Hello beauties! How was lunch today? You did pack your own right?? 🙂
I am feeling so fresh today because I got my hair cut and highlighted last night. Does anyone else feel like they are invincible after a good haircut? I’m trying to channel Kristin Cavallari pre-brood of three but my hair is still in the growing out phase so it’s more Carrie Underwood when she decided to go short. I can’t stop running my hands through it! I love that fresh-cut feel.
I am also feeling fresh because I’m finally getting this on-going ear issue I’ve had for the past few weeks under control! Like most things in life, you will not appreciate your hearing until you lose it in one ear and are in horrendous pain for days on end. No matter how healthy you think you’re being, sometimes things just happen. Health insurance to the rescue! Speaking of health…
Today, we are going to talk about keeping a food journal. People who log what they eat, lose more weight. It’s that simple.
I keep a small notebook beside my bed, because I’m old-fashioned like that. Before I turn off the lights, I write down everything I ate that day. There are also tons of apps you can use or just use the Notes section of your phone. The less you eat and the more basic and clean the foods you eat are, the easier it will be to keep track. It also holds you accountable- if you don’t want to write down that you ate 2 pastries and an extra snack bar or two from the office kitchen, then don’t eat them! Simple as that. You can go back and see clear patterns in your eating that may help you get to the root of an issue you may be having around food or weight loss. So, start trying this trick today and see how it affects your eating habits.
I’ll share with you my food journal if you share with me yours!
Yesterday’s food journal entry:
Half cup of (black) coffee before the gym
Post-gym breakfast- Two scrambled eggs with hot sauce and 12 oz unsweetened almond milk with a scoop of vanilla protein powder
Cup of black coffee once in the office
Late morning snack- Low-fat plain Greek yogurt with strawberries and ground flaxseed
Lunch- Standard lunch salad (see last post!)
Cup of green tea
Late afternoon snack- Granny Smith apple & 2 oz of sliced turkey (no nitrites or nitrates added)
1 glass of Pinot Grigio at the salon
Dinner- 1 serving of Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole I prepped Sunday night. Recipe here.
Slow-cookers are saviors for busy nights like last night where I went straight from work to my hair appointment then had to pick up a prescription. Since I didn’t cook dinner Sunday night, this allowed my BF to have dinner ready before I got home and then I could dive in as soon as I got home as well. I made a few healthy tweaks to that recipe:
- only used 15 instead of 20 corn tortillas
- made my own taco seasoning
- reduced fat cheese
- garnished with low-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
We’ll have the leftovers tonight then since tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, we’ll be going meat free tomorrow. Speaking of, it’s Fat Tuesday! We celebrated early with dinner at an awesome Cajun restaurant in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, Cajun Queen on Friday night. They have a Groupon running right now too that’s a great deal. Honestly, it was a “fat night” and set the tone for a “fat weekend” and that is what I’m trying to move away from. Now that I know their portion sizes, I can plan better. Just because it’s Fat Tuesday doesn’t mean you need to go ALL out- you can still eat your King Cake and lose weight too!
Are you celebrating Fat Tuesday? Are you giving anything up for Lent? Instead of giving something up, I’m committing myself to something- this blog! I am promising to write a post every day of Lent and I need you to hold me to it!