Hi everyone. It’s a snowy Day 11 and after a couple days slipping off the wagon, I’m determined to get back on and not waste all of my efforts. Let’s get this week started off right…
Today’s Meal Plan:
|Cereal with 1% milk & oatmeal cake||6 am|
|Cherries, macadamia nuts||10:30am|
|Sauteed spinach & sweet potato, slice of toast with ricotta, tangerine||3 pm|
|Cheese & quinoa stuffed peppers||7 pm|
Today’s Workout: P90X Plyometrics DVD (1 hour)
The stuffed pepper was not my favorite. Not bad, but I didn’t like the flavor combo and it seemed like a lot of effort for something I could have made in half the time by chopping the pepper and tossing everything in a bowl. But it was pretty and appetizing to look at. Now if I could only make chocolate not look so appetizing.
Lastly, I’ve been getting some really comments from all of you, and this one I felt was worthy of posting for everyone. Very detailed and it might offer some good alternatives for you:
… ” For those of you just starting out, here are some things I discovered (it really is a learning curve):
1) Raspberries are hard to find in some areas right now- they are really not in season. I found some at Target(Sam’s Club didn’t have any) though-$3 for 6 ounces, which isn’t too bad. I ended up mixing raspberries and blueberries and have still have had great results. I figure blueberries are great antioxidants too. They have a few more calories per cup, but not many.
2) Spinach. Sam’s carries large 1 pound organic baby spinach for around $3.50-great price and really fresh and tasty!!
3) I know that the author recommends plain non-fat organic yogurt…But, I have been mixing a 1:1 ratio of the plain non-fat with Dannon Light and Fit VANILLA- same calories(110 per cup)/just has flavorings and artificial sweetener- It really tastes much better. I feel like I am getting a little treat with the sweetness.
4) I really did not like “evening smoothie”, so I eat the yogurt topped with the berries by itself and just eat the almond butter plain. I never tried Almond Butter before, but I am hooked- absolutely love it. I will be using it from now on!!
5) My morning scramble- I also saute a little garlic in the skillet(lightly wipe EVOO on skillet) then add the spinach until it starts to wilt, then add the eggs. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper- really yummy. I can actually say I look forward to it. I think I will start to incorporate that into my diet in the future.
6) I also found the first few days of the diet decreases “regularity”- I think it is the yogurt and the shear decrease of volume of food we are eating.
7) I have to admit I did have one small cheat today- 1 Hershey kiss 🙂 Way better than the 15 I could knock down b4 the diet 🙂 I’m actually looking forward to getting onto the scale in the morning !! Can’t remember the last time I said that!
8) The book was hard to find at local bookstores. The Barnes and Noble and Borders near me were sold out- Must be popular. I called a Borders in another town- They had it! They have a 33% off coupon online that you can print
Good Luck to everyone!!! Lisa ”
Thanks for your comments, Lisa, and everyone else that has been chiming in as well!
To close the day, here’s my late lunch concoction. Although not a recipe from the book, I was trying to use some spare ingredients in my fridge and I think it turned out pretty well. Can you believe that’s only half a sweet potato? I roasted the sweet potatoes in the oven with olive oil and a few herbs (last night), then tossed it in a skillet with 1 cup spinach and a little more olive oil. And that is ricotta on the toast. Ricotta cheese is my new favorite… it reminds me of thick, whipped butter but with a fraction of the fat and guilt. Yum!