Thursday, January 29, 2015

L'Hiver 2015: Weight Loss Wednesday

In my new quest for a healthy new year, I have implemented YouTube videos as a huge part of my workout regime. I have found that Pilates and Yoga are wonderful ways to get some strength training with out a lot of impact on my knees. Plus, me personally, I get a pretty good cardio workout but that just may be because I am sorely out of shape. I have been doing a 20-45 minute video three to four times a week and I can feel and see a difference. I also supplement my workout with long, brisk walks one to two times a day with my German Shepherd, Roscoe. Here is the video I did today.

My diet on the other hand is still a work in progress. I started out pretty good today. A protein shake made for me in the morning by my wonderful man of the house. He gets up pretty early for work and blends me up one before I get up. Lucky gal? Why yes I am. It is just a scoop of Dymatize Nutrition Banana Nut protein powder, one banana, three to four strawberries, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and enough vanilla almond milk to get the consistency you want. This literally is the only smoothie I will drink. I'm just not a smoothie fan.

Here is the protein powder we like.

This stuff is good. I have tried Vanilla and I have tried Chocolate. They all taste like chalk. I just can't get past that after taste. But I can't even tell this stuff is in there. And as I'm thinking about it. I really think it makes my smoothie taste way better. 

Then came the rest of the day. I snacked on Newman's Own oreo cookies. Yes, they are organic. But no, they are in no way a part of a healthy weight loss diet. Strike one. 

I can't even remember what I ate for lunch. Strike two.

I had a small 7" pizza for dinner with mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni, tomato slices, and a crap load of cheese. Veggies were a good choice but all that cheese was not. Cheese. Just make that three strikes.

Feeling guilty I finished off my night with a lot of make-up water. I chugged ice water like it was going to melt my previous moments of weakness magically. Maybe it at least washed it out of my system quicker or diluted it just a teeny bit. (Wishful thinking right there).

I vow to start fresh tomorrow. No cookies. One cookie. No cheese laden pizzas.

Monday, January 26, 2015

L'Hiver 2015: Meal Plan Monday

Our menu for the upcoming week and a half plus Superbowl. My aunt is having a party and I hate to show up empty handed. None of these meals are set in stone for any specific day. I just like to have some sort of guideline to keep us on track. We are trying to pay off some credit cards before we look into the housing market. So it's strict budgeting time.

I'm trying to incorporate more healthy, unprocessed, whole foods. Some days you just got to use a boxed stuffing mix. What are you gonna do.

    Egg Salad Sandwiches
    Green Beans

2.  Cereal
     PB & J and fruit
    Brown Rice
    Green Salad with pinto beans & avocado (mine is similar to this one)

3.  Oatmeal with fruit
     Chicken Salad Sandwiches
     Steaks on the grill
     Steamed Broccoli
     Baked Potatoes

4.  Smoothie
     Canned Soup
    Slow Cooker Whole Chicken (I usually use some variation of this recipe)
    Low Sodium Stuffing
    Cranberry sauce

     PB & J with fruit
     Burgers/Chicken Breast Sandwiches 
     Extra Crispy Steak Fries from Eat What You Love Everyday by Marlene Koch
     Green Salad with Pears and Walnuts and this vinaigrette

     Canned Soup
     Whole wheat Rolls

7. Superbowl Food: