Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have been eating cauliflower mashed "potatoes" for awhile now and I've even got my family on board.  I think it's time now to venture out and try something else with cauliflower.  Two things I want to try are cauliflower fried "rice" and cauliflower pizza crust.  Tonight, I'll be making the rice version (I'm kinda off on my night menu).  I'm going to make that with lean beef steak and broccoli. My healthy version of beef and broccoli I guess.
Here's the rice recipe I'll be using for my fried rice:
1 medium-sized head of cauliflower
Coconut Oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 an onion - chopped
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for GF)
 1. Shred cauliflower with a grater or food processor until it resembles grains of rice.
 2. Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium low heat.  Add garlic and fry until fragrant. 
 3. Add cauliflower and stir fry until cauliflower is a "fried rice" texture.
 4. Stir in soy sauce.
You can also add eggs to this but I'm going to leave those out tonight.
I'll update tomorrow with how it turns out and I'll add a pic here on this post!
I went on my second run yesterday and this time I was with my husband and my daughters.  It was nice but I think I'm more of an "alone" runner.  Let's be honest, I hate running.  More like running hates me.  I get side stitches and my breathing sounds horrible so I really like to do that in my own privacy.  I can't remember how many times I told my husband (who runs) not to make fun of me!!  He assured me he wasn't but I know deep down he was probably thinking that my run is equivalent to his fast walk. 
For my workout today, I really want to try out this new 22 Minute Hard Corps on my Beachbody OnDemand.  I haven't paid for the program so I'll just use the preview workout.  I'll be honest - I'm scared.  It looks pretty intense.  Oh!  I did try out the CIZE workout on Tuesday and I enjoyed it.  It was fun but I have to say I like Hip Hop Abs better.  Maybe because I already know all the moves on that one and I felt so uncoordinated while doing CIZE?  Either way, I'll give it another shot soon. 
Happy Friday Eve!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Who Wears Short Shorts?

I used to.  I used to have nice legs - or so I'd like to think - and I wore short shorts.  I'm a "tad" older now and while I don't want to wear booty shorts, I'd like to be ABLE to if I so desired!  But I do want to be able to wear "not so booty" shorts again and actually feel good about the way my legs look.  I know I will never have long and lean legs because that's not how I'm built.  I have short, muscular legs (the muscles are just "resting") and I'm ok with that.  I just need to tone those babies up!  The picture below was me 14 years ago.  I want those legs back!

Me when I was 18 - I was so small and tone!!  And to think I thought I was fat then!!
I've never been a runner but I used to pretend to be.  I used to do the C25K app called Get Running.  And while I don't think I ever completely finished it, it did help me get out and "get running".  So yesterday I downloaded it again and completed my first walk/run.  It was absolutely beautiful outside. I felt so good when I was done and I actually can't wait to do it again.  My next walk/run is tomorrow.  I'm hoping by getting back into this on top of my other workouts, I'll be able to wear booty shorts if I please! 
Also, I wasn't able to prep my meals like I had planned yesterday.  We are supposed to have really bad storms today, so we were prepping our cellar instead.  But this morning, I had an egg white and turkey sausage sandwich and some water.  The entire time I was getting ready, I had it in my mind that I would just go to McDonald's and I would get a Dr. Pepper.  But I didn't.  I had the sandwich instead.  They were frozen sandwiches so it was easy - may not be the best thing in the world but I didn't feel guilty eating it.  I felt good for that decision!!  Go me!  For lunch, I went down to the cafeteria with the thought that I was going to get a cheeseburger and fries and a DP.  I mean, it IS a stressful day with the storms and all.  But I got down there and decided not to.  I did get a turkey cheeseburger and sweet potato fries.  I took the top bun off which most of the cheese was on and just ate the patty and bottom bun.  I also DID get a DP but I didn't even drink half before I started feeling really guilty and thinking of those shorts I want to wear so badly so I put the lid back on and downed some water!
My workout for today, I am going to take advantage of my Beachbody on Demand and try the sample workout for CIZE.  I've been wanting to try it so today is the day!  I looked and the sample workout is 30 minutes - perfect for my day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Meal Planning Sunday

I have planned out my week of meals but haven't had a chance to prepare them all.  We were busy busy this weekend so I will be doing that tomorrow when I get home from work.

A couple things I'm changing are going to be my evening snack.  I'm usually not hungry after dinner so I'm going to take that off.  I'm going to be more flex on the weekends.  It's so hard to prep because we are usually out running around and I never know where we'll be.  So I'll have to challenge myself to stick within my portions.   Also, my morning snack will always be a fruit.  We never finish all of the fruit I buy and it ends up going bad so I'll be getting my fruit from the cafeteria at the hospital I work out.  The fruit down there is always so fresh! 

4 Protiens - Red Container
3 Veggies - Green Container
2 Fruits - Purple Container
2 Carbs - Yellow Container (yellow looks horrible in a font!)
1 Fat/Cheese - Blue Container
B: Canadian Bacon w/Shredded Cheese on 1/2 an English Muffin
MS: Canteloupe
L: Fish, Carrots, and Brown Rice
AS: Shakeology Shake
D: Fish, Broccoli, Steamed Spinach
B: Turkey Bacon w/Shredded Cheese on 1/2 an English Muffin
MS: Canteloupe
L: Shrimp, Broccoli, and Rice
AS: Shakeology Pancake with Banana and Peanut Butter
D: Steak, Cauli Mash, and Green Beans
B: Turkey Bacon w/Shredded Cheese on 1/2 an English Muffin
MS: Apple
L: Chicken, Broccoli, and Yams
AS: Shakeology Pancake with Peanut Butter and a Banana
D: Shrimp, Cauliflower Rice, and Brussel Sprouts
B: Turkey Bacon w/Shredded Cheese on 1/2 an English Muffin
MS: Pineapple
L: Steak, Cauli Rice, and Broccoli
AS: Shakeology Pancake with Banana and Peanut Butter
D: Turkey Meatballs, Pasta, Spinach
B: Turkey Bacon w/Shredded Cheese on 1/2 an English Muffin
MS: Canteloupe
L: Chicken, Yams, Cauliflower
AS: Shakeology Pancake with Peanut Butter and a Banana
D: A concoction of leftovers
Friday and Saturday
Stay within portions!!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

First Week Successes and Failures

I have completed week one of this journey and I am so pleased.  It wasn't always easy and I did have more "cheats" than I should have but I've learned that if I am 100% good all the time, then I will go 1000% bad and never get back to being good.  Looking back over the last week, here are some of the things I am proud of and some things I want to improve on next week:
  • Portions.  I stuck with my portions 95% of the time.  And I wasn't ever starving.  I have realized how important snacks are though.  I went 2 days without snacking and I could feel my stomach start to rumble by around 4. 
  • Zucchini Chips.  I love trying new recipes - especially healthy/easy ones.  I bought a mandolin slicer and made these one evening.  I sliced my finger on it and the chips ended up burnt.  BUT, I will attempt again next week.  I also want to try cauliflower rice next week.
  • Working out.  I did get up Wednesday morning to workout.  I've attempted probably 659 times to be a morning worker outer.  Yea, I've come to terms with that's not going to happen.  I can wake up earlier if I go to bed earlier, but my workouts are just blah.  Yes, I'm glad it's over with but I don't feel like I accomplished much of a workout.  So, I'm getting into the routine of getting up and getting to work earlier so I can leave earlier.  That way, I have time to workout and do the other things that I want to do.  I may try adding in some stretching or morning yoga in the mornings as well.  If I can just do 20 minutes of exercise in the afternoons, I will be happy.  ALSO, we just discovered we have a gym at work!  We just moved to a new campus within our healthcare system and it's in the basement - about a 5 minute walk.  We checked it out this week and it's actually pretty nice.  I may try to bring some workout clothes and go down there before I head home.  Because once I get home, it's so hard to not just sit down and relax!
  • Water.  I've actually been really good with the water this week.  I drink a ton at work because I always have my water bottle right next to me.  It's the evenings and weekends that get me.  I think I'm going to start putting some water bottles on the dining room table and maybe that will help because they aren't out of sight out of mind. 
  • Dr. Pepper - I confess.  I had 4 Dr. Peppers this week.  No excuse here.  Moving on.

I know I have other things to improve on but those are the things I'd like to focus on right now.  I also saw a quote the other day and it's appropriate for this post since I'm talking about failures.  "Failures are the Stepping Stone to Success" - I keep telling myself that after I have an extra cheat or when I skip a workout.  I feel like if I just get back on track, I'll succeed.  But if I keep having these "fails" when they are preventable, that's when the problem starts!

Now for my first week results!  Here was my starting point.

Disclaimer: I need to paint my toenails - don't judge.
**Pounds lost so far: 3.4
My measurements this morning: 
Waist: 34"
Hips: 40"
Right Thigh: 24"
Left Thigh: 24.5"
Right Arm: 11.5"
Left Arm:12
**Inches lost so far: 6
Waist 1.5"
Hips: 1"
Right Thigh: .5"
Left Thigh: .5"
Right Arm: .5
Left Arm:1
I am pretty happy with those results!  I decided I would only do pictures once month. 
Enjoy your weekend!!

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