Back on Track

and I am feeling better. After entering all my food for the weekend I was not happy. I didn’t realize how quickly calories add up. I knew I blew it but not as bad as I thought. The scale was not kind either. Current weight this morning 139. Weight from a week ago was 140. So I am on track for losing a pound a week but if I stayed on course I could have done so much better. I also got to thinking that I won’t be able to achieve my goals if I take two steps back and only move one step forward. Cheat days just aren’t going to cut it. 

So I made the tomato pasta dish Pasta alla Formiana that I posted from a couple days ago. I have to say I was a little disappointed by my creation. Perhaps it was the additional veggies I added to the dish or over cooking it but the pasta was soggy. I think the biggest culprit and contributing factor might have been the brown rice penne pasta I used. I think it takes too well to absorbing liquid from the veggies that it just became a pile of mush. I plan on trying it again but might have to wait awhile. I think the easiest solution to non soggy pasta is just to cook it as you want to eat it. Lesson learned.

Aloha Friday

I am so happy it’s Friday! I am looking forward to 3 o’clock when I get off work. I know it’s going to be a nice weekend. First up though is a quick stop by Trader Joe’s for some fruit, pita chips and maybe some rice or penne pasta. I saw a really good recipe I might want to try this weekend on Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet/Life blog website. I’ve really liked her since seeing her in Clueless and although I have NO plans on going vegan I can and do appreciate what looks like a delicious vegetarian recipe. Pasta alla Formiana actually came by way of Kind Life by way of Little House of Veggies by way of Giada De Laurentiis. I love that it looks simple, easy and feeds a lot. I think it will work for some lunches next week. Then home to attempt a workout from the new mytrainerbob dvds from Bob Harper I just received in the mail yesterday. I talked about these a few days ago and they finally arrived. After watching a good portion of them earlier today I’m not sure I should be so happy. These dvds look intense. One girl looked like she was going to cry. I am kind of excited though as I love a good workout. It’s not easy getting me there but I feel great after. Then a nice dinner cooked by hubby Robb and shared with Brad and my mom. It should be a nice evening. I know Mattie will enjoy a nice walk tonight too. And finally a progress report on goals for yesterday. All daily goals were met. I also mailed the registration form for the 4th of July race so we are set there…let the training begin. Next up plan workouts for week.

I love my smoothies

so much. I just finished my old standby of peanut butter chocolate smoothie that I found on the Jillian Michaels website. I modified it this morning to add some chocolate milk. I recently won a couple of coupons for Horizon Organic Chocolate milk and picked one up over the weekend. I was hoping to reward myself after a long run…well a 3 mile one and have a nice cup. However, the weekend was a bit of a kickback…mainly yesterday so no runs and no real exercise to speak of. So I am back on track this morning and decided that I better get to using this delicious milk…So back to my smoothie and the chocolate milk. Normally I use:

1 cup  almond milk
1 tbls organic natural peanut butter
1 medium banana
1 cap full of Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
Ice – as much as you like usually  1 1/2 cups.

So today I used a little less almond milk (3/4 cup) , the same amount of peanut butter, same size banana, half a cap of protein powder and then added the yumminess of 1/2 cup of organic chocolate milk. It tasted pretty much the same but slightly more creamy which I like. Made me think I was indulging in a nice chocolate milk shake. To top it off it has nearly the same amount of calories: 385 calories for breakfast. This should hold me till lunch because of the protein, which I like but I could have a small snack and not go drastically over my calorie allowance. I use Livestrong.com to track and was given a goal of 1367 to aim for each day, but usually shoot for around 1500 especially if I exercise which I will today. I am heading to my favorite class after work today…Total Body Cuts at Total Woman  and home to spend some time with hubby watching some shows before they take our DVR away ;-(.

I am also looking forward to my lunch today which will be a nice hot bowl of Progresso Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup, a small slice of sourdough bread and a side of steamed spinach with some balsamic vinegar…pure yumminess.

Snacks for today include a slice of string cheese, some fruit (melons, pineapple and grapes) and some new yogurt which I am trying a new flavor Boysenberry Pomengrante of a brand I’ve had before called YoPlus. It does have about 110 calories and contains some sugar, but I figure it is better than artificial sweeteners. I know I could do better, but I have a hard time with plain yogurt. On to dinner which will be a surprise as hubby has not yet told me what we are having, but if all goes well I should have about 450 calories left for dinner. So I should be good. Off to finish some work and get changed for class in about an hour!!

Recipe of the Week

I thought I would share a yummy easy smoothie to make.

Banana, Tangerine and Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups of Tangerine Juice
  • 1 meduim banana
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon organic peanut butter (no sugar)
  • 1 cup ice (or more to your liking)

Place above ingredients in a blender and mix till all ice is crushed.
Makes a nice thick smoothie with about 400 calories. Calories can be reduced by using 1/2 cup less of juice or a smaller banana. Also other fruits can be substitued to your taste or to reduce calories.  I find it keeps me going all morning till my snack. Enjoy!