Struggling to find the next gear….Posted February 8th, 2010 by Dante
So, I must say that while I have not really lost a lot of ground since the challenge has started, I’m not sure that I have actually gained much either. I have managed to keep my weight stable and I continue to work out but I have, for the moment at least, lost that drive to push a bit more. This is both with my workouts as well as with holding myself accountable for my eating.
All in all, I still think I am doing well, particularly when it comes to portion control and staying conscious of what and how much of both good and bad things I am putting in my body. In particular, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, I do exceptionally well. I even do well in terms of preparing dinner in the evening. Where I really seem to be sabotaging myself though is with snacking. I know I probably should just go to bed or just ask myself if I am actually hungry but I must say, this bad habit has picked up steam once again and it is to my detriment. I know that this week needs to encompass some serious reflection as well as cleansing of the cupboards to clear away the worst of temptations. I know I also need to get back to a regular routine of shopping, particularly for fruit and vegetables so that at least I have the healthy stuff around for snacking if I do so. I’m also looking forward to meeting with a nutritionist on campus this week in order discuss what I am doing well and what I can still do better.
On the exercise front, I am still doing what I am supposed to but things are getting a little stale. I know it is time to find something new to do and I’m looking forward to my first appointment with a physical trainer at Dixon this week. More importantly, I think I’m struggling to leave work in the office for the hour or so that I intend to dedicate each day to work out. Meetings and the growing list of “stuff” are certainly pushing me away from my schedule but I also know that this fight is really what is most important, especially if I can get through it all. Now that football season is officially over, I no longer have an excuse for vegging out on the weekends. I intend to do a lot more activity on this front in the weeks to come while also dedicating significantly more time to music as well.
I feel like I’m just learning to drive a standard transmission and as I approach the bottom of the next hill, I’m getting through the most difficult part of starting but for some reason, it keeps slipping and grinding as I attempt to move into second. I’m trying to get refocused and stop grinding the gears and I feel I am ready to take the next step but I know if it will be difficult. The journey has been good thus far, so let’s hope the next phase will be even better!
Now, a few folks from my team have talked about sharing healthy recipes that we like. Here is one of my favorites from my partner’s family that has been adapted to be healthier. Sorry I do not know the actual fat, calorie, and fiber breakdown bit I do know the Weight Watchers point impact for those who are on that program. Bon Apetite!
Chicken Broccoli Supreme
|POINTS® Value: 5
Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Course: main meals
|3 Tbsp all-purpose flour|
|3/4 tsp curry powder|
|1 1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese|
|4 item(s) cooked chicken breasts|
|3/4 cup(s) Rice Chex|
|3/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk|
|1/2 cup(s) plain fat-free yogurt|
|5 cup(s) cooked broccoli|
combine mayo, flour & curry powder in 2 qt sauce pan.
gradually add milk, stirring with wisk
cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened
add 1 c cheese and stir ’til melted
place broccoli in 7×10 pan, cover with chicken
pour sauce to cover & top with rice chex.
bake 30 min
sprinkle with remaining cheese.