Reset: Starting back at Zero

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Well, if you’ve been following my posts over the last 14 days you’ve seen lighter healthier eating, we’ve added LOTS of veggies, lean meats, cut out wheat flour and sugar, focused on slow burn complex carbs, drinking lots of water and cutting my diet soda intake to one in the afternoon.

We’ve used our Fitbits to track 10,00 steps a day and this week I increased my steps to 11,000 steps a day.

What you haven’t seen me talk about is my weight…

Part of this is because I’m really focused on my health and feeling better; which will in turn lead to weigh loss.

The second reason is truly that while I’m proud of the strides I’ve made, the reality is that about 18 months ago my doctor and I had a conversation about my need to lose weight and I went about it halfheartedly.

I actually packed on nearly 15 pounds in the past year…. so while I have lost just over 14 pounds in 14; I’m now JUST getting to where I was a year ago.

So, tomorrow morning I RESET, I focus on the new goal and make my way, one step at a time.

#MoveForward #HealthierMe #OneStepAtATime

#AuthenticallyMark

Be Prepared – Early Riser

Tomorrow is an early day, I have an 8:30 am meeting with means up an out pretty early. And  know I have multiple site visit and meetings throughout the day.

I need to make sure I have everything together to set myself up for success.

I took a small screw top plastic container and measured in my egg whites, added turkey sausage crumbles, low fat feta cheese, some diced peppers and mushrooms for some fresh veggies and crunch and then ground in some fresh black pepper, sea salt and a touch of garlic.

All set to hit a nonstick pan while I make my coffee and I’m all set.

A banana for the car ride a little later

Some fresh turkey, hard boiled egg, celery bites,cucumber slices and low fat cheese – easy grab and go between appointments.

A couple strawberries and roasted almonds for the drive home and I’m all set for my hectic day; prepping everything the night before gets me a few minutes more sleep and keeps me on track for the day.

#HealthyEating #GrabAndGo #MakeItEasy

TacoTuesday!

Yes, the taco socks my coworker Bri gave me for Christmas, and I wore today, inspired me to make tonight’s dinner.img_3806

Diced roast turkey, warmed in a homemade taco sauce (fresh tomatoes, garlic, green onion and spices), low fat mozzarella cheese, low fat sour cream, guacamole and we used bibb lettuce as our taco shells.

A side of spiced red beans was another protein with little fat and good, slow burning carbs.

LOTS of flavor, lower fat and really filling!

#TacoTuesday #HealthyEating #LeanProteins #BigFlavor

Make A Plan, Work A Plan – Eating Out

One week in, healthy eating, planning meals and eating at home…weigh it, control it…

Last night we had friends visiting from out of town and we were all meeting up for dinner. Fortunately Chuck and I got to recommend the restaurant; so we looked around at some of the local places for one with the most healthy options.

Bahama Breeze was centrally located and offered lots of options, posted all nutritional values on their website and we were able to do our research.

We planned our day accordingly and knew what options the restaurant offered that worked for our plan and the calories we had allotted for dinner.

I started with the Ahi Tuna Stack (210 calories). Sushi-grade Ahi tuna marinated in fresh citrus, ginger and soy with avocado, mango and crispy seasoned crackers. (I passed on the crispy seasoned crackers as we’re staying away from processed white flour.) Really yummy, lots of flavor and healthy fats.

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Entree selection was the Jumbo Lump Crab Stack (310 calories) – Premium jumbo lump crabmeat stacked high with chilled shrimp, avocado and fresh mango. Sweet, fresh lump crab, mango and healthy rich avocado balanced our with a tiny ring of hot pepper sauce. (bailed on the crackers here too).

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Also has their side Vine-Ripened Tomato Salad – chunks of red ripe tomatoes, yellow tear drop tomatoes and cherry tomatoes with a light balsamic vinaigrette with lots of fresh herbs. A great acidic balance to the sweet rich crab stack…

At the end of the night, I stuck to my plan, had two courses with my friends and had a great flavorful meal that was low carb, and filled with healthy fats.

Never felt deprived…

PS – really impressed that Bahama Breeze had the calorie count on their menus

#HealthyEating #TakeControl #MakeAPlan #AuthenticallyMark

Asian Inspired

This morning we headed to the local Asian market and loaded up on lots of great ingredients – lots of fresh veggies, some tofu, some great spices and a whole red grouper.

We’re planning our upcoming meals, some chicken and Asian vegetable soup with cauliflower fried rice, working on some new vegetarian meals, fresh mint for our water and the fish will give us some great filet as well as making a rich broth for some light seafood stew.

More great lighter recipes to follow!

#LighterCooking #PlanAhead #FreshFood #AuthenticallyMark

The Psychology of Eating

I found this great article on the Psychology of Eating called Why We Overeat written by Allison Tsai for Diabetes Forecast.

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Great tips and research on overeating, things like:

“people who put fruit on their kitchen counter weighed 13 pounds less, on average, than those who did not have visible fruit. And those with soda on the counter weighed 24 to 26 pounds more than those who had a soda-free counter.”

“people ate about 45 percent more food when they used a 10-inch plate versus an 8-inch plate.”

“food served from the stovetop prompted people to eat 25 to 30 percent less than the same food served family style at the table. When food is piled on serving dishes on the table, it’s easy to reach for seconds.”

And lots of wonderful tips on changing the way we eat.