Total weight loss: 8.5 pounds
Hello everyone! Hope you survived Super Bowl weekend. I admit I didn’t watch. I’m buried in a grad school mid-term that is about to cause me to have a nervous breakdown. I digress…
Did you get a chance to watch the first installment in my “No Excuses” weight loss journey this morning on WAFF-48 News Today? If not, I will post it to my Facebook page and the blog. I like to think I’ve come along way since that piece was shot last week. 🙂
I’m as amazed by my weight loss as many of you. A lot of it has been water weight. My fingers are thinner, my neck has gone down, and my nose isn’t covering my entire face (yes I gain weight in my nose. Go figure). I think much of that is to blame on sodium. I have never been a salt eater. I do not put salt on my food unless it is a baked potato and then I use sea salt. I’ve learned there is a difference in salt and sodium. If you look at the labels on foods you will see sodium levels. That is what makes you feel puffy and bloated. So be sure to try and keep the sodium in check. Restaurants are notorious for serving high sodium foods. If you watch your intake, the weight will come off.
We’ve all heard the saying “eat your veggies.” Well, why not drink them? If you are on Pinterest you know there are some very indulgent food recipies on there. They also offer healthy eating boards too. While I was browsing the other day I found a recipe for a smoothie using fruit and spinach. My good friend Emily found the same post. She made it first and said it was awesome! Her 4 year old son liked it just as much. Now, this smoothie may look disgusting but don’t let the green color fool you. It is so tasty, refreshing and good for you! It makes at least 2 servings and the calorie count is low. Drink up!
In a blender combine…
1 banana (i used about a 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup peaches or mango (frozen is fine)
a couple of handfuls of spinach (about 2 cups)
water (enough to mix it all together)
ice (if desired)
Put all ingredients in the blender and enjoy!! I promise you will not be able to taste the spinach. If you use the lighter colored fruits you will get the nice green smoothie. If you don’t have those, strawberries or blueberries are perfectly fine. The color just won’t be the same. Important note: Do not substitute milk for water. It does not combine well with the fruit and can cause some digestion issues.
For Christmas, I got a rice cooker/steamer from the sweetest man on earth! (thanks Lane. You know the way to my heart is through my belly ha/ha!) You can cook rice, veggies, soups, meats whatever all in one pot. Since I’m watching my carb intake I decided to skip the brown rice. Instead, I steamed a pork chop and some broccoli. Let me tell you-Mmmm! Mmmm! Mmmmm! Delicious! If you don’t have one of these cookers get your honey to buy you one for Valentine’s Day 🙂 Mine has the brown and white rice setting. I recommend that because brown rice takes longer to cook. You can make a complete healthy meal in one appliance. I’m all about not messing up the kitchen after I’ve worked all day.
Feedback time: So I want to hear from you. Is this blog helping motivate you to drop the pounds? Would you like for me to add more recipes, menus, diet information? What can I do to help spur your drive to eat healthier? Let me know. I’m open for suggestions.
I like to think of Monday’s as a “fresh start” day. Sunday can be kind of tough with church and trying to get ready for the week. So if this is your first day, welcome. If you are a returning blog fan, I wish you much luck this week.
Try the green smoothie! You won’t be disappointed.
Best to you all!