A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Food Pics


Oh I ate way too much.  We ate around 4:30pm.....I took pics...and then went back and picked some more around 9pm...and picked....and picked...and now I'm friggin' miserable.  :(

                                                                         My coleslaw

My baked mac 'n' chz

My deviled eggs

Kandice's cinnamon apples.

Kandice's baked sweet potato sticks.


She also brought corn on the cob but I forgot to take a pic.

I put out a fruit platter and veggie platter.




I made a strawberry & blueberry trifle for dessert w/ angel food cake & fat-free Cool Whip.

Dwayne grilled some regular burgers, chicken burgers & hot dogs for us. 



Burger fixin's.

I had a chicken burger w/o cheese, added some tomatoes, onions, dill pickles, ketchup & lite mayo.  I also had a spoon of mac 'n' chz, coleslaw & sweet potatoes.  Then I shared a hot dog with Dwayne.





I also had a spoon of the trifle, but forgot to take a pic of it.

Don't even ask me what I ended up consuming at 9pm.  Shameful stuff when you add it all up. 

On a happier note, I'm joining another challenge...this time, for exercise, which I desperately need.  I'm doing it for the whole month of June, so it starts tomorrow.  I'll elaborate on it more on tomorrow's post.  So 2 challenges going now...maybe I'll actually lose some weight in the month of June!  'Nite friends.  :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Temp Agency





Happy Friday!  I have 2 weigh-in's this morning.

Last Friday I weighed 241.2 lbs. and this morning I weigh 240.4 lbs., for a loss of .8 of a lb.

Then on Monday, I had to weigh again (after a weekend of too much sodium) and take a pic of the scale reading for the start of Kandice's Summer Challenge.  Monday I weighed 243.6...this morning I'm 240.4, for a loss of 3.2 lbs (this only applies to her challenge).  We had to weigh Monday to get started but now we're back to normal Friday weigh-in's.

Anyhoo...I didn't gain on a cycle week.  I'm satisfied.  :)

I've got an appointment with a temp agency this morning at 10:45am.  This is the first one I've signed up with in several years.  I'm hoping they can put me to work quickly, so say your prayers! :)

I'm having a Memorial Day cookout here on Monday.  Shane, Billie & Kandice are coming to eat with Dwayne and I.  I need some healthy options for us girls so does anyone have any ideas of some low calorie side dishes I can make?  Dwayne will be grilling burgers (and chicken burgers for us girls)...and I'll have a fresh veggie tray and fresh fruit tray, some coleslaw with lite mayo & lite sour cream (a recipe I found in my new cookbook)......and I have to make baked mac 'n' chz for Dwayne....since he doesn't eat any veggies.  But I'd like an idea for 1 or 2 more side dishes that are low calorie, so if you know of something simple and tasty, please let me know! 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend with your loved ones!  :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Miss Grumpy Pants

I am so over the picture-taking, lol.

Here's the deal...I haven't mentioned this yet this week but I'm on my cycle and feeling pretty miserable.  True to form...my moods are crazy (Jekyll & Hyde kinda' stuff), my clothes don't fit right, my cramps are over the top, and I generally just don't give a crap.....about anything or anyone.  Blah!

I don't know why I picked THIS particular week to "get back on track", but it was a dumb move.  I guess there's always the rationale that I need to do whatever I can to keep from getting any FATTER...that point would be hard to argue....but man, I'm just not feeling it.  I expected the first couple of days to be a struggle (as in last Fri & Sat), but every friggin' day has been a struggle...and I feel like I'm going downhill as each day passes.  I have to keep reminding myself that it's like this EVERY month....not just this one.  I'm in the middle of the first week of a very bad two week timeframe.  Have I ever mentioned how much I hate my body? 

I don't know if I've ever told this story on here before but I'm now reminded of it every month...it haunts me, lol....so I'll share it with you.

When I was younger I didn't have a cycle....it was like once a YEAR...which means life was pretty much perfect.  I had heard about PMS...the mood swings, the fluctuating hormones, breaking down in tears for no good reason, etc.....but I never really believed it or thought it was real.  In fact, I was standing in a store one day reading a greeting card....and this is what now haunts me.  There was a woman on the front talking to her doctor and the doctor was doubled over in laughter.  The bubble over the woman's head with the writing in it said, "My doctor told me my PMS was all in my head...   (open the card).....so I shot him."  And she's sitting there on the table thingie with a smoking gun in her hand.  I remember laughing a little, but my eyes flew open wide and I thought to myself, good LORD, it can't be THAT bad!!

Oh I was so wrong.  So very, very wrong.  lol

Several years later I started on birth control to regulate my cycles because apparently it's not healthy to never have one.  Enter PMS.  It was like I all of a sudden turned into a raving lunatic and had no explanation as to why....until I finally realized what comes along with having a NORMAL cycle.  I know not everyone has it....and some don't have it to the degree of others....but I've been cursed.  And I am now a believer.  lol

So anyhoo....about this picture-taking stuff.  I really don't give a rat's glutes right now.  It probably has a LOT to do with my mood swings at the moment....I might change my mind later and post every calorie again...but for right now, I'm just not...and I really don't give a flip. 

I do have some pics for today...I tried another new recipe out of the same cookbook as last night.  But I haven't even eaten dinner yet so I don't have any pics for that.  I'm waiting on Shane to get home to see what he wants to do.  I have some leftovers from lunch....the Spicy Shrimp Creole I made...but he can't handle spicy stuff, and I was ill-prepared in having a plan for dinner....so who knows what we'll eat.

I ran a TON of errands today....I was out of the house by 9am and didn't get back home til 3pm.  My sister Amy was with me.  I had breakfast out at Chic-fil-A because I overslept and couldn't get breakfast cooked in time.  However, we came home for lunch. I actually made the Creole last night in preparation for a busy day ahead, and all I had to do was peel the shrimp and add that to the pot today.  It's ironic that I actually had the forethought to cook last night so we wouldn't eat OUT for lunch today knowing we were going to be gone for so many hours....but then woke up late and ended up eating breakfast out instead.  That's the way my whole week has been....stupid.

                                                 Chicken Breakfast Burrito from Chick-fil-A.

                                                                         Calories:  450

Sauteed 2 c. onions and 1/2 c. celery in 1 1/2 tbsp of EVOO.  (The recipe called for 2 c. of celery but I didn't have that much left in the frig...it also called for 3 Tbsp of oil, but I couldn't spend that many calories on just oil, so I only used half, which worked just fine.)



2 Tbsp of all purp flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp. ea. of s&p...was supposed to be 1 tsp of cayenne pepper, but I didn't have any, so I threw in a few shakes of Creole seasoning.





Simmer all the stuff together (you saw the small can of tomato sauce and large can of crushed tomatoes in the photo above) for about 30-45 mins.  Today I re-heated it, then added the 2 lbs. of shrimp the recipe called for....oh!  It also called for 1 bay leaf and 1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce (I used Tabasco).  Anyhoo, add shrimp and cook on medium heat for another 15-20 mins.  I served it over 1 c. of Steamfresh brown rice.



My sister ABSOLUTELY loved this dish and I thought it was pretty darn tasty, too!  It says it's 8 servings, but I doubled the servings and made it 4....1 for each of us and I have 2 svgs left in the frig.

It's 242 cals/svg...so my plate was 484 cals.  The 1 c. of brown rice was 150 cals, so the whole plate was 634 cals.

I had a Kashi bar this afternoon for a snack.

Calories:  110


My calories for the day so far are 1194....still trying to figure out dinner. 
Talk to you tomorrow! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day At The Lake/New Recipe!



My sister Brandy went to the hospital to have her baby today....Jeremiah has arrived and I hear he's healthy.  I took my niece and nephew, Carla and Cyress, along with my sister Amy, out to lunch today and then to the lake for some fun in the sun.  I let Carla choose where we were having lunch, and she chose her favorite...Chinese!  Yes, I took a pic.  I also let my sister take a pic of me in a bathing suit...with no make-up.  Can you believe it????  I still can't believe it...but I'm going to post it.  I have no idea why, lol.

Breakfast was a Kashi bar.

Calories:  110

Lunch at the Chinese buffet.

Calories:  ???

Pics from the rest of the day, and new recipe at the bottom!













































My mom gave me a new recipe book a few weeks ago and I finally made something out of it.  It was FANTASTIC!!!!  Spinach-stuffed chicken breasts...here's my pics!!







(3) 6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to 1/2" thickness, 1/2 c. lite sour cream, 1/2 c. 2% shredded colby-jack cheese, a little spoon of minced garlic & 9 oz. bag of fresh spinach (wilted in microwave on high for 2 mins).



Wrap each pc. of chicken with 2 strips of lower sodium bacon (2 pieces of bacon is 70 cals).



Bake uncovered at 375 for 40 mins, then on broil for addt'l. 10 mins.



Here's the calorie breakdown:

First, the filling is supposed to be for 4 chkn brsts, but the pkg I bought only had 3 in it.

Filling:

9 oz. bag of spinach:  60
1/2 c. lite sour cream:  320
1/2 c. 2% shredded colby-jack chz:  160
1 small spoon of minced garlic
Filling total:  540
Divided by 3:  180 per pc. of chicken

Calories for one serving:

6 oz. chkn brst:  180
2 pcs. lower sodium bacon:  70
1/3 filling:  180
Total Cals for one svg:  430

I paired mine w/ about 1 1/2 c. of yellow squash, zucchini & onions.

Calories:  457


I'm excited about trying some more recipes out of this book very soon!
Be back tomorrow!  :)