Fitness, Coffee, & Eats

healthy eating, cooking, fitness
I hope everyone had a great week!  It went by so fast, I can’t believe it’s already about April!  I wanted to just recap the last week to share some of my meals with you all.

Going back to last Saturday- Tommy was out of town which means I got to watch whatever I wanted downstairs all weekend, and just relax and work.  I am proud to say that I didn’t eat out once while he was out of town for a few days.  We have been trying to save money and eat healthier, which means having more meals at home and we are doing great.

healthy eating, tacos, chicken, coffeeI started my morning off with coffee and some organic toast and almond butter.  I spent a couple of hours just relaxing and getting some work done before making lunch.  For lunch I made chicken tacos!  I sautéed diced chicken breast in avocado oil and seasoned it with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder.  I added green onion when the chicken was almost done.  I used 100% whole grain tortillas, and topped the chicken with lettuce, onions, cheese, and Bolthouse Farms cilantro avocado yogurt dressing (game changer alert)!  It is similar to a poblano sauce that comes with tacos at a restaurant in our area and it is absolutely a new addition to taco night.

healthy eating, fitness, cookingI did a long 81 minutes on the treadmill on Saturday afternoon and it felt SO good!  I’ve been diligent with my workouts and it is such a great feeling.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a habit of exercising, so I am so happy to have found it again.  It is hard, but if you keep pushing and are motivated, you CAN make it a habit and part of your routine.  I have high hopes that this is what will really get my weight loss going.  I am a firm believer that health and losing weight is 80% about what you eat, but I do know that as you get older losing weight can be more difficult, so I am trying to be patient and I think that this time around, diligence in the fitness area will be more necessary for me to lose weight than it was five years ago.

I’ve been doing 40 minutes on the treadmill and/or some strength training about 5 days a week.  In this instance, I decided to double up and keep going since I had the time and motivation.  What excites me the most to go workout is watching a T.V. show or movie- it keeps me occupied and helps the time pass.

I enjoyed some organic corn tortilla chips and kombucha after my workout and then had pot stickers and roasted vegetables for dinner.

healthy eating, fitness, fruit, coffee, cookingSunday morning of course started with coffee too.  I spent a lot of Sunday cleaning and crossing more off of my deep cleaning checklist!  For lunch I threw together a spaghetti bake with ingredients we had on hand- I wanted to try pasta for lunch two days this week to see if it would help keep me full longer at work.  I had one piece of the spaghetti with garlic toast for lunch and then packed up the rest for Monday and Tuesday lunches, and Tommy had the rest for dinner.

The spaghetti was made with organic pasta, organic sauce, ground beef, sautéed fresh minced garlic and onions, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Mozzarella cheese, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

My afternoon snack consisted of cantaloupe, and dinner was sautéed boneless skinless chicken breast tossed with buffalo sauce, sautéed organic red potatoes, and a simple salad.  I totally failed to take pictures of anything I ate on Monday and don’t remember what I ate other than my spaghetti bake for lunch, so we are going to skip to Tuesday.

healthy meals, cookingTuesday’s lunch was a repeat of Sunday and Monday’s- spaghetti bake!  For dinner, I threw together breakfast taco’s- you can find that recipe here! I’ve been loving the peanut butter cup Halo Top lately too- I mix it with some almond butter and trail mix.

healthy, salad, cooking, dinnerWednesday’s dinner was delicious!  I had Tommy set out a chicken breast for me before I got home and I didn’t feel like frying it up like usual, so decided to make chicken parmesan!  I was way too lazy to thin the chicken out so I at least wanted to cut it in half, and as you can see it didn’t happen proportionately.  Oh well!  I dipped the chicken in egg and then plain breadcrumbs that were seasoned with grated parmesan, garlic powder, black pepper, and California garlic pepper.  I pan fried the chicken ‘cutlets’ on medium heat in avocado oil and kept turning until crispy, and then finished them off in the oven topped with organic pasta sauce, shredded mozzarella, and fresh parmesan.  I had a simple salad on the side.

healthy, salad, healthy meals, lunchI failed to bring a lunch to work on Thursday, so I ran to Willy McCoy’s for a salad and soup.  It’s not the best option, but it’s not the worst.  Thursday night my Mom, her friend, and I went to see “I Can Only Imagine” which was definitely a tear jerker- I’ve never cried so hard in a theater, but it was very good.  The picture was before the movie of course, because by the time the movie was done the faces were red and the mascara was gone.

healthy, kombuchaNow it’s Friday night (yay!), and we are just relaxing.  Candle is lit and I’m enjoying some Kombucha!

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