Couscous Salad

Happy Hump Day everyone! 🙂

Yesterday turned out to be a good, productive day. I had a baked sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa (from Trader Joe’s) for lunch with a salad on the side. The sweet potato black bean combo is delicious; you have to try it if you haven’t before. I had a sliced red bell pepper on the side.

After work, I did a workout of 2.75 miles on the treadmill (26 minutes), 26 minutes on the elliptical, and upper body weights (back, chest, biceps, triceps).

For dinner, I made a couscous salad. I love making couscous salad because it’s light, delicious, and you can make it with pretty much anything you have around the house. Last night, I used a cucumber (seeds removed and chopped), a chopped red bell pepper, a can of chickpeas, couscous, the juice of one lemon, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Here’s a picture of all the ingredients, minus the couscous. I ended up adding some shrimp on top for protein and had roasted cauliflower on the side, and put 1 tsp olive oil on each the couscous and the cauliflower. Other variations I have made with the couscous salad have included using kidney beans or another type of beans in place of the chickpeas, and using spinach, tomatoes, and a variety of other veggies. I also have tossed olive oil through the salad, and pretty much any way you do it it turns out great!

And now for a slight update on the Beck Diet Solution book. I have started going through it, and honestly it is really speaking to me. It talks all about the differences in the way a lot of people who struggle with their weight v. naturally thin people think, and literally everything they say about people who struggle with their weight is something I experience. It says naturally thin people don’t panic when they’re hungry, they say “It’s OK. Lunch will be in a few hours.” and then do something else. To me, that is crazy! When I think I might get hungry, I start to freak out. It also says it’s going to help me to learn to differentiate between physical hunger and the desire to eat, which before starting this book, I hadn’t given too much thought to.

The basic idea of the book is that there are six weeks of exercises, and you do a new one each day. Day One included making an Advantages Response Card where you list all the reasons why you want to lose weight.

That’s a picture of mine. You have to commit to reading it at least twice a day, and set a reminder system somehow so you don’t forget. I put a task in my outlook daily in the morning for me to read it, and then am just leaving it up to myself to remember to read it again later in the day. The next day involved choosing two diets, Plan A and Plan B. I am obviously going with Weight Watchers, and Plan B for me will be the Simply Filling Technique (which I have been toying with the idea of switching over to lately anyways). Day three involves committing to only eating while sitting down.

So, I’m obviously still in the beginning stages of this book, but I think it’s going to be pretty eye opening. Even if I don’t fully follow through with everything in it, I can already tell that it’s making a difference in the way that I’m thinking, and I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the book and trying out some more of the exercises.

For those of you who have gone through this book before, have you stuck to it to a T and followed each of the tasks day by day, or have you just read it and allowed it to open your eyes a bit and been more flexible with the tasks than Dr. Beck suggests?

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday so far!

Pescatarian

I realize I never really addressed this on this blog, just on my freewebs page, but for Lent, I decided to give up all meat, with the exception of fish. I am not a very religious person, but I have toyed with the idea of going vegetarian for some time. A lot of the meals that I eat are vegetarian as it, and I usually only have meat at most once a day, and usually less frequently than that. So, I’d been thinking for a while that giving up meat for Lent could be a great test to see if I can do it and how it makes me feel. I had a super indulgent weekend before Lent began, so I actually began a week ago today (one day early). I have to say I am feeling really good and think I should be able to stick with this pretty easily for at least the full 40 days. I am excited because it’s going to force me to venture out a bit more with dinners with my boyfriend, because he has a little bit higher demand for “meat like” things than I do. I’ve made Spicy Lentil Tacos before which he loves, but I want to take advantage of this time to try some new recipes and get some new staples into my diet. I am not sure exactly where this will lead, and whether I will go back to eating meat once Lent is done, but I’m enjoying it for now!

Eats for today so far:

Fage 0% greek yogurt, an XL Toasted Almond coffee from Dunkin Donuts with skim milk, and a banana. I love yogurt for breakfast and prefer greek to regular, but this is my first time having the Fage because I found it yesterday on sale at the grocery store. I must say, it was goooooood. Plus I knocked 4 of my GHG’s out because I have my multivitamin with water after eating breakfast! 😉

Weekend Recap

I got home from work Friday with a package waiting for me…

The HG mish-mash pack of Vitamuffins & brownies. Before this I had only tried the chocolate ones that my grocery store sometimes carries in the freezer section, so this was an exciting delivery. So far I’ve tried the triple chocolate chunk vitatop as an afternoon snack and it was AWESOME. I toasted it so the chocolate chips got all melty.. yum.

I meant to take pictures Friday night, but I’m still getting used to this so I forgot! My friend Amber came over and we worked out. I did 4.55 miles on the treadmill in 42 mins, biked for 12 minutes to warm up, and then did a lot of stretching afterwards. For dinner we had corn tortillas with vegetarian refried beans, reduced fat mozzarella cheese, lettuce, salsa, and light sour cream… plus some baked blue corn chips on the side with salsa, and the HG margaritas. They are seriously so delicious it’s hard to tell them from the real thing, and you can do them frozen or on the rocks. We had them on the rocks… mmm!

Saturday I woke up early to hit the gym and did 12 minutes on the bike then played around with the weights. I was the only person in the gym, which is the first time that’s EVER happened, so I got to try out some different things and not feel embarrassed. I used the weight machine where you can hook up different handles to, and tried out some different arm and upper body weights… not sure exactly what I did but felt sore the next day so I think it worked. 🙂 After that I did 26 minutes on the elliptical, and then whipped up a quick breakfast. I did egg whites with veggie sausage crumbles, cauliflower, and spinach. I also toasted an arnold thin and doused the scramble in hot sauce. yum.

After that, my boyfriend and I drove to my parents house in NJ. It’s about 3 hours from DC and the boyfriend is a chef so they wanted him to cook dinner, and that he did! It was incredible… He made a marinade of tomatillos (green tomatoes), red onions, red peppers, cilantro, parsley, oregano, the juice of 4 limes, olive oil, and some red wine vinegar. We marinated the mahi mahi in that for a few hours and then played Scrabble. I won! woot.

We also got some oysters and the chef shucked them and then put some of the leftover marinade on them and served them on the half shell for an appetizer.

Voila.. delicious!

For the main course, we had the mahi mahi baked with little neck clams and I’m an idiot and forgot to take a picture. We served the fish with tostones, which is where you take plantains, sautee them in olive oil, and then smash them, and sautee them again in more olive oil. Not the HEALTHIEST, but delicious.

There’s roasted tomatillos, red onions, and red peppers in the middle of the plate as well. We drank plenty of wine and then we played a Foodie Trivia game my parents had bought my boyfriend for his birthday back in December, and shockingly, the chef won..

Sunday we went bowling before saying goodbye and I had so much fun! I’ve recently rediscovered my love for bowling, I think largely because I’m not THAT bad anymore. I got a 111 but was beaten by both my dad and the boyfriend. oh well. We drove home and ordered Thai for dinner, and then watched Big Love, which is getting super intense!

Back to work today which is way less fun than the weekends, and I had nonfat greek yogurt for breakfast with fiber one, and then two mini bananas for a snack. They were SO cute and I wanted to take a picture but my phone wasn’t having it. For lunch I had a baked sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa, one of my go-to easy lunches. I had the vitatop with 1 small plum and half an apple for afternoon snacks, and then came home and ate a quick fiber one bar before heading to the grocery store. We were running low on everything so it was necessary. I made a quick egg white scramble as a pre workout snack because I was starving, and then ran for 4.4 miles in 42 minutes and did some ab work. After the workout I had a cup of skim milk and a random salad with iceberg lettuce, veggie refried beans, reduced fat mozz, and salsa. I also had two corn tortillas with the salad and will have a healthy choice ice cream sandwich for dessert in a little bit.. Gonna wind down and watch some TV… hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Guess what I just bought…

The Beck Diet Solution!

I’ve been hearing good things about this book for a while because it focuses on changing how you THINK about food, not just what you eat. I’ve clearly been struggling with this since I repeatedly go through a cycle of self sabotage and then working my butt off to make up for the damage done, rather than just moving forward from where I am.. The best part? I found this in the Bargain Books section at Border’s for $2.99!

Friday

TGIF! I have been waiting for the weekend alllllll week and it’s finally *almost* here. Yesterday, my boyfriend woke up with an eye infection! Looked like pink eye but he went to the doc and it’s an infection from his contacts, not contagious, but he ended up having to stay home for the day and could barely open his eyes. After work, I went home and we ended up ordering Chinese food for dinner. I had egg drop soup, and then we split the steamed shrimp with mixed veggies and veggie lo mein. It was the first time that I had to really think about ordering vegetarian! I was looking at the other options in the steamed section and thought about doing the chicken with veggies (mostly because it’s cheaper) and also thought about doing wonton soup instead of the egg drop, but then I remembered I’m not eating meat for 40 days! The food was delicious and egg drop soup is my go to anyways, so no big deal.

So far so good today… I had a cup of nonfat yogurt with 1/2 cup of fiber one for breakfast and then a blood orange for a snack. I have a baked potato with black beans, reduced fat mozzarella cheese, and salsa for lunch that I will dive into pretty soon. Tonight a friend is coming over for a healthy date and we’re going to work out and then do mexican night! I have a great, cheap mexican place that does happy hour in my basement and all their apps are 1/2 price and they have really cheap margaritas and beer, but I always go sooo overboard. So, we decided to do our own version. We’re going to make corn tortillas with vegetarian refried beans, brown rice, cheese, salsa, and lettuce, and making the HG margaritas. I made these one time for a dinner party and they are AWESOME and super low point. You basically use diet sprite, lime juice, and crystal light lemonade for the mix and then add tequila… yum yum.

Plans for the rest of the weekend include going to my parents house tomorrow night with the boyfriend. He is a chef so can get great deals on meat and fish, so we ordered Mahi Mahi and littleneck clams to bring. I’m trying to go on a long run in the morning, take a shower, make a healthy breakfast, and then get on the road! We will be coming back on Sunday so just a quick trip, but havent seen the rents since Christmas so it should be nice.

I leave TWO WEEKS from tomorrow for Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, so I am trying to be reallly good about eating and working out until then so that I can be down a few more pounds by the time we leave. SO excited!

Welcome to my blog!

Hi and welcome! My name is Beth and I’m a 25 year old living and working in the Washington, DC area. I’ve lost a little over 50 pounds since joining Weight Watchers March 3, 2009. I  still have a few to go, but am focusing much more on a healthy, wholesome diet and healthy lifestyle, and less on the numbers. I have taken up running and participated in 5 races in 2009. I have a 5k in February and a 10 miler in April, and hope to find a half marathon to run this year.

I created this blog to show my food and fitness routine and share my daily struggles. We will see where it goes. Stay tuned!

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