Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weigh In, SF Day 21 and Thanksgiving Food Tips

Today's weigh in went really well!  I was down 1.4 pounds, which I was pretty happy with.  I feel like I am chipping away at this weight thing once and for all, and that's it's really going to come off.  If things keep going like they're going, I could be close to the 100's by New Year's, and that's super exciting.  I only lost 2 inches this week, but one of those inches was a whole inch from my bust.  It made me so insanely happy.  Short of winning the lottery I will never be able to afford a desperately needed reduction, so every inch dropped from there naturally makes my life better!

It was also Day 21 of my Stomach Formula program.  My pictures this week did look slightly different than  last week, though I wish there was a more noticeable difference.  There are just little things that I notice because well, it's my body.  Some parts are smoother (not like Kim Kardashian's extremely Photoshopped ass smooth, but less lumpy), but no grand changes yet.  I do notice a huge difference in core strength, which is the whole point I suppose.  The exercises still make me sore, but I'm able to put a lot more intensity into them.  Tomorrow will be the beginning of my "final" week doing it, but I think I'm going to keep doing it beyond 28 days.  No reason not to really.

So Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and I wanted to pass along two food related things that might help some of y'all out.  The first one is a slow cooker discovery that I'm a little ashamed I didn't think to do sooner, BUT now I do it all of the time.  I bake sweet potatoes in the slow cooker!  I am madly in love with baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, but I hate that it takes a zillion years in the oven.  In the summer when it was so hot and miserable, I was desperately trying to find ways to have healthy meals that didn't require me turning the oven on and making our house into a hellish inferno.  I saw this post from PaleOMG and just about smacked myself in the head.  Now I won't bake sweet potatoes any other way.  It's SO easy, they come out perfect every time, and you can do several at once to have over a few days.  I think this would be a great way to have a healthy option at your Thanksgiving table, who wouldn't love a yummy baked sweet potato with a pat of butter and pumpkin pie spice sprinkled on it?  Plus it saves you precious oven space!  It's also fun for regular potatoes, and I'm sure it would work for beets too.  Here is the recipe for slow cooker Baked Sweet Potatoes.

The second thing I stumbled on is a recipe to make your own cream of mushroom/celery/chicken soups.  I get really skeeved out about canned soups, they never taste very good and they have so many preservatives and sodium.  I was poking around online because I found a casserole recipe (the one I made for dinner tonight) that calls for cream of mushroom soup, so I wanted to see if there was a good alternative.  I stumbled on this food blog called Salad in a Jar and she has super easy recipes for all of the "cream of" soups, with a lot less scary ingredients.  I know there are a lot of Thanksgiving casseroles and dishes that call for cream of mushroom soup, including the (in my opinion) revolting green bean casserole.  If you also get icky feelings about using canned soups, then you should check out her recipe for Cream of Mushroom Soup.  There are links below her recipe to her recipes for Cream of Chicken and Cream of Celery soup.

Hopefully those help y'all out!

Today's Activities:

45 minute walk with Molly
Richard Simmons STTO 3
Stomach Formula Day 21

Today's Menu:

Breakfast:  2 eggs, avocado, toast
Lunch:  2 slices deli turkey, baked sweet potato, pickle
Dinner:  Chicken and rice casserole (used homemade cream of mushroom soup. Recipe above)
Snack:  Dr. Cracker flatbread, pimento cheese

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