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 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 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

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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 2: Days 4,5

Jan. 28 & 29, 2015

I have officially hit the wall, and boy did I hit it. The past two days did not agree with me in the slightest: I was too hungry, I didn’t want to eat healthy, my food didn’t come out the way I wanted and I didn’t have enough time to actually cook. I have been grumpy and cranky as a result of poor sleep, which has not resulted in a happy Taylor.

Nothing I have cooked the past two days has been especially remarkable or satisfying. Yesterday for breakfast I tried this peanut butter smoothie. But, I didn’t freeze my bananas the night before, so I ended up with a banana mush drink instead of a smoothie. It was still tasty, but not exactly the start to my morning I was looking for. I think that probably set me off into my downward spiral.

I think I may have jumped into this eating routine a little too strong, because before this vegetables were not a frequent in my life, and I was definitely heavy on the carbs. I am missing flavor and the feeling of being satisfied after a meal. Somehow I need to find some really good recipes to replace what I used to enjoy so much.

However, I think what has surprised me the most is I haven’t really wanted any white bread. Before I started this I probably had at least a slice a day, and I can proudly say I haven’t had any in two weeks. Small wins!

I am so thankful it is almost the weekend because my cheat day is coming up, and I sure could use it. I think it will mostly be moved to Sunday — I would like to partake in Super Bowl food regardless if I watch the game.

Moving forward I am going to put these days behind me and hopefully find some inspiration in how far I have come. I know the road ahead of me isn’t going to be the easiest, but I am still in it for the long hall. Constantly looking at inspirational quotes may also may not be a bad idea in the coming days.

Tomorrow there will be food.