Wednesday, February 16, 2011

1600 Calories Looks Like This...

Today's cooler includes everything... from breakfast through dinner. It's going to be a crazy day, and difficult to get everything done. I hope to not drop any balls. After work, I have my weight session (1 hr), followed by 30 min of cardio intervals, then I have to quickly clean up (get rid of the eau-de-gym) and dash to a parent meeting at the high school for Shiloh's New York trip (exciting!!), then get myself over to the bowling alley and hopefully catch some of the games before driving Bill home. Somewhere in there, I have to eat dinner. I packed a Chicken wrap anticipating the craziness of tonight. Total calories in that cooler (full day's food) are 1615.  36% from carbs, 38% from protein, and 26% from fat.

What you see is...
Breakfast -   Oatmeal w/protein powder, ground flax, cinnamon plus a grapefruit. 
Snack 1 - 
5 oz pork tenderloin with 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes w/chipotle peppers  
 -   4 oz Chicken breast, 1/2 cup brown rice, 2 cups steamed green beans 
Snack 2 -
 2 hard boiled eggs & an apple  
 - Chicken Wrap (Ole wrap, 4 oz chicken breast, baby spinach, shredded cabbage, feta).
***NOTE: Coolers for Bill and his dad: Sandwich (Whole Wheat bread w/sliced grilled chicken breast (from Sunday food prep), lettuce, tomato, cheddar, honey mustard), 2 string cheese, pear-apple, 2 hard boiled eggs.

I wanted to note that all the food you see in my coolers are part of my Sunday Food Prep. Those baggies of oatmeal/protein powder/ground flax/cinnamon - I make those up and toss in the fridge. The steamer bags of veggies are cleaned, chopped and tossed in the bags with a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash. The pork tenderloin - roasted on Sunday. The eggs - hardboiled, peeled and bagged in two's. The chicken breast - grilled. The rice, the mashed sweet potatoes... it's all done on one day then stored in portions so all I do in the morning is toss stuff in my cooler.

Yes, doing all the food prep on one day takes time. But it saves me HOURS during the week. It saves me time (and aggravation) as I'm packing my clean eats for the day, as I'm preparing dinner, and it has the added benefit of making healthy food available to the whole family whenever it's needed. Granted no one system works for everyone, but this has sure stood the test of time with me and my family. 


Knee is still a bit tender, but didn't Stubborngive me any twinges during cardio last night and the swelling is down. The pain Monday night was a good reminder that just because I'm ready to go full-speed, doesn't mean my knee is. You might think  I'd have that firmly in my head, being less than 9-weeks post surgery, but I'm dense like that, LOL!


Arnold Sports Festival**Update on The Arnold... 14 days until I'm on a plane and heading toward Columbus!! Woohoo!! I really didn't think I could get more excited, but with every communiqué from the Eat Clean Diet folks, I bump up a notch. Or two! I'm so excited and honored to be part of this great experience! 


  1. i don't doubt you would be excited it would be hard not to! i can't wait to hear all about it.

  2. Hi Chelle,

    Do you reuse your steamer bags?? I'm always confused as to whether I can do that.

  3. Hi Jan!
    I don't reuse my bags. I have been told that it can be done, but while I readily use them, the whole plastic-microwave thing makes me nervous about reusing them. Additionally, they aren't "designed" to be reused, which also makes me leery of doing so.
    According to the Ziploc website, the bags are BPA and dioxin free, and safe for microwave use (designed for microwave use, also).
    While we should always consider the source (Ziploc says Ziploc products are safe), there is no valid third-party data indicating otherwise, to my knowledge.

  4. Wow, thanks for all the info, Chelle - looks like you've done the research for me!!