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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. :)

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Safeway Loves Me, The Conspiracy & Convenience Food

They really do! Look at that beautiful grocery ad for the week! Chicken breasts are on sale & we are literally down to our last three pieces of chicken in the freezer... so its perfect timing. Honestly chicken is almost always on sale at one store another so that's not such a BIG deal. But, look right next to the chicken & see BLUEBERRIES. They are buy one get one free!!!!!! I am soooooo happy about this. Blueberries are my absolute favorite fruit, but they are just too expensive for me to buy fresh during the winter unless they are on sale. Needless to say, I haven't had any in a LONG time. Frozen ones just don't do it for me... so I wait patiently for the fresh and now it appears my wait is over! Yay!



This is what I took along to kids group for my dinner last night...





And, its what I was thinking of as my Mom was munching away on her Doritos. I packed it in one of those Fit & Fresh bowls I picked up at Ross a couple weeks ago. It worked out perfectly, other than the included spoon that kept wanting to fold, lol. Breakfast for Dinner... but until I get to the grocery store again its all about getting creative in this house.

Update on the alliance/conspiracy: To be crystal clear, I have NO (well almost no) interest in what my Mom and The Husband choose to eat as long as they don't push it on me. If they want to gorge themselves on cheeseburgers & pizza more power to em. Selfish perhaps, but my main concern is making sure I'm putting mostly healthy things in my body... cuz lets be real here, I still LOVE all of those indulgent foods... but I CHOOSE to limit them. And, naturally I want to help my son learn to eat a healthy diet... I'm pretty lucky there, as he is usually happier with an apple than candy.

The best way to manage the conspiracy: To go back to the basics of what I did to lose the first 45 pounds. Novel idea right? Do what was working and put it on repeat! That means healthy foods only in the house, unless I plan for an indulgence. Restaurants limited to 1-2 times a week. Being firm about my gym time & dietary needs. And perhaps most importantly, saying a big fat NOOOOOOOO!!!!! when the time calls for it.


I took the day off from the gym... and did this with the time...






I prepared some "convenience" food... which was desperately needed. Lettuce & celery chopped... waiting eagerly to be mixed with other ingredients for tasty salads. Measured Bare Naked Fit granola, almonds and chicken & beef jerky (high in sodium... but its a weakness that I allow for once in awhile). All of the bags are labeled with the amount, calorie & fat content...so I'm reminded of EXACTLY what I'm putting in my body when I reach for a bag. Taking the couple extra minutes to do that helps immensely as I go through the week. Often, I will mix and match with the bags to get the calories I'm allotting myself for a snack; so it makes it really easy to adapt to whatever I'm craving at any given time.

Random question: What kitchen appliance do you find the most helpful in your healthy lifestyle?


7 comments:

Grace said...

This mini snack idea is brilliant! I dont know how many times i'm in the kitchen and I reach for a handful of crasins or sunflower seeds!! Those calories add up. Im gonna use your idea!

Julie, The Accidental Fat Chick said...

They definitely add up & fast if you're not careful! I didn't mention it in the the post, but I break a lot of snacks into half servings (like 1/2 oz almonds, 1/8 c granola) because I tend to have a grazing habit. Besides sometimes you just don't need that much to be satisfied, especially if you're eating almonds with a piece of fruit or something like that.

fitncrafty said...

I think planning is the key to long term health and weight loss...

My favorite appliance right now is my ipod with lose it on the helping me keep a reality check...

However in the kitchen it's a real toss up between the blender, slow cookers and food processor... I use the blender and food processor almost daily and the crock pot a few times a week!

Have a great week!

PhluffyPrincess said...

that was time well spent! i'm sure your week will go so smoothly! i'm glad u are dealing with your mom's snacking so well! ahhhh the advantages of living alone!

She woke up FAT said...

It's a tie between my digital scale and the food processor.

I have been making up the snack packs for a few years now. I do it for my kids. I buy the smaller snack sized zip bags and divide up the gold fish before they even know I know them. This stops them from eating the whole bag and it makes it easy to pack lunchboxes in the morning. Only recently did I start doing it for myself. Although I am feeling a bit guilty about all the bags I use. I try to save them and reuse but more get tossed then I would like. Maybe I should switch to containers.

LauraLynne said...

prepackaging snacks is brilliant - I do my protein that way too (I'm big on getting my protein in). I use my George Forman grill at least once a week to cook up loads of chicken breasts and turkey burgers. Mostly meal portions but I have snack portions as well. I like that labeling idea though - that would be a great tool to teach my daughter! Thank you!!

keep it up!!

LauraLynne

Enz said...

My immersion blender is the most useful thing, I use it for everything, soups, smoothies, whipped coffee and hot chocolate...mixing p/b and silken tofu - I would be lost without it, and funnily enough, its the least expensive appliance I own!