Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday

Last Wednesday: 195.3
Today: 192.9

Down 2.4 pounds this week!

Very happy about that!!! I'm still waiting to wake up and be 140 pounds. Ha!

My weight was exactly the same for three days then there was a little woosh. The scale really can be maddening sometimes. I keep saying I'm going to break up with it but we're so close. Sometimes it can say the nicest things. But do I really need it in my life? Hmmmmm

Took Rachel to the driver's license place to get her test scheduled. Yeah, we waited longer than most people but my little girl is going to be driving in Houston and I want to make sure she's ready. I can't replace her.

Anyway, there was a line out the door so we waited and waited. The clerks ask the adults if they have diabetes and if they take insulin and for how long. I was shocked at how many people said they have diabetes! I didn't realize it was quite so prevalent.

I've been taking my blood sugar in the morning and my fasting levels have been between 77 and 87 for the most part. Usually low 80s. I think that's pretty good. I'm looking forward to going back to my doctor and going over the blood tests (that I was supposed to take in August but never did). Also have to go back because of an abnormal pap smear. Yay. Was supposed to do that in December. Oops. I forgot. Bad bad.

You know what puts me in a good mood? Well, there are several things but I'll share one with you:
Cooking while listening to upbeat music and having a glass of wine.

I'm just one cheerful chick when I have all that going on.
 And for dinner: tuna steaks with an oriental sauce and steamed broccoli with some more of the oriental sauce.
You can put that sauce on just about anything! It's sooooo good. You could put it on chicken or veggies....probably pork or riced cauliflower. It's easy to make too. Give it a try. :)

The original recipe is from Nourishing Traditions but I change a couple of things.

2 pounds tuna steak, about 1 inch thick
2 Tbs olive oil
sea salt and pepper
3 cloves garlic; peeled
1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/4 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you prefer)
1 drop liquid sucralose (or 1 Tbs honey)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3 Tbs sesame seeds, toasted in oven (I just used non toasted)

Brush steaks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill about 5 minutes per side or until cooked through on a barbecue or under a broiler. Transfer to heated platter and keep warm until ready to serve. Meanwhile, place garlic, ginger, mustard, optional fish sauce and soy sauce in food processor and process until blended. Add honey and vinegar and process again. With motor running, add the sesame and olive oils gradually so that sauce emulsifies and thickens.

Place tuna servings on warmed plates. Spoon sauce over and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Happy Hump Day to ya!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Low Carb Magazine

Some good news for those out there trying to watch your carbs for various reasons: Carbsmart has a monthly digital magazine available through iTunes! It's $1.99 per month for the subscription or $3.99 for a single issue.
I subscribed because I need all the help I can get! There are some great recipes and several articles. The focus of this month just happens to be about fat fasts! Interesting stuff.
For more information about the magazine, visit CarbSmart HERE.

Had a fairly decent weekend. It went by a little too fast again.

Chuck had a shooting match on Saturday morning so we were up bright and early for that. He WON the match! Way to go.

Afterwards, we went to a place called Gordon Street Tavern in the little town of Alvin to celebrate.
 Nice, relaxed atmosphere in a renovated old building.
 I try to look at menus of places before going out to eat so I can have my mind set when I get there. That way I'm less likely to stray. It's a good strategy that works for me.
Restaurant strategy: look at menu before going and set your mind on what you'll order and do not stray!

I already knew the jalapenos were going to be on the menu. Jalapenos stuffed with a creamy cheese and sausage, wrapped in bacon then fried. They were soooo good.
 And a little celebratory drink. Tequila on ice with a lime.
 Saturday night I had trouble sleeping and woke up a lot so Sunday I had some beautiful luggage under my eyes and just couldn't get my act in gear.

Somehow finally got it together and headed to the museum to see the Maya exhibit and the Medici Exhibit.

Kids acting like there's going to be a sacrifice. They wouldn't let us take pictures inside the Maya exhibit.
 The Medici exhibit was really nice too. Here we could take pics. Go figure.
 Rachel had just finished studying about the Medicis so she found it fascinating. Beautiful paintings and sculptures and jewelry.
 An altar from the time of Nero honoring the sun god.

 Beautiful things here. Really enjoyed it.

 Both exhibits leave on March 30th. Leave it to us to wait until the last minute. :)

Ok, so here's one of my little outfits. Nothing much to it. Just shorts and tee and a cute little leopard clutch.
I want to look at this picture and cringe at how far I have left to go but I'm trying to change my attitude and instead look at how far I've come! While I want to criticize the rolls on my belly, I will instead be happy that I can actually wear this out at all because a few years ago I couldn't.

Attitude does really help. I've always been my worst critic (aren't we all?) but I believe it sets a person up to never be happy if all we (I) do it look at the negative. Because one day I'm going to be at my goal weight. Will I be happy with that or will I only see all my imperfections? I don't want to set myself up for mental failure when I've succeeded at the physical goals. Does that make sense?

I think this will be the toughest obstacle to overcome yet. I can lose the weight but losing the negative attitude towards myself will be much more difficult. I'll start with saying positive things about pictures of myself. And if someone gives me a compliment I will say, "thank you," instead of listing all the things that I need to improve.

Hope your weekend was great! I'll see talk to ya on Wednesday.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fashion Friday

Hey, remember yesterday how I said the scale suddenly dropped over a pound? Well, forget about that. I seriously hate weight fluctuations. That's one of the hazards of weighing daily though. Honestly, I think the best thing to do is weigh monthly but I'm terrible with that. If I think I have a whole month before a weigh in I'm thinking, "Oh let's go have some Bombay Pizza with Gateway of India toppings! I have a month to burn it off." See? I'm irresponsible like that. Weekly is good too but....anyway, I'm checking the scale daily. 

No worries though! Inches still coming off although slowly. Grrrrr. Come off, already! Geez.

Ok, before fashion stuff I have to share my Thursday evening. I got some great seats for the Aeros hockey game through Living Social. Got 4 seats and a parking pass! We were right against the glass! Corner seats.
 We got there early. Rachel and I goofed off.
 We were so close the guys were slamming into the glass right in front of us!! So much testosterone on ice. Love it love it. There was even a fight right there in front of us.
 The Aeros did great! They won 4-1. Rachel and I even made friends with the Zamboni driver and he would look for us and wave every time he came around. :)
 Charlie got one of the shirts tossed into the audience and after the game he was given the puck used in the game!! Omg, how awesome is that?! You can see by the smile on his face that he's pretty happy about it too.
 I found an Aeros koozie so I got a little goodie too. One of the better games I've attended. Really a lot of fun.

OK. How about some fashionless Friday. Hey, I'm getting better with all this dressing up bit. It's making me feel like the old Kelly. The pre-fat Kelly. And that's a good thing. Still working on getting my groove back but I guess that takes time. The self confidence and stuff will happen.

Outfit number 1 is a casual fun piece great for al fresco dining.....who am I kidding? Let's just get on with it.
I do love this little getup but I'm not ready to wear it belted yet. Another 10 pounds down the road and I think it'll be fine.
 Hat and glasses: Charming Charlie
Necklace with matching earrings not shown: Charming Charlie $13
Silver watch: Charming Charlie $15
black v-neck tee: JCPenney $8
brown leather belt: JC Penney $18
moor green cargo shorts: JC Penney clearance $14

Ensemble #2

This looks much better on. The skirt is a black maxi and is so long it sweeps the floor a little. Also has a slit up each leg. Tres sexy. But it's also a little sheer meaning some legs shows in the sunlight. Oops. I tuck the shell in to the skirt and wear the brown leather belt above.

I can't button the shirt up over the girls though. One of the downsides of being "gifted" up above. Actually it kind of sucks. I love button down shirts. Oh sure, it buttons just fine above and below that area! But the buttons are holding on for dear life if I am able to button them at all. Looks terrible!

My solution is to wear a tank or shell under the shirt and button down from right below the girls. That's about all I can do. Any suggestions?

And please keep in mind that this looks much cuter on.

Necklace and matching earrings: Charming Charlie
black maxi skirt: JCPenney clearance $30 (it shows more online but in the store it was $30)
chambray shirt: JCPenney $25
Coral shell: I got it at Kohls two years ago.

Ensemble #3: My favorite colors!!! Olive green and coral. LOVE these. I think my wardrobe in high school was almost all olives, corals, kahki, peach and white.

I think this is my favorite so far. I got it to go with white shorts but they haven't arrived yet and quite honestly a big butt doesn't look so chic in white. Again, can't button the shirt at the top so I have to use a tank underneath.
bubble necklace and earrings: Charming Charlie
tortoise shell watch: Charming Charlie $20
white spaghetti strap tank: JCPenney $8 (this is see-through! Wear a nude bra.)
oregano shirt: JCPenney $16
denim shorts: a hand me down when Rachel lost weight
brown leather belt: JCPenney $18

Did I mention that I love everything about that outfit? Also looks very cute with the little hat from the first picture. And the shirt is so soft! Feels like silk.

I wasn't going to get anything else until next payday but I saw a dress on Pinterest then saw it was on sale then saw that it said there were limited quantities......I had to have it.
Love the color. Love how it flows. It's just so pretty and ladylike and classy.

Dark green dress with bound waistline: Oasap $108 (It was $115 just two days ago! I'm trying to get the better sale price now. LOL)

Sorry I didn't get to model them for ya so you could see what they look like on a person but I just didn't get to play dress up and take pics like I had planned. I'll try to get one or two put up soon.

I have been wearing oversized clothes for so long I had just become accustomed to it. I needed a little nudge to start dressing how I used to dress before I gained weight. When I was really heavy the only goal was to find something to cover my body. The biggest shirts and pants would do. That phase of my life is over and gone forever. It's way past time to be who I was before fat interrupted my life.

Wishing you a fantastic weekend!!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zero Carb, Zero Calorie Noodles Sale!

$39 for 24-Pack of Zero-Carb, Zero-Calorie All Natural NoOodle ($76 Value)
We interrupt our normally scheduled posts for a special announcement. :)

I got an email about a deal for zero carb, zero calorie, soy free, gluten free noodles yesterday and wanted to share. These are like the noodles that I've been using but I haven't tried this brand. 

You get 24 packs of noodles for $39 instead of the regular $76. So this should last a while. I did buy a box because these things really help keep me on track when I want pasta which is always. Mmmm.....pesto and Parmesan. Alfredo. Pad Thai. 

Anyway, I wanted to share this with you in case you might be interested. Just follow the link at the top of the page.

Have a great Thursday. Talk to ya tomorrow. :)

PS: I was down 1.3 pounds this morning. Woot!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to Prepare Shirataki Noodles (and Weigh In)

People either like shirataki noodles or hate them. I'll admit that I was not a big fan when I first tried them. The texture is just so different! There's more to chewing them than regular pasta.

But after having macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, chicken noodle soup and Asian noodles, I've decided that they're not too bad. Look, I can't have my pasta and eat it too. Just the way it is. So if I'm going to have my noodly dishes I'm going to be happy with what I have.

Sure, I could use spaghetti squash (pretty darn tasty) or zucchini noodles (a little watery but not bad) but I think I prefer my shirataki noodles. They've grown on me.

I'm warning you now: the texture is not like pasta and they smell like fish when you open the bag. They are chewier.

Still want to give them a try? Ok, this is the very best way to prepare these.

And may I remind you that these guys are zero calorie and zero carb? Starting to look a little better aren't they?!

 I ordered these online because the ones you typically find in the stores are made with soy. I really don't want a lot of soy in my life. You can also get various shapes (even rice shaped!) from Miracle Noodles. Netrition has a good price and flat rate $4.95 shipping.

Ok, let's get to cooking up these noodles!

Step 1: put them in a colander, don't gag at the fish smell, and rinse the hell out of them.
 Step 2: put them in a microwaveable bowl, nuke them for 2 minutes. This will bring out more water. See it at the bottom of the photo? So put those noodles back in the colander and drain again. No rinsing; just draining.
 Step 3: put them back in the bowl and nuke for another 2 minutes. See? Now they're hot and dry.
 Step 4: add your sauce. Here I have my spaghetti sauce. You could add pesto or alfredo sauce. Whatever you want. Now it's time to eat.
 I've also used them to make chicken noodle soup. I like to use scissors to cut the longer strands before adding a sauce or adding to soup.
 If you don't care about soy, I have found shirataki noodles at Whole Foods and Kroger.

Another nice little find were these sugar free coffee sweeteners that use sucralose. They were only $1 each at Dollar Tree. Woot! Savings. I found vanilla and caramel flavor. Nice when you want to make a Starbuck's style latte.
 One of my favorite ways to have coffee lately has been to put a cup in the blender with 2 tbs. cream, 1 tbs coconut oil and some sweetener. Blend and drink. Tasty and satisfying.

I've been trying all kinds of new things lately. Oysters. Garlic stuffed olives. And now frying cheese!

I bought some queso panela but you could use queso fresco. Both are Mexican style cheeses. I sliced mine in 1/2" thick slices then sliced those slices in half.
 Heat a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat and add cheese slices. You don't want them touching. Let them cook about a minute or so on one side then flip.
 I served them with some homemade tomato sauce. It was the flavor of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. LOVED it!!! Also had a salad on the side.
 The easiest and tastiest tomato soup I've made uses just a handful of ingredients.
Put 1 can of tomatoes and 1 can of stewed tomatoes in blender. Blend. Put in pot and add 1 tsp oregano and 1 tsp basil and salt to taste. Heat for about 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!

It's not a fashion Friday but here are some of the new goodies. I love the necklace and earrings with a lace blouse.
 Cruising around in this beautiful weather. Still haven't adjusted to wearing aviator sunglasses.
Hope to have some more fun things to share Friday. My expectation of what size I want to be (it looked so good on the models in the pictures who must be size -6) and the reality of what size I am have led to some disappointment. But I look at how far I've come and know that they will look great eventually. Fortunately I have people around me who like me just as I am.

Necklace/earrings: Charming Charlie
Aviator sunglasses: Charming Charlie
lace blouse: Dress Barn

Here we go. The weigh in. Last week's weigh in had a sudden woosh on the morning that I weighed in which meant it had a little bounce back up the next day. So I've been fighting that little bounce back.

It seems like every time I have a big whoosh there's a bounce back. Just the scale's way of being cruel.

Last Wednesday weight: 195.8 (a 3.4 pound drop from the day before!!)

Today's weigh in: 195.3
A whopping half pound down. Ugh. Wanted more but I can't be too unhappy considering the huge whoosh last week.

I've been measuring my ketones daily. What are ketones? The very non-technical definition is that they are what your body produces when it is using fat for energy. So when you have ketones in your blood, it's a sign that your body is burning up fat instead of relying on glucose. I have a lot of fat, my freinds.

The happy zone for ketosis is between 0.5-3 millimolar. I use blood tests instead of urinse strips because it's more accurate although more expensive.

3/13 .9
3/14 2.4
3/15 1.9
3/16 1.9
3/17 2.4
3/18 3.2
3/19 4.2
3/20 3.8

I can also report that alcohol has not done anything to my ketone levels as a crazy Sunday demonstrated. That was with tequila. I don't know how beer would do because I avoid it because of the carbs.

I'm still hardly hungry at all. Cravings are nonexistant though smelling fresh baked french bread made my tummy growl.

That's all to report right now. Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see ya Friday. :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

What Does One Eat?

Everything is going well with this low carb, moderate protein, high fat stuff. I'm definitely in ketosis because the blood tests have shown me in the "zone" every morning. Plus I'm not hungry at all!

Saturday Rachel and I went out shopping. That morning I had blended some coffee with coconut oil, cream and a little hazelnut sweetener. That kept me full until 4:30! Speaking of shopping......I'm still waiting for my clothes to get here but I did get some accessories while out.

Got a hat, two bubble necklaces and earrings, watch, aviator sunglasses and some undergarments from Victoria's Secret not pictured
 I love this watch! Got it at Charming Charlie. It looks a lot like a Michael Kors watch that I liked but wayyyy cheaper. I haven't worn a watch in so long. Don't we use our cell phones for the time?

Ok, so what does one eat when living like this? Do I just eat a tablespoon of coconut oil off the spoon? Sometimes. That's normal, right?

eggs scrambled with a little cream topped with cheese and hot sauce, bacon and a few strawberries.
 I keep a mason jar with bacon grease. To save the grease, I put a coffee filter on top and secure it with a rubber band. Then just pour the grease in the filter. Great for sauteing. 
 Here I took some bagged coleslaw mix and sauteed it with bacon grease, onion flakes, and garlic. Added a little coconut aminos and a cooked, chopped hamburger patty. Salt and pepper and lunch is served. Was very tasty! Simple, quick and easy.
 I put a flatiron steak in the Sous Vide then used my handy dandy kitchen torch to sear it. I LOVE playing with fire! Check out that flame. How cool is that?!
 That steak was so tender. It would just fall apart. I topped a salad with it for a great steak salad.
 I made guacamole!!! I'm only recently a convert to avocados. I can't recall ever making guacamole before but this was so good and filling. I ate it right out of the bowl with a spoon. Garlic, avocado, little olive oil, little onion, salt, pepper, lime and cilantro.
 Saturday's lunch was a few jalapeno poppers: Halve the jalapenos, scrape out seeds, stuff with cream cheese mixed with bacon, broil until bubbly.
 Friday night Chuck and I had gone to Floyd's Cajun restaurant and sat outside. We didn't realize until Sunday that he had left his credit card there. Big oops!! So we figured we'd have lunch there Sunday when we went to get his card.

We sat at the bar and watched the guy shuck oysters.
 Ordered a tequila with lime. It was St Patty's Day, after all! Our first order of oysters arrive: shucked and topped with Parmesan then put on the grill.
 One tequila led to several more. Not good. But at least I didn't stray and order hushpuppies or a bunch of fried onion rings or fries! I kept the course.

The next order of oysters had shrimp, crab meat and cheese. These were incredible!!! I've never been a big oyster fan but these may just convert me.
 Yum!! These are perfect. I'm so glad I'm trying new things!
 Using shirataki noodles, I can even have spaghetti. This was so filling I couldn't even finish it.
It was such a beautiful weekend that we sat outside and soaked up some sunshine. Ahhhh. It's a tough life but I manage. (pay no attention to my yard that needs some TLC. That's next weekend project)
 The food is good. I really don't have any complaints. I'm satisfied. I did walk past a Cinnabon and it smelled good but I wasn't tempted. Sometimes fries do smell good but it's not enough to make me want to cave in. If I want pizza, I can make a low carb version. I wanted spaghetti and I made it work.

For me, I think something has to take away my cravings in order for it to be sustainable. Whole9 did remove most of my cravings for the most part but it took a long time. And I really didn't want to give up cheese and dairy completely.

I don't have any splurge meals planned. Honestly, I don't like the way I feel afterwards and that's a big deterrent. I'm sure there will be a splurge here and there but they will be worth it. Not a trip to McDonald's! Though they do have some good fries. ;)

After my weigh in last Wednesday my weight did bounce back up a little. I really expected that though. So I'm not expecting any grand numbers this Wednesday. The clothes continue to fit better and the inches continue to come off. I've had zero slip ups since I started this on March 1. Yay!!!

On a completely different subject, I saw a way to fold clothes on Pinterest that made them easier to find in a drawer and fit better. I've had such a hard time fitting all of my race tees and tech shirts in the drawer but this way made them fit! AND I can find them so much easier. Love this! Here's the blog that showed me how to do it.
I'm trying to get away from so many tee shirts and start wearing nicer clothes. I'm working on getting my fashion sense back. It's been dormant for so long that it may take a while.

Getting new clothes and accessories has done wonders for my determination to lose weight. I want to look better! I'm getting there. It's a slow process but I'm one determined woman.
How can I gain 10 pounds in a week yet it takes over a month to lose it? Doesn't seem fair.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Yeah, it's Monday but we have another weekend on the horizon. :)