Week 11: Day 2

March 30, 2015

A real day of this whole eating healthy thing. I had all good meals and tried out a new recipe for good measure. I also made it to the gym today. Double-win. I am starting the week strong, and I hope it continues

Breakfast

I decided I have been eating too many eggs, but because I love eggs for breakfast, I made a compromise. I am going to be going the egg white route. Cuts out a lot of the fat and cholesterol. Luckily, I am a huge egg white only fan, so this isn’t a real disappointment. This morning I had a spinach, green onion, mozzarella cheese egg white omelette. Oh, so divine.

Lunch

What would lunch be without some chicken and mayo? Not my kind of lunch. My go-to lunch of chicken breast with some blue corn chips and organic salsa. Hit the spot.

Dinner

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This is the exciting one. I made buffalo chicken soup, following this recipe. As we all know, I am a sucker for anything buffalo flavored, so I had to try this one out. I am also a huge fan of one meal lasting the whole week — cue this soup. The only  modification I made was I used Anchorbar buffalo sauce (obviously) instead of Red Hot. The soup had just enough of a kick, but wasn’t too overpowering where I couldn’t enjoy it. I used the stovetop method because I didn’t have my ingredients until dinner time. Verdict: I am looking forward to eating it the rest of the week.

Week 10: Day 6

March 27, 2015

After a week and a half out of the gym because of a messed up foot, I was back in the gym and extremely stoked. I was amazed at how good I felt after working out. I was excited about working out again, but I think it just helped my mood in general. I am hoping for no more foot issues, so that doesn’t happen again.

Also, weight update: I haven’t lost anymore, but I also haven’t gained any back. I thought for sure with spring break and no working out thrown in there I would have gained something back. But I guess I have been doing better than I thought I was going to.

aaaaand I made a super tasty healthy dinner. I think I am back on track.

Dinner

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Southwest eggrolls. I am quite the sucker for egg rolls, so I was super excited about this recipe. Each roll is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, onions, and I added some chicken. They had a wonderfully fresh flavor and were nice and moist. I added the chicken because I was having them as a meal. I only ate three, which meant muchos leftovers. I will be partaking in them again for dinner tonight. It may have been my oven, but I had to more than double the cooking time to get them semi-golden brown.

I am excited to try new ingredient combos and come up with my own egg roll recipes.

Week 10: Days 1-4

March 22-25, 2015

So this week has been pretty decent, but not very excited. I also started out the week having not gone grocery shopping, which did not bode well for creating meals. It actually got to the point on Tuesday where I didn’t eat lunch because I legitimately didn’t have anything to eat that would constitute a lunch. I have gone shopping, so it has made things slightly easier.

Even though I have gone shopping, my creativity and effort level has been way down. I haven’t made anything new recently, and everything has been relatively boring.

To start off the week (Sunday), I was working on my campus magazine, which didn’t really mean any meals. Leftovers and snacks and no dinner. Normally I go shopping on Sundays, so Monday meant I did not have anything planned to eat and most of my food had been eaten. I had eggs for lunch and a lame ass turkey wrap for dinner. It should have been considered a snack it was so small.

Which brings me to Tuesday — no lunch day. I did make the sweet garlic chicken again for dinner, which wasn’t half bad. Chicken was the only thing I had in the freezer, so it was not a by-choice meal.

And then shopping happened! But Wednesdays are my busy night, so it still wasn’t very exciting. I got back on my chunk chicken lunch grind, and then made a chicken quesadilla for dinner. I have to admit, it was a top notch quesadilla, but I was a little chickened out at that point.

I have a real dinner planned for tonight, so that is exciting. I am even doing recipe research for tomorrow night’s dinner, so I should have a wonderful, or maybe not so wonderful depending on how it goes, story to share. Fingers crossed.

Week 9: Days 1-4

March 16-19

I am back with some food I ate! Despite, my absence I have been eating healthy food this week and really took advantage of some Pinterest recipes to mix things up a bit. Here is a rundown of my pretty tasty dinners so far this week.

Day 1

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This may look like a sad piece of chicken, but it was so tasty. I followed this easy garlic chicken recipe and just added some italian seasoning. With only around four ingredients it was also really easy. After baking it in the oven, the garlic and brown sugar created a sweet caramelized glazed which was delectable.

Day 2

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I was a little adventurous today. I am a huge fan of fried rice, but with rice no longer being in my diet I went with this alternative. Following this recipe, I made some quinoa fried rice. It was decent, but it wasn’t great. It didn’t have as much flavor as I would have liked, and I think the texture was throwing me off a little. I think I would try a different recipe next time, to try and help with the lack of flavor problem.

Day 3

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An easy one after a late class. Tomato tuna melts. Instead of broiling for a few minutes like I did before, I did 10 minutes at 400 degrees to actually heat up the entire melt. A much better option.

Day 4

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This was one of the first recipes I used on the blog, and it has made a return. This time instead of using ground turkey, I used ground chicken because I like it better. I also didn’t have enough ketchup for the sauce, so it was a little heavy on the balsamic. These spinach-chicken meatballs are definitely a pleaser.

Oops…

So apparently when I fall off the wagon I fall pretty hard. First it was a week of no blogging, and then it was a week of no blogging and not eating very healthy. Definitely not my proudest moment, but I think I am in a good place to start back up and stay on track. Before that I’ll give a little rundown of what exactly happened during the past two weeks.

Week 7

This was a good week! I followed my meal plans, ate what I was supposed to and worked out. I just didn’t write anything about it. I even took pictures with the intention of blogging. Oops. I am going to blame it on pre-spring break excitement and stress.

Week 8

This is where all hell broke loose. I went home, which means I don’t have control of everything I am eating. It wasn’t all bad. I had some cauliflower and chicken. But I also had breakfast sandwiches (bread) and pasta (eek). And then I got sick, so I had a few days of not much eating, which probably helped. But then I went to Boston. I think it is just impossible to stick to any diet when I am away. How do I not eat a big bowl of clam chowder in a bread bowl? I don’t. I eat that, and a lobster roll and a wood fired pizza. I got a lot of bad stuff out of my system, so hopefully I will be good for a while.

I am off to a good start today, and worked out, so things are looking up. Here’s to heading in to month 3 with some hope.

Week 6: Days 5-7

Feb. 26-28, 2015

It has been quite some time, but I am still trucking along. I went to Albany last Thursday for a family thing, so my schedule has been a bit off, which has included my eating. Day 5 I was still completely on track. Eggs for breakfast, a wrap for lunch and a turkey pita sandwich for dinner. Not the most creative day, but I was definitely on track.

The bumps in the road come on Friday and Saturday. According to my plan Friday should have been a healthy day, but it definitely wasn’t. Combine staying in a hotel, spending 10 hours in an arena and eating out and you get one unhealthy day of eating. For breakfast I had barely half a waffle it tasted so bad; not the worst way to start the day. But for lunch I had fries and chicken fingers. Oh so tasty, but definitely not healthy. Then for dinner I had a buffalo chicken sandwich, but only ate half because I was full. I could have just moved my cheat day to Friday, but then Saturday happened.

Saturday morning I had my first bagel in six months. I was not about to do another hotel breakfast, thus I ended up at Brueggers. I could have been a lot worse though. I could have had a cinnamon sugar bagel with strawberry cream cheese (my favorite), but instead I had a skinny onion bagel with turkey sausage, egg whites and a sun dried tomato spread. Not the worst, but not the best. The worst comes in at lunch, a shamrock shake. I justified it by being in the car and it wasn’t even a full meal. I caved; not my strongest moment. And to top it off I had a sub for dinner. Meat not bad, veggies not bad, but bread was not the best choice.

Moral of the story, going out of town makes eating healthy much harder than it needs to be. Between bad hotels and being on the road, my will power was gone. However, I need to keep reminding myself that a couple bad days isn’t the end of the road. I got right back on the horse today and stuck with my meal plans. I think weekends like that are going to happen, but the key is going to be how I recover from them and not allow myself to slip back into my old habits.