Hi everyone! I hope Monday is treating you well. Other than my scheduled cheat sessions this weekend, I've done well and I'm feeling motivated. My goal is to have two perfect weeks before I weigh in on August 29th. I think I can do it.
Last week Ian and I went to collect on a gift card from Applebee's that we've had for awhile. I haven't always been crazy about Applebee's but to give them credit, they've been in the health food game for awhile. Not only do they offer several healthy dishes, they tell you how many calories and Weight Watchers points they have. I was running severely low on calories and decided to try the Thai Shrimp Salad they have for 390 calories. I am so glad that I did. I highly recommend it! It's got lots of crunch and flavor. It has a bit of spice and sweetness. It's got edamame, crispy strips and of course, shrimp. Now that I know about it, I'm going to be sure to head back there occasionally to get it.
Having the shrimp salad got me in the mood to not only make shrimp at home but make use of some aging groceries around the house. I took some Rice Krispies and toasted coconut, added some chili powder and smashed it together to make a "breading." Before I put the shrimp in the breading, I drug them through some Egg Beaters. I used a bit of oil though I am sure you could bake this for less calories and fried them up in a pan for a makeshift "coconut shrimp." I was somewhat pleased with myself for coming up with this on the fly and even more pleased with the taste. I had a big portion and though I would have liked a stronger coconut flavor, they tasted delicious. It also took less than 10 minutes to whip up.
Cassandra and I went to a place called 9 Round last week to work out. I don't think I need to tell you that the woman in the photo kicking the bag isn't me but I put it there so hopefully you'll get an idea of what we did. The first workout at 9 Round is free and it was amazing. You go around a circuit and spend 3 minutes at each station that's set up. There's a trainer there motivating you and giving you ideas for different varieties of workouts. The best part is that you get to punch and kick the crap out of a few different types of punching bags. I absolutely loved it. It was a hard workout and I was sore. The problem is that at this time, I am pretty sure it's not in my budget. I don't know what to do but both Cassandra and I are trying to figure out a way to finagle it into our financial plans.
Cassandra and I had one final celebration for her 30th birthday this past weekend. We had fun and here's to having a much better year! Love you!