Week 13: Days 1, 3

So I may have disappeared again, and for that I apologize. However, that has not swayed me from my healthy eating habits. I have even been pushed toward even more veggies because my boyfriend is sort of trying to be a vegetarian. He isn’t completely there, but we have both been eating significantly less meat. Therefore, I have two meatless meals to share. Despite the lack of meat, neither meal was lacking in flavor or satisfaction.

Day 1

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I am a sucker for a good chili or soup, so I was completely willing to give a vegetarian chili I try. I feel like this is a good starter food of eliminating meat because there are so many different flavors going on. I mostly followed this recipe, but did not follow the cooking directions. One of the best things about the chili is not actually having to do any cooking. Hence, I just threw all of the ingredients in the crock pot and let it go all day. I also didn’t include the asafetida (I don’t even know what that is) and probably tripled the recommended amount of chili powder. It had the perfect amount of spice.

Day 3

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Big surprise, buffalo sauce makes another appearance.  These were our vegetarian alternative to boneless wings. Instead of chicken it was cauliflower, and they were fantastic. Definitely on the spicy side, but bearable. Even my boyfriend, who I can rarely get to eat cauliflower, loved them. I was so excited about eating them, I neglected the 15 minute cool time. I only burned by tongue once, so it was definitely worth it. Only alteration to this recipe I made was using regular flour instead of garbanzo bean flower. The batter also didn’t cover my entire head of cauliflower, but we still had plenty to serve two people as the main dish.

Week 12: Days 3,4,5 and 7

I had quite the array of meals this week. Some super planned and some with stuff I just happened to have lying around. Overall good choices, one not my proudest. However, I did make it through a week without going grocery shopping, so that is impressive. I managed, and it wasn’t completely terrible.

Day 3

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Under that heaping piece of cheese is some sautéed onions and a turkey burger. Nothing too fancy or special, but tasty nonetheless. I went bun-less to keep my carbs down and accompanied it with a salad.

Day 4

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Big surprise I made something buffalo sauce related. I had leftover egg roll wrappers that I wanted to use, so what better way to use them than with some chicken and some buffalo sauce. I mixed up some cooked chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing and plopped them in the wrapper. Baked for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees flipping halfway through.

Day 5

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Yes, that is some ziti. I was really scrambling to try and come up with something to eat with my sausage and I couldn’t come up with any other options. However, the sausage and spinach definitely overpowered the amount of ziti. First time I have cooked pasta for myself since starting this, so not too bad.

Day 7

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This was by far the meal of the week. I made a black bean burger with chipotle mayo and it was da bomb. Following this recipe, the burgers had green onions, garlic, onions, some seasoning and black beans. I was a little scared at first, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took the first bite. So flavorful and they were very easy to make. The chipotle mayo was definitely the perfect addition. It kept the burger nice and moist.

Week 10: Day 6

March 27, 2015

After a week and a half out of the gym because of a messed up foot, I was back in the gym and extremely stoked. I was amazed at how good I felt after working out. I was excited about working out again, but I think it just helped my mood in general. I am hoping for no more foot issues, so that doesn’t happen again.

Also, weight update: I haven’t lost anymore, but I also haven’t gained any back. I thought for sure with spring break and no working out thrown in there I would have gained something back. But I guess I have been doing better than I thought I was going to.

aaaaand I made a super tasty healthy dinner. I think I am back on track.

Dinner

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Southwest eggrolls. I am quite the sucker for egg rolls, so I was super excited about this recipe. Each roll is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, onions, and I added some chicken. They had a wonderfully fresh flavor and were nice and moist. I added the chicken because I was having them as a meal. I only ate three, which meant muchos leftovers. I will be partaking in them again for dinner tonight. It may have been my oven, but I had to more than double the cooking time to get them semi-golden brown.

I am excited to try new ingredient combos and come up with my own egg roll recipes.

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 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 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 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

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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.