Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekly Update - 9/23

Hello all -

-2 lbs this week!

I am pretty happy with that number. I had a whopping 8 lb loss the week before (my last week of  my 60 day challenge). I was worried that most of that was water weight and would return with a vengeance. Luckily it stayed away and I still managed to lose. Today marks the first day of my, Fall Back into Fitness 30 day challenge. I have a group of 9 people who have committed to eating healthy and working out for the next 30 days. I am so proud of them for taking this first step and so excited to see their results in 30 days! Never did I imagine a few months ago that I would be motivating people and leading my own challenge. I love that I have been given the opportunity to help people get healthy and feel better about themselves!

One thing I like about weight loss is setting goals & then rewarding yourself when you reach those goals. My first 20 lbs of weight loss I bought myself a pair of Tiffany earrings. Something I would NEVER have done before, but promised myself I would. I love wearing those earrings. They are a reminder of why I started this journey and just how far I have come. On July 15th I set my next goal, lose 30 lbs by October 15th...for a total loss of 50 lbs. Well I actually hit that goal last week, a whole month early. So this weekend I went out and got my reward - my first real pair of cowboy boots! It was so weird shopping for them. My feet have shrunk almost a whole size and the boots actually fit over my calves. Check out these beauties! My next BIG goal is actually my goal weight of 145lbs (total loss of 75 lbs) which is ONLY 22 lbs away. I feel like these last 22 lbs will possibly be the hardest to lose though. So I am thinking of setting a smaller goal. My small goal is going to be to lose 10 lbs on my Fall Back into Fitness 30 Day Challenge. I am thinking my reward will be a Polar Watch! I have really been wanting something to count how many calories I burn during my JNL Workouts. I would LOVE an UP Band (hint hint Santa) but for now will settle for the Polar!

Tried something new on Friday night, spaghetti squash. So easy & so yummy! Cut the squash in half, scoop out the "guts", put face up in Tupperware with about a half inch of water and microwave for 8-10 minutes. Then scrape the insides of the squash to make your "spaghetti". I will probably never use regular pasta type noodles again, why would I would I have this as an option! The full easy weeknight family recipe can be found under my recipe section!

Here is my run down of what is on this weeks menu! Lots of variety this week. I like to switch it up. Some weeks doing just chicken & broccoli are easy & keep me focused. And some weeks I like a ton of variety to keep me from wanting to cheat!
Breakfast -
all week: 2 egg muffins & 1/4 cup black beans
Snacks -
“cucumber sandwiches” low sodium Boars Head lunch meat & cucumber slices
hard boiled eggs
cookies & cream protein balls (see recipe on recipe tab)
Lunches -
1) Leftover spaghetti squash topped with meat sauce, sautéed spinach and fresh mushrooms (recipe in recipes tab)
2) shrimp wraps - sautéed shrimp mixed with black beans and crushed tomato, wrap in lettuce top with avocado
3) turkey meatballs over zucchini "noodles"
4) lean ground turkey mixed with bell peppers served with sautéed spinach
5) tuna salad. Mix tuna with avocado and celery. wrap in lettuce and top with cherry tomatoes
Dinner -
doing ShakeFX for 5 nights this week. The other nights we will be BBQ'ing as a family. On the menu is chicken kabobs for one nights and salmon w/ veggies the other night.
a close up of the two lunches I am the most excited about!
My tuna salad & turkey meatballs over zucchini noodles. YUM!


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