Weight Loss Progress

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Recipe Wednesday

This is a recipe for Stage 4 Lap Band patients; is it pretty- no. But it tastes good and gets the nutrition in, the protein in, and some veggies in.

I hope you enjoy the recipe as I have enjoyed this meal for the past three days. I used half a small package of ground turkey and this has lasted me three days for lunch and dinner. Before that would have been one or maybe two meals. What a difference a band makes!

Turkey A' La Ash


1/2 of a small package of ground turkey (90% fat free)
1/2 cup of sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
1 cup frozen chopped spinach
Garlic Powder to taste
3 tablespoons cumin
1 package chili mix
1 cup salsa
One large tablespoon of Chobani FF Yogurt


  1. Heat large saute pan over medium heat
  2. Once hot add mushrooms and cook until brown
  3. Microwave 1 cup frozen chopped spinach with 2 tbs water for 2 minutes
  4. Once mushrooms are browned add ground turkey, garlic powder, and cumin.
  5. As turkey cooks make certain to chop up turkey very fine (don't want any PB's)
  6. When turkey is practically done add spinach, chili mix, and salsa. 
  7. Add more spices as needed. Cook until meat, chili mix and spinach are all properly mixed. 
  8. When serving add one large tablespoon of Chobani FF Yogurt to top (in place of sour cream for taste, texture, and protein boost)
This is a basic recipe that is not pretty, but for those of us on soft foods who are budget conscious and can't afford seafood every meal then it is an option. And after not eating for one month it tastes damn good! ;-)

Food Log
Breakfast: One egg omelet with one oz shredded mexican cheese w/ salsa and ketchup 
Lunch: Turkey A' La Ash
Snack: One cup of milk with 2/3 scoop of protein powder
Dinner: Turkey A'La Ash (1 cup pho broth and 1/2 a shrimp)

50 oz of water
30 minutes of walking at brisk pace on treadmill (three days of the gym in a row!! woot woot!)

Goodnight everyone. Tomorrow is weight-in day and I am really not expecting much in terms of weight loss, but maybe a miracle will happen overnight! <3

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trigger Foods

I was reading a post over at Obesity Help and one woman said that she attends Weight Watchers and OA as well as participates in many online forums/support groups. One of the activities she had to do for OA is to write down a list of all of her trigger foods, from there she decided to cut them out of her life for good. I am going to create a list of my trigger foods and then cut them out permanently.

Trigger Foods

  1. Double Stuffed Oreos (Goodbye my love!!!!!)
  2. Milk Chocolate (Hershey and Cadbury Dairy Milk)
  3. Peanut Butter Cups
  4. Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard from DQ 
  5. Pretty much all food with loads of added sugar (not natural sugar); ie, cakes, yodels, ice cream, muffins, cupcakes, etc.
  6. Anything with a cartoon animal on the box (usually signifies sweets and chocolate and sugar)
  7. Snacky foods (pretzels, chips, etc) 
This is my list of Trigger Foods, it is a work in progress and I most likely will be adding food to the list as I continue to relearn how to eat and live, but it is a start. 

I know this may seem crazy to say I will never eat these foods again, but I really think that I am better off without them. The foods on that list trigger something inside of me to crave more and eat more and then crave more. I need to stop the cycle and with that I need to continue not having them be any part of my life.  So goodbye Mr. DoubleStuffed. Goodbye Mr. Hershey and Mr. Cadbury. Goodbye Mr. Reeces and your wife Mrs. Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard. Goodbye the evil spirt known as Sugar. And goodbye Mr. Carb/Sugar filled snack! Your services are not required here anymore, so please leave respectfully so  no one gets hurt! 

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Food Log

Breakfast: 1 egg with 1 slice of american cheese and salsa/ketchup
Lunch: 4oz of turkey/mushroom/spinach chili & 1oz mixed fruit
Snack: One cup 1% milk w/ half a scoop Body Fortress Whey Protein
Dinner: 4.5 oz turkey/mushroom/spinach chili & .5oz creamed spinach
Water: 50oz

Gym: 28 minutes on the treadmill walking (2 days in a row- thanks Josie for the support!)

I am proud of my progress whether I see a weight loss this week or not I am definitely living a healthier lifestyle. 

Goodnight! <3

Monday, May 16, 2011

At the gym today!

Today I went back to the gym for the first time in many months. I walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill and then did 20 minutes of biking and finished it all off with 15 minutes of stretching. While this might not have been much for some people I think that this was definitely a step in the right direction for me. And I am proud of me!

For dinner I made this mixture of ground turkey, mushrooms, spinach, chili mix, salsa, and chobabi yogurt on top. It was actually pretty good although it looked pretty ugly! I packed some for my lunch tomorrow, measured it out and everything.

I am measuring out about 4-5oz per meal and eating pretty much all of it. I hope I am not eating too much b/c they say to eat 4oz, but I am only a little over and usually that is veggies. I am also drinking my new protein powder with 1% milk and I am working on my water (today I didn't do so bad).

Well, today is hectic and I have like eight things to do before bed, so goodnight all. I will make more time for you all tomorrow.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday's Status Update

Today I had Sunday Dinner over at my parents and for the first time in five weeks I actually ate a somewhat normal meal. The amount of food was drastically different then before, but I was able to eat a small piece of tilapia and a few tablespoons of soft vegetables.  It was excellent! I paced myself during the meal taking 30 minutes to finish my meal and only once or twice did I notice that since I was in conversation I did not chew my food to a pureed consistency. Overall, my meal tonight was excellent on all levels.

For dessert my Mom got me this Jell-O Pudding Swirl that is Sugar Free and Sugar Free Cool Whip. Well, I don't know if I just didn't like it or if maybe my tastes are changing but I thought that it sucked. I had one or two spoonfuls and that was it.

For this week I bought ground chicken and ground turkey with a bunch of different types of seasoning (taco, chili, fajita, tomatoes w/ garlic, and some Indian jarred stuff that was not that horrible for you) and zucchini, mushrooms, and potatoes for vegetables.

In Cooking Light Magazine this month they had some really good recipes for microwaved potatoes that you then "smash" up to make smashed potatoes. You add different spices and you get different types of smashed potatoes. I will give that a try this week and see how they are. I will report back to you all on that one.

Tomorrow I am going to go to the gym with Josie after work. I think I am finally ready to start going again and with Josie as my support team I will keep going!

My water intake for today was so/so. I think probably around 40oz and one cup of tea. Not horrible, but considering my soy sauce intake from yesterday I probably could use some more!

My menu for today was:

Breakfast: One egg omelet with one piece of 2% cheese (awesome and my new go to breakfast)
Lunch: Protein Shake (1 cup 1% milk with 2/3 scoop of Whey Protein-Chocolate) <Finally, found a shake I like!!!!>
Dinner: 4oz tiliapia and 1 oz mixed sautéed vegetables (squash, onions, and tomatoes).
Dessert: 1oz pudding (if that, I really did not like it)

I have decided I am going to start taking pictures again. Pictures for the blog but also pictures in general. I have an iPhone 4 with a really good camera, a Canon Point-and-Shoot digital camera, and a Canon DSLR.  I enjoy photography, so I am going to start utilizing that outlet again. I have also started reading a bit, my Aunt Helen got me a ton of books from the library, so that is one other thing to keep me busy. I am going to start working out tomorrow. And I am toying with the idea of starting to play golf again once the weather gets nicer, but I would need clubs and that could end up being expensive. Golf may have to wait for next year. But I should be good with walking, going to the gym and working out, cooking, blogging, photography, and reading.

We will see, but I am feeling good and hope that this week I will see the scale moving downwards.

Have a good night everyone. Sleep tight. <3