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Monday, February 25, 2013

Learning to Cook Healthy: Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

I've been trying to learn some more recipes so that I can cook healthy options for myself. I tend to crave sweets, so baking has been a challenge of mine. Today I made banana chocolate chip oatmeal muffins and they are AWESOME! You can have them for dessert or even breakfast, since they are low fat and a decent source of protein. They're not low carb, but if you balance the rest of your day, its not so bad. I am not the biggest fan of bananas in desserts, but the chocolate definitely made up for it. I added the link to the recipe below (I am not affiliated with the blog/creator of the recipe). 

(I used fat free milk with a sprinkle of stevia for baking and almond extract instead of almond milk).

The recipe says it makes 15, but I got 18 out of the batch. I'll either freeze some or bring them into work, this way I won't be tempted to finish the batch!

Happy Baking!

Friday, February 22, 2013

6 Weeks of Healthy Lunches!

I bring my lunch to work everyday, so the first challenge of my diet was finding options that I could prepare the night before and bring to work. I wanted lunch to be healthy AND flavorful, so I started taking pictures every day to keep a record of what I had made and to inspire me for the future. I love when meals have a lot of colors, which I think you'll notice in the pictures. I began this diet 7 weeks ago, but I didn't think of taking pictures daily until the second week, so I only have 6 weeks of pictures. From now on, I'll post my weekly meals each Friday or Saturday to inspire you before you shop for your week!

Operation: Get Hot (for Wedding!)

As some of you may know, I got engaged to my boyfriend of almost 5 years in September of 2012. We decided on a wedding in November 2014. Some days I feel like the wedding is way too far away, but there are tons of perks to having a little extra time. Besides the perks of saving money, having time and freedom to plan, and allowing family members to arrange travel plans, I also have the time to DIET. That's right...I'm one of those brides that thinks I should change myself before the wedding. I have been carrying around extra weight for way too long. I have tried countless diets before, but nothing has ever worked. This time, I can use the motivation of the wedding as a push. I want to lose about 40-50lbs. I should clarify that I have discussed my diet plans and goals with a doctor and was given the green light.

I began my diet on January 3, 2013. As of today, I am down 10lbs. I am keeping to a plan of 1,500 calories per day, with one cheat meal per week. I have also scheduled 4 workouts per week, averaging 40 minutes each. At this time, they consist of one Zumba class, one kickboxing class, and 2 gym days which generally feature the elliptical or treadmill. As the seasons change, I may substitute one gym day for an outdoor run/walk. My fiance is also dieting, which is also a big push! It helps to have someone to eat or run with that has the same goals.

My diet is not specific, except that I maintain my calorie goal every day. I do this using My Fitness Pal, a website and phone application that allow me to track my calories, fat, protein, sugar, carbs, etc each day. You can check out my YouTube video if you want to see how this works! Its very simple and helps me keep track of what I consume. It has taught me so much about my eating habits and what needs to change!

I try to keep one day a week meat free. It is currently Fridays, but will probably be Mondays once Lent is over (March 31st). I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I try to incorporate as many high protein non-meat items as possible. I am not trying to deprive myself or stay on a difficult diet, so I am instead trying to learn the right way to eat. I am currently eating more fruits and vegetables than ever before. I now add an abundance of vegetables to every single meal and use fruit for desserts and snacks. This isn't just about losing weight for looks, its also about learning healthy habits to keep the weight off. Remember, I have to keep the weight off in the time between ordering my dress and the actual wedding!

I don't want to be a skinny bride....I want to be a healthy, fit, beautiful PERSON. I believe that my goals and methods are realistic and are working for me. Below, I will add a link to my pinterest board featuring workout ideas and recipes. I will also add a link to My Fitness Pal. Feel free to find and add me as a friend!

I hope to reach my goal by this Summer. I will be keeping vlogs on my channel, as well as updates on instagram (weekly meals), pinterest, and this blog. Feel free to follow me, my name is always the same! I'll eventually have before and after pics, but they're not ready yet!

I hope that you enjoy this portion of my channel and blog. Thanks for reading!

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*DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with any diet or fitness website, plan, brand, or idealogy. I am not being paid to diet or lose weight. I am not a medical professional. Any diet or fitness routine should be approved by your own personal physician before you begin.*