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Skinny Rules: The home stretch: Rules 16-20!

Oh no!  I didn’t really follow them or complete my challenge!  The last four rules are:

16.  Banish High Salt foods

17. Eat your vegetables

18. Go to Bed Hungry

19. Sleep right

20. Plan one splurge meal a week.

So, I guess I followed 20! Except I had more than just 1 splurge meal this week.  I was very frustrated overall this week because even though I DID follow the rules for the beginning of the week, I didn’t see any changes on the scale.  I finally lost 1 (1!) pound by friday, and was stoked.  Then came Saturday, with 4 hours of studying plus 6 hours of class. The ladies wanted to get “one drink” which turned into 3 and dinner! And I don’t know if I’ve told you, but my body HATES ALCOHOL.  Even though I don’t.  I’m talking, hangover from 1 glass of wine.  No matter how much water I drink.  So, imagine me after staying up way too late (sorry rule 19), having 3 strong ass (well they better be strong for 12 $) drinks at a shee shee whiskey bar, and having class from 8-7 on sunday! Not a pretty sight.  

One interesting development:  When I have a hangover, I usually crave a BREAKFAST BURRITO.  Then Pizza or In N Out and lots of sleeping and getting fatter and feeling sicker.  But, this weekend my body actually craved healthy food! For lunch on Sun I had an egg white smoked salmon scramble with fruit, too much pita and hummus.  Dinner was fries (whoops) and pasta (whoops) with veggies and shrimp.  But not the usual fast food grease fest!  Thinking about it made me feel super gross. So maybe the skinny rules have helped my body discriminate what makes it feel good and what makes it feel bad, even if my STUPID MIND is way behind!

Then, today I was so full and not even hungry.  Smoothie for breakfast with one veggie sausage, then chicken salad (oh yeah I have RECIPES to post!)  Work was LOOONG and STRESSFUL and I had to pick up a 120 lb screaming child (girl) off the ground like 5 times while she pulled my hair. Awesome.  Met a friend for some tea and ended up grabbing Chipotle for dinner because I couldn’t stand the thought of cooking 😦 So, eating out binge continues.  

What did I learn from Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules?

  • whole grains are delicious, filling, and way better for you than anything bleached and processed. You should eat some.
  • Sugar is bad, bad, bad.  It’s in everything but you don’t want it.  
  • Coffee tastes good with almond milk!
  • Kelp noodles are the bomb.  6 calories per serving? I’ll have 12.
  • Veggies are my best friend.  Second is fruits (in the morning)
  • Soup is delicious, quick, healthy, and fills you up!
  • I don’t have to slave over the stove for hours every night to have a healthy home cooked meal.
  • My boyfriend will still love me if I don’t make him delicious cheesy food every night.
  • My boyfriend doesn’t really like to eat what I like, and that’s ok.
  • I’m a “don’t” person, not a “Can’t” person. (as in, I DON”T eat that food, not I CAN’T)
  • If I DO eat that food, that’s my choice and I have to deal with that. But I won’t be mad or hate myself, I will just move on.
  • My stomach can feel when I am full.
  • My body can tell when I am eating healthy.
  • Drinking makes me fat. And sick. I shouldn’t do it, even if all my pretty cool amazing friends are peer pressuring me!  (well, maybe one but THAT’s IT!) (This isn’t really from Bob Harper, this is more what my body’s been trying to tell me since High School!)

So, there’s probably a lot more nutrition facts I learned too.  But I feel these are some really important things that following (mostly) the skinny rules for 20 days has taught me.  And I plan to continue.  I may not be the biggest or fastest loser, but I am a loser!  And I can’t let anything get in my way.  I actually crave healthy food now, so I need to keep it that way.  Thanks Bob Harper!  

TOTAL POUNDS LOST DURING THE SKINNY RULES 20 DAY CHALLENGE: 7!  

Not amazing results, probably because I didn’t work out and I didn’t follow all of them all the time. But I wanted a lifestyle change, not a diet.  And I’ve lost 20 lbs in a month before just to gain back 25.  So if I lost 7 over 3 weeks and I can keep going down, I will be a happier, healthier person. 

Namaste!

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Egg (almost) White Salad

I got this idea from Trader Joes (as usual.)

I usually don’t like egg salad because it’s too creamy and stinky, and, kind of gross.  I bought TJ’s eggwhite salad because it was low fat, high protein, and sounded good!  It was. I decided to put my own twist on it at home.  I used a few yolks for extra creaminess, but honestly, they’re not even necessary.  The mustard gives it a little kick, the bell peppers a little sweetness, the smoked paprika a little smokiness that is unusual for egg salad.

Easy, healthy, and tasty? I’ll take it!

Egg (almost) White Salad

Ingredients:

  • 9 hardboiled eggs, yolks removed (I left 3 yolks in but use your own discretion)
  • 1/2 red or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp low fat mayonnaise (I used olive oil mayo)
  • 2 tsp whole grain dijon mustard
  • Salt, Pepper and smoked paprika to taste

Mix ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Serve with crackers, whole wheat pita or flat breads, or on a sandwich!

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Skinny rules challenge day 5: eat your fiber!

Day 5 of my skinny rules challenge!

Today’s rule: eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day.

Légumes

Légumes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought this would be pretty easy if you were following other rules, such as eating whole grains and lots of vegetables.  So, I didn’t really try to hard on this one.  I was like “hey, there’s no way I’m not eating enough fiber with all that whole wheat and barley and stuff!”  I added up my totals on Spark People and saw I was well below my goal!  I realized I had forgotten to include raspberries, lettuce, a persian cucumber and some seaweed salad. I added an apple to see if I ate that what would happen.  That still only brought me to about 28 grams of fiber!  So I ate another handful of raspberries and that rounded me up to an even 30.  Whoa! I guess getting fiber is harder than I thought!

The foods that are high in fiber are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.  Some of Bob Harper’s (and my) favorites are:

  • Strawberries (9 grams/1/2 cup!)

    English: Alaska wild berries from the Innoko N...

    English: Alaska wild berries from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Apples (4 grams/ 1 medium)
  • Squash (4.5 grams/ 1 cup)
  • Spinach (7 grams/ 1 cup)
  • Zucchini (8 grams/ 1 cup)
  • Garbanzo beans (3.5 grams/ 1/4 cup)
  • Whole grain pasta (6 grams/ 2 oz. dry)

Legumes (beans, lentils, etc) also have a crazy amount of fiber!

The problem I think I will have with this is that an upcoming rule (oh no!) is to not eat carbs after lunch 😦 I’m very sad about that rule and I think I am going to struggle with it!  But also,  a lot of foods that are high in fiber are also high in carbs (I think), like fruit, beans, grains etc.  So, I guess you eat those in the morning and the roughage-y vegetables at night?  Sad jojo.

Today I did a really good job following all my rules!  I drank a ton of water, managed to get a glass in before every meal.  I didn’t even put any agave in my coffee and had unsweetened iced tea after work.  I had tons of protein, didn’t eat any refined grains, and worked in all my fiber!  My body is feeling better even though I’m actually sick.

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast, canadian bacon, 1/2 slice cheese, raspberries

Lunch: Whole wheat pita, turkey, home made hummus, lettuce, cucumber

Snack: Kashi whole grain crackers, kale yogurt dip, egg white salad

Dinner: Soup! (I know, it’s hot! but I have a cold)  I made a soup out of leftover chicken and barley, tomatoes, onions, frozen kale, and seaweed salad! SOO good and filling and super low cal.

After dinner: Apple and handful of raspberries.

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My night: Soup, homework, water 

Tomorrow: Eat apples and berries every single day!

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