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Old 01-13-2011, 11:53 PM   #31
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Day 13. I think the potassium and magnesium supplements are helping with the tight, tense muscle problem I've been having. My calves in particular are feeling so much better!

I tried a new recipe today... low carb pizza crust made from cheese! I just sprinkled the cheese in a non-stick frying pan, lightly dusted with seasonings and then put on my toppings. I'm out of LC pizza sauce, but would add some next time. The bottom got nice and crispy, while the top remained chewy and soft. It was so delicious! And very budget friendly, too.


~Today's Menu~

Breakfast: Skipped Breakfast


Lunch: Pepperoni & Feta Pizza (Cheese Crust)

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese ($0.20)
1/4 cup cheddar cheese ($0.07)
9 slices pepperoni ($0.24)
1 teaspoon feta cheese ($0.08)
Dusting of Seasonings ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $0.60
Cost Per Serving: $0.60


Dinner: Pork Tenderloin, Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

1 pork tenderloin ($5.50)
16 oz package frozen broccoli florets ($1.25)
4 oz cream cheese, softened ($0.50)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded ($0.62)
1/4 cup green onions ($0.25)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)
4 slices bacon ($0.80)


Recipe Cost: $8.93
Cost Per Serving: $2.23


Snack: 6 whole cashews ($0.05), Jack Links Peppered Beef Jerkey ($0.83), 1 packet Diet Snapple On the Go ($0.20)

Total Cost: $7.49
Cost Per Serving: $1.08

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Total Cost: $10.61
Cost Per Serving: $3.91


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Old 01-14-2011, 01:38 PM   #32
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Lost 1 more pound, for a total of 9 so far. Woohoo!
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:51 PM   #33
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Oh man, I was so tempted to cheat today! My parents came home with Sonic for dinner and offered me some. They said they forgot I couldn't have any. I declined, but couldn't stop thinking about that food... it was so tempting. So instead, hubby and I went out to Red Robin for dinner and ate according to plan. Patting myself on the back for resisting all those forbidden foods.

Made Egg Drop Soup today for lunch and it was super cheap to make and very yummy. Will definitely become a lunch staple from now on.


~Today's Menu~

Breakfast: Skipped Breakfast


Lunch: Egg Drop Soup

4 cups water (free)
4 chicken bouillon cubes ($0.10)
3 eggs ($0.37)
1/4 cup green onions ($0.25)

Recipe Cost: $0.72
Cost Per Serving: $0.36


Dinner: Ate out at Red Robin

5 Buzzard Wings ($4.49)
1 Ensenada Chicken Platter ($11.99)
2 Sugar Free Light Lemonades ($2.79)

Cost Per Serving: $19.27

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Total Cost: $19.99
Cost Per Serving: $19.63


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Old 01-15-2011, 03:37 AM   #34
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Major victory!! Good for you!
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:17 AM   #35
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Thanks so much for the soup time! I'll pick some up when I shop again next Friday. Great job staying on plan!!!!
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:22 PM   #36
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Well it had to happen eventually. 1 pound gain. Working extra hard today to get it back off.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:26 PM   #37
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Dont be discouraged. It was prob all the sodium in the chicken boulion you used for the soup. When I use that stuff, I always try to drink extra water cause I just know its gonna happen!
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:31 PM   #38
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I definitely didn't get enough water yesterday. In fact, only half as much as I've had every day since I started. Will work on that today.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:16 PM   #39
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Dont be discouraged. It was prob all the sodium in the chicken boulion you used for the soup. When I use that stuff, I always try to drink extra water cause I just know its gonna happen!


Great advice! That stuff is salty!

Don't sweat the pound. You will woosh it right off along with another! Thats why I can't weigh daily. The bounces drive me bonkers.

I'm looking at your menu and wondering...........What on earth is a buzzard wing????
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:43 PM   #40
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Buzzard wings are Red Robin's equivalent to buffalo wings. Same thing, different name. But yummy! It's definitely cheaper to make them at home, but I wanted to cheat sooo bad, getting out of the house was a good thing. Need. More. Self Control.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:57 AM   #41
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Day 15. Felt pretty good today, but was bored to death. Hubby and I were supposed to go grocery shopping, but it was pouring outside all day, so we're going tomorrow instead. I spent most of the day looking at apartment listings on Craigslist. 4 - 6 more weeks and we'll be out of my parents' hair! Once we move out and the Kinect is hooked up permanently, I will start working out.

Did good on the water today. Now I just need to work on going to bed at a reasonable hour...


~Today's Menu~

Breakfast: 2 Fried Eggs, 3 Sausage Links

3 Banquet Brown 'N Serve Original Sausage Links ($0.33)
2 eggs ($0.24)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $0.58
Cost Per Serving: $0.58


Lunch: Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

4 oz chicken tenders ($0.74)
1/4 cup + 1/8 cup Kraft parmesan cheese ($1)
1/4 packet ranch dressing mix ($0.25)

Recipe Cost: $3.98
Cost Per Serving: $1.99


Dinner: Pork & Mushroom Stirfry

1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin ($5.50)
20 medium mushrooms ($3.99)
1 small yellow onion ($0.40)
16 oz frozen broccoli florets ($1.25)
1 tsp garlic powder ($0.20)
3 tbsp soy sauce ($0.11)
1 tbsp sherry Cooking Wine ($0.20)
Pepper ($0.01)
2 tbsp vegetable oil ($0.25)

Recipe Cost: $11.91
Cost Per Serving: $2.97


Snack: 10 whole cashews ($0.05)

Total Cost: $2.50
Cost Per Serving: $0.05

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Total Cost: $18.97
Cost Per Serving: $5.59


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Old 01-16-2011, 11:19 AM   #42
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My family was complaining that thier meals are becoming the same old same old and they wanted something new. So I was looking up some crock-pot recipes for days I have to work or whatevers. Then I decided to look up a few LC recipes for myself. I found a few and then was thinking about you. About how you said you were tired of salads already so I thought I would share the link with you.

foodnetwork.com/topics/low-carbohydrate/index.html

I took out the www cause I didnt know if we could share off site links. But there were tons of budget friendly ideas you might like to look at! Lots of ideas too that I seen I could change up and add things I liked and remove things I didnt.

Please dont think I am being to forward or anything but I do enjoy reading your journal and seeing how much things really cost once you figure it out!
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:20 PM   #43
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you are doing an awesome job and have a great variety on your menu. Is it possible to get your recipes?

Pork Tenderloin
cheesy broccoli casserole
parmesan ranch chicken tenders
pork & mushroom stir fry
chicken tuscano soup
Italian Meatlball burgers, pesto pasta.

Thanks - would appreciate it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #44
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Popping in real quick to report 2 lbs lost, down to 278. Heading out in a few for groceries, but I'll be back later to respond to the new comments.
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Popping in real quick to report 2 lbs lost, down to 278. Heading out in a few for groceries, but I'll be back later to respond to the new comments.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:43 AM   #46
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krow134 - You're not being forward at all! I really appreciate any and all recommendations. I checked out your link and already found 3 recipes I'm saving for later. Thanks for thinking of me and for sharing!

got2getmoving - Most of my recipes actually came from Linda Sue's website, but I often modify them just a little bit to suit my taste or to use what I have in the pantry or fridge. But here are the links to the individual recipes:

Pork Tenderloin - This was just a pre-packaged roast by Hormel. Lemon and garlic flavored, I think?

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole - I don't think I modified this when I made it. It was very good, a nice change from regular microwaved broccoli.

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders - I got the idea from these boards, but don't remember which thread. All I did was thaw some frozen chicken tenders (from Costco) and toss them in a mixture of powdered Parmesan cheese and about half a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix. I've made them twice now, once baked and once fried and prefer them fried because the cheese gets nicely browned and crispy on the edges. Next time I make them, I'm going to try dipping them in regular ranch dressing and then shaking in a bag with powdered Parmesan.

Pork & Mushroom Stir Fry - This is the base recipe. I added a sauce of 3 tbsp soy sauce + 1 tbsp cooking sherry. I was going to serve this with broccoli on the side and decided to add it to the stir fry instead of dirty another dish.

Chicken Tuscano Soup - This is the base recipe. It was pretty thick as written, so I added more broth and cream to mine. I also had some leftover chicken breasts that needed to be used, so I chopped those up and added them to the soup. I really liked it and will probably make it this way again.

Italian Meatball Burgers - Base recipe. I only used 3 links of sausage in mine and changed out the marinara for some leftover sauce I had in the fridge. It was Hunts brand No Sugar Added sauce.

Pesto Pasta - This was just a box of Dreamfields Spaghetti tossed with 1/2 cup prepared pesto from Costco. The brand is Cibo Naturals and has 3 carbs per 1/4 cup, if that helps.

In future posts, I'll include links to recipes if available.
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Day 16. I made a boo-boo on my previous post and don't know how to edit it. I'm actually down to 277, not 278. I...I know, I can't subtract. Don't rub it in.

Not much to say about today. Still feeling good and eating great. Got my vitamins and 8 glasses of water in, too. No cravings today, even amidst all of the forbidden foods I walked past at the grocery store today.

Really shopped the sales today. Picked up 5 dozen eggs at Costco for $7, 2 whole chickens, 3 lbs chicken breasts and 2 lbs of cheddar cheese for just under $20 at Thriftway and finished off the rest of the shopping list at Albertsons. The total for all 3 stores added up to $96.08. Not too shabby.


~Today's Menu~

Breakfast: 3 Fried Eggs w/ Cheddar Cheese

3 eggs ($0.36)
1 oz cheddar cheese ($0.07)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $0.44
Cost Per Serving: $0.44


Lunch: Chili Garlic Steak, Salad

1/2 lb sirloin steak ($1.67)
2 tablespoons soy sauce ($0.07)
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce ($0.05)
1 romaine heart ($0.50)
1 small tomato ($0.50)
4 tablespoons ranch dressing ($0.80)

Recipe Cost: $3.59
Cost Per Serving: $1.79


Dinner: Swiss Mushroom Chicken, Salad

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts ($5)
4 medium mushrooms ($0.99)
8 slices smoked ham ($1.25)
8 slices swiss cheese ($1.99)
1 romaine heart ($0.50)
2 teaspoon sunflower kernals ($0.01)
10 black olives ($0.40)
6 tablespoons lemon mustard vinaigrette ($1)

Recipe Cost: $11.14
Cost Per Serving: $2.78


Snack: Breyers Carb Smart Almond Bar ($0.75)

Total Cost: $4.50
Cost Per Serving: $0.75

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Total Cost: $17.67
Cost Per Serving: $5.76


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Wow! 10 lbs! Yay!

(they only let us edit our posts for an hour)
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Thanks for the links Sapphira! I absolutely love Linda Sue's recipes! I look forward to keeping up with your journal!
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No prob! Glad to share.

And I had it backwards... I thought you had to wait an hour until you could edit your posts. Good to know!

Down another pound today. 276!
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Oh, my! Look at you! You are disappearing! You are inspiring!
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WTG on the loss!!!! And big score on the groceries.....I love deals!!!!
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Day 17. I'm running late and need to head to bed, so this will be short. Just wanted to thank you guys for popping in now and then to offer your support. It means more than you know!


~Today's Menu~


Brunch: Induction Pancakes w/ Sugar Free Syrup

4 oz cream cheese ($0.60)
2 eggs ($0.24)
1 tablespoon sugar-free vanilla syrup ($0.20)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.05)
1 tablespoon Mrs Butterworth's sugar free syrup ($0.20)

Recipe Cost: $1.29
Cost Per Serving: $1.29


Dinner: Meatloaf, Portobello Parmesan

1 1/2 lbs ground beef ($1.25)
2 eggs ($0.24)
1/4 cup Heinz Reduced Sugar ketchup ($0.64)
1/4 cup diced onion ($0.25)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder ($0.10)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.10)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)
1 cup mozzarella cheese ($1)
4 tablespoons Hunts No Sugar Added Spaghetti Sauce ($0.14)
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2 portobello mushrooms ($3.98)
2 tablespoons Hunts No Sugar Added Spaghetti Sauce ($0.07)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese ($0.50)
2 teaspoons parmesan cheese ($0.05)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $8.34
Cost Per Serving: $3.23

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Total Cost: $9.63
Cost Per Serving: $4.52


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You're doing great! In a few weeks (Maybe 1st of March) I'm going to expand my menus and I'll be coming straight here for ideas!

Tell me about the induction pancakes... how do they taste? I assume NOT like regular pancakes, of course, but can you tell me what they do taste like? I'd consider making them occasionally, but I just can't imagine the taste!

Also, how did the meatloaf turn out? I can't imagine it holding together quite the same without some grain-type filler. But then again, hamburgers do....

Hope you got some good sleep! Have a great day!
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Portobello Parmesan Sounds nummy! Might make this next time I go shopping! I was thinking of maybe this but putting pepperoni in it too and baking it for me for on the families pizza/movie night!
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No loss, no gain... maintaining at 276 today. I'll take it!

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Tell me about the induction pancakes... how do they taste? I assume NOT like regular pancakes, of course, but can you tell me what they do taste like? I'd consider making them occasionally, but I just can't imagine the taste!

Also, how did the meatloaf turn out? I can't imagine it holding together quite the same without some grain-type filler. But then again, hamburgers do....
In my opinion, the induction pancakes taste very similar to regular pancakes. However, they are quite thin and the texture is a bit eggy. The first one I made turned out great, but the last two fell apart in the pan. I think these need some kind of mold to keep them from spreading out so far in the pan. That, or a little almond flour thrown in to give it some body.

Also, the meatloaf turned out great. The eggs and cheese are what bind it together. I made 4 small mini meat loaves and they were moist and juicy... very yummy!


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Portobello Parmesan Sounds nummy! Might make this next time I go shopping! I was thinking of maybe this but putting pepperoni in it too and baking it for me for on the families pizza/movie night!
They were quite good. That's a great idea to turn them into mini pizzas! Let me know how it is if you decide to make it.
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Day 18. I woke up today craving two things: buffalo wings and chocolate. LOL! What a combination. So I made the wings for brekkie and whipped up some luscious chocolate mousse for dessert, but it looked so good, I couldn't wait until then, so it became my afternoon snack. Quite high in carbs, though, at 8g... so definitely not something I can have on a daily basis. Despite that, I was still under 20 net carbs for the day. Woohoo!

~Today's Menu~

Breakfast: 8 Buffalo Wings, Ranch

8 chicken drummettes ($0.79)
2 tablespoons Frank's Buffalo Sauce ($0.26)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $1.06
Cost Per Serving: $1.06


Lunch: Roast Beef Rollups

6 slices Hormel Natural Choice Roast Beef ($1)
3 slices Tillamook Swiss Cheese ($0.75)

Recipe Cost: $1.75
Cost Per Serving: $0.87


Dinner: Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Zucchini

1 whole chicken ($4.60)
1 lemon ($0.59)
1 large onion ($0.53)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon onion powder ($0.10)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.10)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)
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3 medium zucchini ($3.12)
1 tablespoon lemon juice ($0.05)
1 teaspoon dill weed ($0.10)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder ($0.10)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.10)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $9.41
Cost Per Serving: $2.64


Snack: Chocolate Cream Mousse

2 cups heavy cream ($1.30)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder ($0.25)
4 packets Truvia sweetener ($0.50)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.15)
Pinch of Salt ($0.01)

Total Cost: $2.21
Cost Per Serving: $0.55

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Total Cost: $14.43
Cost Per Serving: $5.12


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Day 19. I haven't been sleeping very well lately... and when I do, I sleep in way too late. The process seems to be I get tired, go to bed and lie awake for 2 hours or more before finally drifting off. I've been staying away from caffeine, so I'm not sure what the cause is.

I weighed in today at 275.

I made an old family recipe for dinner tonight. It was already mostly low carb, so that helped. It's a favorite of mine, so I'll probably make it frequently now that I know I can. Only 6 net carbs per serving! Woohoo!


~Today's Menu~

Brunch: 2 Fried Eggs, 3 Sausage Links

2 large eggs ($0.25)
3 Banquet Brown 'N Serve Original Sausage Links ($0.30)

Recipe Cost: $1.25
Cost Per Serving: $0.55


Dinner: Mom's Chicken Divine

2 16oz packages frozen broccoli ($2.50)
2 cups shredded chicken ($1.15)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese ($0.33)
1 can Cream of Chicken & Mushroom ($1.79)
1 cup mayonnaise ($2)
1 cup sour cream ($0.75)
2 cups cheddar cheese ($1.25)
1 tablespoon lemon juice ($0.05)
1 tablespoon curry powder ($0.25)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder ($0.10)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ($0.10)
Salt & Pepper ($0.01)

Recipe Cost: $10.28
Cost Per Serving: $1.71


Snack: Chocolate Cream Mousse

2 cups heavy cream ($1.30)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder ($0.25)
4 packets Truvia sweetener ($0.50)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.15)
Pinch of Salt ($0.01)

Total Cost: $2.21
Cost Per Serving: $0.55

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Total Cost: $13.74
Cost Per Serving: $2.81


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I hope you figure out the sleep thing soon. If not, you might look into melatonin and see if that could be a solution for you.

I love your avatar! You look so young! You look young enough to be my daughter!
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:27 PM   #60
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I hope you figure out the sleep thing soon. If not, you might look into melatonin and see if that could be a solution for you.

I love your avatar! You look so young! You look young enough to be my daughter!
I fell asleep quicker last night, but am still waking up way too late. Probably just trying to catch up on sleep. I'm going to have to see if I can find melatonin locally, that may help.

I figured it was about time I put up an avatar. That pic was taken on Christmas. I just turned 27 this month and my hubby will be 29 in March. I need to fish around on my hard drive and find some full body shots to use for comparison pretty soon.
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