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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Another Monday and Feeling Great!

Normally I hate Mondays – I can’t seem to ever get ready on time and always manage to spill my breakfast in haste.  Alas, today did not start out much better.  I dumped a drink in my car (thankfully water) and was later to work than I had planned since I had an 8am meeting to prepare for.  I feel great, however, because I weighed in at 135!  Woohoo!  I only did a 3-day Detox this time around, since I need more calories for my beloved workouts, but that 3 days was all it took to get back on track and feel completely de-bloated.  It’s amazing how quickly you can lose the bloat, but also amazing how quickly you can put it back on with a couple of bad meals! 

So I plan to keep sticking to the basic Cinch methodology — 4 small evenly spaced meals using the 5 puzzle pieces (produce, whole grain, lean protein, plant-based fat, healthy seasonings) — but also incorporate some other meals from our P90X and Eat Clean Diet books.  Both have some good recipes in them that will work with my 4-meal strategy.  I made a quick menu yesterday afternoon and prepped my meals for the next few days.  I’m going to take a little more casual approach this time around and not obsess over a menu spreadsheet, but still share on my blog.  Here’s today’s plan, which adds up to about 1200 calories:

  • Pre-workout Snack (5am) – Grapes
  • Breakfast (7am) – 1 egg, cooked spinach, 1 slice toast with drizzle of honey
  • Lunch (11am) – Humbeque sandwich (tuna, hummus, bbq, spinach, avocado)
  • Snack (3pm) – Greek yogurt with berries and almonds
  • Dinner (7pm) – Chicken cordon bleu with cooked carrots

I did an amazing thing over the past week: I had 3 boxes of girl scout cookies (weak moment) plus Easter candy (another weak moment) in my pantry and did not touch them!!  Then at church they announced that they were going to be collecting food every Sunday for donation, so when I got home, I made a donation bag with the cookies and Easter candy, plus some other healthier options.   Later that night I had some serious temptations to break out the donation bag, but managed to overcome them.  It seems that these temptations were triggered by one bite of Red Velvet Cake Sundae that I had made for my husband.  Hence, I plan to skip the daily chocolate indulgence called for in the Cinch plan.  The slightest taste of sugar turns me into a ravenous cookie-monster.  I think it’s time to break out my favorite picture:

If Cookie Monster went on a diet...

 

Have a great Monday everyone!!