Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Still Going

I spent yesterday and this morning taking control of the things I *can* control, working to influence the things I can influence, and finding peace with the things I cannot.

Good news! The vomiting has stopped, both canine and human. But now my daughter is coughing and that's never good. We both got very little sleep last night due to the coughing, but thankfully she is making up for it now, sleeping peacefully in my bed.

I made some lovely, rich beef stock yesterday for the sick children; I simmered grass fed beef bones in water all day with onions, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaves, pepper, salt, thyme and a dash of vinegar. Then I strained the broth and ladled it into bowls, putting large tender shreds of meat from the bones into my sons' bowls. There wasn't a whole lot of meat, and my daughter doesn't eat it so I let the boys have it. I also made buttermilk biscuits from scratch and the kids gobbled up the whole dozen! I just had the stock, myself; it was very good.

My calories have fluctuated the last couple of days. I was maintaining at 1300ish so wanted to drop down a bit but the other day ended up at 1550. Yesterday, about 1200 and 52% fat. My carbs are staying low, but I'm not sure what the scale will say even if I stay around 1200, with that 1550 day thrown in there. We'll see.

Tonight I am making pork chops in the crock pot with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes for the kids. I will have mashed cauliflower with my chop. Maybe I'll roast some broccoli for everyone, too. I love roasted broccoli!

I hope you all have a good day. Enjoy what you have!


Tracie said...

So glad that things are better. Was looking forward to this kind of post after Monday's post. Hang in there...we all understand your struggles. I have been struggling for years and I finally started Medifast yesterday and am hoping it works for me like it has for so many others. Keep on doing what you are doing!

Lori said...

I'm glad that at least the vomiting has stopped. I'm also glad that you were able to work through this emotionally without a binge. You have made huge emotional strides. Celebrate that victory regardless of what the scales say.

Mir Writes said...

Got a link or page with the crockpot pork chop recipe? Hubby loves p. chops and I like using the slow cooker cause I don't like to cook. Pass it on, babe.

Lyn said...


not sure yet but I think I am going to season the chops with Mrs. Dash, then brown them in a bit of olive oil with onions and garlic and layer them in the crock (with the onions and some chopped celery and mushrooms) and let it cook on low all day. I am looking around the web to see about making a low carb gravy from the defatted drippings using cream; I usually thicken with cornstarch, but am going to try a new, grain free method if I find something that sounds like it will work.

Taryl said...

Good job hanging in there and yay for no more vomit, hopefully your daughter doesn't get any sicker!

Anonymous said...

Beef broth? Now THATS how a winner makes good use of anxious energy! Kudos to you Lynn.

Mir Writes said...

Do you add any liquid with the browned pork chops?

Mir Writes said...

I noticed anonymous posted beef broth, and I use that when I cook beef for shredding in the crockpot. I use chicken broth for chicken. Maybe...onion broth or veggie broth for pork chops? Not sure. Wondering if they came out okay for you sans broth/liquid.

Lyn said...


I added a whole package of mushrooms and two onions, the drippings from the chops browning, a ladle of homemade beef stock and a splash of half and half. There was a lot of liquid once it was cooked down but I think this recipe needs work. The gravy was very thin although tasty. Not really cohesively creamy though. Meat was tender.