My First What I Ate Wednesday

So yeah, I remember saying I’d never do one of these posts because well, I don’t cook and I don’t really have much to offer you guys.

However, yesterday, a friend of mine asked me what I was doing for lunch. I know she expected me to name off a take-out/drive-thru place (as that is usually what I do for 2/3 meals), but I surprised her by saying that I was making tuna. Then she surprised me by asking, “How do you make your tuna?”

Wait, there’s different ways to make tuna??

When I rattled of the ingredients, she was genuinely interested and said that it sounded like something she’d like.

Well I’ll be…..I, Helly, shared a recipe????

So I decided to go out on a limb here and share it with you all too just in case anyone else would like a different spin on tuna. Or maybe you already make it the way I do. Which in that case, is the reason why we’re friends.

Okay, so here’s what you need. And bear with me because I have no idea how these WIAW posts are supposed to go.

2 cans of tuna (or however much you want–I typically use two, serves about 4)
3 hard boiled eggs (you can use just the whites if that’s your thing)
Pickles (preferably sliced b/c you’ll chop ’em)
Jalapeños (whole or pre-sliced, and from the can for easy chopping)

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I’ll cook if it means there’s less than 5 ingredients 😀

Step 1: Drain your tuna; put in medium size bowl
Step 2: On a cutting board, slice/chop your eggs (Leave only egg whites if that’s your preference. I used the whole egg). Pour the egg pieces in the tuna bowl.
Step 3: Chop one pickle slice (or more depending on how much pickle flavor you want)
Step 4: Chop your jalapeños (I use the entire small can. I like spicy.)
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Step 5: Mix pickles and jalapeños in to the tuna bowl and you’re done!!

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Some of my family members like putting in a spoonful of mayo, but I don’t. This is actually the healthiest Helly gets, lol!! You could also put in a little mustard but again, I like it just the way it is.

Eat straight from the bowl or–

  1. Make a sandwich
  2. Roll in a tortilla for a tuna burrito
  3. Put on top of a cracker for a quick snack

Never thought I’d see the day, but there you have it! My first What I Ate Wednesday 😀 Whatdya think??

–Do you like tuna? How do you prepare it? 

–Do you like jalapeños? I love ’em!

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100 Days of Summer Challenge–Quarterly Check-in

Let’s all stand up and give a round of applause to MEEEEEE for having gone 25 days with NO soda!!!

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I can’t believe I’ve gone that long. And let me tell you, it has not been easy.

The closest time that I thought I was going to slip up was the night of my 27k night race. I was so exhausted when I finished that all I wanted was a Big Gulp. I remember around mile 15 telling myself that I would allow a cheat day if I could just make it to the end. An ice, cold fountain drink was the only thing motivating me at the time.

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fave movie ever!!

When I did finish, I called my husband to tell him about this deal I had made myself and he was able to talk me out of it. At that point, I was two weeks in and he reminded me that the hard part was almost over. The withdrawal stage was no joke. Headaches, moodiness, yes. all of that I experienced. I knew it would happened and tried my best to not annoy my husband and practice extra patience with my kids. Luckily , I had coffee. All the coffee. Anyway, the first two weeks were the toughest and I was coming out of that stage; I could do this.  Plus, he knew that I would feel super guilty the next day and told me so. I’m so happy his persuasive skills worked.

So here I am, 25 days in, a quarter of the way done with the challenge. For some reason, looking at it that way, in fourths, helps me deal with it better. I know it sounds like I’m being super dramatic about this, but seriously, I drank a TON of soda. So much so that when I meet up with friends, their jaws drop when I refuse the Coke they offer. (This happened on a play date recently. My girlfriend had bought Coke just for me because she knew I was visiting.)

My fridge pre-challenge

My fridge pre-challenge

I’m very much looking forward to reaching the half way milestone. I think once I make it there, the end won’t seem that far away. Many people have told me that by the time I’m done, I’ll probably not want to drink soda anymore. I can say at 25 days in that that’s very unlikely. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever stop. I’ll maybe drink less, but I can’t see myself not drinking it ever again. I don’t know, I could surprise myself though.

I’ve liked how less bloated I feel but I haven’t noticed any decrease in weight or anything. My purpose with this challenge wasn’t to lose weight anyway but more to see how it would affect my training. If it would make a difference. It’s so hot here in Phoenix that hydration is so important. Would eliminating soda and drinking more water help my running? That’s what I’m most curious about.

We shall see. 75 more days!! 😀

–How have you challenged yourself recently?

–What do you think you’d struggle with doing/not doing for 100 days?

 

It’s June!! 100 Days of Summer Starts Now

Those of you who decided to join me–and there is still time for you to still join if you haven’t–today is the day, 100 Days of Summer Challenge. Now ’til September 8th I will be going with NO SODA. As in zero, zilch, nada.

I made sure to clear out my fridge and pantry of any leftover 12 packs of coke by binging this past week lol! Luckily, my husband doesn’t care for soda so he doesn’t mind going without it at all.

I’ve been thinking. There are quite a few foods that I eat because it tastes good with a cold coke. Pizza, In-n-0ut, popcorn, basically anything salty. I have a good feeling that because I’ll be leaving the soda out, I probably won’t want to eat too much of what I ate before. This could really work in my workout and training favor.

The response for the 100 Days Challenge has be really cool. I’ve loved some of the ideas people have been sharing on Instagram and on the blog (and in my moms’ group).

–no phone at dinner
–writing down something positive about yourself
–taking off make-up
–saying something nice to your significant other
–substituting something unhealthy for something healthy
–adding 5 minutes to a workout/run

To name a few. I’ve mentioned other ideas in previous posts.
I’m excited to see how everyone does and how long we can go. Maybe we can make some of things a permanent fixture in our lives 🙂

Hope you’re having a good weekend and that you decide to join in the summer fun!

–Are there things you eat because it goes good with something else?

The challenge starts June 1st and ends September 8th.

The challenge starts June 1st and ends September 8th.