Week 6: Day 4

Feb. 25, 2015

Another day down, another day healthy. Despite meetings and work and class, I still managed to fit in some time at the gym, event though it was at 9:30 at night. Definitely not the most energizing work out I have ever had, but I am glad I got one done nonetheless.

Breakfast

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Broke out the eggs again. This time with spinach and some pepper jack cheese. Nothing exciting, but it was a good way to start my day.

Lunch

This was probably the most random lunch I have had in a real long time. I had work from noon to 2, so I had a banana and a Luna bar as a snack. And then when I was done with work I had some ham and pickles. None of this went together, and none of it made sense, but it curbed my hunger until dinner. Sometimes you just gotta make it work.

Dinner

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A nice fresh dinner to end my day. Chicken, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and crouton wrap. Nothing fancy, but definitely tasty. Again not a lot of time for a meal, but I made it work.

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Week 6: Day 3

Feb. 24, 2015

Another decently solid day. I wore a dress today that I tried on last year at this time and couldn’t wear because I didn’t think it fit. Guess what, today it fit! I wore it, and I wore it proud. I think that was the first time I was able to tangibly see the progress I had made. Here’s to hoping it happens again and wearing my belt another hole smaller.

Breakfast

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A new breakfast! This doesn’t happen very often, so I had to share a picture. I made a banana, peanut butter quesadilla. My inspiration came from this recipe. I used one tortilla shell folded in half, peanut butter and one banana and it was very filling. I probably wouldn’t have been able to eat more if I wanted to. I heated each side for a couple of minutes in a skillet and ended up with this gooey, crispy, hot heaven. And you can probably guess what I am going to say next, the best part was how easy it was. It probably took a max of 5 minutes to make.

Lunch

Kinda boring, but it got me through the rest of the day. Just some leftover tune with carrots and ranch. So. Sick. Of. Tuna.

Dinner

So with my boyfriend’s parents being in town I had to brave the dreaded restaurant menu for dinner. All of those wonderful pasta dishes staring back at me but unable to indulge in any. Luckily, I did have a kick-ass wedge salad that I will need to go back for. It consisted of a nice big wedge of iceberg, bacon, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, blue cheese and homemade ranch dressing. It was divine and filling. I did cheat a bit and have a slice of bread with the restaurant’s marinara, oil, garlic dipping concoction. It was sitting right in front of me and was still steaming. How do I pass up steaming bread? The answer: I don’t. I do however feel good about the salad I ate despite my desire to eat everything else on the menu.

Week 6: Day 1, 2

Feb. 22-23, 2015

I am so busy. So busy and writing things for classes, and in turn blogging has gotten away from me. Thankfully, my healthy eating habits have stuck with me despite being busy. I am happy to report that I am down another 2 pounds! This is by far the lowest I have been in three years and it feels good. Like really good. I even ran today. On a treadmill. I am physically able to run and not feel like I want to die, so it appears like my new habits are paying off.

Breakfasts

Two days of easy breakfasts, eggs and yogurt. I have been trying to cut back a little on my egg consumption because I was eating them every day there for a while. However, two of my most common breakfasts served me well the past two days.

Lunches

Yesterday was leftover dinner from Saturday, so nothing to report. But today I made a turkey pita with some mayo and lettuce. I am getting a little tired of the same chicken and tuna routine, so I decided to switch it up a bit today. I also bought more of my favorite organic salsa from Wegmans, so that was a nice treat.

Dinners

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Definitely my stand out meals. Both healthy, both tasty and both easy. Yesterday I made a beef stir fry with peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and a garlic sesame sauce. I will definitely be making this more often. And today I made broccoli stuffed chicken with some pepper jack cheese and a salad. I am really starting to find healthy food that I feel good about eating and actually enjoying eating. Win-win. I guess all it takes is a little bit of time and patience.

Week 5: Day 6

Feb. 20, 2105

Another week in the books. Probably not the best week ever, but no meltdowns and no stress about what I was eating so that is always a win. I am feeling good about myself and what I am eating. I’m not thinking “ugh, I have to eat vegetables,” now it is just part of my routine. It took long enough. Today was a pretty boring day in terms of meals, but it got me to my cheat day! Woo!

Breakfast

Super quick breakfast because I had a early work shift (ew). Just some yogurt and a banana. I am so glad I like yogurt now.

Lunch

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After working two hours in the frigid weather I wanted a warm lunch and that is what I got. Instead of a tuna melt, I made a chicken melt because I had some pre-made. Instead of putting it on broil, I think next time I will keep it at a lower temperature so it gets hot in the middle, instead of just melting the cheese. 

Dinner

Dinner was a big win for me. I went out to a Mexican restaurant and still stayed healthy. As easy as it would have been for me to get a nice big burrito with some tasty rice, I had a salad instead. Still just as satisfying and tasty. It had lettuce, chicken, pinto beans, tomatoes, cheese and a buttermilk salsa dressing. I think this is something I would be willing to replicate at home.

Week 5: Days 3,4,5

Feb. 18-20, 2015

So school has definitely gotten the better of me the past few days. I have been busy and tired and in no mood to blog. That hasn’t stopped me from eating healthy, just sharing it with you guys. I think I can finally say my diet has reached normalcy. It doesn’t feel weird that I am only preparing veggies as my side, and I am not counting down the days until my cheat. I am also not too hung up on being perfect. Have I had some chocolate this week? Yes. Have I gone over board? I don’t think so. The easiest way for me to avoid the unhealthy habits is I am simply not buying the unhealthy stuff like rice and chips and cookies. It’s a struggle every time I go to the store, but I know it is worth it when I get home and I don’t feel guilty.

Here is to getting through tough weeks outside of eating and continuing to eat healthy food. Instead of doing six meals in one post, because that would be absurd. I am sharing my favorite meal from the past couple of days.

Dinner

breadless gyro

This one is definitely a keeper. I think this biggest idea on this blog so far has been how much leftovers dictate my meals, and this one is no different. Soon to expire tzatziki  sauce meant I needed to do something with it. I didn’t want to indulge in a full pita, so I went with a bread-less chicken gyro. I cooked the chicken pieces in some onions, lemon juice, chicken stock and italian seasoning. Wonderfully fresh flavor. And then I topped it with tomatoes, lettuce and the sauce. It seems so basic, but it tasted so great. Definitely something I would cook again. I love food I feel good about eating, and this meal fit that bill.

Week 5: Day 1, 2

Feb. 15 & 16, 2015

I am entering my second month and couldn’t feel better. And I have exciting news to share! I have lost 5 pounds! I have set a 10-15 pound goal for myself, so I am about half way there. I didn’t set any expectations going into this in how fast I would do it, but I have always had a general idea of where I would like to be.

With that being said, day 1 of this week wasn’t the best start ever, but I was still working on a magazine that I am part of at school. It makes for long days with little opportunities to eat food. I skipped breakfast after Saturday’s cheat day because I still wasn’t hungry, had leftovers for lunch (oops, pasta), but then I had some chicken and carrots for dinner to make up for it. Today I got back on track and started strong.

Breakfast

In spirit of still recovering from this weekend I had a handful of grapes for breakfast. Granted I wasn’t very hungry, and I got up late, so I really only needed something to carry me over to lunch.

Lunch

tuna wrap

I cut one of my tortilla shells in half and made a mini grilled tuna wrap for lunch with some pepper jack cheese. I hate seeing food go to waste, so I wanted to use up my tuna. I also have tzatziki sauce that is going to expire soon, so I had that with my carrots.

Dinner

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I think this is the first time since starting this I have had a salad as my meal. I threw together some romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onions, bacon bits, parmesan cheese, grilled chicken, sunflower seeds, croutons and some caesar dressing. It definitely hit the spot, even as a non-salad lover. When I have them far enough apart they are actually enjoyable.

Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

You could put buffalo sauce on pretty much anything and I would eat. Add chicken and it makes it one of the perfect combos. Hence, buffalo chicken quesadillas are a pretty constant meal choice for me. I am all about quick and easy meals, and this definitely fits that bill.

ingredients

Serves 1

  • 2 tortillas
  • About 3/4 cup shredded cheese (your choice)
  • 1/2 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped scallion
  • 1/2 cup small grilled chicken pieces
  • Buffalo sauce as desired

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Week 4: Day 6

Feb. 13, 2015

This is the most delayed post ever, but when there is a magazine to be made other things get pushed to the back burner. However, I made it through a whole month and that is quite the accomplishment for myself. It definitely wasn’t the easiest month of eating, but I made it through. Going forward, hopefully  it gets easier, and maybe I’ll even enjoy myself a little bit.

Breakfast

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I made a bomb ass peanut butter banana smoothie. This may have been the best smoothie I have ever made. I think the key was definitely freezing my smoothie the night before. I will have a recipe up later this week.

Lunch

Finished up my leftover egg salad and ate some chips and salsa. Leftovers make life so much easier.

Dinner

tuna melt

Tuna is probably one of the more underrated foods, and I think it deserves more love then it gets. And this tuna melt I made definitely deserves some love. I had a tomato that I didn’t want to go bad, so I decided to make a bread-less tuna melt. I hollowed out a tomato, stuffed it with mayo and tuna and topped it with scallions and pepper jack cheese. I broiled it for a few minutes until it was bubbly and tasty. I also made some cauliflower. Much better without the addition of the milk.

Week 4: Day 5

Feb. 12, 2015

Today was a tough one. I don’t know if it is the weather or the impending hell I know this weekend will be, but I am in need of some inspiring motivation. I did find this water bottle and this water bottle and have decided to buy one. Very cute, and I know I need to be drinking more water throughout the day, so I hope it helps.

Breakfast

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Another broccoli omelette. This time with colby jack instead of pepper jack cheese; so exciting. I think I should go back to making my breakfasts ahead of time. It seemed to work better, and I definitely enjoyed them more. The key is finding breakfast recipes I like and are healthy. Any suggestions are welcomed!

Lunch

I hit up that leftover egg and olive (egg salad) from yesterday. It hit the spot again.

Dinner

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If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I am a big fan of buffalo, so this is one of my go-to dinners. I made a buffalo chicken quesadilla for dinner and it was spot on. The picture doesn’t do it justice.You can find the recipe here. It is my three favorite things: easy, quick and tasty.