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: 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 2: Day 1

Jan. 25, 2015

This blog idea didn’t come to me until week 2 of my process, so that is where we are coming in. Trust me, nothing was really missed during week 1.

Breakfast

ham cup

This morning’s breakfast recipe came from Pinterest. I followed it exactly as written and this ham cup came out perfect. Next time I think I would add some salt and pepper to the egg to give it a little more flavor. I’m always a fan of eggs in the morning, so I made a few extras to eat for breakfast throughout the week. I paired this with a bit of Wegmans low-fat vanilla yogurt with some chopped walnuts. If you are not from the Northeast or have never experienced the heaven that is Wegmans, I am sorry. Wegmans is the grocery store of all grocery stores and will always hold a special place in my heart. Wegmans will be frequently making an appearance on this blog. If you want to learn more about its wonderfulness check out this list.

Lunch

tuna pita

I frequently eat last night’s leftovers as lunch, but last night I ate out, so I whipped this up for myself. Half of an organic multi-grain pita, tuna fish with mayo, sweet pickles and a little bit of cheddar cheese. I paired it with some blue corn tortilla chips and organic salsa, of course Wegmans brand. Even though sweet pickles aren’t the most healthy addition to my sandwich, I am a sucker for the tuna-pickle combo. It brings me right back to my childhood. I decided to cut out white bread from my diet, so when I can’t avoid a sandwich I have replaced it with multi-grain pita. The multi-grain is much healthier than white anything and  is heart healthy.

Dinner

lemon tilapia

This may  not be the most visually appealing meal I have ever made, but taste wise it was spot on. One the menu tonight was garlic roasted cauliflower, lemon butter tilapia and a small romaine lettuce salad. Both of the recipes I used for tonight’s dinner, I altered slightly. For the cauliflower, I put the parmesan cheese on the cauliflower after I mixed it halfway through the cooking time. And if I were to make it again (which I will), I would forgo the lemon juice. It didn’t really add anything to the flavor. For the tilapia, I used a tuscan blend seasoning instead of the recommended seasoning because that’s what I had on hand. Because I was only making it for myself I guessed on most of the measurements and went heavier on the lemon than the butter. Definitely a solid dinner to start my week off before school.