Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 4 of the diet

I'm still hanging in there!! It hasn't been too difficult really.  My biggest challenge came last night.  It was DJ's birthday, so we made cupcakes (didn't even lick a finger), and he wanted breakfast burritos for dinner...which is a joyful mixture of potatoes, sausage, eggs and cheese all wrapped in a tortilla.  I dutifully cooked that dinner for my family and prepared for myself a tilapia filet and some broccoli. 

I suppose tomorrow will be equally as hard, because we are taking the entire 9th grade on a field trip, and we are feeding them pizza and snacks all day.  I plan to pack some acceptable snacks in a backpack...maybe a chicken breast for lunch.

My motivation is the scale.  I lost 3lbs in 3days.  If I can continue at this pace I won't be tempted to cheat! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

17 day diet

Ok...for those of you who are trying this diet, here is my menu for this week.  I'm looking for ideas or suggestions as well.  If you have tried something  you really like let me know...

I'm replacing coffee with green tea in the mornings.

Breakfast is a grapefruit (one of my two servings of fruit for the day) or greek yogurt with some berries or two hard boiled eggs.

Lunch will be a salad (lettuce, cucumber, carrots, red pepper and green onions) with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing or tuna in lettuce wraps or cut up fresh veggies and hard boiled eggs (if I didn't have them for breakfast) Crystal light or green tea to drink.

snack: other fruit serving if before 2pm.  Veggies if not.

Dinner:  turkey burger, chicken breast or tilapia or salmon filet with some veggies.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Dad

This month is crazy for me!!  We have four kids doing a total of five sports. Every 9th grade student is responsible for a huge Renaissance project and paper, and we take them all on a field trip to the Renaissance Faire. It's DJ's birthday.

I'm grateful to be so busy right now, because if I wasn't I think I'd drive myself crazy worrying about my dad.  He is still having health issues related to his pacemaker.  Next week, he is traveling to Salt Lake City to have a procedure done called an Abilation (sp?).  Apparently, if this works he could feel better than he has in years.  If not...I'm not sure he'll be able to continue working like he does.  Those of you who know my dad know that this will kill him....slowly.  He works harder than anyone I know.  He works hard because his joy is found in visiting his grandchildren, and in providing things for them that they wouldn't otherwise have.  He loves to take them on special outings...camping, fishing, riding the 4-wheeler, etc.  He gets so much pleasure in coming to Boise and taking all of us out to eat!  These are the things he lives for, and he told me once without those things his life wouldn't mean a thing.

Growing old is a part of life, and it's something I'm sure my dad knows he has to accept and adjust to, but he's just not ready...we're not ready.  He still has so much to many lessons to teach. 

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, because I'm not sure I have the strength to do what I need to do in life without him by my side.

Ham and Potato soup

3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 tbsp chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tspn salt
1/2 tspn pepper
5 tbsp butter
5 tbsp flour
2 cups milk

combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a pot.  Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender.  Stir in chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.  In a separate saucepan melt butter and whisk in flour with a fork, stirring constantly until thick, about one minute.  slowly stir in milk so lumps don't form. continue stirring over medium-low heat 4-5 minutes. stir the milk mixture into the pot with potatoes until heated through.  serve immediately.

Chicken Tortilla soup

You will need:

chicken broth (I like the kind in the carton)
white meat chicken...I use fresh chicken breasts and I boiled them and shredded the meat before adding it to the soup, but you can even used the canned chicken!
1 jar salso
diced tomatoes (I used the kind with green chilis)
corn (frozen or canned)
black beans (drained and rinsed)
fresh cilantro is optional

Combine ingredients and heat!  It's super easy and delicious.  Top with crumbled tortilla chips and shredded cheese.