Are you catching up on weekend reading? I gave instructions about how to make amazing homemade pizza. My hamstrings are sore from lots of gardening on Saturday–veggie garden has started! And I had another good session with the weights.
This is a photo of our fridge BEFORE shopping for the Four Hour Body Diet:
Overflowing with veggies and meat from Trader Joe’s! That’s one thing we both commented on when trying this diet experiment. The amount of food we have to buy and prepare is staggering but we both wanted to start eating more “real” foods instead of relying so heavily on processed meals (i.e pastas, frozen ravioli, mac n’ cheese from a box, etc). I may not be doing the diet anymore, but I AM eating a lot of the same foods Michael is eating. Here’s an example of how I eat now (incorporating the Slow Carb Diet with Michael as well as eating what I want):
1 Sandwich Thin toasted with cream cheese (didn’t have bagel thins)
1 cup plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries
The only thing really “on the diet” in this breakfast is probably the plain Greek Yogurt. But I don’t care! I’m not on the diet! And the strawberries were perfect. Sweet and plump and a little crunchy but not unripe. Oh how I’ve missed you strawberries!
Calories: 309 | Carbs: 40g | Protein: 24g | Fiber 8g
1/2 blackened chicken breast
1 serving cottage cheese
1 serving beans
This is totally on the plan. And I’m a-okay with eating something like this for lunch. The cottage cheese is low in calories (90) and high in protein (12). I made Michael a salad: baby spinach, mushrooms, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and he had the other half of the chicken breast.
Calories: 304 | Carbs: 17g | Protein: 41g | Fiber 2g
Trader Joe’s Cumin & Chili Chickpeas
Michael grilled up the pork chops and made us salads. I added some croutons to my salad, but not Michael’s. The salad had cucumber and homemade Caesar dressing. I also heated up the Trader Joe’s chickpeas! They are soooo good!
The chickpeas were yummy and SPICY! Michael skipped those, his loss! It was a good, filling dinner with an interesting array of flavors. One of the things I love about Trader Joe’s is that a lot of their products have very few ingredients. The chickpeas came from a package–yes– but there were only 5 ingredients in there and they were all natural spices. I could totally make this at home, so maybe in the future I will give it a try–going with our theme of eating natural, homemade foods.
Calories: 753 | Carbs: 49g | Protein: 47g | Fiber 16g
TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
Calories: 1,647 | Carbs: 139g | Protein: 116g | Fiber 28g
Calories Burned Swimming: 400
Michael weighed in Monday morning for his second week on the Four Hour Body Diet.
Starting Weight: 197.8
After 1 Week: 192.4 | Loss of 5.4 pounds
After 2 Weeks: 190.7 | Total Loss of 7.1 pounds
I am so proud of Michael’s efforts! He’s done a great job and I can attest to the fact that he has not cheated in anyway. He did say he didn’t do the breakfasts last week like the plan instructed though and he attributes the small loss in Week 2 to that, so Week 3 he’s going back to the way he ate in Week 1. I’ll support him either way. I reminded him that a loss is a loss, even if it’s a small one!
QUESTION: How do you prepare your chickpeas? Send me all your favorite recipe links for them!