Measuring Success In The Things We Don't (Won't) Do Anymore

Friday, November 04, 2011

I remember watching Biggest Loser (I think it was last season) and during a temptation, they had a room full of the foods that were the biggest triggers for the contestants - when Jenn (I think that was her name) pointed to macaroni and cheese (the boxed kind) and said "I used to eating mixing bowls of that" I remember thinking "uh, yeah, I can relate"

I've come a long way

sometimes, especially in the days when I lived alone, I would make a whole box for dinner with butter and whole milk, sometimes I would add a can of tuna and maybe some peas when I wanted to make it "healthy" - lol!

I have no idea what even one serving of it is now - I know if I even thought of eating it I would look first - I think there are probably 4 servings in a box, and they are between 300-400 a serving - wow

lately for lunch I've been having a little pasta - I cook 1 oz dry, add a cup of mushrooms that have been wilted down in the microwave with a touch of butter (and today, because I was feeling pretty adventurous, I added ham) - then I mix in the pasta, add a little white pepper and melt a piece of cheese on top - it is just over 300 calories (with ham, about 250 without) - and it is more than enough, plus really yummy (way yummier than the boxed cheese and mac)

why only 1 oz of dry pasta? well, pasta has a lot of calories, but I like pasta - so compromise :)

I do still eat it in the mixing bowl, just the tiniest one in the set, because it was my grandmother's and I like to think of her when I use it :)

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    Yay for grandma's mixing bowls! :D I love pasta too, and I'm working on only cooking a few ounces at a time and scale down recipes, rather than a whole one pound package for 2 adults. Not that we would eat that much in one sitting, but I liked to have leftovers so I didn't have to cook it another night, and seriously, I now recognize it was just an excuse to make WAY more that we needed and WAY overeat! :D Yes, eating habits have changed, and that is such a positive! :D
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  • LADYBUG1107
    Congratulations on the progress!
    3164 days ago
    Bahahaha! Yep, I remember boxed mac and cheese! It used to be really cheap, like 4 boxes for a dollar....5 kids=boxed mac and cheese! Which I also ate by the mixing bowl full.
    Love your pasta lunch! Yum!
    3165 days ago
    Oh yes, I can relate! For me it was ice cream. It used to come in pint tubs so I figured I could eat the whole thing in one sitting. Well, one of those every night on top of all the other stuff during the day... Oh dear.

    I had two small scoops of ice cream last night (the most I've eaten all this year) and can definitely live without it for a long time again. My ice cream replacement is a blended ice/milk/cocoa/raw sugar frappucino and it's awesome.

    WTG on finding a healthier choice! emoticon
    3165 days ago
    How cute is that! I love it! I usually steer clear of pasta these days but really enjoy it when I do eat it! There's lots of stuff I won't/don't do anymore and every time I remember what one of those things are, I glow! Congrats Katie ... sounds like you are doing fabulous!
    3165 days ago
    I can relate to this! Macaroni & Cheese + Me = My whole 3rd trimester, lol!! Thanks for sharing..
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  • BLH507
    Sounds like a great lunch! I have all that stuff too!
    3165 days ago
    thats sweet about your grandmother
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  • no profile photo CD5983865
    Sounds good. I love amping up pasta with veggies. I even can do just peeled ribbons of zucchini instead of pasta altogether. ( I use a lean meat homemade marinara sauce and it's amazing!)
    3165 days ago
    That'g great. I love Mac-n-Cheese. I saw a 3 cheese healthy recipe I'm thinking of trying.

    Great blog.
    3165 days ago
    Lol luv it as. I just cooked a batch for the kids..have sleep over y
    Tonight ! 1 box
    for 4 ppl ;)
    3165 days ago
    You have got that right, girlfriend!

    3165 days ago
    That sounds yummy! And a GREAT way to get some pasta and still have a healthy, in range, lunch! Woo hoo!
    3165 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    It's funny, because I look at this an entirely different way. My mom would make a box of that stuff and split it as a side dish between six of us. I look back at that and think, what? We got like three spoonfuls of the stuff? How is that a side dish? Was it worth the calories? I can't imagine it was filling. Then again, I look back at most of the meals my mother made in my childhood and wonder how she thought we'd survive on as little food as she gave us. I was always sneaking food just to stay healthy, because I swear as growing teenagers we probably ate 1000 calories a day, and that only because she made meals out of junk...

    These days, she's pretty appalled that my three boys (ages 7 to 11) can put away five times as much food as she fed us when we were teenagers, and she wonders how they stay really thin. Well, exercise, and the fact that they're putting away healthy food, not boxed mac & cheese...
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  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    emoticon You go, girl! emoticon
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