Quick Weight Loss Tips from Fitsugar

I am definitely carrying a few extra pounds around these days that I don’t need. So when an email from Fitsugar hit my inbox with 100 Quick Weight Loss Tips, I clicked. Generally these types of email are gimmicky and full of information I already know like,

“What your portions”

“Don’t drink soda”

“Eat lots of green things”

“Drink lots of water”

We all know all of these things and for the most part, I on the wagon (aside from the portion control thing). But this email actually had some great tips for weight loss.

The article is broken down into ten sections; Fitness, At Home, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack Time, Dessert, Food Swaps, At Work and When Eating Out. What I need to work on – all of them to some extent but Snack Time and Dinner are my biggies.

Here are my takeaways from each section:

Fitness

  • Go for kettlebell workouts – I already love KBells, I just need to remember to use them and use them often.
  • Add an extra five minutes to your cardio routine – Once I hit the predetermined milage on the treadmill I am usually ready to jump off but most days I could easily add and extra handful of minutes.

bits run

At Home

  • Follow the 80/20 rule – This is one of my major downfalls. I am really good during the week then when the weekend hits…forget it.
  • Put a chalkboard in the kitchen and jot down your weekly meal plan – This is something I have been wanting to do. It will keep me on track and hopefully, get SL excited for certain meals.

lobster dinner

Breakfast

  • Make pancakes healthier by adding mashed baked sweet potato – I always have sweet potatoes in the house, I need to try this!
  • Limit carbs and include a little fat – Guilty, my breakfasts are usually carby and not fatty enough.

tri breakfast

Lunch

  • Buy fun containers and pack lunch from home – I bring lunch every day but some fun containers might make all of those salads a little more sassy! Love this, this and this.
  • Double dinner recipes so you can have leftovers for lunch – This is something I was doing religiously until summer. I need to get back on this train.

WIAW lunch

Dinner

  • Celebrate Meatless Monday – It might take a miracle to get SL on board with this but I think I can do it with these burritos.
  • Freeze pureed veggie and add to soups – Why have I never done this? I love making soups this time of year and the extra nutrients from the pureed veggies will make them much more filling.

vegetable dinner

Snack Time

  • Choose wet snacks – Food high in water is more filling. Its science. Usually my snacks are dry and although filling, I know I could do better.
  • Always bring snacks on the road – SL and I are good at doing this but bad at NOT buying more snacks when we hit up gas stations or rest stops. Why? We are so weird.

watermelon

Dessert

  • Add veggies to baked goods – I remember seeing Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah about a thousand years ago doing this and I was intrigued but I still haven’t tried it. New goal for 2015 when my baking season really starts!
  • When making cookies, bake half the batch and scoop the rest into ice cube trays – MIND BLOWN! I love baking on cold days and when I’m sick (strange but I find it comforting) but I never want my masterpieces in the house for more than a day. This is the perfect solution for my little family of two.

Food Swaps

  • Use veggies in place of spaghetti – Yeah, yeah, yeah we’ve all heard this time after time. I will try it.
  • Use silken tofu instead of cream – I wonder if this really works. I don’t love dairy so whenever I can omit it, I will.

At Work

  • Set a reminder to get up and walk around – I have a desk job so this is so important yet something I don’t do enough.

computer selfie

When Eating Out

  • Eat a little something before you head out so you don’t arrived famished – I do this ALL.THE.TIME! I am the hangriest monster when I get to dinner then the roll basket gets demolished before I even know what happened.

Now I just have to put these tips to use! Most I partially do but I need to commit to making them the norm.

Do you have any tips?

What I Ate Wednesday

I love reading these posts by other bloggers so I desided to give it a try this week. Maybe, just maybe, if I remember to take pictures on everything this could become a weekly thing. Who knows, it might be good to keep me on track.

Breakfast was unsurprisingly, a waffle and almond butter. I have this almost every weekday morning because it’s easy and fast and I can eat it in my car on the way to the train station.

Once I was at work I was a little hungry again so I grabbed my snack. SL hasn’t been feeling apples lately so I had to eat this one up before it started to turn. I also chugged a a watermelon hint water…yes, I was thirsty but this stuff is so good that I couldn’t help but guzzle it down.

apple and hint

Gala or Fuji Apple & Watermelon Hint Water

Before I knew it lunch rolled around (best part of the work day)! Every Monday and Tuesday we get lunch brought into the office. I still pack my lunch just in case I don’t like whatever is brought in and if I do like it, my packed lunch can wait until the next day.

Yesterday…I ate both!

WIAW lunch

1/4 Turkey & Bacon sandwich on multigrain bread with tomato (had to remove on side of the bread due to mayo contamination), salad with romaine lettuce, cucumbers form the garden, mushrooms, avocado and balsamic dressing

I grabbed a bag of chips at lunch but saved them for my afternoon snack. Usually I ate something on the train ride home but yesterday’s snack came just about an hour after lunch…I couldn’t wait. Luckily, the chips held me over until I got home.

Beanitos

Beanitos

Tuesday night = Taco night!! Well at least this week Tuesday meant tacos. SL complained a little last week that we were having the same thing over and over again (we were) so I decided to go with tacos this week to changes things up.

tacos

Corn taco shells, ground turkey, romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes from out garden, black olives and the taco sauce the kit came with

I was craving some chocolate and/or wine after dinner but I held back because my day was pretty calorie dense and I held off on working out due to some Monday night sickness I had. After tacos, SL and I hung out on the couch and just watched TV until bed. Nothing crazy but I needed a low key night after being go go go all weekend!