Crazy. and here, today, we had 71 degrees and when Michael and I took Gage for a walk this afternoon, I was surprised to see paperwhites in bloom and crocus, daffs, and hyacinth up and with the bloom heads coming on (though not open yet).
Cannot believe those storms you guys are having. Though, honestly, it's just January and February is usually even worse up North. So, I guess I'm not surprised by the weather, it's just hard to wrap my head around after 4 years of being in the South.
Thanks for the picture though, Judy. It does look pretty when it's pure white like that.
Judy, I wondered how your weather was...still falling,huh? Can you maybe post a pic to show how much you've gotten so far? I don't miss the shoveling but I do sort of miss how pretty new snow is ..even in blizzard form.
Kali your lunch sounds really good. Did you use plain tomato sauce or a spaghetti sauce?
Breakfast 1lg orange and a couple of bites from Gages banana Was early so we waited for main brkfast
Snack/main bfst Ofash oatmeal made w/ apple juice and water w/ chunky pb
Lunch 2 slices ham spread w/ ff cream cheese And 6 green olives
Snack 1 hb egg 1C unsw vanilla almond milk
Dinner Chicken breast in buffalo sauce..sliced and served on mixed salad w/ ff ranch dressing
Snack Mixed fruit cup w/ dollup of plain greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola
Morning Judy and fellow journeyers. I'd heard about that incoming arctic blast up NE again. I'm tryingbto track it, myself, because when you get it , it usually pushes our temps down a few notches too. Looks like ours will drop from the high 50s into the mid 30s , late next week.
breakfast OFash.oatmeal w/ crunchy pb 1 sm apple
snack pumpkin smoothie
lunch 2 slices deli ham spread w/ ff cr cheese 5-6 green olives
going to the movies today. Snack Sm popcorn vitamin water
Thanks Michelle. You are obviously doing awesome too, with your sugar staying stable like it is.
Well, I made my shrimp tacos tonight. They were better than I had expected, actually. I didn't really go Mexican with it, more Polynesian. I used ww low cal heart healthy soft tortilla wraps , then quickly stir fried my shrimp in just a teeny bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle of curry. My toppings were tri colored cole slaw mix in cider/vinegar/stevia dressing ... and this really cool mango salsa that I threw together. (1 can of drained Mild Rotel tomatoes in green chilis and 1/2 can of drained diced mango). Michaels was a mix of ground turkey/lean hamburger since he's allergic to fish..reg taco seasonings and toppings,.but he did say he really liked the ww tortillas with it.
I'm really happy that dinner was a hit and apart from chopping lettuce and tomato for his, both types came together in less than 15 min.
Ooooh ooooh ooooh, Judy. Pretty pic today. But, what is that leaf they are using? Is it chard , do you think? It's ok about your year oopsy in the other post. Yesterday, I pulled a boner and actually had to look up what year it was for my facebook post of Gage. I seriously couldn't remember, lol
I see one of your pesky pounds dropped off. Such is the game of maintenance, I suppose. But you don't let the ups and downs ruffle you too badly, and you never , ever fluctuate more than a pound or two, and I find that amazing. Go You!
Well, last night , the household decided that it was going to be our "cheat night" for this first week on the new 80/20 lifestyle. Cody had planned on Red Lobster for his, and by 330 pm I had decided that after watching Gage(who was considerably more of an attention hog than usual) I decided that I needed a night out.... with drinks. Alex and Monica didn't actually show up to get him until a bit after 6pm, so by that time, my need had nearly reached compulsion stage. LOL Michael and I had decided on steaks at Longhorn and by that time, Cody had changed his mind and tagged along. so Dinner last night was 8oz Renegade xxrare w/ a baked sweet potato(butter/cinn. sugar on the side, of which I used about 1/3), salad (no cheese but with blue cheese dressing on the side, tines of fork dipped, I used about 1/3), a very much needed tall margarita on the rocks , 1 very small end of the bread w/ just a dab of butter and 1/3 of the appetizer serving of their homemade potato chips w/ lots of fresh ground pepper....mmmmmmm!
and somehow, it still worked. I'm gonna be honest and up front right now.... big breath.... I started this week at a whopping 215.0 , which is about where I'd been hovering for some time, and this morning I weighed in at 210.4.
Michael, my beloved overeater of "man food" has gone from 235 to 224.4. And I swear on my mother's grave, I make sure everyone eats their meals and snacks. I truly think that cutting out so much bread and salt has made the difference, especially on Michael.
Cody, is going slower, simply because he's actually pretty fit, and is tall, but his weight has dropped from 194.0 to 193.3 this week.
It's been amazing so far. Way back, when I first started my journey in 2012, this was how I did it, and I think I finally found my way back to the correct calories per portion per "snack" size meals. No, I'm not getting stuffed full like, I admit, we like to(except for last night), but we are by no means starving. Especially when I remind everyone, myself included, that we get another snack in about 2-2.5 hours. Big meals are just that...Big. And I find it way harder to keep a cap on the calories when I'm faced with an extravaganza of food. Even last night, after eating so much, I still found myself wanting more, or actually being remorseful that I can't eat like that all the time. But the truth is, even if I could run a 10k or even a 2k, I wouldn't do it. I'm more sedentary than that, and my diet has to accommodate my lack of activity. If someone is really active, they could probably get away with eating big meals 3 times a day , plus snacks. Right? Right.
Breakfast Ofash oatmeal w/ crunchy pb and 1/2 sliced banana 30 oz water
Lunch 1 can tuna/salad stuffed into 2 lg romaine leaves
snack 1 hb egg w/ 5 green olives
Dinner the shrimp tacos that I didn't make last night 1/4 c plain greek yogurt drizzled w/ honey and granola
Michelle, yes and no. They are coming along for the ride, but they don't exactly love the road we are taking. Tonight, the chicken sandwiches were a hit. The were HUGE... the oversized seaded ww buns, with the butterflied chicken breasts, some cheese and heaped with lettuce, sauteed onions and green peppers.... Michael went with bbq sauce for his and Cody went with a little mayo and some ranch dressing. Seriously big sandwiches.... but Cody still said that he could've easily eaten another 1/2 of one to be full. I'm trying to get them to realize that "full" is a concept that your brain understands well after your stomach registers it. Plus, there is still the night snack to have. LOL They're getting there, but it'll take some time.
As for your endless munchies today, I have another link for some 200 cal and under snacks that might be more inspirational than a can of cold green beans.
'lo all. I've been upping my game here since Monday and, this time, MIchael and Cody are going along for the ride. Michael took a "selfie" on Sunday and really commented and lamented his round head and round body. I think it finally hit him that it was time for him to face the facts of his poor diet choices. It's not been easy this week, but it's working. Unfortunately, since I'm the one who is watching the intake of everyone and doing the meal suggestions, they both look to me to, basically, hand feed them. I'm hoping after a few weeks that they will both be more comfortable with the dos and don'ts that they can maybe fix some things for themselves. ... take today for example. Cody and Alex met up at 4am to workout at the gym.... yes, 4am. Cody then dropped Alex off at work at 615, came home and , promptly, went back to bed. Up at 1030 to shower for work at 11. Didn't take time to eat anything post workout, and "didn't know what to fix " for breakfast or to take for lunch..... grrrrrr. All this unbeknownst to me. Of course. I txt him asking how his workout went and what he'd taken for lunch. Nothing. and he was starved. GRRRRRR LOL You see, so far this week I've been trying to get them to open up to the 5-6 snack/meals a day thing. It's been working, until like today, it doesn't . It does take some preplanning. So I texted back for him not to do anything stupid(like grabbing a candy bar and a Mt Dew from the BBuy candy aisle). I quickly scrambled eggs and nuked our morning oatmeal w/ pb, plated it and took it out to him. He was very chagrined and very thankful. He's been feeling better, has been more "regular" and has been sleeping a bit better since being on this. He really didn't want to have to eat a candy bar. Which, to my mind, is a good thing.
We've been trying to focus mainly on 80/20. Meaning that at least 80% of our intake must be whole and/or unrefined foods. The guys get slightly bigger portions and at least one slice of bread a day, plus Cody is sneaking a Monster/Rock Star/Mt Dew into his intake once every 3 days or so. Which is a fine start. IMHO.
Breakfast OFash. oatmeal w/ stevia and 1T chunky pb and a sliced banana
Snack Pumpkin smoothie
Lunch 2 slices deli ham rolled w/ ff cream cheese and pickle spears
Dinner Chicken breasts sauteed in EVOO and ital seasoning, sprinkled w/ grated parm. cheese served on ww buns w/ sauteed onion, gr peppers and mushrooms and a side salad