Day 10 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This week my blog posts are going to be short and sweet because it's my last week of work.  It's DAY 10 on Induction and for lunch I had my usual salad with turkey, tomatoes, cheese, and artichoke hearts with a side of ranch dressing and for dinner I had bacon and egg.



Day 9 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It's DAY 9 on Induction.  For lunch I had pot roast.  For dinner I made a "surprise casserole".  It's a surprise because I grabbed whatever I had in the fridge and threw it together.  I think it's kind of like Beef Stroganoff.  I made the cream sauce from heavy whipping cream, sour cream, cream cheese, and a hidden valley ranch packet.   I combined the sauce with ground beef and spaghetti squash.  It was pretty good! 

Day 8 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Monday, October 26, 2009

It's my 8th day on Induction and it's still going great.  For lunch I had my typical house salad topped with turkey, cheese, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and bacon with a side of ranch.  For dinner I I had a 9oz filet, sauteed mushrooms, and a house salad with tomatoes, cheese, and a side of ranch. For a snack I had 2 slices of cheese.  I'm going to be taking it easy on the exercise this week because I had to have a couple of dysplastic moles removed, so I'm looking forward to getting back to my exercise routine next week. 

I feel so weird right now because this is my last week of working in the pharmaceutical industry.  I think it's finally kicking in that I won't see most of these people ever again and it makes me sad.  One thing I can tell you is that I am excited to work in a job that I feel valued and where I'm able to use my gifts and abilities.  I feel like it's so easy to lose who you truly are when you are having someone tell you who to be and who not to be all of the time.  I'm just excited to be me and that be enough!  Never change yourself to fit a job, find a job that fits you.  I hope you had a wonderful Low Carb Monday! 


Day 7 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Sunday, October 25, 2009
It's DAY 7 on Induction.  For lunch I had my typical house salad topped with turkey, cheese, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and bacon with a side of ranch.  For dinner I made a low carb pizza using the Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe from Low Carb Examiner Jamie Van Eaton.  One week down and another week to go.  Taking it one day and one week at a time.

I lost 3lbs this week that I had gained from the previous week, which I think was contributed to not having my thyroid meds for one week. I started my thyroid meds back up and followed Induction this week and dropped what I had lost before. I'm happy that my weight is back down, but I'm ready to lose more weight besides the weight I have already lost! I know it will happen soon! This is a journey not a race!

Here is the recipe for the Cauliflower Pizza Crust:

You Won't Believe it's Cauliflower Pizza Crust
By Jamie Van Eaton

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp fennel
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley

**pizza or alfredo sauce

toppings (make sure meats are cooked)
mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with fennel, oregano and parsley.

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe).

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese.

Place under a broiler (grill for the Europeans) at high heat just until cheese is melted **.

 

Notes:

*I use frozen cauliflower prepared according to package directions. After cooked and slightly cooled, I shred cauliflower with a cheese grater, and then measure for the recipe. (Don't pack down the cup with cauliflower. Just fill it with a spoon or the cup itself.)

** The pizza sauce I use is Great Value Pizza sauce from Wal-Mart. At only 3 net carbs per quarter cup, you get a lot of punch for little carbohydrate pow.

*** You can try re-baking the pizza at 450 once you add toppings if desired, but the crust is not quite as crusty. There is a minimal difference, so see what works best for you.

 

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Day 6 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Saturday, October 24, 2009
It's DAY 6 on Induction.  For lunch I had my favorite house salad topped with cheese, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and bacon with a side of ranch.  For dinner I had a 9oz filet, sauteed mushrooms, and a house salad with tomatoes, cheese, and a side of ranch.  Happy Saturday!  I hope you had a wonderful Low Carb day!

Day 5 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Friday, October 23, 2009
Happy Friday!!!  It's DAY 5 on Induction.  For lunch, I had the last of the leftover Taco Bake.  For dinner I had a salad with turkey, cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts with a side of ranch dressing.  After dinner I went to Starbucks and got a low carb drink.  I ordered a tall sugar free vanilla breve latte.  After work I went to an hour of Zumba and now I'm ready to enjoy the weekend! 

Here are some tips for ordering a low carb drink from Starbucks: Order it breve style which means it is made with half and half or heaving whipping cream. To make it almost 0 carbs, I get it made with whole whipping cream. They have a variety of sugar free syrups, which have 0 carbs, 0 sugar. Here is the nutrition info of the sugar free vanilla syrup from CalorieKing: http://bit.ly/1HXQ0y Latte means it is made with steamed milk, so make sure you tell them that you do not want it made skinny style because that means it is made with skim milk. Tell them you want it with all of the fat! They always laugh when I tell them that. Drink and enjoy!

Have a wonder Low Carb Friday!

Day 4 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's DAY 4 on Induction. For lunch I had leftover Taco Bake.  When I got home from work I made the Pumpkin Bar Recipe minus the Almond Flour.  I'm going to wait to make the recipe once I'm past Induction because I think it would taste much better with the Almond Flour.  For dinner I had a bunless cheeseburger topped with swiss cheese, onions, and mushrooms and a house salad with a side of ranch dressing.

I went to 2 Zumba classes tonight! I seriously can't get enough of it! It's just too much fun! :-) What is your favorite workout?


Pumpkin Bars
By Marianne Van-Klaveren Zwanenburg


1 15 oz can pure pumpkin
1 1/2 cups almond flour
4 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil ( I used virgin coconut oil)
1 1/2 cup powdered Splenda

Mix the eggs and Splenda until blended well. Add the oil and mix until blended. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until combined.Pour and spread evenly across an 11 X 17 pan.

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool then frost.

Cream Cheese frosting:

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups powdered Splenda
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBLSP half and half or whipping cream

Day 3 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's DAY 3 on Induction. For lunch I had a Greek Salad topped with chicken, feta cheese, tomatoes, and onions with oil/vinegar dressing.  For dinner made a recipe called Taco Bake that Marianne posted on facebook.  I will post it below and under the recipe section under the Forums.  It was so good, it's definitely my favorite Low Carb meal right now.  My husband loved it too!  After work, I went to my favorite workout ZUMBA!  It was a great day!

Here is the Taco Bake Recipe:

TACO BAKE
Crust:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon Seasoning for Tacos
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded, 2 cups

Beat the cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Add the cream and seasoning. Grease a 9 x 13" baking dish; spread the cheese over the bottom. Pour in the egg mixture as evenly as possible. Bake at 375º, 25-30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before adding the topping.

Topping:
1 pound ground beef
3 teaspoons Seasoning for Tacos
1/4 cup tomato sauce
4 ounce can chopped green chiles
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded, 2 cups

Brown the hamburger; drain the fat. Stir in the seasoning, tomato sauce and chiles. Spread over the crust. Top with the cheese. Reduce the oven to 350º and bake another 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly. Serve with the toppings of your choice (add additional carbs).

Makes 8-12 servings
Can be frozen

Per 1/8 Recipe: 443 Calories; 36g Fat; 27g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 2.5g Net Carbs
Per 1/12 Recipe: 296 Calories; 24g Fat; 18g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 1.5g Net Carbs

http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/taco_bake.html

Let me know what you think about the recipe if you try it!  Enjoy!

Day 2 of Induction

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's day 2 of following the Induction Phase and it's still going great!  For breakfast I had chorizo and scrambled eggs topped with salsa and ranch dressing.  For lunch I had leftover Just Like Baked Potatoes.  For dinner I had a 9oz filet, house salad topped with cheese, onions, and tomatoes with a side of ranch dressing, and sauteed mushrooms.  For a snack I had deviled eggs. I'm looking forward to what this Induction Phase will bring!

In addition to sharing my meals I'm also going to share any kind of exercise that I do during the week.  Yesterday I went to a kickboxing class which was an awesome after work stress reliever.  Today I went to a class called Recess.  It sounds fun right?!?  It kicked my butt.  LOL!  It reminded me of all of basketball drills I used to do in high school.  What kind of exercise do you do to help aid in your weightloss?


Back to the Basics

Lindsey Pennington - Monday, October 19, 2009
I realize if I want to keep losing weight I've got to change what hasn't been working.  This last month I've tried to add in more low carb variety, but I think it has kept me from losing weight.  I haven't lost anymore weight for an entire month and I don't know if it's from the stress of losing my job or because I haven't been following the Induction Phase as closely as I probably should have.  I'm back to the basics and ready to lose!

Today was my first day back on the Induction Phase of Atkins and it went great!  For breakfast I had my favorite mexican meal.  I ate chorizo and scrambled eggs topped with salsa and ranch dressing.  For lunch I had a salad from Jason's Deli topped with turkey, cheese, bacon, and tomatoes with a side of ranch dressing. For dinner I had a bunless cheeseburger with a side of the Just Like Stuffed Baked Potatoes. You can find the JLSB recipe in my forum.

I'm going to be posting what I eat everyday during the Induction Phase for accountability and to give some ideas to anyone that's starting their Low Carb lifestyle.  Please feel free to share what you are eating. I love getting new ideas on what to eat during my Low Carb journey. Remember if you want lifetime results you must make lifestyle changes. You can do it!  I believe in you! :-)

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