Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My thoughts about WW

Hello everyone, it's been a busy one around here lately. The in-law's didn't say much about the chili except my FIL said thanks for the meal, so who knows what they thought about it. I gave some to a friend at work who is also doing WW and she loved it, I thought it was good so I'm not stressing about whether they liked it or not. I don't think I'm gonna make them a meal this week because my FIL is out of town and my SIL who doesn't work  is staying with the MIL.

Since several of you have asked me about what I think about WW vs. the BFC I put a little thought into it and here are my thoughts:
  • On WW some things can be high in sugar but low is points, I find this strange and  I always try to chose natural products when I can, and I am always mindful on the sugar content.
  • Hubby and I are doing WW online which I love, the website is super easy to use and it has a lot of helpful tips, success stories and links to blogs. When I track my food and activity for the day I feel good like I've earned a gold star for the day.
  • I still love and use the products I tried while doing the bfc: Jay Robb protein powder, unsweetened almond mild,  and smart and delicious low carb tortillas.
  • Even though we are eating yogurt again I prefer the plain greek yogurt because it is low in sugar and very satisfying and filling.
  • I do partake in a little of fake sugar in the light yogurts, but other than an occasional diet coke I stay away from the fake sugar, and I still use stevia to sweeten things.
  • It is really nice to be eating fruit again I especially missed having apples, but from what I learned on the BFC I limit the amount and portion size because even though the sugar in fruit is natural we still don't need to go gung ho on it.
  • I have not gone back to drinking or using milk, I think it's gross and unhealthy, and whenever a recipe calls for low-fat milk I always use the unsweetened almond milk and I can't even tell the difference.
  • I have found I need to  be careful in some of the WW recipes I try many of them rely heavily on fake sugar or other low-fat products with creepy ingredients. Basically I try to stick to my food philosophy even when it's hard. (especially cool whip)
  • If I can think of anything else I'll try to write it down so I remember to share, half the time my good ideas are long gone by the time I sit down to post :)
On other non-diet news last weekend hubby put down our dining room carpet that my in-laws gave us, it's the perfect size for the space, and now that we have that down we can start looking for fabric to recover the dining room set. Hubby also set up the our guest bed, my in-laws have given us so much of their time and stuff that I think we should have a plack  to commemorate their generosity. Slowly very slowly this house is coming together.

Trader Joe's Gourmet Chicken MeatballsThis week I made hubby buffalo chicken in the crock pot from inspiration from the skinnytaste site. I put two frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot on low with a cup of franks buffalo sauce and let it cook all day, when I got home I took it out shredded it and added the rest of the buffalo sauce. Hubby loved it! I put the chicken on a skinnybun with a little light blue cheese for a quick tasty dinner. I didn't make any for myself because I don't usually care for anything buffalo due to the tabasco. Instead I cooked a spaghetti squash, I added veggies, low sugar spaghetti sauce from Trader Joe's, several chicken meatballs also from Trader Joe's, fresh basil, and moz....Yummm. Tomorrow's lunch is zucchini, broccoli, chicken meatball, TJ spaghetti sauce, ricotta, fresh basil and Italian parsley, ricotta and parm.

I guess that's all for now, the moral of this story is life is good over here at the McCoy house, have a wonderful day :)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Down 8 lbs :)

Supposed to be the best cupcake/cake batter recipe ever. Wedding cake flavor! Another pinner said - I used this recipe today & it was the BEST! On the site is a link to the matching buttercream & I'll never use another frosting recipe every AGAIN!!
This is the picture from pinterest, my frosting was not this perfect.
Hello everyone, things are good over here hubby and I are still doing WW I am down 8 lbs :) I have been really good with exception to the holiday weekend. Fridays are a day that hubby and I seem to be able to cheat a bit with a couple extra drinks and still lose but last Friday we had our cheat day, that we followed up with a cheat Saturday, and a cheat Monday when our neighbors invited us over for fajitas. The good news is we were much better this weekend.

good for showers- Strawberries Filled with ready-made cheesecake filling, delicious and easy when you need to bring something to a partyYesterday I helped host a bridal shower for one of the girls at work, man I never realized how much work goes into a shower. I was responsible for a chicken salad and croissants, cupcakes, and a cracker appetizer with bacon. My first thought was to buy cupcakes from a bakery, but when I looked into the cost I almost had a small heart attack when I realized I would be paying $ 36 for a dozen. I don't like to bake and I am not very confident in my baking abilities but I made a batch of wedding cake cupcakes from a recipe on pinterest. They were not diet friendly by any means but they were good, I made sure to give them all away and I didn't save any for hubby and myself. I also made some stuffed strawberries I also saw on pinterest, again this is the picture from pinterest mine were not this perfect looking but they were easy and worth making again. The recipe I chose for the strawberries was cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond extract. I bet it would work just as well with stevia instead of powdered sugar.

Tonight I have been prepping the turkey pumpkin chili from skinnytaste to put in the crock pot tomorrow. I am making a double recipe because I am taking some to my in-laws. Almost a month ago my MIL fell and broke her left ankle and left wrist. She doesn't like things that seem weird or out of the box so I am only telling her that it is turkey chili and not pumpkin chili :) Have a wonderful week everyone.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all those that are Mamma's out there. Today we had the clan over to our house for Mother's Day. The food was delicious and my Mom, MIL and sister-in-law  received lavender plants as presents. Our weather has been absolutely beautiful around here, we have some lilac's in our backyard that are amazing. The pollen was crazy today yesterday as we were cleaning getting ready for the fam to come over we dusted, right now it doesn't even look like we dusted at all.

Work out hunny bunsAnyway, things are really good I love weight watchers online, I am down 7 lbs now. Seven pounds is the difference between being able to button up the jeans I want and having them fit in a flattering way. I was having a hard time before, I felt like my muffin top was more like a busted can of biscuits, it probably wasn't that bad but that's how I felt. Besides doing ww I have been getting strength training in at body conditioning class, zumba and pilates.

Something that feels strange is that I am eating fruit and still losing weight. The bfc basically says that most fruit is too high in sugar for weight loss. We are also eating yogurt again and loving it go figure. Doing weight watchers feels so natural and it's nice to be able to talk to people about ww and have them know what I am talking about.  Well, I guess that's all for now :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pluggin away

Hello sister friends, I am happy to share that I am down another 1.5 lbs for a total of 4.5 lbs so far and I feel good. Hubby did not get an accurate weigh in on Saturday because he drank several beers on Friday, and beer seems to pack a lot of bloat the next day. Hubby is the kind of guy that will often find himself too busy to take the time to eat, lately I have been making him  turkey wraps with the smart and delicious low carb tortilla, laughing cow cheese, baby spinach and sprouts. I wrap it up in parchment paper and then saran wrap and everything stays nicely together and its easy to unwrap and eat on the go. I have also started making him some hearty protein shakes to eat on the go. I have been using Jay Robb chocolate protein powder, PB2 peanut butter, unsweetened almond milk, oatmeal, plain greek yogurt and berries or banana. A shake like this really has enough protein and carb to keep you feeling full and satisfied as if you had eaten a meal.

That's about all I have to say right now, nothing too exciting is happening over here. I have been good about getting up early and getting my butt to the gym, recently I have started going to spinning and pilates. They are both kicking my butt I feel sore and tired all the time. I hope everyone is having a good week :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Back at it, but trying a different approach

At Pikes Market on our Anniversary Trip.
Hi girls, it's been awhile since I posted to be honest I was feeling very discouraged. In March after hubby's bday I gained three lbs :( and I thought yikes I better get on top of this fast. Hubby and I were so far off the wagon it wasn't even funny, and we were in denial over the whole thing. Several of the girls at work are doing weight watchers online, I asked hubby if he would want to sign up for a three month special they were offering. He said yes with the exception that when we took our 5 year anniversary trip to Seattle he was going to eat whatever he wanted.

It feels weird to be sharing about doing WW since the title of my blog is Katies-bfc, but it's helping us to get back on track. The changes that we are making are pretty much common sense diet/health stuff for whatever diet/lifestyle plan. I had gotten away from portion control and keeping track of what I was really eating and drinking. I think it's easier to lie to yourself about what you are really up to if you don't keep track. I am really finding that using my kitchen scale to be helpful in measuring out cheese and wine. A five ounce glass of wine in much different than when I just pour it on my own.

I am down 3 lbs and hubby is down 13, I'm sure we would be down even more if we had been more strict on our anniversary trip to Seattle, but we have made peace with that. I know some of you watch Top Chef do you remember when they cooked at SkyCity the restaurant on top of the space needle? Hubby and I had lunch up there and it was AMAZING and so much fun.

Lunch at SkyCity
We are trying to apply what we learned from when we were really doing good on the bfc by eating better carbs and staying low sugar and being careful about fake sugar. In June we are taking a trip down to  Texas to see friends from the Military in the Dallas  Fort Worth and Austin areas so we are feeling very motivated to be looking good in our summer clothes. We are also talking about starting to try to get pregnant and everything I have read about pregnancy says to try to be at a good healthy weight before getting pregnant. They also say that if a man is in good health and at a good weight he is more likely to produce healthy sperm. To me it doesn't feel like a  good time to try to get pregnant, but it's finally clicked that if we wait until "the right time" it will never come or it will pass us by.

In other news hubby and I have been busy spring cleaning. Yesterday I spent a good part of the day at the laundry mat washing blankets and our comforter. It feels sooo good to have that done because I had been putting it off for awhile. Hubby and his boss spent yesterday tearing out bushes from the yard. I have also been trying hard to get more exercise in. Yesterday I took my first spinning class with some girls from work, I have been wanting to do that for awhile but I was afraid to go by myself. I gotta tell ya it feels good to really be working on the things I need to and not just talking about what I know I need to do. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend everyone :)
From the Space Needle

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hi girls, I wish I knew why I am having such a hard time posting lately. I have several rough drafts that just never seem to feel right. Things over here in my neck of the woods are good. Last Saturday was an amazing beautiful sunny day, hubby and I got in an amazing walk. We walked to a surprise 30th bday party while we drank coffee, we saw a golden retriever puppy at the coffee shop and a older golden on our walk. Golden's are my absolute favorite dog and now that we have a house we are planning on getting one soon :) :)

Food has been good, I made the cheesecake muffins from Rosalie's blog for the first time last Monday and they are amazing. I am thinking of getting some of the flavored stevia drops for a different flavor. I have learned that hubby is really struggling with sweets, if there are cookies   or other sweets at work he can't seem to stay away. So I am trying to make bfc friendly treats more often to help us with the sugary temptations out there. This quarter at school has been challenging for hubby, he has a lot of busy work and  it's hard for him to find enough time for work, school and everything else. Doing the bfc is not just something that I try to do for myself I also try to help hubby eat the best carbs and very low sugar.

Friday was hubby's 33rd bday and we celebrated with having family over for a casual Mexican themed dinner. As another option to chips for salsa and guacamole we had celery and daikon radish, which really helped me to stay away from the chips. We had a party platter from Azteca, which was a good idea so no one had to cook, but I don't think we would order it again it was very greasy. My Mom is amazing she brought me some vanilla clemmy's ice cream because she knew I wouldn't eat any of the mountain dew lemon cake that she made for hubby.

I guess that's all for now, I hope everyone has a great Monday tomorrow :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello everyone, happy Sunday :) This past week hubby and I have been very good on the food side of things. We decided that after super bowl we were going to be more disciplined and stop making so many excuses for what we do. I have found that the weekends can do more damage to me than the week, because on the weekends we often go out for dinner or just drinks and appetizers. Have you ever noticed that often appetizers are pretty carby? It seems that flat breads, or toasts for dip or fried things are popular. This weekend hubby and I stayed home and drank tea instead of wine while we caught up on  Top Chef and Dexter. I love this season of Top Chef  this season they are in Seattle and it's fun to see them go places that hubby and I have been. My only complaint about Top Chef is Padma, I can't stand her I find her condescending and annoying. I am pulling for Brooke to win it all.

I am afraid my computer might be dead (right now I'm on hubbys) I asked hubby to take it to a computer wiz at work to see if he can fix it, but hubby thinks the hard drive is fried :( Very frustrating, but it might be good for me to have limited computer access for awhile I know I waste a lot of time just playing around.

Well, I guess that's all for now it's time to get up and be productive.  Have a wonderful Sunday :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hello girls, sorry I haven't written in awhile I have tried several times to post but I kept hitting a wall. First of all is everyone excited for super bowl tomorrow? My hubby is and he is pulling for the Ravens I hope they win so he wins some money from his office football pool. One of my co-workers is having a party which is perfect because she lives three houses down from us. I am going to try a  recipe I saw on Ree Drummond's Pioneer Woman during the holiday season. You take a club cracker top it with a spoon full of parmesan, and then wrap it with half a slice of bacon and bake it on a low temp for about two hours. I know it's not very bfc friendly but it looks like a great dish to take to a party.

During last years super bowl hubby and I put in an offer on our house. The house was in short sale so it felt like it took forever but now that we are here it was worth the wait. Our first house is in a better neighborhood than we thought for our price range, we are super blessed. Hubby is still in school and working part time. I am so thankful that I have a husband who is such a hard worker, I have to remind myself of that when I am feeling sorry for myself for having to do pretty much all the house chores by myself.

This February marks the second year of doing the bfc and having this blog. In the past two years hubby and I have gone through phases of being really good and not very good with the bfc. I can honestly tell you that we both feel and look much better when we are being really good. The bfc has changed how I look and think about carbs and sugar and fake sugar. Starting Monday hubby and I are going to be a little more strict with our diet we are going to do the fast track awhile. We have found that after the holidays we like to shake things up and for us after the super bowl is just the best time to cut back. I personally have found it helpful to be realistic about when is a good time to shake things up.

About a week and a half ago I celebrated my 30th birthday, it was a great day my Mom and I got pedicures together, I had a massage and the family came over to my folks house for some Mexican food. Hubby made a huge bowl of guacamole and I pretty ate as much of it as I could shove in my mouth. We also had margaritas made with refine margarita mix that I got at world market for $8.99. I remember Amber had a post awhile back about the refine mojito mix. The refine mixes are made with stevia instead of sugar, everyone thought it was good and I think it would be worth buying again. Last week my weight was up due to the combination of too many chips and margaritas, but I'm not worried. We got back on the wagon of being good and hubby took the rest of the chips to work.

Refine Margarita MixI guess that is pretty much all for now I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year

Hello girls, Happy New Year! I love the fresh start feeling of the new year this weekend I finally took down all my Christmas decorations now the house looks a little naked, thankfully I have several cute valentines day decorations that I bought on sale last year. I don't know how the time got away from me, it feels like forever since I posted last. I don't know about everyone else but the longer I go in between posting the harder it is and I find myself feeling like I don't have anything to say...and I even consider stopping all together. But then something hits me and I miss blogging and staying connected with all my blog buddies.

This lotion is amazing, the girls at work who tried it loved it so I gave some away for Xmas gifts in cute glass jars from Hobby Lobby. This is worth making, instead of vitamin E cream I used vitamin E oil from Trader Joe's.An empty Kleenex box and dollar bills. Tape the dollar bills together end to end with Scotch tape. We did this for my 11 year old nephew this year for Christmas...sooo much fun :)Christmas was nice we had all the family over on Christmas day for dinner and presents. I made a lotion I saw on pinterest made with baby lotion, vitamin e oil, and vaseline, I put it into cute jars from hobby lobby and paired it with snuggle socks for the girls, that was a big hit. My nephew also received a present that was inspired from pinterest, we took fifty one dollar bills and taped them together end to end and stuffed them into a kleenex box, so when he opened it he pulled out a big long string of money similar to pulling scarfs out of a hat. That was super fun to gift to give.

Hubby and I didn't do too badly this holiday season, I only ate several of my very favorite cookies my godmother makes and just left the rest alone. We have a tradition of getting together the week before Christmas and making and exchanging cookies, I like the tradition of getting together but I could really do without all the cookies. This year my Mom was trying to talk to my godmother about scaling back the amount and variety of cookies but there didn't seem to be any interest in that...basically the attitude of everyone else involved is 'this is what we have always done, and we will keep doing it this way. I didn't really want any cookies to take home with me because the two of us don't need to be eating any cookies, but my Mom sent me home with some anyway so I shuffled them off to hubby's work.

Any way, hubby and I started off the new year by getting back to eating more salads and veggie stir fry's. We ate a lot of cheese between Christmas and New Years. Christmas Eve we had quiche, with Christmas day dinner we had cheese potatoes, and last week before New Years my Mom invited us over for fondue for one last indulgence before the getting back to healthy eating in the new year. After a week of eating lots of green veggies I feel better, the amount of cheese and salt we consumed was a little overwhelming.

I hope everyone has a good start to the week. Hubby and I woke up to six inches of fresh snow simply beautiful! We had a joint task force and we shoveled our driveway, our patio on top of the garage and our front. The joys of being a new homeowner :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy December

Hello everyone and Happy December! I am so happy to share that I am feeling much better, last Tuesday I bought a neti pot to help flush our my sinuses, wow I wish I had bought one when I first felt like crap. I was skeptical and unsure of how it would feel, and it just feels strange. The key is using a saline solution or else it will burn like it did when you were a kid and got water up your nose. I am so grateful that I didn't have to call the Dr. for a course of antibiotics like many of my co-workers, all I could think was I didn't want to destroy my good gut bacteria. I like to think that my sinus cold wasn't as severe and didn't hang on as long because I have been good about low sugar, who knows if I'm right but it's something that makes me feel good. In case you missed it last time this is what I did to help with my cold symptoms: I made a ginger lemon tea by placing peeled and sliced ginger and sliced lemons and water in my crock pot on low all day, I highly recommend that. Advil cold and sinus allowed me to function during the day and get good rest at night. I also made low salt turkey and chicken soup and tried to rest as much as possible.

I have been doing great on the bfc my jeans are fitting much better and I am sooo happy! I have been staying away from work food and also doing great on drinking less. Basically I've been doing the things that I know I need to be doing. I am confident that I can make it though the rest of the holiday season successfully and it feels realistic to be at 135 by the time my birthday rolls around at the end of January.

Have a wonderful week, I will try to post more so I can stay connected and I will work on getting some cute pics of our house posted :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thanksgiving is Over

Hello everyone, I am having a hard time getting this post out this is my third time sitting down to write :) Wow it's been a busy one since I last posted. Monday I got the crud that has been going around. I  put some peeled and sliced ginger and lemons in water and left it on low all night. The result was a very gingery lemon tea which helped me feel a ton better at work on along with advil cold and sinus. From what I can gather any kind of cold or cough syrup contains an absurd amount of sugar but cold/flu tablets may only contain a small amount of sugar if they have a coating around them. I also made chicken and turkey soup.

I am so thankful that Thanksgiving is over! Even though it went smoothly it was a lot of work since I didn't feel 100% and hubby was busy with school and work. Our folks helped us out a ton getting ready, my Mom came over and helped me clean and last minute decorate, my FIL came over and helped finish painting our upstairs bathroom and installing a vanity. Long story short everything turned out nicely and with all our help I was able to stay out of the kitchen with my cold.

We had a pretty traditional meal: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn casserole, rolls and gravy. I think I did pretty good I filled up half my plate with turkey, and only had a dollop of mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry and green beans. It was just the right amount of all the carby side dishes I had several good bites of each thing without going overboard. I completely stayed away from the sweet potatoes since the bfc all that added sugar just tastes gross, and I've never liked gravy.

All in all I'm sure I had more carbs than I needed for the whole day, but I feel good about it. I didn't go crazy with appetizers before dinner like I have in the past, I didn't drink too much wine I only had two glasses after everyone left and we watched a Christmas movie and looked at the black Friday ads. Another thing I did which has helped us not to pig out in the days after Thanksgiving was to send our guests home with generous plates of leftovers...all these things paid off because my weight was 139.5 on my Sunday morning weigh in :) Have a wonderful week everyone :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Good things

Hello everyone, I must be doing something right because the scale was down to 140.5 this morning!!! I feel good and super encouraged to keep it up and stay on track. Yesterday I went to the mall and I found a cute sweater and fleece at Old Navy which surprised me because I haven't found anything there in forever. Even better news is that I didn't hate the way I looked in the dressing room mirror. :)

It's amazing what can happen when I just stick to what I know works. For me that includes drinking very little, this weekend I had one beer on Saturday, last weekend I had 1 glass of wine with dinner and the  weekend before that I didn't drink at all. And for the past month hubby and I have been good about not drinking during the week. I have managed to stay away from the work sweets, and if I ate any snacky carbs I counted them out....55 goldfish crackers is a satisfying amount of crackers. I have been getting whole grain carbs in with the ezekiel bread and lots of veggies. I have also been drinking lots of the celestial seasoning holiday teas with whipped cream.

Next on our agenda is hosting Thanksgiving. I feel good about that because I think it will be easier to sneak belly friendly options in along with the usual sugary carby fare. Have a great night :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Portion Controll

Hello everyone, it's a rainy weekend up here in my neck of the woods perfect for house projects, meal planning and cooking. Our first Halloween in our house was fun for me hubby missed it because he was at school studying. He is such a good man and a hard worker. He works full time and goes to school full time, which is hard for me sometimes because I hardly ever see him.  On Halloween I took a page out of Rosalie's play book and handed out bags of chips instead of candy. I wanted to hand out bags of pirate booty but I couldn't find any at costco or the grocery store, next year if I think of it in enough time I'm sure I could order them off amazon. The parents of a super cute little chick gave me the thumbs up on bags of chips instead of candy :)

Yesterday I started reading the original bfc again, and wow there was a ton of stuff that I had forgot, or that I have been pushing the line on. I think that is part of the problem too often we eye ball it or think that what we are doing is the right thing when it comes to weight loss and maintenance.

Another really simple and common sense thing I have been overlooking is lately is portion size of what we take to work everyday. When I make food and put it away in the fridge hubby takes whatever container it is in so if I put something away in a larger container he will take that container and eat it. I find that I have been taking a larger container with the thought that I will eat some at lunch and some at break, but I often eat too much at a time. Yesterday I talked to hubby about this and he agreed that sometimes we are just eating too much food even though it's not sugary or carby.

I guess that's all for now, I hope everyone is having a great weekend :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bfc friendly chocolate peanut butter pudding cake

Hello everyone, today was a beautiful fall day  I had coffee with a friend and we took a walk around a beautiful park. It was a cold damp rainy day but fortunately we didn't get rained on. It wasn't as cold as it was during the rest of the week so it was a great day to get out and enjoy the fall leaves. We might get an early snow this year (yikes) I always hope that it doesn't snow until the end of November or the first part of December.

Something that has been on my mind this week is how easy it is for me to think of the work week and the weekend as being separate.  It's so easy to think that after we have been good during the work week we can relax on the weekend. This way of thinking has really slowed my progress and I'm ready to acknowledge that when I am trying to lose weight I need to be extra good on the weekend as well as the week.

I am loving my crock pot so much and I really want to build my collection of recipes apart from stew, soup and chili. Last year for Christmas I asked for "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook" by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufman. I made my first recipe this week, which seems crazy since I wanted it so bad and then never made anything until now....go figure. The recipe I tried is "chocolate peanut butter pudding cake" although I altered it to be bfc friendly.

Here is the original recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake:
1c flour
2T unsweetened coco powder
1/2c sugar
1, 1/2t baking powder
1/2c whole milk or chocolate milk
2T peanut oil, canola or walnut
1 T vanilla
1/2c peanut butter
1/2c semisweet chocolate chips

3T unsweetened coco powder
3/4c sugar
1,1/2c boiling water

BFC Friendly Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake:
1c  almond flour
2T unsweetened coco powder
several packets of stevia (I think I used 5 or so)
1,1/2t baking powder
1/2c half-n-half
2T walnut oil
1T vanilla
1/2c peanut butter
1/2 dark chocolate bark cut up

3T unsweetned coco powder
several packets stevia
1.1/2c boiling water

Cover the bottom of your slow cooker with butter, oil or spray and spread out the cake batter. Add the topping and cook on HIGH for 2-2.5 hrs. After it has finished cooking let it sit for at least a half an hour. I found that it was 10x's better after sitting overnight.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hello everyone, slowly we are getting our bfc groove back. I tried a delicious new recipe from pinterest in my crock pot.This morning I also started re-reading the original bfc and bfc ft...very helpful. I was surprised that there were a lot of things that I had forgot. I'm really committed to doing this thing and getting back on track. This week at work I have been very disciplined and I haven't gotten into the crackers and other carby things that get me off was especially hard to stay out of the goldfish crackers today. I have learned that being good in these things that seem small is what counts for me. Have a wonderful rest of your week :)

Thai-Style Pork Stew
  • 2 pounds boned pork loin, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 cups (1 x 1/4-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce    
  • 2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 6 cups hot cooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup diagonally cut green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts
How I adapted it...I was inspired by Jorge's "Sumptuous Pork Stir-Fry" in the original BFC pg. 229. For a sweet and sour sauce I used one part balsamic vinegar, one part low sodium soy sauce, two packets of stevia, and one tsp. ginger instead of teriyaki sauce. And instead of rice I used quinoa, and added broccoli. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Still trying to find my bfc groove

Hello everyone, what a week. First of all we found out that someone had gotten hold of my husband's credit card number and probably had a new credit card made with out number. We were alerted by the credit card company when they had used the wrong zip code while getting gas. Crazy huh, when I told my folks about it they said the same thing happened to them last month.

Food wise I did great this week, I did not cheat at work even though there was a ton of bad stuff to eat there. My work place loves to have potlucks for any occasion, we have had two in a row. It is so easy for me to mindlessly eat while at work. It is especially hard for me to stay away from chips and salsa. I had learned during my time doing the bfc that chips are my downfall. Once I start I can just eat and eat and eat. I have counted them out before and just ate one serving, but that is really hard one serving is usually 14-17 chips.

I also did not have any candy from the candy drawer. It is so easy to tell myself that the bite size candy bars are so low in sugar or calories that I can have several and it won't hurt me...I just googled bite size butterfinger and they have 3.67g sugar and 33 calories. Which is not super bad, but not helpful if you are trying to lose weight. Plus it's hard for me to have just one, once I start I want at least a couple more. Another thing that I did great in this week was not drinking more than two glasses of wine at a time, which is big progress for me because I LOVE red wine.

I feel like I am still trying to find my groove in several areas especially getting back into the bfc groove. I had been in denial so long about how I was doing that it is taking a lot of effort to get my mind back in the game. I guess it will come with hard work and time. I guess that's all for now have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Random things


I remembered what I wanted to say before, I love fall foods especially squash here is my tip: don't throw away the seeds. I know it is a hassle but just toss them in the strainer and separate them from the stringy squash, add a splash of olive oil or grapeseed salt and pepper. Put them in the oven on 400, make sure to stir them often to prevent burning and cook until they are a nice golden brown.

Roasted veggies are my favorite thing to make right now, I've truly been making them a ton but hubby hasn't complained yet :) Roasted veggies also make wonderful fall soups. I love to make soup, but lately I've decided that I don't like using pre-made chicken or veggie stalks because they are usually full of salt. I would rather be in control of how much salt I put in my soups.

Have a wonderful Monday :)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello everyone, thanks for the great comments. Thank you Amy your comment made me feel really special and good, so thank you for brightening my day :) Last Saturday was a great day my Mom and I found some items for my mantle from Pier 1 and Hobby Lobby slowly very slowly I feel like this house is ours.

Hubby is back in school which is great but it's an adjustment on both of us to get used to him being busy all the time. Last week I spent a lot of time at the gym which I feel really good about because I want a strong, fit body. I wore jeans this weekend that I haven't worn in three weeks and they fit better! I love that feeling when your jeans fit better, they still don't fit the way I want but I know it will take more time and hard work to get there. Today the scale was up a pound but I'm not worried because my jeans fitting better shows progress that the scale doesn't show.

I know I had more on my mind to share but I can't seem to think of it at the I guess it will come to me at some random time :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Checkin in

Hello everyone, I've been playing around on pinterest and catching up on the blogs...Ashley Mae have you decided not to blog any longer? If so I wish you the best on your weight loss journey.

I'm sure hubby and I look pretty amusing we are in the basement in our beach chairs with a rubbermaid as our end table watching football, I mean hubby is watching football and I've been on pinterest. I love love love pinterest.

I have been a very good girl lately, I've been eating right and working out hard this week I am down .5 lb my tummy looks smaller to me and I have tightened my belt buckle...I feel so encouraged. I can do this!

I don't have a ton left to say not much has been happening, we are still getting settled in putting things and doing lots of yard work. Things are coming along nicely, today my Mom and I went and started getting fall decorations for my mantle.

Would you like to know what I have been eating this week? Roasted veggies and baked meatballs, tri-tip roast with butternut squash, breakfast burritos with low carb tortillas, turkey breakfast sausage, eggs and cheese. Snacks: 1/4c Thai curry cashews, and avocados.

Monday, September 17, 2012

3rd day in a row blogging, go figure

Hello everyone, I don't even remember the last time I blogged three days in a row. Thanks for all the great comments yesterday. Welcome Debbie what is your blog address? I googled Debbie's Journey and several blogs came up but it didn't seem that any were yours.

Yesterday was weigh in day and whooo hooo down 1 lb to 142. It's progress and it shows that I was good with food and exercise last week. I feel encouraged that I can exercise and eat good and get back into good shape. 

The roasted veggie soup I made Saturday turned out great and it was so simple. I roasted zucchini summer squash, butternut squash and a medium slice of onion in grapseed oil salt and pepper for an hour on 400. I then sauteed a bunch of kale and celery and then added the  roasted veggies, water parsley and a little more salt and pepper. It was delicious and I didn't even have to add any more chicken or veggie stalk for flavor. I LOVE LOVE fall soups.

Have a wonderful day :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's a new day and I don't feel so discouraged like I did yesterday a good workout really helped to clear my head. It didn't take much to get me off course or to think that I was doing better than I was. I spent some time thinking about what has worked for me before. When I was in High School my family was doing the Zone or South Beach and I started running cross-country I felt amazing. After my freshman year of college I gained weight I lost it by exercising and portion control. I used my measuring cups a ton and wrote down what I ate. Two years ago when I broke my knee cap I purposed not to snack because I couldn't get up and move around very well and I didn't drink at all. When I first lost weight with the bfc I kept track of everything I ate and blogged every day.

Why is it so easy to stray off course and put the weight we lost back on? It's easy because there are so many delicious bad things to eat out there and it's easy for me to feel like I am missing out if I don't eat them even though I know it's not true.

I put an article about goal setting in my food/inspiration journal I don't know who the author is which makes me feel bad passing on this information...anyway here it is in a nutshell. It's easy to blame our failures in the weight loss area on our lack of willpower. The actual problem is relying on willpower to begin with. The real key to success is taking baby steps "the path from dream to reality is laden with digestible  and specific monthly, weekly and daily challenges." Remember baby steps from the movie What about Bob? I have lost sight of my daily goals and too often brushed them off thinking it didn't matter.

Katie's Baby Steps:
Starting 143: Goal 130-135
Daily goals: keep track of all food that goes in my mouth
Portion control: using the my food scale or measuring cups and spoons rather than eyeballing it.

Weekly: exercise more cardio and group classes.
Blogging: keeping my head in the game and staying honest

Monthly: to see a change in the way my clothes fit, and to look good when we go to Seattle for a wedding October 20th.

 That is my first plan, I will stick with it and I won't make excuses...I know I can do this!!! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

First of all I just want to say Rosalie I am so sorry for your loss.

Hello everyone, it's a quiet Saturday around here hubby is doing yard work and I just finished making a roasted veggie soup with zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, onion, celery, kale and pork chops. I'm feeling a little discouraged with myself because I realized that I am back to where I started in Jan 2011. I guess it's not a big surprise after hubby and I put an offer on our house in Feb we our eating habits changed a bit. So, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I know works for me and so far I've come up with: no drinking, exercise, measuring things out and staying away from work food. So far I've not been drinking for 3 weeks and trying to get back to the gym and not mindless eating.

A part of me hates sharing that I am back to my starting point, I wish I could say I've kept it off even during times of stress. I am committed to being mindful about all the food I put into my mouth and doing what I need to do.

Last week was my Mom's birthday I got her some chocolate and a cooking class for the both of us. The chocolate was a big disappointment. ChocoPerfection bars claim they are the best tasting low carb chocolate bars, but in my opinion they lack great taste and texture, and at $ 4.75 a bar I don't plan of buying them again.

Have a wonderful Saturday, I plan on blogging much more because it keeps my head in the game.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Getting Settled In

Hello everyone, the move is done and we are finally getting settled in our new house. Some days I feel really excited about getting settled and putting everything away, others I just feel tired and overwhelmed with getting organized. I've had a big sweet tooth this week so I made more coconut pumpkin muffins and chocolate almond cookies I like using the nustevia I find I use less of it than I did truvia. I've also been a little bad and I've been eating sugar-free instant pudding and oreos, I feel bad like I am poising myself with sucralose. I feel once in a while in small amounts is ok but I've really been eating a lot of pudding. And you know what, the sugar free pudding isn't even that good it has that gross fake taste to it.

I changed my settings on my comment form to make things easier so please let me know if it isn't any different. Have a great weekend everyone :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ahhh finally a chance to sit down and blog

For my husbandHello everyone, the move is DONE, the apt is cleaned and now we need to unpack and settle in. We won't have interent until Tuesday right now we are at the folks watching the BYU WSU football is here, bring on the madness.

Today I ate my last low carb tortilla for breakfast, I put 1/2 of the black bean chipotle burger, scrambled eggs and pepper jack cheese for a yummy breakfast burrito. It was delicious and kept be full until lunch time.

I have been craving something sweet and finding it hard to stay away from the bite size candy bars in the candy drawer at work. I decided that I would make some chocolate almond cookies but this morning I couldn't find the almond flour so I made coconut pumpkin muffins instead, wouldn't you know when I was cleaning up after the pumpkin muffins I found the almond flour. I've put most of the kitchen away now I just need to remember where I put things.

I bought some new stevia yesterday since I discovered that truvia is not a very good source of stevia, has anyone else used this brand? Any thoughts? My pumpkin muffins turned out great and I know I will be making lots of them now that fall is right around the corner. Well I guess that's all for now I hope everyone is doing great. I will blog more once we have internet at the house.

NuNaturals White Stevia Powder, Packets

Friday, August 24, 2012

Good News :)

Hello everyone, another busy day at least roto rooter came and the sink is back to normal, no more washing dishes in the bathroom sink :) More good news WE ARE MOVING INTO OUR FIRST HOUSE TOMORROW!!!! It's been a loooong road we put an offer in Super Bowl Sunday and the reason it took so freakin long is because the house was in short sale. I have been trying to take a play out of Rosalie's play book and I've been trying hard not to eat bad because I've been stressed with all that had to be done. That's probably why we have been eating a lot of smart and delicious low carb wraps the past several weeks. I have made some delicious breakfast burritos and wraps for lunch and dinner.

This afternoon while packing I was craving something sweet big time cookies, cake or ice cream I went to the store and got sugar free mini peanut butter cups instead I felt much better and a sugar crisis was averted. The sugar free peanut butter cups are not something I would consume frequently because they contain sucralose but I think once in a blue moon is ok.

So in a nutshell that's what is going on over here. One last bit of good news I have been taking a body conditioning group class at the YMCA for a couple of months now the Monday Wednesday instructor is super into arms, all the emphasis on arms is paying off while packing I noticed I have a set of guns now :) I feel encouraged to keep working at the other areas that are hard for me such as abs and not cheating at work or enjoying too much wine and telling myself it's ok. I have to remind myself that I have to be consistent and diligent in doing the work to see the results. Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hello everyone, things are good and a little crazy over here. Our kitchen sink has a major clog somewhere in the main pipe. Our sink went from being slow to drain, to being clogged with water even after washing only a few dishes, someone from roto rooter comes tomorrow. We have been eating a lot of low carb tortillas as wraps and breakfast burritos as an simple solution to avoid too many dishes.

I have heard some good things lately, first of all our cells retain water when they are dehydrated which is even more inspiration to stay well hydrated. Another is to say "I don't eat ___" instead of
I can't eat___". When you say you don't it helps you to stick to your guns and not to cheat. This makes perfect sense to me and is something I will be trying out at parties and gatherings in the future.

Well, I guess that's all for now it has been a long week at work and I am ready for bed, I just wanted to check in and say HI :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stressed? Try Easy Now tea

Good Morning everyone!!! It is a beautiful Sunday, the weather has been hot and wonderful. When people complain about the heat I always say don't wish it away it will be gone soon enough. A co-worker from Connecticut said that the weather up here is very similar to New England except the summers are shorter over here.

Anyway,  yesterday we had make-your-own sandwiches for lunch at the in-laws, there was white bread and whole wheat to chose from. The whole wheat had 4g of sugar per slice which is pretty typical of many breads, so I made my sandwich with one slice of bread. We have also been eating a lot of the low carb tortillas as wraps for lunch or breakfast burritos.

Another thing that I have been wanting to share
I have been drinking a lot of traditional medicinals easy now tea, and I find it very helpful. One of the ingredients is lavender which makes a very calming and relaxing tea. Two years ago when we were in the process of moving back home after hubby got out of the military I felt stressed and wound up all the time. In the process of saying good-bye to beautiful San Diego we stopped at a coffee tea and wine house that was on the list of places to try. They had all sorts of beautiful teas on display in beautiful glass jars. When they asked what I wanted I told them I was moving and feeling very stressed, and they recommended lavender tea.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello everyone, we had a wonderful time camping!!! It felt so wonderful to be able to hang out with the family and relax. I guess I will start with run down of the bfc friendly food I brought.

My parents dog Sadie on the river
The river in the morning
  • Everyone loved the chocolate almond protein bites, no one thought they were "weird, or too healthy tasting" my only complaint is that if they were left out of the cooler too long they made a mess. I will defiantly be making these again.

  • The crust less mini quiches were perfect for snacks and breakfast. In mine I put frozen spinach, sauteed asparagus, turkey breakfast sausage and cheddar cheese. In my opinion they are good  served cold or hot.

  • The lemon coconut bread was a perfect snack for us, when it was our turn to cook breakfast for the clan I served it along with rudi's English muffins, eggs, sausage and bacon...I didn't get much feedback so I don't think it was a big hit with the others, but no big deal it was worth bringing it because I think it helped me to stay away from other high sugar treats.
Sugar Free Marshmallows
  • I also made two batches of marshmallows one sugar free and one regular. In my opinion it's not hard to make them, just time consuming. Regular marshmallows are basically sugar and corn syrup heated on the stove and then added to unflavored gelatin and beatten until white and fluffy (15 mins). I found a recipe for sugar free marshmallows on Lauren's Healthy Indulgences blog when I first started the bfc and I have been waiting for a  good occasion to try them out. Making sugar free marshmallows involved boiling xylitol and honey (I used natures hollow honey) and then adding the hot mixture to unflavored gelatin and beating until white and fluffy.

  • I first tried making marshmallows two years ago for Christmas from a recipe from a book I was given for my wedding Autumn by Susan Branch. She says "roast 'em at a hayride, bonfire or melt them in hot chocolate" They are delicious in hot chocolate but I wanted to see if they roast up nicely over a fire....I was VERY disappointed that both my sugar free and regular marshmallows do not roast up nicely at all, in fact many fell into the fire and only several made it for smores.
I guess that's all for now. Have a wonderful day everyone :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Goin Campin :)

Good morning everyone!!! Today we leave to go camping...yeehawww!!!! Yesterday I spent all day in the kitchen making belly friendly goodies to take, last year I came home 4 lbs heavier, so I really put some thought into how this year can be better. I made: lemon coconut bread, almond protein bites, mini crust less quiches, and sugar free marshmallows that I have been wanting to try for a long time. I also made a batch of regular marshmallows for everyone else.

On Saturday we went to a bbq with our out of town friends and some other friends in town we don't see very often, I was a good girl no beer for me :) And surprisingly I felt great and I didn't feel left out at all. We had cheese burgers and kaboobs so there was plenty of things to eat, it was a good get together.

I love how I feel when I am good and I just have the discipline to stay away from belly bad foods. My jeans still don't fit the way I want :( but I know they will if I keep having more good food days, keep up going to my exercise classes and get in more cardio. Sometimes it's frustrating that I'm not just there now, but I know that some of my small cheats this summer, are the reason I'm not there.

Well, I guess that's all for now have a wonderful week everyone :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hello friends, Happy August!!! First of all things are moving forward with our house (for anyone who doesn't know we are in the process of buying a house that is in short sale) nothing official to share just yet but it's looking like it could be soon.

Yesterday hubby commented that my shorts are much loser than they were when I first put them on this summer...I said yes when they didn't fit it was a small crisis...he then said that when my clothes don't fit I don't treat it like a small crisis...LOL. SO TRUE. That reminded me that I have made some progress and I need to keep it up, because it's easy to make some progress then slack for a bit because I think I can. This weekend we have friends coming into town and we are hoping they will come over for dinner Friday if their schedules allow. Whenever we hang out with these friends we usually drink, I have been not drinking at all lately because my slim down goals are important to me and at this stage in the game I feel like alcohol throws me off my game. I have been giving myself pep talks all week about how I can totally hang out and have a good time and not have anything to drink.

Instead of having a cold beer I will have lots of water or iced tea. I am not just trying to lose a couple of pounds I am trying to work on my self-discipline which is a large part of the bigger picture. It's easy to think "I need to be skinny" but I am more concerned with being healthy. Eating right and getting enough exercise is sooo important, I hope that by taking good care of myself I can avoid some  health problems later on in life. :) Big hugs to everyone :)