The last 16 or size 6 in 2016 – week 2

This week I was up on the scale a bit which is frustrating because I ate really good & exercised consistently. I also kept my goals of not eating heavy S desserts at night &  limiting my nuts and cheese intake. I did not do great at going to bed on time, so that could have hurt my metabolism a bit and my nursing baby has been ravenous lately & I don’t think I compensated for that with my calorie intake ;) Having said that, part of this process is trusting the process and knowing that the number on the scale is not always a reflection of the work we put in and of the progress we are making. I feel healthier and have more energy and that’s important. I’m going to start keeping track of my measurements better too. I know several women that lose inches but don’t see the scale move too much, which is why I’m adjusting my title series to the last 16 or size 6 in 20 16 ;) Now where did we pack our measuring tape?? We’re still missing some things from the move so I may just have to bite the bullet and get a new one.

What I learned about myself this week:

1. I have to grocery shop once a week to make sure I have enough healthy food in my house. If I go longer than that, I don’t have enough fresh fruits and veggies for a well balanced diet.

2. It’s important for me to take a few hours out of my week to prep ahead for several meals- I make a few on plan desserts, cook some extra meat, cut up some veggies, and it goes along way in keeping me on track throughout the week. You know the old saying, fail to plan and you plan to fail? I feel like this is really true when it come to health and nutrition.

Favorite recipes I tried this week:

1. We like to eat breakfast for dinner on Sundays. I like to keep meals simple on Sunday and this is the best way for me to do that. I made some yummy rapsberry pancakes in a pan that was a hit with my kiddos, and like I’ve mentioned before, they are my toughest critics. Here is the recipe:

Rapsberry Pancakes in a Pan- S
 
This is a quick & easy meal to make for your whole family ;)
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • ⅔ c. egg whites
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 1 scoop collagen (can omit but it's good for the consistency and extra protein)
  • 1½ c. almond milk
  • ¼ c. oat fiber
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1½ c. frozen raspberries
  • ½ c. xylitol
  • 6 t. truvia
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Beat eggs
  3. Combine wet ingredients
  4. Combine dry ingredients
  5. Gently stir in frozen raspberries
  6. Spray large baking sheet with non stick spray
  7. Pour batter onto ban and spread with a spatula
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  9. Pumpkin option:
  10. Omit vanilla & raspberries
  11. Add 1 c. pumpkin, 1½ t. cinnamon, 1½ t. pumpkin pie spice

2. Apple Crisp for one. I had an E lunch and desperately wanted a dessert so I came up with this quick & easy E dessert.

Slice an apple and arrange on plate, you can use 1/2

Mix 1 T oatmeal, 1 T applesauce, a dash of cinnamon and 1 packet truvia or 1 tsp. sweetner in a bowl

Spread mixture over apples

Micro for 1 min, add a dollop of fat free reddi whip and voila!

You get this:

3. Chocolate Milk- so yummy!

Make the FP chocolate sauce on p. 479 of the new book and mix it into some almond milk, voila! On plan, FP chocolate milk!!

(My photo skills aren’t amazing, but you get the idea ;)

4. I tried the salted caramel gluccie pudding from the new book (p. 351) in the new book. This is a game changer for me and it is another FP dessert, which means you can eat after any meal!! Bonus ;)

Favorite tips from the week:

1. Did you know if you workout, it is important for repairing your muscles if you eat 20 grams of protein within an hour afterwards? You also get all of the benefits of your workout this way. If you don’t have that protein your workouts are not as effective.

2. Whenever I am sluggish in the am, I drink a singing canary and it perks me right up!

Goals for this next week:

1. Get more sleep

2. Eat more E meals- it’s recommended to eat at least 10 E meals a week to keep your metabolism revving and to ensure  you have a balanced diet. I don’t think I hit my 10 this week so I’m going to be more conscientious of my E meal intake this week.

3.  Try 2 new meals ;)

Happy THMing and have a great week!! What are your goals?

The last 16 in 2016- Joy in the Journey

It’s been a long long while since I’ve written. That is an understatement. It has almost been a year, but here we are.  A lot has happened since. I had my fourth child, a sweet little boy who is now 10 months old. My husband got a new job and we moved cross country when the baby was 3 weeks old. Yes it was absolutely insane timing!! I moved in with my inlaws for 10 weeks and now we are finally settled in a house of our own trying to find our way in a new community. Somewhere in there my blog contracted some viruses and thanks to my tech savvy hubby,  I finally was able to get rid of the viruses and start again. Some of the content was deleted in the process unfortunately, so if you click on a link and it doesn’t work, I apologize in advanced;)

Having said all of that, I have being doing THM pretty religiously since baby was born and am just a few pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I still am not quite to my ultimate goal, but thanks to THM I only gained 40 pounds this last pregnancy as opposed to the 75+ pounds I gained with my other 3 pregnancies. Wahoo!!! So it has been a lot easier getting the weight off.  I love THM and can’t imagine doing anything else. I never want to go back to counting calories or feeling deprived ever again!

Since my blog is up and running again, I am going to document my THM journey until I get to my goal. I’ve already lost 40 lbs but am not quite to my ultimate goal. This is scary for me, but I’m committed to getting to my goal weight this year! I will share my successes and failures and give tips of what is working for me along the way that will hopefully be of some use to someone out there. I’m excited to start incorporating more new recipes from the new book into my meal plans. Feel free to tag along on this THM journey and I’d love to hear about your successes and struggles as well as you go along your own THM journey.

Week 1:

Weight at the beginning of the week: 153.3

Weight at the end of the week: 152.4

Total Loss: -.9

What I learned about myself this week:

1. I am a grazer. I sabatoge myself by grazing during that witching hour right before dinner. It helps me to have veggies to munch on if I’m really hungry, I
chew some gum, or make a yummy drink. My favorite go to is TRUE raspberry lemonade which I get at Walmart ;) True Raspberry Lemonade - 10 ct

True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix, 10-count (Pack of 6)

2. I do so much better when I exercise. On Monday, my muscles felt like jello and I had zippo energy but I still made it a goal to get through my workout. Right now I am doing Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. I do it 3 times a week and of course eat THM, not the diet that’s in the program. I also go to a dance class once a week and ballroom dance with my hubby once a week. Weight training and cardio are a good mix for me.

Favorite Recipes I tried this week:

Creamy Herb Chicken- p. 165 in the new book- My whole family loved it, including my daughter who is definitely my pickiest THM eater!!

Praline Protein bars-p. 391 in the new book- These are awesome and you MUST make them if you like PB! Another bonus is they are a FP dessert so you can enjoy them with any meal!

No bake bars- My whole family LOVED these and my picky THM eater told me I tricked her because she thought they were non THM- WIN for Mom!! These were inspired by Briana Thomas. Here is the link to her no bake bars 

No bake bars- S
 
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These are one of my families favorites! They are quick and easy to make and you can just leave them in the freezer for a quick and healthy snack ;)
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • ¼ c. PB
  • ¼ c. butter
  • ¼ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. peanut flour
  • 3 heaping T baking blend
  • 1 c. oats
  • ½ c. gentle sweet
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ dark chocolate bar copped
  • ½ c. chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Melt PB, butter, coconut oil in saucepan on medium heat until combined.
  2. Whisk in gentle sweet & vanilla.
  3. Add cocoa, peanut flour, baking blend, & oats and mix with a heat safe spatula until combined, take off heat, Add in coconut flakes. Slowly add in as much water as is needed to make it non crumbly.
  4. Add dark chocolate, & pecans & mix well
  5. Press into a 8x8 pan and slice into 16 bars or roll into 16 balls. Keep in freezer for easy snacking. Stick to 1 for after a meal or 2 for a snack ;)

 

Skinny Chocolate Custard- This stuff is so yummy!!! For the liquid I used almond milk and the recipe doesn’t say to cook it, but I ended up making the skinny chocolate in a saucepan, heating up the liquid in the micro and adding the egg yolks to that, and then combining it all. I also added a scoop of gelatin and put it in the fridge. It ended up looking like pudding so I could eat it that way or put a scoop in the micro and have it warm with a little bit of whipped cream- OH MY, you’ve got to try it!! And it’s a DEEP S Dessert- DOUBLE WIN!! Here is the recipe : Chocolate Custard 

 

 

My Favorite Tips from the week:

1. I like to enjoy my heavy S desserts mid day and have a lighter S dessert after dinner

2. The 5 ways how not to do THM article was awesome and I really related! If you are part of the THM FB groups, you can access it here.

3. The other wonderful gem I found this week was the STUBBORN LOSER’s MENU found on the THM website. It is not as strict as a fuel cylce and had great ideas for meals that will help get the scale moving again. Check out the website here.

Goals for this week:

1. Try 2 new recipes from the book

2. Only have 1 serving of nuts and cheese each day- I can go overboard on those!

3. No heavy S desserts at night

4. Go to bed on time- I’m always hungrier the next day when I don’t go to bed on time!

What are your goals for the week? Have a happy and healthy week and good luck THMing!! Let me know what kinds of tips and tricks you find helpful as well ;)

 

 

What’s up Wednesday- Low Carb Halloween Candy!!

What’s on my mind this week? Halloween candy of course! The longer I do THM, the less appealing regular candy is to me, but it is always fun to find substitutes for my favorite treats. The Halloween goodies I’m making for my Halloween this year are:

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Squares- These bars are my husband’s most favorite THM treat of all time. I make them for him weekly. They are super easy to make and so good! I simply make a batch of skinny chocolate for the top layer and leave them in the freezer for a quick treat.

Low Carb "Peanut Butter Cup" Squares

2. Snickers- oh yeah, I’m excited about these! I’ve also heard of THMers making the payday candies from the new book and just coating them in skinny chocolate for the same affect.

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I think these two yummy treats will satisfy my candy cravings on Halloween. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll make some paydays and gummies from the new book and possibly these mounds bars. If not this week, someday, they look amazing!

Sugar Free Homemade Mounds Bars

What are you making for your Halloween goodies?

Tip Tuesday- Make some on plan Thanksgiving food!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I hope everyone is prepping for your big feasts where you get to spend time with your loved ones and give thanks for the blessings we have :) I love Thanksgiving because I get to see my family from out of town. My mom and sisters and I are going to be busy in the kitchen concocting some yummy THM food- I can’t wait!!

I wanted to give you some THM Thanksgiving options. Even if you are taking the day off, it might be fun to make a recipe or two to add to your menu or take to the house you are celebrating at and then you can have some yummy THM leftovers to eat for the rest of the week guilt free;)

I found this gem on Pinterest with some great ideas and possibilities: 

Here is what I did last year;) I had an E Thanksgiving dinner and then 3 hours later, I had a S Thanksgiving dinner! Yes, I really did and it was SO fun!!
Here is my tentative Thanksgiving menu: (I will probably not make all of this, but it’s good to have ideas and options!)

E meal:

light turkey meat

Gwen’s E rolls

green salad w/ light dressing

Creamless Creamy Veggies- p. 352 in book

sugar free cranberry sauce

sugar free jello w/ diced apples, raspberries and pineapple

Sweet Potato Cassarolle

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*To keep it in E territory, use just a sprinkling of pecans to give it a little crunch

apple crisp or apple crumble (p. 338- THM cook book)

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*Obviously I will go over my fat allotment for E meals just a smidge, but it’s still better than eating completely off plan in my opinion ;)

S meal: ( 3 hours later;)

dark turkey meat w/ gravy

Green bean cassarolle- (p. 358- old book)

Macafoni and Cheese- (p. 359- old book)

Cheesy cheese rolls

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Stuffing- (I used a different recipe last year, but want to try this one this year!)

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Roll

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Pumpkin Pie- see recipe for Pumpkin Treat in the old THM book and make a crust using crushed pecans and butter ;)

I also just discovered Mrs. Criddle’s pumpkin cream cake which is one of my new favorites so I may make that instead of the pumpkin roll, decisions, decisions!

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What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving?

 

 

Menu Planning Monday- Soups and Pumpkin desserts!

Here is a post I wrote last year with one of my favorte menus- enjoy!

Hi there fellow THMers! I have started blogging again, but because I’m pregnant I still have some good weeks and some not so great weeks so please bear with me as I will be posting on and off.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving and enjoying the yummy foods that accompany cold weather. With this in mind, I planned my menu with pumpkin desserts and soups included. Hopefully you can get some good ideas to add to your menu this week! As a reminder, if you click on anything highlighted in blue it will take you to the link of the recipe ;)

Dinners:

Monday- Balsamic Chicken ( I just sauteed chicken tenderloins in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and then added no sugar marinera sauce), dreamfields pasta, salad with Olive Garden Dressing- S

Tuesday- Fajitas- S

Wednesday- Mock Mack and Cheese Cassarolle- S

Thursday- Baked Chicken, Sweet Potatoes- E

Friday- Speedy Thin Crust Pizza- S (old THM book p. 278)

Saturday- Mock Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup- S

Olive Garden Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup. Photo by Laney RDH

Sunday- Baked Oatmeal- E (we like having breakfast for dinner on Sundays)

 

Dessert Ideas:

Cookie Dough Shake- FP (meaning you can have this after any meal;)

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Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake- S (one of my favorites!)

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Mom’s yummy pumpkin cookies-S ( I have to have these on hand at all times now ;)

Snack Ideas:

CNC- dark chocolate, nuts, cheese- S

Joseph Lavash Chips, Cottage Cheese and Salsa- FP

Greek Yogurt, cocoa powder, peanut flour, sweetener to taste- E

Popcorn(once a week), Apples dipped in stevia sweetened greek yogurt and cinnamon- E

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug- E (I substituted the egg for an egg white and it turned out great!)

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug

 

Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal, diced apple, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, splash of almond milk, Ezekiel toast w/ polaner’s jam- E

Breakfast Burritos- low carb tortilla, scrambled eggs, any veggies, salsa, cheese- S

Other breakfast Ideas: I found this great link with lots of breakfast ideas using no special ingredients ;)

 

Lunch Ideas:

Leftovers ;)

Lite Progresso Soups, Ezekiel toast w/ some laughing cow cheese- E

Ham Wraps w/ Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Laughing Cow Cheese- E

Southern Dill Pickle Chicken Salad- S (I ate this in a low carb tortilla- yum!

 

Yummy Warm Drinks:

Hot Cocoa w/ Peppermint Extract- heat 1 c. almond milk in microwave, stir in 1-2 T. cocoa powder, liquid stevia to taste, 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract, and whipped cream on top- I have this almost every night!

Snickers Hot Cocoa

Trim Healthy Mama Snickers Hot Cocoa

Winter Wonderland Sip

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Happy Halloween! new Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S

My mom is in her THM test kitchen once again! Here are some fabulous pumpkin cookies just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving ;)

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. soft butter
  • Sweetener (I used ¼ c. Truvia)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ¼ c. almond flour
  • 1 heaping T. coc flour
  • 1 hpg T. shredded coconut
  • 3 hpg T. peanut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. gluccie
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ 85% dark chocolate bar chopped into pieces
Instructions
  1. By hand, mix wet, mix dry, and then combine
  2. Drop onto greased baking sheet and bake @ 350 for 10 min
  3. Let rest for 3 min. on sheet, then place on rack to cool
  4. Makes 20 cookies

 

Tip Tuesday- Greek Yogurt trick

Here is a quick and easy tip for today:

To flavor my greek yogurt, I use TRUE lemon flavored drink packets and just sprinkle about 1/4-1/3 of the packet into my 1/2 c. or so greek yogurt serving. I mix and taste until it tastes just right and it’s a quick and yummy way to flavor your yogurt. I also add some reddi whip for some extra yumminess! My favorite flavor is the Raspberry Lemon ;)

Menu Planning Monday- I’m back!

I am so sorry it’s been such a long time. I had some ongoing health issues and am now pregnant and after getting through my first trimester, I’m finally feeling like myself again. I am excited that I have the energy to blog again and hopefully I can help you along your THM journey. Please feel free to share your successes and tips and ask questions.

Sticking with tradition, I’m starting up again with Menu Planning Monday, so here is what’s tenatively on the menu. Just FYI, anything that is highlighted is a link to a recipe ;) Also, I tend to eat more E meals because I’m preggo, so adjust according to your individual needs.

Breakfasts:

Oatmeal, diced apples, cinnamon, almond milk, 1 or 2 tsp. PB- E

Ezekiel bread French Toast w/ applesauce and fat free reddi whip, egg white scramble- E

Fried Eggs, bacon, strawberries- S

 

Lunches:

Sweet Potato Chili, apple cinnamon cookies (recipe coming soon!)- E

Chicken, bacon, ranch, low carb wrap with lettuce and tomato, skinny chocolate- S

Cobb Salad, strawberries and cream- S

Warm Chicken Sandwich (THM book) w/ tomatoes, laughing cow cheese, mustard, lettuce on Ezekiel bread , cantaloupe- E

 

Dinners:

Dreamfields angel hair pasta, spaghetti squash, marinera sauce- green salad w/ olive garden dressing- S

Enchiladas, crudities- S

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/ konjac noodles, grilled quesadilla w/ tomatoes- S

Sweet Potatoes, Baked Chicken, and Green Beans- E

Speedy Thin Crust Pizza (THM book)- S

German Pancakes, Eggs- S

Turkey Burgers, Macafoni and Cheese- S

 

Snacks:

Cottage Cheese and blueberries- FP

Greek  Yogurt w/ TRUE lemon to taste- FP

Apple, String Cheese- E

Nuts, dark chocolate- S

 

Recipe to try this week- perhaps in place of the macafoni and cheese ;)

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Cassarolle- S

 

What’s on your menu for the week?

 

 

Fun Friday- Cheesecake Brownies- S

Hello Fellow THMers!!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous, healthy, happy week ;) It was National Cheesecake day, and I was in the mood for cheesecake AND brownies, so I combined them and got this final product which I’m pretty thrilled with ;)

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Here’s the recipe:

Cheesecake Brownies- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • ¾ c. of your favorite sweetener (I used a mix of erythritol and xylitol- use about ½ of that amount if using the THM sweet blend, I have also used ½ c. truvia which works well)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 T. almond milk
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • ½ t. vanilla
  • ½ t. caramel extract
  • ⅓ c. cocoa
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 block of ⅓ fat cream cheese + 2 T. sweetener
Instructions
  1. Cream the sweetener, eggs, and butter together
  2. Add in remaining wet ingredients (not the cream cheese)
  3. Add in the dry ingredients
  4. Pour mixture into a 8 x 8 greased pan
  5. Using a mixer or fork, mix the cream cheese with the 2 T. sweetener
  6. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a baggie
  7. Cut a hole in the tip of the baggie and pipe the cream cheese onto the brownie mixture
  8. This will not look pretty!!!! But don't worry it will turn out ;)
  9. Use a knife to swirl the cream cheese into the brownie
  10. Bake @ 350 for 45-50 min. or until the center is firm
Notes
1. This is more like a brownie cake when you first take it out of the oven, which is excellent with some THM ice cream ;) But once you let it sit in the fridge overnight, they set up pretty nicely!

2. You can also make the brownies without the cream cheese mixture and you just need to bake them for 20-25 min ;)

 

 

Throwdown Thursday- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S

I know it’s not fall yet, but I’m in the mood for pumpkin year round. I wanted to try another cookie recipe and I remember my mom making a peanut butter pumpkin cookie, so I thought for our throwdown I’d create my own version. Try them both and see what you think ;)

Pumpkin, Pecan, Peanut Butter Cookies- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • ¼ c. butter (melted)
  • ¼ c. coconut oil (melted)
  • ⅛ c. almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c. THM sweet blend or ½ c. truvia, xylitol, or erythritol
  • 1½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. peanut flour
  • ¼ c. oats
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ¼ c. pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ c. 85 % dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, coconut oil, sweetener, and eggs
  2. Add in pumpkin
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flours, oats, baking powder, and spices
  4. Add dry to wet
  5. Add in almond milk until you get a dough like consistency
  6. Add in pecans, chocolate, and coconut flakes
  7. Shape into balls and flatten with your palm
  8. Bake for 11-15 min at 350
Notes
Makes 2½ dozen

My kiddos smelled cookies baking while they were getting ready for bed. They came down and said “Are those THM cookies Mom?” (they are sometimes my biggest critics, but hey I know if a recipe is a keeper or not because they give me brutally honest feedback!) I let them have 1, and when I turned around they were both sheepishly eating a second (don’t worry, I didn’t let them eat the whole plate- I’m a little more responsible of a mother than that ;). They love sugar just as much as any kid, but they gave these THM cookies a big thumbs up with their big grins, so I guess the recipe’s a keeper!

Sneaking their second cookie !