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Apr. 27th, 2010

Update

I'm one week away from my original 'goal' week and exactly 11 pounds above where I wanted to be.  I knew it was a tough goal, so I'm not too upset about not quite making it.  I'm not going to stop my diet though.  Who knows - maybe I'll still lose 11 pounds in one week!  :)  In any event - swimsuit season is here, so I need to stick with my diet anyway, right? 

Foods that I've had in the last week that I haven't posted before ....  Let's see.... at my hotel last week I had naked chicken wings (wings with no sauce) and just dipped those in ranch.  If you are even in the N. Dallas area there is a restaurant called "Love and War in Texas" that has a great low-carb plate.  It's a serving of Steak, a Small Tex-Mex Chicken Breast and a side of veggies.  SO. DARN. GOOD.  

I went to a restaurant called the Twisted Root near my office in Dallas that had really good burgers.  I had a green chili burger without the bun and couldn't even finish it. 

I got sick this weekend a little and was really nauseous so I did eat just plain bread to settle my tummy and on Sunday - I ate a pasta dish.  Sometimes I think your body tells you when you've deprived it of *too* much carbs, and it's important to listen.  

I also went to On the Border this weekend and got the Fajita Chicken Queso from the appetizer menu.  Basically it's just a skillet full of melted cheese and chicken.  You're supposed to put it in tortillas, but I can eat a lot of it with just a fork.  I brought home the leftovers and had two separate meals in low-carb tortilla's.  (I actually tore one tortilla in half and saved the carbs).  Last night I made taco's and did the same thing.  

Today I'm going to have my leftover taco meat - I'm out of tortilla's though, so it'll just be a makeshift taco salad dish.  Traveling again this week, so we'll see how good I can be! 

Apr. 20th, 2010

Haven't Updated, I know

Haven't updated in a few days, but mainly because I haven't had anything different and my weight is still the same.  We had steak and cauliflower (previous recipe posted) last Friday for dinner.  On Saturday I wasn't feeling well - so I didn't eat all day.  Right before bed I did make a pasta dish that was in the pantry (one of those 'meal in a box' things - but I barely touched it, so it wasn't too bad.  

Sunday I had a breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, cheese, salsa in a low-carb tortilla).  We went to Dan McGuinness for dinner and I had the corned beef - which I couldn't finish.  I think I had a snack before bed, but don't remember what it was! 

Monday was Jimmy's Egg for breakfast - scrambled eggs with cheese and a side of bacon and cottage cheese.  I had the toppings to a pizza for lunch at Coach's and for dinner - well ... dinner was strange.  I was at my hotel and ordered an order of mozzerella cheese sticks... I wouldn't recommend everyone do this because it's not really classy at all ... but I was the only one there...  So yeah, I just peeled off the breading and 'pulled' the gooey cheese out of the middle of each one.  Dipped into a little marinara and it was pretty low-carb.  Bizarre - but tasty.  

Today for lunch I went to Cafe Brazil (Dallas - GREAT Brazilian restaurant. ).  I had scrambled eggs with shredded chicken with a sour cream sauce and a little salsa.  It came with a side of black beans and I couldn't help but eat a few.  Overall though - pretty regular lunch. 

So yeah, nothing too extreme in the menu.  I'm thinking something easy for dinner tonight since I want to watch American Idol and Glee - I'll need something to just eat in my hotel room.  

Anyway - i didn't bring my scale with me - so we'll weigh in on Saturday and see what the damage is! 

Apr. 15th, 2010

Woot! Woot!

FINALLY lost another 1.2 pounds.  That puts me 11.2 pounds from my main goal and 21.2 from my long-term goal. It's also my low-weight since I started this journal!  It's a celebration day!  :-)   Too bad I can't celebrate with a big ole plate of spaghetti! 

Food for yesterday was: 
Scrambled Eggs with Pepperjack cheese and salsa
House Salad and Italian Chili Soup from Carino's

I've got errands to run today at lunch so I'll probably grab some fast food somewhere.  I'm thinking Taco Salad from Bueno maybe.  For dinner we're grilling bratwursts and peppers & onions.  I'll skip the bun on mine.  So tasty!  Already looking forward to dinner.  :-) 

Apr. 14th, 2010

Same old things ... New Snack

Yesterday had the ham cups for breakfast, but I needed a snack mid-afternoon and for me, snacks are often the hardest to not get bored with.  I think I found a great and filling snack yesterday that I will definitely try again. 

I opened a package of tuna (0 carb) and mixed in some spicy brown mustard (0 carb) and worchestershire sauce (1 carb) - mixed it all together.  Then I took 1 low-carb tortilla (5 carbs) and put it in the microwave for 1 full minute and let it cool.  Once it cools - you can break it into cracker like pieces.  I then just scooped the tuna onto the crackers and enjoyed!  Really gave me the feeling of getting to have crackers with my tuna.  I will definitely do this again! 

Dinner was the chicken chow mein (recipe posted on an earlier entry), the only thing I did differently this time was add in some spicy chili sauce to give the chicken a little extra flavor and kick.  I'll keep doing that when I make this.  

Not sure what I'll have today - I'll post that tomorrow.  So far it's just my regular coffee for breakfast.  I'm thawing hamburger meat and I think I'll make taco salad today or tomorrow.  That's a great low-carb meal that I can eat for days.  

As far as weight - no change from yesterday.  :( 

Apr. 13th, 2010

Almost forgot ....

Low-Carb Vanilla Latte! 

1 oz of Sugar Free Da Vinci Vanilla Syrup (I usually only use 1/2 oz because I don't like it that sweet)
1 oz of heavy cream
Full cup of coffee (decaf or regular)
Whipped Cream (from the can, not cool whip)

1 total carb (zero carbs if you skip the whipped cream)



YUM!  I have this for dessert instead of breakfast a lot. :-) 

Ham Cups

My weight stayed the same overnight.  It's been one month since I started back up from my road trip transgressions and I'm down 7.6 pounds in one month.  Of course a couple of those pounds are water weight, but even still 5 pounds in a month isn't bad.  I'm trying not to be too hard on myself and just stick with it.  I'm focusing on the 7.6 pounds gone rather than the 12 pounds I still have to go.  (22 pounds for my long-term goal). 

So - food choices for yesterday and today...

I had a low-carb burger from Carl's Jr (minus the tomatoes and saves 2 carbs).   For dinner my Mom and I went to Dan McGuinness and had the sausage and cheese plate (minus the crackers).  Pretty much zero carbs there.   But 2.6 carbs for the Michelob Ultra!  So - decent day overall.  

This morning I made a new recipe (kinda).  This is the recipe I had for inspiration and I've made it before just like this and it was very good: 

BAKED EGGS AND MUSHROOMS IN HAM CUPS
6 ounces fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
2 tablespoons shallot, minced, 1/2 ounce
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sour cream
6 thin slices ham (I used round "deli" thin packaged slices)
6 eggs

Cook the mushrooms and shallots in butter with salt and pepper until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream. Fit 1 slice of ham into each of 6 greased muffin tin cups. It's ok for the ham to stick up and over the edges (mine were a little too small), it will shrink down a bit. Divide the mushroom mixture among the ham cups and spread gently into the bottom. A finger works well for this. This will help hold the ham up when adding the egg. Crack one egg into each cup (they will be very full) and sprinkle the top with a little salt and pepper. Bake at 400º for 15 minutes until the whites are cooked, but the yolks are still a little runny. Check before the 15 minutes are up. My yolks were soft in some spots, but starting to get well done in others. Carefully remove them from the pan. I used a soup spoon to scoop them out, using a butter knife in my other hand to help push them onto the spoon.

As is - this is a very good recipe and they turn out REALLY cute looking.  I can't even eat two full ham cups.  If you cook this recipe as listed above - it's 2 carbs per cup.  Not bad really.  However, I wasn't in the mood for mushrooms this morning, so I modified this a little as an experiment.  

Instead of mushrooms in the bottom of the ham, I put jalapeno's.  On top of that I put 3 of the little "cubes" of pepperjack cheese.  Then I broke the egg on top of that.  They turned out REALLY good.  Probably the only change I would make would be to use shredded cheese instead - the three cubes were just a little too much cheese in my opinion.  Here is a picture of what they look like: (the eggs end up being sunny side up, so when you cut into the ham cup the yolk will run - just the way I like my eggs!)  If you like your eggs more well done - you could cook them longer. 



With the changes I made - I think there is only 1 carb per ham cup.  The ham, jalapeno's and cheese are all zero carb, the eggs have 1 carb each. 

I think this recipe is a great example of how low-carb doesn't have to be boring! 

Tonight for dinner is Chicken Chow Mein.  I think I posted this recipe earlier in the journal, but I'll look back through.  It's really good and tastes just like eating the inside of an egg roll.  If I haven't posted it prior, I'll post it later! 

Apr. 12th, 2010

Weekend Update

Lost one additional .1 pound.  Nothing to brag about, but it's still downward, right?  Only 12.4 to go for now. 

Food items this weekend were varied.  Ran errands on Saturday and then Marc was sick that night and the next day so I didn't really cook, I just ate a lot of snacks.  

Snacks: 
Several bowls of just plain lettuce with Italian Dressing
Hard boiled eggs
Scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa (once on a low-carb tortilla)
Roast Beef Sandwich slices from the deli, with melted swiss in the microwave - eaten with knife and fork
Regular Hot Dog heated with Mustard and Low-Carb ketchup
I also ate one raw hot dog - but that's hardly a 'recipe'.  :) 

Today we're full swing ahead back into things now that Marc is feeling better - I have errands to run at lunch and dinner, so I might eat out today.  Other items planned for this week are: Brats with Peppers and Onions, Taco Salad, Chicken Chow Mein, and maybe hamburgers.  I also want to find a recipe that is some sort of chicken soup.  Been craving soup lately and I'm not sure why since the weather is so nice! 

Anyway - it's going to be a busy week, so I'm hoping I'll be too busy to eat! 

Apr. 10th, 2010

Woot!

Looks like the scale is moving again!  Down 1 pound since yesterday morning.  12.5 pounds to go for my goal!  No new recipes for today, going shopping with Mom later, so we'll probably eat dinner out tonight.  I'll post what I find low-carb while we're out later. She's doing low-carb too, so that helps! 

Tomorrow we're grilling bratwurst with peppers and onions.  I won't eat the bun and it's still sooooo good.  More later! 
 

Apr. 9th, 2010

Finally !

Dropped 1.1 pounds!  Woot!  13.4 pounds to my goal weight.  Not sure I can make it by the first week in May - which was my original plan, but I'm not going to give up for sure.  Last night for dinner I had steak and green beans and salad from outback.  I stayed away from the bread and croutons - so I was very good!  Outback has improved the nutritional info on their website so it's a lot easier to see how many carbs everything has.  

Today I'm having leftover steak on a salad for lunch and for dinner I am making Chicken Mushroom Spinach Alfredo.  Here is the recipe: 

CROCKPOT ALFREDO CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS AND SPINACH
4-6 large boneless chicken breasts
Seasoning salt, to taste
16 ounce jar Alfredo Sauce
3 cloves garlic, cut in half
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, cut in half
Garlic powder
Freshly ground pepper
Fresh parsley, chopped
4 1/2 ounces fresh spinach, about 1/2 bag

Place the chicken in a slow cooker and sprinkle on both sides with seasoning salt. Add the sauce and garlic; mix to coat the chicken with the sauce. Place the mushrooms on top of the chicken; sprinkle with a little garlic powder, pepper and parsley. Cook on LOW about 4 hours or until the chicken is done. Add the spinach and cook just until the spinach starts to wilt. If your chicken breasts are quite large, you may be able to cut each one in half and get about 8 servings.


Depending on the Alfredo sauce you use - it's approx 5 carbs for each serving.  I've made this before and it's SO YUMMY. 

Apr. 8th, 2010

Stuck

Well, 5 whole days in a row at exactly the SAME WEIGHT.  Grrr...  very discouraging. 

Yesterday's meals: 
Lunch was leftover Chicken Fajita meat in a low carb tortilla with salsa. - 7 carbs.
Dinner was at Earl's BBQ - Smoked Turkey and Sliced Brisket with BBQ sauce and green beans - approx 10 carbs.

Today I've had a roast beef and cheddar wrap in a low carb tortilla with BBQ sauce - 7 carbs.  
Dinner is going to be at Outback, so if I stick with steak and veggies I can usually do fairly no-carb.

I'm thawing chicken for Friday night dinner, it will be Chicken Spinach Alfredo in the crock pot... one of my favorites.  I'll post the recipe tomorrow. 

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