Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's an Aldi's kind of day and weigh in

Fridays are always a day of great optimism around here. Last day of school for the week for my son ( though for mom weekends mean prep work for school and food) and it is the day before weigh in. I always look forward to seeing if the scale Gods will smile at me or wag a scolding finger come Saturday morning.

Breakfast was a breakfast burrito that I should have cut in half for the picture ! It contained half a small onion chopped, 3 mushrooms chopped 1 oz of turkey ham chopped ( I choose this because they sell it at Aldi's and I can slice it myself), 1 oz of Montery Jack cheese( regular stuff) and a 1/4 cup egg substitute seasoned with a little garlic powder, dill, parsley , dried mustard and salt. Rol it up in an Aldi's Fit and Active original wrap , and serve it with a large can of Low Sodium V8 and coffee. Both son and I really enjoyed this breakfast.

The school morning was very productive, and so we were feeling really accomplished when we broke for lunch, for something that is one of my son's current favorites- hummus pizza. I take one of the Aldi's wraps, spread it with a 1/3 of a cup of home made hummus ( can of garbanzos drained pureed with a clove of garlic, 2 T tahini and 2 T lemon juice), and 1 oz of montery jack cheese( or any other kind you have). Bake at 375 for 15 minutes - yummy ! I served this with a container of Aldi's Probiotic yogert, a bartlett pear, broccolli and carrot sticks and an Aldi's Diet Soda.

We finished school and I instantly had to begin assembling next weeks educational materials. We grabbed a late snack, and I remebered the cherries in the fridge. New house rule for my husband- unless you intend to eat the cherries, do not buy the cherries ! I sorted through and came up with a cups worth of edible ones and tossed the rest. I also grabbed 17 almonds( salted and cocoa dusted) and a sugar free swirl pop. You get these at Sam's club and they are 10 calories each ! It is the most satisfying little frozen treat I have come across.

We had to make a grocery run to Aldi's in the afternoon so dinner was in the crock pot- chicken sweet potato stew. For 3 people it involved 3 bomeless skinless chicken breasts, 2 sweet potaotes cut into peices, 2 large carrots sliced, a can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup chicken broth and a sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika and a couple of grinds of pepper. I served it with a salad of romaine, cauliflower and tomatoes and a cibatta roll on the side. Aldis is now selling take and bake cibattas, and they are very good. Again, diet soda accompanied. I have no problem drinking this with meals as I am drinking tons of water throughout the day.

After dinner I busied myself with the reem of cardstock that had to be cut, laminates, hole punched and what noted for next week. Hubby helped and about 8 pm we quit for a snack while watching an episode of The Biggest Loser on some channel. I had 17 almonds and a Cascadian Farm bar because Aldi's was carrying them this week as a special purchase. Sweet, crunch, and very tasty ! Less sugar than in the Fiber Plus bars.

So this morning the scale gods spoke and told me how this new eating plan was affecting my frame. Verdict is very positive- I lost 5.2 pounds. For 3 days of eating this way, I say it is a thumbs up. I will be curious to see what a full week on this plan does !


Mommy2Joe said...

5.2 pounds! CONGRATULATIONS! A good day indeed. I am an Aldi shopper, too, and for so long thought "you can't eat healthy and shop at Aldi." But now I realize that it isn't totally true - AND our Aldi is stocking better produce and cuts of meat, too.

Anyhow, congratulations on your successful weigh in!


Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Awesome job!!!!!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I think one of the factors in the obesity problem is that people are led to believe that ordinary food is the problem , so unless you can buy higher quality things, don't try. It's simply not true. Calories and a balance of exchanges are what works for weight loss. Just like an engine needs the proper mix of air and fuel to run,a human needs the proper mix of breads, fruits, veggies and so forth.Some body types will work better with a higher bread/carb ratio, others with a higher protein ratio, but all bodies need all types of food groups. You can spend 10 dollars for that food or 100, but it is not going to change the calorie make up or turn a bread into a meat, so why do we assume these things ?

Keller said...

I have wondered how long it would take you to realize that calories in vs. calories out was the way to go. In my opinion all the pictures of your previous meals and snacks have shown too large a portion size; maybe it was the camera angle. I know you lost 40 lbs. or so the first year and then in the past year have gained around 20 back. There's a message in there somewhere; hope your current approach is the answer. Kudos to Nick; he continues to progress on all fronts.