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Oat Bran Pancake

Happy Saturday everyone!! I guess the world isn’t going to end today after all πŸ˜›

Day 5 of Dukan and I’m still happy! Yesterday was my first day of the Cruise Phase so I was able to add some veggies to my meals!

But let me tell you about the best recipe I found for an oat bran pancake! Since you need to have oat bran daily on this diet, I was looking for a new way to incorporate oat bran into my diet because I was sick of mixing it into yogurt. Honestly, I thought an oat bran pancake would taste terrible, but I was oh so wrong!!

The oat bran recipe calls for:

1 egg white

2 tablespoons of plain, non-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons of oat bran

and splenda/sugar substitute to your liking

That’s it!! Mix it all together and put it in a pan! (I also added a bit of cinnamon!)

I didn’t get to snap any pictures of the finished product because I dove right into it!

It was DELICIOUS!! Who knew?!

I was super excited for these babies last night as well:

I missed my veggies! I really appreciated them more after not having them for so long (even if it was only 3 days) πŸ˜›

Today is a pure protein day. I am doing the 1-1 plan: every other day is a protein/veggie day. I feel like this is the best plan for me!

Today is starting out dreary.. AGAIN. I’m praying that the sun comes out for a little while today! But I won’t get my hopes up :/

I was supposed to work today, but now I think the plans have changed and I will work during the week. My mom and I might be doing downtown later to an Arts Festival! Annnddd I might be hanging out with friends I haven’t seen in 1 1/2!!!! So I’m hoping today turns out to be as fun as I think it will be πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! And I hope everyone is having better weather than I am!! haha

What is one vegetable that you cannot live without?

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So Far So Good

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

It’s Day 3 of my Attack Phase on the Dukan Diet & I am feeling great! I’ve lost some weight, but I know it’s just water weight right now. My body feels better, though. I’m not bloated at all and I just feel good.

A nice thing about this diet is that I don’t feel like I am starving myself. These pure proteins really fill you up and there are no calorie restrictions. I’m excited to be able to start eating veggies again soon though because I love them soo much! I know that not incorporating main food groups into your diet is frowned upon, but this is very temporary and I will be adding them back into my diet soon.

I do have to say that Day 2 was tough for me. I woke up and started making breakfast: 3 egg whites, 1 yolk, and 2 slices of lean turkey bacon. I wasn’t even that hungry, but I knew I needed to eat. While I was cooking, the thought of putting more protein into my body was making me sick. I had to lay down for a few minutes. It blew my mind how much I was sick of protein already and it was only day 2!! But that feeling passed and I was fine the rest of the day!

For lunch I tried to be a little more creative. There are 72 pure proteins that you are allowed to eat during this phase, but I feel like it’s very hard to get creative.

I tried making somewhat of a smoothie bowl!

I blended together 1 cup of Greek yogurt, about a 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, a decent amount of splenda (I didn’t measure, just added until the sweetness was right), and icecubes!

Now this was definitely NOT the best smoothie I’ve ever had, but it was better than eating more chicken or eggs!

I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for my family. That was hard! All I wanted to do was pick up a bag or tortilla chips and salsa and dig in! The bananas were also looking wonderful! Who am I kidding, everything looked good to me!

But I know that I cannot break this diet. This is something that I really want and I would be so disappointed in myself if I lost discipline.

When I got home, my dad was back and he had a surprise for me!

Trout!!!!

He knows that I’m on this diet, so he went fishing and caught some yummy trout that I can cook up! I love fish a lot, so I was extremely happy. I actually had a piece this morning for breakfast! It was delicious! Thanks Dad πŸ™‚

I’m not sure what I’m going to do today. The past few days have been super boring. The weather has been horrible – gloomy and rain. 😦 I can’t wait until it is nice out so I can be outside and start working again!!!

My brother will be living back at home for the next couple of days. He’s having surgery today. Nothing life-threatening, but send your prayers his way!!

Hope everyone has a great day! It’s almost the weekend πŸ™‚

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Who can? Dukan!

First off, HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY to Danielle, one of my bestest friends in the world!!!!!! I love you! Can’t wait to celebrate πŸ™‚

So I’m not sure if I’ve gone crazy, but I’ve given it a lot of though and I’m going to try the Dukan Diet. My mom is also doing it with me so we can motivate each other. I first heard about the Dukan Diet while watching Dr. Oz and of course it got my attention when they said you lose weight fast. It’s a low carb, high protein diet somewhat like the Atkins Diet. There are 4 stages to the Dukan Diet:

1. Attack Phase: This stage lasts anywhere from 1 to 10 days depending on how much weight you’re trying to lose. I’m going to be in this stage for 5 days. In the attack phase, there are 72 pure proteins that you are allowed to eat. These foods include things like lean beef, turkey, and chicken, fish, eggs, skimmed milk, fat-free cottage cheese, and non-fat yogurt.

2. Cruise Phase: In this phase, you eat the 72 pure proteins plus a list of 28 vegetables. Vegetables included in this phase are broccoli, celery, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, and zucchini. The length of this phase depends on how much weight you’d like to lose. Stay on this diet 3 days for every pound that you’d like to lose.

3. Consolidation Phase: You start introducing other foods into your diet during this stage. You get to eat 2 slices of bread, a piece of fruit per day, 4 g of cheese per day, and 2 starches per week. You also get two celebration meals per week of whatever you want – pizza, mac and cheese, desserts, ANYTHING! Stay on this phase 5 days for every pound lost. There should be one pure protein day per week.

4. Stabilization Phase: This phase is to keep you aware of your body and eating habits. You are on this stage for life. You are allowed to eat whatever you want, but every Thursday should be a pure protein day like the Attack Phase.

During each of these stages you also consume oat bran everyday. 1.5 tablespoons in the Attack Phase, 2 tablespoons in the Cruise Phase, and 3 tablespoons per day for every day after that!

Exercise is also important during this diet. The Dukan Diet recommends walking 20 minutes per day during the Attack Phase and 30 minutes per day for the rest of the diet.

Of course with every diet, there are criticisms and skeptics. It’s going to be hard to go without carbs, sweets, and fruit for so long. But for me, the pros outweigh the cons.

Today is my official first day. So far, so good! I ate yogurt with oat bran for breakfast and I feel fine!

Since I’m going to miss my “bad” food, I binged hard yesterday πŸ˜›

Chocolate chips right out of the bag + turkey, cheese,& honey mustard hoagie = heaven!

I’ll see you soon, my loves πŸ˜›

I also went grocery shopping yesterday to prepare for this diet.

Look at all of this yummy protein!! Can’t wait to dig in and start creating some new recipes with this stuff πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to see the results of this diet. I’m doing this to lose weight, but also get back on track. I’ve been eating very poorly while I’ve been home and I’m looking for a new start. I’m excited to share my journey and progress with all of you πŸ™‚

Well, I’m going to go! Bradley Cooper (aka one of the most beautiful men in the world) is on Ellen right now! haha

Do you know anyone who has done the Dukan Diet?

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Fresh to Death

Laura is going to love the title of this post πŸ˜‰

Good evening! I was debating whether or not I wanted to write tonight, and I figured why not?

Last night I had another amazing meal!

Shrimp and scallop stir-fry! I could eat seafood every single day! I can’t get enough πŸ™‚

This afternoon I found myself rummaging through my kitchen trying to find something to eat then BAM I found a mango! My roommate, Britt, used to make mango salsa back at school so I thought that would be a perfect thing to make on this gorgeous day! I love fresh fruits and veggies so much πŸ™‚

I chopped up some onion, tomato, mango, and colorful peppers and blended them all together! It came out pretty good! I think it’s missing something though.. it needs a little kick!

I tried unpacking a little bit, but that was no fun..

Today was an extremely boring day. I woke up, watched Regis & Kelly, then Ellen, then the View, and then I went outside. I realized that a lot of my summer days are going to be like this so I need to figure out ways to keep myself occupied.. I really want to read! I’m not an avid reader, but if it’s a book I really like I won’t be able to put it down. I’m looking for some suggestions!!

What are some of your favorite summer reads?

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Easter Eggstravaganza

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!! I hope everyoneΒ is enjoying their time with family and friends. I know I sure am!

This was the first holiday without my family. I was pretty upset that I wasn’t going to be home with them, but my roommates and friends made it an extremely great weekend!

Friday night I tried to make my own version of Gracie’s Tomato Chickpea Casserole. Let me start off by saying canned spinach is the worst thing in the world! Definitely need to stick with frozen!

It looks pretty good, but the spinach ruined it big time. Now I know for next time.. frozen > canned.

Yesterday my roomies and I dyed Easter eggs!!! πŸ™‚

When my mom came up during the week she brought us an Easter egg dying kit! I was super excited that I was still able to dye eggs even though I wasn’t home. Britt, Laura, & I had some good roomie bonding!

Laura and I went to the bars both Friday and Saturday night. We met up with a bunch of our FOTO friends and had a blast! We didn’t get to bed until almost 5 am last night (..this morning?) so I’m super tired to say the least.

We had an early Easter lunch/dinner.

Tons of yummy food! I ate wayyyy too much today, but it was all too good to pass up πŸ™‚

The 3 of us have been pretty lazy today. We’re just hanging out and watching Step Brothers! I’ve never seen this movie in its entirety so I’m gonna stop writing and start paying attention! πŸ˜›

Did you do anything fun for Easter?

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Don’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing

I’m not gonna lie.. today has had more downs than ups.. I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed which means I guess I was closer to the edge instead of the wall (I cuddle with the wall every night.. I have a twin bed :P)

First off it’s cold. It may be “warm” to some people, but anything less than 70 degrees is cold to me. The sun has made an appearance today so I can’t complain too much!

After class I decided to come home and spend some time in this lovely place:

That’s right – laundry time! My laundry pile was getting a bit out of control. I noticed that my detergent had a weird consistency but I decided to use it any way. Bad decision. I seriously think a little fairy man came in and switched my detergent to water. Nothing seemed clean. FAIL #1

I put everything in the dryers and took a trip to McDonald’s to get iced coffee with Danielle. We ordered the same thing: medium sugar-free vanilla iced coffee with NO cream. What does the lady do? She makes the first one with cream. It wasn’t a big deal though.. we politely informed her that we ordered them without cream and she made us a new one. Here’s where it went wrong… TOO MANY FLAVOR PUMPS!!

FAIL #2. She put in 6 pumps.. it was so sweet and so disgusting! But when I got home I added some milk and fixed it all up!

Then I went to go get my clothes out of the dryer……. Only one machine was on. The door to the other one was open.. so everything was still wet.Β FAIL #3. So now I have to wait 50 more minutes for my other load of laundry to dry..

As you can see, I am not a happy camper today. The weather forecast for tomorrow is also contributing to the crabiness.. snow showers in the morning.. FOR REAL!?!?!

As I was sitting here thinking about what I wanted my post to be about, I remembered a song that always makes me realize that nothing is as bad as it seems.

The lyrics are so true. Sometimes I just need to remember that all of these little mishaps don’t matter. Not everything in life is going to go smoothly. You’ll have your good days, and you’ll also have your bad days. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you’re losing. No matter what it brings don’t worry ’bout a thing.” I’ll get through it and tomorrow is always a new day πŸ™‚

Hope everyone is having a great day! Only 1 more day until the weekend!! (Although mine is starting tonight! It’s my friend Jacquie’s birthday!! Happy Birthday Jacquie!!)

How do you get through a bad day?

What is your favorite kind of iced coffee?

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*** update: The dryer door was open AGAIN when I went to go pick up my clothes for the second time…. MEAN JOKE by whoever keeps opening that door and not turning the machine back on

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Kick Butt Kickboxing

While I was walking to class this morning, I realized that I forgot my sneakers. :/ This did not make me a happy camper. I usually go straight to the gym after class, so I carry my workout gear with me. Since I was sneaker-less, I had to change my workout plans for the day.

I looked at the fitness class schedule and chose kickboxing. I love kickboxing classes and haven’t been to one in a while so I figured it would be the perfect day to attend a class. It wasn’t the hardest kickboxing class I’ve ever taken, but I still got my sweat on πŸ™‚

When I got home, I was STARVING. I made a smoothie for lunch. It’s probably the easiest and simplest smoothie recipe ever!

That’s right – you only need a banana, milk, icecubes, & vanilla! Put it in the blender and BAM – a refreshing smoothie!

My roomie, Laura (aka The Carbivore), brought a magic bullet for our apartment after many failed attempts with a real blender. (We have bad luck with all types of electronics.) But this little baby is awesome! It blends everything really well and pretty fast. It’s always extremely easy to clean!

I was still hungry after I downed the smoothie so I grabbed some chickpeas and put them in some spaghetti sauce πŸ™‚

I’ve been on a chickpea kick lately and I’m trying to find some simple, easy ways to make them!

 

What are some chickpea recipes that you love?

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