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 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.

Week 4: Day 1

Feb. 8, 2015

I am entering my fourth week! Which is super exciting because 4 weeks means 1 month and 1 month is impressive in my book. I don’t think I have ever made it this far in anything. I feel super motivated to keep this going and push myself. I want to keep feeling better and making progress.

Breakfast

I was home and heading back to school and didn’t eat anything. Oops.

Lunch

hot turkey

I got back to school and was starving, so I whipped this up. A pretty classic lunch for me. Some warmed up turkey, colby jack cheese and mayo on half of a multigrain pita. It was nice and filling and very satisfying. I had it with some carrots and ranch to add some freshness.

Dinner

buff chick pizza

So not the healthiest thing I have ever made, but I had leftover pita from the gyros, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I decided to make a buffalo chicken pita pizza. On it was ranch, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, scallions and Anchor Bar wing sauce. It wasn’t too big, so I didn’t feel too bad about eating it.

Week 2: Day 2

Jan. 26 2015

Breakfast

Today I started simple with a smoothie. I don’t think I will ever be sick of smoothies, and I frequently have them for breakfast or to accompany my breakfast. This morning I made my Go-To smoothie, which I shared the recipe for earlier this morning. It’s a super simple recipe and a great base to work from to make other smoothies according to your own tastes.

Lunch

turkey pita

Pretty similar to yesterday’s lunch, but just as tasty. The classic carrots-ranch combo is always a pleaser for me. And I promise I eat way more carrots than ranch. The pita today was the same multi-grain, with colby jack cheese, turkey and pest mayo. The pesto mayo is the secret touch to this lunch that makes it feel a little fancy. I mix a little store bought basil pesto with some mayo and keep it in my fridge for days just like this. The pesto adds just enough oomph to the sandwich enhancing the flavor profile. A little pesto goes a long way, probably 1/2 tsp pesto to 1 tbsp of mayo.

Dinner

caprese chicken

Dinner today definitely took the crown for the best meal of the day. Tonight I made caprese chicken with broccoli. While broccoli may not be the most exciting addition to the meal, the chicken made up for it. Anything basil, mozzarella cheese, tomato, balsamic glaze is sure to make me happy. This chicken has a ton of flavors and feels indulgent, while still remaining light. I will have the recipe for the caprese chicken up later this week. I finished the broccoli with a little bearnaise finishing butter and salt.