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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap and This Week's Resolution...

It's been a slow week at Fat Blog Land. I ate out. A lot. Back to the grind this week. I pinky promise. I will eat dinner at home every night and go to the gym at least 3 times this week. 

Here is my recipe for tonight's dinner:

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wrap

Butterball 93% Lean ground turkey from Costco (about 1/2 of 1 package or approx 380 gr)
1/4 of a sweet large onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
2 tsp Penzeys Chicken Taco Seasoning
1 Avocado
1 lime
1 tsp Kosher salt
Head of green lettuce with big leaves

Spray pan with Pam or oil or butter (adjust calories accordingly) and saute turkey, red peppers, and onion. Sprinkle with seasoning to taste.

While that is cooking, halve the avocado and mash with a squeeze of lime and Kosher Salt split into 2 side dishes. 

Leave the green lettuce in big leaf form and prep for the turkey mixture. Split the serving among the number of green leaves per person that you want. Serve with personal avocado dish. 

Serves 2

Cal 414
Carb 16
Protein 40
Fiber 8
Fat 24
Sugar 6

Monday, March 3, 2014

I'm not an expert by any means...

...but I just don't eat the right things. 

If I do want to eat out at night, I have to plan for it. 

Many restaurants seem to have a smart menu now and you can plan ahead of time. 

I hate exercising. The gym isn't bad but I certainly don't want to get up at the crack of dawn. I can't wait for no snow on the ground so I can walk outside. 

Are you tracking what you eat in any program? I found that that helps. I use My Fitness Pal for everything. I also have a food scale. I measure EVERYTHING. Puts the food quantity in perspective. I make BF's lunch and he takes that to work. You could do that too. 

Check this site (the guy is 55 and looks 25) for your cals needed and then you can put those stats into MFP.

It calculates that I should have about 1400/day. I have 1200 in MFP which gives me a 200 cal cushion. (Helpful for samples at Costco!)

My scale at home (which the BF says is about 10 lbs more than the gym) gives me calories needed to maintain. My calories needed to maintain this great body that I have 1697. If I only eat 1200/day for 7 days, that gives me a deficit of 3479 which is 21 cal short of 1 lb loss. Yeah, a pound of fat is 3500 cals. So you can see how hard it is to lose a pound without exercising. And if you are not eating right, it will take even more. Plus exercising means you need more cals. Calories = fuel. Unfortunately. Figure out what you need with percentages like carbs, protein, and fat. It will be helpful. Oh, and I still have diet pop and bread, just not a lot. 

So it's only been a week and not much has moved on the scale but I can tell. Let's see what week 2 brings!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lunch is Served, Ma'dam...

(In an old English butler tone) Lunch is served, ma'dam...

If only I had someone to make my meals. Sure it's easy for the celebrities to eat healthy, they have the funds to pay someone else to do it. Hell, they usually pay someone else to watch their children! I don't have the funds and it does take time. But the real myth buster? It's cheaper to eat at home. I have to go grocery shopping more often but I'm spending less. Why? Because I'm buying foods that are less processed too. Think about it...the more people (distribution), and the more processing (equipment), that touches your food, not only makes it more expensive, it takes the good bits out that your body needs. That's not to say that I don't eat anything processed. Otherwise, I couldn't have cottage cheese :). Here is today's lunch:

Strawberry and Cottage Cheese Salad

Approx 1 C Organic Baby Spring Mix (45g) cal 10
1/2 C Land O Lakes cottage cheese 113g cal 90
5-6 Strawberries 140g cal 45
2 Tbs Kraft Light Balsamic Vinaigrette (31g) cal 30

Spring mix in bottom of a nice size pasta bowl. Scoop cottage cheese in middle. Chop strawberries. Drizzle with dressing. 

Serves 1
Cal 175
protein 14
carbs 22
fiber 4
fat 4
sugar 15