4 Tips for Avoiding Boredom on Your Healthy Eating Plan

If I were a betting lady (which I can be), I’d guess that one of the main reasons that people get off track with their healthy eating plan is that they get bored.

I mean, how many broccoli florets can one girl eat, and for how many days in a row??

Now, I mean no offense to this cute little tree-shaped veggie, but in reality, repetition can get a little boring. I know I’ve experienced it before… and for that reason, I work really hard to make sure that I have variety in my menu.

While I maintain a few staples in my menu, I really try to mix up my weekly meal plans with a variety of foods to keep me both interested and satisfied.

Today, as part of the ProgressOH campaign from Progresso™ Soups, I’m sharing my “Top 4 Tips” to banish boredom while you’re trying to lose weight…

4 Tips to Avoid Boredom on Your Healthy Eating Plan | No Thanks to Cake

1. Vary Your Snacks

There are so many fruits and veggies to choose from, that I never have trouble in this area. A great way to mix up your fruit and vegetable choices are to choose based upon seasons!

Snacks | No Thanks to Cake

For example: Choose cherries in the summer, apples in the fall, and roasted brussels sprouts in the winter. While most fresh produce is available year round, they are extra delicious during their special seasons (and often times, on SALE!)

2. Mix Up Your Main Dishes

I publish two new recipes every single week here on NTTC, and I probably could share even more than that! You see, I try about 2-3 new recipes every week… by design.

It started as a way for me to constantly have great recipe content for you guys here on the blog, but it’s become a creative outlet for this very busy girl and a great way to make sure my menus don’t stall out.

This summer, for example, I was crazy about peppers. Trying all the varieties…..

All the Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Pictured: Stuffed Poblano Peppers, Pan-Seared Shishito Peppers with Yogurt-Sriracha Dipping Sauce, and Lightened Up Jalapeno Poppers

People often ask where I get my ideas. Well, I find tons of new recipes on the internet (Hello, Pinterest), from my favorite bloggers, and from cookbooks like this one from Skinnytaste.

SkinnyTaste Cookbook | No Thanks to Cake

Get creative! Go International! Experiment with lentils! The sky’s the limit!

3. Keep a Variety of Ready-to-Eat Foods on Hand

On an ideal week, I have time to prepare a fresh meal every night, post lovely blog content, fold laundry, and bake healthy cookies… but in reality, that doesn’t happen that often (Especially the cookie part. Who has time to bake during the week??)

To make sure I’m inspired and creative even on nights when I don’t have time to cook, I make sure I have options in the cupboard and the freezer ready to go at a minute’s notice.

And, with that… I have to introduce you to my new favorite soups. Have you tried Progresso™’s Light soups???

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My favorite soup company offers FORTY different flavors of light soups, clocking in at 100 calories or less per serving.  My favorite flavors are the Light Beef Pot Roast, Light Italian Style Meatball, and Light Savory Beef Barley Vegetable – - Yum!!!

When my friends at Progresso™ reached out to share some of their favorite flavors with me, I couldn’t resist jumping in spoon first!

As part of this campaign, I’ve also fallen in love with the Savory Beef Barley Vegetable, and I’m keeping a spare can of this soup at my desk… for when I can’t leave the office, and I need something warm and filling for lunch. So good, and only 80 calories per serving. Yum-O!

4. Make Your Meals a Production

Regardless of what I’m eating, I always try to make sure that my food is plated up in a pretty way.

Plating Dishes Beautifully | No Thanks to Cake

Pictured: Baked Cauliflower Cakes (L) and Grilled Lime Chicken with Avocado-Corn Salsa (R)

Cooking is truly an art, whether something is coming out of the slow cooker or fresh from the microwave. And… when it’s more appetizing in appearance, I tend to enjoy it more!

Example: When I tried my new Progresso™ soup flavors this week, I made sure that I served them up in style with my pretty Fiestaware dishes. How gorgeous is the yummy Light Chicken Alfredo when it’s dressed up in Fiestaware with a sprinkle of parsley??

Progresso Light Chicken Alfredo Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Speaking of dressing up… My new friends at Progresso™ are hosting a special Progress-Oh! MAKEOVER contest this month! I’ve just finished entering moments ago!

ProgressOH Contest | No Thanks to Cake

Oh yes, you can enter for a chance to win a wardrobe makeover for you and three of your friends, courtesy of Progresso™! Enter the ProgressOh! wardrobe makeover contest at Progresso.com/ProgressOh. Four deserving Progresso fans and three of their friends will each win a $1,000 cash card and a year-long subscription to the POPSUGAR “Must Have Box”

I hope these tips can help you battle boredom every step of the way in your weight loss journey. Adopting them helped me, and can help you too!

What are your tips for avoiding boredom on your healthy eating plan? Share them below in the comments.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Progresso™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Progresso™, all opinions are my own.

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My Favorite Headbands + {GIVEAWAY}

It’s not often that I make the decision to affiliate with a brand… for an entire year.  When Bic Bands reached out earlier in the year, I knew they were a brand I wanted to work with.  And, it’s been such a year of stylish fun!!

Bic Bands Logo

To start with, I love what Bic Bands stand for.  They are the Because I Can Bands – - Get it?? BIC Bands?  Not only do they empower women with the most amazing flyaway control for any physical activity you can imagine, but they also DO NOT MOVE while you do! And, the company’s founder Sandy also gives back to charity every month via their BIC Giving program.  It’s nice to know that important causes are benefiting from my purchases!

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Here’s some of the great causes that have benefited from Bic Band purchases year-to-date:

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As though all of that greatness weren’t enough… I also have to mention, they’re ADORABLE!  I consider myself to be a bit of an accessory junkie.. and I love these so much!

They come in just about every color and pattern you can imagine…

Patterned Bic Bands | No Thanks to Cake

They can be sparkly…

Sparkly BIC Bands | No Thanks to Cake

So many designs to choose from… and I always find myself BIC’ed out!

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Now it’s your turn!!

And… I have TWO special offers for you to enjoy as you try BIC BANDS for yourself.

BIC Bands Promo | No Thanks to Cake

and… I’m hosting my first BIC BANDS giveaway!!!

NTTC Bic Band Giveaway

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I’ll announce a winner via the NTTC Facebook Page and Twitter on Friday, October 10th!  Good Luck, Folks!

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Meal Planning and Jenny News

Looking back at the past two weeks, I’m pretty proud for how I’ve been eating.  The planning has been HUGE for me… and while I made an awesome list of foods that I would be eating, I got a little distracted…. by pizza.

First this one…

Jenny Craig Pepperoni Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

And then this one…

Jenny Craig Margherita Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

While I had a perfectly detailed plan set forth, I got distracted by the tasty, cheesy goodness that was this pizza.

Here’s the part that just might blow your mind.  Both of those pizzas above… they’re Jenny Craig pizzas!  Cooked in the microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds, and topped with my new favorite pizza seasoning from William Sonoma.

Jenny Craig launched several new foods this month, and everything I’ve tasted has been incredible… like SERIOUSLY incredible.  While I know that these foods easily fit into my meal plan, the cheesy goodness of pizzas like this make me question myself and even take a second look at the box.

Pepperoni Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Truth be told, I ate these pizzas (the Pepperoni and the Margherita) for lunch and dinner for two days in a row…. until they were gone.  This weekend, I went back to Jenny to get more of these treats and to see what other choices had shown up!

Baja Style Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

The quesadilla… it’s REALLY good too.  The updated Jenny menu is rounded out with a new Breakfast Burrito, a Cherry Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Bar, and all the recurring Pumpkin treats that make their way back each fall:  Pumpkin Cakes and Pumpkin Cranberry Mini-Loaf.  My freezer is bursting with all the new products, and an overload of pizzas!!

New Jenny Craig Foods | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve written before MANY times about my experience on Jenny Craig:  How I got started, the volumizing recipes that kept me going, and why I still lean on the program heavily today.  In light of the new foods and how GOOD they are, I feel like it’s time again to write a little bit about this fantastic program that helped me to shed 60+ lbs over the past four years.

Jenny Craig Progress Pictures | No Thanks to Cake

I know that there are many of you out there who are THINKING ABOUT what your next step is going to be, many of you that are LOOKING to find a program that will help you finally lose the weight.  For me, Jenny was that program.

Before-After | No Thanks to Cake

I’d attempted to lose weight many, many times… and found myself falling back to my old habit.  Cheating on Weight Watchers, sneaking carbs while on the low carb diet, and ultimately… punishing myself for not getting with the program.

In an effort to end the madness, I decided to try something completely different… something that few of my friends had tried… something that would have me looking at my meal plan in a completely different way. So in November 2010, I began my Jenny journey.

Before - After | No Thanks to Cake

I leaned on my consultants for support, eliminated all the trigger foods from my kitchen, and started to re-introduce physical activity into my life.   It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened… and during the time when I lost the most, I was traveling 3 weeks a month, living out of hotels.  And, I still made it work.

And, if you’ve read my blog for any period of time…. you should know by now that I LOVE GOOD FOOD and have a very picky palate.  Again, I’ve totally made it work.

Before-After Rockstar | No Thanks to Cake

Every day, I’m thankful I made the choice to call Jenny.  Every day, I’m grateful for how far I’ve come.  It is for that reason, I’m sharing my story with you today.

Jenny Craig is actually running a “Pay It Forward” referral promotion right now through 12/31/14.  If you happened to get inspired by this post and by my journey and head to Jenny, tell them Kelly Guy sent you!  Getting referred to the program allows you to get $25 in free food, and telling them I sent you gets me $25 in food too!   We both win! :)

Jenny Craig Pay It Forward | No Thanks to Cake

Knowing how much my life has changed since joining, how much I love where I’m at today, I couldn’t resist once again sharing my story… and talking about how I got here.  With the introduction of the new foods I mention above, the program has gotten EVEN BETTER.  If you haven’t tried Jenny, I encourage you to give it a try…. she’ll take good care of you.

Progress Pictures | No Thanks to Cake

Note:  Jenny Craig did not compensate me in any way for this post.  Instead, I am wildly inspired by their tasty new menu items and wanted to share the news.  

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Currently: August

Holy crap, it’s the end of August already.  Seriously, that makes me want to cry.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE summers in Colorado.  While I love Fall, it does mean that the nasty white powdery stuff is coming… {shudder}… I seriously am not even close to being ready for that.

Let’s talk about what’s going on Currently!

Current Book(s):

Sadly, I’m not reading a thing.  Not one thing.  I did start The Vacationers last month… and I’m hoping to dig back into it over the holiday weekend.  We shall see…

Vacationers Emma Staub | No Thanks to Cake

Current Music:

I’m totally and completely in love with the new(ish) Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass.”  It’s catchy, and encourages women to love their curves.  Of course, it’s my ringback tone on my phone to incoming callers… and has been a huge hit for all.  If you haven’t yet to hear the song… you can watch it here.

Meghan and I have a lot in common… with “all the right junk, in all the right places.”  And, I’m pretty sure “I’m bringing booty back” too, girl…

Current Beauty Find:

When I was in California recently, I met some fabulous ladies and their navy men at the Train concert.  One of which sells the amazing Younique fiber lash products.  I have only recently tried them, and they’re SERIOUSLY amazing!  Check out the naked lashes v. the fiber-fabulous lashes!

Younique | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve tried the glue-on style lashes, and have even considered doing the extensions.  I’ve hesitated due to price… but I feel like I get the same results by using this product!  And, I can spice things up when I want… for special occasions without a lot of time in the chair!

Click here to find out more about the product and to buy some of your own!  Tell Maggie No Thanks to Cake sent ya!

Current Nail Color:

I’m back to the Brazilian colors by OPI… rockin’ Taupeless Beach (middle) this week on my nails and I Sao Paulo Over There (far right) on my toes.

OPI Brazilian Collection | No Thanks to Cake

Current Drink: 

I’m still stuck on good ol’ H20 this month… however, with the leftover mint from the grilled watermelon recipe I shared this week, I made some fruity water that’s been an extra special treat!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

I’ve been outfitting my tech tools… totally guilty.  I’ve bought 2 new cases for my iPhone 5s that I’m carrying right now, and a new hard case for my laptop.

Gold MacBook Case | No Thanks to Cake

I am slightly obsessed with this new gold case… Don’t you love it??

Current Food:

I have a new snack that I can’t get enough of… Have you guys tried Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars?

I was skeptical before I tried them, not being a fan of Greek yogurt… but WOW, I am so glad to have tried these!

Yasso Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

These bars have become my new favorite night time snack… they are creamy, rich, flavorful… and they come in a Peanut Butter Cup flavor!!!  O-M-G!  To date, I’ve tried the Peanut Butter Cup (amazing!), the Salted Caramel (yum-o!), and the Mint Chocolate (delish!)

Yasso Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

I’m also running an Instagram giveaway for one lucky follower/participant to win two coupons for a free box of Yasso bars!!  I wish I could win these!  So good!  Follow NTTC on Instagram to learn more about how to participate!

Current Outfit(s):

I’ve been working my way through my summer dresses.  Wearing all of them one more time before they have to be put away for the season.  Sniff… I can’t stand when the cool weather rolls in.  Thank goodness, I’ve got a few months left!

Current Kitchen Obsession:

I’ve done it.  I’ve become a SPIRALIZER!!!  With my winnings from the avocado contest from Fitbloggin, I invested in a Paderno spiralizer!

Paderno Spiralizer | No Thanks to Cake

Since then, I’ve made curly beets, potatoes, and some REALLY AMAZING cucumber salads.  Watch out for more of these recipes to be popping up on NTTC soon!  Like this one…

Spiralized Cucumbers | No Thanks to Cake Current Words of Inspiration:

It is so incredibly easy to be kind, and it costs nothing.  I love the idea of throwing it around a little extra moving into the next month…

Throw Kindness | No Thanks to Cake

Current Mood:

Refreshed!  After an exhausting month full of projects, intensity, and tons of plans, I spent last weekend feeding my soul and resting.  I feel so human again and like I can face anything going into the weekend!

And… it’s a long weekend!  Yay!!!

Labor Day | No Thanks to Cake

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