As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am eating on the go. I am going with a protein shake that I can drink in the car along with a piece of fresh fruit. I love the idea of taking oatmeal or something similar with me to eat when I get there, but that is just not realistic for me. The minute I walk in the door I am busy. I cannot make it from the door to my office without someone needing me for something. It is just par for the course in my profession. If I start to eat breakfast in my office it could literally take me two hours to finish because of all the interruptions. Soooo, I am going to stick with food that can be eaten while driving down the highway. I have my protein shakes ready to go and plenty of fresh fruit. So far so good on breakfast.
I eat lunch with a group of colleagues. Someone is always bringing in cake or cookies or brownies or fried chicken. For the past several weeks I have had a real difficult time saying "no." I have decided to start though. I think the first step is by making food for lunch that is satisfying. If I am looking at a lunch that is smallish and that I am still hungry after eating, that fried chicken is gonna look damn good. This week I tried a new recipe (Thank you, Pinterest) for Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup. It a reasonable amount of calories for a pretty generous serving. It is also filling. Therefore, paired with some fruit or yogurt, it makes a great lunch.
I topped it with a sprinkle of reduced fat colby jack cheese and a few crumbled, organic tortilla chips. I ate this for dinner last night and had not had any grains for the day, so I used a few more. I would probably cut that in half for a lunch serving. It was outstanding!! It actually reminded me a little bit of the tortilla soup from Max and Erma's -- only not as spicy. I cannot take any credit for this recipe at all, because I found it online. Go here and you will find this great recipe posted by a fellow blogger. She even has a recipe for making your own cream of chicken soup, so that it is an even cleaner recipe. I honestly, used the 98% fat free canned version, but I could see myself making my own in the future and freezing it for recipes.
I have to go to a luncheon at work today. I have gone to the same luncheon each year for the past 4 years, so I can anticipate what will be served. The meal itself is usually not bad-- typically it grilled chicken with potatoes or rice. They serve a tossed salad too. My strategy? Ignore the bread basket and pass on the mediocre dessert.
Dinner can be a little more complicated, because I have a picky household. I have decided on the following menu for the week:
Monday: Taco Salad
Tuesday: Grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and a sweet potato.
Wednesday: I typically make spaghetti, but so I can avoid the grains, I plan to make meatballs with sauce and pair it with a veggie.
Thursday: This is the night of the week I eat grains. It is Chipotle burrito bowl night. No worries though. I do not get any cheese on it and I get sour cream on the side. I use only a couple tablespoons worth of it.
Friday: We usually go out on Friday nights. I plan to figure out what I want ahead of time and go for a sensible option. No burgers and fries.
Saturday: Honestly, I have not planned for Saturday, but I will have plenty of leftover chicken and veggies. Will likely go for a round two of Tuesday's dinner.
Sunday: Darcy's birthday party. There will be some unhealthy options here,but I plan to avoid the cake and opt for meat and veggie choices.
As mentioned in yesterday's post, I am nursing an injury. I am doing much better, but I do not want to agitate things -- as it still is painful when I try to do certain everyday tasks. Instead of jogging 30 minutes at night, I will walk instead. Then, when I feel confident that my butt is back in business, I will begin jogging again. Activity is activity. As long as I do not spend the whole night on the couch, I consider that a victory.
So, there you have it -- my plan for this week! I am hoping that by sharing my plan, I will stay more accountable. Here's to a new week!