Archive for July, 2010

Mindful Menu: 7/19 – 7/24

19 July 2010

I’ve not been on top of things at all like I “should” be…but more on that in its own post. I really want to get back to my weekly menu planning – it made my life so much easier and my eating so much healthier!

Also, let me confess that I have been HORRIBLE about catching up with my google reader – I need to re-organize it. I get most of my healthy food ideas and recipes from the blogs I follow, like Kath Eats, Oh She Glows and The Front Burner….but I’ve not been following them daily like I normally do, so I’m totally uninspired in the kitchen right now. :-/

Sunday: i threw together some whole wheat rotini, with Knorr from-a-packet Parma Rosa sauce and pre-cooked frozen shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic powder (i don’t know why i didn’t just use real garlic) it was pretty good for a quickly-thrown-together meal.

Monday: It’s dinner time right now, but we are running hours late since we slept i rather late today. I am not sure what we’re having….We got a delivery of locally raised beef from Hoover Beef today, but it’s frozen, so no beef for us tonight. :-/ I have to go to the grocery store before we can have dinner – I’ve pretty much exhausted our proper meal in a jiffy items.

Tuesday: Beef. It’s totally what’s for dinner tonight. I’m excited about my friend’s new Beef business – locally-raised, grass fed beef by a conscientious agrarian rocks my socks off. 😉

I’m thinking I’ll make BBQ short ribs (unless I can get the Husband to grill them!) and pasta-salad-from-a-box (i need to get a good from-scratch recipe) and roasted green beans, if green beans are back in stock at the store.

Wednesday: Husband’s back at work tonight, so I’m on my own for dinner. Grilled Chicken Salad with fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market sounds divine! (I really need to get in on a CSA next year!)

Thursday: I may be spending the afternoon/evening with my mom and 2 of my nephews, so I’m not 100% sure what’s going on for dinner. If I don’t go out, I plan on having a grilled/toasted ham and cheese sammich and fresh fruit.

Friday: Let’s get these Salmon Cakes over and done with! 😉 I’ve put them on the menu almost every week, and every week never get around to eating them. and let’s have a big fat healthy salad with these cakes! 😉

Saturday: cook out at my brother’s house for his girlfriend’s son’s birthday, though for all intents and purposes, he’s my nephew. 🙂 I’ll prolly share some of my Hoover Beef bounty with them – take a pound of burger over for grilling. 🙂 or make round steak kebobs.

wow – i can’t believe it’s taken me 2 hours to compile this menu! I guess when you have distractions like looking for your checkbook (still can’t find it – it’s in the house somewhere!) and Words with Friends and epic discussion threads (eReader vs eReader) on, I really shouldn’t be all that surprised. o_O

Mindful Menus


good intentions…

2 July 2010

So, Thursday didn’t go quite as I had planned – and that was my fault. I did get some things done. I did go to a Weight Watchers meeting. I did not, however, workout at all. 😦

But, I have good intentions for my roadtrip. I have gathered and labeled all sorts of healthy and nutritious and yummy foods to take with me so that I don’t have to stop at a fast food place or grab crap from a gas station.

I’ve got: Fresh Italian Bread. Small cartons of Stonyfield Organic Chocolate Oikos. Chocolate chunk Hazelnut biscotti granola. tomato basil tuna medley. Multiseed Organic flatbread crackers. Wildberry Organic fruit leather. grape tomatoes. double gloucester cheese. chunk white albacore tuna mixed with spin blend and onion. grapes. bananas. strawberries.

Every item (you can see it on the nanners!) is labeled with a points value so there is NO excuse for me to not track! And for the crackers, I took every cracker out of the package and portioned them into snack bags and labeled each snack bag. 🙂

This is way more food than I’ll need for my drive to the Dallas area, but I figure that I can snack on this stuff all weekend in San Antonio and on the way back home Monday. 🙂 I’m having lunch in Austin with a friend on Monday, so I’ll just need dinner sometime between lunch and getting home….I don’t know if I can do tuna again – we’ll see. I might need to stop and get a Salad!

I might take my Barney Butter with me too – and I have an avocado  I forgot I to include in the mix. If I don’t take it, husband won’t remember to eat it before it goes bad while I’m out of town!

I also am packing my cooler with Smart Water (never had it, but big bottles on sale at Target) and a 4-pack of Izze Sparkling Blackberry. I’ll also for sure be taking my 2 trusty water bottles for  regular ol’ water. 🙂 (maybe I’ll dig out another one – I love me some water!)

I’m taking Gwyneth (my laptop), so I’ll probably be checking in over the weekend! 😀

Road Trip!

It all starts with a plan…

1 July 2010

I know I *just* posted a blog post, but I feel like I MUST post this now so that  I can see it first thing and use it as a reminder to myself! 🙂

I am so tempted to wait to start my Body Project until July 6 – because I’m headed to San Antonio for the weekend and won’t be back until late on July 5. HOWEVER – I’m not going to let myself do that – that would be so many wasted days when I can be working toward regaining my self-esteem and self-worth, not to mention the health benefits! 🙂

Therefore, today, I start Project Diva in earnest – and for realliez. 😉

Breakfast: 1 slice of Oroweat bread with 1 Tbsp Barney Butter. (If you’ve never tried this stuff, you’re missing out – it is THE best almond butter I’ve ever tasted.)

Exercise: at home – prolly Wii Fit + or the other physical Wii game I have but can’t remember the title.

Second Breakfast: Melon Medley, Pomegranate Chobani w/ Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Granola.

Errands. fun fun. :-/

Lunch: finally gonna eat those Salmon Cakes from this week’s Mindful Menu.

Exercise: Cardio at the gym.

Personal: Go to Weight Watchers Meeting.

No more excuses!

1 July 2010

So, I’ve been super bad about life, lately. I’m not exactly sure what my deal is, but I’ve been uninspired, unmotivated and unsuccessful with my health goals. (okay, so I *do* know how the unsuccessful came about..)

I had joined the blogroll of the Plus Size Bloggers Summer 15 Challenge as another means of keeping myself accountable – the program started on June 15, and I’ve yet to post. :-/ I’m going to change all that tonight, however.

Mindful Menus

I’ve also been on the blogroll for the Chivetalkin’ Mindful Menus, but I’ve been bad about posting there too. Menu Planning has become my kryptonite – well, planning in general; I’m not a good planner.

Thinking about it, now, off the top of my head, I think that my unfruitful job search has not only frustrated me, but brought down my feelings of self-esteem and self-worth a few notches – which is considerable, since neither of those were very high to begin with. 😦 I’ve not properly tracked my meals or planned my meals in a month! A MONTH! I’ve also not exercised in like 2 – aside from a handful of random episodes. I know that exercising and taking control of my food intake through planning and tracking will make me feel better and help me reach my health and fitness goals – I’m finding it quite difficult, however, to get started. *le sigh*

One of the reasons I’m blogging, is not because I’m an attention-whore (far from it!) but because I feel like I am less able to deceive myself if I’m publishing it for the world to see. I am a terrible liar and I make it a habit to never lie to people, however, I seem to work  VERY hard at deceiving myself. o_O Also, I hope that I can help inspire other people who might come across my little blog. 🙂


My Plan:


Daily: Track every B.L.T. and Meal properly.

Weekly: Plan out every Meal – not just sketching out dinners. Make it easy for myself to keep this up by creating “old standbys”


Daily: Make it a priority to get some sort of physical activity

Weekly: Get a true workout in at least 3x week for 45min each.

Monthly: log at least 750 minutes of exercise/activity

Personal Challenges

Blog a few times per week about how this is going – to keep me accountable and prevent me from slipping into bad habits.

Incorporate the bounty of the season into my menu and exercise plans. 🙂

Try new healthy foods every month.

Attend a group exercise class.

Always go to a weekly Weight Watchers meeting.


These might seem lofty goals seeing as I’m currently in a rut, but I think they are totally attainable.

Now, without further ado, let me do one of the most embarrassing things ever – post my weight. o_O

Like  I said, the Plus Size Bloggers Summer 15 Challenge started June 15, and I’ve yet to post anything. So, to give some sort of reference point, I’m going to give my starting weight as the one from June 12 – the last record I have and the closest to June 15.

Starting Weight: 233 lbs.

(official Weight Watchers weight on 6/12 in the morning)

Current Weight: 238 lbs.

(unofficial home weight, taken around midnight 7/1)

Change: +5

oy. not tracking and not eating mindfully has taken its toll in a very short time. 😦 However,  I will NOT let this get me down – though I might not drop 15 pounds by July 15, I will drop some pounds by then!