Settling Back Into Reality

I’m back from my vacation “home”.  I had the best time, I got to spend time with my family and let’s face it, that’s the most important thing in life.  I got to eat all my hometown favorites and brought lots of goodies back.

Today, Monday, marks the start of my weight lifting regimen.  My friend Jean set me up with the program she does.  Let me tell you, this is going to be hard!  Today I did chest and calves and then hit the treadmill for 30 minutes (5 minute warm up, 20 minute run, and 5 minute cool down).  Then I came home and showered and had a hard time lifting my arms up to wash my hair.  Tomorrow should be interesting.  Ouch Jean, what did you get me into?

I started the morning with oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg:

I got some Apple Butter in Amish Country so I added a dallop to my oats with PB and banana.  Then I went to the gym.  My stomach was growling while I was there.  I came home and immediately ate leftovers:

A salad and chicken tikka masala, made from this excellent spice pack:

I worked in the afternoon getting things in order for the fall weddings.  Then I came home and prepped lots of healthy eats for the week.  I made a big pot of brown rice and chicken to have for meals and snacks throughout the week.  I also made dinner and packed hubby’s lunch for tomorrow.  Here’s dinner:

Salad with spinach, romaine, grape tomatoes, carrots, brown rice, with a warm honey Dijon dressing.  I seasoned the chicken breasts with creole seasoning and pan-fried them in a little olive oil.  Yum!  Now, I’m off to rest, more weights tomorrow. G’night.

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I like it spicy!

It’s Friday y’all!  Although, I work tomorrow morning to set up a wedding, so tomorrow’s really my Friday.  This morning I tried to eat some Target brand cereal.  I love Target brand foods, but not this one, I’m sorry.  I’m only eating it because I hate to waste food:

I went to work for a few hours.  I was hungry before lunch time, and broke into my PB & J on whole wheat sandwich thin and a side of baby carrots.

On my way home from work, I had to run some errands such as pick up a couple things for the wedding tomorrow, and go to the bank.  I snacked on this in the car:

All the numbers are great on these babies, but it was not as delicious as I was hoping for.  I like to eat nutritious, healthy foods, but I also like to enjoy everything I eat.  I must say, they did keep the hungry monster at bay.  I will keep a couple in my purse and car for hunger emergencies only.  Maybe I’ll like the other flavors better. 

When I got home, I promptly changed and went for a 3 mile walk/run and did crunches and push ups.  Felt sooo good! Then I showered and changed into my Friday night lounge clothes.

Dinner was my highlight meal of the day:

This is one of my Indian creations.  I don’t remember the name of this one.  I got a bunch of different jarred Indian simmer sauces at Whole Foods.  They are so easy, just add chicken and some veggies.  And I like it spicy, so I add a hefty dose of hot sauce, and served it over tri color couscous. Yum Yum!