Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

It's not that losing 1.4 pounds is bad, obviously it's really good.  What sucks is to get a mindset that I'm going to lose 2 pounds a week and go 2 weeks without doing that.  This was my period week, I don't know why that matters but it does.  My husband lost 3 pounds.  I lost 1.4.  This is just how it goes.

I lost 1.2 of these pounds last Thursday.  Then I maintained for 3 days, gained .2 pounds and maintained that for 2 days and then magically lost .4 pounds last night.  It's been a battle all week.  I'm just tired but it doesn't matter.  It is what it is and all I can do is go on.

I envy people who get excited to lose a 1/2 pound a week.  Man, I envy you guys.

I'd say next week will be better but I said that last week.  I REALLY wanted to be down 20 pounds by Thanksgiving.  That's going to be very tough now.

I should really be very happy.  I had a really good chance of only losing a pound this week.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday Dinner - Shrimp Etouffee

I was trying to think of something like a stew that I could make for Sunday and I already had shrimp in the freezer.  I had saved this Shrimp Etouffee recipe from Grandbaby Cakes a long time ago.  The photo and the recipe looked amazing.  I plugged all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal recipe builder and the calories for 4 servings (including a cup of rice per serving) was 485.  Perfect!

Sunday came and I was reviewing the recipe and it said it fed 2-3.  I was serving 5.  I was going to stretch it but I got concerned last minute so I doubled the recipe.  This turned out to be a mistake because it made an entire full spaghetti pot full of etouffee!  Way too much.  I made too much rice too.

The recipe (this is not the doubled version):

¼ cup salted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup chopped onion
½ cup sliced celery
½ cup chopped green peppers
1½ cup chicken stock
½ cup white wine -- I didn't use wine I used 2 cups total for chicken stock instead
½ teaspoon tomato paste
1 ( 14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon creole seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot sauce -- cut this by a 1/4 so this was 1 3/4 teaspoon of hot sauce
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
Cooked rice for serving

In a medium sized pan, melt butter over medium heat. Thoroughly stir in flour making sure there are no lumps to begin the roux. Allow the roux to develop, stirring frequently for about 9-10 minutes (until dark but make sure it doesn't burn).  -- Making the roux is the hard part.  I seem to do fine with a white sauce but when I make a dark roux I have some issues (I think the butter easily burns).  So I really pay attention here.  

Next stir in onions, celery and green peppers and cook for a few minutes until tender, frequently stirring. -- this part will look weird because you're cooking the onion mixture in this thick mixture but keep going and don't burn it!

Pour in chicken stock and white wine then add tomato paste and diced tomatoes and whisk together everything. -- I should have taken  my time here and added the chicken stock slowly, I think my sauce would have been thicker.

Season with creole seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and hot sauce.

Allow the mixture to cook for 10-12 minutes over medium heat to come together and begin to thicken then add the shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 10 minutes on a lower heat with the lid on. -- this time could be adjusted a little, the shrimp cooked very fast and was almost overdone.  Maybe cook 20 minutes, then add shrimp and cook another 5 minutes.

Stir in heavy whipping cream then cook for 2-3 more minutes until thickened. Serve over rice. -- I almost forgot the cream and it really added to the taste so don't forget it.

Even though it turned out a little runnier than I would have liked it was amazingly delicious.  If you are sensitive to heat adjust the hot sauce and cayenne.  We found it kind of hot, it might have been too much for Brian's parents.

Thanks Grandbaby-Cakes for your amazing dish!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday Weigh-In - Week 6

I was hoping somehow magically I could pull out a two pound week but I'll take the 1.6 with much happiness.  I dropped into a new tenth digit, which is exciting, and I'm retaining water for that time of the month, which is not exciting.

So onward and upwards.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sunday Dinner - Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Well I'm a day late with my Sunday dinner but at least I have photos this time!

I used Skinny Taste's Skinny Chicken Enchiladas with a few modifications.  As always, I would suggest going to the linked address and follow her recipe, I am not a food blogger, I'm just sharing ideas and what worked for me.

I spent some time last week plugging in my old Chicken Enchilada recipe into My Fitness Pal to get the calorie count and I got it down to just under 500 calories, which isn't bad, another 90 calories for rice, still not horrible but I decided I would just try Skinny Taste's recipe, for 194 calories an enchilada, I could have 2!

After changing a couple things around and running out of chicken filling for my 8th enchilada, I had to adjust the calories.  I'll explain how that happened below.


For the enchilada sauce:

2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tbsp chipotle chilis in adobo sauce - comes in a can. I only used 1 tbsp because commenters were complaining it was too hot. Next time I don't think I'll use these at all, it's kind of wasteful.
1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder - I used regular chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

For the chicken:

1 tsp vegetable oil
8.5 oz cooked shredded chicken breast - I used a Costco rotisserie chicken
1 cup diced onion
2 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chipotle chili powder - I used regular chili powder
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce

For the enchilada:

8 (7-inch) low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas (la tortilla factory) - I used regular soft taco tortilla (8 inches)
1 cup shredded low fat Mexican cheese - I couldn't find low fat so I used regular Mexican cheese
non-stick cooking spray


In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil (This took a little while and then exploded on my shirt). Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the vegetable oil (I needed extra oil so I used my spray) in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic on low until soft, about 2 minutes. (I missed the directions and tried to cook the onions on low. I guess you preheat on medium high then turn it to low when you add the onions. It's still going to take longer than 2 minutes, maybe 5, test a piece of onion to make sure it's cooked). Add chicken, salt, cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili powder, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray. Put 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each tortilla and roll it. (I measured out 1/3 cup and ran out of filling after the 7th enchilada so I only had 7 enchiladas, if you really want 8 I would not pack firmly like I did). Place on baking dish seam side down, top with the sauce and the cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes. Makes 8 enchiladas.

So mine only made 7 plus I used different tortillas and cheese so I had to enter everything into My Fitness Pal.  Mine came out to 292 calories per enchilada.  I served with Zatarain's Spanish Rice for 90 calories for 1/2 cup.  I like to load on shredded lettuce for crunch.

Here's how they turned out:

This will definitely be our go to recipe for Chicken Enchiladas from here on out.  Thanks Skinny Taste!

Thursday, November 05, 2015


So I've been having some battery issues.

First, I had a lovely pink Fitbit (gifted by the lovely Denise from Lottalatte) that I got frustrated with a couple years ago because I could not get the damn thing to 10,000 so I just stopped wearing it.  I decided last week I would wear it again and not like pressure myself but just have a goal of improving myself.  And it was working!  I was even excited to walk around the mall to see how many steps I could get on it.  And when I got home it hadn't recorded any of my steps.  Grrrrr!

To backtrack a little, when I initially hunted it down a week or so ago, the battery was dead.  I opened the back and put in a new battery and I noticed something clicked weird, like a little tiny thing broke in the battery area.  But it was working so I figured I imagined it.  Then it cut off again.  I opened it back up, watched a youtube video to make sure I was putting it in correctly, and put the battery back in.  Then the mall thing happened.  You can shake the fitbit and hear the battery jiggle around.

I read A LOT of reviews on Amazon and apparently dead fitbits are pretty common.  So I checked out other devices and it's pretty much the same thing, they die pretty quick and it's pretty frustrating for everyone.  That said, I really like my fitbit.  I like how it attaches firmly to my bra or pants, I like that it's pink, and I like that it's affordable.  So my goal is to get a new one, maybe Black Friday sale???  I dunno.

I was surprised that it really was helping me in the short time I had it even though I was nowhere near 10,000 steps.

Battery Issue number 2 is my scale finally died.  I've been having some issues with my scale, it was giving me erratic weights and pretty much driving me insane week before last.  I bought a new scale and then I had the new issue of oh shit my new scale weighs me heavier than my old scale.  And my old scale started being awesome again resulting in a 4 pound loss last week.

Well, today it was done with giving me good news.  It flashed "Lo" meaning it needs a new battery.  My new scale weighed me a little higher than my weight yesterday but I'll probably merge into the new scale even though I did order a new (rare) battery.  The one thing that bugs me is I can't get the new scale not to wobble.  We have terribly uneven floors (old house syndrome) but even with the old scale I found a flat spot (In the exact center of the spare bedroom, DO NOT MOVE IT!).  With the new one, it wobbles everywhere I try it.  And wobbles are never good for scales.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Between Weigh-Ins

A little more about yesterday's post.

I chose the tag line, "Life Happens Between Weigh-Ins," as a reminder to myself that life is still happening while I'm dieting, it's not all about the end goal.  It's a play on the John Lennon lyric, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."  My life has been a series of goals but when you look back life is really about all the in between moments, and you can't forget that.  Those are the moments, the every day stuff.

So even though I have this huge goal and tons of tiny in between goals, life is happening all around me all the time.  I can't forget that.

Wednesday Weigh-In

Apparently I had a good week!  My weight went from a virtual standstill until like Saturday and then I started dropping weight every day.  I wish every day was like that, I could get somewhere.

I'm very excited and I'm smart enough not to expect to lose 4 pounds every week.  But I'll take it this week.

In related news, I've been thinking about this a lot and I think I'm going to change my username on Instagram to dietchick09.  I feel like justnesting is someone who's accepted their life as it is and though I'm really happy that was my goal for many years, I'm trying to make a real difference now and I think dietchick09 will reflect that.  Don't have Instagram yet?  Well, get on that! It's the best!


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Tuesday Tales

I was getting a little ahead of myself trying to follow along in my old blog to match the week I'm in for this time around.  So today I bring you a snippet of 6/17/2002 when I was coming upon Week 5 in my diet.  I lost 1.5 pounds this week for the second week in a row and I was frustrated coming off a 13 pound loss in my first 3 weeks.  Even though I lost 1.5 pounds that week my total loss was 16 pounds.  I am not going to be able to match that this week.

Actually I'm having one of those weeks were I'm just like: don't gain anything TODAY.  I don't even need to lose today I just want to be the same as I weighed in today for my official weigh in tomorrow.  DON'T BLOW IT!  So that's exciting unless of course I do blow it, but I don't think that's going to happen.

From June 17, 2002:
Sunday I was down to 183. Today I was 183.5. I'm losing weight so slowly and I'm hungry so much I don't see how I will make it. Can you be fat and die from starvation? I figured out where I'll be in August when we go to NYC and best case I'll be like 160. That's still huge! I know I shouldn't think like this. I know if I just stick through the hard times by Christmas I'll be thin. By Christmas I'll be beautiful. See, this is how I get in this ugly ditch. I start convincing myself that if I lose the weight everything will be ok. It's only because it's so incredibly hard that I need to know that once I do this, everything will be all right. But you know, it won't.
Just for the record I was 146 pounds by Christmas that year and I was in the upper 160s for that trip to NYC and the photos are some of my favorite, I was freaking adorable.

I chose this quote because I think it fits with some of the things I'm feeling this time.  Losing weight, being on this journey, is the hardest thing in the world.  It's so hard.  I've always wanted to strangle people who think it's easy or do something simple like cut out soda and lose a bunch of weight.  It's just not like that.  At least it's not for me.  And judging by the 100s of Instagram accounts I search out every day it's not easy for any of them either.

I think it's important to have a vision in mind and you're just looking for that vision.  And as much as I'd love for that vision to be 130 pounds, that's too far away, I have to look at something closer.  Onederland is probably that vision.  Everything up to that point, for some weird reason, just feels like I'm trying to back track.  I just feel like I really messed up and went down the wrong road and up to 199 I'm just backtracking my way back up that road to take the real road.  It's a weird thing, but it's what it is for me.  It makes me extra frustrated because I have a long way to go to even get there.  So each 10 pounds, each time I get into a new 10 pound range feels really good, but it's just wading through quicksand to get to Onederland.  Too many metaphors?

And I'm doing the same thing, I'm picturing when everything will be perfect at the end of the road and although I know that's not true, part of me needs to think it will be to go on.  I'm not having a cheat day or a binge meal because I don't know if it will destroy the whole thing.  I can't risk it.  I have to keep going forward.  And literally, sometimes, I'm just willing myself to go 2 hours without eating.  My whole life sometimes rides on making it 2 hours without giving in and eating something.

It's not easy.