I got on the scale this morning and did not like what I saw. Seriously! The last time I had this weight on me, I was about to give birth. Ugh. We moved across the country last month and I am not going to lie, it has been stressful. Apparently I calm stress with sugar. But who doesn't? I would love to use other methods, like Tai Chi or meditation or long walks. But a cookie is so much easier!
Well, it is time to get back on the wagon again. Sugar may calm my stress temporarily, but it also feeds cancer and causes inflammation and for me, obvious weight gain.
I called out to my dear friend Laura and extended a challenge to both of us. Stop with the sugar already...and grains...ugh. For every unauthorized deliciously addictive serving of bread, pasta or sugary dessert, we gotta shell out 10 bucks. Effective? I think so. And, at the end of 6 weeks, the one of us who has lost the greatest percentage of body weight gets 50 smackers!! I don't have money to spare and Laura hates spending the stuff, so great motivation for both of us.
Some psychologist out there would probably frown upon this and say we are doing it for the wrong reasons, but oh well, It is time to get ready for swim suits and jogging shorts....well swim suits anyhow.
I always do best if I have a menu to follow, so here goes. I hope many will follow along. I will plan to post each week on Monday so there is time to get groceries before Wed morning.
***Go here for a list of key items to have on hand this week: (this list is not all inclusive)
Breakfast: Chocolate PB Smoothie
Lunch: Lettuce wraps
Dinner: Sweet Potato Beef Stew
Breakfast: Grain free Chocolate muffins
Lunch: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa
Dinner: Chicken Strips and Sweet potato fries (baked or fried in coconut oil)
Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Lunch: Chicken Avocado Burritos serve ingredients over a salad with salsa instead of in tortillas.
Dinner: Grain Free Spaghetti
Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Pancakes Top with Berry Syrup
Lunch: "Bunless" Hoagie sandwiches...Roll all the toppings in the meat. Serve with Sweet potato chips.
Dinner: Cheat meal...anything that sounds great...Pizza?? Hamburger?? Go for it!
Breakfast: Refrigerator Oatmeal
Lunch: Mason Jar Salad
Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Garlic roasted cauliflower and carrots
Breakfast: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
Lunch: Sweet potato Fajitas with beef
Dinner: White Chicken chili (I adapt this recipe to my taste)
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with avocado, cheese and salsa
Lunch: Mason Jar Salad
Dinner: "Bunless" Hamburgers...make as usual and wrap in lettuce leaves
Celery in natural PB
Fresh or Dried fruit (1 serving per day)
Cottage Berry Whip
Unsweetened Applesauce (my recipe)
Protein bites (only a few... sugar)
Warm Winter Chai
Sugar Free Hot Chocolate
Need more ideas? Go here: Trim Healthy Mama Board
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