Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Weigh-In 238.2 lb

Weight:  238.2 lb
Week:  -1.2 lb
Total: -36.8 lb

This last weekend was amazing.  Hubs and I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday learning all about what the "heart" is when mentioned in the Scriptures and how to safeguard it.

We spent time with family and friends and loved every second of it. We didn't want it to end.  There were about 4000 people there each day.

Everyone who comes is encouraged to bring a lunch so that we can all eat at our seats and enjoy eachother's company.  This presents a problem.  Healthy yummy food on the go?  Yikes.

Both Hubs and I were burnt out on plain old salad.  At the last minute I threw something together and was pretty impressed with the result.

Veggie Lover's Pasta Salad (7 servings)

1 box Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta 
1 can Artichoke Hearts, rinsed, drained, and quartered
1 can Black Olives, rinsed and drained
1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups Grape Tomatoes, halved
1 English Cucumber, chopped
1 bunch Italian Parsley, chopped
Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
1 cup Ken's Light Northern Italian Dressing 
1/2 cup Feta Cheese

Boil the pasta according to directions on box.  Drain and mix with all the other ingredients.  Let sit at least 2 hours before serving.  I put each serving over a bed of baby spinach.  YUMS!

Here's another fast and easy recipe for ya!

Avocado Portabella Sandwiches (1 serving)

1 Portabella Mushroom Cap
1 t Olive Oil
1 t Mrs Dash Seasoning (or any yummy steak seasoning)
1/4 Avocado, sliced
1 T Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Mini Whole Wheat Pita

Rub the mushroom with olive oil and seasoning, grill or pan fry until tender.  Toast the pita and spread 1 T yogurt on each side.  Place the avocado on the pita and top with the mushroom cap.

Yum.  I had a steamed artichoke on the side...mmm...mmm good!!!

I rummaged around looking for more fun healthy clean lunches. I found a few and would LOVE any suggestions!! 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Blue Chicken Tacos

I made this recipe up myself because I needed something super easy, healthy and delicious.  It did not disappoint!

Blue Chicken Tacos (Serves 4)

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 16-oz bottle salsa verde (I use this one.)
1 T cumin
8 blue corn taco shells (I use these.)
1 avocado, sliced into 8 sections
1 c fat-free plain greek yogurt
1 cup spring mix lettuce

Place the chicken thighs, 1 cup of the salsa, and cumin in a slow cooker.  Cook on High 3 hours.  Remove the chicken.  Shred and stir in 1/2 cup of the salsa.  Fill each taco shell with chicken, lettuce, one slice of avocado, and greek yogurt.

I served it with some cut up veggies and hummus on the side.

And cherries for dessert!



Weight:  239.4
Week: +1.2
Total Loss:  35.6

To say I had a rough time this week would be like saying the Captain of the Titanic had a rough time.  It wasn't good.  I was so tired. So very tired.  I felt hopeless and discouraged.  I was kinda sorta holding it together until I couldn't find my phone charger.....and collapsed on the bed in the middle of the afternoon in a pathetic state of tears and whining.

Hubs must have known something was wrong before I did, because earlier that day he surprised me with these....

I decided to spend a whole day getting rid of a ton of STUFF around my house. I brought two car loads of STUFF to Goodwill.  I cleaned and organized my kitchen cabinets and drawers. I did the same for the drawers, shelves, and cabinets in my living room.  Getting rid of all the extra THINGS immediately made me feel better. 

I don't really know where this exhausted feeling is coming from.  At one point I was diagnosed with anemia.  And I haven't taken iron supplements in years.  I got a mulit-vitamin that has iron and hopefully that will help.  I was also worried that my blood sugar might be high.  I got a blood glucose monitor from a friend who has diabetes (yes, new needle!)  and tested my blood.  Fasting is 112.  And 3 hours after eating was 75.  I have gotten so much mixed information about what those numbers mean.  But I think it means I am pre-diabetic.  Bleck....don't really want to think about that.

The only thing to do about it is what I am doing already.  Eat right and exercise.

"A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood." 
 - General George S. Patton

I don't really want to think about my weight either.  I did gain 1.2 lb this week.  And that is crappy. But I know why. And I'm not beating myself up.  I need to remember that I like eating healthy and exercising.  And I really really do.  Exercising is one of my favorite things to do.  I never thought I would say that.  I made some delicious stuff this weekend.  I will put the recipes in a future post.  

Right now I'm just focusing on enjoying my week of good food and good moves!