20 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6
7:49am

I’ve been up for awhile but have had a busy morning.  I only mention this because I know my 7:49am is later than usual :)

I didn’t weigh this morning.  I wasn’t perfect this weekend.  I didn’t have internet was in the middle of nowhere while we were camping.

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No photoshop. Our gorgeous little camp site with the sun going down in the background.

We had an amazing time and it was gorgeous!  We’re kind of “suburban campers” LOL…well, to an extent anyway.  Steve has his ham radio license and he likes to make remote contacts.  We take a car battery so he can hook his radio up.  Since we knew it was going to be in the high 30s, we also took some 12 volt electric blankets to put inside of our sleeping bags.  Steve (very tech savvy guy) took off the part that would plug into like a car cigarette lighter and hooked it up to the car battery.  We stayed plenty warm and our new 4 season tent really did it’s job!  I think Steve and I are just too old to get very much out of tent camping.  We never sleep well when we camp.  He wakes with his shoulders hurting and I wake with my hips hurting.  When I say “wake”, I don’t mean when we wake of a morning but when we wake 500 times a night LOL.  We got up somewhere between 4:30am and 5:00am and built a fire and drank coffee, lots and lots of coffee!  It was flippin’ cold!  Andrew slept until about 7:30am and was a happy little guy with no “I’m old” aches and pains but yeah, it was cold!  Bruno, our little 3 pound dog, always sleeps under the covers of our bed at home and sleeps in my sleeping bag when we camp.  When we’re outside, he gets under Steve’s fleece pullover that I wear over my layers of clothes.  It was really really cold!  We tried to get him to stay in the tent but he’s a mamma’s boy.

I think this trip has convinced us what we’ve debated for years…it’s RV time.  We talked about it in Kentucky and wanted one.  Now that we’re in Colorado, we want one.  We’ll be buying a house sometime in late spring to early summer next year and will get an RV after that … unless some amazing deal arises before that.  We really love the retro RVs and would love to find something old that we can make to look our own inside.  Ideally, we would find something stupid cheap that nobody wants because it’s old and ugly and then make it look like it jumped out of IKEA on the inside :D

Okay, back to the diet…hey, it’s my diary, I can go off topic LOL.

I did make the Chinese Beef and Broccoli while we were camping and it was amazing!  I forgot to take the cornstarch :(  But I can’t imagine it would have tasted any better!  Yes, this picture stinks but hey, I was cold and it was dark :P

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6

 

Breakfast
8:14am

I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee :)

Lunch
12:16pm

Smart Ones Classic Favorites Spicy Szechuan Style Vegetables and Chicken

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Dinner
8:03pm

We went out looking at houses and neighborhoods tonight.  No, we aren’t moving for about 6 – 8 months but we’re new to Colorado and we’re surrounded by a ton of tiny cities.  We aren’t familiar with the cities or the neighborhoods.  Since we aren’t pressed for time, we’re taking our time and getting to know whatever we can so we’re well prepared.

Dinner was Sausage Cabbage Casserole and Garlic Spaghetti Squash.

Snacks

We went to Walmart tonight and I was mega craving chocolate!  I picked up a package of Atkins Peanut Butter Cup.  Have you ever had these things?  OMG, they’re to die for!  5 points per package.

3 Weight Watchers String Cheese

17 Oct

Camping

Camping

Camping

Pictures from our last camping trip. I still can’t believe we live near something this gorgeous!

We’re taking an impromptu camping trip.  We don’t have many nice weekends left before it’s just going to be too dang cold to enjoy it.

I won’t have internet access from Friday night, October 17 – Sunday afternoon, October 19.

I won’t be documenting what I eat but I can tell you what I’m packing…as of now…

Ingredients for the dinner I already prepped for tonight.

Diet (not sugar free, because diet is lower in carbs) instant cocoa

PB2 Peanut Butter

Trail Mix (not the kind with chocolate, damn it!)

Quaker Oatmeal Diet Oatmeal

Granola bars

Eggs

Bacon

Low fat graham crackers, sugar free mini Hershey bars and mini marshmallows.

Cumberland Gap Ham

Jerky

Bananas & apples

Instant coffee (ick)

Half a gallon of skim milk

Bottled water

My (must have) Kool-Aid drops

 

16 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4
7:07am
182.7
Down 6.3

Down 6.3 pounds at the start of my 4th day! I’ll take it! The Dukan Diet/Weight Watchers combo diet seems to be working wonders for me!  I’ll take it!

I told you there would be over sharing on here…one problem I had with being on the Dukan Diet alone was not *whispers* pooping.  I was hoping that doing the combo of the 2 diets would make this stop.  Either it didn’t make it stop or it’s just a coincidence.  I think I’ll drink some green tea today.  I used to drink it on Dukan to get things “moving along” and it worked wonders!

Dinner is prepped.  Steve gets to cook on the grill tonight!  I’ll make the salad as soon as I’m finished typing my morning.

Breakfast
7:12am

Take a guess.  Come on.  So smart!  Coffee!

Pooped!

Lunch
12:11pm

I swear, I’ve had a cold for like 4 freaking weeks and it’s really starting to tick me off :P  Today, I feel almost like I have the flu.  I don’t feel like a fever, nor do I have one.  But my head and body are aching exactly like they do when you have the flu.

I’m honestly not the least bit hungry but since I only had 2 cups of coffee for breakfast I’m forcing myself to eat.  I’m having some chicken broth (from bouillon), with diced green onion on top, and an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter for dipping.

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Lunch Round 2
2:32pm
My Goody’s Powders kicked in an it bumped up my appetite.  I’m having a Weight Watchers Smart ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken.  The box says 6 points but when I scanned the bar code with my phone (in the WW app) it came up as 7.  Meh, who knows.

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Dinner
5:47

 Greek Chicken with Green Bean, Cucumber Green, and Pepper Salad.

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Snacks

I think I’m getting ready to start.  I can’t get full!  Here are snacks from any time after dinner to about 11:30pm last night.

2 string cheese

Banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter

Sugar free chocolate pudding (either Jello or Hunts, I can’t remember) with a teaspoon of peanut butter in it.  HOLY CRAP!  That was good!

Half of a peace of Cumberland Gap ham.

15 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3
7:52am
183.8
Down 5.2

Down 5.2 pounds by the morning of my 3rd day?  I would say, as of now, my spin on this diet is working well!  I’m excited!  That’s pretty much spot on for if you do Dukan on it’s own!  So, at least for me, a combination of Dukan and Weight Watchers is working!

I’m behaving and not denying myself.  I’m not skipping meals thinking it will make me lose weight (I’m just not a breakfast eater).  I’m enjoying snacks.  OH how I love a spoonful of peanut butter!  I’m eating when I’m hungry.  It all seems to be going well!

Dinner is prepped for tonight.  I forgot to pick up black beans so Steve is picking up a couple of cans for me on his way home.  Other than that, here’s my dinner prep!

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Breakfast
8:02am

Yeah, just coffee :P

Lunch
11:54pm

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Weight Watchers frozen meal, Three Cheese Ziti Marinara , and a banana.  I really don’t like bananas.  I don’t hate them like I hate tomatoes.  Honestly, if I was starving to death, I don’t think I could eat a tomato.  I can choke down a banana, with a funny face, I’m told.  They’re good for you and I suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome (seriously, I’ll kick you right in the leg starting anywhere between 3:30pm and 4:30pm if I don’t take my medicine!  Bananas are supposed to be good for RLS.  I don’t know if that’s true or not…because I don’t eat them.  But, I knew the meal wouldn’t be enough to fill this Chubby Girl (because I felt extra hungry at lunchtime) and I didn’t want anything with big points.  After adding my lunch points to what I already know my dinner points will be…it had to be something with zero or very very low points.  I have all of my 49 weekly points to use.  I’ve heard that they really encourage you to use them.  And I really wanted peanut butter with my banana.  I can almost like a banana if it involves peanut butter or powdered sugar LOL.  As of the time I finished lunch, I have 6 points left for the day (I’ve already calculated my dinner points).  I KNOW I’ll want snacks tonight so I don’t want to use up those 6 in the afternoon.  This paragraph is really bouncing around…sorry :P  Anyway, I don’t want to dip into my weekly points too much either because I love beer on the weekends ;)

Snack
3:17pm

Okay, fine…fine!  I caved and had a banana and peanut butter!

Dinner
5:36pm

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Turkey Taco Salad with Mexican Black Beans as a side.  Steve & liked the beans.  Andrew just thought that they were so-so.  All 3 of us liked the salad!

Evening Snacks
Weight Watchers Fudge Bar

A piece of Cumberland Gap Ham that I grilled on the griddle.  I cut the slices in half when I grill them.  When I flipped it, I topped it with some chopped green onion and a teaspoon or 2 of reduced fat shredded cheese.  YUM!

14 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 2

Main Dishes

Chubby Girl Diary Day 2

Chubby Girl Diary Day 2
7:44am

Nope, you (nor I) know my weight today.  Dukan wants you to weigh every day but Weight Watchers wants it once a week.  I think, I’m going to try once a week.  I can’t imagine this will last because I’m 6 years old at heart and the anticipation may well kill me!

7:46am
I’m a little hungry this morning, which is odd.  I’m having an apple as I type.  I’m sipping on my coffee with a splash of skim milk and still struggling with this stupid cold that I’ve had for 3 weeks!  After I type this up, I’ll pop the TV on Hulu and hope, hope, hope that last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars is already posted.

I have dinner prepped in the kitchen.  Salmon tonight!  I’ll be posting the recipe later in the evening.  No, I’m not leaving the refrigerated items out.  I just took them out to make this pretty picture :)

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Lunch
11:44pm

YUM!  Baked asparagus wrapped in bacon.  This is 2 Weight Watcher points.  You can have as much asparagus as you want on Dukan and Weight Watchers.  The bacon is where the 2 points come in.Chubby Girl Diary Day 2

Preheat the oven to 400º.  Snap your asparagus, drizzle with oil, salt & pepper.  Toss to coat.  Wrap the bacon in a strip of bacon.  My oven runs cool.  For me I have to bake for about 12 – 15 minutes.  Then, to get the bacon crispy, I like mine darn near burnt, I broil it for about 10 minutes.

Chubby Girl Diary Day 2Snack
3:54pm
Weight Watchers String Cheese

Dinner
5:52pm

For dinner, we were just going to have the Salmon with Horseradish Sauce and Asparagus Salad, but all 3 of us wanted some baked asparagus.  Stinky pee in our future!

Chubby Girl Diary Day 2Snacks
Various times

Weight Watchers Giant Fudge Bar
2 Weight Watchers String Cheese
2T peanut butter (not on the cheese, LOL, just straight from the spoon)
2 pieces of Cumberland Gap Ham

I went to bed with 4 daily points remaining.

 

13 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 1

Recipes

Chubby Girl Diary Day 1

Chubby Girl Diary Day 1
7:52am
189

7:53am
My starting weight is 189 even.  Kind of makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit.  We overdid it all weekend for our last hoorah.  All 3 of us said our pants felt tight.

I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, even as a kid…unless we’re on vacation.  What is it about going out of town that makes you instantly hungry?  Or eating before you go to the movies so that you aren’t tempted to spend $184 on 2 sodas and a popcorn yet you get there and still buy it?

So no breakfast for me today, at least of of typing this.  I’m having a cup of coffee with a splash of skim milk and will have a total of 2 or 3 cups.  That’s my norm.  I homeschool our son.  I tend to sip on coffee before we start school at 9:00am until he decides he want lunch.  Then I switch over to water or diet soda.

2:42pm
Lunch!  One of my favorites!  I grill ham and cook eggs, over easy, on the griddle!

The ham I use is Cumberland Gap.  I buy this from Walmart.  You have to slice it yourself.  I love having sliced ham on hand because it’s on of Dukan’s 100 Approved Foods.  You can eat as much of it as you and as often as you want.

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5:28pm
Sausage Summer Vegetable Bowl and apple slices.  We really liked this!

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I mentioned that I’m not a big breakfast eater.  Now, I will mention that I am a huge snacker at night!  And yes, I’ve tried making sure I eat a breakfast and do all of the things I’m supposed to do but I was like this when I was thin.  I’m rarely hungry for breakfast, barely hungry at lunch but come dinner time until the time I fall asleep, I’m mega hungry!   I get up to pee about a million and one times a night.  Some nights (yea!  That made me think of Fun!) I will grab a bite on one (or more) of those pee times.  So you’ll see a lot of snack posts from after dinner.  I’m typing this at 7:37am and am reminded that I really need to post my daily diary the day after the day it’s for so that the snacks I ate at night are on there too and you get everything in one big post.  So yeah, I start doing that.  You’ll get Monday’s post on Tuesday mornings, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, etc.

My snacks last night were 2 slices of Cumberland Gap ham and a Maple and Brown Sugar bowl of oatmeal.  When I went to the grocery, I saw that there’s a Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal!  I didn’t compare the boxes of Weight Control to regular to know the difference but hey, their target audience bought it!  For strict Dukan users, this is a major mega no-no!  But, for WW, it’s 4 points.  It wasn’t amazing but it was good.  Had I added raisins to it, it would have been divine!

I went to bed with 6 daily Weight Watcher points left.  If I tracked the eggs and ham with points, I wouldn’t have had 6 left.  But, with the “experiment” I’m trying with a mix of Dukan and Weight Watchers…I’m good to go!

 

13 Oct

My Tips For Cooking

My Tips For Cooking

My Tips For Cooking is to get everything you can get done ahead of time, well, done ahead of time.

I usually wake up energized and ready to do, do, do and go, go, go.  As the day goes on, this goes downhill and it goes faster as the day goes on.

I wake up, get out of bed, turn around and make my side of the bed (Steve and I typically wake up at the same time so usually the entire bed gets made at the same time but on days it doesn’t, I wake up and make my side), I head to the bathroom and do everything I can in there before leaving…shower, dress, brush my teeth.  I head back to the bedroom and grab my phone and my tube of Carmex (total and complete admitted addict), wake Andrew, and head downstairs.

I put my make-up on and do my hair.

I make my cup of coffee and set the Keurig up for Steve’s cup so he just has to hit start when he comes down.

I start cooking breakfast and I start prepping dinner.  If it’s a crockpot meal and the protein was frozen, I set it out the night before so it’s ready at this point of my day.  Otherwise, I set it out to thaw now.  I prep everything NOW that can be prepped now.  That way, when it’s dinner time and my activity level is near death, all I have to do is dump stuff in pans.

You can stop reading now if you were only looking for my not too climactic tip…if you want the rest of my routine…keep reading.

By this point, Steve and Andrew have both finished their showers which means, if it is laundry day, I can safely start my laundry without making the men in my life freeze to death in the shower.

Before I head to the washer and dryer (which is in the kitchen) I preheat the griddle so that by the time the load of laundry has started, the griddle is preheated.

Andrew comes down and empties the dishwasher that was run the night before.  We run it before we head upstairs for the night.  This is part of Andrew’s chore list.  Emptying it now makes it ready to have the breakfast dishes loaded.

I cook breakfast for however many people are hungry.  Once I’m finished cooking, the kitchen gets wiped down.

I clean up the kitchen as I go.  One of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten was when we had friends over for dinner.  The girls hung out in the kitchen.  When I was finished cooking my girlfriend said “You’d never know you had cooked!”.  Why?  Because when I’m finished cooking, there isn’t a spot on the counters, food that needs to go back in the refrigerator or cabinet and no dishes in the sink.  I clean as I go.  If I need milk, I measure how much I need into the measuring spoon/cup, pour the milk in, put the measuring “device” in the dishwasher, put the milk away and move on.  It sure makes it easy to enjoy your meal if you’re not stressing over the messy kitchen that’s waiting for you to finish eating!

Voila!  My not very exciting morning :)

13 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary

Chubby Girl Diary

I’ll be posting every day what I eat for each meal, snacks, thoughts I have, too much information (poops, etc.).  It’ll be a, well, a Chubby Girl Diary.

I’m a firm believer that there isn’t a religion that has it 100% right and there isn’t a religion that has it 100% wrong.  I think I’m now feeling that dieting is the same.  There isn’t a diet that has it 100% right and there isn’t one that has it 100% wrong.  For religion, I tell people I’m Lorism…my own religion that I made up.  I take a little piece from this one, a little piece from that one, a bigger piece from this one, etc.  That’s what I’m doing with dieting this go around.

I had good luck on Weight Watchers and GREAT luck on Dukan.  However, with Weight Watchers I was hungry and with Dukan I was too restricted.  I’m merging the 2 on this go around.  I’m going to do Weight Watchers points but I’m not going to count any Dukan approved foods from my Weight Watchers points.  On Dukan, you can eat as much lean meat as you want and as often as you want:  lean ham, turkey, ground beef, fish, shellfish, etc.  You can eat them 24/7 should you so desire.  BUT, you only get vegetables every other day and NO fruit until you hit your target weight (which can be anywhere from months – year(s).  So, Weight Watchers + Dukan = as much Dukan approved food as I want without it counting off from my Weight Watcher points but sticking to Weight Watcher’s points for everything that isn’t on the Dukan approved list.

Dukan starts with a certain number of days (ranges from 3 – 10 days, varies by person) of eating only protein.  During these days you lose quite a bit of weight!  You can go to this site to determine how many Pure Protein (PP) days you should have.  It’s free to find out and you don’t have to sign up for anything.  I calculated mine, for starting this diet, and I should have 6 days of PP.  Since I’m not following just one diet, I’m going to do 6 protein only days for breakfast and lunch and follow points for my dinners.

Let’s see how I do!

I would LOVE to having some chubby buddies to do this with me.  We could root one another on, hold one another’s hands, etc.

13 Oct

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners are something my body does NOT like.  And no, it’s not a mind over matter thing.  Meaning, I didn’t read an article about it and immediately started having side effects.  I started having side effects long before I knew anything negative about it at all.

I’m not a fan of plain water but I’m allergic to aspartame…which is bad for you anyway!  I used to drink Crystal Light On-the-Go packs by the gallon.  I was having headaches non-stop.  I woke up with a headache and went to bed with a headache.  The headaches, literally, never stopped.  It wasn’t always bad but it was always there.  Some days, I couldn’t get out of bed.

My mom suggested I drop the Crystal Light just to see if it was aspartame.  She is very “up” on health and nutrition.  I had ZERO faith that it would help but was desperate and willing to try anything.  I mention this only so you know it wasn’t a power of suggestion…a placebo.  Within a week of dropping aspartame from my diet my headaches were 100% gone.  A few months later, my headaches came back.  Steve looked at what we were eating and the yogurt we were eating contained aspartame so…there you go!

This is hard, when dieting, because almost all diet sodas contain aspartame!  ARGH!  I seem to have an issue with any and all artificial sweeteners but aspartame is leaps and bounds the one my body hates the most.

Some ways I get around this…well, there are a few.

If I want to stick to zero calories, I stick with Diet Rite or Diet Coke made with Splenda.  If I can stick to just one soda a day, this is what I do.  Diet Rite is made with Sucralose.  It’s a plus because I think Diet Rite is the best diet soda out there!

If I want more than one I’ll mix half of a can of non-diet soda (say, Coca Cola) with half of a can of diet soda (Diet Coke with Splenda).  I get more calories but, for me, personally, it’s worth it to not get the headaches.

I love, love, love the Kool-Aid drops that you can buy!  Holy smokes I love these things!  I was drinking, no lie, about 10 bottles of water and a day!  *sigh*  Apparently, that’s more fake sweetener than my body can handle and the headaches were back.

To get around this, I have to take in more calories.  I make a pitcher of Kool-Aid (the small packets that you add sugar to).  The packets call for 1 cup of sugar.  I only add 1/2 of a cup of sugar.  I then fill half of a water bottle with Kool-Aid and the other half with water and 1 squeeze of the Kool-Aid drops.  Kool-Aid drops “recipe” calls for 1 bottle of water and 2 squeezes.

I use the same 3 water bottles for days, probably a week.  I’ll start a fresh bottle with 2 squeezes of the Kool-Aid drops.  Once it’s empty, I refill half of the bottle with water from the little water dispenser thingy on the freezer door, 1 squeeze of Kool-Aid drops and top off the bottle with the pitcher of Kool-Aid I made with only half of the sugar it calls for.

Another drink that I LOVE, is water with sliced lemon and Splenda.  I freaking love this drink.  I stick to 1 – 3 glasses of this day because of the Splenda.

Another drink I love is Starbucks green tea.  I get their largest size and have them add 3 Splenda.  I make pitchers of green tea at home.  It’s an amazing diuretic and something you’re supposed to drink when dieting.  DO THIS!  It really REALLY works!  I use Splenda to sweeten it but I don’t add as much as I do when I order it from Starbucks.

13 Oct

Recipes for Chubby Girl Diary

Recipes for Chubby Girl Diary

Recipes for Chubby Girl Diary

Recipes for Chubby Girl Diary that are posted on here are recipes I’ve personally made and the photos are actual pictures of the dish I cooked.  Since I’m not a professional chef or a professional food plater OR a professional photographer they may not always be pretty but they should always be good :)

Most, if not all, of the recipes will serve 6.  For my family of 3, this will serve as either 2 dinners or a dinner with the leftovers being used for lunch the following day.  Having meals, like this, will really help to cut down on your grocery bill!