The last 16 in 2016 or size 6 weeks 5& 6- Don’t make it harder than it has to be!

This week I weighed in at 148.7! YAY!! That’s 1.2 lbs in 2 weeks. I know it doesn’t seem like a huge loss in two weeks but my body always has the hardest time letting go of the last 10 lbs or so, and slow and steady wins the race so I’m pretty ecstatic! I’ve been doing the Stubborn Loser menu with some tweaks since I’m nursing, and it’s great!

Since it’s been warmer here, we actually wore shorts for a few days and a big NSV for me this week was being able to fit in most of my shorts!! Hooray!! Last year during the summer I lived in yoga pants because I couldn’t fit into anything else and refused to go shopping for larger clothes so I’m pretty excited to have more choices in my wardrobe :)

Favorite Recipes this week:

I don’t have any great pics this week, but I made a BIG BOY smoothie using raspberries and the salted caramel baby frap and LOVED them both!!

My amazing mother, on the other hand made these amazing crunchy, cheesy, chicken pockets. I’ve got to try these!!

Crunchy Cheesy Chicken Pockets- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • splash of almond milk
  • 2 c. crushed plain pork rinds
  • Small bag of fresh mixed greens or just spinach
  • 3 oz ⅓ reduced fat cream cheese
  • ½ c. parmesean (green can is fine)
  • 1½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half vertically (make sure there is no fat or skin) & set aside
  3. Cook greens in butter until soft and forms into a ball and squeeze out excess liquid, set in a bowl
  4. Add parmesean cheese, garlic powder, & cream cheese to the greens and stir
  5. Crush pork rinds in a gallon ziplock bag
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together egg and almond milk. Set aside.
  7. In another bowl, combine flours, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Set aside
  8. Make a good sized pocket in each chicken half with a knife
  9. Spoon greens/cream cheese mixture into chicken pockets
  10. Gingerly coat each chicken pocket with flour mixture
  11. Dip in egg mixture
  12. Generously coat with pork rinds or just put them in the pork rind bag to coat
  13. Fry chicken breasts in frying pan on med/high with equal parts coconut oil and butter
  14. on both sides until dark brown
  15. Finish baking in hot oven for 20 minutes or until chicken juices run clear

She served it with peppers, spaghetti squash, & broccoli. Hmm, hmm good!

 

Tips for this week:

1. Food Journal- I know a lot of people argue that food journaling takes away from the food freedom movement. But I disagree. For me, I love to know what I’ve eaten for the week so I can assess my week. If it was a good week, what did I do that helped my progress? If it was a bad week, I’m able to look back and see that oh maybe I didn’t eat enough E meals or maybe I had too many heavy S desserts or maybe I got in a rut this week and ate the same breakfasts and lunches which slowed my metabolism. And if you would like some help and are struggling with your THM journey, the best way us admins can help you is by being able to look at several days worth of what you’ve been eating. If you can’t tell us, we can’t help you as much as we’d like!

2. Don’t make it harder then it has to be- Sadly I’ve seen several posts lately about women who are just fed up because they don’t have time to cook, don’t like certain recipes, don’t want to buy the special ingredients, etc. The great thing about THM is you can make it your own!!

If you don’t like to cook, then figure out some drive thru sue methods for you that work. Have quest bars in your car in case you are out too long and forget to pack a snack, and for that matter stash some low carb tortillas in there. When I’m in a pinch, I go through the drive thru of a hamburger joint, ditch the bun, and eat my burger in my low carb tortilla. Delicious and satisfying!! I also love to grab my CCN (cheese, 85% dark chocolate, nuts) when I go out in case I need something. I usually don’t need it all but have it if I do. You just don’t want to be caught unprepared or bad choices are sometimes made.

If you don’t like a certain recipe, don’t make it again unless you didn’t give it a fair shot or tweaked it a bit too much because you didn’t have all the ingredients. Everyone is different, so not everyone is going to like everything in the book. The best advice I can give beginner’s is take what your family already eats and THMify it. We cook really simply at my house and I make 1-2 special recipes a week as well as a few desserts a week but that’s it. With 4 little kids I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen so I use the time I have efficiently and get the job done. I also try and make enough for leftovers. If I’m making a salad, I just cut all of the lettuce so I have cut lettuce for the week.

If you don’t want to buy the special ingredients, don’t do it. It’s nice to have them if you want treats and if desserts are important to you, at least find some sweeteners you like (my faves are Gentle Sweet or Erythritol mixed with Xylitol- if I separate the two, I have issues if you get my drift!) But otherwise, focus on buying whole foods for your family.

Because our THM community is so big now, there are a lot of great recipes out there created and pinned by our members, but don’t let them overwhelm you! If you’re in the mood to try something new, go for it. Otherwise stick to tried and trues that you know your family will love. I’ve mentioned before that my family does themes for each night of the week. Monday is Italian night, so if I’m in the mood to make something new, I look up a THM Italian recipe, otherwise I do variations on Dreamfields pasta or spaghetti squash- I do primavera, alfredo, chicken carbornara- I don’t have to think too hard about it and they are easy recipes that my family loves. We do pizza night every Friday and my whole family loves it!

Lastly, don’t give up. THM works and you can tweak it to fit your individual needs so keep that in mind during this process. If something isn’t working for you, do something different.

3. When you need to eat out, just remember you can always ask for something that will be on plan. My mom is here to visit this week, YAY!!! She had breakfast in the airport and asked for eggs and bacon a la carte with an almond milk sipper and some sugar free vanilla syrup. On plan and yummy!

 

Goal for next week:

My number one goal for this week is to really stick to the Stubborn Loser’s Menu. I have dabbled in it and it’s been really successful when I am diligent about it. I can’t wait to see what happens when I commit to a whole week ;) I do supplement with some extra food at meals because I’m nursing, but overall I am committing to stick to it.

What are your tips and tricks? What is working for you? What are your goals?

Happy THMing and have a great week! Remember to “like” us on Facebook to get updates and to see posts from other THM bloggers ;)

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