The day is here! It’s time for a week check in. Yes, I know there are only 7 days in a week, (and yes I am still behind in my writing) but I set the check-ins/weigh-ins to be the morning after my full week. Always weigh yourself in the morning before water, and before breakfast. Water weighs a lot, and you want to know what you weigh, not how much the food and water in your system weighs.
Enough talk. Get to the good stuff, right? I have lost 4.2 pounds in a week! I know they say you shouldn’t lose anymore than a pound or two per week, but as you can see from my previous posts, I am not starving myself. What I am doing, is elimination of all added sugars. No sugar, sugar substitutes, no corn syrup, no dextrose, no aspartame, no stevia. Nothing but natural sugars.
Now lets see how that spreads out over my body. I lost an inch across my chest (dammit!), an inch around my waist, half an inch around my hips (dammit, again! Ok, I’m happy that I lost anything; just wish it was more. I am quite hippy, plus I have a nice thick ring of fat around my already wide hip bones), my thighs and arms didn’t change, but I did lose half an inch around my calves. So far, I would say that this is a success. Yay for no added sugars and yay for the Big Greenie Smoothie.
So how did I celebrate? With peanut butter of course! I apologize to any of my readers who are allergic and hating me right now. Hopefully you are able to find any of the other butters out there that work for you. If not, substitute a boiled egg or some cheese as a protein for you if you’re following my story and you see peanut butter.
For breakfast, I decided to get creative and make what I call Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal. I cooked 1/3 cup of oatmeal and then put 2 tablespoons of peanut butter down one edge of the oatmeal and I cut up 5 large strawberries for the “jelly” part of it. Then because oatmeal is quite condensed, I poured a little almond milk over the top to get it to mix up well.
The results? Meh, it was ok. I definitely prefer my oatmeal with a little brown sugar and think this would have been amazing with that. But for now, I think I’ll be tabling the oatmeals. The good news is that after this one, I did drink a lot of water and I was not hungry for a long, long time!
In fact I didn’t really have a lunch. I just whipped up this quick snack between breakfast and dinner. This is mesquite chicken with a little cream cheese wrapped around baby pickles. For someone who loves the extreme taste of sugar I am now super appreciative of the strong flavors of dill pickles.
Now for tonight’s dinner, I have a real treat. I got this recipe from a lady giving samples at Wal Mart. Since it’s cooler and rainy, I am making tortilla soup! Here are all my ingredients, except for the 1 pound of ground turkey.
In fact, that’s where this recipe starts, by browning 1 pound of ground turkey. I prefer the lean version of ground turkey, but the very best was when I made this with turkey left-overs after Thanksgiving. Then add all of these ingredients, plus the turkey into a large pot. **Now to be perfectly honest, I changed out the great northern beans in the picture with the Winco brand because this Great Value brand has traces of gluten in it, so that can go to the food bank. Along with these ingredients also include one can or jar of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then turn it down simmer for 30 minutes.
Then you get this delicious soup which you can garnish with a little bit of cheese and some crumbs from the tortilla chip bag. Many tortilla soup recipes call for torn corn tortillas, but they get too soggy for me.
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