Day 35 – More protein! MORE!
But I’m out of ideas.
I do love fish, and I do love making it, but there comes a point when you just look at the oven and go “meh….” Same with pretty much everything else.
What I need to do is have a cooking spree and stock up my bento stash again so I can pull out items that are already cooked. As good as tilapia (and other white fish) is, I like it when it’s hot out of the oven. But salmon fillets keep pretty well, and I can make pork meatballs and turkey burgers and even cook up some chicken breasts again.
Having those items on hand makes it easier to find things for them to go with. I’m getting bored of salad, but having a shrimp salad one day and a chicken salad the next and salmon with my salad the day after keeps the variety going.
In the meantime, I’ve also picked up some different protein powder to help boost me through other meals. Some raw veggies with a little hummus and protein powder mixed in some water is a balanced “meal.” It might not be as satisfying as a steak and baked potato, but at least it’s balanced and gets in some more nutrition when I don’t have the time or energy (or inspiration!) to cook something else. And building up my muscle a bit more is an added bonus. But let’s face it, “convenience” is part of the reason we put on weight in the first place. If this can help me take weight OFF (and yes, I’m reading labels and NOT doing something silly like having a meal replacement shake WITH dinner!) and still be convenient, then I think we have a winner.
But even with convenience in mind, the BEST thing to eat is REAL food, just like I said in the beginning of this post: Meats, veggies, healthy fats, and non-starchy carbs. If I can identify what it was before I put it in my mouth, the better off I am.
1/4 c egg whites
1/4 c shredded low fat sharp cheddar cheese
1 tilapia fillet
2 c baby spinach
1 Fiber One Oats ‘n Peanut Butter granola bar (post-workout while I was cooking the fish for lunch)
1 Luna Protein bar
2 tbsp hummus
3 oz. baby carrots
4 oz salmon fillet with ~1 tbsp mango pineapple teriyaki marinade basted over it, then grilled
2 Krab-stuffed baby portobello mushroom caps
2 cups spinach
1/2 baby cucumber
1/4 c strawberries
1/2 c sugar-free Jello 1-2-3 dessert (made with 1/8 c Fat Free Cool Whip)
2 tbsp Fat Free Reddi-Whip
Spark People Boot Camp video #2 – Crunchless Abs workout x1
Spark People Boot Camp video #3 – Lower body x2
Spark People Boot Camp video #1 – Cardio Kickboxing x2
Stationary bike (moderate) – 25 minutes