7 pounds

I have been on track this past week and a half and I feel really good!

I decided to weigh myself on Saturday and it turns out I am down 7 pounds! Now I am not sure if you have seen the Will Smith movie, but the first thing that came to mind for me was holy moly that is like one whole freaking jelly fish!

Anyways for those of you who haven’t seen the movie and think that 7 out of 80 pounds is not very much, I have news for you!

We all know what the standard size of a 1 pound brick of butter looks like right?

Well in case you don’t, check it out! I lost all of that !

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People at the grocery store probably thought I was nuts when I was re-arranging the butter in my cart and taking pictures, but you know what? I don’t care because I just lost 7 pounds!

Lol as a matter of fact, I hope that I become known as the crazy girl who rearranges the butter for pictures every week!

A picture is worth a thousand $*!@?’s

FAt and thin womenSo I did it, I convinced myself to stand before a camera in nothing but some short shorts and a sports bra. The justification behind this task you may ask? To have a complete photographic journal of my transformation. I mean what is an “after” photo without a “before” photo right?

I must admit when I put on my outfit I felt pretty good and very in control and then  it all faded away with the click of a button! I looked at my camera’s view finder and realized that I look much different than how I feel.

I know that most of you will hope to scroll through this post trying to find it, but please spare you middle mouse ball finger the effort. I have decided not to post the pictures until I see a bit of progress and I have made a pledge to take them standing in the same spot/outfit once a month. The will appear whether I like it, or not on February 28th.

While I must say I didn’t per-say ENJOY taking the photos, I really did get a lot out of the experience. I looked at each photo very closely and envisioned the new me alongside the old me. I regained my sense of control and confidence and I am so excited to see and share my progress.

XO

Please forgive me Porky Pig

Let’s begin with YUM!!!

I was going to have a thoughtless Thursday post but while browsing my photos, I noticed that I had yet to post this wonderful recipe!

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Porky Pork Chops

Pre-heat oven to 400 .

Coat  boneless pork chops in your favorite mustard.

Wrap entire pork chop with 2 strips of bacon.

Cook for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 150.

Increase temperature to 500 and cook for 5 remaining minutes.

Braised Lentils

Step one-I started off by cooking the below in 2 cups of water or so that there was approx. 1 inch of water above the lentils:

1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained

1/2 a small onion

1 stalk of celery

1 carrot

2 bay leaves

Once the lentils have stared to boil, turn your heat down to a simmer and leave uncovered.  In about 20-25 minutes the lentils should be tender and most of the water should have evaporated.

Step two-Braise baby braise!

4 slices applewood smoked bacon

1/4 cup finely diced carrots

1/3 cup finely diced leek

1/3 cup finely diced onion

1/3 cup finely diced celery

1 or 2 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup white wine

1 cup chicken stock

minced parsley

Heat a glug of olive oil in a dutch oven or heavy pot.  Cook Bacon until slightly crispy and add all veggies until they start to caramelize. Add wine to de-glaze pan scraping any crispy bacon bits from the bottom of the pot. Add in chicken stock and lentil mixture from step one, discarding the bay leaves as you see them. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce to a simmer, until the mixture becomes thick and saucy. Garnish with Parsley and serve!

Let me apologize for not following your oh-so-wonderful food blog in advance

You may be creative in the kitchen and you may have mad skills in food photography. Your mother probably taught you to share at a young age too, so this is what you do, you share your recipes, tips, tricks and things that your readers may not even know or care about. All that being said, I think you are wonderful, extremely talented and admit that I too was once you.

I was a food blogger, self trained pastry chef and Bakery Manager less than a year ago, the exact definition of a foodie.  I lived off of baked items and dining out. If there was a new restaurant in the city, I was there to check it out. My days off were spent in my kitchen with a 500 page french pastry book, whipping up Eclairs and Mille-Feuille one day and making Chocolate Gerbet Macarons the next. I got into making custom cakes, cupcakes and marshmallows as well. I was comfortable with the motto “Never trust a skinny chef.”

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I fell so in love with food and the idea of owning my own bakery, that I quit my job with a large corporation to work for a successful bakery in my area. It was not just any bakery, it was Cupcakes by Heather and Lori, you may have heard of them in regards to their hit reality TV show The Cupcake Girls. The job was fun and I learned a ton about the industry, but along with retail comes long hours and it was taking a toll on my social/personal life, so I decided to move on.

I came to the realization that I needed to get over my addiction to food as I was not blessed with the “Eat like a horse and not gain pound” gene . It was affecting everything in my life, most importantly my health. I decided to get back into the office and add some regularity to my life again.

I am now extremely happy with my life, regular work hours and dedication to making 2013 my year. So if I don’t follow your food blog please don’t be upset. Will power and I have had a rocky relationship in the past and having an affair with temptation at this time is not going to make it better.

xo

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Have a happy, healthy weekend friends!

XO

 

 

These “mashed potatoes” were just about as fake as Heidi Montag

And I don’t mean this as in, they came out of a box kind of way.

They were faux potatoes made out of blended cauliflower and they were delicious! (<– notice that? I hardly EVER bold my text but the word alone doesn’t do them  justice)

They were extremely rich and creamy, better than restaurant mash sans the butter, sour cream and or whipping cream.

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The best part? They were super easy to make, here’s what I did:

1. Cut florets of cauliflower off stem and placed in bowl

2. Tossed with EVOO and a dash of Italian herbs

3. Roasted for 20 mins at 375 or until a bit golden

4. Sent them for a whirl in the food processor and voila!

Served with a simple beef stew, who could resist?!

Let the good times roll

Today has been a WAY better day!

I got back on track with food and exercise yesterday and feel REALLY good!

I have come to realize my weak spots and one of them happens to be a lack of organization when it comes to food. This being said, I have decided to make things easier by having similar meals everyday.

For breakfast I will have a slow carb scramble (sausage,mushrooms, tomato, zucchini and onion) topped with poached eggs.

Lunch is definitely picture worthy! Check out these Roast Beef Roll-ups that I’ll have with a dollop of homemade curry mayo and a side of steamed spinach. They are filled with carrot, cucumber, green onion, cabbage and red pepper. I might add that they were delicious and super easy.

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Dinner will change a bit from time to time to keep things interesting but tonight, it’s zucchini spaghetti and meatballs with marinara.

I will be sure to let you all know how it goes!

XO

fail [feyl] 1. to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved

Last week didn’t go quite as planned and I had fallen a bit off track.

I weighed myself on Saturday, to which I did not post because I was so upset with what it read back. While I must say, I did take into consideration that it was “that time of the month,” I was shocked at the fluctuation.  I was back at the beginning and then some, weighing in at 203 pounds. How is it humanly possible to gain 11.7 pounds in a week?

Some of you may have noticed that I neglected my blog  over the weekend as well. I didn’t want to lie about how wonderful my week had been or what I was going to have for dinner. I felt sick about it, I had let myself, my husband and the whole intention surrounding my blog down.  I felt incredibly guilty and that led that led to feeling empty, feeling empty lead to M&M’s and other things. How is it that I fell off the wagon so quick? Not even a full week had passed?

I was angry, frustrated and upset. I thought I had way more will power than this.

When I got home last night I had a long conversation with my husband about getting back on track. In other words, I had a COMPLETE meltdown. I cried to him about how upset I was, how hard it is to break old habits and how I felt like giving up. We talked about what seems to trigger me to go off track and what we need to do to so that I stay focused. He reminded me of all of the support I have from him, my family, my friends and my blog. He also reminded me of the many reasons I want to do this. Man oh man I love this guy…

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This morning I put on my big girl panties, quit my whining and started a new day… I look forward to sharing the rest of my week with you.