Monday, December 19, 2011

Until Next Year...

   I'm taking some vacation from the blogosphere and partially from my diet. No, not entirely. I'm not throwing in the towel, but I am planning on indulging this upcoming Christmas weekend. We'll also be hosting a get together at our Casa for New Year's eve and I'd like to get my drink on. Soooo my plan is to hopefully maintain my weight loss to date. If I stay the same, great. If I lose, awesome. I weighed in this morning and I lost 3lbs! 18 total since 11/14 - 32 more to go...

  If you're reading this You have a Wonderful Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanza and all that Jazz! Let's hope 2012 is good for us all!

Until then let my friends entertain you.

Yup, still making me smile...

Any Dragon Tattoo fans? Rooney Mara looks amazing as LS. So looking forward to this...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Get your Swerve on Peeps!

    I ordered some Swerve about two weeks ago and received my package last week, and since then I've been thoroughly enjoying it in my coffee and tea. Swerve is an Erythritol based sugar alternative that measures cup for cup like sugar. It is the closest thing I've found that tastes like sugar in my coffee. It's damn expensive about $12 bucks a pound, but having now tried it in my coffee I can't go back to the liquid sweetener I was using. I plan on using it sparingly but I did want to try and bake with it. I decided to make cinnamon sugar cookies and boy did they come out yummy. Because it is Erythritol there is still that slightly cool taste to the cookies, but these were still really good and held up very much like a real cookie. No, I'm not going to put Toll house out of business with these. I may call it a cookie, but I've yet to come across a LC cookie that came close to tasting like anything made with actual flour. If you're like me and the "white stuff" is off limits these end up being a decent replacement.

  Now, I am by no means a baker. So if you're looking at this recipe and wondering Why did she add that? or Why did she do that in that quantity? I can't answer you. All I did was find a basic sugar cookie recipe and tweaked it. There is no rhyme or reason to my recipe I just used what I had on hand. If anyone has suggestions to make it better, please let me know (And No, use flour and real sugar is not a helpful suggestion) :p

Low Carb Cinnamon Sugar Cookie
  • 1 Cup Blanched Almond Flour (I used up some Bob's and some I got from nuts online)
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Swerve (or equivalent sweetener of your choice, original recipe called for 1 cup but I thought that would be too much. These were still pretty sweet may use even less next time)
  • 1 stick soft room temp butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 room temp egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or as much or as little as you want, I may have added a bit more can't remember)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (If you don't have this, it may still be okay not sure if it's necessary or not. I added it because I had it - remember no rhyme or reason!)
  • About 1 Tbsp Swerve and 1/2 tsp cinnamon for rolling your cookies.
I got about 18 cookies out of this. Approximately 1 Net carb per cookie.

  Cream butter and sugar. Once blended add egg and vanilla. Combine all of the dry ingredients in another bowl (Make sure to mix it up so the different "flour"/powders are all distributed evenly)Add about half of the flour to the creamed butter and mix, add second half and mix until all is well blended. Put the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes (It's too sticky otherwise). When ready take the dough and roll into balls, dip one side of the ball into the sugar/cinnamon mixture and place other end on your cookie sheet - flatten ball with the palm of your hand. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, but watch carefully after about 8 minutes they go from cooked to burnt pretty quickly. 
    I baked my first batch for about 10 minutes, the edges were nice and browned but the middle stayed somewhat soft. My next batch I kept in for about 12 minutes and the whole top was browned. I prefer the taste of the first batch because it was a bit soft and crunchy. You will probably want to taste one right out of the oven like I did and they will be really soft and you'll be like WTF?! but put them on plate and check back in about 10 minutes and they'll have firmed up nicely. This is when they tasted the best about 15 minutes after I took them out of the oven. The next day they were good, but that "cool taste" oh so familiar with Erythritol baked goods was much more prevalent.

Black hole aka shopping mall parking lot

   Day's like this I thank Jeebus we have the Internet. The shopping Gods were not in my favor today. Yeah, I know it's the Sunday before Christmas but damn it was ca-ra-zy out there. Lots of honking and finger flippin' a plenty. At one point I tried to go to Old Navy, after circling the parking lot for about 15 minutes I gave up and left. I made my way to Target only to realize I left my purse at home which contained my Red card and a gift card I had. I still had my debit card in my back pocket so I stopped at a Ross on the way home, found a super cute jacket only to put it back once I saw that the checkout line wrapped all the way around to the back of the store. I think I managed to check maybe one person off of my list. So I wouldn't feel completely defeated I managed to find a few things on Amazon and make my list a bit smaller - It's probably what I should have done from the beginning and saved myself the headache and some gas.
   One highlight from today was my lunch. I took advantage of Cheesecake Factory's curbside pickup and ordered a Salad w/Chicken - I know, what's so special about a chicken salad? Well, not much. BUT their ranch dressing is off the hook! Yes, I said off the hook (Are kids still saying that?) I forgot how good their ranch is. I can't be certain, but I'm fairly positive that they put crack in it. Why else then would I be at this very moment craving ranch dressing? It's the crack I tell ya!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh yeah I made cookies too!

   These low carb cookies were good, really good actually but I want to try again this weekend and tweak the recipe I used before I share it...This is just a teaser :)

One Month In! Plus a rant...

   So it's been a month of low carbing and far so good. I'm down 15lbs; I feel great. This is probably the most will power I've had since I originally did a version of Atkins back in 2004ish. For the most part it's been smooth sailing, but there were times when the cravings were very intense. A few times I tried to talk myself into binging and then throwing it all up. If it weren't for the fact that I hate throwing up I probably would have. I've never had an eating disorder, but I understand that whole mental dilemma that you go through when trying to convince yourself to do something deep down you know is not good for you. Food is a powerful drug, it really is.

  Now onto my rant

     I love children - I really do, but some kids are assholes. There is a child in my son's class who will remain nameless just in case any Parents from my son's class happen to stumble upon my blog - I'll let them figure out who I'm talking about. This child has behavior problems going back to Kindergarten, I'm talkin' hitting, punching, cursing, stealing YES stealing all at the ripe old age of 6. Today I volunteered in class and I observed this child walking all around the classroom while all the other kids were sitting criss-cross applesauce on the carpet. She walked in and out of the classroom looking to see if her friends were coming. She walked up to the Teacher's desk where I was sitting and began rifling through paper's on the desk until I told her to go back to the carpet - she walked away in a huff stomping her feet all the way. While all this was going on, the student teacher (Regular Teacher was out sick) told her multiple times to sit down obviously to no avail. I've observed this behavior on numerous occasions but it's like no one wants to confront her or her Mother.
    I've had some interaction with the Mother in the past and she's either in total denial or she's batshit crazy because her kid is a fucking brat. From what I've heard partly from her and other parents is that she blames the Teachers and staff for not being nurturing and patient enough with her child. This whole situation is sad because it's not the child's fault her parents have screwed her up so bad, but she is such a disruption that it's also not fair to ALL of the other kids that are there to learn. This girl can be really sweet when she wants to, but when she doesn't get her way all hell breaks loose. What is supposed to happen in this situation? What really can the Teacher and Principal do? It seems as if their hands are tied, or at least that's the way they're acting. It's such a shame.
  My son's no angel; he talks out of turn, he's super hyper, and he easily loses focus, but he's nowhere near this level of disruptive destruction. If this girl isn't pregnant by the time she's 15 I'd be surprised.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 29 and Bread Pudding...

 So I had my weigh in this morning - I lost an impressive 0lbs! Yes, my little experiment was a disaster. Didn't lose a damn pound or actually I did lose 3 but it was the 3 I packed on after my cheat day last Monday. I know it wasn't actual weight, but when the scale goes up it goes up. On the upside my clothes are fitting loser so that's something. Lesson learned.

  I did get a nice little package from nuts online that I ordered a week ago. I got blanched almond flour, coconut flour, sugar free chocolate chips and some xanthan gum (they included some chia seeds for free cha-cha-cha-chia!). They have a good price on almond flour and they also carry LOTS of other different nut/seed flours. I'm no baker by any means but since low carb sugar free desserts aren't readily accessible you have to get kind of creative in the kitchen. I've been wanting to make a single serve bread pudding for awhile now. I don't really know why because it's not something I really crave when I'm not dieting but since it's an easy recipe to convert to low carb I knew I had to give it a try. I found a recipe online and swapped out the high carb items for their low carb alternatives. Here is the recipe I ended up with:

Single Serve Low Carb Bread Pudding!
  • 1 slice day-old low carb bread cut up in cubes (I used Carb Krunchers)
  • 2 teaspoon butter, melted
  • *1 egg slightly beaten
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Unsweetened Almond milk
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons splenda or equivalent sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Put your bread in a ramekin or other small oven safe dish.  Pour melted butter over bread. In another bowl mix remaining ingredients and pour over bread. Stir until all pieces are covered. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until top is nice and browned and springs back when you touch it.

*I quite liked the end result EXCEPT that it was a bit eggy tasting at the bottom. Next time I will try to use maybe just the yolk or half the egg instead.

 This recipe can easily be modified. I added some sf chocolate chips after I took it out of the oven, but you could add nuts, raisins, coconut, sf maple syrup, caramel syrup whatever floats your boat. If you make it please tell me how you liked it!

Friday, December 9, 2011

DIY Disaster

   So remember when I mentioned here that I had done some crafting? Well, I'm finally getting around to posting my results - you'll see why below I didn't rush to show you all the fruits of my labor. About a year ago I noticed some crafty chicks on craftster had made some pretty sweet versions of ruby red slippers. I had to have some myself. I found some old shows I didn't wear anymore, took a trip to Joann's and picked up some sequins and glue. I grossly underestimated how many yards of sequins I would need and only had enough to cover one show. In the closet all of it went, until a few weeks ago when I decided to finally finish it. Went to Joann's again picked up more sequins and got to work finishing the other shoe. Here is the finished project. See if you can find where I went wrong...

 You see how one is slightly more red than the other? Yeah, note to anyone attempting this BUY ALL OF YOUR SEQUINS AT THE SAME TIME. I should have known this, being a knitter and all that even sequins have different dye lots. It may not look very noticeable in the picture (or maybe it does) but in person it was quite obvious. You'd think this was the disaster part wouldn't you? But you'd be wrong. After wearing them all around the house doing my little turns on the catwalk I decide I like them and I can still rock these. The very next day I walk into my room and find my shoe looking like this, or rather what was left of it.

Our darling new 5 month old puppy Colt thought this was his shiny new chew toy. Notice how there is very little sequins actually there - yeah he ate most of it. He had shit that would make Liberace jealous. Needless to say I was pissed, but look how adorable he is I couldn't stay mad for long.

What are the lessons we learned here: 1)Buy enough sequins the first time around and 2)Keep your finished projects away from your pups - unless sparkly shit is your thing of course :p


   Oh and I've decided to forgo writing about my daily menus unless I've eaten something new or interesting. I feel like posting menus of meals that I've already mentioned in past posts is pretty boring and I don't really think anyone is helped or interested in what I eat every day, right? Seriously my day to day meal habits are quite boring. If I manage to whip up something good I promise I'll share.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 24 and more...

  Does anyone else feel like they haven't quite grown up? I'm nearly 30 years old yet I feel like I could have just graduated from High School - of course I was skinny then so I mean this mentally not physically. I still watch cartoons; Hello New Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network whaaaaat! I've been known to eat cereal for dinner, I have the sense of humor of a 13 year old boy and I'm a total slob (Yes, Honey I really did admit that). I thought becoming a Mother would instantly change my perspective, but it hasn't. It is still weird to me that I have this little person calling ME Mom. Don't get me wrong I wouldn't change the fact that I am a Mom, but I often wonder when I will finally grow up and if I even want to. The funny thing is I'm not even sure what my definition of grown up is, I just know I'm not there yet.
   I have to believe that my weight issues are the root cause of this feeling of immaturity; or at least part of it. I've been overweight basically since I graduated high school. I cut ties with all but 1 of my friends, I avoid Facebook, Twitter all of the social networking sites for fear of someone from high school seeing how big I've become. With the exception of this blog I virtually don't exist. My boss was actually stunned at how little information you can find on me by Googling my name - And that's how I wanted it.
   I'm pissed at myself for allowing this weight to control my life to the extent that it has. I see women hanging out together and I'm jealous. I have practically no friends of my own, all of my friends now I met through my Husband. I have all of these crazy insecurities that I mask in various ways that have kept me from having really great relationships with people and I really regret that. You know how hard it is to make friends as an adult! It's not like High School where you're forced into these situations where friendships are inevitable.  In High School I had more friends then I could count, got along with everybody and dare I say I was actual popular. I had a pretty rocky senior year; I partied really, really hard and pushed myself to the edge. I met my Husband right after graduation and never looked back. Are these feelings going to go away when the weight does? I have no clue.
Alright, enough rambling. I'm not even sure what my point was - I guess I just wanted to vent a bit. I don't normally like posting any of this heavy type stuff but it can't be shits and giggles all the time and because it's my blog (In my best Cartman voice) "I DO WHAT I WANT".

Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Nothing but coffee. Super busy today didn't even have time to realize I hadn't eaten.

Lunch: Spicy Turkey Sandwich, small side salad

Dinner: Nothing official like, I was too lazy to cook for myself and ended up just eating Salami and Cheese. But It's okay I wasn't actually hungry anyway.

I know that menu is pathetic, I'm a horrible dieter so please don't do what I do! :p

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gettin' all Christmasy up in here...

I. LOVE. THIS. PIC. It puts an instant smile on my face whenever I look at it. I want to be like, totally best friends with these guys. ESPECIALLY the guy on the left - Look at his face! He looks like so much fun!!

Day 23

    Holy hell I ate a shit ton of food yesterday. As I mentioned here I started the day off with cupcakes, followed by Thai food, chips/candy when I got home, again Thai Food from my favorite place washed down with gobs of ice cream. I really took advantage of my cheat day. Seriously though the cupcakes, or rather "bundtinis" as their called, totally made the cheat day worth it. The best cake I've had in I don't even know how long. This is what they look like:

    Now, I should mention the bad side of my cheat day. I had heartburn last night, tossed and turned, had a really hard time waking up this morning and generally just felt like shit. So yeah, wasn't too hard hopping back on the wagon this morning. I know not everyone agrees with cheat days but for me they are a necessity. Anytime I completely cut off any food group it becomes the only thing I can think about. Knowing I have scheduled cheat days allows me to put my mind at ease when I know I can look forward to enjoying food from my favorite places once or twice a month. Sure, it may slow my weight loss but I'm more likely to stick with this for the long haul if I have these day to look forward too. Not that I'm miserable every day with what I'm eating, I really enjoy eating low carb foods, but come on LOOK AT THOSE CAKES! I don't want to live in a world where I can't have one.

Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Strawberry Yogurt, coffee

Lunch: Went to "In and Out" with my boss. Had a Double double with Cheese Protein style (No spread)

Dinner: Breakfast for dinner - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and a piece of Toast

Didn't really snack much today. I think I ate so much yesterday that it killed my appetite for today.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weigh In! Day 22

  Well I'm posting my results early today because today is my planned cheat day and I'm not planning on doing a daily menu for my junk food. Why a cheat day on a Monday? Because it's the farthest day until my next weigh in and I plan on still having a loss this week. I wasn't intending on cheating today but I've been stalled since last Wednesday - I know boo-hoo not really a true stall for most but for me it is. So I'm doing this today and we'll see what happens. If it's a disaster it'll never happen again. So...really, this is an experiment of sorts to see how my body reacts after 3 weeks of having not even a single bite of off diet food. And let me tell ya, I started this cheat day off with a bang - A client delivered mini bundt cakes called Bundtini's that were Heavenly. I had a red velvet, my absolute favorite. Pure yum.

  Dang it, I forgot to take a pic of my TV screen this morning. I keep meaning to take a snaphot of my Wii screen but forgot again. Big surprise.

 Now...Drum roll please...I lost 3lbs! Total of 15lbs since I started on the 14th of November.

Hope everyone had a Wonderful Weekend. Weather's been GORGEOUS here in the Bay Area.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 19

  I had crazy cravings tonight. I almost completely gave in. I'm not really sure why, but I just really wanted everything I couldn't have; it didn't help that we were at a Holiday lights show with all kinds of yummy treat filled booths but I've had little to no appetite/cravings for the past week - I was quite enjoying that. I've had really intense cravings before when dieting, to the point where the only thing I could think of was that chip/cookie/cake and my body would literally ache until I got it; like a junkie waiting for their next hit. I'm not sure why this past three weeks I've been able to get through those cravings when in the past I've given in every single time. Actually I know why, this blog. I know nobody really reads it, or actually very, very few people read it, but for some nutty reason I feel totally accountable to it and I don't want to post about being a failure. I don't know why I care, but I do. And I really think I have an excellent shot at hitting my goal.

Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Creme Fraiche scrambled eggs and bacon - coffee.

Lunch: Usual Friday Indian lunch: Tandoori Chicken, Paneer Masala, Chicken Kofta, Aloo Palak (minus Aloo) and Salad.

Dinner: I had a chili dog made with Half a CK hot dog bun and this awesome chili that I found online. It's made with black soy beans instead of regular beans so the carb count is super low. It's not quite as thick as regular chili, but for the carb count you can't beat it. It's shelf stable so it makes an excellent travel food. If you've been reading my blog you know I'm all about convenience foods so this was right up my alley.

with Cheddar cheese topped with Onions and Sour Cream. Yeah, I like my Hot dogs kinda burnt
I bought mine at locarbu, but if your not in CA Netrition would probably have the best shipping deal.


Cute conversation I had with my son this morning, it went like this: A little back story, I make my sons lunch everyday and Friday's he gets to take a Lunchable. His favorite is the Pizza.

Me: Hey, Ethan do you want me to make a sandwich or do you want a Lunchable today?

Son: Um, sandwich Mom. I want a healthy lunch today.

Me: Really? Ok. But it's Friday your Lunchable day. Are you sure?

Son: Yeah, put an apple and an orange in there too. And NO treat.

Me: What's going on? Did someone tell you something? No treat, really?

Son: I just want to be healthy today. No treat but ONLY today, Mom. You can start the treats again on Monday.

  My son is 7 years old and highly susceptible to Nick Jr. - so I imagine there must have been a very special healthy episode of Dora the Explorer on this morning because any other day he's making negotiations with me to get extra pieces of his Halloween candy with his lunch.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 18

  Thank you Mr. Schwan guy! You must know I'm a total sucker because I bought stuff from you even though I wasn't planning on it, didn't place an order online and didn't call you directly. What I should have done was politely said "Thanks, but no thanks." No, instead I feel bad that you took the time to walk the 10 feet from the curb to my door in the chilly night to ask if I needed anything. Of course I don't need anything hence why I didn't place an order, but feeling bad for no apparent reason whatsoever I cave and buy some carb comfort pecan ice cream and broccoli w/cheese...Both are actually pretty darn good. Damn you Schwan know me too well.

Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Running really late this morning forgot I had to help out my Son's teacher this morning. Managed to grab half a bagel w/cream cheese on the way out.

Lunch: Went to El Pollo Loco with the work crew. Had yummy grilled chicken with Salad. Their cilantro dressing is super yummy I need to find a recipe.

Dinner: My Mom cooked a turkey and brought over a whole spread (of mostly stuff I can't eat). Luckily, I bought the broccoli from the Schwan dude. Had Turkey with a little gravy and Broccoli.

Dessert: 1 serving of the ice cream. It's surprisingly good, creamy and no funky aftertaste.

Snacked on nuts and sunflower seeds. Lots of Green Tea today too.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 17

Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Half a CK Bagel with Cream Cheese, Coffee

Lunch: Half a Spicy Turkey Sandwich and Half a Cup of White Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Soup is from Costco, but I will be trying out a recipe soon!

Dinner: Not really hungry had an Atkins Shake and a small piece of SF/Gluten Free Pumpkin pie I made for Thanksgiving.

Snacked on Nuts and many cups of Hot tea today because it was pretty chilly.

...BTW Did you all hear about "Arrested Development"? I'm so stoked! I love that show I can't wait until 2013!!  Netflix, all is forgiven...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black Friday Thrifty Score

 Three posts in one day whaaat! I guess I'm making up for the 5 days I was off and not trying to bury the before pics...I think I mentioned before I didn't do much Black Friday shopping just went to a few stores for a few very specific items. I did manage to make it to one thrift store where I scored these little gems. I love them to bits and I can't wait for Spring so I can live in them. They totally just make me smile...

$7 bucks at Goodwill

The Dreaded Before pics...

   I've held off posting these for awhile, but I feel to be a proper weight loss blog you have to include them at some point or another, right? So I figured I'd post these now and quickly bury them with a bunch of new posts until they disappear. It took me some time to even find pics I could post because:  1) I'm usually taking the pics hence why I'm in so few of them  2) Well obviously being hefty and all I avoid the lens like a plague and  3) I am a girl with a healthy amount of shame so I had to find ones that I looked somewhat decent in as well. Most of these pics I was either a little over or a little under my start weight of 208. Without further ado here are my before photos. Bleh.

    Also joining me are my Dear Husband and our devil child Sweet Boy...

Day 16

  Here's what passed my lips today...

Breakfast: Creme Fraiche Scrambled Eggs with Bacon - Shout out to Randy Marsh! Where my South Park fans at?!

Lunch: Had a bunch of client meetings with my Boss today so we stopped at Panera for lunch. Somehow this was my first time at Panera. I'm not sure how I managed to avoid this place all these years - oh wait - I do know, because most of the stuff is healthy and you can't find anything fried on the menu. Anywho, I had the Half Soup/Salad combo which consisted of Caesar salad sans croutons and a cup of Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Really yummy.

Dinner: Turkey sandwich with my trusty CK bread, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo and sharp cheese.

Snacked on nuts and an a small apple.

I've noticed some serious appetite suppression the last few days. I have heard that is a side effect of being in ketosis which I currently am in and have been in for the past two weeks. Whatever the cause may be I'll take it! It's nice to be actually full after a meal for once.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 11,12,13,14,15! Weigh In...

   It seems like forever since I've blogged. It's kind of like when you've been on vacation from work and your first day back you have to remember how to function again. Not that blogging is work, but it kinda is. I don't always have something interesting to share and I feel like if I write something it should be somewhat interesting. The problem is the bulk of my day is quite mundane, but I imagine for most people that's the case.

  Well I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday and enjoyed a much needed break. Believe it or not I was totally good this past 5 days. I'm not sure how I did it, but I managed to turn my nose up at all the usual faves. I'm glad I did because it probably would have been another five days until I blogged had I cheated - I would have felt so defeated. Many a board game were played and I also made some chain maille jewelry; That seems to be the key for me. Keeping busy.

  I'm not going to do my usual Day of menu today - was super busy all day playing "Oh yeah that's how you do that..." (Been off of work since Last Wednesday)

Did do my weigh in today...drum roll please.....................Down another 5lbs! Finally NO 2 as the first number in my weight. Yay! 12lbs Total! Hopefully this fat train keeps burning coal because I need to hit my mark by March.

Did anyone hit up any of the Cyber Monday or Small Business Saturday deals? I kind of combined both with my purchase today. LocarbU had a 10% off code today so I bought some more Carb Kruncher bread and a few other products I've been wanting to try. Code is "cybermonday" still a few hours left to use it - If your in California, if not shipping for you might kill this deal.

  Oh and Eversave has an Overstock deal for the next 2 days. $20 credit plus free shipping for $10 bucks! You can view the deal Here!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 10

   Can I just curl up in a ball and sleep through the entire day tomorrow? It's one thing to pass up some naan or a scone, but an entire Holiday centered around food - pure torture. Especially since I have this intense relationship with mashed potatoes; very love hate. We're currently broken up at the moment but I have a tendency to fall for it's buttery charm. I will try and be strong, but I'm not going to lie I've already begun trying to figure how I can turn this day into a "Planned Cheat Day"...It's pure insanity. I don't even really like turkey and stuffing, but I'm going crazy because I know I can't have it. I wish I could just look at food as purely a fuel source. Life would be so much easier. I spend so much of my day concentrating on food, even more now that I'm dieting. It really is like having an addiction - I suppose I'll be going "cold turkey" this Thanksgiving. Sorry, I had too...

Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with Sharp cheddar cheese, coffee

Lunch: Half a CK Bagel Chicken Breast Sandwich

Dinner: Chinese Chicken Salad

Snacked on Carrots, nuts and had some coconut bark.

Enjoy the day with your family and friends...


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 9

Breakfast: Half a CK Bagel with Cream Cheese and Coffee

Lunch: Sweet Tomatoes with the work crew - ate Salad and Minestrone Soup (Picked out the Pasta)

Dinner: Other half of the CK Bagel, made a chicken sandwich. Small Salad

Made some Coconut Bark. Surprisingly good. Here is the base recipe, but if you Google you can find all kinds of variations. I found mine at

3Tbsp. Melted Coconut Oil (I used unrefined because it's what I had)
2Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2-3 packets of Splenda (I used 3 or 4 drops of Liquid Splenda)

Opt: I added chopped nuts

Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Break it up and enjoy! Will need to store leftovers in the Freezer or fridge - So obviously this doesn't really travel well.

I think this recipe is definitely a keeper. I've been burned many a time by low carb recipes that were supposedly good, so I'm very reluctant to try new recipes especially dessert, but this was good.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thrift Store Scores

 I had no intention of thrifting this past weekend; I really didn't. I had planned on just being completely lazy and not changing out of my pj's all weekend. Until my BF called and wanted me to go with him thrifting to find an ugly Christmas sweater for an upcoming party. How could I pass that invitation up? I took him to Saver's my local Mecca for ugly Christmas sweaters and it didn't disappoint. I wish I had brought my camera with me I probably could have talked him into an impromptu ugly fashion show. I'm glad I went. I did find some cool stuff myself. All of it for well under $20 bucks.

The Polka dot top is actually a dress with really flattering gathering under the bust and at the waist, super cute.

Day 8

   I started out today by picking up the most amazing smelling pastries from my local German bakery. No, I didn't cave into temptation, but it was my Boss's b-day and he's not really a cake guy - so I went with fruit and pastries instead. It was quite torturous for me; we have a small office and the buttery smell wafted in the air for hours. More torture followed with lunch when we yet again had Indian food. They served us the biggest freakin' naans I've ever seen in my life - Frisbee size! I resisted, again. Serenity now....

Breakfast: Half a CK Bagel with Cream Cheese, Iced Coffee (Yay I didn't forget breakfast for once)

Lunch: A sampling of different Indian Foods: Palak Paneer, Tandoori Chicken, Murgh Boti, Channa Masala, Chicken Karahi, Chicken Kofta and salad - lots of yum.

Dinner: Not really hungry polished off the remaining Tod Man my Mom brought me last night. It's basically Fish Paste, Red Curry Paste and Chinese Green Beans fried to your liking - in our case we like it pretty deep fried. (The Red Sauce is Spirachi)

Monday Morning Weigh In

   Drum roll please........I lost 7lbs! Now if anyone is wondering, that is mostly from diet alone. I don't really do any planned exercise. That doesn't mean I sit on my ass all the time: I walk the dogs, play with my son, housework and I jump on the treadmill almost never occasionally. I'm sure I'll incorporate exercise in closer to my goal, but for now I'm just content with focusing on the diet part of it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 6 & 7

   Don't you just love lounging around the house in a big comfy sweater with nothing in particular calling you away from your nice spot on the couch. I had a pretty lazy weekend - Which is fine; we have far too many weekend functions planned through the end of the year. I did manage to get some crafting and thrifting done both of which I will post about possibly tomorrow.

Here is what passed my lips today - Saturday is below in pics (Menu for Saturday is entirely low carb)

Breakfast: French Toast (Using CK), Fruit and Bacon

Lunch: Iced Coffee, Some leftover Sausage and a Small salad.

Dinner: Chinese Chicken Salad (Dressing is homemade)

Oh and my Mom made some homemade Tod Man (Fried Fish Cake) Soooooo good and naturally low carb. My Mom is from Thailand and makes the BEST Thai food.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 5

    Well it's Friday and I had originally planned to weigh in and post my results. Unfortunately, I was running late (what's new) and I have this weird rule about not weighing in unless I do it as soon as I wake up.  I suppose it's better this way anyway; I'll be less tempted to stray off plan this weekend if I know I have to weigh in on Monday. Stay tuned...

Breakfast: Yeah, didn't have time this morning. Did happen to munch on a handful of green apple slices before I headed off to work though.

Lunch: I caught up at lunch! We go to my favorite Indian place every Friday at work. I filled my plate with Salad, Tandoori Chicken, Aloo Palak (Minus the Aloo) and Paneer Masala - Yum, yum, yum. I turned my nose up to the oh-so-precious naan, defying my natural instinct to gobble up each warm, soft, buttery piece.

Dinner: Chicken from El Pollo Loco and a side salad.

Snacked on a Protein Bar and Sunflower seeds.

I've never mentioned it before, because it kind of goes without saying; I drink a lot of water. Like, a TON.  I try and chug down a glass before every meal. Not so fun at night though - I've half asleep walked into walls many a time...

Here Piggy piggy...

    My Son just recently celebrated his 7th B-day. He decided MONTHS ago that he was going to have a pinata for his b-day. About a month ago he decided that he wanted an "Angry Birds" pinata. I explained to him that it would make more sense to make a pig since that's the point of the game, to knock out the pigs -because pinatas have to make sense, right? This was my first time making a pinata and probably my last. I see why people just buy them; I was picking plaster of Paris out of my hair and nails for days! No...kidding, it wasn't really that bad. I'll spare you the details of the process, but I'll list what I used to make it.

Plaster of Paris 
1 Large Punch Balloon
Green Crepe Paper
Felt  (Light Green and Black)
Tape  (I think I used Duct because I couldn't find the painters)
Newspaper strips
Wire Hangar
Styrofoam Cups (Ears, Eyes, Nose)
Glue (For the felt)
Crown - Found that foam shape at the dollar store

Oh I had also planned to make Angry Birds masks for the kids to wear while they beat the living daylights out of this Pinata, but only managed to get one done in time so I scrapped that idea. If you get time to do that it's really cute and plays into the whole theme really well.

Depending on what you already have at home, you can get this done for well under $10 bucks!

(The head looks kind of caved in on the right, it wasn't. Just a weird angle of the photo)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 4

   Do you ever just forget to eat? I definitely had planned to eat breakfast this morning; put it all together in my head as I was driving home from my Son's school. I got home, fed the dogs, made myself coffee and started working on my laptop. 9:30am rolls around and I realize I need to pack up and head to the office. I chug down my coffee and go to work. Around noon the hunger shakes creeped in and it was that exact moment that I realize I never did eat breakfast. Of course by then I'm ravenous. I somehow managed to only eat my low carb burger and never once reached for my bosses fries - and they were waffle fries, WAFFLE FRIES!!

Breakfast: Coffee

Lunch: Lettuce wrapped mushroom swiss burger (Yes, it's as messy as you imagine)

Dinner: My breakfast that I had planned. Leftover taco meat with scrambled eggs and cheese wrapped in a low carb tortilla (I use Mission Low Carb Tortillas)

Snacked on Carrots/Hummus, Sunflower seeds and nuts.

Hummus among us

   I picked up this Hummus yesterday – Holy hell it’s good. I really only started eating hummus a year ago, but since then I’ve become a hummus eatin’ fool. One of these days I’ll be brave enough to attempt making my own, but seeing how maybe 50% of everything I make actually comes out edible you can understand my reluctance. I prefer people that actually know what they are doing to make my food. My family does too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Currently Lusting

Since I wasn't born 6 feet tall...

Day 3

Breakfast: Yogurt and Coffee

Lunch: Soup at Hand Chicken w/mini noodles

Dinner: Taco Salad

Dessert: Jell-O SF Caramel Mousse

Snacked on Green apple slices, carrots/hummus.

                  I love taco salad. I could probably eat this every day...

Yummy, yummy yogurt!

   Greek yogurt is all the rage right now. For good reason – it’s all kinds of good for you.  I was never a real big yogurt eater before, but since low carbing and my limited options I’ve started eating it again. When I first tried Greek yogurt I nearly puked. It tasted like I was eating really thick sour cream – don’t get me wrong I love me some sour cream, just not for breakfast. I tried to like it: added fruits, nuts, peanut butter, syrups all kinds of different things looking for that awesome combination that tasted like store bought yogurt. Not until I found Nature's Hollow SF spreads did I find that perfect culmination of yum. 

Here’s what I do: 

Take 1 heaping ¼ cup of Greek Yogurt (I use Full Fat or 2% Fage whichever I can find) I Tbsp. of SF jam (Usually Strawberry or Mountain Berry) and because I like my yogurt fairly sweet I add 1 drop of EZ-Sweetz (Liquid Splenda) and voila! Yummy sugar free yogurt. From here you can add fruit, nuts, chocolate whatever your little heart desires. 

You can find Nature's Hollow Jam at Sprout Markets or online at
EZ Sweetz you can find on

                                          Easy Peasy Breakfast....  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 2

Still feeling a bit under the weather; not very hungry. Here's what passed my lips today:

Breakfast: Chorizo chicken sausage and eggs again.

Lunch: Campbell's Soup at Hand Creamy Chicken Soup

Dinner: "French Bread" Pizza - Consists of  1 Half of a Carb Krunchers Hot dog bun, Mexican Cheese (All I had), Pepperoni and Tomato Sauce (Forget the brand but it comes in a can - I freeze little 1 Carb cubes in ice trays and pull them out when I need them)

My Pizza...

I snacked on Carrots/Hummus and True North Pecan/Almond/Peanut clusters. I really need to go grocery shopping as my menus are lacking proper greenery. To be honest I'm not a huge vegetable fan, but I understand and appreciate their importance.


I recently discovered Pinterest – I know, a little late to the game – welcome to my life! I was discovering all kinds of new interesting recipes and crafts it was great…I click to join, need an invite. Okay, gotta be one of the cool kids to join. I wait patiently, a few days to get my official invite – oh joy! I start imagining all the wonderful images I will begin to pin, comments I will post then BAM! STOP! DO NOT PASS GO! you need to have a FB or Twitter to join. 
     Holy hell, SERIOUSLY! Now, I know I brought this on myself being one of the only if not THEE ONLY 29 year old living in the Silicon Valley with neither. I have my reasons. I had a stalker in High School - No joke. I’ve been fairly private ever since. Yes, starting a blog sharing my inner most thoughts isn’t exactly living in a shack out in the middle of the woods, but a girls gotta have something. I’ve started a blog at least half a dozen times before quickly deleting it; so the fact that this blog has been live for 3 days and counting is HUGE for me…but I digress…WTF Pinterest show some love for us anti-social people. If you’re reading this – which you’re probably not but whatever – rethink your policy. I’ve googled things, it’s not pretty for you. Many people in my position. Show us some love, Pinterest. Show us some love...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 1

Bumpy start to day 1; Woke up with ringing in my ear, wtf? Been slightly dizzy ever since.

Here's what my menu for the day looked like:

Breakfast: 1 Chorizo Chicken Sausage and two eggs.

Lunch: Not really hungry had an Atkins Chocolate Shake.

Dinner: Grilled cheese w/peppered turkey

I snacked on salami and not much else. I drank water and Diet Pepsi all day.

I should probably tell you all what diet I am doing. I'm not necessarily following any specific diet per se, but I am watching my carbs. I'm trying not to have more than 40 carbs per day. The reason I do low carb is because I don't have time/desire to count calories. With low carb I know I can have a big steak or fish and not worry too much about how many calories I consumed. Now, I know my limits and that doesn't mean I can slam a pound of bacon with no reprocussions either.

I shop a lot online from various different low carb/health food stores. One product I can NOT live without is Carb Krunchers bread. I buy their bagels/bread/buns and use it to make sandwiches, pizza, bread crumbs basically anything you would use regular bread for. The bread has tons of fiber so I feed it to my son too and he can't tell the difference - especially once butter has been slathered all over it and it's grilled.

I do recommend eating it toasted, right out of the bag your going to be like wtf? Once it's warmed it's an awesome replacement.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

30 or BUST

Knock knock. Who's there? It's 30 and I'm right around the corner.

I've promised myself that I will be healthier aka "Thinner" by the time I turn 30 (in March). For the past decade I've been hovering around 200lbs - currently at about 210, ugh. My childhood and teen years I was a rail. People would always comment on how skinny I was; give my mother nasty looks for "not feeding me". It all started when I met my "Husband" (We're not married but we've been together 11 years and have a son together so for blogging sake I'll refer to him as my Husband) We were pretty young, I was 19 he was 25 and we were broke living out of a garage in a house full of skaters. I think we ate pasta and butter every day for weeks, occasionally we had sauce and on a good day we had garlic bread to go with it. Though we were broke, we were happy and life was good. Obviously one cannot live on pasta and butter and keep a girlish figure - I was no exception. Years went on a few of them tumultuous, Our son came along and dieting and exercise took time that I just couldn't figure out how to factor in. Plus, come on unhealthy food is so freakin' good. I really just love food. Now I just need to learn to love the right foods.

So there it is. I'm putting it all out there for everybody (or nobody) to see. I'm hoping this blog will keep me accountable when nothing else has. Maybe I'll be brave enough to post a picture, maybe.