A Tasty Combination of Balance…

A concept that I’ve really had to take into consideration in order to be successful on this journey was time management. I’ve realized that it’s a juggling act and some people seem to do it so effortlessly while others struggle. I’m not struggling by any means, but I’ve had to plan and map out my days. I’ve been writing everything in full detail and it seems to be working but it can be time consuming. Soon it will be a part of my everyday routine and I won’t have to write it all down.

If you are the type of person that gets overwhelmed with meal prep and the gym, I highly recommend jotting things down and checking things off as you go. By writing everything down, it keeps me organized and prepared. I sit down with Dave before we go to the gym and create workout plans that I follow-through with. It takes a lot of pressure off myself as the gym still intimidates me at times.

I have been going to the gym in the evenings with Dave, except for Tuesday night this week. I have also been doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I’m on level 2 and it is no walk in the park, let me tell you. It is very challenging and the perfect workout if you skip the gym for a day or two.

I feel awkward snapping photos of myself at the gym, but here are a few of myself and Dave, on our way to the gym. That’s got to count for something, right?

On our way to the gym...

On our way to the gym…

My kicks...

My kicks…

It’s nice that I have such a supportive boyfriend. He is determined to get back to his trimmed physique and wants to hit the gym hard again. Dave has asked me to take his before pictures and measurements. We will compare his before pictures in a months time to keep an eye on his progress.

I missed Tasty Tuesday yesterday, but I’d like to share a couple new recipes I whipped up for a few of my meals this week.

MEAL

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diningwithcaro.wordpress.com

Lemon Garlic Chicken

  • 5 ounce chicken breast
  • 1 lemon squeezed (lemon juice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

I marinated the chicken in lemon juice for half an hour. On a plate I combined the rest of the ingredients and tossed my chicken in the seasonings. Once coated, I baked in the oven at 325 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.

Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Pam cooking spray

I sprayed a baking sheet with Pam cooking spray, I laid out my thinly sliced sweet potato slices onto the baking sheet and added the seasonings, then tossed them around until they were coated. I put them in the oven at the same time as the chicken for 30 minutes.

This whole meal is worth 7 Weight Watchers points.

DESSERT

Fruit explosion muffins...

Fruit explosion muffins…

 

Fruit Explosion Muffins

  • 200 grams steel cut oat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Directions:

Turn on the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl I blend all my fruit with a hand blender (or you can use a food processor). You can make it as chunky or creamy as you would like. I also had to blend my steel cut oats to turn it into a flour.

In a separate bowl I added my steel cut oats flour, then added the other dry ingredients. I add my egg and fruit in with the dry ingredients. I stirred it all up and measured out two ounces per muffin. Then I put them in the oven and baked for 15 minutes.

These muffins are perfect for when you’re on the go as they are packed with protein and fruit.

To keep the muffins as fresh as possible, I freeze mine or keep them refrigerated.

Each muffin is 2 Weight Watchers points. 

NEW ITEM 

I am so happy with my recent purchase. I was working with a difficult to use hand blender and was getting fed up. Tonight I decided to purchase my first food processor to prepare most of my meals with.

Stay tuned to see what I create with this beauty of a food processor.

Yay! New purchase :)

Yay! New purchase 🙂

Tomorrow I will be sharing some of my measurements (before & present) as well as some updated photos of myself (before & present).

This next tune is by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, they are a Danish pop band. I first heard this song in a Heineken beer commercial and loved it. Enjoy!

– Caro

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