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 3: Day 4

Feb. 5, 2015

I’m still on track and feeling good! Woo! There haven’t been any major meltdowns this week, so that is always a plus. Yes, I have been craving some not so healthy food, but I haven’t caved.

Breakfast

The lamest of lame breakfasts. I had another Luna bar. This time a chocolate cooking dough protein one. I think this is one that I would have again, not too sweet for breakfast and not too much chocolate.

Lunch

Day 6 of the soup. I am turning into a lentil.

Dinner

pork stir fry

Highlight meal of the day. I made a pork stir fry with lots of veggies and a garlic sesame sauce. I started by blanching my vegetables (carrots, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, baby corn, mushrooms and snap peas) for about 5 minutes. Then I cooked the pork, removed it from the pan. Then I added the veggies to the pan, the pork and the garlic sesame sauce (Wegmans brand). I think what made the meal was the sauce, but it wasn’t too overpowering. The veggies still had a nice bite to them and they weren’t too mushy. I followed this video from Wegmans on how to go about making my stir fry. I think next time I may alter which veggies I use, but I will definitely be making it again.

Week 3: Day 3

Feb. 4, 2015

Today I felt good about myself again! I was happy with what I ate and didn’t want to gorge on fries. It’s the little things that are getting me through.

Breakfast

yogurt with walnuts

Pre-workout breakfast was pretty light. I had some low-fat vanilla yogurt with some chopped up walnuts and a few chocolate chips. Yogurt is definitely not my favorite thing in the world, but I think I am learning to like it. For whatever reason walnuts make the world of difference, and without them I don’t think I would be eating any yogurt.

Lunch

buffalo turkey pita

So tasty! I had some leftover pita from my gyro’s on Monday, so I didn’t want them to go to waste because they were so great. Being from Upstate NY, anything with Buffalo sauce on it, I will eat, so I made a warm buffalo turkey pita. I heated up some turkey with Anchorbar buffalo sauce, scallions and colby jack cheese. Then I finished the pita with some romaine lettuce, ranch and tomatoes. Definitely high on my list of best meals I have made.

Dinner

Day 5 of the soup. Ugh. I still have so much left.

Week 3: Day 2

Feb. 3, 2015

Winters in Ithaca, NY are cold. Too cold for me, which I think has put me in a perpetually grumpy mood. It also made it that much more difficult to get out of bed this morning.

Breakfast

I think this is the lamest breakfast I have had since starting this. I had a Luna bar, a good Luna bar, but a Luna bar. I had the mint chocolate chip protein one, which I would definitely recommend, but probably not for breakfast. I felt like I was eating a candy bar. It did fill me up though.

Lunch

Day 4 of the sausage lentil soup. I am looking forward to the day it is gone.

Dinner

lettuce wrap

I actually cooked something today! I made PF Changs inspired lettuce wraps from this recipe. I feel like this is the general theme with everything I make, but very tasty and very easy. I used baby romaine instead of butter lettuce and they help up perfectly. I love asian food, so this was a nice way to feel like I was eating out without actually doing it. Also, super flavorful, which is a great plus when trying to eat healthy.

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.

Week 2: Day 6

Jan. 30, 2015

I think this day was a continuation of my wall hitting. Not has hard, but still not so hot.

Breakfast

BAD. BAD. BAD. I decided to try this healthy banana pancake recipe. They didn’t look half bad, but tasted like soggy mush. There was no flavor, and they were just plain bad. I don’t recommend them at all. I didn’t even eat them, they were so bad. Needless to say, not the best way to start my day.

Lunch

After working two hours in the blustery wind and snow, all I wanted was soup. Unfortunately I was unable to make some healthy homemade soup, so I cracked open a can of Campbell’s and went for it. I know, I know, not the best choice but I was desperate. I couldn’t feel my face. It was a chipotle chicken corn chowder, so there was some celery, corn and peppers thrown in there.

Dinner

bad tilapia

Again, a pretty lame meal on the scale of meals. I don’t think I have perfected how I like my tilapia. I think I will get there but it may take some time. I seasoned my tilapia with some italian seasoning, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, butter and lemon juice. I had that with a scoop of corn. Definitely not one of my finer cooking moments

This week was a little rough, but I have some great meals planned for the next week.