Weigh-in Wednesday

It’s a good one this week! Down two more! This puts me at 163 (never thought I’d be the kind of person who posted her weight on the internet… sorry if this seems self-indulgent); but really, that’s striking distance to the 150’s! Does anyone else remember when I got down into the 250’s when I was in college? I remember feeling so thrilled with that accomplishment, and at that time the 150’s seemed like nothing more than a really, really wonderful fairy tale. I COULD EXPLODE WITH HAPPINESS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

There may have been a little celebratory champagne involved in my evening last night… hopefully that doesn’t come back to haunt me. In addition to the bubbly, I also celebrated at the gym with some Bodypump last night and Chrisanthi Spin this morning. My body feels really strong and healthy; a good thing, since I need it to haul more of my possessions up really steep flights of stairs this weekend. Moving Weekend Part 2 is quickly approaching. Gotta have strong legs, arms and back for that.

Here’s another favorite shot of Ma and I on the Waterfront last week:

Please come back, Mom! You know how bad I am at organizing.

Clean-Out-the-Fridge Ramekin Egg Bakes

Mama leaves tomorrow (NO!!!!!) and she’s finally taking a break from vacuuming my apartment, spot-treating my clothes and cleaning my fridge. Gotta feed the help, right? I threw together these little dinner treats with eggs, leftover sausage, red pepper, onion and cheese. Served with a green side salad and lots of black pepper.

I can not tell you how excited I am to have natural light in my new kitchen; stay tuned for the food photo upgrade this weekend!

And isn’t this pic just the sweetest?

Moms in Molalla!

What a wonderful bunch of days this has been. Thank you, Phylsy, for everything you consistently do for me. Like Pam said, everyday going forward is a bonus! Love that.

Phylsy Whylsy comes to town

Sorry to be MIA, but my Mom is visiting and I’ve been keeping her incredibly busy. We shop, we eat with besties, we pack my apartment, we sit in the sun, we drink coffee… I could get used to having her around! 🙂 And quite honestly, I’m not sure how I’ve moved so many times WITHOUT her. This woman is a serious professional when it comes to moving people; I’m so grateful to have her on my team.

Today we paused for some family time with Ty, Pam, and the kiddos. My anticipation was high because I knew Ty was going to serve Chicken Lettuce Wraps from an old issue of Bon Appetit. How sweet of her to cater to my lean/green meal requirements!

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Heartwarming and precious; delicious and healthy. A pretty righteous sunny Saturday with the family.

Dinner Club #6: Tiny Food

This month we benefited from extra daylight, making the food photography quite worthwhile!

Our hostess Megan just moved into the most lovely two-story apartment, complete with wonderfully large windows and mountain views. Per usual, the food was super duper delish.

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I’m hosting next month at our new house! Lindsay and I are moving into Kellie’s old house (locale of Dinner Club #5), and we are psyched for lots of well-lit food photography!

Ten years!?

One entire decade ago from today I snapped my ankle in half. Lots of pounds falling on lots of ice in the middle of the night in a bad neighborhood with a dying cell phone. The EMT’s were small women and couldn’t lift me off the ground; not my finest moment. In fact, I’d probably say that day was the worst in my life. And then a confusing few years followed. Why does it still hurt? Why does it look this? Will I ever walk normally again? After a few rounds of self pity, I started swimming everyday, marking my first phase of weight loss. It’s been a roller coaster ride ever since!

Not sure it’s possible to thank my support system enough for the endless love and concern for this injury. Chronic pain and immobility can be extremely lonely and depressing, but over the past ten years I never felt isolated or alone. Thank you all so much.

Sometimes when I lose perspective on what I’m trying to accomplish, I just remind myself that less pounds means a happier ankle.

I posted this two years ago:

8th Anniversary

Today:

10th Anniversary

At least the foot is getting smaller even if the ankle isn’t! Did you know you go down in shoe size when you lose weight? Did you know my feet are two different sizes because of the injury? I’ll never be the girl who enjoys shoe shopping!

Gratitude moment: Talking to my Dad last night about our bone and joint injuries. Now we can laugh about them and walk at least a mile a day without too much pain. Life is crazy good.

Favorite Recipe Website: Epicurious

Man, I had every intention to do a hotel-room workout tonight, but I’m just gonna call this a day-off instead. Besides, I’m still creaking from three classes in the last three days. BodySculpt – Spin – BodyPump … all led by Chrisanthi. Ouch.

Soooo, I’m watching basketball and planning future meals instead!

Epicurious has a great filtering system that allows you to choose exactly what you want. Specific ingredient to use? Ethnic preference? Dietary requirements? Need to prepare a particular course for a particular Dinner Club? It’s wonderful, and you can choose as many filters as you want.

My filters: Low calorie, low carb, low sugar

Can’t wait to try these suggested recipes:

Celery, Sesame and Tofu Salad

Shrimp Skewers with Tzatziki, Spinach and Feta

Zucchini Mash

What filters are you using and what are you excited to make? Any highly regarded recipe sites I should know about?

Weigh-in Wednesday and Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I weighed the same today as I did on Sunday (when I hit the 25 pound goal), making it a one pound loss from last weigh-in. Fingers crossed that I can keep shaving a little off each week going forward. Heck, I’ll take even a fraction of a pound a week at this point. As excited as I am about getting to my goal weight, I really don’t feel like I’m in a rush. It’s nice to enjoy a piece of chocolate once in awhile and add some extra cheese to my low-carb pizza(!)… What I’m saying is that I’m fine with not losing 2-5 pounds a week. The kind of sacrifice that requires just isn’t worth it to me. Gotta live a little, right?

In fact, by late Spring, I’m really hoping I can manage an occasional glass of wine without seeing any weight gain. That will have to be very closely monitored of course… but I’m getting ahead of myself…

Last night’s Paleo dinner: Cauliflower Crust Pizza!

So I’ve been doing ample research on this topic. Combing the internet for suggestions, troubleshooting, healthier alternatives, and inspiration, I was determined to make a foolproof crust made of grated cauliflower, cheese and egg. In the end, my version turned out eggier than I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted pretty great… but it just reminded me a little too much of a frittata. My BGF Stacey said she has a great recipe for this, so stay tuned for that one in the future.

For two pizzas I ended up using 6-7 cups grated (then cooked) cauliflower, 5 eggs and 4 cups of cheese. Check out this site for better details and suggestions for crust preparations: Recipe Girl’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza.

Viola!

Pesto, bacon, tomato, fresh mozzerella

Fresh tomato sauce, caramelized onions, pizza sausage (from Sheridan's), fresh mozz and parm

Not pictured: Corianne’s ridiculously tasty and warm arugula, gorgonzola, pear and walnut salad! SO GOOD!

Yeah, probably not the smartest thing to eat the night before weigh in. Oh, and did I mention the chocolate bar we sampled for dessert? 🙂 🙂

eggy-sauce pasta with bacon and dill

Choir was canceled tonight (concert is still on for Sunday, though!), so I spent much of my gym time this evening strategizing a creative dinner recipe. This was a really good one. You should make it.

Note: I used the Shirataki noodles (for their low cal/carb content), but the real deal would be that much better.

Step 1: Saute part of an onion with some chopped leftover thick cut bacon ends (remove excess fat before frying), add noodles once onions are soft, add chopped fresh dill, salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan until everything smells crazy good.

Step 1

Step 2: Fry two eggs, sunnyside up, do not let yolks cook through. Place on top of Step One.

Step 2

Step 3: Break yolks, stir to create sauce, add more chopped dill and hot sauce!

Step 3

(Way too excited to eat to pay much attention to photographic details. Sorry about that.)

Sometimes a girl just needs bacon and eggs for dinner, right? ENJOY!!

a 25 pound difference

Sorry about this, but I promised my Mom a couple photos. 🙂

Yesterday I made it to my 25 pound loss mark!

Personally I don’t find the before and ‘after’ pictures all that impressive. Can’t really complain though; at least the number on the scale is still moving in the right direction!

January 3, 2012 - 192 pounds

March 10, 2012 - 167 pounds

The final 20 pound journey should be an interesting one. I’m going to give myself a year from now to reach that goal.

Have any of you worked toward a goal for an entire year? How did you stay focused?

I struggle with focus. Big time.