Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Medifast Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Soft Serve by Lori

I put out a challenge for someone to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream using Medifast food and Lori made this awesome recipe!

Chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter soft serve!

Begin by making your chocolate chip cookie dough balls! Put your cookie mix in a small dish and add just enough water to make it wet. Using your fingers create small balls out of the dough, the smaller the better. Make an even number of balls so you can split them evenly among two meals. Place dough balls on wax paper and freeze for 30 minutes or more.


Next prepare your soft serve according to package directions. Split soft serve up into two dishes and fold in equal amounts of cookie dough balls. Return completed meals to freezer to "set" for 20-30 minutes. Then enjoy!



Recipe makes 2 MF meals.


I thought this was one of the best recipes ever! My favorite way to enjoy the new chocolate chip cookies! This was just the right mix of chocolate and peanut butter! Another delicious Medifast creation!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Kay's Naturals Diet Food Arrived!

This is what a 3 month supply of Kay's Naturals food looks like:

Normally this would have cost $660, but I paid only $209.79 including shipping thanks to an awesome Cyber Monday Deal!

My Diet Plan

I have found that I tend to do really well with weight loss when I eat 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat.  While on Medifast, I was eating 800-1000 calories a day, but could never work out without feeling weak.  

Here are my nutrition goals:
1200 calories
120 g carbs
90 g protein
40 g fat

Without working out, that will give me approximately 1290 daily calorie deficit. 
Projected Weight Loss 2.6 lbs/week

In order to achieve this, I am eating Kay's Naturals products, Slimfast shakes, Medifast diet food and Progresso Light Soups. I got a terrific deal on some Slimfast shakes a while back, so I am very stocked up on them.  I love starting my day with a shake - I have tried other things and always go back to the shake.  Once my Slimfast shakes are gone, I will buy a lower carb protein powder - probably the Muscle Milk one from Costco.

I am eating 5 small meals a day, aiming for about 160 calories a meal. Some are a bit lower, some are a bit higher but as long as it averages to 160 calories I am happy.  That leaves 400-500 calories for dinner. I am not going to be as restrictive as Medifast Lean & Green guidelines.  I will try to eat a lean protein and lots of veggies!


Monday, November 28, 2011

CYBER MONDAY: Kay's Natural Food (Substitute for Medifast on the 5 & 1 plan) - Only $69.93 per month!!

As many of you know, I have started using Kay's Naturals products in place of Medifast products for the 5 & 1 diet plan.  Kay's Naturals products are very close in calories, carbs & fat to Medifast and taste great!

Kay's Naturals is offering a fantastic deal for Cyber Monday.  The 3 day meal plan for 55% off. Normally it is $22 but just for Cyber Monday it is marked down to $9.99.  There are 2 coupon codes for an additional 30% off: tweet30 or GIG2011 (you can only use 1 code). Free shipping on orders over $30.  I ordered a quantity of 30 3 Day meal plans and my total came to $209.79. That is enough for 3 months of food!

http://kaysnaturals.com/products/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=60
Additional 30% off coupon codes: tweet30 or GIG2011 (you can only use 1 code).

With the 3-Day Meal Plan you will receive one, single-serve bag of the following items:

Cereals
Apple Cinnamon cereal
French Vanilla
Honey Almond

Puffs
Almond Delight
Veggie Pizza
Tomato Basil

Pretzels
Jalapeno Honey Mustard pretzel
Cinnamon Toast

Protein Chips
Chili Nacho protein chips
Crispy Parmesan
Lemon Herb

Cookie Bites
Cinnamon Cookie Bites
Honey Almond Cookie Bites

BBQ Snack Mix
Kruncheeze

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Medifast Chocolate Chip Soft Bake Cookie Review by Lori

Meet my friend Lori, she is awesome!  


I asked her to write a guest review of the Medifast Chocolate Chip Soft Bake Cookie!


I got my first box of Medifast chocolate chip cookies today! I was very happy to see that they also enclosed a free cookie sample! WIN!

The box is typical for a Medifast product, all the instructions on the side and nutritional information on the back. And my favorite, the big fat logo "Made in the USA"! I love buying American made products!


I mixed the cookie with water according to the directions.... 2 TBSP. But, I didn't feel that was going to be enough, as half of the mix was still dry. I added another tablespoon. This mix is suppose to stay sticky and thick. The box says to microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds, I followed that exactly. Then let the cookie sit for a couple of minutes to cool. My first thought was "wow, this smells really good!" I "pooped" the cookie out of the container and noticed it was a little too crispy. Maybe 1 minute would be long enough in my microwave. The texture was pretty good! The cookie could have been a little sweeter, maybe a packet of Splenda would liven it up a bit! I didn't taste or even really notice that it had chocolate chips. :( I could learn to love these in time.  



Overall I would give it an 8 out 10.












Thursday, November 10, 2011

Warning about OxyElite Pro!!!

The product safety warning involves the OxyELITE Pro capsules.  OxyELITE Pro capsules are promoted as having “super thermogenic” (weight loss) properties.  OxyELITE Pro capsules were found to contain undeclared yohimbine. Yohimbine is a prescription drug used to treat abnormal blood pressure.


You may also find additional details about the product safety warning in the CPSR bulletin at: http://hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_fpa-ape_2011/2011-139-eng.php 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Yogurt Dip

This is a great recipe for fall time that I got from my friend Jill.  Enjoy this dip with sliced pears or apples.

2 cups 0% fat Greek Yogurt
15 oz can Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 TB Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp cinnamon
Splenda to taste

Mix together well. Makes about 4 cups of dip, which is 16 4 TB servings.

Nutrition for a 4 TB serving:
Calories 30
Fat 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 4.0 g
Fiber 1.0 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Protein 3.2 g

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Updates, Facebook Weight Loss Group & Medifast Discounts!

Updates on Weight Loss
I started taking OxyElite Pro Thermogenic Fat Burner on Friday. I have to say that I haven't been a fan of diet pills, but this one came recommended from a highly trusted person, so I thought I would give it a try. The ingredients really aren't that bad!  I don't know if it really burns fat but I will tell that it sure suppresses my appetite! Even when in ketosis, feeling hungry has been by biggest struggle.  Since I started taking OxyElite Pro, I have to remind myself to eat. I haven't had any bad side effects from it either.  I am loving it! As with any pill, it doesn't matter what you take if you make bad food choices.  So I am still focusing on eating the right things.

New Favorite Things to Eat
1. Jalfrezi Chicken w/ Tandoori Rice & Stir Fry Veggies
(415 calories, 12 g fat, 50 g carbs, 31 g protein per serving)
Recipe for 2 Servings:
2 cups of Kirkland Sitr Fry Frozen veggies, sauteed. 
12 oz can of Kirkland Canned Chunk Chicken
2/3 cup or 1/2 jar of Seeds of Change Jalfrezi Curry Simmer Sauce
8.8 oz pouch of Tasty Bite Tandoori Rice
Sautee veggies until cooked. Add chicken, rice & simmer sauce to pan.  Heat until warmed & enjoy! Makes 2 servings.

2. Met-RX Creamy Peanut Butter Crisp Bar - These bars weigh 90g each, so I actually divide them into thirds. Each 1/3 bar is 30g and has 103 calories, 3.3 g fat, 11 g carbs and 10 g protein.















Facebook Weight Loss Group
Sorry I haven't posted in a while! I started a Facebook weight loss group and it was been wonderful! If you are interested in joining, friend me on Facebook and I will get you added! It is a private group of awesome ladies - most are doing Medifast or a 5 & 1 type plan, but all dieters are welcome!
Add me on Facebook and mention it is for the Weight Loss Group!

October Promo Code & 5% Cash Back
Don't forget to use Ebates to get 5% cashback on your Medifast purchase and save $50 off $275 with coupon code OCT31H - Use this link to sign up for Ebates Cashback:  http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=3EcPehwUv2D1Lklv30e1DA%3D%3D

Monday, July 25, 2011

Insanity Workout!!! Calorie Free Cookie Lee Jewelry Promo - 20% off for my readers!

Calorie Free Cookie Lee Promotion!  
All the Cookie's you want without the guilt of gain!

I am offering 20% off any one jewelry piece for my blog readers until 7/31 - check out the catalog here & email me at newbeautifulme@gmail.com and let me know what you want to order.

Cookie Lee Jewelry is a great way to reward yourself for your weight loss!

BEACHBODY INSANITY WORKOUT!
Today I did my first Insanity Workout!! WOW that is hard and it was only the Fit Test!

Here are the results of my Fit Test. I had to modify some of it, but I did the best I physically could and DUG DEEP!
1. Switch Kicks - 60
2. Power Jacks - 27
3. Power Knees - 50
4. Power Jumps - 27
5. Globe Jumps - 10
6. Modified Suicide Jumps - 19 (I modified this by not going into the plank position - I physically can't at this point)
7. Modified Push Up Jacks - 25 (I modified this by not doing the push up part, only the jack part)
8. Low Plank Oblique - 16 (my range of motion is really limited on these)

I am excited for the Plyometric Cardio Circuit tomorrow! I am pretty sure it will kill me...in a good way!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Myth # 2 - Calories are all that count

I used to be a big believer that all that matters for weight loss is calories in and calories out.  I think this misses the point of why we are trying to lose weight.  We want to lose weight to become healthier! The quality of your calories does matter. My grandma had it right when she told me "You are what you eat".  Macro-nutrients are so important! I aim to keep my macro-nutrient levels at 30% carbs, 30% protein and 40% fat.  For a 1600 calorie diet, this is 120 g carbs, 71 g fat and 120 g protein.  I am working on trying to eat more natural, unprocessed foods.  Admittedly, this is a bit of a struggle because convenient food is so darn convenient! We have seen a huge influx of highly processed "diet foods" for the past 20 years. Have we seen people getting smaller & fitter?  No! We have seen the people get heavier.  Natural vegetables, fruits and grains that are high in complex carbs and fiber, are absorbed slowly and satisfy our hunger.  If we eat food that is heavily processed with refined sugars, salt and fat, we don't feel full as longer. In turn we may end up eating more because the satiety is lower.

I am not a fan of the low fat craze either. Fat increases the satiety of food and is good for you! I am certainly not advocating a diet of deep fried foods, but I am also not afraid of using full fat blue cheese dressing on my salad.  Your calories have to come from somewhere and with the big push to cut fat from diets as led to a carb explosion!  Plus when they make a food "low fat" they are almost always adding sugar too it to make up for the flavor lost from fat.

Low sugar and carbs, not low fat!  

When we eat, our body converts digestible carbs into blood sugar (glucose).  Our blood sugar level can affect how hungry we feel and how much energy we have. Glucose levels determine if we burn fat or store it.  Our pancreas creates a hormone (insulin) that transports glucose into our body's cells where it is used for energy. If we eat a lot of foods that are quickly processed into blood sugar, our pancreas goes into overtime to produce the insulin needed for the glucose to be used as energy.  This insulin surge tells our body that plenty of energy is available and we should stop burning fat and start storing it.  It gets worse though. After such a big insulin surge the glucose is transported out of our blood and our blood sugar levels will drop below normal levels.  This will leave us feeling lethargic and hungry.  This also will make most people crave high sugar foods, so our blood sugar rises again.  Regulating your blood sugar levels is one of the most effective ways to maintain your fat-burning capacity.  Many people put so much focus on preventing low blood sugar, but should focus on not ever spiking it so high.  We want to try to avoid the peaks and that will in turn prevent the valleys.

So if you are trying to lose weight, eat a piece of cake and keep your calorie level within the correct range - Is it all good?  Maybe or possibly you surged your body with insuln, triggered your body to store fat, not burn it and caused your blood sugar to drop too low making you tired and hungry.

Check out this clip from the Andry Griffith show!  Even Barney knows that carbs & glucose aren't good if you are watching your weight!  Thanks Jimmy for posting this on Facebook!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Maltitol: Just Say No!

A couple of days ago my wonderful husband turned 41. I wanted to give him a nice surprise and bake him a cake he can enjoy on our low carb diet.  I found Pillsbury made a sugar free cake mix & frosting.  It says sweetened with Splenda on the front, so I thought this would be great.  

Devil's Food Cake Mix: 
120 calories
29 g carbs
1 g fiber
14 g sugar alcohol
=14 g net carbs

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
90 calories
16 g carbs
3 g fiber
9 g sugar alcohol
=4 g net carbs

1 serving of frosted cake is 23 g of Maltitol sugar alcohol.  Just 2 pieces of cake (46 g of Maltitol)  is enough to leave you doubled over in pain with severe GI discomfort.  The next day I had to leave work early & my boss told me I looked green.  I am never, ever eating even 1 g of Maltitol.  I do okay with other sugar alcohols, but not Maltitol!

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS EAT MALTITOL!





Thursday, June 2, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Shopping Adventures!

I have to say that I love Nordstrom Rack. It also helps that since my husband works in the Nordstrom credit office, I get a 20% discount.  $307 retail value and I only paid $40.97.

Check what I got yesterday:

CJ by Cookie Johnson Pants - Retail $150, Paid $9.99

Sejour Beaded Top, Retail $68 - Paid $11.98

Steve Madden Gladiator Sandals - Retail $89, Paid $19

Friday, May 27, 2011

Busting Diet Myths

I feel like I have been on a roller coaster ever since I decided to try to eat "normal food" and eat a "normal diet". I have been operating under some myths that I want to address over the next few weeks.

Myth #1: I must learn how to eat anything but in moderation.

A few years ago, I read a book called "Potatoes Not Prozac: A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood, Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight, and Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel."  This book as the first I had heard of sugar sensitivity and people having addictions to sugar.  While I don't suffer from depression, I realized that I when I ate sugar and carbs, I just craved more sugar and carbs.  This frustrated me because I wanted to be able to eat whatever I want, just in moderation.  Completely cutting out sugar, candy and ice cream was just not something that I was willing to do.  I told myself I would rather be fat and happy then never be able to enjoy anything again.  However that doesn't change the fact that my body does not respond "normally" to sugar and carbs.

In order for me to be successful with weight loss and health in general, I must minimize the amount of sugar and carbs I eat.  I do have PCOS and there are many people that are moving to low carb diets for the treatment of PCOS.  40% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) and 10% get type 2 diabetes.  This is a very good interview done by Jimmy Moore of The Livin La Vida Low Carb Show with Dr. Daniel Jones, A Type 1 Diabetic Radiologist, about how low carb eating helps diabetes & blood sugar:  http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/4094/471-dr-daniel-jones-a-diabetic-radiologist-speaks/

 

In summary, I have busted the myth that I need to learn how to eat all things in moderation.  There are some things that I just can't eat!  I can't eat sugar and high carb foods.  They cause me to crave more and can make my PCOS worse and have certainly led to me being overweight.

Also, don't forget to get in your entry for the $50 Ebates drawing!  Details here!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pure Protein Blueberry Crumb Cake Bar

I just had this bar for breakfast and my goodness it is tasty! It has 190 calories, 5 g fat, 19 g carbs, 19 g protein, so a bit higher on carbs than I aim for but completely doable since my shake this morning had only 4 g carbs. The best part is my grocery store has the Pure Protein bars on sale for 10 for $10 and I had 33 coupons for $1 off 2 bars. I bought 66 bars for $33 or $.50 each. Score! I am excited to try the other flavors and I will let you know how they are.  Please note that if you do try the Pure Protein bars, the calories and carb counts vary greatly from flavor to flavor. So make sure you read labels always!

Also, don't forget to get in your entry for the $50 Ebates drawing!  Details here!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Enter to win a $50 drawing from Ebates.com just for my blog readers!

Ebates.com is sponsoring a $50 drawing for the readers of my blog! No purchases necessary to enter, details are below.

As you all know, my husband and I have been trying to save money & pay off debt so we can buy a house. I have been looking into ways to save money on my diet products, I recently starting couponing & I love finding deals online.  I am a long time fan of Ebates because they give you cashback for online shopping.  Also, you can get coupon codes for bigger discounts, free shipping, etc. for a lot of retailers from Ebates.com

These are the deals on Ebates I have used recently.  They have so many partnerships, I search Ebates before I buy anything online.  It is a no brainer - why turn away free money?

My Recent Deals:
1. 20% cashback for orders from FTD.com - Great for last minute Mother's day flowers. 
2. 1-4% cashback on eBay purchases - I buy tons on eBay, so even a smaller cashback amount adds up!
3. 5% cashback on Nordstom purchases
4. 8% cashback on Snapfish picture orders
5. 6% cashback at Barns & Noble

MEDIFAST USERS: You can get 5% cashback on your Medifast purchases, plus they have coupon codes for $50 off $275 order or $25 off $150 order.  

How To Enter:
Email newbeautifulme@gmail.com with your Ebates User ID and a winner will be selected on 5/30/2011.  

No purchase is necessary to win, you just need to be an Ebates member.  If you are not an Ebates member, you will need to sign up using my referral link: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=3EcPehwUv2D1Lklv30e1DA%3D%3D

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Couponing with Cody!

One of my new guilty pleasures is TLC's Extreme Couponing so I decided to give it a try.  I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and am not a hoarder, so my "extreme couponing" will be much less extreme. On my first attempt, my total came to $76.56 and after coupons and my store card, I only paid $28.39!  I bought the coupons on eBay for $5.24, so my total savings was $42.93.  What did I get for $28.39?

18 Tony's Frozen Pizzas
Retail Price: $1.69 each
After in store sale & coupons: $0.50 each

10 EAS Myoplex Nutrition Bars
Retail Price: $2.49 each
After in store sale and coupons: $0.99 each

10 Zone Perfect Bars:
Retail Price: $1.25 each
After in store sale and coupons: FREE

Plus I got some Carbmaster Yogurts & Milk on sale.

How to Find the Good Deals:

1. Go to www.couponmom.com and register for an account
2. Click on Grocery Deals by State
3. Scroll to your State and Pick your store. A new list will appear as a pop-up window. Grocery Store lists are updated on Wednesday.
4. Sort the list by highest percent saved and select the deals you want.

Acquiring Coupons:
If you save coupons, the first column of the list called "Cpn. Out" tells you what circular it came from. Since I don't have any coupons saved, I head over to eBay. One of the deals I saw recently was for Zone Perfect nutrition bars for free. I searched on eBay for "Zone Bar Coupon" and found someone selling 10 of them. I also looked at what other items they were selling and compared it to my Couponmom.com list. I also found the same seller was selling 9 of the frozen pizza coupons. I contacted the seller to see if she would combine shipping & while she wouldn't, she sent me 10 $1 off any EAS Myoplex product. Score!

Couponmom.com also has lists for national stores and drugstores. I saw that Wal-Mart has Nivea Body Wash for $3 and saw that there is a coupon for $3 off, making the Body Wash free. So I headed over to eBay to buy coupons. These coupons were more expensive - I spent $15.94 for 20 coupons for body wash. Since I am getting the body wash for free, it is still a great deal at only $0.80 per body wash.

I am going to start getting a Sunday paper and saving my coupon inserts to cut down on the number of coupons I need to buy. Couponmom has a great video about how to save and organize your Sunday coupon inserts here.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Alive and Kicking!

Sorry I haven't been posting lately - things have been busy in life!  My husband had knee surgery last week and is recovering well. Finishing up some big projects at work, but the tail end of a big project always means working evenings and nights.  Hope these calm down a bit going into summer.

As far as diet, I have been wavering some more.  I am not feeling well when I am eating under 100 carbs, so I am trying 40% of my calories from carbs, 30% from protein and 30% from fat.  Based in a 1600 calorie diet (which is the bottom of my non-medically supervised weight loss zone) that means 160 g carbs, 120 g protein and 53 g fat.  I realized that I really only know 2 ways to eat.  Strict Medifast and no rules eat whatever I want.  I am need to learn how to eat correctly and cut myself some slack if I mess up.

I got the Hungry Girl 300 under 300 cookbook and really love it!  I made the All-American Egg Mug today.  It is 1 Morningstar Farms Sausage Patty, 1/2 cup of egg beaters, 1 TB SF Pancake Syrup & a slice of American Cheese (I used 2% though HG calls for fat free). Great filling breakfast for about 200 calories!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Results of Week 2 of Eating Healthy Carbs

This week was horrible! Week 1 went great and then I started down the slippery carb slop.  I even ate fast food for a meal!  I don't think I am quite ready for the wonderful world of carbs.  At least not yet.  Weight on Sunday: 240 lbs.  240 was my experimental ceiling.  I told myself that if I saw that number, I was going back to 5 and 1!  I am a bit frustrated with myself.  I feel like I have been tossing in the wind from this to that.  But now I am proved to myself that I need to be on the 5 and 1 plan.  I also have shown myself that I need to address my issues with food and control and emotions and stuff.  I am still a work in progress.

As of Sunday, I am back on the 5 and 1 plan, using mainly Medifast alternatives and the remainder of my Medifast stash.  I went to Costco and got a box of Premier Protein Bars and a huge 6 lb bag of Cytosport (makers of Muscle Milk) 100% Whey Protein Powder in chocolate.  I have to say the protein powder tastes great!  It is my favorite protein powder hands down.  It was about $30 for 78 servings!  That is only $0.38 per serving.  I mix it with 1 cup of water and  a few ice cubes in my Magic Bullet.  Super tasty.  I even added a bit of mint extract for a nice treat.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

HG's Sassy Wonton Tacos

I am not sure if my husband likes me eating "normal food" again because the food that I am cooking and serving to him isn't normal. I have to give him credit that he did try these tacos and loved them! Wife cooked, picky husband approved!

I found this awesome recipe swap on Hungry Girls' website. It is a recipe swap for Applebee's Chicken Wonton Tacos.  By choosing these over the Applebee's version, you are saving over 400 calories!

This is 2 servings

I made a double batch

HG's Sassy Wonton Tacos

Ingredients:
8 small square wonton wrappers
4 oz grilled chicken breast, shredded
2 TB BBQ sauce with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving
3/4 cup dry coleslaw mix
2 TB Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame Salad Dressing

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make the wonton shells, spray the inside and outside walls of a deep square or rectangular baking pan with nonstick spray. Evenly drape wonton wrappers over the pan's walls on a diagonal, making triangle-shaped "shells." (Use two pans, if needed, to keep wontons from overlapping.) Bake for 3 - 4 minutes, until just crispy enough to hold their shape. Remove pan from the oven and set aside to cool.

Combine chicken with BBQ sauce in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine coleslaw mix and dressing. Mix well. Microwave for 45 seconds, until slightly softened. Set aside.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. One at a time, carefully remove wonton shells from the pan and fill each with a heaping tablespoon of BBQ chicken and a heaping teaspoon of slaw. Lay filled wontons gently on their sides on the baking sheet.

Spray the upward-facing sides of the wonton shells lightly with nonstick spray (for added crispiness) and bake for about 5 minutes, until warm and crunchy. Let cool slightly and serve!

Makes 2 servings of 4 tacos
Per serving: Calories 200, Carbs 25, Fat 3.5, Protein 15, Fiber 1

http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/1552

Monday, April 4, 2011

Results of Week 1 of Eating Healthy Carbs

Yesterday was my first weigh in after a week of switching from a low carb diet to eating healthy carbs.  I met my goal weight loss for week of 2 lbs!  I was pretty nervous about how my body would react to the change in diet and adding in so much exercise, but I feel great!  I have so much more energy that has allowed me to be a lot more active.

The past week wasn't perfect, but here is the highlight reel:

The Good: I burned 3465 calories last week by exercise alone! That is an average of 495 calories calories a day burned.

On Sunday I went to my Grandpa & Uncle's birthday party and I had the best piece of chocolate cake with cherries and frosting. It was the first time since September that I have had a sweet indulgence.  The reason this is under the good section, besides the fact that it was fabulous cake? I ate a very small piece and didn't go back for seconds on cake.  Victory for me!

The Bad: Even though I had a good loss, I need to work on getting my net calories and fat a bit lower.
My average daily net intake is:
Calories - 2,235
Carbs - 222
Fat - 86
Protein - 146
Fiber - 40

The Ugly: Tamales, Chimichangas, Burritos, oh my!  I need to avoid Mexican restaurants still at this point because I can't walk out of one without eating at least 1,000 calories! I proved that 2 times over the week!

Resolution for the Next Week: No eating out! Workout for at least 45 minutes 5 times this week.

I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and I hope that she will do another body composition test and maybe an indirect calorimetry (figures out your BMR) test.  I got these done when I was 295 and would love to compare the results.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

What is going on here?

Rumors have been circling about me not using Medifast.  I will confirm that the rumors are true.  I have some Medifast products left, but as of Monday, March 28th I am no longer using Medifast and stopping very low calorie - low carb dieting.  I lost 75 lbs in 6 months following the 5 and 1 plan, both using all Medifast and also mixing in other similar products. 

You may be wondering "Why fix something that isn't broken?"  The bottom line is that the 5 and 1 low calorie, low carb diet plan is not sustainable for me.  I want to learn how to eat how I will eat for the rest of my life.  I want to learn how to eat a healthy and sustainable diet.  I do know the argument that you should wait for transition and maintenance to hone on these skills.  But the other part is I want to get serious about my fitness and I have not been able to successfully do so on such a low calorie, low carb eating plan.

Starting on Monday, I have been focusing on eating a healthy diet of balanced calories, carbs, protein and fat. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app for my new Android phone and am following their diet recommendations to lose 2 lbs a week.

Net Calories Consumed* / Day 1,240 Calories / Day
Carbs / Day 171 g
Fat / Day 41 g
Protein / Day 47 g

*Net calories consumed = total calories consumed - exercise calories burned.

I am also reading the Body for Life for Women book written by Pam Peeke.  This book is very well rounded because Pam Peeke focuses on the mind, mouth and body as a whole. She has slightly different advice for women depending on what hormonal life stage they are in.  As far as the diet section, she says to eat 5-6 times a day which I am doing.  I also starting working out again.  I have noticed my workouts are better, I can put a lot more effort in, my mental clarity has been better and I just feel great this week!

Results of the first week won't be in until Sunday, but I am giving myself some leeway on the scale since I have made so many radical changes lately.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Salmon Avocado Wrap

2 oz Honey Smoked Salmon
2 TB Hummus
1/4 of an Avocado
4 strips of Red Bell Pepper
1 Whole Wheat Tortilla

Spread hummus on the tortilla. Add the salmon, avocado & red bell pepper. Wrap and enjoy!

Calorie 365, Carb 27 g, Fat 21 g, Protein 25 g, Fiber 14 g.



Apple Banana Muffins

These are great low fat muffins with a kick of 8 grams of protein per muffin for less then 200 calories each!


4 Bananas (16 oz)
2 TB Honey
1/4 cup Liquid Eggs
1/2 cup Ground Flax Seed
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1.5 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup No Sugar Added Applesauce
4 scoops Biochem Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/4 Raw Almonds
1/4 cup of water, as needed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Chop apple into small pieces. Mash bananas with a fork. Add honey, flax seed and eggs. Mix well.

Mix dry ingredients together. Blend together vanilla, applesauce and dry ingredients. Mix all well. Add some of the 1/4 cup water slowly as needed if batter is too thick. Fold in almonds. Pour into silicone muffin pan or lightly greased muffin tins.

Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Calories: 195
Carbs: 28 g
Fat: 3 g
Protein: 8 g
Fiber: 5 g

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Medifast Recipe! Kinda Cadbury Creme Egg!

Spring is here and Easter is right around the corner! Now who doesn't love a Cadbury Creme Egg? They are one of my favorite candies ever. I saw people on the Medifast boards talking about Creme Eggs, so I decided to try my hand at making a Medifast friendly creme egg.

Without further ado....Here is my "Kinda Cadbury Creme Egg"!

Medifast Fudge:
1 packet Medifast Hot Cocoa
2 TB Water

Mix together 2 TB water & Hot Cocoa. Roll mixture into a ball and press out in a circle on wax paper.

Creme of Egg:
1 TB Light Cream Cheese
1 packet Splenda
1/2 TB Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
1 TB PB2 or 1 TB Walden Farms Caramel (depending on the flavor of egg you want)

Mix all the Creme of Egg ingredients together until smooth.

To Assemble:
Spoon Cream of Egg filing onto the center Medifast fudge that you pressed out on the wax paper. Carefully pull the outside of the fudge around the filling.

Freeze for about 20 minutes.

This counts as 1 meal + condiments and possible a healthy fat and or snack. It depends on what type of cream cheese you use and if you make a caramel or peanut butter egg.

You can use this guide to add up the ingredients you used:
1 TB Low Fat Cream Cheese = 1 Condiment
1 TB Full Fat Cream Cheese = 1 Healthy Fat
1 packet Splenda = 1 condiment
1/2 TB SF Syrup = 1/2 condiment
1 TB Walden Farms Caramel = 1 condiment
1 TB PB2 = 1/2 snack

For how I made it, it would count as 1 Medifast meal, 2.5 condiments & 1/2 snack.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Progress Shot - 75 lbs lost in 6 months!


And this is my new theme song:
Change In The Making by Addison Road

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unofficial Weigh In

So I am a daily weigher and my official weigh day is Sunday, but.....I am down 4.8 lbs since Sunday after getting back on track with 5 and 1 plan! That brings me to 75.4 lbs lost total since September 20, 2010 - that is over 75 lbs is just under 6 months.  The 5 and 1 plan really works!!!

I am loving my Android phone too! I found an free app called Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal that includes a bar scanner.  So you can just scan the bar code of whatever you are eating and it adds it to your food tracker.  Pretty cool!

You can check out what I am eating by going here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/newbeautifulme

Also, I won the Biggest Loser contest at work.  Today is a good day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back on the 5 and 1 Plan and feeling great!

So this past weekend was rough for me.  Stillman's wasn't a very good idea, as it was far too restrictive.  I didn't see any weight loss with it either.  The 5 and 1 plan is what really works well for me!

I ended up quitting Stillman's on Friday and derailed big time when out to dinner with my husband.  I ate garlic bread and spinach artichoke dip on Friday night!  It tasted great (of course) but I felt so full and bloated, I had to unbutton my jeans on the ride home.  Not a good sign.  I weighed in the next day and was at 241 lbs.  I decided to re-commit to the 5 and 1 plan on Saturday and that mostly went okay.  I did end up eating 1 extra meal replacement and 1 extra lean & green meal.  It brought my calories to about 1300, but my carbs stayed at 85.  However, as of Sunday I am 100% back on the 5 and 1 plan.  I am back down to 237.2 lbs today, so I am nearly back to where I was before starting Stillman's diet.

No more messing around for me!  I am sticking to the 5 and 1 plan so I can lose this last 57 lbs!  Also, I stopped working out for now to see if that picks my weight loss back up.  My husband pointed out that I stopped losing when I starting working out.  Maybe it is still too much of a caloric expenditure for my body to add working out.  When I get to 180 lbs, my doctor and I are going to re-evaluate my goal.  I want to get a new body composition test done and see exactly how many calories I need to be eating and exactly what I should weigh.

The 2nd Biggest Loser contest at work is ending tomorrow.  I am winning with 6.12% weight loss.  The person behind me has 3.8% weight loss, so I think I will win this.  Wish me luck!

Once I hit 235 lbs, I will be taking me progress photos to show 75 lbs lost.  I am very excited for that!

I will be sure to keep you all posted on how things are going.  Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Low Carb Peanut Butter Bars

Here is a very easy recipe for very tasty peanut butter bars!






9 scoops Biochem Sports 100% Whey Protein Powder Vanilla
1/2 cup Once Again Organic Peanut Butter
8 TB PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
1/4 cup Splenda
4 TB Bob's Red Mill Flax Seed Meal
1/2 cup water

Add water slowly and mix all ingredients together. You may need to adjust the water up or down, depending on the consistency of the bars.  Roll each protein bar into a 45 gram ball and press out flat.  I pressed a mashed potato masher on the top to get the little squares on top.

Store with wax paper between each bar.

Number of Servings: 12

Calories 130, Carbs 9g, Fat 6g, Protein 12g

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hot Chicken Soup

Here is a super easy recipe for some pretty spicy chicken soup!

1 cup chicken broth
4 oz diced grilled chicken breast
1 tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Cheese

Heat up chicken broth and add grilled chicken, Sriracha hot sauce and Laughing Cow Light Cheese. Stir and enjoy!

Calories 175, Carbs 3g, Fat 4g, Protein 30g

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New toys, frustrated about plateau, quitting diet soda & new recipe for Low Carb Honey Dijon Dressing!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while! Things have been a bit hectic around the office and home these past weeks. We moved into a new office and lots of techy IT stuff going on. I did get an XBOX 360 & Kinect this weekend. For the Kinect I have Adventures & Sports. I downloaded the demo for Biggest Loser & the Dance game. I enjoy the 360 & Kinect so much more then my Wii. I don't think I will buy the Biggest Loser game, I will opt for EA Sports 2. The EA Sports 2 game is only $39.99 at Target and comes with a heart rate monitor & resistance bands. The Dance game is super fun too, but I officially have no rhythm at all!

I want to give an update on my status with weight loss. I think I have hit a plateau because I haven't lost much at all this month and it isn't coming off in inches either. I am stuck at 237-238 lbs! I have lost 72-73 lbs and I think my body doesn't want me to hit 75 lbs lost because it knows another progress photo shot will be coming. Joking of course....

I have been asking around, reading different plateau theories and decided to go super low carb for 2 weeks to try to break the plateau. I am following the old school Stillman's Quick Weight Loss diet. Stillman's QWL diet is pretty much the original low carb diet dating back to the 60's. I eat lean meat, low fat cheese and eggs. It is low calorie, low carb and low fat. Of course it isn't healthy to not eat veggies, but I am only doing it from 3/6-3/19. I did buy some ketostix and I register in mild ketosis. More to come as my 2 weeks progress.

I am also quitting diet soda. I strongly suspect that my consumption on diet soda is playing a part in my plateau. I have read theories about how aspartame can cause some people to stall. Today is my first day of no diet soda and I have a headache. I have still been drinking coffee & lots of water, so it must be something in the soda.

A new message board friend gave me this awesome recipe for Low Carb Honey Dijon Dressing. Thanks CC!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kroger CARBmaster Yogurt

My mom found a great meal replacement - Kroger CARBmaster yogurt!  They taste really good and are only $0.41 a piece!  The nutrition values are different depending on which flavor you get.  You could even count 2 yogurts as 1 meal.  Or eat just 1 for a meal if you need to balance out a higher calories item, like a homemade bar.

80 calories, 1.5 g fat, 3 g carbs, 12 g protein
Peach, Strawberry Banana, Blackberry, Cherry

60 calories, 1.5 g fat, 4 g carbs, 9 g protein
Strawberry Colada, Raspberry Yumberry, Vanilla, Vanilla Chai, Carrot Cake


Monday, February 28, 2011

Low Carb Chocolate Protein Cookies (No Bake)

Ingredients:
2/3 cup no sugar added Applesauce
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup Flax Seed Meal
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 cup Diced Raw Almonds
8 scoops (1 cup) Biochem Sports 100% Whey Protein Powder Chocolate Fudge
4 scoops (1/2 cup) Biochem Sports 100% Whey Protein Powder Vanilla

Directions:
Mix flax seed meal, rolled oats, almonds and whey protein together. Added applesauce and peanut butter. I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer with the paddle attachement. Mix together. Weigh the dough on a scale and divide the weight by 22. Mine weigh 35 grams per cookie. Measure & roll each cookie. Press flat on wax paper. Keep refrigerated.

Makes 22 cookies.

Nutritional Info:

* Calories: 183.5
* Total Fat: 11.7 g
* Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
* Sodium: 70.4 mg
* Total Carbs: 9.9 g
* Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
* Protein: 11.5 g

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert


Ingredients:
~1 scoop Biochem Chocolate Fudge Protein powder
~1 TB PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter - check it out here)
~1/2 cup 2% Cottage Cheese
~2 TB Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or Almond milk)
~1 tsp of Splenda

Directions:
Mix together in Magic Bullet until creamy. Serve chilled. Makes 1 serving.
This can be eaten as a meal replacement on the 5 and 1 diet!

Nutritional Info:
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 184.6
  • Total Fat: 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.0 mg
  • Sodium: 527.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 28.5 g 

Low Carb Focaccia Bread


 Ingredients:
1/3 cup of olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 TB Splenda
1 TB baking powder
1.25 cups egg substitute
2 cups of flax seed meal




Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix wet ingredients together. Add dry ingredients & mix well. Pour into a greased 11 x 7 pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Serves 18.

Nutritional Info:
  • Calories: 97.0
  • Total Fat: 8.0 g
  • Total Carbs: 4.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 4.3 g


*Please note this is a low carb recipe, but not Medifast approved*

Friday, February 25, 2011

Added Blog Content and Health Coach!

I wanted to let everyone know that I have added a lot of content to my blog about my use of alternative products while on the 5 and 1 plan. I have received so many questions about what products I am using, I am going to keep this blog updated with my current plan and how my weight loss is going.

So far, I am spending far less money and really enjoying the added variety. There are still some Medifast products I really enjoy (like the brownies!) and plan to continue to use. I have been very happy with switching to alternative products, but it sure has been a lot of work to find suitable replacements. This is also why I am sharing this info with everyone.

If you have any suggestion for products to use and don't wish to comment publicly or have any questions for me, feel free to email me newbeautifulme@gmail.com!

Also, I signed up with a Health Coach. She is great! Check her out from the Medifast tab of my blog.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Road Trip, Going Off Plan & Pictures!

My trip to Salt Lake City was amazing! I got to spend the weekend with my awesome family, many of who hadn't seen me since I started losing weight or very early in my journey. I got so many compliments, my self esteem is sky high now! I am starting to believe that I am getting smaller!

I stayed on plan the entire time when I was there BUT on Tuesday when I was driving back it didn't work out too well. I ended up eating extra meals, drinking a low carb monster and almost started smoking again! I quit smoking over a year ago, so I am glad I just messed up my food for the day and left the cigarettes alone! Easier to get back on plan then it is to quit smoking again.

So yesterday I ate, 1 shake, 4 servings of protein chips (my replacement for puffs), ate 2 servings of bars, 1.5 oz bag of wasabi almonds, 2 low fat mozzarella cheese sticks and 2 eggs with orange bell peppers & onions. All in all I think I ate about 1400 calories, 60 grams of fat and 110 carbs, and 125 grams protein. Ugh! I felt so sick yesterday and feel blah today too. Trying to drink lots of water and I am back on plan today.

Why did I go off plan? I didn't get nearly enough sleep before I headed back from Salt Lake to Denver. I tried the Monster Energy drink to stay more alert and it made me feel high! I would advise staying far, far, far away from those. I never realized how compromised my will power is when I let myself get too tired. Good sleep is crucial to a good diet. Lesson learned.

The good news is that I did lose 6.4 lbs for week 2! My mom's scale matches my scale! That brings me to 72.4 lbs lost since 9/20/10!

And now for pictures of all my nieces & nephews:

Me & Destiny (6 mons)

Rylan (2 yrs)


Arion (5 mons)
Maria (8 yrs)

Aliah (5 yrs)
Aren't they all just too cute!?!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week 2 Weigh In, Road Trip & Babies Galore!!

I decided to drive from Denver to Salt Lake City to visit my mom and see all my nieces & nephews. It took me about 9 hours and I stayed totally on my 5/1 plan for the road trip. This is a victory for me because I get the munchies on road trips! I started my day with a Cookies & Cream protein shake, had 1/2 a protein bar and 2 bags of protein chips during the drive. I did also eat 2 cheese sticks during the trip.

On my week 2 weigh in day, I was down to 237.6! Granted I used my mom's scale, but she says it matches her doctor's scale, so hopefully it isn't too far off from mine. Assuming it is correct, that brings me to 6.4 lbs lost in 2 weeks. Not too shabby if I do saw so myself! Also, NSV - my size 20s are falling off of me and it is time to move into the 18s! Most XL shirts fit me, some are a little snug in the arms.

My mom started the 5/1 plan today using the alternate products and she did great! Funny thing - she did almost add a scoop of baby formula to her coffee instead of Whey powder, but she figured it out just in time. It was pretty funny! I wonder how many carbs are in baby formula....just kidding!

Week 2 Weigh In, Road Trip & Babies Galore!!

I decided to drive from Denver to Salt Lake City to visit my mom and see all my nieces & nephews. It took me about 9 hours and I stayed totally on my 5/1 plan for the road trip. This is a victory for me because I get the munchies on road trips! I started my day with a Cookies & Cream protein shake, had 1/2 a protein bar and 2 bags of protein chips during the drive. I did also eat 2 cheese sticks during the trip.

On my week 2 weigh in day, I was down to 237.6! Granted I used my mom's scale, but she says it matches her doctor's scale, so hopefully it isn't too far off from mine. Assuming it is correct, that brings me to 6.4 lbs lost in 2 weeks. Not too shabby if I do saw so myself! Also, NSV - my size 20s are falling off of me and it is time to move into the 18s! Most XL shirts fit me, some are a little snug in the arms.

My mom started the 5/1 plan today using the alternate products and she did great! Funny thing - she did almost add a scoop of baby formula to her coffee instead of Whey powder, but she figured it out just in time. It was pretty funny! I wonder how many carbs are in baby formula....just kidding!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Week 1 Weigh In, New Products, New Recipe & Valentine!

Week 1 Weigh In, New Products, New Recipe & Valentine!

Yesterday (Sunday) I had my first week weigh in being on my new plan.  I am a bit disappointed that I didn't have a loss.  I am at 0 lost, 0 gained.  There are a few reasons this may be:
1. Maybe my plan just won't work, but I really don't think so. I am still following the 5/1 just using different products.
2. My carb intake has gone down on many days from what it was.  I am not sure if this will negatively impact weight loss, but that has changed.
3. My calorie intake has gone up as much as 200 calories per day.  I am still under 1200 every day and given the amount of exercise I am doing, I plan to keep this.
4. That special time of the month.  Yeah, it is here and this has been a huge culprit for me and others for a 0 or low weight loss week.
5. I am gaining muscles! I have been able to increase the weight on all my strength training exercises by 10-15 lbs.  So that is proof right there that I am gaining muscle!  This is a huge victory for me & is enough to not really mind the 0 pound week.

I have to say that if I was still on Medifast and had a 0 pound week, I would be crushed.  I felt a lot of pressure on Medifast to lose weight as fast as possible due to the expense. This is why I didn't do strength training earlier.  I didn't want to do anything that would make me stay on Medifast longer.  Now that I have greatly reduced the amount I am spending on meal replacements products, I am much more at ease to focus on NSV (non-scale victories) like being able to increase the weight I am lifting.  Without the added financial pressure, I am realizing that this is about my overall health, not just losing weight.  When I get to goal, I want to have a strong, fit body.  That is really most important.

New Products Updates
I found the Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame at my local grocery store.  I have to say that the jury is still out on them.  I do not like the Lightly Salted flavor, but it might be good if I put a few in a salad.  The Wasabi ones are okay, the flavor is pretty good.  I will be eating those for lunch today as a meal, so we will see.

New Recipe
My new favorite thing to eat is Chocolate Peanut Butter Yogurt  I think I am addicted to PB2!

Happy Valentines Day!
Thank you to everyone for your support.  I really appreciate my readers :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Get 5% Cashback on your Medifast Order!

Hey all! I wanted to pass along this tip to everyone - you can get 5% cashback on your Medifast orders by going through eBates. The cashback is paid every quarter by eBates. When I get my eBates cashback money, I use it to buy new clothes for my smaller self!

Please use my referral link to sign up for eBates:
Sign up for eBates!

Also, check out my blog post about how to order food for cheaper with cost break downs:
How to order Medifast food for less (including cost break downs)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Great Experiment

Hey all!  I wanted to let everyone know that I am not going to be using Medifast products for the next month.  I want to try an experiment where I follow the 5/1 plan but use alternative products. I am doing this to try to save money. I am estimating this will cost about $100 a month plus the cost for Lean and Green meals.

Since this blog is dedicated to Medifast, I started a new blog dedicated to my experiment.  All the details on my menus, progress & products are found on the new blog:
New Beautiful Me - The Experiment

Here are the details of the plan that I am going to try for a month, starting on 2/6/2011.

Diet:
Calories: under 1200
Carbs: under 100 g
Fat: under 30 g
Protein: over 100 g
I am still going to follow the 5/1 plan.
(Eating 5 meal replacements a day and 1 Lean & Green meal)

Exercise:
Monday: 25 mins cardio, 15 mins upper body strength training, 5 mins stretching.
Tuesday: 25 mins cardio, 15 mins lower body & core strength training, 5 mins stretching.
Wednesday: 25 mins cardio, 15 mins upper body strength training, 5 mins stretching.
Thursday: 25 mins cardio, 15 mins lower body & core strength training, 5 mins stretching.
Friday: 25 mins cardio, 15 mins upper body strength training, 5 mins stretching.

Supplements:
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin
Vitamin C: 1000 mg
Jarrow Formulas Fiber Perfect
Fish Oil: 2400 mg (I have taken this for 6 months)
Vitamin D3: 2000 IU (I have taken this for 6 months)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Broccoli Bake #2

6 cups of broccoli (4 Green)
4 cups of egg beaters (2 Leanest)
8 oz of low fat mozzarella cheese (3-6 g of fat per ounce) (2 Lean)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor add broccoli, egg beaters and cheese. Puree. Spray 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray. Pour in mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving is 3 green servings and 1 lean serving.
Calories: 300, Fat 9.5g, Carbs 12.5g, Protein 42g

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cherry Chocolate Cookie

1 Packet Medifast Essential 1: Antioxidants Cherry Pomegranate Shake
1 Packet Medifast Brownie
1 tsp Baking Powder
2-4 ounces of water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Slowly add water until dough is sticky. Drop into 4 balls onto silicone baking sheet or pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

This entire recipe makes 2 Medifast meals.  Each serving is 2 cookies and consists of 1 Medifast meal, 1 condiment.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicken Alfredo Pizza


1 cup riced cauliflower (2 green)
1/4 cup Great Value Egg Whites (1/4 lean)
3/4 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (3/4 lean - 6 grams fat/oz cheese used)
1 ounce Grilled Chicken (1/6 lean)
2 TB Walden Farms Alfredo Sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning


This is 1.04 lean, 2 green, and 3 condiments. You could add 1 serving of spinach or other maybe asparagus to make this a full Lean and Green meal.

How to "rice" cauliflower:
1. Using a food processor, attach the grater.
2. Pulse the steamed cauliflower through the grater.
Result:

Mix riced cauliflower with 1/2 cup of cheese, 1/4 cup egg whites and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning.

Shape the mixture in the shape of a pizza on the silicone mat or parchment paper. Using the mat or parchment paper should help prevent the crust from sticking.

Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven at top with 2 TB of Walden Farms Alfredo sauce, 1/4 cup cheese and 1 oz of shredded chicken.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

I have had a craving for Fettuccine Alfredo, so I decided to try making it Medifast friendly.  I have to say that it really wasn't very good, but I did finish it.

This is what I used to make it:
Walden Farms Alfredo Sauce
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Noodles
6 ounces of Grilled Chicken
1 packet Pizza Hut Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


The Walden Farms Alfredo sauce is lacking in flavor & texture.  It is very watery and not creamy at all.  I want to try using some of it to make Shrimp Alfredo that Sandy made in her blog and hopefully that will be tasty.

I was also disappointed with the Shirataki noodles.  I have used Shirataki noodles in soup and very much enjoyed that, but they did not have a good texture to be such a main part of the meal.  I think I will save the Shirataki noodles for soup and wait for Alfredo until maintenance.

I added crushed red pepper flakes to try to save my Fettuccine Alfredo and it did help. I don't think I will try making this again.



Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Facebook Page, Biggest Loser & Life Updates

Hey all! I created a new Facebook page to share new recipes!  Like me on Facebook!  That just sounds funny, now doesn't it?  Also, if you have any questions or need anything, feel free to email me at newbeautifulme@gmail.com

I have been on Medifst for 4 months and have lost 60 lbs!


Biggest Loser Week 1 Results
I lost 4.6 lbs the first week with a total percentage of weight loss of 1.81%.  This puts me in 2nd place for week 1, but I am confident I will pull into first.  The 1st place person has 2.04% weight loss.

Life Updates
Life is really going good lately.  My husband and I have been looking for a church since we moved back to Colorado a year ago and finally found a church we are calling home!  That is a big relief and a huge blessing because now we have lots of new people to get to know.  This does raise some interesting situations around food, given my special diet, but I am just focusing on being open and honest about my eating habits.  It is just awkward to have to explain to a hostess why you pretty much only eat grilled meat and salad.

If I haven't mentioned before, I have the most wonderful husband in the entire world.  He is working on losing weight too.  He is doing very well counting calories and staying within his caloric weight loss zone.  He has lost 25 lbs in 3 months on his own.  That is an average of 2 lbs a week, which is right on track!  Great job honey!!

Here is a picture of me and Shane at Thanksgiving:
And yes, I have a hand sticking out of my head!!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pudding Pies

This is a modified version of this recipe from defragged.com


2 Packets of Medifast Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal (any flavor can be used)
1 Packet of Medifast Banana Pudding (any flavor can be used)
1 Packet of Splenda
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together oatmeal, Splenda and baking soda. Slowly add water until dough just sticks together. I used about 1/2 cup of water, but it can vary.

Divide the dough into 4 balls and press into a muffin tin. I used a silicone muffin pan, so I didn't need non-stick spray. If you are using a regular muffin tin, spray with Pam first.

I get asked often about my muffin pan.  It is a metal pan with snap in silicone liner muffin cups.  It is the best of both worlds!  You can buy it  on Amazon for $17.99 + $5.49 shipping.


Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from muffin pan and completely cool.

Using the shaker jar, mix 4 oz of water with the banana pudding. Spoon into each oatmeal cup. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes for it to set.


The 4 pies counts as 3 Medifast meals and 2 condiments.

Katieann from My Medifast made these pudding pies and they turned out so cute! She omitted the baking soda and reports they turned out great.

Here are her cute Pudding Pies:


She used pans very similar to this: