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Food on the brain, a weighty issue.

Hey guys, happy Tuesday {late evening}! 

I had this broccoli cheese soup recipe simmering on the stove, potatoes baking in the oven, and caught up on lots of TV tonight, so this here is one happy girl!

The last few weeks I have had absolutely zero incentive to cook, plan meals, or create healthy options for myself to grab and go when I am in a hurry. This resulted in lots of bad food choices being made, culminating in a moment this past Sunday where I said "enough already!" after a 4th chocolate croissant was mindlessly consumed. 
Obviously, I needed to make a quick change to get myself back on track with my healthy habits. I think strong is the new skinny, and I have been working so hard daily with my fitness, but have been seeing no results due to my diet. 

Each pound I lose makes me faster, lighter on my feet, and increases my endurance. This can be seen from the 10 pounds I lost in 2010 and the -1.5 minutes per mile I took off my regular 5k time. I want to be faster, stronger, and more motivated than ever in June when my first triathlon comes around, so I have to lose a few more pounds, and really fuel my body with the right foods to maximize my workouts. 

Sunday afternoon {after eating those dang croissants} I researched some healthy and yummy looking recipes, and Monday I planned my meals for the week, and shopped. I was not deterred by the massive lines at Trader Joe's and the inevitable crowds at Costco, the fact that I had to go to 3 different stores to get everything I needed, or the hail that fell on me as I loaded my trunk with groceries. I was determined. 

And I succeeded! Monday I ate exactly what I had put into my daily plate on livestrong, and I have done that again today. Here's hoping the rest of the week is as successful! I've already added all of my food for each day into livestrong, so I am hoping it keeps me accountable to not eat outside of those foods!

Planned weekly menu:
All dinner recipes come in under 350 calories per serving, and you will see I like to eat the same thing repeatedly throughout the week, I'm boring like that!

Monday: pre-workout: 1 banana, Breakfast: Berry Good chocolate smoothie, Lunch: grilled chicken, asparagus and steamed veggies, Snack: Nature Valley Sweet & Salty nut bar, Dinner: Chicken and Black Bean Stuffed Burritos

Tuesday: pre-workout: 1/2 banana, Breakfast: Berry Good chocolate smoothie, Lunch: Grilled chicken and veggies, Snack: Nature Valley Sweet & Salty nut bar, Dinner: Broccoli and Cheese Soup with baked potato

Wednesday: Pre-workout: 1/2 banana, Breakfast: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Lunch: leftover broccoli and cheese soup and Low carb ground turkey stuffed peppers,  snacks:  pink lady apple and 1 tablespoon peanut butter, Detour lower sugar creamy peanut butter protein bar, Dinner: Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts

Thursday: pre-workout: pink lady apple, Breakfast: 1 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries and 1 oz almonds, Lunch: stuffed pepper and baked sweet potato, snacks: Sweet & Salty nut bar, Detour protein bar, Dinner: Creamy Slow-Cooker Chicken  with steamed asparagus

Friday: pre-workout: Strawberry Special K cereal bar, Breakfast: Rise and Shine Oatmeal, Lunch: Stuffed pepper, Snacks: Detour protein bar, apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter, dinner: Lemon and Rosemary Roasted Chicken with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice and sauteed zucchini


  1. Those croissants look so yummy! But your menu for the week looks like it has lots of good things too :)

  2. That sounds WAY too healthy for me! Good luck!

  3. You are so stinking motivated! I've been in the same boat, girl! I've been working out, but my diet has been sub-par at best!

    Thanks for being so inspirational, and once again, LOVE having a new workout buddy! :) xo

  4. looks like you have an awesome plan! and blogging to help you feel motivated and accountable:) isnt it awesome that way? Good Luck on your training!
    ps. come by my corner of the world and visit!

  5. I am with you on needing to get into shape. I love working out, but my problem is I also love food!!

  6. All of your choices look great, but I don't think that would be enough for me in terms of quantity. Do you drink a ton of water to compensate or have larger portions?

  7. I love that we have a similar diet; it makes me feel healthier knowing my items made it to your healthy list! I love the nature valley bars - oats & honey is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Same goes for the Special K cereal bars! Mmm.

    I know you can do this!!


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