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 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.

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 4: Day 3

Feb. 10, 2015

Another solid day of meals, but I keep getting hungry. All I want to do is eat, even though after my meals I am full. Snacking used to be my downfall, and I don’t want to fall back into that trap. Granted, I haven’t bought any of the traditional “snack” foods like chips or cookies or brownies, but I’m sure I could find a way to make due. Here’s to hoping tomorrow I don’t want to be eating every moment of the day.

Breakfast

eggs

I actually made breakfast before I had class this morning. Win for me! Just a couple scrambled eggs with pepper jack cheese (and ketchup of course). Nothing fancy or exciting, but it was a good way to get going before my morning class. God knows I can use whatever I can take in the morning to help me through Mass Media Research.

Lunch

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Gotta love leftovers. I had my leftover chicken breast and mayo with some multigrain chips and salsa. For whatever reason this meal feels me up quick, and I didn’t even finish the chicken. This also requires no effort, which makes it even better.

Dinner

garlic sesame chick

I knew I needed to cook chicken tonight (I had it on my meal plan), but I had no idea how to cook it. I had some leftover garlic sesame sauce from the stir fry last week, so I threw my chicken breasts in a ziplock back this morning with the sauce and let it marinade in the fridge. Normally I never plan far enough in advance to marinade. I baked the chicken breasts in the oven for 35 minutes at 400 degrees F and they were still juicy. I also roasted some cauliflower at the same time with some olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Sometimes my roasted cauliflower is great other times it isn’t . Tonight was so-so. I have yet to perfect it. The chicken was decent, but boy do I miss my breading.

Week 3: Day 5

Feb. 6, 2015

I made it through another week! It feels fantastic, and I am pretty proud of myself for making it this far. Tomorrow is my cheat day, which is also pretty exciting. I get to go crazy, but not too crazy. I am also pretty proud of myself because today I ate two meals not at home and I still managed to stay pretty healthy. I didn’t cave into temptations, despite how tempted I was.

Breakfast

I had made plans to grab coffee with a friend this morning, and then she asked me if I wanted to grab breakfast at Collegetown Bagels. As the name suggests, a wonderful bagel shop with delectable breakfast sandwiches. My immediate reaction was: NOOOOO! But then with a quick look at their menu I saw they had wraps. I was saved. So I had an egg, jalepeno, cheddar cheese and red onion wrap on a sun dried tomato tortilla. So tasty.

Lunch

I had my leftover stir fry from yesterday, which tasted just as good the second time around. Even though I still had soup left I managed to avoid it, and I put the rest in the freezer.

Dinner

Dinner was the true test for me today. I came home for the weekend and for dinner my family decided to pick something up at Wegmans. For those of you that don’t know Wegmans has the best prepared food section, ever. I am talking pizza, wings, subs, asian, soup. sandwiches, seafood, salads, the whole nine yards. It would have been so easy for me to veer to the fried food. Instead I went with one of the $7 meal deals. I got one piece of chicken french (my favorite food ever), roasted cauliflower and roasted red potatoes. The container was jammed full, and I didn’t even finish it all. Any other time I would have finished my container of food from Wegmans. I’m making baby steps. I also would have gone for the wing bar and loaded up on mozzarella sticks.

Week 3: Day 1

Feb. 2, 2015

Today I started my third week of eating healthy and working out three days a week, and right now I am feeling pretty good. I think this is the longest I have ever truly stuck with a plan like this, which is promising in itself. I am also pumped about the meals I have planned his week, which I think is helping.

Breakfast

eggs and cheese

What is more classic than eggs for breakfast? In my mind, I don’t think anything. I can eat eggs for any meal, and I do it frequently. This morning I had two eggs with some colby jack cheese and ketchup. I also don’t think I ever eat eggs without ketchup. Solid start to the day.

Lunch

Day 3 of sausage lentil soup. Still going strong.

Dinner

gyro

Great meal! This was an exciting one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tonight’s recipe was crock pot gyros; so easy and so tasty.  I used store bough tzatziki and instead of just topping with tomatoes  I also had some scallions and some lettuce. It was very fresh, but also filling. To go along with it I just had some raw carrots and broccoli. This is definitely I recipe I will be saving and making again.

Week 2: Day 7

Jan. 31, 2015

Normally saturdays are my cheat day, but because of the Super Bowl I decided to push it back a day. I actually felt good about my eating today, so maybe I am on an upward turn.

Breakfast

I had two ham cups (same ones from earlier in the week). I added some salt and pepper and more scallions than before and they turned out even better! I would highly recommend them; super easy and super tasty.

Lunch

chunk chicken wrap

After going to the gym I was starving and wanted something that was really satisfying. I made this wrap (pictured pre-wrap), and it was probably one of the best lunches I have made since I started this journey. In it was canned chicken breast (like tuna) with mayo, tomatoes, lettuce, colby jack cheese and a couple crushed up croutons. It was so fresh and light, but filled me up nicely. I love adding croutons to my wraps for a little bit of a crunch.

Dinner

lentil soup

Dinner was also an excellent meal. I love making soups and chilis that will last me the entire week, which is what I did. I made this lentil and smoke sausage soup. Mine didn’t look quite as pretty as their’s, but it sure was delicious. It’s a nice hearty soup with a lot of yummy flavors, and it filled me up. The only thing I didn’t include in in my version was the lemon juice, but I definitely didn’t miss it. This recipe made a TON. I probably will be eating it every day this week. I think this is the first time I have every cooked lentils, and it definitely won’t be the last. They have have a similar consistency to beans, and are full of protein.