Fitness Update

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So I told you the story of my current status of ‘morbidly obese’ and how I went from a 16-year competitive swimmer to the life I have now. If you didn’t read that, you can read it here.  I’ve also written several other articles about my weight here, here, and here.

If you can’t tell – my weight loss (or lack thereof) is a bit of a constant in my life and has been for several years. The first post I wrote was back in 2011!! Yep – I’ve been struggling with this for many, many years, at least the last 3 of those while writing this blog. The “good” news is that I’m still wearing the same size clothes I was three years ago – at least I haven’t gained anything.

Anywho, I have this friend at work named Jane who started working out regularly at the beginning of the year (she’s one of those rare people who started a New Year’s resolution and has stuck with it!). She’s been walking/jogging a few days/nights per week and is seeing great results. She was not nearly as heavy as I am to begin with and she’s lost 25lbs in 3 months. Super impressive! I finally decided I wanted to join her and, nice woman that she is, she said yes. So, Monday-Friday we head off to 24 Hour Fitness on our lunch break to get sweaty. As I’m writing this, I’ve done 11 workouts so far… I’d be at 12 but had to miss one because I had a doctors appointment. I realize 11 workouts probably isn’t all that impressive but for me, it’s huge. Since I’m A) morbidly obese and B) have a really bad knee and back I’m taking things slow. Right now, my workout looks like this:

  • Monday: walk on treadmill 30 mins
  • Tuesday: walk on treadmill 30 mins
  • Wednesday: upper body workout with free-weights
  • Thursday: walk on treadmill 30 mins
  • Friday: alternate between long swim workout and 1 hour session with personal trainer

Now, I know walking might not seem like much of a workout, but I’m sweating my arse off I promise you. I may be walking at a slow-ish pace (between 3.0 & 3.3) but I’m walking at an incline as well. Today though, I hopped on the treadmill and I felt like I was going slow. I’m definitely feeling it in my legs and the time flew by! So, I decided to crank up my workout just a tad. Here’s what I did:

minute to minute


To date, I’ve lost 4lbs. Not a great loss but since I’m aiming for 1lb/week I think I’m doing great. I did gain a pound the first week but I was retaining water like crazy – my feet were swollen up like blowfish and everything! I talked to my personal trainer and she thinks that was my “weight gain.”

weight loss graph

How about you? What are your current fitness goals??

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Daily Mini-Cleanse Fruit Challenge

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I’m not much of a fruit eater.  I loooove veggies, and don’t get me wrong, I like fruit, but if I have my choice, I’ll choose the veggies every time.  I think this is because I’m more of a savory rather than sweet person.  I’d choose chips and queso over brownies any day of the week.  Anyhow, several years ago I read this book called The Raw Food Detox Diet  and while I don’t necessarily agree 100% with everything she has to say, I really thought her section about eating fruit by itself in the morning was really interesting.  Here’s the basic idea of her book… above and beyond eating good-for-you foods (i.e. no processed foods) the key to staying skinny is optimizing your digestive tract.  What this means is that your body either needs to use it or lose it as quickly as possible.  Therefore, according to Rose (that’s the author of the book) the way you pair your foods matters.  And, when it comes to fruit, it should be eaten ALONE! and on an empty stomach.  Why you ask?  Because it takes your body only 30-45 minutes to process a piece of fruit (depending what kind it is) and if you pair that with something else that takes longer to digest (which is basically everything else) then the longer-digesting items will basically rot in your digestive tract because of the quick-digestion of the fruit.  Does that make any sense?  I’m not sure I explained that clearly but nonetheless, that’s the idea.  So, her rule of thumb is this… eat fruit every morning for breakfast with nothing else.  Then, wait 45 minutes before you eat something that isn’t a piece of fruit.

I’ve always struggeled with finding healthy breakfast options.  I don’t like most breakfast meats like bacon or sausage (granted, I’m not sure I’d call them ‘healthy’) or eggs.  I cannot stand the consistency of oatmeal (gag!).  Many times that left me with not-so-healthy options or nothing at all.  In high school, I ate a corndog and drank a SlimFast every morning.  No joke.  Well, that was one thing when I was in my teens and training in competitive swimming for hours every day but now that I’m nearly 30, not so much.  So, I decided to take on a fruit challenge.

The plan?  Eat at least 3 pieces of fruit for breakfast every day for 6 weeks (they say it takes 6 weeks to form a habit).

Well, it’s been 8 weeks and I’m happy to report that this challenge has been a success!  I now crave fruit every morning and it’s become second nature to purchase 21+ pieces of fruit each week at the grocery store.  I’m not going to lie, the first week sucked.  After four days I was like ‘if I never see another piece of fruit ever again I’ll be fine!’ So, on days 5-7 I didn’t eat my fruit and you know what?  I felt like crap!  I mean seriously, I felt bloated, heavy and awful.  So, on day 8 it was back to the fruit challenge and I’ve managed to keep it up… even through vacation and everything!  Whoo hoo!

A regular work day for me has me getting to my cubicle at 8:30am.  I set down my bags, turn on my computer, and head to the kitchen to cut up my fruit.  Then I come back with a plate looking like this…

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Then, I proceed to nibble on it for about the next 2-3 hours.  Sometimes, it takes longer, sometimes shorter.  It really depends on the fruit choices of the day.

Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  1. Without being gross let’s just say that when you change what goes in your body, it drastically changes what comes out of your body.  In my case, this has been a welcome change that I wasn’t eve really aware that I needed
  2. Because I graze for several hours, I’m not hungry for lunch until at least noon, sometimes much later.  Before, I was normally starving by about 10:30 or even earlier.
  3. I crave fruit!!!  This statement still sounds completely crazy to me but it’s true.  I want it.  I need it.  Fruit is my friend!
  4. The lack of thought that has to go in to my breakfast meal plan is a huge relief.  I know it’s going to be fruit.  I don’t have to stress when we go out of town to visit friends and family and wonder “what if they’re having bacon and eggs for breakfast???”  I can just bring a mixed bag of fruit with me and I’m good to go.
  5. I feel way less bloated than I did before.
  6. I drink less water but feel more hydrated.  I’m getting lots of natural fruit juice from the fruits so I’m not downing 4 bottles of water at work anymore (it’s closer to 2 now).
  7. My hypoglycemia has been under better control.  There’ve been less dips (and therefore shakes & gitters) than ever before.

I know there are some people out there freaking out about the sugar and carbohydrates in fruit but here’s my take on it:  3 pieces of fruit is lower in calories, carbs, and basically every bad thing than any other breakfast option I was eating before hand plus it’s DEFINITELY higher in antioxidants and probably fiber as well as various other vitamins.  (If you want more info on this particular topic, I like this article here.)

If you’re wondering, no I haven’t lost any weight by making this change.  I have gained any either though and my body feels soooo much better.

My fruit staples:

  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Jazz apples
  • Oranges
  • Clementines (Cuties)
  • Red Grapefruit
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries

So, am I going to continue doing fruit for breakfast?  Yep, I most certainly am!  Also, now that this challenge has been completed I’ve started a new one which I’ll tell you about soon!

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 7

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

YAY!  This challenge is over.  I mean, ahem… cough cough…

Ok, let’s be real.  The challenge wasn’t that bad.  And I feel good.  And my insides seem pretty happy (after the first 36 hours or so)

However, I kind of felt bored.  I got tired of eating the same things every day (with the exception of dinner).  I also missed my soup.  If you read my blog, you know that I have a small soup problem.  I love soup. 

So, I think that I will focus on trying to incorporate more of these foods into my daily diet, but I can definitely say that there’s no way that I could maintain this meal plan long term.  It would work great for someone who doesn’t need a lot of variety though. 

What do you think?  Could you follow this?

Also – do you find that it’s sooooo much harder to follow your diet on a weekend?  I certainly do. 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

spaghetti squash

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 7.

Day 7 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Gluten-Free Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin (recipe to come)
*note: I also made a roast for my husband but I did not partake as I’m not much of a beef eater
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 6

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

Gotta say, I love spaghetti squash and once this challenge is complete I’ll have had two different spaghetti squash recipes this week but I was super excited to get to eat actual pasta.  It was whole wheat but still… it’s pasta.  🙂  I also had amazing success with my last Olive Garden copy cat recipe so I was super excited to try this one out.  You’ll have to come back in a few days to hear how it went!  (I’ll be providing every recipe that I used this week over the next few days). 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

carrots

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 6.

Day 6 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea

Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup
)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Gluten-Free Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange – I even ate TWO today!
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
The Olive Garden’s Capellini Primavera (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 5

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

For the first time in a long time I’ve found myself craving fruit.  I’m not really much of a sweets person unless it’s ice cream.  If you gave me a choice between a salad or a brownie, I’d choose the salad 9.9 times out of 10.  Sweets just aren’t my thing.  So, I don’t eat much fruit.  However, being on this challenge and eating either an orange or an apple every day, I find that I’m enjoying them more than I thought I would.  It’s not that I don’t like fruit, I’d just rather have carrot sticks. 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

broccoli

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 5.

Day 5 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Creamy Chicken and Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 4

Well I’m baaaaaaaaaack! 

Sorry for the delay but as I previously mentioned I went down for the count with bronchitis as well as pink eye in BOTH eyes.  It’s not been just a barrel of laughs around here unfortunately. 

However, I’m on the mend!  Yippee!

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

As I mentioned on day 3, I was starting to get cravings for things like cheese.  In a way, I’m glad that I got sick because I got to take a break from the challenge!  Kind of sad I know.  I have definitely realized that if I’m going to eat healthier I have to make gradual changes… not try to change the world in 24 hours. 

black-beans-just-cooked

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 4.

Day 4 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 3

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

I mentioned yesterday that on Day 1 of this challenge my tummy wasn’t really agreeing with me very much.  That seems to have completely passed at this point and now I’m feeling pretty darn good!  I also mentioned yesterday that I had a friend coming over for dinner last night and I am happy to admit that she LOVED what I made for dinner.  Yippee!  I should confess, however, that I snuck in some additional items with dinner that weren’t on my original mean plan for the night.  I’m blaming that on entertaining a guest.  Lol. 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

I am starting to get cravings for things at this point – mostly cheese.  I love cheese.  Even though my dinners have cheese in them there’s no cheese in my lunches and I’m missing it. 

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on Wednesday.

Quinoa

Quinoa

Day 3 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea

Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Simple Baked Chicken (chicken breast marinated in Italian dressing and baked)
Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad (recipe to come)
One piece frozen Texas Toast garlic bread
Approximately a half cup of chocolate ice cream
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 2

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here.   

Well in the spirit of full confession I have to tell you that after Day 1 of the challenge I felt so bloated I was literally uncomfortable.  In addition, I had the worst flatulence I’ve had in years.  I’m sure that’s TMI (too much info) (sorry mom) but it’s honest. 

I think the reason for both of these conditions was just the enormous increase in vegetables and fiber that entered my body yesterday.  I definitely am not nearly as bloated or as gassy today.  So, my recommendation at this point would be that if you’re planning on attempting this food challenge, you should conquer one meal a day each week.  For example, change your breakfast on week 1, and then your breakfast and lunch on week two… and so on and so forth.  It should be less of a shock to your body that way. 

Oh – and I meant to show you this photo yesterday.  This is what my cart looked like at the grocery store this weekend after going through just the produce section.  No wonder my body is freaking out. 

produce-edited

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on Tuesday.

Day 2 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Bell Peppers With Quinoa (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Yet again we ended up eating a really late dinner last night.  I’ve gotten out of the habit of truly cooking on a weeknight (I don’t consider opening a can of green beans ‘cooking’). 

Tonight should be really interesting since I’m having a friend over for dinner and she’ll be eating the same thing that we are which is a recipe I’ve never tried before.  I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 1

I’m suspending this weeks Window Shopping Wednesday so that I can share with you the start of my Foods You Should Eat Every Day Challenge.  Let’s get started!

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here.

Almost right off the bat it became clear that the meal plan I’d worked up (as per my original post) was going to be waaaaay more food than I could possibly eat.  So, I cut out a snack group.  Instead, I’m going to eat Snack 1 on one day, and then Snack 2 the following day.  In addition, my portion sizes are pretty darn small!

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on Monday.

Day 1 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs (most likely some form of quiche since that’s the only way I’ll ever really eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

my spinach salad - don't you just love my 'welcome to the 70s' tv tray?  lol

my spinach salad – don’t you just love my ‘welcome to the 70s’ tv tray? lol

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Oven baked fish filets (not homemade)
Gluten-Free Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

All in all, I was very satisfied all day.  I did find myself craving some chocolate but by the time dessert came around I just wasn’t hungry.  We did end up eating kind of a late dinner so we’ll see if the same thing happens tonight.

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Alderberry Hill
Beyond the Picket Fence
Bloom
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Craftionary
Crafty Confessions
DIY Home Sweet Home
DIY Showoff
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man, Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
Homemaker on a Dime
Homework
House of Hepworths
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
It’s Overflowing
JAQS Studio
Kammy’s Korner
Lil Luna
Live.Laugh.Rowe
Made in a Day
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
Not Just a Housewife
One Artsy Mama
Primp
Skip to My Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming

Foods You Should Eat Every Day…

So it’s the beginning of a new year and although I said over here that losing weight wasn’t something I was actively focusing on this year, I sort of lied.  Well, I didn’t really lie.  I mean, it’s not something that I’m actively focusing on.  I want to lose weight, but I’m taking it suuuuuper slow.  That being said, it can’t hurt to get into some good eating habits right?

oranges

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a picky eater and on top of that, I’m not much of a meat eater.  I love my veggies though (thanks mom!).  Still, I feel like I’m not getting the nutrition that I really should be.

Oats

I remember reading an article years ago having to do with the foods that you should eat every day.  I can’t remember off hand what the complete list was but I went ahead and Googled ‘foods you should eat every day.’  I’m sure you can imagine, there were a zillion results to this search.  Naturally, not every source is going to agree on what these foods should be.  Here are the answers from some of the top search results.

beans

Foods you should eat every day:

This article says berries, eggs, beans, nuts, oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tea, spinach, and yogurt.

This article says oats, berries, nuts, milk, sweet potatoes, apples, spinach or kale, dark chocolate, edamame, green tea, garlic and onions, and yogurt.

This article says spinach, eggs, blueberries, apples, and winter squash.

This article and this article say spinach, yogurt, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, black beans, walnuts and oats.

This article says yogurt, red tomatoes, walnuts, spinach, oats, carrots, and blueberries.

This article says blueberries, garlic, olive oil, broccoli, yogurt, oats, flaxseeds, cinnamon, tea, and beans.

This article says nuts, eggs, spinach, quinoa, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cauliflower), salmon, beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.

blueberries

As you can see, several goods make all or most of these lists.  In all, here are all the foods that are listed:

apples
beans (esp black beans)
berries
blueberries
broccoli
carrots
cinnamon
dark chocolate
edamame
eggs
flaxseeds
garlic
green tea
milk
nuts
oats
olive oil
onions
oranges
quinoa
salmon
spinach or kale
sweet potatoes
tea
tomatoes
walnuts
winter squash
yogurt

broccoli & sweet potato

Let’s face it – that’s a lot of food to eat every day.  However, I’d be SUPER skinny and my insides would be healthy and I probably would never get sick due to the amount of antioxidants.  Yippee!

nuts

So, here’s the million dollar question… how in Hades am I supposed to incorporate all or most of those items EVERY day?

Here’s what I’ve come up with…

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs (most likely some form of quiche since that’s the only way I’ll ever really eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple
Green tea
Carrots
Handful of nuts

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions
Salmon croquette
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Some form of protein with a side that contains either black beans, broccoli, winter squash or quinoa
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

I’m sure this seems like an inordinately large amount of food to you.  It does to me too.  In fact, I’m reading that thinking CRAP! that’s a lot of food!  That being said, a lot of these things don’t have what I’d call ‘sticking power.’  Let’s face it… spinach isn’t going to keep me full for long ya know?

So, how am I going to incorporate all this into my life you ask?  Well, for starters I’m going to eat this exact menu for a week and I’m going to blog about it for a week and let you know how it’s going.  Estimated start date?  January 21st.  I’ll follow this program from Monday, January 21st through Sunday, January 27th.

Let’s do this thing!

note:  Remember, today is the 14th so it’s your day to practice a Random Act of Kindness in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary.  I’d love to hear what you do!  Please feel free to leave comments!  I will be posting my RAOK on the 16th.  See you then!

raok sandy hook

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Alderberry Hill
Beyond the Picket Fence
Bloom
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Craftionary
Crafty Confessions
Delightful Order
DIY Home Sweet Home
DIY Showoff
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man, Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
Homemaker on a Dime
Homework
House of Hepworths
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
It’s Overflowing
Ivy and Elephants
JAQS Studio
Lil Luna
Live.Laugh.Rowe
Kammy’s Korner
Made In a Day
Making the World Cuter
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
Not Just a Housewife
One Artsy Mama
Primp
Skip to My Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming