Two weeks into 2009, and my hardcore(!) workout routine and (only mildly restrictive) diet are going pretty well. So well, in fact, that they are kind of taking over my life and my headspace. So forgive me, I'll be focusing on the diet and exercise for the next few days? weeks? since that's what's on my mind... when something else is, I'll write about that. Deal?
Anyway, I've been finding that, since I have five distinct meals a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner), my days are basically divided into when I eat and the time in between eating. Seriously. Am I focusing on school? No. Am I focusing on the wedding? Not really. What am I focusing on? Preparing and eating my next meal!
But I love it. I've only gone out to eat once in 2009 (and that's because it was D's and my three-year anniversary!), so I've saved a lot of money already and have been eating much more healthily than usual. Here's what the last two weeks have looked like:
1 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
Seeds from 1/2 pomegranate, or 3/4 cup blackberries
2 Tbsp peanut butter, or 1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts, or 1/2 avocado
Chana masala and rice, or black bean pasta
2 cups mixed greens and carrots
1/4 cup cashews
Orange yogurt salad dressing
Grilled chicken with string beans, or grilled turkey with brussel sprouts, or grilled salmon with asparagus (all with either Chinese 5 Spice, Korean BBQ, or Island Teriyaki sauces from Trader Joe's!)
It's AWESOME! One of the things I am liking about this healthier diet (and pre-planning) is that I'm able to buy most of the ingredients at the farmer's market, so it's all local and organic. I only get the yogurt, rice, pasta, beans, meat and sauces at the store, but I've been able to get those organic as well for very little extra money over the conventional items. Next week I'm going to try making Shepherd's Pie (with ground TURKEY!) for lunch, and a tofu stir fry for dinner.