Whew, it’s been a long day! I only worked a half day and then realized I have a library book due today. That sounds weird. The library book is an eBook on my Kindle, and I wasn’t sure if the book would be automatically removed from my kindle at 6pm tonight when it expired. I was only a little over halfway done with the book, so I knew I had to finish it today. So I had an unexpected half day off full of reading. Seriously, I am exhausted from reading for 5 hours! Meh, it’s still been a pretty darn good day.
This one might take some explaining. Back when I was last successful at losing weight in 2009 I did so by tracking everything I ate in a little notebook. I carried that sucker everywhere with me, along with a Calorie King book of calorie counts for every food out there. Well, my notebook is back!
This time I’m not carrying around the Calorie King book, but instead using the Calorie King app to look up calorie counts. I’m so glad we are in the age of smart phones!
I know I’m going to get judgment on the low amount of calories I’m eating. Let me just say that this is my body, and this is what seems to work for me. I know people will say that I’m not eating enough calories, but I’m closely monitoring for any negative affects on my body and metabolism. Since I’m wearing my BodyMedia armband, I can see how many calories my body is burning a day. If that starts to go down because of too few calories eaten and/or I feel any negative side affects, obviously I will eat more calories. I’ll touch on this more in the future. Right now I’m happy, listening to my body, and feeling confident in what I’m doing.
Working It Out
I have been doing such a great job this week with exercising. I think I owe it all to my Gym-Pact app. Basically you tell the app you are going to work out so many days in a week and wager an amount of money. For every day that you don’t make it, you have to pay the app. If you do make it, you get money! I’m not sure how that second part works, since I have only done it for a trial week last week and now for real this week. I wagered $5 since I got a gift card and said I would work out 4 times in a week. Obviously I want to work out more than that, but I wanted to make sure I would win the first time. I have been growing strong and have already worked out my 4 days this week. Score!
I must also add that yesterday I made a reappearance at my gym! I hadn’t been there since March – oops. My husband asked me if I even knew where it still was. Yep, I found it just fine!
I thought up a nifty challenge to do in October. Actually I borrowed the idea from Blonde Ponytail’s 100s challenge. I shall explain. Blonde Ponytail (real name Jess) set up a challenge to do 100 squats, sit-ups, and pushups every day for 30 days. I thought that sounded like a wonderful idea, but I can’t really do even 1 real pushup, so how the heck would I do 100 in a day?! Therefore, I borrowed her concept, but made my own little challenge that sounds more reasonable. In October I am going to challenge myself to do the same three moves, but each for 1 minute rather than 100 reps. Everyday I will count how many I accomplish in 1 minute, starting with very modified pushups of course, and track it. We will see how many I can do in a minute by the end of the month! 100 seemed so daunting, but this seems so easy. 3 minutes a day – not a problem!
Let’s talk about food for a minute. I’ve had so much darn good food this week! I loved my meal plan that I made!
I wish I had more pictures than just the one meal! I think this was my favorite one though (Harvest Pasta Bake). I surprisingly didn’t like Carrots ‘n’ Cake’s Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts with Sausage. That might be because of the spicy sausage I chose? That and my sprouts were a little tough. I may have to try it again.
Friday – Thursday Meal Plan
Since I had so much fun with the recipes I made this week, I decided to go ahead and make a meal plan for tomorrow through next Thursday. This time I only have three new recipes to try and will just use what’s in my fridge and freezer for the other nights. Here is my plan:
- Friday – Beef Stir Fry with Cauliflower Rice
- Saturday – MN Gopher football (out to dinner)
- Sunday – 3 Cheese Eggplant Lasagna
- Weekday #1 – Scalloped Sweet Potatoes & Butternut Squash
- Weekday #2 – Elbows with Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts
- Weekday #3 – Veggie Burger & Sweet Potato
- Weekday #4 – Bacon & Veggie Omelet
Also note that two of my recipes are probably considered side dishes (weekday #1 and #2). Um, not so much. The calories in the recipes scream main dish to me! I mean you could use them for side dishes, but I plan on just using them for my meal. It’s easier to do that when you are cooking for one.
Well, that’s all I have for you today folks. I’m gearing up for a busy-ish weekend. Tomorrow is a chill night, but then Saturday is busy. Saturday morning I’m doing a 5k with my husband’s work, then a Gopher football game, and then a birthday party in the evening. Sunday will be a day of rest for sure! Later gators! Have a great weekend!