The Healthy Living Thread - Part 2

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The Healthy Living Thread - Part 2

Let's help each other get and stay healthy!

This is a place where you can post what you're eating, what you're doing to stay fit, vent, brag and other healthy living ideas. Let's help each other get healthy and stay on track!

Also, feel free to post healthy recipes! Wink

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Yay! I am so glad that we are doing this again. It's so great to have support when you are trying to lose weight, and I tend to stay off of the message boards on MyFitnessPal because some of those people are cuh-razy negative.

Yesterday I went to the gym and did 45 minutes on the exercise bike. I also walked on my breaks and lunch hour (so about an hour total) and stayed within my calorie range for the day, although I can't say that I ate super healthy yesterday. I had a sandwich and potato chips for lunch, and then a cheeseburger (but no fries! We had asparagus and melon on the side) for dinner.

Today I had/am having:
Breakfast: Yogurt and granola
Lunch: Lentil soup, baby carrots, cheese and whole wheat crackers
Dinner: Spaghetti, meatballs, and greenbeans

I am tossing around the idea of getting whole wheat spaghetti, but honestly I just don't like WW pasta nearly as much as white. I love WW bread, brown rice, et cetera, but I just have a real problem with WW pasta. So, since I never get to eat spaghetti since DH hates it, I am thinking I am just going to go with "the real thing" and enjoy it.

I am walking on my lunch and breaks today (again, about an hour total) and doing strength training for half an hour after work.

Can't wait to hear what everyone else is up to. Mary, you'd better get your butt on this thread, Skinny Girl. I can't wait to hear what all you are doing to lose all that weight!

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I am tossing around the idea of getting whole wheat spaghetti, but honestly I just don't like WW pasta nearly as much as white. I love WW bread, brown rice, et cetera, but I just have a real problem with WW pasta. So, since I never get to eat spaghetti since DH hates it, I am thinking I am just going to go with "the real thing" and enjoy it.

I may sound crazy, but we switched to all things brown for six months... ww pasta, brown rice, ww bread... you name it. It didn't seem to change anything. Maybe my arteries were cleaner?

I'm not going to post what I eat until Monday... when I start my new eating plan... lol Smile I'm going to enjoy this weekend!

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As I sit here eating some M&M's... In my defense, I planned for them. Measured them out so I only had one serving...

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

As I sit here eating some M&M's... In my defense, I planned for them. Measured them out so I only had one serving...

I just tried to "like" this and then realized this isn't facebook.

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I promise I'm not ignoring this thread. Wink

I honestly have not had the chance to be healthy. Now that the D&C is over I'm ready to slowly ease into being healthy again.

I'm going to do a 3 day detox next week and I'll let everyone know how that goes.

I'll be back soon! Biggrin

Oh and Mary, you'd better make an appearance!

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Jina, what are you doing for your detox?

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Alissa, I'm doing a 3 day level one detxox from Pressed Juicery. I've heard really great things about them from friends.

So even though I didn't get any exercise yesterday I did manage to keep my caloric intake under 1300! Baby steps, right?

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Mind if I join?

I went to Zumba Tone last night. I've done Zumba since March when I finally decided to get fit, but never Zumba Tone. I LOVED IT!!! I've been thinking that I needed some ST'ing with my arms, but I've been too lazy to add it in. I'm excited about keeping it up.

That detox looks interresting Jina!

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Yay Lisa! I love Zumba. How is Zumba Tone different from regular Zumba?

Jina - Do you get to eat anything while you do the detox, or is it all juice for 3 days? LOL, I am such a chubster, I don't think I could make it 3 days on nothing but juice. LOL

AFM - Ugh, I have not been doing so hot the past couple of days. I was feeling like crap yesterday, so I didn't do anything but sit on my behind all day. But today I am getting back on track with my eating and if I have time I am going to do ST after work.

Food:
Breakfast - NA - I completely forgot to pack anything when I walked out the door this morning.
Lunch - I'm going to go to Mad Greens and get a yummy salad of some sort.
Dinner - Making enchilada chicken (basically chicken baked in enchilada sauce and topped with a little cheese), chimichurri couscous, and sauteed zucchini, yellow squash, and red peppers.

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Alissa, The Zumba Tone does more arm exercises with free weights. So one song we'll do the dance, the next song we'll do a whole bunch of presses, then a dance song, then bi's and tri's. Your dinner tonight sounds GREAT!!!!

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Alissa, nope, you can't eat anything for 3 days. My hubby has done it before but I haven't so I'm really excited but yeah, it's going to be hard!

Are you counting calories? One thing that's a pain in the rear for me is calculating the calories in recipes and having to enter it in Myfitnesspal.

Lisa, Zumba Tone sounds fun! What are you doing for food?

AFM, I'm so mad at myself. I went grocery shopping on Saturday high on painkillers and came home with a cart full of junk. I mean, frozen pizzas, french fries, corndogs, chips, cookies and other really bad stuff ugh! Oh and M didn't even try to stop me. :rolleyes: He claims I looked too happy so he didn’t want to stand in the way….men!

Despite having a fridge full of junk I still managed to eat somewhat healthy.

Yesterday's food

Breakfast - Cottage cheese - 100 cal., fresh fruit salad - 100 cal.
Lunch - Veggie/tofu miso soup - 163 cal.
Dinner - Fish, shrimp, broccoli and salad - 535 cal.
Dessert - fresh fruit salad - 100 cal.
Snacks - Smart pop kettle corn popcorn - 75 cal., cheese stick - 80 cal., 4 nilla wafers - 70 cal.

Total - 1219 calories

Today's food

Breakfast - Cottage cheese - 100 cal., 1/2 bagel - 130 cal.
Lunch - Veggie/tofu miso soup - 163 cal.
Dinner - California Pizza - 450 cal.
Dessert - Fresh fruit salad - 100 cal.
Snacks - ?

Ugh, I can't wait to get rid of all the junk food....I don't want to just toss them so I'm going to have to eat them up! I want to start cooking healthy meals again. I've been so bad about eating out.

Has anyone seen the A&E show Heavy? Wow, that show is really inspiring. I think if a 500 lb. person can run a marathon than I should be able to do it too. Of course, it takes them several months to train but still....makes me feel a little ashamed at how out of shape I am! Lol

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Jina - Yes, I am counting calories when I can, when I remember. Some days I am better about it than others. The last two days I have not been great about it. Your food sounds great! I loooove cottage cheese. My favorite is to mix cottage cheese, a little bit of dry ranch dressing mix, and fresh diced tomatoes. Love!

Lisa - That sounds like a great workout! How fun and how good for you. I wish my rec center offered a Zumba tone class!

AFM - I had the very yummiest salad for lunch today. I am obsessed with this salad place right up the street from my work, but I was mad at them because they just took away my favorite seasonal salad, and they don't have all of the ingredients so they can't just whip one up for me. I hadn't even checked out what they replaced it with, so I finally decided to check it out today. OMG. http://www.madgreens.com/blog.php?id=94

It. is. AMAZING!!!! All fresh Colorado produce, including CO peaches (*drool* I freaking LOVE peach season in CO!!!!) and CO made goat cheese. Now I have to hurry up and go a whole bunch more while the peaches are still available.

I'm not going to work out today - I actually forgot my gym bag at home, and it's my day to pick up T so I don't have time to go and get it. But I did go on a half hour walk today on my lunch break, so at least I wasn't completely sedentary. Back to the gym tomorrow for sure. I actually miss it!

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Alissa, I've never tried cottage cheese with ranch. I'll have to try it! Ooh...Mad Greens looks amazing! Ugh, I wish we had one here! You know I LOVE salads. I have a recipe for a new salad I'm going to try. I'll post the recipe after I try it.

I really tried hard to count calories while I was on vacation but I ended up eating some bad stuff. Mmm....smores....lol. Oopsie. I guess I did something right, though, because I've lost 4 lbs. so far. Most likely it was from stress. :rolleyes:

I am getting ready for the detox and I can't have any caffeine or meat for 3 days before starting the Cleanse. I am going to prepare for the Cleanse for a week instead of just 3 days. I made some pasta salad minus the pasta and it was pretty good. It was a great way to eat bunch of veggies. I'm going to make baked tofu and broccoli stir-fry with cauliflower rice for dinner tonight and I can't wait.

I'll be back to post the recipes later. I'm still trying to get settled here at home. The past several days have been very crazy here. Wink

How is everyone else doing?!

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Jina - I want your baked tofu and broccoli stir-fry recipe! I am looking to cut back our meat consumption to a couple of days a week, so I am always on the lookout for new veggie recipes and ideas.

I am really interested to hear about how your detox goes. Again, I don't know that I would have the willpower to do it myself, but I am very interested to hear how it goes for you, if you can actually tell a difference in how you feel afterwards.

AFM - I am doing pretty well. Smile Yesterday I did about an hour total of walking on my breaks and lunch, and then I went to the gym and did 45 minutes on the exercise bike. On Tuesday we had everyone over for dinner, so we had lots of leftovers, so yesterday I had:

Breakfast: Bagel w/cream cheese
Lunch: Leftover Broccoli Rice Casserole + salad
Dinner: Leftover Spicy Grilled Chicken + Broccoli Rice Casserole + salad

Today I am having:
Breakfast: Bagel w/cream cheese
Lunch: Lentil Soup + baby carrots
Dinner: ? Not sure yet, but looking for good ideas online

I am also going to try to get in an hour total of walking on my breaks, and do a half an hour of ST.

Hope everyone else is going well. Smile

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Alissa, here is the recipe for baked tofu and broccoli.

Baked tofu and broccoli

Ingredients

14-16 oz firm tofu
Broccoli – Mann’s bag (12 oz)
Half a medium onion – chopped (bite size)
Other veggies (optional) – Whatever you have on hand. I had some mushrooms so I used that
2 garlic cloves
(Marinade)
½ cup – low sodium soy sauce
4 tsp – toasted sesame oil
1 tsp – onion powder
1 tsp – garlic powder
1 tsp – crushed red pepper
¼ tsp – ground ginger
1 tsp – sesame seeds

Directions

Cut tofu in to bite size chunks and line them up in a 9x13 baking dish and pour half of the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for several hours. The longer you marinade the better.

Place broccoli, onion and minced garlic in a large bowl and pour in the remaining half of the marinade and gently toss. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for several hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with foil and gently spray with cooking spray.
Place tofu in one pan and broccoli in the other.
Bake tofu for 30 minutes turning them over about half way.
Bake broccoli for 20 minutes.
Serve over rice.

Oh and this is one of my favorite meatless recipes. I seriously love it.

Black Beans and Rice

Ingredients

2 – 15 oz cans of Bush’s Best Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)
2 tbsp - Olive oil
½ tsp – salt
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper
2 - Garlic cloves (diced)
2 – Serrano Peppers (diced)
1 - Small onion (diced)
2 – Carrots (cubed)
1 ½ - 2 cups of frozen sweet corn
Salsa
Shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
Low fat Sour cream (optional)
Rice

Directions

Heat olive oil in a medium pan on medium heat
Sauté carrots, onion, salt and pepper for a few minutes. Add fresh garlic, Serrano peppers, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and stir and continue to sauté for a few minutes. Add the black beans and corn and cook until done (a few more minutes).

Serve over rice and top with cheese, salsa and sour cream!

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I'll definitely let you know how the detox goes. I've heard that it does wonders for your skin! Also, you’re supposed to have more energy as well. We shall see!

I'm going to start working out soon. I've been kind of lazy about it but it's time to kick it up a notch! lol You seriously kick butt in the exercise department! Mmm....spicy grilled chicken sounds sooo good. Too bad I'm not allowed to have meat for a while. Please share the recipe, though!

Oh and if anyone is curious about cauliflower rice please just run the other way. It's seriously disgusting...lol. Ack! Never again!

I'm making 2 bean salad tonight and I'll post the recipe and pics tomorrow!

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Jina,
Yum, both of those recipes sound really really good. I am thinking about making the tofu and broc tomorrow night for dinner. The only thing is, I would have to either marinate them starting tonight before bed, or at the latest tomorrow morning before I leave for work, all the way through to dinner time tomorrow. Do you think that they would hold up okay being marinated for like 12+ hours? I *think* it would probably be okay because nothing in the marinade is super acidic, so it probably wouldn't break down too much, but I just don't want everything to get super soggy and mushy. I think I'll give it a try, but if it doesn't work out I will make it on a weekend instead where I am home to throw it in the marinade 3 or 4 hours in advance instead.

I'm definitely going to make the black beans and rice as well! That is a great weekday dinner because it sounds quick, easy, but also yummy and healthy. That's right up my alley.

For the spicy chicken, we really didn't do much. Smile A couple of months ago we were at Costco and they were giving out samples of Schultz's Spicy Original Hot Sauce. It is SO good. It's spicy and garlicky and just super, super good. So we bought a big bottle of it, and for dinner we just brushed several coats of it onto chicken breasts and then grilled them out on the grill. Easy peasy. Smile

AFM - Let's see. On Friday I did an hour on the elliptical machine at the gym. I love going on Friday nights because it is so empty. I can change the TV to whatever I want while I work out because there is no one else there. LOL I did my Zumba classes on Saturday and Sunday (Sunday is the hard(er) day - the instructor is a total maniac AND she gives us an hour and 15 minute class instead of the hour that's on the schedule.) The only thing is that we didn't eat that well this weekend, so that is something that we need to focus on more.

Today is a rest day, so I will just walk on my breaks and lunch, but I'm not going to the gym.

Breakfast: Bagel with cream cheese, coffee
Lunch: 1/2 sandwich with sliced deli chicken breast and light mayo, 1 cup tuscan bean and rice soup
Snack: Banana
Dinner: I know DH is making a London Broil, but I don't know what he's making with it. I think there may be pineapple in there somewhere, because we've had a pineapple sitting on our counter since Friday. Smile

Hope that everyone has a good (healthy) week!

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Alissa, I’m sure marinating the tofu overnight will be fine. In fact, I bet it will be more flavorful. Though, I wouldn’t marinade the broccoli overnight. I would just coat the broccoli and let it sit for a few minutes before baking. I hope you like the recipe. Biggrin

Oh yes, the Black Beans and Rice is super easy to make and very filling. My hubby loves the stuff and so do I.

Ooh, the Schultz's Spicy Original Hot Sauce sounds really good. I just googled it and it looks like I can order it from Amazon. I might have to do that since I haven’t renewed my Costco membership in a few years and it looks like it’s a Colorado hot sauce.

Hehe….I’m giggling over here just picturing a crazed/hard core Zumba instructor…lol.

Ah man, can I just say that I’m super jealous that your hubby cooks?! Drool….London Broil sounds so good.

Here is my food for the day.

Breakfast – Low carb double fiber Bagel
Lunch – Gwyneth Paltrow’s (brown) Fried rice with kale and scallions! (So good! Recipe below)
Dinner – Sweet potato, reg. potato and tofu vindaloo with quinoa or brown rice
Snacks – Kettle corn popcorn and blueberries

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"yellow.rose.of.canada" wrote:

I just tried to "like" this and then realized this isn't facebook.

HaHa

"JKfmAustin" wrote:

I promise I'm not ignoring this thread. Wink

I will admit it. I have been. I have just been doing so terrible with my diet and exercising. Yesterday I tried to put something on though and it did not fit Sad I have gained 6lbs back. I. Must. Refocus. It is hard though. today I have done better though.

"JKfmAustin" wrote:

Alissa, nope, you can't eat anything for 3 days. My hubby has done it before but I haven't so I'm really excited but yeah, it's going to be hard!

Ugh, I can't wait to get rid of all the junk food....I don't want to just toss them so I'm going to have to eat them up! I want to start cooking healthy meals again. I've been so bad about eating out.

Yikes. Three days without eating! Not sure I could do that.

Hmm. That could be a dangerous train of thought. I understand where you are coming from and have done it so many times. "well I have got to eat these cookies to get rid of them". Nope, you don't have to eat anything. Give it away, or I have DH put it out of sight above my head so he can have it if he wants and he can give it to the girls but I can't get at it.

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Here are some healthy recipes I've tried over the weekend and I wanted to share!

2 bean salad – Omgosh, sooo good and an excellent way to eat a lot of veggies at once! Oh, this recipe makes a lot so you might want to cut it in half or have people over to share!


(not my pic, I got it from a blogger)

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup+ red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons (roughly) Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 pound green beans, roughly chopped
3 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
12-15 baby carrots, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped (optional, breath permitting)
1 tomato, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
1 can of yellow corn, drained and rinsed
1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s frozen, shelled Edamame

Directions:

Mash garlic and salt using a mortar and pestle or a small bowl and wooden spoon. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in vinegar, mustard, and pepper. Add olive oil in a thin stream, whisking continuously. Or just place in salad dressing shaker, and shake vigorously.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; blanch green beans until crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. (Just try not to overcook them.) Drain and shock in a large bowl of cold water.

In a large bowl, mix green beans with remaining ingredients. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and toss. I didn’t even add all of the dressing, and the salad was completely covered, so add a little at a time and judge for yourself.

Lightened Up Protein Power Goddess Bowl – Drool. This was actually really time consuming to make but well worth it because it was not only very good but very FILLING as well.

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked green lentils (yield 2 & 3/4 cups cooked)
1 cup uncooked speltberries (yield 2 cups cooked) OR grain of choice, like brown rice
1/2 tbsp olive oil, for sautéing
1/2 red onion (~1 & 1/3 cups), chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
3 cups spinach or kale, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 batch of Lightened Up Tahini-Lemon Dressing (recipe below)
Kosher salt & black pepper, to taste
Lemon Wedges & lemon zest, to garnish

Directions:

1. Cook lentils and speltberries (or grain of choice) according to package directions. I did this the night before to save time. Drain and set aside.
2. Prepare the Lightened Up tahini-Lemon dressing in food processor (see below for recipe).
3. In a large skillet over low-medium heat, add your olive oil and sauté the chopped onion and minced garlic for a few minutes, being careful not to burn. Now add in the chopped red pepper and tomato and sauté for another 7-8 minutes.
4. Stir in the chopped kale or spinach and sauté for another few minutes, just until tender. Stir in the full batch of tahini-Lemon dressing, the cooked & drained grains and lentils, and simmer on low for another few minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the minced parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with lemon wedges and zest. Makes 6 cups.

Lightened Up Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Tahini
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/4 cup Nutritional yeast or a bit more, to taste
2-4 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
1 tsp. kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
3 tbsp. water, or as needed

Directions:

In a food processor, add all ingredients and process until smooth. Makes just under 1 cup.

">Gwyneth Paltrow’s (brown) Fried rice with Kale and scallions – This is supposed to be a side dish but it’s really good as a main dish as well. Just throw in some protein like tofu, shrimp or chicken. This was so simple to make and so very good for you!
Fried Rice with Kale & Scallions

Ingredients:

1/2 pound kale, stems discarded
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used sesame oil…more flavorful)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and very finely minced
3 large scallions, cut into 1/8-inch diagonal slices
2 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce (I used 4 tbsp…just add to your taste)

Directions:

Cut the kale leaves in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into very thin ribbons (chiffonade). Steam the kale for 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, being careful not to brown the garlic. Raise the heat to medium and add the steamed kale and scallions. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring. Add the soy sauce and cook for 30 seconds more. Serve hot.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I will admit it. I have been. I have just been doing so terrible with my diet and exercising. Yesterday I tried to put something on though and it did not fit Sad I have gained 6lbs back. I. Must. Refocus. It is hard though. today I have done better though.

Yikes. Three days without eating! Not sure I could do that.

Hmm. That could be a dangerous train of thought. I understand where you are coming from and have done it so many times. "well I have got to eat these cookies to get rid of them". Nope, you don't have to eat anything. Give it away, or I have DH put it out of sight above my head so he can have it if he wants and he can give it to the girls but I can't get at it.

Well, get your behind over here and start getting healthy again! Wink

Yes, 3 days w/o solid food is going to be hard but the detox is designed to not starve you. You still get about 1000 - 1200 calories a day.

Oh yeah, I know I should just toss them or give them away but I'm such a pack-rat sometimes. The good news is I'm on a serious healthy eating kick so I'm not even giving all the junk food in the house a second thought. Biggrin

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That is wonderful that you are in a healthy kick!

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Oh Jina, I just ate dinner, and now I'm starving after reading those recipes.

So, today I started something new. After getting that stupid BFN last week, I've been contemplating ways of refocusing my energy. I decided to start a personal detox program. I've done a bunch of research online, and I'm going to keep to simple fruit and veggie plan. It's a 14 day program that focuses on fresh fruits and veggies, water, and nuts. You only get the nuts to keep your protiens up, so not a whole lot of that. AND, I've decided to eat some cooked veggies during dinner so that it will be easy to enjoy dinner with the family still. I really needed something to kick start my good habits. I needed something that wasn't too long so that I could stick with it, but was long enough to help develop a basis for better habits.

As for drinks - WATER, and if I need a little change - WATER WITH LEMON!!!
Ok, it doesn't sound like too much fun, but I'm excited about it. When I'm putting my girls to bed in order to sneek junk food and NOT share, then I think I have a problem.

As for exercise, I'm not changing much. I'm doing really good in keeping with my exercise routine. It's really the only reason I haven't put on any of the weight I've already lost.

So, that's my plan. I can do it, it's only 14 days!!!

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Jina - All of your recipes look sooooooo good! I am going to have to try them all when I have a chance. I didn't get a chance to hit the grocery store last night, but I absolutely have to go tonight, so the new plan is the beans and rice tonight and the the marinated tofu and broc tomorrow night. I will let you know how it goes. Smile In the meantime, I am positively drooling over that brown fried rice - it sounds sooooo good.

Bonita - Haha, that is too funny about your DH putting the junk food up high where you can't reach it. LOL I wish my DH would do that for me, but unfortunately I am too tall and I can see and reach all of the top shelves. LOL

Lisa - Great job on maintaining your weight loss so far, and on sticking with an exercise program. That is awesome! Good luck on your fruit and veggie program! Sounds like you have a good plan in place.

AFM - Ugh, I was doing so great yesterday, and then I got a serious case of the munchies before bed and ended up eating a bunch of potato chips. Blah. At least they are all gone now. LOL Note to self: don't buy any more potato chips.

The plan for today is to get in about an hour of walking on my breaks, and do a half an hour of ST after work.

Food:
Breakfast: Bagel and cream cheese, coffee
Lunch: Leftovers - London Broil, couscous, and asparagus
Dinner: Jina's beans and rice

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Jina - FYI - I was talking to two of my coworkers (who are both vegetarian) about what we are making for dinner tonight, and I told them about your black beans and rice recipe. They liked the sound of it so much that they asked me to send the recipe. Your recipe is spreading! Biggrin

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Lisa, your detox program sounds kind of similar to what I’m doing, except mine will only last 9 days. Oh and I think it’s a wonderful plan. I know you’ll be able to stick with it! I understand the excitement. I’m pretty darn excited about my detox too…lol. Oh and maybe you could try some cucumber mint water too if you get tired of lemon water?

Alissa, haha! I really hope you and your co-workers like the recipe. Oh and I hear ya about the potato chips. I have a weakness for chips as well. Have you tried Kale Chips? I know it sounds gross but omgosh it’s soooo good and so simple to make. You just wash and dry kale. Tear the leaves off of the stem into bite size pieces or bigger if you’d like. Toss with olive oil (1 tsp – 1 tbsp) and sprinkle with salt (just a tiny bit goes a long way!) and bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Voila! So yummy and very healthy! Just google Kale Chips.

AFM, I’m still feeling pretty good. I haven’t had meat in a week and I don’t miss it one bit. Hubby doesn’t miss it either and that’s something because he LOVES meat. He seems to be enjoying trying new recipes even though most are either vegan or vegetarian. I think even after the detox I will keep our meat consumption down to once a week. No more red meat either, just fish and chicken for a while.

Okay, I’m sure you’ve all guessed that I’m a pretty lazy person when it comes to exercising, right? I’m trying to see if I can lose weight by just changing the way I eat. I will probably start going for long walks once it cools down some more but other than that I really am not planning on exercising hard core, at least, not just yet. I really want this little experiment to succeed. Meanwhile, I hope to contribute to this thread by providing healthy recipes. Smile Let’s just hope it works!

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Jina - OMGosh, I loooooved the black beans and rice! Soooo yummy and comforting. I made it last night, and it was a hit. I will admit, at first T didn't want to try it (typical three year old pickiness), but once I finally persuaded him to take ONE bite, he immediately said "YUMMY!!!" and started shoveling it in. DH liked it too, except (being the total carnivore that he is) he next time it would be really good with some meat in it! :rolleyes: Totally defeats my point of trying to cut down on meat if he wants to add meat to my veggie dishes. Lol

I totally forgot that today is my MIL's birthday, so we are going to dinner at her fav Mexican restaurant. I'll have to make the baked tofu on either Friday or this weekend, because I'm going out to eat with my Mom tomorrow night. I already have all of the ingredients though, so I'm making it asap.

Today I am walking on my breaks and doing an hour at the gym on either the exercise bike or the elliptical. My food for the day:

Breakfast: Yogurt plus granola
Lunch: Leftover beans and rice
Dinner: Probably cheese enchiladas (I love their cheese enchiladas!)

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Alissa, Oh yay, I’m so glad you guys liked it! lol about your hubby asking to add meat…at first my hubby said the same thing! I’m glad it was a hit with T as well. Biggrin

Oh, I hope you had a good time with your MIL and your mom! What did you end up eating both nights?

AFM, I made the yummiest Sweet Potato Lentil Kale Soup last night! It was so simple to make and so filling!

Oh and today is day one of my 3 day detox!

This is what I had for breakfast. It was surprisingly good and refreshing. I actually feel more energized now after drinking the greens juice than after a cup of coffee....strange!

My Detox drinks in the garage fridge!

My hubby's Detox drinks in the kitchen fridge!

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Jina,
How did your Detox go? I've been so curious to hear what you thought of it after you did the whole 3 days. I couldn't believe all of those juice bottles in your fridge!!! Did M like it?

AFM - Hmmmm, not much to report. I did my crazy Zumba class yesterday, but I missed Zumba on Saturday because I took T to a birthday party (one of his preschool classmates') Today I am goinf to try to get in some walking, but Monday is my "rest day" since I don't have time to go to the gym on Mondays. I was completely unprepared this morning, so I am going to have to go grab something for lunch, and then go to the store for dinner. I'm a mess today! LOL

Breakfast - Bagel w/cream cheese, coffee
Lunch - Not sure, maybe I'll go grab a yummy salad at Mad Greens
Dinner - Still contemplating....

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Alissa, Hubby and I loved the Detox but boy was it hard! The first day was horrible. I had a terrible headache all day and I threw up several times. The second day was a lot easier but my face started breaking out pretty bad. By the third day I was feeling great and my skin started clearing up and now it looks and feels more hydrated. Oh and the Cleanse definitely “cleans” you out….lol. I’m feeling so energized and my appetite has gone way down as well. I felt sooo full after the bowl of 60 calorie steamed veggies I had for breakfast. I feel good. I feel healthy. It was very hard but well worth it in my opinion and although I didn’t really do the Detox to lose weight, I ended up losing a pound and Hubby lost 3 lbs. I would definitely do it again and I might even go for the level 2 and do it for 5 days!

Now that the Detox is over I’m very excited to eat healthy SOLID food again and I feel more confident about sticking with a healthier diet now too.

Ooh, I’m still jealous of the Mad Greens place! The place looks so yummy! What did you end up eating for lunch? Have you decided on dinner yet?

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Oh my gosh Jina, you are hardcore for sticking it out through that first day!!! I don't think I would have had the willpower to last it out through headaches and throwing up. That is awesome that you feel so good and so healthy now though - it sounds like it was all worth it. I have heard of people breaking out and whatnot during detoxes and I think that the reason I heard was that it's like the toxins coming to the surface. That is really interesting. Anyway, I'm glad that it all worked out.

I did eat at Mad Greens for lunch today. Oh it was so yummy! I adore that place and it is like 2 blocks from my work. Some times I walk there, but I was in a little bit of a hurry today so I was lazy and drove. Lol I got a salad with mandarin oranges, carrots, corn, almonds, won ton crisps, and almonds, with a ginger soy dressing, and warm pita bread on the side. YUMMMM!

Still thinking about dinner tonight. Ideally I need to come up with dinner for tonight and tomorrow night too so I can do my shopping for a couple of days rather than having to hit the store again tomorrow. I'm thinking chicken, but that's just because chicken is my old stand by. Biggrin

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Thanks Alissa, it felt hardcore! Wink

Oh man that salad sounds sooo good. Oh and warm pita bread! Yum! I want bread sooo bad...that's one thing I DO miss!

I hope you figure something out for dinner. Chicken sounds good....how about chicken tacos? LOL....sorry, I had to throw that out there because I've been kind of craving chicken/fish/shrimp tacos. Biggrin

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Thanks Alissa, it felt hardcore! Wink

Oh man that salad sounds sooo good. Oh and warm pita bread! Yum! I want bread sooo bad...that's one thing I DO miss!

I hope you figure something out for dinner. Chicken sounds good....how about chicken tacos? LOL....sorry, I had to throw that out there because I've been kind of craving chicken/fish/shrimp tacos. Biggrin

Oooooh, chicken tacos sound awesome! I may just have to do that.....

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Alissa, what did you end up making for dinner?

AFM, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and have come to accept that this is my new body. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m going stop trying to be healthy. I still want to live a healthy lifestyle but I’m not going to put so much emphasis on weight. Please don’t judge but I was considered “underweight” before I got pregnant for the first time. No, I didn’t have a eating disorder. I was actually eating like cr@p and a lot of it too. I guess my metabolism was crazy fast then but now has changed but that’s okay. I’m getting older and I realize now that I was probably a bit too thin back then. I keep looking at myself in the mirror and think where in the heck am I supposed to lose 10 more lbs. from? I had to honestly ask myself why I so focused on losing weight am and the answer was soo stupid. Well, maybe not stupid but not good enough for me. I just wanted to fit in to my old clothes again. And I know it might sound silly or whatever but I have a lot (I mean A LOT!) of money invested in my clothes…lol. I was just talking to my hubby about and he even admitted that he thought I was a bit too thin back then and he likes my body the way it is now. Well, gee, thanks for telling me that you thought my body was grotesque back then. Just kidding, he didn’t actually say that but that’s what my brain heard.

So since I’ve come to terms with the fact that my body is okay just the way it is, where do I go from here? I know I want to continue to eat right. I want to continue to cut most processed foods out of my life (except diet DP!). I want to be as healthy as I can possibly be. I guess I also have a reason to go shopping now…I have to but all new clothes! Wink

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Jina - I think that it is wonderful that you are accepting your body the way it is, and just trying to make it as healthy as it can be. That is excellent. I think that your health and well being (including just being happy in your own skin) is THE most important thing and YAY for getting to go shopping! Biggrin

I think that a regimine that focuses on eating well, getting a little bit of exercise that you enjoy, and just being really really good to yourself will be an AWESOME way to take care of yourself and love yourself.

AFM - I did make chicken tacos, and they were sooo good! Thanks for the suggestion! Tonight I am making pork chops in gravy, rice, and green beans. I am also going to the gym.

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Thanks Alissa, I feel at peace. Biggrin Though, I did cheat last night but I swear I feel like I'm PMS-ing! Wink

Oh yay! Oh man....you're making me so hungry! I've been craving shrimp tacos sooo bad. I think I'm going to make some without the tortillas!

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Did you make your shrimp tacos? Man, that sounds really good. I am pretty in love with any kind of taco that you put in front of me. Actually, I have lots more corn tortillas, I may just have to make some more tacos in the next couple of days before they go bad...:D

Ugh, I was AWFUL yesterday. If you have read the book The Hunger Games, they talk about having "Hollow Days" where no matter how much you eat, you can't get full. That was me, yesterday. I blame it on PMS'ing for sure. Wink

Today, I am promising myself that I am going to be good, AND I am going to the gym again tonight.