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Not “diet”, who likes diets? We see it as a punishment these days…especially with crash diets, extreme diets, lots of extreme diets. A lot of these diets are either…too low in calories, put you on a bland program and expect you to know how to “spice things up”, give you too many or too little options, put you on special foods (weight watchers for instance…their ice cream is not bad tasting though).  Lean cuisine, Healthy Choice….they are healthy until you read the ingredients and see all the processed things and dyes put in it and sodium used to preserve it….not good for the body.  After years of running the one thing that I learned was that diet effects your performance.  Eat too much you get fat, eat too little you lose weight and run out of energy, eat too many processed foods within your calorie limit and you run like crap, eat cleaner food in your calorie range and you run better.

So I want to eat healthier.  One of my attack plans on motivation is caloriecount.about.com.  You can sign up to get feedback from a Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian for $10 bucks a month. You receive weekly updates and suggestions, very motivational…and the community is motivational as well.

I was told to increase my protein intake, I guess I was still eating like I was marathon training lol. I havnt lost any of the weight I gained yet but I do notice I have more energy and I dont want to sit infront of the fridge every hour because my meal wasnt satisfying.

Another attack plan I just stumbled upon is to go off of this website about clean eating ideas if your under a tight schedule: 100 Days of Real Food. They have literally…100 ways to make things, like toritllas and zucchini chips and tips and tons of things.  And if you go to their facebook they have a 100 days of real food plan.  But I know what some people are saying….”100 days and thats it?” or “too many/not enough options!!!” so what? take a look at it…a good look at it, try some stuff out, substitute ingredients. I plan on trying this to see how much my energy increases and if I can actually lose those few extra pounds I gained.

Ok so I also promised a recipe….I have off work today so I decided to try out this banana egg white pancake recipe.  Best part is that it’s stuff you would probably have on hand already.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 medium Banana
  • 1/3 cup of egg white (or 2 egg whites from an egg)
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (or 1 packet of truvia)

Directions:

Heat up skillet! Mash Banana in a small bowl. Mix in cinnamon, vanilla extract, brown sugar. Make sure you MASH up your banana good!

Mix in the egg white, mix mix mix! Pour into skillet, for me it came out pretty watery, I dont think I mashed the banana well enough or used a bit too much egg white (I might use 1/4 cup next time).

Cook on medium-high (not too high!) until the top isn’t horribly liquid (or if you have a cover use it!) Then flip it! MAKE SURE YOU REPAM! because I forgot.

The other side will cook super fast, so it will be done in a jiffy. You can put syrup, cottage cheese, yogurt, anything on top. I chose apple butter, because I put that on my pancakes.

My Verdict:  Tastes like bananas and then eggs….well duh! It was the most deceiving thing ever because I was expecting pancakes lol.  But it was still pretty damn tastey…like banana fosters…french toast…mmmm cinnamon…ok your probably hungry now so why not try it?  It tasted good enough that I would make it again 🙂

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I have no idea what day…but  I do know that I started on the 9th so this makes day 22.  This weekend I spent….$1 on water.  The $5 I got from friday went towards…egg whites to add to my egg and frozen blueberries(darn those blueberry pancakes).  I didn’t even buy gas, my friend was generous enough to put a few bucks in my tank since she needed a ride.

Out of my meal plan money, I spent money on the cheapest stuff there, eggs, soy milk, peppers (a lot of people don’t know you can buy these), apples and bananas, yogurt, tons of cottage cheese.

I also got my Canon battery back 🙂  Omnomnomn. An egg, 1 part egg white, some red peppers, salsa, a lil’ bit of cheese:

I love how the colors pop out with my canon, it’s seriously making me hungry….oh and so is this apple cinnamon oatmeal with blueberries…and some guy fishing for oats:

Tomorrow is Feb 1st…I was debating on if I want to start a new challenge or not. (I’m definitely doing a reflection on this budget challenge tomorrow.)

I went home this morning and got my GPS watch back, I had to send it back because the band was torn when I received it.  The people there are so nice, they took off the 12 dollar shipping and gave me a new one 🙂  Soleus is the brand, the GPS has no map features or plug-ins to your computer, but I have mapmyrun.com or runkeeper.com for that.
Did a test run, long run of 90 minutes. The GPS wouldn’t pick up (I live in an area where GPS systems and cell phones get confused lol).

New Recipe:  Curry Eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup egg white
  • 1 small red/yellow pepper
  • 1 tsp of curry (my roomate left this)1/2 cup of diced tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes would be better, salsa could substitute)
  • cumin
  • 2 Tbsp cheese

Directions

  • First you need to turn the stove on to med/high heat
  • Cut the peppers, slice them, dice them, whatever you like and toss them in, let them cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the egg white first then the egg. Add the curry and the cumin and scramble the eggs in the pan
  • Add the tomatoes/salsa after your eggs have cooked. This is because if there’s liquid in the tomatoes it will make your eggs runny. Try to get most of the liquid out first before adding. If you do end up with a ton of liquid, turn the heat up. The liquid will evaporate and your eggs wont burn.
  • Add the cheese. Cook until slightly melted. You can scramble the eggs more if you want
  • Enjoy! 🙂

I like died and went to heaven here lol. I had them with smiley pancakes, I have a pancake maker I bought at what the clearance price should be (they won’t go on clearance for a long time, and I use it a lot considering how much I love pancakes).

I also went to the dollar store on Friday to buy steak knives, since my roomate is not coming back and took all of her knives with her. I also brought up rugs to make the dorm look more homey (my mom hordes everything!) I still need a new can opener (the other one broke), a napkin holder (before they end up on the floor and I have to throw them away), and I need a TV…but that’s not happening for a long time…