Cinderella duties

Today was a good day. First weigh-in and I am at 176.0 That is down 3.8 pounds from my first beginning of the month weigh-in. that is  a HUGE drop and I am pretty sure I wont be seeing numbers like that very often. I think its because my body was jump started after being off plan for so long. Going Low carb and getting back to my minimum 3 miles a day seems to be working. I wish I could say the same for the 30DS.

Today was a day full of chores. I did my laundry, cleaned the house and went into to town to run some errands. I got in 4 miles of walking today and I felt rusty. I need to pump up my millage and start back on those long runs. I also went grocery shopping and got enough food for the week. I made a menu before hand and so knew exactly what to get. No carbs in my house (except the good kind fruits and veggies). I did however had some potato chips. a lady at the store was handing out free tiny sample sizes and i indulged especially after the long day with nothing to eat. It was only 4/5 tiny chips in it.

I also got some sweet smelling candles at the store. I haven’t done this in a while and though it might perk up my mood, scented candles have that effect on me.

I also fund out that a mall is opening up within a five minute walk from my house and it has my favorite coffee house in it.(their carrot cake is to die for- Lord give me strength).

The plan for tomorrow is food prep and uploading pics and my menu plan. I hope I don’t get sidetracked, I just got season 1 and 2 of breaking bad in the mail.

Plans, plans and More plans……..

SOrry for the absence. AGAIN. I had made a pledge to blog daily in may but i failed on the first day. To make a long story short, I had been moving apartments, just got my internet set up and finally settling in. As a result, I have neglected everything. Running, exercise or any remote type on being on track.
my internet is still choppy but I shall attempt to try posting on a regular basis. I have made plans, plans and more plans………

I can’t seem to cure myself of making grand plans at the beginning of the week, month or year. The only problem is that so far, I haven’t seen any of them through.
So today begins a new month and yet more plans. So by following the same old script, the plan includes a food plan( mostly the low carb or more correctly reduced carb plan). The second is a pledge to try an go to the gym( I got my gym membership back because I have no self discipline to do workouts at home (the result being an almost 10lb gain over the past 6 months I have been without a gym membership.) and finally my ever ending quest to finish 30 consecutive days of the 30 day shred. This month i has no excuse to finish as I have no plans of any out of town plans or disruptions to my schedule.
The food plan is done and the workouts scheduled. Will this be the month I stick to plan?…..

Before I forget I weighed in at 179.8 yesterday. So that is my start point for may. I am back to my weekly weigh-ins. Not weighing in proved to be disastrous for me.

That’s it for now. I Plan on doing some major grocery shopping this weekend, have a major food prep and plan a whole weeks menu. Look out for that soon and lots of pics too.

Day 175:Make your own Vol 5– Homemade pesto

This is one of the simplest things to make. You can add it on lots of food e.g. pasta, egg, as pizza topping. I use this on everything and like to make lots to last me a while.

all you need; basil, garlic, pine-nuts,olive oil. Source: Womansday

 Makes 2 cups

½ cup pine nuts or almonds

3 cups firmly-packed basil leaves or parsley

1 cup finely grated Parmesan

1-cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 garlic cloves

½ teaspoon sea salt flakes

2 Easy steps

  • Heat a small frying pan on medium. Toss nuts over heat for 1-2 minutes until golden. Transfer to a food processor.
  • Add all remaining ingredients. Process until well combined and a coarse paste is formed. Season to taste with pepper.

store in tiny leftover jars.

All the ways you can have this.

With pasta

Source: simplyrecipes.com

On eggs

Pesto on deviled eggs

pesto on scrambled eggs

Pesto and pizza

incase you still had any doubts about making this

The uses are endless so why not go make your self a HUGE batch 🙂

 

For more make your own Here

Day 174: Low carb-Recipe Stuffed Zucchini “Manicotti”

I am making these today.
Zucchini

– 1 zucchini
– 1/8 cup olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste
Cut off the ends of zucchini. Using a mandolin, slice zucchini into long thin strips. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and set aside.
Ricotta Mix

– 1 cup ricotta cheese
– 1/8 cup basil (chopped)
– 1/8 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
Mix everything together, set aside.
Assembly

– 4 zucchini strips
– 1.5 oz. sauteed Italian chicken sausage
– 1 oz. ricotta cheese mixture
– 2 oz. marinara sauce
– 1 oz. mozzarella cheese
Lightly cover the bottom of a parchment lined sheet tray with marinara sauce. On a different clean surface, lay down zucchini strips. Add chicken sausage, top with ricotta cheese. Add 1 oz. marinara sauce, roll up and place onto sheet tray. Top with the rest of the marinara sauce and sprinkle the mozzarella on top. Bake in oven until cheese is melted.

Day 166 part deux: Carb cycling – low carb day 3: WIAW version

Remembered to do a “what I ate Wednesday”. My low carb version

Breakfast same thing as yesterday. I’ll have to make my protein pancakes soon to change it up.

Cals 430, 3g net carbs,20g protein

Lunch:coconut cauliflower stew and tofu

cals 299, 12g carbs,14 g protein

 

Afternoon Snack:Thai egg and Zucchini curry with avocado

Calories 288, protein 13g, carbs 2g

Dinner
Butternut squash curry soup with chunks of tofu

calories 180, carbs 18, protein 13.5

 

Todays totals

Calories: 1197
carbs: 37g
protein 60g (I am working on getting this to at least 100g)

 

 

 

Day 165: carb cycling, low carb day 2

First of I went out for a run today for the first time in 19 days. Helz yeah Bitches. I felt great. I don’t really know why I get so lazy to get out because once I am down I feel like Leonardo Dicaprio’s  “I am King of the World”

Lets just ignore the fact that my pace was pretty slow and I only did two miles. Anything less than 3 miles in my book is almost like it didn’t happen. Tomorrow I need to get in about 3 miles. Marathon training is around the corner. Eeeck!

I have weighed myself 5 days in a row and I am a bit worried about that. I do not want to be one of those people that become obsessive about their weight and weigh in daily and freak out with fluctuations. The good news is that I am down another pound and on track to get back to my pre-break weight  of 168. I think once I get there, I will revert back to weekly weigh-ins.

I made eggplant pizza for lunch today and those mo-fos are Deeeeeeelicious. It was a mouth fest. I think I’m gonna have to eat those for a while until I get them out of my system. Here is the recipe incase you missed it. https://veggiereader.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/day-141julia-childs-eggplant-pizza/

I have been drinking about 145oz of water. That is about 18 glasses and 4.3 liters of water.

Todays eating

Breakfast
TVP patty, 2 eggs, avocado and pico de gayo

lunch

Dinner

havent decided yet.

I can feel myself getting back on track.

make good choices y’all 🙂

Day 164: Day 1 carb cycling

 

My weekend green smoothie was a mixed success. On Saturday I was on plan and had the smoothie for all three meals with snacks in between. However on Sunday I went off plan and had some rice for lunch (oops)

The good news is that I lost 2.8lbs over the weekend challenge. I’m pretty sure its water weight but I am glad for a loss any way I get it.

Now that I am partially back on track,( My eating in improving but my running is still suffering.) I am starting my carb cycling today. The recommended time is between 21 days to 3 months. I plan on going with it as long as I can as long as it doesn’t interfere with my marathon training.

 

Here is what my menu looks like for the next 3 low carb days.
Goal  30-50g  net carbs and 1200 calories

 

Monday- Wednesday (there will be slight changes to make things interesting)

Breakfast:

16 oz warm water with juice of half a lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper

2 eggs and homemade salsa  (140 cals, 2g carbs)

2 TVP Patties (recipe on blog) (185 cals, 8g carbs)

Green tea

32 oz water

 

Snack: granny smith apple (60 cals, 13g carbs)

16 oz water

 

Lunch: veggie stir fry I cup cauliflower, I cup broccoli  (56 cals, 6g carbs)

Grilled Tofu 100g (85 cals, 1g carbs)
32 oz water

 

Snack 2: 2 servings nuts (320 cals, 8g carbs)

Green tea
16 oz water

Dinner: large salad, lettuce, half avocado, salsa (homemade with onion, cucumber, tomato, green pepper, tomato and fresh coriander), Tofu, Zucchini, (Cals 215, 6g carbs)

 

Totals 1121 calories, 43 g carbs

 

Need to work on upping the calories a bit.

Other Ideas for breakfast

  • Protein pancakes
  • Zucchini harsh
  • Protein shake

 

Day 163: Low carb Recipe: Zucchini Hash browns

Found this on pinterest and it is a great replacement for potato hash. Yum!

Zucchini Hash Browns

Yummy and healthy zucchini hash browns that helps with potato cravings.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil in skillet.
  2. Mix together zucchini, slightly beaten eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls into the hot skillet.
  4. After browning on one side flip and brown the other side.
  5. Note: substitute egg whites to lower calorie, cholesterol, and fat counts.

Source: fatsecret