It’s Greek To Me!

Greek yogurt

Keeping on point with your diet is hard enough but what do you do when you have cravings for the bad stuff?  I have cravings all the time like Windmill hot dogs, cheese fries, pasta, bread before the pasta, etc!  I don’t want to fail so I’ve found alternatives to SOME of these cravings that include Greek yogurt!

Greek Yogurt is a great source of protein and it tastes pretty good.  There are many brands out there such as Fage, Oikos and Chobani that include plain or flavored.  The flavored Greek yogurts are great for snacking and the plan is perfect for cooking.

If you don’t already know who Rocco DiSpirito is then you should find out!  You may remember a few years back he had a reality show called The Restaurant which featured his restaurant launch and operation in Manhattan.  Unfortunately it was cancelled but soon after he jumped on the healthy bus and changed recipes to be more waist friendly.  He has published “Now Eat This” that featured healthy makeovers to our favorite foods.  I have made his penna alla vodka and fettucini alfredo and they substitute with Greek yogurt and they are pretty good!

This weekend I tried making brownies with the Greek yogurt and it was damn good!  I brought some over to my parents and didn’t tell them what was in it until they ate it – they loved it!

Try not to give in to those bad cravings but find alternatives that work for you.  Here is a great tool for Greek yogurt conversions from Chobani:  http://chobani.com/community/blog/2011/04/chobani-kitchen-conversion-chart/

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Food On The Go

Healthy Fast Food

When I started going through this new regiment of working out and changing my eating habits I was gung ho about following the diet that I was given.  One thing I found was the amount of time it takes to prepare.  I go to two different stores for food to save money and then bring it home to cook for a few hours over the weekend so I can grab and go during the week.

I have to admit I have become lazy especially in the mornings.  Typically I will switch up my days of a cooked breakfast (eggs, turkey sausage, toast) with cereal.  More recently I don’t do either and just grab a banana and a Nature Valley Protein bar that I keep on hand as snacks.

I’ve noticed that more and more fast food places are offering healthy options which is great for me because I can still have a hot breakfast without falling off the wagon.

Wawa – They are now offering a Sizzli which is a ham, egg white, cheese and multi-grain English muffin at 240 calories.  Not too shabby!  Stay away from the 2 for $3 offer though because you only need one!  Wawa’s salads are also really good but stay away from the soft pretzels.  They are my weakness!

McDonald’s – Who would have thought that McDonald’s would offer something relatively healthy in this generation?  I grew up going to McDonald’s on the Belmar boardwalk and in fact had my 5th birthday there with a Grimmace birthday cake.  Who doesn’t love their amazing fries?  And the sauce on their Big Mac – wow!  But now that I’m an adult, smart choices are a must.  McDonald’s offers an under 400 calorie menu but be careful not to mix it with fries because it will set you over!  I’ve heard they are offering egg white McMuffins but they aren’t available around me yet.

Burger King – Who doesn’t love the golden crown at Burger King?  When I was a kid my dad would take me here all the time.  I remember he would always get the Whopper and I’d get a BK kids meal with a new toy and a crown!  Burger King is updating their menu by offering a veggie burger that is 410 calories.

Wendy’s – Wendy’s seems to be behind the ball here with healthier options and they don’t highlight their lower calorie options which they should!  I did find some options below 550 calories such as salads, chili and a baked potato.

Most importantly I DO NOT suggest eating at these places everyday.  These items are still high in sodium and sugars. If you are just too busy to make a warm meal atleast you know there are options out there without losing control of your goal.

Happy eating!

Setback

Pain

In the last week I’ve been having an issue with my hip/lower back.  I feel a pain in my hip and it shoots down my leg and makes it hard to stand on both feet.

Getting ready for work this morning was difficult….I could barely get my pants on because balancing on my left leg almost brought me to the floor.  As I was getting out of my car today, my leg practically gave out and I almost hit the pavement.

I’ve worked so hard up until this point; getting to my boot camp classes 4 days a week, eating right and feeling so good.  I’ve even lost 10 pounds.

I hope this isn’t too much of a setback but if it is, I’ll have have to push harder.

Food: Take 3

What do I think about every day?  Food!  I’m sure most people do especially if they are trying to make better changes for themselves.

I try to make it easier on myself to prepare everything in advance that way I don’t make bad choices but also not having to cook after the gym.  On the weekends I’ll hit up my local farm market for produce and then Walmart to get the staples like turkey meat, chicken, eggs, egg whites, quinoa, tomato sauce or whatever ingredients I need for the new recipes I’m trying. On Sundays I’ll prepare all my meals at once to get it all done for the week.

This weekend I found SkinnyTaste.com  and scoured the site for recipes to fit my diet.  There are so many recipes to choose from depending on your diet, the meal type, occasion and beverages!  I also found them on Pinterest because I like to eat with my eyes (not literally of course!)

Last night I made the Spinach Lasagna Rolls Ups which are super easy to make!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls Ups

I also made the Turkey Meatballs and spaghetti squash for a nice dinner during the week.  The turkey meatballs were pretty easy as well.  Just had to mix all the ingredients, then browned them in a saute pan with olive oil and transferred to the crock pot with the sauce and sit on low for about 3.5 hours.

While my meatballs were cooking up I also cooked a few sweet potatoes by poking them with a fork, rolling them up in foil and putting them in a 400 degree oven for 1.5 hours.  They will actually caramelize inside to have a sweeter taste!

I AM A Rockstar

strength

Today was Week 4 Day 1 and I can’t believe I got through it all.  I completed 2 rounds of about 7 stations varying in pushing the sled then 5 burpees, squats with bicep curls, skaters on the TRX, slamming the medicine ball, rowing, pushups on the bosu, and another medicine ball workout.

Then we got into teams of 2 and had to do 20 sit ups while our teammate holds our feet down and we touch their shoulders.  Then my teammate, Jackie, had to run 20 meters with a medicine ball above her head and we switched for 5 rounds.  It was hard as hell but we completed it…2nd to last but dammit we did it!

At the end of class my coach, Melissa, gave me a t-shirt because I was near completion of a month being there.  I was pretty shocked and proud at the same time.  One of my classmaters who I haven’t met yet asked if I was the girl with the blog.  Wow!!  That means so much to me!

I need to give a HUGE shout out to my friend Stacey for getting me into the gym and my awesome coaches Melissa and Eddie at Ultimate Fit Zone.  They push me every time and cheer me on to do better.  Special mention to Nikki who is a big inspiration as well as my classmates who cheer me on!

Thanks for all my friends and family that read my blog and encourage me as well.  Thanks to Chelsea M. for reminding me that I AM a rockstar!

I Had A Bad Day Again

Dr. Seuss

So my sickness turned into a 24+ stomach bug which put me behind in classes this week.  I missed my first class tonight but it’s an opportunity to rest up and go at it again even stronger.

The one thing that has gotten me through my bad days is talking about it.  I talk to my friends who are always reminding me that I’m doing great and encouraging me to keep going.  The text messages and Facebook messages are more appreciated than you may know.

As I was thinking about today’s update and old song came to mind which inspired the title: 

Thanks for continuing to encourage me and others….You are a part of this as much as I am.