“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.

A Little Bit Of Everything

This last week was a good week for me. Work went well, exercise happened, and my food was on point. Oh, and I finished reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. So, just wanted to tell you about my week!

Food

As I’ve said, I’ve been eating less meat recently and have been enjoying vegetarian lunches for the past month or so, as well as mostly vegetarian breakfasts and snacks. Here’s some of what I ate last week.

Breakfast was either bran flakes cereal with skim milk and egg whites with ketchup OR a frozen Jimmy Dean omelet with 2 slices of whole wheat toast and skim milk.

   

 

My vegetarian lunches last week were either tomato, basil, mozzarella salad with roasted garlic focaccia OR my new favorite sandwich, a mashed white bean sandwich with avocado, red onion, and leaf lettuce served with canned carrots or green beans.

   

 

This white bean sandwich is so simple. Here’s the recipe!

White Bean Avocado Sandwich

-1can great northern beans, drained, rinsed

-1 tbs olive oil

-1 or 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 small avocado, halved

-sliced red onion

-lettuce of choice (I used green leaf)

-sandwich bread (I used sliced focaccia)

Instructions: (Makes 2 Sandwiches)

Put the white beans in a bowl. Mash them so that half are mashed and half are still sorta whole. Add in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Serve on lightly toasted sandwich bread with 1/2 of an avocado scooped out, sliced red onion, and leaf lettuce. Eat and enjoy.

Dinners last week were either a basil, mozzarella naan bread pizza with turkey pepperoni and a side salad OR a frozen Indian dinner from Trader Joes OR mini chicken tacos with a side salad.

   

   

I loved the dinners this past week because they were all simple. Assembled and cooked within 10-15 minutes.

For snacks last week, I had my usual V8 with 1/2 of the almond coconut kind bar for my first snack and 2 1/2 tbs of Trader Joes Greek yogurt spinach dip with almond thin crackers for my second snack.

   

 

Exercise

This week, I exercised 4 1/2 times from last Sunday to today. Last Sunday, I walked around my moms neighborhood with her for almost 45 minutes. On Tuesday night after work, I walked 2.10 miles and it took about 30 minutes. The half comes from Wednesday, where I walked around my apartment complex for about 10 minutes with my dog. I was pretty tired because I was staying up late every night to read to finish 50 Shades.

I decided to not stay up too late Thursday so that I wouldn’t be too tired to exercise Friday night. Friday, I walked for almost 2 miles for about 30 minutes total. Friday felt like a good workout and I was sweating and exhausted after I was done, but felt great!

For today’s exercise, my best friend had the idea to go hiking. We have an area here called Turkey Mountain, so we decided to go and it was such a blast. We hiked about about 45 minutes, which didn’t even feel like 45 minutes. Halfway through the hike, we came upon a lake and thought it’d be the perfect exercise selfie.

  

Here are the stats from today’s hike.

   

 

The BFF and I are saving money to go to Mexico next year, so we’re trying to eat healthy and get in shape for our trip. We’ve decided that when we hang out, we’re going to do free/cheap things and also try to exercise instead of our usual eating out. Next week we plan to go rent bikes and bike around the city. Can’t wait!

Some of the advice I got from my nutritionist really helped me with my eating this week. I no longer am looking at meals as cheat meals. If I’m going to go out to eat, I’m going to budget it into my calorie goal. I had to do this twice this weekend. Once, I went out to lunch with my mom this weekend, so I cut back calories from breakfast so I could afford the meal calorie wise. And of course we made a healthy decision and went to Zoe’s Kitchen, so that made it easier. I had the grilled chicken pita with feta slaw and no mayo pasta salad.

  

The second time I ate out, it wasn’t as healthy. I had the chicken and waffles and ate about half of the chicken and half of the waffles. We also had an appetizer of sweet potato fries with spicy caramel and bacon. Super delicious! The restaurant doesn’t have their nutrition information displayed but I used my fitness pal and ended up saying the meal was about 1000 calories, which only put me over my calorie goal by 100 since I budgeted for it that day.

Yes, I felt guilty for the meal, but I also had exercised the night before and was planning to exercise Sunday, which I did, so I feel like I worked some of it off. Either way, I’m not going to let it get me down.

Overall, last week went great! I’m excited for this week also to be filled with healthy foods, fun exercise, and and weight loss! I’ll be weighing this week sometime, so I hope to have a new weight update soon.

Have a great week everybody!

~Why is Monday so far from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday?

It’s Called Diet Because All The Other 4-Letter Words Were Taken

Ok, it’s about time I started blogging again. I have found that blogging keeps me motivated, it keeps me honest with myself and those who read my blog, and it holds me accountable for my actions.

My actions as of late have been downright horrible. For the past 2 months, my diet has been back and forth. I’ll eat healthy for breakfast and lunch. Then when snack time rolls around, I’ll go buy 4 cupcakes and eat them all. Or I’ll go to this popcorn place near my work and I’ll buy a large bag of salty delicious popcorn and eat it all.

Dinner is even worse. I’ve been to Panda Express for dinner too many times to count, just this month! And I’ve eaten from Raising Canes almost as many times. Nothing good can come from Raising Canes… All they sell is fried chicken tenders, fries, and creamy coleslaw.

THIS HAS TO STOP! I’ve gained back a little weight (10 pounds), and I’m sitting at just under 300 pounds. I got down to 287 and just kind of quit. I quit exercising, I quit caring as much about what I ate, I quit blogging… I just got busy and lazy.

BUT, that all changes today! Today I’m back to my healthy lifestyle again!

-NO more sweets
-NO more pop or sweet tea (I probably had about 5 sugary drinks in the past couple months, so that hasn’t been too horrible)
-NO more fast food
-NO more popcorn (unless it’s healthy popcorn)
NO more food binges

I’m nearing my one year anniversary of the day I started this journey and I want to end the year on a high note. I started December 18th, 2012. I’d like to have lost 90 pounds by that date this year, so this is me officially setting that goal.

Wish me luck! I’m going to need lots of it! Oh and willpower, I need lots of that too. I can and will do this!

Since I’m trying to hold myself accountable, here’s what I ate today.

Breakfast- 1 and 1/2 cups of Cheerios with 1 and 1/4 cup skim milk.

Lunch- Ham and cheese sandwich on low calorie bread with fat free mayo, can of low sodium tomato juice, and a banana.

Snack- Homemade turkey meatballs and spaghetti soup, handful of cashews, and a small bowl of Kashi 7 grain puffs cereal with skim milk.

Dinner- Scrambled egg and egg whites, turkey bacon, toast, asparagus, sliced tomato, and 1 tablespoon of low calorie butter.

After dinner snack- Cherry cobbler fruit bar.

All together it was 1803 calories, just 3 calories over my goal.

Today was hard since I’ve gotten used to eating more calories, but I know from experience it gets easier after you get used to it. So I’m hoping to get past these next couple weeks quickly!

A Few Things

I’ve got a few things I wanna talk about but first things first….

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I did it! I successfully got under 300 pounds! I couldn’t be more excited about this!

So what’d I do to celebrate? Well, I went to jazzercise class and then, I ate. I ate pretty poorly this weekend. I had pizza on Saturday for lunch and also a dessert after the pizza. Then today for fathers day, I made filet mignon with big baked potatoes and asparagus for lunch.

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Although the steaks and potatoes were delicious, I definitely ate more than I should have.

My dinners both nights over the weekend weren’t too healthy either. :-/

So, I’m hoping I don’t get on the scale in the morning and see a 3– something number, but if I do, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Luckily, I’ve got some delicious, healthy lunches and dinners planned this week to get me back on track so you can expect to see a “what a ate” post later in the week.

The next thing I wanted to tell you about is that I have the bestest BFF in the world and she brought me back a few of my favorite things from Trader Joes this weekend!

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Starting from the left, the coconut oil spray is awesome! I use it all the time instead of using olive oil. I had her bring me back 3 cans of it because I love it so much.

The second item is mango voodoo hot sauce. It’s not from Trader Joes, but Megan actually got it for me while she was in Louisiana. I’m excited to try this hot sauce because it has no sugar, no fat, and no calories. Woohoo! I’m a huge fan of mango and spicy stuff so Megan knows me well. I think I’ll use it on some griddle grilled chicken this week. Yummy!

Next is the Trader Joes enchilada sauce. I used this to make my chicken and green enchiladas. Loved the sauce so I had to get more of it.

I got the marinara sauce because I just didn’t feel like making my own this week. I wanted to be able to just open up a jar and pour it on my spaghetti squash. Call it lazy. Call it convenience. But hey, it’s what’s working for me.

Next thing is the edamame hummus. This stuff is weird (but in a good way) because it definitely tastes like hummus. It uses all the flavorings of hummus such as tahini, lemon juice, and garlic but it’s puréed edamame instead of garbanzo beans. The only bad thing about it is that it has 90 calories for 2 tablespoons. So as long as I eat it with a vegetable and not chips, it should be an ok snack.

The voodoo kettle chips are also something Megan picked up for me in Louisiana. I ate these last night and they were great! They had a nice spicy kick to them with just a hint of sweet. Yum!

The Thai lime and chili cashews from Trader Joes are sooooooo good! They’re a little spicy and nutty and just downright addicting. If you haven’t tried these and you like Thai flavors, you should definitely go out and get yourself some. You won’t be dissapointed!

The last thing is the PB&J chocolate bar.

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It’s a chocolate bar filled with peanut butter and jelly. Does it get any more delicious than that? I can easily portion this out to get 4 servings out of it. One bite of something sweet usually hits the spot for me. Even though it’s about 200 calories for the whole bar (or 50 calories for a square of it) it’s worth it to me. 🙂

Thanks again Megan for picking up all of these great things for me! You’re the best!

The third thing I wanted to talk about is my new kitchen table I got. I haven’t had a dining table since I moved into my current apartment which was about 2 years ago. So, it’s nice to finally have one again! I can actually eat dinner at the table, not that I do, but I could! 🙂

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Isn’t it pretty? And I’ve got my painting from Pinot’s Palette hanging on the wall in the background. My apartment just looks so homey now with the dining table and the art work hung. Love it!

I Said YES…To Bacon

I love BBQ. It’s just delicious. There is so much flavor in BBQ. And the sauce…you can’t not mention the sauce. Who doesn’t love a sweet and salty and tangy and spicy BBQ sauce?

I’ve been eating a lot of BBQ lately. Not really on purpose, but it just sorta happened that way. I went out for a birthday dinner with my church to Rib Crib, my step-dad has grilled ribs twice recently (in which I was there both times), and then I went out with some friends to lunch at a different BBQ place last Saturday.

All of the BBQ was great. My step-dad makes some killer ribs! They’re salty and flavorful and just moist and delicious. His ribs are hard to beat.

But the BBQ I’m going to tell you about right now is from a place here in Tulsa called Burn Co. It’s a small little place that’s only open from 10:30-2:30, or until they run out of food. It’s pretty popular for the 4 hours they’re open. We got there at 10:20 and there were already 3 people in line waiting outside. By the time they opened at 10:30, there were about 15 people in line.

When they finally opened up (that 10 minutes of wait time was brutal, it smelled so good even from outside!) we were immediately offered food. While looking at the menu and thinking about what to order, they handed out rib samples, smoked sausage samples, bologna samples, and a huge slice of “the fatty” to sample. “The fatty” is a sausage wrapped in ground sausage wrapped in bacon and then smoked. It was goooooood!

I sampled both “the fatty” and the ribs and was torn between what to order. Luckily my friend Kara was torn too and we decided to get one of each and share. Perfect!

Here’s “the fatty.”

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And here are the ribs.

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The ribs were great! They had a spiciness to them that I really enjoyed. They were super flavorful and easy to eat.

The sides with the BBQ were great as well. I had the grilled potato salad, which was amazing. It was filled with potatoes, red onions, green bell peppers, and bacon.

Kara had the smoked Mac N Cheese. I thought it was ok. I didn’t love the smokey flavor on it, but everyone else enjoyed it.

Overall, I absolutely adored this little hole-in-the-wall BBQ place! I’ll be going back for sure.

And since this is a blog about weight loss, I should probably mention that even though I went out and had BBQ, I still feel like I did it in moderation. I had 4 ribs (including the sample rib I had), 3 bites of “the fatty”, a side of grilled potato salad, one bite of the mac and cheese, and un-sweet tea to drink. I felt full but not stuffed or gross by any means.

I did, however, have a feeling of guilt afterwards, so I just made sure I went to jazzercise the next morning. So instead of beating myself up about having one not so great meal, I went and exercised to burn it off.

This feeling of guilt is something new to me and I must say I like it! It keeps me in check with what I’m eating, when before I never even cared one bit. I think this feeling is something that slowly changes in you over time as you start to eat healthy MOST of the time. It’s like it’s your body’s way of saying “don’t lose everything you’ve worked so hard for by eating this pint of moose tracks ice cream.”

I wonder, do any of you have this same feeling of guilt? If so, does it work for you? As in, does it help you make better choices?

The Perfect After Jazzercise Meals

My jazzercise class starts at 9:20 on Saturday mornings. I don’t really eat before class, so by the time class gets out at 10:20, I’m pretty hungry.

A couple Saturdays ago, I went with Sandy to this restaurant called Naples after our morning jazzercise workout. They’re known for their flatbread pizzas. I had been wanting to try it for quite a while now because they’re flatbread pizzas are unique and all sounded super delicious.

They have a perfect lunch special: a side salad and a lunch sized portion of any flatbread for about $10.

Here are some of their unique pizza combinations!

Bang Bang Shrimp Flatbread
Dusted shrimp, goat cheese, mozzarella, caramelized onions, coconut, creamy Thai chili sauce, cilantro, balsamic reduction.

Ginsu Flatbread
Ahi tuna, mozzarella, caramelized onions, cucumber, diced tomatoes, avocado, garlic, ginger, wasabi cream sauce, sesame seeds, balsamic reduction.

Tuffo Flatbread
Duck confit, sautéed figs, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, caramelized onions, caramelized pecans, balsamic reduction.

I could keep listing their unique flatbreads, but there are quite a few more!

I decided to try the Hey Jerk Flatbread pizza.

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It had pulled pork, applewood smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese, pineapple, coconut, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, poblano peppers, Caribbean jerk sauce, and balsamic reduction. As usual, I started eating before I could even think to take a picture because I was pretty hungry.

Man oh man was I in pizza heaven! Saying I loved the flatbread pizza is an understatement. Yum!

Sandy had the Cozumel flatbread pizza.

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It came with pulled pork, caramelized onions, poblano peppers, avocado, black bean spread, enchilada sauce, and balsamic reduction. We traded a piece of pizza so I got to try hers as well and it was just as delicious as my pizza. I MUST go back soon!

This last Saturday, I was in the mood for breakfast after jazzercise, so I decided to go home and make an omelet.

I almost never make the exact same omelet twice because I literally just throw everything I’ve got leftover in my fridge into my omelets.

I had zucchini, green bell pepper, yellow onion, tomato, green onion, and snow peas in my fridge, so I chopped them all up and tossed them into my omelet. I also had just a little bit of shredded cheese so that went in as well.

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As far as the egg part of the omelet, I used 4 egg whites and one yolk. I could use all egg whites, but I like a little yolk to give it a little more flavor and also that yellow color.

I served up 2 slices of sprouted grain bread with my omelet as well as a few chicken breakfast sausage links.

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If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a HUGE fan of chicken sausage. When I saw these breakfast chicken sausages at Sprouts the other day, I got pretty excited because I’ve never really seen chicken breakfast sausage before.

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I’ve tried both flavors and they’re both fantastic! They’re a perfect quick addition to any breakfast!

Weekends: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

I don’t know why weekends are so much harder to eat healthy. I guess it’s because I don’t have a set routine on the weekends. I sleep in later. Or I am out and about running errands. Or I’m hanging out with my family. I eat out more on weekends, and this weekend was no exception.

I had BBQ on Friday night. I got the beer can chicken with vinegar based slaw. I decided since those 2 items were pretty healthy, I could have one unhealthy side, and I chose the house made chips with peach ketchup.

Saturday, I took my mom out for lunch for mothers day after we enjoyed facials at the salon. We went to an Asian fusion restaurant where I had Pho. I had been wanting to try Pho for a while now. It’s a delicious broth filled with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef. It comes with a plate of add ins such as bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, lime, and jalapeños. You can also add hoisin and sriracha. Pho is amazingly delicious! The broth is super flavorful and it’s definitely something I can’t wait to have again.

Since I felt like I’d eaten a lot on Friday and Saturday, I made myself a taco salad for dinner Saturday night, filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, a little cheese, salsa, and ground turkey taco meat.

Sunday, my step-dad made lunch for mothers day. We had ribs, green beans, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, small baked potatoes, and my Asian coleslaw. I felt like for the most part, this was not too bad of a meal choice.

For dinner on Sunday, I was tired and knew I had a long Monday ahead of me, so I picked up some pre made sushi to have for dinner.

Monday’s eating wasn’t good. I had a spicy turkey with cranberry crepe for lunch with a side salad. I also had a Thai flavored gelato. It was mango, pineapple, and coconut. It was delicious and tasted like I was on the beaches of Mexico.

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For dinner I had a pizza from Top That Pizza.

After all of this eating out over the weekend, I was dreading the scale this morning. Even though I spent about 6 hours cleaning my apartment yesterday (which I’d say was a good workout) I still gained weight. Not that I was expecting to lose weight or anything, it just showed me how easily the weight can go back on. And by easily, I mean EASILY. That was definitely a wake up call, one I desperately needed.