Alrighty, Day 3 Update!

So first, let’s talk about my exercise last night!

I decided to skip the treadmill and just walk outside because of the perfect weather. I didn’t take a watch or phone with me outside, I just went and walked until I decided it was time to stop. I checked the clock before I left and right when I got home. I walked exactly 20 minutes. I’ll take it!

I stopped right around the time my side was starting to hurt. I’m sure it started hurting because I had just eaten Chinese food for dinner and stuffed myself. At one point while walking, I felt myself want to throw up and I had to suppress it. It’s not a good feeling while you’re trying to exercise which is why I always work out on an empty or pretty empty stomach. But hey, it’s the first time I’ve exercised in months so I’m not going to complain! 🙂

As far as my eating, today was pretty good. I ate healthy at every meal and I didn’t overindulge at snack time. I DID go to a movie and have some buttered popcorn, but I also had 400 calories left in my day so I think I didn’t go over my calorie goal too much. Oh wait, I had a pop at the movie theater… Eh, so I went over a lot more than I thought. I just have to keep the mindset that it’s not the end of the world and to look a ahead to making the next meal better and healthy.

Tomorrow’s a new day!

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It’s Been Too Long

I have lots to blog about but not enough time! Sorry for that! I do have a great recipe that I’d love to share with you, but I’ll have to post that tomorrow because I haven’t had time to write the actual post yet.

I do have some great news to share though!

I started this journey wearing a size 28/30 jean from Avenue. I had to go to Avenue because I was having trouble fitting into the size 28 jeans at Lane Bryant. This past weekend I went shopping for some new jeans because the size 26 jeans I had just weren’t staying up. I was constantly pulling up my pants from falling off of me. NOT a good problem to have.

I started off with a size 24. They fit but they were still a little big in the legs. I have smaller legs than my actual waist size. So, I tried a size 22…..and…..they fit!

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I also got a couple of new shirts in size 22/24 as well! VERY exciting as its been a while since I’ve seen this size fit.

I used to really love shopping back when I was younger (and smaller). Over time, I grew to hate it because stuff wouldn’t fit and if it did fit, I looked horrible in it. Slowly, I’m learning to love it again. This weekend trying on clothes was actually fun again. I even went into a store in the mall (The Gap) and tried on a pair of size 20 black pants. They fit in the legs and butt, but not in the waist. I was ok with that because I realized how close I was to being able to fit into clothes from a normal store again. Soooooo exciting!

While I was out shopping, I came across this Vera Bradley wallet I’ve been wanting to buy for quite some time. I decided today was a day to celebrate, so I bought myself the wallet.

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It’s exactly what I’ve been needing.

This weekend was a total success!

I’m more motivated than ever to keep up the great work so that I can go buy some size 20 pants in the near future.
🙂

My Weekly Meal Plan

It seems like I’m always talking about my meals, but I don’t think I’ve fully talked about my meal planning.

So here it is!

A little more about my weekly meal planning:

First, I start my week on Monday, so in my brain Monday is the first day of the week. Towards the end of my week, usually on Thursday night or Friday, I’m brainstorming about what I’d like to eat for the following week.

Once I decide on what to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, I make a grocery list. That way, I don’t forget anything and I don’t end up buying extra, unneeded stuff.

I usually go to the grocery store on Saturday or Sunday, depending on what my schedule is like. On Sunday evenings, I start prepping for the next 5 days.

Here’s a look at what my meal plan is for this week.

Monday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Tuna salad salad with celery, walnuts, apples, and fat free mayo served with a side of my homemade healthy honey mustard dressing and homemade chips and salsa.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, Veggie Krunch, pecan nut butter.

Dinner-BBQ chicken foil packet w/ purple potatoes, red and green bell pepper, squash, and green onion topped w/ a little cheddar cheese and boiled cabbage on the side.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Tuesday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Tuna salad salad with celery, walnuts, apples, and fat free mayo served with a side of my homemade healthy honey mustard dressing and homemade chips and salsa.

Snack-Veggie Krunch, zucchini pizza bites, wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks.

Dinner-Honey mustard chicken foil packet w/ red potatoes, green and red bell pepper, squash, and green onion served with a side of boiled cabbage.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Wednesday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Chicken deli meat sandwich w/ pepper jack cheese, can of low sodium tomato juice, cutie mandarin orange.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, chips and salsa, Veggie Krunch.

Before workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

After workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

Dinner-BBQ chicken foil packet w/ purple potatoes, red and green bell pepper, squash, and green onion topped w/ a little cheddar cheese and boiled cabbage on the side.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Thursday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Chicken deli meat sandwich w/ pepper jack cheese, can of low sodium tomato juice, cutie mandarin orange.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, chips and salsa, zucchini pizza bites.

Before workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

After workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

Dinner-Honey mustard chicken foil packet w/ red potatoes, green and red bell pepper, squash, and green onion served with a side of boiled cabbage.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Friday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Chicken deli meat sandwich w/ pepper jack cheese, can of low sodium tomato juice, cutie mandarin orange.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, chips and salsa, zucchini pizza bites.

Dinner-BBQ chicken foil packet w/ purple potatoes, red and green bell pepper, squash, and green onion topped w/ a little cheddar cheese and boiled cabbage on the side.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

As for Saturday and Sunday, I try to use my leftovers from the week.

Saturday

Breakfast-Toast with either a vegetable egg scramble or maybe breakfast chicken sausage and skim milk.

Lunch-Leftover chicken and vegetables from the week made into something delicious such as a stir fry served with brown rice.

Dinner-Going out to dinner.

Sunday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Leftover chicken sausage from a couple weeks ago that I put in the freezer served with leftover lettuce to make a salad and whatever vegetables I have still left in my fridge.

Dinner-I usually pick up a pre-made meal or salad from the grocery store and eat it for dinner on Sunday night.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Then I just start it all over again!

I have found that meal planning has been extremely beneficial for me. I always know what I’m going to eat so there are no surprises and I don’t have to make last minute, unhealthy decisions.

As always though, things do come up and my meal plan might change slightly. Either way, I make the most of it and still strive for pretty healthy choices if I am put in a situation where I can’t eat my chosen meals.

I’ve also found that I LOVE meal planning. I could do it all day. It’s exciting to me to get everything structured out to make at least the food part of my life easier.

I’ve also found that my meal planning has gotten better over time. I’ve learned what works for me, what doesn’t, what keeps me full, what doesn’t, etc. I’ve learned how to utilize what I’m buying at the grocery store so I don’t waste food. I don’t let vegetables or meats or really anything expire because I have found ways to overlap the same foods for different purposes. It’s become sort of a game to me and like I said, I simply love it. 🙂

The Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a great 4th of July! I sure did!

As far as eating healthy on the 4th, I ate mostly healthy with a little bit of splurge in there. I went over to the BFF’s and we made a plan to cook our own separate food so that we could still eat healthy and also enjoy the 4th of July without feeling guilty.

We made Gina’s healthy baked chicken nuggets (which were super delicious) and also these super yummy zucchini tots.

The BFF also had a recipe for a quinoa fruit salad so we decided to try that out too. She found the recipe here, but we (and by we, I mean I) decided to tweak it a little. I have trouble following a recipe. I think recipes are for a guideline, and they’re not meant to be exact. Change it up a little and use things you’ve got on hand or use things you love!

The gist of the quinoa fruit salad recipe is that it’s a mix of fruit, with cooked quinoa, and a super simple but delicious dressing. Here’s the recipe that we used instead!

Perfect Summer Quinoa Fruit Salad

1/2 Cup Quinoa
1 Cup Water
Pinch of Salt
Juice of One Large Lime
3 Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Chopped Mint
3/4 Cup Chopped Pineapple
3/4 Cup Green Grapes
3/4 Cup Black Grapes
1 Small Can of Mandarin Oranges, Drained
3/4 Cup Sliced Strawberries
1 and 1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
1/4 Cup Toasted Walnuts
1/4 Cup Toasted Pecans

Add the quinoa, water, and salt to a small pan and cook over medium heat until it boils. Let boil for 5 minutes, then turn heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Let the quinoa cool to room temperature. Set aside.

For the dressing, whisk the honey, line juice, and chopped mint together until combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the pineapple, both grapes, mandarin oranges, and strawberries. Add the quinoa next and then stir. Add the dressing and then stir again. Finally, add the toasted nuts and the crumbled feta cheese and stir until just combined. Serve either at room temperature or chilled.

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It may not look the prettiest in the pictures, but it looked very pretty in real life. And I thought it tasted great! I had at least a few bites right after it was done, and then had a couple servings with dinner.

It was a perfect balance of sweet, salty, crunchy, and healthy. I’d definitely make this recipe again. I think it’d be a great dish to bring to a potluck at work or something!

Well, that’s all for now. I’m going to Dallas again for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll bring back some new food/foods to blog about. Maybe some more chocolate from Dude, Sweet?! 🙂

Another Milestone Achieved

So it seems like since the last time I posted my updated weight (11 days ago), my weight has sorta fallen off easily since then!

I hit 299.2 pounds on the 15th. That was a major milestone as its been soooo long since I’ve been under 300 pounds. The next goal after that was to hit 75 pounds lost.

If you remember, I started out at 372 pounds and I’m glad to say that as of this morning, I’m at 293.5!

That’s a total of 78.5 pounds lost!

I did a little calculating and figured out my average weekly weight loss is almost 3 pounds a week. I’ve been dieting and changing my lifestyle since December 18th, 2012, or 27 weeks ago. This is the longest by far that I’ve ever stuck to eating healthy and exercising regularly. It feels amazing!

I guess my next goal is to hit 100 pounds lost, and you know what that means? It means I need to think of a reward for myself! My 50 pound weight loss reward was my bright Skechers tennis shoes. I loved them so much that they turned into my exercise shoes. Those shoes really helped me keep my weight loss going. So I want my 100 pound weight loss reward to be just as great! Any ideas you have are appreciated!

A second milestone I had was last night when I exercised! Megan came over for a walk/run, which usually means walk because I’ve never really been able to run. We started out walking and then power walking and then finally I said, “ok, let’s run to that car.” We ran on and off for most of the workout. And the crazy thing is, it was A LOT easier than times in the past where I tried to run.

We ran/walked about 2 miles in maybe 35 minutes. Here’s our crazy run path!

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It was a great and fun workout and we both decided we wanted to do it again soon! I think we’ll try for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. And of course, I’ve still got jazzercise both days this weekend so maybe one day, I’ll get a double workout in!

Lindsay’s Favorite Things

I kinda feel like Oprah when I say Lindsay’s Favorite Things, but without the giving away free stuff part. 🙂

Anyways…

I feel like its been a while since I’ve posted about some of my favorite products, so I thought I’d do just that. Most of these products I’m going to mention are staples in my everyday eating.

Ok, here are my top 6 favorite food products right now!

1. Sprouted Grain Tortillas

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I use these for multiple things. I have gone back to eating wraps again for lunch, so I eat one everyday. I also use these tortillas to make my own tortilla chips. I just cut them into about 8 slices and bake them at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until crispy. They go great with salsa or guacamole. These tortillas are also great as pizza crusts because they get nice and crispy.

2. Trader Joes Tomato And Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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I actually just tried this for the first time today and I loved it. I had a cup for snack along with my zucchini pizza bites and it was the perfect snack because it was warm and filled my belly up. At 100 calories per cup, it’s a great snack and a good way to get in some extra veggies!

3. Wholly Guacamole

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I’ve eaten this stuff pretty regularly since I started my weight loss journey. I love that it’s portioned out so I know I’m getting exactly 100 calories in each pouch. I use this guacamole on my sandwich wraps, or I eat it with my homemade chips, or I even have it for dinner when I make something Mexican. Since guacamole is a little high in fat, I never have more than one pouch a day, even if it is a good fat.

4. Chicken Sausages From Sprouts

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I have always loved chicken sausages, but the ones from Sprouts’ meat counter are my absolute favorite. They have many different flavors such as spicy Parmesan chicken sausage, or green chile chicken sausage, or feta and spinach chicken sausage, or apple chicken sausage, just to name a few. Every one that I’ve tried is delicious, but so far the spicy Parmesan is my favorite. I like getting a few different flavors and cooking one up each night for dinner.

5. Cucina Antica Marinara Sauce

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Ok, so I decided to buy some pre made marinara because I was seriously just not in the mood to simmer my own. This one looked promising so I picked it up at Sprouts and tried it for dinner tonight. It is THE best jarred pasta sauce I’ve ever had. It says homemade flavor on the label and it delivered! Two great things about this sauce is that it has spinach in it (always trying to get in more veggies!) and it has no added sugar. Here’s the nutritional info.

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At just 35 calories for 1/2 cup, it’s the lowest calorie marinara sauce I’ve come across. I eat marinara sauce almost every week. It’s low in calories and full of vegetable. This brand has other flavors of pasta sauce, such as tuscany pumpkin, that I can’t wait to try next! Not all are low in calories, but I’m sure they’ll taste as great as this spinach marinara sauce.

6. Jessica Chocolate Bar From Dude, Sweet

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Ok, so this one isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s extremely yummy! If you haven’t heard of Dude, Sweet, it’s a local Dallas chocolate shop. They’ve got some fantastic sounding chocolates such as a Szechuan and lime chocolate bar, or dehydrated blue cheese and sea salt fudge, or even olive oil infused with hickory smoked cocoa nibs. I went over the weekend and ended up getting the Jessica Bar for myself. It’s got caramelized rice, carrot, sea salt, and ancho chili in it. It’s spicy and oh so good! I had half of the chocolate bar for my after dinner snack tonight. Seriously, yum! I got the Crack In A Box for my BFF, Megan. They said it was by far their best seller and I’m sure you can’t go wrong with a name like that. I’m thinking I need to go back to Dude, Sweet soon! I wanna try more of their deliciousness!

Well, that’s all for this edition of My Favorite Things! Hope you’ll try one or some of these things for yourself!

Two SUPER Simple “Recipes”

I say “recipes” because these two things I’m about to show you are soooooooo easy. But, they’re also delicious, healthy, and really quick!

The first is my new favorite salad. Let’s call it, Lindsay’s Grilled Chicken Salad. All of my recipes have my name in them for some reason. I guess if I put my name in it, then it’s my way of saying “I, Lindsay, Stroud, invented this.” It kind of makes me feel famous. 🙂

Anyways, back to the recipe!

Lindsay’s Grilled Chicken Salad

2 cups of chopped green leaf lettuce
4 ounces of grilled chicken, sliced
1 hard boiled egg white, sliced
1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of cooked bacon
6 cheery tomatoes
2 stalks of green onion, sliced
1/3 cup of pineapple, sliced

Put the lettuce on the plate or bowl first. Then, add all of the other toppings. I like to arrange mine so it looks pretty.

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I serve this salad with 3 tablespoons of light balsamic vinaigrette. There is seriously something amazing about having the sweet pineapple with the salty balsamic dressing. The second day I had this salad for lunch, I ended up adding more pineapple to my salad because I just loved the pineapple in there so much. And of course, it wouldn’t be a salad without hard boiled eggs. Yum!

The next “recipe” is a ridiculously easy snack. I’ve had it for my afternoon snack every single day this week.

It’s zucchini pizza bites and I got the idea from Gina over at skinnytaste.com.

Here’s the recipe!

Zucchini Pizza Bites

1/3 of a zucchini, sliced into 8 or 9 slices
1/8 cup of marinara sauce
1/4 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
Coconut oil spray (or oil spray of choice)

First, spray a sauté pan with oil spray and turn on to medium-high heat. Add zucchini slices and spray oil again on top of zucchini slices. Sauté a few minutes on each side or until browned to your liking.

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Once browned, take out of pan and place on a microwavable plate. Top each zucchini with a little of the marinara sauce.

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Then, top each zucchini with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Heat in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or until cheese is melted.

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Be careful as they will be hot right out of the microwave. Once cooled off, eat and enjoy!

This afternoon snack has quickly become one of my favorites. As far as calories go, the zucchini has 11 calories, the cheese has 80 calories, and the marinara sauce has 18 calories for a total of 109 calories. The way I cut my zucchini, I usually get 8-9 pizza bites. Add some sliced pineapple and some kale chips and it’s the perfect 225 calorie snack!