{good eats} getting lean with a bit of yum

So I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a few things to work on for myself this year.

One is getting this “pre/during/post/been hanging around too long” baby weight GONE. However, I’ve learned over the past few years, that the way I might have tackled a problem pre-marriage, or pre-kids, or frankly, just in my 20s, is a lot different than I how I can tackle it now.

There’s a number of reasons:

1. I have kids and a husband to focus on and take care of..

2. I’m older and my body just doesn’t seem to respond like it used to…

3. I don’t get a lot of sleep or a lot of time to just dedicate on me…

4. There are a lot of real life stresses to deal with in the day…

5. It’s just plane hard to worry about me, when I have 4 others I think about constantly….

The reasons could go on and on.  But what I have learned is that I just need to do what works best for me.

At the stage of life I’m at.

With the day’s schedule I need to work around.

With the budget and time I have.

And with what I know SOUNDS LIKE it will work for ME.

What works for some does not always work for others, so this time around I’ve taken it all in. Looked at what people are trying, read about options, remembered the great pointers I’ve been taught, then made up my own plan.

All that being said, I have myself on a program right now. I want to be in a bathing suit again by Easter (and not squished into one, I would like to actually look cute!). So I spent New Years Eve and New Years Day coming up with a plan that felt right for me. So far it’s working really well!  I’m 10 days in, I don’t have a clue how many inches, but I know I’m getting smaller because I can feel it and see it in my clothes. According to the scale, I’m also 5 lbs lighter, so I’m taking that as a win!

I plan on sharing what I’m doing, but I think I’m going to wait until I meet my halfway mark. Being that this is a site about My Favorite Things, I want to be sure I really do like everything about what I’m trying and that I continue to see results. So have patience!

What I do want to share today is these 2 little meals from Lean Cuisine, Swedish Meatballs, and Fajita Style Chicken Spring Rolls. I found these at the grocery store after searching the frozen section for frozen meals that were in the 200 calorie range, and both low in fat and carbs (these aren’t LOW in carbs, but low enough).  I tried a few others too, but these were by far the winners.

Now I’m not normally a frozen food girl (unless it’s Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi….help me), however, when I’m trying to either get the girls food out fast and their Mac & Cheese seems a whole lot more appealing than a salad or cold turkey sandwich, THESE work like a charm!

Lean Cuisine Swedish Meatballs are great! The pasta tastes like pasta should (no grainy wheat, or mushy gluten free – not that either of these don’t also have great options, I just have not found a fave yet). The meatballs are light, and the whole meal feels pretty indulgent. If I have this for lunch, I eat it as is. If I have it for dinner, then I have a large side salad as well.  That way when the rest of the family is eating something warm and yummy, I feel like I’m at the party too.

Fajita Style Chicken Spring Rolls have been another great option. First they have 2 servings in each box, nice space saver in the freezer. If I have this for lunch, I typically heat it in the microwave and run out the door with it in a paper towel. Great for on the go!! But again, if I have it for dinner, I serve it up with a large side salad and I don’t feel like I’m missing anything at all!

Just a couple of secret weapons that have been helpful to me so far.  Have any of you tried any frozen meals that are low in calories, but still taste really good?  I would love to hear about them. It’s always nice to have a little something on your side when your trying to get the lbs off your backside!

{Disclosure – Got nothing. Just found em at the store, I like em, I’m sharing them.}

8 thoughts on “{good eats} getting lean with a bit of yum”

  1. I’m with you on the “pre/during/post” baby weight thing. 4 babies takes its toll! I like LC Swedish meatballs too. The other ones I like are “Sesame Chicken” “Cheese Lasagna and Chicken” and the “Meatloaf” is decent too. I mean, nothing like the real thing but they do the trick for me. Who has time to feed oneself lunch when there are so many little people (and big people) to feed!?

    I enjoy your blog by the way. Keep it up. :-)

  2. You are right! I tried these and they are delicious! Thank you for all your wonderful tips. Your blog is one of my favorites!

  3. My Favorites:
    1. LC roated turkey..turkey, dressing and gravy! Has a side of cinnamon apples that tastes like pie filling.
    2.LC turkey w/ whipped sweet potatoes that i was so good i was scraping the sides of the container! 3.Agree with Christy on the WW mini burgers SO GOOD!
    4. LC Butternut Squash Ravioli is a staple as well.
    Can’t wait to hear what your plan is! i’m just trying not to eat out at lunch. I was so sad to find out my favorite Chipotle salad has 800calories!

  4. I am so headed to the store right now!! Love all the suggestions! Thank you :-) And I agree, it is so sad when you realize how many calories are actually in something. I was glad to know my fave Chik-fil-A nuggets were only 400 cal, but it goes to almost 900 when you add fries, YIKES! Nice that paces have to display it all now!!

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