Meal Prep | Jan 27-Feb 2

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Saturday I made red lentil soup (video will be up Thursday), made some meal plans and a grocery list.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Breakfast

Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Green

Smoothie

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Grilled

Cheese

Sandwich

w/strawberries

Cream

Of

Wheat

w/Chia Seeds

Snack

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit

Lunch

Lentil

Soup

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salad

Turkey

Sandwich

w/veggies

and hummus

Turkey

Sandwich

w/veggies

and hummus

Bean curry

w/fruit

Turkey

Sandwich

w/veggies

and hummus

Green

Smoothie

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Green Smoothie

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Snack

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Options:

Granola

Popcorn

Chips&Salsa

Dinner

Mahi Mahi

Quinoa

Green Beans

Roasted

Veggies

Quinoa

Bean Curry

Basmati rice

Beans

Mahi Mahi

Quinoa

Sweet potato

Pizzadilla

Salad

Tilapia

Quinoa

Green Beans

Tomato

Bisque

Pita Bread

Sunday I went grocery shopping and did my usual meal prep, which only took an hour this time.

meal prep2Tonight I plan to make enough quinoa and basmati rice for the week. Starting at the far left, the jars contain pizza sauce and curry sauce. The blue containers contain broccoli and cauliflower, green beans, and sliced strawberries. The green containers are holding red bell pepper, carrots and a roughly chopped sweet potato. The right containers are specific meal prep; the ziploc bag has a piece of Mahi Mahi,the container directly under holds one serving of lentil soup, the top purple container holds pizzadilla fixings (mushrooms, pepperoni, onions), and the bottom purple container holds a veggie mix for roasting (red cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper, onion).

I made the granola a couple of weeks ago, it resides in two mason jars placed in my kitchen, and I have fruits and other snacks just lying around my house. This whole meal prep thing is pretty simple, and it truly cuts down on time throughout the week. I have healthy meals planned, and I am sticking to them.

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Work | Water Intake

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A couple of months ago I realized that I needed to figure out water and work. In general, I drink mostly water or tea, but while at work I was just drinking a bottle of water during lunch. From the research I’ve done, I came to the conclusion awhile ago that I should drink at least half of my body weight in water each day. I prefer to drink most of that water before 2pm due to the obvious reasons. Resultantly, I needed to figure out how I wanted to take more water to work without taking tons of water bottles each day.

First of all, the water bottle approach is not very cost effective. Secondly, the whole water bottle thing is not very eco friendly even if I recycle each and every one. Third, I just decided there was a better way. I found a solution through buying a glass water container from Whole Foods and then I received a free BPA free water bottle from the Turkey Trot 10k I did Thanksgiving Day. Problem solved:

water

 

I purchased the container on the left from Whole Foods Market, it holds 22 ounces of water, is glass and very easy to clean. I fill the water bottles with water from my filtered water pitcher (by Zero Water). The container on the right holds 24 ounces of water, for a total of 46 ounces of water. I usually drink 16 ounces of water before leaving home, meaning that by the time I get home I have already drunk 62 ounces of water. If I have one more cup before going to bed, I have met my daily goal. Surprisingly, just having both of the water bottles on my desk promotes water consumption. Since I started taking these containers to work, I have met my goal every single day, plus a glass of wine or bottle of ale every now and then along the way.

Before and After | January 13′ vs January 14′

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13-14 bodyWell, I did it. the pics on the left are even before shred, and before I lost a couple of pounds. The pics on the left were taken yesterday morning. Last year was a good year in health for me. I lost and kept off a total of 15 (maybe if I am being completely honest, 17) pounds and I really started living a much healthier lifestyle. I made it through the holidays losing one pound instead of gaining 20 like I did in 2012. I plan to loose at least another 5 lbs this year and ultimately loose 10 more pounds. I plan to be consistent with my healthy eating, not eating so many sweets, and to just keep eating tasty and healthy food. This year is off to a good start, and I am quite optimistic about my goals. *Cheers* to a great year in Health & Fitness!

 

Prepped & Ready | Refrigerator Week 1

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prepped

Last Sunday I put the plan into action. Instead of Mason Jars, I chose to use BPA free plastic snap containers. I had a Target gift card from Christmas, so I used it and purchased the set you see pictured above. I then prepped for the week, as seen in the picture below it.

On The Left: The purple containers hold sliced and chopped red onion for vegetable stir fry and whenever I need onions throughout the week. The purple container under that holds cooked ground beef and cooked brown rice. The container under that contains two par broiled green bell peppers.

In The Middle: The top container holds broccoli florets (there are holes in the top), under that we have sliced red bell pepper, and under that sliced carrots in filtered water.

To The Right: Cubed red cabbage and sliced red cabbage, under that there is cubed sweet potato covered in filtered water. Below that is cubed broccoli (holes in the top), and lastly blackberries and sliced strawberries.

I also made frozen burritos and prepped and froze a chicken breast for baking.

I used this for a week of food. Every morning for breakfast I had a Green Smoothie and a piece of toast with butter:

breakfast

For lunch I had left overs, with exception of two days I took a fruit and yogurt parfait and a frozen burrito:

parfait

Dinner is where things got fun:

Monday
Stuffed Bell Peppers

Tuesday
Vegetable Stir Fry over Pearl Couscous

Wednesday
Chicken Quesadilla

Thurs & Fri

Thursday & Friday
Chicken Curry over Brown Basmati Rice

 

Saturday
Chicken & Sweet Potato

Today I thawed out some Chicken Noodle soup for dinner and I will have the rest for lunch tomorrow. I am prepping tonight for the next week of meals. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have a good bit of prepped vegetables left over, so I really just need to prep odds and ends for meals.

The initial prep last Sunday took 3 long hours, however the week was quite simple because everything was planned and chopped. Tonight it took 40 minutes and I think this week will be even easier, we shall see. Right now, this seems doable.

Post Holiday Weigh-In | 2014 Goal

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Welp, my goal for the Holiday’s (Thanksgiving through the New Year) was to not gain 20 odd pounds, like last year. It was a singularly seemingly simple goal with difficult application. To manage this, I ate healthy for breakfast and lunch, and ate everything in sight for all Holiday meals, parties and functions. I baked lots and lots of cookies, but refrained from eating them all, I mean I gave away at least 12 dozen cookies. I continued to run, I did 6, 7, 9, 4, etc miles each week. I didn’t go to a single group fitness class, and there really wasn’t any type of consistency to my running, I just knew that I was going to run 3-4 times a week.

I weighed in last Sunday and the results are in:

jan weight

 

Last January I was 157 lbs. and this January I am 140.8 lbs.  I lost and maintained a 17 lb weight loss in 2013! I ate everything I wanted for the Holiday’s, cookies, pies, fried foods and more, and still managed to loose a couple of pounds! Crazy!

My goal for 2014 is to loose 10 lbs and to continue to develop a healthy life style. Tomorrow I will post my new refrigerator set up and I will have my sister take pics of me for comparison this weekend. Cheers to a great 2013 and an even better 2014!