I woke up with such a happy feeling! I think my “step it up” pep talk really worked! I can’t describe the feeling; it’s like something changed in me overnight. I feel like I have a stronger resolve to stay on the healthy eating track. I kept saying to myself that I would not let food control me. I’m not giving it the power. I have the ability to eat just what I need. I have the ability. I make the choice. It’s up to me to do what’s right for my body. It deserves it. I know there are going to be rough times. Times when food wants me…really badly. I have to remind myself that I am in control of what I put in my body. I can be in control. Even through the holidays… :)
So, breakfast was one of my favorite Yogurt Bowls topped with strawberries and diced apples…
I cheated on Chobani with this guy…
Chobani will always be my first greek love, but ya gotta get what’s on sale when ya can :)
After breakfast, I got my butt out the door for a peppy 45 minute walk (I’ll fill you in about the running tomorrow) around the neighborhood in the glorious weather. I love mild November days! The husband even joined me for the last 20 minutes which was nice!
My stomach let me know it was lunchtime about 3 hours after eating breakfast. I tried to cue into that to see how long it takes me to get hungry between meals. I think knowing that is key to keeping munchies at bay and also, to help understand what types of food stick with me the longest.
Lunch was a Grilled Vegetable Boca Burger on a Pepperidge Farms Deli Flat, piled high with baby spinach and tomato. Instead of my usual side of chips, I went with a longer lasting choice of fuji apple with 1 tbsp. homemade almond butter…
We spent the afternoon at a Christmas carol sing-a-long at church. It was a nice time and really got us in the spirit!
Again, around the 3 hour mark, I was hungry for a snack. I decided to go salty with reduced-fat Triscuits with turkey and a dab of wasabi mustard…
The dinner plan was a new recipe from Amelie for Grandmom’s Macaroni. It sounded delicious; sort of a new twist on baked mac n’ cheese. I changed it up a tiny bit by subbing these for the originals : Ronzoni Smart Taste elbow macaroni (high fiber), my own marinara sauce (had some left in the fridge to use up), Cracker Barrel 2% white cheddar and whipped light butter.
The result was DELISH and a hit with the husband and daughters…
My dish…served with a side of broccoli…
This will definitely be added into my regular dinner rotation! Thanks for the great recipe, Amelie!
I have been thinking a lot lately about the blogworld and about how much encouragement I receive from other bloggers without them knowing it. I read a lot of blogs. A lot. If you have a blog, you can rest assure I am reading it! LOL! I guess there are worse addictions :) Anyway, I got to thinking how many bloggers write things that really strike me. Really spur me on or cause me to take pause and reflect. I don’t often take the time to get in touch with each person and tell them how something they wrote affected me, so I had the idea of making an addition to the end of my posts with a reference to a blogger who made an impact on me that day. I decided to call it Brilliant Blogger because I often think “that’s brilliant” when I’ve read these words of wisdom. There are also readers that leave me comments that are brilliant words of wisdom and they don’t have blogs, so I’m going to include some of those, too. Just my small way of saying “thank you” to those bloggers/readers and sharing some great insights from them!
She wrote: This year I’ve decided I’m not going to stress out about eating too much and working out too little during the holidays. That’s because I’ve already made up my mind that I won’t be eating too much and I will be making the time to workout.
Don’t forget to enter my Campbell’s Soup Giveaway – there’s a cool pedometer in there!!!
Have a great day, everyone!