Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Week 5 update

My loss for last week was 1 pound not great but I'll take it. Every pound counts. I saw bigger changes in my measurements this week than in my weight, and for me that's what really counts.
My total loss is now 17 pounds.
Overall I did really well last week but I didn't workout as often or as hard as I should have.

My biggest accomplishment for the week was that I jogged for the first time, probably since high school. Granted it wasn't far just the last couple of blocks of my walk, but I did do it. It may very well have been the first time I have ever jogged/ran of my own free will. I have always thought that running was an activity without purpose unless you were being chased by something or someone who wanted to do you harm. But I've been watching all these weight loss shows on Netflix and you see these people with even more weight to lose than I and they run. I just wanted to see if my body was even capable,and it was. I didn't enjoy it but I did it. The distance may have been laughable to some but for me it was a challenge, and I was proud when I reached my driveway.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fried "Rice"

This was my dinner tonight. It was delicious! I have seen a recipe for cauliflower fried rice on several low-carb websites. I didn't follow any set recipe. I made the fried "rice" the way I normally do just replacing the rice with grated cauliflower and omitting the diced carrots and peas I would normally use. This really did taste very similar to fried rice. The cauliflower takes on the flavor of the soy sauce and doesn't taste like cauliflower at all.
To go with it I sauteed some shrimp and green beans and tossed them both with a sauce made from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, a little water,and Splenda.
Seriously the best dinner I have had in the past several weeks.
This meal is induction friendly if your on Atkins but make sure your carbs for the rest of the day aren't too high.
Also, watch the soy sauce some brands have up to 5 carbs per Tbsp. I chose La Choy because it has 1 gram per Tbsp.

Ingredients for Cauliflower Fried Rice

1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ginger
1 cup grated cauliflower
1/4 cup green onion
1 large egg
2 tsp minced garlic


    1. Grate the cauliflower using either the largest holes on a hand grater or with the grating blade in food processor. The results should almost resemble the size of cooked white rice.
    2. Heat oil to cover the bottom of a small skillet on medium-high.
    3. Quickly stir-fry the white of the onions and the garlic. Watch closely so as not to burn.
    4. Add the cauliflower; fry about 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly until it begins to color a bit. Don't overcook or it might get mushy.
    5. Stir in the soy sauce. Push the cauliflower to one side of the pan; pour in the beaten egg.
    6. Lightly scramble the egg briefly then mix into the cauliflower.
    7. Add the green onion tops and toss.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Month 1

I have finished the first month of my new diet. My total weight loss for the month was 16 pounds.

I'm pretty pleased with that number. I think I could have lost more, but the month had some major challenges. My grandmother died and I fell into the habit of emotional eating that week, and then there was Christmas. The scale showed an 8 pound gain after three days of holiday eating. I know most of that was water weight and it came off fast. The Monday after Christmas I weighed in at 268 and today one week later I weigh 259. So I not only lost the Christmas pounds but lost an additional 2 pounds this week. yay!

The most exciting thing about this week for me is knowing that I was able to splurge on the holiday but get myself right back on track. A few bad days doesn't mean I give up anymore. I am in control of me.

I felt really lousy for the first few days after Christmas. I felt completely run down, moody, and achy. Now that all of the junk I ate is out of my system,I feel great. I'm feeling happy and energetic. That alone makes me want to stay on plan. So far Atkins is definitely working for me.