Recipe Review

As promised, here is my review of the Low-Carb Pizza Burgers that I made two weeks ago. The idea for this delicious low-carb recipe comes from HowToThisAndThat.com. I haven’t tried any of the other recipes from this site, but I’m glad I tried this one out. The rest of the family was glad too!

Difficulty Level: Normal Mode

While this recipe wasn’t too difficult to prepare, there were things that I had to tweak, and it took a little more prep work than something you can just throw together in a single pan. That said, it’s not so daunting that someone with a little less experience and a little extra time couldn’t figure out how to do it.

Prep Work:

When the recipe says that it needs time to chill before you roll out the dough, take it at face value. Make the fathead dough in the morning and make the burgers in the evening. I did not follow this advice, and I paid for it in time and wasted cheese.

So make the Fathead ahead of time, and the rest of the prep is a total cinch. It’s basically browning your burgers, and then putting everything together. I made my burgers in the oven since I used frozen patties from Sam’s.

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I’m all about easy.

Getting Started on the Low-Carb Pizza Burgers

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While my burgers were getting toasty in the oven, I started on the Fathead dough. If you have never tried Fathead dough, what are you waiting for? It’s incredibly delicious and can be used for a wide variety of meals. The Fathead dough consists of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, egg, almond flour, and the Italian seasoning and garlic powder shown in the picture. The sauce and pepperoni were used to top the burgers.

Making the dough is not difficult, and surprisingly, it takes hardly any time at all. The problem I ran into was just how sticky it was.

Uh-Oh Moment

Since I didn’t refrigerate the dough and I already had my burgers just about done, I decided to try to roll out it regardless. It didn’t work. I was severely disappointed that the dough recipe wasn’t working out, but I knew that it was through no fault of the recipe itself. It was just far too sticky to work with at all. What to do?

Make a version of the dough that I had worked with before, of course! I quickly pulled up the Fathead recipe I used when we made these:

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Low Carb “Fathead Pigs in a Blanket courtesy of https://hip2save.com/2017/07/20/low-carb-fathead-pigs-in-a-blanket/

Same ingredients, different ratios. So I made the adjustments and got some new dough made up. It took two batches of the other dough to make enough for all four burgers, but the results were oh so worth it.

Putting it together

Once I got the dough made and rolled out, it was time to put together the burgers. This part was a bit of fun since I could have added other toppings if I wanted to, but the pepperoni just seemed right to use. Each burger got a spoon of pizza sauce, three pepperoni slices and a sprinkle of mozzarella before being enveloped in the dough. Then on went three more pepperoni slices and a little more cheese. Oh yes, this is my kind of recipe.

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Just the sauce, before the rest of the toppings.

Into the Oven

I was still a little skeptical about Fathead dough when I made these. When I made the pigs in a blanket I wasn’t very hungry, so I wasn’t sure if it was the dough, or just not wanting to eat that put me off. After these came out of the oven, the smell alone was enough to make my stomach growl.

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Beautiful. And delicious.

The dough turned out firm enough that we could pick these up to eat them rather than use a knife and fork like I thought we would need. It was kind of like a cross between the most delicious hot pocket ever and a crazy good calzone. Either way, it was definitely a keeper of a recipe. Next time, I’ll make the dough in the morning and see how it turns out. But if you’re in more of a hurry, or don’t want to make anything ahead, the other Fathead recipe works just fine.

Rating of Low-Carb Pizza Burgers:

Three yums and a definitely will make again. Success!


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Recipe Review

As promised, here is my review of the Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole that I made last week. This odd, but delicious low-carb recipe comes from SugarFreeMom.com. I haven’t tried any of the other recipes from this site, but I’m glad I tried this one out. The rest of the family was glad too!

Difficulty Level: Normal Mode

I want to say this recipe would be suitable for n00bs, but there are a few things that aren’t really explained very well, such as steaming the cauliflower or leaving the bacon and beef drippings in the pan. There is also a discrepancy in how much flour to use in the sauce. But I’ll get to that shortly. For now, let’s just say that if you are fairly confident and competent in the kitchen, you should do just fine.

Prep Work:

You remember that great prep picture I had from the Crockpot Beef Roast review? Yeah, it’s not happening with this one. See, I have at the very most, 45 minutes to devote to cooking in the morning if I’m taking my niece to school (which I usually do). While the recipe says it takes 30 minutes of prep, I can vouch that I used every bit of that 45 minutes. And that was the second time I attempted the recipe! The first time, I only got as far as steaming and pureeing the cauliflower and browning the bacon and beef. So make sure you have plenty of time when starting this recipe.

This is how I started off: Put the bacon in a cold pan (sorry, but I’m just using regular bacon. I’m not going searching for fancy uncured, reduced-sodium bacon), plopped the steamer basket in my big pot and filled it with water just below the steamer, got out my food processor, a few bowls, the cauliflower, etc.

Getting Started on the Bacon Cheesburger Cauliflower Casserole

I broke up the cauliflower and shoved it all in the pot, turned it on high and plunked on the lid while the bacon was already sizzling. I pulled the bacon out, and tossed the beef into the same pan with the bacon drippings. Instead of measuring out a ton of spices, I used my favorite seasoning for burgers: Weber Gourmet Hamburger Seasoning. A liberal sprinkle of that and then once the meat was just about done, I sliced up the bacon and added it to the beef so it could be incorporated into the meat, instead of sitting on top of the casserole.

It was at this point that I realized just how far behind I was running, and I put down the phone and neglected my picture taking in favor of finishing the casserole before I had to run out the door. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the cauliflower puree. It looked kind of like mashed potatoes though!

Major Substitution

I opted to use almond flour rather than coconut. There were two reasons for the substitute. One, I was severely pressed for time, and taking the time it would have taken to open and then properly store my coconut flour seemed to be just too much in the moment. Two, I like almond flour. I use it all the time these days and I’m familiar with it. I’ve never used coconut flour before, even though it’s been sitting in my cabinet for months.

Next time I make this, I think I’ll take the time to open the coconut flour. It’s not that the almond flour didn’t work. But I had to use a lot more of it in the sauce than was called for, and it was a bit gritty. It also didn’t want to thicken very well. So when the recipe says that you can use a flour of choice, don’t believe it! Use the coconut flour.

Into the Fridge

I managed to snap a few more pictures as I was getting the casserole put together to go into the fridge for the day!

Yes, that’s my empty food processor. I was hoping to capture a bit of the cauliflower. Unfortunately, I don’t think it does it justice. But by then, I had the cheese, sauce, and meat layered over it. Then even more cheese. Yum. The whole thing was topped with the sauce and then went into the refrigerator until I got home from work.

Major Omission

There was one ingredient that I just “ew” about and decided not to include. I didn’t put the mustard into the sauce. I thought it just didn’t sound right. Mustard in a cream sauce? Now, I like mustard, but it just didn’t sit right with me. I should have followed the recipe.

Out of the Oven

When I got home from work, I put the casserole straight from the fridge into the oven. A no-no, I know. At least the oven was cold at the time! So I preheated the oven with the casserole in the oven. I gave it an extra ten minutes since it was thoroughly chilled. And it came out just gorgeous.

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Oh yeah. Look at that. Beautiful.

 

But How Did it Taste?

When I first took a bite, we were still standing in the kitchen, I couldn’t wait any longer. It was…pretty good. But you know, I thought it could have used a little ketchup. And then I started to wonder. Would it be good with mustard on it? I mean, there has to be a reason that it’s in the sauce right?

So I drizzled a bit of ketchup and mustard on it. HOLY SHIT. No kidding, the adding of the mustard alone made this an entirely different and utterly delicious dish. I didn’t realize that one little ingredient like that could completely change the flavor. I could still taste the cauliflower a bit, but it’s been growing on me. Slowly. Like a fungus.

This got devoured.

Rating:

Three yums and a definitely will make again. Success!


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Weekend Weigh-In

Welcome back to the weekend weigh-in! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and took the time to enjoy some good food and good family fun. As I mentioned in my Holiday Survival Guide, the mister and I do not weigh on holiday weekends. Why torture ourselves like that?  Of course, that doesn’t mean we just throw the scale out the window.

The Good

We had a wonderful holiday. We celebrated with just ourselves and my mom, and it was lovely. The food was delicious, and we ate way too much of it. I also ate far too many Hershey’s kisses over the course of two weeks. But considering that we ate so much, and the fact that I was unable to exercise for the better part of this week, I was very much okay with a tiny gain when I stepped on the scale yesterday morning.

It probably also helped that I peeked at the number on Monday morning. I was curious! I used the scale that doesn’t automatically send my stats to my phone so I knew it wouldn’t be recorded. Just wanted to get an idea of how hard my battle was going to be. I expected a larger gain, and I also didn’t expect that I would lose all of it in a single week, even if we were starting a new exercise program. If I had been able to keep at it, I think I might have lost all of it, and maybe even more.

The Bad

The week started out just peachy keen. We both liked the new exercises, we had some great recipes on our menu for the week, work was low-key, I even got all of our Christmas presents wrapped! And then Wednesday came. It all went downhill so fast. How fast? As fast as it took me to trip and fall over the canopy from our Starlighting trip.

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It was my own fault, of course. I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing, talking to my mom, and turned around to go get my coffee, and my foot snagged it just right. While I’m sitting on the floor alternating between saying “ow,” laughing, and reassuring my mom that I’m okay, my uncle walks into the shop and, looking quite confused, asks if we’re doing some new exercises. My mom and I both lost it. It took me another minute or two after we stopped laughing and I stopped waving my arms like I was doing jumping jacks on the concrete floor, I finally made it back to my feet and went to retrieve my coffee. At that point, I could feel that something was not quite right with my hip. Shake it off. Shake it off.

I Couldn’t Shake it Off

Around 10 I was starting to get pretty sore, so I called my aunt to make an appointment to see her for a QE session (Quantum Energetics) for the next day, and continued on about my morning.

By 11am, when I got up to use the restroom, I could tell that this was not going to be good, and on my way back to my desk, I had to catch myself on said desk, when my whole leg went weak after pain shot through my hip.

While I’m saying, “Okay, I’m going up to urgent care,” my mom is telling me to go get looked at. So I grabbed my keys, picked up the mister, and headed up to the Kaiser medical center.

It Gets Worse

Thankfully, my x-rays came back with no broken bones, despite the amount of pain I was in. But they found another problem. They took my blood pressure around 6 times between my arrival and my leaving. Now, my bp usually hovers around 130/80ish. It was absurdly high for me. It never dipped below the 140’s over 110’s. And it got as high as 155/115. They even ordered an EKG. Luckily, that came back normal as well.

So along with the Tylenol and tramadol they sent me home with, I also had a recommendation to pick up a blood pressure cuff (which I did) and to make an appointment to see my PCP (which I also did).

There was to be no strenuous exercise for the rest of the week, but I was at least able to return to work. Unfortunately, despite my pain being greatly alleviated after my visit with my aunt (who is amazing), my blood pressure still has not dropped down into my normal range. So I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow morning, and another appointment with my aunt on Tuesday.

Weekend Weigh-In

 

So, Now What?

I am so thankful to have the opportunity to see a QE practitioner, as I truly believe I would not be near as recovered as I am at this time, had I not been to see her. While my range of motion is still a bit limited I have been able to mostly return to normal functionality, and I haven’t needed the tramadol or the Tylenol in two days. Today, I was even able to get back to my exercises, though I took it slow and easy.

I was disappointed that I didn’t get to make the cheeseburger cauliflower casserole last week. Have no fear, I will be getting to it this week, along with another recipe that I hope to review. Stay tuned for the menu tomorrow!

And just as a PSA, always watch where you’re going!

Measurements

Date: 12/02/17

Weight: 277.6 | +0.6

Body Fat %: 54.9 | -0.0

BMI: 47.7 | -0.2

 


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Recipe Review

Last week, we tried out a new recipe! If you’ve read my blog before, you’re probably getting the picture that the mister and I are creatures of habit. When we find something we like, we tend to stick with it. Recipes are no different. Well, I have to say that we’ve found a winner in this delicious Crockpot Beef Roast from Life as the Coats.

Difficulty Level: Easy Mode

This recipe was incredibly simple. It takes five ingredients, and only one that has to be measured. I know, cooking a beef roast isn’t exactly rocket science. But I can’t tell you how many of my roasts have come out dry or flavorless. Well, I probably could tell you, but I’m not going to. It’s a lot. Say goodbye to flavorless hunks of meat that have to be drowned in gravy.

Beef Roast Prep:

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Yeah, that’s all of the ingredients right there. The actual meat, brown gravy packet, ranch seasoning mix, and a zesty Italian dressing mix with a half-cup of water. It took me more time to arrange the ingredients for pictures than it did to put this recipe together. If you are in a hurry to get out the door in the morning and you want a meal on the table in minutes when you get home, then this is the recipe you want. Two minutes of prep. Tops.

Put the beef roast in the crockpot.

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Sprinkle on the ranch, Italian, and gravy.

Pour the water in around the beef roast.

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Turn it on low.

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Now leave it alone for about 8-9 hours.

That’s It? Really?

Yes, really. I was skeptical too! I thought, no way, this is going to taste weird, look awful, be covered with a weird powdery paste, etc. None of these horrors came to pass. It was seriously the best roast I’ve ever made.

I love coming home to a house that smells like something delicious is waiting to get in my belly. This was one of those meals that had my stomach growling when I walked in the door.

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You can’t tell me that doesn’t look delicious. Well, you could. But I wouldn’t believe you.

Let me get a little sidetracked.

So I’ve been promising a review of mashed cauliflower for a while now. We had it once, and it’s a testament to Green Giant’s abilities that I bought it a second time to go along with this roast.

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Now, If you didn’t know, I have a loathe-hate-meh relationship with cauliflower. It’s one of those veggies that if I never ate it again, I wouldn’t be crying. And I get SO angry at recipes that say they will make cauliflower taste like potatoes, rice, bread, heaven…you get the idea.

I wasn’t keen on trying mashed cauliflower that has the audacity to pretend to be like potatoes. How dare it! Well, it wasn’t awful. In fact, it was surprisingly good. Did it taste like potatoes? Uh…no. But from someone who doesn’t like cauliflower, this is a palatable way to eat it.

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Looks gross though.

Presentation is key.

At least it is for me. I like things to be pretty as well as delicious. The mister doesn’t really care, but I like meals that look appetizing. The easiest way to make goopy cauliflower look appetizing?

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Put meat and gravy on it, of course!

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That’s a little hunk of heaven right there.

Oh yeah. That’s the stuff. Mixed with seasoned and cooked to fall-apart tender perfection, the cauliflower was actually complimentary.

Did everyone enjoy?

You bet they did. This recipe received three enthusiastic Yums. This is one of those meals that is going to become a staple of our menu. And yeah, the mashed cauliflower will be making a return as well. While it doesn’t replace mashed potatoes, the more I eat it, the more I’m starting to not hate it. Progress!


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Weigh-in

Weekend Weigh-In

This week was a bit of a rollercoaster for me! We had a major event coming up at work that I was preparing for, and we were derailed from our plan to exercise with Daily Burn. But for the most part, I only have good things to report. Especially when it comes to my weigh-in.

The Good

Some weeks I am at a loss for where to begin with the good in my week, but I have no such trouble today! I had a major non-scale victory this week in the form of a ring I thought I had lost. Now, I wasn’t too terribly upset about its loss. It’s just a pretty little thing that I got from FragrantJewels.com. But I really liked this ring, because it had a pink center stone and was set in silver. Very me.

It reappeared this week while we were at GameStop this week. The mister threw on one of the hoodies we keep in the car because he left his jacket at home. It hadn’t been worn since last winter. While we were waiting in line, he was rummaging through the pockets and found….tada, my ring. And a pair of Dobby earrings. See my Harry Potter obsession here. No money, unfortunately, but I was so stoked that he’d found my ring and earrings!

It Gets Better!

The last time I wore this ring, I could have squeezed it onto a ring finger, but I probably would have ended up having to have it cut off. So I settled for it fitting a tiny bit loose on a pinkie.

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That’s right, that’s my pretty pink ring, sitting on my right ring finger. Despite my sausage fingers making it look like it is a bit snug, I assure you, it’s as loose as it can get without falling off when I let me hand hang down.

While this may seem like it was enough to totally make my week, there is even better news to be had.

On Tuesday, the mister went in to get his A1C tested along with a protein test. Everything came back….NORMAL. That’s right. In May, his A1C was in the 10s, and now he is in the normal range. We are both out of the prediabetic range!

Revelations

There really is nothing bad to report this week, though the mister might beg to differ. He did gain a little this week, but I’m pretty sure we’ve pinpointed why.  However, he also had a non-scale victory that he’s only going to find out about if he reads my blog (which I know he does).

When we have a drive-thru night, I come pick him up at home after I get off work and we head out to eat. Tuesday evening, I come around the corner and I’m pulling up to the bank of mailboxes and there’s this guy standing there getting his mail with his back to me. He’s wearing a snug-fitting t-shirt and a cap. I’m thinking, “Oh my, did someone new move into the complex?”

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Then he turned around and IT WAS MY HUSBAND. I was ogling my man! It was one of those holy-shit look at how hot my man is moments. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought my husband is sexy. I’ve always thought he was handsome. But I didn’t realize how much weight he had lost until I couldn’t recognize him from behind. So..you go, mister, you amazing sexy beast.

Measurements

Date: 11/18/17

Weight: 277.0 | -2.2

Body Fat %: 54.9 | -0.3

BMI: 47.5 | -0.4

 


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Mimi’s Holiday Survival Guide

Winter is coming. No, this isn’t a post about Game of Thrones. But winter is definitely on the way, and with it comes the holidays. I don’t know about you, but the holidays are Enemy #1 for my waistline. Last year was the first time I didn’t gain any weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m going to share with you just how I managed that with a little survival guide.

UGH Not Another One

I know, I know. Like you need another holiday survival guide telling you to not eat bread and stay away from parties that might have pie. I promise you, that’s not what this is about. There is no eat this and not that in my survival guide! This is Amazing Mimi, not Jillian Michaels. This is just what worked for me and the mister. The only promise I make is that your holiday will be just a little less stressful over your scale.

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Repeat After Me:

“I am not a turkey. I will not stuff myself like one.” Start saying that now, and don’t stop until New Year’s Day. Say it to yourself every time you are presented with food. You are not a turkey. Don’t stuff yourself like one. Have a slice of pie. Have a cookie. Eat a piece of fudge. Just don’t have all three at once!

When you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas dinner, repeat it. “I am not a turkey. I will not stuff myself like one.” Take a little of everything you like. Enjoy every single bite of all of the things you love. Yes, even the mashed potatoes and the stuffing. But if you have to loosen your belt or unbutton your pants…yeah, you’ve done stuffed yourself like a turkey.

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Dessert, It’s what’s for dinner

Dessert plates, that is. Do you know how much food you can fit onto a normal size dinner plate? A lot. Do you know how much food you can fit on a dessert plate? A lot less. If you are in danger of stuffing yourself at a family gathering or office party, swap out your dinner plate for a dessert plate. If you limit yourself to filling that plate only twice, you are more likely to eat less of everything, or more of just the things you really love. Trust me, if you fill it twice, you will eat plenty.

Let’s say you aren’t really fond of cranberry sauce, but every year you always take a little to be polite. Well, if you don’t have room on your little plate, I guess you can’t take any. Sorry, Aunt Kathy.

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No Nap for You!

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition. You eat until you want to burst and then you go into a food coma. Don’t do it! And stop blaming that poor turkey for you wanting to go hibernate until Christmas Eve. Turkey actually has less tryptophan than chicken.

The real culprit for sending you into log sawing mode is overeating, and all the carbs and sugar you ingest. A good way to stave off nap time is to get up and go for a walk, turn on some music and dance while you do the dishes, or go push your kids on the swing. Get your muscles moving, and burn off some of that food to help you get through the after-meal slump.

Holiday Survival

Treat it like a cheat

Treating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve like cheat days has two wonderful benefits. For one, you are less likely to feel guilty about your indulgences, which lowers the amount of stress you feel surrounding your diet. Two, you are far more likely to get right back on track the next day, just like you would after any other cheat day.

One of the big problems we face on our cheat days is leftovers. When we can’t finish a meal, we have to decline taking leftovers from restaurants. If we bring it home, we will eat it, and probably not when we should.

The same applies to holiday leftovers. If you are eating elsewhere, don’t take home any doggy bags. You’re not a dog. But what if the holidays are at your house this year? Ply your guests with all your carbs and sugars to take with them. If they don’t want them: Toss Them.

Oh my god, did I just tell you to throw out food?! Yes. Yes, I did. This was seriously one of the hardest things I ever had to get used to doing when we changed our diet. We are told to eat everything on our plate, to not let anything go to waste. There are starving children in Africa. If you think your leftover green bean casserole will stay good on the trip to Africa, by all means, send it. If not, then let it go.

Keep the foods that are nourishing and safe for your daily diet. Turkey, heck yeah! Stuffing? Probably not.

Scale back your weigh-ins

Let’s face it, you are likely to gain a pound or two over the holidays. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep them! One thing that the mister and I do to stay sane, is to put our scale away for a week. We weigh on Saturday morning. If we eat a little too much on Thanksgiving, and then step on the scale on Saturday, how would we feel?

Probably discouraged. But, if we treat Thanksgiving like a cheat day, leave the scale alone on Saturday, and then come back and weigh the next week on our regular schedule, the chances of us having lost all the water weight, and burned off all the Thanksgiving goodies is MUCH higher.

My suggestion is to stay off the scale until you’ve had at least a week of regular eating and exercise to help stabilize your weight.

Pretty painless, right?

That’s it. That’s all there is to Mimi’s Holiday Survival Guide. Just remember, if you gain a pound or two or even ten, it’s not the end of the world. We are amazing creatures and we have the ability to change our habits and lose any weight that we put on. The best way to survive is by living.


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Weekend Weigh-In

This is the first weekend in a while that I haven’t ended up with a sugar hangover, and I think I’ve pinpointed the problem! As I said in my Friday Favorites from this week, the mister and I love to go to the movies. But that means snacks and treats. That’s not bad in itself, but when you pair a little candy and popcorn with 32 oz of sugar-filled Coke Icee, then you might have a problem brewing. When we went to a movie this Saturday, I skipped the Icee in favor of a Coke Zero and had no sugar hangover this morning.

The Good

This week was the last of our 4-Week Challenge workouts. Every single one was a killer. But that meant results. And we certainly got results! I wasn’t the only one to gain a little back last week. Yesterday morning showed a loss of everything we had gained plus a bit more. Progress!

I also had a small non-scale victory this week when one of our suppliers brought in mini-bundt cakes for my mom and me at the office. Normally, I would have been all over those babies, especially since one was a pumpkin spice cake (the other was red velvet). But, aside from them smelling lovely, I wasn’t actually tempted to eat one. I had no regrets when my mom suggested that we give them to the office next door to ours. Luckily, she is also following a similar plan to ours, so I didn’t have to watch her eat one. That might have been too much.

 

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Revelations

I don’t have anything bad to report this week, but I did have a few revelations! I realized that since we have given up a good amount of sugar in our diet, I don’t crave it nearly as much as I used to. For a while there, I had a hard time walking past doughnuts at the grocery store. Or the candy aisle. Or the cookie aisle. At this point, I don’t even look at them anymore.

We do all of our weekend grocery shopping on Sunday morning after putting together our weekly menu. This morning, I realized that our shopping trips have become very streamlined. There is a huge section of the store that we just completely bypass at this point. Cookies, crackers, snacks, chips, cereals, bread, bakery…we just breeze on past. The only reason we go down the soda aisles anymore is to get diet lemonade and to hit the gift card stand (we get double gas points on gift cards, so we buy them for the days we eat out).

It was interesting to realize that our shopping habits have changed so drastically. We used to do most of our shopping in the middle of the store, now most of our shopping is limited to the perimeter: produce, meat, dairy, frozen. It’s an interesting shift!

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So what were my results this weekend? Promising!

Measurements

Date: 11/11/17

Weight: 279.5 | -1.2 | Total since 10/1/17: -3.9

Body Fat %: 55.2 | -0.1 | Total since 10/1/17: +/- 0

BMI: 47.9 | -0.2 | Total since 10/1/17: -0.7

Bust: 55.5″ | -0.5″

Waist: 51″ | -1.25″

Hips: 57.75″ | -0.75″

R. Thigh: 27″ | +/- 0″

R. Calf: 17″ | +/- 0″

R. Bicep: 14.5″  | +/- 0″

I had a total, overall inch loss of 4.25″, quite worth the work I’ve put in over the past month. Here’s hoping next month’s measurements are even better!


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Mimi’s Monday Menu

I can’t tell you what a lifesaver planning a menu can be. Once we sit down and figure out what we want to eat all week, we make a grocery list and then hit the market. This gets all of our shopping out of the way and allows me to come straight home after work.

Planning Makes Perfect

Planning makes perfect

Luckily for me, we decided on making keto buns yesterday and we designed our menu around their use. If I’d had to put something in the crockpot or prepped something this morning, we would have been eating out tonight.

I knew I would be going in early and staying for a 10 hour day, so we decided on easy to make sandwiches that I could throw together when I got home. That kind of thinking ahead meant that we had dinner on lock.

You see, I was supposed to be up at 5:45 this morning so I could be to work before 7am. That’s what was supposed to happen. But apparently, I was half asleep when I set my alarm because I set it for Tuesday morning, not Monday.

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Incredibly, I woke up at 6:45. I was out the door by 6:55, only to find my car frozen under a sheet of ice. Not frost, ice. But I still managed to pull into the parking lot at work before 7:05.

Despite my crazy morning, I came home, exercised and then was able to have dinner ready to eat before 6 pm. That makes for a tired, but happy camper!

The ol’ Switcheroo

But what if we’d planned on a crockpot dinner? The beauty of planning a menu means that we have a variety of foods ready to be made. If we’d had a plan for something that took a little morning prep, I could have switched today out with another, easier night, or a take-out night.

A little planning goes a long way.

So I thought, why not help out others with an easy way to plan out a week of dinners, along with a grocery list? Without further ado, I give you my Menu of Amazing Meals & Shopping List!

Want to know what’s on Mimi’s menu this week? Check it out below!

Mimi’s Monday Menu:

Monday: Grilled Cheese and Turkey on Ultimate Keto Buns

Tuesday: Dickies. Yeah, they know us by name.

Wednesday: Deconstructed Pizza Casserole. We ended up not making this last week, so we’re making it this week since we already have the ingredients!

Thursday: Chick-Fil-A

Friday: Tuna and Egg Salad on Ultimate Keto Buns

Saturday: Cheat Day!

Sunday: Cheeseburgers on Ultimate Keto Buns


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Weekend Weigh-In

Oh, Sunday, why do you have to show up every week to remind me that tomorrow I have to go back to work? Can’t I just stay home tomorrow and play the new Assassin’s Creed while pedaling my elliptical? I suppose not.

Oh well, it was a fairly good week, and a rather interesting weekend as far as progress. So, let’s just jump into the update!

The Good

Monday’s trip to the dentist ended up going very well. The rest of my mouth was planed and now it’s a matter of upkeep and one filling that will be done in two weeks. But given how sore my mouth was after the numbness finally wore off (almost 6 hours until it was completely gone!) I had a soft dinner, which meant I wasn’t counting carbs or calories. I just wanted to eat anything.

Anything turned out to be one snack pack of sugar-free jello and an entire container of Greek Gods Strawberry and Honey Yogurt. Holy cow that stuff is so good. Due to not being able to feel my mouth and not wanting to risk ending up wearing my lunch, I didn’t eat any, so by dinner, I had no self-control.

Still, I hit a new milestone this week by dropping down into the 270’s which means that I have hit more than 70lbs lost!

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The Bad

Oh god did we overdo it yesterday. And you know, we didn’t really eat a whole lot more than we normally do on cheat day. I just think that we’re about to hit another of those “It’s so good, but I just can’t have it anymore” moments.

I think the biggest mistake was eating dinner and dessert way too close to bedtime. We both ended up with horrible indigestion all night. I always take a Zantac before bed. Last night I took a second one at about 3 am, and I still had issues!

We both woke up this morning with sugar hangovers. It’s a real thing! I suppose that it’s actually a good thing. We’ve been cutting sugar out so much that when we do eat it, we have a bad reaction to it. Given that I used to eat an entire bag of gummy Lifesavers without issue, and yesterday I couldn’t eat more than 10, I’ll take the trade-off.

Measurements

Date: 10-28-17

Weight: 279.5 | -0.9 | Total: -70.5

Body Fat %: 55.6 | +0.1 | Total: -3.4%

BMI: 48.0 | -0.1 | Total: -12.1

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Here’s to another great week and another loss! Bring on Monday. I’ve got this.


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Mimi’s Monday Menu

Mimi’s Monday Menu Update:

Monday Menu Motivation

It’s time again for another look at our weekly menu! As I mentioned in my Weekend Weigh-in, I think I finally have down what works best for the mister and me. We always plan on at least two nights of eating out per week, and four nights of cooking in. Yes, I know that only accounts for 6 nights a week, but that’s because Saturday (or occasionally Sunday) is our cheat day, and it is entirely dependent on what we feel like that day.

Once I figured out that Fridays are a no-go for cooking anything elaborate, we came to the conclusion that meals on Friday evenings have to be simple enough that they are either a slow-cooker meal or casserole dish that I can toss in the oven when I get home from work and have that be the full extent of work I have to do. Otherwise, we end up having an unscheduled night out.

Tuesdays are an eat-out night simply because I go in to work early on Tuesday and work a 10-hour day. Cooking is NOT going to happen. I’ll let someone else do the cooking and clean-up, thank you very much. And, when we go someplace as yummy as Dickie’s BBQ it feels like a cheat day without being one.

I probably could cook on Thursdays, and on occasion I do. My only excuse for eating out on Thursday is that I’m lazy and I like fast food.

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Anyhow, this week’s menu revisits a few of our favorites, and includes a bit of a strange selection for tonight. Today is a dentist appointment, and I tend toward soft foods the evening after I go in for any kind of procedure that requires numbing.

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Mimi’s Monday Menu:

Monday: Greek Gods Strawberry yogurt and Sugar-free Black Cherry Jello for me, Lunchable for the Hubby (his choice).

Tuesday: Dickies, of course. We’ve got a card to stamp!

Wednesday: Low-Carb Slow-Cooker Jambalaya. I always look forward to this one!

Thursday: Burger King

Friday: Decontructed Pizza Casserole. This casserole is impossibly delicious. Check out my review here for more info.

Saturday:Cheat Day Menu

Sunday: Nathan’s Hot Dogs w/ Chili


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Weekend Weigh-In

Happy Weigh In! The past few weeks have seemed to just fly right by, but I’ve still managed to maintain my steps, challenge exercises and healthy diet. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it when I manage to stay on track.

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The Good

The size 24 jeans are my go-to pants right now. I wear the 26’s when I’m looking for a little extra roominess, but the smaller size is now completely comfortable. I also think that I’ve gotten down the menu thing.

The mister and I discovered that I really dislike cooking on Fridays. I get SO lazy at the end of the week. I want to come home to relax after a long week of work. We don’t want to tack on another take-out night, so I compromised with making Friday a slow-cooker night. That has made Friday’s much more bearable.

It also makes Saturday mornings a little happier, since we both tend to show a loss when we’ve eaten at home the night before Weigh Day. On the contrary, we tend to show a weight gain when we eat out on Friday evenings.

We started a new challenge on Monday, and this one has been pretty fun. Next week it will get a bit more intense since we’ll be doing two sets of everything.

The Bad

We didn’t really run into anything bad this week. I’ve been a bit tired, but I think that’s mostly because of the change of seasons and a little less sleep than normal. There is just so much to do in a day!

So, on to the measurements!

Measurements

Date: 10-21-17

Weight: 280.4 | -1.2 | Total: -69.6

Body Fat %: 55.5 | +0.1 | Total: -3.5%

BMI: 48.1 | -0.2 | Total: -12

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All in all, I’m pretty stoked that I only have about a half pound to go until I’m out of the 280’s and hit that 70lb loss.


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Choose Change

Choose to Change

Why Do I Want to Change?

There are a lot of people out there these days that are all about big is beautiful and calling out body shaming and every size is sexy and beautiful. I’m not here to rain on anyone’s parade, but some days I feel like it’s damned if I do change, damned if I don’t change.

There are some out there who would call me a disgusting pig because of my weight. Then there are those that insist that if you try to lose weight, you’ve obviously been brainwashed by the patriarchy.

“How can you live like that? How can you eat that? Don’t you care about your body at all?”

“Why would you want to lose weight? Can’t you just love yourself the way you are? Embrace your curves!”

Well, I’ve got two middle fingers, and I think both of these camps deserve them.

Let’s Talk about Shamers

No one wants to be fat. Let’s just put that out there right now. Here’s a page of 38 Diets from 2016 that only scratch the surface. We wouldn’t have so damn many if people actually liked being fat. I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed not being able to find their size in a store or getting winded walking up the stairs to the bathroom. Do you really think that when you tell someone they are fat that you are telling them something they don’t already know?

Thanks, Captain Obvious! I never knew! I’ll get right on that.

The worst ones are the ones that make fun of people who are working out at a gym, walking or jogging down a street, or taking a yoga class. Screw you, asshole!

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Okay, now that we’ve talked about those jerks, let’s talk about the other group.

Let’s Talk about Embracers

I’m all for showing more body types in advertisements, showcasing some plus size models, and not making fun of people for their weight. But these people who are trying to make it sound like its normal. This is NOT the normal state of a healthy human body. Keyword: Healthy.

Being overweight, being obese, is NOT Healthy. I don’t care if you work out every single day and you eat cleaner than Gweneth Paltrow, if you are overweight, you are not healthy. Period. If you have an excess of body fat, then your body is working too hard. And if you are pushing the narrative that it is perfectly acceptable to be overweight, you are a part of the problem. Do I think that I’m ugly because I’m overweight? No, I don’t. I know that there are people who think I am. But their opinion doesn’t matter to me, because the people who love think I’m beautiful, including me. But that doesn’t mean I think society at large should have to change what is considered beauty. Being healthy is even more beautiful!

But I’m healthy, right?

I am severely overweight. Fitting into the morbidly obese category, I’m also pretty sure I’d be a candidate for weight loss surgery if I really wanted to give it a shot (which I don’t). I also do 21,000 steps and strength training every day, with a good 30 minutes of cardio dancing 2-3 times a week. Six out of seven days I eat healthily.

I am not healthy. I’m not even CLOSE. But I’m getting there. Every day I get a little closer to the goal of being healthy. There is a difference between being fit, and being healthy. There are some people who are overweight, but they are extremely fit. And that fitness offsets some of the problems that come with being overweight. I’m beginning to get to that point. I can go 10 miles a day on my elliptical and I’m almost ready to increase the weight I’ve been working with. But I still have a long way to go.

Now, I’m not saying that if you are overweight you are any less of a person. Absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with YOU as a person if you are not healthy, but we need to stop pretending that its okay to not even try.

I love my body and my life. I want to have it for a long time to come. In order to be here for another 40 or 50 years, I have to change. Change is hard, but it is oh so worth it.

I Deserve Change


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