My New Lifestyle

Hey Everyone!

I just finished drinking a delicious smoothie and snacking on some Triscuits with hummus (so yummy and energizing!) and was inspired to write up a post. I am sure you all have been on the edge of your seats for a couple weeks waiting for my next post so I apologize for the delay ūüėČ I was really hoping to get something up sooner after my return to blogging post here, but alas, life happens. I am interested in eventually making YouTube videos to share quick snippets of this new path I am on with you while having a more personal medium to share in but I couldn’t wait to just blab on here about what I’ve been up to. YouTube may take the back-burner because I like not wearing makeup or pants and I don’t want to scare anyone.

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have transitioned to this new lifestyle which has literally changed my life for the better. I don’t like using labels because there is a stigma associated with just about everything now (why is life so controversial?) but basically, I have switched to a lifestyle studied, proven, and recommended to be the healthiest diet by organizations such as Kaiser Permanente (the largest U.S. managed care organization), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It is referred to as the whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet. It consists of eating mainly fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and tubers, while minimizing or eliminating meats (including poultry and fish), eggs, dairy, and highly refined foods like bleached flours, refined sugars, and oil.

You may be thinking that it sounds restricting, but in fact, it doesn’t feel that way at all! This comes from a shift in mind-set from “I can’t have that” to “I don’t want that.”

To understand what I mean by this, I recommend watching the documentary Fork Over Knives. It is available to watch on Netflix. The trailer is below. Watch it right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.

*Shivers* Doesn’t that just give you the chills?! It is life-changing and life-saving!

My medicine

And good news–it is incredibly easy to make the transition.¬†There alternatives for everything meat and dairy. Check out the options at your local grocery store. Make the switch t0 non-dairy milk. My personal favorite is almond milk but you can also try soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, cashew milk–the list goes on. They are fortified with calcium and vitamin A and D for strong bones! Also, contrary to popular belief, all fruits and vegetables have protein in them, which I know is a major concern in our society today (even though Americans eat twice as much protein than they need) but if you eat a well balanced plant-based diet, you can easily attain more than enough protein. If you are concerned about your protein intake, there‚Äôs also tempeh, seitan, and tofu that you can add to your meals. And don’t forget that nuts and beans are packed with protein!

The chains have fallen off and I no longer feel bound by food. I never have guilt when eating, I am never counting calories and I never feel deprived. I feel satiated, I eat whatever I want, I think clearer, I have so much more energy, I recover faster after workouts, I get all the vitamins and minerals I need (minus B12 which I’ll get into in another post), and all while easily losing weight! I was very sedentary during my switch to this new lifestyle due to endless hours of studying I had to do for a certification I needed for work. Literally, didn’t try to lose weight and yet I dropped 5 lbs!¬†I feel fueled, energized, refreshed, excited, happy, and healthy!

This blog was previously dedicated to my journey to be fit but the blog posts were all about limitations and counting calories. They are the perfect example for what not to do. Funny thing–I had a previous post also titled “My New Lifestyle” which focused on limiting calories. YIKES. Going forward I plan to post about my new lifestyle and share¬†the benefits of eating WFPB, how to get started, and what my journey has been like so far after almost 8 months on it.¬†I am also going to be sharing¬†some of my favorites recipes so far, what I shop for, and how I prepare meals. Woohoo!

I want to share this because I truly care about you all and want us to make these steps towards a healthy lifestyle together! xoxo

 

Food Coma…

Ok, I think I’m just getting old and senile because I’m having a hard time remembering everything I eat. I should probably just write it down instead of trying to remember it the next day.

Breakfast: I started out with 3 strawberry muffins that I made the night before and I enjoyed them while in class. I’ve started to not eat breakfast until after I leave the house. I’m not a morning person so it’s hard to wake up early enough to give myself enough time to eat breakfast before I leave. That’s why I’ve been having a lot of smoothies for breakfast lately. And now muffins.

Lunch: Leftover breaded tilapia, rice, and asparagus!

breaded tilapia

In the afternoon I was craving something sweet and I’m pretty sure I ate another muffin, and some marshmallows with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

It took me a while to get into the mood of working out and even when I did it didn’t go very well. I just didn’t have the energy or the motivation. ¬†I followed more Blogilates videos but they were challenging and I didn’t make it to the last one for the day. The day focused on Arms & Abs.

Dinner:¬†Daniel and I enjoyed 50 cent tacos again at the local bar & grill, Porter’s. I don’t think I’ve had them since the fall semester. They were delicious! They are simple beef tacos with lettuce, cheese, and salsa. I also ordered a small cup of queso but shared it with Daniel. It’s only about 2 oz probably.

I think that’s all I ate? Probably more strawberry muffins. Those things are addictive!

I’m in a food coma right now and it’s late on a Friday night so it’s time to snuggle with my man and go to bed. He’s watching a documentary on Bobby Fischer right now. Nerd.

Have a good night!

What I Ate Wednesday, Told On Thursday

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. This week is flying by! I don’t really have big plans for the weekend but I’m looking forward to relaxing. And maybe doing some homework/studying. And exercising! Ok, it won’t be that relaxing, but I won’t have any obligations =)

Yesterday went… okay for me. I didn’t get around to exercising though. I got so lazy!¬†Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast: I was running late for work (shocker) so I stopped by the Starbucks drive-thru for a quick meal. I actually resisted getting a chai latte, but I ordered the Spinach Roasted Tomato, Feta & Egg White Wrap. It’s so tasty and filling. I can’t get enough of them.

Lunch: I packed some strawberries, cantaloupe, and leftover veggie pasta for my lunch. It didn’t fill me up very much though since there wasn’t a lot of pasta left.

As soon as I got home I snacked on a rice cake with cinnamon flavored laughing cow cheese wedge. And then I had one of these:

mini lemon cup

Man, I just love my photography. HA! So what is it? Well, it’s a Mini Lemon Cup from Savory Lotus! Check out the recipe and more appealing photos on her site! They’re vegan, and sooooo yummy! It calls for macadamia butter but I made mine with almond butter and I think they turned out pretty good (just a little darker color). I’ve been snacking on them for over a month (they freeze really well). Here’s another photo to give you a better idea.

Photo Credit: Savory Lotus

Photo Credit: Savory Lotus

Dinner: We got fancy with some Panko breaded tilapia fillets, rice, and roasted asparagus in coconut oil. Oh yeah.

breaded tilapia over rice topped with asapargus

I added a few drops of lemon juice to the fish and little soy sauce to the rice. I had forgotten how much I love fish! I’ve been having it a lot lately.

Dessert: I was craving a baked good and we have a lot of strawberries right now so I decided to make strawberry muffins. I used this recipe from allrecipes.com. They were really easy to make. The only thing I changed was using almond milk in place of cow’s milk. We have canola oil we need to get rid of so I used that, but if you have coconut oil you should try that instead. Just warm it in the microwave for a few seconds before mixing and it should be good to go.

In the evening we went to watch a local version of the Last Comic Standing contest. We got there halfway through but there were some really funny guys, and ladies! Only one female made it through the elimination though. I may go back next week to see more of round 1. There were so many comedians that they had to split the first round into two different nights. Most of the jokes were pretty hilarious and highly inappropriate–aren’t those the best kind?

The show was held at a nearby bar that Daniel and I can easily walk to but some friends picked us up on their way. Once the show was over they wanted to stay out later than us so we walked back. To get back home we always have to walk by Burger King — and I was craving it hardcore. Luckily Daniel was there to talk me out of it. Instead, when we got home I had a bowl of rice crispy cereal and coconut milk. Not as satisfying but it took away the hunger.

Anybody get some good workouts in? Or see an awesome comedy show? Speaking of comedy, Aziz Ansari is coming to Kansas State University April 23rd and I am soooo there! Just gotta buy them tickets!

These Are My Confessions

I really am a terrible blogger. I come back temporarily and then leave again. Life happens. And sickness =( *cough cough*

I finished the Vegan Challenge but not without a few cheat days. I hope to post the rest of it soon. It went well but I didn’t lose much weight and to be honest, I wasn’t very consistent with the workouts. I want to redo it but maybe not go as extreme as vegan. That’s what made me want to binge and have cheat days. I think actually incorporating a cheat day into the plan once a week would keep me from binging when I do deviate from the plan.

But I really enjoyed making the plan and picking the meals and workouts! It was fun and definitely would deliver results if I had followed it to a T. I am loving my vegan cookbooks especially. Who knew there were so many healthy options out there other than just a salad?! I have explored some really good alternatives. And desserts! Ok, that Vegan Cookie Dough is seductive. Yep, seductive. It’s sooo good (yeah, recipe still to come, my bad!)! But just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy–hello sugar!! I may have ate it a time or two more than I should have. So this time around I’m going to incorporate desserts less, but add them enough that I don’t binge on cookie dough, and allow for cheat days before I go crazy. If you’re already vegan, you’re my hero!

So, as I finish up posting the challenge I’ll also be attempting to do it again. I don’t think I’ll repost each day, just update the old ones with my new changes. I’ll definitely be posting how it goes but to see all my eats/workouts it will be in all of the vegan challenge posts. I’ll make a tab along the top for it so they’ll be easy to find.

Just to clarify, when I had cheat days, it wasn’t meat. I was able to at least stay vegetarian, but I could not resist dairy! Cheese, ice cream, donuts. So desserts sound like the main thing I need to solve (which has always been my problem anyways). I’m cursed with a sweet tooth!

Now that I’m off the vegan challenge, I have consumed an incredible amount of dairy. Ice cream, string cheese, lots of lazy meals melting cheese on a tortilla in quesadilla fashion, feta on my salads (which is a must), and the list goes on. In face, I’m eating my second string cheese of the day. I have a problem. Sure, string cheese is a good source of protein, but I really shouldn’t be consuming it as much as I am.

So that brings me to my NEW GOALS! Cut back on dairy for sure. I don’t think I’ll completely eliminate it, but I plan to reduce my intake. No more string cheese. Ice cream only on the occasion. Feta on my salad. No more quesadillas *sigh*. Next, I plan to workout at least 3 times a week. I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 1 and I feel strong enough that I may move on to Level 2 soon. By the way, I got Daniel to do it with me today! He had a meeting he had to leave for so he only did half of it but I think he was surprised at how out of shape he is. He has agreed to try to workout with me regularly again. Now that the weather is starting to warm we plan to run again. I’d like to run 3 days a week, and strength train 2-3 days a week.

So that’s what’s up.

ALSO. It was my birthday. In February. On the 23rd day. And I turned 24. You know what this means?!? It means my “golden year” is over. If you don’t know what a golden birthday is, look it up. I accomplished quite a bit in that year! I finally started this blog, I lost over 10 pounds, I got accepted into grad school, I started grad school, I got a job as a grad assistant/intern, I have an awesome internship lined up for this summer, and I moved into a beautiful apartment with the best man in the world! Yeah, all you ladies be jealous. Check out my flowers!

Oh, and that’s my mug of tea. But you can’t tell because it’s brown inside the mug. It’s a coffee mug. With tea in it.

flowers and tea

But the flowers are beautiful! At first I thought Daniel bought me flowers as a surprise for riding my bike home *spoiler* he didn’t. Let me explain. So I’ve been wanting a new bike for some time. My bike is currently out of commission. I’ve had it fixed so many times, it’s just not worth it anymore. Plus it was a hand-me-down from my mom and I have no idea how long she had it before me. So the K-Mart in town is closing their doors and had 40% off their bikes! The selection was pretty picked over when I finally took the plunge and bought one, but I found a pretty Schwinn Mirada (I think that’s the name?) in good condition. It has a few scratches but for 40%, I won’t complain. Anyway, it didn’t fit in my car. And I didn’t want to subject Daniel to riding a small woman’s bike home (though I secretly wanted him to) so I offered to ride it home while he drove my car back. When I arrived back at the apartment, he was bearing flowers and a Cadbury Egg! Turns out, he bought them because just the day before I had let 4 of his friends stay at our tiny apartment for the “Fake Patty’s Day” celebration. It’s basically the biggest college party ever. It’s always held the weekend before Spring Break to make sure all of the college kids spend their money on green beer since the actual St. Patrick’s Day is during break. Clever folks. People wake up at 7am to drink and get a breakfast buffet at a bar! ….People like me… But, hey, it was good!

So that’s what the flowers were for.

And here’s a picture of my birthday celebration.

Rachel's 24th birthday celebration

I think it’s the only photo documenting the night. And it’s with two of my favorite people: Daniel and Corey! I also put fake lashes on myself for the very first time. It felt weird. But they stayed on the whole time so I’ll consider that a success! It was a fun night of dinner, drinking, and dancing!

So that’s what’s been happening with me. What’s been happening with you?!

 

Day Twelve ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 12
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover White Bean Salad with rice and Balsamic Vinaigrette 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie or some bell pepper slices with two tablespoons of hummus 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or Spinach Salad with fresh veggies and balsamic vinaigrette 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I had a tasty bowl of oatmeal topped with pecans, dried cranberries, and a little bit of shredded coconut. Absolutely delightful.

Lunch was made up of the leftover White Bean Salad with rice and balsamic vinaigrette. I also had a little bit of the Mediterranean Baked Tofu left from Day Eight. Still just as tasty!

Dinner was a total bust. I was tired and lazy so I went the PB&J route. I made it with almond butter and strawberries preserves. I wasn’t very hungry because I chose the smoothie earlier for my snack and was still full from it.

chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie

I also had a little more of the brownie batter for dessert from the day before. I kept what I didn’t eat in the refrigerator. It’s so yummy!

Exercise for today was Day Five of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Day 5 Five Day Workout Plan

I love me some ab exercises! It feels so good to tighten those abdominal muscles. I can’t really do the plank because of my shoulder but don’t give up! Sometimes I have to split a one minute plank into two thirty second planks. That’s ok too. As long as you hold for a total of one minute.

I also did this building balance video. She is extremely flexible but just focus on breathing and following the movements.

Day Eleven ~ Vegan Challenge

I’m getting behind again! Here is day 11.

Day 11
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Spinach Salad with strawberries blueberries sunflower seeds and raspberry vinaigrette 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have an apple or celery with 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I like almond or peanut butter) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner White Bean Salad from My Whole Food Life with a side of rice 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

Daniel made me a beautiful salad for lunch. Can’t go wrong with some strawberries and blueberries!

fruit and spinach salad

For dinner I followed yet another recipe from Melissa at My Whole Food Life. Easy White Bean Salad. It’s so refreshing! I liked it but I added some balsamic vinaigrette to the final product for some more tangy flavor.

white bean salad

Now, get ready for this amazing dessert I had! I kind of stole the idea from Pinterest. Unfortunately, I closed out of the link so I’m not sure where it originated from but I’ve adapted it a bit for the vegan diet. It was also originally a cookie dough mix but mine became more of a brownie batter.

healthy brownie batter

Excuse my photography skills, it was late and I was ready to dig in!

What’s in it:

2 Tbsp almond butter
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
2-3 Tbsp Almond milk

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! You can eat as is or put it in the fridge for 20 minutes for a firmer, cooler treat.

Serving suggestion: add chocolate chips or cocoa powder to make it even more choco-licious! If I had either on hand I totally would have done that–but alas, I didn’t. And I’m also not sure if chocolate chips are vegan. Maybe the semi-sweet are but obviously themilk chocolate chips are not. *sigh*

Workout Time! The 4th day of the Five Day Workout Plan. Shazam!

Day Four Five Day Workout Plan

I had to skip the pushups because of my shoulder but was able to do everything else. Then I did a little yoga core exercise.

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!

It’s a New Blog!

Ok, it’s not a new blog. But it is a new location. As in, I’ve switched over to the self-hosted world! So, hopefully I don’t lose all of my wonderful followers. WordPress is very vague on how my followers from wordpress.com can view my new wordpress.org site. But, if you’re reading this and want to continue to follow me, just to be safe, click my new follow button on the right side of the screen under the search bar. You can follow in your favorite reader or by email! Fresh new posts delivered to your inbox. What’s not to love?

Alrighty, now for the fun stuff. I owe you all an update because it has passed my deadline of my last goal by 11 days! Whoops! So, back in August I made a new goal to lose 10 more pounds by Halloween in about 10 weeks to get me down to 120 lbs. Well ladies and gents, I’m only at 124.6 lbs. However, I’ve at least finally reached my original goal I made: to lose 10 lbs from 135 to 125. It has been a slower process than I was expecting, but my weight hasn’t been jumping around so I’d say that it’s a solid steady weight loss. That’s a little over 0.5lb/week weight loss. I was initially wanting 1.5lb/week, but I’ll take what I can get.

I’ve never been one to really limit myself to indulgences, which I think partly contributes to my slow weight loss. I have been reducing the amount of sweets I eat but I still allow a piece or two of dark chocolate Toblerone when I’m craving it. It keeps my bigger cravings in check. I also have been slacking when it comes to working out, especially this past month. The good news is: I finally went running! Daniel and I ran two miles around the park. It wasn’t too bad, probably could have gone a third mile, but we decided to take it easy. My legs were surprisingly sore the next day! They haven’t been worked in a while, poor things. I’m hoping to get back into a regular workout routine. Ok “back into” may be stretching it, I’ve never had a regular workout routine! HA! But I’m hoping to start one!

P90x will happen I hope. We just need to return our pull up bar for something that works in our apartment (our doors are too wide!). But for now, running is definitely something I want to start doing again. I want to build back up that endurance!

Update on the new shoes: they are great! Very comfortable, but I’ve decided I do need my inserts. I could tell my feet were rolling in some. But man, I was lookin’ fly! Check out my annoyingly matchy running outfit:

running gear1

As I mentioned the other day, I bought a tank top with my shoes because they matched and new workout gear always gets me motivated. Well, while my best friend, Charissa, was in town, she decided to give me an early Christmas present: matching shorts (thanks girl!!). They actually match almost perfectly to my new shoes that I’d swear Brooks made them! But it’s actually the brand MPG. They are SO comfortable! Also, note that the head band matches my ensemble as well. No shame.

After running on Saturday, Daniel and I had tickets to the International Food Festival put on by the International Coordinating Council at K-State. The food is always AMAZING and this year did not disappoint.

international food 1

I wish I could tell you what all of this is but I was too excited to eat it to thoroughly read what and where it came from. From what I can remember there was food from Thailand, China, Spain, Nepal, and Mexico. I wish I could remember the rest but I can attest that everything was delicious! The left cup is full of soup from Mexico with beef and beans, and the right cup has Thai iced tea. It’s black tea and spices with milk–one of my fave teas! It’s up there with Chai. Chai and Thai for the win!

After dinner I spent one last time with Charissa in Aggieville (the bar district). Here’s a photo from the photographer who documents the happenings in the Ville. Left to right: Me, Charissa, Charissa’s hubby Jake!

party in the ville

It was a fun night but unfortunately they couldn’t stay out too late because they had a 12 hour drive back to NM the next day. But Charissa and I also went out on Friday night so that made up for it. We attempted to get several photos with both Jake AND Daniel operating the camera, and only one turned out good! Haha.

besties

At least we have the memories! Definitely glad I got to spend a week with her! We may or may not have eaten shamelessly at our favorite restaurants while she was here. Some meals included veggies, so I’d say that’s a win.

I really need to be on here more often. I’ve noticed that without blogging everyday, I feel less accountable and more inclined to eat what I want and not workout. I need you back in my life, blogosphere! So you’ll be seeing me around a lot more again =) I know, I’m excited too! Goodnight!

Every song’s like new shoes, salads, cookin’ in the kitchen, running, exercise, this is healthy living..

We don’t care, we’re making pasta in our dreams! Oh, that’s not the lyrics to the Lorde song? My bad.

So where has the time gone?! I think about you all every day! And my laziness. And the fact that I should blog more. And workout more. And that I’m a failure. Ok, I’m being a little melodramatic. But I seriously need to step up my game. Can anybody lend me their time management skills? Mine are pretty much non-existent. Thanks!

I really have no excuse for not working out or blogging. In the evenings after I’ve finished my homework/studying… I just… I don’t even know! Time disappears. I end up watching Dexter or something with Daniel and before I know it, it’s bed time. I’m an old woman now so bed time comes early between 10 and 11 pm. In my undergrad days, it was never before midnight! My how times change.

Ok, so what have you been up to? Well I’ve been up to eating healthy! Just kidding. I’ve been attempting to eat more salads. Check out these tasties:

greek salad

Spinach salad with a greek spin. No olives but I added cucumber, tomatoes, feta, and some balsamic vinaigrette. So good!

fresh spinach salad with strawberries

This one was pretty much like the one above except with strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette. Sweet!

I’ve also been getting my fish on as well. Daniel has cooked us some tasty tilapia.

chipotle raspberry tilapia

We opted to make something easy by baking it with the Chipotle Raspberry Sauce like we did with the salmon here, but in foil in the oven at 400 degrees F. I think it was in there for 15-ish minutes. It was good but I think the sauce is even better with the salmon.

breaded tilapia

Daniel also wanted some breaded tilapia one night which I am all for. I made the bread mixture with Panko, corn flake crumbs, parsley, and lemon zest. It was nice and crispy.

home made chipotle

We also attempted to make our own version of Chipotle with rice, corn, black beans, saut√©ed veggies, salsa (homemade with tomatoes, cucumber, and onion), and shredded kale on top! We were out of cheese and didn’t have sour cream so I opted to spread some jalape√Īo Laughing Cow cream cheese on my tortilla. It was pretty good!

We’ve also had some not-so-healthy dinners.

fish tacos

These are THE BEST fish tacos you will ever have. From So Long Saloon in Manhattan. I love the crispy shell and the tasty sauce mixed in the with coleslaw on top. Oh it’s sooo good! We ordered them to go and ate them while we made the Chipotle Raspberry Black bean dip. I’m obsessed.

I’ve been trying to at least eat a healthier, more filling breakfast than my usual cereal. I’ve been meaning to try overnight oats. Ever heard of them? I think they’re a new trend but I first heard of them from Julie at¬†pbfingers.com. Let me just say–they are so good!

overnight oats

I have yet to try them with fruit. I’ve mainly been sticking to pecans and Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips. It’s like dessert for breakfast! Definitely make them with chia seeds–they fill you up! I don’t get hungry at work in the mornings anymore when I eat this for breakfast. It’s amazing! I’m usually hungry two hours later after breakfast like clockwork. ¬†On the days I forget to fix overnight oats the night before I just make hot oats with the same toppings. The chocolate melts and makes it so good. It’s only 70 for 16 chips ūüėČ

Speaking of chia seeds. Now that I’ve had them I’ve started noticing them more in other items, like my tortilla chips!

chia seed tortilla

Yeah, Walgreens definitely brought the satisfaction. It made me feel a little better about eating the bean dip with these.

So remember when I bought new running shoes a couple months ago? I really liked them (the Brooks Adrenaline 13) but I felt they were too similar to my old Brooks Ravenas. Also, I accidentally bought the wide size so I had to tie them a lot tighter for them to fit the same snugness. I realized this after one time of wearing them indoors so I continued to wear my old shoes until I exchanged them for….. drum roll please….

The Brooks Ghost 6!

brooks ghost 6

They’re so light, comfortable, and still have good support! I’m going to try them out as is but if feel like I need more cushion I have some inserts I can use. They just fit my foot shape so much better. I’m in love.

brooks ghost 6

Just in case you couldn’t already tell how much of a loser I am, I took some glamour shots of my new shoes…

brooks ghost 6

I took a lot more than 3 photos but I’ll spare you. I’m so pumped to wear them. It’s been so long since I’ve gone running. I can’t wait to get back in the game! I also bought a tank top that matched my shoes… it was meant to be!

Alright, enough about food and shoes. My best friend Charissa is in town and I’m so excited! She’s been here all week and tonight we are reliving our days in the Ville, Aggieville that is (the bar district for all you non-Manhattan folk). ¬†It shall be fun! She also bought some new running shoes the other day (we went shopping together) and she chose the new Brooks Adrenaline 14. They are awesome! Hopefully we can motivate each other to actually run in our new shoes! Wait, didn’t I say enough about shoes? Sorry!

Have you been getting your run on or shoe shopping? Or eating? I hope you’ve at least been eating!

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!