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.

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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 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 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.