Why is it that I never quite feel motivated to keep with my resolutions every January to stay healthy and exercise? Probably because it is cold and I have a rotation of kids home sick for a variety of ailments. This year was no different. Even worse as I was home sick with a variety of ailments. My allergies were on overdrive with our spring-like winter and then there was that stomach bug. When I was healthy, I had kids home sick with a cold or another stomach bug. All these road blocks discourage me and my motivation to take care of me.
For 30 days I have access to my own dietician and life coach, Corinne Dobbas, who has provided us participants with a guide to reprogram our metabolism. I have to admit, I like being told what I can and can not eat. Having creative license to make fun meals has sometimes left me standing still, wondering which direction to turn.
We also have access to our very own personal trainer, Mark Segedie (aka Mr. Bookieboo), who gave us a “simple” workout schedule and instructions to walk 10,000 steps a day. I am being forced to get up from my desk and walk, walk, walk. Oh and that simple workout? Well, the schedule is simple. Burpees, lunges, pushups – oh no!! I quickly realized that I was getting my butt kicked big time and I developed a severe hatred for burpees. Luckily, we aren’t asked to video our pathetic attempts at these exercises.
I am nearly finished with week one and it has been great. I have been drinking oodles of water – oodles more than I was drinking before.
I walk the dog sometimes twice a day – my new dog, Simon (a terrier mix). I’ll introduce him in another post! Let’s just say the dog is very happy with this challenge.
I am eating well – lots of veggies. I have been good about steering away from evil pasta and empty carbs. I have been enjoying brown rice and quinoa regularly. Not that I need this Mushroom Makeover to introduce me to this stuff. I just never took the time to make this stuff for ME.
We have been instructed to makeover our meals with the addition of mushrooms, as well as to replace meat with mushrooms. And why not? They are low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals and really filling.
I love eating eggs with mushrooms. Even baked an egg in a portobello mushroom. I stuffed mushrooms with quinoa. I sautéed mushrooms in port (don’t worry, Corrine, it wasn’t very much) for this pork tenderloin. And I enjoyed plenty of mushroom leftovers.
I’m working on typing up the recipes for the above dishes. For now, I offer you my recipe for the Pork Tenderloin with Crimini Mushrooms and Port Sauce. Click here for the recipe.
Disclosure: This post was created as part of the #MushroomMakeover 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge in which I received a stipend to be the blogger ambassador for the Mushroom Council. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.