Jun 292015
 

Instead of the usual food diary format I’ve been using, I wanted to just share a few of the meals I’ve been having while working on losing this weight. My breakfasts and snacks don’t change a whole lot–I have a rotation of a few different meals and that’s about it. But lunches and dinners are where I am trying to focus on changing things up.

I’m doing my best to avoid the old standby of frozen lunches. Here are a few of the meals I’ve had lately that have worked well.

Lunches

#1 – Miso soup with pad thai rice noodles and green onions, and applesauce. I used a little less than half of a serving of the rice noodles. Calories: 146

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#2 – Leftover baked chicken, cottage cheese and string cheese. Calories: 271

#3 – Cashew Carrot Ginger soup with sugar snap peas and 2 large sesame crackers on the side. Calories: 205

#4 – Leftover baked chicken with guacamole and cucumber, orange and yellow peppers. Calories: 242

#5 – Cashew Carrot Ginger soup with Sweet Kale Chopped Salad. Calories: 240

#6 – Sweet Kale Chopped Salad with cottage cheese and applesauce. Calories: 290 

Dinners

#1 – Baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, baby red potatoes sauteed with garlic and onions. Calories: 337

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#2 – Salad! A variety of lettuce with sunflower seeds, chopped carrot and celery, avocado, a few Craisins, sugar snap peas, leftover baked chicken and Trader Joe’s Spicy Asian Peanut dressing. A glass of wine with dinner. The Peanut Dressing was fantastic! Calories: 534

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#3 – Fish tacos. I baked tilapia and used an Ancient Grains Wrap (100 Calories). Put in some lettuce, avocado, green onion, Peach Mango Salsa, Sour Cream, black olives and a little hot sauce. Also had some tortilla chips while dinner was baking. Calories: 566

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#4 – Taco salad: lettuce, spinach, lean ground turkey, salsa, black beans, black olives, avocado and sour cream on top. Had some tortilla chips on the side. It’s a good hot summer day meal. Calories: 548

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#5 – Another salad. In this heat it’s the best meal. This time we did steak salads. Greens, blue cheese, Craisins and flank steak on top. I weighed out the steak to 4 ounces. Calories: 454

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#6 – We wanted to take Bella to the dog park and then hang out and have a picnic so I packed us sandwiches. Mine was a ham and cheese sandwich on a sandwich thin with mustard, half a Laughing Cow spread, mustard, spinach and then rice crackers on the side with pickles and olives and snap peas. Calories: 491

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#7 – My stomach wasn’t feeling fantastic so I had kind of a bland meal that actually turned out delicious. I made some Uncle Ben’s Garden Vegetable rice with peas and carrots in it, mixed in leftover ground turkey and I had a cup of Miso Broth on the side. Calories: 328

#8 – We had a date night at an old favorite — Good and Evil Wraps! Love this place. They had a new wrap that I tried, the Rip City Wrap. It had steak, bacon, cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a delicious Cajun sauce in a spinach wrap.

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This thing was so delicious! It was large, maybe slightly too big, but it was a gym night and I was starving and I ate the whole thing. I had to estimate the calories. Calories: Around 800-850

#9 – I made some red lentils, added some Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce to it, topped it with baked tilapia and had steamed snap peas. Calories: 577

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Update

Currently I am stalled and not losing like I was when I first started this. I know I gained a bit on vacation (around 3 pounds, so basically everything I lost pre-vacation). I am down 1 pound but that’s it. Stalling sucks. I am hoping I can change something up soon to see another jump start in my weight loss.

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Jun 232015
 

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 “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Recently I read an article that I posted to my Facebook group, and I wanted to write a little bit about it here, too. Here is that link: 5 Words to Heal Your Relationship with Your Body.

“I am enough.”

There’s a difference between striving to improve yourself, and beating yourself up for not being perfect. I fall into this trap sometimes. Sure I want to better myself, I want to lose weight, I want to be fitter and stronger and so on and so on…but at what point is it enough to just BE?

In the past 6 months I’ve been trying to lose some weight that I gained, was a little successful and had some setbacks, and numerous times I’ve had people ask me “what if this is just where your body is naturally?” I’ve pondered this and while I am not discounting that, I do think I can lose a little bit more. The hard part is trying to decide when to stop criticizing myself and when to accept that this is it.

Compassion.

I am definitely NOT compassionate to myself. Others, yes, myself, rarely. Over the years I’ve learned to back off with the gym if my body isn’t feel right. 7 years ago? I would have powered through whatever I was feeling and ignored the cues my body was giving me and beat myself up if I had to take a break. Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s having enough injuries over the years that I’ve gotten better at taking an unplanned day (or week) off if my body needs it. It’s hard having compassion for yourself.

The other component of being compassionate is to silence that negative voice in your head (we all have it). Some days that voice in my head is a lot louder than other days. Recently that negative voice was very loud when I was trying on my summer clothes from last year. Having to buy a bunch of new clothes was discouraging and I beat myself up about it for days. Was that helpful? No. But turning that voice off can be such a struggle sometimes.

Positive reinforcement word Compassion engrained in a rock

Positive reinforcement word Compassion engrained in a rock

Gratitude.

This was a hard lesson to learn but I’ve learned it. I think what really taught me this lesson was injury. I used to take my fitness level for granted. I’d forgotten how hard I’d worked to get there. It’s not like I went from 250+ to athlete overnight — IT TOOK TIME and EFFORT. And yet I still forgot how hard I worked to get there.

When I suffered from Runner’s Knee it changed my life and my outlook on things. It was very discouraging and depressing and it was the longest injury I’ve ever had. Two years. Two years of specialists, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, X-rays and MRIs. Nothing sucks more than not knowing from day to day, or even hour to hour, if your body was going to work right. What helped heal me was going to the Warrior Room. It got me back to running and I was never more grateful or happy in my life. I worked hard to get back to being able to run without pain and I do NOT take running for granted anymore. Even if I can only run 1 mile, it’s something and it’s better than nothing and I am glad for it.

 Gratitude

 

At some point, life needs to be about more than the number on the scale. It should be about living life, spending time with loved ones and enjoying things every day.

A friend was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and the first thing I thought about with the news was that nothing else really matters in the big picture: just relationships and loving life. Not measuring your food religiously every day, or going to the gym to slog through a workout you aren’t feeling, or stressing about stupid shit…

Going on a road trip with a friend and sharing the memories; sharing an amazing dessert with your spouse on your anniversary; cuddling with your fur-babies on a lazy Sunday morning; sitting on the deck on a hot summer night listening to the frogs chirp and just relaxing. These are the things that matter, not being a size 6 in jeans. It’s a shame it often takes something serious or tragic to remind ourselves of what really matters.

This is work I need to do on myself. Love myself more. Be more kind to myself. Be more understanding. Accept where I currently am. It’s okay to want more and to want to be better, but not okay to belittle myself because I’m not there yet.

Hope everyone read the article and found something in it that spoke to them, too.

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