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Day 1 – Family Health Challenge

My mother-in-law called last week to see if I wanted to do a weight loss challenge with her and Jake’s sisters, and I jumped at the chance. Just recently, I’d been telling her how upset I was that I’d allowed myself to gain as much weight as I have in the last few years.  In fact, every time Jake says we should start jogging, I picture me looking like this:

giphyNot pretty. I feel your pain, pup.

Anyway, her plan is simple. We all do our own thing, but we motivate each other, and we reward each other when we hit a goal. For example, my teenage niece offered free babysitting. How cool is that?  And we’ll all do things like that. How motivating, right? I can’t wait for my sweet family members to hit their goals so we can shower them with awesomeness.

My plan is to eat clean. Yeah, yeah…I know, I know. I’m gonna stick with it this time! I did it before–I know I can do it again.

So, I’m going to be keeping a food journal here. I figure if I have to fess up to you all what I’ve been eating, I might do a slightly better job. 😉 I’ll be posting the menu from the day before (or possibly post it weekly, depending on what seems to work better.)

Let’s get started.

Day One

  • Breakfast: 1 cup of strawberries and scrambled eggs – I was starving twenty minutes later, and I decided I need a grainy complex carb with breakfast. It’s what I always used to do, so it makes sense that I still need to.
  • Snack: 16 oz coffee with splash of milk and tiny bit of real cream. Sweetened with stevia and 1 tsp unrefined sugar – I’m not giving up my morning coffee, but I will stay away from the fake flavored creamers. Also, I had a bite size sausage biscuit made with clean sausage and homemade, whole grain biscuit.
  • Lunch: 1/2 leftover roasted chicken breast, handful roasted cubed potatoes, and steamed broccoli and cauliflower blend.
  • Snack: Handful of trail mix and sparkling water with lime and pineapple
  • Dinner: Taco salad made with ground turkey, kidney beans, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade taco seasoning blend, and a handful of tortilla chips (fried but no chemicals added). I omitted the cheese and sour cream. I also swapped salsa for the dressing. It was really good, but next time I’ll remember black olives and avocado.
  • Dessert/Snack: 1 homemade strawberry oat muffin – I made a batch for Tuesday’s breakfast, and they hit the spot for dessert as well.

Also, I’ve returned to making homemade bread with whole wheat flour (I’ve been using the Kroger brand white whole wheat, and it’s really good). If I want to stick with it, I know I have to start cooking from scratch again. That’s the hard part. Still, it’s doable.

Okay, so that’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow!



A Procrastinators Guide to Eating Right…Tomorrow

Something terrifying has happened in the last eight months. I’ve gained, like, a bunch of weight. I’m irked with myself. The problem is I’m usually thinking about it as I’m dunking my doughnut in my sweetened, creamtastic coffee. Okay, so I don’t always have a doughnut – sometimes it’s a cinnamon roll. I have that kind of willpower right now.

The biggest problem? Just a little over a year ago I was, dare I say it, pretty fit. We ate clean. We rode our bikes for miles. I jogged and did strength training. I was that person. The person that I hate right now, because she makes me feel so horrible about the decisions I’ve made recently!

Okay, enough whining! Here’s the fixin’ it part. There is an odd quirk in my personality, if I write it down, I have to do it. So here I am writing it down! And I’m doing this thing…tomorrow. No, seriously, it’s eight in the evening, it kind of has to be tomorrow.

I’m starting with one goal, because honestly I’m not sure I’ve got much more than that in me right now.

Eat Clean 

Isn’t that nice? It looks pretty doesn’t it? I’ve stocked my fridge and I’m ready for tomorrow! Who wants to join me?