Friday, November 30, 2012

Lots of Veggies...

Day two and I haven't cheated yet! And it's been hard because, at this point, all I want is a sandwich. And chocolate. ...Oh, what I wouldn't give for some chocolate. I do have to say I think today was somewhat easier than fruit day. Here's what I ate... Breakfast was 1 cup of sweet corn (Birdseye Steamfresh). I snacked on red and green bell pepper slices at work and had 1 and a half cups of stir fry veggies (Birdseye) for lunch. Dinner actually functioned as "real food" and consisted of a salad (lettuce, red peppers, carrot slivers, mushrooms, and peas) topped with baked potato wedges. Instead of making a normal baked potato with butter, I baked potato slices with with a little olive oil. Erik and I eat these "fries" often because they are healthy and d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. (see below for the super easy recipe). They are great eaten alone or topped on a salad. For dressing, I used red wine vinegar. I don't have much of an appetite today and have no idea whether or not it is related to this diet. In fact, I took carrot sticks to work that I never even touched and I couldn't finish my salad at dinner. To somewhat satisfy a craving for sugar this evening, I made tea with a packet of Splenda. Craving gone! And of course, the most important question... did I lose weight yet? YES! I weighed myself Thursday morning on day one, and then again this morning and I was down 2.2 lbs. At least this was motivation for me to eat right again today. Nearly two days down, five more to go!

Healthy Fries: Cut potato into wedges; 1 medium potato per person. Put them in a zip lock bag or a container with a lid and add a little bit of olive oil (about 1/2 a tablespoon per potato, or until it is enough to lightly coat the potatoes). Sprinkle in a little bit of Italian seasoning and any other spice of your choice; sometimes I use a little onion or garlic powder. Shake the bag or container until the potatoes are coated, place on a metal cookie sheet and sprinkle with some sea salt, but just a little! Sometimes I don't use any salt at all since the seasoning gives it enough flavor. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, flipping the potatoes after 10 minutes. Hope you love these!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fruit Day

Today was day one! The day is nearly over and I'm still alive! Woo! Here's what I ate... Breakfast was a pear and an apple, lunch was fruit salad, and dinner was warm strawberry applesauce. Doesn't sound like much but I'm actually not hungry right now. I'm not exactly satisfied, but I'm not starving either. I did crave salt a few times today, but other than that, it really wasn't too bad. The downside is I really feel like I want to eat something. Maybe it's habit or maybe it's because my body knows I didn't get all the nutrients I should have today. The upside is I actually feel pretty fabulous. Just one day of not putting an ounce of "crap food" in my body and I already feel better. I'm in a good mood and have a decent amount of energy. And I'm down 0.6 lbs since I last weighed myself 24 hours ago! One thing I'm thankful for is I did have my "survival kit" that went to work with me today. I allowed myself to chew sugar free gum and drink hot tea with Splenda. The gum was good when I felt like totally blowing this diet thing already and getting crackers from the vending machine. The tea helps too. So, day 1... so far so good.  Now to figure out what I'll eat for breakfast tomorrow on vegetable day... there isn't a better way to start your day than a nice bowl full of baby carrots.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eat Your Heart Out!

I usually don't fall for weird fad diets... but I found this on Pinterest and I actually want to try it. It's probably not the safest or healthiest diet, so even if it works, I probably won't recommend anyone try it. My plan is to follow the diet (it is a 7 day diet) and post a blog each day about how it's going. The instructions are somewhat vague so I'm just going to follow it exactly as it says while at the same time using an app on my phone to keep track of my calories. I went shopping tonight to get all the "supplies" needed and spent about $105. Keep in mind my fiance', Erik, and I are doing this together so this was the cost for two people. I also don't know if I bought enough or too much food since I don't have specific amounts for a lot of things.

Day one is fruit day.  I think this could potentially be one of the easier days for me. I'm REALLY not looking forward to banana day (day 4). I'm not a huge fan of bananas in the first place so I anticipate being extra grouchy that day. To be honest, this week will probably be really hard. It's not just a "lose 10+ lbs in 7 days" diet.... it will probably be more like "be a huge grump and cry myself to sleep every night because I'm starving and I hate bananas" kind of diet.

So good luck to me! And Erik...

Diet found on Pinterest, follow me!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Excited to Blog Again!

Hello! This is my first attempt at blogging again after several years and I am excited! I like to share snippets of my life and have been on Facebook since I was in college... but it seems Facebook has changed a bit and I don't feel it necessary to post every little thing I do there anymore. Basically, my page turned into a way for me to announce major life milestones and to post more pictures of my dog than anyone else would care to see.  I'm a proud "parent," what can I say? I've considered starting a blog for a while because it would be my place to just say whatever I want without annoying anyone. ...But what really convinced me to break down and actually get this stated was my sister. She was showing me a website on Thanksgiving called Influenster where you can rate and test products and write reviews. I was so interested in this I immediately requested an invite (you can't just sign up, they have to want you). So I submitted my request and waited two long days, checking my email what seemed like every half hour, waiting like a crazy lady for them to give me the news. FINALLY I got my invite yesterday and felt like a little kid waiting for a package in the mail when it came. I am so pumped because, let me tell you... I'm such a sucker for advertisement and a huge critic of customer service. I spent years working in the field of providing client service and know how important it is. I have no tolerance for anything but excellent service because I have been there... so, I'm pretty tough when it comes to this. I'm thinking that this is going to be a great adventure. I can't wait to start sharing my findings with everyone! When I find something awesome  you will be the first to know. And when I find things that are NOT so awesome... I'll be glad to warn you.

Well, I am off to decorate the house for Christmas today! Much to my fiance's dismay, I am making him bake cookies with me today, listen to Christmas music, and decorate the tree! Don't get me wrong, he isn't a total scrooge... I just get far more excited than he does. I got Pillsbury Christmas cookies to bake JUST for our occasion today... Like I said... I'm a sucker. Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!