Day 10: Eat Clean!

Day 10 – Review!

I did really well yesterday on keeping it clean! Mondays & Wednesdays are my most difficult days to stay on track because they are brutally long and filled with excuses to screw up. The defining moment is between classes. I usually have 30-45 minutes between class. Not enough time to go home, or Subway, cafeteria is closed at this time of night, but vending machines are open and NOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS!! WHAT!! Yep, it’s true…you can charge $1.00 to your credit for a Snickers from the college campus vending machine, which is exactly what I did on Monday.

Still feeling empowered from Tuesday’s post, I wanted Wednesday (yesterday) to be successful. I prepared by grabbing a big ole’ bag of edamame at lunch and stuck it in the freezer at work. Right before I left for class, I snacked on edamame so I wouldn’t be starving after the first class. I also made sure to pack extra oranges and apples in my lunch so I wouldn’t run out if in a pinch. I took my peanut butter with me, my whole wheat tortillas, and a couple apples. I definitely packed too much for the ‘between class’ break. But I know that this is my weakest moment of the day, so I needed plenty of backups to avoid hitting up the vending machine. After my first class, I sat in my car and happily painted peanut butter on a tortilla while jamming out to some music just a little too loud. 🙂 Yum. Then I enjoyed a delicious apple and slapped on some PB every couple bites. I was feeling good and ready for class. Success! No vending machine temptation here. Phew.

Here’s how the rest of my day went:

Breakfast: Almonds
Mid-Morning Snack: Peanut butter tortilla
Lunch: Chicken with onions, fresh green beans, and sweet bell peppers
Mid-Afternoon Snack: Edamame
Dinner: Peanut butter tortilla and an apple.

The boyfriend’s mom gave him some seasoned chicken that he cooked this past weekend in the crock pot. It smells good, but looks really weird so we were steering clear of it. I decided to be brave and have some for lunch. I’m not sure what the seasoning was, but it was delicious! I reheated it on the stove with a little garlic and some extra virgin olive oil then set it aside. Sauteed onions, fresh green beans, and sweet bell peppers together then added the chicken once the veggies were nice and soft. It was really yummy and I’m planning to do the same thing for lunch today!

I’m feeling good about my food choices and staying away from the mini chocolate chips and candy dish! 🙂 Go me!

Have a great day and make good choices!!

Kristin

Day 8 – Eat Clean Meltdown…

So yesterday…wasn’t my best day in this eating clean journey. I started out pretty strong…with a banana, handful of almonds, and a scoop of peanut butter. Had greek yogurt for my mid morning snack and lunch was tilapia from Sunday night with grapes. And that’s where the good news ends.

I went to the doctor yesterday morning because I’ve been having back problems for a while now. I have a pulled muscle in my back between the ribs and not allowed to do upper body weights or workouts for 3-4 weeks. Anything that makes it hurt…stop doing. Well that’s going to be difficult, because everything makes it hurt! It’s in the worst spot possible, mid back (thoracic) right where you would turn or breathe, or do anything besides sleep. Which – that is uncomfortable too. So, now I’m icing it and sleeping on my right side…which I don’t like! I’m a left side sleep…just am. haha.

Anyway, so that put me in a piss poor mood. I dealt with it via a little self-destuctive behavior. In the form of very unclean foods, a jalapeno cheddar hotdog and spicy nacho dorito chips, on my way to class last night. I’m so ashamed! Although..it did make me feel better. And that’s not all of it…I ate a snickers (yes, a snickers!) during my last class. Ugh. Considering the fact that I can’t really workout to my fullest ability right now, don’t you think I wouldn’t eat bad foods?! I guess we all get a little crazy in the moment.

Well, that little episode and the thought of having to post it, for all who read to see, has made me determined to nix the behavior before letting it swallow me. I’m going to focus on my running (that’s lower body!) and my leg workouts. I’ll be a little unbalanced…maybe, but at least I won’t be sitting around eating bon bons or snickers! 🙂 One good thing I did yesterday was sign-up for Dam-to-Dam! It’s a 20K on June 1, 2013….scary!! The longest race I’ve done was a 7K about a year ago..and it was hell! I usually stick to 5K distances. So, I joined a new running group out of Ankeny to help me stay consistent with training and I look forward to meeting on Saturdays for runs and doing fun runs with them this summer!!

Tonight I’ll be running 3.5 miles after work and focusing on being smart about food choices!

Focus, Kristin. Focus.

Have a healthy day and stay strong!
Kristin

Here’s a little motivation to me and you going. 🙂

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Eat Clean – Weekend Review!

This last weekend was fairly successful. The boyfriend and I made a few new things, but not what we had planned to make! 🙂 He made some delicious chocolate, granola and blueberry cookies. Except I think we both ate too many! 🙂 Most of the meals this weekend consisted of adding vegetables to things already cooked earlier in the week. I had some ground beef that had been browned. We added vegetables to that one meal and then next meal put it in with some eggs and veggies. We finished leftover meatloaf and sweet potatoes and splurged on popcorn for movie night.

I did make some tilapia and sweet potato chips on Sunday night. They were simply devine!! It was super easy and quick to the make the tilapia – although I think I needed to cook it a little longer. The next day (Monday) when I reheated it for lunch, it actually tasted better than the night before!! I also worked on my food photography this weekend, so hopefully my picture quality will start improving!

We also experimented with juicing this weekend. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. First we did a few shots of different items before combining. We tasted carrots, beets, and ginger – then mixed it together. It wasn’t bad! But we added a little bit too much ginger…but still not a bad drink. I had 2 or 3 more juice drinks over the weekend. The boyfriend juiced right before teaching fitness classes and said it gave him crazy good energy all the way through!

Make good choices! 🙂

Kristin

Juiced Carrot Shots!

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Juiced Apple – it’s orange b/c we didn’t wash it out after the carrots. It was delicious! 🙂

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Baked Tilapia! Yuuuum!! Nice and spicy. 🙂

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Day 5 – EAT CLEAN!!

Last 24 hours!

Another positive day on the clean eating frontier. I didn’t have ANY, not one, mini chocolate chips yesterday. Wahoo! Progress! 🙂 Last night for dinner…we experimented with meatloaf. I say experimented because neither one of us had ever made meatloaf before. Sure, I’ve seen my mom makes it millions of times…but that was the extent of my involvement. Watching. The boyfriend and I headed to the store to get ingredients…but didn’t bring a recipe or look at one before we left. Not smart. Luckily, we live in the age of technology so I pulled up recipes on my phone. All of which included ingredients one or both of us don’t like/eat. I don’t like ketchup, the boyfriend doesn’t like mustard, and we’re not buying ‘onion soup’ or barbeque sauce. We are trying to eat clean here!! Duh!

So, we decided to have some fun with it and make our own version of clean’ish’ meatloaf! I don’t consider milk part of my clean eating because it has to be processed and I don’t like waste, so we used up some bread that had been in the freezer…so this meal was clean’ish’ because we used milk & bread. But MUCH healthier than any of the recipes that I could find. They all called for soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, and several other ingredients that are very high in either sugar or salt. No bueno. It was a lot of fun. We picked up some random vegetables plus using some that I had at home and threw it all in a bowl with some spices and thyme (if you look close at the ‘BEFORE’ picture…you can see a sprinkle of the thyme). We paired it with the rest of the french bread loaf and homemade salsa. Just splendid!

This morning I reeeeallly wanted Subway. Since I didn’t get it yesterday and today I remembered my purse, I felt I deserved it! 🙂  And then I was reminded (by the boyfriend) that I have already had cheat days this week with my mini chocolate chip fiasco! This is why it’s important to have an accountability partner, folks!! Especially when you are trying to change your behavior, people tend to get themselves either too much credit or not enough. It’s always a good idea to have someone backing you up and reminding you of your goals. Thanks boyfriend! 🙂 I grabbed my fruit (banana and apple) and headed out the door. Breakfast consisted of a banana with peanut butter and I plan to eat the apple this afternoon…however, I’ve run out of peanut butter. Sad. 😦   Lunch today was tuna & salsa on celery sticks. Delish.

This weekend we are experimenting more with sweet potatoes. I believe there’s a sweet potato hummus and something to do with oatmeal… Also we are making a ‘clean’ banana bread! I’m super excited about that one!! It’ll be delicious. I’ll be back on Monday with weekend updates and new recipes!! Have a spectacular day and weekend!

Make good choices. 🙂

Kristin

MeatloafBEFORE

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Meatloaf: AFTER

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Eat Clean!

Alright – I haven’t been too consistent in my posts like I promised over the past six weeks. That is when I started the 12-week transformation challenge. I haven’t been consistent with that challenge either! But that’s ok, sometimes we fall down. The trick is getting back up and trying again!

So, I’m after it again. Working to change my life from meh- okay to freaking awesome! One positive change: I just discovered the WordPress app in iPhone!!! Duh! There’s an app for everything! Maybe now my posts will be more consistent…because I am always on this thing! 🙂

Anyway, the boyfriend and I are going to test out juicing and clean eating. Keep in mind that I workout almost everyday, so juicing isn’t a cure all! But clean eating is VERY important to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

I was doing quite well on eating clean and then I just got stuck in a rut and sat there pitying myself for awhile! Once I realized that my “rut” was negatively influencing my school, work, and personal relationships I gave myself a kick in the butt! Luckily, I have understanding friends and family…can’t say the same for school! 🙂

Today is Day 1 – Cleaning up my Act!
I haven’t been perfect today, but I am consciously reminding myself that I want to eat clean and THAT’S why I can’t have any candy from the candy dish. 🙂 I started the day off with some peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla and the later on in the morning I had PB on whole wheat crackers. (Again, not perfect…but not candy or chips!!) I’ve already had 32oz of water today (goal is 70oz/day). Because we were traveling this weekend for an out of town 5K – I didn’t have time to prepare lunches for the week. I opted for the salad bar at the local grocery store, used balsamic vinegar and steered away from processed cheeses and bacon bits! I also loaded up on fruits and veggies at lunch, making sure to get plenty of dark greens in my salad.
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I'd say its been a successful day so far! Yahoo! 🙂

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