Weekly Menu 2/24 - 2/28


Do you go through phases of foods that you just can't get enough of? I'm usually pretty consistent in my love of popcorn, but occasionally I'll branch out to pretzels or something else. Lately, I've been absolutely addicted to Cracked Black Pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits with sliced cheddar cheese. I could honestly eat it every day for a snack or meal and be completely content.

In other news, I am on hard-core countdown to my FL trip and I spent 90 minutes yesterday on the treadmill, followed by 10 minutes of abs exercises and then I made it through 15 minutes of Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred before I felt like I was going to turn into a puddle, so I gave up and collapsed on the floor. All of that equated to 640 calories, which is practically half of my daily allowance.

I have been craving a cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera Bread like no one's business, but I unfortunately looked up how many calories that poor sucker is. Toasted, with cream cheese, it tops out at over 600 calories. So I decided when I lose my first 5 lbs, that is going to be my treat to myself. The scale needs to get moving, because I really want one!

And in even more exciting news, I start a new job on Tuesday that I am thrilled about. The title is Billing Office Manager, but I'm going to be doing much more than just that. The absolute neatest part about the job is I get to spend every Friday in the kitchen showroom/design studio. The company does absolutely gorgeous kitchens so I can't even comprehend the amount of gorgeousness that I'm going to get to stand in.

I do have a bad feeling though, that someone is going to walk in one day and find me twirling around in the kitchen singing "It's so pretty!" or petting the granite countertops telling them how nice they are. I should probably warn them of this kind of stuff in advance, huh?

And because there are just all kinds of changes going on around here, I've also become the Food/Recipe Writer for an online magazine called WomanScope News. As soon as my recipes are posted there, I'll provide a link here for you all to check it out.

Since I'm in hard-core lose weight mode, dinners for this week are entirely from the Abs Diet Cookbook.

Sunday - Green Gobbler Lasagna (lasagna with spinach)

Monday - Asian Turkey Meatball Subs (my own creation based off their recipes)

Tuesday - A Thinner Mexican Dinner (basically tacos sans shell)

Wednesday - Protein Packed Baked Ziti (with chicken!)

Thursday - Shrimp Tacos (my adjustment to the fish tacos)

I'm doing smoothies for breakfast again, and this week will be one with frozen peaches. Nom! Lunches will be BLT wraps with turkey.

I'm going to need to exercise quite a bit of control this weekend since Tom asked that I make the browned butter chocolate chip cookies and I also have a dessert that I need to make for an upcoming challenge. 

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