Guys?

Guys.

GUYS!

I’m running for the School Board up here. The whole damn upheaval inside me is written over in the Effed Up Blog. Over here, I’m gonna touch on what the hell this is doing to me and the weight loss saga y’all have been kind enough to listen to me whine about.

So. It’s fair to say that I have been eating away my nerves for 30 years. I mean, well, maybe not from the very beginning, but close enough.

After making the decision to run for the Board, and remembering that it’s a borough wide vote, not internal school district family vote, I’ve been having the hardest time with not eating.

I’m serious, I have been picking up and putting down some terrible foods recently. It’s been bad, really bad.

And, let’s be honest, an IP brownie is not the same as a thick, doughy rich chocolate brownie. I mean, it’s a decent compromise for the real thing, but when you want comfort foods, you want the real thing.

Eh. this will all come out in the end, I just have to ignore the 30 years of stress eating and try to soldier on.

This last weekend was bad. I gave in. I had a brownie, mac and cheese, french fries, bread, pancake with real syrup, wine and a bourbon drink. It wasn’t pretty. Like, even a little bit. I knew better, but I had someone talk about how rough running for the Board is going to be and they just went into every fear I had, When the brownie was brought out for desert, I caved. It was really, really good. Baked exactly the way I liked. Not quite baked all the way through with dark chocolate chunks dotted throughout it. I ate it. Then lunch the next day was a burger with fries, dinner was ribs with mac and cheese and the next day’s breakfast was a pancake, eggs and a bit of sausage.

Ug. I’m back at it today, with all sorts of regrets. Hate that I did that, I was about a month away from extending my tattoo. Now it’ll be closer to 6 weeks, maybe two months.

Anyway. I felt so awful after eating the bad foods, I’m hoping I won’t do it again. I was on such a roll too.

Pft.

 

So, I made these today. They still need some work, but are really good and I’ll post updates after I tinker with the recipe a little more.

  • 2 Egg whites
  • 2 oz Cold water
  • Few drops of extract (I like almond, orange or rum)
  • 1 Packet chocolate pudding mix (or any flavor, really)
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking powder
  1. Pre heat oven to 350.
  2. Whip egg whites, water and extract in a mixer until stiff peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the pudding mix and baking powder.
  4. Fold into the egg white mixture. Don’t be too heavy handed when folding the mix in. it will not blend fully.
  5. Scoop out with a tablespoon or small cookie scoop onto a well greased sheet pan. They don’t really spread so don’t worry about spacing. It made about 12.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the outside is a little crunchy to the touch.
  7. They will falls a little flat after removing them form the sheet pan, but they have an awesome crisp outside texture and spongy inside texture.

I don’t like sweet, so these were perfect. If you like sweet, add a bit of your favorite non calories sweetener.

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Kinda look like dirty snowballs, huh?

IP Fudgecicles

Posted: July 21, 2013 in Ideal Protein, IP, IP Recipe, Updating
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Guys? GUYS!

Go to Jo Ann’s. Buy this. It’s on sale for 40% off right now (at least at my store):

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Then take two pudding packets and mix with two cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk.

Divide between the 8 Popsicle slots, drop in the stick thingies and pop in the freezer.

ENJOY!

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Best part? 4 of them equal one unrestricted packet!! And yes, the almond milk isn’t really approved. But, a swig out of the carton (don’t judge me, I’m a grown up and can drink out of the jug) is my sweet tooth saving grace!

Also? The unsweetened stuff is not bad on the carb scale:

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So, I made this and, aside from over salting it, it was pretty good.

  • 1 Packet Broccoli Cheese soup (or any, really)
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix everything together until smoothish and pour into a well greased ramekin or other small baking dish.
  3. Bake until golden brown and an inserted tester comes out dry.

Enjoy y’all!

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~UPDATE~

So, I made this again using the chicken soup mix and this totally awesome spice blend:

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It’s a little salt heavy, so watch how much you use and omit the salt from the recipe. But damn son, it was yummy!

I had an idea come to me when replying to a comment.

I might just have two SSBs jars going. When I get to my $100/$150 limit, I’ll decide what I’m feeling like spending out of it.

Sometimes, a cheap $20 necklace or a quiet minute in a coffee shop while spending no more than $10 is just the reward I need.

Anything I don’t spend will go into the other jar and be not be touched until the whole thing is over and I’m totally done. Then, it will go towards my new wardrobe.

‘Cuz honey, I have great tastes in clothing, but don’t have the figure for what I like. I’mma need extra cashy moneys to help fill my empty, empty closet.

OH MY WORD! JUICE!! We’ll have to go shopping together for new clothes!! It’ll be awesome!! Cannot wait.

(rare “girl” moment over, back to your day)

I’m talking, of course, about my “I’M TOTALLY GONNA DO IT THIS TIME” weight loss approach.

This time I have accountability to someone I really don’t want to let down, aside from myself. Hell, it’s not like I’ve followed through for myself, so I guess “Accountable To Me” isn’t a good thing for me. This time, I have Juice. And, this time it’ll actually happen. I totally heart Juice. She’s more than my girl, she is my spirit animal.

Okay, so that’s going a bit far, but Juice is a bit more than just a derby sister. I love this girl to death, and her girlfriend they totally rock. For whatever reason, walking the same path: start weight, goal weight, what we’re doing to lose weight – all being the same, and having accountability to Juice, makes me want it more. Well, not want it more, but work harder for it, I guess.

Seriously, our start weights were within a pound of each other, and we’ve been losing almost the same amount of weight at the same time. It’s awesome. Well, was awesome. I cheated and ate a few homemade doughnuts this weekend which gave me the Ideal Protein two day later gain. Pft.

Anyway, what we’re doing is reporting weekly weigh-ins to each other, and any cheating we do. We’re doing Ideal Protein since we both had amazing results with it before. Neither of us phased off of it like we were supposed to, so this time we’re doing it right.

We figure 3 pounds a week is a good average for what we’ll lose and are going for a 7.5 month time-frame, plateaus aside, of course.

Also, I’ve resurrected these:

Pounds Found Pounds Lost Where they live

 

Got the decorative bead jars dusted off and back up and running. A recap for those who don’t remember what they are: one jar has a bead for every pound I’m looking to lose. As I lose weight, I move one bead for every pound lost.

I also think I’m going to start up “Skinny Bitch Bucks (SBBs)” again. Everyday I follow IP, to the letter, I will toss in one SBBs, if I do more than 45 minutes of exercise then I’ll toss in three SBBs. Once I get to $100 (if I don’t work out much, $150 if I workout a lot) I get to spend the equivalent in real cashy moneys guilt free.

You’ll also notice a new tab at the top of the site. I’m starting a new page called “The List”. After I cheated Juice and I talked and what we’re going to do about being tempted to cheat, ‘cuz, it will happen. We’re each going to make a list of stuff we would have cheated for, then, at our WE DID IT dinner, we’ll make our menu off of our respective lists. It will be a bad food dinner to top them all. Stoners will have eaten healthier.

So, there’s those things.

Here’s to the next seven months.

OH! Also, I put in notice. Once Hellian starts kindergarten, I’m done working. A HUGE source of my stress, and stress eating, is caused by my job. I hate being an office bitch. I trained as a chef. I love everything about a kitchen, the heat, fast pace, chaos, the artistry in creating foods…. all of it. Working on an office, is slowly killing my soul. I hate it, I really, really do. The count down starts! Six weeks left. WOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Image  —  Posted: July 16, 2013 in Ideal Protein, IP, The Plan, Updating
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Starting Stats

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Stats, The Plan, Updating
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The last time I took stats was back in January, so the numbers are a little weird. I didn’t measure last Monday morning when Juice and I started our IP journey again, so I’m just using the old numbers. The weight though, that’s starting weight from last Monday to today (forgot to weigh in yesterday. Oops. Purple marks the low numbers, from here on in the right column should be purple across the board.

 

Stats:

Calves: 18.0″ from 17.1″
Thigh: 28.5″ from 27.2″
Hips: 47.0″ from 46.2″
Waist: 50.0″ from 46.0″
Chest: 42.0″ from 39.5″
Bicep: 17.5″ from 16.5″
Shoulders: 50.5″ from 48.1”
Neck: 15.75″ from 15.3”
Weight: 239.9 from 246.2

Yay’s and Meh’s:

Yay’s: Back at it with renewed hope, vim and vigor.

Meh’s: Cheated this weekend. However, since I really don’t want to report a cheat to Juice, I’m unlikely to do so again.

Goals:
  1. Do not go in a grocery store more than twice a week. ~ Yep!
  2. Follow IP ~ Nope, cheated
  3. Pack lunch the night before, so it’s not a mad dash in the morning. ~ Nope
  4. Get the “common areas” of the house dinner party clean” ~ No.
  5. Get all the laundry done. ~ Nope