I’m Back!

9 04 2012

Paleo friendly quiche, recipe found here.

I don’t want to dwell on the negative or the past. Let’s just say that I fell off the health wagon in February and March, and it’s time for a new beginning. So what’s different? I quit my regular gym membership and joined Crossfit and I’m trying the Paleo lifestyle with an 8 week challenge. I’m financially committed which is a huge motivator for me and I am being held accountable for my diet with a journal and a nutritionist checking it once a week. Cutting grains out of my diet is no biggy but cutting out dairy is hard, I love me some cheese! But I’m trying to keep the mindset that it is an 8 week challenge and I can do 8 weeks. For me if I can mentally see the finish line whatever that finish line may be- 8 weeks, a number of reps, a distance to run, etc. it is easier for me stick it out and keep going.

Today is day one and so far I’ve had a slice of the quiche above and 1/2 a coffee with almond milk. Next I’m going to eat a pear and I have a Larabar for my afternoon snack. Tonight I’m going to Crossfit at 5:30. Dinner is going to be ground turkey and salad or asparagus. The one thing I am fudging with my diet is alcohol, I’m not giving up booze completely. So cheers to new beginnings!





Weekend Update. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

18 01 2012
bacon and eggs, beer bottles and apples with peanut butter

Eggs, carmelized onions and A1 with bacon. Ready beer bottles. Apples with peanut butter.

I did pretty good over the last few days. The bad? I blew it a little on Saturday when I drank a bunch of booze helping a friend bottle beer and followed it with a burrito on Sunday. But other than that I was spot on Friday and got right back to it on Monday.

Last Few Days

Friday

Breakfast: apple and peanut butter

Lunch: carrots

Friday Exercise

Treadmill: 30 mins, incline 5, 2.8 mph and 2 min cool down

Push Up App: completed day 3 again (I felt like I needed to do it again before moving on)

Friday Continued

Dinner: ground turkey with sloppy joe seasoning and green tobasco

Saturday

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with carmelized onions and A1, bacon

Dinner: ground turkey with sloppy joe seasoning and green tobasco

Booze: vodka and whiskey

Sunday

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner: burrito with rice, beans, cheese and pico de gallo, milk, tortilla chips (Oops!)

Monday (Back on track!)

Breakfast: coffee and soy milk

Lunch: 6 salami and 2 light laughing cows

Snack: bell pepper slices

Monday Excercise

Treadmill: 40 mins, incline 5, 2.8 mph and 3 min cool down

Push Up App: week 2 day 1 complete

Crunches: 20 each side and center= 60

Monday Continued

Dinner: lentils with onions, mushrooms, spinach, sausage, celery, artichoke hearts and carrots

I’m back on track and taking each day by day. Tomorrow I’m getting a massage after work which will be divine. My gym membership includes a monthly spa service for free. I’m giving myself permission to skip the gym once a month to take advantage of this perk.





Midweek Update.

13 01 2012
scallops, salad, eggs, peas, fish and boy cat collage

Midweek food highlights with cameo by Boy Cat.

My goals for this week were to cut down on condiments/ sugary sauces, resist drinking booze and up my exercise. I’m happy to report that I did just that and I am starting to get my groove back.

Last Few Days

Tuesday

Breakfast: coffee with almond milk

Lunch: 4 teriyaki meatballs with snow peas, onions and bell peppers

Snack: 3 poached eggs

Tuesday Exercise

Eliptical: 18 mins on fat burner setting (I almost died, this machine feels awkward and I hate it)

Treadmill: 28 mins, incline 3, 2.8 mph and a 2 min cool down

Push Up App: completed day 1

Crunches: 20 each side and center= 60

Tuesday Continued

Dinner: salad with romaine, bell pepper, avocado, onion, jalepeno and Goddess dressing, with 5 scallops

Wednesday

Breakfast: Earl Grey tea

Lunch: salad with romaine, bell pepper, avocado, onion, jalepeno and Goddess dressing, with 5 scallops

Wednesday Exercise

Treadmill: 35 mins, incline 4.5, 2.8 mph and 3 min cool down

Push Up App: completed day 2

Crunches: 20 each side and center= 60

Leg Stretches

Plank: 10 leg lifts

Wednesday Continued

Dinner: fish in lemon and blackened seasoning, peas with onions

Thursday

Breakfast: 1/2 coffee with almond milk

Lunch: tuna with mayo, onion, bell pepper, relish and lemon

Thursday Exercise

Treadmill: 35 mins, incline 4.5, 2.8 mph and 3 min cool down

Push Up App: completed day 3

Crunches: 30 each side, 40 side to side= 100

Leg Stretches

Thursday Continued

Dinner: 2 double doubles, animal style, protein style (my big “cheat” for the week, holy shit it was good, mmm cheese!)

Today is Friday and I’m going to the gym after work but am taking the rest of the weekend off from exercising. I will continue clean eating over the weekend but may allow a few cocktails. I’ve lost about 6 pounds since last Tuesday 1/3. I’m not going to post my actual weight but I’m silently keeping track. Maybe if I loose 100lbs I’ll eventually admit to how big I once was. But until then I’m just going to keep on trying and celebrate each pound as it comes off!





Weekend Update! (Insert SNL Joke Here)

10 01 2012
monday night dinner

Dinner Monday night was Teriyaki meatballs, snow peas, onions and bell peppers with a salad of greens, jalapenos, avocado, onion, bell pepper and Goddess dressing.

Just as predicted we drank a bunch of beer on Saturday at The Husband’s friend’s party but I ate pretty well otherwise. The Husband is eating mostly everything I’m eating but larger portions and a few more carbs in between. And… last night I made it to the gym! I only did cardio but it’s a start, this first week my goal is 5 days of no less than 30 minutes of cardio a day. As well as no drinking until next weekend and cutting down on my condiments and sugary sauces.

Last Few Days

Friday

Breakfast: 1/2 a coffee with soy milk

Lunch: 5 meatballs with barbeque sauce

Dinner: salad with romaine, jalapenos, onions, bell pepper and avocado with Goddess dressing, and a few bites of sausage

Booze: champagne and vodka

Saturday

Breakfast: egg cups with pepperoni and a little ketchup, and 2 sips of orange guice

Lunch: carrots and asparagus with dip

Dinner: unbreaded chicken strips with teriyaki

Booze: 390,973 beers

Snack: a few bites of cheddar cheese

Sunday

Breakfast: fried egg with cheese, tobasco and salt with 2 sips of orange juice

Lunch: tuna mixed with mayo, onion, lemon, bell pepper, relish and avocado

Snack: salami and light lauging cow swiss cheese

Monday

Breakfast: coffee with almond milk

Lunch: tuna mixed with mayo, onion, lemon, bell pepper, and relish

Snack: apple with peanut butter

Dinner: salad with romaine, jalapenos, onions, bell pepper and avocado with Goddess dressing, and 5 teriyaki meatballs

Monday Exercise

30 minutes eliptical, incline 5-9 and resistance 1

I think this week is going to be a good week. It seems liking writing down everything in detail is a good motivator. It’s so hard to get started in a good routine again after being out of it for so long.





Woohoo! It’s Friday!

6 01 2012
eggs made in muffin pan

My strategy for making breakfasts in advance, eggs baked in a muffin pan.

So last night I experimented with making eggs in the new muffin pan I got for Christmas and it was a huge success. The ones above are just egg, a splash of almond milk and mini pepperonis. I’m going to make a few different kinds with varied vegetables and meats and freeze them. I’m hoping this way The Husband and I will stop skipping breakfast and get our metabolisms going in the morning with some protein. I’d much rather be juicing in the mornings but the juicer isn’t in this month’s budget.

Yesterday I ate pretty good, probably too much but none the less pretty spot on. And… I did not drink! I consider that a HUGE success. Of course today is Friday and it’s much harder to keep off the booze and on diet on the weekends. But I think I’m doing pretty good so far. And on Monday I am going to to gym no matter what!

Yesterday

Breakfast: 1/2 a coffee with soy milk

Lunch: 5 meatballs with barbeque sauce

Snack: steak and green beans with bacon

Snack: seaweed

Dinner: chicken, avocado, salsa, onions and bell pepper

Snack: muffin pan eggs with pepperoni

Tonight I’ll make us a lean dinner and tomorrow a healthy breakfast but tomorrow afternoon is probably a bust. It’s The Husband’s best friend’s son’s birthday party, which means I’ll be drinking beer. I’m going to try my best to only drink and not eat anything bad. Wish me luck! Pizza always looks tastier through beer goggles.





Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

5 01 2012
winner winner chicken dinner

Super simple healthy chicken dinner and The Husband approves.

The good? I ate well yesterday. The bad? I drank a ton and didn’t exercise. Oh well, I’m working on it. Our roommate is moving out and we got all nostalgic last night and tied one on. I’m really excited for the change though! We will be tighter on money so I’m putting off buying the juicer, but I’ll feel more comfortable exercising at home without the possibility of having someone witness my fat ass huffing and puffing around the living room.

I made a super yummy and healthy dinner last night. I marinated chicken in lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Sauteed onions and bell peppers with Beau Monde and lemon. Then threw in it all in a bowl with avocado and fire roasted salsa. It was sooooooo good! The Husband said it was delicious and was full after one big bowl. I think he worries about getting full without having bread or rice with meals.

Yesterday

Breakfast: medium coffee with soy milk

Snack: carrots

Lunch: 5 meatballs with barbeque sauce

Dinner: chicken, onion, bell pepper, avocado and salsa

Booze: crown, whiskey and rye Oh My!

Tomorrow is Friday and I’m throwing in the towel on exercising this week. I think Monday is a good day to start. I like the concise feeling of starting things at beginnings.





Tuesday, January 3rd 2012.

4 01 2012

Yesterday's lunch.

I’m counting Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 as my official “start date” for my diet. It also was my first day back at work and on a normal schedule after Christmas vacation. And I think I did good as far as eating and really bad as far as drinking.

Breakfast: medium coffee with soy milk

Lunch: 4 small meatballs with barbeque sauce and salad with goddess dressing

Snack: apples and peanut butter

Dinner: steak and green beans with bacon

Booze: crown royal and several beers (FAIL)

I’m still unpacking, running errands and playing catch up from holidays in the evenings so I’m not sure which day will be my first day back at the gym. I’m going to start slow with using the treadmill and stationary bike but I really want to work up to eventually running. One thing I totally suck at is weights without having a trainer helping me. So I’m really going to have a focus hard to make sure I’m not skipping out of the gym after cardio without doing at least some free weights and machines.

I have several apps I’m excited to start using that I hope will motivate me. I definitely need some new music to work out to, I haven’t updated the music in my phone in literally years and I’m really tired of what’s there.

The Husband has given me the green light on buying a juicer tonight and I’m really excited! I’m going to try to juice every night for the next day so I will have some sort of breakfast. I wonder what kind of fruits and vegetable I should get.