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!
Here’s a little motivation to me and you going. 🙂
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! 🙂
Juiced Carrot Shots!
Juiced Apple – it’s orange b/c we didn’t wash it out after the carrots. It was delicious! 🙂
Baked Tilapia! Yuuuum!! Nice and spicy. 🙂
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. 🙂
Meatloaf – BEFORE