16 March 2012

The Friday Report

On September 1st, I became a new person.  I became a person that cared about herself enough to try to be healthy.  I become a person with the will to achieve healthy.  I became a person who took responsibility and control when it came to my own health and nutrition.

When I stepped on the scale September 1st, I weighed 384.4.  Not my highest weight but I'd lost 5.6 lbs since the end of June without putting any real effort into it.  Today, 28 weeks and a day later, I stepped on the scale for my official weekly weigh in.   284.4.  Exactly 100 lbs in 197 days.  That averages out to just about 1/2 a pound a day.

I know pride isnt's always a good thing but today I'm ok with saying I'm proud of myself.  It's been challenging.  There have been sacrifices.  It's required a lot of determination and will power where before I just didn't have it. But the reward is I'm well on my way to being a much healthier person.

11 March 2012

On My Plate - Mustard Chicken

Growing up one of my favorite meals was my mom's baked pork chops.  She'd brown them on the stove and then bake them covered in the simplest sauce, cream of chicken soup with a little mustard added.  So good. 

Today I decided to try that awesome mustard sauce on some chicken.  I added a few of my own touches and ended up with a great dinner.  Along with the chicken, I had Oven Brown Rice made from a recipe I found on www.allrecipes.com, cabbage and cornbread.  A filling comfort meal for under 500 calories.

Mustard Chicken

Servings: 6  Calories: 163  Carbs: 6  Fat: 3 
Protein: 36 Sodium: 336 Fiber: 1

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
4 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 oz onion, sliced thin
1 can Campbell's 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
4 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces. 

Toss the chicken with the onions, mushrooms and black pepper in a baking dish.

Mix the soup, broth and mustard and pour over the chicken.

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

The mustard taste isn't really strong, it's just there to add a little something to the flavor of the sauce without being overpowering.  If you really like mustard, feel free to add more.

As for the Oven Brown Rice, I made a few modifications to the recipe and it turned out to be the best brown rice I've ever had.  I used all reduced sodium chicken broth, garlic powder and eliminated the seasoned salt.  I also baked it covered with foil for about an hour.  I uncovered it and baked it for another 15 minutes or so to get rid of the last of the moisture.  Next time, I may replace some of the broth with water to bring down the sodium content.

08 March 2012

Grocery List

For a while now, I'm been promising to post a grocery list.  Sorry it took so long but I finally did it.

This list in no way encompasses all the foods that are out there that can work in a low calorie lifestyle.  These are just the things that I use. The things that I've found work for me. 

I've added a new page on my blog, so the list will be available at all times.

06 March 2012

The Weigh In

Just got done doing my measurments for the month.  Be sure to check it out on my Weigh In page.

No wonder my pants are falling off.  :)  I lost another 1/2" from my waist and 1 1/2" from my hips.

Along with the major milestone of losing 100 lbs, which translates to almost 26% of my original weight, I've managed to lose 65 inches. 

I've also posted my monthly pic.  It was taken right before my niece's "Rock Star" birthday party last saturday (I decided to be a 70s rock star).  What's awesome about it is I was able to go home and borrow a skirt from my mom's closet (that's her in the pic with me) to wear.

01 March 2012

The Monthly Report

Usually I don't post my monthly report until I've taken new measurements and a new pic but I'm so excited about my weigh in this morning that I can't wait.

I just got off the scale and started crying. 


I can now officially say that I have lost 100 lbs.

When I made the decision to change my lifestyle, I never would have imagined the progress I've made so far.  I can't even begin to describe all the ways that I've changed in the last six months.  It's not just my weight.  It's my whole attitude regarding food; what I expect of myself; how I look at myself and so many other things.

I still have a long way to go to get to healthy but I've made tremendous progress on my journey.  And today I can say I'm truly proud of myself.