Good morning! There are TEN days left of January, and that means TEN days left of my Healthy Lifestyle challenge! Has anyone been following any of my suggested rules? If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here for some great suggestions on losing some weight and becoming a healthier person!
Here’s an update on how the boyfriend and I are doing:
Dave has joined Planet Fitness with me and has been going almost every day since! Both of us have given up CHEESE for our Rule #2: Drop one guilty pleasure food. This has been pretty difficult only for the fact that cheese is on everything! Remembering to ask for things without cheese when I’m out isn’t easy, but the willpower is there and I haven’t had an ounce of cheese since December!
Even harder than quitting cheese, is keeping both of us to my Rule #7: (make your own!) which for us is absolutely no take-out Chinese food. We both love Chinese so in order to curb our cravings for the salty stuff, we’ve made our own Asian dishes along the way. It’s much easier to cook healthier Asian style food at home, when you pick and choose the ingredients and cooking methods. Steering clear of the breaded & fried items and high sodium, high sugar sauces is totally doable at home. Also, pick up some low-sodium soy while you’re at it!
The most helpful part of my new diet is Rule #1: Track! I have been tracking on MyPlate from Livestrong. The website’s extensive database of foods and brands has grown a ton since the last time I had used it two years ago. Their My Recipes tab allows you to create your own recipes, entering in the amounts and specific foods you cook, how many servings, etc… then calculating the nutrition info for it.
I still need to accomplish my Rule #5: Try something new. I am going to try a Yoga class before January is over. I will do it!!!
Personally, with my goal to lose 10-12 pounds in 90 days, I am allowed a little over 1,300 calories a day. Using the website and tracking my calorie intake as well as calories burned during exercise has kept me totally aware and on track this month. I have already lost SIX pounds!!! I couldn’t be happier, but I still have halfway to go.
One of the most important components of weight loss is exercise. This morning was the second snow of the season in Philly and as hard as it was to wake up after looking outside… we did it! Dave and I woke up at 7:25 and headed over to my gym to take a spin class. Thanks to the weather, the 8:15 class only had FIVE people including us. The instructor kicked our asses and we had such a great workout. It was so nice to be done and back home before 10 am!
After a much needed shower, we were starving so I decided to make a healthy but totally satisfying breakfast for us.
I’m calling it a “scramble” because I totally did not get the omelet shape down this time. Oops!! It was delicious anyways, and perfect with a nice cup of hot coffee.
Another Trader Joe’s item that I just have to introduce you to is the Sugar, Chocolate, and Coffee Bean grinder. It’s like $1.99 and will last you forever! They recommend topping your ice cream, cupcakes, coffee, etc. with a sprinkle of it… but I love it on my toast! If you’re anything like me and need both salty and sweet, it’s a great little guilt-free touch.
Using cooking spray in the pan and butter spray on the toast, this hearty meal only cost me 164 calories. Impressive, right?!
How are you doing on your challenge or your own resolutions?
½ Cup Egg Beaters, original
¼ Cup Onion, sliced & diced
¼ Cup Tomato, chopped
¾-1 Cup Spinach
2 Slices Light Whole Wheat Bread
Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and set to medium heat. Sauté the chopped onions until translucent. Add tomatoes. Pour in ½ cup of Egg Beaters or normal scrambled eggs. Toast the bread. Cook the eggs until the bottom is fully cooked over the medium heat, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach to the middle of the egg and fold one side over the rest, as best as you can. Cook another 4 minutes or so until the eggs are done. Serve with the toast and a sprinkle of the Trader Joe’s Sugar, Chocolate, and Coffee Bean mixture if you have it. Cinnamon works too!