Journal Entry – January 25 and 26

January 25 & 26 – Days 20 & 21 

Weekly Weigh In

I took my weight and measurements and this is what it’s looking like for this week.

Weight: 1 lb. loss

Chest: 1/2 inch gain

Waist: 3/4 inch gain

Arm: 1/4 inch gain

Thigh: no change

I lost 1 lb.  Yay!! However, I’m a little bit confused about my inches gained.  It seems counter intuitive to believe that I could lose weight yet gain inches especially since I’m working out harder than I ever have. My first inclination was to panic.

I did speak to a friend who teaches Zumba and my sister who is a health nut.  They both believe that I need to give it time.  I have been doing this intense program for only 3 weeks so my body could be making all kinds of adjustments so some fluctuation should be expected.  I wonder what the science and physiology is behind that though.  I also visited a few forums on the subject and most people (fitness fanatics, trainers and the like) say not to panic and give it time.  There can be many factors as to why this happens.  For example:  measuring error (holding the tape too tight), sodium intake (I did have miso soup which was a bit salty) and for women, their cycle could have impact as well.

I’m not defeated.  I will watch this closely over the next few weeks to see how things change, but I figure a month is a good evaluation point to see how things have gone overall.  I must say that I did do another Zumba class on Saturday morning, which is normally my rest day for the week, to motivate myself to move and not get upset about it.

Sunday, I again did the stretch and I am getting more flexible.  It actually feels good to do the functional training stretch.  I took it easy the rest of the day to get ready for my week given my no rest day this week.

Daphne Oz's Chicken Paillard - Photo by Jennifer Welsh

Daphne Oz’s Chicken Paillard – Photo by Jennifer Welsh

I’m settling in and still motivated to move my booty and get this weight off.  Part of me of course wishes that the weight would just come off faster, but slow and steady wins the race. Here comes week number four.  My form is improving, I’m getting more flexible and I’m still conscious about what I put in my mouth (probably a little obsessive about it actually).  Like the delicious Chicken Paillard (above) I got from Daphne Oz on The Chew.  The meal is delicious and under 300 calories.  Click on the picture to get the recipe. Check it out.

Gourmet Lunch for Family & Friends

photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

I invited my sister and her friend over for lunch last Tuesday.  My sis, works close to where I live and her friend was in town to celebrate her birthday, New York City style, later in the week.  The sun was out and beaming in on us,  getting us ready and hopeful for the spring weather to come — my previous Green Plate post helped, I think. 😉

The Menu

Mixed Green Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Mango Salsa

Golden Brown Polenta

This plate was exceptionally green.  You will notice with some of the recipes they have additional yummies that make them not so green, like the mashed potatoes on top of the turkey meatloaf muffins.

For the salad, I just threw some salad items that I like together and then added the dressing.

Let me tell you something about that little Buttermilk Green Goddess Salad Dressing.  IT WAS PHENOMINAL!!!!  My sister and her friend wanted to drink it right out of the bowl and put it on everything, even non-food items — and with good reason! This was something special guys, so please… if nothing else, throw everything into a mini blender, regular blender, mini chopper…WHATEVER!  Just make it!  🙂

I promise you won’t be disappointed, especially if you like using fresh herbs in your meals.   It was as if all the garden herbs were bursting in your mouth carried by the light creaminess of the buttermilk.  It seemed to enhance all the sweet and savory flavors of the meatloaf muffins and crisp golden brown cornmeal of the polenta.  You are going to want to curl up with this dressing on a pillow and hug it tight.  Definitely the star of the meal.

FYI…I used light mayonnaise instead of regular or fat-free, but there are so many varieties of mayonnaise out there that you can see where you want to save some expensive calories and fat.  The mango salsa, I simply picked  that up from my local grocer to save time and for the polenta, I used the one in the tube so I had nice clean-cut disks.

Overall, this meal was sick good, so grab the ingredients and make it so you can DIG IN!

Dig In!

Photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

Photo by Jennifer N. Welsh

Doesn’t this picture just make your mouth water?  I have decided to dedicate a portion of blog to what I am calling The Green Plate series.  It will focus on healthy eating for the most part with perhaps some not so Green Plates thrown in every once in a while. 🙂

I was inspired to make this very yummy and beautiful lunch yesterday.  The day was gray and ugly with the threat of yet more snow.  So I thought to myself, let’s brighten it up and will in the spring!

Menu

Spinach salad, tomatoes and avocado salad with Goddess salad dressing

Buttermilk oven-fried chicken strips

This was quite yummy, especially since I made the chicken strips with cornflakes.  Let me tell you about it!

The tanginess of the tomatoes, creaminess of the avocados, and green earthiness of the spinach was very refreshing and reminded me of summer.  Forget spring!   The chicken, simply put was like eating a savory candy bar; crunchy corn crust on the outside and tenderized buttermilk spiciness on the inside.  Oh I didn’t tell you that I added hot sauce to the butter milk to give it the kick I like.

If you like this dish, just click on the links under the menu to get you started. Follow them to the letter or if you’re like me, read them, get an idea, and then do your own thing!

Dig in!