Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week 39- at the threshold of transition

Weight lost this week was 1.8 pounds

Total lost over 39 weeks was 71.4 pounds

Ave loss per week was 1.83 pounds

I'm  at the threshold of transition. It's likely that I'll reach goal this coming week and I'll start transition at week 40.  The sun is setting on one phase, weight loss and the sun is rising on transition. It's all good!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Shrimp with Queso Fresco & Chipotle -Lean Medifast

Shrimp with Queso Fresco & Chipotle -Lean Medifast (1 lean, 1 healthy fat)

This meal is an awesome special dinner to make. I don't make shrimp very often, but when I do this spicy dish is fabulous.

Cook about 10 oz of raw shrimp to make a final 7 oz of cooked shrimp- I usually pan grill them with a bit of Southwest Chipotle Mrs Dash

Near the end of the cooking- lower the heat, and  add two  wedges of Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco and a tiny bit of water. Stir with a spatula until the cheese is melted and resembling an alfredo sauce.

Add 3 green servings (Medifast) and enjoy your special meal. Fabulous!  I made this meal for New Year's Eve.

Week 38 update

Hey! I'd better post a 38 week update, because in one day, it will be 39 weeks. LOL

Lost 1.2 pounds over the week. Total loss is 69.6 pounds, with an average loss of 1.83 per week.

Even though my losses have slowed down considerably, I've lost inches which is nice. Last Sunday, mentally, I was done. Ready to transition. But, body wise- well if I'm loosing inches, that is ALL good.

So I continue on my path. It's ALL good. :)

Coleslaw with Light Champagne Dressing (one green, one healthy fat)

Coleslaw with one tablespoon of Girard's light champagne dressing.

1/2 cup Shredded Trader Joe's Cabbage
1 tsp Girard's Light Champagne dressing

Toss the cabbage with the dressing, let sit while you prepare the rest of your yummy Lean and Green Meal.   One lean serving and one healthy fat (Medifast)

Fast and yummy!  Even the kids eat this one. Also good to serve with fish or seafood. Who needs mayo when you've got Girard's Light Champagne Dressing?

Turkey Burgers with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (one lean Medifast))

Turkey Burger, grilled with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (one lean Medifast)

one turkey burger = one lean serving

Dinner- fast. Buy frozen Kirkland/Costco turkey patties from the frozen section of Costco.

Place two frozen burgers on the grill, indoor or out. Season with Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. Cook according to package directions. Serve with 3 greens of your choice. Refrigerate the 2nd patty for an even faster dinner over the next night or two.

Ideas- slice up and place on a romaine or spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, broccoli.  Enjoy

Chicken Soup with Brussels Sprouts (transition only)

Easy recipe to toss together on cold, rainy days.

1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 cup of halved Brussels sprouts
1/2 tsp thyme
5- 6 oz of rotisserie chicken, skin removed (Costco)

Bring chicken broth and Brussels sprouts, and thyme - simmer for 4 minutes or so. Add chicken and simmer for another 5 minutes or so, until the Brussels sprouts are tender.

Serve with another green serving of your choice. A great, filling, lean and green (transition- Medifast) meal I'll make for fall, winter and as long as brussels sprouts are in season.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week 36 and 37 updates still loosing

Week 36- I gained 0.2 pounds.  No worries. The scale bounced, but I felt great.

Week 37- I lost 2.4 pounds, total loss was 68.4, ave loss over 37 weeks is 1.85 pounds per week.

Scale is bouncing around, but overall, still going down. Mentally, I'm so ready to start transition. Physically I feel great and I want to continue on my plan to get to a BMI of 22 for maintenance. Gut feeling is to keep on the Medifast 5&1 plan.

If I don't give this a shot, I'll always wonder "what if" or how would I feel at the lower weight. Interesting journey- and so worth it. :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Excercise & Fitness challege- week 1, Jan 2012

 I decided to join the fitness and the 14 Super food challenge over at Escape from Obesity. The fitness challenge (link here. Super food will be a separate post.

My fitness goal is to : Strength train 2-3 days each week. About 20 minutes each session.

Last Tuesday: I tried some exercises from Strong Women Stay Slim. It was nice to return to those exercises, but I'll need heavier weights at home to progress. I used these exercises during another weight loss and enjoyed them. Now I belong to a gym, so I'll probably save the free weights for the gym most days.

 Last night (still Friday, PST!!!) I tried my first Kettle bell routine- I got a 5 pound Kettle bell at Burlington Coat factory for cheap and it came with a CD. I enjoyed this work out very much, although I was concerned that I might let go and cause major damage in my family room!!! Great moderate aerobic efforts and strength exercises for your legs and arms. I'll definitely keep this in my routine for home strength training.

Next week- scheduling days on the calendar to go to the gym.