Progress Update on Goals and Habits

So far today has been a great day. I woke up early and completed the majority of my chores before my kids woke up. The only thing I have left is a load of laundry and my workout.

My goals and habits are progressing well. I did not lose any weight last week, which is ok considering I ate too many brownies. I had to throw them away. Seriously, I would have eaten them all. This is why I give my cakes away.

I am still drinking 10 cups of water daily and sticking to my workouts. This weeks habit is to take fish oil daily. I eat chia seeds on a daily basis, but I seem to forget to take the fish oil. I plan to take them with breakfast and have left a post it note on the refrigerator as a reminder.

I’m also making progress on my April goals.

Our new meal last week was Beef Kebabs with Couscous from the April 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine.

This meal was AMAZING and easy. Don’t you love my fancy plate?

Beef Kebabs, Couscous and Grilled Squash

The only thing I did different was I didn’t grill the tomatoes and red onion. I forgot to buy them. I made parmesan couscous and marinated grilled yellow squash and zucchini. If you have never grilled your vegetables, I highly recommend you do asap. Grilled vegetables are delicious. Here is a site on how long to grill your vegetables.

Grilled Vegetable Marinade

  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar (can also use White Wine Vinegar)
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tsp Thyme
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper

Slice your veggies (we used a mandolin) and throw into a Ziploc bag with marinade. Let vegetables marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Place your veggies on a wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for 20 minutes. Grill over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes or until they are done enough for you. I don’t know if my husband found this recipe online or if he created the recipe.

My running goal is also going well. Yesterday, I ran 8:59 min/mile. I was so close to my 8:55 min/mile goal. I’m considering doing intervals on the treadmill to help increase my pace.

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I also wanted to share my diet with you. I’m basically following the 7 tips balancing your meals I wrote about a few weeks ago. To give you an idea of my diet, below is what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast
(P,F,V,Fa)
super smoothie: spinach, raspberries, chocolate protein powder, frozen banana, chia seeds, skim milk and took fish oil
Lunch
(G,P,Fa,F,V)
whole grain english muffin, peanut butter, chia seeds, sliced banana, raw carrots, hummus
Snack
(P,F,Fa)
greek yogurt with strawberries and chia seeds
Dinner
(P,G,V)
grilled lean turkey burger, whole grain bread, sweet potatoes wedges
Dessert
a glass of wine and a large marshmallow (my addiction)

P-Protein,F-Fruit,V-Veggie,Fa-Fat,G-Grain

I will probably start replacing the starchy carbohydrates at dinner with non-starchy vegetables and replace the wine and sweet with a protein shake.

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What is your favorite cooking method for vegetables?

Do you grill often?

-We grill all the time, even in the winter.

Are you an early riser?

-I just started getting up early in the mornings. I have to place my alarm in the bathroom if I want to wake up early. Otherwise, I will hit snooze at least 5 times.

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