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WIAW: A Grown Up Kids Meal

Hooray for another WIAW post! I’m just thankful that I remember to take pictures of all of my meals once a week. That is a miracle, my friends.

I decided to spice things up about on the breakfast routine. Usually I enjoy my own version of the McMuffin, but lately I’ve been craving sweet potatoes, so I concocted my own sweet potato hash to accompany my eggs in the morning (recipe coming soon!). It…was…awesome.

I mixed up the hash with one egg and 1/2 cup of egg whites and a touch of cheddar cheese. Yum. Then, it was off to work where I got hungry at the usual 9:45. I snacked on a ThinkThin bar, which is full of protein and tastes delicious. I needed the extra protein to prep for my heavy leg workout that evening. ThinkThin bars are fairly yummy, especially the Creamy Peanut Butter flavor. They contain sugar alcohols, which can upset some stomachs, but for a quick snack they’re perfect.Lunchtime rolled around, and I found myself staring at a protein-less fridge when I came home. Luckily, I had tons of veggies from my Sunday Night Prep, so I mixed those up with a small breakfast sausage (that was supposed to be for my husband…oops…what’s mine is yours, right?), some avocado, and half of a whole-grain English muffin. This turned out to be one of my favorite lunches. The avocado made everything so creamy, and the veggies were super tasty.

My afternoon snack was a fairly big one for me. I knew that I needed to seriously fuel up for my workout, so I went down to the kitchen at work and toasted up the other half of the whole-grain English muffin from lunch, topped it with 1 TBS of Peanut Butter, a banana, and cinnamon. It was delicious, and really helped me get over my afternoon slump.

After my heavy leg workout, I came home and was REALLY in a nostalgic mood. I just had to have chicken fingers and mac’n’cheese. HAD TO. So, I whipped up my own healthy version of chicken fingers, paired it with some Annie’s and green beans and called it a day.

This was definitely a “grown up kids meal” and I loved it. Sometimes you just need a little comfort food 🙂

What did YOU eat today? Anything that brought back some memories?

Talk to you soon!
-Melissa

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Frozen bananas and scale woes

First order of business today is to stand up on my little, tiny, insignificant soapbox and whine preach a little today about why I hate scales.

Ahem.

In all seriousness though, scales piss me off. We base so much of our self worth on that little tiny number, or at least I do. What that number says can make or break my entire day. It changes how I feel about myself, my mood, how I treat my husband…it’s ridiculous. Anyone else out there picking up what I’m putting down?

This all stems from the other day, when I basically had a scale-induced MELTDOWN in front of my husband, Preston. It was pathetic. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m struggling with the concept of “skinny fat” and how to bring down not my body weight, but my body fat percentage. I’m fine with the way I look, but that recent health scare really put things into perspective for me. So, I spoke to a nutritionist about my eating habits, and her alarming response was that I needed to be eating MORE than the current 1200-1300 calories that I was consuming. I worked out too hard to be eating so little: my body was holding on to fat like a new puppy. So…I’ve been doing that. I upped my calories to around 1600 a day, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. I haven’t overindulged too much, I haven’t underfed my body. I’ve actually been kind of digging the way my body has been looking lately….and sadly, THAT is a rarity.

So, what possessed me to hop on the scale yesterday morning, I’ll never know. I was feeling SO good about myself, my body, everything. I was starting to tell that my workouts were actually making a difference. I wore a swimsuit to a Cinco de Mayo pool party and didn’t feel like submerging myself in the water the second my coverup hit the ground.

But, I hopped on the scale Monday morning, and nearly passed out.

I’m no nutritionist. I’m not a dietician, I’m not a trainer. I don’t fully understand why the body works the way it does, but there has to be SOME explanation for my weight going up almost 7 lbs in a matter of 2 weeks. Especially when I feel like I look better than ever.

Maybe I have body dysmorphia…but instead of thinking I’m fat, I actually think I’m not???

Whatever the reason, whatever the case…I’m over it. OVER IT. My clothes fit, my body is tighter than ever, and I’m happy with the way I look. And because of that (and the fact that my poor husband can’t handle another scale meltdown), I’m saying screw the scale!

We don’t need it. It tells us NOTHING. Muscle weighs more than fat. Water retention goes up and down at the blink of an eye. The scale is not the number we need to focus on. It doesn’t need to control us. What matters is if our expensive (or inexpensive, whatever) clothes still fit, our lucky underwear doesn’t split, and that we love ourselves despite that evil little number. I have many people in my life who love me, despite that evil little number . They have no idea what that number is, or if it goes up or down. My husband tells me I’m beautiful LITERALLY every day, and he sure as heck doesn’t know what that number is.

Can I get an amen?

Phew, I’m glad I got that off my chest.

I hope everyone had a fun Cinco de Mayo! I did…I think. It was definitely a rough day. Cinco de Mayo: 1, Melissa: 0. But Preston and I had a great time hanging out with friends and getting a little sunshine.

Preston wanted to go for the pensive look. He doesn’t ever want to take photos with me, so I obliged 🙂

My final thought of the day: frozen bananas. Just a little insight into who I am, or maybe a tip to those of you who are just like me: don’t put the WHOLE BANANA IN THE FREEZER. Especially when you are making a protein smoothie, after a boot camp, and you’re starving and all you want is a banana in your smoothie ASAP!

Sigh.

Now, how exactly do you peel a frozen banana? The same way you peel a normal banana, it just takes 10x longer, and you end up with frozen fingers and a poor attitude. That is all.

Do you have a no-scale policy, or do you feel that weighing yourself daily is the way to go??

Talk to you all soon! Tomorrow the husband and I are off to LAS VEGAS! Can’t wait to share some of that trip with you!
-Melissa

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This or that?

Here I am, all alone on a Thursday night, blogging and watching Mad Men on my DVR. And why am I alone, you ask? Oh, that’s because my RIDICULOUS husband got offered tickets to the MAVS PLAYOFF GAME tonight! Are you kidding me?! He is such a bandwagon fan, and he always gets to go to games! He’s got some pretty sweet seats, too. Sigh.

Bitter, party of one.

Despite my lonely evening (totally being dramatic here, by the way…I actually LOVE a little “me time”), I’ve had a fairly good day. After my yummy breakfast, I was fairly full until lunch rolled around. I am lucky enough to be able to go home sometimes during lunch (I live roughly 7 minutes away from my office), so I decided to head to the casa and whip up another random meal of sorts. I had a tiiiiny bit of filet left from my birthday dinner, so I sliced that up and placed it in between two corn tortillas, added a little cheddar cheese, and made myself a quesadilla. Added on some carrots and black beans and I had myself a pretty decent lunch!

I love throwing together leftovers and making something completely new out of them! Plus, I hate wasting food!

The rest of my day consisted of a pre-workout snack of a banana and peanut butter, followed by a killer weights workout at boot camp. Love, love, love weights days! Please take a look at what my slightly OCD very organized husband did to my trunk while I was in Florida:

Yup, he organized my mats/weights in a bin so that I can easily transport my gear from camp to camp. Thank goodness for him, because I am so far from organized it’s not even funny! Speaking of not funny…check out the temperature in my car after my workout:

Yup….106. It’s May 3. Help?

The rest of my night will most likely consist of a Meal Replacement Shake from Advocare (vanilla, with 1 TBS of PB2, 1 TBS of cocoa powder, and 1 banana), Mad Men, and an early bedtime. Definitely not cooking dinner for just me, plus I need the protein the shake provides. Me time = bliss 🙂

I got this fun little survey from Beyond Bananas, a fun blog I discovered not too long ago. It seemed like something to do to help pass the time 🙂

Coke or Pepsi?

Unfortunately, neither now! I gave up Diet Coke almost two years ago and I’ve never looked back! Every once in a while I’ll have a Sprite, and recently I tasted that new Dr. Pepper 10 and that stuff is GOOD…I’ll need to stay away 🙂

Lemonade or Fruit Punch?

Fruit punch, hands down! Lemonade is too tart for me 🙂

Caramel Apple or Cotton Candy?

Neither, to be honest! Caramel Apples hurt my teeth, and Cotton Candy is too sugary (if there is such a thing?!?)

Butterfinger or Snickers?

Neither…Twix!

Pudding or Jell-O?

Pudding! Absolutely!

Turkey or Chicken?

Chicken!! I eat it every single day almost!

American or Provolone Cheese?

Neither…cheddar (and NOT the orange kind…do you know what makes it orange?!?)

Crackers or Cookies?

If I’m being honest…….cookies 🙂

Pretzels or Chips?

Pretzels!!! I don’t care for chips, UNLESS they are tortilla chips. Then it’s game on.

Mexican food or Japanese food?

Mexican food! If my husband and I could have it for every meal, we would!

Chinese food or Italian food?

Italian 🙂 yay pasta!

Pie or Cake?

If we’re talking the cold-pie variety, like ice box pies, or chocolate pies, then definitely pie 🙂 but if I had both sitting in front of me, I wouldn’t discriminate…I’d eat both!

Ice cream or Cookies?

Frozen Yogurt! Ice cream makes my tummy hurt. I’ll put a few cookies IN my frozen yogurt though!

Pasta or Pizza?

Pizza. Definitely.

Soda or Juice?

Tea!

Chocolate Bars or Chocolate Truffles?

Chocolate Bars I guess, but I can’t eat too much of one or I’ll get sick

Apples or Bananas?

Banana’s!

Salad or Soup?

Salad!

Cauliflower or Broccoli?

Broccoli…roasted, with lemon and garlic 🙂

Onion Rings or French Fries?

Sweet Potato Fries!

Blizzard or McFlurry?

Blizzard, hands down. There are FAR more options with the Blizz.

Fried or Poached Eggs?

Scrambled! I suck at this quiz!

Crepes or Pancakes?

Pancakes….big fluffy ones

Hashbrowns or Roasted Potatoes?

Hashbrowns with ketchup….yup, I said it. KETCHUP.

Oatmeal or Cereal?

Oatmeal! I’ve developed a new love for simple rolled oats…who knew?

Thanks for reading 🙂 Talk to you tomorrow

-Melissa

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