Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Yummmmm Tzatziki!


Added to the House To Do List!


These kitchen printables make me extremely happy!


Now this is a salad I could love to eat!




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meal Planning

I was inspired this week to meal plan and cook. Maybe because my next 28 meals will be precooked and planned? Whatever the reason, I embraced it. Here was my menu this week to eat up foods from our fridge / eat my favorites before I give them up for a bit.


Monday - Asparagus Pasta


Tuesday - Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich

Wednesday - Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Thursday - Dinner at Mike and Megan's

Friday - Out to eat with friends


Saturday - Roasted Green Pepper and Tomato Breakfast Casserole

Sunday - Leftovers

What's on your menu this week?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. I know I'm late to the party, but I finally watched Frozen this weekend. I loved it so much. I loved the message. The characters, especially Olaf. He made Garth and I crack up. Sven reminded me of Manny with his mannerisms so he was a close second. I know "Let it Go" is the movie theme song and super popular, but I loved "Love is an Open Door" the best. I had no idea Kristin Bell could sing like that. Love her!

2. We had a lovely Easter weekend. We had a half day Friday which was really nice. It made the weekend feel extra long which is always a good thing. We did some entertaining which the former event planner in me loves.

3. I made this Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast and it was a hit! It was so easy, I will definitely be making this again. I didn't expect to like the celery that it called for, but I did. Yummmm. Leftovers for lunch today, score!

4. We also did a lot of work around the house. Raked up the leaves that blew onto our lawn, started to organize the garage, installed a new garden hose. Most notable was Garth installing a new mail box. He spray painted the ugly, yellowish wood black and took off the old, faded gray box that didn't shut and was hanging on by a thread. He bought this black mailbox for $17 at Home Depot and screwed it onto the post. He put new address numbers on both sides because our old box had faded letters that I would color in with permanent marker bi-monthly. I wish that was a joke. Ghetto, yes.

5. I did it. I ordered the lunches and dinners through Personal Trainer Food. I saved $117 ordering through Groupon and it came down to $3.50 a meal which is actually pretty darn good, especially considering how much takeout we eat. I think I'll save money in the long run. But it's not about the money. It's about jump starting my weight loss. Learning portion control. I'm starting next Tuesday. The food actually arrives before that, but we have plans mixed in there and I want to go all out without the temptation. So Tuesday is my day. No carbs. No sugar. No alcohol. For 28 days. I know it will be a challenge, but I'm excited to see how my body reacts. How I feel. How my skin reacts. It should be interesting. Of course, I'll document it all! 

6. The weather has been absolutely crazy beautiful this week. Mid 60s to 70s with sunshine. We have been eating outside. Having bonfires. Walking Manny every day. I'm back to wearing skirts and maxi dresses. It's just bliss. Spring has officially sprung!

7. Even though my crazy meal delivery plan doesn't start until Tuesday, I'm still eating really well. My current obsession is one Trader Joe's Veggie Burger (230 calories) with a Laughing Cow Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese (45 calories). So. Good. The veggie burger is already amazing and adding the cream cheese this week just took it to another LEVEL. I ate this last week and I've been eating it for lunch all week. Seriously, you must try this! 

8. Our church Easter service was really good. What made it was this young guy reading a passage of Scripture. He read it with so much passion and conviction it made me want to yell out "Amen!" I think this guy has a gift for preaching. 

9. I started reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I did not expect to like it because I'm not a big fan of sad books and I had heard this was about kids with cancer i.e. super sad. But I heard SO many great reviews I had to give it a shot. You guys were right. This book is so good. I can't put it down. Green is such a great writer. So clever. Witty. He writes like I wish I could write. 

10. A great read is 25 Things You Should Never Stop Doing for Yourself. Such wise words and so many great reminders. I can't even pic a favorite, they are all great and all so true.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mondays with Manny

This is his "I'm ready to play!" pose.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fit Friday!

First of all, thank you so much for your feedback on the meal delivery plansI went back and forth so much on even considering doing the meal delivery service because I felt “I can do this myself!” But the Personal Trainer Diet Food plan looks legit. The meals are high protein and seem more natural/less processed. I think the meal plan would teach me how to eat properly and learn balanced portions. I think that would work well for me. I don’t see it as a long term solution and I don’t see it as a diet. I see it as a way to retrain my body. Practice self-control. There is no temptation for take-out if I put the financial commitment into it. I also realized if I sign up for the delivery service it doesn’t mean I gave up and am not “doing it myself.” Because it will still be hard. I am still going through the motions and making the conscious decision to eat well. I think the other reason this service looks so appealing to me is because I really look up to Candice Cameron (Remember DJ from Full House?) She struggled with her weight for years, even suffered with bulimia for a time. She looks amazing now and when asked in an interview what she did she told them she did a meal delivery plan. I don’t know, it made it okay in my eyes then. Also, your comments and my parents support and advice made me realize I want to try it out. All that to say, my eats will be kinda random this week as I try to clean out the pantry and fridge.
Here is my workout schedule:

Sunday - Shred Level 1
Monday - Walk 50 minutes
Tuesday - Insanity and walk 50 minutes
Wednesday - Walk 50 minutes
Thursday - Shred Level 1 and walk 50 minutes
Friday - Walk 50 minutes
Saturday - Insanity

I decided to switch it up and start doing The Shred again. Mainly because 40 minutes of Insanity seemed unbearable Sunday morning. I haven't lifted weights in months since I've done Insanity and was surprised at how hard it was to lift again! Even 5 pounds! I was also surprised at how sore I was the next day. EVERYWHERE. My arms. My legs. My abs. It all hurt. Jillian's knows what she is doing! In 25 minutes, no less! I still love Insanity, but it was a nice change.

Sunday night we stopped at our favorite Thai place on our way home from my parents. This tofu pad thai was my dinner Sunday night and my lunch Monday and Tuesday. I love when take-out can feed you for three meals! It was so good. 

My morning snacks have been an apple and my afternoon snack has been popcorn. 

My breakfasts have been these Jimmy Dean Egg White and Turkey Sausage Bowls. OMG. Amazing!!

My dinners have been Trader Joe's Veggie Burgers with a side of brussels sprouts. Yummo! I also had these Trader Joe Chicken Brats that were pretty darn tasty, but I forgot to snap a photo. Tonight we are having pork chops on the grill with edamame. How have you guys been doing?


Happy Easter! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! He is risen!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pinterest Love



I have never thought to put tofu in a quiche. Color me intrigued.


This is an excellent read.


These are really great tricks!




Best. Show. Ever.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meal Delivery Plans: Give Me Your Thoughts!

I want your advice! Back story: I've been struggling to lose 40+ pounds I picked up over the last year and a half. I struggle so much with portion control and eating cleaner, leaner, etc. I'm tired of the take-out temptations. But mainly, I'm really sick and tired of not losing weight. Too many calories. Too little calories. Not enough protein. Too busy or too tired to cook / properly plan. There are a million reasons I'm not seeing the results I want to see. I'm tired of not seeing the results. I'm tired of being unhappy with how I look. I'm tired of cringing when I don't see the scale move or I see a picture of myself. I'm sick of constantly being self conscious. Not wanting to go somewhere because of how dissatisfied I am with myself. Sick of putting my life on hold and thinking "when I get to my goal weight I'll (Fill in the Blank). It's no way to live and I need to stop complaining and just do something about it. Get back to feeling like me and not a disappointment that I let myself go. 

All that to say... I've decided to do a meal delivery plan. I just want to do it for one month and start seeing some major results. My co-worker did Medifast and had great results. She learned to treat food as fuel and that is something I really need to learn. I love food TOO much.

I have a friend who had a friend do NutriSystem and saw great results and enjoyed the food.

I just got a Groupon for Personal Trainer Food and this really appeals to me. Not only am I getting $100 off, but it includes ALL your meals. It is portioned out. It just has to be microwaved. No fuss. No overeating. No thinking/planning meals. Easy. Quick fix. 

I just am tired of working hard without any results. I'm ready for a jump start. This isn't a forever thing. This is a one month thing to lose 15-20 pounds and start feeling myself again. Start wearing my wedding rings again. I know it's not for everyone. Trust me. I put this off for a long time. But I think it will fit my lifestyle for a time. I need a change. I need some good results. I need advice! Have you done one of these? Or one I haven't heard of? Had a friend do one? Give me your feedback! I wanna know all the details before I make the financial commitment. Thanks so much!