Cutting Calories + Meatloaf

Howdy there! How are you doing today?

Luke and I were chatting last night, and he suggested that I cut out about 100 to 150 calories in sugar, carbs, and fat to get more muscle definition. I’m intrigued by this idea, so I’m giving it a whirl. That means no more carb-bomb oatmeal + granola in the morning (at least not often … y’all know I love me some oatmeal) and no more coffee creamer (oh, the drama!). I need to ease up on my dressings and dipping sauces;Β  I also need to find some yogurt with less sugar too – Siggi’s Yogurt is a good bet for me.

Smoothie in a bowl today! I blended a banana, some almond-coconut milk, a goodly handful of spinach, Protein One vanilla, ice, cinnamon, and vanilla, and I topped the deliciousness off with just a sprinkle of granola (I’m trying to cut back on my carbs and sugar, after all) and a few lonesome strawberries that were needing to be used. Mighty tasty! Coffee with stevia and almond milk to drink.

I was in a so-so mood this morning, so I decided to head to the gym bright and early to boost my mind. I did my hour on the elliptical and walked for a while. Felt so good to work out!

On my way home from Planet Fitness, some jackass clipped my little Kia Optima by trying to turn into my lane while I was passing him. Luckily I didn’t see any damage done … GRRR! The jerk didn’t turn into the parking lot with me either to see if any damage had occurred … makes me mad that some people are so damn inconsiderate.

At home, I drank some hot mint green tea and cleaned up the apartment a little bit (HELLO, cat box! We meet yet again!).

I needed a snack around 11, so I cut up some cucumbers, added S+P, and dipped them in some Pace Salsa. Oh those little cucs tasted so good to me!

I roasted some broccoli, yellow squash, and carrot for lunch and served them with leftover BBQ baked chicken (it had a bit of cheddar cheese sprinkled on top) and BBQ sauce … a little salted yellow honeydew melon on the side! I apologize for the messy plate, my chicken really sizzled in the microwave.

I ran to the store and then had a honeycrisp apple with cinnamon and crunchy organic peanut butter around 4:15 while I was baking some dinner (I also had about 6 undocumented jelly beans, but who’s counting?).

I tried a different recipe called Honey BBQ Meatloaf for dinner tonight … I’ve been searching for ground beef recipes that don’t involve noodles or rice, and this meatloaf fit the bill. I roasted some sweet potato, broccoli, half of a baby avocado, and green beans with Parmesan as a side dish. The meatloaf was very tasty, and I’m glad I made it!

I also tried Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Tea with dinner tonight … it really does taste like salted caramel! Yummy! πŸ™‚

I’m kicking back this evening and am enjoying Mysteries at the Museum with my hot tankard o’ tea. Have a lovely night, y’all!

~ Mandy


One thought on “Cutting Calories + Meatloaf

  1. Oohhh girlfriend, be careful with the idea of “cutting out foods”… I get the whole macros thing, but also make sure it’s not a trigger πŸ˜‰ BUT all this foood looked so YUM! I love it. You have quite the chef’s hand! And ahhhh I love salted caramel tea. I feel like no one else I know ever has it/has ever mentioned it! SO yum! Have a beautiful week ahead. XOXO


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