The last couple weeks have been a little rough. I’m in some pretty constant pain, I’ve been so tired every day, and I haven’t been as positive. I think it’s a pretty expected crash after weeks and weeks of constant moving. That’s my personality though – I go, push myself, constantly doing something, practically manic – then boom. The drop. It’s like mutiny. Anyway, I haven’t missed any gym time and I’ve been eating decently well but I notice I’m constantly making excuses for myself. Before, when I was working out hard it was making it easier and easier to eat right. I didn’t really have cravings and everything felt so simple. Now, it’s effort. It’s hard for me to tell if I’m being balanced with myself, or if I’m letting myself off easy. Lately, I’ve been working out so hard that I’m starving and apparently that leads me to the McDonalds drive thru for some breakfast burritos. I guess the upside is that I always fit it into my macros so I’m not overeating, but I’m also not happy with the choice.
Anyway, I haven’t missed any gym time and I’ve been eating well (most of the time) but I notice I’m constantly making excuses for myself. Before, when I was working out hard it was making it easier and easier to eat right. I didn’t really have cravings and everything felt so simple. Now, it’s effort. It’s hard for me to tell if I’m being balanced with myself, or if I’m letting myself off easy. Lately, I’ve been working out so hard that I’m always starving and that has been leading me to fast food more often than I’d like. I guess the upside is that I always fit it into my macros so I’m not overeating, but I’m also not happy with the choice. I know it will make me feel like a crappy slug, yet I choose to fit it into my diet. Maybe it’s a habit, a crutch, or just enjoyable. I guess it’s up to me to figure out.
Well, I am making a choice now to see it as a new phase. My fascination with my body which seemed to change every day is now slowing. My workouts are harder, longer, and my body is stronger, I can feel that. But I feel like I’m constantly forgetting where I started. Instead of praising myself for what I’ve done, I’m putting myself down for not getting there faster, not already being at my goal, not starting sooner. Just negative thoughts that keep me from being proud. I think I just need a little bit of perspective, some introspection, and some time.
Self-love kind of feels like it’s the hardest kind. Why am I so forgiving with everyone around me but I get so angry with myself? Strange. I feel like that anger is starting to manifest in other ways. I find myself getting anxious to the point of panic when I haven’t figured out macros before eating something. That’s not a good thing, that’s just replacing over eating with compulsive counting. I’m constantly trying to evaluate how I’m feeling and doing because I desperately want to improve. Sometimes though, it just feels like I’m standing still. Change takes time and that is okay with me. I just need some patience.
This week I’m sharing 5 of my favorite go-to recipes. I’m so happy with these. They’re macro friendly, keep you full, and are easy to prep!
I hope you guys are having a great week. Keep me posted on your progress!
The Holy Grail Oatmeal Recipe
I absolutely love this stuff. I am not a fan of oatmeal, not in the slightest. It took David months and months of making me eat bites of his bowls of snot. Lol it grosses me out, truly. Anyway, I decided to try recipe after recipe, desperate to get some more protein into my body I have now found my favorite. It tastes great, I never get sick of it, It keeps me full for hours, and it gives me so much energy. Must try!
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 large ripe banana, mashed
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 to 3 teaspoons honey, optional
- Sliced bananas, chopped peanuts, and cinnamon, for serving
- In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, bring milk to a boil, watching carefully so that it doesn’t boil over. Stir in oats, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cover for a few minutes. Stir in mashed banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Stir in honey, to taste, if desired. Top with sliced bananas, chopped peanuts, and additional cinnamon before serving.Source
OH YES. Sun Dried tomato, Spinach, and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
- 2 small chicken breasts (6oz/180g), boneless and skinless
- ½ cup sun dried tomato, cut into strips (oil packed. Use enough to cover the chicken)
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese (or other melting cheese of choice)
- Handful of spinach leaves
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice
- ½ tsp sugar (any)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp EACH Italian mixed her and red pepper flakes (Note 1)
- Salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
- Whisk together the Italian Dressing ingredients in a bowl. It will be thicker than salad dressing.
- Cut a pocket into each chicken breast, taking care not to cut all the way though.
- Coat the chicken (inside and out) with the Italian Dressing.
- Place chicken on work surface. Stuff with sun dried tomato, top with cheese then finish with spinach leaves. Just stuff in as much as you can.
- Seal with toothpicks (just stick them in on the diagonal – see photo in post).
- Heat oil in an ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add chicken and cook for 1½ minutes on each side, or until golden.
- Transfer to oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and chicken is cooked through. Rest for 3 minutes before serving, drizzled with the juices in the skillet.Source
The Breakfast Casserole you WILL get out of bed for
1 pound Honey Suckle Turkey/BreakfastSausage
1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
4 egg whites
2 whole eggs (yolk included)
1/3 cup 2% milk
1 (20 ounce) sweet potatoes (about 3 medium potatoes)
2 cups shredded mexican blend cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black
2 stocks thinly sliced green onions
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Add the sausage to a medium saute pan. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, crumbling the sausage with a spoon as it cooks. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of sausage grease in the saute pan, discarding the rest. Add the onion and green pepper* to the saute pan, and saute for 5 minutes until cooked. Add the seasoning and saute for an additional 2 minutes until fragrant. Pour the vegetable mixture into the mixing bowl with the sausage. Add finely chopped, lightly steamed sweet potatoes and 1 1/2 cups cheese to the mixing bowl with the sausage and veggies. Stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and black pepper until combined. Then add them to the potato mixture, and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a baking dish, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes and the top of the potatoes begin to slightly brown. Remove and let the casserole rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve!
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
- 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 small red onion, sliced thin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- several turns of freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- fresh cilantro for garnish
- tortillas, warmed
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine onion, bell pepper, shrimp, olive oil, salt and pepper and spices.
- Toss to combine.
- Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.
- Spread shrimp, bell peppers and onions on baking sheet.
- Cook at 450 degrees for about 8 minutes. Then turn oven to broil and cook for additional 2 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.
- Squeeze juice from fresh lime over fajita mixture and top with fresh cilantro.
- Serve in warm tortillas.
Crazy Good Beef and Broccoli
- 1 pound flank steak, sliced into 1/4 inch thick strips
- 3 cups small broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- Toss sliced beef in a large bowl with corn starch.
- Heat canola oil in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Add sliced beef and cook until it browns, a few minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Add broccoli and garlic to the pan, and stir. Add beef broth. Let simmer until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While waiting for the broccoli to cook, combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Add the reserved beef and sauce to the pan, and stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes so the sauce thickens a bit.
- Serve beef and broccoli over cooked white rice.