We only had a few new recipes we are adding into our menu this week but they look yummy!
Chicken & Broccoli Casserole (minus the pork rinds)
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Also I am going to be adding a video for a chicken alfrado pizza later in the week but here is the recipe for the crust that we are going to use. Keep an eye out for our recipe video!
Low Carb Pizza Crust
Pinterest Board Link
Total Loss: -10
Week two has been good. I had several proud moments. Like when we were super busy this weekend and we choose to make our lunch and bring it along instead of stopping at a fast food place. My biggest tip from my journey a few years ago and this journey now is to always always plan ahead.
I sit down on Sunday and I figure out our entire menu for the week. I look at the calendar and see what is coming up that could be an issue and how am I going to deal with that issue. I come up with a game plan. I’m always more successful when I have a plan. I write everything down in my journal and check things off as I go. It makes things easier if I know what I am going to eat and it’s ready to go and I don’t have to make decisions on the fly.
Goals for this week:
Stick to the diet, no cheating
Be up to 17 minutes on walking
Drink all my water each day
We love tater tot casserole in our house but of course since we are eating healthier I set out to make it a little bit healthier. I made this tonight and my kiddos loved it! They didn’t even miss the tater tots at all!
1 pound of lean hamburger (or you could use ground turkey)
2 cups of low fat shredded cheese
1 Can of low sodium cream of mushroom (I use cream of celery since I am allergic to mushrooms)
1 small onion
1 head of cauliflower
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees (I say 375 in the video I decided to up it after so the cauliflower will cook through faster)
Brown the hamburger (or turkey) and the onions until cooked through and onions are translucent, drain.
Stir together the cooked hamburger mix with the can of soup and spread into the bottom of a casserole dish.
Top with a layer (about 1 cup) of cheese.
Chop up the cauliflower into small pieces. Add to the casserole dish on top of the cheese layer.
Bake for 45 minutes, take out and add another cup of cheese to the top.
Return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
Me and my daughter spent yesterday afternoon seeking out some fun new recipes to include into our meal planning for the week. We are premaking lunches and have those all made up for the week. Here are some fun recipes that we are going to be making you can find them at the links below or also you can checkout my Pinterest board.
No Bread BLT
No Bread Roll Ups
No Tortilla Enchiladas
Low Carb Stuffed Peppers
Low-Carb Tater Tot Casserole
Pinterest Board Link
We are also making my famous tater tot casserole and subbing the tater tots with cauliflower and I’m going to do a quick video of that and add it tonight. See keep an eye out for that one!
My first week is done! I lost 7.6 pounds this week!! I’m super excited. However I have really decided to focus more on other goals. So I have also accomplished
-Staying on the diet all week, no cheating, even though we had a birthday party for my now 7 year old and had cupcakes and cake around and ate out once.
-I was able to get in tons of water everyday and met all my water goals for the week.
-I feel so much better! My head is clearer, I have more energy, my blood pressure and blood sugar seem to be evening out now, and less anxiety.
-I started a walking program and I met my goal each day this week. I have uped my walking time twice and it is getting easier each day.
So I am super excited about the weight loss but even more excited about all the positives I am getting from choosing a healthier lifestyle too.
I think that to understand my goals you have to understand that I very overweight so I have a lot to lose. I also am in a bad place health wise because of being so overweight. Starting out I have gotten to the point that I could not walk much at all and pretty much stayed in the house except for driving my kids to and from school and events. So I am now walking 9 minutes at a time which is something I couldn’t do at the beginning of last week in fact I started at 5 minutes and thought I might have a heart attack from being so out of breathe. So I am super excited to be at 9 minutes as of yesterday and can even talk to my husband while I walk. So although it may seem trivial to some to me these are huge accomplishments for only being a week into my decision to change.
My goals for week 2
-Continue to walk and meet my goals on the walking plan (I should be up to 13 minutes be the end of this week)
-Continue with diet, no cheating
-Continue with water
My goals for this month
-Be able to walk 21 minutes at a time
-Stay on the diet, no cheating and lots of water
My long term goal
-Go go the zoo with my family in August and not have to rent one of those embarrassing wheelchair scooters.
Each week I am pre-making my lunches for the week so that they are ready to go and easy to take with me and grab no matter what I am doing for the day. I thought it would be fun to try some new recipes and wanted to share them here on the blog. I will share with you what new items I am trying each week. I may even add some videos as time goes on making the recipes. But for now I’ll just share links to the recipes and also my Pinterest page where I have made a board for my recipes to keep them easy to find.
Egg, Cheese, & Sausage Muffin Cups
Tuna Patties (substituted Parmesan cheese for the white bread crumbs)
Low-Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole
Sausage & Egg Casserole
LINK TO PINTEREST BOARD
So………here we go again! I have been at this exact place several times over the last couple of years. After struggling with weight loss most of my life, to losing 160 pounds, and then regaining it all. I am not on my third attempt to get back on track. I now have a lot health problems that really need to be addressed with a healthier diet and more exercise. It’s either choose to make a change and live or choose to continue me decline in health and die much younger then I should. As a mom of some beautiful daughters that I really want to see grow up and become adults and enjoy a long life with I have decided to choose change.
I am basing my goals this time more on health and how I feel rather then numbers on a scale. I’d like to be able to walk, enjoy events, not be afraid to leave the house, and be able to do things for myself again to take the burden off my husband and children. I love to travel and go places with my children but right now my weight is keeping me a prisoner in my own home.
So I plan to restart my diet on Monday. I am spending some time preparing for this restart this weekend. I have my calendar filled out so I can document all of my food and water and exercise choices. I have my favorite protein bars ordered and they arrived today! I am going to spend Sunday pre-planning and preparing meals ahead so I can grab them and go. I have a walking partner (my daughter) to help me with my exercise goals. I feel pretty excited and motivated too. Wish me luck!