I think I need to break up with the scale – at least for now. For years – really as far back as I can remember (maybe a specific point would be my physician around age 8 telling me I was morbidly obese and needed to diet) the scale has caused me anxiety. I let… Continue reading Weight
I want to start off by saying I am so incredibly grateful for this journey, even though it is tough more days than it is easy. I am grateful for my body’s ability to workout. I am grateful for all of the support I have received. I am grateful. I was proud of my decision… Continue reading Grateful
Everyone on this weight loss journey knows just how important nutrition is. For my lifestyle, meal prep is key. It’s not that I’m so busy I don’t have time to cook every day, it just takes all of the thought out of what I’m going to be eating that week. I don’t have to think about how it would be easier to grab fast food or pizza for dinner because all of my meals are already prepared. I usually set aside about 2 hours on Sunday or Monday to cook all of my meals. Here’s what’s on the menu for this week!
Skinny Lasagna Rolls
Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles (10)
Small Package Ricotta Cheese
1 Bag of Spinach
Salt & Pepper (Optional)
Mozzarella Cheese (Optional)
Ground Turkey (Optional)
Cook Lasagna Noodles
Chop and sauté spinach
Mix ricotta, spinach, egg, and salt and pepper.
Dry noodles and spread layer of ricotta mixture
Add Ground Turkey
Roll noodles and place in pan coated with spaghetti sauce
Layer more sauce and add mozzarella
Bake at 350° for 40 minute
I packaged one roll per container and have been eating it with a salad.
Mexican Dirty Rice
My own take on dirty rice, Mexican style!
Seasoning (I used a pre packaged spicy taco seasoning)
Cook brown rice
Sauté garlic, peppers, and onion
Add Ground turkey and seasoning
When rice is cooked, add to vegetable mix
Add chopped cilantro
And last but not least…
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Corn
2 Bell Peppers
1 Medium Onion
Seasoning (I used pre packaged Fajita mix)
Slice Peppers and lay at bottom of Crock Pot.
Place chicken, drained beans, undrained corn, and onion on top of the peppers.
Season to taste. I used a whole package of Fajita seasoning.
Cook on low for 6 hours
(Tomatoes would be great in this, however my husband HATES them so I left them out)
I found out the batteries were going bad in this scale shortly after I posted about my initial loss of 4.5 pounds – so I am not sure if my starting weight was accurate. Anywho, fresh batteries and double checked with the scale at my gym today and this is my weight as of 01/11/16.… Continue reading Choose happy
This quote is currently the screensaver on my phone. It resonates with me. I think ((too often)) I get caught up in thinking about the things that I could have or be – instead of taking action in order to accomplish those things. I fully believe that you get back the energy that you put… Continue reading You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind
Most people despise Mondays, I happen to like them. It gives me a fresh start and a new week of goals to meet. Speaking of goals: I am up 2 lbs this week which normally, I would be upset about, but if you knew how badly I ate the past 2 weeks you would see why I am actually pleased.
Yesterday I meal prepped according to a meal plan that was designed for me by one of my good friends who is a personal trainer. (If you have any questions about the meal plan I will gladly give you her info- she’s great). Meal prepping is so vital to weight loss and something that I fell off the wagon with because it “was too much work” or “takes too much time” when in reality it was very easy and quick to prep my husband and I’s meals for the next 3 days. It only took about an hour to cook what seems like 1000 oz of chicken, broccoli, sweet potato, brown rice, and steak. We have our lunches and dinners for all 3 days ready (eggs are quick enough to cook in the morning). This will take all thought out of making lunch and dinner and make it much easier to stay on track.
I also love that so many people have a New Years resolution to have a healthier lifestyle for two reasons:
1: You’re getting healthy! Who wouldn’t be proud of that?! 2: Active/Workout gear is on sale!
I love a good sale, especially when it’s things I usually convince myself I don’t need. This weekend I scored some super cute motivational tees that I’ve been wanting for a while. I am a hoarder of tee shirts so I really don’t need more, but I wanted some new cute workout gear that would have me feeling good in the gym. I also got brave and bought printed capri’s (again, something I would never usually get) and I surprisingly LOVE them. I can’t wait to wear them tonight. And last but not least, I got new running shoes. It is always harder me to part with my shoes, but my old ones were about a year old and started to hurt my feet during cardio.
I think it’s important to feel good about yourself while you’re working out. All too often many of us get intimidated at the gym, but here’s the thing: we’re all there for a reason. We may be striving to reach different goals, but we’re all there striving together. You should always be proud of whatever you are trying to accomplish while at the gym. Don’t compare yourself to others that are there, just encourage them! We’re all in this together after all.