Thursday, May 31, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 1, Days 3-4

So I prepared a new dish, Chicken Biryani, for dinner on Tuesday night with a salad. It went over very well, but was not quite what I remember a biryani being like. So I'll have to play with this recipe.
Wednesday morning, I weighed in and had my second gain. I believe I ate too many chili lime peanuts on Tuesday and was retaining water due to the salt. I gained 0.8 pounds for a current weight of 271.6.
Breakfast (7:15am): Turkey Omelet w/o cheese
I got an omelet from downstairs at the Cafe in our building. I had to keep a close eye because, as usual, you ask for something special order, they invariably forget and the cook almost put cheese into the omelet. I was very good and the turkey helped.
I had no second breakfast as the omelet filled me up.
Lunch (12:15pm): Greek Buffet
I met a high school friend I had not seen in 20 years, Mark Lewis. He has lived for several years up in Vancouver, but has returned as the game industry kinda dried up in Canada. The Greek buffet (Cafe Greek at Preston & 635) was a good choice as I could have roast chicken, gyro lamb, cooked veggies, hummus and salad (no dressing). It was a good visit and I had my fill going to the buffet twice.
Snack (2:30pm): Chili Lime Peanuts
This was a small handful so that I don't overdo it.
I decided to do a workout this evening because Thursday and Friday evenings we have graduation dinners to attend. Amy decided to join me so we go to the gym at 5pm. I end up doing 30 min on the treadmill and 30 min on the elliptical burning about 800 calories total. Then I hit the dry sauna.
We came home and showered and I proceeded to fix dinner. I broiled the remainder of the brisket that was not cooked for potluck this past Sunday. I prepared some Spanish rice from a recipe I just made up as it sounded good (and it was very good; I've posted the recipe in a separate post).
Dinner (7:00pm): Leftover Brisket (reheated), Spanish Rice, salad w/ dressing, unsweet decaf tea.
So I fixed the uncooked brisket, but discovered that not all cuts of meat are equal. We gave it to the dog and I reheated leftovers from the Sunday brisket. The Spanish rice was a hit and it was all quite filling.
After washing up the dishes and taking care of the trash, I called it a night and crashed (not hearing any of the storms that came through).
This morning, I awoke to thunder and rain... it was awesome and I wanted to sleep in, but couldn't. I felt good about my day yesterday and was eager to see results. I weighed myself and it was an even 270 pounds. I had lost 1.6 pounds yesterday wiping out my previous 0.8 pound gain.
Yeah, it's geeky, but it feels good to be "leveling up".
Breakfast (7:15am): Baked scrambled eggs, chili lime peanuts
As before, the chili lime peanuts make up for the fact I didn't salt the eggs before baking them.
Lunch (11:30am): Leftover Stir-Fry, veggies and hummus.
This was the leftovers from my second stir fry on Friday that wasn't such a hit as the first one. That's what I get for trying something different. Still, another filling meal.
Tonight is a different challenge as we attend a graduation dinner for Amy's nephew, Andrew, at the Rio Mambo restaurant in Colleyville. We have already looked at the menu and chosen to get an order of fajitas (no tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, or sour cream) and a salad and split them both. Only water to drink and we should be good.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Recipe: Spanish Rice

I made this just throwing stuff together and it went over extremely well. Here is a simple recipe that is pretty healthy too.

1 can of Rotel tomatoes
1 cup cooked brown basmati rice
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp mexican seasoning mix (or a mix of cumin and onion salt)

In a small frying pan, place all of the ingredients and bring up to medium heat and cook down the liquid. Bring to low when most of the water is gone.

2-3 servings

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 1, Day 2

I weighed in this morning and showed a loss of 1.8 bringing my total to 13.0 pounds lost. Not bad for the first day of Week 1.

Breakfast (7:15am): Baked scrambled eggs, dozen salted almonds.
This was really more of the texture/appearance of a souffle, but since I had baked it too long most likely (it still looked wet and shiny while complete done), it was rather dry. So I'll have to play with this recipe a little more. Also forgot to add salt to the eggs so the almonds were necessary.

Lunch (11:30am): Leftover Chicken Stir-Fry w/ black rice, carrots, jalapeno hummus.
I finally got around to using the leftovers from Thursday. Still good even cold. Glad I had put some hummus in the container with the carrots as my tub of hummus I left in the fridge at work got thrown out (they had sent an email to let us know that the 10th floor fridge would be cleaned out, but I'm on the 8th floor and we were not told our fridge would be emptied).

Snack (1:30pm): Chili Lime Peanuts
I finally bought a new bag of snacking peanuts for work. I had run out last week and was eating almonds (not a huge fan).

Monday, May 28, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 1, Day 1

So this morning began with the weigh-ins to finalize Week 0 and I still felt pretty good that I went to a church potluck and lost 0.2 pounds.


Now the part we were dreading.  No more dairy or glutens.  No milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, etc.  No wheat, barley, oats, etc.

So we got up kinda late and went about preparing breakfast for the new week's requirements.  No butter for the eggs or grits.  No cheese for the eggs or grits.  No cow's milk to drink with the meal.

This meant the following:  turkey kielbasa (half of the 12 oz horseshoe shaped link divided between us for a 3oz serving each), scrambled eggs (5 split between us, 2.5 eggs each) with sunflower oil instead of butter, grits (with Mrs Dash seasoning and some salt.... not enough salt, but I hate oversalting food... sue me), unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I had a small taste, but it wasn't bad; I just settled for water and thought the almond milk would be better in a smoothie).

Overall, a successful first breakfast on the new plan.  The kielbasa was nice and spicy and the grits needed some salt, but it filled us up quite well (I think I had a small peach afterwards).

The rest of the morning was spent watching a couple of movies (snacking only on veggies, hummus, rice crackers and nuts).

Finally, late afternoon, I went to 24 Hour Fitness to put in an hour workout (remembering what it did for me twice last week in terms of weight-loss).  I did 20 min treadmill (fast walking to not awaken the shin splint), 20 min elliptical (the highest calorie burner of the three exercises I did) and 20 min bike (not spin bike).  I finished out with about 12 minutes in the dry sauna to sweat out more and relax my leg muscles.

Dinner was a quarter pound of grass-fed beef with steak rub seasoning mixed in, one baked sweet potato and a salad with sugarless tomato basil dressing from Whole Foods.  It tasted like the house dressing used at many Italian restaurants.  I also had a small side of roasted red pepper hummus mixed with Guinness soaked mustard seeds.  This became my dipping sauce for the beef and it was awesome. All this washed down with unsweet decaf tea.

After dinner, I made some brown basmati rice (to use in a chicken biryani recipe tomorrow that my mother had sent by email) and baked four servings of eggs for the week.  This time I did two scrambled eggs in each ramekin with a little Mrs. Dash.  They baked up rather fluffy, but started to collapse as they cooled:

Everything is ready for this week's breakfast meals.

So now I finish typing up this day's entry before heading to bed (as the rain and thunder pour and rumble outside my office window).   Amy and I are just excited about how this is going to go.  She's also using Excel to track her weight and chart it so that she learns more about using Excel.  So many benefits from this one mutual decision.

BSS Journal - Week 0 Summary

Here is the summary of my weigh-ins for Week 0:

  • Starting weight: 283.8
  • Monday: 279.0 (-4.8) [60min Spin Class]
  • Tuesday: 277.4 (-1.6; -6.4 total)
  • Wednesday: 275.8 (-1.6; -8.0 total)
  • Thursday: 274.8 (-1.0; -9.0 total)
  • Friday: 272.6 (-2.2; -11.2 total) [45min Spin Session]
  • Saturday: 272.8 (+0.2; -11.0 total)
  • Sunday: 272.6 (-0.2; -11.2 total)
  • Final weight: 272.8 (-11.2)
Overall, what should be noted is that the days that I worked out were the days I had the biggest losses.

This week was strictly about cutting out refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, flours, caffeine and alcohol (the book also says nicotine, but neither of us have/use nicotine products).  Next week, we remove dairy and glutens in addition to what we were already excluding.  This will continue for six weeks.

BSS Journal - Week 0, Days 6-7

So I'm merging these together because it was a busy weekend.  Let's start off with Saturday breakfast (the Saturday morning weigh-in was mentioned in the previous post).

For breakfast, I cooked up half the turkey sausage Amy had mixed up the previous night.  We may be posting that recipe at a later date.  Amy prepared an omelet with onions, bell peppers and butter (our last few days of dairy in this post).  So we split the omelet and sausage and enjoyed it with a glass of milk.
This was the penultimate breakfast with dairy so it had milk, cheese and butter (remember this later, there will be a quiz).

We planned ahead of time and took a veggie tray, hummus, rice crackers and half a watermelon so we could have something to "snack" on after Sabbath services today (it used to be just snacks, but it ballooned to a weekly meal).  We fully intended to come home afterwards and have some cottage cheese or chicken.

At the break, Amy had her apple and some pistachios.  I did fine.

So for the meal afterwards, we discovered someone had brought a salad and roast chicken.  So we ended up with a full meal after all.

That evening we snacked a little on veggies and hummus and nuts.

Sunday Morning, I weighed myself to discover my first gain on the program.  0.2 pounds.  Remember that dairy?  Combine that with probably one too many rice crackers and salty nuts and I was up on my weight.

So today I'd have to work a little harder to not gain.

We repeated the previous day's breakfast only we cut back on the omelet (it was 3 eggs for each of our servings) to two eggs and added yellow grits (with butter and cheese... a recurring theme, but only as this was our LAST day with dairy).

I know we ate more than the recommended serving amount and will have to work on that.

I had prepared a fruit salad the previous night (peaches, blueberries, strawberries, half-and-half (yeah), cinnamon and nutmeg).  No added sugar (the peaches would end up being a bit more tart than I would normally like, but I loved my concoction).  Amy prepared a brisket to cook in the crockpot overnight.  Since we no longer have potatoes in our plan, she only put in carrots and onions:

This morning, Amy made a greek salad while I finished up dividing up the watermelon (we'd only taken half on Saturday).  We also remembered we had planned to make a chocolate pie to use up the last graham cracker crust.  So Amy mixed it up and we were short on milk... so we added half-and-half (this time it didn't matter since we were not eating it; one of the church members, Gail, commented that it had tasted like liqueur).  Since it was still pretty think, it started to tear up the crust some and just overall not look too pleasant.  So I decided to cut up some strawberries into eighths and decorate the top:

Yes, it was rather good looking, but we didn't get to have any of it... it was no on our plan.

So we managed to have a great meal along with some dishes prepared by my mother (chuckwagon casserole) and Gail (brown rice casserole w/ spinach) which also met our plan (both had emailed questions about what we were no longer eating so that they could prepare the dish according to our needs).

The pie looked SO good, but I stuck with the fruit salad I had made.  Gail had happened to cut up a cantaloupe and, of all possible choices, added cinnamon and nutmeg copying my fruit salad without ever having known.

The remains of the fruit salad and cantaloupe would be my last meal Sunday evening.  Very little brisket left, plenty greek salad (but the veggies didn't survive long in the dressing used so we threw it away) and very little watermelon left.

We survived the Sabbath meal and the Sunday potluck and it came out well.  Tomorrow will be the final weigh-in for Week 0 and a summary for the program progress.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 0 Day 5

I made good on my promise and prepared dinner thursday night.  Seeing as most normal sauces anyone would buy in the store contain sugar (and I couldn't find any at the time that were Asian or Indian), I was pretty much left to my own devices.  Rather than recount here the full recipe, I'm making that a separate post and will be useful for reference later.

So I settled on doing a chicken Stir Fry (in an iron skillet) with a side of black rice (Lotus Brand) and a portion of raw carrots.  The final results:

Amy really enjoyed the meal and it was quite filling.  We kept ourselves to the basic plan and only had a 1/2 cup of the rice.  Finished this off with decaf iced tea.  There was still a serving of the stir fry leftover that I put that with another serving of the rice in my lunch container for tomorrow.

I am loving the new program.  It does what Weight Watchers core program didn't do.  The core program had you pretty much eating what we are now for no points counted.  However, we had a small amount of points that could be used on non-core items.  Our problem was sticking to only that set of points.

As we both know now, we can't control ourselves with sweets.  That's why the core program only worked for a short time.  Now with this program, we are forbidden to eat sugars, flours, alcohol and caffeine the first week (then restrict dairy and gluten on top of that for the next six weeks).  Because it is forbidden, we can't just tell ourselves to have a little and hope we don't gorge ourselves.  Now we can say that is not allowed at all and there is no going over our limit.

What we eat now fills us up without making us too hungry for later.  We stick to having 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day and don't stay hungry.  Amy even had a snack of apple slices with peanut butter and she believes that's the first time she's had the combination and loved it.  No more caramel dips for the apple slices.  No more crackers or cookies for the peanut butter.

This is healthy living.

Friday morning, I weighed myself and had lost another pound for a total of NINE.

Breakfast (7:00am):  two baked eggs with a slice of cheese and a few dozen spicy peanuts
I didn't have breakfast until I got to work as I was running late and couldn't eat before I left.  The eggs had to be microwaved this time so I cut them up into small chunks and covered with the cheese slice before microwaving.  They did much better and didn't explode all over the oven.

2nd Breakfast (9:45am): handful of spicy peanuts
I need to find another option... not a huge fan of almonds, but will eat them when that's my only choice.  However, I am a little bit tired of these spicy peanuts.  I need to hit an Indian market to see what options they may have.

Lunch (11:30am):  Korean Chicken Bulgogi tacos (minus tortillas) and kimchee
I went out with my coworker, Rob, to Goghee-To-Go and had the Korean tacos with kimchee.  They normally come in corn tortillas which I removed and put to the side and enjoyed the meat and veggies.  Tasted so good.  Only thing I was not sure about was if the sauce used had sugar (I tasted like it, but it was so minute that I wasn't going to worry).

I had no afternoon snack as we were let out of work at 2pm and I went to meet a friend at Starbuck's (had an iced Passion Tea with no sweetener).  After that, I went home, changed clothes and went up to 24hr Fitness at about 4:30pm.  I went to the spin class room and began a self-led regimen in an attempt to work on my cadence.

Having bike shoes with clips, the rider has the ability to not only push down on a pedal, but also pull up.  So while the left foot is pushing down, the right can pull up and vice-versa.  However, this is not so easy to do as it goes against all previous biking habits.  I had to crank up the tension high so I could push and pull the pedals slowly to build up a cadence (and eventually, a muscle memory).  Once I mastered it at a slower speed, I'd back off some of the tension so I could pedal faster.  I also got where I could do it standing up.

I am, by all means, not fully there yet as it will take some time to get the cadence to be natural and not require the concentration.  Once I am there, that means my legs are working the entire time, but I'm getting almost double the power and speed.

Dinner was a modified version of the stir fry.  I marinated the chicken in red wine vinegar and Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning overnight.  This I stir fried as before with just 1 and 1/2 green bell peppers, some salsa, and the leftover black rice (saving myself from using another dish to heat it up or put it in the microwave).  This was accompanied on my plate by carrots, rice crackers and jalapeno hummus.

It is now Saturday morning.  I'm late on this post because of my schedule yesterday getting turned upside-down by leaving early.  I just weighed myself again.

My current weight is now 272.6, a loss yesterday of 2.2 pounds.  For the first 5 days of this program, I've lost 11.2 pounds total.  The two highest days were when I worked out at the gym.  So I'm going to try to make that a more common occurrence.

This weekend has two big challenges for Amy and I.  On Saturdays, there is usually a meal after the Sabbath service (it used to be called snacks, but its now just a meal).  We resolved to get through it by taking a veggie tray and watermelon.  We are taking it back as just "snacks" for ourselves.  Rather than take a dinner for ourselves, we'll make do with the situation.

The second challenge is on Sunday when we observe Pentecost.  There is a full potluck after the service.  Amy and I will be taking a dish we can eat and my mother has volunteered to fix something as well that we can enjoy.  She asked me by email what we can't have and is adjusting accordingly.  Perhaps we can start a trend of healthier choices at these meals and during "snacks" on weekly Sabbaths.

This is our first Sabbath morning breakfast with no biscuits, pancakes, waffles, toast, chocolate milk, syrup, honey, jelly, etc.  Amy prepped some ground turkey as turkey sausage adding in several seasonings.  We'll find out how those turned out and enjoy cheese and milk as Monday we have to give up dairy as well.

I am not certain at this time when I'll be posting to the blog again.  Perhaps tonight and Sunday night and then get back to my schedule of weekday afternoons.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Recipe: Stir Fry Chicken

The following is the recipe I prepared tonight for Amy and myself and we were both surprised at how well it turned out without using some fancy stir fry sauce (since they almost all have sugar in them).

Stir Fry Chicken:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
  • 2-3 tbsp safflower oil (or sunflower... just any healthy oil for high heat)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium preferable)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 whole bell pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 1 whole jalapeno, chopped fine
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp chives

  1. In a skillet, heat the oil, cayenne and crushed red pepper on medium.  Be careful as it may start to smoke.  If so, turn down the heat a little bit.
  2. Add the chicken to the skillet and stir occasionally until the chicken is mostly done (no signs of raw spots).
  3. Add in all of the remaining ingredients.  Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking.
  4. Once the vegetables have softened slightly, remove from skillet and serve with a 1/2 cup side of brown or black rice (I prepared mine using a can of chicken broth).
  5. Enjoy.  Note that the only fat comes from the chicken and the oil.  The only salt from the soy sauce and jalapeno (if pickled).

Prep time is about 10-15 minutes.  Cook time also 10-15 minutes.  Serves 2-3.

BSS Journal - Week 0, Day 4

I got home and dinner was not quite ready so I snacked on two brown rice cakes with crunchy peanut butter. It was like having a dessert. So good.

Dinner was a grilled chicken breast w/ Mrs. Dash (awesome and juicy since Amy found a better technique for cooking it), roasted asparagus (done the same as the zucchini and squash), baked sweet potato (this time without butter and I didn't miss it) and unsweet decaf tea.

This was also an unusual night when neither of us had dessert for the second night in a row. I can't recall when we've done that (and that's a sad commentary in itself).

Weigh-in this morning: 1.6 pounds lost, 8.0 pounds total. WOOT!

Breakfast (6:00am): 2 baked eggs w/ 1 slice cheese, bowl of Shredded Wheat n Bran with ½ cup milk.
Today I decided to have two eggs and split one slice of cheese between them. The cheese made them even better.

2nd Breakfast (9:00am): handful of spicy peanuts
I really wish I'd brought my peanut butter to work so I could have a brown rice cake slathered in crunchy peanut butter.

Lunch (11:30am): remaining chicken breast (from Monday night), celery, pistachios (roasted/salted) and two very small peaches.

I forgot my hummus for lunch (as I ate in the Cafe downstairs with my coworkers) so it was a rather dry meal, but the peaches were PERFECT.

Looking forward to preparing dinner tonight (Amy has been doing a smashing job, but I don't want her to feel like she always has to fix dinner). So I plan on having a chicken stir-fry with black rice (heavy on the veggies, light on the rice). I need to find some recipes for Asian sauces that don't use sugar (most of them do... as well as Indian dishes).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 0, Day 3

Yesterday evening after running a few errands, Amy and I sat down to the meal she had prepared. We had quarter pound of grass fed beef, roasted squash and zucchini, fresh sliced tomatoes, whole pepper and unsweet decaf tea.

She had prepared the beef as burger patties and cooked them in an iron skillet. The roasted veggies were cut up, spread out on a baking sheet, seasoned and drizzled with safflower oil and then baked. It was all very good and filling. We had no dessert last night as we needed to get to Whole Foods to do an item return and pick up more food stuffs we can eat. This included more hummus, rice crackers, black rice (two varieties), brown rice cakes, tahini (to start making our own hummus) and so on. We also did price some items to compare with other stores.

We stopped at Target and picked up the last of their grass-fed beef, one package of chicken, and some ingredients needed to make our own salad dressings. We also picked up a copy of the book (I have a digital copy on my Kindle and wanted one Amy could read and we could both reference as we work through this program).

Amy pointed out that we missed a candy jar full of dark chocolate Hershey kisses yesterday. I was putting away the black rice and discovered two other bags of candy unopened (milk chocolate Hershey kisses and Jolly Ranchers). All of these went to work along with some caffeinated teas. The hot chocolate mixes have been set aside to take to church.

I weighed in this morning and found I had lost another 1.6 pounds... that's 6.4 pounds total in just two days. Looks like it'll be 10 pounds by the end of this Week 0.

Breakfast (6:00am): 1 baked egg, bowl of Shredded Wheat n Bran with ½ cup milk.
This morning I heated up the baked egg in the toaster oven just hitting the toast button. I'll have to try different settings to see what works best, but at least I didn't have exploding egg. I'm enjoying the cereal until next week when I have to give up gluten and dairy.

2nd Breakfast (9:00am): handful of spicy peanuts
I wasn't feeling very hungry so I opted for something small. At some point I will have to bring my jar of peanut butter to work to eat with one of the packages of rice cakes. Or I may try hummus on them.

Lunch (11:30am): one grass-fed beef burger patty, several spears of asparagus (raw), one tomato, jalapeno hummus.
This was what I ate during a "Lunch n Learn" where everyone brings their lunch and learns some new technology or how processes work within the company. My lunch filled me up fast and was quite good. I need some time to get used to eating raw veggies all the time (I need to fix some up cooked and store them in the fridge for lunches as well).

So far this day is going well. Amy has lost a good bit this week and I'm really proud of all that she's accomplished. Bring on the weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 0, Day 2

After work, I went to spin class and was rewarded with a rather brutal workout, but I know it did a lot of good (see below).

Afterwards, my friend, Bill, asked me to join him in the sauna and I finally saw the purpose of this. It helps with the muscles recovering from the workout and you continue the sweating (again, see below). Plus I learned more about some of the other guys in the spin class. The instructor and three other spin mates had each lost over 100 pounds. So I’m surrounded by a lot of positive role models. I could only last about 10-15 minutes, but it was worth it.

Last night went well with Amy preparing grilled chicken, baked sweet potatoes, raw veggies and unsweet decaf tea. With no other snacking or desserts last night, it was quite a different evening. I really didn’t feel all that hungry to snack and the dinner had quite filled us up.

Amy also went to Tom Thumb and a farmer’s market to get more veggies for home along with other ingredients (such as a few flavors of hummus).

After dinner, I prepared breakfast for the rest of my work week. I took out six ramekins (a muffin pan would work as well). I sprayed the bottom with cooking spray, put in a slice of turkey deli meat, then cracked an egg over that. After breaking the yolk, I sprinkled on Herbes de Provence and sea salt. Baked in the oven for 15 minutes at 350F. Once cooled, these could be stacked in the fridge and then reheated in the morning (warning, don’t reheat in microwave as the egg could pop or explode unless using completely scrambled eggs).

I weighed myself this morning. With no sugar yesterday and spin class and sauna time, I clocked in at 279.0, a loss of 4.8 pounds over yesterday’s weigh in. I can’t wait to see the week’s final total.

Breakfast (6:00am): 1 baked egg, bowl of Shredded Wheat n Bran with ½ cup milk.
The baked egg was really good and I already have a few ideas for variations. The bowl of cereal tasted a little sweet which surprised me as there was no sugar in the cereal (the milk was the culprit here). Overall, breakfast was good and I look forward to mixing it up a bit.

I finally brought to work what we had gathered together on Sunday to get out of the house (a bunch of individual chip bags, ramen noodles, some workout bars and meal replacement bars and so on). I asked Amy last night what she was going to do with her candy jar and she promptly emptied it out and I brought that candy to work as well. Gonna so miss those M&Ms and Reese’s PB cups.

2nd Breakfast (10:30am): handful of spicy hot peanuts
I was feeling a bit hungry and since it is only an hour until lunch, I just downed a small handful of the peanuts to tide me over.

Lunch (11:30am): two baked chicken strips w/ madras curry, 1 cup of celery, ½ cup of carrots, two tablespoons of roasted red pepper hummus
Note that if I do not mention a drink, then I am usually having water. The two strips of chicken were good and I’ll need to do another batch soon so I have something to quickly put in my lunch. The hummus was AWESOME and worked well with both veggies.

I have a metal bento box that I use for carrying this stuff and keeping it all together. You can find the exact one I use here at this link

I feel better that I didn’t have to buy an omelet this morning and a salad at lunch. This is going to be a good week.

Monday, May 21, 2012

BSS Journal - Week 0, Day 1

Today is start of the 2nd week of Prep Weeks before the official start of the Blood Sugar Solution program ( I am calling this Week 0 (zero) as Amy and I are required to cut out sugars, flours, alcohol and caffeine. No more processed foods. The following is my journal entry for today.

Breakfast (6:50am): 13 almonds and an apple
Slightly filled, but the apple wasn’t the best. Need to have something other than apples with me… most likely a cucumber or celery stalk. I should have made time to fix something at home instead of waiting until this late to eat since I woke up at 5:10am.

2nd Breakfast (8:15am): veggie omelet with cheese
Quite satisfied. Really miss having toast or English muffin with breakfast, but this did pretty good still. I’ll have to switch to no cheese next week (or just make my own). I needed this so soon after the first breakfast so my choice should be more substantial than fruit and nuts for first meal. These should be switched so that my main breakfast protein is first and the fruit/nuts serve to tide me over until lunch.

Lunch (11:30am): Grilled chicken salad w/ egg, no cheese, no dressing, Louisiana Hot Sauce, 16oz whole milk
Very full after this meal. The hot sauce was great as a dressing (actually could have used more on it). Not a fan of boiled eggs, but I managed through it okay. The milk was a luxury that I’ll have to drop next week as well.

Afternoon snack (1:50pm): handful of hot spicy peanuts.
While my stomach felt a little full, the nuts are to curb my craving for something sweet right now. My spin class is tonight at 5pm and this will have to do until I’m done with spin class and get home for dinner.

Tonight I will be planning out my week for meals. I should have done this last night, but we ran out of time. I need to prep foods to take for 2nd breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.

Starting Weight: 283.8

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Star Wars Diet

So I was chatting with a coworker about my current plans to lose weight and my ultimate goal and he suggested breaking up the goals into a few "Jedi levels" of mastery. So below is that journey outlined in Star Wars terminology:

Path of the Weight-Loss Jedi
Starting Weight: 284
Padawan: 270
Apprentice: 245
Jedi: 220
Master: <190

My personal goal is to be Jedi, but I will reassess my goal depending on when and how I reach Jedi.

So here goes another journey. May the force be with us all. ;)

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