R3 VLCD Day 15: -0

August 31, 2010

R3 VLCD Day 15 Lunch: Rebel Tuna Salad

Today’s Weight: 154
Today’s change: -0
Total R3 weight lost: 10.8

Ok, my rebellion is officially and completely squashed.  I’ll continue doing what I know works (miracle noodles and Walden Farms products in small quanties are ok for me).  No more questionable protein or mixing protein, which I have done two days in a row.  I only have 7 more injection days, and 9 more VLCD days.  I have to stay focused and serious and not care that I’m hating the food.  If my losses don’t pick up again I’ll consider my trip to St. Louis a cycling break and then recommence VLCD when I return.  BUT – I’d rather just hit my goal.  We’ll see.

My food:  1/2 an apple mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  For lunch I made tuna egg salad.  I used 1 tiny can of albacore water packed tuna (the little single serving cans with a pull top), 2 egg whites (I boiled the eggs and fed the yolks to my dog), 2 stalks celery, a bit of red onion, some Walden Farms mayo and Walden Farms Thousand Island dressing, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  I garnished it with a good quality smokey paprika.  My rebel hot dog recipe was better than my rebel tuna egg salad recipe, but I still enjoyed the tuna salad.  Less than 150 calories.

For dinner I made asparagus soup again, but I put a twist on it.  I started with 1 quart chicken broth and a big bunch of asparagus – I cut the asparagus into pieces and let it cook in the broth until it was soft.  While it was cooking I added:  chopped lemongrass (or use lemon or lime zest), hot madras curry, chinese 5 spice seasoning.  When the asparagus was done I pureed the whole batch, which makes about 2-3 meals worth of asparagus soup!  For dinner a I steamed a little more asparagus and threw that in with the soup, along with cilantro and cooked chicken.  It was spicy, and good, and reminded me of Indian food!

R3 VLCD Day 15: Spicy Asparagus Soup

Have a wonderful Tuesday! xoxo


R3 VLCD Day 14: +.6 TOM

August 30, 2010

Today’s Weight: 154
Today’s change: +.6
Total R3 weight lost: 10.8

I had a great weekend – spent at my house with KO <3.  I didn’t feel all that great Sunday and had blood sugar issues.  When I had my afternoon snack (this will be a shocker) I opted for strawberries and about 30 minutes later I felt much better.  Which to me kind of confirms that it was a blood sugar issue.  I’m not overly alarmed about this, this is really the first day I’ve felt this way.  It’s not helping that the menu is getting harder and harder for me to tolerate.  I’m hungry when I eat, but eating itself is just not good, I have to force it.  It’s weird.

One thing I am doing based on how I felt yesterday (plus the gain) is to remix my batch.  I was on day 10 of the batch and that’s generally where I start seeing a decrease in effectiveness.

So when I went grocery shopping yesterday I got a few items to help me through the next week, so you’ll see a couple of new recipes (WARNING!  You’ll see some rebel P2 recipes!!).

My food:  1/2 apple mid-morning and strawberries mid-afternoon.  For lunch I had lettuce wraps again (lettuce, chicken, pico de gallo).  No picture today because you’ve seen them before, like, on Saturday 🙂  Dinner is where the rebel came into play today…

I made a one-serving batch of “chili” with 100 grams of ground bison, about 3/4 cup chicken broth, 1/2 can organic fire roasted tomatoes, about 1/4 cup pico de gallo, cilantro, dark cocoa, garlic powder, cumin, and ancho chili powder.  Originally I intended this to be dinner by itself – then I started thinking…..Hey Christy – you bought the Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Hot Dogs yesterday – you could have HCG friendly chili dogs.  I mulled over it (ok, obsessed) and decided that I could do a chili dog  dish.  So I took 1/2 cup of the chili mix (this was about 1/3 of the entire recipe) and added it to some dry roasted miracle noodles and chopped up 2 of the 97% fat free Hebrew National hot dogs.  I topped it off with some red chili flakes, more cilantro, and some halfed cherry tomatoes.  According to my calculations this is around 170 calories.  I’m trying the hot dogs kind of in desperation.  I’m not enjoying feeling ill when I eat.  The hot dogs are, by the way, 40 calories each, 1 gram of fat, and no sugars.  And they taste amazing!  I think this dish is my shining glory as far as HCG recipes go.  This one’s a keeper, but it’s only a keeper for rebels like me.  If only I hadn’t gained!

R3 VLCD Day 14 Dinner: Chili dog mac (?) I'm not sure what to call this. Any suggestions?

My plan today:  lots and lots of water in case the sodium from the hot dogs is the culprit for the gain.  ACV cocktails.  No hot dogs 🙂

❤ Sending love and hugs your way!

R3 VLCD Day 13: -.4 TOM

August 29, 2010

R3 VLCD Day 13 Lunch: Lettuce wraps

Today’s Weight: 153.4
Today’s change: -.4
Total R3 weight lost: 11.4

My food:  1/2 apple mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  Lunch was lettuce wraps again, with chicken, lettuce and pico de gallo.  KO ❤ took me for dinner at Saltgrass.  I had 1/2 of a 7 oz filet, 1/2 a salad with Walden Farms Thousand Island dressing, and some steamed broccoli.  I enjoyed dinner AAAAALOT.

Enjoy your Sunday! xoxo

R3 VLCD Day 12: -1.4 TOM

August 28, 2010

R3 VLCD Day 12 Lunch: Boiled shrimp on spinach and lettuce with (just a few) tomatoes

Today’s Weight: 153.8
Today’s change: -1.4
Total R3 weight lost: 11

Sweet Saturday.  I have no idea what I’m going to get into today – I pretty much whipped Tommy-licious”s car into shape yesterday (new tires, inspection, oil change, air filter, detail).  Maybe I’ll clean out my closet.  Maybe I’ll clean out my kitchen cabinets.  Maybe I’ll whistle Dixie and watch movies all day 😉

My food:  1/2 apple mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  I had lunch with KO ❤ and chose a salad that came with 4! boiled shrimp, spinach, lettuce, and some tomatoes.  I brought my own Walden Farms balsamic vinaigrette as salad dressing.  It was a good choice!  Usually when you eat out you wind up with WAY more protein than 100 grams but I’m pretty sure I didn’t even come close to that.  In the picture it may look like more than 4 shrimp because I cut them up into tiny little pieces so I could spread it out a bit.

For dinner I just had steamed spinach and some grilled chicken.  I didn’t take a picture.  I didn’t even want to eat but I forced myself to. 

That’s it my chickadees! xoxo

R3 VLCD Day 11: -1.4 TOM

August 27, 2010

R3 VLCD Day 11 Lunch: Chicken, miracle noodles, and cabbage

Today’s Weight: 155.4
Today’s change: -1.4
Total R3 weight lost: 9.6

Ok, I’m just going to glory over the 1.4/9.6.  That make me a happy girl.  I’ll take it.  I’m finally below my “adjusted” LIW from Round 2.  Which I have not been talking about much but I guarantee you it’s been on my mind.  I got a little lazy with my food choices for a bit.  When I started R3 I was as 160 (before load days).  I was trying hard not to see it as tragic but it sure didn’t feel good.  But DAMN I’ve enjoyed some good food so it could have been worse.  I can’t say I regret it.

Glorying over Friday as well – I am going to be very busy with work today/tonight.  I was emailing with a customer until 10 last night on some load testing that will commence tonight (yes, on a Friday night).  That will occupy my Friday night until 7  :-\  But after that my weekend is officially mine.  At least until the next fire pops up.  Hopefully there will be no fires!!!

I’m planning on spending alot of time tomorrow working on Tommy-licious’ shaggin’ wagon.  It’s a 97 Ford Taurus station wagon (E.G. teenage boy car) that needs a little TLC before it’s road ready.  With three vehicles now on my insurance (and two people in my household) I think it’s time to sell one, so I’m working toward that.  Tommy-licious happens to think that the shaggin’ wagon is representative of his level of coolness so we’ll probably keep that one and sell my soccer mom van, now that both my little boys are grown (he doesn’t happen to think that the soccer mom van represents any level of coolness at all).  Some good times and good memories involved that van.  And some not so good ones, like evacuating 3 boys, a dog, and two adults in it at 5 am the day Katrina hit the gulf coast.  The van is the vehicle that my boys grew to (almost) adulthood with.  Tommy-licious was 8 and Wonderboy was 11 when I got it.  At the time we all thought it was the cat’s meow – and it’s been old faithful.

Wait a minute – is this ME getting nostalgic over a freaking vehicle???? LOL that’s so funny and uncharacteristic.  But I guess it makes sense – that van has seen many milestones over the last 9 years.  One funny story about the van and then I’ll move on – maybe a year or so after I got it I had my boys in the van in the morning, taking them to school, and we stopped at a friends house to pick him up to deliver him to school as well.  Now, this is a house I had been to many, many times.  And I had managed to avoid the tree that I backed into for a year!  But I backed into a tree and the bumper was messed up (I had no idea until this day that my van had a plastic bumper filled with styrofoam, but it did – and does).  I was pretty upset, because my van was still kind of new and shiny to me and at that point it was pristine.  Wonderboy (and if you know Wonderboy, you can see this in your mind, it is JUST like him) turns to me and says, very calmly and evenly, completely deadpan:  Well, it was inevitable. I just about peed my pants.  Gotta love that boys’ perspective.

Ok, one more story, really.  I’m sitting in the van at the band hall with Tommy-licious on a Friday night after a football game, waiting for Wonderboy to finish up with his band activities (Tommy-licious was 12 at the time).  He had gone off to hang out with his friends during the football game and had told me there was a girl from his class that he liked.  I mean, REALLY liked.  So I was asking if she was there (she was) etc.  At one point, teasing him, I said:  Did you kiss her under the stands? He was kind of startled, blanched white and said:  Did I kiss her WHERE???????????????

I love my boys.  They make me laugh 😀 And thank you, soccer mom van, for all the memories.  You’ve served us well.

My food:  1/2 apple mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  I made today’s lunch the night prior.  I dry roasted the miracle noodles in a hot, dry non-stick skillet and removed them from the heat.  Add 1/4 – 1/3 cup chicken broth to the skillet along with 2 cups chopped cabbage, pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper.  Saute this until the cabbage is cooked (the chicken broth reduces),  and add a couple of teaspoons of Bragg’s liquid aminos, cooked chicken, and the miracle noodles.  Yum.

R3 VLCD Day 11 Dinner: Grilled bison sirloin and steamed spinach

For dinner I had steamed spinach AGAIN with grilled bison sirloin.  I did put some Walden Farms BBQ sauce on the sirloin (not shown in the picture)  As usual I threw the sirloin on my pannini grill – two skinny minutes and it was done.

Have a blessed Friday!!

R3 VLCD Day 10: -1 TOM

August 26, 2010

R3 VLCD Day 10 Lunch: Spinach, chicken, a few red onions and Walden Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette

Today’s Weight: 156.8
Today’s change: -1
Total R3 weight lost: 8.2 

Still grouchy and not feeling well.  I really hate how TOM affects me.  In reviewing my history with HCG and TOM, though, I usually gain like 3 pounds over the course of several days.  I’m just reminding myself that this TOM has been better than my history.   Maybe it’s better because I’m faithfully drinking my 3 ACV cocktails every day.  Oh well.  I’ll feel better soon.  AND – at least I finally saw a little movement on the scale 😀 YAY!

My food: 1/2 apple mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  For lunch I had a great big pile of fresh spinach with red onions, chicken, and Walden Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette.  When I got home I was faced with cooking 3 meals:  dinner for me, dinner for Tommy-licious, and my lunch for tomorrow.  So my dinner needed to be quick and effortless.  

My fall-back when that is the requirement is spinach and seasoned tilapia in a Zip-n-Steam bag (3 minutes in the microwave this time; sometimes two, depending how long it takes the tilapia to cook).  I did not make a conscious decision to have spinach for both meals, it just happened.  And you can tell in the picture I almost forget to take it – I had already had a couple of nibbles 😉 

R3 VLCD Day 8 Dinner: Spinach and tilapia

 Almost Friday my sweets.  Almost there.  Can I get a hell yeah????

Today’s wish is for quick, insightful, and inspired minds for all of us.  Many blessings to you and yours xoxo

R3 VLCD Day 9: -0 TOM

August 25, 2010

VLCD Day 9 Lunch: Lettuce wraps with chicken and pico de gallo

Today’s Weight: 157.8
Today’s change: -0
Total R3 weight lost: 7.2

I did not feel well all day from TOM  😦  But, hanging in there.  Another day of no losses but I might as well be grateful that it’s another day of TOM with no gains.  But that zero on the scale is mighty frustrating.

Guess what??????  I had 1/2 apple in the morning and 1/2 an apple in the afternoon. 😛 For lunch I had lettuce wraps with my cooked chicken and pico de gallo.  Yes I mixed vegetables.  Sometimes I do this.  Also the total calorie count is 130.  Also I was really grouchy and the lettuce wraps were a small bright spot in my day, a very nice change of pace.  How ridiculous is that?  That completely goes against the whole “eat to live not live to eat” concept but whatever it takes to get through today without eating a Twinkie or Reeses cup.  Or a spoonful of peanut butter.

But, I say that completely in jest (but I am craving peanut butter).  I am not going to cheat.  I may not be a Simeon’s purist (I mix veggies sometimes, and I’m using Miracle Noodles and Walden Farms products) BUT otherwise my choices are pure and good.

R3 VLCD Day 9 Dinner: Soup with chicken, celery and chicken broth

Dinner was my leftover soup from VLCD Day 8 – and I added cooked chicken this time.