Boyfriend Approved

It is difficult for me to cook healthy, while also feeding my 240lb, 6'5 Boyfriend.
He is always starving, or feeling like I'm torturing him with lettuce and other rabbit food.

I did some research.
I decided to make a steak and potato meal.

Here are the results:
 I grilled the steaks with just some salt and pepper lovin.

The Potatoes though...omg. The Potatoes.
I sliced them all fancy like, and then I seasoned them with sage, thyme, rosemary, and paprika and some olive oil.
Let those suckers bake, and then at the last moment I put some asparagus in the oven as well with sea salt and olive oil.

Seriously. YUM.

I know those seasonings are all really strong, but trust me when you're dieting strong flavorful food will keep you from being bored!

This was perfection.

And Look....It was boyfriend approved!

And that girls is how you sneak healthy food onto your table without your manlymen knowing!

That Time I Almost Died While Hiking 5 Miles

I don't know if you know this about me or not...but I'm not very athletic.
I'm not athletic at all.

Not a smidge.
I was a ballerina, paint throwing, princess crown wearing, pink rhinestone covered GIRL.

My boyfriend however is all that is man.
He suggested a 5 mile hike on Wednesday.
I liked the idea of a 5 mile hike.
Especially when it was a hike to a beach.
I like beaches.
...What I don't like is:

I didn't think about those things at first though.

We started off all good, and upbeat. Because hey, who doesn't start off positive?!
Randy thought it would be fun to take the longer loop. The blue trail.
I hate the blue trail.

We FINAAAALLLLLLLLLLY got to the Cliffs and Beach:

So pretty. It was perfect actually.
The water was clear and lovely.
We waded around and let Boe have some splishsplash time.

Then we headed back along the red trail
(I liked the red trail)
And I got to see TURTLES!
I wish I was a sunbathing turtle.

At about the 1.1 mark I started to get...fussy.

I was over being in the woods, and I was 100% sure I was going to die.
I'm pretty sure I told Randy to just leave me a couple of times.
He laughed and told me I was doing great and that he loved me.
He is such a jerk.
Here I am in the air conditioned car.
I love air conditioning!
I finished.
I completed. I hiked 5 miles and I DIDN'T DIE.
I'm totally ready to do it again.


First Week of Clean Eating

Week One:

Since this is my first post, I'm going to do a round-up of the week to share what I've done and how I have been doing!

Eating Out:
Well...Randy and I did cheat once, we had McDonald's. I felt so guilty afterwards, I ended up working out that night at the gym even harder than I had previously. I didn't realize how much work you have to do to burn off 300 calories!

We were much better the second time out, we decided on IHOP and I must say, I wasn't disappointed or dissatisfied.
I got 2 whole wheat pancakes (w/ sugar-free syrup), 1 egg white, and 1 slice of turkey bacon. I didn't even finish everything yet I felt full! It was great, normally I would have loaded up with ham or worse yet biscuits and gravy!

Grocery Shopping:
Grocery shopping was a whole other ball game. We knew what we could eat, and we knew that the possibilities for healthy eating were endless, however our funds were not.
Fresh produce and fresh fish are extremely expensive, especially for a young 20-something couple.
We used the Whole Food's dinner bar for two nights, but at $20 a pop that was pushing our entire monthly going out budget. So we then decided to use our grocery money (compliments of my grandmother) at Trader Joe's instead of Whole Food's, and we ended up spending $140 on everything, but it should be enough to get us through lunches for the next two weeks and dinners. So I'm thrilled needless to say, I think Trader Joe's might have won over our hearts.

Going to the gym wasn't too bad at all, Randy and I found a gym that we both love and has everything that we need. I loved the classes that it offered, and the fact that it's not overly packed. I haven't been able to run a full mile yet, but I'm hoping to by the end of this month!

So I've really only cooked a couple of things this week, but the biggest hit was my stir-fry!

6oz Chicken
1 Cup Brown Rice
1 Egg
1 Stalk of Green Onion
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil

Marinate the chicken in soy sauce overnight
Bake the chicken in the oven

Cook the rice on the stove-top
Once rice has been cooked go ahead and throw it into the wok with a little bit of sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of your soy sauce.
Let the rice stir fry up a little, then in one corner of the wok begin cooking your egg, after the egg is almost done cooking a combine the rice, egg, chicken, and diced onion. After you have stir fried the combination for a few moments, top off with the remaining soy sauce and serve!

This was boyfriend approved!

Hey Lovies, I'm Back!

Hey Lovies!
 I'm back!
But this time I have a purpose.

I'm starting a new healthy lifestyle and I want a place where I can record my adventures in healthy eating!

I know I'm going to have a thousand questions, and a place where I can vent, or cry (especially on the days when my co-workers decide to bring in brownies) So any encouragement or recipe suggestions you may have are always welcome!

<3 I'll be doing my first REAL post later today!