Archive | April, 2014

Not getting blog emails?

17 Apr

I recently moved to a new site, Technically, it should have migrated all my blog subscribers to that new site.


I think it’s safe to say that may not have happened. I’d like to suggest that you go to that new site and subscribe to the blog on that site until I can get some help from Worldpress folks. They should be able to help me make the transfer, but I’ve been waiting back to hear from them for a couple of days so unsure how long it will take.

In the meantime, I sure hope you enjoy the new site, the new recipe index and the ease with which you can print recipes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Menu for this week

14 Apr

Low Carb High protein sausage and Kale www.sleevers.wordpress.comLow Carb High Protein Oven baked tandoori chicken www.sleevers.wordpress.combacon-wrapped chicken


Typically, I make  3-4 different meats and 2-3 vegetables on Saturday, and that, combined with a couple of meals out feeds us well all week. This weekend, we were out of town and I was tired when we got back late Sunday afternoon. So I’m in what I call “bachelor cooking” mode, which involves some pre-made spice mixes and sauces. Still starting with fresh vegetables and meat, so all is not lost, but the meals are easier to fix. So here’s what we are having this week, and I’ll update the names below with recipe links as I post the recipes.


1. Quick Sausage and Kale

2. Tandoori Chicken

3. Bacon-wrapped chicken

4. Crockpot Beef & Broccoli

5. Split pea soup with extra ham

6. Roasted asparagus

7. Ready mixed Kale salad

Quick meal idea: Low carb pressure cooker sausage and kale

13 Apr


Got home after a lovely weekend with my son. So happy, but also very tired and I didn’t want to make anything elaborate. This is a quick standby at our house. I always have some chicken sausage in the freezer. We typically get Aidell’s sausage in different flavors from Costco.

My two favorites are either sausage with Kale, or sausage with green beans. You put the veggies in the bottom of your pressure cooker, top with the sausage. Seal and cook under high pressure for 6 minutes.

Dinner is served. Yup, it’s just that simple.

Korean lunch Galbi with loads of banchan

13 Apr


I nom’ed a lot of this but the meat was enough to share with the whole family. Wonderful to be able to go out and have meat and veggies done a bit differently.

Omg too much delicious food!

12 Apr



We are visiting my son in Austin and his Sichuanese friend recommended a restaurant. She came with us and here’s the resulting deliciousness.

Spicy cold chicken with noodles, twice cooked pork, lamb with cumin, ma po tofu, fried green beans, and whole fried, sweet and sour fish.

Omg. All meat and fish and low carb if you stay away from the noodles and rice. So. Much. Flavor.

Do cheat days help?

12 Apr

cheat day


Two weeks at the same weight or up. I’m frustrated. Going to try a few days of higher calories to see if it helps or at the very least, makes me feel better about things!

I keep hearing from people that cheat days help them lose weight. I still average about 750-800 calories a week so I know I’m not over eating. I’ve not had a cheat day help historically but I will give it a try again.

I’m in Austin with my family, visiting my older son and might let myself relax a bit. Not planning to go crazy, just going to allow myself to enjoy a bit and (try to) not worry.

Do cheat days help you?

NSV? Or should I beat him?

11 Apr

My husband just offered to duct tape my inner thighs so they wouldn’t jiggle so much. #mustbettruelove #bestillmyracingheart #marriedtoahandyguy

Stalls are frustrating no matter when they happen

10 Apr

weightloss is like hiking


So here I sit, 10 lbs away from my goal weight. And sit. And sit. And sit. I’ve lost net 2 lbs in the last month and I honestly don’t know what to do differently. I “know” that the answer is nothing needs to be changed. Just hang tight and this too shall pass. But when you think you have 10 lbs to go and suddenly you wake up having put on 2 lbs for no rhyme or reason, you want to scream.

Everyone tells you it gets harder the closer you get to goal weight. I feel like my goal weight is very modest–150 lbs on my 5’5 frame is not too skinny. I should be able to achieve that without this struggle for the last 10 lbs, but apparently it’s not going to be that easy.

So I’m frustrated and I’m trying to be positive and focus on the journey, how far I’ve come, how this too will pass….and everyone once in a while I scream a little.

Drunken noodles with tofu

9 Apr


Went out with my husband tonight. I haven’t ordered noodles since the surgery but thought I’d risk it today since I was low on carbs all day. Absolutely delicious dish, but I ate my tofu first. After that I was able to eat maybe 4-5 little noddles before topping out. I’ve brought more than two-thirds of this home to enjoy tomorrow.

How wonderful to be able to enjoy a little food without too many carbs, and guilt afterwards? I know people who say they miss eating. I have to say, I love not having to eat and I love eating guilt-free.

Normal life, normal eating, weighing less. What’s not to love, right?

No real food today

8 Apr


Got a nasty stomach virus that woke me up at midnight. Since I woke up with a tummy ache right under my diaphragm, my first thought was there was something wrong with my sleeve.

I finally gave in and went to the ER at 5:30 am where they said I was the eighth person to have come in through the night with the same symptoms. The relief from that probably made me feel better even before treatment.

It’s strange how even 8 months in, we worry about things like leaks, damage the sleeve, etc.

So it’s clear liquids and a little protein pudding for me today. My husband made my post-op hot and sour soup with egg for me. Very nourishing.

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