Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weekend Update, and Dressing Recipe

I'm here and I'm happy as a clam! This morning the scale said 228. Not bad at all! Last night I finally ordered pizza. We used to order pizza about once a week, so all the kids love it, but I haven't in about 2 months just because it used to be a big binge food for me. I could eat about 3/4 of a large, meat lover's pan pizza all by myself... and then finish the rest an hour later!

So, the kids were clamoring for Pizza Hut but I just don't do that anymore. Too triggery, greasy, salty... Anyway I got the pizzas from Papa John's and one was a thin crust Garden Fresh, with mushrooms, onions, olives, Roma tomato slices, and pineapple on it. Super yum. I made a side salad so I'd get a bit more volume without a lot of calories. Romaine, spinach, Gorgonzola, pomegranate arils, and crumbled bacon (really. If you have never had a salad with crumbled bacon and Gorgonzola, you must! So good! 1 slice bacon = 40 cal, 1 T Gorgonzola crumbles = 25 cal). Oh, I guess this would be a good time to post my favorite dressing:

Apple Cider Dressing

Put 2 c. apple cider and 3T apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg's) in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 8 minutes. It should be reduced to one cup. Whisk in 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper to taste. That's it! No fat, lots of flavor. Yummy drizzled warm over spinach salad or cold on any salad! I let it cool and pour it into an old (clean) dressing bottle and store in the fridge. Shake before use. Only 15 calories per Tablespoon!

Okay, back to last night. I had my salad and 2 slices of pizza. I biked 30 minutes. And this morning, 228 on the scale. So glad to see that!

Today's menu:
Breakfast: tea with milk & sugar. Half of a giant, freshly made whole wheat cinnamon roll with frosting, one boiled egg mashed with 1tsp butter, and some strawberries & blueberries, with a cup of coffee.
Lunch: Enviga sugar free green tea soda, 2 slices of Garden Fresh thin crust pizza, and a pile of spaghetti squash with 1 tsp butter, salt, & pepper.
Snack: hmmm, not sure yet. Maybe a Clementine, a little salad, or cup of soup.
Dinner: I am making a huge pot of kale with ham & onions. It is SO delicious, filling, and nutritious. I can't wait!

I did housework, mopped the floors, and raked leaves already today. I'm also planning to bike 30 minutes tonight. Biking is getting easier and easier. I really enjoy it!

Glad to see so many wonderful, positive comments on my last post. Thanks so much!
Enjoy your day :)

21 comments:

moonduster said...

Your pizza and salad sound wonderful! :) So does today's menu!

Glad the scale is moving downward for you!

Sue R said...

keep on doing what you're doing

Foodie Girl said...

I love greens! Wow! You are the first person who has posted something about greens. They look delicious. I am craving Thanksgiving already!

Michelle said...

I just wanted to say congratulations on your success!! You are such a huge inspiration and I'm rooting for you! I look forward to reading your blog everyday and I can relate, thank you for being so honest. Keep it up!

screwdestiny said...

Papa John's is so much tastier than Pizza Hut anyway. It's great that you're able to enjoy things like pizza in moderation now.

Candace said...

Congratulations on getting to 228. Its so awesome that you are finding ways to enjoy the food you love and planning first so you don't go overboard-I'm so proud of you~

Taryl said...

I am going to make that dressing and try it with dinner, it sounds divine!

Autumnforest said...

It's funny, but the salad description had me salivating more than the pizza. Jeez, I must have finished the conversion. Great choices--you put the right stuff in front of you to pick from!

Margie M. said...

Kale is fantastic and I use it often. I'm glad you posted something about it and brought it to your reader's attention. Great job with the scale, exercise and pizza meal!

Bronwyn said...

You are doing amazingly! I'm definitely going to try that dressing recipe, sounds delicious. Thank you !

Leslie said...

Hi Lyn - Congratulations on 228!

I made your cabbage roll casserole last night for dinner and it was awesome. Will do this again a lot, and we have leftovers for dinner tonight!

Vickie said...

it continues to get easier and easier on the body as the weight drops. those of us with knee and lower back problems especially. Every pound - all the way down - makes a difference. Glad things are going well.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I'm with you on the pizza--if you get a thin crust (and a whole wheat one if possible), veggie toppings, and fill most of the plate with salad it's not too evil.

And life's too short not to eat pizza!

Congrats on all your good choices.

Catherine said...

I love that exact pizza. It's all I ever get! One way you can cut down on fat is to get them to go light on the cheese, or no cheese at all, and then you add parmesan when you get the pizza. Good job on numbers going down!

Steelers6 said...

Hey, Lyn ~ I can't help but notice the part about all the raking, mopping, biking, ETC! Go you! Notice how the 'new you' is affecting many areas of your life. I recall reading old posts about housework being almost too much. Ya hooo for the new you! And the scale # is going the right way too!

I do eat an occasional pc of pizza too, but the old Pizza Hut pizza that I used to love is now too salty & greasy for me too. Interesting, huh.

Somebody's blog was recently discussing the merits of fish oil capsules. Can't recall if you touched on this before, but do you take those? I was thinkin' about your knees and all they are doing these days!
Hugs.

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

Congrats on the good scale numbers! Glad you are doing well and more importantly are happy!

Karen in Tennessee said...

I finally got caught up on your blog tonight...and wow, I had missed a lot. I think you are just getting stronger and stronger all the time and it won't be long before you are in the 2-teens, 200s. and then ONE-DERLAND!!!! You never stop inspiring me and helping me to hang in there, Lyn!! Thanks so much for sharing so much of yourself, your life, and your struggles with us. This is what makes YOUR BLOG so unique and helful to me!!!!

Anonymous said...

That kale sounds delicious, I might make it with black-eyed peas, though, just because I don't care for ham.

Tammy said...

So glad things are going well on the scale...your food and exercise sound great. :)

NutriAngel said...

That reminds me. I have a pizza crust in the freezer, which I'll top with almond cheese, home made tomato sauce and lots of veggies. It'll be completed with a large green salad. Greens are just the best aren't they!

Tammi (Hayne's Her Weigh) said...

I used to love pizza as well...one piece turns into two...two into three. I've been resisting it because it was always a weekend late night indulgence. Instead I'm going to try to find a healthier home made alternative. Keep up the good work!