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Ooooh yeah! Probably the only flavoring I will have for the next 7 weeks.

Ooooh yeah! Probably the only flavoring I will have for the next 7 weeks.

Sesame crusted salmon, steamed veggies, and brown rice.. not too bad for airport food!

Sesame crusted salmon, steamed veggies, and brown rice.. not too bad for airport food!

Ringing in a New Year!

Ok, so it’s that time of year for New Year’s resolutions. And obviously I have to make at least a few. I’d like to be able to come back to this on NYE 2012 (if the world doesn’t end before that) and see how many I stuck to. 

  1. Start my new year with a month of Paleo lifestyle. That’s right, January 2012 is taking it to a whole new level of clean eating.
  2. Put $10k away in savings.
  3. Be more generous.
  4. Spend more time with my family.
  5. Get my sugar and shopping addiction under control again…
Grrr…

So two things: 1. my car’s starter is dead. Ka-put. This blows. This is an extra couple hundred I’m going to have to spend during the holiday season. That’s fabulous. 2. Now I’m upset and still have to go to the gym (which I’m avoiding like Ebola). 3. I still have to finish this paper. 4. I’m going through gum withdrawals. Annnnnnd 5. I finally have a signature! Here it issssss…

Progress! 17 Weeks Out

Ok, so I’m 17 weeks out from my competition, which seems so far away but really isn’t. Basically, after I get back from Ireland there’s no time for messing around.  From then on, it’s two a days and grilled chicken. I’ve made progress but not nearly as much as I’d hoped, so it’s encouraging and disappointing at the same time and I’m trying hard not to get stressed. Starting my journey in August here were my measurements:

Chest - 35”
Waist - 28”
Hips - 33”
Thighs - 23.5”
And as of today, here are my measurements:
Chest- 34”
Waist - 26.5”
Hips - 32”
Thighs - 22”
There’s definite overall improvement there, which is good, but I’ve got a LOT more fat to shed and some muscle mass to put on in these next few weeks.  I may even have to push my goal date to a show in the beginning of May :-( Let’s hope not, but I’ve really got to kick some ass here in the next 17 weeks.

PB&J “Omelette”

So I definitely should have taken a picture of this because it was DYN-O-MITE awesome, but alas I forgot. Womp womp. Basicallly, I made simple quick oats “pancakes” but without the egg, so I made it into one BIG, thin “pancake” (kind of like a crepe)! Then I mixed up salt-free cottage cheese, natty peanut butter, and a tiny bit of preserves and used that for the filling. Then folded the “pancake” in half. I guess it’s really more of a huge, unrolled crepe than an omelette, but regardless, it was SO GOOD. Really satisfies my craving for PB&J :-) Fresh fruit would be good instead of the preserves, or sugar-free jelly!

Clean PB&J

Bread”:

1/4 c. Quick Oats

1/4 c. salt-free/low fat cottage cheese

a tad of baking soda

a little touch of milk

***optional: an egg white (or whole egg) will give it more density and more protein!!! It works just fine without the egg white though.

Filling: 

1/4 c. cottage cheese

1 tbsp natty peanut butter

1 tbsp of jelly (or other fruit)

Directions:

1. Put all of the “bread” ingredients into a blend and blend until it comes to the consistency of pancake batter.

2. Mix all “filling” ingredients in a small bowl or container. 

3. Pour the “bread” ingredients into a heated pan on stove. Wait until the edges are cooked and the middle of the pancake is bubbling, then flip. Both sides should end up a light brown. 

4. Remove “bread” from the pan onto a large plate and spread the filling onto one side of the bread. Then fold so it looks like an omelette! :-)

5. ENJOY!!!!