I gave up - I decided to sleep.
I gave up - I ordered the pizza.
I gave up - I didn't try for the job.
I gave up...How often do we say those words to ourselves, and let that be the death-knell on our dreams and goals?
Change is hard, and we're naturally inclined to fight it; however, it's harder to wake up one morning and think about how if you had been true to your goals for the last year, you'd be there. But instead you're here...where you were before...and you have a pile of abandoned dreams that you stub your toes on every time you leave your bed.
Last week I started running to prepare for a 5k, and it can be easy to get discouraged, but every time I go run I feel a little better, and I almost always take time off my run. You don't have to be the fastest, run the farthest, or be the strongest, just set your goal to do better than the last time.
So last week I posted about Spinach Hummus (if you missed that post you can find it here) and today I'm going to share two complimentary meals that go well with it, you can it them separately, or serve them as a meal and a side. Green Salad Dressing
Put together your salad. I suggested some things that you can use, but always remember that the beautiful thing about salads is that any veggies can go together, so feel free to put whatever you want on it. :)
Mix your hummus with the lemon juice, as this will make it thinner and easier to mix. Put on your salad and enjoy! I also will add minced garlic sometimes, or a little bit of salt. It depends on what consistency you like. I personally don't like runny hummus, so I leave it a little thick.
Rice and Hummus (Sorry, couldn't think of anything more original at the moment)
Cook the rice, normal brown rice is healthier for you, so not using instant is better but you can if you like. If you have an InstaPot, cooking time is 8 minutes or so, if you don't, then 30 minutes with a rice-cooker.
Warm the Spinach Hummus for about 1 minute until it's softened and reached a sauce like consistency (again you can add a little more lemon juice or water as a thinner). Serve on top of rice and enjoy! This is one of my favorite meals...it might be the rice lover within me, so I have to make just one serving of it or I'll totally stuff my face with it.
(Take note, the picture shows regular hummus, so don't worry when the Spinach Hummus ends up being a paler green).
So, I've decided that I need to really tighten up the way I eat and exercise, so I'm doing Dr. Fuhrman's cleansing program which consists of eating lots of fruits and veggies, trying to eat at least a pound of vegetables, and a pound of steamed vegetables, and at least four fruits. No dairy, no sugar, only a cup of starch (so grains, rice, and potatoes) and no meat. I've been struggling with ice cream, my biggest weakness. It's been effecting my weight-loss goals and general lifestyle choices, so I've decided it's time to go back to the basics to get my lifestyle back under control. I've been writing up a report at the end of the week to compare how I can do better each week. So here it is!
Week 1: 4.20.15 –
week was a little bit of a struggle. Monday was okay, but when I hit Tuesday I
just wanted to eat, and EAT!! It was everything I could do to not go and buy
ice cream. I texted Debs and she helped me out a ton. She walked me through the
pros and cons of what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. I have to remember that I
want to be healthier, and that I want to make better health choices. NOTE: When
you struggle with something like this again, go through that text from Deb and
review the lists that you put together with her.
I had a good
talk with Dad and Adam about my fears with being able to break the 165lb point.
They helped a lot. In essence, they both promised me that if I stick to the 12
week and if I actually do it, then I’ll break that point. My psyche still has a
hard time believing them, but I owe it to myself to make good eating choices.
Dad pretty much told me that I should really give my everything to this project
so that I will see outstanding results. If I want to really break through, I
need to exercise hard, and eat right. He’s right. I didn’t do the 6 week
completely when I first got home, and I lost 20lbs doing it. [i]Now
I’m at a point where I need to buckle down and be serious, because that is what
it’s going to take.
(the 27th) I announced in family time that I was going sugar and
meat free, and that helped a lot, getting my goals out into the open. I told
them I’m for sure going tell June 1st, though I’m probably going to
push it past that to August 1st. I really want this to be a positive
Struggles for this week:
sugar was hard, and when we went to eat at their cousins’ house I chose to eat
cake and ice cream…BUT I only had one piece (and I didn’t let it mess with how
I ate yesterday, and I haven’t eaten any of the sugar cookies Orson made!).
granola bars, and need to stop, because they probably double my calorie intake,
and yesterday I think that’s one of the reasons that my stomach really hurt… I
want to be able to eat the foods I make without getting sick and too full…
I only ran
Solutions: Say no to granola bars, at
least until June 1st. Because, you have one, and then two and then
three…begin meal planning and make a grocery list based on that. Make garbanzo
beans and such.
firm on your decision to not eat sugar, and say no at social functions.
daily…even if it’s for ten minutes.
Benefits for this week: I feel skinnier
in my clothes... I
also did level three on the Daily Shred and I did a lot better than I thought I
would. The cardio segments didn't leave me as breathless as I thought they
Weight as of 4.28.2015: 170lbs on the
Remember that the weeks that you exercised daily, you lost 3 to 4 pounds a