Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Menu Plan Review

In January I planned out many of the meals we had using the recipes I have pinned on Pinterest.  I love to try new things and I have a lot of recipes saved on my Pinterest boards.  All of the recipes in this post you can find on my board "Recipes to Try" except for the recipe for lentil soup which is just a recipe I make in my head when I cook it.  I promised to come back and let you know how the meals were and what we liked.  So here it goes...
  • January 13 - Forgotten Chicken - We had this for a late lunch and it was DELICIOUS!  It will definitely go into our dinner rotation because it was E-A-S-Y and oh, so tasty.  I highly recommend it.
  • January 14 - Beef & Bean Taco Casserole - This one reminded of an appetizer dip recipe I've had for years and we really liked this one.  You can eat it burrito style by using it as filling for a tortilla shell or eat it as a dip with tortilla chips.  Both ways was pretty tasty and I would make this one again.
  • January 15 - Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup - This was not my favorite version of this soup.  I have had a chicken enchilada soup in the past that was hearty and more filling than this one.  So if I made this recipe again I would put in more chicken, beans, and add in some masa harina (ground corn flour) to thicken it a little.
  • January 16 - Beef & Broccoli - I ended up getting sick and we never tried out this recipe so I am trying to work it into our rotation again so we can try it.
  • January 17 - Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken - This was VERY good.  We really liked it.  I didn't add the optional jalapenos it called for since my kids were eating it too and they don't like their food too spicy.  If I was making it for just my hubby and me, I would go ahead and add some jalapeno, but the flavor was still really good without the extra spice and we will definitely make this again.
  • January 18 - Baked Cheddar Broccoli Rice Cups - I ended up cooking some sausage and adding it into this recipe because the original one didn't have any meat in it and I wanted these to be a little more like a main dish instead of just a side dish.  They were T-A-S-T-Y and Baby Bear gobbled up her dinner quickly that night.  Usually she takes forever, but she kept saying how good they were and trust me they were good!  They even reheated well and Buddy Bear and I devoured the leftovers before anyone else could take them.  We will make them again.
  • January 19 - Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli - Oh my word!!!  This one will be made repeatedly and everyone begged me to make it again and again and again....
  • January 20 - Lentil Soup (this recipe is not in my Pinterest board, I created it myself)
  • January 21 - Taco Pie - This is one recipe that is just not for us.  It had barbecue sauce and taco seasoning in it and that was just a combination that we did not like.  I would not make this one again, but it was just a matter of personal taste.
  • January 22 - Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup - We didn't use the ricotta cheese that this recipe called for.  My hubby is just not a big fan of ricotta and usually when I make my lasagna I use cottage cheese.  This time I just left out the ricotta and the soup was just okay.  I guess maybe I should have followed the recipe exactly.  I am undecided as to whether or not I would make this again.
  • January 23 - Enchirritos - Oh so T-A-S-T-Y!!!  This one is a keeper and we will definitely make it repeatedly.  I could go on and on about this one, but you just have to make it for yourself.  It is worth every calorie.
  • January 24 - Chicken Cordon Bleu - This was a quick and easy version of chicken cordon bleu and it was very good.  It reheated well and we would eat this again.
  • January 25 - Cheesy Vegetable Chowder - We really liked this quick and easy soup.  It was a great way to use up some of our veggies from the freezer and the leftovers reheated well.  All of these things are qualities of a good recipe in this house, one that will be made again. 
  • January 26 - Asian Turkey Meatballs (this is in a group of recipes called 100 Healthy Six Sisters Recipes) - We had this one as a late afternoon lunch and it was very good and very filling.  Everyone liked it and I would definitely make it again.
  • January 27 - Creamy Garlic Pasta - WOW!!!!  That was the only thing I could say about this recipe as I was trying it.  I am a pasta lover and this one had my taste buds in pure bliss.  It was worth every calorie and I will make it again.
  • January 28 - Fake Out Take Out Chicken Lettuce Wraps - I only used half the amount of brown sugar that is called for in this recipe because we just are not fans of sweet meat for dinner.  My family really did like these and I will make them again and probably use even less brown sugar just because of our tastes.
  • January 29 - Southwest Chicken Soup - This one was like a white chicken chili and I initially thought that my kids would not like it, but they gobbled it up and asked for seconds.  We will definitely make this one again.
  • January 30 - Smoked Turkey Cobb Wraps (this is in a group of recipes called 100 Healthy Six Sisters Recipes) - These were quick and easy to make and they were healthy and tasty.  We will definitely have them again.
  • January 31 - Taco Roll-ups - These just didn't turn out right for me.  I was in a rush when I tried to make them and something was just off.  I will try making them again as we love Mexican food and I want to give the recipe a fair try.
Overall it was a great experience trying my Pinterest recipes.  I plan to do it again.  I pin the things I want to try and like my hubby says, if I just keep pinning without trying, I am getting nowhere.  I recommend Pinterest (although it is a little addicting) and I recommend following me on there if you want to see what I would love to try, not just for recipes, but for crafts, home schooling, exercise, and the list goes on.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesday

I have been blogging about my weight loss journey since the beginning of December and although sometimes I haven't wanted to blog, I have.  I think it is important to be real in my journey and for you to know that I have struggled, I have had ups and downs, and I have had days where I just haven't wanted to do what I know I should be doing.  Somedays instead of this feeling like a journey it has felt like a battle and all of the old comforts that I have loved have beckoned me and tempted me.  In the end I know it is just not worth it and it is really just moments of weakness, but they have been struggles.  I am still working on a concrete plan that I wish I could tell you was a guarantee to work, but the truth is that I am human and I am just taking it all one step at a time.  I have to face each decision as they come and choose in that moment what I am going to do - will I give in or will I push through?  That being said this past week I have chosen not to focus so much on my weight.  I decided to take a break and not worry about the scale.  It is not something I do every week, but every once in awhile my focus gets off and I get way too worried about a number defining me which is exactly what I do not want to do.  So I didn't weigh every day, I didn't exercise every day (my body was really, really sore and I needed to take a break before I got injured), and I even had a few desserts in the last week.  I didn't just fall off the wagon and cave into every whim, but I did try to make sure I got in plenty of water, ate fruits and veggies every day, and do some little things that aren't really exercise, but burned a few calories - I ran up and down the stairs a few more times, squatted a few extra times grabbing the laundry, etc.  I just didn't focus so hard on a number on the scale and a formal form of exercise.  I needed a mental break.  It was a good thing because I actually ended up breaking my plateau and losing 1.5 pounds.  I am pretty happy about breaking the plateau and I think it will help me find some focus to get completely back on the right track.  So as of today I have lost a total of 9.5 pounds and that is a good thing.


Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Finish first 30 day fitness challenge 1/30/13
Start 30 Day Fitness Challenge at high intensity 2/1/13 - I stopped this last week due to muscle fatigue, it kept working out the same muscles over and over to the point that I felt if I continued at the high intensity level, I would get injured.  I am in the process of getting started on a different workout and I will add this one back in eventually.
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 40 lbs.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Weight-Plateau Wednesday


So as you can see from my title this week, I have hit a plateau.  I have been eating fairly well, exercising regularly, and getting my water in, so I am not quite sure why I have hit the plateau, but I have.  I am doing some reflecting to see what other changes or tweaks I can make and when I figure it out I will let you know.  I didn't gain this week and I didn't lose which I guess is good, but I know I should be losing.  

Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Finish first 30 day fitness challenge 1/30/13
Start 30 Day Fitness Challenge at high intensity 2/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 42 lbs.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesday

Not much to report today on the weight loss front.  I seem to have hit a plateau and keep bouncing back and forth between two numbers that are one half pound apart.  Today I was on the higher side of that number and scale shows a half pound gain.  I am determined to not let this defeat me.  I know that I have been doing the right things, eating the right food, drinking enough water, and working out harder.  So I am thinking that my body is just trying to catch up with the changes.  I have lost a total of eight pounds and kept them off.  I know I can lose more, because I have seen lower numbers.  I am just in a little bit of a slump right now.


Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Finish first 30 day fitness challenge 1/30/13
Start 30 Day Fitness Challenge at high intensity 2/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 42 lbs.