Food Prep

I am finished with food prep for this week.  I don’t prep my salads until the night before or morning of so I’m not including pics of those.

Here is a big bowl of the salad I prepared for today’s brunch (woke up really late since I stayed up late watching television and reading).  This is a spinach salad with shredded carrots, peppers, broccoli, red onions, yellow tomatoes, and broiled catfish.  For the dressing, I used a garlic infused olive oil with a green apple balsamic vinegar.

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For the week, I prepared tomato basil topped chicken breast:

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Vegetable stir fry with beef strips (I have limes and an avocado to use for the day I eat this).  I may include some brown rice or quinoa if I eat this on the day I do my lower body workout.

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and last but not least, extra veggies (asparagus and roasted peppers).  These can be added to salads or eaten as sides and snacks:

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I also have big tub of whey protein powder under my desk at the office in case I start feeling hungry.

Breakfasts are generally pretty easy for me.  I either have a protein smoothie, yogurt, steel cut oats, or eggs with veggies.  I am not a morning person so the quicker the better for me in the morning.  I am going to limit myself to only 2 cups of coffee per day to see if that will help me get to sleep earlier.

Bon appetit.

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Body Fat Check In

First Saturday of the month which means check in for body fat percentage.  Not as good as I would like but my wonderful trainer said that I should not be discouraged since I am still holding steady.  Plateaus suck; however, having a substantial gain in fat and weight would suck even more so this month I will be focusing more on quality eating and working out.  I am going to try to get in at least 4 days of cardio each week and continue weight training and stability exercises.  I really hate doing cardio.  Hate it.  I feel like my lungs are going to explode and it just doesn’t ever seem to improve.  I have never understood how or why people run just for the sake of running.  Unless there is something dangerous after me or there is a prize that I cannot live without waiting for me at the finish line, I’m not ever going to be great at running.  I still do it…as best I can…even if I am slow and end up breathing like someone has tried to suffocate me with syran wrap.   So here’s the skinny (haha) on my fat percentage this month.  I’m throwing in my weight for today too but keep in mind this was with gym clothes on (no shoes or socks because we all know that socks can weigh so much). Fat:  35.6%; Weight: 150.8 lbs.

Tomorrow is food prep day for the week.  I will try to post some pics of the end result after I cook tomorrow.

Jan 1 2014

Slow

Hi and welcome to my blog. After saying goodbye to 2013 last night and weighing in this morning, I woke up to bloat and tiredness – one of the results of indulging in things my body does not appreciate. Having said that, I am not going to beat myself up over having an evening out and celebrating but these experiences will not be the norm.

The scale says I weigh 149 lbs. today. I feel like I weigh closer to 160 but that’s probably because I am bloated and tired. Good news is that this is a new day and I am back on track to reach my goals. I don’t have a lot of weight to lose so I am focusing on fat loss and strength. I have a fat assessment taken at my gym monthly so I will post that here (next one will be this Saturday).

My short term goals:
1. Eat fewer processed foods and more veggies
2. Eat less sugar (it’s in EVERYTHING so this will be tough)
3. Drink more water

Long term goals:
1. Stay motivated
2. Keep a calendar and plan, plan, plan my gym days (stick to the plan!)
3. Get more sleep (I am a night owl so this may take a while to fix)