Week 1 Results: -3.6.

Whoohoo! Down 3.6 lbs. after my first week back on track! I’m super proud! I worked hard this week and definitely ate great too! What’s great about being back on track is the way I feel like I never stopped. Tracking is so easy this time around for some reason. Before I would always get frustrated, now though I’ve come to the realization that I like tracking everything! Definitely keeps me on point.

Another fun thing that happened was that I finished Day 1 of Couch to 5K last night! Whoohoo!! I actually jogged and everything! Man, I was on top of the moon once I finished.

Here’s some good vibes for a good week!

Advertisements

My Five Favorite Post-Workout Snacks.

When I first started this weight loss journey of mine, I was a total beginner and didn’t even know where to begin. I’ve been on this journey for almost a year, and I still, at times, feel like a total beginner. I’ve been doing a lot of research on what types of food you should be eating post working out. I’ve also found foods that you should eat before working out, but that will be another blog post. So lets get started.

1. Greek Yogurt

I absolutely love greek yogurt. I’m a huge fan of the Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt, because it’s only 2pp (Points Plus)! What’s wonderful is you can eat it plain or mix it with your favorite smoothie. They’re packed with protein which helps rebuild your muscles after working out. There’s tons of tasty options as well! You can mix it up every time after your workout and not feel like you’re having to eat one flavor every time.

2. bananas

My go-to most days is a banana. We always have tons of them on the counter and they are just so good! Plus, with being on Weight Watcher’s, fruit is 0pp! Bananas are great to eat after a workout because they boost up your energy because it’s rich in carbs, potassium, and magnesium. When you workout you lose both potassium and magnesium. A way to find out if you are in need of a much needed potassium and magnesium boost after your workout is when you get muscle cramps, twitching, and weakness. So, you could kill two birds with one stone by eating a banana smoothie! Bananas work great with protein!

3. Almonds and Pumpkin seeds

Now that it’s getting close to fall I love eating pumpkin seeds! We carve a ton of pumpkins every year so we end up having a TON of pumpkin seeds! They are also high in protein. Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds are also great to eat post workout because they are full of anti-inflamitory goodness.  Eating some even while you’re working out will give you an added boost of energy. Almond butter and bananas? Win win! Check out Nuts.com for some awesome and helpful tips and recipes for healthy snacking!

4. tuna on whole wheat

Sometimes if I workout just before lunch, what I’ll have for lunch is tuna on whole wheat. I first of all love tuna. I’m not a seafood fan, but tuna doesn’t taste like fish to me, tastes more like chicken. (Jessica Simpson moment…) Tuna paired with whole wheat bread is a perfect combination of carbs and protein.

5. chickpeas aka garbonzo beans

Until I tried a recipe I found on Pinterest for Sweet and Salty Chickpeas, I really hadn’t ever even heard of them, much less tried it. Chickpeas are also a great source of carbs and protein. There’s many ways you can eat them too! Hummus is also a wonderful post workout snack as well!

So there’s my list of my favorite, go-to post workout snacks. What are you favorites? Different or the same? Let me know! Love to hear feedback!

I ran.

That’s right. You read it right.

I actually ran.

Not for very long or very far, BUT I ran.

I ran twice during my 70+ minute walk. The first short mini run I started off feeling “wow, I like this…” and then I saw people. Now, normally I would stop because, “I don’t want people to witness all of this flopping around.” A little voice screamed out though in me and said, “No. Keep going.” Thank God for that little voice because all of a sudden I had a surge of confidence and just kept going. I ran right past those people (who actually gave me a little wave 🙂 ). Yes I was huffing and puffing it, but I didn’t care.

The second mini running burst came shortly after I caught my breath. I was curious to see how long I could run at a time, so I pulled up the stopwatch on my phone, pushed start and took off. People, this is an all time record for me. This is a huge deal…

I’m not a runner. I’ve never been a runner. In elementary, middle, and high school, I was in sports, and yes we had to run, but I was never good at it, and I would always start and stop right away. I was always the last one back, and I never got the mile done in under 10 minutes. In high school, I got by without doing the mile with the asthma card, so I didn’t even try. In my adult life, I haven’t been able to run even a minute without getting embarrassed someone would see me, feeling like I was going to die, or just having zero motivation to even try. So can you see why this is a huge deal for me? I texted my best friend the minute I finished. I was so proud of myself! I said I was on verge of crying, and even though I didn’t tell her, I actually started to a little.

So if you take away anything from this post, I want it to be that you can do anything if you just believe in yourself and have faith. Throw out the doubts, and just give it a shot. 🙂

You can do it! I believe in you!

Pork Sausage and Egg Cup.

Pork Sausage and Egg Cup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 oz pork sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 – 1/4 cups egg whites (1 1/2 cups total)
  • 6 tsp shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a 6 cup muffin tray with nonfat cooking spray.
  2. Cook and crumble pork sausage, then dived amongst the 6 cups.
  3. Put 1/4 cup of egg whites into the 6 cups over sausage.
  4. Add in 1 tsp of shredded mozzarella cheese to each 6 cup. Give it a little stir.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until egg whites are not runny.
  6. Remove from oven and let eggs cool in muffin tin for a couple minutes. Eggs should hold together like a muffin.

PREP TIME = 15 MINUTES (depending on what sausage you are using… I used frozen so it took much longer)
COOK TIME = 15 MINUTES

SERVING SIZE = 1 “muffin”
EACH SERVING = 3 POINTS +

Breakfast of Champions. All for a total of 3pp! #score 1⃣ 1 nice big Colorado peach – 0pp 2⃣ 1 1/2 cups of sautéed zucchini, onions, and minced garlic – 0pp (I only sprayed non fat cooking spray and then put in some water… So much better than using oil!!) 3⃣ Homemade Pork Sausage and Egg cups. – 3pp (I'll be putting the recipe on my blog later!) ⭐️link in bio!⭐️ #breakfast #breakfastofchampions #cooking #weightwatchers #wwbreakfast #wwfamily #wwfam #wwgoals #wwgirls #wwdivas #wwminnesota #minnesotaww #yum #porksausage #eggs #eggcups #homemade #pp #lowpp #losingweight #healthyeating #healthyeatingrocks #peach #zucchini #meals #recipe #myextremeweightlossjourney #myjourney #myweightlossjourney

A post shared by A u b r i e 🍃 (@myextremeweightlossjourney) on

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 packet (1oz) of chicken gravy mix (I used my local grocery store brand)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried, ground sage
  • 1 cup homemade croutons (you can find that recipe here), smashed (consistency kind of like panko breadcrumbs)
  • 1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste (totally optional – I thought it was perfect without!)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly spray baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. With a knife, poke holes all over spaghetti squash. Place on a microwave safe dish with just a little water. (1/2″ or so). Microwave on high for 7 minutes. Let squash cool about 10 minutes before handling.
  3. Once squash is cooled, cut lengthwise down the middle. Scoop out seeds. Place halves on same microwave safe dish with 1/2″ of water. Place cut sides down in dish and heat in microwave for an additional 14 minutes or until tender.
  4. In small – medium sized sauce pan add in gravy packet with water and follow packet directions. Stir in parmesan cheese and sage, stirring continuously until sauce thickens.
  5. When squash is cool enough to handle, scrap with fork to remove inside flesh in long strands. Place in baking dish.
  6. Pour sauce over squash and mix well.
  7. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and top with crouton crumbs.
  8. Place in oven and bake until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly. About 25 minutes.
  9. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Cut into 6 equally sized servings (1 cup).

PREP TIME = 30 MINUTES
COOK TIME = 30 MINUTES

SERVING SIZE = 1 cup
EACH SERVING = 3 POINTS +

Let’s chat.

Hello! I finally have the time to sit down and talk all about my trip to Chicago!!

Before I start this all off… I wanna show a picture of my boys! They are hanging out with me in the sunroom while we get a new door frame put on, on our front door. Thank God it’s nice out today… there’s a wonderful breeze and it’s super cool.

IMG_3629IMG_3631

Don’t they just look precious?! Oh I love em!

Ok, so let’s get down to business! On Saturday before we left, I had to first go bridesmaid and wedding dress shopping for the wedding I’ll be in next year. It was my first time ever attending something like this so it was definitely a fun experience. I felt like I was on “Say Yes to the Dress” or something! (Well I kept using the phrases and everything… haha!). After saying “Yes” to a dress, it was our turn to pick out bridesmaids dresses. Oh man… I’m not at all a dress person… I would so rather rock sweatpants and a hoodie! 😛 But obviously since I can’t wear that in a wedding, I decided to just buck up and try on as many as I possibly could. In the end, this is what I chose. It’s all lace, and it will be navy. I’m actually super excited to wear this thing. I’m GOING to look fabulous in it because I WON’T be this size come next year! 🙂

IMG_3167

After we finished at David’s Bridal, we walked over to the other side of the parking lot and had… Old Country Buffet. So smart after trying on dresses and saying, “I won’t be this size…” to go eat at a buffet.

IMG_3628

(The group)

When that was all finished we drove home, I packed for the windy city (yep I packed 15 minutes before we had to leave… talk about procrastination…) and we were off. I drove the whole way there (Chicago is only 6 hours away, but there is absolutely nothing to look at… it’s country, country, and more country.) When we finally got there, we got there at 11:50pm. Check in time ended at midnight. Man did we get there in time or what! We stayed at the Raffaello Hotel. It’s right across the street from the John Hancock Building.

IMG_3467

(John Hancock Building)

(Our room)

What we ended up doing was buying a double decker bus tour ticket to get around the city. It was only $45 for 48 hours. If you ever go to Chicago I definitely recommend this… Walking is definitely nice but it’s also nice to go on this as well! They tell you a ton of information and it’s definitely easier than having to drive around yourself! We ended up doing a night bus tour (it was included) and that was definitely the right choice! Seeing all the buildings lit up… breathtaking! I tried to get a shot of the city scape with all the lights, but it didn’t take. Bummer!

IMG_3283

Chicago!

The first time we went on the bus tour I saw the diamond shape building and KNEW that it was the building from “Adventures In Babysitting” but not until the 7th tour did they finally mention and point it out. Adventures in Babysitting is one of my all time favorite movies!!! 😀

IMG_3367

Another fun little fact that I never put two and two together was… Ferris Bueller’s Dad works here! 😉

IMG_3437

We traveled to Navy Pier and went on a wonderful “Boat Tour” as well. Got to see a lot of the buildings up close. Our tour guide, Charlie, was awesome! He was hysterical and yeah, he was definitely good looking! 😉

The first full day we were there we had breakfast at The Cheesecake Factory (in the basement of the John Hancock Building is a Cheesecake Factory. Oh heavenly days! We looove The Cheesecake Factory! We ate there for numerous meals because it was much easier than venturing out some of the time, plus we all love cheesecake. We had cheesecake every. night! Don’t worry, we all shared!) My new favorite cheesecake you ask? Red Velvet! Ohhhhh delicious!

IMG_3224

For dinner we ate at a pizza place called Giordano’s and we all had mixed reviews. I personally loved the spinach, artichoke and feta pizza. We all didn’t care much for the deep dish though. It tasted more like lasagne, and the pizza sauce just tasted like watered down tomato paste.

For breakfast the next day we ventured to a cafe called Wildberry. We desperately wanted to go back again before we left, but it just didn’t work out. The breakfast there was HUGE! I had the “Butcher’s Skillet” and pancakes. It had hash browns, two eggs, sausage, ham, bacon, chicken sausage, and Italian sausage. It was wonderful!

IMG_3319

After our bellies were stuffed to the extreme at Wildberry, we headed over across the street to Millennium Park. One of the many things I desperately wanted to see first hand was “The Bean”. There was a “Black Lives Matter” rally there at the time we went so it was packed! I still got to see the bean though, so I’m happy.

For dinner that night we went to, where else but the Cheesecake Factory! We went there because it was supposed to be stormy and we didn’t want to get stuck somewhere. Well low and behold, what did it end up doing just as we were sitting down? It poured! It was actually kind of funny to see all the people just scatter. People’s abandoned dinners from outside sat and collected rain and when I looked out the window, I just had to take a picture. It was a beautiful sight.

IMG_3449

For dinner, Trisha and I shared the factory burrito. Mmmm.

IMG_3452

The last full day we were in the Windy City, we took a bus over to the Lincoln Park Zoo. When we got there it was completely deserted. It was really nice to see some of the animals before it got busy.

IMG_3575

After the zoo, we went to a place my mom’s co-worker told us to check out; RJ Grunts. It was actually a pretty neat little hole in the wall. I wasn’t a super huge fan of the food myself, the burger was a little on the bland side, but it wasn’t terrible. I wish I would have gotten the salad bar though… that thing was massive!!! If I ever go there again, I would definitely have that!

After we had lunch, we went to The Fourth Presbyterian Church. Haven’t heard of that? Well, have you ever seen “My Best Friend’s Wedding”? If you have… you know this church… I’d like to tell you that I didn’t get emotional but I did. I got chills when I stepped foot inside and I actually started to cry a little bit. It was breathtakingly beautiful in there. Words really can’t describe how beautiful. If you haven’t witnessed it first hand, I definitely suggest you to! (I couldn’t stop taking pictures!!!)

All in all, I loved Chicago. It was such a great trip! I learned stuff, and as I said in a previous post, I got to scratch “Visit Chicago” off my bucket list.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday! 🙂

IMG_2623-0