Today was the most productive day I have had in over a month, by far. Having been sick for four weeks, my life and house and chores were all put on hold and everything was kind of a shambles around here. Even over the past week, I had no energy to deal with it all. My daughter was sick, too, for the past 4 days and I have gotten little sleep. But today was a good day! Up early, cleaned the kitchen, sorted piles of paperwork and random stuff and cleaned/dusted the living room. I cleaned bathrooms and my daughter's room and part of my room, picked up the yard a bit, and took the pup out with me when I took my girl to school. I ate on plan all day, had a playdate at my house, and did homework with my daughter. Now, I am relaxing with a cup of coffee while the pup naps and the kids watch a movie.
I am exhausted but finally in a good way. I know my weight is up. The scale was messing with my head last week, maybe because when I stayed on plan it was not reflected on the scale at all... rather, gains in place of losses. Maybe monthly bloat, maybe adjusting to being off all the drugs I was on for a month, but I was getting frustrated and am staying off the scale for a bit. My middle feels thick and I don't like the extra layer of fat, but it has to melt off eventually.
Let me share a little "recipe" of what I had for dinner. It is healthy, low carb, and Medifast-friendly. Easy and delicious! I got the idea from a Medifast message board and tweaked it to my own tastes.
Simple Low Carb Chili for One (can be doubled/tripled/whatever for multiple servings)
Brown some meat in a nonstick pan. Any lean meat will do... extra lean beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, whatever you like. I used 6 ounces of extra lean organic ground beef (cooks down to 5 oz). Drain off the fat.
Add 3/4 cup of canned, diced tomatoes with their juice. Check the carb content and if you're on Medifast use one that has 5 grams or less of carbs per 1/2 cup serving. Otherwise use your favorite. Rotel brand is good too.
Add about a cup of your favorite chopped vegetables (will cook down to about 3/4 cup). I used a mixture of chopped mushrooms and diced celery. It was YUMMY and simple.
Add a little water or broth (chicken or beef)... just enough to make it chili-like. Sprinkle with Mrs Dash (I used some garlic/herb and some spicy blend) and a dash of chili powder. Stir, cover, and cook until veggies are tender, maybe 15-20 min. Enjoy!
On Medifast this counts as one full Lean & Green meal. Measure and count your condiments as needed (the seasonings I used added up to about 1 condiment total). Makes one nice, big bowl of chili.
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