Monday, January 31, 2011

New Workout Music Playlists!

It was time. Now that I'm back in the gym, I had to have new tunes. I've got a cardio playlist that's short and sweet... just 35 minutes total, including warmup & cooldown. And I also added a new weight lifting list that's just over an hour long and includes a couple cooldown songs. 

Lifting - 1.1 hours
weight lifting music playlist - february 2011

Cardio - 35 minutes
Cardio music playlist, january 2011

You can view all my playlists on the Workout Music page :-)

Sunday Food Prep Recap

Sunday food prep complete. My Counter of Chaos reigns supreme. Lol!  I took some pics...
Just for giggles, I wore my heart-rate monitor while doing my food prep. In 4.5 hours I burned 935 calories! Next week, I'll start it when I leave for the grocery shopping and see what my total burn is. I know it's silly, but it was a good reminder that just going about my day burns calories.  :-)

So... my food prep. Proteins this week are the ever-present Chicken breasts, plus I boiled 2 large chicken breasts and shredded them (for chicken enchilasagna), browned ground beef (mixed with mushrooms for moisture & extra nutrition) - the beef went toward breakfast burritos, 2 cups set aside for the chicken enchilasagna, and another 2 1/2 cups toward my stuffed peppers. Grains: seasoned brown rice (Mrs D Southwest Chipotle) mixed with crushed tomatoes. Veggies: Asparagus was on sale for $1.99/lb (yay!), broccoli, the previously mentioned peppers, zucchini & yellow squash, artichokes, green beans, mushrooms, and a variety of salad greens. Fruit: bananas, apples, blueberries, blackberries, and apple-pears! Was so excited to find them in a 4pack for $2.99! Woohoo!

Meals planned:  stuffed peppers for my lunches, breakfast burritos for the family, then dinners of: last night's Bacon Burgers, Chicken Enchilasagna, Panko Lemon/Dijon Chicken w/Mac-n-Cheese light, Easy Pizzas, Tacos/Taco Salad. All the recipes can be found here.

Ther's also a couple pics of my dinner up there, a little fuzzy (sorry!). I had planned on making bacon burgers but couldn't find my bacon bits (found them this morning, oops!), so I mixed the ground beef with some clean bbq sauce, added 1/4 cup panko crumbs - very tasty! We used the leftover bacon from making the breakfast burritos to top the burgers, along with clean pepper jack. The family used buns, but I prefer mine wrapped in green leaf lettuce. And the sweet potato fries were super yummy, too!

My clean eating cooler today:
Chelle's clean eating cooler Jan 31, 2011
Breakfast: a bowl of leftover burrito filling :-) Eggs, beef, potato, brown rice, tomato & hot sauce.
Snack 1: Apple-Pear and 2 hard boiled eggs
Lunch: Steamed stuffed pepper (beef, brown rice, mushrooms) and steamed asparagus & a grapefruit.
Snack 2: 1 cup greek yogurt (2%) with ground flax & fresh berries
I've also got a 4 oz piece of chicken breast for just in case. :-)
Dinner: Easy Pizzas (see recipe page)

Oh! And Saturday night's anti-cake food? I picked up strawberries & kiwi :-) Everyone said the cake was fabulous (picked one up at Whole Foods), but I was happy with my fruit.

Happy Monday!        

Saturday, January 29, 2011

First Leg Day Since Surgery!

Ok, leg day, done! My first leg day post-surgery. Went well. Had some issues, but that's to be expected. Basically I took a physical therapy session and tweaked it into a workout. I burned 542 calories. Strangely, my gym doesn't have ankle weights (really?) so I had to get creative. I took a red resistance tube and a 12 lb body bar, looped one end under the bar and used that to hold it in place while I wrapped the tube around my foot to create resistance for my straight leg lifts. Worked out pretty darn well.

Had an issue with my squat touches though. You stand, one foot on a step, the other held flat footed hanging. Then you lower that hanging foot to touch the floor (flat footed), but you don't move your hips. The only movement your hanging leg gets is from the bend (squat) of the leg on the step. This is a challenge for me. After the first couple were brutally painful, I switched my step for a small yoga block. I did fine on that, though it wasn't fun, lol. I was really disappointed to have to switch from the step to the block. But I had to keep reminding myself, I'm rehabbing. It's ok. I'll get there.

My session on the leg press went really good, and I think next time I can up my weight on that. Post workout I had a bit of chicken breast and a few clean pretzel sticks, not much but enough to refuel (I was on the run). Now I've iced, I've hydrated, I'm refueled and overall feel pretty good :-)

Tonight we're hanging out at my father-in-law's house to play pool. I'm in charge of picking up a birthday cake for a friend, so I'll have to find something for me, too... maybe some fresh fruit. I could have the treat and eat the cake, but honestly, I'm not much for cake. anyway. I'd rather have the fruit.

Speaking of treats, Bill and I had our date-night last night. We went to our favorite place, Blue Adobe (mexican food). I tried the special, Ancho rubbed salmon. It was... "meh".  Just ok. My "treat" (other than restaurant food in general) was a Sangria Margarita. Serious yummage.
Tomorrow I'm hitting the gym in the morning for back & biceps, some abs, and cardio (no HIIT for sure!) After that, it's grocery shopping, then my usual food prep and chaos. :-)  I'll plan out my menu for next week later this evening.

And on to my favorite topic, lol, The Arnold! As it turns out, I'll be rooming with Traweaver! Yay! And... she's driving in, so she's bringing a cooler for the room! If we don't get that fridge I requested, we're still set! She's also doing some protein prep, and will bring hard boiled eggs and such in the cooler. We'll hit up that market and have clean eats throughout the weekend! This is going to be so much fun!

Many of us have people in our lives who aren't exactly supportive of our clean eating and exercise lifestyles. It's hard, I know. If you've followed my blog for awhile, you've read about my own struggles with such people. I've learned to not let them affect me, hurt me. Even so, I have to say that I'm really, really looking forward to the synergy of being in the same physical space as others with like-lifestyles. People who "get it" and don't hassle me over working out, or eating clean. That sounds a little silly, doesn't it? But I'm looking forward to no one looking at me funny when it's time to eat, or when I pull out my cooler for a clean snack.

I'm off to prep for this evening. Gotta plan out those eats :-)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Researching for the Arnold...

I'm continuing my research for my trip to the Arnold. Neither of my hotel rooms has a refrigerator (booo), but I've requested one for the room I'll be in the longest. Hopefully, that'll come through for me. I found a fabulous market just steps from the Convention Center. It's called North Market, and looks to be a cross between Whole foods and a Farmer's Market. Awesome! I'll be able to walk over from the Expo and pick up some clean eats for my travel cooler.

I'm taking one of the guys' coolers with me. My trusty igloo playmate won't be the best choice for this trip, and a collapsible one will fit nicely in my carry-on.  I'll be able to refill it daily with clean food (hopefully from that market). With any luck, I'll have a mini fridge to fill, too.
I'll be packing my oatmeal/protein powder/flax in baggies, so breakfast will be a no brainer. Southwest and TSA assure me that I can take along fresh fruit, too. I don't want to make protein powder my go-to source for that trip, so I'll be looking for a clean lean protein at that market. If all else fails, I'll take a taxi to the nearest Whole Foods and see if they'll grill me up some meat. Hmmm, maybe I'll put in a call to be sure they do that. Mine here does, but that's no guarantee they do. Ok, that's on my to-do list.  :-)   I want to avoid relying on restaurants, as I have no control over the sodium. How much would it suck to show up at this amazing event, and get sodium bloat? No thank you! Lol!

I also need to find an outfit for the special dinner we've been invited to (Traweaver and I). While I'd love to hit the mall (and Nordstrom, Bebe, Guess), that's really not in the budget, so I'll be heading over to My Sister's Closet and My Secret consignment shops. They've always got amazing evening/dinner wear. Then of course, I have to find shoes. Oh dear, shoe shopping. Okay, twist my arm. I'll do it. LOL!

My workouts are going well.. I'm so very glad to be back in the gym! My quad did end up swelling some after Wednesday's cardio :-(  but icing it helped. Yesterday was Chest and Triceps. I'm a 36-hour girl... I hit the peak of my "sore" 36 hrs post workout. The way I'm feeling right now, I doubt very much I'll be able to lift my arms tomorrow, lol! I'll be moving my arms like T-Rex :-)  Today will be my first "Leg-Day" post surgery, so wish me luck!

No cooler today, since I work from home on Friday's, but food is all  similar to my previous days. Greek Yogurt, tenderloin, veggies, etc. I love that I don't really have to think about it, I can just reach in and grab what I need from the fridge. :-) Planning clean burgers for dinner tonight. Mine will be a lettuce wrap (I'd rather have oven fries than a bun ANY day! ).
So today... work, lift, cardio, car damage estimate, and hopefully a foray into the consignment shops :-)   Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Woohoo! I'm joining the Eat Clean Diet team in their booth at The Arnold!

I have amazing, fantabulous news! Ok, it's amazing and fantabulous to me! LOL! I had an incredible opportunity arise and I'm so excited about it!! Can you tell?  :-)

I'm going to the Arnold Sports Festival! And... (drum roll please)...

I'll be joining the Eat Clean Diet Team in their booth at the Expo to help spread the clean eating word! Woooohooooo! I'll even be wearing an "Eat Clean uniform"! If I were any more excited, you'd be peeling me off the ceiling! :-) I am thrilled, and honored to have been asked to actually represent the Eat Clean Diet.

Further, one of my forum friends Traweaver, is also "representing", and I'm very excited to meet her face-to-face. She'll be running the Arnold 5k. I'm hoping I'll be able to do so, as well. It'll depend on how it goes with my knee/quad. Either way, I'll be there to cheer on Traweaver :-) 

My flight is booked, my hotel is booked... well, hotels. One hotel only had my first night available, and the other only had the rest of my stay, lol. I'll take what I can get! Next I'm finding the nearest grocery (preferably a Whole Foods) to stock up on hotel-food.

Are you attending The Arnold? If you are, please let me know and come say hi!

The Arnold Sports Festival, March 3-6, 2011 in Columbus, OH.

Food & Fitness update for the day...

Change of plans yesterday, Tab couldn't join me at the gym, so I did cardio (hiit) instead. We'll do our lifting tonight that we planned for yesterday (just swapping days). My knee did ok, though I may hold off on further hitt for a couple weeks. Just a little "hurt" this morning, but I am so not going to push it! Steady state will do me just fine until my body is ready for hitt.

This morning I had my 6:30 a.m. yoga class :-)   I am LOVING being back in yoga!

Today's food is all posted and on track. Here's my cooler (the only thing not pictured is the brown rice, which is leftover from yesterday's packet and currently in the fridge).
Chelle's cooler today - 1280 calories not including dinner.

Breakfast -  1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt (Chobani) with 1/2 cup blueberries & blackberries, 2 tbsp ground flax  
Snack 1 -   apple & 2 hard boiled egg whites (*see note).   
Lunch -   4 ounces pork tenderloin, 1 cup Brown Rice, 2 cups  steamed zucchini & yellow squash and a grapefruit. 
Snack 2 - 
4 oz pork tenderloin and 1/2 cup baby carrots.  
Dinner (post-workout)  - coming soon

***NOTE: Coolers for Bill & his Dad - Chelle's breakfast burrito,  2 hard boiled eggs, apple, string cheese, and a serving of Newman's Own Organic Pretzel sticks.
***Note 2: why only the egg whites in snack 1? I'm trying a new nutrient ratio, so I'm reducing fat, and that was the easiest way to do so, today.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Healthy Food & a Car Wreck

I am deliciously sore! :-) Woohoo! It feels so great to be back to my favorite activities! I have no pain in my knee or quad from the exercise I've done this week, so I'm moving forward. Today after work I'll be hitting the gym with my workout buddy, the WGT (World's Greatest Trainer) Tab, and we're doing upper body. I'm excited! :-D

I tried a couple new recipes last night, and they were both hits. You can find them on the recipe page. The Lemon-Dijon Panko Chicken was super tasty, and the Mac & Cheese Light was surprisingly full of flavor (no butter, no cream - hence the surprise, lol). I'll be having some of the chicken for my dinner tonight, post-workout.

Today's cooler is posted, and pre-dinner I'm at 1285 calories.
Chelle's daily cooler contents - 1285 calories

Nakki, our 4 year old boxer, has been super cuddly lately. Last night she decided to be Shiloh's couch buddy...
Shiloh Jacoby and Nakki

And on another note... I think my car is cursed! Last week, somebody swiped the side in the parking lot. It was horrible to walk out to my car after work and discover the damage. We called the insurance company and they sent me over to get an estimate. Technically, it's a hit and run, which means I get to pay for it. Well, the deductible anyway. I was stunned to discover it was $1,500 worth of damage! I'm only responsible for the $500 deductible, but YIKES!  Then, the shop can't start work until March (which gives me time to come up with the money, lol) because they're overrun with all the hail damage repair work (we had a heinous hale storm a while back). So I'm stuck driving around with a scraped up car. :-(

Well it gets worse. I'm driving home last night, and I'm in line stopped at a light, waiting to turn right, when an elderly gentleman in a very large beige car decided to drive out the apartment driveway (on my right) without looking first. Yep. He got me. Drove right into my passenger rear. He felt horrible, I felt horrible that he felt so horrible. And my car is messed up. I filed my claim, my insurance company is talking to his insurance company, and I have to go back to the body shop for another estimate. <sigh>. 

My car mash :-(

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Workout and Yoga and Food, Oh My! :-)

One word... Awesome! I did Tab's Total Body Conditioning last night (way fun class!) then did yoga this morning! Woohoo! My knee feels great! My quad feels great! Yay! :-)

Today's food is up on the  cooler page. I'm at about 1200 calories before dinner, and here's what it looks like (the half cup of brown rice is in the fridge, it's from yesterday's packet):
Chelle's 1200 calorie cooler

Breakfast - 1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt (Chobani) with 1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp ground flax 
Snack 1 -
  apple & 2 hard boiled eggs. 
Lunch -  6 ounces pork tenderloin, 1/2 cup Brown Rice, 2 cups steamed zucchini & yellow squash
Snack 2 - 4 ounces chicken breast with 1/2 cup baby carrots 
Dinner  -  Panko Dijon Chicken w/ steamed veggies & healthy mac-n-cheese.  I've also got a grapefruit to work in somewhere today.

Monday, January 24, 2011

This week's food prep...

Happy Monday! My Sunday Food Prep and The Counter of Chaos
were completed yesterday :-)

Proteins prepped were easy, I used the pork roast from Saturday's dinner and sliced it up into 4 ounce portions and bagged them. I also boiled my usual 18 eggs, peeled and bagged. Other
proteins are my Chobani 2% greek yogurt, and a few handy tuna packets for emergencies.

: this week asparagus was on sale ($1.99 lb), and I also got broccoli, zucchini & yellow squash. All were chopped and placed in steamer bags with Mrs Dash.

: Apples, bananas, peaches ($1/lb), blueberries & blackberries. A friend gave me a bag of grapefruit, so I was lucky and didn't have to buy that ;-) 

Grains: I'm using the Seeds of Change packets, and I have an Annie Chun's sprouted brown rice packet, too.

Family dinners planned include my healthy & clean pizza, panko dijon chicken with a clean mac-n-cheese & steamed broccoli (I'll let you know how the macaroni turns out), orange chipotle chicken with steamed asparagus, chicken & bean sandwiches with homemade tomato soup, and everyone's favorite bacon cheeseburgers and oven fries.

My daily cooler food is simple, per usual. You can view them daily here. This is today's cooler contents: 
Chelle's clean & healthy cooler food Jan. 24, 2011
Before dinner, I'm at 1200 calories. When I add in my dinner, I'll be right around 1400-1500. Right where I want to be :-)  

Breakfast:  1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt (Chobani) with 1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp ground flax & half a large grapefruit  
Snack 1:  apple & 2 hard boiled eggs. Lunch:  4 ounces chicken breast, 1/2 cup Brown Rice, 2 cups shredded cabbage & kale with dressing of 1/8 cup greek yogurt & 1 tsp sriracha sauce. 
Snack 2 (pre-workout & cardio): 4 ounces pork tenderloin with 1/2 cup baby carrots
Dinner (post workout & cardio): 
Clean Pizza. (I use a Alvarado Street Bakery sprouted pizza crust, homemade pizza sauce (low sodium), reduced fat mozzarella, applegate farms pepperoni and a ton of veggies).

The guys ( my hubby and his dad) have the following in their coolers: 1-Chelle's breakfast burrito,  2 hard boiled eggs, apple, string cheese, and a serving of Newman's Own Organic Pretzel sticks.  

Tonight I have Tab's total body conditioning class, followed by some cardio, and tomorrow I return to yoga! Yay! :-)

On another note, the fitness & nutrition world lost an icon. Jack LaLanne died yesterday, at the age of 96. One of my favorite Jack quotes is this:

"It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life. How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? 
You just do it."


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Honoring John's Lessons

Our family said goodbye today to a dear friend. One thing commented on repeatedly at the memorial service was that no one ever heard John complain. 8 1/2 years of cancer, over 100 chemo treatments, over 200 radiation treatments. He never complained. John firmly believed that life is a gift, and should be lived to the fullest. He did that. Every day. His life taught me much, and his absence is deeply felt.

I have often found myself getting lost in the details of life, sometimes forgetting that "gift". It's easy to allow myself to be overwhelmed, and hard to let go. John's lessons have helped me over the last couple years to adjust to my new lifestyle, and deal with personal stresses. His health has made me appreciate my own. His outlook has helped me reshape mine.

Four years ago, I began a total lifestyle change. It started with a desire to lose weight, to get healthy. It evolved into a passion for nutrition and fitness. That lifestyle change rebooted my life. The process wasn't easy, wasn't fast. I learned new things, I lost friends, gained more.  I live a fuller life than I did before. Clean eating and fitness, these have made my life infinitely better. Respecting and nurturing my body, my health, have led to a greater appreciation for the vast experiences life has to offer.

The way John fought his war helped me fight my battles, changing the way I view them. When my body is hurt and worn down, I don't have to drag myself out of bed... I get to. When I'm tired and unmotivated, I don't have to go to the gym... I get to. When it's easier to order pizza, I don't have to cook my family a nutritious meal... I get to. When faced with opposition and rejection, I don't have to allow it to hold me down or break me... I get to find inner strength and peace. 

In my small way, I can apply the lessons of a great man. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Who Me?? Wow!!

Awesome day! Had my Lucy & Ethel time at the mall with Tab :-) Lots of fun! We did however break pattern and found ourselves discombobulated for quite some time. You see, when we go to the mall, we always start with lunch, then go to Godiva, and our trip always ends in Sephora.  This time we started with shopping and browsing, hit up Sephora, then got lunch an hour or two later, and were just in general quite turned around. Lol.  We didn't really recover until we found our way into Godiva.   :-D

Today held another awesome event for me. You might remember that way back when (March 2009), I was interviewed on a podcast by my friend, Arlene Pellicane. Arlene is a motivational speaker and author, as well as a fantastic woman. Her book, 31 Days to a Younger You has just been released and I'm in it! How cool is that???  :-)  In her blog, she's currently highlighting the "days" of the book through the month of January, and today was Day 21... and there I am! Before and after photos, too!  Check it out! 

And check out her book, too! :-)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday: It's a Day of the Week, NOT a Special Occasion

Last night was bowling night... while I don't bowl right now (knee), I do still go hang out with my guys. While there I found myself watching what people were eating and drinking, and thought back over my Wednesday-Bowling-Night-Food Evolution...

Today's Cooler - 1,250 calories

How crazy is this? I've got a chest cold that moved up into my head! What?? Head colds that develop into the chest, yes, reverse? Never heard of that! <sniffle>  Oy.

Food is up on the Cooler page. I'm at 1250 calories before dinner. Right on track :-) Dinner will be Pork Loin with steamed asparagus. Yum! That'll bring me right to my target of 1400 calories. Here's my cooler contents (minus dinner):
Chelle's cooler - 1250 calories
Contents Breakfast -  Oatmeal with 1/4 cup blueberries, protein powder, ground flax & cinnamon with a small grapefruit    
Snack 1-  apple & 2 hard boiled eggs.   
Lunch -   4 ounces chicken breast, steamed cauliflower & broccoli,  1/2 cup Brown Rice.  
Snack 2 1 cup of greek yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries. 
Dinner  -  (not pictured) Pork Loin with Asparagus

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This is What 1400 Calories Looks Like...

Food. Food today is awesomely on track. I'm working my calories back up and if I eat everything, I'll hit my goal, ending my day with  1440 calories and ratios of 35% protein, 33% carb and 32% fat. Nice. (As I increase my activity levels, I'll adjust my calories as needed.)

Here's what 1,400 calories looks like...
Chelle's clean and healthy food in her cooler 
Breakfast - 1 cup of greek yogurt with 2 tbsp ground flax & 1/4 cup blueberries with half a grapefruit           
Snack 1:  apple & 2 hard boiled eggs.   
Lunch -   4 ounces chicken breast, steamed zucchini & yellow squash,  1/2 cup Brown Rice. 
Dinner  -  Bowling Night! I've got a 4 oz piece of chicken breast with a cup of sliced red pepper (raw), and a string cheese (really, it's there! it's just hidden, lol!). 

Today is bowling day, so after work, I'll be rushing home to pick up Bill and head to the bowling alley. I'm not bowling, of course, but Bill is. I haven't decided when/if I'll go back to rotation. My ball release is from a pretty deep lunge on my right leg. I know I can't do it now, but not sure if I want to do it after I finish healing. We'll see. It is nice, though, to just hang out. :-) 

No gym/cardio last night. What a day! Yeesh! I got hit out of nowhere by a chest cold yesterday, and by bed time I sounded like a dying frog. Today it's much better, hopefully it'll be gone quick!  I'm drinking LOTS of tea, lol. Soon as I get this thing out of my chest I am ready to do my cardio! So very ready!

For so long exercise has been my me-time, my stress-relief. While I did keep up with my once a week full body workout class right up until surgery, that was all I was doing for weeks. Then post-knee surgery, nothing but physical therapy and home exercises. I've really missed my gym time, and I'm so excited to get back to it. Can't believe I got hit with a chest cold! Lol, just my luck!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And I'm Back in the Game! Woooohoo!

 1st Exercise class since knee surgery! Last night I attended Tab's Total Body Conditioning class and it went great! There are, of course, things I can't do (yet), but with modification the class was a success for me! It does make a HUGE difference that Tab's such a great teacher, too :-) After class,

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sneaky Sodium

If you've seen my Sunday Food Prep and The Counter of Chaos™, then you know that I use broth regularly and in significant quantity. I wanted to address that today... not so much the broth itself, but the sodium in the broth.

Sunday Food Prep - DONE!

Sunday Food Prep and The Counter of Chaos were completed yesterday :-)  At one point, my youngest came rushing in asking asking what smelled so good and could she eat it "right now!". Lol!

Here's the dinner menu for the week:

  Sunday dinner - breakfast burritos (the family insisted, lol).  I'll explain below.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

4-Week Post-Knee Surgery Checkup

  Today was my 4-week post-knee surgery doctor appointment. And the doctor said...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Favorite Beauty Products

So... let's talk "girl".  (sorry guys, this one isn't for you). Due to financial constraints, my hair coloring appt is now 4 weeks overdue (can you say roots?). As I was looking in the mirror this morning, I decided to not focus on what I don't like right now (again, roots), and chose to focus on what I do like... I was putting on my makeup and was reminded of how much I love my foundation brush, and my eye shadow brush, my eyeliner... and it occurred to me that many of the girly products I own, I never would have found on my own (Thank you, Tab!!).

I've never been a girly-girl. Tom-boy Chelle, that's me. Then Tab introduced me to the golden, sparkly mecca of Sephora. [cue trumpets].   Over the last few years, I've discovered some fabulous products and tools, and thought I'd share those with you if you're interested. And of course, any products & tools YOU can recommend to ME would be appreciated, too!   :-)
I'll start from the bottom layer up...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Look Ma! Heels!

Physical Therapy went fantastic! They increased my weight on the leg press, added new exercises, and are pleased with my progress. My assessment was great, and better than expected. Shoes with heels! Post-Knee-Surgery progress!I have one more session tomorrow, then my doctor's appt

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday Food Prep

Happy Monday! A new week has begun. What will you do with it?

I had a busy weekend. Friday was fun & (clean) pizza with Tab and her hubby, Saturday was re-assigning offices at work & moving MUCH furniture, then Sunday was my normal shopping and food prep.   Sunday's Food Prep included: 

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's Friday! Yay!

Welcome to the Weekend! :-D  My eats today have been low-key, I picked up a chicken wrap at Whole Foods while I was doing some shopping and noshed on that. Lots of water today, and that's a good thing :-) 
Tonight I've got some serious fun coming my way, Tab and her hubby are coming by for pizza and kinnect. It's going to be awesome! And yes, the pizza is clean :-)  I use these great crusts from Alvarado Street Bakery (I get them at Whole Foods), then mix up sauce from Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Mrs Dash (tomato & basil and garlic & herb), then add toppings... Applegate Farms pepperoni and chicken italian sausage, veggies, mozzarella and sprinkle Mrs Dash over the top then bake. Super Yum! The other pizza (I'm making two) will be heavy on the veggies (red pepper, zucchini, broccoli, onion, mushroom) and using chicken from  Sunday's Food Prep instead of pepperoni/sausage. Suddenly I'm hungry! LOL!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Lesser of Two Evils...

Catch-up for yesterday... Physical therapy went awesome! I'm making big strides in my rehab, and Monday they'll do an assessment :-) I've graduated from the NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) and don't need it anymore (yay!). 

Taco Bell Hard Taco FrescoFrom there, I went to the bowling alley to watch the guys (league night). Given the choice of not eating or eating take-out, I chose the lesser of two evils. I had 2 Taco Bell hard taco frescos, and while they're not clean eating, they're were better than not eating at all. My calories yesterday ended up at 1203, but my ratios left a bit to be desired. Rather than my goal 33/33/33, I had 29/33/38 (29% of my calories were from protein, 33% carbs, and 38% fat). So while I did hit my calorie goal, I should have had my trusty cooler with me rather than doing Taco Bell.

Today I forgot to toss my grains in my cooler (oops!), and my calories show it. I do have errands to run at lunch, so I may pick up a Seeds of Change microwave packet of grains to give my nutrition a boost. I'm struggling to eat all my meals, often skipping snacks or dinner. I'm just not hungry. I've decided to not force it. The food I'm eating (with the noted exception of last night's TB) is all whole, clean and solid nutrition, so I'll listen to my body, and increase as it's called for.

**update - I picked up some brown/wild rice and added that to my lunch.**

Food has been updated on the Cooler Page (including my nutrition ratios).