The suggestion at my meeting today was to take another "progress picture." I have all of my before shots, now I need a 19 week shot - one that I can look at and say...yeah...there is a difference! I don't know why, but they are right. When you look in the mirror you see yourself as more (or sometimes as less) as you are weight-wise. I think that we just get used to seeing ourselves day in and day out and don't always notice subtle changes. I didn't notice fully how much my hubby had lost until I went back and looked at old pictures...wow!
I learned something else this week. A little jewel of wisdom that I can pass on. We have been talking about worrying at Church and how essentially worry = not trusting God (ouch!). This is one verse that was referenced in last week's service:
What I realized this week through this verse is that part of my struggle with weight is about trusting God. I remember times where I would eat and eat and eat like there would be no food tomorrow. It was like deep down I was worried that I wouldn't ever get a chance to have that Nacho Bell Grande ever again...ha...now I PRAY that I will never have it again (18 points by the way). It sounds silly, but I really think that part of my success now is the thought that if I can't have something I love today, there is always tomorrow. Chances are I may not even want it the next day, but just trusting God to provide me with another day of life and with all of the foods I need to nourish my body (and even some that are just downright fun to eat - like dark chocolate) is a very freeing thought...and I never feel deprived and caught up in that binge mentality anymore.
This week I lost another 1.4 pounds! :) Still chipping away at the numbers one day at a time. That brings my total to 47 pounds lost - 13 to go by August!
Here is my week 19 "progress picture" as cheesy as it may be:
and a side view (ugh - anyone else hate their side view?):
Here are a few things I am doing back-flips for this week:
Vegan Peanut Butter Cups - My buddy Jaime made these for a get-together we had on Tuesday this week and they were beyond delish. The recipe is in "The Kind Life." I will cheat and let you in on it...but you STILL have to read the book b/c it is wonderful!
1 c. Earth Balance butter
3/4 c. crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs (or 10 squares)
1/4 c. maple sugar or other granulated sweetener (Jaim used maple syrup)
1 c. non-dairy (grain-sweetened) chocolate or carob chips
1/4 c. soy, rice, or almond milk (Jaim used almond) 1/4 c. chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts (Jaim used pecans)
Line a 12-cup muffin tin w/ paper liners. Set aside
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar/syrup and mix well. Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin tins.
Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate had melted. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture. Top w/ chopped nuts. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving. (these are 7 points a piece, but SO worth every bite!)
Grilled Veggies - Can you say HELLOOOO summer? Big honkin' slices of grilled bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes...it just doesn't get much better than that! Try marinading them in your fav dressings, or soy/BRAGGs/tamari, or just really good EVOO and S&P. So yummy and you can eat a truckload for little to no points!
Groats - these are the whole oat (minus the husk - which you probably couldn't eat anyway unless you were a goat)...and they are FAB! If you like brown rice you will for sure like this. Great way to get more bang for your morning-oatmeal buck. They are slightly chewy and fill you way up and leave you with a warm happiness in your tum-tum all day. I experimented this week with them and here is my favorite version so far:
Bananas Foster Groats
1/3 c. Oat Groats (they also sell buckwheat groats)
1 1/3 c. water (for cooking)
2T vanilla soy, rice, or almond milk
3 t. Brown Rice Syrup
1 sliced banana
sprinkle of cinnamon
Cook your groats on the stove on medium heat for about 40 minutes. Check on it to make sure the water doesn't completely evaporate...you can always add more liquid to it if you need it (the ratio is pretty much 1 part groats to 4 parts water). Once it's done - it should be puffy and chewy - add your milk, b.r. syrup, banana slices, and cinnamon. The brown rice syrup mixed with the vanilla flavor in the milk truly makes this dish taste like Bananas Foster (a rich dessert with butter and brown sugar, bananas, and rum...). I mean, obviously it's not a match, but you get the undertone of caramel and the warm bananas melt in your mouth...am I making you hungry yet? Oh...and it's only 5.5 points and very filling!!!