On Sunday, I wrote a blog titled "The Sunday Sous Chef". I explained how I chopped up all my veggies for the week so it was easier to make meals.
Here's the start picture:
Here's how much is all gone this morning:
Strips and slices of bell pepper
1 head red leaf romaine lettuce
0.5 large sliced onion
1 small watermelon
2 green onions, chopped
1 small package baby carrots
1 head cabbage
Here's how much is left:
4 cups diced onion: 2 cups
2 bunches celery: 2 bunches celery (we didn't eat any this week - will be taken care of next week, no prob!)
1 lb brussel sprouts: 0.5 lb
1 pineapple, diced: 0.5
2lb oranges: 1lb
2lb limes: 1.5lb
6 bananas: 2 bananas
All of the remaining veggies should still be good to use in the following week. Since they were washed, cut and dried earlier in the week, they will last a little longer. I moved the limes and oranges into one of the fridge bins so they will keep longer too.
All this week I made mostly Asian and Mediteranean inspired meals. They were easy to make, healthy, and delicious! I served small meat and carb/starch portions, and had a veggie with every meal. I was satisfied, but not overly full. I felt energetic and alert.
Here's a recap of my dinners for the week:
Beef stir fry with bell pepper and onions, jasmine rice, wilted spinach, and romaine lettuce wraps.
Chinese pork spare ribs with spring roll (sort of) and rice.
Cubed stir fried beef and potatoes with rice and steamed cabbage leaves (I didn't make a blog about this one.)
Korean Kalbi with spicy potatoes and romaine lettuce wraps
Spanish Paella with chicken, chicken sausage and shrimp
Blended Pineapple-daiquiri with coconut rum. Garnished with a pineapple chunk, blueberry and parsley.
The result: I lost 2 pounds this week! I'm under 130 - woohoo!
Last night I had a busy day at work. I missed lunch (I was so busy, I forgot, if you can believe it!) I crashed hard. I needed to get my section of the project done, and suddenly I couldn't think straight anymore. The simplest problems started becoming frustrating. I ate a banana, it helped, but I was still sluggish. My SO was sooo nice to me to make me a dinner with salmon, veggies, and rice. After that, I perked right up to get back to work, and I was able to finish!
The moral of the story: In order to perform at peak function, you have to feed your brain! If you feed your body the right things, the weight will come off.
This was an extremely busy week for me because of my work commitments, but I still had a fast, delicious, healthy meal every day of the week. We bought a ton of fruit and veg, and they are almost all gone. I got minimal exercise because of my work schedule, but I still lost weight because I was feeding my body healthy things. I was never hungry, except when I accidentally skipped lunch.
I haven't always lived like this. I didn't have a kitchen knife and I didn't know how to cook 7 years ago! I didn't know how to balance proper meals for myself. I had to learn to do it. I didn't learn to do this all at once. This is a culmination of many years of little changes that have turned into the way I live on a regular basis.