I have so many random thoughts buzzing around in my head that I want to blog about! You might see more posts than usual over the next couple of days as I catch up with blogging after being away for a week!
First off, I have dropped 4 of the 7 pounds I gained on vacation. So that's good. Yesterday I ate 1230 calories and the day before, 1500. Yesterday I biked 30 minutes and took a 2-block walk after dinner. The day before, I biked 18 minutes and lifted weights in an abbreviated session (one set of each exercise). Today I will bike 30 minutes and lift 2 sets which takes about 20 minutes.
I have set some new goals for myself. I am really cracking down right now. I have no more birthdays or holidays coming up in the next couple of months, so it's a good time to get strict. I really want the weight loss more than I want any indulgence. Anyway, before vacation I was already up 2 pounds to 217 (from my low of 215). After vacation, 224. Now, 220. So my first goal is to get back to 215 by August 1. I am sure this is doable because most of those regained pounds are just hanging there from vacation, ready to drop off with a little work. My second goal is more ambitious. I was thinking about how I began this journey almost a year ago. Last August, I lost 13 pounds. I did it mostly by eating lots of Farmer's Market gems. When I wanted a snack, I had a huge bowl of watermelon or cantaloupe. I ate tons of greens. I enjoyed lots of fresh fruit and veggies alongside salmon, tilapia, chicken, turkey burgers. I am ready to do that again. So my goal is 13 pounds in August, which would take me to 202 pounds! I would be so thrilled. This is what I am working towards, but if I lose 5, or 8, I will still be happy and call it success!
Now about that Skyline Chili. If any of you live in or have been to Cincinnati, you know what I am talking about. Yummy chili, unlike the "normal" chilis you are used to. It is not a regular chili... it has its own unique flavor. It is basically a meat/tomato sauce and you serve it over spaghetti and top it with kidney beans, chopped raw onions, and grated cheddar cheese. I LOVE IT. (Yes I am a food lover, I admit it). So I developed my own recipe that I can have while losing weight. I made it 2 days ago and have been eating it and the pounds are coming off. It's pretty healthy. It freezes well, so I froze half for later. You can also just eat it in a bowl with some low fat cornbread or use it on your fat free hot dogs when you want a chili dog (on rare occasion, right??)
Lyn's Skyline-style Chili
Take 2lbs of lean ground beef and brown it in a nonstick pan. Break it up really well so the pieces are small, and drain off any grease as it is cooking. When it is done, rinse the meat with hot water several times, pouring it off each time. This takes out a LOT of the extra fat.
Put the beef into a crock pot sprayed with cooking spray.
In the blender, put:
1 c. fresh salsa with juice (this is the uncooked kind... you can use fresh pico de Gallo instead. Just chopped tomatoes/onions/pepper/cilantro. Use whatever "heat" you like. I use mild).
1 red bell pepper cut in chunks
1 orange bell pepper cut in chunks
1 medium yellow onion cut in chunks
1/2 medium sweet onion (like Vidalia or Walla Walla) cut in chunks
6 cloves of fresh garlic
2 small (single serving, tiny) cans of V8 (I use one spicy, one regular)
Puree this stuff in the blender until it is pretty much liquefied (like an onion and pepper smoothie! Yum!) Pour it over the beef in the crock pot.
1 small can (8oz) of tomato sauce
1 small can (6oz) of tomato paste
a hefty squirt of ketchup (maybe 3T .... Heinz ROCKS!)
1/4 c. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. cocoa powder (unsweetened, like Hershey's)
Stir it, cover, and cook on low all day (5-7 hours).
During the last 2 hours I add one can of pinto beans, rinsed, and one can of kidney beans, rinsed. You could probably add them at the beginning but I didn't want them to get mushy. But maybe they'd be okay.
Serve this sauce over whole grain spaghetti or cooked spaghetti squash. I like Barilla Plus spaghetti for nutrition. If you want to cut calories further, do what I do when I eat this for lunch: cook some summer squash, such as cubed zucchini. Instead of a cup of cooked pasta, have a half cup of pasta and a bunch of cooked zucchini on a plate and put the sauce over that.
Traditionally the spaghetti/chili is topped with your choice of chopped raw onions and/or grated cheddar. I like sweet onions on top, and if I use cheddar I use a sprinkling of Kraft 2% cheddar.
Very yummy stuff. I love this stuff and my kids do too. There is no other way to get nutritious bell peppers into their mouths!! It does not taste like "diet food" whatsoever. Who says losing weight has to feel like deprivation?? Enjoy :)
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