Monday, February 3, 2014

Day 1 of 28!

We kicked off the national Engine 2 Diet 28-Day Challenge today.  I've been thinking about this challenge and what I want to accomplish.  Since my scale is still in storage (how convenient!), I have decided that this challenge is not going to be about weight for me.  It is a time where I can focus on eating consciously (and conscientiously to boot) and I'm excited to see how I feel at the end of it instead of what I weigh. Everyone is different and I think that's the beauty of doing the challenge.  It's about you and the changes you want to make.  

I had to make a quick stop at my beloved Trader Joe's on the way home.  I love that fruits and veggies are such a beautiful blank canvas!

A TJ's stockpile is a thing of beauty.
Here's a recap of my day's provisions:    

*Breakfast:  Slice of whole grain (and I mean whole grain--it's amazingly delicious too!) toast with natural peanut butter.  I wasn't super hungry so that did the trick.
*Snack:  Red pear (delicious!)
*Lunch:  Salad (sub-par as I threw it together this morning...see note below.  Actually looking back it was downright awful...just a bunch of leftover veggies that needed a bit more TLC than I had time to give them).

Sad little salad.  You did your best.

*Dinner: A-maz-ing rice/veggie/grilled tofu bowl with a drizzle of satay sauce and a sprinkling of cilantro.  Side of mashed sweet potatoes with almonds and balsamic glaze.  The sweet potatoes are in the frozen section at TJ's.  They will change your life.  This was almost reminiscent of pumpkin pie and totally plant-strong.  I love when that happens!
This lasted about 2 seconds before I inhaled it.
Small win:  Really needed some coffee today.  I was struggling and realized that I have been treating myself to a little caffeine most afternoons (interesting how changing things up can show us some bad habits!).  But I powered through and had a lovely cup of tea around 2:30 and that helped immensely.  

Fail:  Not packing enough food for lunch!  This is something I do far too often...I will pack a salad and nothing else and end up ravenous by dinnertime which can lead to bad food choices.  The good news is that I didn't have any healthy options for snacks so I just suffered through.  I don't have a good excuse for not packing my food at night.  I just need to buckle down and do it.  Tomorrow's lunch is already in the fridge. Just need to pack my snacks.  

Somehow getting day 1 out of the way makes the rest of the 27 days seem doable.  I need lots of energy and motivation since it's supposed to get super cold this week.  Tomorrow's track workout should be a doozy in the freezing temperatures!

For all of you 28-day-ers out there...stay strong!  You can do it!  If you are just reading the blog for the first time, make yourself at home.  I hope we can be friends!


P.S. Rest assured, the pretty photographs will come back before the challenge is over.  I'm in the midst of moving so the phone photos will have to do for now!


  1. I don't know about you, but no matter how big/filling/full of fiber and protein my 12:00 lunch is, I'm pretty much always *starving* again by 4:30. It's just become my work routine to have a nice snack sometime in that 3:30-4:30 window before I face the traffic to get home. Otherwise I get home and I'm too hungry to think about what is healthy, and just go for what's convenient and fast. Since I bring a packed lunch, it's really just a matter of throwing one more thing into my lunchbox.

    And, you know, not eating it at lunchtime.

  2. That's such a great idea. I saved my sweet potatoes for a later afternoon snack and feel less ravenous than usual! What are some good plant-strong snack ideas?

  3. Sweet potatoes are actually one of my favorites! I mash them up and sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon. Another one of my usuals is some hummus with carrots and celery. If I'm feeling *really* ambitious with planning ahead, I'll season and broil some chickpeas, which make for a crunchy and tasty snack. If I'm really pressed for time, I'll just take an apple or an orange.

    This might be just a "me" thing, but I'll also feel fuller if I have a cup of hot tea with my snack. I think the warmth of it kinda tricks my body into thinking I had more of a meal.

  4. Great snack suggestions! I love roasted chickpeas. I think I just need to be more intentional and pack snacks I'm actually excited about :) Completely agree on the hot tea. It's a lifesaver. Sometimes I have a cup of tea in the evenings when I'm craving something sweet...I just have to make sure to choose a good, sweet variety of tea. Good Earth is one of my favs.

  5. Oh, I could talk tea all day! I love tea -- I had to run and look in my pantry after your post because I change it up so much I wasn't sure what my current rotation was... My current loves in my tea life are Celestial Seasonings peppermint, Tazo's lotus blossom green, and (a gift from a friend in Estonia) Teekanne's hüttentraum (it kind of tastes like a mulled apple + blackberry tea).

    I saw on more recent post of yours that you like to run -- me too! I'm super prone to laryngitis, so on cold days after my run I'll have a cup of Throat Coat tea, it seems to really help. I'm doing the Muddy Valentine 5K on the 15th, so I can't just slack off until it warms back up. ;) Are you planning on doing any of the local 5Ks?