Michaela Week 4: Veggie Overload and Alarm Clock Blues

Weekly Weight loss Update: –1.5 lbs

Inches lost: Chest: 3/4″; Waist: 3/4″; Arms: 0″; Hips: 1″; Thighs: 0″

This week’s challenge: Staying motivated to eat a truck load of veggies and beating those alarm clock blues.

I’ve just about had it with the field full of veggies this program requires. I credit veggies with filling me up but come on, is this really the only way I can lose weight? The answer unfortunately is yes. It’s my 80 (+/-) grams of protein and my 4 cups a day of veggies that’s keeping me on the downward track. I’ve just gotta figure out a way to mix it up a bit. Because of my veggie apathy I wasn’t totally true to my program this past week which is why I only lost 1.5 lbs but I am officially at the half way mark (40.5 lbs lost)! I am trying to keep a positive attitude about only losing 1.5 lbs. At least I’m still going in the right direction, down.

So, what can I do to make my veggie intake more interesting? This past week I tried an ‘Asian inspired’ mix of veggies. This means I added coleslaw, bean sprouts and mixed in some fresh mint and basil. When making a salad I use soy-sauce, white wine vinegar, and sesame seed oil dressing and when sauteing I use the same dressing as a saute. Quite yummy.

My other spice kicker is buffalo chicken wing sauce. The brand I use has the three zeros: 0 cal, 0 carbs, 0 grams of sugar — my favorite mix. I use this for salad dressing and when sauteing my veggies.

TJ Maxx has some interesting pre-mixed spices in its international food section. To date I’ve tried the Thai spice mix (which is delicious) and the veggie roast mix (which isn’t so delicious and high in sodium). I’ve also incorporated ginger (fresh and dried) and well as curries into my veggie dishes. For the most part I’ve been pretty traditional with my cooking methods since I have a 45 minute commute and am exhausted when I get home so I steam, saute, or grill them.

One thing is for sure, if I’m going to as successful with the next 40 lbs. (my goal is to lose 80 lbs) I’m going to have to come up with some more creative and interesting ways to eat vegetables. Anyone have any great ideas?

Pick your favorite veggies, saute with onions, garlic and spices, add some chicken broth, and puree. You’re good to go!

This weekend I made up a batch of veggie soup. The recipe is simple: In a big soup kettle saute with olive oil some onions, a little garlic and whatever veggies you want. I have my favorites and use this method to help clean out the frig. Yesterday I had way to many zucchinis on hand so I mixed zucchini, swiss chard, mushroom and sauteed them with the onions and garlic.  Other favorites include spinach, bok choy, leeks, broccoli, and caulifllower. After sauteing the veggies until they are tender, add spices (salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, a dash of cayenne pepper — at this stage use whatever spices you like, curry is another good one), and pour in enough chicken broth to cover the veggies. Bring to a boil, turn off the stove and let it sit for a while to cool off. Next using a blender, puree it all together. For me this is a tasty way to consume my vegetables. Something different.

My exercise this week was way down. I only moved my body 2 hrs (my goal is 6). Weight lifting on Tuesday and Spin on Friday. I just couldn’t get up. I try to get in bed by 10 p.m. and sometimes I can get there and sometimes I can’t so when that alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. my eyes just flutter and stay shut. I’m going to really work on this next week. I know for a fact that if I can’t master the art of daily movement I’m doomed. I usually come up with “what does it matter anyway.” I’ve got to come up with a way to make it matter more than sleep. This I know for sure: on the days I do exercise my energy level remains high all day and my head clear, so I know it’s the right thing to do for my weight loss, my body, and my general well being. I have family and friends who live to move their body. I think I’ll interview them to find out what they do or think that gets them to ignore those alarm clock blues.

Inspirational quote: “In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” -Warren Buffett

Have a healthy week!

About MichaelaB

I am a 'young' 56 yr. old adventurer in life. I am a single Christian woman living in Los Angeles County dedicated to working to strengthen the voice of those who have been marginalized by society. I have an artist's heart and eyes and enjoy making art around me. I have roots on both the East and West Coasts which fill my year with travel and seasonal changes.The Bible provides my direction in life and is at the core of my year of physical transformation.

2 Responses to Michaela Week 4: Veggie Overload and Alarm Clock Blues

  1. Noreen says:

    Come on, Mic….5:15am is sleeping in!! My alarm clock goes off at 3:30am for my runs – have to be out the door by 4am to get a good run in before work! But I do admit that snooze button does get hit one time too many every now and then and sleep wins over the run!! Let’s keep each other motivated – next time we won’t let the snooze button win!! Keep it up! Love ya!!

  2. soo says:

    As a wheat free vegan, I eat a lot of vegetables.
    I like thick dressings to dip veggies in or as a dressing on top.

    Tahini- tahini, lemon, salt and water to taste and texture
    Soy sesame- almond butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger/garlic/scallion, chili flakes, lime or white vinegar, water

    these days, I’m loving raw kale salad, summer squash sticks, cukes, etc

    keep up the awesome work Michaela!!!!!