Black out

In two days, I’ve eaten oatmeal by candlelight three times.

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It’s quite possible that I didn’t prepare for the storm of the century as well as I’d hoped.

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I’m lucky, to say the least. My power is out, but my roommate and I are safely holed up in the apartment and my friends and family in the tristate area all made it through the 24 hours of wind and rain unscathed.

The damage around Fair Lawn is widespread and shocking, but only blips on the radar compared to the destruction elsewhere.

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Soon NJ Transit and the PATH will be back in service, and the subways will again pulse under New York

I’ve always lived close to the city, but working there, spending my lunch hour wandering up and down avenues, has given me a new appreciation for the big apple.

It’s hard to believe that in the last day some of the spots I’ve grown to love, like Battery Park, were flooded with water.

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Right now I’m typing this post on my phone, my tiny apartment is aglow with candlelight and I have a giant mug of apple spice tea by my side.

Sure, for some, Sandy has caused major upheaval, but I’m grateful for the time to indulge in simple pleasures. Reading in bed in the morning, walking into town and bonding with neighbors over the shared storm experience, and of course the forced time off from work hasn’t been too bad either.

I hope everyone affected is safe and dry! I’m off to Baltimore tomorrow to spend a few days with my roommate from college who has other pleasures waiting for me…namely electricity.

Now…The Numbers.

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 162

This week: 158

Change: -4

Total loss: 85

I realize this is a lot of weight to lose in one week..chalking it up to my current hurricane diet.

Click here for every weigh-in, ever.

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Ahhhchoo!

Every year, without fail, I get a cold around Halloween.

And unfortunately, this year was no different.

But despite the sniffles, I managed to have a great weekend.

Including another PR at a the HoBOOken Halloween 5K on Saturday.

I’m not even sure how, but I managed to run it in 32:30 – almost two minutes faster than the Runner’s World 5k!!

I think this was mostly due to the course being almost completely flat (and beautiful – we ran along the waterfront!), but it also may have had something to do with being chased by a big bad wolf… 😉

With such warm weather, I also had a chance to enjoy the Ramapo Reservation in its leafy prime.

Because I wasn’t feeling too well, I just did a short hike up to the lake and then a few loops around a flat trail, but it was enough to get my blood flowing and to enjoy some great views.

On Saturday night my (married!) friends Paul and Gowri stopped in to say hi and we feasted with some other Indian-food lovers at a nearby and new-to-me restaurant called Dosa House.

Paul leads expeditions through the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and is heading back there in a couple days, so this was the last time that I’ll see him for a few months.

It was masala dosas and thalis all around!

The rest of the weekend was spent preparing for Hurricane Sandy and pumping myself full of Vitamin C, elderberry, zinc, and hot tea. I’m hoping this is my one and only cold of the season.

Today I’ll be working from home since NJ Transit, the PATH, and all of the subways have been shut down.  It’s probably for the best since I’m still sneezing quite a bit.

Hopefully my apartment stays dry and the power stays on and I’ll be back with another post Wednesday.

Before I go – I just wanted to take a second to say how overwhelmingly touched I was by the amount of support, comments, feedback, encouragement and well wishes that I received on my last post. I’m always a bit nervous and apprehensive to hit publish on something that personal to me, but not once have I regretted sharing my life through this blog. When I’m tired, when I don’t feel like cooking, when I can’t run another step, and when I’m so frustrated that I want to scream – it’s knowing that there is a community of support out there that keeps me going. Thank you.

Two years and counting

Next week will mark the two year anniversary of my commitment to take on life. In that moment, I made a promise to treat myself only with love, through taking care of my mind and body in the best ways I knew how, by healthy (for me) eating, making exercise a priority, and a dedication to positive thinking.

Two years ago food was my answer to everything. My comfort. My happiness. I regularly ate at Wendy’s and McDonald’s. Two years ago it was not unusual for me to go through a half gallon of ice cream in two days.

Two years ago you would find me consuming family-size bags of potato chips and stuffing dozens of crumpled candy wrappers into the garbage.

Two years ago I was not able to run a quarter mile.

Two years ago, I stepped off the plane from Israel and onto a scale.

Two hundred and forty three pounds.

Two years ago I decided to take on my life. The good. The bad. The hurt and the happiness. I wanted it all.

Last night, I reread my journal from those 10 days in Israel, and I wanted to share a few excerpts with you. I’m hesitant to call this trip the “spark” to my journey, because I believe change can happen at any time, but for whatever reason, this was the catalyst to where I am now.

Oct. 21, 2010:

“I have so much anxiety on this trip. I was crying in the film room because I felt so closed in and stressed out. I don’t really know how to deal with it. I’m scared all the time that I’m not going to be able to do anything and everyone is going to hate me. I just don’t want to feel like this ever again. I don’t know if it’s my fat holding me back, my lack of physical fitness or a mental thing. I don’t know what to do.”

“I don’t want to miss out on anymore hikes but I don’t know what else to do. I am in PAIN, emotionally and physically. I’m stressed out and anxiety ridden. I’m just not getting anything out of this, and I really, really want to. I wanted to get away and get some perspective. Maybe this is teaching me to focus back on myself, start praying again and definitely start writing again. I think I just need to get back to my center and think about what is important and what I want for myself and my life.

Oct. 25, 2010

“We went to Masada today and the Dead Sea. I struggled a lot at Masada, but actually had a great time. I’m still a little worried about the hikes I have left, but they’re going to happen whether I’m scared or not so I might as well just accept that it’s going to hurt and it’s going to be painful but I’ll get through it and be stronger for it. I want to use this as a jumping point when I get back. Now that I know I can do these things I can really do anything. I really actually want to take time for myself and be really selfish and do exactly what I want to do.”

Oct. 27, 2010

I honestly have no interest in going out in Tel Aviv. I want to get back into a routine. I have no money and unless I get a routine going I’m not really going to have any money. This whole eating out thing has to stop. And this whole experience had definitely made me want to get into shape.”

After an intense 10 days of journaling and introspection, I came out of that trip realizing that I had a lifetime’s worth of habits that needed to change, and for the first time, I believed it was possible.

Happy two years, Jodster. 🙂

Oct. 2010 on the summit of Masada on the left and May 2012 on the right.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” – Lao Tzu 

Now…The Numbers.

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 163

This week: 162

Change: -1

Total loss:  81

 Click here for every weigh-in, ever.

Runner’s World 5K Recap

Ladies and gentleman, I have a new 5K PR 🙂

My friend Darius (of Pizza Run fame) and I drove down to to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday for the Runner’s World Half & Festival – I was signed up for the 5K and he was doing the 5K and 10K.

The race and festival were being held at the Arts Quest Center at the Steel Stacks and the course wound through the small towns around Lehigh University. I didn’t think I would ever be describing steel as beautiful, but the location was awesome.

Darius got a great shot of the start line and the epic towers behind it on Friday night:

So far, all the races I’ve done have had less than a few hundred people but there were thousands signed up for these events so I had no idea what to expect. I typically get really intimidated by other runners and I thought I would be nervous the morning of the race but instead I totally thrived from all the activity!

At 8 a.m. Saturday morning we lined up around the 10:30 min/mile pacing area with the start line pretty far off in the distance.

The weather was perfect, cool and sunny. I couldn’t stop bouncing around, smiling, and tweeting while waiting for the race to begin.

Despite there being over 1,200 runners, there wasn’t too much congestion at the start.

Darius and I had walked part of the route the night before the race which was a huge help as the course went up a hill within the first half mile. I’m not a fan of hills, but it turned out not to be so bad and I just kept putting one foot in front of the other thinking about the long down hill portion that I knew would follow soon after.

I started out faster than I usually run, but I was able to keep my breath steady and just kept pushing myself to keep up my pace.

This strategy worked out up until the last half mile where the route again went uphill. My legs were burning but I was so close to the end at that point so there was no way I was going to walk.

I crossed the finish line exhausted, but with a new PR and my first medal!

While I was enjoying my post-race high, Darius was getting ready for the 10K. He had about an hour between the races to eat bananas recover and refuel before running again.

While he ran another six miles, I went in search of coffee. After wandering around for a bit, a few friendly spectators pointed me in the direction of Horns.

Listen, I know this is supposed to be a race recap, but I have to take a second and talk about this coffee.

The staff at Horns grind the beans fresh for every order and then use a Chemax to brew individual cups. I had just seen a Chemax for the first time a few weeks earlier at my friend Norm’s house but had yet to taste the brew. At first using a Chemax just seems like a long process for a cup of coffee but the result was worth the wait! Best coffee ever.

Ok back to running.

Another thing that made this race so cool was that there were Runner’s World celebs (like Bart Yasso) and bloggers all over the place.

I saw Tina Reale from the Best Body Fitness blog during the race expo and bib pickup on Friday night…but was too shy to talk to her. Tina is also a recovered binge eater and I’ve been reading her blog for over a year so it was really cool to see her in person – even though I just stared at her from a distance haha.

I know running is something you do solo, but I’ve always felt a great sense of community from other runners and being at the Runner’s World festival really brought that to life.

Seeing everyone cross the finish line for the 10K also got me motivated to push my distance. I’ve been running about 3-4 miles  a couple times a week for the past month and I’m excited to see that number go higher while my mile time goes lower.

Here’s my time progression:

Morristown Turkey Trot: 36:38 (November 2011)

Franklin Lakes Reindeer Run: 37:07 (December 2011)

Glen Rock Opt-in 5k: 35:31 (April 2012)

Waldwick 5k: 36:29 (May 2012)

Paramus Cancer Care 5k: 34:15 (September 2012)

Runner’s World 5K: 34:12 (October 2012)

I haven’t done anything to get faster except for losing weight. Regularly running more than the 3.1 distance has also helped because it’s given me the confidence to really push myself during the races.

I never thought that I would fall in love with racing but I’m totally addicted.

I know this post is picture heavy already – but I have to leave you with one more gem from the race expo. While I didn’t buy any of the cool running gear for sale or take part in any of the running seminars being held at the festival, I did come away with a completely awkward fake magazine cover.

You can thank Runner’s World for this beauty. Happy Monday 🙂

Say “Cheese!”

Sunday was truly a day of rest for me this weekend.

I did not cook.

I did not want to cook.

Ok, it was more like, I did not want to wash dishes, but still, my desire to stay out of the kitchen this weekend meant my meal plan needed to include a dinner that could be thrown together quickly, did not need much prep time, but was also healthy.

Grilled cheese to the rescue.

You know, peanut butter & jelly’s comfort food partner in crime.

Toasted bread. Gooey cheese. Sliced diagonally. My stomach and inner child were both made happy this week.

First, let’s back up to breakfast.

I’ve been a fan of whisking egg whites into my oats for a while now. The addition of the whites not only adds protein but it literally doubles the volume of the oats and creates the creamiest texture.

However, my egg white oats were totally trumped this week when I discovered the greatness of whisking the whole egg into the oats. Thanks to Susan at The Great Balancing Act and her recipe for custard oats I have a new way to enjoy my favorite breakfast that now includes carbs, protein and FAT. Yay for yolks!

 

 I pumped up my version by filling the pot with 1/2 cup of oats, 2 cups of water and two eggs.

This recipe is so easy and quick and filling in the morning. The oats DO NOT taste eggy, but have all the benefits of eating eggs for breakfast. I’ve been craving my oats just as they are with a little cinnamon – no pumpkin or banana or blueberries stirred in this week.

Lunch: This may be the most boring lunch ever.

Salad greens topped with tomato, cucumbers, carrots, 4 oz of chicken breast and Trader Joe’s Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette. 

No creativity here, folks.

Just straight up salad and the only salad dressing currently in the refrigerator.

With it, I also brought a 100-calorie pack of Blue Diamond’s cinnamon brown sugar almonds and an apple.

It’s not the most exciting lunch to blog about, but it got the job done.

Dinner: CHEESE.

So much cheese.

I did the bulk of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s this weekend since I wanted a few items only they carry, like the Trader Joe’s White Bean Tuscan Hummus, Ezekiel bread, and because they have the greatest cheese selection.

I ended up buying a pack of sliced muenster and a pack of sliced cheddar.

Monday night’s creation: Ezekiel sesame bread topped, on one slice, with about half an avocado, and the other slice with 1 tbsp of the white bean hummus, and muenster.

Because this dinner was severely lacking in vegetables, I also nuked some frozen string beans (another Trader Joe’s purchase) at the last minute and tossed them in hot sauce. So good.

Tuesday night I topped the Ezekiel bread with tomato sauce that my sister had made me from a recipe out of Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and some sliced mushrooms and cheddar.

I am one happy, non-dish-washing woman this week!

Also – I recently upgraded from using the notepad on my phone for my grocery list to using a checklist on the Evernote App. I was looking for some kind of digital list that I could update from my computer and my phone and Evernote has been perfect. I know the app has a bunch more features, but this is the first way I’ve found it truly useful.

Basically, my meal planning includes spending an hour on Pinterest and other food blogs formulating ideas for meals. I then decide on one breakfast, lunch, and dinner option for the week and enter ingredients I need into the list.

I like Evernote because I can keep my staple foods on there but can un-check or check the box depending on whether I need it that week and the app synchronizes wirelessly between my phone and computer.

For more awesome meal options – check out what tons of other bloggers are eating for What I ate Wednesday!

Now…The Numbers.

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 164

This week: 163

Change: -1

Total loss: 80 

 

Monday link up

Annnnd, it’s Monday again. I think the weather is supposed to be nice this week – hopefully the sun will stay out so I can enjoy some more of New York in the fall.

Walking down 6th Ave

This weekend had its ups and downs.

It began with me waiting for hours for AAA to come replace my dead car battery but ended with a beautiful fall hike through the Ramapo Reservation.

Thanks, dude!

I had froyo. Twice. And, IMHO, Frozen Peaks has the best pumpkin pie flavor. I should know, I’ve tasted all of them.

I also ate a lot of cheese.

As in, macaroni and cheese.

As in, grilled cheese.

And as in, cheese is delicious I think I’ll have some more cheese.

What I didn’t do, is take a lot of pictures, or set aside a lot of time to write.

So here are things other people wrote, that I thoroughly enjoyed:

 

Shumpkin shoatmeal

Hello and happy What I ate Wednesday!

I’m not feeling too chatty today – I pulled something in my lower back either over the weekend or on Monday and now it hurts to move, so this WIAW also includes Ibuprofen around the clock!

Breakfast: I should be embarrassed that I’m going on two weeks of pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast every day, but I’m not. I won’t, however, grace you with another picture. Because there are only so many ways to capture oats, unless you’re KERF of course. Then the possibilities are apparently endless.

I’m also snacking on hard boiled again this week mid morning – they are the perfect filler between my 7 a.m. breakfast and noon-1 p.m. lunch.

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Lunch:I went from being someone who grimaced at the thought of cottage cheese to now putting it in everything, at my sister’s insistence. See, I do listen to you once in a while, Stacy!

The containers this week are packed with 1/2 cup of quinoa, 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, roasted cauliflower & asparagus, about 2 oz of boiled chicken breast, and 1/4 cup of 2% cottage cheese. Weird and delicious. Filing, yet low in calories.

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Dinner Chili! Warm, spicy, chunky chili. I used this recipe from Cooking Light as inspiration, but really the only thing that’s the same are the great northern beans. I’ve never tried them before but now I can say I’m definitely a fan!

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In the pot went 2 cans of great northern beans (drained and rinsed), 2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes, 1 bag of chopped broccoli (7 cups), 9 cups of baby spinach, 2 onions, 2 cups of chicken broth, and lots of seasoning including chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, and garlic.

Before I made the chili, I had boiled about 2 lbs of chicken breast. Some of it went in my lunch but the rest was chopped up and added to the chili right at the end.

Because it is packed the vegetables, I got six huge servings out of the above ingredients.

I love being able to come home, ladle a few cups of chili out to reheat and have dinner ready in a few minutes.

Temperatures took a serious nose dive this week – chili season is officially upon us!

Desert: More unsweetened chocolate! I eat a square every night. Completely. Addicted. It’s not sweet, but it satisfies my sweet tooth?! I can’t explain it.

Now…The Numbers.

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 165

This week: 164

Change: -1

Total loss: 79

Close to home

It was a lazy weekend.

Between short bursts of productivity, I caught up on the fall TV premiers (The Office, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, and Modern Family) and laid around hoping a magic caffeine fairy would make me coffee and serve it to me in bed.

I wish the sun stayed out a bit longer – although I did catch a glimpse of it on my lunch break on Friday.

On Saturday I took a long, slow walk alone at my favorite place – The Saddle River County Park. The leaves are just starting to change color and fall of the trees.

I completed 5 miles while listening to music and people watching. I don’t know if it’s like this at other parks – but there are so many people who roller blade on this path! Although it looks empty, there are always tons of people around and it’s motivating to see how everyone gets their sweat on.

The rest of the weekend was spent meal planning and cooking. I made a huge batch of chili that I can’t wait to share with you on Wednesday. I also made the switch from the small cans of pumpkin to the big can as evidenced below. It goes in everything!

I forgot how long meal prep takes with calorie counting. It’s always worth the effort though! My fridge is stocked with lunches + dinners for the week and all the dishes are entered into MyFitnessPal.

Sunday I had big plans to run, but I got lazy as it was raining on and off. However, I ended up having froyo for dinner and knew I would need to follow it up with a run to feel better about that decision.

It was raining. It was cold. It was slow and it was dark…but I ended up running almost 4 miles! I find that if I stay at a 12-13 min/mile pace, my breathing stays pretty normal and I feel comfortable running for much longer.

I have a 5K planned for the end of October and then it’s my one year race-a-versary on Thanksgiving with the same 5K turkey trot! I’ve had no problems with shin splints so far and am thinking about training for a 10K again….hopefully running continues to go well!

Having a very blah case of the Mondays right now – blaming allergies and lack of sun. Hopefully making some oatmeal will perk me back up 🙂

Whole30 recap

My Whole30 challenge came to an end pretty much the same way it started – too much wine 🙂

It certainly wasn’t an entire 30 days. There was the pizza run, a few times where I was desperate for coffee at work and added in splashes of milk, and one time where I accidentally ate edamame because I had forgotten it was on the “no” list and had already paid for it in an overpriced salad.

I also cut it short on Sept. 27 for drinks with my former coworkers. The next day I visited the Chobani Soho yogurt bar, followed by froyo for dinner at Love & Yogurt in Hoboken while waiting for my train to Fair Lawn.

The very next morning, it was back to oatmeal for breakfast.

With all that being said, in 26-ish days, I still feel like I learned a lot from my experience.

For one, I didn’t count calories for the majority of September. Seeing as I’ve been counting calories daily for almost two years, this was a huge change!

It was…interesting. At first it was great, but there were some days I wish I had tracked.

If you don’t already know it, here’s the quick explanation on my feelings about calorie counting: I love it, I don’t get obsessive about it, if I’m hungry I eat even if it’s over my calorie allowance for the day. For me, recovering from a past where I had a terrible relationship with food and binged and emotionally ate all the time, calorie counting is an excellent tool that I can use to feel in control. 

After three weeks, I began calorie counting again. I still have weight loss goals to reach (100 pounds!) and I’ve been in the same 5-pound range for MONTHS. Seriously, it’s plateau hell up in here.

Ok, back to Whole30.

The biggest change was in my taste buds!

I can’t believe how much I enjoy unsweetened chocolate. Also, I used to need a whole banana plus chocolate protein powder and usually some other fruit to drink a green monster, but I’ve really grown to like the taste of a less sweet green monster with lots of spinach.

Also, I always had to add sweetener to pumpkin, but when I started eating again a few days ago I thought it tasted delicious!

I find that I can pick up in the subtle sweetness of vegetables much easier. It’s pretty cool.

I did get sick of eating eggs for breakfast every day – although scrambling them in coconut oil is now my new favorite way to enjoy them.

I also felt weighed down by the amount of meat I was eating. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you probably notice that I’m not typically a big meat eater. It’s more expensive than other types of protein and I just don’t really enjoy it as much as someone who is going paleo should.

Give me beans, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, nuts, and eggs and I’m a happy girl. I don’t see pork or red meat ever being staples in my life.

But, each time I’ve done a paleo challenge, it reminds me how important it is to eat enough fat.

It keeps me full. It tastes really good, and too many times I go without it because of my former failed experiences (ahem, Weight Watchers) with losing weight.

The benefits of cutting sugar, grains, legumes and dairy out of your diet are eye opening. I was never tired during the challenge. My energy stayed consistent throughout the day. I was never (seriously EVER) so hungry that I felt light headed, even when I went really long stretches between meals.

Overall, I ate more whole, nourishing foods than I normally would have during September – and that’s a success!

The strictness of the challenge helped me stay away from free cookies and bagels at the office, desert and wine during a family dinner, and it saved me money because it got me out of the habit of buying coffee everyday and I think I ate out twice the whole month.

In the end, I came to the same conclusion I came to before: Paleo is not for me.

I got really cranky toward the end of the month and all I could think about was eating sugar. I started to feel deprived, angry, blah blah blah. Also, there is just something about starting my day by cooking oats on the stove that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. I don’t know if it’s the routine of making it or the actual food, but there’s no denying it, oatmeal just makes me happy.

I’m lucky. I have no allergies to wheat, gluten, dairy, etc., so there is no reason why those foods can’t be a part of my balanced diet.

I probably wouldn’t do it again – but I would recommend that others give it a try! A lot of people really benefit from the paleo way of eating. Also, there is something to be said for sticking to a challenge.

The whole experience reinvigorated my resolve when it came to the way I want to live my life. It got me to question why I was reaching for certain types of foods. I don’t have to eat the free cookie, or indulge in desert, even if everyone else is. I don’t have to feel pressured to drink if it’s not something I want to do.

At the end of the day, I deal with the consequences of my choices. It’s really easy to just go with the flow when it comes to eating out or drinking, but I don’t have to. I can enjoy life just as much whether there is glass of wine is in my hand or not.

Putting myself first, taking the time to prep meals for the week, turning down other plans to work out or eat home instead of at a restaurant, I like living like that. For too long I had this sort of apathy about myself, but my health is not something I’m willing to be passive about anymore.

Some days it is just about another day of getting up, eating right, making time for exercise, but when I stop to think about it, about how I used to live, I realize it’s always about so much more.

Happy Friday, friends.

I hate to just eat and run but…

I’ve been terrible at making time for blogging lately.

I wish I had better pictures to show you for What I Ate Wednesday, because the food has been so, so good.

If you just started reading (hi!) every week I share my meals along with a bunch of other bloggers who participate in What I ate Wednesday run by the fabulous Peas and Crayons. In my case, I make a big batch of food on Sunday and eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for the week. Here we go:

Breakfast: Pumpkin oatmeal! My weekend treat has carried over to weekdays 🙂 If you have never tried whipping egg whites into your oatmeal, please do so!! My method of using chia seeds and egg whites and two cups of water makes for one big creamy bowl of oats that’s so much better than any microwaved flavored quick oats. This week the bowl includes 1/2 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of pumpkin, 2 cups of water, 1 tblsp of chia seeds, 1/3 cup of liquid egg whites, and heavy handed shake of cinnamon.

I’ve also been eating a snack between 10-11 a.m. On Tuesday it was a hard boiled egg and Diet Snapple. I try not to drink too many “diet” drinks – but this was calling my name yesterday!

Lunch: Salad with chunks of baked eggplant, love beets, mini seedless cucumbers and chicken breast. The fun toppings are eaten over a few giant handfuls of baby spinach and dressed simply with just some apple cider vinegar.

I made my own chicken breast again this week! So proud :p

Dinner: Ok, it’s a little weird. Ready?

Turkey & broccoli bake with vegan pumpkin cheeze sauce.

Yes, I know turkey is not vegan. But this vegan pumpkin cheeze sauce from Oh She Glows is the most addicting thing ever and I want to smother it on everything all the time.

The whole dish pretty much tastes like Thanksgiving.

Here are the deets:

  • Thaw at least 1 bag of chopped frozen broccoli (I used 1-1/2 bags).
  • Brown 1 lb of ground turkey.
  • Make the vegan cheeze sauce, following Angela’s directions as closely as you can (I used coconut oil instead of non-dairy butter and left out the flour completely).
  • Combine the turkey and broccoli and most of the sauce in a big bowl before pouring into a casserole dish. Top the delicious mess with a layer of sauce and then pop in the oven until the whole thing is heated through and all the flavors had a chance to get to know each other.
  • Stuff your face with it.

Easy, right?

Oh, and if you’re keeping track, yes, I am eating pumpkin for breakfast and dinner.

Also, I’ve been eating it straight from the can mixed with some chocolate PB2 as desert.

Pumpkin three times a day and it’s only Oct. 3! I love fall.

I’ve also been running at night. Honestly, I’d rather run in the morning. I love the way it makes me feel for the entire day, but it’s near impossible to pull myself out of bed before 6 a.m. when it’s pitch black outside. So I’m boycotting morning workouts until the sun starts showing up again! I was probably a little overdressed for my run on Monday (cue the whining about it being cold outside), but it worked out for a slow and relaxing 2.75 miles around my apartment complex.

 

Now…The Numbers.

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 163

This week: 165

Change: +2

Total loss: 78