Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 11 Re-Cap!

Today is day #78 of my diet. I started a new  work out plan last week that included light hand weights.  My weight stalled ALL. WEEK.  I only lost 2lbs.  I was not a happy camper.  My eating didn't change, so I knew that wasn't a factor.

I revisited Simeon's protocol and read on a forum I visit that stalls often happen when a new regime begins or after losing an extreme amount of weight.  It didn't make me feel any better, so I measured.  Sure enough I lost 3.25 inches in less than a week.  I was too anxious to wait until Saturday.  As of this morning I have already lost 2.50 inches.  Total inches lost from neck to ankles is 57.75.  Ok, I can live with that.  I am now at 42lbs lost. 

I have 36 days remaining before I leave for Memphis.  Next week I will be giving my final measurements to the costume maker.  I really hope I can lose the next 18lbs in 36 days.  I want to reach my goal of 60lbs by the time I get home.  I guess if I only make it to 50-55 lost, I will still be happy. 

This is not a sprint, but I am realizing more and more it is a marathon....

Monday, September 19, 2011

Crock Pot Orange Chicken with Braised Angel Hair Cabbage (non-HCG recipe)

I am really loving the whole cook on Sunday for the majority of the week! Husband loves the meals, so it is a win-win.  Since I still have to fix my HCG meals, this saves lots of time for me.

You will need:
-1 2.5lb pound of frozen chicken tenderloins (non-breaded)
-2 onions thinly sliced
-1 bag of shredded cabbage (cole slaw cabbage, but could use bok choy if available)*
-1 bottle of Teriyaki Glaze
-1 20 ounce can of mandarin oranges in their own juice
-1 single serving bottle of simply orange brand orange juice (with or without pulp, your choice)
-1-2 tsp of Chinese 5 spice
-1-2 tsp of black pepper
-crunchy rice noodles for garnish or sesame seeds (or both)

Put the frozen chicken, onions, Teriyaki, can of mandarin oranges with juice, bottle of orange juice, and spices in crock pot for 4-6 hours. The last hour, add the cabbage.  Stir to combine.  Prior to serving prepare the chicken by cutting into bite size pieces. 
The sauce may be thin.  To thicken it add 1 tbsp corn starch to 1 tbsp cold water.  Stir to combine and then add to crock pot. Let sauce stand for a few minutes.  If not at desired consistency, repeat the process. 

Serve over brown rice and steam in bag shelled edamame.   This would also be good in butter lettuce as an orange chicken lettuce wrap.  For lettuce wrap, shred chicken instead of cutting it.