Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weighing In Wednesday

Happy hump day y’all. Every Wednesday picture the camel from the Geico commercial yelling “Hump Day!” either you hate it or you love it and I love it. I'm not the only one :)

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have been really sticking to my diet this past week. I think it was in part to having healthy options readily available in my fridge and also to the Pact I took to track my food. I blogged about the Pact app a few weeks ago and then decided to give it a try for myself. You create the goal of how many days you want to track your meals on My Fitness Pal. If you skip a day there is a $5 penalty and if you meet your goal there is a small reward.  I realize that tracking calories is not for everyone and that’s perfectly okay. For me, tracking my meals help me realize when I am eating too much or too little. I have found that when I am eating too few calories that I will indulge and overcompensate with unhealthy choices.

I have been watching my carbohydrate intake this week along with my calories. A low carb diet has been found to force your body to use your fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.  I also think that it is important to switch up your diet every once in a while to avoid boredom. The majority of my diet this week has been protein and vegetables. Honestly, I have not been hungry thanks to all the protein I have been eating. The main thing I am missing is being able to enjoy more than one piece of fruit.  I will eat higher carbs the night before a long run to avoid bonking out due to lack of energy.  My weight this morning was 124 which makes for another two pounds down!

Do you enjoy trying new diets?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Greek Cheesecake

This past week my diet has been on point. This is huge. There was no big splurge on drinks or dessert over the weekend. Honestly, that never happens.  It’s no secret I have a major sweet tooth and like to indulge a bit too frequently. But hey, those “few” weekend splurges turned into over 20 pounds of extra weight.
I stumbled across a recipe for Greek yogurt “cheesecake” on Pinterest. I think this little delicious dessert has been the secret key to my diet this week. This treat is not much for the eyes but is oh so tasty. It is oh simple and a great weeknight treat! How simple? There is only two ingredients:  Greek yogurt and sugar free pudding mix.

Pardon the iphone photo. I was in a hurry to enjoy.  

The recipe is just a simple mix together a large box of sugar free pistachio jello with 32oz of nonfat Greek Yogurt.  Having this sweet treat on hand to enjoy while watching Netflix or the Emmys is a perfect way to indulge without derailing my diet.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Happenings

This Monday starts off with a bang for sure. It’s my schools first day with students. New district, new school and new students should make for a fun and interesting week! (Here’s to hoping- more fun & less stress.) We spent a relaxing weekend at home which was filled with lots of sunshine during the day and Netflix at night. 
My thoughts for this school year. {via}

Friday we headed out to an early bird dinner at Longhorn. We originally had plans for 18 Seaboard but I am eating a low carb diet and did not want to be tempted. So we stuck to steaks and salads which ended up being mouthwatering. I rarely eat steak so enjoying a 6oz sirloin was a treat! Anyone else enjoy early bird dinners? I love avoiding the lines and then having time to go for drinks or dessert at another restaurant afterwards.

Saturday morning, I tackled a long run in the heat and humidity with my training group. There are no words for this humidity.  Thankfully, I was able to cool off by the pool with my friends afterwards. It was scattered clouds all day which made for a much cooler day. I appreciated the clouds since it kept the sun’s rays away.  My friend Christina shared her Trader Joe’s sparking water which was delicious. I have never tried it before and it is a steal under $1 for a liter!

After church Sunday Joe and I headed to the Tobacco Trail for a long walk with Charlie. The shaded trail kept us cool for the majority of the walk. We made it 2.75 miles which was impressive for Charlie’s little legs. He loves walking the trails and greeting every person that walks by.

Sunday night was spent catching up on chores and completing the draft for our Fantasy Football team. This is the first time I have participated in a Fantasy Football team so it’s a learning experience. Thankful we are doing a couples league otherwise I would be lost!

This Week's Menu
Monday: Chicken & Sausage Casserole with Salads 

Wednesday: Leftovers

Friday: Date Night

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Biana and Leann for today's post.
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