...the hardest. I've been eating salads more regularly and checking what I eat, but I had not started exercising yet. I think it was probably a good thing too, especially during the first week of class. But today, since it's the weekend, I started with about 30 minutes of DDR. Nothing too hard, but I did do pretty well. Tomorrow, I'm going to push myself harder and practice working out twice a day. If my sister and I get around to it, we'll probably start heading over to the gym to do additional exercises.
For breakfast/lunch (I woke up that late), I ate some walnuts and a fruit snack. Not the best start, but I'm going to try and fix that. Then for a snack after working out, I had some celery, spinach dip, and string cheese for some protein. Unfortunately, the spinach dip is some brand I bought from Walmart...it has barely any health benefits, no protein, and is chalked full of fat. So I looked up a recipe for a healthy tofu spinach dip. I really need something that I can eat with my plain old celery because while I love celery, I tend to dislike eating it by itself.
For a late afternoon lunch, I had a Caesar salad, mixed with almond slivers, grilled chicken, and Parmesan cheese (sparingly). I used 2 parts Italian salad mix with 1 part Spinach mix. Since I'm trying to reduce the amount of red meat I am eating, a good way to get more iron in one's diet is to eat more spinach. Although one problem I can see right now is the Caesar dressing. It's really hard to find a lite, creamy Caesar dressing from my experience at Walmart, and the most Caesar dressings have more fat than even Ranch dressing. So I'm going to look at buying a vinaigrette instead, because they tend to have less fat, and if I'm lucky, I can find a vinaigrette with some feta cheese (^_^), although that might just add more fat... :/ We'll see...
For dinner, my sis made rice-a-roni with chicken. It was delicious, and a nice, warm, inexpensive meal. Plus, I had a side salad to help fill me up. Even though it's late, I'm going to make a trip to Walmart to grab some more food (best time to go IMO). I may start going to Save-A-Lot though when I get the chance, so I can look at their produce. In my hometown, Save-A-Lot was always the place to go for good produce (nothing against Walmart, which takes care of most of my other needs).
Tomorrow is a new day. I'm going to spend some time with some friends at some point (^_^), and probably work on some homework. I keep thinking of the goal in my head and that is what is pushing me forward. I can already feel a little bit better as far as my body and my energy, just by replacing a meal with salad and fruit. Once I get the hang of this, I can only imagine I will start to feel incredible!