Sunday 9.29 – the Morning After and Smaller Clothes
Sunday morning after the wedding, D hosted a brunch at her house for family members that were still around Atlanta. I made two crust-less quiches and used a little bacon for the meat instead of sausage. The cheese was pre-mixed shredded three cheese – I think mozzarella, Monterrey Jack and cheddar. They came out great and everyone loved them.
K and her husband brought their famous sausage balls. I only ate a few since I know they have a little flour in them. They also brought homemade biscuits, mini-chocolate cupcakes, and some wedding cake, all of which I was able to avoid.
After eating we went shoe shopping and then also went to Dillards. I have always loved shoe shopping because shoes look good even when I’m fat and hate clothes shopping.
Even though D and I decided we would not have our $500 shopping spree award, we both did enjoy shopping at Dillards since we were both a few sizes smaller than when we started this.
I got two extremely cute suits and one dress all in a size 6! Wow, was I surprised. I don’t think I have fit in a size 6 for over 10 years! This shopping trip was even more inspiration to keep going in the direction I’ve been going since March.
For dinner, D made “Crack Slaw”, which is her mixture of sautéed ground beef with various veggies and shredded cabbage and soy sauce. I’ve made it a few times, but it looks like we’ve never added it to this Blog’s recipes. You can find various recipes for it on line if you Google “Crack Slaw”. We’ll have to get our recipes on this blog.
Monday 9.30 – South Carolina
We got up early to travel to Anderson, South Carolina, which is a beautiful town where our aunt and two cousins recently moved after living in Chicago and New York most of their lives. They are happy to be in warmer weather!
I ate left-over crust-less quiche at D’s before we hit the road.
We had snacks at one cousin’s house before lunch, I had picked up some nuts at a nearby store to munch on with late morning coffees. One type of nut was sea salt and pepper peanuts from the Carolina Nut Co. I will have to figure out how to get these out in California because they were very good!
For lunch my cousins had a nice spread of roasted chicken, a carrot dish (need to get recipe), broccoli salad (need to get recipe) and other cut-up fruits and veggies. They know that D and I eat no grains and were mindful of this when fixing the lunch, which was really nice!
We had fun catching up with them and seeing their new houses.
I grabbed a snack of nuts and mozzarella cheese at one of my sister’s houses when we dropped her off on our way back from South Carolina.
For dinner, I joined my husband and my bro and sis-in-law and my husband’s friend at a trendy sushi place in Buckhead. I ordered the coconut soup, which was fantastic, though spicy, and had one sushi roll. I’m not thrilled with the rice consumption, but I did not worry too much about it because I knew that I’d be right back on this plan 100% very soon.
Tuesday 10.1 – Work Catch-Up Day
Though I was able to work a bit during most of the Atlanta trip, I fell behind pretty quickly not being able to focus like I normally do. By Tuesday, the wedding relatives had all gone back home and I was able to have several hours of quiet at my bro and sis-in-law’s so I was able to get some work caught up.
For breakfast, I ate a hardboiled egg and pepperonis that we had left over from our trip out:
For lunch I used left-over turkey from the trip out and made turkey salad – I added scallions, a small cubed up apple and some chopped nuts.
I went shopping for dinner items and made Tri-Tip Stroganoff for my bro and sis-in-law as a “thank you” for letting us stay at their house.
My sis-in-law took me to a large grocery/farmer’s market and the butcher there was able to cut me a tri-tip roast from the meat he had in back.
The Stroganoff turned out great and I made green bean almandine as a side dish. Everyone had seconds and there were no left overs! It is always a great feeling when people eat seconds on the food I cook!!!!
Wednesday 10.2 – Flying Back Home
For plane snacks, I packed cheddar cheese cubes, nuts and pepperonis.
At the airport, we grabbed sandwiches from a Deli – I got a cheese steak sub, then grabbed a plastic fork, so I was able to eat just the guts out of my sandwich on the flight home.
We landed and got our luggage and car, and my husband dropped me off at the University since I had to teach my class in about an hour. I ate at the food pavilion there at the Panda Express and got their 2-entre meal with chicken and shrooms, beef and broccoli and veggies instead of the rice or noodles. I asked the kids working there if either dish had any flour or coating on the meat, and neither knew one way or the other.
I’ve looked up the “allergen” list Panda Express has on line and all three dishes, including the veggies, show wheat and soy – I imagine that’s because they use the same wok for everything they cook. The chicken dish has 10 g. carbs, the beef dish has 13 g. carbs, and the veggies have 13 g. carbs. – all in all 36 g. carbs. I think the volume of food was too much for one meal, and had I just ordered one of the dishes, the carb count wold have been at an acceptable level.
Thursday 10.3 – Food Shopping
Breakfast was cashews and olives with coffee at the office.
For lunch, my husband had bought fried chicken at Albertson’s deli, plus some pepperoni. I ate two drumsticks, but peeled off the coating.
On the way home from work, I bought a bunch of veggies and then washed and cut them up as soon as I got home – they were very colorful!!!! I also mixed up a batch of Lipton Onion Soup dip and shredded some cheese for convenience. I really missed not having readily available healthy snacks when we were away:
For dinner, I made Crack Slaw with ground beef, shredded cabbage, onions, broccoli and carrots. It was so easy and really good!:
I also bought plain Greek yogurt the night before, so I nuked frozen strawberries and blueberries for 40 seconds, then added about 1/2 cup water, 1 TBS of Truvia, 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (4.5 g. carbs) and 1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder for an awesome breakfast that I drank while driving to work.
Since I had prepped a bunch of stuff the night before, I took salad makings to work for lunch.
Also, I ate snacks of pepperoni and cashews at work.
For pre-dinner snacks, I ate fresh veggies and onion dip.
For dinner, I ate left-over Crack Slaw, drank a beer (Modelo) and then made another Greek Yogurt protein shake for desert.