Week 1 ~ Battle of the Belly

Sooooo, how is everyone doing??  I gotta say, week 1 really wasn’t that bad!  I actually lost 5 pounds and we ate REALLY GOOD food.

What were some of your favorite things you made?

We LOVED the Avocado Orange Salad (p 100 FBFD).

The Berry Good Peanut Butter Scones (p 73 FBFD) were a GREAT breakfast staple.

Hay even made a try for it.

The Penne Pasta Salad (p 95 FBFD) was PERFECT for lunch.  It  both saved well for enjoying more than 1 day, and packed well for taking with me!  Loved the simplicity!

The kids loved the Peanut Butter Strawberry Wraps (p 83 FBFD).

At least I think they did, I’m just guessing from the expression…

What I think I’ve loved most is we have had great new recipes to try, I have never felt deprived, every meal has taken 15 minutes or less to prepare (even if it took longer to actually bake, etc, it was never longer than 15 minutes to prepare), and full of flavor!

It’s not too late to join us in the Belly Battle.  And if Flat Belly Family Diet isn’t for you. No prob!  I picked it because it sounded right for me and my family.  I gave myself last weekend to eat what I wanted (I didn’t pig out, I just didn’t restrict myself from eating what I wanted to.) And then a start date of Monday.  And once I start something my brain tends to compete with itself, so each day I’m on this diet and each day I’m losing baby weight means I’M WINNING! So my tip for you, if you want to lose a little around the middle….pick what works for you and give yourself a start date, then just got for it!

Check out the Planner this week. I’ve added some recipes for the week that we are going to be trying out. I’m only including dinner, but there are SOOOO many great things in the book for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dessert.  Great, great options!

I also loved these tips the book gives you for success (straight from page 39)…

  1. Plan ahead
  2. In 5 minutes you can assemble a couple of snack packs from the list on page 284 so eating is a no-brainer on an especially frenzied day.
  3. In 10 minutes you can map out the next day’s meals and sanks so you’re guaranteed to stick with the plan.
  4. In 60 minutes you can hit the grocery store and stock enough food for a week’s worth of delicious meals…

This all tells me that we can’t use the excuse of lack of time. If our kids or baby needed something that we didn’t have time for, we would spin our multitasking brain until we figured out how to find the time…so why can’t we do that for ourselves???

Find your 5 minutes.

You owe it to yourself!

And that great pair of jeans you used to fit it….

Or have always wanted to.

I would love to hear what things you cooked and loved, what tips helped you this week to stick with it? My favorite go to snack was always a quesadilla. It’s fast, filling, and I always had the ingredients on hand.

Try it 1 of 2 ways, all you need is 1 whole wheat tortilla, 2 oz chopped cooked chicken, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, and EITHER 1 tablespoon olive oil OR 1/4 avocado.

  1. You can either heat the oil in a non stick pan, cook the quesadilla and fold in half for a crisper version.
  2. OR zap it in the microwave for a minute, add the avocado and roll up for on the go.

I’m starting workouts this week…cross your fingers they help too…if they do, you know I’ll be sharing it with you all!!  My goal is to get 4 days of workouts in that consist of 30 minutes to an hour.  Doesn’t matter what I do, I just need to accomplish that minimum.  We can all find that kind of time.  Set your goal, and MAKE IT POSSIBLE NOT TO FAIL and you WILL succeed.

Have a great week! Looking forward to less of us all next week!

the battle begins…

So sorry not to get this posted for Monday!  I realized that I was going to need to give you a breakfast, lunch and dinner meal plan – which takes A LOT of time.  Especially when you are running back and forth to the computer and juggling the Littles and helping hubby and doing our basic weekend activities.  I thought I would get it finished Sunday night, but after laying down with our 2 year old to put her to sleep….ummm….I….ummm….kind of….umm….fell asleep.  Sorry.

I am giving you the meal plan that I am using for myself.  I may be more repetitive and simple with the recipes, but I needed to make it totally doable and fit it into my regular crazy life with the Littles.  But dont be turned away by the simple meals I’ve chosen.  There are ALOT of amazing recipes and flavorful dishes.  So you should definitely check out the book as I wont be able to include all of the recipes here. This also may not be the diet plan for everyone, I’ve done other plans in the past that have all worked for whatever stage I was at.  I personally really like Lindora and when I went from my “walking-around-a-lot-job”, to my office “sit-in-a-chair-a-lot-job”.  I gained 25 lbs.  Lindora was a GREAT way for me to lose the weight because they offered great protein powders to add to my water bottles and protein soups that I could mix up and take to meetings in a coffee cup that no one knew the difference.

With the stage of life I’m at now, (and the quick results I want to have) the The Flat Belly Diet looks like a good choice.  You can read more of my reasons here.  All in all, if this isn’t the plan for you, but you have a waist you want to whittle – FIND A PLAN YOU WANT TO FOLLOW. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but take action and feel good for summer.  We all deserve to feel good, so don’t wait until tomorrow, start now with any program that works for you!

The basic premise of this diet is to eat 4 meals (5 if your a dad) of 400 calories each and you must include a “MUFA” (Monounsaturated Fats) with each meal. This “Good Fat” is our friend and will help us to get rid of the muffin tops.  You should plan on filling the rest of the day with Sassy Water.  Think of it as flavored spa water!

**** I’m adding a disclaimer to this post.  It has taken me since Friday to try and get this put together and today is the first day that I’ve tried any of the recipes.  So my disclaimer is, I HAVE NOT TRIED THESE RECIPES.  After a week or so I’ll be able to comment intelligently and also to give other recipe suggestions that can work with this diet plan.  But for now, I’m the same Guinea Pig you are.  We made the Chipotle Beef & Bean Chili tonight.  The only change I made was using ground turkey instead of beef (as it’s what I had in my freezer).  THAT WAS ONE HOT-SPICY-MOUTH-ON-FIRE DINNER!  I’m not prone to hot things, so I thought it was just me.  But hubs who adds spicy mustard and jalapenos to his food was sweating and had to add sour cream to cool his dinner down.  This is NOT a kid friendly dinner!  So again, I HAVE NOT MADE THESE  RECIPES and am trying it as I go with you.  I really do urge you to grab the book and check out what might work best for your family.

Another recommendation that was given to me is using Rocco DiSpirito”s new cookbook Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories I think this is probably totally doable as long as you are sure to include a MUFA in every meal.  I’m picking up a copy to try it out.

Day 1:
Breakfast:

2 Lemon-Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins (p 74)
1 cup fat-free milk (with coffee for me)

Lunch:
Penne Pasta Salad (p 95)

Dinner:
Chipotle Beef & Bean Chili (p 194)
6 whole grain crackers

Snack:
3 cups light microwave popcorn mixed with 2 tablespoons dry-roasted peanuts and 1/4 cup raisons
1 cup fat-free milk

Day 2:
Breakfast:

2 Lemon-Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins (p 74)
1/2 cup fat-free milk (with coffee for me)

Lunch:
Penne Pasta Salad (p 95)

Dinner:
Crunchy Crust Mac & Cheese (p 179)
1 cup cooked carrots tossed with 1 teaspoon trans-fat margarine

Snack:
3 Peanut Butter Cookies (p 258)
1 cup fat free milk

Day 3:
Breakfast:

2 slices light whole grain toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup fat-free milk (with coffee for me)
1/2 grapefruit

Lunch:
Avocado-Orange Salad (p 100)
2 slices whole wheat bread, 2 ounces deli roast beef, 1 ounce reduced fat provolone cheese

Dinner:
Chicken Tortilla Casserole (p 189)

Snack:
3 Peanut Butter Cookies (p 258)
1 cup fat free milk

Day 4:
Breakfast:

2 slices light whole grain toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup fat-free milk (with coffee for me)
1/2 grapefruit

Lunch:
Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla (p 132)

Dinner:
Oven Baked Pot Roast (p 197)
1/2 cup roasted baby potatoes

Snack:
Basic Banana Wrap (p 78) (2 tablespoons peanut butter on an 8″ whole wheat tortilla.  Top with 1 sliced banana, and drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey.  Roll up burrito style.)