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Friday, August 18, 2006

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Don't you hate it when you fall off the wagon so hard that you dent the ground with your big heavy booty?

This morning with my 4 eggs, I had homemade biscuits with chocolate syrup. I'd say I'm sorry but I'm not, yet. I will be in a couple of days.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Some improvement

Where is everyone? Is everybody still doing this or have we fallen by the wayside? I got over my pouting about everyone else doing so well, and am happy to say that I've lost 2.5 lbs. Nothing to shout about, but it is 1/4 of the way for me. My youngest daughter, who always asks penetrating and to the point questions, said, "Well, Ma, have you been following the diet?". To which I had to reply, "Well, sort of." Therein lies the rub.

So...I have determined to do better and try to exercise more diligently and maybe I can report better results in a few weeks. To tell the absolute truth, I have cut down on my carbs, but they are not totally gone. I am eating strawberries and blueberries because I just refuse to not eat them when they are in season and plus, they are good for you. No breads and no desserts. No potatoes, so maybe my "modified" attempt is slowing my weight loss.

All this to say, that my whining is probably my own fault. Which, in my experience, whining ususally is.

Tracy, the shrimp and snap pea thing was delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Thursday Weigh In

Woo Hoo! I'm at 136. I didn't think I would be able to break 140 and then all of a sudden - it dropped! It's almost worth it! Size 6 jeans... watch out-I'm coming to get you!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Day 13

Tomorrow is the last day of Phase 1.

Praise God!

This past Friday was a tough one. I felt incredibly deprived and wanted to go on a fast-food bender.
I lived through that. Made a big pot of Chili to see me through the last few days.

And then, yesterday. We had a potluck.

And then a stinking bake sale. Because the bake sale was for our playground, I had to buy some. There is now brownies and chocolate cake in my house.

Have I cheated? NO!
But man, I want to.
I'm down 8 pounds.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

"Get used to disappointment!"`

First of all, do any of you movie buffs know where that quote is from? The answer will be revealed in my next post. But, the reason for the title is that it seems that this is to be my fate with this stupid diet.

In the one week and 2 days that I have really been trying to do this thing, I have lost one-half of one lousy pound! One-half a pound! This is ridiculous. I'm not eating any bread, no desserts, no potatoes...what is the deal???

Can anyone tell me what's wrong?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Weekly Weigh In

I'm at 140 still. I've lost 4 lbs but I can't seem to budge! A little disappointed.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

My Scales Are Gone!

I don't feel any smaller. I know that I had lost 4 lbs but I was hoping to be under the 140 mark today and when I got to the office, my scales had been taken to a health fair! Now, I'll have to re-calibrate them and I won't know if they're where they had been. I probably won't get them back until Thursday which is weigh-in day so... stay tuned! I would love to see 138 by Thursday. Maybe by the end of August, I can actually be at 130! If I keep it up until the high reunion...

Stir fried zuchinni and yellow squash tonight with a sugar-free popsicle as a treat. I need to go to bed now so I won't be tempted to eat again!

Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chili oil
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound sugar snap pea pods
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups dry white wine (I used cooking wine)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (I used fake butter)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (didn't have this on hand and it was OK)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
lots of chopped onion
red chili powder, to taste

Heat the olive oil and chili oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Mix in the shrimp, pea pods, and garlic. Cook and stir 2 minutes, until shrimp are almost opaque. Pour the wine into the skillet, and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by 1/3. Continue to cook and stir until shrimp are opaque. Mix in the butter, lemon juice, and spices.

It is a modification of this recipe. It was so good and surprisingly filling. In fact, this is now my favorite sugar snap pea recipe now! I've never cooked with chili oil before. Just have it in a pretty decorative bottle on my counter. It really added a lot to the dish and I will be using it more.

Also, I didn't follow the measurements, just went with what I had on hand and looked good. This is an easy dish to modify to just 1 person or a bunch of people too.

Day 7

I'm past the feeling unsatisfied stage. The tedium of the strict phase has not set in yet. It's helpful that Tracy is purposefully keeping the number of salads to a minimum and giving a nice variety of veggies.
It also helps that South Beach now has frozen meals that taste great.
I'm down about 7 pounds.
I need to go to the gym today.