to getting back into this thing. I just want to recap though since it has been so long and so much has changed.
     I am back up to 335 pounds. If you remember, I started this journey at 372 pounds. I got all the way down to 285 pounds. I quit after a little over a year. Recently, I got up to 352 pounds, and I’m slowly back to losing weight. So my starting weight from today is 335.7 pounds to be exact.
     I ate so much food this weekend (basically eating my feelings) and I’ve decided I’m going to stop feeling sorry for myself and make a change. I have things to look forward to, LIFE to look forward to. There are things I want to do, and I’m determined to accomplish those things.
     There’s one major goal I have right now and it’s a trip to Mexico! I want to look good and feel good for the trip. I want to be able to put on a bathing suit and not cringe. I want to be able to go parasailing and snorkeling. I want to get hit on by a nice looking guy. I want to enjoy the trip! I have exactly one year until I go to Mexico. By then, I’d love to be around 200 pounds, so I’m starting today.
     I’ve got a lot of things in place that are going to help with my success. I’m going to a nutritionist every 2 weeks, which I’ll talk more about in another post, I’ve got helpful and supportive family and friends around me, I’ve got a goal to look forward to, and I’m motivated again.
     In this blog, I’ll be talking about the food I eat, exercise, my nutritionist appointments, my weight, my feelings, etc. Anything is fair game. I’m going to be open and honest about what’s going on.
     Today, I really wanna talk about the foods I’m eating. I’m going to include everything I’m eating today. My calorie goal set by my nutritionist is 1800-2000 calories. I’m striving for 1900 calories or less though. Also, I’m logging all of my food in my fitness pal app. I love this app and it’s so easy to use.
Here’s what I ate today!
Breakfast:
1/2 cup egg whites
2 tbs chipotle sauce
2 pieces of honey wheat bread
2.25 ounces honey ham
1 3/4 cup skim milk
3 strawberries
Total calories=449
Snack:
Opal sweet apple
Low sodium V8
Strawberry basil infused water
Total calories-170
Lunch:
15 corn tortilla chips
1/2 cup light shredded cheese
5/9 cup low sodium black beans (rinsed)
3 tbs red onion
2 1/2 tbs pickled jalapeño
2 tbs chipotle sauce
1 cup canned carrots
Total calories=505
Snack:
3 Honey pretzel sticks
1 tbs Trader Joes pub cheese
1/4 cup cooked white rice
1/8 cup kimchi
1/2 boiled chicken drumstick (no skin)
Total calories=181
Dinner:
Breaded chicken tenders
Mashed potatoes
2 tbs skim milk
Green beans
1/2 tbs olive oil
Total calories=445
Dessert:
2 pieces of chocolate
Total calories=93
Total calories=1846

     These meals and snacks are very typical to what I eat everyday. The only real oddballs are my fruit consumption. I really dislike most fruits. I bought the strawberries for infused water and I had extras, so I added a few to my breakfast. The apple is an extreme rarity. I saw it in the store the other day and it looked good (for some weird reason since I hate apples) so I bought it and actually really loved this apple! I’d totally buy more!

     Also, I know my last snack of the day looks pretty random. A girl at work brought the kimchi, rice, and chicken for everyone to try. I really wanted to try it because it was homemade, and I’m glad I did. It was delicious. I didn’t eat all that was given to me on my plate, but I did enjoy just enough to be able to try it.

     When I got home from work, I was feeling pretty good about my day and was very excited about my motivation. So, I decided to exercise! I walked 2 miles and it took me 30 minutes. I burned 377 calories. Very exciting! The weather was just perfect when I got home, maybe around 75 degrees and just enough wind to enjoy a nice walk, so that’s what I did.
     Overall, it was a great healthy day. My goal for tomorrow is to follow my meal plan and to try to get in another walk after work, even if it’s just 15 minutes.
     Below are the pictures of my meals today in the order that I ate them.
  

          

Milkshakes For Breakfast

This smoothie thing is getting much better! I made an amazing smoothie this morning that tasted just like a milkshake. I know I said I’d give you my review of that new protein powder I’m trying out, so here’s my official review. It’s awesome!

Here are the ingredients in the protein powder.

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Here’s my smoothie recipe from this morning.

Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie

1 serving of Ka’Chava vanilla protein powder
1-2 cups of ice
1 cup spinach
1 and 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
6 or 7 frozen strawberries
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

The texture of the protein powder was just a tad bit chalky but with the great milkshake taste, it seemed to work together. I have one more sample packet to try, the chocolate, and I’ll try that one soon and give my review. Either way, I’m pretty sure I’ll end up purchasing the protein powder if I can afford it since it tastes so good!

As for the rest of the day, it was great! I stayed on track all day. Yes, there were times I was hungry. But I wasn’t starving. I ended up adding in another snack that is after lunch and before dinner.

Here’s a sample of my food schedule:

7:15-Breakfast–smoothie
9:15-Snack–hummus with pretzels
12:00-Lunch–baked chicken, roasted carrots, peas, green beans, 2 Oreos
2:45-Snack–pretzels, strawberries
5:30-Dinner–baked chicken, healthy carb, veggies

At the end of the day, I feel full enough. I’m not starving. I’m satisfied I guess would be the word. It reminds me of this Leeann Womak song where she sings, “Get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger.” I always took those lyrics literally. Anyways, that’s how I’m feeling at the end of the day. And I’m happy with that. 🙂

This Is Harder Than I Remember

Getting back into the healthy lifestyle has been harder than I thought. I kinda took it on and went full force and it’s not going well. After doing some reevaluating, I’ve decided to change things a bit.

But first, let me tell you about the changes I’ve made. First, I’ve decided to drink a protein packed smoothie for breakfast every morning. My mid morning snack is something around 150 calories. Lunch is filled with a healthy carb, lean protein, and lots of veggies. Dinner is basically the same as lunch.

Unfortunately, the above plan is not working. Although I love the smoothie for breakfast, I’m already hungry on my first break at work. So by lunch, I’m starving. Lunch isn’t filling me up because I’m used to eating so many more calories. By the time I get off work at 4:30, all I wanna do is eat something and it better be fast. Therefore, the setup of baking chicken and roasting veggies is just not going to cut it because that takes too long. Instead, for dinner, I find myself eating a whole bag of baked chips. Yep, the whole bag…

As for right now, I’m going to try to focus on making healthier choices while trying to come up with a system that works best for me. I’d love to continue to do smoothies in the morning, but I’ve got to get a good mid morning snack in that will help me make it to lunch. Also, the protein powder I bought, called Amazing Meals, only has 90 calories and 10 grams of protein. I’m thinking I might need to switch to one with more protein and calories to keep me feeling full.

Since I’m on this kick right now to be super cheap, I was able to find a company online with great reviews on their protein powder/meal replacement. I sent them an email asking for a sample and being the great company they are, they sent me 2 samples of their protein powder: one vanilla and one chocolate. Their protein powder includes lots of great ingredients such as flax seed, chia seeds, probiotics, healthy greens, healthy fruits, oats, brown rice protein, etc. The brand is called Ka’Chava. Right now, it’s only available online. Hopefully this switch over helps curb my appetite a little better.

I’ll follow up with you once I give Ka’Chava protein powder a try, which will be tomorrow and I’m excited! I’m making a strawberry vanilla smoothie with spinach. Yum!

I DO want to share with you guys a great smoothie recipe I received from the BFF. I made this smoothie my first day and it tasted great. Here’s the recipe!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1-2 cups ice
1 frozen banana
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs ground flax seed
2 tbs oats
1 tbs unsweetened cocoa
1 scoop protein powder (I used Amazing Meals Vanilla Chai)
1 and 1/2 cups spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 to 1 tsp extract (I used chocolate hazelnut)

In my amazing New Wave Blender, I first added the ice to get a crushed up texture. I then added the chopped up frozen banana, the almond milk, spinach, and then all of the dry ingredients. Last, I added the extract. Blend until smooth. Well, smooth-ish. Personally, I don’t mind it a little chunky. I like the texture.

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After this amazing smoothie result, you’d think I probably would repeat that same recipe the next day right? Nope, I decided to try something new and it turned out horrible. Horrible is being nice. It was un-drinkable. I put mint extract in it to make it taste like mint chocolate chip. Instead it tasted more like liquid Vicks vapor rub. Gross! So that day’s breakfast turned into a frozen pre-made breakfast sandwich that I keep in the freezer for mornings where there isn’t enough time. Not as healthy as a smoothie, but not terrible.

Once I get breakfast under control, my next plan is to work on lunch. I typically find it easier to eat healthy for lunch at work. I always bring my lunch and never eat out, so lunch shouldn’t be too hard. Dinner is my biggest challenge. I will most likely have to start precooking my dinners at the beginning of the week and just reheat all week. We’ll see! I’ll focus on that once I get breakfast and lunch on track.

Anyways, I’m enjoying this whole “blogging” thing again so I hope to keep up with it on the regular. Here’s to hoping for better results this week!

“Tell em that it’s my birthday. They don’t know so it’s ok. Every night is my birthday.” ~Selena Gomez

It was my birthday 10 days ago. I’m officially 28, aka OLD….

Anyways, I had a great birthday this year! Basically, I had a 4-part birthday.

Here’s part one.

My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew came into town the weekend before my birthday. We celebrated with a delicious dinner consisting of turkey tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus. Dessert was my absolute favorite thing…..french macarons. Yum!!

The best part about the weekend was that I got to see my nephew! Since I started my Saturday class, I haven’t been able to go to Dallas to visit, so I was really excited they came here!

Here’s my favorite little man!

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He loves his favorite aunt Lindsay. 🙂

Here he is with my dad! So cute!

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Part-2 of my birthday was on my actual birthday, the 13th.

My BFF, Megan, had me over to her house and she made me an appetizer, dinner, and an amazing cake! We had beer cheese dip, peppered steak over rice, and lemon/strawberry cake.

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How awesome is that cake?! She does a really fantastic job on her cakes and I thought it was so sweet of her to make me a fancy cake. 🙂

Part-3 of my birthday was the weekend after my birthday.

My dad and step-mom took me out for a Thai dinner and then we went to my favorite bakery and had pies for dessert. This bakery has “Pie Night” a couple times a week and they make really unique pies. I had the blackberry pie with graham cracker crust, orange scented goat cheese cream, topped with honeycomb crumble. Amazing! Seriously, so good! My dad had the mile high chocolate pie, and my step-mom had the rhubarb/strawberry cobbler pie.

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Not the fanciest of pics, but taste is all that matters!

Part-4 of my birthday consisted of a road trip.

My BFF got us tickets to go see Selena Gomez in Kansas City, so we took an overnight road trip.

We drove up to Kansas City last Sunday morning, got there around 12:00, and went directly to this fried chicken place Megan had seen on The Food Network. It was delicious! I stuffed myself. 🙂

After lunch, we hit up a few stops we’d never been to before. My favorite place we went to was called The Better Cheddar. I love cheese, obviously, if you couldn’t already tell from my birthday cake. I got this super unique and yummy brown cheese. It’s brown and sweet because it’s cooked until it caramelizes.

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This place had lots of cheese to sample, lots of imported products from Italy, and just some really unique food items. Cool store!

Sunday night, we went to the Selena Gomez concert and had a great time! Our seats were really good and the concert was fun! Here’s a few pics from the concert.

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We stayed the night in KC and the next morning we headed back to Tulsa. On our way home though, we HAD to go to Trader Joe’s of course. I stocked up on some good stuff from TJs. I got some bacon cheddar, speculoos cookie butter with cocoa, pumpkin soup, frozen stuffed acorn squash dinner, frozen french macarons, marinara, taco seasoning, frozen Chinese orange chicken, heat and eat corn pudding, and more!

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I love trying TJs products and reviewing them! So far, the corn pudding is out of this world, good! Rich, creamy, and decadent. I’ll report back with the other product reviews soon.

The last place that we went to was this coffee shop called The Roasterie. The coffee shop sells assorted french macarons from a KC bakery called Milk and Honey. They had 7 different flavors and I got one of each flavor to try them all.

I ate them before I could get a picture but here’s the last 3 before they were consumed.

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The flavors were fig and goat cheese, raspberry, lemon, mocha, pistachio, salted caramel, and pumpkin. I love french macarons. One day, I’m going to finally make them and blog about it. I’m thinking I’d like to make a matcha green tea macaron with a honey/orange filling. Yummmmmm!!

So, that concludes my birthday this year. Until next year!

Mexican Shrimp Tostadas

The healthy eating is getting a bit easier, but I’ve still got a weakness to go out and buy 4 cookies that I don’t need. And because of that, my weight is holding pretty steady at just under 300 pounds.

I was able to go to jazzercise twice last week, and probably twice this week also. I know….I could have definitely gone 4 times this week since I get off work so much earlier now, but yesterday I went and baked cookies with my grandma after work and Wednesday is MY BIRTHDAY so I deserve a couple days off from exercise. I DID go today, so that’s all that matters. 🙂

Anyways, I’ve got a super simple “recipe” to share with you that I made for dinner last night. It’s so simple that I wouldn’t call it a recipe. It’s more like a “put these things together” and you’ll have a great meal, recipe.

Shrimp Tostadas

(Makes 1 serving)

-2 tostadas
-3 oz of peel and deveined raw shrimp
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1/2 teaspoons Mexican spice mix of choice
-1/2 cup fat free refried beans
-1 individual 100 calorie guacamole cup
-1 and 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
-1/3 of a large tomato, diced
-1 oz queso fresco, crumbled

Vinaigrette (optional)
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon flavored vinegar (I used Serrano honey infused vinegar)
-juice of 1/2 a lime

Calories=600 (Which might seem high but it works for me to keep me feeling full after dinner)

Instructions:

Mix the shrimp with the garlic, chili powder, and Mexican spice mix. Sauté in a sauce pan until shrimp is done.

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While shrimp is cooking, heat up the refried beans in the microwave. When beans are warm, spread the beans evenly onto the two tostadas. Next, spread the guacamole over the beans. Top each tostada with half of the shrimp.

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Load the tostada with lots of shredded romaine lettuce and diced tomato.

Mix the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice to make a vinaigrette. Pour over the tostada. Top with crumbled queso fresco. Eat and repeat until all the tostadas are gone.

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The vinaigrette is optional, but I just really love a sauce any way I can get it. I used this new vinegar and olive oil my sister bought me for my birthday.

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The Serrano honey infused vinegar was perfect to make this vinaigrette but any vinegar would work!

I have noticed that I tend to use a lot of Mexican flavors when I cook. Luckily, I have found out how to make Mexican food healthy instead of making Mexican food the way I used to it eat…..covered and smother in cheese.

I made a great Taco Twist Soup this week that I’ll have to share with you all next!

P.S. The shrimp tostadas are great to eat while watching The Biggest Loser. I’m so excited for this new season of the show! I remember watching TBL back in January when I first started my journey. Watching the show really helped motivate me. I’m hoping this season does the same so I can get back on the right track 100%!

“It’s funny how exercise helps you live longer because whenever I exercise, it makes me feel like I’m dying.”

It was my first class back to jazzercise this evening after not going for 2 months and I’ve got 3 words for you. Out. Of. Shape.

Seriously, I was struggling! After the first 2 songs I was huffing and puffing. My side even started hurting a little over halfway through. Some of the routines were hard and I may have even skipped a grapevine or two to catch my breath. My legs and arms were screaming during the toning part of class where we use resistance tubes. By the end of class, I was drenched in sweat. But you know what? I don’t care about any of that because I loved every minute of it! I loved being back!

I recently switched to a jazzercise closer to me, and the people at this location are great! Very friendly and the instructor was great at explaining all the moves. This location also has later class times, which is perfect for me. I now get done with work between 3:00-5:00 pm, and they offer a 4:45 class, a 5:45 class, and a 6:45 class. I’ve got absolutely NO excuse not to show up everyday.

I went to the 5:45 class this evening. I got there a little early and the 4:45 class was still going on. It was a decent size class with about 15-18 people. My class was smaller, we had 7 or 8. I like the smaller classes. There’s more room to do your thing.

Now if only I could get my eating right to 100% it’d be a perfect combination. I’ll get there soon hopefully. The exercising usually motivates me to alter my eating for the better, so I’m sure I’ll fall back into the 100% healthy eating in the next couple weeks.

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