April Goals

A new month is upon us. I like to use each month as a new beginning…time to take inventory and to decide if there’s anything I want to work towards.

March brought me Whole Foods March and I so enjoyed getting into food and cooking again! I shared a lot of my favorite meals here on the blog and hopefully they inspired you as well. However, I can’t say I ate nothing but whole foods the entire month. There was candy, ice cream and plenty of junk food. When I started the “challenge” I knew I would eat only vegetarian foods as meat does not interest me anymore. However, I feel as though I relied too heavily on dairy and as a result didn’t feel as good as I know I am capable of feeling.

That being said, in April I am going to focus on eating a vegan, plant-based diet. For those of you that get confused (hey mom) vegetarians simply don’t eat meat/poultry/fish while vegans eat no animal products at all…meaning no dairy/eggs in anything. I feel like this will really help to cut out all of the vegetarian junk foods I’ve been eating (hello cheese-its, ice cream and candies) while improving my energy and digestion. I just can’t do dairy too well these days.

I also want to focus on increasing my daily activity. I’ve been wearing my fitbit and while I seem to hit 10k steps on the majority of days, sometimes I’m only at 5k by the end of the day!! I’d like to hit a total of 300,000 for the month which averages 10k steps per day. I will do this by walking more and adding more non-exercise movement in my day instead of parking it on the couch for hours at a time.

The Tone It Up Bikini Series also starts this month and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a completely free and fun challenge and if you’re looking for something to mix it up I highly recommend!!

I’ve also made the decision not to weigh myself in April. Just not feeling it.

Do you have any goals for the new month? Share below. 🙂

Good Eats

If you’ve tried to reach my site in the last 24 hours and had issues, I apologize. Things got all messed up through godaddy and they told me just to “wait up to 24 hours” for it to resolve.

But if you’re reading this…looks like things are fixed.

I know I said before that it would be boring for you if I just posted pictures of everything that goes into my mouth…but yesterday was a particularly tasty day so here I am doing just that.

Breakfast

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banana chia muffins crumbled and warmed then topped with crunchy peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, strawberries, 1/2 banana, coconut butter and cinnamon

I’m working my way off dairy and these muffins are the last holdout (they’re made using greek yogurt). dairy just does not agree with my gut and I’m sorry for being crude but pooping > cheese any day

Lunch

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BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Pizza made on a whole wheat tortilla. (Recycled picture) Recipe through Meal Mentor

Snacks

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Iced coffee and “Sinless Samoa” (link coming soon)

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Apple Jack Smoothie

Dinner

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Kung Pao Tofu

Ok, so here was the highlight of the day. Hubby and I were walking out the door to go pick up Chinese food but when I tried to call in our order they informed me they were out of tofu! I had Kung Pao Tofu on the brain and couldn’t shake it. So I whipped up a super simple at home version that saved me on cash, calories and bloating for sure.

I mixed together freezer brown rice with a carrot/pea mix and topped it with crispy tofu and a sauce I threw together made of sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and ground pepper. I garnished with peanuts that I fished out of a mixed nut can. 🙂 It was SO SO good. Hit the spot and will be a favorite from now on out.

Dessert

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Samoa Ice Cream!

Banana soft serve blended with cacao powder and another sinless samoa pulsed in. topped with flacked coconut, dark chocolate chips and a pinch of sea salt

Friday (not Thursday)

I’ve been thinking all day about getting a Thursday post up…and then I realized it’s Friday. This whole unemployed thing has really thrown me for a loop as far as the space/time continuum goes. I never have any idea what day it is.

Anyway…some great things happened today! I finally got my grade for the MedSurg final I took last week (I took it a week early)…98.9% Gotta love when the teacher comments on your grade “Nice job, highest in the class” 🙂 Finished out that class with a 98%, not too shabby.

I also got a callback for a second interview for the Critical Care Nurse Residency Program I’ve applied for! The interview is in front of a panel of six people, eek! It’s not till April 6th so I have plenty of time to get nervous.

Lastly, I’ve created a “Weekly Workouts” Page (you’ll find it on the menu bar up top) to track my exercise each week. Instead of uploading a post every Sunday, I’ll just update the page every day with my workouts. Just in case you’re interested.

Onto the eats!! Still rocking Whole Foods March.

Breakfast

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Plain oats topped with strawberries, 1/2 banana, chocolate chips and homemade coconut butter

Lunch

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BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Pizza on a whole wheat tortilla

(Un-pictured) Snacks

Banana Chia Muffin with crunchy PB and a shakeology after my second workout of the day

Dinner

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Hello my name is Shelley and I am a volume eater. Leftover goat cheese and spicy marinara dip with gluten free pita (from dinner last night…I WILL eventually create a vegan version) plus spicy hummus and veggies For dessert was my new favorite combo…fruit & lemon! Sliced strawberries and 1/2 banana with lemon juice squeezed on top, it really brightens the flavors well.