Today marks the last “official” week of my January
resolution goal of getting back to healthy after a whirlwind of holiday eating. It’s hard to believe that almost a whole month of 2013 has flown by! This week was awesome – not gonna lie!
This week, I pumped up the reps in my strength circuit to 18-20 per set & I cranked up my cardio to clock in 150 minutes. I definitely felt the burn this week.
- Jan. 21 – Tone It Up Strength Circuit
- Jan. 22 – 30 minute interval elliptical workout & 15 minute incline walk
- Jan. 23 – Tone It Up Strength Circuit
- Jan. 24 – 30 minute incline walk; 15 minute elliptical
- Jan. 25 – Tone It Up Strength Circuit
- Jan. 26 – 5 mile run; at 26 degrees, I am amazed that I decided to go for the whole 5
- Jan. 27 – off
I threw in some incline walks, which I’m really starting to love. I’m also realizing my love for the elliptical again too. I “only” got to run once this week, so I upped my run to 5 miles and it felt SO good. My pace was on par with my half-marathon pace, which is an improvement for my running this year.
I tried THREE new meals this week, two of them being crockpot recipes for PB Finger’s Crockpot Challenge! This is huge for me as I usually have a hard time stepping out my cooking comfort zone. But that’s one reason why I signed up for this challenge in the first place – to get myself to try new things and of course, to use my crockpot more. This week I tried…
This soup was great! To make it, you let chicken broth and veggies cook in the crockpot for 5-7 hours. Then before serving, you make a roux and add milk to the soup, letting it cook a little longer. It was like a healthy version of tomato bisque with a lot of veggies – carrots, celery, onion, and tomatoes.
I couldn’t help but try these Trader Joe’s Parmesan Crisps with this soup this week. They were just calling my name. They’re so buttery and just bursting with salty parmesan flavor.
This recipe was just okay. :-/ The chicken fell apart really well and was very moist. But something about the flavor of this just left more to be desired for my taste. I imagined that it would be barbeque-y tasting, but it tasted like something was missing so it was less barbeque tasting and more just spicy tomato flavored. It was definitely edible and even good as leftovers, but I wouldn’t make this again.
This was so delicious, simple to make, and definitely healthy for Italian. All I had to do was dip the chicken in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, and cook it for a bit. Then I added the tomato sauce, avocado, and cheese and baked for another few minutes. So simple but so delicious! I served it with roasted cauliflower.
So, now that the food porn is over, you can see that I had a lot of fun in the kitchen this week! I had so much fun finding new crockpot recipes and seeing a lot of other blogger’s collections of favorite recipes on Pinterest. I know I haven’t marketed my own Pinterest that much, but feel free to follow me! 🙂
My one special treat this week was my favorite cookie ever now, Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Cookies via PBFingers. These guys are to die for. I made them a while back, and I will definitely make them again. They’re so crispy, crunchy, and chocolately and minty. Just perfection in a cookie, basically. Throughout this month, I’ve also really realized how much a planned treat has helped my success. Before, I used to just swear off desserts, but let’s face it: I am desserts girl. Saying no to all sweets is just a recipe for failure for me. If I can’t have it, I will find a way to have it. That kind of goal just gets in my way. But knowing that I have a really good treat coming my way, I am not digging for the chocolate throughout the day for a snack.
In the end
I’ll probably be posting a monthly recap of this resolution in more detail before the end of January. I am also extending this plan from 4 weeks to 5 as January is about 5 weeks this year. I definitely feel that I’ve accomplished my goal of getting back to healthy, though. My cravings are way down. I cleared the junk and it hasn’t made its way back in my shopping cart or the house yet. I find that I enjoy healthier recipes and crave that more than I crave unhealthy things. Meal planning has been easier and more successful than ever before. Overall, I’m happy with my results, but I’ll share some of my “failures” this month in my next post.
- Question for you: How is your New Year’s resolution(s) going so far? Do you still feel as motivated as the day you made your goals?