Friday, December 28, 2012
I completely forgot about how often we end up going out to eat with various friends/family/functions in December, so that didn't go as I'd planned. But I did make the Shepherd's Pie (using the ground lamb...evil evil evil) and the 3-bean chili (with venison sausage), as well as 2 boxes each of hamburger helper, chicken helper, and mac'n'cheese, 1 pizza and the pizza rolls.
But we're almost out of Mountain Dew (the hubby's biggest challenge) and I have our freezer restocked with meat, most of it individually packaged for portion control and faster thawing. We're still working on eating up the leftovers from the Christmas Eve dinner I made, 2 roast chickens with stuffing, homemade mashed potatoes, from-scratch gravy, and homemade pumpkin and pecan pies (Christmas Dinner was out with hubby's family, so no leftovers). I'm thinking of cooking the 2 leftover pizzas and cutting them up into small squares as part of the munchies for our New Year's Eve party.
Being sick hasn't helped much - the 3 of us have alternated being sick all month, with me and the little one both down for Christmas, and the hubby spiking a fever the day after. The little one seems all better, I'm on the mend, and hopefully hubby's meds will start helping him soon. Me being sick means grabbing take-out instead of cooking...
Oh well, I can still use things up slowly. My plan is for Mon-Fri to be fairly strick meat-veggies-fruit-dairy, with a bit of cheating with the pastas & pizzas over the weekends. I do have an acorn squash and 3 sweet potatoes that I need to figure out what to do with as well (one of my best friends, that is over a LOT with her daughter is deathly allergic to cinnamon, and also allergic to pecans and maple, so some of the "easy" ideas are off limits)
Monday, December 03, 2012
In an attempt to prepare and reset for the coming year, without being wasteful, I'm trying to use up a few things that are lurking in my pantry and freezer. But I don't want to just go all-out and splurge on bad, junky meals for several days either. I want to work them into a plan that isn't so terrible.
The "culprits" are:
2-3 frozen pizzas, in varieties that I like but the hubby doesn't
1 large bag of Pizza Rolls
6 boxes Hamburger Helper (4 Lasagna, 2 Cheeseburger Mac)
2 boxes Chicken Helper (Parmesan Crusted)
4 boxes store-brand mac'n'cheese
1 large container couscous
1 can Chef Boyardee Ravioli
The slightly less-guilty are:
2 boxes HH Stroganoff, Whole Wheat
2 boxes CH Lemon Herb Chicken, Whole Wheat
1 box Dreamfields rotini
2 boxes whole wheat spaghetti noodles
1 box Rice-a-Roni brown rice
Other things to use up, due to age and a desire to defrost the deep freeze:
grass-fed ground beef, 1-lb pkg (I'm thinking spaghetti)
ground lamb, 3 1-lb pkgs (I'm thinking a 3-bean chili and homemade meatballs for later)
venison sausage, 1-lb pkg (I'm thinking shepherd's pie)
veal stew meat
bay scallops, mussels, & smoked turkey sausage (thinking low-country boil)
sirloin steaks (marinade & grill)
ground turkey, 6lbs (all the must-go HH)
b/s chicken breast, about 5.5 lbs (4 lbs for CH, 1.5 lbs unclaimed)
Monday, November 26, 2012
I was doing VERY well early this year, eating whole fruits and veggies, grilled lean meats, and avoiding most bread and processed carbs. Then I got pregnant and started eating "how I wanted" instead of how I should have.
Now, I'm hitting the holidays, and have gained back over 20lbs of what I lost earlier this year. I lost the baby, I'm not pregnant anymore, there is NO excuse for me to keep up with the junky eating and gaining weight! But I can't stop.
I honestly think that I need to go back on my birth control pills to straighten my hormones back out - but we were wanting to start trying for another little one again soon, which makes the meds pointless. I don't WANT to get pregnant again until I'm back under 200lbs but I don't want to prevent it either. I'm such an emotional & hormonal mess that its no wonder that I keep reaching for cookies and doughnuts and Halloween candy (that we still have some in the house is both good and bad...I haven't eaten it all but I COULD)
I'm trying to get my tracking back in place, and sticking to an appropriate calorie range again, but then I turn around and I'm ravenous, which screws that up.
Partially, I've lost my motivation. I had a HUGE goal/deadline back over the summer (trip to Hawaii with hubby for anniversary and starting TTC) that I met and surpassed - we don't have any big plans coming up, my work schedule changed causing most of my routines to fall apart, and I'm depressed. I know I'm depressed, but my friends and family aren't there for me (a few friends are, but I can't lean on them all the time) and my hubby is in over his head. I keep trying to keep a happy face for my 2 year old, and that seems to be fooling Daddy too. Depressed means binge eating and drinking (at least I'm saving the alcohol until after the little guy is in bed - he doesn't need to see his mommy like this).
I know I'm rambling, my head is going in so many directions on this, hopefully I can get some form of focus back again soon. Deciding what to focus ON is becoming the hard part
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