Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weekly Updates?(PIC HEAVY)

I am thinking about doing weekly updates instead of daily. What do y'all think? Well, you know, assuming someone is reading this! Either way, I am giving it a try.

I said I would post a progress update at the end of the week, and here it is...
I am down 3lbs, to 130. I have lost half an inch in my hips (32.5in), an inch in my waist (28in), I have stayed the same in my bust (32in)[thankgoodnessbecausethereisreallynothingtolose]! I don't have previous leg measurements, but I am starting them now! My thigh is coming in at 20 in (beeeefy) & my calf at 13 in. My wrist measures 6 in (super bony) & my neck is 13in.

I really need to get back on track with working out & drinking my water, etc. So, tomorrow that (re)starts! I think I would benefit from a work out partner/healthy eating partner. My hubs isn't really interested in eating quite as healthy as I am. I just need some REAL LIVE ACCOUNTABILITY!! However, as of yet, I have had no takers.

My week has been pretty uneventful, a lot of rain, a lot of work. However, work has brought good news! Unfortunately I cannot discuss it quite yet... But I promise I will soon! Also, I made homemade bread! DELISH!! It was a bit heavy, I would like to find a lighter/fluffier recipe. If YOU know of one, link me up! You can the one I followed here. I found the website listed on the container of dry active yeast that I used! And now, for the bread making pictures:
Mixing the dough with the mixer my grandmother handed down to me!

Kneading the dough! 

Before covering it, to let is rise! 

My iced coffee & fudge pop I enjoyed while I waited! 

An hour later, it had risen! 

My greased pan! 

Ready to bake! 


Finished product! 
I was really impressed by what a simple process this was. The hardest part was being patient while it rose. The sandwiches we ate on were supremely delicious!
Grilled chicken with Swiss! 
Now, I am cooking dinner, Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac-N-Cheese with garden fresh Squash & Zucchini. YUM! It is under 500 cal/serving... So you can't beat that. I didn't have enough of any one cheese, so I had to mix cheddar, parm, & swiss. It was pretty good. I would have liked the sauce to be cheesier or to have had some cheese to top it with. Oh well, I will be better prepared next time. Ok, so here are pics & the recipe! 
I used one chicken breast, chopped, & seasoned with this.
It is my go-to seasoning. 

I cooked the chicken in  a drop of oil & a splash of ranch. I cooked the chicken
over medium-low until the ranch was absorbed. 

I forgot to photograph it, but after I cooked the 2 sliced of bacon I added them to the chicken. 

I used 1 stick of butter, 2 TBSP of greek yogurt, a splash of cream
along with cheddar, parm, & swiss cheese to make my sauce. 

Mixing my sauce.

I mixed all of my ingredients in the pan, and sprinkled with panko bread crumbs & ranch.
I baked at 350 for 20 min.

I made squash & zucchini (from our garden) to go with it. 

Finished dish...
Looks good, huh?

I eat off of a salad plate for portion control! 
I also wish I would have made more of a roux and less of a sauce. Ah, oh well, hindsight is always 20/20. It was still delicious & definitely a keeper. Make it, doctor it up, let me know how it turned out for you!! What would you do differently? I want to know. Food is something I thoroughly enjoy.

We took my little to the beach today. We live very close to the Gulf of Mexico, however, we took him to Mobile Bay instead. I was so excited to take picture of my boo's first beach trip with mom & dad... but forgot my SD card!! Luckily, a lady there who happened to be a photographer offered to shoot a few pics! I'll post them when I get them! In the mean time, check out her website!! You can do so by clicking here!!  He really loved the beach, but it was so hot, so we didn't stay too long.
This is the beach park we visited. I have been going here since I was his age!
Well, I am off to enjoy the night with my boys. I am excited to get back into the swing of things. I know I can do this. I made progress half-assing it... So imagine the results if I really put in the effort.

Wish me luck, y'all!

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