I can’t believe it’s really been five weeks since we started this contest at work. I kind of lost some gusto about a week ago – for about a week- then it was time for my Intervent Health Coach to call. Oopsie – I kind of fell of the exercise wagon and I have to fess up, or really what’s the use in having someone to be accountable to if I am not honest about my eating or activity level?
First thing in my morning routine is breakfast. I’ve been trying to incorporate some protein smoothies into this routine and I’ve been pleasantly pleased so far. I’ve made a Banana with Peanut Butter smoothie, a sort of copycat Orange Julius type, and an Oatmeal Cinnamon one. I start them all with one scoop of Vanilla Protein powder and Vanilla low-fat yogurt, some unsweetened Almond milk, and then I add the other ingredients to it to make the desired smoothie.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how well these smoothies hold me over until lunch time. On some mornings when I eat egg whites and a turkey sausage I am completely famished by lunch.
Which brings me to my next subject: LUNCH… I have definitely done much better about keeping an eye out for the lunches that we have brought in and when I need to take my lunch. I work in a very fast food laden area of the city, so it is nothing for me to hop in my car and get something quick. Not necessarily healthy and definitely not low calorie or low carb. I have come to realize it is super important for me to take my lunch if I plan on staying on task.
I made a small amount of Tri-color Quinoa per package directions, added some fresh peas and green beans I picked from our tiny garden, fresh lemon juice, pepper and this package of StarKist Salmon Creations (I didn’t realize it was salmon until I had already opened it – I thought it was a tuna package – which is what I usually buy). After I made it and realized it was Mango Chipotle flavored I thought it would be really too spicy. The salmon has a mild flavor and the Mango Chipotle complemented my Quinoa perfectly. I will definitely make this again. Not only was this surprisingly delicious, I didn’t feel hungry half-way through the afternoon and I didn’t get tired either. I was the perfect lunch for the long lasting energy I need.
We do our weigh-ins on the Friday of our pay week, but I wasn’t able to weigh in because I was at the Creation Museum that day with the family. Regardless, I weigh myself at home every Sunday morning when I first wake up. This week I was down another pound.
Now, that may not seem much of an accomplishment to some, but for me, it’s fantastic. Considering I haven’t done much in the way of actual exercise – although I usually always get more than 10.000 steps a day. I have pre-menopausal hormones to deal with and I have hypothyroidism. Even though I take my thyroid medicine daily I just feel that my metabolism is perpetually slow (maybe it’s just in my head- haha). I also feel that if I’m loosing the weight slowly I will keep it off longer. Hopefully for life. I feel that this needs to be a life long journey – not just a short term contest. Although, it was the kick start that I needed. Thanks Katlyn!!!
We will have to see where the next two weeks bring me.~Bam