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What’s In Your Cup???

I have always loved tea…  Coffee is more of a new habit for me…  Regardless of which you prefer, take a look at the benefits:

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Recipe – Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans and Sun Dried Tomatoes

I am in the mood for “Spring” meals and this looks great to me…  and EASY!!!  I found it on my favorite recipe site…  www.skinnytaste.com

Peppery arugula tossed with nutty chick peas, pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar create a simple yet delicious main dish salad – perfect for lunch or dinner. Portions are large, loaded with fiber and very satisfying.

A few tips to make this simple salad fantastic – buy baby arugula, it has a milder peppery flavor. Use extra virgin olive oil, and a really good aged balsamic vinegar and most importantly use a premium imported parmesan such as Parmigiano Reggiano for optimum results. If you can’t find it in your area or if it’s out of your budget, Locatelli Pecorino Romano is another great option.

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Benefits of A Food Journal…

 

Keeping a food diary can benefit you in many ways because tracking what you eat and drink can keep you focused on your goals.  There are many advantages to journaling food and/or exercise:

  • Accountability
  • Balanced Diet
  • Tracking Progress
  • Connecting Food to Feelings
  • Recognizing Patterns and Plateaus
  • Motivation
  • Increasing Self-Control
  • Planning Your “Cheats”

 

I have posted links to many online and/or printed journals.   Many are free or have free trial periods.  You can also set up your own journal using excel or even a notebook.  Start simple, write down everything you put in your mouth (one skittle, a bite of chocolate, a handful of popcorn, etc.).  No judgments or guilt, just write it down.  Then after a week or so, look at your patterns.  Use that to help set yourself up for success.  Then start tracking calories, points, or whatever system you choose.  You’re on the right track, be proud!!!

On Your Marks…

I am registering for the Rock-n-Sole run again this year…  I figure that my experience is almost guaranteed to be better this year…  I saw this and thought I would share…  I am contemplating running a half-marathon in the fall…  I think it is a good “next step”…

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Recipes – Margaritas

In honor of National Margarita Day, I am reposting this blog from www.hungry-girl.com…  Enjoy…

Here at Hungry Girl, we’ve been whipping up guilt-free margaritas since 2006. Made with HG’s secret ingredients, each one is INSANELY delicious yet has just 105 – 135 calories and a PointsPlus® value of 4 – 5*. In fact, they taste sooooooo good, we think they’re actually better than ANY other margarita out there (high-calorie or low-cal!) — try ’em and see! Enjoy them frozen, over crushed ice, or virgin-style. Your call…
Magical Low-Calorie MargaritaPER SERVING (entire recipe): 115 calories, 0g fat, 55mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 0g protein — PointsPlus® value 4*The original low-calorie margarita. It’s our most viewed cocktail email EVER, and it’s served at practically every Hungry Girl party. Classic!
Rockin’ Razzy RitaPER SERVING (entire recipe): 105 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 0g protein — PointsPlus® value 4*This one’s crammed with fantastic berry flavor. Yes!
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Challenge…

 

This weekend is going to be a challenge to my plan.  My sister is visiting and we like to eat in restaurants; lay around and watch movies; and drink alcohol.  All of these things are NOT on my plan.

I will be working on MODERATION this weekend.

Update on Monday 🙂

Avoiding Restaurant Sabotage…

Eating out can be dangerous to your plan, if you don’t prepare yourself in advance.

A few suggestions:

  • Check out the menu in advance, look for healthy options
  • Don’t go to the restaurant hungry, snack on some fruits and veggies ahead of time, so you aren’t tempted to overeat
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid alcohol, those calories are burned first and you may be less vigilant after a few drinks
  • When you feel full, have your plate taken away, don’t be tempted to eat because there is food in front of you.

I have posted links to several articles with additional suggestions:

Lose Weight While Dining Out, Study Reveals 6 Tips

Healthy Eating:  Making Healthy Choices When You Eat Out

5 Ways to Lose Weight at a Restaurant

Road Trip!  Eat Healthy — Anywhere

Whoa…

I feel like my life is flying past me at a million miles an hour.  My weekends are becoming as busy as my workdays and it feels like the summer is zooming away.  I am challenging myself to:  take some time to just to breathe, everyday; do something just for the fun of it, everyday; and remind myself that it is okay to say “no” too.  What do you do to slow down?

What Makes You Feel Good?

Sorry I have been M.I.A., I caught strep throat.  Which is crazy, especially in the summer, but what can you do.  I spent most of the last few days sleeping, but I am back and feeling great.  I missed a couple running days, which made me nervous while I was sick, but I don’t feel weak now and I am ready to run in the morning.

While I was laid up, I had a chance to read a couple of my favorite blogs, and I came across a great post on Fit Bottomed Girls:  Top 10 Weight-Loss Lessons Learned.  I recommend reading them all, but the one that struck me the most was:  Eating Whatever I Want Does Not Make Me Feel Good. 

I have had a hard time putting that idea into such a succinct phrase.  Yes, nothing is off limits, I am the master of my own fate and I can eat whatever I want.  And sometimes, I choose fast food.  And I usually think I am going to enjoy it so much, when instead it’s not really that good and I feel guilty about eating it.  Eating good food make me feel good.  I think healthy food tastes good.  I love to cook and play with herbs and spices.  It makes me feel good to know that I am eating things that are good for me, that I can enjoy the flavor of and not feel guilty about.  It makes me feel good to finish a tough workout.  It makes me feel good to see and feel my body becoming stronger and more healthy.  What makes you feel good?

Learning Moderation

I struggle with moderation.  I am excellent at none at all, but horrible with “just a little.” Once I have one, my willpower goes out the window.  I have found a couple tricks that are helping me to get better:

Avoiding the “Whole Package”

For things that don’t come in single serving packages, like girl scout cookies or chips/crackers/etc., I use little baggies to separate the portions and I never get more than one portion out of the pantry/fridge/freezer at a time.  If have have to get up to go get another one, that is usually enough time for me to talk myself out of it.  If it is sitting on the coffee table in front of me, it’s much easier to say “just one more.”

Work/Party Treats

If there is a treat at work or a party, I tell myself that I can have one as I am leaving.  It’s a great way to make sure the I am not tempted to have more than one and sometimes they are gone by that time, so I don’t end up having any at all.

Just Okay

I am also learning the value of things that are “just okay”.  For example, I like to have a protein/fiber bar before I run.  There are some that are terrible, some that are great and some that are just okay.  I buy the ones that are just okay, because I can have a whole box of them in my pantry/office/car and I am not in danger of eating more than one.  They do their job, giving me energy and keeping me from feeling starved at the end, but they are not so great that I want to eat more.

If you have any tips or tricks to help with moderation, I would love to hear them…

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