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Meal Prep Monday

After a less-than-productive Sunday, I decided to skip a concert (read: waste money) and do some meal prep this evening.

Thanks to Pinterest and experimentation, I pulled together four recipes for meals this week. I apologize that the picture doesn’t do the food justice, but I am very pleased with how everything turned out. Mostly I am pleased that my fridge is now full of good food that I can take for lunches this week.

IMG_6576I started with my favorite brussels sprout salad recipe. Personally, I am okay with eating this cold. Today I didn’t have any onions, so I just used a little onion powder instead. This recipe makes 10 servings, but at 78 calories each – I’ll probably have two servings as a solid side dish.

The next recipe I tried was a new Pinterest experiment – Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp. I opted to grill the shrimp instead of baking. I also used Siggi’s plain yogurt instead of greek, because it’s what I had in my refrigerator. I skipped the green onions, as mine had wilted overnight. Even with my deviation from the original recipe, I think it all turned out pretty good. We shall see how it reheats! Four servings at 141 calories each.

I still had the kale from my CSA share, so I took the advice of my sorority sister and used this Bobby Flay Sauteed Kale recipe. When I discovered my red wine vinegar expired in 2012, I opted for balsamic instead – and I think that was a fine sub. Again, four servings and 143 calories each. I’ll probably pair this with the shrimp for a meal.

Finally, I had picked up a container of already chopped multicolored bell peppers and red onions – so I grilled those with a little olive oil. Then I browned a pound of 99 percent lean ground turkey and threw that together for a fajita dish of sorts. That made four servings at 150 calories.

I am realizing now that I had also intended to cook the bunch of asparagus I have in the drawer, but that’s going to have to wait for another day.

I’m hoping these things will be satisfying and a nice change from the usual things on my menu. It was time for a reset! I go back to the trainer on Wednesday morning which is certainly much needed.

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Making Time … Creating Habit

So far I have made 10,000+ steps every day without wearing the FitBIt while I am in the gym. I intend to keep that as the rule. I have been focusing a lot on cardio at the gym, mostly because Zumba fits best in my schedule. Today, however, I was able to catch an Rx class — Vida’s version of Group Power. Of course, I had walked over from work and had time to kill, so I got my 30 minutes of light cardio in before the class. I was careful not to push it too hard, since I hadn’t been in a while, but I definitely didn’t slack either. My arms and legs will all be sore tomorrow!

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The past two nights I have come home from the gym and then gone out for a walk through the neighborhood to reach my step goal for the day. The one thing I can say is that this extra activity is encouraging me to get out in the neighborhood a lot more. I am really appreciating that City Center is finally open – and the outdoor space is really cool. Last night there was even a duck in the fountain. The weather has been perfect to be outdoors. This FitBit experiment is not only benefiting me physically (at least I hope), but also mentally. These evening walks are a nice way to clear my head – just wandering around with nothing on my mind (but my step count)

Over the upcoming long weekend I plan to work on the next phase of this plan – meal planning. I have been counting calories religiously, but now it is time to step it up and do some planning and rely less on making healthy restaurant choices for lunch and more on things that I can prepare myself. I am not sure what that will look like. I won’t go paleo. I will definitely push more toward eating as clean as possible. We’ll see what else I work out.

In the meantime, I am exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open! Tomorrow is another day … 10,000 steps closer to reaching my ultimate weight goal.

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