Archive for July, 2012

The final countdown!

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I can’t believe the day is almost here! My final week in Phase 1! It’s been sooooo long since I last updated, but here are the latest stats. This should be my last week, then I have 2 weeks on Phase 2, then 2 weeks on Phase 3, then…..Drum roll please….maintenance! I am in dream territory, moved from a tight 16 to a size 2!

I went to The Limited yesterday and was a size 2/XS there, not just at Old Navy.  I always see ON as vanity sizers, so took it with a grain of salt, but having it ‘confirmed’ at another store was very cathartic! I have been clearance rack shopping like crazy! But I really do need it, I have absolutely none of my old clothes I fit into anymore. Poor me…lol.

WI# 1: -9lb, -1.19%;
WI# 2: -6lb, -1.01%;
WI# 3: travel for WI;
WI# 4: -6lb, -0.95%;
WI# 5: -5lb, -0.79%;
WI# 6: -3lb, -0.57%;
WI# 7: -3lb, -0.55%;
WI# 8: -3lb, -0.60%;
WI# 9: -4lb, -0.69%;
WI#10:-2lb, -0.50%;
WI#11: -4lb, -0.76%;
WI#12: travel for WI;
WI#13: -5lb, -0.76%;
WI#14: -2lb, -0.48%;
WI#15: -.4lb, -0.09%;
WI#16: -4lb, -0.98%;
WI#17: -2lb, -3.70%
WI#18: -2lb, -0.87%
WI#19: -3lb, -0.53%
WI#20: travel for WI
WI#21: -3lb, -1.40%

My pantry list…no veggies spoil at my house…

Friday, July 6th, 2012

This is what my pantry and fridge look like…I pretty much buy a huge ton of veggies – my cart is filled with each of these veggies every Saturday.  And I buy the frozen bags of rhubarb, saves me crisper space!

Ginger Root, Cilantro, Garlic
Bell peppers
Green onions

Chicken breast
Ground turkey
Turkey tenderloin
Beef fajitas
Pork loin
Egg whites
Canned seafood (tuna, salmon, etc for meat emergencies)

Miracle Noodles Fettuccine & Rice
Stevia packets/Sweet Leaf Drops
WF Pancake Syrup
WF Fruit Spread (strawberry for rhubarb, apricot for stir fry)
WF Sesame ginger dressing
WF Spicy BBQ Sauce
WF Caramel sauce
Licorice, fennel, & peppermint tea

EVOO & Grapeseed oil
Apple cider vinegar
Salt & pepper
Soy sauce, Tabasco
Baking powder
Cream of tartar
Apple pie spice, Pumpkin pie spice, Cinnamon
Lemon pepper, Fajita seasoning, French fry seasoning

These are a few of my favorite things…

Friday, July 6th, 2012

So, I made a pretty extensive list of my favorite veggies & related recipes on the 3FC forum I thought I would record here ‘for posterity’.

These recipe links are AWESOME for any IPer or Veggie Lover:

Zucchini – I make them 3 ways, all in sweet type dishes. 1. Shredded in my crispy cereal unrestricted pancakes,
2. baked apple chips
3. mock baked apples <-my favorite, can turn #3 into an apple crumble w/crispy cereal or oatmeal
Cauliflower – 1. I roast w/celery & garlic, purée, and add to soups,
2. I grate and make ‘fried rice’,
3. just roasted with spices like popcorn
Rutabaga – rutabaga fries, hands down delicious, prefer them over turnips personally
Kale – Kale chips, when you crave that salty, crunchy texture, I think that’s my fave too…
Spinach – I have this every weekday morning in my cafe mocha spinach smoothie <-hold on, that’s my fave
Lettuce – ive been adding in a heart of romaine w/my spinach smoothie for more bulk, don’t really eat salads anymore
Asparagus & Mushrooms – who doesn’t love them grilled or cooked with just about anything
Green onions – I spray with evoo, sprinkle w/fajita seasoning and grill them….sooooo good
Rhubarb – 1. I nuke it for 5 minutes w/WF strawberry spread & eat it as is, 2. Make rhubarb upside down cake with crispy cereal <-wait, thats my fave,
3. add it to raspberry jelly
Poblano, bell pepper, jalapeño – I roast & purée with garlic for a spicy soup thickener, also stuffed peppers are good w/ground turkey
Celery – Braised celery, great recipe I found & posted using an egg white makes a creamy sauce I’ve been missing.
Cucumber – I julienne w/my mandoline to make ‘noodles’ I use with my miracle noodle Asian stirfry (wf sesame ginger, wd peanut spread, soy, fresh ginger, sriracha, cilantro), can do zucchini noodles too

Any combination of veggies can be roasted & pureed with some garlic, spices, & chicken broth to create a soup or sauce by itself or thickener for IP soups.

I am going to try and venture out with cabbage and jicama next.  Honestly – I have been loving all the new veggies and wonder why I haven’t been eating like this my whole life!