Weekly Weigh-In + Meal Ideas

6 days to go on Bikini Body Countdown!

Hello world!  It’s that time again – time for my weekly weigh in, with only 1 more week to go before we leave for Hawaii!  I was so excited to see 132 on the scale this morning!  After literally 16 years of yo-yo dieting, I can’t believe I’ve finally solved the weight-loss puzzle without really feeling like I’m dieting.   Thanks to Cinch for my diet guidance, and my husband for his intense work-outs!  Just 2 more pounds to go until I reach my goal weight, and then, who knows?  I’m not sure how much I actually have to lose to reach my ideal weight, so I figure I’ll just keep eating healthy and working out and my weight will end up wherever.

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I’m a little behind on my blogs this week, but I’ve taken lots of pictures of quick, Cinch-approved recipes.  First up, breakfast!  I’ve learned to love Pumpernickel bread.  Supposedly it’s the healthiest type of bread you can eat and very low on the glycemic index, meaning it will be released into the bloodstream very slowly, resulting in lasting energy rather than a quick burst.  So several of my recipes this past week have included this dark bread with a distinct rye-flavor.  I even tried it at breakfast, toasted with a little light cream cheese and honey, along with and egg and glass of carrot juice.  It was actually really good, so I ended up having it several times!

Next, I tried it as a sandwich, both times layering the bread, 0% plain greek yogurt (in place of mayo), cucumber slices, spinach, and a little pepper-jack cheese.  Once again, I was pleasantly surprised how good it tasted.  A word of advice, however, don’t make a sandwich with yogurt on the bread too far in advance.  It gets soggy pretty quick, but it did great at holding everything in place and tasted great too.

Also this week, I made some really yummy strawberry spinach salads with an interesting pear vinaigrette I found at the store.  One day I added pumpkin seeds (shown) for my protein, and another I added 1/4 of an avocado.  It was so good that I decided to keep the salad for next week’s detox instead of cooking the ingredients for Meal 3 (more about this tomorrow).

I got some seafood from work – scallops and lobster – so I incorporated those in my meals.  For the scallops, I cooked them in a skillet, about 5 minutes on each side with nothing but cooking spray.  Then I added them to a little brown rice and cooked cabbage, drizzled with some sweet chile sauce for a yummy lunch.  For the lobster, I baked them and drizzled them with lemon juice.  Yum!

If there’s one meal I’ve adopted into my diet most frequently, it’s yogurt parfaits – yogurt, berries, nuts, and sometimes wheat germ on top.  They are so easy to make and I’ve learned to love them.  I still don’t care for the bitterness of plain yogurt though, so I usually use either Dannon’s Vanilla Light ‘n Fit or 0% non-fat greek yogurt with a little Truvia.  I usually use strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries, and either almonds, walnuts, or pistachios for the nuts.  For the one below, it’s greek yogurt, blueberries, pistachios, wheat germ, and Truvia. 

Keeping with the yogurt and berry theme, I also love the dessert version… vanilla frozen yogurt, or light ice cream, with berries and nuts / coconut.  YUM!

Today we hosted a Memorial Day party and I was determined to keep things pretty healthy.  My husband made burgers and grilled veggies – eggplant, zucchini, squash, and mushrooms.  Then we had Guiltless Gourmet Black Bean Chips, a family favorite, with healthy homemade guacamole and salsa.  I’m well-known for my guacamole and salsa, which is funny since it’s so easy to make and good for you!  For the salsa, I start with tomatoes and onion.  For the guacamole, it’s avocados and 0% plain greek yogurt.  I use a store-bought spice pack for both, which is usually found near the tomatoes and avocados at your local grocery store.  If you don’t find it, I’m sure you can Google a spice blend recipe.  Either way, I only use 1/2 the spice pack since it’s pretty high in sodium and prefer a milder flavor anyway.  Then I add lime and cilantro for a natural burst of flavor.  

Homemade Salsa

  • 5-6 roma tomatoes or 3-4 regular
  • 1/4 to 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 a salsa spice pack, or equivalent
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Fresh cilantro, about 2 T. chopped
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processeser and blend until desired consistency.

Homemade Guacamole

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 guacamole spice pack, or equivalent
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Fresh Cilantro, about 2 T. chopped
  • Mash avocados and mix with other ingredients until desired consistency

… there are always opportunistic dogs nearby when clumsy Mommy is in the kitchen.

Whew!  OK, finally caught up.  Tomorrow I start detox once again to completely de-bloat before Hawaii.  Wish me luck!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

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Cinch Day 6 & 7

Today’s Meal Plan:

Meal Plan Time
Fruity waffle sundae 7am
Avocado dip with crackers  11am
Salmon ginger rice bowl  3pm
* Office party * 7pm

Today’s Workout:  20 minutes on the indoor trainer (picture below!), strength-training, 3-mile jog.

Riding the indoor trainer in my husband's "Tennessee Room"

The next phase of Cinch is 25-days long and similar to the first phase, it involves 4 meals spaced 3 to 5 hours apart, starting within an hour of getting up in the morning.  The book offers 100 recipes to mix and match for the daily meals, all of which look amazing and are pretty easy to make, but you can also substitute your own meals as long as they match up nutritionally.  As Sass puts it, its just like putting together a puzzle, and the goal of this next 25 days is to learn how to put together the puzzle yourself so you can keep up your healthy eating habits.  Although not a nutritionist, fitness and nutrition have long been a passion of mine and I’ve gone through quite a few courses on the subject.  Now I just have to master the art of practicing what I preach!  

On that subject, I had my first slip-up last night.  I had been doing so well, even getting through several major temptations throughout the day, but when I get home, it’s habit to immediately seek out food and dinner was going to take some preparation.  Thankfully, I do not keep any junk around the house, but suddenly everything in the pantry looked wonderful.  I started with my daily dose of dark-chocolate, and then I rationalized that I could have a second one since we’re allowed to have up to 100-calories of dark chocolate per day and the ones I bought are only 50.  But I ended up having 4 before moving on to a slice of bread, spoonful of peanut butter, 5 baked black-bean chips, and a 1/2 cup of milk.  But I stopped there and realized I’d already eaten enough calories to account for dinner.  Hey, I saved myself the cooking time!  Yes, I slipped up, but all is not lost.  Once again I feel like this is a learning experience for me.  Unlike past occasions when I’d give up and go back to my old habits, it’s not realistic to think we can all live by a strict routine all the time, so I’ll just consider it a splurge and move on. 

I posted today’s meal plan and workout schedule above.  Although this diet does not require working out to achieve success, it’s recommended.  I actually enjoy staying active, so maybe sharing my daily workouts will give you some ideas.  I like to try and get a short workout in first thing in the morning (typically cycling or yoga), then my primary workout at lunch (usually weights and jogging or a class).  I’m fortunate that my employer has an on-site gym with personal trainers on-staff and is also located on a large park with running trails, plus they give us an extra half hour for lunch if we use it to work out.  And yet a lot of my co-workers still don’t take advantage of it and I just don’t understand! 

Yesterday and today’s breakfast was the Fruity Waffle Sundae (1 waffle with 1/4 cup ricotta, 1/2 cup cherries, 1 kiwi, pumpkin seeds) and it was awesome!  Mine didn’t look as pretty as the magazine picture, but oh well.  I subbed fresh cherries instead of the dried cranberries, and I think next time I’ll sub flax seeds for the pumpkin seeds.  They just tasted a little odd with the other ingredients.  Overall, I’d give it an A- recipe with quick and easy prep!

For lunch (yesterday), I subbed my own meal because I didn’t have time to prep a recipe from the book.  So I chose a 1/2 Almond Butter Sandwich with Grapes.  By the way, the Maranatha Raw Natural Almond Butter is the best I’ve ever had!  Not only does it taste great, but if kept in the fridge, it doesn’t require stirring.

Yesterday & today’s snack is the Avocado Dip (1/4 avocado, 1 egg, dash pepper & cayenne), plus Baked Black Bean Chips (in place of whole grain crackers), and a Tangerine.  I wasn’t sure about the combo of avocado and egg, but actually it was pretty good.  I guess the egg works as a filler since using more avocado would add a significant amount of calories and fat.   Have you guys ever tried the Guiltless Gourmet Black Bean chips?  They are so good and you get 18 chips in a serving for only 120 calories and 3 grams of fat!  And did I mention that they are delicious!?  For more info, click on the picture below.

 

There’s an office party tonight, so no cooking required, but I hope they have some healthy options!  How is everyone doing?