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Things are good.

Been awhile. Yes I know. I’ve missed you too.

Things here are moving forward, if haltingly.

Daddio and Vex have been going up and down with sharp inclines and, at the moment, are mellowed out enough that I think they both are enjoying the breather. Daddio is taking steps to modify the CO and potentially looking at where he stands with a change in custody in the next year or so. Shall see.

I’ve hit a plateau in my weightloss because of my own fault. I’m just maintaining at the moment. I need to get back to the mindset of actually loosing the weight. I am making better choices, but I’m giving into temptation too often.

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

So true. Need to remember when that when my son shoves a gooey yummy donut in my face while my tummy is growling for lunch. Le sigh.

I’m feeling motivated. Really motivated. I want to re-do my life. I want to chisel in some changes. Fine tuning if you will.

Of course I want to continue to lose weight. I would like to reach 160 before Daddio & I are TTC this summer. That’s just over 40 lbs. I CAN do it. Absolutely.

Also,

I would like to put together a $1,000 savings pot with Daddio. We have debts, but I would like to see us have $1,000 tucked aside for family emergencies.

I would also like to start doing No Spend Days twice a week. This will be hard for me. I like to spend. A lot. And I see that I am teaching my son that it’s OK to spend money easily.

Likewise, Daddio and I want to challenge ourselves to a 90-day shopping free living existence. Say What? For 90 days Daddio and I will not purchase anything that is not needed. Food & toiletries are acceptable. New clothing, gadgets, books, magazines, etc. Not so much.

Likewise, I want to start “No Drive Days”. Days where I am able to entertain MFOC in our home with whatever we have on hand already.

Tweaks. Fine tuning. Things like that. I want to make them happen. I want to find contentment in what God has already blessed me with and not worry about what else is out there that I could be adding to my collection.

A New Lifestyle

So in my quest to follow through with the weight loss I’ve adapted the mindset that this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.

We are changing habits people. Habits that have been going on for over 25 years of life. This is not just going to take some 21 days. It’s going to take lots of focus.

A ramble if you’ll allow me … I used to take my daily points and divide them evenly between meals with putting just a couple extra for dinner. However I found that this did not fit out family’s living habits very well. Daddio likes to cook and I like to just sit with the family at dinner time and enjoy myself, not obsess about points. So through some trial and error I decided to re-structure my day to allow myself more leeway at dinner.

I am not a big breakfast eater, never have been, but I knew how beneficial it is to have “something” for breakfast. So I allowed myself 4 points for breakfast. That’s 1 slimfast and a piece of fruit or two eggs. A piece of toast and a yogurt. Just enough to have “something” but not where I feel sick because I’m eating too much.

Same for lunch. I try to stay below 6 points at all costs. Then I normally need a snack around 3 or 4 and the rest is for dinner with a ‘treat’ in the evenings if I have anything left. That’s just what seems to work best for me right now.

However, I am very aware as I lose weight I will be having less and less points available. Plus I want to be more proactive in this, so I started to hunt for recipes that I could make which would be low in points, easy, and affordable.

Sooooooo many times I read a recipe and I think about how I have no idea what half the ingredients are. I wanted to find things that I might just already have half the ingredients on hand. Not to mention I feel it very important to teach my child/ren how to cook and to have home cooked meals be a norm for our home.

So, I thought I might share with everyone what I do as I go along. ­čÖé

Last night we made Goulash Casserole.
Original found Here : http://www.angelfire.com/journal/wwrecipes/364.htm
5 Points Per Serving

My tweaked recipe below.

1 pound ground turkey — browned and drained
1/2 yellow onion — chopped
1 clove garlic — minced
1 jar pasta sauce. (I used whatever was on sale.)
8 ounces tomato sauce
6 ounces tomato paste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1.5 cup corn, frozen
7 ounces Rotini — cooked and drained
13 ounces spinach, frozen — thawed and drained
1/2 cup Egg Beaters® 99% Egg Substitute
4 ounces cheddar cheese, lowfat — shredded
1/4 cup Fat-free Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 350┬║.

Spray a 13 inch by 9 inch by 2 inch cake pan.
In large saucepan over medium heat, cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Drain.

Add the next 7 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in pasta, spinach, egg substitute, shredded cheese and bread crumbs. Stir to combine.

Pour into prepared cake pan.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Cover and bake at 350┬║ for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Let stand 10 minutes.

Cut into 12 equal servings.

Can freeze leftovers.

— Verdict
Daddio gave this a 4/5. I tend to agree. The servings were VERY filling and satisfying, my only thought was next time I might find a way to add a little more spice or flavor. We use whole wheat pasta and at times the flavor of it can dominate a meal if not compensated for. Something to keep in mind.

However, this was a total go for us! And I loved that I was able to freeze half the left overs and turn the other half into dinner for tonight! Three meals from one dish. Perfecto!!! And at about 5 points a serving (might want to count 6 to be on the safe side…) it fits perfect into my daily allowance.

Lurve this whole cooking thing.


Who Are These People?

Mav/Momtog/1p2 -
Me. The voice inside your head.

Daddio -
My husband.

MFOC -
Myfavoriteonlychild, my 3 yr old son

MissyMae & MissyLou -
Daddio's two dear daughters from his previous marriage to Vex.

Ama -
My on-again-off-again mother whom MFOC absolutely adores to bits and pieces and I manage to tolerate 6 months and 2 days out of the year.

Vex -
The crazy ex. Because no blended family would be complete without one. (But she's only half crazy EOW & alternating holidays)

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