Tag Archive: Recipes


Week 8 – Friday

Back to normal life today. I feel back into my routine quite easily today. I didn’t feel overly tired in the morning, and I had no trouble getting in all of meals today (and on time!).

I had my weekly check in with my health coach today and I learned a few things about water that I would like to share (and record so I don’t forget). 64 ounces of water per day is the bare minimum that we should be drinking. We should actually be striving for a number our ounces equal to 1/2 our body weight (I am 224 lbs so I should be drinking 112 ounces of water per day). In addition to drinking that much water, we should be drinking an extra 8 ounces for every 15 minutes of exercise! Knowing this, how many of us are dehydrated and didn’t even realize it? Dehydration is bad for weight loss for a variety of reasons. Did you know that being dehydrated actually can make you feel hungry? I am going to strive this week to increase my water intake to at lease 80 ounces of water per day so that I can work myself up to the 112 ounces that I need. I hope that once I get and keep myself properly hydrated, it will be easier for me to figure out when I’m actually hungry and stop mistaking my thirst for hunger.

Dinner today was the result of another kitchen experiment. A few days ago, my brother was eating crackers with (stay with me on this one) Frank’s Red Hot and peanut butter. I know there are a few people out there who’s stomachs are turning right now, but until you’ve tried the combo don’t write it off! I thought it was an interesting taste when I tried it, so I crafted a recipe around it.

“This” Shrimp and Scallops

6 Tablespoons of Franks Red Hot

4 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons of Reduced Fat Cream Cheese

2 Tablespoons of Light Margarine

42 ounces of shrimp/scallops (cooked)

Mix Franks, PB, Cream Cheese, and Light Margarine together in a small sauce pan on medium-high heat stirring constantly. Once the ingredients have combined (they need not be 100% melted) you can add it to cooked shrimp and scallops and let it cook over low to medium heat until the sauce is completely melted together and the flavor has soaked into the seafood (test a piece to find out). This should make 6 – 7 ounce servings (if you are making less shrimp/scallops be sure to drain off the excess sauce or store it for future use, you’re only meant to have 1/6 of it!).

As soon as I finish my recipe card, I will post the PDF on my recipe page. Believe me, I know it sounds strange…but it really is quite good! I call it “This” Shrimp and Scallops because that is what we named the sauce…”This”. I think “This” would taste good on chicken too if any one wants to give that a shot.

Our vegetable tonight was roasted cauliflower–a little extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and just a touch of parmesan cheese. Yum!

Since I am back from my mini vacation, its time to get back on my regular sleep schedule tonight. In bed by 10, falling asleep by 10:30, asleep by 11, up at 7. I am actually looking forward to getting back on schedule, it feels good to have a healthy bedtime routine. Over the next day, I’m going to pick another healthy habit to add to my night time routine.

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Week 7 – Monday

Have you ever had one of those days that just kinda drags on?  Today was that kind of day for me.  I woke up on time and went to work.  Work was VERY slow today…lets just say, I got caught up on all my paperwork and when I was done, I still had 3 hours left of work!  Basically, all I had to do today was monitor my eating habits–which went well.

After work, my husband and I decided neither one of us felt like cooking or cleaning up after ourselves in the kitchen today, so we decided to go out for dinner.  This is always a challenge when you are trying to limit your fat intake and especially if you are trying to limit your carb intake.  I did a great job though.  I ordered a piece of grilled chicken and the salad bar.  That’s one nice thing about going to Eat n’ Park, they don’t give you funny looks or question your order, they just give you what you ask for (I have had one exception to the previous statement there but when I go anywhere else it seems to happen a lot more).  There is no–What? You don’t want a bun??? Are you sure??  It’s included in the cost…  -.- Salad bars can be dangerous, in addition to the usual restaurant temptations.  Not everything on the salad bar is something that should go on my salad and in the past, I have assumed that if it was on there it must not be that bad for me.  I put lettuce, green pepper, red pepper, mild pepper rings, a small amount of egg, a small amount of cheese, and 1/2 a ladel (I believe the ladels on the salad bar are typically 2Tbsp, so 1/2 would only be 1Tbsp, I would have to double check though to be sure) of ranch dressing (the only fat free option was fat free french which is loaded with carbs, with chicken as my protein I get one healthy fat, so I opted for a little extra fat instead of carbs–we will see whether or not this was the right decision) on my salad tonight.

After dinner, my head hurt and I was feeling nauseous, so I ended up laying down for a bit.  It helped, but I still just wasn’t feeling much like doing anything.  As such, I didn’t do much of anything after dinner.  Since today was a day of little activity, I want to be sure I go for my walk tomorrow.  Since my brother will be cooking tomorrow, I am also going to try to get in a little Just Dance 3.  I have a lot of fun when I play that game and if you use the non-stop shuffle option, you can get a lot of activity in without taking pauses every 3 minutes to pick what song you want.  I should also be getting in some NEAT activity tomorrow, since we need to pack for our mini vacation Wednesday & Thursday.

As promised, my lamb recipe:

Italian Style Lamb Chops

Note: I would make sure you are careful about the lamb you purchase.  Try to find lamb that is lean and boneless.  Our lamb tasted great, but we ended up wasting a lot of it because we bought it bone-in and with a lot of fat that needed to be trimmed.