So I am still working on getting rid of supplies that I have kicking around the kitchen. Here’s the thing I think I’m going to change it up and instead of posting what I ate in a blog post I’ll be posting pictures of everything that I’ve cooked on my Facebook page and my instagram. That way I can actually spend time blogging about other things like new workouts and more about how life is after weight loss surgery…..
Food was pretty simple yesterday as we had so many leftovers from the weekend. Breakfast was banana bread bake, lunch was leftover pizza casserole and supper was leftover roast beef dinner. Today’s however I did cook again. Breakfast was a shake for me and the kids had cereal. Lunch was Sammies for the kids and leftover roast beef for me. Supper I am really excited about even thou I haven’t eaten it yet it’s cooked and packed for work. I made some meatloaf in my electric pressure cooked and mashed potatoes. My meatloaf usually takes over an hour to cook but it took about 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. That’s some major time savings for this mama. And the mashed potatoes took 10 minutes! I have to say the more I use my pressure cooker the more I love it!. Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about sleep.
So I have some off and on insomnia issues that come and go as they see fit. Sadly that means that I can become irritable and fall into some bad habits like watching tv till 3 am and having to be awake again at 7 am. On Sunday night I was exhausted but feared that I would get all comfortable in bed only to lie there wide awake. So I decided to take some melatonin. Now I talked to my doctor about it before taking it so I encourage you to talk to you Dr as well before taking any supplement or sleep aid. I went to bed around 730 and by 8pm I was out cold and it was wonderful. It was the best sleep I’ve had in months! I woke up feeling rested and ready to take on the day. I was more productive yesterday then I have been in a long time. I was able to catch up on all the laundry including fold and put it away, homeschool the kids, play with the kids and go shopping all before work. And I didn’t even need a nap before going to work. It just goes to show how much our minds and bodies need sleep. Last night I didn’t take anything to help me sleep but I had another great night sleep and another productive day. Here’s to hoping I sleep well again tonight.
Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.
I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.
The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!
On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate
double chocolate breakfast bakes
chicken parmesan wrap
chicken cordon blue wraps
home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket
roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)
and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.
We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.
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Working out to me isn’t a chore but I know to a lot of people it can be. But guess what it doesn’t have to be. There are people like me that like working out in the gym, but it can be quite expensive. I actually gave up my gym membership a few months ago not because of the cost but because I never seemed to be able to get to the gym.
So what do I do you ask? Well I recently signed up for BeachBody On Demand since I can do the workouts at home. But honestly you don’t have to sign up for any programs to get your workouts. You can go for a walk, a jog or a run if that’s your thing. You can dance your way to a healthier you. You can play tag with your kids. Or you can do what I did today which was go skating.
Over the years of yo yo dieting I would always try to stick to workout regiments that I hated but thought I had to do to lose weight. It wasn’t until I looked into all my options and really thought about what I liked that I no longer dreaded working out.
I also want to update you on what we ate today
Breakfast: everyone did their own thing I had a graham cracker since my stomach was queasy.
Lunch: Genoa salami and provolone cheese
Supper: I made home made sushi
Yesterday seemed for whatever reason to be a challenging day for me. I was hungry but didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want anything cold as I was cold and wanted a warm meal. Protein shakes and bars didn’t seem appealing at all. So what did I do? Well first I reached out to a few groups I’m on and got some great ideas. But when push came to shove last night I caved and got fast food. The kids wanted to eat Whopper Wednesday and since I was so not in the mood to cook anything.
Why am I telling you this? Well because I want you to know that I too am human. There are days when I make bad choices, there are days when I don’t feel like cooking. There are days when I am exhausted. I ate the whopper and it didn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t satisfy my hunger and it didn’t make the tiredness go away. But I can’t spend weeks thinking about this poor food choice, which is what I would have done in the past. What I took away from this is I need to be prepared. I need to have a few freezer meals ready to go for myself and the family. For some reason yesterday I was craving warmth and comfort. So I’m going to start having a few meals in the freezer that my fellow bariatric friends suggested and move on.
Don’t tear yourself down for one bad choice but also don’t keep repeating that same choice over and over again.
Oops I forgot to upload what we ate the past few days so here it is.
On New Year Eve we started the morning off with blueberries with a lemony yogurt (I would love to share this recipe but it’s not mine to share, head over to My Bariatric Kitchen on facebook to find out how you can get the recipes)
For lunch we had some steak with Salad and leftover fajita peppers
And then for supper we ordered sushi
New Years day Menu
For Breakfast I had some Banana Foster Overnight Oatmeal
Lunch I decided to make a healthy Moussaka ( I will post the recipe in another blog)
And Supper was Roasted Lamb with salad that I forgot to take a picture of.
Safe to say we will be having leftovers today since I made big pan of moussaka and the lamb roast.
So I mentioned in a previous blog that we have lots of food in the house. I also mentioned that my goal is to clear some of the food from our house and save on our grocery budget. I got to sleep in today so I didn’t take a picture of breakfast but here’s what we had for lunch and supper
Lunch was kind of a mix and mash. We had some hamburger soup left to eat and the kids wanted pogos ( I didn’t eat any of these) and some frozen berries
For supper we had some sliced and pan fried turkey sausage with frozen fajitas mix that I sauteed and the kids had some Kraft dinner
I would say today was a pretty tasty day but just wait and see what I have tomorrow. Be sure to come back you won’t be disappointed. I will add the recipes for tomorrow’s meals in the blog.
Today I’m going to keep it short and sweet and give you my recipe for Hamburger Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
6-8 cups beef broth ( depending if you like a chunkier soup or more liquid)
1- 28oz can diced tomatoes(don’t drain)
1-19 oz can black beans rinced and well drained
3 tbsp tomato pasta
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups mixed frozen veggies ( I like the carrot, pea, corn mixture instead of the ones with brocoli and cauliflower)
In a medium to large soup pot add oil and heat on medium. Add in the ground beef, celery and onions, cook till ground beef is browned. Then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to boil then turn heat down and simmer 15-20 minutes.
This recipe makes quite a bit of soup so you can either half the recipe or have some containers to freeze leftovers for a busy day.
As most of you that have been following my page for a while know I love to cook. In fact I’m actually a trained chef! So to say that I love collecting cookbooks and recipes would be an understatement. I see every new recipe as a painter sees a canvas. I very rarely keep a recipe as it’s written, I like putting my own spin on them. A few weeks back I went thru a giant binder I had chock full of recipes and tossed the ones that we had tried and didn’t like or that I found no longer fit my new way of eating. I was so proud that I had finally done that, that I decided to tackle my notes app in my phone. Now your probably thinking oh come on how many recipes could you possibly have on your phone. Well I had accumulated 1179 recipes. Lol that’s enough that I would never eat the same thing for at least a few years. I can now proudly say that I have saved only the absolute want to try recipes in a folder on my laptop and have deleted over 900 of them if not more. I think a lot of the time since I can’t eat treats I tend to copy the recipes for a special occasion.. But then a party or something comes up and I never make the first recipe I saved lol. I also purge anything that no longer fit my lifestyle. Anything sugar laden or high in fat or carbs was deleted. It’s actually nice to not have everything on my phone. I can no longer buy groceries on a whim because I found a recipe in my notes app.
Do you have a lot of recipes/ cookbooks lying around? Of all your cookbooks, copied recipes and pinterest pins how ofter do you actually make them?