New Outlook

Alright, time to get back into this thing! I’m pretty excited because now that I posted My Confessions, I’ve actually been doing a lot better about exercising and eating healthier! (Minus some pizza I had Friday night and some Burger King I had last night….)

Here’s what I’ve been doing lately:

I’ve been trying to exercise every day by either doing a Jillian Michaels video or cardio. She’s hardcore! I’ve been alternating between her 30 Day Shred Level 1 video and her Six Weeks Six Pack video. They are great! I’ve also been trying to get in some running. Usually it’s just been a couple miles a week–one mile a day just to get me back in to it. I don’t want to cause any injuries by having too many miles too soon. I did go 2.5 miles yesterday and it felt great! I think I’ll do a couple miles for another week and then up it to three and so on.

For food I’ve decided to take a new approach. I liked documenting everything I ate from each day but finding the calories and posting it was a lot of effort–especially if it was something obscure that MyFitnessPal didn’t have in their database or if it was a strange portion size. So I will continue to post everything I eat but I will not be adding the calorie content. To lose weight it’s all about calories In VS. calories OUT. But I think as long as I’m eating a relatively “clean” diet and exercising regularly, I should be able to reach my goals without calorie counting. By “clean” I mean lots of fruits and vegetables to fill out my diet with limited process foods.

I’m going to miss string cheese so much–and dairy in general, but there are so many sources of calcium elsewhere so I’m sure I’ll reach the recommended daily intake of 1000 mg. Here are a couple articles I found on plant-based sources: Non-Dairy Foods With Calcium and 18 Surprising Dairy-Free Sources of Calcium. So many possibilities! I think I will still have the occasional greek yogurt, but I’ve pretty much eliminated them from my smoothie making regime. Lately, I’ve been digging the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie over fruit smoothies. I mean, helloooo chocolate! I’ll have the occasional shredded cheese on a taco and feta on my salad, but I won’t be including it into my every day diet. Whole foods in, processed foods out!

Now, what am I going to do about that sweet tooth of mine? I think I’m going to stock up on some dark chocolate Toblerone again and allow myself to have a piece or two a day. That used to be enough for me, and really helped me stay on track by keeping my cravings in check. I don’t want to end up binge eating later on sweets by restricting myself when I have a little craving. It’s all about moderation.

So here’s my day in review of yesterday:

Made some iced green tea with some vanilla coconut milk mixed in. It was yummy!

Worked out by doing TWO 7-minute workouts I found on YouTube. My friend Ashley told me about an app you can download for the 7-minute workout but instead I found several that demonstrate it online. I did both on them back-to-back with a short rest in between. They are very similar but I like the second one better because it’s an actual person going through the motions with you.

Then I made the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie linked above. I didn’t feel like that was enough for breakfast so I cooked up two eggs with some dried parsley, garlic powder, and paprika sprinkled on them.

Later, I was over at my mom’s catching up with her and we each drank a bottled Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. I had forgotten how delicious those are.

For a snack, I ate a few grapes and some carrots and cauliflower with some hummus.

Then Daniel and I went for a 2.5 mile run. It was so nice out I even wore shorts and a tank top. Spring has arrived! I made sure to stretch well afterwards.

For dinner, Daniel and I made this tasty looking dish—>

Cheese-Free Alfredo Alternative Spaghetti SquashIt is spaghetti squash with a cashew-based “Alfredo” sauce and sautéed veggies. It was delicious! The sauce recipe is a mashup of several I found online. It has white beans, cashews, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, white wine, and water in it. It didn’t really taste like Alfredo but it was a nice creamy sauce! It made quite a bit so I have extra to make with pasta today.

Then Daniel and I had some friends over and I drank these:

mang-o-ritasExcuse the poor picture quality and my chipped nail polish. I really like this flavor! And of course I had to use my fancy margarita glass. Those are reusable ice cubes in the glass in case you were confused. I found them at Bed Bath & Beyond. No water-downed drinks for me!

I had a few of them…. So I’ll be cutting back on alcohol for sure. Unnecessary calories! I only want to put food in me that will fuel my body.

So then drunk munchies lead to Burger King chicken tenders and fries. Oops.

I hope you had a fun, albeit more healthier Saturday too!

Getting Pumped!

I’m so excited for my new vegan challenge! I’ve been planning out the menu and the workouts but it is not ready yet. I’ve decided to officially start when Daniel and I return from our trip on January 13th so stay tuned! However, I’m going to try to eat as vegan as possible before then to get my body a little better adjusted… I ate sausage and cheese last night! My parents had bought Daniel this box of meat and cheese with crackers for Christmas and we broke into it last night. I gotta admit it was pretty tasty.

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

meal plan

meal plan

meal plan

Since I couldn’t put the exact information in for the meat and cheese box, I just chose similar items and amounts. I had some left overs for lunch: the chickpeas curry with rice, and a Wendy’s side salad.

For my workout I did Jillian Michael’s six week six pack. It is killer! My abs are sore today.

Tomorrow, we leave for Kansas City so I’m hoping to fit in another good workout before we leave! My goal on this vacation is to eat as close to vegan as possible and fit in as many workouts as I can. But it’s vacation, so I’m not going to stress about it! I’ll kick it into high gear when I get back!

If I don’t drop in before the 1st, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Thanksgiving Recap

Soooooo tell me how your Thanksgiving went?! I hope it was filled with love, laughter, and lots of food–mine was!  Admittedly, I probably did eat more than I should have… let’s take a look!

Here’s what I estimate that I ate for the Thanksgiving meal:

Meal Food Calories
Thanksgiving Feast Chips and queso 113
Mac n’ Cheese 80
Turkey rollup 50
Baked beans 70
Creamy corn 60
Mashed potatoes and gravy 79
Glazed ham 85
Turkey 34
Broccoli cheese casserole 50
Pink Salad 44
Red Hot Salad 60
Total 725

Wow. For one meal. And it doesn’t look like very much does it?!

Thanksgiving feast

I want to note that I didn’t eat everything on my plate so luckily I didn’t completely consume all 725 calories. There was some mac n- cheese left which is hiding under the chips in the picture, and a little pink salad, mashed potatoes, turkey, and broccoli cheese casserole left. Everything else was consumed.

Now here’s my estimation on how many calories the meal would have been if I had eaten a full scoop of everything:

Meal Food Calories
Thanksgiving Feast Chips and queso 130
Mac n’ Cheese 110
Turkey rollup 50
Baked beans 100
Creamy corn 90
Mashed potatoes and gravy 110
Glazed ham 130
Turkey 50
Broccoli cheese casserole 80
Pink Salad 100
Red Hot Salad 100
Total 1050

Over 1000 calories for ONE meal! Craziness. You’ll notice it’s not twice as much as before just because I felt like for some items I had a pretty decent portion of it. By putting a little less on my plate I shaved off 325 calories! And I still felt full. I don’t know about you but I usually feel inclined to clean my plate (I can’t stop eating if it’s in front of me) so if there is more on there initially then that’s more I have to eat (or overeat). So by starting out with less, I didn’t feel as bad cleaning my plate, and actually felt so full by then end that I couldn’t eat everything. If you’re good at stopping when you’re full then this isn’t a problem for you. But if I had put more on my plate I would have definitely ate more before stopping.

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of my dessert plate. You don’t want to see it. I split it with Daniel but I’m pretty sure I ate most of it. On our plate we had a slice of pumpkin and pecan pie, and two types of brownies. Both brownies weren’t very big but pretty sure I devoured them without leaving Daniel more than a nibble. One brownie had a layer of cookie dough at the bottom, then an Oreo layer, then brownie mix on top. It was amazing!

I’m gonna guess it’s safe to say it was over 500 calories for that dessert plate.

I feel like a hypocrite because I didn’t have the chance to follow my own advice from last week on how to indulge wisely.  I was at Daniel’s family’s Thanksgiving and no salad was provided (I’ll have to offer to bring that next time instead of pie, but my pecan pie turned out so good!), then we had to watch the KU game (though I did do some running around with his nieces so that was my exercise instead of a walk), and then the men played Risk while I ate most of the dessert plate and watched Daniel play.  It was a fun day but I could have been more strict with calories, especially the dessert plate. But it was the Holiday so I’m not going to let it get me down!

After spending time with Daniel’s family we came back to Manhattan to have dessert with mine. I thought maybe we’d have dinner but it ended up being just dessert with another slice of pecan pie and apple pie split between Daniel and I and some more board games. Whoops. But I had lots of fun!

So now I have 25 days to stay on track before I pig out again at Christmas dinner. If I can do that, I may not even worry about restricting myself that day. I hope to workout at least 3 times a week with at least one day of strength training. I will probably mix up my strength training regime but for now I like this basic one from Health Magazine:

strength workout

It suggests doing 12-15 reps of each exercise twice a week but I plan to do 2-3 sets each time. Let’s see if it really does shave of 4 pounds of fat and add 2 pounds of muscle!

This week off was much needed but now it’s back to the real world tomorrow! Work, school, and hopefully some working out!

Taking Care of Business

I realized something, the other day I completely forgot to update about my new goals for myself after mentioning my last goals a couple weeks ago. So my new goal is to reach 120 lbs by New Years. That gives me 5 weeks, though technically I started this goal right after my last one ended on Halloween, which gave me over 8 weeks.  Any progress? Not really. Here’s what has been happening:

I went running for 2 miles on Friday, 3 miles on Saturday, and last night I did 1.5 hours of yoga with the P90X video. Before doing all this a couple weeks ago I was down to 123.5 lbs, but this morning I’m now 126 lbs. Perhaps I’ve been eating more which is causing the weight increase (definitely possible). Or maybe it’s the muscles I’m building? Either way, I think I’m going to revert back to keeping track of my calories just so I can better assess what’s happening and stay on track more. After all, the holidays are coming! Eeek! I will be trying my hardest to follow my tips on how to indulge wisely on Thanksgiving.  I might do a side-by-side comparison of the calories I eat using the tips compared to what they would be if I don’t follow the tips. Should be interesting to see how many calories you can save!

So here’s Sunday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Eggs, bacon, ham, and peppers 200
Snack Guac and Beer Dip samples at Hyvee 150
Lunch Turkey Dog with bun and ketchup 200
Sun chips (a lot) 400
Dinner Chipotle Vegetarian burrito bowl (half) 350
Drinks Beer 400
Total   1700

Looks like overeating could be the culprit of my increased weight lately. On Sunday Daniel and I went with some friends to the Chief’s game in Kansas City. We had to tailgate of course which is where all that chip consumption happened. Plus the beer. It was so much fun though!

Arrowhead Stadium

It was a little chilly but I had four layers on! Do we look cold? Haha don’t mind Daniel not looking at the camera!

Daniel and I at Arrowhead

I look like a hunchback with all of my layers. But the only things cold were my toes!

Daniel and I at arrowhead

Sadly, the Chiefs lost to the Chargers 38-41. Definitely a good game though!

And here’s Monday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast 3 eggs, southwest style with peppers 290
2 pieces of bacon 80
1 slice of french toast 160
1 pancake 70
syrup 50
Strawberries, cantalope, honeydew melon, pineapple 50
Half a biscuit with gravy 65
Lunch Left over tempura vegetables and rice 270
Dinner Chobani Greek Yogurt Key Lime Crumble 180
Chocolate Shakeology shake with banana and almond milk 280
Total   1495

After the game we went to the Prairie Band Casino north of Topeka for the night to warm up in their awesome outdoor jacuzzi. No gambling this time, just relaxing. Then we took advantage of their breakfast buffet in the morning, hence my long list of breakfast items. It was delicious!  Surprisingly I took no food photos but you probably don’t want to see a plate full of pancake, french toast and bacon anyway, right?

Now it’s time to get organize over this fall break. I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday! Daniel and I plan to clean the apartment and maybe get some homework done so we can enjoy the rest of the break without worrying about it. Oh, and I plan to decorate for the holidays! I’m going to set up a small tree and hang some lights but I’m not sure what else to do. Any suggestions?

Have a great Tuesday!

Ashley’s Before Photos and My Eats

I know, it’s been a while. Yet another busy week for me!  I had a big take home test to complete, a big test today, and an interview today for a summer internship! Needless to say, I had a few shots tonight when it was all over… that’s acceptable right? It’s Thirsty Thursday!

Ok, here’s Ashley’s before photos. Now remember, she has already lost over 100 pounds! Doesn’t she look good?! 60 more to go and she’s already been keeping up with her healthy eating and exercising!  She’s going to update me this weekend some more about how she’s been handling it so far but her occasional updates sound like it’s been a good week!

Ashley's Before Ashley's Before

She said she’s been working out twice a day! I haven’t even worked out once this week! I plan to go running tomorrow and hopefully figure out how we can start P90x now that I can have a little bit of a life again.

Alright so my eats? Well, I lost track of calories again so I’ll just update you on my meals. I don’t think I’ve gone over 1200 calories that much per day this week.

Sunday I was lazy and we had zucchini so I made zucchini pizza for dinner. It’s one of my faves! So easy, and so tasty! (Don’t worry, I ate more than just two slices. These were just the least ugly of the bunch.)

Squash pizza

Monday, I took advantage of the girlfriend discount for lunch and had Daniel make me a bagel thin sandwich from Einstein’s. Turkey, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, and this awesome pesto/red pepper sauce. Yum!

bagel thin sandwich

For dinner, I decided we needed to finally eat up the Curry Pumpkin Soup my dad had made back in August.  We’ve had it in our freezer and last week I decided it was the season for us to finally eat it up. The problem was it was still a little too spicy, which overpowered the pumpkin flavor. After trying to add more pumpkin and half&half to the concoction last week, I decided to try coconut milk.  Third time’s a charm–it was finally a consistency close to what my dad’s friend Monica had made us in Germany. A little bit of that spice goes a LONG way!

curry pumpkin soup

Tuesday was salad bar and stir fry for dinner. The salad bar was to tide us over while we shopped. Grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a no-no! But to be honest, even when I’m not hungry I want to buy everything in the bakery.

salad bar

stir fry

Wednesday I capitalized on that girlfriend discount again and had another bagel thin sandwich.  They’re so good! And nothing tastes better than free. Sadly, he’s quitting soon due to school/work conflicts and stress so I need to take advantage of my discounts while I can! This one had turkey, spinach, cucumber, avocado, tomato, onion, bacon, light cream cheese, and bbq sauce.  I think it’s my new favorite combo. Obviously the best part is the bacon, cream cheese, and bbq sauce. Mmmm!

bagel thin sandwich

For dinner we didn’t even try and just had macaroni noodles with vodka sauce. I was too busy studying to care. No veggies. Nothing. Just sauce and pasta. But man, that vodka sauce makes everything taste good!

pasta and vodka sauce

So that was my week so far. I had some good veggie moments. I’ve also made a few smoothies this week that I’ll have to update you all on. I have a new protein powder to add now!

What have you been eating this week?! Did you make something healthy? Or perhaps those Pumpkin Scones?! Still can’t get over how good those were. Someone invite me to a party so I can have an excuse to make them again!

Alright, time to get some shut eye. I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already! Goodnight!

Reached A Goal!

Another week has flown by. Where is the time going? Well, another week and another weigh-in. Last week I was 129.0 and I said I wanted to finally reach 128 or 127.  Well, I did it! This morning I was 127.2 lb. Woohoo! I’m really not sure what I did different to finally get out of the 130 plateau I had been on for almost a month but I’m happy.  I didn’t really work out this week. Oops. However, my average calories per day have been the lowest ever, so that must have been the contributing factor.

First let’s take a look at Saturday’s calories:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 30
Lunch Brown rice 100
Fiber One bar 90
2nd Lunch Spinach and fruit salad 125
Dinner Veggie burger with guac 100
Chips and guac 200
Drinks Straw-ber-ritas and beer 400
Drunk Snack THE SANDWICH 400
Total 1545

At the grocery store yesterday, I picked up some similar items that Ashley had gotten because they were sounding good. Like some veggie burgers and guac! I usually buy MorningStar but I compared it with Boca, and Boca was less calories, less sodium, and more protein! I decided to give them a try. I chose the original Vegan Veggie Burger. I put some fresh guac on it. Doesn’t look pretty?

veggie burger and guac

Well, unfortunately it didn’t taste pretty. In fact, there wasn’t much flavor other than the guac. I think I like the flavor of MorningStar a lot more.  But the gauc was sooo good! I did some damage on that with tortilla chips. Yum!

It was a low calorie day until I started drinking. And of course with drinking comes the necessary SANDWICH at the end of the night. Mac n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon. What’s not to love?

THE SANDWICH

Workout Recap

Daniel wasn’t feeling well yesterday morning. He went out with his cousin Friday night. So no CrossFit saturday =( Hopefully we can try it next week!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap Up

My average is the closest to 1200 that it has ever been! I wish I had gotten more exercising in but I’m proud to have stayed closer to my calorie goals. I hope to keep it up this week as well but incorporate more workouts into my routine. I have a two tests and an interview, so we’ll see how well I can time manage.

I’ll be back later today with Ashley’s Before Photos!!

Making Two Meals out of One & Grocery Shopping on a Budget

When eating out, portion sizes are ridiculous! Sometimes I feel like I’ve barely made a dent in my mountain of food before I feel full. But that’s a good thing! Just take the rest home.  I used to feel obligated to eat as much as I could on my plate when eating out but now I’ve learned to stop when I’m not hungry anymore.  Plus, you get two meals for the price of one.  Most left overs taste just as good if reheated on the stove or in the oven.  But I do take the lazy microwave route pretty often myself.  That’s what I did with these bad boys:

boneless wings

Daniel and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings Friday for lunch because he just HAD to watch the cardinals game. Plus, boneless wings were sounding pretty good.  I ate four during lunch and most of the fries and some carrots/celery, and then saved the rest for dinner.

Friday Meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Fruit Smoothie 180
Snack Fiber one bar 140
Lunch and Dinner Honey BBQ boneless wings, fries, ketchup, ranch, carrots, celery 770
Snack Tortilla with nutella 200
Total 1290

Not bad for eating some high calorie foods.

Alright, now let’s discuss my friend Ashely. As I said yesterday, she’s going to be featured on the blog often to help keep her accountable.  She wants to share her story and weight loss journey and continue reaching her goals.  She started out weighing 325 lb and is currently 219.7 lb. What a transformation!  Her goal weight is 160 and she’d like to reach it by her birthday, March 19th. So that means she’ll have to lose about 2.6 lbs/week.  That will be challenging to cut out 7,000+ calories each week.  She’ll need to reduce her calories each day to about 1200 and then workout enough to burn 500-600 calories a day. That’s equivalent to a solid hour of cardio. Let’s keep her motivated! She’s going to be filling me in every few days on what she’s eating and her workouts and then we’ll weigh her once a week.

Ashley’s current diet consists of a lot of ramen and easy cheap meals.  I wanted to show her that she could eat healthy foods and still stay within her budget.  She had $40 to spend on groceries for two weeks. Here’s what we found:

  • Pita Bread
  • Turkey slices
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Eggs
  • Guacamole
  • Cooking Spray
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Activia yogurt
  • Mustard
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette Lite
  • Feta

= $39 (including tax)

Success! And look what all she was able to get! She can make sandwiches, wraps, salads — a whole variety of options and most will last her the whole two weeks! She was wanting to cut out most processed foods, so I think we did pretty well in that category.

I can’t wait to see how she progresses! We took Before photos but I still need to upload them so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

It’s time to relax and enjoy this Saturday evening now that I’ve accomplished some homework/studying.

Have a great Saturday night!

 

Bagel Thin Pizza

I can’t believe how fast this week is flying by! Thursday already? Sheesh! But I am so ready for this weekend! OK, admittedly I have a test and studying to do this weekend, but it’ll be nice to sleep in!

Wednesday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn flakes 100
Almond milk 30
Snack Fiber One bar 140
Almonds 30
Lunch Bagel thin pizza 271
Snack Tortilla with nutella 180
Dinner Pasta with veggies, swai, and alfredo sauce 300
Snack Tortilla with nutella 180
Total 1231

I have been doing much better on calories lately.  I haven’t been eating snacks after dinner except for last night, which I think is why I’m able to stay around 1200.  I don’t always put my food in order of how I consume it FYI. Sometimes I don’t write it down until the end of the day and I just list it out as I recall it.  So if it’s a snack after my dinner, I probably had it sometime during the day.  However, after filling up on pasta, I was really hungry a few hours later. Weird. So I had a second tortilla with nutella in it. Perfection.

In the afternoon I was in the library working on homework which is where the Einstein’s bagel shop is that Daniel works at. I met up with him when his shift was ending so we could walk home together. But of course, I had him make me something before we left. Bagel thin pizza! These are soo good! It was too hot to eat at first but on the walk home it cooled down enough so I started chowing down, hence my outside photo.  He put spinach, onion, and cucumber on it along with sauce and cheese of course. He forgot to add tomatoes, but I forgave him.

bagel thin pizza

 

For dinner, I was too hungry to wait for the fish to finish cooking before I dug in so that’s why it’s not featured in the photo. In fact, I didn’t add much Swai to my dish because I liked it with just all the veggies more.

veggie pasta bowl

I cut up yellow squash, cucumber, tomato, and green pepper to add, along with some spinach.

Workout Recap

We never got around to running yesterday. This week is lacking in the workout department.  I’m really looking forward to the CrossFit intro class on saturday though!

What workouts have you done this week?

Inspiration

Oh my gosh Breaking Bad blows my mind!! Ahhh! So many questions left unanswered.  For all you who watch it, what did you think? Is it how you thought it would end? I have this relieved but empty feeling now that another good series has ended. It’s the same feeling I get when I’ve finished reading a good book. *sigh*

So. Tuesday meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn flakes 100
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit Smoothie 200
Lunch Apple sauce 50
Left over stir fry 150
Fiber one bar 90
Snack Pumpkin Scone 250
Dinner Curry Pumpkin Soup 125
Slice of bread 45
Flour tortilla 150
Total 1190

For lunch I ate the left over stir fry from Monday’s dinner with some added corn that we had left over from the Chicken Salad I made Friday for the Grad Student BBQ.  Filling and delicious!

stir fry

And yes, I had another Pumpkin Scone.  That’s a total of 4 pumpkin scones I consumed.  Daniel ate the last one which saved me from having 5…. but I did ask for a bite of it. I miss them already =(

Now, since we were on a pumpkin theme, I decided it was time we finally ate the rest of the Curry Pumpkin Soup my Dad made back in August. Yep, that was still in our freezer (is that bad?).  And now we finally had some canned pumpkin to tone it down a bit (he added too much spice to it initially).

So I added what we had left from making the pumpkin scones.  Half a can of pumpkin, and some half and half.  I didn’t add too much half and half, but I figured it would make it creamier and less spicy.  If definitely was an improvement but still not quite up to par with the delicious soup Monica made for us back in Germany. She’s the one who gave my Dad the recipe and spices before he moved back home from Germany.

curry pumpkin soup

I’m thinking I need to buy some coconut milk or sweetened condensed milk to add to it.  We still haven’t eaten it all (my dad gave us a lot).  So for now it’s just in the refrigerator and we’ll hopefully eat it by the end of the week.

So for getting motivated to do pushups… I did 10! And then I called it good.  Better than none, but not the best. Hopefully we can get this P90x on a roll.

Random Thoughts

Walking around on campus, I see many girls wearing workout gear — nike shorts, tanks, running shoes, etc. Personally, I feel weird going to class without “real” clothes on. You know, jeans and a t-shirt. Anyways, that’s not the point. The point is that these girls look so fit and healthy. They inspire me to want to jump into my gym clothes and workout. Maybe they wear their gym clothes to motivate themselves to workout. It’s one less step if you’re already wearing them.  But someday, I aspire to be that same inspiration. Not necessarily wearing gym clothes, but looking fit and healthy.

What’s your inspiration? Aspiration?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s OCTOBER! The best month ever. Fall is my favorite time of year.  Leaves change hues, pumpkins are everywhere, and mild weather make for a beautiful month. I still need to buy a pumpkin. And make/buy fall decorations. It’s happening.

So I’m not sure where the time went yesterday but 11PM came all too soon and I didn’t get a chance to blog.  It may have been due to the 4 episodes of Breaking Bad that Daniel and I watched yesterday.  We’re trying to catch up to the series finale! Don’t spoil it! We have 3 episodes left and will more than likely watch them tonight.

Ok so Sunday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Lunch Pulled pork sandwich with awesome sauce and coleslaw 350
Snack Caramel kettle corn 100
2 Pumpkin Scones 500
Dinner Raspberry Chipotle Salmon and stir fry 270
Snack veggies with ranch 50
Total 1270

Monday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn flakes 90
Almond Milk 20
Snack Fiber One Bar 90
Plum 25
Drink Green tea with almond milk 10
Lunch Pulled pork, sauce, bun, coleslaw 350
Left over stir fry 40
Snack Caramel corn 100
Pumpkin scone 250
Dinner Stir fry 250
Snack Kudos bar 100
Total 1325

Not bad on calories considering I ate a few Pumpkin Scones…. that’s right, I made PUMPKIN SCONES! While watching the Chiefs game on Sunday I had a burning desire to bake something.  Maybe it was the sweet smell of my new butternut pumpkin candle (if it was edible, I would eat it). So I hopped on Pinterest to check out my options from sweets I had previously pinned.  I must say, it was a good choice, because they turned out amazing!

pumpkin scone

They’re not super big so I didn’t feel as guilty about eating them.  Here’ s the original recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

pumpkin scone

pumpkin scone

Yeah, I took a lot of photos. They’re just so photogenic! I love scones.  After eating several the past couple days, I’ve noticed that they fill me up more than other sweets.  Yes, I was craving them.  But they did also offset my hunger compared to empty calories like chips or a cookie.

This batch made 12 and there’s one left!!!  They were popular on Sunday with our guests and of course Daniel and I have been snacking on them since.  I wish there was more…

Workout Recap

Sunday was my rest day. Ha. Aren’t most? But I did run yesterday! It was getting late so Daniel and I made a quick 3 mile trip around the park. Nothing too exciting though we did do a little speed work.  For some reason it was a lot harder last night for me to sprint than before. Maybe it was all of those scones weighing me down.

I really want to try CrossFit but it’s expensive so I think we’re going to possibly do P90x if we can find a way to get the DVDs.  However, K-State has a free CrossFit intro class that we plan to try out Saturday.  I at least want to see what it’s like but I’m pretty much ready for anything that builds strength.  I need something to hold me accountable like a class or schedule of some sort.  Trying to get motivated at home is hard.  If we do P90x we plan to set aside a certain time every day for it.

What do you do for strength training?

Now, go make pumpkin scones!

I’m going to attempt to motivate myself to do pushups.