Day High Five

Hey everyone. My deepest apologizes for not posting on day five. But can you forgive me for posting my meal planning video? Check it out if you haven’t already. It’s a link to my YouTube video since I’m too cheap to pay for service.

Anyways I’ll keep this nice and quick so I can remember to post day six today after my interview. (Wish me luck? )

Yesterday was a day of left overs except for lunch.
breakfast Egg muffin/ basket things ( the last of them) with a side of coffee ( my creamer expires soon so that’s why I’m on a bit of a coffee kick)

Lunch: As pictured below I had the juiciest bruchetta chicken in the world with a side of veggies
It was also pretty tasty but I didn’t real feel full despite the big heaping of chicken. I think I’ll add a bit of rice to the side next time which is a shame because this is my biggest calorie meal yet and I feel it wasn’t all that of a clean eat because it was lightly fried.

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dinner: As a day full of leftovers, I had turkey loaf and sweet potatoe fries. Never tired of that.

Othe than that I did snack on some carrots and ranch, a froyo pop, and drink a Gatorade because I was doing a lot of work and sweating like no tomorrow with rearranging my bedroom and yard work. It was the only thing the helped my thirst. Don’t get me wrong though, I drank plenty of water too!

Tips & Tricks: Meal Planning

Hola all. So looking back at the week as it comes to an end I realized that I’ve been having a little trouble sticking to my clean eats. So I’m turning back to a practice that worked for me in the past. Meal planning. Now it’s not extreme meal planning and there’s no meal prepping. It’s just getting a plan together for Monday to Friday to help guide me and remind me that I can do it! Plus it helps with the budgeting and savings! So here’s a video that better explains with vision more than words. Just click the picture below!

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Now for those of you interested in my meals for the week I plan on the following:

Breakfast: Oats with fruit from Monday to Friday

Lunch/Dinner: a rotation between turkey loaf, bruschetta chicken, salad, and black bean burgers.

 

Please share with me all of your ideas, tips, and tricks for staying on track and reminding you that you got this!

 

Day IV

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Hell hot stuffs. I come with a good greeting because I know you’ll all be a bit disappointed in me when I tell you last night put me over the edge… remember that party I went to? Well it had pizza and cake… and not just any cake, tres leches. After not having pizza for ages and seeing every kid walk by with it piling high on their plates I had to have a slice, even if it was little ceaser’s (yuck I know but it’s pizzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaa). Then of course I dove into a big slice of the home made tres leeches. Which by the way if you have had it before you feel I was in the right, and if you haven’t had it before, I suggest this be your “cheat” meal/dessert/ reward of the week. I was proud that I only had one slice of pizza and one slice of cake and didn’t get into cupcakes, candies, chips or dip or anything else. Still I could have had more self control, after all I packed my veggie sticks like I said I would. But veggies could not compare. So now I’m rewriting day three as a bust.

Today on day 4, however, has been way better. It’s 4:00pm and the day has been good. I woke up feeling a little sluggish from the binge last night so I went on a nice 20 minute jog  to help loosen things up and get light on my toes again. Then my meals went as followed:

Breakfast: As pictured above, I had some egg basket, muffin things that I keep mentioning and a cup of coffee. There was just a small serving of creamer in it, but after drinking it today, I decided to invest in some new creamer because coffee-mate is just not cutting it. Any suggestions that are hazelnut and almond free?

About 200 cals.

Lunch: I was a bit on the run with my boyfriend so we picked up some Jimmy John’s. Not the cleanest eat I could get on the go, but also not the worst. I only picked up a Turkey Tom (500 cals?!?!) and had veggie sticks and water on the side. It filled me up but not in a heavy way, so I say it’s a win. I know all those calories come from their bread and mayo but weighing it against my other options like Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Panda, this wasn’t so bad.

About 500 cals.

Dinner: Dinner is not such an exciting story. Just had leftover turkey loaf with sweet potato fries again (because they are heaven). I really wanted to make a new chicken dish but my friend invited me to the pool. It’s another little get together but it’s bring your own food and drinks. Fortunately this is a good thing because I’ve had dinner before hand which means I can snack on veggies and a granola bar and have an “adult beverage.” I think having control rather than hand outs is a big key. I’ll talk more about that in another post later.

About 350 cals.

So for those of you counting, today’s intake is at 1,050 thus far. With a granola bar, veggie sticks, and a drink that puts me up to about 1,200. Which is not too shabby, especially since I got a little exercise in this morning and I’ll be doing a little swimming later.

Until tomorrow my fellow struggles. Remember, tell me how your day went, what’s up, what’s down, and what’s all around.

Day tres

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Ok everyone whether it’s your first day, your third day, or your last day we’re all doing good and we all got this. Day three of my challenge is going pretty well. So well that I wanted to share a recipe for some clean eating meatloaf that tasted pretty darn good and filled me up. But first, let’s take into account everything eaten today:

Breakfast: Oatmeal and berries and bananas with a side of tea and honey. (pictured above)The tea is from teavana flavored youth berry & Wild orange blossom and with a splash of all natural honey it fit perfectly. Total calls was about 200.

Lunch: Below was lunch. Another sweet kale salad from Taylor Farms. It’s prepackaged but worth it. I love the salad kits like these because they’re flavor matched and super easy to make. They also last about the whole week so they’re great to throw into my day if I mess up a planned day or I’m feeling lazy. This particular pack is just 35 cals without the dressing, but with it, it’s  about 150. I added the dressing and went for it because there were some big brussels sprout slices that were too dry without it. Other than that I just had another cup of tea (cause you know, I’ that person that reuses the tea bags to get my money’s worth) but without the honey. Leaving me at 150 and still feeling clean. So far oats and greens.

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Dinner: Alrighty so the moment we’re all waiting for, the meatloaf recipe that filled me to the brim and tasted oh so much better than I thought it would. The basics were from Hungry girl’s Clean & Hungry recipe book, but I adjusted it to my taste. 1/5th or 1 serving of this baby is only 200 cals which is great because then you can load up on sides or even make a bit of a sandwich with it for left overs. Anyways let’s begin:

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Start of by dicing to the best of your ability about 1/2 cup worth of celery, carrot, and onion each. As you can tell I did a little more onion because I love it in my loaf. Just throw these in a skillet with 1/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp of olive oil (or any oil, won’t really matter, it just helps with the sticking more than the flavor) and cook those suckers till they are soft/ all the water is gone. Then add a clove (or the little section from the actual garlic bunch thingy) and give some flavor to your veggies.

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While you got your veggies going it’s a good time to get the meat ready. I threw in 1.5 lbs of lean ground turkey with 2 eggs. Then 1/4 cup of panko crumbs with a dash of pepper. Now this is where it gets fun. This is a spicy loaf, so you can add as much spice and hot stuff as you want. I added about 1 tsp of some spice mix I had and maybe about 2 tbls. of hot sauce I had lying around.

Just combine all those ingredients and add the veggies when they’re done getting soft. Combine again and pop that loaf in for 50 minutes at 400 F. In about the last five minutes of cooking go ahead and glaze with 2 tablespoons of ketchup with some more hot sauce.

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And there you have it, turkey loaf filled with veggies. I had a side of sweet potato fries (frozen but all natural because I suck at making them on my own) and a dab of ketchup with pepper. This meal totaled me at 350 cals… I mean 430 if you count the grape juice I had.

As of now it’s still a little early in the day, only 4:00 pm, so I’m sure I’ll get some hunger cravings later. Fortunately I’m going to my little cousin’s birthday where I’m going to lightly snack and test my self-control. I’m at 780 cals  right now so that gives me about 2-300 to spare on tonight. My main goal overall for this challenge is to do better eating, not to calorie count. But I do like to do this if I’m going out to eat or to an event with food because it helps remind me about my mission. I’m thinking about packing some fruit or a granola bar in my purse to save me if there’s nothing that’s totally healthy there. It’s been a good clean day so far and I’ve had plenty of exercise with deep cleaning the house today, but you never know!

Alright amigos good luck with your challenges and let me know how your loaf turned out! Let me know about your day, your progress, your challenge, and everything else in between!

 

P.S. let me know if you guys want more recipes as we go on this journey!

Day 2

Yes everyone yaaaaaaaaaaas. I had a healthy day. A FULL HEALTHY DAY. It was such a good feeling. Did anyone else succeed????? I hope so 🙂

In other news my clean eats consisted of oats and fruit, kale salad w/ healthy pizza, and a homemade fajita burger. The burger might have tipped me on the edge of eating too much but I was a little starving by the time I had it. And it was worth it.

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Let me know what you ate today, what your goal was, did anyrhing exciting happen, etc. Tell me everything!

Talk to everyone tomorrow!

PS I saw xmen apocalypse today and I’m in love.

Day one… ish

Good Thursday to you all!

Today was the first day of the challenge.  I’ve been trying to start since the first day of posting but today there were no interruptions, no going out, and sooooo much self control. Unfortunately I have yet to exercise but I am almost at my 10,000 steps for the day so let’s try our best because there’s still daylight to burn.

But on the bright side here’s what I ate today:

First (not pictured) were some egg breakfast muffins with a few cherries on the side totaling in only 122 cals.

Next up for lunch was some lean slow cooker fajitas at 300 cals. Very tasty, spicy, and easy.

Finally some zucchini noodles and turkey meatballs sealed the main meals for the day. Not sure how many cals, but pretty low in the budget.

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As to crave my sweet tooth for the day and to help with the munchies I had a homemade froyo pop and some popcorn.

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Let me know what you had today, what recipes worked, and if you met your daily goals. It took me a few days to get there but we can make it work! Good luck!

Hello and what it means

Hi everyone my name is Liz and I’m just an average 22 year old with many goals and many dreams. Like anyone I have my daily struggles and ambitions and I thought to myself, why not go through life with everyone else?

And it’s this that brings me to my first challenge. Living well. Specifically eating right and learning to get off my ass. Four years ago I was an active gal and a comfortable 130 lbs. Then college, life, career, and stress brought me to be the 160 lb lazy ass person I am today. 

So let’s change this, and let’s change together. My goal righr now is to get back to feeling great and trimming off some weight. I have about two months to do it and I’m excited to get started. Whether anyone else has a goal like mine or just needs some motivation as well, I encourage you to join the journey so we can be the best we can be. Sometimes we detour on our path but it’s our responsibility to get back on.

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