Thursday, August 4, 2011


*I did not get paid or get free Mio for expressing my love for this product, but I wish I did!
About 4-5 months ago I started hearing about Mio. Mio is a liquid drink enhancer.  Unlike the Crystal Light or other powdered products, Mio dissolves and doesn't end up on the bottom of the glass or bottle. I love it! You can use just a little or more to your taste.  It is zero calorie, so of course I am loving that!

I am a southern girl and I looooove some sweet tea.  Well, I have given up the obvious sweet/sugar in my tea.  This is sad, I know.  But, I found after brewing my regular tea I can add some of the Mio peach flavor to give me a sweet tea that I don't mind drinking.  The sweet tea Mio flavoris ok, but I like the peach tea flavor better.
I now have to drink lots more water in this diet.  Water is a good thing, but boring.  Mio has great flavors like the fruit punch,  strawberry watermelon, and berry pomegranate.

So if you haven't tried it yet, you should. Just sayin.....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Omelet and "Toast"

As I have recently mentioned, I am a little tired of the meat options on the HCG diet. Though not a standard on the Simeons protocol, it is nice to have a meatless option at least once a week.
I have found the egg beaters (egg substitute) to be a good protein option.  I use the southwestern flavor and can make a ginormous omelet for 120 calories plus fat free cheese (1/4 cup=45 calories), and topped with salsa (2 tbsp-15 calories).  The meal is balanced and only 180 calories!

I admit, I miss carbs....sometimes.  I have found a replacement for toast and it is these Rice Thin cakes (3 cakes=55 calories) from Whole Foods.  I spread a powdered peanut butter from Bell Plantation called PB2 on them.  It is 45 calories for 2 tbsp mixed with water. I then top the PB2 with a little Polaner Sugar Free + Fiber Strawberry Preserves (1 tbsp=10 calories).  I never use a tbsp, probably just a tsp or 2 of the preserves.
This creation takes the place of bread and fat laden peanut butter.  

Of course, these recipes are totally rogue and do not follow the guidelines of Simeons or the OWL plan.  However, since this is the second time doing this diet, I know a little more about what works for me. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Goal!!!-Week 4 Re-Cap**

Well, not the main goal, but my mini goal has been met!!!

20.5lbs down in 28 days! I have even lost a total of 27 inches.  This diet is strict and unforgiving.  It is hard work.  But I see a bigger picture in the end.  One that leads to better health and hopefully going off some of my medications for polycystic ovarian syndrome.  I know the thyroid issue will never go away, but maybe it will improve with less weight to deal with.

On Saturday night we ordered in.  I have been very cautious about this, but was able to ask for grilled chicken and an additional order of steamed broccoli in place of the rice that came with the meal.  It was nice not having to cook for a change and still eat on protocol.  I don't think the broccoli is on Simeons plan but it is on the OWL plan, so I made an exception.

My parents and brother are visiting from Memphis this week.  We had dinner together last night at our place.  I made broiled key lime salmon,  sauteed diver scallops, wild brown rice, and steamed asparagus.  Since I was the cook, I broiled me some flounder (since I cannot have salmon), had the scallops. and the asparagus with it.    I even turned down the pina colada and had a rum and coke zero (1/2 a shot-this is allowed on the OWL plan).

I also cheated for the first time on this diet.  I was dreading the scales, but did not gain! I made key lime pie with the  meringue topping.  I did use a low fat graham crust and a fat free sweetened condensed milk.  I had a small slice and it was heaven!

Tonight is dinner at my parents condo.  I will be able to stay on protocol since it is steak and salad!

**As far as the weekly re-cap, I lost 6lbs this week!!!

More recipes to come.  Husband has asked for taco salad this week.  He loves it as much as I do!