This past week has been challenging, but I am learning a lot and really enjoying the experience. To start off the scale has reflected that I lost 5 lbs. this week! How exciting! I know that was the initial weight loss from the change, but I do hope to see a little more of a change on the scale over the next couple of weeks as well. I am not one to look at a scale for validation though. First off, I want muscle which weights more than fat. Secondly, if you feel good and are making the right choices the majority of the time, you don't have anything to be worried about!

The first couple of days was used to start feeling out how I could prepare foods. Oh, and get over the sugar withdrawl! Thank goodness for gum is all I have to say. That saved me from really cheating. From the given list I pretty much already knew what I liked and disliked on the list. Thank goodness I like everything on the list! Oh, except grapefruit! I tried it again to give it another go and I just cannot do it! More power to the people that can.

Being a pescetarian, to be "politically" correct, I knew I could use fish as a protein source. I love fish don't get me wrong, but I definitely will not eat it more than once a day and I do not want it to be my main protein source. I am working on experimenting with more beans and other vegetarian friendly protein sources this coming week. Tonight I successfully created a clean Veggie Stuffed Portobello Mushroom! Check the next post for that recipe! Also, I knew I loved peanut butter before this challenge, but I am discovering that I also really like almond butter, and every other fat source on the list we are allowed to eat! Yikes! I am working on controlling those portions more.

Here are some of my highlights of the week...

Breakfast
Blueberry oatmeal with an eggwhite omelet.
Ezekiel bread toast, with an eggwhite scramble with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onion and avocado and blueberries and kiwi. I also have elected to put some ricotta cheese in my egg scrambles because it is a great protein source!
Eggwhite omelet with mushrooms, strawberries and blueberries and Ezekiel bread toast with avocado and tomato.

Lunch and Dinner
Pan seared tilapia with sauteed spinach with garlic and mashed sweet potatoes.
Tilapia seasoned with Mrs. Dash Garlic and Her, asparagus and brown rice.
My fourth of July dinner...seasoned salmon atop green beans, chopped almonds and brown rice.
Lunch today out with my Mom was a garden salad with grilled salmon. I did not eat the bread thing.
Tonight's dinner was a stuffed Portobello Mushroom with baked sweet potatoes and homemade guacamole. Yes I can eat the guacamole all by itself!

Snacks

My go to pre-CrossFit snack is a rice cake with peanut butter! I try to use as little peanut butter, usually a 1/2 tbls.
Cucumber and tomato with garlic powder.

I think that's enough for today! Hopefully I will check in a couple of more times this week! Stay tuned for that Veggie Stuffed Portobello Mushroom recipe!

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