Mama K (CD5K), Training (read: Practicing), Where I'm at now...

Project Me – Week 1

As promised, here I am checking in with my weight, eating habits, and workouts for the week!

Current Stats & Progress

Current Weight:       173.5           Change of:       minus .2            Feeling: (WTF) but okay, okay. I’m not completely discouraged yet. It’s only been a week and I would say I’ve cleaned up my eating habits 75% (well, maybe 60%).  I realize that this is a marathon and not a sprint, so being that I essentially just finished mile 2, I know I have a long road ahead of me.

I realized this week that I don’t need to eat as many carbs to feel satisfied as long as my food was REALLY tasty.  If I had a variety of flavors that satisfied cravings (like vinegar satisfying my salt craving) then I was good to go.  My biggest downfall was feeling like I needed a dessert after every dinner. Nothing big and fancy, but I did have dark chocolate and caramel sea salt candies until they were all gone (not in one sitting!). I made them last the week.  So here’s how it all went down this past week.


I did great!   I am not surprised by this because New Year’s Day was observed on this day.  I wound up doing an awesome 3 mile run around town with a few of the Mamas and then went to the box and worked out there – snatches, overhead squats, kettle bell swings, back rack front lunges, modified toes to bar; you name it, I felt it hurt so good by Tuesday evening.  Ate fish and shrimp and drank a ton of water.


I thought I had it…. so close in so many ways.  Start this video at 18 seconds and watch until the end to get a sense of what this day of healthy eating looked like.

I know exactly where I went wrong. I was prepared for mornings where I wasn’t rushing out of the house.  Tuesday took 200% effort to get the kids moving and off to the first day back to school. Without a specific meal plan for the day (I only prepped for my dinner) I was kind of stuck.

Breakfast: Coffee with 2 tablespoons of half and half and also 2 teaspoons of sugar; String cheese and a pear in the car on the way into work. String cheese was a thumbs down.

Snack: Siggi’s vanilla yogurt & Dark Magic coffee at work with 2 packets of sugar and a splash of whole milk that was in the work fridge. This is not enough protein or calories for the morning so my pre/dinner binge was likely going to happen.

Lunch: Can’t remember and I didn’t log it. Maybe an egg of some sort?

Snack: Binge on pretzel nibblers before dinner – stress eating! I checked Charlotte’s grades and there were two not so good ones. I freaked out.  I cracked open a beer that I didn’t love. I took two sips and gave it to Ryan. Went back to carrots and hummus. Stayed the course for dinner. There it was – bad planning turned ugly around 5pm.

Dinner: Roughly 4-5oz of steak tacos with lettuce instead of tortillas.  My steak was deliciously marinated in vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and a little Adobo. I found the recipe idea on  I made mac and cheese for the kids as a side to their steak.  They didn’t want to prepare fajitas.

Of course I had a bit of chocolate for dessert.

I didn’t drink enough water, that’s for sure. Maybe 20-25 ounces total for the day.

*Rest day for working out*

Confession: As I was cleaning up from dinner late that evening I stood at the sink eating the rest of the cold leftover mac and cheese out of the pot. I made this for the kids. I did NOT eat this during dinner.  Also, I ripped the rest of the steak off of the bone that was left on Wyatt’s plate.  Like the T-Rex that I am.  I was really hungry.


Woke up very hungry and feeling dehydrated.  I vowed to drink more water today.

Breakfast: 2 large eggs over easy (used olive oil in the pan), 1 serving of Boar’s Head dry sausage cut up really tiny and put in with the egg (I need my salty porks), pico de gallo made up of chopped onions, tomato, cilantro, and peppers.

Snack: 1 package of the cocoa dusted almonds for 100 calories.

Lunch: I rediscovered my love for canned tuna!!! Mixed with hummus instead of mayo and with added capers, carrots, red onion, and olives, it was delicious. I ate the whole can and wrapped up spoonfuls in the remaining romaine lettuce leaves that I had from last night. Very satisfying!

Snack: Went a little sideways. I ran 4 miles late in the afternoon before dinner and was dying for something crunchy. I had plain Stacey’s pita chips with a little hummus. Then I stopped eating that and then ate a bunch of pistachios. Nuts are good.

Dinner: Great one! Baked whole chicken with the following side dishes: plain sweet potato, red quinoa, and avocado. This is the dinner I am most proud of this week.


Baked whole chicken in the oven, plain sweet potato baked with the chicken, avocado, and red quinoa. This is a classic that my mom always made for us growing up, but she added a lot more sides to it. Typically she would have corn and bread with butter or Pillsbury crescent rolls.   As much as I didn’t think this would be enough to fill me for the evening, it was and it was really tasty.

I made regular rice and beans for the kids since they like rice.  I did add a little bit of beans on my quinoa.  I’m pretty sure I’ll make this again next week.

Dessert was my chocolate.  Overall, this really filled me up and I didn’t have any cravings in the evening.


Breakfast: ONE OF MY FAVORITES! Coffee with half & half and sugar (the usual). One fried egg in olive oil, 3 ounces of leftover steak cut up small and heated in the pan.  Pico de gallo on top.

Lunch: Ryan took my left over lunch of chicken and quinoa and I panicked. I wound up eating 3 slices of Boar’s Head ovengold turkey breast cut up, one cut up mini babyel white cheddar cheese circle cut up to eat with my slices of turkey, small pickle slices.  I made kind of a turkey and cheese sandwich using my little pickle rounds as bread. I had a side of blackberries.  It was yummy but not filling.  I found myself needing something crunchy and I ate a stale cheddar rice cake that I found in the cabinet (I couldn’t find any chips or I would’ve gone for the chips).

Dinner: Was so super delicious. Lobster tails were on sale at Giant so I broiled them and made a salad with avocado, red onion, kalamata olives, and sliced cherry tomatoes. I used a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar as dressing. Mixed all together it was awesome.  I had two lobster tails mixed with my salad.  It was very delicious.

After eating a quick dinner, I went to the Y for an evening hatha yoga class that was really great.  But then I got home and I was really hungry.  So then I wound up eating a cheese circle again and some of my dry Italian sausage. God that stuff is so good. And I think I had another piece of chocolate.


This morning was a 2 hour delay because of the 2 inches of snow we got. So the kids were home and they wanted a yummy breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and bacon.  It was game over and I loved every bite of that breakfast.

Lunch: Half a cup of Fage plain Greek yogurt with honey, walnuts, and blackberries

Dinner: While the chicken and lobster dinners were the meals I was the most proud of, this was my most favorite of the week.  This meal was also inspired by a recipe for Pernil on -The pork shoulder that was on sale at Giant for really cheap a week and a half ago and I bought it. I trimmed all the fat off that I could.  Seasoned it with fresh squeezed orange juice (3), lime juice (2), crushed garlic (4), salt, pepper, oregano (lots – I accidentally opened the wrong side and dumped), onion powder, cumin and paprika (I just shook the spices all over and dusted the meat).  I prepared this late Thursday night and let it marinate overnight in the crock pot bowl in the fridge. In the morning I turned it on low for 8 hours.  Before dinner I made an easy cabbage slaw with chopped onion and cabbage. The dressing is a little bit of olive oil, little bit of vinegar, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar.

I had a glass of red wine with dinner and it was perfect. Also, today was a rest day so no workout for me. Trying to get this plantar fascitis under control.

*Now that I’m writing this and it’s 8:30pm I am starting to get really hungry again. Knowing that we are running 9 miles tomorrow morning, I feel like I need to eat something or I’ll feel depleted shortly after starting and I don’t want that to happen.I need tomorrow to feel good so I can keep my confidence up.

I’ll continue to keep track and share the progress. Fingers crossed there is more progress. I don’t want to have to go back to Wawa hoagies and chips. I’ll do it if I have to, but I really don’t want to!  Again, if you’ve got any high protein and super satisfying favorite recipes that you can share, please do!  As of right now my plan is to continue to buy whatever meat is on sale at the grocery store and then figure out how I’d like to prepare it afterwards.  I have some ideas, but I’m going to need a lot more variety and would love your help!

Happy Trails,

Mama K

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