Yay it is Friday and I am so excited for the weekend. As soon as the days start getting shorter, my motivation really starts slacking off… mostly when it comes to school work. It does not help that I am not feeling extremely challenged like I was last semester. I really felt like every second spent on homework really mattered while this semester, it just… is not the case. I also loved the creative outlet that Public Speaking gave me and this semester I am seriously lacking in the creative department. I really flourish when I can get out ideas and am sort of missing my English writing classes. Sometimes I want to drop in on one of those classes and be like “I don’t want to pay for this class… but can I still write poetry for you guys anyway?” It has been awhile since I have written poetry, though. I do miss it… sometimes. Anyway, I am doing really well in all my classes despite a slightly shaky test on Wednesday in Chemistry, but I know I still passed. I am not too worried about getting at least a B in the class. Food Management has been an interesting course. I was not aware of the fact how much Registered Dietitians have to do with Menu planning and such. I am a little nervous about having to plan an entire menu for a hospital while balancing their budget and knowing the skill of the labor and figuring out what sort of equipment is essential. It is pretty crazy and a little overwhelming to think about.
Anyway, that is a little bit of insight with what is going on with my schooling. In other news… it is weigh-in Friday!
Last Week’s Weight: 185
This Week’s Weight: 183
Difference: -2 pounds
Whoo! I will definitely take it. Bye bye 185 and hello to reaching my goal weight! I would also like to take this moment to say how proud I am of my husband. We both have been slacking off since I had my jaw surgery. I am definitely the rock when it comes to healthy eating and when I am not planning things out, our health has a tendency to take a back seat. When I told him I wanted to get back on the weight loss wagon since I still never reached my goal, he jumped on the wagon with me and started tracking his weight on MyFitnessPal as well. Even though he was not very happy with the number he saw on the scale this morning, I am proud of him for making these positive steps to get healthy again with me. It definitely makes it easier when your partner supports you and goes down the same path as you do.
This weekend is looking good in staying healthy… my only potential challenge is tonight going to a party, but I plan on eating at home before going to make it less likely for me to pig out on snacks. I also am going to the gym beforehand which always makes me feel motivated to stay healthy because I do not want to undo all the positive work I just did. Tomorrow morning, it is back to being tortured by Jillian on Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred. I also plan on riding my horse this afternoon and tomorrow. Due to the business of our schedule, my husband and I haven’t had a date night for awhile so we are planning on that tomorrow evening as well. We are making a romantic dinner at home first: Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli and Mushrooms. I know what you are thinking… Alfredo does not sound very healthy! But thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, I have found a nice healthy adaptation.
You can find the original recipe here.
Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo (How I make it)
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sauteed, baked, or grilled and cut into 1 in. chucks)
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- Smart Taste Pasta Noodles
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup plain 0% fat greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
1. Bring a bot of water to a boil and cook your pasta and broccoli (you can cook them together if you wish)
2. In a frying pan, heat up oil and cook your chicken thoroughly through. Take out and let them cool before cutting them into manageable pieces.
3. In the frying pan, once more, saute your garlic and mushrooms until garlic is golden brown. Whisk in your flour and chicken broth until smooth, around 2 minutes. Make sure the heat is not too high… between low and medium. Then add in your milk, yogurt, pepper and nutmeg. Once the sauce has thicken completely at a simmer (around 3 – 5 minutes), add in the Parmesan cheese, cooked chicken, pasta and broccoli.
Makes about 5 servings and takes less than a half hour to put it altogether (which I love!). It is still a caloric meal around 500 calories but it is definitely way less than what you would get at Olive Garden which is around 1440 calories for 1 dinner portion.
What are your healthy plans for the weekend? Either tomorrow or Sunday, I will post about the healthy football snacks I am preparing! Go Broncos!