My Journey to Health

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

So another relatively good day, although a little bit more junk food than I wanted…Not too bad though! Also, I need to start replacing my coffee intake with some more water, but….I’ll get there eventually! 😉

Breakfast: A BLT! Felt strange to eat it for breakfast, but it was awesome! 4 slices turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato with a little bit of light miracle whip on 2 slices of 45 calorie Sara Lee multi-grain toast. Coffee with 2 Tbsp sugar free french vanilla creamer.

Snacks: an apple, a light cheese stick, strawberries, 15 raw almonds, no sugar added cinnamon applesauce.

Lunch: 3 oz sliced turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, and a little light miracle whip on a whole wheat flat out.

Dinner: 3 oz 91% lean hamburger on a whole wheat bun with 1 slice of 2% American cheese, jalapanos, tomato, and mushrooms and garlic sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil. 1 cup of potatoes sliced and sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil with green bell pepper and garlic. A fresh veggie salad with 1 Tbsp of light Cesar dressing. Also, more coffee with 2 Tbsp sugar free french vanilla creamer.

Junk: 2 chocolate chip walnut cookies that were give to me by the grandma of a kid in my class at work. I meant to throw them in the garbage….but…although I have to say, they were the best damn cookies I have ever had in my life, and well worth it. This lead to needing more and ending up eating a Cadbury egg later in the evening…Those damn things are so much a weakness, and I swear they put them out earlier and earlier every year!

Exercise: 45 minutes of weight resistance machines at the gym.

Water: Haaaa……. Do coffee and sugar free sodas count? Also, I’ll take this opportunity to plug Blue Sky sodas that are made with Stevia for the sweetener. They’re great!!

And a rant: My school was doing a McDonald’s Teacher night. I don’t want to go there, because then I’ll not be able to help eating the food, and I don’t want to eat the food because it’s really quite awful for you, but I also don’t want to feel like a bad person who didn’t want to support the school. I just don’t support McDonald’s, in anyway, and it seemed like the majority of the money would go to McDonald’s in this scenario, with only a chance for our school to win $1,000. Just kind of a weird concept that I don’t fully understand! On a positive note though, I didn’t realize that I really don’t eat fast food ever! I was trying to think of the last time I had fast food and was happy to say that I couldn’t really remember it. So hooray for that! (It was probably a drunken night in a Taco Bell drive thru. 😀 )


Monday, March 12, 2012

So I meant to start writing right away….but then, you know, I was kind of too embarrassed to share what I had eaten over the weekend. Yikes! But finally, today, I did it!

So here’s where I am: Saturday morning I weighed in at 184.6 pounds. That means I am now 15.6 pounds away from where I want to be. Not too bad, but time to end my little relapse into bad habits before it gets really out of control on me again. It slipped my mind to take pictures, but here’s what my menu for today was:

Breakfast: 2 slices of turkey bacon, 2 over-medium eggs, 2 slices of Sarah Lee 45 calorie whole grain bread, and coffee with 2 Tbsp sugar free French Vanilla creamer.

Lunch: 3 oz sliced turkey breast, 1 slice 2% milk pepper jack cheese, spinach, and tomato slices wrapped in a Flat Out whole wheat wrap thing. A Lucerne light string cheese stick.

Snacks: Strawberries, an orange, a pear, and bell pepper with salsa

Dinner: 2.5 oz baked salmon (make sure to get the wild caught kind, as the farm-raised are much higher in fat!), 1 cup cubed yam sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil, fresh veggie salad with 1 Tbsp light Cesar dressing
And a really good asparagus side dish! Recipe time!

Lime-Ginger Asparagus

3/4 lbs asparagus
1 Tbsp reduced sodium chicken broth
1/4 tsp grated ginger root
1/2 of a lime (for the juice)
1/2 Tbsp minced green onion
salt and pepper to taste

Bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a skillet. Place asparagus in skillet, reduce heat to medium, and cook until asparagus is desired tenderness (I did about 8 minutes). Drain and place asparagus in a shallow serving dish.
In a cup, combine broth, ginger, lime juice, green onion, salt, and pepper. Pour over the asparagus. Set aside for 30 minutes to marinate. (Makes 2 servings.)

“Dessert”: 1 cup fat free milk blended with 1 cup frozen tropical fruit; 3 cups air-popped popcorn.

Exercise: 1 hour and 15 minutes of gardening. 45 minutes weight resistance machines at the gym.

And water? ….you’re kidding, right? Still haven’t mastered that one. I maybe took a few sips. 😀

So, after finally having a really good, relatively healthy day, I feel a lot better about this. It’s really hard to kick the junk food habit, but if I had a ton of will power before, I’m sure that I can find it again! Plus, that great feeling I will have tomorrow from it makes me remember why I was doing this in the first place!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Oh my word!!! (press. ha!) It has been a very long time since I’ve had the time to write. Lots of excuses/reasons and such, but it doesn’t really matter. Let’s just say lack of time, and a general feeling of lacklusterness did me in. But then, a friend of mine sent me a message the other night and mentioned that she missed my blogs… 😀 Thank you for that! I had been kicking around the idea that maybe it would be good for me, but the fact that somebody else cared about it totally did it for me! Definitely re-inspired, and I can’t thank my friend enough for doing that for me!

So it’s been a bit rocky since the last entry waaaaay way the hell back in June. There have been a lot more hours and stresses to deal with at work, in addition to pursuing treatment for chronic back pain that has turned out to need surgery. Ugh! I held it together until about October, then a general depression and boat-load of stress built a nest on my head, and I couldn’t seem to shake it. You could say that I was in remission with my eating disorder, then hit a period of relapse. It isn’t pretty; it just is what it is…. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you can fight off these negative feelings as much as you can, but that somewhere down deep in your darkness, they are still lurking. The damage I have done is not too bad, thankfully. It looks as though I have gained about 10 pounds back from the last entry, so I actually feel a little better now knowing that. (Also, did I or did I not reference Charlie Sheen, and also post a look alike picture of myself in my last post?!?)

But here we are. Starting tomorrow, I’m starting this journal back up. It seems like a good strategy for keeping myself accountable…you know, that feeling of HOLY SHIT I CAN’T EAT THAT BECAUSE THEN I’LL HAVE TO TELL EVERYONE THAT I DID!!! Yep. It helped me quite a bit today (until of course I decided I wouldn’t start writing about my daily menu, then somehow a doughnut found it’s way into my mouth, even though, honestly, I don’t really like doughnuts….) It’s funny to feel embarrassed of the food you eat, but hey, that’s all part of it.

So, time to strap myself in: the ride begins tomorrow.

(I have no idea what this picture has to do with anything. 🙂 )

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So I haven’t written in a while. I have been very busy. My eating has been rather boring and repetitive due to not having a lot of time to cook or plan new meals and because it has been so flipping hot! But, it has been good! It seems that I am back on track, and to that, I say, “Finally!!” As many days of the week as I can, I go to the gym and do weights for about 45 minutes, which is awesome because I actually LIKE doing it and the way it feels. (Also, the gym has air conditioning, which is neither here nor there, but that has a little to do with going also. Ha!) I am back down to 173.2, have lost 60.4 total, and only have 4.2 pounds left. I gave up on the goal of 165. It doesn’t feel right for me. I actually had a doctor’s appointment, and when I asked about it she said that 169 would be a very good healthy weight for me. 😀 Hooray to hearing that! So, not much farther to go now! If I get there and more happens to come off just by following the plan, then fine. But that is where I stand for now!

So, here is what I ate today:
Breakfast: 2/3 cup chocolate cranberry granola, 2/3 cup skim milk, banana, light string cheese stick
Snack: banana, 3/4 cup honey grahams cereal
Lunch: sandwich thin, Morning Star Farms spicy black bean burger, 1 slice 2% American cheese, a grape Tootsie roll pop
Dinner: 3 oz chicken sausage, hot dog bun, broiled curly mustard greens with 1 tsp olive oil, salad and veggies with 1 tsp olive oil
Dessert: 1/2 cup ice cream in a cake cone
Snack: 6 whole wheat crackers, watermelon
And awesomely enough, most of the veggies came from our own garden! Very cool.

Exercise: 40 minutes weight lifting.
Liquids: I’m not even concerned about this anymore. I can’t drink enough water!! I drink way more than 6 cups a day. WAY more. I just stop counting at 6. 😀

A note for me to remember: I need to remember to be patient with myself. This is an eating disorder I am working with, not just battling weight. I will ALWAYS struggle to not eat too much. The only way I am able to control myself is this points system with Weight Watcher’s. I eat enough, but not too much. Left up to my own devices, I do ridiculous and unhealthy extremes towards both sides, either trying to eat 500 calories a day because I feel depressed and fat, or eating way too much because I feel happy and like living it up! But truth is, I’m much happier with myself, feel much healthier, and am far better able to enjoy my life in this “in the middle” area. So, cheers to feeling like a normal human being. 😀
And just for fun, here’s my accidental Charlie Sheen impression.

You know….because I’m “winning”. And from here on out, I have only one speed: GO! 😀

Saturday, June 4, 2011

This is what I wrote on Saturday, June 4, 2011 but never ended up posting:

Alright. I had a really REALLY good week. I measured, weighed, and wrote down everything. I also did not go crazy on junk food, pretty much only having 1/2 cup no sugar added 50% reduced fat ice cream everyday was about it as far as junk. I earned a lot of activity points (that I didn’t eat) by going to the gym for 50 minutes everyday and walking 40 minutes with my husband and dog every evening. In short, I was really proud of myself this week. So needless to say, I was quite excited to weigh in when I went to my meeting yesterday. Then…the scale says 177.6. I gained another 0.6 lbs. Discouraging. So of course I really had to think about this. What happened? I know that I didn’t screw up. Here is a list of the things that could have caused that slight gain:
-Really, when I thought about it, it had only been 4 days (Monday through Friday morning there) that I had been doing a great job. The previous week, I had messed up over the weekend. You don’t lose weight or fix that in just 4 days. I need to be patient and give it time.
-Possibly slight muscle gain from exercising.
-I felt very thirsty that morning, being that I had made a healthy low point version of chicken wings for dinner Thursday night. However ‘healthy’ it was because it was low fat, there is a ton of salt in that buffalo sauce, and I felt very puffy Friday morning before the meeting.

So, no panicking! I am doing the right thing and my new strategies that I came up with to try out this week are working out quite nicely. I am exercising and not eating the points. I have not gone over on my points. Dividing up my extra points evenly throughout the week has helped me feel like I am getting enough everyday without that feeling of being deprived, which has helped me avoid my regular binge eating issues. The incentive of getting a dollar for making healthy choices has really helped. I even made it the whole week not drinking coffee! So, stop being down, miss; you are on the right track!! It will pay off next week!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I did a lot of contemplating and thinking today about things I might be able to do to inspire and motivate myself. It is kind of difficult because I don’t really want a lot of things. So, here are some things I am going to try out starting tomorrow to see if I can do this thing!
-PLAN AHEAD!! I know that this works for me, it just gets really hard to do some weeks because things can be up in the air. You don’t always know that you will be at home for lunch or dinner, for example. Even on those days, I think if I just at least planned that I would have so many points for breakfast, so many for lunch, so many for dinner, etc., that I would be more likely to not go over points.
-The plan allows me to earn points that I can eat by exercising. I am going to cut that part out of the tracker. What happens is, I think, “I’ll eat this and then exercise tomorrow to earn the points for it.” That doesn’t work. I never do. I get carried away. So, no more eating activity points. I will earn them, but not write them down to eat.
-Go for smaller rewards. If I make it through a whole day not eating over what points I have, then I get rewarded for it with two dollars. Even smaller rewards, any challenging situations throughout the day that tempts me but that I don’t give in to, say desserts in the office where I work, I get another dollar. Then whatever I earn I can spend on myself however I choose. I think this might help give me more of an incentive to eat less junk food even if I have points for it, and also help me not go over points in general.
-Be more active. I am pretty good at this usually, but the more I try to fit into my day, the better!

Alright, something really good and healthy that I made for breakfast today:
Lime Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce

1/2 cup frozen blackberries, thawed
1/8 cup Splenda
1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 (6 ounce) container of Carbmaster blackberry yogurt (or fat free, light, whatever)
1/4 cup fat free milk
1 medium egg
2 tsp olive oil

To make the blackberry sauce, combine the blackberries, 1/8 cup Splenda, and the lime juice in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a chunky sauce forms, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl; set aside.
To make the pancakes, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, and oil in a small bowl. Add the yogurt mixture to eh flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
Spray a nonstick griddle or skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Pour scant 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear and the edges of the pancakes look dry, 2-3 minutes. Turn and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the pancakes to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter to make a total of 6 pancakes. Serve with the sauce. Makes two servings.

Friday, May 27, 2011

So the meeting today wasn’t great. 2.2 lbs up again, so I have 12 to go before goal. I just got stuck, and I’m having a hard time getting over it! But, plus side, as I always have to keep reminding myself: It’s only 12 lbs left to go; when I started, I had 70 lbs to go. Way healthier now, and I’m not really gaining a lot back or anything. I am just lingering around this last 10 lbs for what seems like forever. Garrr!
The conversation in the meeting was really interesting to me today and definitely something on which I need to pontificate. The meeting was about obstacles and excuses. They really are the same thing a lot of the time. So, I thought it might be helpful, as well as entertaining, to make a list of all the excuses I have made so I can see which ones are just excuses, and which ones are obstacles that I need to move out of my way. The question asked today was, “What is in your way?” And I need to work out my answer to that to keep going, I think.
So, excuses, excuses: It’s too hot outside. It’s too cold outside. It’s too windy outside. My knees hurt. That activity makes my knees hurt. My ankles hurt. My hip hurts. My sciatic hurts. My back hurts. I have a headache. I get light headed. My nose burns. My allergies are too bad. My shoes hurt. I don’t have the right exercise outfit. I don’t have the right shoes. I’m too tired. I’m too hungry. I don’t have the time. It will take time away from the time I can spend with my husband. I need to do dishes/laundry/bills/cleaning. I don’t have the right equipment. It’s boring. I don’t like it. I want to just relax. My feet hurt. I’ll get sunburned. I have company.
And those are just the ones that came easily to me that I have used in the past. If I dug some more, the list I am sure would go on and on forever. The point is that there is always an excuse or an obstacle if I want to find one. And yes, some of those things are legitimate obstacles, like joint pain, not having enough time, etc. However, there are alternatives! There is always a way around an obstacle! Here are some remedies to these obstacles: Buy good tennis shoes. Swim. Walk. Use machines that are gentle on joints. Find the exercises you CAN do. Do yoga if tired or needing to relax. Find exercises that your family can do with you and enjoy. Exercise indoors if it’s not good weather. Rearrange your schedule however necessary to MAKE the time, or divide it into smaller 10 minute increments that you can squeeze in throughout the day. Find an exercise(s) that you enjoy and find fun. Try different and new things.
If you notice, the list of ways that I could get around the obstacles could go on as long as the list of obstacles itself. There is always a way!
Today after the meeting I joined a gym, and then I exercised even. I have it scheduled in to my summer now to go the gym for 1 hour per day, 5 days a week, and then whatever else on the weekends or at home beyond that. But, I will definitely be getting a good hour in every day. Today, I did the stationary bike for 20 minutes, and the elliptical machine for 30, both at a medium intensity heart rate. On top of this, my husband and I took our dog for a 40 minute walk around the park once the sun went down. I also spent an hour cleaning house.
So, the pressing question, “What’s in my way?” I don’t fully know. I do know that it’s only me getting in my way. Exercise is something that I am having a hard time making friends with, but I do know that I love it when I do it. So, I need to work on finding a love of exercise. That is kind of something in my way. The other thing that gets me is, I will do really well on program and tracking, and then there will be just one day that my will power completely fails me and I will eat more points than I have. This is why I am in Weight Watchers to begin with though! It’s not like I am very surprised that this happens. That is why I was never able to successfully lose weight on my own. I KNOW how much to eat; I know the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods. The hard part is actually doing and eating like I should for health. What is in my way is that I lose control around junk foods. I was doing really well with it for a long time, and I think that was because it was really exciting at first. I was losing a LOT of weight. I was hitting small goals, getting rewards, getting cheered and clapped for, dropped clothing sizes like crazy. And now it’s stopped. It’s not exciting anymore. The honey moon with the program has ended, so they say. I have hit a plateau. And where as I am happy with how much weight I have lost, and how much healthier I am, that feeling of having incentives is kind of gone. The ‘spark’ is just not there anymore! I am very glad that I decided to sit down and write this all out. I was unaware when I started writing what was in my way. I knew that something was, but now it is very clear to me. The next step? How do I move this boulder out of my path? How do I get re-motivated to finish this? I definitely want to, but my gusto is just not there. Is there a better reward I can set myself for reaching goal? Maybe I should set small rewards for every week that I successfully track and don’t go over points? Or even small rewards for every day that I stay in my points? I will think about this over the next few days and see. Any feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

I tried two really excellent new dishes today:
Lunch: Avgolemono Soup

1 1/4 cups low-sodium, fat-free vegetable broth
1 1/2 tablespoons brown rice
1 large eggs
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
dash of ground black pepper (to taste)
In a large saucepan, bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the rice, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, or until rice is done.
Meanwhile, combine the egg, lime juice, and pepper in a medium bowl; whisk until frothy. Gradually add 1/2 cup of the hot broth, whisking constantly to keep the egg mixture from curdling. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute longer. Serve at once. Yields one serving.

This was a really tasty lunch! I added some garlic powder and a little bit of onion salt because it was a bit on the bland side, and then it was great!

Dinner: Chicken-Vegetable Udon

2 cups cooked udon noodles
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 Tbsp sake
1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch-thick strips
2 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
3 green onions, chopped
1 carrot, cut diagonally into thin slices
4 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Cook udon noodles according to package instructions. Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tsp olive oil, then add the ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken, stirring to coat. Stir in the broth, sake, and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook at a gentle simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms, green onions, and carrot. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the two eggs in a small non-stick skillet in 1 tsp olive oil.
Place 1 cup noodles in two bowls, topped with half the soup mixture, 1 fried egg, and 2 Tbsp cilantro. Serve. Makes two servings.
This was awesome! It was a tad bland, so I added some garlic powder, onion salt, and a dash of soy sauce and that made it excellent!
Cook udon according to package instructions

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Last day of school! Hooray!

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup Krusteaz Wheat & Honey pancake mix made with no sugar added peach applesauce, topped with syrup and a sliced banana. 1/2 cup of fat free milk with coffee and cinnamon and Splenda.
Snack: A banana.
Lunch: A carbmaster yogurt, a light string cheese stick, grape tomatoes and carrots, a pear. And oddly, 2 tsp peanut butter and 2 tsps no sugar added jelly on a HOT DOG BUN. This is what I get when I don’t pay attention when I’m grocery shopping. It was okay, but not what I would prefer to eat!
Snack: 1 slice of Little Caesar cheese pizza, a small bag of sour cream & onion Baked Lay’s, 2 Oreo cookies.
And here’s where I went off the deep end! I think the whole excitement of it being the last day of school got to me. There was all this left over food in the kitchen and here’s what I ate (and DID NOT have the points for!! ) 1 cup white rice, 1 cup sweet and sour chicken and steamed veggies. A 2″ by 2″ piece of marbled cake with frosting. 2 cups caramel popcorn. 2 cups confetti popcorn. 1 cup cheddar popcorn. And when I got home, I had 1/2 glass of white wine, which I don’t even like anyway, and 1 oz of salt and vinegar chips.
Dinner: I was totally not hungry after all that, but I wish I would have at least eaten a salad or something health! Maybe a piece of fruit at least!
It’s frustrating. Some times I just can’t control myself and I am not at all where I want to be with my eating habits yet. But, all is not lost, I will continue to try, just taking it from one day to the next, from one hour to the next. I think I will go to a meeting and weigh in tomorrow to help me get back on track. One day of messing up a little does not have to turn in to more than that!

Today’s Exercise: It was a very active day, but I really only charted that I walked for 20 minutes with the kids in the morning. But I think I was on my feet all day running around, going on water slides, helping kids find lost items, and to finish off I flew a kite with some of my aftercare kids. Fun day!!
Fluid Intake: I drank way over 6 cups because it was a very outdoors sort of warm day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today’s Menu::
Breakfast: Went to Bruegger’s Bagels with my husband and his sister. I had a sundried tomato bagel with lite garden veggie cream cheese. It was really gross and a big waste of money, in my opinion. I also had a couple of bites of a jalapeno bagel, which tasted good by was really greasy! I won’t be going and wasting points or money on this again. I also got a blah coffee with Splenda and fat free milk.
Snack: A light string cheese stick. Cantaloupe.
Lunch: 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese. Cantaloupe. 1 oz white cheddar popcorn. Jalapeno, onion, bell pepper, portabella mushroom, and a roma tomato sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil, then 1 egg and 3 egg whites added to it. Topped with 1 slice 2% Kraft American cheese. Also, 1/2 cup fat free milk with coffee with cinnamon and Splenda.
Dinner: 1/2 an avocado, 6 cucumber slices, and fat free mayo on a multi-grain sandwich thin. And on the side, a new recipe:
Shrimp and Avocado Appetizers

1/4 cup fat free mayo
1 tsp wasabi powder
1 large cucumber, cut into 24 slices
1/2 medium avocado, quartered and cut into 24 slices
24 cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 radishes, finely chopped
24 small mint leaves
In a small bowl, stir together mayo and wasabi powder until smooth.
To assemble, place cucumber slices on a serving dish and spread each with 1/2 teaspoon of wasabi mayo. Place a slice of avocado on top and then top each with a shrimp; sprinkle with radish and top with a mint leaf.
I had 8 of these. They were really fantastic!! The wasabi was really hot, but that made it fun and funny! I think this would also be good with little slices of salmon or steelhead trout grilled with lemon or lime on it instead of shrimp (if you have shrimp allergies, or just don’t like shrimp!)
Dessert: 1/2 cup no sugar added reduced fat chocolate ice cream

Today’s Exercise: None today!
Fluid Intake: I think I got around 6 cups of liquid today.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Another Monday! I love Monday’s. I have all my points and I feel really ambitious. So, I am now at 174.8 lbs, so that means only 9.8 lbs to go until goal now…again. But I really feel more resolved this time to do it. No more messing around!
Goals for the week:
-TRY to get in around 45 minutes of any sort of activity daily. This hopefully will be easier to do over the summer because my schedule will be a little more set. It really helps me to have a routine. I am not a fan of ‘spur of the moment’ activity. I need more time to brace myself for it, I think. So I know that if I am doing it every day first thing in the morning, or right after work, or something along those lines, that is when I am more likely to stick to it. I also plan to go check out the YMCA for a place to exercise over the summer. It is nice to have air conditioning! Also, I think I need to try some new activities, etc. Just can’t seem to stay into anything for too long.
-Drink at least 6 cups of water daily.
-Try more new awesome recipes! Also, I want to try to make at least one that is just my invention this week, and not from a recipe book.
-Measure and track everything!
-Limit my junk food intake to only one item per day.

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 2/3 cup Eating Right chocolate cranberry granola, 2/3 cup fat free milk. A pear. Coffee with Splenda and a splash of fat free milk.
Snack: Carbmaster yogurt. A small cantaloupe. 1/2 ear of grilled corn.
Garden Stuffed Portabella Mushroom

(Just experimenting with this one, because I wanted to create my own recipe, but didn’t want to subject anyone but myself to this if it’s not very good.)
1/8 cup each of chopped green bell pepper, sweet yellow onion, and any type of tomato (I used roma)
1/2 large jalapeno, seeds removed
1 tsp fresh minced oregano
1/2 tsp fresh minced rosemary
1/2 oz fat free feta cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
black pepper to taste
1/8 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
1 large portabella mushroom, rinsed and stem removed

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix all ingredients (except mozzarella cheese and mushroom) together in a bowl to make filling. Place filling in mushroom cap. Top with 1/8 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30ish minutes, until green peppers and onion are softened, and cheese is melted and golden.
This was really good and I enjoyed it more than the portabella mushroom pizzas that we make. My cheese topping was a little bit more than ‘golden brown,’ but it was still delicious! Hooray to winging it and making my own recipe with my own measurements of things.
To go with this, I had a green salad with chopped carrots and 1 Tbsp dried cranberries. I used the liquid that came from the stuffed mushroom as dressing. Also, 10 whole wheat crackers.
Snack: A light string cheese stick and fruit salad. A sucker.
Dinner: Beef Steak Ranchero (about 4 oz of), home-made by my mother-in-law. Super tasty! With this, 2 corn tortillas, 1 cup homemade Spanish rice, 1/4 cup pinto beans, and lots more fruit.
Dessert: 1/2 cup no sugar added reduced fat chocolate ice cream.
Snack: 10 whole wheat crackers. 3/4 cup Oh’s cereal, dry.
Today’s Exercise: I didn’t get any in today! Frown!
Fluid Intake: I drank enough! Hooray!