Diet Update

Today marks day 9 of being on the Atkins Diet. I really can't believe it has been that long! The first few days were horrible. I was hungry all the time, had the shakes, and a horrible headache. If I could have hit someone or something, I gladly would have without hesitation. I figured out that my body was reacting more towards not having caffeine than not having as many carbs. I drank a lot of caffeine before the diet. I also discovered in those first days that I have to eat loads of vegetables. Meat and vegetables are the major part of my diet. I don't have the problem with the meat, but I have never eaten a lot of vegetables. Now, I eat A LOT of vegetables.

I weighed Wednesday evening (the week mark) and I had lost 6 lbs! Something else I've learned is not to weigh every day if I want to succeed at this diet.  My weight at times seems to be all over the board, so I will only weigh once a week.

I haven't followed the diet religiously. I do every now and then have a shot of coke just to give myself that taste. Many people have said to try Pepsi Max. I tried it. I hate it. It just tastes like every other diet soda out there. I don't like the taste of diet soda. I also have been eating cottage cheese which isn't on the list. It's on the old list in the book I read, but not on the updated list. Because I don't want to waste a tub of cottage cheese, I will be eating it until it's gone. When I get a craving for something sweet, I have a few grapes. Grapes are not on my list, but I can tell you a few grapes is much better than giving in to a couple of cookies. I pick my battles.

I feel so much better already. I'm not getting sluggish in the afternoons and I have so much more energy. With the absence of caffeine, by 9:30 p.m. I am ready to go to bed. Although, right now it's 10:30 p.m. and I'm still awake...

Anyway, I have found that trying new recipes keeps the diet interesting. Out of every 3 or 4 receipes I try, I find a good one. The breakfast bites I talked about in my first diet blog are good and easy to make. The recipe for today is a chicken recipe. I ate too much when I tried this. It's really good!

Chicken Jack
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
6 strips bacon, fried and crisp (crumbled)
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
1/3 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

Fry chicken strips in butter till done. Put chicken into a lightly greased casserole dish. Pour dressing over chicken. Put crumbled bacon on then cheese. Broil till cheese is melted and lightly brown. Soooo Gooood!

Feel free to share your recipes with me. I'll try them and let you know what I think...In a loving way of course ;)

My Basketball Experiment

Soccer season has started and with that brings two hour practices once a week. I really never realized how bored I was during these practices until tonight. I normally stay in my car and catch up on homework during this time. Tonight, the little girl I babysit had gotten Brenn's basketball out of the car and was playing with it. When her dad picked her up, she left the basketball just a little ways from the car. The basketball soon became the talk of the soccer fields, so in my severe state of boredom, I decided to do an experiment. For about an hour, I recorded how many kids walked by and what they did when they saw the basketball. Here are my results:

Out of 29 Kids:
19 Kids walked by and looked at the ball but did not say anything
7 kids walked by and said something about the basketball
1 kid touched the basketball
2 kids tried to take the basketball

The most memorable comment of the night was, "That's not a real basketball, it's too clean."

So based on this experiment, the soccer fields are safe for basketballs.

Stay tuned for more useless information...

It Begins Tomorrow

I'm not the type of person who yo-yo diets. I'm not the type of person who really ever diets (surprise, surprise). Lately, I've been convicted to take better care of myself. I love to hike and backpack, and always counted on those activities for my physical exercise. But, it really needs to be the other way around. I should exercise in order to be fit so that I can hike and backpack. The thought of getting stuck out on the trail while I'm trying to kill myself with my over-sized pack (because I always pack too much) and my out of shape body does not sound very recreational.

The other day while cleaning out a cabinet at work, I came across an Atkins Diet book. Call this coincidence? I think not...I work at a church. I've been reading through this book for about a week and have decided to try the diet out. This will be very hard for me because I am in love and totally enamored with carbs. Well, tomorrow is D-Day...literally.

I planned the menu out for the week, went grocery shopping (with my coupons), and have even prepared my lunch and snacks for tomorrow. The first 14 days of the Atkins diet is called the Induction Phase. There are only certain foods you can eat for those 14 days. It's really a long list and isn't so bad once you look at recipes. I've decided to share some of the recipes as I try them out. I will also use my blog as my diet journal, although I will NOT under any circumstances post my weight, I don't care what they say about just ain't happening.

Here is the recipe for Breakfast Bites. I actually made them into breakfast muffins because I don't have a mini muffin pan. I've already tried these and they are very good.

Breakfast Bites
6 large eggs
Crumbled bacon, sausage, or ham
Shredded cheese
Diced onions, peppers, and/or tomatoes
Mini muffin pan

Place a teaspoon of meat into each cup of the muffin pan
Add your choice of veggies
Beat eggs and pour egg mixture just a little over halfway in each cup
Top with shredded cheese
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes
Let cool, wrap each in plastic wrap. Heat as needed and refrigerate the rest.

Update on Couponing...I've Been Demoted

Good grief, where has the time gone?!?! School has been kicking my tail...Economics in general. I will be done with this class on Sunday. All I have to say is good riddance, Economics. I will not miss you. If I meet you on the street I will pretend like I don't know you, because I really never quite understood you.

Well, back in April I began my quest as a "coupon terminator." After several months at the job, I have been demoted to "coupon toddler." Although I have gotten some great deals, mastering the art of saving money is going to take some time. The upside to this whole journey is that I now receive about 5 different magazines (good magazines) for free. I'm telling you, is an awesome website. I will not pay for a magazine subscription again. As far as couponing, I've learned to master one store at a time. I tried Walgreen's a couple of times, but I ended up walking out of the store more confused than when I walked in. I almost have Food Lion mastered. Between coupons and my MVP card, I've been able to save some pretty serious money. The best I've done so far is pay $55 for $88 worth of groceries. That's pretty major for me! So, if you shop at Food Lion (like you have many other choices in Manchester), make sure to check out the weekly Food Lion ads. One thing I've noticed is that they have a buy on get one free cereal special almost every week. Combining coupons with weekly specials will help you save even more!

I'm slowly learning how to walk as a coupon toddler, but I still have coupon terminator dreams.

And one more thing...

Just say NO to Economics!