Friday, April 12, 2013

60 Day Challenge

Two weeks ago my sister sent me an email about all the peeps at her work doing a 60 day challenge  She sent the rules to our whole group of friends. Some how (in some rabid lemming sort of fashion) we all agreed to take part in this experiment. The ground rules are as follows......

No Coffee- Tea ok sparingly
No soda
No Chi
No sweets of any kind- Honey ok
No fried foods
No breaded foods
No white bread, rice, pasta, or tortilla - you can have whole wheat bread, pasta and tortillas
No junk food
Mozzarella cheese ok

Must Drink at least 64 oz of water a day
Exercise at least 30 minutes per day
15 push ups a day
15 sit ups a day 
1 mile 3 times a week

I don't know what possessed me to give up coffee. Out of all the things that I feel would be the worst, giving up my cuppa joe I thought would be the hardest. I was wrong. 
I miss SUGAR! Oh dear lord how I miss sugar!  
This week in my office has been the worst! 
Cookies on Monday 
Chocolate cake on Wednesday 
And today? Cheesecake! 
I pushed through though and today is actually day 5 of this and I am doing surprisingly well!
For the first three days I tried to do the Tracy Anderson food plan along with her videos.....

No this isn't blood, its beet, parsley, spinach and apple juice I made all by myself. And I also have homemade applesauce and a carrot puree. Aren't ya jealous? 
After that I gave up the baby food inspired plan and became ravenously hungry for chicken. 
Like, all I wanted was some chicken and nothing but chicken. 
I wanted something crunchy and yummy for lunch and came across this lil gem below. I loved the satisfying crunch of the broccoli and the slivered almonds. The link to the original recipe is under but I made a few changes because I also love spice! 

What you need:
1 lbs Chicken
1/4 cup slivered raw almonds
1/2 cup water chestnuts
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 tablespoon minced Ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups broccoli
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 Tbs Coconut oil
1/2 Tbs Chili and Garlic Sauce (more to taste)
Splash Soy Sauce
Sesame seeds to garnish

What you do:
Clean all vegetables and trim fat from meat (I'm pretty picky when it comes to my meat).
Cut broccoli and chicken into bite sized pieces.
Thinly slice 2 cups of cabbage
Julianne (fancy way to say slice) green onion, celery
mince garlic and ginger.
Heat wok over high heat.
Add coconut oil , swirl to coat bottom of wok,
Add green onions, garlic and ginger
Saute lightly then add meat
Cook meat for 3-4 minutes, until mostly cooked.
Add in broccoli, water chestnuts and celery, cook for 2 minutes
Add in almonds and cabbage
 Cook 2-3 minutes, until cabbage softens a little.
Make a 'hole' by moving the food up the sides of the wok
Add a splash of soy sauce and the garlic chili sauce and push food back down to the middle
Toss thoroughly to season
Remove from heat and  sprinkle with sesame seeds

Nosh away folks!!

Original recipe

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