Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Weekly Fit Check: Moving Along

red apples

Well, for those of you reading, we’ve made it another week in our ongoing fitness journey. That excites me!

I’ll tell you what else excites me: despite my efforts to kick the scale out of the limelight, I can’t help getting excited about it sometimes and this is one of those times. I’ve shown a loss for the second week in a row!

In the last two weeks, I’ve lost 2.8 pounds. That puts me right back in range of where I was before I had several weeks in a row of little gains. Even with my indulgence at the Japanese restaurant last week, where the fortune in my cookie gave me a great laugh:

Leap Day Fortune

I said I should have read it before I ate. The fortune now resides on my fridge as a daily reminder.

And, honestly? I haven’t been making a special effort to lose. Maintaining has been my goal, so I’m very happy with my weight right now.

I was just telling Brian last night that I’m in a very happy place right now. I’m eating in a way that I can see myself easily maintaining for the rest of my life and I’m relatively happy with my weight. I never thought I’d be in the place of having 5-10 pounds to lose, like the majority of American women. I like that.

Also, on the fit-front, a big change in my diet was brought front and center this weekend. On Friday, our homeschool group went on a field trip to a local grocery store. The produce looked so much better than it does at the store where I normally shop.

So, I went there for my produce on Saturday before going to the other store where the overall prices are better. I gave myself a $40 budget for produce.

Forty dollars. For produce.

A couple of years ago, I never even went to the produce department for anything other than white potatoes (which I bought by the 10 lb. sack…if I buy them at all anymore, which is rare, I just buy three or four potatoes), onions, and, occasionally, lettuce for a salad. Now, the produce department is where I spend at least one-fourth of my grocery-shopping budget.

Produce that has become a staple at my house includes:

  • red pepper
  • jicama
  • avocado
  • spinach
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • artisan lettuce
  • garlic (minced in a jar…I’m lazy)
  • fruit of some sort (blueberries, strawberries, grapes, oranges, apples, pineapple)

Another great indicator of the changes in my nutrition is the fact that, just yesterday, the thought crossed my mind to take a picture of my plate. I didn’t because I have terrible light in my dining room and I didn’t feel like taking the time to find a good light source, but it really struck me that my plate looked so healthy and colorful and pretty.

For lunch, I had a tuna sandwich with avocado sides of jicama, red pepper, and baby carrots with hummus for dipping. There were also a few strawberries and grapes and a handful of walnuts. Delicious, nutritious, and appetizing to look at.

Dinner was honey-mustard chicken with roasted cauliflower and red peppers, steamed green beans, and cranberry-walnut quinoa. Yum!

What about you? How are you keeping fit this week?

Do or do not. There is no try.


  1. I must admit that I don't even know what a ' jicama' is, but it sounds interesting! :) I've been noticing a lot more money going into produce as well - and it's great to see!

  2. Wow Kris, you're doing a great job! As I'm sitting here eating waffles with peanut butter and chocolate chips, you're actually making all that lovely fresh produce sound so delicious. I think I'm guilty of feeding us like the "old" you - so thanks for that wake-up call. I manage to buy the healthy fresh fruits & veggies and they make it home and into the fridge, never to be seen again until they've morphed into some unrecognizable lifeform.  FAIL! It just seems too time-consuming to wash & prep them that I procrastinate until they are unsalvageable. But you have inspired me today (actually, many times when I read your blog) to do better.  Even if it is only temporarily.  One of these times it may stick.  Congratulations to you and keep up the good work!  I love to hear about your challenges and successes.  Have a great day!

  3. I'm trying to eat more salads this week. I am one of those who tends to stay out of the produce section. I hope to change that.

  4. A jicama (pronounced "hick-a-muh") is a root vegetable. It looks like a rutabaga. It's got the consistnency of a potato, but it doesn't turn brown if you peel it and store the leftover in the fridge. It has a somewhat nutty taste. Some people have compared the taste to a water chestnut. I started eating jicama and red pepper with hummus to replace my chip and dip addiction. Nowadays, if given the choice between jicama/hummus and chips/dip with all calories being equal (which they aren't!), I would still choose the jicama/hummus. Love it!

  5. Yes, keep trying! One of these times, I bet it will stick. I've gotta tell you, I can't keep produce in my fridge anymore -- the kids inhale it! My mother-in-law has quit sending processed snack food home with the kids because they only get thrown away now because the kids don't eat them (with the exception of a few types of chips and Fruit Roll-ups..they *are* still kids, after all. lol). Now she sends strawberries, grapes, bananas, oranges, apples, tomotoes, red peppers, cucumbers, avocado...and I can't keep them around. I love it.

  6. Yay!  I am glad you are doing well! Your list looks amazing!  I love Jimica- I just hate peeling it! :)
    I am going on a bike ride tomorrow and really looking forward to it.  It has been way to long!  We are having great weather... so I am getting out there!!!

  7. I would love to know how to make the cranberry walnut quinoa, that sounds great!  We also spend a large chunk of our grocery budget on produce, but it's money well spent!

  8. Yeah, peeling it isn't my favorite part. That's another reason why I love that it doesn't turn brown or gross after you peel it. I just peel the whole thing at once, slice off what I want, and put the rest in a sandwich bag for later.

    Enjoy your bike ride. I'm so ready to go again!

  9. Here's the link:
    If it happens not to work, it's on the Fitness Magazine site. It's the cranberry-pecan quinoa pilaf.

  10.  You have been such an inspiration to me - I wanted you to know that! I've lost 36 of 77 pounds, so I am getting there one bit at a time.

    Produce - we go through a LOT. I make the kids smoothies everyday with frozen mixed fruit, frozen bananas, and fresh baby spinach. I love zucchini, mushrooms, red bell peppers, sauteed kale, and big salads. And then we love snacking on fresh peas, carrot sticks, Persian cucumbers, and more. I buy a lot of produce these days!

  11. Yay!! Congrats on your weightloss! That's fantastic. You've just gotta love when the kids are enjoying eating healthy.

  12. I haven't lost anything since Christmas, but for the first time in my life, I am maintaining my weight loss!! I lost 35, and I've stayed between 30 and 35 pounds lost for the last 3 months. For me, that is just amazing, and something to be very proud of! I need to pick back up on more regular exercise, because that has slipped a bit. I'm so proud of my new lifestyle though, and it's encouraging to know that when we're a little more stable again with our homeschooling, and I focus on weight loss again, that I don't have to re-lose a bunch of weight before making new progress!! YAY!!

    I too, visit the produce section a lot more. I used to not know what most of the stuff was that they sold over there. :P


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