Meal Prep Monday + My Journeying

For those of you who know me personally, you know that I was not blessed with a butt. I have never in my life been the girl with the ‘booty’, the ‘ba-donk-a-donk’, or the ‘junk in her trunk’. My sister and I both suffer from ‘pancake booty’ or in other words…a flat ass lol We blame our parents for our misfortune as neither of them have a booty either (I curse you GENES!!). Anyways, I tell you about my flat butted issues because after working out for the past few months and really giving my all to those squat thrusts and squat lifts and squat (whatever other kind of squat you can think of) during Zumba…I, OFFICIALLY, have a booty lol WOOHOO me lol this is a huge accomplishment and I am happy to share it with the world…or at least my small blogging family.

It hasn’t been all wondrous news though. I did a weigh in recently and..I have gained. I am now basically back to my pre-journey weight. WTF?! I know that this weight is muscle. I know this because I can see my body changing. Not just my new ass 😀 but my stomach is visibly (even to me) smaller, my hips and my thighs are tighter etc. Even though I know that this weight gain is a result of building muscle, which is a great thing, I still feel appalled. Appalled at myself for not losing anything. Appalled at my body for being so resistant to weight loss. Appalled at the fact that I have been on this journey for a year, and after all of the work that I put in, I am not any closer to the goals that I had in mind than I was before. Maybe I am a little closer (see: my booty) but not anywhere near where I expect to be at this stage in the game.

Even though I have had a rough go, I am not letting this stop me. Back to the doctors I go to see what the next plan of action is. What else I need to change. I know that I need to get in more muscle building workouts because honestly, I don’t do them at all right now. The only thing I do is Zumba for an hour 2-3 times a week. Since Zumba focuses on legs and cardio my next step is starting to add in 1 workout a week (for now) focused mainly on building muscle in my mid to upper body. This is the hardest part because I will be doing this at home. If you ask my Zumba instructor, I have NEVER missed a class, shown up late once or twice yes, but never missed..not even one. I have never been a class person but clearly the fact that I have other people expecting me to be there actually pushes me to go lol Doing a workout at home, by myself most likely, is what will be hard. But I can do it!! I need to do it!

Anyways, I meal prepped my ass off yesterday and have some great lunches and snacks to show for it this week. You know I always struggle with my dinners as I don’t cook them but my gym has this awesome program where you can purchase meals for $8. They are prepared fresh and you can have them customized to exactly what you want and need. EX) if you need to stay below a certain amount of calories per meal or if you have dietary restrictions you tell them that and they make the meals customized to you. It’s basically meal prepping but I don’t have to do any of the work lol So I purchased a few of those this week to try out. I plan on using them specifically for dinner so that maybe I can get a more balanced meal than I have been (You mean a bowl of Mac N’ Cheese isn’t a balanced meal?!?! :O). So here is my meal plan for the next week:

Breakfast: 240 calories, 45 carbohydrates

  • 1 packet of Quaker Oats Maple Oatmeal
  • 1 apple

Morning Snack: 100 calories 0 carbohydrates

  • ½ cup 1% cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sliced cucumber

Lunch: 340 calories, 40 carbohydrates

  • 1 baked tilapia filet
  • ½ cup uncle ben’s brown and wild rice
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli

Afternoon snack: 0 calories, 0 carbohydrates

  • Fresh veggies. If I really need something yummy I will add in some laughing cow cheese (this makes it 50 calories, 0 carb)

Dinner:

  •  I don’t know the exact details of these yet but under 450 calories and I requested 3 meals, 1 steak, 1 chicken, 1 salmon with veggies and a carb.

Other snacks: 100 calories each (I may not eat all of these in 1 day, I switch it up for whatever I am feeling or add in one of these if I need a sweet treat)

  • 1 Oikos Greek Yogurt-desert flavour (lemon meringue anyone?!)
  • 1 Chewy granola bar
  • Guacamole with a few Tostitos

My lunch was super yummy and I can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow…and the for the rest of the week :O lol

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My lunches before I put the rice in. If you put the tilapia over the veggies to re-heat it will add flavour and you will not have to add Salt.

Did you meal prep this week? What did you make? Do you count calories or do something else to help control or lose weight?

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MY New Year

I went to see my Endocrinologist (my doctor for my Type 1 diabetes) and my dietician last week. Neither of them were happy. Either not happy with me, or not happy with the way things have been going lately. There will be a lot of changes this coming year. Some changes are things that I should have been doing already but maybe had slacked off on for a while *cough* years *cough*. Some things are new, things that I knew in my heart of hearts but needed that official ‘doctor’s advice’ before really settling into my brain. I don’t make new years resolutions. These are changes that need to be made regardless of the time of year. It just so happened that I saw my doctors last week. It’s taken me this long (hence the dead blog space) to really wrap my head around everything. I don’t think I have it completely wrapped…but I am going to get there lol

As per my doctor, my blood sugar (A1C for those of you who actually speak diabetes) was elevated. I have never been one to have a good A1C. In my entire 21 years of being a type 1 diabetic I have only ever had 1 good A1C. But that is going to change (or so says my doctor). I have been instructed to test my blood sugars MORE (I usually fail miserably at this), get my blood work done every month and see a special diabetic nurse every 4-6 weeks. The thing that will be toughest for me will be the testing my blood sugar. I need to test 6+ times a day. Currently, I am lucky if I get in 2 tests a day and this is where I fail at being a diabetic lol. I am going to need to test my blood sugar upon waking up, 30 minutes before and 2 hours after every meal/snack, before bed, in the middle of the night, and any other time I am fasting (lol never) or just feel like it.  I am having a panic attack just writing this, but I NEED to do this. I NEED to wrap my head around it NOW because if I don’t, there is a good chance I will die a lot SOONER than later. There are so many health complications that come along with high blood sugars. They are scarey; I know, I have seen them first hand in other people. Also, once my blood sugars are more under control I will feel so much better and I honestly cannot wait for that. I have felt like shit for years but I have felt even worse in the past few months. This will help me immensely on my journey to a healthy me.

As for the meeting with my dietician and my journey to a FIT me…For a year I have followed the advice of my doctor and have been sticking to a 1200-1300 calorie meal plan in an attempt to lose weight. During this time I have lost an insignificant amount of weight and have stopped loosing altogether over the past 6 months. I couldn’t figure out why? I have been working out and eating as my doctor advised for a year. An entire year and I have lost a total of about 5 pounds compared to my weight at the same time last year. Luckily I went to see my dietician a few days later and she gave me some great news….I have not been eating enough. Maybe that’s not the great news. The great news would be the fact that I get to eat more food! WOOHOO She has set me up with a new meal plan of 1400 calories (more on workout days). The reason, she said, that I have not seen the weight loss that I wanted is 1) because as a type 1 diabetic it is very difficult to lose weight in general and 2) because my metabolism doesn’t have enough calories to work correctly.

I know not to expect a weight loss like most ‘normal’ people experience but I am HOPING *PRAYING* that I will see SOMETHING! Something that is going to at least push me a little closer to my smaller goals that I have set and eventually (in a few years) towards my larger goals.

I am not giving up. This is me jumping over a crack in the sidewalk of my journey. Wish me luck! I am definitely going to need it J

Meal Prepping and Recipe Sharing

I always have to write my meal prepping posts after lunch because if I don’t, people around the office ask me why I am salivating so much lol. This week my meal prepping was on the ball! I prepped all of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks on Sunday as usual.

My breakfast was a new take on my usual toast (instead of peanut butter I used avocado). I mashed 2 avocados on Sunday, and separated into air tight containers for each day, in hopes that they would make it through the week without browning too much. I must say that this was pretty much a success. By the 4th day my avocado was beginning to brown a little just on the top so next time I’ll squeeze a bit of lemon juice on the ones that I will eat later in the week.

My lunches were really flavourful and delicious, especially the Mexi Bowl (YUM). I was actually really disappointed that I didn’t make enough of these for each day of the week lol. But the other choice for my lunch was an avocado wrap and soup. This did not disappoint either.

My snacks were the go-to staples that I have been using for a few weeks. Maybe next week I will change it up a bit.

This week my prepared meals consisted of the following:

Breakfast: 224 calories, 30 carbs

  • 2 pieces of multi-grain toast
  • 1/2 of a mashed avocado
  • sprinkle of salt

Lunch: 400 calories each

  • Mexican Bowl

OR

  • 1 avocado wrap
  • 1 cup of Campbell’s Healthy Request chunky chicken noodle soup

Snacks: totalled 90 calories, 25 carbs

  • cucumbers and cauliflower
  • 1 medium apple

Now my favourite part…the recipes. I am going to grace you with BOTH of the recipes that I used for my lunches this week, as each day I could not wait to eat either one. Clearly I was on an avocado kick this week but that’s ok because avocado is so good for you. It is higher in calories but as long as it is eaten in moderation it has way more positive benefits than negative.


I stole the recipe for the Mexi Bowl from The Wanna Be Chef. You can check out her blog here. It is super easy to make (you just dump everything in a bowl and heat up when your ready) and it’s really yummy. This recipe makes 1 serving, I tripled it to get 3 lunches. It was 400 calories and 70 carbs.

Mexi Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s but you can use whatever kind you like)
  • 3/4 cup black beans, washed and drained (I found 1 can was enough to make my 3 lunches)

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    All mixed up and ready to eat!
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, layer the rice, beans, vegetables, salsa, and cheese.
  2. Store with a tight lid until ready to eat.
  3. When ready, microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir and eat!

As for my avocado wrap it is 300 calories and 30 carbohydrates. You can eat just this wrap without the soup for lunch but I was freezing and soup sounded wonderful :). This makes 1 wrap. I cut up my cucumbers and onions, stored my mayo and 1/2 avocado in separate airtight containers to bring to work. My avocado I slice at my desk before I put it in the wrap.

Avocado Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 tortilla
  • 1/2 avocado (sliced)
  • 1-2 rings of red onion diced
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced and then quartered
  • 1/2 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Layer ingredients on top of tortilla
  2. Fold
  3. Eat!

How is everyone’s meal prepping coming along? What are you struggling with? If you’ve tried any of my recipes let me know what you thought!

Sesame Salmon—Recipe

I am happy to report that I have officially lost 3 pounds since my 2 pound weight gain! And I’ve done it in a matter of 2 short weeks! WOOHOO

Working out and building lean muscle is obviously very important in a weight loss journey but I really think that the most important part of my journey is what I eat. I don’t call it a diet because that is NOT what my journey is about. It is a life change. It is not all about eating salad every day or only veggies or only protein for the rest of your life, I still eat really yummy food and have snacks and treats. I just choose healthier options and smaller portions. I also count calories (limiting my daily intake to a certain amount determined by a discussion with my doctor) and carbohydrates. This helps me to still eat things that I want and not binge when I am craving something. It’s still hard a lot of the time, especially the portion control and not being hungry! But I try my best and I am pretty happy with it so far.

Today I am posting a recipe from this week’s meal prepping session! I love salmon and it fits in really nicely with my healthier lifestyle. Salmon is a lean protein which is a good change from red meat. It also is full of the great Omega-3 fatty acids which are nature’s heart medicines. So my recipe for today is a Sesame Salmon that I made to go with my homemade Sesame Lo-Mien and Grilled zucchini and Carrots. Its yummy!

Sesame Salmon

Ingredients

  • 5 Salmon Filets (1 for each day of the week)
  • toasted sesame seeds (I toast mine myself, explained in first step)

Sesame Sauce

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 c soya sauce-low sodium
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili oil
  • 4 tbs canola oil
  • 4 green onions

Directions:

  1. First, if you have raw sesame seeds, you need to toast them. All you have to do it throw them in a pan on medium and stir them constantly until they begin to brown. If your sesame seeds are already toasted, skip this step!
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 400°F
  3. Arrange salmon on a baking sheet that is lined with tin-foil, making a bit of a tin-foil boat. This helps to keep the salmon in the sauce.
  4. Whisk all of the ingredients for the sauce together in a bowl until the oil and the soya sauce combines. Its pretty leaky but that’s ok.
  5. Using a spoon, spread a few table spoons of sauce on each of the salmon filets
  6. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.
  7. Half way through baking, put a few more table spoons of the sauce on each salmon filet
  8. Once the fish is done, plate on top of lo-mien or brown rice. Top with toasted sesame seeds.
  9. You can use any left over sauce to coat your lo-mien noodles or some brown rice.
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Sesame Sauce mixed and ready
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My lunch all packed and ready 🙂

My mouth was watering just typing this today. I have already had this for lunch 2 days in a row and I still cannot get enough of it! If you love fish and a you are a sweet and salty lover like me then try this recipe out! Its my new favourite and a great alternative to red meat.

Do you meal prep? Which meals do you prep and what are your favourites? Let me know 🙂

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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Lower Focus DONE!

I am in a pretty great mood today. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, 2 pounds have found their way off of my body!…Wait what?

Thats right, I am officially down 2 pounds. Some more not see this as a great weight loss but for me, being a diabetic and the effort that it takes to loose any weight, this is a huge weight loss.  It has brought me that much closer to my first goal of being under 220 pounds. My current weight is 222 pounds so that means I only have 2 more pounds to loose to reach that goal. In total I am down 8 pounds since December!

My workouts, at least the cardio, are getting easier. Well not necessarily easier but I have better balance and can hold positions longer and don’t get AS winded (but still pretty fricken winded).

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Breaky! Oikos vanilla greek yogurt, with berries and some mixed nuts. Yummy ❤

Ive brought lunch with me every day (except Fridays) for the past 3 weeks. On Sundays I make a big batch of whatever it is that I have decided to bring for lunch that week. This week I brought The Biggest Loser Chicken Cacciatore with the Wild Rice Blend that I love

Im feeling pretty good about the path that I have chosen and how I am doing following the path so far. Of course there are and will always be bumps in the road but that is all apart of the journey.

Go out and make a great life for yourself. After all, its the only one you have. 🙂

Sunday Prep Day!

The 30 day Beach Body Challenge begins tomorrow!

Part of the Challenge includes a professional meal plan. Im not really sure how I feel about this. Really, as a diabetic I KNOW how to eat healthy and to count calories and carbs. The reality IS that I over eat. I eat fruit and vegetables every day but it is the amount of them that I need to change. Sadly, I am seeing the same thing with my 7 year old daughter. It makes me feel like a horrible mother seeing her always want more more more food. Hopefully, as she sees me changing, it will be easier to get her to change as well.

So to get organized, in terms of food, I went to the grocery store to pick a few things up. Personally I am not following the plan exactly as put out. I am a type 1 diabetic, have been since I was 6 years old. So I found that the meal plan, for my needs as a diabetic, wasn’t going to work. So I am tweaking it as I see fit.

My meal plan for this week includes:

Breakfast
Berries and Greek yogurt (I already eat this for breakfast pretty much every day anyways)

Snack #1
Nachos
I cannot believe that this is actually an option as listed in the Beach Body meal plan.

Lunch
Teriyaki beef fajitas with peppers, onions, and mushrooms

Snack #2
Veggies and hummus
This was not an option in the Beach Body meal plan but I have to watch my carb count throughout the day. For me vegetables = no carbs and I only use use about 2 tbs of hummus.

Dinner
This is where it gets tricky. I eat whatever someone else (usually my mother) cooks for dinner, as I get home to late in the evening to prepare dinner for myself and my daughter.
I think as long as I watch my portion control carefully at dinner, and count my calories, I will do just fine.

The past few weeks I have perfected the art of preparing a week’s worth of lunches in one day. So after I returned home from the grocery store that is exactly what I did.

Sunday prep day
Sunday prep day
Strawberries has the lowest carb count out of all of the berry family.
Strawberries have the lowest carb count out of all of the berry family.
Strawberries and blueberries measure the same when counting carbohydrates. 1 c=1c
Strawberries and blueberries measure the same when counting carbohydrates. 1 c=1c
Prepped and ready to go <3
Prepped and ready to go ❤
Veggies prepped and ready to go <3
Veggies prepped and ready to go ❤

Now Im ready to take on the world!! 😀

Haha, well I guess I wouldn’t go that far, but I am prepared. I am prepared to eat healthy (and in smaller portions). I am prepared to begin this journey to a lighter, healthier me!

Do you meal prep ahead of time? Let me know, I want to hear from you 🙂

Not Journey-ing Alone

The original plan for my weight loss journey was to do everything myself. Plan alone, work out alone, succeed alone.

My Main B*TCH. Love this woman <3But what fun is that? :)

My best friend, or should I say my Main B*tch, as we so lovingly call each other, has decided to complete the 30 day challenge with me. I’m pretty pumped about this as she has been getting pretty down about her body ever since she had her son, 11 months ago.  I tell her daily that she looks amazing (because she Does!) but that is something that you have to believe about yourself before wpid-screenshot_2015-03-30-11-39-27.pngyou can really hear it from others.

So she IS IN. We are in this together. Hopefully to keep each other motivated and provide support for each other when we need it, and even when we don’t.

The only thing I am worried about is becoming dependent on her. I do not want that to happen. I have, in the past, gotten ready to loose weight with a friend and then if they do not want to go to the gym I don’t go either. If that friend eats a burger, well hell I might as well eat one too right? This will not happen to me this time. I have decided to do this on my own and I will do it whether I have company or not, whether I have a workout buddy or not. I need to do this for ME, not for anyone else.

I am determined. I am ready to do this for myself 🙂