Challenge Day 2 Recap

Today was a hard day! I was super hungry all day long and more than that I was craving sweets like mad! I can proudly say though, I did great!

Breakfast was a really yummy berry smoothie that I of course had to split with the boys. T$ ended up drinking all of his plus some of mine! What a mother does for her children…

Lunch was the meal I was dreading most today. I was hungry and didn’t think my salad could possibly satisfy. Well it did! WAHOOO!!! I put every veggie we have on it. I was going to whip up some avocado dressing but the boys really wanted to go play outside so instead I drizzled olive oil and balsamic. I could have added more balsamic  and it would have been even better!photo-1

Dinner was steak with green beans. Hubby was a genius and decided we were not doing any dishes at all so he grilled the green beans in a foil packet. They were so delish!

We did bath and got the boys to bed and then sat down to watch some tv together and that was the absolute hardest part of the day. I wanted some chocolate SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad! Finally I had to have something so I got up and had a spoonful of organic peanut butter and two strawberries. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t as good as some dark chocolate but it did the trick and I went to bed happy.

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Challenge Day 1 Recap

As I told you all yesterday I have given myself a challenge to skip the carbs and the sweets this week. The inspiration for this came from realizing I was just shoveling in way too much bread and sweet stuff. A friend of mine, Chrissy from Eco Chic Baby and Home, had done a sugar fast a while back with great results. Obtaining from sugar really helped curb her cravings so I’m hoping I have the same results!

So here is a recap of how yesterday went:

Hubby and I stayed home in the AM to take T$ to his first day of the 4 year old preschool class! (Yes, there were some tears, no they were not from him) Since Hubby was home he of course wanted to make breakfast. An Egg Sandwich for him (one of my faves) but I was a good girl and just had an egg, a greek yogurt and one slice of bacon. Then there was lunch, which I warned you all was going to be super hard for me. I ended up getting a mixed green salad from a bakery down the street from my office. I asked for no gorgonzola and when I got back to my office I opened the box to see there was gorgonzola. I took this as a sign from God that he felt I had earned a little bit of cheese since I refused the bread for breakfast. I told you, these are my rules 🙂 After a torturous drive home (uggg traffic!!!!!!) Hubby fired up the grill and we made some great jalapeño turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce. We were both starving at this point so I cut up some cucumbers and some of those mini sweet peppers and we snacked on those with a bit of humus.  I thought I was going to really miss the buns but it turned out I didn’t miss them at all. I also made some jalapeño poppers with cream cheese and bacon. Cream cheese technically should not be a part of what I’m eating but I COULD NOT resist these poppers.  As the night winded down Hubby and I sat down to finish watching 42 (Seriously one of the best movies I have ever seen. Do yourself a favor and go watch it ASAP) and he busted out a bag of carmel corn! As hard as it was to not snack on that yummy goodness I resisted the urge and made it through the movie snack free!

Now you might read this and think day one didn’t go so well. I mean I did have cheese twice. I however, think day one went really well. I made way better choices than I normally do and that is what this is all about. This is a lifestyle change not a 7 days and I’m done thing. Today I’m going to really focus on getting more water in, and trying harder to cut the cheese out. I have my snacks all prepared so that should be an easy part of the day for me.

What is the one food you struggle most with steering clear of? Help me out and tell me how you do it!

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One Week Challenge

I may have a bit of an addictive personality. When I find something I like, I love it! I obsess on it and I’m not great about moderation. One of the vices that I have struggled with my entire life is food. I LOVE to eat. I love the experience. I love the different tastes. And I love the emotion associated with a good meal.

I grew up traveling a lot and a huge part of experiencing a new culture for me is experiencing the cuisine. This of course wouldn’t be a problem if I just loved the stuff that was good for me but alas I’m not that lucky. I am not a girl that is stoked to have a salad for dinner. Now put a plate of bread and cheese in front of me followed by some yummy dark chocolate dessert and I’m thrilled.

Now I’m not one to jump on any diet bandwagon. I really believe that you shouldn’t cut out an entire food group and that your better off just eating an overall healthy diet with the right portions from every food group. Since I had Buggy (a very short 16 months ago) I have done a good job of losing the baby weight. I’m at a weight that is actually less than before I was pregnant with T$. But my body has changed a ton and I just don’t feel like I’m at a great weight. I feel like if I lost an additional 10-15 lbs I would be much happier. In order to jump start this weight loss I’m going to go one week without my biggest enemies carbs and sweets. I’m doing this for me so I’m not going to set up any rules or anything like that but I am going to share my meal plan for the week with you and blog about how I’m feeling.

We eat pretty clean for dinners so I know my biggest challenges are going to be breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is almost always some sort of carb so I’m hoping if I can cut carbs out of this meal I’ll sort of lose the craving for them.

I’m limiting my snacks to veggies with hummus and fruit. This week I’m really trying to keep it simple and most importantly keep it to REAL food.

Monday:

Breakfast: Greek Yogurt and Strawberries

Lunch: this day will be hard because I go into the office on Monday’s and always eat out. I’ll share with you what I chose.

Dinner: Turkey Burgers wrapped in Lettuce instead of buns

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Berry Green Protein Smoothie

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Avacado Dressing, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and green onions

Dinner: Steak & Green Beans

Wednesday:

Breakfast: Pink Breakfast Smoothie (subbing avocado for banana)

Lunch: Watermelon Salad with a bit of Feta, Mint and Balsamic Vinegar

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Sausage Tomato Sauce

Thursday:

Breakfast: Pink Breakfast Smoothie (subbing avocado for banana)

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Avacado Dressing, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and green onions

Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken and Salad

Friday:

Breakfast: Pink Breakfast Smoothie (subbing avocado for banana)

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Avacado Dressing, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and green onions

Dinner: Left Overs

What are some of your favorite healthy meals? How do you curb cravings?