The top reason I have stayed with the same employer for over 20 years (dating myself) is that it is so great to work for a company with tremendous opportunity that encourages you to grow as a person. Several years ago they made it even more fun to do so with the 68 Day Challenge. Check it out here on Facebook: The 68 Day Challenge.
The challenge I am taking on this year – the Whole30 Program. 30 days of cleaner eating for better health. No grains, beans, dairy, added sugar, and alcohol for 30 days. What is attractive about this program?
First, anyone can do just about anything for only 30 days. Next, I love this philosophy that eating healthy is easy, it’s the psychology that gets in the way.
So, the challenge is 68 days and the program is only 30. No worries. This isn’t a program to jump right into. The first few steps that I am working on now:
- emptying my pantry of temptation
- reading It Starts with Food
- meal planning – for family members on the plan and those not on the plan
- schedule planning
This last one, schedule planning, has actually been the hardest part so far. Why make this program more difficult by trying to do it when there is extra temptation and will power busters? We’ve (I’m lucky that my husband agreed to go along on this journey) moved our start date from February 23rd (the day after my husbands birthday) to January 4th (let’s stop talking and get started) to January 8th (really, you have 2 business dinners this week).
The sobering fact; I’ve put on 14 pounds since this time last year.
At a business meeting Friday someone said “LT you’re looking thick“! I know he meant it in a good way. I’m sure of it. But, for my type A self, it troubled me.
On the flip side, 14 pounds lighter, a different friend said “LT, you’ve got a great looking body . . . for an 8 year old boy“. Ouch!
Somewhere in between “thick” and “boy body” is the answer.
How this happened? A year of indulgence. A beautiful new house, more time on the golf course, and … the wine cellar pictured here. Try a bottle, store a bottle, try a bottle, store a bottle. Repeat.
Each Fat Tire on the golf course – 160 calories
Each glass of red wine – 125 calories
Munchies afterwords – priceless
I resolve to find that in-between-ness by breaking up with Fat Tire and Red Wine for 30 days – Sober September.
Does anyone else have a goal this month? Share it in the comments section below.
“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.”
― Todd Stocker
Busy families like ours can still eat great with a little planning. With one great ingredient and some creative thinking you can go far. By pure accident I found my new favorite chicken marinade. I was all set in my mind on how I was going to marinade chicken and at the last second my hubby cried out, “don’t put an acid in the marinade”. Crap! I was going to use citrus. What now?
I had just found a new salad dressing I had never seen before, Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing, with only 40 calories per serving. What the heck, I thought, I might as well try it.
It’s a new favorite!
Slice 4 chicken breasts horizontally into strips.
Place in plastic bag.
Pour in Cilantro Avocado dressing
Marinade over night.
The next day:
Using a grill pan and medium heat, grill the chicken. (the small pieces only take about 2-3 minutes per side)
Chicken sandwiches. I would totally play up the flavors in the dressing and top this sandwich with fresh avocado.
Chicken tacos or quesadillas.
Use the chicken to top your favorite salad
Chicken hash topped with fried eggs
- Chicken breast – cut horizontally into strips
- Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing (for marinade)
- 2 potatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning (spicy creole seasoning)
- Marinate chicken overnight in dressing
- Grill chicken in grill pan on medium heat
- (I make extra chicken and use it in many meals, then just use the leftovers in this dish)
- Cut potatoes into cubes
- Heat olive oil in fry pan – medium high
- Add potatoes
- Cook until brown on all sides
- Season with Salt and Slap Ya Mama
- Add peppers and onions
- Cook until veggies are soft and onions begin to slightly caramelize
- Serves 4
- Top each serving with 2 fried eggs
Summer time = Breakfast? No worries, the kids are not even awake until lunch time.
Back to school time = Breakfast? Our daughter has the weird “B” lunch in the middle of her fourth hour class and our son has the late lunch, 4 1/2 hours after the bus picks him up in the morning. Whatever it is it must contain some protein or they just won’t make it to lunch.
This smoothie tastes so good and with it’s beautiful purple hue they won’t even know the kale is in there. It’s the perfect way to get them off to school
What Kale? Protein Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 c fresh strawberries
- 1 1/2 c frozen blueberries
- 1 c vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/4 c skim milk
- 1 thin slice lime
- 2 c fresh baby kale
- 1 c ice
- place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth
- add more milk if necessary
Crazy? Yes, a little.
Here’s the thing. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Running almost daily for 6 years, I haven’t run regularly since June. I’ve tried to get back on course, but I have failed. I need a BIG CRAZY goal. This is my last ditch effort to get it together.
October 19th is the Detroit Marathon and I am committing today to do it.