I lost another half pound this week. That means I'm only 2 pounds away from my goal weight. I'm also 2 days away from finishing the meal plans in the book.
Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 chopped apple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup low-fat milk; 3 egg whites
This morning's breakfast was pretty good. I ate the apple as a whole apple instead of spending time chopping it up. The oatmeal was decent with the cinnamon. I upped the milk to 3/4 cups and instead of 3 egg whites had 1 hard boiled eggwhite. Very filling.
Snack 1: 2 tbls natural almond butter, 1 whole wheat English muffin
This was a nice twist on my normal "go to" breakfast. I think I like peanut butter on an English muffin better than almond butter on an English muffin, but it wasn't bad at all.
Lunch: 1/2 cup edamame, 3/4 cup wild rice; 1/2 cup blueberries with 3/4 cup yogurt
I vote this meal in the "strange" category. When I went to prepare this lunch in the morning, I was disappointed to see that MJ selected a package of edamame that expired the week before. I could see that the edamames were brown and slimy inside. I ran to the grocery store and went right to the customer service desk. They let me replace the edamames, but all the fresh packages were expired or dated today (I advised the customer service lady to take the bad edamame off the shelves) and so I had to get frozen edamames. This only required a little more effort on my part in the morning, but I definitely like the ease of using the fresh, shelled edamames.
Instead of wild rice, I used microwavable frozen brown rice. Way easier since I had to spend more time with the edamame. I threw in some soy sauce as well to add some flavor to my otherwise boring lunch.
I never got around to eating the yogurt or blueberries. Whoops.
Snack 2: 1 sliced banana with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter wrapped in 1 whole wheat tortilla; 1 handful unsalted almonds
Another snack similar to my "go to" breakfast and lunch, but different. This was a pretty good snack, but could definitely use a big cup of milk!
I also had 1 mini Reese's Peanut butter cup.
And a free iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts (SO MUCH BETTER THAN STARBUCKS!)
And 2 beers at happy hour.
Dinner: 3 oz grilled pork chop (replaced with chicken thighs), 1 cup torn romaine lettuce and 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers with 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tsp evoo; 1 cup cooked black beans; 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
MJ and I don't eat pork, so we replaced the pork with some chicken thighs. I ended up broiling the thighs so they would cook fasted. We also didn't have any black beans, so we used a can of chickpeas instead, which went well with the "salad" side dish.
This was my first time making quinoa. My mom warned me to rinse the quinoa a few times before I cooked it to get off the "yucky" taste. Rinsing quinoa is kinda tricky because it is so small! I need a strainer with smaller holes! Mom also suggested throwing fresh, raw garlic bulbs into the water while the quinoa was cooking to give it some added flavor. I think the final result turned out very successful!
Looks good right!??!?! It was super filling and I would definitely make this meal or some combination of this meal again!
The only negative thing was the amount of dishes I used making this meal. Good thing the rule in our house is whoever cooks doesn't have to do dishes! Thank you, Michael Jordan.
Also, I didn't go to the gym today, but Mr. Fitbit says I walked 12,419 steps (5.35 miles) and burned 2,152 calories!
Also, I now have over 3,000 blog hits! Thank you for reading my blog!!! Maybe one day my blog hits will surpass my fitbit steps.... maybe...