P’s Meals – Thursday 10/2/14 and Friday 10/3/2014

Two more days of staying on plan!  Can’t wait until I have 90 days under my belt and can wear a slinky New Year’s Eve dress!


Cheese slices:


Chicken thigh:




Few more cheese slices (need to get to grocery store!)


Peanuts while waiting for my first ever batch of mini-quiches to cook:


Dinner: One Cheddar and one Greek Style mini-quiche – they were pretty good for the first try – I will work on perfecting it because single serving sized seems more flexible than one full-sized quiche:



Friday:  I did not do a good job taking pictures, but I do remember what I ate:

For breakfast, I ate two more Greek-Style mini quiches.

Snack was 2-3 oz. cheddar cheese.

Lunch was a Greek Salad from a local deli with grilled chicken breast.

Snack while cooking dinner was about 2-3 oz roasted hazel nuts from Trader Joe’s – they were very tasty.

Dinner was taco salad.  For the meat, I cooked ground beef then I added a mix of McCormick’s Taco Seasoning with Trader Joe’s Taco Seasoning, water and tomato paste – then let simmer.  It worked really well with Romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese and sour cream:


P’s Friday Weigh Day – Scale Moving in the Right Direction

Yeah – I know – I have harped on the evilness of scales, and complained of being in scale jail – but, for right now, I need something to easily measure my progress.  And, I know that a total loss of 25 pounds from when we started (March 2013) would be appropriate for my body even if I was packing on muscle through exercise.

So, I started at 156.6 in March 2013, I am now down to 145.4 – so that is 11.2 pounds – only 13.8 more to go in 12 weeks!


P’s Tuesday (9/30) and Wednesday (10/1) Meals

Day 2 and 3 toward the NEW YEAR’s goal went well, except for the couple of Heineken’s I had at a political fundraiser a client of mind hosted at his and his wife’s gorgeous home!   I probably should have stopped at 1!  But, I did avoid the crackers, chocolate and other tempting tasty tidbits that were there – so, all-in-all not a bad two days:


Chicken Salad from Ralph’s deli


Left over P’s Crack Slaw:


Handful of Trader Joe’s mixed nuts:


Dinner was at the fund raiser – during the cocktail hour, I has 1 piece of cheese as a couple mixed nuts.  Dinner was a ribeye steak and a very little spoonful of baked beans – they had baked diced potatoes, of which I had 4 little pieces to make my plate not look too empty.  The steak was fantastic!


I got up at 4:15 because of so much work.  For breakfast I ate chicken salad:


Then I had a client meeting at 8:00 a.m.  One of them brought a bag of various Jack-in-the-Box breakfast items.  Since it had been almost 3 hours since I ate the chicken salad, I ate the guts of a meat-lover burrito.  It was actually pretty good for fast food!  It had quite of bit of egg in it even after throwing away the flour tortilla!  But, I forgot to take a picture.

Later, I ate some Oriental Salad - again, no picture :-(

I had to teach class that night and then had a board meeting – for dinner, I ordered a chef salad with ranch dressing.

P’s Meals Monday 9.29.14

I ate some good tasting FOOD today – yes FOOD and not over-processed facsimiles thereto!

First was a BBQ chicken leg from Ralph’s Deli and a pile of Knudsen’s Cottage Cheese (4% not low fat):


Then I ate a scoop of fresh chicken salad – also from Ralph’s deli:


Snack was a handful of raw nut mix from Trader Joe’s:


Snacks not shown:

About 6 raw green beans…(I got hungry on the way home from work and had dropped by the grocery store – this was the closet to finger food I bought – they actually tasted really good!)

2-3 Oz gouda cheese while cooking.

Then a bowl of P’s Crack Slaw:


P’s Version of “Crack Slaw” – Simply Addictive!

P’s Crack Slaw.

I got the basics on-line, but added more beef, more ginger, more garlic – more of everything!


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef 
  • salt to taste
  • lots of black pepper
  • 6 minced garlic cloves  or 2-4 TBSP fresh packaged minced garlic
  • 1/2 large onion – diced  
  • 1/2 Head Cabbage – chopped
  • 2 TBSP chopped Ginger (I used the kind in a jar)
  •  TBSP  soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup sriracha sauce 
  • 2 tsp Truvia 


  1. Brown ground beef and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. When it is almost done, add onions.
  3. When onions are getting clear, add garlic, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, Truvia, and ginger
  4. Mix well and cook 5 minutes.
  5. Add cabbage and cook until cabbage is at desired tenderness.

Has it Really Been A Year Since “The Wedding”? P’s Going Back to the Starting Line

I can’t believe that it’s been exactly one year since “The Wedding” that was the catalyst for this entire blog.  And, though I had lost 24.6 pounds by “The Wedding”, I now hover around a weight loss of only 8 to 10 pounds, which totally bums me out!

So, I decided to view the post I did the day I weighed in for The Wedding and I ended that post with:

“In summary – we are so very happy and grateful that D came up with our initial “What If” and that we have each other and this blog to help propel us from Fat, Fifty and Fed Up to Active, Ageless, and Awesome!  Stay tuned for Part 2 of our transformation……….”

While we were back east for The Wedding, we went shopping and I bought a few really cute suits – well, none of those fit right now….  Plus, I bought some smokin’ hot red shoes that weekend, but can’t see myself strutting around in them at this weight.


What happened to “Part 2″ that I promised myself?

Also, the other day my husband asked, “So, you don’t take pictures of your food anymore?”  Translation: “You were losing weight when you were taking pictures of your food, maybe you should do that again!”

This past week, I’ve had pizza twice, an Italian sub, donuts twice, beer three times, French fries, fish tacos, and a bagel (so what if we were busy, had a friend from out-of-town, and had two events?).  This is EXACTLY how I ate BTP (Before The Plan) and this is exactly why, a year after The Wedding, I’ve gained 14 pounds back…..and have achy hands, headaches and, yes, tonight, even heartburn!

I want to feel that happiness and gratefulness that I felt the weekend of The Wedding when I truly felt Active, Ageless, and Awesome.

I want to feel that way again by the New Year by being down 25 pounds from when we started this blog…..

So, it’s time, it’s time, it’s time – to go back to Starting Line!

P’s Meals Wednesday [8.13.14] – Sliding through Today with Ease – at Least as Related to The Plan!

Today brought extreme hecticness (I’m not sure this a word – but very descriptive) from clients in every direction.  It started with the usual Wednesday meeting I have with one client’s executives.  But, the good new is that I was able to not eat the off-plan snacks I buy for the meeting.  I made sure I had food from The Plan, like deli turkey that we rolled up and served with cheese slices and mustard.  I skipped the crackers (though they were gluten free) and used celery for the ever popular Pub Cheese.  For lunch between calls, I ate the same salad as yesterday – but did not eat chili.  Luckily I chopped up double the stuff I needed yesterday and stored it in a baggy so it would be on the ready for today.  For a snack I ate a handful of peanuts with my coffee while reviewing a contract.

Finally, the phones stopped ringing and we were able to leave at a decent hour to get home to make dinner.

And, dinner turned out great!  I put left over fried “riced” cauliflower in a hot pan with coconut oil.  Then, I added cut up cooked salmon and tuna.  I had a piece of each left from the last couple of nights.

I then added 1/3 can unsweetened coconut milk and a couple tablespoons of yellow curry powder – it was REALLY good.

Here is a picture, but I promise – it tasted a lot better than it looks:


I’m about to hit the sack, but I am waiting for the quiche I threw together to finish baking.  Though I was pretty burned out from today, I forced myself to make it because I know I will be thankful tomorrow that I did!


P’s Meals Monday [8.11.14] and Tuesday [8.12.14]

OK – I’ve succeeded for 3 days in a row eating the “Plan Way” and totally digging it!

B’s B-day was today and we went out to eat – I had no trouble what-so-ever skipping the soft, warm bread, or the dessert – I wish I could package the positive outlook I had today and then save it for a day that I am struggling – if I could, I’d be a millionaire!


Homemade Quiche Loraine:


This is chili – NOT peanut butter (I really need to get another camera besides my phone!)


Dinner was fresh caught Bluefin tuna – a friend went fishing in Mexico about the same time B went fishing in Alaska – we have so much great fish that we could open a fish shop!

B rolled the tuna in crunched up macadamias and a little flour and then pan fried – he made mango-chili pepper cream sauce and we had steamed broccoli with cheese sauce on the side – It was so excellent that I almost forgot to take a picture, so here it is half eaten:



Last piece of Quiche Loraine – need to make another since it is about as perfect of a breakfast you could have!


Lunch – fresh romaine, mini bell peppers, shrooms, sweet onion, pepitas, and Light House Cilantro dressing, plus a cup of chili:


B-day dinner with B at Outback – I ordered a bone-in rib eye and steamed broccoli – got to take 1/2 the steak home.  Not shown is the mixed green salad with blue cheese dressing.  Since it was B’s B-day – I had a celebratory Stella:





P’s Sunday [8.10.14 ]Meals and Revisited Truths with Support

What do I mean by “revisited” truths?  And what support?

Here are the 3 revisited truths – plus some support in the form of others’ research and experiences:

  1. This plan is awesome and healthy - I just listened to a podcast on Robb Wolf’s site about how carbohydrates ruin your brain.  The podcast guest was the author of a book called Grain Brain.  Pretty interesting stuff – they advocate the Paleo way of eating.
  2. Sugar and grains are each a major inflammatory!  See below for another person’s attestation to that fact!  Like me, she felt achy, and exhausted all the time.  And, like the old her and me, I again feel horrible because of my regression back to sugar, carbs and processed foods – all achy and stiff – and completely without energy.  Plus, I was thinking I was pretty much over the menopausal hot-flashes and grumpiness, but those have returned with a vengeance – perhaps these symptoms are also caused by sugar and grains!  and, my skin looks bumpy and seems to have more wrinkles!  So, I know this plan works because, when I was being true to this plan (and myself) I virtually eliminated all these life-sucking feelings!
  3. The scale is evil and everyone should free themselves from scale jail -check out these two easy-to-read blog posts that provide very compelling reasons why we should NOT measure our attractiveness or progress with the scale: ATTENTION SCALE ADDICTS PART 1  and  PART 2.

Since I am having trouble staying on plan again, and I am mystified why I was so diligent last year, but not this year, I’m thinking I may need to kick the challenge up a notch.

D called today and was opining that maybe the trouble is that we are not learning anything new.  I think she may be on to something there.

So, I started doing more research into the Paleo lifestyle and found that it is very similar to what D and I have done here.

When researching going Paleo – I began reading that when you go Paleo, you should eliminate all dairy.  Yikes! What would I do without my heavy cream and coffee and my cheese?  I decided to see what Paleo expert,  Robb Wolf, had to say about it and found a great post on his blog about the “Seven Shades of Paleo.”  I like that Robb realizes that we all have to live our lives so he has very practical advice and information.  Turns out that I am probably the Fourth Shade of Paleo since I want to continue to use cream and cheese – NOTE: “low fat” dairy products are NOT Paleo or Primal – plus, they have no business in any healthy diet – removing the fat robs the food of many nutrients and robs the brain of the fat it needs!  This Fourth Shade of Paleo is called “Primal” – Hey – I kinda like the sound of being “primal” :-)  I also like that he has a Fifth Shade – which utilizes the 80/20 rule (a.k.a. the Pareto principle) that is applicable in so many of life’s situations – in this case in means be on the Paleo plan 80% of the time and the 20% of the time you slip up won’t have too much of a negative effect (traditionally, the 80/20 rule in business is that 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients).  So, my guess is that I will be something of a combination of the Fourth and Fifth Shade – and that’s good too!

Since I like how Robb views things, I bought his book: The 30-Day Paleo Transformation.   His book has success stories and I found it interesting that the following woman had aches and pains and was exhausted, just like me:

“Sarah Fragoso, strength coach, mother of three:   After my third son was born (yes, I have three boys…) I was overjoyed, but also fat and exhausted. I always had a lot of energy, even during my pregnancy, but had begun to notice toward the end of my pregnancy that I was tired above and beyond the norm. Furthermore, the swelling in my legs was extremely painful to the touch and would not go away. I felt trapped in my lethargic, overweight, unhappy body, and as wonderful as it was to have my new little one, I had zero energy for my other two.”

Impressively, after embracing the truth about what refined sugars and  grains does to a body, she is strong, healthy and energetic – and no more pain or swelling.  She now has a top rated blog – click here for Sarah Fragoso’s inspirational blog (I found the scale addict posts on her blog).

I’m liking the sound of “transforming”, so I’m excited to digest this book!   It has chapters about stress, sleep and exercise as well – could be just the ticket I need to continue on my quest to be Fit, Ageless and Awesome!

As for food today, I did very well!

Breakfast was homemade traditional Quiche Loraine:


Snack 1 was olives and feta mix from the deli at Sprouts:


Snack 2 was coffee and a handful of Planters healthy nut mix – peanuts, almonds and pistachios


Dinner was awesome!  Broiled salmon from B’s Alaska fishing trip and Fried Riced Cauliflower.  This tasted better than real fried rice!  I will have to post the easy recipe and links to others.

I heated some sesame oil in a pan, threw in some fresh mango salsa from the Albertson’s deli (mango, onion, red and green peppers, cilantro) I “riced” the cauliflower by whirring it in the food processer.  I added the cauliflower to the sautéing mango salsa on pretty high heat and also added some black pepper, and after about 7-8 minutes, I added 1 tsp fish sauce and then two whisked eggs and stirred in constantly until the egg was done.

I served it with hot sauce and soy sauce at the table.  It was pretty amazing!  So was the salmon!!!!!


POST POSTING SNACK:  Several spoonful’s of chili I made to take for lunch on Monday.