Cheat Meal Strategies + Food Prep Part I

Friday, August 23, 2013

Whew, I am so grateful that Friday is practically here. I am sooo done with this week.

Today was a particularly difficult day for me:

1) First, I woke up to my fiance asking about the coffee machine because apparently I forgot to put water in it last night for this morning's program. Whoops!

2) Almost immediately after, the sprinklers for our front lawn came on mysteriously as he was leaving, which turned out to be because of that nutty screw we need to replace in the sprinkler system. I spent a few minutes cursing at my failed attempts to turn the screw with a flathead screwdriver in the dark, since the sun hasn't come up yet. These problems are AWESOME at dawn!

3) My laptop decided that it wanted to go to computer heaven. AHHH! I just love computer problems. I spent the rest of the day fretting about spending who-knows-how-much on a new computer and trying in vain to save it all while trying to figure out how to complete work in between.

4) Because I was so darn busy, I didn't make it Costco until the afternoon. LATE afternoon. As in when all the samples are out and the casual shoppers are moseying about (versus right when Costco opens, which are when the pros shop; they are no nonsense and all business - love them!). I was so stressed out that I broke down and took down two or three samples and was *this* close to swiping a sample of some chocolate or other. Bleh.

Despite all the challenges I faced today, I admit that the day did end well. Looking back, I was pretty darn productive today! I got a ton of work done, prepped a bunch of food, and ... RESUSCITATED MY COMPUTER. Hallelujah, says my wallet! Whew.


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After last Saturday's 3000 calorie day (plus all the extra sugar I consumed in the days after), it's become evident that I need a strategy when eating my cheat meals. Whatever the plan may be, it has to be sustainable over my lifetime, because I don't plan on pigging out on a daily basis when I achieve my goal weight - after all, isn't the weight loss process practice for the maintenance phase? emoticon

1) Drink an entire glass of water first. Actually, I should be doing this before each meal, anyway.

2) Eat a salad FIRST. Fill up some of that tummy space BEFORE I eat the cheat meal.

3) If it's particularly high-caloric, split the serving in half. I will help this along by bringing a tupperware with me (hidden in my GINORMOUS purse!) so I can do this immediately. I may eat the other half later in the day or night, but the important thing for me is that I don't eat it in one sitting.

4) CHEW! Namely, enjoy each luscious bite. Not only will chewing slowly take up more of the 20 minutes it takes to fill up, but I should really be savoring and appreciating each taste I take.

5) NO DESSERT, that is, unless it's fruit or something sugar-free. I don't mind eating dessert, it's the sugar that creates that crazy binging cycle.every.time. No, no, NO!

6) Try my best to fit in a workout that morning. They say it helps you make better nutrition decisions throughout the day, and for me, it works probably 85% of the time.

Do you have any suggestions on cheat meals? I'd love to hear them!

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I managed to beat the sun this morning. Is it me or is the sun rising later now?

After I got the coffeemaker going, I enjoyed myself a mug:

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Some furry action from this a.m.:

The dog looks huge next to the cats!

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On today's fitness agenda: active rest day - 40 minute walk

After a super stressful morning, I absolutely needed this walk. There's nothing like a (Well, a glass of wine always helps but ... walks with the dog are good too heh) of wine always helps but ... walks with the dog are good too heh)

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Today's breakfast was easy and fast thanks to last night's prep work:

Overnight oats with peaches. MMMM. Into the mix: 1/3 cup oatmeal, 4 oz plain unsweetened Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp sweetener, a drop of vanilla extract, cinnamon, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, and microwaved peaches (with juice that oozed after cooking - yum!).

I've never been a lover of peaches, but my peach tree bore me fruit this year (hooray!!), lending myself an opportunity to make better friends with the fruit. I've found that they are especially yummy when microwaved for one minute; they come out tasting just like the peaches that come in cans and jars, but without added sugary and syrup. Look out for more peachy breakfasts coming up!

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I used the last of the taco meat on top of my salad today, along with a few shakes of hot sauce. Easy, fast,delicious, and filling.

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After lunch, I went to Costco for another food haul and started prepping food when I got back. Since I started so late, I was only able to do half, with the rest to do tomorrow. Here's what I did today:

Rotisserie chicken is always sooo good, but at $4.99 per entire chicken at Costo? It tastes even more delicious! Haha.

I peeled the skin off the entire chicken and broke it into several pieces for easy grabs later. I have one breast in the fridge for tomorrow's lunch and the rest in the freezer for next week's meals.

Cauliflower rice, heya! Costco actually sold cauliflower by the bags today, so I had to snag two - so much easier than cutting the heads myself. By the way, if you use a food processor, I recommend that you use the shredding disc/blade. The texture of the shredding disc will actually make the "rice" texture resemble uncannily close to real rice. I think standard blades are better for making cauliflower mashed potatoes. I actually read this tip somewhere and tested it today, so thought I'd pass that tip on. emoticon

Trimmed green bean, perfect for a two minute steam in the microwave or a quick saute. (FYI, Bruno got some for dinner night and he approves!) emoticon

I still have some more food to prep, but I ran out of time today - more tomorrow. emoticon

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I had the house to myself tonight, so I had the pleasure of a night off from cooking - yippee!

Dinner came from today's bounty: rotisserie chicken breast, steamed green beans and cauliflower "rice (seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper).

I closed up the evening with a serving of frozen grapes. emoticon

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When I've had a difficult day, I like to end it by listing a few positive things before I got to bed. It's something I like to do sometimes so I can actually wrap up the day in a good note so that I can wake up tomorrow like it truly is a new day.

Since I listed four challenges I faced in the beginning of this post, I will match it by listing four positive things that happened today:

1) The cashier at Costco gave me all my discounts even though I forgot to show her my coupon book.

2) My dog was extremely good today and went bat-crazy only a handful of times.

3) Our dog's daycare/kennel told my fiance that Bruno was their favorite dog!

4) I fixed my laptop! I know I mentioned this already, but since our entire business relies on my laptop, it is such a relief that I won't be sidelined at all for the sake of buying a new computer then spending all that time installing my programs and such. WHEW.

By the way, I'll be attending a baseball game tomorrow night, so there's a slight chance that I won't post tomorrow. Wish me luck on making good food decisions - because I'm gonna need it!

I hope your day was better than mine. If not, then hold on - it's almost Friday. emoticon

See ya tomorrow!

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    wow that's so awesome that Costco sells cauliflower sucks that I don't work by a Costco anymore :( I get a lot at Sam's club because I can work there from work. Thanks for the tip about the shredding disc! I will try that next time. :)

    Gah, it sounded like you had such a terrible morning. It was good that you reflected a bit about the good points of the day. :)
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  • JESSG711
    I love how you end things on a positive note! I also need to make a Costco run (but am dreading it due to the crazy shoppers emoticon ) I hope mine has the cauliflower in bags too because I want to make the cauliflower pizza crust that was featured in yesterday's recipe of the day! Love your posts about your days! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    2748 days ago
    You had a very productive day ... it's important to stay ahead of the chaos and be prepared as you are (I'm working on it). Hope you have a great weekend.
    2749 days ago
    Gosh, and I thought that I was the only one who prefers shopping first thing in the morning, before all the "amateur" shoppers come out. emoticon
    I love your prep work. I'm also intrigued by your listing of four positives to offset the four negatives. I'm going to try this myself, thanks!
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