Today is BL day 8. I had the best breakfast this morning and I wanted to tell you about it so you can try it! I drained and rinsed 3/4 c. of diced tomatoes, plain. I like the TJ’s diced tomatoes without salt because they taste just like my home canned diced tomatoes, which I am out of already, in March. Darn! Then, I minced up two cloves of garlic, added it to the tomatoes with a sprinkle of basil, and sauteed this mixture in 1/2 t. olive oil. After the garlic and tomatoes were getting soft and slightly brown, I added five egg whites and then cooked it on both sides as an omelet. When that was done I added 2 T. of fresh-grated Parmesan cheese on the top and kept the pan on the burner until it was melted. It was enough for Matt and I to eat for breakfast and it was ridiculously good. So good, that he called me from work to compliment my cooking! (This is a BL recipe and one that had me drooling!) It stuffed me, too. With food this tasty, it is easy to eat healthy. I didn’t even need to add salt. It was just perfect. It also forced me to drink two huge glasses of water as I ate it, because it was really rich!
It might have something to do with me starting this program a few days out from having the stomach flu, but after seven days my clothes are fitting awesome. (Well, except my jeans- they look pretty silly right now, they’re baggy in spots!) I was able to wear just a fitted tee shirt with a scarf to our show on Saturday morning and I looked decent! Even a few weeks ago my stomach was too roll-y to do that. I notice a big difference in the size of my “gut.” I am not weighing until after the 30 Day (or until Good Friday, which is when I have my next measurement session with Chris.) I have no idea how much or if I’ve lost, but there is a very obvious difference in my belly and bottom under my clothes.
Kate, Jack and I went out to eat on Friday night while Matt and Hannah were at a preschool dad-event. It was SO HARD to not go to Runza (mmm) but I chose Subway, which I don’t really even like that much- but I decided it was about taking Kate out somewhere special and NOT about what we were going to eat. I had the 12 grain bread, one of the light sandwiches and I skipped the cheese, the mayo and the olive oil. My only condiment was vinegar. I also skipped the chips, but I did eat the 1/4 cookie Jack didn’t finish. My company was so fabulous that I left with a happy heart and lack of a bloated tummy. Felt great.
Saturday, we did some errand running after my bandmates and I played at the local coffee shop. We ended up at a small local joint with good homemade onion rings and yummy homemade horseradish-type dressing. It was my one allowance of unhealthy eating last week and I have to tell you, after about five of the onion strings, I was running to the bathroom. I was glad at that point that I ordered a salad for my meal and left the dressing on the side. Last week must of been sort of like a detox, because my body did not want any junk on Saturday. I did have an awesome Irish Mocha at the coffeeshop, though, and it was great to earn that with all of our hard work singing and playing.
Sunday, we went to another local town to get our pickup, which has been in the shop getting some kind of doo-dad we needed to pull our camper. Matt is really gung-ho about getting it ready for April 1, which is the first day “they say” you can safely drain the winterizing fluid out of it and camp inside. He is ready. The girls and I hit the local big-box and then the Starbucks drive-through, which I ended up in purely by habit. I ordered their drink to share before I realized what I was doing! I planned on only allowing myself ONE trip a week and only on dance night. So, I tried an iced skinny vanilla latte with nonfat milk and NO cream. It was HEAVENLY. But, I could totally make it at home. I have a feeling Starbucks will be seeing much less of my cash in the future now that I have my own iced coffee in the refrigerator and mine has much less fat and sugar added.
One last thing. Over the weekend, I was motivated by our friend Megan to get myself in a 5K. So, after a quick chat with my friend/trainer Chris, I am registering for one in August. Chris thinks this is absolutely reasonable, to train for this without injury, and I picked a fun run- a mud run, to be my first. I am really excited and she is working up a program for me sometime in the near future.
Here’s to week two! I have a lot of good things to look forward to on the menu this week and hope to keep feeling as awesome as I do this very moment. I am doing something out-of-character for me right now: the children are in the yard, barefoot and in their pajamas, soaking up the last seconds of our HOT March while I sit on the porch with my laptop and icy coffee watching the clouds roll in. It is supposed to rain all week and I am going to miss us spending every free second in the sun!