Monday, August 13, 2012

On weight loss and menu planning...

As of today, my friends, I have only Seven more lbs. to lose to reach my wedding weight!  Woohoo.  Of course, when hubby and I wed, I had already gained quite a few lbs and lost major muscle tone, but it's still pretty darn huge.  A month or so ago, I mentioned joining a gym.  I have been going to Curves 4 times a week for 30 minutes at a time.  My family and I also try to walk a couple times per week.  Curves has helped me tone up a bit, but is not responsible for the weight loss--diet is.  I've often heard "get fit in the gym, lose weight in the kitchen."  I wholeheartedly agree. 

There are a few things that I always keep on hand and ready to go.  When I diet, I feel borderline unsatisfied at all times, so for me, if I don't have something healthy and ready to munch on when a craving hits....well, I bomb. 

Here's my list of must haves:

1)  Dill pickles-no calories and a pleasant crunch!  These are often my go to when I need a snack.  The only downside is sodium content. 
2)  Good, fresh apples.  Buy the best quality apples you can....from a farmers market of local orchard.  They are great, provide the something sweet we often desire and can be a meal if paired with a bit of peanut butter.
3)  Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning.  My family goes through so much of this and to save money, I started buying the large bottle of mix at Sams Club.  I always keep fresh dip and salad dressing in the fridge.
4)  Pudding and jello mixes- Chocolate pudding made with skim milk will do just fine when a gal needs some chocolate.  While the taste isn't Barefoot Contessa quality, it's still okay.  The same goes for jello mixes.  I often add canned fruit and after the jello is set, I will add a dollop of fat-free cool whip on top and you have an instant dessert.  Again, not gourmet, but when you've gone quite sometime without dessert, this tastes pretty darn good.

Just a few ideas I had.....stay tuned for this weeks meal plan!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

School is back in session...

This week I have returned to class and my daughter will start tomorrow as a big 1st grader.  While I set and stew and contemplate how she managed to turn 6 overnight, I am having to follow a tight schedule this week.  Adding to my normal chaos is my quest to become healthier.  Being healthy is a worthwhile goal, but lets face it--it can be very time consuming.  Time consuming = stress in my already busy life.  I have to be diligent with food prep and planning in order to keep things going and allow myself time to go to the gym every day.  This is my meal plan for the week:

Boston butt roast (4 lbs for multiple meals)
carrots, onion and potatoes cooked with roast
large pot of green beans

Barbecue made from yesterday's roast
oven roasted new red-skinned potatoes with garlic
large green salad with homemade ranch dressing

bacon and tomato sandwiches (church night)
baked potato

Grill night!
Grilling two pounds each of chicken breast and hamburgers
baked french fries
veggies and dip

Caesar salad with grilled chicken

Sensible meal out as we will be at Holiday World!!


Steamed broccoli
garlic bread

Breakfast is usually either a yogurt parfait or oatmeal.  Lunch for me is usually a large apple and a TBSP of peanut butter and a bag of 100 calorie popcorn.