Food Favorites

I love seeing what other people eat. I’ve always been curious about that. I’m especially curious about what people who are dieting are eating. It’s interesting to see the food choices people make everyday, something I’m consciously aware of all the time for myself. So, I thought it’d be fun to share a list of some of my favorite foods right now.

I tried choosing a mix of different items, but items that I’m eating regularly.

Here are my favorite foods right now!

Olive Garden Light Dressing

  

As you can tell, it’s almost gone. It’s only 30 calories for 2 tbs of deliciousness. Makes eating a salad easy! I serve this over butter lettuce with a sprinkling of low fat grated Parmesan cheese with some diced tomato and diced red onion, just like Olive Garden.

Kind Bars Of Any Flavor

   

  

 

These are the perfect after lunch snack! Keeps me full until well after I get home from work, which is perfect if I’m going for an evening walk.

PF Chang’s Frozen Meals

  

Even though it’s sideways, it’s still important! These things are awesome. Most of them are under 350 calories for half the bag. I love that there are vegetables in this as well. These help curb my hunger for Chinese food. I’ll take 350 calories over the 1500 I would have eaten for Chinese takeout any day.

Fried Rice

   

 

Speaking of Chinese food, I love serving mine over these rices. Just heat and eat! I’m seriously obsessed with the Trader Joes vegetable fried rice. I’ll be stocking up next time I go!

Jimmy Dean Frozen Omelets

  

I have no words….. Yeah right! I could talk about these omelets for days! They’re 240 calories each, go perfect with toast and milk, and they take 2 minutes to heat up. Oh, and they’re delicious! I’d eat them every morning but they’re high in saturated fat, so my nutritionist has me limit them to a couple times a week.

Low Sodium V8

  

I drink one of these everyday on my first break. Filling and only 70 calories!

Mango

  

Sprouts had a sale (4/$1.00) on their mangoes a few weeks ago. Sooooo good and a great snack! One of the very few fruits I actually love.

Nut Butters

  

The perfect after dinner snack if I’m craving something kinda sweet or a perfect addition to breakfast to get me to my breakfast calorie goal. This flavor has pecans and chocolate chips in it.

That’s the end of my list! Hope you enjoyed some of my favorite things!

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Mr. Grey Will See You Now

As promised, I’m back with another blog post mainly dedicated to talking about my nutritionist appointment. I really wanted to share sort of what I’ve learned, what we talk about, what we do in our sessions, etc. So, let’s get started!

I’ve been going to my nutritionist for about 4 months now. She’s my accountability person. I willingly tell her the truth about everything food related. She’s my safe place, someone who I know won’t judge me. If I ate 2 cheeseburgers from McDonald’s for a snack, I can tell her knowing that I won’t get a “dammmmnnnnnnn” look. You know, that look when you say something crazy and people look at you like “dammnnnnnn.” And I really did eat 2 cheeseburgers for a snack one day and I felt 100% ok with telling her. If im not honest with her, she’s going to know. She weighs me every session so might as well tell her EVERYTHING.

So like I said, she weighs me every time at the very beginning of our session. Then she uses this cool machine that measures my body fat % or something along those lines. Not too sure because those results aren’t something we look at, but she keeps track of that number so she can track my progress. As of Friday, I’ve lost just over 25 pounds since I started seeing my nutritionist.

Next thing we do is go over my food log. She’ll look at everything I’ve logged over the past 2-3 weeks since I saw her last. If something pops out to her, she’ll ask me about it. A couple months ago, she saw pizza and waffles for dinner on the same day and was like, “Are pizza and waffles together a thing now?” I just answered, “Nope.” And then we talked about why I made that choice, or did I eat the pizza, but was still hungry so went for a waffle, or how was I feeling when I went back for more food.

In this most recent session, I told her about the weekend where I ate my feelings because I was sad. She asks about how I was feeling and what coping mechanisms did I use to feel better. We went over coping skills that are helpful, such as reaching out to a friend, doing something that’s a distraction, or writing in your journal. I did all of these things after my bad weekend of eating and I was self medicating and didn’t even realize it. I thought that was pretty cool! There have been times in the past where I’m not sure I would have been able to get myself out alone, but I did it this time (with the help of the BFF) and that was a great feeling.

Every session is something new. One week we talked about the different fats and which ones are good and bad. Another week we talked about the size of each meal and how to space out my calories. One thing we found out was that I was hungry in the evenings. So, she had me bulk up my breakfast so that I eat 500 calories for breakfast and it has helped so much! My nutritionist is great with finding out exactly what works for ME. Also, I can’t say enough how grateful I am for health insurance. My nutritionist appointments are covered 100% on my insurance, which makes me able to go see her.

More recently, we’ve started talking about exercise. She never pushed me to start. She never got mad at me if I didn’t exercise. But one day, I just started walking every now and then with my mom, which led to me exercising on my own. We set a goal for me to try to exercise 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes. Last week, from Sunday-Saturday, I exercised 4 times. Part of me is getting out there and walking because it makes me feel good to move my body and part of me is going because I have someone to hold me accountable and I want her to see me accomplish the goals we’ve set for myself.

Another great thing I’ve learned from my nutritionist is how I look at “cheat meals.” I no longer plan cheat meals. The reason being this….I got a pizza one Friday night or my cheat meal. So in my brain, I was going to eat 4 of the 8 slices. For the other 4 slices, I was going to eat 2 slices and a salad on Saturday and Sunday so that I still stayed within my calorie budget, which I did. What I found was so interesting is that I was just fine eating 2 slices and a salad for the days I hadn’t labeled as cheat meal days. So if I could have just eaten 2 slices on Friday, I wouldn’t have gone over my calorie goal.

Instead what my nutritionist told me is that she understands I’m not going to eat perfect 100% of the time. Really, I’m going to be eating great 80% of the time and 20% of the time will be meals like the pizza, where it’s not the best option. With this, I’ll still be in my calorie goal so there are technically no cheat meals. I just found this way of thinking really clicked, and although I’m still working on it, I’m no longer looking at meals as cheat meals. Obviously I’m not perfect, but I’m improving with this way of thinking, because this IS a lifestyle change and I want this weight loss to stick.

Last thing I talk about with my nutritionist is my hobbies. I recently discovered I really don’t have any, but that’s something I’m looking to change and I’m currently working on. I’ll talk deeper about this in another post once I see some changes in how I spend my free time.

I did recently decide to start reading again, which is something I’ve always loved. I’m one to jump on the bandwagon dead last. The Twilight series? I started reading it after the first movie came out to rent. I absolutely loved that series. So, I finally gave in and started reading 50 Shades of Grey. I LOVE it! It’s seriously so good! Which reminds me, I gotta go! I’m in the middle of a chapter and I need to see what happens next.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some meals and snacks I enjoyed last week.

   

Trader Joe’s chicken tenders, TJs zucchini fries, and canned carrots.

  

TJs Belgium waffles, TJs chicken sausage links, and lite syrup.

  

Pineapple…yum!

 

The most delicious Kind bar! I have a roasted jalapeño one I can’t wait to try this week!

Have a great week everybody!

S.H.I.T. – So Happy It’s Thursday

This week has been a great week! I’ve exercised twice on my own, my eating has been good, and I’m seeing results! My weight has gone down and I’m also starting to feel better overall.

As for the exercise, I’ve walked twice this week (so far) on my own for 30 minutes each time and went 2 miles each time. I was sweaty and tired afterwards and it felt like a great workout, even though I was just walking.

I normally had an excuse to not exercise during the week. For example, “I get off work late” or “It’s too dark outside when I get off work” or “I don’t want to get up early.” I could go on. But for some reason as I was driving home on Monday, the sky was dark but I could still see the very tail end of the sunset, the weather was just right, and I was motivated to get outside and move. Also, walking outside is free! And I’m cheap so that’s a double bonus.

My eating this week has also been good. I’ve been eating vegetarian for my lunches almost everyday. I’ve had black bean nachos and brown rice spaghetti with marinara and Parmesan cheese for lunch this week, both with a small canned veggie such as green beans or carrots.

  

I’ve found that cutting out some meat out of my diet has helped my stomach. I used to get an upset tummy after eating almost any meal, and now I don’t have that problem. So, I think I’ll stick with vegetarian lunches. I’m excited to share with you next week what I’ll be eating for my vegetarian lunches. It’s going to be good!

Dinners this week have consisted of PF Chang’s frozen Chinese food over some vegetable fried rice from Trader Joes. Seriously, it’s sooo easy and tasty. Love that dinner! Also, I had some frozen precooked chicken tenders and frozen mashed potatoes from Trader Joes. Are you seeing a theme here? I love easy and frozen foods that are convenient for me to just heat up after work. Everybody has what works for them!

  

Doesn’t that look good? That’s the sweet and sour chicken from PF Chang’s. It’s 336 calories for 1/2 of the bag. That’s awesome for delicious Chinese food! Yum!

The last thing I wanna mention is my weight. I’m down to 330.9 pounds. That’s almost 5 pounds down this week! Is it weird that I wanna be all old school here and say “raise the roof!” I think I have been watching too much “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Well, that’s all I have for you today! I go to my nutritionist tomorrow morning so I’ll definitely be blogging about that this weekend. She’s always got something new to teach me that I can share with you.

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.
  

          

My Food This Week

My days off are Wednesday and Thursday right now. I utilize those days to do my meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal prep. I like to make something new every week. I dislike having to eat the same thing over and over but as a single person, sometimes that can be hard, and in order to cut down on my grocery bill, I’ll eat the same foods over and over all week long.

So around Wednesday, I start looking at recipes and getting ideas on what to cook and eat for the next week. This week I decided on strawberry smoothies for breakfast, hummus and pretzels for snack, laughing cow cheese wedges for snack, jambalaya with a side of roasted brussels sprouts for lunch, thai ground beef over rice with mixed vegetable soup for dinner, and multi-grain Cheerios for a late evening snack if I’m feeling hungry later in the evening.

My food schedule for today looks like this:

Saturday
Breakfast-smoothie
Snack-pita chips, salsa
Lunch-jambalaya, roasted brussels sprouts
Snack-laughing cow cheese wedge, saltines
Dinner-thai ground beef over rice, mixed vegetable soup

Every Wednesday, I will write out each days food schedule for the week so that I know exactly what’s planned. That way, there’s no, “I’m hungry, and tired, what should I make for dinner?” Every meal is literally planned out a week in advance. Obviously things happen and it could change, but I try to adhere to the food schedule as best I can.

Right now, I’m shooting to be under 1900 calories. This is a little high, but I’ll slowly work on getting it down.

Here are some pics of my delicious food from this week!

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I couldn’t help myself. I had to sneak in a doggy pic. 🙂

My vegetable soup was fantastic. It has celery, onion, zucchini, squash, carrots, corn, tomatoes, and green beans. It also has lots of water, some beef bouillon cubes, salt and pepper, and some garlic powder.

Unfortunately, the Thai ground beef over rice wasn’t a success. It was ok but definitely not my favorite. I think I’ll sorta rinse off the ground beef and add it to my vegetable soup for the next couple days to make a hearty filling soup. Improvise. It’s what I do best.

Anyways, that is the latest update. Things are slowly getting better each day. Hopefully soon I’ll see or feel some results! Until next time!

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!