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How "The Accidental Fat Chick" Hatched...

Welcome to The Accidental Fat Chick's new online home!

During the summer 0f 2008, I woke up one morning with a drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I've made many changes and lost nearly 50 pounds. Many of my friends and family members have come to me, asking about what I'm doing & how I'm doing it. While I certainly would never claim to be an expert, I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way.

So after careful thought... "The Accidental Fat Chick" has hatched... with the hope of helping at least one person and to be the accountability I need to finish what I started. :)

Thank you for visiting!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Plastic Bags or Containers???

This came up in the comments from my last post. If you prep food ahead, what do you use for food storage - plastic bags or containers?

I use a combination of both - see these two drawers in my kitchen are devoted to them! :)

The plastic bags are handy & I can easily label right on them. But I keep thinking about how many of them I use, the money they cost & if it might be better financially (long-term) & environmentally to switch more of my "convenience" foods over to plastic containers. I just don't care for the idea that I'm being wasteful.

I did some searching online for small (approx. 1-2 oz) size containers that come with lids... for things like a tablespoon of sliced almonds or salad dressings. Yes, I would measure everything ahead if it was possible. If I could just throw all my meals together in assembly line fashion I would be in bliss. Anyhow, the only ones I could find were from Tupperware and a little spendy, especially considering the quantity I would need. If anyone knows of any other tiny containers like this, I'd love to hear about them. :)

On to other news... The Around the World Challenge at the gym starts on Monday!

The requirements are pretty tough, and I know from experience it sucks in a major way if you get behind. I dusted off the calculator (ok, I found it on my phone lol) and figured out exactly how much I'd have to do for each part if I did that part every day, 30 days & 20 days. I tested the numbers to see how its going to go on the bike, circuit machines & elliptical tonight... just trying to get a feel for how much time I'm going to have to spend in the gym. I'm thinking its a pretty good idea to pack a blanket & pillow in the car so I can just live there, lol. It looks like it will take 2-3 hours a day... if I go 30 of the 43 days. Granted I might get through some of it faster if I lowered the resistance level, but I don't see how that is in the best interest of my long term goals, so I don't want to do it just for the sake of getting in the miles or sets. Now if it gets down to the last day, I may change my mind about that, lol.
I'm kicking meal planning & food prep into high gear over the next couple days... so hopefully I will be prepared when Monday morning rolls around. A question though... my calorie burn at the gym is going to jump from about 800 to 1500-2000. With the increase in calories burned, should I modify my calorie intake? And if so, how much?
Geesh, I'm all full of questions tonight! lol
Oh, I saw a sneak peek at the prizes they are giving away this year. It looks like they tripled the number of prizes & some of them are awesome. One is an overnight stay at a historical hotel/spa that I've been dying to go to since I was 16. Definitely something to keep my tush moving when I wanna curl up in a ball & die!
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)


LauraLynne said...

I would start by upping the calories a little and see how you feel. As long as you've got the energy, I would take advantage of the deficit - but that's me.
And for smaller containers - is there a restaurant supply store by you? I'm guessing they've got a wide selection of "disposable" containers (which actually wash up pretty good!) They'll come in 1 and 2 oz size I would think...

Scuttleboose said...

DEFINITELY up the calories - you may want to ask a nutritionist about how much. If you're spending 1500-2000 calories a day, that's an entire day's nutrition. Also, if you take in too few calories, your metabolism will slow down to prevent starvation mode.

I always get lots of tupperware the day after Thanksgiving (usually Walmart and Target have huge sets for less than $10). I know it doesn't help right now, but maybe a few months down the line! :)

Good luck with the challenge!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Just found your blog and am loving it! I cant beieve how organized you have your stuff I wish mine could be like that!

PhluffyPrincess said...

i use containers to pack lunch/dinner, but i also use bags as well. washing dishes has to be my least favorite activity so i must admit, if i can go disposable, i do.