I am going to do a weekly weigh-in where I am going to write Reflections and Results. I do not want this to be a blog that just talks about trying to lose weight. Instead, I want it to be about how I am helping myself without sacrificing.
This has been a very interesting week. I have enjoyed pulling things off the shelf of my pantry. They have all been things I bought thinking I would eat healthier. Most of them were dangerously close to collecting dust. It’s a good thing my pantry is sealed off from the elements and beast hair.
There have been times when I felt a little hungry, I wanted the bite of chicken tender and fries my friends offered at the ball game, and the smell of powdered sugar in the air absolutely tempted me to buy that funnel cake – especially since I had a dollar in my pocket. But I resisted temptation.
Something happened last night, when I was trying to convince myself not to get that funnel cake, that I don’t remember happening before. I asked myself to think about how I felt and I realized I felt fine. I was not at all hungry and I realized the funnel cake would make me feel sick. It would be too much and it would likely make me crave more though I didn’t need it. I didn’t expect that realization to truly hit me this early in my healthy eating adventure.
Now, for the mistake of the week?
I had ricotta and cottage cheese that needed to be used. I mixed it with ground beef and other stuff as a lasagna – not my best lasagna, but a use up this stuff before it goes bad lasagna. I intended to just eat the beef without the lasagna but I gave in when I saw it come out of the oven. Oh, well – I thought -one piece won’t hurt me. It was very good and at least it was homemade and not the frozen variety.
It was a mistake. Though I’d been able to do without my indigestion medicine for three days without any trouble, not even half an hour passed before I regretted the lasagna. Fortunately the medicine did not take long to work.
I don’t know if it was the tomato sauce, the cheese, or the pasta that upset my stomach. I think it was the tomato sauce and I am hoping it’s just because it was bottled. I desperately want to be able to eat the tomatoes in my garden without trouble.
Drum roll, please…. I have lost 6 pounds this week. That is definitely something to celebrate. The fact that I feel really good is another thing to celebrate.
How do I celebrate? Chinese food!
Only I made my own. I was inspired by the three cans in my closet.
First, I sauteed shrimp in a sesame seed/vegetable oil mixture. Then I removed them from the pan and cooked fresh broccoli, scallions, canned bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts. I served it with quinoa instead of rice.
I did use a dash of soy sauce and the Chinese mustard packet. The entire dish was around 400 calories and contained around 32 grams of protein which may seem a lot, but when you consider I should eat around 1200 calories a day, and have around 68 grams of protein now, that is fairly logical.
I couldn’t eat the whole thing, and I didn’t want to. The bean sprouts tasted like they came from a can. Though the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts were good at first, I got tired of them. I threw the remaining servings of canned veggies in the compost because if I don’t like them now, I won’t like them tomorrow.
Between the lasagna stomach problem and the off flavor of the canned vegetables, I have concluded that I was correct thinking I should only use fresh or flash frozen like peas and strawberries in my meal preparations.
Well, that’s it for now. I greatly appreciate your support and recipe tips, and I hope that I have inspired you in some way. 🙂