Well I am not weighing myself but I backed into another pair of pants today. This pair was too tight on 3/13 so I must be making progress.
Sadly, I will be missing some pants as I go backwards. I have a few cute pairs of white pants that I am going to miss on my way back down. A great pair of Ralph Lauren white silk twill pants that I love. I will be sending those to my cousin to sell in her resale shop because it is too early to wear them and they are already kind of big on me. I shall keep NO big clothes. NONE. In fact, I am almost to the point where the workout clothes are going to have to give. I have 4 GREAT pairs of Russell workout pants (not sweats but heavier than t-shirt weight) that at so big now that they drag on the floor and I step on them. I rationalize that they have a drawstring waist, but they would be too easy to grow back into, so they are also going to go bye-bye this weekend. Salvation Army. I am keeping no safety net, people. None. I gain again, I go naked. That is that.
Fortunately, I work out 2/3 of the time at home so I have to impress no one. I will get back into my cute workout clothes eventually but until then it is SCARY central. Case in point the Champion workout bra that will soon be too big but is currently fitting. It has lost the enamel off of the hooks and strap thingy’s and those metal parts were cutting into my back. I am not buying another bra that size so I had to find a solution. A raw and bleeding back post-workout was unappealing, and quite frankly these girls are too big to go unchecked. Solution? I wear the bra OVER the workout top. Yes, it is scary! I have been wearing another top over it to hide my nasty look, but it gets hot mid-workout and, well…YIKES!
Week 6 is going well. Each workout I can sort of do more than the last. This painful triceps on my right arm is making push-ups impossible, I am so scared to make it worse, so I am modifying, holding plank, and doing presses with dumbbells on the bench to mimic at least SOME activity. While this is disappointing I am not going to beat myself up, I am just doing my best and forgetting the rest. I actually think that in a few weeks I will be able to complete most if not all of Ab Ripper X. It may not be pretty, but I am close.
Today is the first day of Chocolate Shakeology. I have used Greenberry since Feb 1 and like it, but I did a chocolate, almond milk, and mint extract shake today and super yummy delicious!!!!!!!!! YUM!!!!!!!! My favorite meal of the work-day, although my “Night Salad” is now a close second. Mmmmmmm! My night salad is 1 oz goat cheese, some chopped onion, 1/2 C kidney beans 1 ounce Avocado, 1-2 T sunflower seeds, and some olive oil-rosemary sugar free salad dressing over 4-5 C baby spinach. Last night I wanted to eat two but I made myself stop at one. It is delicious and I like not having to think when I get in the last fuel of the day. I go home, whip it up, and eat. Got to get it down before 7 so I can go to bed at 10. No carbs or fat within 3 hours of bed. It’s working. I wish I had more time to be creative, but when you get home at 6 and have to be done consuming dinner at 7, there is not a whole lot of room for playing around.
I made black bean brownies for the work dessert bar today. These will be a staple in the future. I need to tweek them so they are a bit sweeter, but they are moist and chocaletey, so the fact that they are no sugar added and gluten free isn’t so bad. People liked them, so there is hope for low-fat, gluten free desserts. Here is the recipe with the changes I would make:
Black Bean Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. lightly grease an 8×8 square baking dish (or spray with Pam)
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed & drained (I used reduced sodium)
- 3 eggs (I used 2 eggs and 2 egg whites)
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 1/2 tsp clear Stevia or 4 packets Truvia (I would use 5 or 6 next time)
- 1 tsp instant coffee
- 1/2 cup Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine everything except the chocolate chips into a blender (I used a food processor) until smooth. pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the mixture. bake until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan – about 30 minutes.
Makes 12 brownies. Only 94 calories a brownie as I made them here.