Let’s Review!

Is he looking for a crumb or at his handsome reflection?
Is he looking for a crumb or at his handsome reflection?

Here are the wandering daily weights from April 22nd to today, the 30th.
4/22: 154.5
4/23: 153.2
4/24: 155.4
4/25: 153.6
4/26: 153.0
4/27: 152.3, and my new weight by average was 154.0.
Tuesday 4/28: 151.9
Wednesday 4/29: 152.1
and today: 151.9

I am pleased with the overall trend.  I am especially pleased with the two sub-152s, and after going out to eat last night, think today’s weight is awesome!

Besides the fact that I am almost done with my 4 year journey to lose over 200 pounds, I am having a couple of major life changes as well.

Sir Crow is one of my favorite photographs from those I took in 2014, and is posted here as a way of saying this is one interest I am going to pursue more seriously from now on.

More re the life changes, another day.

Permission

I ended up doing something I had not done in 4 years for Sunday’s dinner cm.  I had another Reward Meal.  I decided that I was okay with this, but am not sure that was an honest answer.

Monday the 20th, my weight was up to 155.8.  I was not surprised, given hospital food and iv hydration, then an unbalanced Reward Meal on Saturday, and Sunday’s double Reward Meals.

Today my weight is up even more, to 156.0.  However, I am not worried.  I care more about my attitude, my choosing to be on plan and stay there, then this not unexpected weight swing.

I give myself permission and I choose, to be on plan, to eat the way I feel best and am truly, the most satisfied on.

I expect to see my weight start ticking back down, hopefully as soon as Wednesday.  Either way, I will share about it!

Well, isn’t that interesting

My weight today is 152.5, and I have no idea what my weight was on Friday the 18th or Saturday the 19th.

I very unexpectedly fainted early am on Friday and have a spectacular array of bruises to show for it, as well as numerous punctures from all the serial blood tests done while in the hospital from Friday through over half of Saturday.

All I will share from this is that it is SO important to not get dehydrated, and that trying to be completely on plan while in the hospital is challenging!

I handled my food this way – breakfast was scrambled eggs with bits of diced sausage, red bell pepper, mushrooms and onion with cheese, 1 half and half with coffee.

Lunch was chef salad – first day with a mistake of a choice as the Asian Sesame dressing was not a citrus sesame vinaigrette as I guessed but more like a Satay sauce with peanuts!  The second day I chose the Balsamic Vinaigrette..much better choice.

The one Reward Meal dinner that I had while a “guest” at this hospital was a garden salad with blue cheese dressing – half of the dressing I used on my grilled chicken sandwich (instead of mayo) which I had tomato, lettuce and a slice of onion added to.  I did indulge in 1 peanut butter cookie (which was sooooooo good).

Once discharged I had the most “I don’t care” overcarbed meal I’ve had in 4 years.  And I still don’t care.  I did have a cm veggie, lots of protein, but just way way way overdid the rest of the meal re carbs.

That was yesterday.

Today, I had a Reward Meal brunch after church – Shari’s Breakfast Panini Sandwich with fresh fruit, 2 half and half with my coffee (which is under 1 oz. total of half and half).

Not completely sure yet what I will do for a cm dinner, but I have some red swiss chard needing to be used, miracle noodles ziti and either chicken, cod or cm chicken Italian sausages that I can use.

I am so grateful to be back home, to have not broken anything, and don’t mind that I just got quite thoroughly checked out re cardiac status.

Back to my water drinking…

Going Down?

Yesterday’s weight was a slightly disappointing 152.9, but I was grateful it was still under 153.  I had a doctor’s appointment, where for the first time in my life, I was told not to lose anymore.  It was wonderful to hear that this doctor thought I should stop now, since she could see the bones of my sternum.  I still have 6-8 pounds to go, depending on if I go to 146 or 144 for a final weight.
I was 153.7 at the office, after having had breakfast and lunch, and was happy with that.

Today’s weight is a new one day low of 150.2!  Working on water intake today (having hot dogs for breakfast and lunch today and they are high in sodium) , and once this blog entry is published, am heading to my exercise bike.  I do not want to be teetering around the 140s for another week or two, I want to be there now!

Time to share a day

I have not shared a full day of what I ate in a while, and think it would be good to do so again on occasion.

Breakfast cm:
Protein: Applegate natural uncured beef hot dog – 1
Laughing Cow – Original Swiss – 1 wedge
Half and Half – 1 oz.
CM vegetable: Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup (made with homemade chicken broth) – 1 serving.
A good-sized breakfast, one of the unconventional breakfasts I now eat since I have cut back on eggs.

Lunch cm:
Protein: Falls Brand Basque Chorizo – 1 link
CM Veggie: 1 stalk raw celery and 1 serving of homemade Tzatziki

Other: 1 package Miracle Noodles fettuccine ( made of Konjac Flour, this has no carbs, no calories, no protein etc.)

Reward Meal Dinner:
Salad:
Romaine – 2.5 cups
Celery – 2 stalks
Scallion – 1
Dressing: Litehouse Opa Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing

Protein:
9.7 oz. (raw wt.) boneless pork chops, baked with a favorite salt and sugar-free blend – Spice Hunters The Zip
Half and Half – 1 Oz.

CM Vegetable:
Fresh Broccoli – boiled – 1 cup cooked

Carbohydrates:
Kitchens of India – Hyderabadi Korma (a cashew & cumin sauce) – 1 serving is 1/4 cup, atop the pork chops
4 pieces of Dilettante chocolate
Miracle Noodles Ziti – 2.3 servings (one package) this is the one Miracle Noodles brand of noodles with scant calories and carbohydrates.

 

Having Faith in My Plan

Pretty little Nasco teapcup, from Japan.  Handpainted.
Pretty little Nasco tea cup, from Japan. Hand painted.

This is a pretty little tea cup I picked up 4 of at an auction years ago.

My daily weights since Saturday:
Sunday – 153.4
Monday – 153.8, with a new weight by average of 154.14 – a 1.6 pound gain (eek!)
Tuesday -152.2 The first weight I am really happy about since Easter!

I have faith in my plan and know that the best thing I do for myself when I do see a weight swing up, is to 1) be sure I am really following my plan and 2) keep doing it.

I think it very interesting that I have continued having chocolate since the weight gain after Easter – AND seeing that weight gain dissipate.  It isn’t the chocolate that is the issue, it was how much of it I had.  In balance, as part of a proper Reward Meal, there is not anything that I can not have.  I think over the past 3+ years I have proved that!

Tetsubin, Tea and Musings

 

My Tetsubin
for making a tranquil moment

I am happy to be back in the 152’s this morning – weight is 152.8.  Still above my weight by average last Monday, so yes, I will see a “gain” for this week.  I am happy that my weight has come down steadily since my upswing post-Easter.

It’s part of my learning the maintenance dance – pre-maintenance!

Had a lovely larger than usual breakfast of  Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and lemon cream
Not just for the holidays!

and am looking forward to a good day, filled with tea, cat kisses and the company of my husband.

OOPS! If you printed out my latest recipe for Citrus Twist Mini Cheesecake…

Please disregard that first version  as I edited the directions to be more precise.
All the ingredients are the same, but I had left out a step re when and how to add some of the ingredients.
Sorry folks, apparently 2 cups of coffee this morning was not enough!

Citrus Twist Mini Cheesecake


Citrus Twist Mini Cheesecake
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 12
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 111
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 64 mg
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 48 mg
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
This is my variation of my Sicilian grandmother's recipe for Casatta cheesecake. I have kept the main flavors but greatly lessened the calories!
Ingredients
  • whole milk ricotta - 1 pound
  • large eggs - 2
  • semi-sweet chocolate - 1 square
  • sugar - ⅓ cup
  • flour - 30 grams
  • vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • fresh orange zest - ½ teaspoon
  • fresh lemon zest - ½ teaspoon
  • cinnamon - ½ teaspoon
Instructions
  1. Measure your sugar, weigh your flour and mix the two in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Shave your chocolate square into fine powder, set aside until time to use.
  3. Put ricotta in a separate bowl and mix with a spoon until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and sugar mixture to the ricotta, and mix gently until completely incorporated.
  5. Gently stir in each of the eggs, then the vanilla.
  6. Now stir in all other ingredients.
  7. Use Pam Baker's Spray to coat the inside of your mini cheesecake pan (I bought mine from King Arthur).
  8. Fill each cup with the mix - will be about ¾ full.
  9. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  10. Place pan on middle rack and bake for 40 minutes. Remove to cool on wire rack (cheesecakes will fall slightly).
  11. After at least 15 to 20 minutes (careful as pan base may still be too warm for you, if so, cool longer) then pop each cheesecake up out of the pan by pushing up on the bottom disk. Slide each off it's disk, and cook completely on wire rack.
  12. Serve as is or with bit of candied orange zest atop, or powdered sugar, melt a bit of semi-sweet chocolate to drizzle over the top. You can also try drizzling a bit of fruit compote over the top, as in the photo.
Notes
I grew up adoring my Grandmother Anna's Casatta cheesecake - traditionally made for Easter. But her recipe was made in a 10 inch angel food tin with a crust that included sugar, 10 eggs and including items such as candied fruit peels and citron. I have done my best to keep the flavor of her Casatta, while greatly simplifying the recipe, and tremendously reducing the calories in a serving. It may just be a few bites of a dessert, but such delicious bites!

 

Steady – heading down

While not as fast as I would like, I am happy that this morning shows I am continuing to “lose” the swing up pounds post Easter Reward meal.

Despite weighing myself almost 40 minutes earlier than yesterday, I am down another 1/2 pound.  My weight today is 153.3.

Now to see the 150-152 range again!