Day 12: Sunday Cook Up

WOAH, what happened to day 10 and 11???  Well, let's just say I took a well deserved break from my computers.  Alas, I am still on track and have some interesting stories.

Friday night (day 10) I went out to a concert with some friends.  I was anxious about this, due to the fact that I was going to be unable to eat or drink, but I still wanted to listen to music and hang with my friends.  Let me tell you, it wasn't easy.  I learned the express difference between tonic water and club soda.  One has sugar (tonic) and I had no idea.  I took one sip and spit it out.  DEDICATION eh?  I ended up having to pay another 3 bucks, making it a 6 dollar club soda, but who cares, I had fun.

Saturday's challenge. We took our shortie to a baseball game.  The food at the park is not at all amenable to my new lifestyle.  So, I cut up some chicken, green peppers, and cucumbers and hid them in purse.  Both my boys ate hot dogs and brats in white buns, and I ate my chicken and veggies.  No big deal.  I did need to plan for that, or I would have been up the creek and tempted into bad choices.  On the way out we saw a guy eating a GIGANTIC funnel cake, and I died a little death inside, but it passed.

Sunday - Day 12.  I have now dedicated Sunday's to what I call my weekly cook up.  I try to get all prepared for the craziness of the week by pre-cooking and chopping as much as I can.  So this is what I made;

  • 3 pkgs of chicken, baked for 30 minutes on 400 with Italian spices sprinkled on top

  • 2 # grass fed ground beef with onions and garlic

  • 2 steaks, which we ate for Sunday lunch

  • diced and cooked jicama for 'potato like' hash (more on this later.  Jicamas are complicated)

  • cut green peppers, cucumbers, and carrots and put in containers

  • boiled 3 sweet potatoes and mashed with some light coconut milk and cinnamon

  • steamed 4 heads of broccoli and a lb of green beans for later this week

  • prepped cauliflower for my "rice" pilaf recipe I'm going to try this week

  • de-stemmed the basil I am going to use to make pesto today

  • prepped 3 huge zucchinis to make 'zucchini pasta' with pesto for Wednesday night dinner

That preparations took my probably about 3 hours total, but I multi-tasked so it didn't seem so bad.  My fridge is stocked, and I'm all set for the week.

I'm learning that there really is quite a bit you can do with meat, veggies and healthy fats.  It just takes a bit of planning and imagination.
I found the Monona farmer's market (which happens on Sunday, so I squeezed in a trip between yoga classes).  I got so much stuff that made me happy and made me feel so healthy.   Green beans, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, Michigan blueberries, tart apples.  Heaven.

So this week, I am planning on keeping up the eating, and taking a few extra yoga classes.  My hand is bothering me a bit, and I need to strengthen it up!

Let me know if you have any questions about this weekend.  It was a challenge, but I stayed true to my plan, and I'm feeling great.

PS.  I fit into pants now that i didn't fit into 10 days ago.  Ch-ch-ch-changes.....