Getting Healthy and Feeling GREAT with Lean Cuisine


I know you are just sitting on the edge of your seats, refreshing your browser and Google Reader, counting the hours until my latest email comes to your inbox, waiting for me to update you on how my "step" in the right direction is going… Well, you are in luck because here it is!!


Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #FrozenFavorites

Getting Healthy…

I shared with you in my first post that I would be replacing one meal per day with a Lean Cuisine meal and my awesome find of a 6 pack of Asian flavored Lean Cuisine meals in the Sam's Club Frozen Favorites Showcase

Taking a step in the right direction with Lean Cuisine #FrozenFavorites

You may have noticed at that time that I also picked up a huge case of water at Sam's because I know that getting healthy (for me, at least) is adding more water to my daily routine. It's not something that I enjoy (well, I love the water, but I hate the frequent bathroom breaks) but I know it's what is needed to take steps to getting healthy and feeling better. Check out more of my shopping trip by visiting my Lean Cuisine #FrozenFavorites Google Album


ginger garlic stir fry with chicken #FrozenFavorites

Eating Better…

I have really enjoyed eating the Lean Cuisine meals for lunch every day. It sure looks and tastes better than my husband's bologna sandwiches or hot dogs for lunch and I think he agrees because he started picking up TWO every day at lunch instead of just one for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually have a mid-afternoon snack of some fruit or cauliflower, and then fill up on lots of water until dinner.

chicken teriyaki stir fry #FrozenFavorites

My next step in this journey is to get Hubby to include these meals in our dinner as well. As you may know, he does all of the cooking so maybe I can offer to cook a few nights per week and use these meals as a main dish, along with some sides! I think the chicken teriyaki would be great with additional veggies in it. The ginger garlic would be awesome with a bed of broccoli. The sesame chicken – my absolute fave (and that's why I have no pics because I ate it so fast!) – I would add some long grain rice and broccoli or take the chicken out before it mixed with the sauce and make a big salad out of it!! Oh…I'm getting hungry again!!

Find out more about Lean Cuisine by following on Lean Cuisine on Facebook and @LeanCuisine on Twitter!!

Couch to 5k workout #CBias

Couch to 5k map #CBias

Getting moving…

As I mentioned, I am working with the Couch to 5K program to get moving and get fit. The app is so much fun! There are three different trainers (voices) to choose from and the workout is outlined for you each day. As you are walking or running, your trainer gives you cues when it is time to "jog" or "walk" and there is a timer that counts down (I watched that timer like a hawk during the "jog" times, not so much during the walk.. ;)). There is an option to play music during the workout as well, but I didnt' have any music on my phone so maybe in the coming weeks I can use that! <– yep, I said coming weeks..I'm continuing past this first go 'round! Above, you can see the first workout and the map that we walked. I wish you could see the monstrous hills that we had to climb (you know, barefoot and backwards, in the snow…). As you can see from my map, when the app said "Let's go!" I thought she had started so The Boy and I walked a little while before I realized that I had to hit the green button that clearly says "Go To Workout" (duh!!).

ready for a walk #C25K #CBias

On the nights when I was ready, I could always count on my boy to be right by my side. He was excited to spend time with me and he loves to run so this was perfect for him. I told him about the app and how she would tell us when to walk and run and he loved it. He also wasn't going to let me forget that we needed to get outside and he wasn't going to let me walk instead of run!

after our walk #C25K #CBias

To be honest, though, I have not made it through even the first week's workouts completely. It's very difficult to make a 350+ pound body run/walk/run/walk for thirty minutes. However, I was quite shocked that I made it to her halfway announcement on the first try! I think by Week Four, I should be able to move on to Week Two, haha!!

Couch to 5k Facebook post #C25K #CBias

Couch to 5k signups #C25K #CBias

Being the social media junkie that I am, I loved that I could post my workout on Facebook immediately. Once I got the boy in his bath and I started to cool off, I wanted to let everyone know how I did! I also checked out the 5K Events section of the app and apparently it thinks I'm in California (I'll have to get that changed somehow) but it was okay because I'm far from signing up for my first!


Feeling Great!!

This is how I'm feeling about this whole process – great, wonderful, amazing!! I'm not just saying/typing that because I want to rave about Lean Cuisine or C25K. I'm not just trying to "sell" something or be all cheery because this program was sponsored. I absolutely feel amazing! Sure, I'm tired and a little sore (not as much as I thought I would be, did you see those huge bottle of ibuprofen I bought because I thought I would HURT?!!) and sure I want chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing next to chocolate ice cream with chocolate magic shell and chocolate sprinkles chased by chocolate milk (yes, I just had THAT time of the month) and sure I try to make excuses to my 4 year old about why Mommy "can't" run tonight (and then he pouts and so we go…he's the best trainer)…but there's more… Some things unexpected happened… This challenge became not so much about weight loss…


The Unexpected Changes

I don't know if I have ever mentioned this on the blog, although a couple of bloggers I have met in person know this, but I am a smoker. I know..blech, yuck, tar, cancerous, stinky, bad for my boy…but I am. I began smoking when I was in my early twenties and wasn't a huge smoker until I met my husband. He was/is a one to two pack per day smoker. I had increased to a pack per day for a while. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped immediately and didn't smoke again until I started back to work (and then stopped breast feeding) when my boy was around three months. Even then, I would normally only smoke at work or driving to/from. In the past 3-4 years, I have increased and decreased, never over a pack per day, but never close enough to stop.

When I started this program, I was out of town for work and staying in a hotel. I had picked up that huge case of water and some coffee drinks to help with the unfamiliar area so I didn't have to search for a coffee or soda every morning and would have water to drink with my dinner. The other thing you should know here is that I rarely drink water and always have a Diet Coke attached to my hand. I typically drink from a 1.25 Liter bottle of Diet Coke and will sometimes drink 2-3 of them per day. I prefer fountain drinks, but the expense can add up and Hubby just grabs me the bottles from his store when he comes home for lunch or gets off work.

Anyway, something strange happened during that first week when I was in the hotel and going back and forth to an unfamiliar office with people I didn't know. I didn't have anyone to go with me to smoke. I was in a room with 12 other women who were reading on the computer all day (that was our special assignment). The only breaks I took were the frequent bathroom breaks and lunch. At night, I was on the third floor of the hotel (obviously non-smoking room) and I don't like to go out at night in a strange place. I didn't have soda in the room so I would just drink bottle after bottle of water. The more water I drank, the thirstier I became. I was parched! 


I have basically quit smoking and rarely drink Diet Coke anymore!


What a strange and happy side effect to this program!! I say "basically" because I still have a pack in my car and I am afraid to declare it and then give in, but I'm not craving the smoke and I'm not "worried" about if I run out. I'm taking it one step at a time and for now, I'm not smoking much at all (that means 1-2 every other day or so). I don't know, you may be sitting there thinking "so what" and that's cool, but this is huge for me. I know, without a doubt, this is why I have been feeling better!! I have more energy. I don't feel so sluggish. I am more alert during the day! It's all just so strange!

Don't get me wrong, I still drink a large coffee in the morning for caffeine, but then it's water, water, water… Several days in a row, I had indigestion and/or heartburn in the evening so I did break down and start drinking a little bit of Diet Coke either during the day or in the evening (you know…to get the burp out :)) and started taking an indigestion medicine. Hubby has been feeling a little better as well and our NEW go-to meal is a healthy sub sandwich or a big salad instead of pizza. (We actually had pizza last night and both of us were talking about how yucky it was, even the boy was feeding his to the dogs ;)). I'm just so excited about the changes that are happening in my family. This is not about weight loss and looking good. It's about Getting Healthy and Feeling Better – and that is exactly what is happening in my family!!


Around My Family TableIf you remember, I have a partner in all of this and I was excited to see that Wendy from Around My Family Table has posted her Getting Fit Update as well!!

You can also find Wendy at PinterestFacebook and Twitter. Follow us along!!


Is your family getting healthy and feeling great yet? What are you waiting for?!!


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and (Nestle) LEAN CUISINE #FrozenFavorites #CBias #SocialFabric. All stories and opinions are my own.


  1. You are doing good – just stay on track! I’m very surprised at how good the Lean Cuisine meals taste. Honestly, I never have high hopes for microwave food, especially a healthier alternative, but these are GOOD!

    • janet says:

      I was surprised as well, but the Lean Cuisine meals are really good! With a healthy side, they can even make a good dinner!

  2. celina k says:

    Yumm!! My favorite is the mushroom ravioli, so so good. Congratulations on taking steps to get healthy, and especially on (almost?) quitting smoking, what a huge accomplishment!

  3. ANN*H says:

    Thanks for all the information. I buy Lean Cuisine when it is on sale . They have a lot of good tasting meals. Sesame chicken is a favorite of mine to. Its not always easy to eat healthy – it may be to costly or you just eat on the run to much. I try to walk with my grandson to so I can lose weight so I feel for you . I try to do a little bit of walking each day and before you know it your walking further each day and spending time with the little one. you go girl : )

  4. Marti Parks says:

    You’re step in the right direction is really great. My step in the right direction seemed to have taken a wrong turn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Natosha Zachary says:

    I love the comment about telling your 4 yr old you are gonna exercise and he makes sure you stick with it. I have a 3 yr old and if I tell him we are gonna go kick the soccer ball or go for a walk, he will not let up until we do. Kids are the best motivator for getting and staying healthy.

  6. Michelle F. says:

    I love lean cuisine. They have some really good flavors.

  7. Mary Dailey says:

    Most of healthier meals are under 40 carbs and that’s okay. I wish you luck on your journey. My husband and I are also starting fresh with diet and exercise.

  8. Mary Dailey says:

    By changing your eating habits now, you can keep yourself from ever getting diabetes. I have it and I know what a struggle it is to watch everything you eat. I think I will have another look at Lean Cuisine and add fresh veggies to them like you suggested.

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Excellent idea! I haven’t looked to see if they are diabetes friendly, but I’m sure some of the meals would be!

  9. Joan Cook says:

    I was so excited to read the follow up story! Keep up with he goal to get healthy. I think it is smarter to focus on that than the weight loss. Keep us up to date as all these new things come your way and changes come along!

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thank you so much! I will definitely keep updating from time to time…and maybe this time next year I will be in a 5K!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I love lean cuisineโ€™s food.Congratulations for making your life healthier! I must add walking or workouts back into my days. Just found you via CB & added you in Google+ Looking forward to connecting more.

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thank you so much!!

  11. Trasina McGahey says:

    The Lean Cuisines look really good. I have never tried them but I just might after seeing the prepared pictures here!

  12. i love lean cusine.. this one looks super yummy!

  13. Greta says:

    Congrats girlie! Proud of you! Keep moving and it gets easier.

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thanks, Lady!! My little trainer keeps me going!!

  14. Jared Delaney says:

    What a great story, seriously. I am glad to read the accomplishments you have made so far with this program. When you start treating your body right and putting the right fuel in it, it will reward you back. Small efforts day in and day out all combine to form the picture in the end.

    Always remember what the end goal is and what it takes to get there. It may take a while, but that is ok. Think where one would be today if they started this a year ago? This will be you in one year if you keep it up!

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thank you so much for the encouragement and I’m definitely keeping this up! I’m hoping to inspire more of my family to get moving and feel great. It’s not about specific numbers or pounds or being perfect at anything…just getting health and feeling GREAT!!

  15. WOOHOO! We did it! So happy to see all your positive changes. I’m gonna totally keep this up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Woohoo!! I’m so happy we were partners and I’m looking forward to what is to come for us both!

  16. Sounds like you really are making strides I wish you all the success. Lean Cuisines are great I eat them all the time for lunch at work. Their rewards program is fun too.

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Someone asked me this weekend “are they ‘really’ good?”…um, heck yeah, they are!!

  17. Brandi says:

    Janet! You seriously amaze me every day! Whether it is your amazing generosity, your kindness, the love for your family or your awesomeness! I can not tell you how amazingly happy I am for you! I know you can do this and I will be here for you every step of the way! You were right, you had a huge change during this campaign! I am so excited for you! WAY TO GO! <3

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thank you so much for your encouragement and caring spirit! <3

  18. Emmi says:

    you are a rock star! Way to go! No smoking and cutting down on diet coke! Yep you’re my hero. I can’t get rid of the soda!

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thanks, Emmi!!

  19. barb says:

    Rooting for you too Janet cause I know you can do it (and because you have a great kid that won’t let you sit long enough to think about it…great Job Benjamin). ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Aww..thanks, Barb!! Yeah…that boy doesn’t sit still anymore for anything. I remember the days when we would beg him to crawl and walk…geez, what were we thinking?!!

  20. I love lean cuisine’s food. I am rooting for you. Congratulations for what you have done so far.

    • JanetGoingCrazy says:

      Thanks so much!!

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