Monday, February 20, 2012

Cooking Up a Plan

You guys, thank you for all the tips about breakfast.  Every one of you is more creative than me.  I hate breakfast food and usually either skipped it or ate some kind of cereal.  On my good days it wasn't Quaker Oh's (yes, they still make those) or Froot Loops.

After your advice, I made these on Saturday.

Those are Broccoli and Cheese Mini Omelets from the website Skinny Taste.  I'm going to write more about that site later because it's incredible, but back to breakfast.  Those little suckers were good, and that's coming from a lady who doesn't particularly care for eggs.  They keep in the fridge for three days.  I'm going to add them to my rotation.

I'm also going to once again try yogurt.  It's going to be hard.  I'm going to have my mom go light a candle for me at church.  Fingers crossed.

My mom is turning to alternative methods to get through these last five weeks of living with me.

Sorry for the ADD related sidetrack.

So anyway, I weighed myself yesterday and it turns out that I have lost 6.5 pounds since the day of my hip surgery.  This is shocking as I spent six weeks lying in bed eating peach rings.  I am guessing that means since I have started my new exciting weight loss plan, I've lost about ten pounds.  Drop in the bucket, but a great start!

So what am I doing?  I'm being a Stepford Wife, according to my darling drunken mother.  The key to my weight loss in the past has been cooking my own food.  Since I love to cook, this shouldn't be a problem.  Unfortunately I am lazy and once 6 PM rolls around most nights, I'd rather heat up a pizza, go to Chipotle or get take out than figure out what's for dinner.

Three weeks ago, I downloaded an iPad app called Menu Planner.  It was $2.99 and worth every penny.  You can easily import recipes from different websites in just a couple of clicks.  Then it lets you schedule on a calendar what you're having for dinner during the week.  With the press of a button, it generates your grocery list.  How cool is that?

(I am not being paid to rave about this app.  I also still can't grocery shop so I should say "it generates my mother's grocery list" but you guys get what I mean).

Here's our meal plan from last week.

I've been making one light (but delicious) main course and two veggies as side dishes.  So far, the fam has been pleased.

I don't want to make this blog all about weight loss, but I was thinking on Mondays I could post our meal plan for the week and link to recipes, and then maybe review recipes on another day.  Then I'll update on what the scale says once a month.

Because I'm still broken, I can't exercise.  Well, I'm doing little things at rehab, but for a while, the gym is out. It's going to be interesting to see how this whole thing is going to work just concentrating on diet.

One of my biggest motivators on my last trip down the scale was progress pictures.  With that being said, here are my before pictures.  Yes, I'm putting them behind a link.  I am in a red bathing suit so please don't mistake me for Pamela Anderson in her Baywatch days.

And here is the plan for dinner for this week.

MONDAY:  Cooking Light Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti
TUESDAY: Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce
WEDNESDAY:  Panko Crusted Tilapia
THURSDAY: Cooking Light Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
FRIDAY: Cooking Light Monterey Jack, Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto

Saturday is leftover night and Sunday we eat out usually.

I have a lot more to say about this weight loss stuff in the next couple of days, but right now I have to once again go out furniture shopping because in 28 HOURS I will be a new homeowner!!!!!!!!!


  1. Soooo excited!! 28 hours Awwww yeah! :) ps. This week's dinner plan sounds absolutely delicious. Especially Tuesday and Wednesday.

  2. You know you're ALWAYS invited for dinner, my beloved. ALWAYS.

  3. I originally found your blog because I am always in search of other people's opinion's on weight loss. I saw that you lost so much weight and then got sucked in (in a good way) with your illness. I'm so glad you're on the mend. Congrats on the new home...and thanks for the recipe's and links. I like to know / see what other people eat. I lost 80lbs on WW's 6 years ago and gained 40 back. I'm working on it too...but its hard!

  4. Thought you might like this article:

    Also had a few suggestions for breakfast that are generally quick and easy and don't involve yogurt or eggs:
    Banana breakfast
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
    1/6 cup pomegranate juice
    1 tablespoon dried unsweetened cranberries
    1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
    1/2 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
    1 banana sliced.
    Stick it all in a bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. It's easy to eyeball this and not measure once you know what it looks like.

    Blueberry Oatmeal
    3/4 cup water
    1/8 tsp cinnamon
    1/8 cup dry rolled oats
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 medium banana
    1/2 medium chopped, cored, peeled apple
    1/2 oz chopped walnuts
    1 tbsp dried, unsweetened cranberries

    In a saucepan, combine the cups of water, cinnamon and oats. Simmer until the oatmeal is creamy. Add the blueberries and banana. Cook for 5 minutes, or until hot, stirring constantly. Mix in the apple and the walnuts.

    Creamy Fruit and Berry Smoothie
    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    1/4 cup vanilla soy or almond milk
    1/4 cup frozen strawberries
    1/4 cup frozen blueberries
    1/4 cup frozen peaches
    1/2 banana
    1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
    Blend all ingredients together.

  5. Kel, I love these! Thank you! Did Annie tell you my new house is just blocks away from the Amtrak station and a train to Memphis? Seems like a sign to me!

  6. Thanks, Anne! You'll love that skinny taste website. The cheese sticks are unbelievable. Good look on your weight crap too.