Friday, February 18, 2011

Maybe Kale Isn't So Bad After All

I'm a little more than halfway through the second week of the Health Starts Here program...  I'm finding it easier as each day passes.  Maybe it's because I think I've finally beat the sugar cravings plus I'm finding a few "go-to" meals for when I need a quick meal that doesn't require hardly any prep time.

I do have to say that I was slightly disappointed on Thursday when I got on the scale only to find that I hadn't lost anything since Monday - but I guess I can look on the bright side(s)... 1) I didn't gain anything and 2) even if I didn't drop any poundage, I'm still eating waaayyy healthier than I ever have in my entire life - which makes it a win-win I guess, even if the scale hasn't moved.

I also have a BIG announcement to make:  I ate Kale!!  Not the kind of kale eating that I did on day 1 (the gagging, kind like a Survivor contestant eating a creepy-crawly live bug), but the smiling, enjoying kind of eating.  I had finally surrendered to the fact that I was just never going to be able to choke down the likes of kale, chard, spinach, greens, etc - until I remembered my mother-in-law's soup.  It's basically an Italian veggie, pasta soup, but it has some sort of greens in it -and I actually like it! [mainly because you can't actually taste the greens].  So I went about making a veggie, bean soup throwing some of any veggie in the refrigerator I could find: onions, red bell peppers, chopped broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus, a few small potatoes, some corn, a couple of cans of beans, a little soy sauce, spices, some veggie broth and an entire head of shred-chopped kale.  I have to admit that this has been one of my favorite meals so far.  I have two more bunches of kale in my refrigerator and I am planning to make a new batch on Sunday - but this time I think I'm going to make it in my crock-pot and use lentils instead of canned beans - I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

I have had meat three times this week though, which I'm not sure is so good - I had shredded chicken atop a Caesar salad on Monday night when we went out for Valentines day.  Tuesday I added a chicken breast to a salad for dinner and last night I had an Aidells chicken apple sausage (these are sooo good - and it appeared on the label to be pretty healthy).  I know I shouldn't have had so much meat this week, but I guess it's another habit that I'm going to have to break.

So here's to the rest of week 2 - It's my birthday on Sunday and I am calling a "cease-diet" on that day (I figure it's like one of the few free-pass days that we get each year) & we're going to to a casino buffet so I'm not looking for any weight loss on Monday - as long as the scale sits where it's at I'll be happy.

I'll be back on Monday with the entire week 2 update.


- Liz

Posted by Liz of Pink Lemonade

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