Sticking With It – Frugal Novice

Sticking With It

This week has been busy, and I have a feeling it’s just the start. In addition to my regular job I’m teaching adjunct classes where I work, all of which are online classes and take up evening time. This was a choice (and honestly, an opportunity I’m really excited about) but it’ll take some time settling in to a routine. I’m a little late with this post, because I felt like I had to prioritize – family and work have to take precedence over blogging, as much as I love it! Anyway, I’m excited to get caught up on my Freshology posts.

I’m still walking twice a week with my friend from work – it’s not in my nature to wake up really early voluntarily, but I’m really glad we’re committing to this. It feels good getting exercise in at the start of my day, and I think it makes me more aware of calories I intake because I remember working to burn off calories earlier in the day!

Monday Breakfast: Spinach & Caramelized Shallot Omelet (350 calories)

This was my least favorite egg dish I’ve had, which surprised me because I like shallots and actually like spinach when it’s with other things. I think there was almost too much spinach in this one, but that was easily solved by setting some off to the side. I love the variety Freshology provides, but the egg breakfasts with different fillings in between do start to feel a little repetitive. Part of that is probably more noticeable to me because I don’t typically gravitate towards protein-heavy breakfasts.

Lunch: Roasted Vegetable Mosaic Bowl (390 calories)

I liked most of this dish way more than I thought I would! I avoided mushrooms and lima beans but the squash, zucchini, peppers and rice were really good. I would’ve liked a little salt added, but I know that part of the benefit of Freshology is that they make the effort to keep things low in sodium.

Dinner: Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (430 calories)

I really liked the sweet potatoes with this dish, and I liked the chicken itself a lot. I have to admit I scraped the mushrooms off to the side – I loved the flavor they provided but I can’t get past the texture of cooked mushrooms. I like brussel sprouts more than I did before starting Freshology, but they’re still not going to ever be added to my favorites list. :)

Dessert: Sweet Potato Chip Cookies (120 calories)

Tuesday Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon French Toast with Turkey Bacon (350 calories)

This was a good breakfast! I liked folding the toast over some of the apples to make a little sandwich of sorts – I didn’t even use the syrup. The turkey bacon was good, but I do think I can tell a difference between cooking it from fresh and from frozen. The peaches were good – it reminded me almost of a cobbler filling.

Lunch: Beef & Barley Stew (270 calories)

The flavors of this stew were great! Totally reminded me of something I’d have on a cool fall day. The barley added some heartiness to the dish and was great with the beef. I did avoid the mushrooms and peas, being the picky person that I am.

Dinner: Vegetarian Meatloaf with Succotash & Sweet Potatoes (450 calories)

Hm. Combining meatloaf + vegetables didn’t bode so well for me. The sauce was awesome, sweet potatoes were good… but I picked at this one.

Dessert: Marshmallow Cloud (170 calories) – YUM!

Overall I feel like this week is off to a good start, and I’m figuring out how to juggle everything (and fit in some sleep). I’m really glad that despite a busy, stressful week I haven’t been resorting to comfort snacking like I might have in the past. Here’s hoping the rest of the week goes just as well!

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