Zoodles!

If you don’t already have a spiralizer in your home, you need one! I can not tell you how many times a week I make zoodles. It can be an excellent spaghetti replacement and it has also been an addition to a nice cold “pasta” salad” recently.

quick recipe:

2 zucchinis

1-2 tsp olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

salt

pepper

garlic, minced

6 cherry tomatoes

1 pound chicken breast shredded

Directions:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini and set aside
  2. mix the salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic and set aside.
  3. Dice up cherry tomatoes and mix with zucchini and olive oil mix tossing gently.
  4. Add the chicken breast to the mix
  5. Serve cold

Zucchini Chips-my new obsession

These are so tasty and incredibly simple to make
INGREDIENTS
  • large zucchinis
  • Olive oil spray
  • Kosher salt/pepper/garlic powder etc
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Slice your zucchini into super thin slices with a knife or mandolin.
  3. After you slice your zucchini, place the slices on a sheet of paper towels and take another paper towel to draw out excess moisture.
  4. Arrange zucchini on the baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Season very lightly since they will shrink and have strong flavors.
  6. Bake for 2+ hours until they start to brown and aren’t soggy and are crisp.18951110_10102956619467748_1203178232160430783_n.jpg

One Week down of the “Revamp”

So checking in since it has been one week since I decided to do a revamp of protocol eating and wanted to drop some excess weight. Since last week I have dropped 6.6 pounds, 3 inches and I am feeling better physically, which is the most important thing to me.

What I have found that is helping me succeed:

  1. Meal prepping is the key. I am making/baking in bulk so that I don’t have to make new things every day.
  2. Drinking lots of water. Keeps me fuller longer.
  3. I am not beating myself up if I need to have an extra packet because it is better than grabbing a bag of potato chips or chowing down on something that will make me feel badly.

Catch you all next week! I am working on a veggie chip recipe that I should have for you soon!

Knowing when its time to reboot

Hello lovelies…Its been a little while since my last post because of a myriad of reasons, but the bottom line is, its time for a reboot. As I write this, Andrew and I are returning from our two-week honeymoon where we let go completely. I’d like to write and say we enjoyed every moment of indulgence, but the truth is we didn’t. The whales were amazing, the bald eagles stunning, but besides feeling sick from a cold, we also felt not the best from all the food we ate. So, just like we did when we were in Paris December 2015 before we made the commitment to start IP the first time, we made the commitment to reboot IP for the next couple months together effective tomorrow, Sunday, May 28th, 2017. We are nervous and excited because we both are feeling our clothes tighter and that is our 2 alarm signal to restart once more.

We will be weighing in weekly, I’ll be posting blogs with recipes, and we will keep each other accountable. Looking forward to being on this journey with Y’all again ❤

Every day I’m Shuffling

Life is the bay area is fast paced and busy. I currently work two jobs which take me into four different settings, enjoying newly wedded life, studying for licensing exams, friend to many, and doggy and kitty mommy to two. Having phased off of Ideal Protein in August of last year, making sure I maintain my progress has also been a large part of my daily life. Every day is a choice. Every morning when I wake up, I want to plan out what I will eat and if I can squeeze in something physical. If I don’t walk at least 5,000 steps, I feel as though I have been too sedentary for the day.

Example:

Goal for today:

Avoid simple carbohydrates

Drink all of my water

Do something active: Going rock climbing later and taking Z on a walk

Cook double portions for dinner to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow

 

What are your goals for the day?

A woman with a plan

I am a person who likes to write everything down; shopping lists, client assignments for the day, favorite band names, and what I’m eating. I have found when I am most successful with following a plan is when I write down all the food I plan to eat for the day, first thing in the morning. I like being able to see the distribution of all my calories for the day and then I have a structure to follow.

On the days that I am going out for the evening, I like to plot out everything I plan to eat before then. I then have a better idea of what I will have allocated for later.

How do you track?

Sometimes it is moment to moment

I have been lucky enough to travel a lot over the last several months for various reasons. While I have enjoyed the adventures and experiences immensely, my resolve and dedication definitely slipped. I find myself up in weight, my clothes fitting more tightly than I would like them to, and overall a feeling of malaise. This morning, coming back from a quick weekend in NYC for my husband’s 30th birthday, I stepped on the scale and exhaled deeply; it was time to make a change.

So with that, I am back to a reboot. Will I be perfect? I hope so, but in this moment I am perfect. In this moment I am eating my packets and veggie/proteins. Taking my pills and drinking my water. I will do this and I will maintain my goals because I am a dedicated fighter to a challenge.

In this moment…..I know what I want and how to get there.