Life has been crazy lately. I’m not trying to make excuses, I’m just stating a fact. Another fact is that when everything went insane I did not maintain my focus on fitness. I still ate well (for the most part) but I did not continue to exercise. I’ve lost all the endurance I had earned. But, I’m back. With a partner. Ashton and I are both putting an emphasis on our health and already (about two weeks in) it is making a difference. It’s easier to cook healthy when both people are trying to. We encourage each other and we are trying to be more active.
I am the one who cooks and does the grocery shopping. I get off work earlier than he does and I HATE going when there are a lot of people. I don’t go on weekends and I don’t like going after 5, so it makes more sense for me to go when I’m off earlier than he is. He is also is still learning more about nutrition.
I created a couple of documents to help me with our nutrition. I’m currently trying to lose about 5 more pounds before I go into maintenance. My current caloric range is 1,200-1,400 and when I hit maintenance time it will be closer to 1,400 -1,600. Ashton gets to eat a lot more. I usually cook a large dinner and portion them out leaving enough for lunch the following day. I plan my meals for a week based on what is on sale at the grocery stores I frequent. It is important to watch for sales/coupons when eating healthy because it can be very expensive.
The first one I’m showing is the weekly plan. We eat the same thing on Tuesdays and on Fridays every week. Tacos on Tuesday and Pizza Friday. We love it.
The second one is a daily food journal broken down into calories. At the bottom of the page you also track your water intake and your exercise of the day. (It is today’s so it isn’t completely filled out yet…)
If you are interested in either one feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a quick and easy one person meal that I created for my lunches. Growing up in the south, I LOVE comfort food. Mashed potatoes, fried okra, macaroni and cheese, collards, black eyed peas, etc. However, since going vegetarian finding black eye peas hasn’t been easy. In the south it is usually cooked with bacon or ham and served with a corn muffin. The bacon isn’t vegetarian and corn muffins usually are not good for you. So, I came up with this simple dish.
Vegan Black Eyed Peas
1 cup cooked black eyed peas* or 1/3 cup dry black eye peas
1/3 cup matchstick carrots
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp better than bouillon vegetable base (I use low sodium)
2 cups fresh spinach
* it is important to note that if you are using cooked black eye peas make sure they are not seasoned – many are seasoned with meat
1. (I cheated and use black eye peas.) In a crock pot, combine black eye peas, carrots, onion and vegetable base.
2. I allowed mine to cook on low for about three hours allowing the carrots and onion to cook thoroughly.
3. I created a bed of spinach and put the black eye peas top.
When it was time for my lunch I simply put in the microwave to heat it back up.
Protein: 19 grams
I don’t know if it’s come up in this blog before but I’m a barista. I’ve been employed at Starbucks for over three years so coffee is now a way of life. Cheesy, I know. But true. It’s kind of a problem. Two Christmases ago I was blessed enough to get an espresso machine as a gift from my wonderful fiance. Seriously, I’m a little spoiled.
With school, work and life in general sometimes you just need a latte. If you drink coffee you get it; if you don’t you don’t. Kind of like Fight Club. Back on topic. Tonight was one of those times. So, I made a latte. I feel like I enjoy drinking the lattes I make at home more than ones from work because I get more control over what goes in them. This delicious latte is only 50 calories. What? Yeah.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to duplicate without an espresso machine. However, you can make a pretty sweet misto with the same ingredients. It’ll just be more coffee
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used Kroger Brand Organic Truth but there are other brands)
2 shots of espresso
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
Stevia to taste (I’m a black coffee kind of girl)
1. Start steaming the milk.
2. Pull the shots.
3. Add the steamed milk.
4. Stir in cinnamon and stevia
To make a misto you want to brew a cup of coffee (your choice) and add the cinnamon and stevia. To heat the milk, just boil it on the stove. Add and enjoy!
For me, blogging has been an outlet of sorts for a while. As someone born into the technological world of today, I grew up using Xanga, Myspace, Facebook and Tumblr. On most of these, I used the blogging options to express myself. As I’ve grown older, I kept my personal information to myself but still need a creative outlet. So, here it is.
I’m a twenty-something student teacher who was born and raised in the South. Living in the south is more than a geographical location, it’s a lifestyle. So, here are my struggles and triumphs as I begin this roller coaster of a career.
Welcome, I hope you enjoy.
So, this last week has literally been a whirl wind. We have a new addition to our family as I mentioned before. She’s so precious and SO full of energy. She is wearing me out keeping up with her. Between preparing to move and working on potty training/not chewing I’ve been doing poorly at keeping this updated - and staying motivated. I have still been watching what I eat (kind of – more watching calories more than content) and been working out other than playing with the pup. I can’t wait til she’s a little bigger and we can take long walks.
However, accountability partners – I’m back. I haven’t noticed an weight difference but my pants are a little bit looser and Ash says that I’ve lost weight. So, yay?
I feel off the no-cheese wagon and my phlegm came back so I’m off it again until I really do get this allergy butt kicked – plus they say cellulite is made worse by milk products and I do want to look great at the Bachelorette Party. Just like the shirt says, “I’m NOT tying the knot, buy me a shot!” Perfect and kind of true, right?
So, here is today’s log in so far.
Breakfast was my Starbucks non-dairy usual. It’s pretty limited here, but it IS a quick and cheap place to get a breakfast without cooking. We are working on our socialization skills, so Beej (yes, I do shorten names of everything and everyone) and I went through the Drive Thru and now we are sitting outside so she can make lots of new friends. She’s getting so used to all the attention that when someone doesn’t pet her she’s highly offended. This little girl knows how cute she is. She even capturing the attention of the drive thru lane. Here are the stats for breakfast: 285 calories and 7 grams of protein.
I’m going to have Red Robin To Go for lunch. My friends were headed there and are being nice enough to order me something to go when they head back to Starbucks. I have a usual burger but I do cycle out my sides depending on how indulgent I feel. I order the Keep it Simple Burger with a whole grain bun and a veggie patty. I just top it with mustard, ketchup, extra pickles and lettuce. The same way I eat my burgers at home. My burger itself is 401 calories and 9 grams of protein (the original weighs in at 561). For my side I’m having a double order of freckled fruit salad which is 97 calories a serving. So, my meal is under 50o calories and delicious!
Last night I decided to make something new with what I have on hand. We are in the process of moving so we are avoiding grocery shopping until we are settled in the new place so we aren’t lugging produce and whatnot. So, I am coming up with very interesting new recipes. Last night for dinner I made a Pho based Asian soup.
1 cup Pho Base Starter (I used Pacific Organic Brand)
1 cup Oriental Stir Fry mix (steamed)
1/4 cup cooked chickpeas
1 oz Brown Rice Noodles
I steamed the Oriental Stir Fry Veggies and saved the sauce that came with it for a later date. While the veggies were steaming, I cooked the brown rice noodles. Once the veggies and brown rice noodles were cooked, I added them to the Pho base and then added the chickpeas. (The chickpeas had been cooking in the crockpot while I was at work. Seriously, that thing is a lifesaver!) I did add dessert and I had one fortune cookie. My dinner was only 259 calories including the cookie which was good because my lunch was a little heavy.
Breakfast this morning was interesting. My original plan was to make a breakfast sandwich, eat breakfast and then head to Starbucks for an iced coffee so I could show off my Beetlejuice and get her used to riding in a car. I started my egg and then went to pull out my bread so that I could start my toast but my bread had gone bad. I decided to head to Starbucks and get a bagel as well as my iced coffee rather than go buy bread. Our bagels are high in calories (300 calories) so I decided to use half of a bagel and make an open face breakfast sandwich.
Open Face Bagel Sandwich
1/2 Multigrain Bagel (Starbucks)
1 slice of Avocado
Tajin Seasoning (to taste)
My bagel was already toasted so I was able to skip over the toasting step. I fried the egg on my non-stick pan so I was able to skip using any oil. While my egg was cooking I spread the avocado on my bagel like a paste and then sprinkled with the Tajin seasoning. After the egg was cooked I place in on top and then topped with fresh spinach. I had an iced coffee (black) with it. My best friend ended up coming over to meet my Beetlejuice so I made her a sandwich with the other half and she loved it. She might be as obsessed with the Tajin as I am now . The breakfast sandwich was only 251 calories, but that’s okay because I am planning pasta for dinner so I’m saving room
And here is baby Beetlejuice and her (fairy, because she’s magical) Godmother
Last night I made one of my favorite meals. I love, love, loves tacos and other southwestern flavors. I needed a few more calories in my day so I decided to add fiesta corn to my meal instead of adding cheese or my usual margarita. Generally when I make tacos I make them low calorie so that I can indulge in a skinny margarita. However, I’m giving up alcohol until the bachelorette party so corn it was. But corn makes whiskey, right?
Vegan Black Bean Tacos
1 cup cooked black beans (I just stick them in the crock pot to cook while I’m at work)
Taco seasoning and Tajin seasoning to taste
3 slices of avocado
3 corn tortillas (I use Aldi’s brand and they are 60 calories a person)
2/3 Cup frozen corn seasoned with taco seasoning.
My meal was 570 calories and 22 grams of protein.
For breakfast this morning I had the same as yesterday. I tend to eat the same things for breakfast while I’m at work because it’s easy and healthy plus who doesn’t love fresh blueberries. I took a 100 pack of almonds/walnuts for snack today while at work. (I keep a container of low calorie snacks on the counter so I can just grab one and go when I’m leaving for work.
Lunch was leftovers from last night’s dinner so that was easy-peasy. I actually tend to overcook at night so I have a lunch for the next day. Makes eating healthy at work much easier when I bring my own lunch. I am able to find healthy foods around work but they tend to go for around 8 dollars a lunch and that’s a bit steep for me. If I were to buy lunch 5 times a week that’s 40 dollars…which isn’t even what I make in tips.
When I came home I worked out using Nike Training Club and noticed that they added on approximately how many calories you are burning for each exercise. I did Fighter Fit and it was 418 Nike Fuel + (anyone know what that means/does) and 116 calories. Not bad, but it definitely felt like more! Now that I’ve been working out more, I’m starting to get sore so I know that I need some potassium to help with that. I’m not a huge fan of bananas unless they are frozen or made into chips (very much a texture thing…) so I decided to make a green drink. Usually, I opt for smoothies but I’m running low on my usual green smoothie produce and we decided to buy anymore until we move. So, I improvised. I used a scoop of my Green Super Food and 8 ounces of pure coconut water. I added ice and shook it up in a mason jar. Yum! Plus no blender cleaning My green drink was only 65 calories and super refreshing after a cardio workout.