Weight on 1/3/14

Weight this am is 228.8 – and this is why I take 7 days of weight and do an average of them, to get my true weight.  I go up a bit, I go down a bit.  Sometimes I go down a big jump.  Overall, I usually have a steady weekly loss of 1.5 to 2+ lbs.

My day to average is on Mondays.

Food log for 1/2/14

I’ve decided one post per day, updated after each meal, is sufficient.

Breakfast cm:
Protein: one 5th Street Grill Turkey Italian Sausage with Onions and Peppers
CM Vegetable: 1 cup plain boiled fresh cauliflower
decaf coffee with 1 oz. half and half.

Lunch cm:
Protein: 4.4 oz. raw weight fresh cod -panfried in 1 tsp. unsalted butter
1 slice Finlandia Deli Slices Swiss cheese
CM Vegetable: 1 cup boiled cauliflower with 1 tablespoon Tzatziki sauce

Reward Meal Dinner:
Very large salad of:
2 cups romaine
1 cup baby spinach
1 yellow mini-bell pepper
1/2 cup raw cauliflower
1 stalk celery
1 scallion
Dressing:  2 tab. Litehouse Opa Yogurt Feta Dill Dressing

4.4 oz.  Beef Tenderloin (cooked sous vide style)
1 oz. provolone cheese
1 oz. hard salami
(the cheese and salami were in the salad)

Cm veggie and bit of carb:
2 gluten-free zucchini cakes (these are very, very small rounds)

1 Julie’s Organic Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwich
decaf vanilla-hazelnut coffee (has no sweetener) with 2 oz. half and half.


Review of 5th Street Grill Italian Turkey Sausage with Onions & Peppers

Delicious, lower calories and gluten free!
Delicious, lower calories and gluten free!

I discovered this brand while shopping at my local Costco, when I was checking packages of sausages looking for those without sugars or starches, and that were gluten-free.

The first thing that caught my eye was that these are fully cooked (time saver), gluten free as well as without added nitrates or nitrites.  I next checked the ingredients list:

Turkey Raised Without Antibiotics, Roasted White Onions, Roasted Green Pepper.
Contains Less Than 2% of the Following:
Salt, Spices (Including Fennel and Red Pepper), Parsley, Paprika.
In a Natural Pork Casing.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving size is 1 link. **have you noticed that this isn’t a given with many specialty sausages?  I’ve picked up packages containing 4 sausages to notice the servings per package are 8!  I don’t know about you, but 1/2 of a sausage isn’t very satisfying or filling.

Per serving:
Calories – 100.
Total Fat: 3.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 650 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 1g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 15g

I use 5th Street Grill Italian Turkey Sausage with Onions & Peppers for quick,  easy and satisfying meals.  I will make a main meal using 2-3 of these, along with salad, vegetable and a carb of some sort, or have just 1 for my breakfast on a day I am not eating eggs.

The flavor is very pleasant, I can taste the fennel (one of my favorite parts of any Italian themed sausage), and the onions and peppers merely add to the flavor versus dominating. It is a mild, pleasant sausage with good texture.

Serving suggestion: For a nice brunch, dice 1 sausage, 1 scallion, sauted in 1/2 tsp. of no-salt butter, then scramble with 2 eggs. (If not using a non-stick pan, you may need to add another 1/2 tsp. of butter just before you add the eggs to scramble.)

*I was not given compensation in any form for this review.

It should go without saying…

that if you too, are on a journey to lose weight or improve your health, your first action should be to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

I have consulted with my doctors, and they are aware of the eating plan I chose to lose my weight.

Nothing I share here is meant to tell you what you should do to lose weight.  It is simply a sharing of my journey, and what is working for me, and why I chose to eat this way.  I hope it will provide some food for thought!

If you would like to know more about CALP (think it’s time I created a list of the abbreviations I will be using in this blog!), the book is for sale on Amazon.com.  You will notice the rest of the title of the book says “for losing weight in your 40s, 50s…” etc. but per the Hellers, that was not because the plan is only for folks in those age ranges. CALP is for any age adult.  I was fortunate enough to be on a list run by them years ago, so had the benefit of seeing their answer to that question.

Ending this first day of 2014 on a sweet note

flavorful way to end the day.
flavorful way to end the day.

I usually choose dinner as my Reward Meal (one meal a day I have complex carbs such as fruit, chocolate, starchy veggie or ice cream etc.) .   My RM consists of salad, approximately 1/3 protein, 1/3 low carb veggies and 1/3 carbohydrate.  I do not always do well at achieving that balance!

RM Dinner
2 cups romaine
1 scallion, diced
1/2 mini-red bell pepper, sliced thin
2 tablespoons (1 serving) of Litehouse Opa Yogurt Feta and Dill.

Protein: 7 ounces cooked grass-fed beef tenderloin (cooked sous vide style, then given a quick pan sear in a non-stick pan with smoked paprika and garlic powder).
1 slice Finlandia Deli Slices Cheddar Cheese (in the mashed cauliflower)

CM veggie:
1 cup boiled fresh cauliflower, mashed

3 pieces (1 serving) See’s dark chocolate and nuts.

Decaf coffee with 1 oz. half and half.

Later in the eve, nice cup of green ginger tea, plain.


Lunch 1/1/14

Nothing fancy. Salad of romaine with celery, a cut up turkey Italian sausage with onions and peppers. 1/2 serving of Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar dressing.  I will post a review soon of the brand of turkey Italian sausages – they are gluten free and delicious!

New Year’s Day Special Breakfast

ScrambledEggsWithSmokedSalmonandLemonCreamI wanted to make something especially delicious, and also to try something new for our first meal of this New Year’s day.

I tried this lovely recipe – Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream.  It was fantastic, quick and easy to make, and fits well with my eating plan.

To be sure I do not inadvertently violate copyright, I will only post recipes here that are of my creation, or where I have obtained permission.  Here is the link to this recipe by BON APPÉTIT which also includes nutritional information.


My choice – eating myself to thin

Losing weight doesn’t mean feeling hungry and unsatisfied, nor does it mean you have to eat boring food.  I am going to share my journey as I finish losing over 200 lbs., and then my experiences with maintaining that loss.

I will post my daily weights and weekly average, as well as what I eat each day.  I will be sharing recipes, reviews of products I try, and my own recipe creations.

I love to cook, love finding recipes that fit the way I choose to eat, and I love sharing what I discover.

Welcome and thank you for coming along on this journey with me.

and eating yummy food at that