“I’m On That New Diet Where You Eat Everything And Pray For A Miracle”

First things first… I have a weight update! I went to the nutritionist Friday and I was down 3.6 pounds from the last time I saw her 4 weeks ago. That’s 30 pounds lost since I started going to my nutritionist. Currently I’m at 326.4 pounds.

My eating this week was the usual. Breakfast was great. Snacks were great. Lunches were great. Dinner was crap.

My food schedule is so structured during the day. I have perfected doing the healthy eating all day until dinner. Breakfast is always something quick, like a microwaved Jimmy Dean omelet with toast and milk or bran flakes cereal with microwaved scrambled eggs.

   
   

I pack two snacks and a lunch to take with me to work, so those three meals are always portioned out and easy for me to control. Snacks are usually low sodium V8’s, peanut butter and crackers (with frozen cherries), almond thins and dip, bananas, or bread and cheese, this week being roasted garlic focaccia with brie cheese.

   
 

Lunches this past week have been leftover steak and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes, tuna sandwiches, and fat free refried black bean tostadas.

  
   

The steak was leftover from grilling out with my dad last weekend. He bought 2 filet mignon steaks because he thought they were small and that it wouldn’t be enough. For someone who’s trying to reduce their meat intake, it was the perfect size. So, I got leftovers!

The Brussels sprouts were leftover from Sunday cooking with the BFF. We decided to workout and cook a healthy dinner. We made roasted Brussels sprouts with a light garlic aoili, a “risotto” using a mix of couscous, quinoa, lentils, and garbanzo beans with chicken broth and Parmesan cheese, and we bought a rotisserie chicken for our protein. As for the workout part, we did 20 minutes of turbo fire. I would say it’s a mix between jazzercise and tiebo. It was fun and I definitely was sweating my butt off. I even took a picture because I had sweat dripping down my face.

  
The refried black bean tostadas I made this week were amazing! I bought a Mexican brand of the canned beans and just layered them onto oven baked corn tortillas with guacamole, shredded low fat cheese, and diced Roma tomatoes. Sooo good! I’ll be making these again for sure!

I forgot that one day at work they had free sandwiches, so of course I’m cheap, so I took advantage of the free lunch. I had two sandwich pieces, one was italian and the other a ham and swiss.

  
I also had a lemon poppyseed muffin (not pictured).

For dinner this week, I ate out twice, and cooked at home 3 times. At home, I had baked fish with mashed potatoes and green beans, frozen macaroni and cheese from Trader Joes, and a random assortment of things in my freezer one night which included a scallion pancake, a chicken tender and the small pieces left at the bottom of the bag, crispy curry potstickers, and some asparagus.

   
 

The nights I ate out, I had a lot of food at Taco Bueno (it was cinco de mayo and Mexican food was calling my name) and I had Raising Canes chicken and fries. And I had Dr. Pepper with both meals. Speaking of Dr. Pepper….I love a good meme.

  

I wish Dr. Pepper wasn’t so similar to crack cocaine…

Anyways. I’m really going to work on my dinner choices this week. I bought EASY options for this week. Like, E.A.S.Y. Like, open up the bagged Caesar salad kit and open the dressing packet, easy. And open up the cooked grilled chicken strips and throw them on the salad, easy. Seriously, if I get lazy and eat out this week, then there’s seriously something wrong with me. I literally (I can’t say this word without giggling anymore. Thanks SNL!) could not be more prepared or set up for success this week.

Completely unrelated, but here’s a link to why I giggle at the word “literally” every time I say it. http://youtu.be/Ef_33wIEeds

I’m not a huge SNL fan, but I was cracking up during this skit. Ugh, love it!

There’s just one last thing I wanted to share with you guys.

As you know, I’ve been going to the gym with my friend Demi 2-3 times a week. Almost every time, we run/walk on the treadmill. Well, recently we’ve been adding in some running, before it was mostly walking. Anyways, I started at a 17 minute per mile pace, then brought that down to 15 and a half, and then today my pace was 14 minutes and a half for a mile. 14:36 to be exact.

It’s always exciting to keep shaving time off your pace, so I was excited about that!

Well, it’s late so I better get some sleep. It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and I’m spending the day with my momma, yay! I think I’ll do a Mother’s Day post tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that tomorrow night some time.

“I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” – Dolly Parton

I’m coming to you with another update on my weight loss journey and I wish I could say I have great results, but I don’t.

I’m definitely trying really hard, but with my work schedule, it’s tough! Let me explain…

I start my day at 9:00 am. I eat breakfast at around 9:30 or 10:00. I work some, then I eat lunch around 12:30 or 1:00. I work some more, then I eat my afternoon snack at around 4:00. I work some more and then I usually don’t get home until 7:30 or 8:30. Then I eat dinner at maybe 8:00 or 9:00. For some reason, it’s been hard for me to not keep snacking after my afternoon snack. My tummy just can’t last that long without food. Or it could be that I have no willpower right now. Either way, it’s a lose lose.

The GOOD news is that I changed my schedule at work and now the absolute latest I’ll work is maybe 5:00 or just after 5:00. Some days I might even be done working by 3:00!

THIS means I will have lots of extra free time to…..EXERCISE! I’m going back to jazzercise this week! This makes me so incredibly happy because I used to love going to jazzercise! It made me feel good. I loved the sweating, and the energy it gave me, and I loved the way it made my body feel.

So Thursday, it’s on!

As for my eating lately, well, today was pretty good. I had my usual cereal for breakfast, sandwich and tomato juice for lunch, and I made some delicious turkey taco chili soup for my afternoon snack (recipe and pics below…keep reading!), and dinner was a repeat of my BBQ chicken foil packets I’d made in the past. Yum yum!

I found the turkey taco chili soup recipe over at skinnytaste.com. I LOVE this website because everything is tried and true good. I’ve made tons of the recipes from that site and everything has been healthy and delicious. My favorite thing about that site is that the calories are listed out on every recipe.

Here’s my adapted recipe for the soup!

Turkey Taco Chili Soup

1.25 pounds lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
10-oz can rotel
15-oz can corn, drained
15-oz can pinto beans, drained
8-oz tomato sauce
16-oz can refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
3 cups chicken broth

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First, brown the turkey over medium-high heat until cooked through. Be sure to salt and pepper the ground turkey while it’s cooking. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook about 3-4 minutes. Add the rotel, corn, pinto beans, tomato sauce, refried beans, taco seasoning, and chicken broth. Simmer for 13-15 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally as it will stick because of the refried beans. Serve with a dollop of daisy sour cream and a sprinkling of reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.

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It’s 240 calories for 1 and 1/2 cups of the soup. I added 2 tablespoons of light sour cream and 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese for a 355 calorie afternoon snack.

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I say snack but it’s really a meal because I eat 4 small meals a day.

Well, that’s it for now! Can’t wait until my next check in because I’ll get to tell you all about my first class back to jazzercise!