THM and Pantry Challenge Menu:
July 9-15

P-Daddy and I are talking about buying a cow.

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Not one for the backyard (though fresh raw milk would be excellent!).  One for the freezer.  And really, only part of one for the freezer. But right now, I’m not sure we could fit in a single hoof!  A couple weeks ago I did a huge freezer clean-out and organization, along with a big inventory list so that I knew what was lurking in the back.  I have sort of half-heartedly been using up a few things, but I haven’t stopped buying things to add to my stock. Now it’s time to get serious about it!  Perfect timing to join the Summertime Pantry Challenge over at Good Cheap Eats!

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My Satisfying “Sundae”

As the weather heats up, I’m constantly looking for a quick treat that is delicious, satisfying, and won’t heat up my kitchen. In years past, ice cream fit the bill, but I’m really trying to avoid that road to larger clothing sizes this year. Trim Healthy Mama is helping with this, and this treat fits the guidelines for an S (= Satisfying) meal or snack with no problem. I call it a “sundae” but there’s no ice cream involved, just yummy greek yogurt. And some additional toppings that you might typically see on a sundae. It’s super-easy to put together and is my go-to when my boys are enjoying their ice cream cones.

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Stepping Away from the Scale!

Those who know me well know that I’m a daily weigher. Every morning, stepping on the scale is a part of my routine, as is writing my weight on the calendar (is it ironic that it’s a Chick-Fil-A calendar?) that hangs prominently above the scale in the bathroom. I love looking at overall trends and weekly trends and daily fluctuations and just seeing how the scale often makes absolutely no sense. As this article points out, things like sodium content of your food, glycogen storage in your muscles, what time of day we weigh, and countless other factors (like a dying battery in your scale!) can influence the number on the scale. I get that, so I’m okay weighing daily, right?

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My morning (or anytime) pick-me-up: The Java Chiller

So I’ve been Fuel Cycling on Trim Healthy Mama for the past week,and it’s been great! Comparing my weights for the 1st vs. 8th day, I’m down 3.8 pounds! That is huge for me, since I’m generally a turtle whose weight moves super-slow. I attribute part of my success to this luscious drink that I concocted to make it through the week. I call it The Java Chiller.

Sweaty Summer Cycling – Fuel Cycling, that is!

This week I’m starting the second week of my Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle. Right at this point I’m down about 1.6 pounds from the day I started my Fuel Cycle, and that’s a pretty good loss for me, so I want to see if doing the second week will push me along even further.

Update on Day 8: As of today, my scale tells me that I am down 3.8 pounds on one week of the Fuel Cycle! WooHoo! Continue reading

Fuel Cycle Frittata

I love frittata and quiche, and over my years of weight watching and dieting, I’ve come to rely on them as a staple. My favorites are full of cheese and cream, plus they contain lots of veggies and sometimes some meat. Recently, I just wanted to get rid of some stuff in my freezer, and I hit upon one that is a definite winner. Since I just threw it together, my measurements are not going to be terribly exact here, but you get the idea.

Swimsuit Season??!! Fuel Cycle Menu coming up!

Eek! Summer’s here, and this Mama is very NOT ready for swimsuit season! To help get a little more prepared, I’m planning to do my third Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle this week. The first time I tried one, I lost about 5 pounds. The second one, I only lost one pound during the Fuel Cycle week, but then I lost another 3 the following week. Since I generally only lose about .2 pounds a week (if that much), these were FANTASTIC losses for me! Continue reading

Homemade Greek Yogurt

This past weekend, I did a bit of Trim Healthy Mama cooking, prepping special agent brownies, chocolate baked oatmeal, kai si ming, and homemade yogurt. Even though I’ve blogged about homemade yogurt before, I’m gonna talk about it again today, since I’ve learned a few things about making it, and it’s one of my favorite always-have-in-the-fridge-ready-to-grab food items. If you are following THM, this recipe is also FP, so you can eat it with any type of meal.

Just look at this yumminess:

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