Wellllllll hello SBD forum, we haven't been friends in quite some time. I've missed you.
You know, for as much as I "fell off" the beach wagon more than once, the principles have never left me, and over the past 2 years I still use sites like Kalyn's Kitchen for inspiration in my own kitchen all the time. So I guess this makes it kind of a second go at this WOE? More like a second go at this journaling thang, and a renewed focus.
I had another (very brief) journal here - http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=95058
- but my life has changed so much since then, I thought I should start fresh! I've transplanted yet again, this time from Jersey to Pittsburgh (the opposite side of PA that I hail from) to shack it up with my long term boyfriend. Still waiting for a ring . . . a girl can hope, right?? But I've changed direction in my life and I'm no longer an out-of-work journalist, but an out-of-work teacher in training, and I have 3 semesters left until I earn my Masters in Teaching and my PA certification in Secondary English.
I'm still obsessed with cooking and all things food. When I say obsessed, I really mean it. I actually read cookbooks for entertainment. My boyfriend's mom think's I'm nuts sometimes, but she likes to pass on her secret family recipes to me too. Anyway, I have a massive binder full of recipes to try, a full shelf of cookbooks, $27 in overdue library fees for a cookbook I had thought was actually MINE, and random magazine tear outs scattered all over the place. Did I mention I'm obsessed?
Yet, I think my focus on homemade food though has kept my weight from totally ballooning. While I love those rich, gooey, cheesy, starchy dishes, they're ultimately a littleeee healthier when I can control what how many tbsps of butter I throw in. As in, 5 instead of 6. Whoops! But in seriousness, Back in that first journal, I was 175lbs starting -- today I come in around 171. Not much change. I lost a few, gained it back, stopped worrying, then realized how tight my skinny jeans were becoming!
I'm also totally committed to the eat fresh, eat local movement and I've been turned into such a veggiephile since I first started SBD! I love almost any kind of vegetable (except broccoli!), or at least will try anything once. I'm planting my first garden this summer and couldnt be more excited to save some money at the farmers market from the fruits ..errr veggies.. of my own labors!
Okk so that's enough about me. I've been gone for so long, got lotsa catching up to do, so sorryy! If you stuck with this, there's a reward. I promise.
Today was Day 3 of P1 for us (BF&I), and this is what the menu looked like:
B- Spinach, Leek, and Goat Cheese Breakfast Casserole from http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/01/breakfast-casserole-recipe-with-spinach.html
THIS IS SO GOOD. YOU NEED TO TRY IT. The goat cheese is such a satisfying treat in the morning
S1- Greek yogurt with a handful of chopped pecans, SF maple syrup, and cinnamon
L- Massive salad with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, slivered almonds, feta cheese, and a garlic balsamic I whipped up a few nights ago
S2- I missed
whoops, in a hurry before work!
D- This is the treat. You have to try this fast and delishhh dinner, its like healthy SBD chinese food. Ginger chicken and snow peas, tossed in an Asian soy/sesame oil
Blanche and shock 3/4 lb snow peas after removing strings (pain in the ass, I know)
Combine 2 tbsp grated ginger, 'bout 1.5 tbsp olive oil, equal tbsp soy sauce
Pound 2 chicken breasts to even thickness, coat with above sauce, and sautee until cooked through (5 min?)
While chicken is cooking, toss shocked snow peas with 1 tbsp soy and 1 tbsp sesame oil and some chopped scallions
Take off chicken, slice into strips, combine with snow pea mix, and throw into the same pan for a few minutes to warm. Voila, so yummy!
No pic, didn't think of it, but promise from now on! Let me know if you try it
Promise all my posts won't be so long!