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A Valentine’s Date and a Recipe

Logan has had a cold this week, which means he’s not sleeping well, which means we aren’t sleeping well….! I’ve been exhausted all week. So I was super surprised on Saturday morning when I went to the gym and had energy for days! It was a great workout! I did 30 minutes of strength training–body weights, free weighs and kettlebells, and then 30 minutes on the elliptical.

I could have kept going, too, but I had things to do! I went to the store to get groceries and then home to make this dinner:

SLOW COOKER 3-BEAN TURKEY CHILI

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 231

From: http://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-3-bean-turkey-chili-3125-pts/

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lb (20 oz) 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can chopped chilies
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can small red beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for topping
  • optional toppings, shredded cheddar, avocado, sour cream, etc

Instructions

  1. Brown turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through.
  2. Transfer to the slow cooker with the beans, chilies, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin, mixing well.
  3. Cook on high 6 to 8 hours or low 10 to 12.
  4. Garnish with onions, cilantro and tour favorite toppings.
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I’ve made several Skinny Taste recipes before and they were always really delicious.

Our friends had a baby last month (their third!!) and we signed up for their meal train dinner. It was so amazing when we had Logan and friends and family made us meals. It was so so so helpful and generous and we ate some really great food.

Originally we were going to do Michael’s mac n’ cheese but our friends are dairy-free at the moment so I decided to make them chili. I’ve been craving chili for awhile now.

I browned the ground turkey and onions. (I added a teeny bit of spicy ground pork for some flavor.)

The recipe called for three different beans — one being chickpeas! So odd. But I went with it and it turned out to be a really good addition. I did black beans, red kidney beans and garbanzo beans.

I mixed it all and it cooked in the crockpot all day. It smelled really good.

After lunch Logan took a nap and I decided to take a nap, too, and ended up sleeping for over 2 hours!! Catching up on sleep after four days of no sleep, was awesome.

When it was done cooking I packed everything up and we went to our friend’s house to take them dinner and meet the new baby! NEW BABY SMELL!! Oh my gosh the baby is sooo teeny tiny and adorable. I cannot believe that Logan was ever that tiny. It’s crazy. (Especially considering Logan decided to walk this week.)

So for the meal train I took our friends the pot of chili, a loaf of French bread and all the toppings: cilantro, chopped red onion, green onion, shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream (for the kiddos who aren’t dairy-free). Also in the bag was a bottle of wine and some homemade gluten-free brownies (from Bob’s Red Mill). 😀

We spent a little bit of time catching up and snuggling with new baby and then went home to get Logan to bed and open a bottle of wine for us:

There was just enough chili left over for Michael and I to have dinner, too. My one complaint about the recipe was that it said there were 10 servings in there but really, it was more like 5 or 6 generous servings. I guess she made the servings small to keep the calories low.

Ok I kind of loved this chili. It was so good! Lots of flavor and texture. I enjoyed the chickpeas, too. At first I thought they were weird to add to chili but the texture was great. The beans weren’t mushy.

This recipe is a winner! I would make it again for sure.

On Sunday I went swimming and then Michael and I got to go out for a Valentine’s Date Day. Michael’s sister babysat this guy:

I planned our date for this month. Our date started with lunch. We went to Ten Barrel Brewery. I’ve never been and it was a cool place with a fun vibe. We both got the Pearl IPA.

It was a pretty decent beer.

Michael got the personal sized pizza and the salad lunch combo:

The crust wasn’t anything special but the flavor of the sauce and the spicy pepperoni were really tasty. I got the Seoul Sandwich which had Korean steak with sauce, pickled carrots and shredded cabbage on it. It was really, really tasty! The meat had a fabulous flavor to it. I would have liked it a little spicier but it was a really delicious meal otherwise.

Next up was the highlight of our date day: A mini spa day! We went to Sole 2 Sole Reflexology in North Portland. I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never tried reflexology before.

It was such a good experience! We both LOVED it! We were in a semi-private back room with two chairs. We sat down in our side-by-side chairs and then we soaked our feet in barrels of hot water while the therapists massaged our arms and hands. They also put some hot neck wrap things on us. Those were nice.

Then they dried our feet and started the foot and leg massage and reflexology. It was SO GOOD! I get massages once a month (thank you insurance) but they rarely spend that much time on my legs or feet, which is a bummer. So this was a really nice treat because it was a full hour on your feet and legs!

The reflexology part was really interesting. Hard to describe, but nice. It was a lot of pressure-point massage and the massage therapist did some massage around my knees, which was really nice.

Michael fell asleep. 🙂 I dozed in and out of very deep relaxation. It was so nice. The place was great and I would totally go back again. Michael enjoyed his surprise Valentine’s date and he said had he’d known what I had planned he would have run extra miles on Saturday to really get the full benefit of the massage. 😉

It was a great date and we went home to be with the baby and just hang out for the rest of Sunday. Kinda lazy, which was nice.

When The Diet Stops Working

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I don’t really diet. Dieting to me feels temporary. Instead, I looked at my weight loss journey as a lifestyle change. And it was–a complete change. The way I was living wasn’t working anymore. My body was rebelling. It was developing diabetes, my blood pressure was so high I’d have dizzy spells and almost blacked out too many times to count. In other ways my body was letting me know that extra 100 pounds on my body was hurting me. Achy joints, back pain, constantly catching every cold/bronchitis/flu that was going around. I wasn’t healthy, period.

If you are new to the blog, check out these two posts I wrote about weight loss plateaus and cheat days: Why Wednesday – Why I’m Not Losing and Why Wednesday – Why I Don’t Have a Cheat Day.

While I didn’t diet to lose 100 pounds, I have tried a few different diets over the years. After maintaining my weight for awhile, I wanted to try something new.

The first “diet” I tried was the Slow-Carb Diet.

The Slow-Carb diet didn’t work for me for a lot of reasons. The biggest challenge was not being able to eat fruit. Fruit is healthy. Eliminating it entirely from my body seemed unhealthy. Also, I didn’t really see any benefits of this diet. While Michael lost a good amount of weight doing this diet, I did not. Clearly my body didn’t like it! Here are some of the posts from that experience:

The Four Hour Body Diet Experiment

Four Hour Body Diet – The Beginning

Slow Carb Food List

My Thoughts on The Four Hour Body Week

Challenges of Day Three

Day Four: Half Way There

Saturday: Binge Day Part One

There are things about the Slow Carb Diet that I agree with. I think it’s beneficial to limit bread and pasta and stuff like that. Those things seem to make my body want to gain weight. I LOVE bread. Love it. I crave it. But if I stop eating it, those cravings go away and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. However, the second I eat some bread after not eating it for awhile, it’s like crack. It becomes the #1 thing I want to eat and I get kind of obsessed. Yikes!

The second “diet” was going gluten and dairy-free.

The reasoning behind this diet actually came from my mom. She was having some different issues and going dairy and gluten free helped resolve those issues. In my reading I found that the diet cleared up acne for many people, as well as sinus issues. It was worth a try and the fact that my mom was successful on this diet (and lost a lot of weight) gave me hope. Once again, I didn’t see any significant change or improvement. The sinus issues didn’t go away. I lost about an inch around my waist–which IS significant but I didn’t lose any weight. It didn’t fix my acne, either.

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So it Begins

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Dairy-Free Update #3

In the end the diet seemed more of a struggle than anything and since I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, I stopped it. One thing that stuck around is trying to limit the gluten and bread I eat. We found some gluten-free bread at Costco that is actually REALLY tasty and that’s what we buy now.

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When The Diet Stops Working

This post is about the moment when the diet stops working. If you’re just hitting a plateau, you need to do something to shake your body out of it’s habit. Check out these posts: P is for PlateausBusting that Plateau and Why Can’t I Lose Weight? They will give you some good ideas on how to bust that plateau and get back to losing.

If it’s NOT a plateau and you just simply aren’t losing weight, then CHANGE IT. There is absolutely no benefit or reason to continue something that doesn’t work. The Slow-Carb diet didn’t work for me, either did the dairy/gluten-free diet. If the diet itself is more of a struggle and misery and you aren’t getting results, TRY SOMETHING ELSE. There is no shame in quitting and trying again. Everyone is different and what works for one person, may not work for you.

To give you another example, I have a friend who has been trying to lose weight and fix her diabetes for a long time. After trying so many different things, high protein diet, dairy-free diet, counting calories, going vegetarian…what ended up working for HER body was going vegan.

Find what works for YOUR body and stick with it!