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7 Day Challenge, Day 7 & Results!!

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Day 7 was a great day! Ate perfect and did my exercise! Dinner was easy as it was leftover night. However since the leftovers were not low carb for me I had a chef salad and leftover steamed broccoli. Delish!

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My results for the 7 days was a loss of 4.2 pounds!! Yeah buuuudddy!!!! I would have more results including lean muscle, body fat and metabolic age but I didn’t get time to run and use the magic scale so I just went with pounds this time. I’m happy with the results!!!
If anybody wants help with their own 7 day challenge feel free to ask!!

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7 Day Challenge, Day 5 and 6!!!

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Today’s lesson…. How to eat out healthy. It is possible to eat out while trying to lose weight. Let me explain how. First, I do my own background checks on the restaurants before we even go. I check the nutrition facts and that helps me decide where I want to go. Second, I always look to see if the menu has an under 600 or 500 calorie section. If not, I look for the meal with the least about carbs. Third, I always modify the dish. I ask for no butter, no olive oil, no rice, etc… For example, Day 5 we went to Perkins and I ordered the Mushroom and Swiss Chicken dinner. It’s served with rice and 2 sides. I omitted the rice, and had a salad and broccoli for the sides. I asked for no butter or oil as well. Easy Peasy. My meal was under 500 calories and had 50g of protein.

Now, Day 6 was a little different. We actually “cheated” because we knew we would be walking a lot afterwards. We had pizza! I only had one large piece and a breadstick and I don’t want to know the calorie count, but it was good. It’s ok to cheat once in awhile, not often, but occasionally. I’ll be good now until Christmas. Tonight was my cheat night and I enjoyed it. Cheating isn’t bad because it helps control impulse bingeing, but like I said only do it occasionally. I try to only do it once in a 2 week period and most of the time I can do it without any issues. 

There you have it, how to eat out and make healthy choices while also LIVING and rewarding yourself with a “cheat” meal once in awhile. Day 7 here we come!!!!  

7 Day Challenge, Day 4!!!

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Another perfect day today!!! I ate perfect and did a lot of exercising consisting of loading and unloading 5 tractor loads of wood for my dad! Whew, I’m beat! But I feel great that I did it! So… Back to the eating… I made spaghetti and homemade meat sauce for dinner per my dad’s request, but I didn’t eat that. I actually had some leftover porketta pork loin, salad and cantaloupe while my kids and dad ate the spaghetti. It was a bit hard since I’m Italian and LOVE pasta but I did it and I survived! Since I have no recipe to share tonight I’ll give you a rundown of my day instead…
Breakfast: Spritz cookie Herbalife shake
Lunch: Maple Herbalife shake
PM snack: ham deli meat
Dinner: porketta, salad and cantaloupe
Evening snack: Greek yogurt and homemade granola
There you have it!! Pretty simple day!

7 Day Challenge, Day 3!!!

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Day 3 has been great! However a bit challenging… I made my absolute favorite Christmas cookie today… Spritz!! It was extremely hard to have the will power not to half the pan. All cookies deserve some quality control!! And I admit… I had one…. Ok two and they were perfect!! So… I had an almost perfect day! Dinner was in the crock pot early and was delish! I made a whole chicken and served it with a salad and green beans. This is a family favorite of ours! We have it weekly!
For the recipe please visit one of my favorite blogs 100daysofrealfood.com and look up the best crock pot chicken in the recipe index! Enjoy!

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7 Day Challenge Begins Today!!

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Chad and I are doing another 7 day challenge starting today. What is it you ask? It is a self motivating challenge to eat perfect for 7 days and exercise at least 4 of the days. The end result is awesome results that motivates you to do it again. During the 7 days I will post my dinner recipes to share and at the end of the 7 days I will post our results! So lets get to it!

Today I ate perfect! Since it’s the first day I will run down my meal plan so you get an idea of what I mean by perfect. Perfect to me is 1200 calories or less, at least 100 grams of protein and at least 64 oz of water. You can track all this on My Fitness Pal or I use iChange created by Herbalife. Logging is important so you have accountability. Ok, so here is what I ate today…

Breakfast: Herbalife Shake-Vanilla Cappuccino

Lunch: Herbalife Shake-Strawberry Shortcake

Pm Snack: 6 oz Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp. homemade granola

Dinner: Grilled Chicken salad with a side of mixed fruit and cottage cheese.

Evening Snack: 2 cups air popped popcorn and deli meat

Grand total: 1201 calories, 118.5 g protein and I drank 64 oz of water today!

Now time for bed!

Bailee’s Lunches: September 16 through September 20

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Here is my weekly post of my daughter’s school lunches. I hope this is helpful for you busy mom’s stressing about lunch ideas. I was there once and I completely understand how you feel. I prep a lot of the food on weekends and prepare the night before either by setting it out or creating her lunch in my head so I know what I am doing the next morning. I will also be posting some of the recipes throughout the week. Enjoy!

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Monday, September 16: Bailee had some leftover Hamburger Stroganoff with whole wheat noodles in her Thermos, a salad with cucumbers, parmesan cheese and olive oil, and an apple. For snack she had a granola bar and string cheese.

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Tuesday, September 17: Today she had a homemade “lunchable” with ak-mak crackers, muenster cheese and turkey, watermelon, cucumbers, sugar snap peas and homemade whole wheat zucchini granola chocolate chip cookies (These turned out delicious!). For snack she had a banana and homemade whole wheat chocolate mini donuts.

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Wednesday, September 18: Bailee was lucky today and had some of her grandma’s homemade chicken noodle soup, salad with cucumbers, parmesan cheese and olive oil, cantaloupe and for snack an apple and homemade fruit and seed bar.

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Thursday, September 19: Whole wheat banana pancake sandwich with peanut butter and honey, watermelon, carrots with ranch, and zucchini granola chocolate chip cookies. For snack she had a banana and chocolate mini donuts.

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Friday, September 20: For this Happy Friday, Bailee had leftover goulash, homemade applesauce, and homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. For snack some pretzels and a string cheese.

Some recipe links:

Mini Donuts: https://heathershomemadekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/french-toast-and-chocolate-whole-wheat-mini-donuts/

Fruit and Seed bar, courtesy of weelicious.com: http://weelicious.com/2010/06/07/fruit-and-seed-bars/

 

 

7 Day Challenge!! Results are in!

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Ok the results are in from 7 Day Challenge of eating perfect! I did pretty good! I lost 5.6 pounds in those 7 days! Just by eating as perfect as possible and exercising! During this challenge I did learn some new things too. Do you know what the average amount of protein a woman and man should have? Do you know why it is so important? Well, I do now. I thought I did this challenge perfect, but there were a few things that I didn’t get perfect. My protein! A woman should have an average of at least 100 g and a man 150g of protein each day. Even more protein is needed when you are working out. So that’s where I was not so perfect. I was only averaging about 96g of protein per day and exercising so my lean muscle actually dropped during this challenge which in the end made my body fat percentage to go up a bit. Not good! It is so important to hit those protein numbers so your body can build your lean muscle mass and keep it which will then allow your body to lose the body fat. Which is what you want! Now that I have started my second 7 day challenge, I am concentrating on making sure I get at least 110g of protein a day. We’ll see if this helps! Even with all this, I am still proud of myself! 5.6 pounds in one week! That’s still something to cheer about!! Enjoy!!