Success Continues

Hello everyone, Well, I went to the VA Clinic this morning for our monthly follow up meeting and I have lost another 10 pounds in the past 30 days. My journey continues. I met the new group of veterans who are just starting the MOVE program and they seem like a very good group of folks. I wish them lots of success as they start the process of changing their lives. I will be posting some more recipes next week, so keep checking back. Have any of you tried the recipes that I posted over the last few weeks? Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed. Have a great day.

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Enjoy Lasagna under 250 calories

Do you love lasagna?  So do I.  Unfortunately, the regular old lasagna has so much fat and calories that it can never be considered a healthy food.  Thanks to The Biggest Loser cookbook, I have found a really healthy alternative for less than 250 calories per serving.  It is very simple to make and is very high in nutrients.  Here is what you do.  Prepare your lasagna with the following changes.

Substitute thinly sliced zucchini for the lasagna noodles.  Make sure you use low fat tomatoe sauce and low fat mozarella cheese.  Substitute turkey italian sausage for the normal italian susage and substitute fat free cottage cheese for the ricotta cheese.  NOTE:  you should slice your zucchini the day before and let it drain overnight.  You should also drain your cottage cheese to get rid of the excess liquid.  This will make your lasagna firmer and easier to cut and serve.  I mix italian spices and two egg whites into the cottage cheese just before putting the lasagna together.  You can add any other vegetables ( onions, peppers, celery, etc) but I saute these along with the turkey italian sausage to soften them up a little bit before putting them into the lasagna.  Build your lasagn in layers of the vegetables, cottage cheese, tomato sauce, sausage and cheese using the zucchini instead of noodles.  Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.  Enjoy.   About 240 calories in a one cup serving.  I made this two nights ago and served with a spinach salad.  Delicious.   Here are the pictures of the before and after cooking.  Enjoy !!!

P.S.  Weighed in this morning… Down another pound last week.  Makes my total 51 pounds.  Pretty sweet !

Another Day, Another 1300 Calories

Hello All,  Well, another day on my journey.  The one hard part of the healthy lifestyle is eating out at restaurants.  the standard for me before deciding to get healthy was eggs, bacon, hash browns or grits, and toast or pancakes.  The calorie count on that breakfast was about 1400 calories, which is more than I eat in a day now.  So, changes had to be made.  What to do?  Not going out was the first option, but that just didn’t work for me because getting together with my friends once a week is something I really need to do.  The second option was going out and eating a tasty, relatively low calorie meal in place of the monster meal I used to eat.  I chose option 2.  I went out and had a very nice breakfast of poached eggs, 2 ounces of lean ham, fresh fruit and whole wheat toast.  total calories = about 500.  I got just enough food to satisfy my hunger and had a great time with my friends.  With my target of 1300 to 1500 calories per day, I still have lots of calories for lunch and dinner.  The best part of all this is that I felt rather full after eating this meal and I realized that I always felt stuffed after my old monster meals.  I also rode my exercise bike for about 40 minutes (6.5 miles) and have no guilt about going out to eat. 

I am working on my first couple of recipes to post (probably on Monday).  I am making two of them tonight and I will take pictures before dinner to post with the recipes next week.  So, life is good.  Have a great weekend.

Dale

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Hey My First Post

Welcome to my blog.  As a first time blogger, I am learning as I go here.  My blog is about getting healthy, something that has never been high on my agenda before now ( see my About page for background info on my life).  I am enrolled in a weight loss program called “MOVE”  which is a weight management program for veterans sponsored by the VA.  As with many other people, my weight has been on a roller coaster my entire life.  Up and down over and over, but usually higher each time I gain the weight back.  I  was a fat kid, a somewhat less fat teenager and a fat adult.  My highest weight was over 440 pounds which dropped to about 320 pounds over the last 10 years or so.  When I started the MOVE program, I was at 322 pounds.  That was April 21st of this year.  Today,  three months later, I have dropped 50 pounds  and now weigh 272 pounds.  Pretty incredible, right? 

The bottom line here is that I have not learned how to diet, but how to change my lifestyle to a much more healthy one.  Picking the right foods, counting calories and exercise are all contributing to my success.  The support from my family, friends and my fellow MOVE group buddies is incredible and is a major factor in making this work for me.  As we meet at the VA office, we discuss our goals, our fears and discuss what we eat that is right or wrong.  Keep in mind, that what is bad for one person is not always bad for someone else, based on your medical condition, age and general health.  Over the last three months, my friends and I have discussed things like calorie count per day, reading the labels on food in the grocery store and recipes.  After sending several vegetable recipes to some of my friends, they suggested that I start a food blog and publish healthy recipes that are now part of our everyday meals.  It is important to note that I am not a nutritionist and the calorie counts are estimates based on a calorie counting website.  My goal is to pass on some of the lessons that I have learned and provide great tasting and healthy recipes to you readers.  I hope you enjoy what I write and hopefully learn something as well.