Archive for July, 2012

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Fajita Steak & Cheesy Taco Eggs

July 26, 2012

No real shock here, I LOVE Mexican food or at least I did. More on that later, tonight it was late and I had a very early breakfast and an earlier than usual lunch so I was HUNGRY. According to my eating plan, I hadn’t had quite enough calories today and I was really behind on the protein count so this lovely idea popped into my head.

Earlier in the week my wife bought some steak we hadn’t yet prepared and I had some eggs, really the most important part of eating right is a part I’m failing at currently, grocery shopping regularly. Anyway, I had my two basic ingredients so I proceeded.

 

Cut your steak up into strips and put into a non-stick skillet (I usually put a little Olivio in for good measure), sprinkle in either some garlic powder or fresh garlic and let it cook up. Before the steak is done add in some fajita seasoning (I use Penzey’s brand seasonings, if you don’t have a Penzey’s nearby I THINK you can order their spices online, totally worth it) and toss the steak around a bit, then remove from heat. In the same pan, crack open two eggs and sprinkle chicken taco seasoning (also Penzey’s) flip the eggs over when ready (however you want them, could scramble them too) then cover with some low-fat cheddar or mexican blend cheeses. It was a spur of the moment thing, took less than 20 minutes to prep and cook and was quite delicious despite the poor picture. 🙂

 

Fajita Steak & Cheesy Taco Eggs

Fajita Steak & Cheesy Taco Eggs

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Big People Are Scary

July 23, 2012

Okay I know, I know, I know I’m not THAT small yet but wow do I sorta miss being intimidating. Not in the bullying sort of sense, that was never really my thing but in the “when I walk through the mall, people get outta my way” sense. Today was the first time I’ve been in a big crowd sorta situation being almost a hundred pounds lighter. I have to say, it was quite an experience for me.  Now I’ve never been a big fan of crowds but when I was more imposing, it wasn’t as much of a problem because folks gave me my space, I felt very disoriented and very crowded in. People were just walking over me and shoving me, you would’ve thought I wasn’t there. My wife got the biggest kick out of it because, having been small all her life, this is what she experiences every day. I’m far from small even at this point but there is definitely a difference, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to the next 50 pounds leaving, I might just get stepped on.

 

As an aside, anyone know of a good kickboxing gym around Northern Summit county in Ohio or possibly around Independence, Ohio? I can’t seem to find a gym that offers it.

 

 

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Feeling Groov….er….COLD

July 20, 2012

The biggest side effect of losing weight that I’ve noticed is that I am cold ALL THE TIME. I’ve read that sometimes this is because of your body going into “conversation mode” and basically slowing down your metabolism. I don’t think this is what is going on because I’m still losing weight at a  pretty good clip.

It’s really getting distracting, it is July 20/almost 21 and we just wrapped up, what I guess from news reports anyway, the worst heat wave ever. Right now it is around 70 degrees fahrenheit and I am wrapped up in a heavy comforter, after spending the day in my office with a space heater on. This sucks!

I’ve had the vents in my office taped up to keep them from blowing on me and almost broke down and wore gloves today while I typed. I am seriously hoping to get over it and adjust soon because honestly I’m simply not used to being cold. When I was bigger, I could walk outside in 20 degree temperatures in shorts and t-shirt and it wouldn’t bother me at all. Now I’m feeling a little chilly when its in the 80s. I guess sometime soon (like August) the wife, who is also cold all the time, will go sweater and winter coat shopping. I might even seriously consider moving someplace warmer just to avoid the cold, I really don’t like it anymore.

 

Signed,

Former Cold Lover Turned Freeze Baby

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Three Pounds & Counting

July 20, 2012

The other day I reported that I had seven more pounds to go before I have officially lost 100 pounds. Believe me I understand what an accomplishment that is and for sure I posted it to mainly keep myself moving in the correct direction after a few days of weakness. I didn’t outright cheat or anything (okay so I might’ve had a little, very little chocolate) but I was feeling the weakness settling in so I posted it. The reaction has been pretty awesome, people congratulating me and everything and honestly I am a little confused.

I didn’t start eating right/healthy/whatever to lose weight, I’ve said it a couple of times that that was not my primary goal. I wanted to both feel better and get my blood sugar under control and that’s the rub. My blood sugar has not been above 95 in about five months and I’ve been eating pretty healthy for about six months. The problem? I’m not really feeling any better. I know that I’ve dropped a lot of weight pretty quickly and I think that really highlights how poorly I was eating before. I say poorly because I never really ate a lot, I just ate badly. A whole plate of carbs basically for breakfast (when I ate it), lunch and dinner with very little balance to it, very poor. Here the basic breakdown.

I was misdiagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the actually problem I have causes that sort of diagnosis. Without getting too technical or too personal, I basically have a horribly broken immune system. When germs come in, instead of fighting them off, my immune system welcomes them in and helps them set up shop for a while. It is essentially a birth defect, which has haunted me for most of my life and it sucks. I never expected that to get better with eating better or weight loss but I really did expect to at least feel better, not be so tired all the time or at least have a bit more energy. The truth is, I don’t. I do not feel any better now than I did nearly a hundred pounds ago. Headaches all the time, tired all the time and not a normal kind of tired but a “you seriously expect me to open eyes and move this week, I don’t think so” kind of tired. It is fairly annoying and I was really expecting better. Trust me, simply losing weight, even successfully is not enough so here’s my next phase plan.

Hopefully this coming week, my energy level be damned, I will be starting a workout program. I’ve been walking a bit but really haven’t done much working out with this eating plan. I’m going to be really striving to do this 4 or so times a week and will report back here on my progress. Wish me luck and as always and advice or recommendations are appreciated.

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Seven more pounds

July 18, 2012

In seven pounds I will have lost a total of 100 pounds. This will be a big accomplishment for me and then I will only have 50 more to go! Just putting this out there to keep it. The back of my head.

I still miss pizza. 🙂

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Vegan Quinoa Croquettes

July 15, 2012

Vegan Quinoa Croquettes.

via Vegan Quinoa Croquettes.

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Wood Fired Stuffed Chicken (with Blue Cheese & Spinach)

July 15, 2012

First of all I want to be clear….I’m not a pyro but fire, well, fire is just really awesome. It can do pretty much everything, you can use it to create (like yummy chicken) or you know to destroy (which is awful). It is just one of those things that can be awesome and horrible all at once.

Fire being awesome

Fire being awesome

Anyway, on to the yummy:

Butterfly the chicken breast (or buy it that way). Stuff with some blue cheese and spinach and fold back together, you could tie it but I never do. Season your chicken well (poultry seasoning, garlic and thyme). Marinate your chicken for a couple hours in Italian dressing (I skipped this step this time and missed it so make sure you do that). Sear on both sides (keeps it moist).  Grill until it is at a proper temperature. I usually take it off about 5 or 7 degrees from done because it does continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, this will keep it from really drying out. Enjoy!

Wood Fired Stuffed Chicken

Wood Fired Stuffed Chicken (pictured with my Teriyaki Wood Grilled Pork Loin, lunch for the next couple of days)