The Cleaner Life challenge continues. It was really nice to see such positive feedback from you guys on this challenge. I’ve been trying to clean up my diet for about a year now, and have successfully gotten rid of my diet coke addiction and kicked splenda to the curb but I still had a very high consumption of sugar. I realized I was eating chocolate A LOT and although it’s been only 2 days, I’m realizing I don’t need it as often as I thought. I’m discovering nature’s candy does the trick for satisfying my sweet tooth – dried cherries, raisins, dates and dried apricots are replacing my usual chocolate toppings. We’ll see whether I get the shakes in a few days but so far so good
Yesterday was a great 2nd day of the challenge. I wasn’t going to blog about it since I blogged about our NYC trip last night, but it was such a good day, I just had to share (NYC recaps will continue over the next few days). I feel like I’m eating so much fresher. Despite a busy day at work I was able to eat wholesome foods. Yay! I’m keeping this short and letting the pictures talk for themselves (if they don’t talk loudly enough, scroll over for descriptions )
[308, incl. coffee]
This guy is confusing so I’ll explain. I made one of my favorite sides the other day with dinner – mashed plantains from this recipe for jerk chicken with plaintains in Cooking Light (the jerk chicken in the recipe is nothing to write home about but the plaintains are delicious. I cut the butter in the recipe by 1/2). With the leftovers, I made little patties, rolled them in some whole wheat bread crumbs and pan fried them. They were kind of mushy, but still delicious… and made for a great snack in the very late afternoon.
Dinner requires a tiny bit of an explanation as well. Ever since I saw Kelly use langoustines as a lobster substitute, I knew I had to find me some of these jewels at TJ’s and put them to good use. Last night after a long work day, I did just that and as I was passing by a frozen package of polenta Provencale (balls) with spinach and peas in a creamy spicy sauce, I remembered I had it in my freezer at home. This is where the idea for a quick and satisfying dinner came. I added some fresh broccoli to the pan, together with the polenta mix, while defrosting some langostino tails under cold water in the sink. After a few minutes they were ready to be added to the rest of the mix, and voila – dinner was ready in less than 10 minutes.
Mmm, lobster (almost )
Total calories consumed during the day: ~1499
I knew it was going to be another long night at work, so I made sure to squeeze in a workout during lunch. I was craving running (I think I’m back to prefering the treadmill over outside running but maybe that will change with nicer weather). I started with a 0.20 mile walk at 4.7 mph, stretched, and then ran 5 miles at 6.9-7.0 mph, breaking it up by 0.25 mile intervals and changing inclines (0-2.0). After a 0.2 mile cooldown walk, I completed the 60 minutes with 11 minutes on the elliptical. I burnt about 570 calories, I think, and was ready to get back to work and crank out that project of mine
Great day! Let’s hope today is just as good Happy Humpday!