Monthly Archives: January 2013

Smoothie Recipe

I’m not the type of person to wake up early in the morning and cook breakfast, though I love breakfast foods.  During the week, I need easy breakfasts…other than cold cereal, which I don’t mind, but I’m looking for something Zone friendly.  When we started the Zone, I also started making the husband and myself smoothies for breakfast.  I didn’t find a recipe I liked, so I played around until I got the smoothie the way we wanted it – thick, creamy, and fruity.  To me, it’s a lot like a smoothie you could get from one of those chain smoothie places that charge $5+ per smoothie.


Smoothie Recipe


1.5 C 2% Milk

1 C plain Greek Yogurt (I prefer Oikos)

1.5 C unsweetened Frozen Fruit

1 banana

1 scoop protein powder



Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.

Makes 2 smoothies.


1 serving (1/2 recipe):  296.8 calories, 39.7g carbohydrates, 27g protein, 4.8g fat, 4.5g dietary fiber


I, personally, don’t divide up the smoothie equally though, because I try to stay around 250 calories for breakfast, and the husband needs more.


I’ve used all kinds of frozen fruit – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, raspberries, and mixes.   I’ve enjoyed them all, though the raspberry banana is my favorite.



Back At It Again…

To quickly catch up, last week, I prepared a menu to get us back in the Zone starting Saturday.  Friday afternoon, I went grocery shopping to stock the fridge and pantry with all kinds of fruits, veggies, and ingredients for great sounding recipes.


Best thing I’ve made so far was last night; I made a recipe I found on Pinterest for dinner:  PF Change copy Lettuce Wraps (only I used ground beef instead of chicken).  YUM!  The husband gave it the “You can make this again anytime” approval.


This morning, I woke up with the husband at 5am and worked out while he got ready for work.  I modified the P90X Chest and Back Routine (Week 1, Day 1) to include a little cardio:  one set of pull-ups (aka pulling on resistance bands) at 15 reps, followed by either knee push-ups or bench presses with 15 lb dumbbells (I alternated every set) at 10 reps, then 20 jumping jacks.  Rest for 30 seconds and repeat, for a total of 8 times.


The P90X Chest and Back routine is probably my least favorite of all of the workouts for two reasons:  #1 – I can’t do pull-ups; #2 – I can’t do push-ups.  The workout is pretty much just different types of pull-ups and push-ups.  One day, I’ll be able to do a set of pull-ups and a real set of push-ups, but that day is not today.


So, getting back on track is off to a great start and today I feel completely full of energy.  I know it has to do with both the eating better and working out this morning.  I just hope I don’t crash this afternoon…or a couple of weeks from now.


What I mean by that is that this isn’t my first rodeo.  You can read my About page for a little more detail, but it seems like the last few times I’ve tried to get the weight back off, I’m on fire for a while, but quickly fizzle out after my first bad day.


Knowing that, I have a lot of questions:


What is different about this time around that will make me stick with the plan until I meet my goal(s)?


Why did I not stick with it the other times I “tried”?


What happens after I reach my goal?


I’ve hit my goal before and then couldn’t sustain it; what really caused me to gain the weight back?


Did I set an unattainable, unrealistic goal?


Will I change enough this time around that this really can become a lifestyle, not a “diet”?


Will I be back here again, having lost the weight then gaining it back, trying to start all over?


Even though this is starting out great, I’ve got some negative thoughts floating around that I just needed to get out.  I know the answer to some of those questions, while others leave me guessing.  I know this is not an easy process, and that I’m looking for progress, not perfection, but I want this to be the last time I’m “starting over” on my journey to a healthier me.

Derailed, but getting back on track

I admitted in my first post that only a crazy person would decide to start a diet and exercise program right before the holidays.  It wasn’t too long after we started P90X and The Zone Diet on December 1st that I came down with the stomach flu.  Actually, I’m pretty sure that was the 7th, and I remained weak for several days after it had run it course.  Then the husband came down with a bad cold.  P90X was quickly derailed.


I kept us following the Zone for as long as I could, but then Christmas came, along with lots of family and food.  We ate every meal with family or friends from Christmas Eve dinner until January 2nd, when I went back to work again.  Then, we were without a refrigerator; a huge ice storm hit, taking out the power for a few days…and our refrigerator motor for good.  We got that replaced last week, but we have had a house guest, my cousin who is taking a certification class, who insists on treating us to dinner every night since he doesn’t have to pay for a hotel.  And the indulging continues.


Excuses aside, life gets in the way of plans sometimes, but we are getting back on track this weekend (after my cousin heads home).  Once again I am preparing a Zone friendly menu and plan on getting up early in the mornings and working out.  The husband started a new job and gets up at 5, so I think I’ll try to get up then too and spend some time with Tony Horton.


Time to Bring It…for good this time.