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Posted on Aug 12, 2010 in Food | 9 comments

You gotta spend money to make… weight loss?

Hello blogosphere! First off, let me just say thanks to all my new readers and commenters! And thanks to Anne @ fANNEtastic food for sending all of you my way! Everyone is being so supportive and helpful, this is really turning out to be a far less horrible experience than I was initially dreading! 🙂

So for lunch today, I banged out a rockin’ salad at work: spinach and mixed greens, red onion, mandarin oranges, green peppers, avocado, and goat cheese. Delish!

The killer was definitely the poppyseed dressing that I was keeping in the fridge at work from before this whole endeavor. It is REALLY bad. Like 170 calories a serving (which is only 2 tbsp!) and lots of fat. So I only used 1 tablespoon of it and it went quite a long way, which is good I guess, but still pretty bad calorie- and fat-wise. The salad was also really big, since I was trying to use up some ingredients, but overall I consider it to be fairly healthful (maybe less goat cheese next time, and I’ll try to go sans-dressing.)

I went to the gym after work (!!) and did 25 minutes on the elliptical. Yay! I also did a 3 sets of front presses – 12 reps each. Whew! My arms are sure to be sore tomorrow, but it was good. I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home and ended up spending WAAAAAAY too much money (hence the title!) Because I stayed very strict on what I was buying, but I gotta say, healthy food is EXPEN$$$IVE! Got a pretty good haul though:

And I got a huuuuge thing of nonfat Fage greek yogurt, too, only to find out that my roommate had bought the exact same thing earlier today at CostCo. So I guess there will be no shortage of yogurt in this household in the near future! And yup, that’s right: You’re looking at scallops and a piece of wrapped salmon at the bottom right there! Which brings us to the next part of the post… my super delicious and amazing dinner!!

Salmon and scallops and spinach – oh my!

I took some pictures of when I was cooking it as well, but then I realized that it wasn’t anything special, and so didn’t really deserve a recipe post. Basically I just sauteed the spinach with 3 cloves of garlic (a lot of garlic, I know, but yummm), seared the scallops and salmon with a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice all in a little olive oil.

I made double portions of the scallops and salmon, so I have enough for lunch tomorrow, too! Success, I think. I hope. Overall, a pretty good day, and I think it’s been a really great week so far in terms of my goals (it’s always easy in the beginning though!)

Tomorrow will be the real test – we’re having some friends over and my brother invited them all to come for a potluck dinner. So I’m sure there will be tons of delicious and terrible food that will be a challenge to abstain from. I’m pretty worried. What tips do you have for me to hold my resolve through tomorrow night? My sister suggested eating dinner beforehand so I don’t eat anything at the potluck. But I feel like if I eat beforehand I’m just more likely to eat my dinner and then eat MORE at the potluck on top of it, you know? Just because it’s, well, there. Ideas? Please – your input is not only valued, it’s necessary! 🙂

Thanks again for the support, love, and lessons, everyone! Keep ’em coming – I need all the help I can get!

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