Wow, I got really busy today! In fact I was quite busy all week and never got some posts done I intended to. As a result, you get a 3-in-1 post tonight and I'll be posting a kale recipe with pictures tomorrow. Here goes!
First of all, each Friday I'd like you to report in how you did with your Fitness goals during the week. Are you able to keep your appointments with yourself? If not, what can you change for the coming week? Did you reach your goals? Do you have any new goals for next week?
I did awesome and met all of my goals, even though I started small. I walked a mile every day this week including today. I biked every day, too, on my recumbent indoor bike. I started at 5 minutes and added 1 minute each day, so that today I biked 9 minutes and went 1.99 miles. No injuries or soreness yet, so that's a plus! I will be taking one day off from biking each week, probably Sunday. However, if for some reason I don't get my biking done on Saturday, that will be my day off. It's harder for me to get it done when there's no school. I plan to continue increasing my bike time by one minute on any day I feel comfortable with that. I will probably stay at 10 or 12 minutes for several days. I am not ready to add in my PT or strength training yet; I want to be sure the walking and biking is an established habit before adding anything new.
I also got my 'dungeon' quite a bit less cluttered. Several boxes of things were donated, several bags went in the trash, and today I shredded three large batches of old papers and documents that I no longer need. I am gradually filing everything I kept. Nothing in that room is getting dumped into any other rooms, either: no shoving boxes in the garage or the shed or the bedroom. It has to either find a place in my home or go somewhere else.
A funny thing happened this week with the exercise. I gained weight. Yes, I stayed completely on plan, drank plenty of water, and there is no good reason for a gain except maybe my muscles retaining water due to the increased use. I am still hopeful for a loss or at least a maintain at my weigh in on Sunday, but I am still going to give it another week without changing anything to see if my body adjusts to the exercise and drops the weight. Let's hope. I certainly FEEL better exercising and look forward to it every day.
Do you remember this post a year ago: Time Capsule 2010: Visions of the Future? Many of you joined me in writing a letter to your future selves. Go back and look in the comments and read what you wrote back then. Do you remember how you felt? How do you feel now? Did things turn out as you had planned? I would love to hear from you about this, so if you wrote yourself a letter back then, please leave a comment and tell me how things turned out for you! Mine kind of made me sad. I was so sure I'd reach my goal in 2011. I'd have never believed you if you'd told me I'd GAIN weight by now. But I have turned it around, and one thing hasn't changed: I am determined to finish this. I have not given up.
And now for the yummy food part of this post. I found two new foods that I really like! One is Isernio's All Natural Chicken Sausage, which I found at the grocery store and bought in Italian and Breakfast varieties. This sausage fits into Medifast's Lean category and according to Nutrition Support we can have 7 ounces plus a healthy fat. I prefer to have 5 ounces plus some other, lower sodium option like Egg Beaters. This sausage has NO carbs and is delicious! The other thing I found is Mezzetta All Natural Homemade Style Marinara Sauce, which is a very fresh tasting spaghetti sauce and contains only 5 grams of carbs per half cup! Awesome for low carbers and a half cup counts as one Green serving on Medifast. And what did I make for dinner last night with these two new ingredients?
(Yes, I got new dishes during Black Friday!! Cute huh?)
Sauteed green peppers and mushrooms (1/4 c), browned Italian chicken sausage in 1 tsp olive oil, and 1/2 c. of the marinara sauce over 3/4 c. steamed spaghetti squash! This was SO GOOD. I cannot even tell you how awesome this tasted! I am going to have it again and again. It's a new favorite. Try it! So healthy, low carb, and good (and counts as one complete Lean and Green meal for Medifast!)
Today for lunch I had Medifast sloppy joe with sauteed green peppers and mushrooms mixed in. It was excellent. Dinner was an omelet made from Egg Beaters, filled with sauteed green peppers and mushrooms and 2% low fat mozzarella, with two chicken breakfast sausage patties on the side.
That's all for now. I am really tired from such a busy day, but I am happy and content. Have a great weekend!
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