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.

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!

“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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