Breakfast for Dinner

Tonight we got home from the gym and made breakfast for dinner.  Why do I like this meal so much? Because it is totally full of PROTEIN.  Two eggs over easy, 5 slices (yes 5) of turkey bacon skillet cooked to perfection, one cup of Trop50 orange juice, a slice of toast and a small pancake.

Do I feel like I splurged on the pancake and toast?  Yes, a little.  However, this meal was 50 times better than McDonalds, healthwise, and I am feeling like a million bucks!

I had oatmeal (actual rolled oats) this morning for breakfast, with just some cinnamon, vanilla and a tsp of brown sugar and some milk.  It managed to keep me full almost until lunch.  I’ll be trying that out again tomorrow to see how it goes.

Today’s weight: 177.0 , let’s see what tomorrow has to bring.

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Gym’in it

I jumped on the scale this morning; 177.0 LBS.  That means I’ve regained 16.8 pounds since August 2nd.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not beating myself up “too” bad, as it’s been nearly 4 months to regain half the weight I lost, but it’s enough to give me a wake up call.

My husband and I went to check out a local gym which is paired with a hospital here: Avera Fitness Center.  The facility looks brand spanking new and has tons of machines, group activities and two pools (regulation size and a theraputic heated pool).  Their locker rooms are amazing, with whirlpools, combs, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, deodorant and blow dryers and extremely knowledgable staff.

They gave us a 3-day pass to try it out, we’re going tonight after work.  Our theory is this: get home, let the dogs out, get out stuff, hit the gym, come home, shower, make dinner.   Three to four nights each week.

What does this mean for me?  It means I can start exercising in a facility that is so beautiful that I don’t really feel like it’s some ho-hum gym.  They have classes starting at about 5:30AM and they go until after 6:30 (latest one starts at 6:50PM).  They are open on the weekends and are close to our house.

Why am I rambling so much about a gym?  Because I’m trying to get pumped up for it.

Fast Forward 8 hours from when I started this post.

I’ve been to the gym, walked 1/2 a mile around the track, did 25 leg presses (sadly to say only at 150 lbs, I weigh 177…sooo…I cannot leg press my own weight), 15 crunch thingies and then 5 minutes on a stairmaster and 10 minutes on a treadmill at 3.5 mph 1.5 incline.

It took me about 45 minutes to do it all, said and done with getting showered afterwards, and I am feeling GREAT!  I’m taking it easy at the gym, hopefully this will help me get the habit of going there first, then look at making it tougher.

I’m taking tomorrow off from exercise, but will be back Friday night.

Shop Healthier

So, my husband and I are getting ready to get in shape, other than round at least. With that in mind, I decided it’s time to get some groceries, and as I start making my list, I realized something.  I have no idea what to stock in my cupboards and fridge to promote me to eat healthier.

Sure, it’s one thing to have boxes of Wonderslim lining my shelves (which admittedly, I’ve done), but it is quite another to learn to shop and more importantly, maintain having normal food for once I’m out of the phases.

So, here is my grocery list.  It’s dynamic so it’ll be changing, probably frequently, as I learn additional things to add to my list, and why it makes it easier.

Fridge


  • Bottled Water – why bottled?  Because I am THAT lazy that I will not fill a glass with water when I can grab a can of soda from the fridge.  This will get around that.
  • Reduced Sugar Jelly
  • Reduced Sugar Ketchup (yes really)
  • Fat Free Cheese (or Low Fat) in preportioned snack sizes/slices
  • Eggs
  • Turkey Bacon (try it, it’s actually really good)
  • Skim Milk
  • Turkey-Hot Dogs
  • Pickles (snack and reduce cravings/hunger)
  • Fresh Fruit (I’m thinking Bananas, Kiwi, Strawberries, Apples and Oranges in particular)
  • Juice – 100% juices (not from concentrate)
  • Fresh Veggies (Broccoli, Cauliflower, green beans, salad fixin’s, cucumber, zucchini)
  • Tortillas (keep them in the fridge to keep them moist) – Low Carb is ideal for me, or low fat.  The low carb tortillas actually taste pretty great and are a great alternative to some of the higher carb bread out there.
  • Butter (Land o’ Lakes with Olive Oil and Sea Salt)

Pantry


Note: I’d like to point out that my pantry consists of this: A bread box, a lazy Susan, three “tall” cupboards (two of which are super narrow) and the tiny cupboards above my sink and stove. Yes, I have a total of 8 cupboards (doors) for all of my pantry food. I can’t even begin to tell you how small the space is. So, with that in mind, my shopping list for my pantry will be a little shorter, although I’ll have my “dream list” on there as well.

  • Whole Wheat Pastas/Grains (high-fiber Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Pasta or Barilla Plus, which has extra protein and omega-3 fatty acids.)
  • Whole Grain Bread (2g Fiber or more.  Sara Lee makes a line of “Simply” breads that are crazy high in fiber and low in carb).
  • Reduced-fat salad dressing. (Obviously this gets refrigerated after opening) stock up on Fat Free or Low Fat Ranch (Fat Free tends to taste like crud so I go with Low Fat)
  • Applesauce-Unsweetened
  • Pudding Cups-Sugar Free (for the moment of weakness)
  • Dried or canned beans. Black beans, and fat-free refried beans are rich in protein.
  • Brown Rice (way better for you than white rice, unfortunately)
  • Salmon and light tuna for salads and sandwiches.
  • Peanut Butter (and other Nut Butters in general) – “Simple” or “Low Sugar” varieties.  Jif makes “Simply Jif” which has way less sugar and fewer ingredients and still tastes great.
  • Jarred pasta sauce. Add extra veggies like shredded zucchini.
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Canned soup (low sodium / low fat ideally)
  • Salsa

Freezer


  • Frozen Lean Beef (93/7)
  • Frozen Chicken Breasts (buy in packages of 8, freeze in sets of 2)
  • Frozen Chicken Thighs (higher in fat but great for crockpot recipes)
  • Frozen Pre-packaged fish (tilapia is my favorite) and shrimp (great for a snack)
  • Frozen vegetables (you can get tri-colored peppers for about $2 for a bag of them, great in a pinch if you want to stir-fry)