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Diet Update #2

The good news: A lot of my clothes are pretty loose and baggy! That’s a good problem the have! The bad news: I am not ready to invest in new clothes until I’m a little closer to where I want to be. So in the meantime, I’m all frump I guess.

I did break down over the weekend and buy two new pairs of jeans because the ones I have were literally falling off and a belt wasn’t helpful. I am now in a size 10 jeans. My postpartum jeans were 12’s, so it felt good to go down a size, even if i haven’t seen a big change on the scale lately.

More good news: I wrote about crashing pretty hard on my run days. Well, last time I ran during my lunch break I felt much better. I had some carbs about an hour before I ran in addition to my low carb protein drink, so about 175 calories worth. I had more energy, I didn’t feel lethargic, wasn’t starving and shaky after my run, and just generally felt much better. So obviously this is something I need to do on days I run.

Some Winning Foods:

My favorite low carb breakfast:

A “mcmuffin” without the muffin. It’s good! It’s a low calorie and low carb option for breakfast.

I tried a new lunch for work and loved it! I don’t have pictures because it honestly doesn’t look that photogenic, but it was delicious. I cooked two boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot with green chile enchilada sauce for about 4 hours then shredded the chicken and let it soak up the sauce.

I sauteed riced cauliflower with butter and seasonings. I was worried it wouldn’t reheat well, or be soggy, but it wasn’t! It was perfect. The next day at work I topped the cauliflower “rice” with the shredded chicken and a little cheese. It was delicious, low in carbs and very filling.

Another delicious dinner: I picked up a rib eye steak at Trader Joe’s the other day and Michael made a chimichurri sauce to go on top. I made a chopped salad from Trader Joe’s (it was a salad mix with kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, lettuce and cabbage) and added cauliflower and carrots.

The sauce was super good. I also had a slice of smoked Gouda with dinner (because I’m obsessed). The sauce was fantastic on the steak!

Challenges Lately:

Halloween Candy.

UGH. I was doing pretty good lately with limiting the sweets and then Halloween came and I kind of binged. I had two pieces of Halloween candy at Michael’s work Halloween Party and then a maybe three or four more later that night. I’m bummed. I haven’t had that much candy in a long time–probably last Halloween!

But to end on a happier note, here are a few kiddo pictures!

I got off work a little early and Michael dropped Logan off at my work so everyone could see him in his costume. Then we all went to Michael’s office for a Halloween party. There were a bunch of kids in costume. It was super sweet.

There was pizza and a veggie tray and fruit tray, plus tons of candy and juice boxes. (I did not eat pizza!)

Logan had a fantastic time! There were tons of kids, a craft table, a photo booth, and games. After the party we came home for dinner and bath and then went trick or treating.

Logan LOVED it! He was having so much fun walking up and down the street in the dark. LOL We went to half a dozen houses, the people we know on our street and would enjoy seeing Logan in his costume, and then headed home.

He had two small pieces of candy–the first time having candy in his life! HE LOVED IT. Haha. But, unlike his mama, he was able to self-regulate and shook his head when I offered him more. He had enough and said no. I need to take a hint from my kid. 😉

He went to bed and completely zonked out. He’d had so much fun and slept like a rock all night long. It was a pretty fantastic holiday. Can’t wait for next year!

Back to the diet — I will be weighing in next week, and crossing my fingers that the candy didn’t do too much damage…

Two Low Carb Dinners

I wanted to share two recipes with you that we tried last week. Here is the first:

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs:

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs |Paleo
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Serves: 4-6 servings
From: http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/balsamic-braised-beef-short-ribs-paleo/
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lbs. of bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 whole dried dates
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Spice Blend:
  • 2 tablespoon of course sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together course sea salt, dried rosemary, dried sage, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper.
  2. Pat dry bone-in beef short ribs. Rub spice blend into both sides of the short ribs.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add coconut oil to pan and sear the short ribs for 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly browned.
  4. Put the short ribs in a slow cooker with a tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, whole dried dates, and smashed garlic cloves.
  5. Cook for 4-6 hours on low or until beef is tender.
It doesn’t look pretty but it tasted really good! I made some sesame cucumber salads to go with it and the tartness of the salad was the perfect combo with the ribs.

We each had one (they were pretty big beef ribs) and then a few nights later had the leftovers and we both agreed that they were even better reheated as leftovers.

Michael made this dinner, even though crock-pot cooking isn’t something he likes to do, and it was really good! We both want to make it again in the future.

The second “recipe” wasn’t really a recipe but it was “lowish” carb and on the diet plan. I picked up the carrot “noodles” from Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and we finally tried it.

Here are the stats on the carrot noodles:

8grams of carbs in a serving of carrot noodles. I also bought a jar of low carb spaghetti sauce. I hadn’t tried this brand before and another reader recommended a low carb marinara but it was really expensive when I finally found it! This particular bottle was half the price of the other one so I grabbed a jar to test it out.

A serving of this marinara was 5 grams of carbs. I also loved that it didn’t have a ton of sugar in it like a lot of red sauces have. We had some Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs on top with some fresh parmesan and opened a not-so-low-carb bottle of wine to go with dinner:

So how was the dinner? Really good! We both liked it a lot.

The carrots weren’t overpowering in flavor. They were slightly al dente, but I’m so used to eating spaghetti squash instead of real pasta noodles that it didn’t feel weird to me. The sauce? Fantastic! We both LOVED it! It was super spicy. We’d definitely make this dinner again.

I did comment that it needed some garlic bread. 😉