Happy New Year, y'all! Also, Happy Birthday to my Ian. I was deemed a cougar the other day because while I'm already officially in my 30s, Ian is turning 29 on Friday. Ian has been such a positive force in my life. I'm lucky to have him and I can't wait to help him celebrate his birthday! I had a weigh in on Saturday for the first time in quite some time. I had prepared myself for an unfortunate number and that's what I got. My goal is to have a day-by-day approach. Today will be my first 100% perfect "diet" day in a long time. This excites me. I plan to do this the whole week and weigh in again but I am trying to focus less on the number on the scale and more on taking my time and getting back to basics. I'm not doing anything extreme. I'm counting calories because I have to have that framework but I am doing attainable calorie goals rather than going extreme like I usually do. I have time, I don't have to lose 40 pounds in a week. I have also decided to train for the half marathon again. Having several small goals and one larger goal seems smart, especially since the big goal has nothing to do with a number on a scale. I feel better already. I am so hard on myself. I'm working on that as well.
Because I am trying to get back to my "normal," healthy lifestyle, you may see similar versions of recipes that I have done before. One thing that may pop up quite often is ground chicken. I have recently decided I am far more fond of ground chicken than I am ground turkey. It tastes better and is obviously a healthier option than beef. One challenge with cooking is attempting to make things for Ian who is really picky. I don't know of anyone who likes tacos and Mexican food more than Ian so for my first recipe of the year, I made ground chicken tacos. The best part about this is that I made it in about 15 minutes. I got whole wheat soft taco shells, reduced fat sour cream and cheese and lettuce to go with the ground chicken seasoned with taco seasoning. Using chicken saves you on fat but you don't really sacrifice any flavor. I feel like I will go back to this recipe time and again.
Bama is playing for another national championship on Monday!