Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. This is the story of our continuing Journey through the ups and downs of maintenance.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Week 17 - PIZZA!!

Today marks the end of week 17 with our lifestyle change and I lost 1 pound last week while my guy lost 2 pounds. Okay, that was my slowest week ever on this plan.... BUT it's STILL GOOD! (My goal was to lose 4 pounds, so I'm trying not to feel dis-heartened - AND I drank water like a maniac last week - but it's still a loss so that's good).
I was doing some comparing with past pictures and this is what I came up with:
These are embarrassing pictures, I tell ya, and just looking at our faces, I KNOW how horrible we felt. But the pics from today look SO much better. I can even see that I have somewhat of a neck now! I missed that! We still have a ways to go and we are determined to get there.
Look at the Dec. 2009 of my man... he was so miserable and just trying to endure life at that time. I am SO thankful that he is feeling better now. He has had a dramatic change in his life with this and he is currently writing about his experience which I will post when he finishes. (It's taking him weeks to write this).

Last week, we tried a pizza recipe that I found first on "Break free from Obesity blog", and then again on "Escape From Obesity blog".
This is Cauliflower Pizza!!
The Crust is made from 1 cup of mashed cauliflower, 1/2 cup egg beaters, and 1/2 cup low fat shredded cheese. You spread it out on a pan or pie tin that is sprayed VERY GOOD with cooking spray and pop in the oven at 450 degrees for 15-20 min. until the edges are crisp and dark. The first batch I did, the pie tins were smaller so the "crust" was thicker. The next time I just spread it out on a cookie sheet.
After the crust is done, let it cool a little, then flip them over and dress your pizza. I used 1/4 cup peppers, 1/4 cup mushrooms, and 1/4 cup meatless crumbles. The second time, I added a few spoons of tomato sauce with itallian seasonings (which has less calories than using pizza sauce).
Then you sprinkle the top with another 1/2 cup low fat cheese and bake at 350 until cheese is all melted... about 5 minutes or so.
The picture below shows the finished pizzas (without any tomato sauce even). My 10 year old son tasted it and loved it and wanted us to make some for him. They were SOOO good!
A couple days later, I tried it again making my "crust" even thinner and using the tomato sauce as part of my veggie and it was the most delish L&G I've had SO far. I realize that I have to be VERY careful when portioning out the cheese and all the ingredients as going over here and there will really add up the calories on this meal.

So for Medifast eaters it goes like this:
Veggies = 1/4 cup green peppers, 1/4 cup mushrooms, 1 cup cauliflower (and possible few spoonfuls of tomato sauce w/Italian seasoning).
Lean meat = 1/2 cup Egg beaters, 1 cup low fat cheese, 1/4 cup meatless crumbles

My goals for this week are to get my body MOVING more. At the gym, going for walks, lifting weights, etc. I really need to get in a set routine. And I need to be careful not to get relaxed about adding extra calories in my L&G meals. My hubby told me that our meals seem to be getting bigger and bigger as I "guess" on measurements of the veggies. No more! They are good enough meals without needing to overstuff ourselves with them!

11 comments:

lynnss1 said...

Hi Margene:

I'm feeling a little chatty today...

Have you compared your "today" photos to the one from 20 years ago that you included your very first posts? If not, you should, because those young faces are back!
And you're right, any loss is still good. Just keep doing what you're doing.

My blood pressure was high last week, despite losing weight. So I looked to see what else can raise it. One culprit is sodium. I was bummed to discover that the Perdue short cuts chicken that I buy cheap at BJ's to throw into my salad is loaded with it. So is one of my "healthy" salad dressings. I'll start reading labels. The bp has inspired me to exercise and I got up at 5 am on Thurs and Fri and rode 4 miles on my recumbent bike before work. Felt good. My chiropractor (who's my medifast coach) is also adjusting my upper neck. Sounds weird, but made sense when he explained how your spine can effect bp. I don't want to have to take meds to control it.

I want to say I'm proud of you (for what my pride is worth) for letting your siblings in on your blog. I know it took a lot of courage for you to do it. I'm a sensitive younger sibling, too, but have come to realize the worrying about what my siblings think is a waste of effort. I also wanted to thank you for sharing about your kids. I have two nephews with ADD and a good friend's son has Asbergers so while I don't have first hand experience, I have an idea of your challenges.

My daughter had her senior prom last. Oh to be that young again!

Hope you have a great week!

Lynn

Deb Willbefree said...

! Your pictures really show your hard work!! Fantastic.

AND, thank you! I've been looking for that pizza recipe. I'll be trying it Monday. :D Gluten-free pizza! Wahoo!

Deb

karen said...

Those pictures are absolutely astonishing! Congrats to you both on the huge changes!!!

I made a variation of this pizza before, too, but didn't have enough cauliflower so used have broccoli & half cauliflower. Amazing!!! My son & I are both gluten free and he is rather anti-veggie most of the time but he devoured these 2 days in a row :)

KisMJ said...
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KisMJ said...

I am glad you found my blog and I am happy to see you tried out the cauliflower pizza! Considering it is made with cauliflower -- pretty good, huh??? :)

I'm not sure if you are registered on Facebook or not but there is a bunch of us posting all the time on the Medifast discussion board and ton's of support! I hope to see you on there as well.

Best of luck and please do stay in touch!!!

Mary Jane

Natalia said...

Wow you guys look great! What an inspiration. To have your hubby on board with you must make things so much easier for you!!! :)

Thanks for the great pizza idea. I was just thinking about pizza this morning! :)

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Lynn - I found that maple seasoning and will be trying it on some salmon soon. Good tip about watching my sodium too. You're so good to be one top of that and take care of yourself!

Deb- You'll have to tell me if you like the pizza!

Karen - Thank you!

Mary Jane - Thanks for the FB tip... I got on this morning and found it. Love it!!

Natalia - Yes, I am blessed to do this w/ my hubby. It's been a long time coming to get us both on the "same page" to do something about our health. Hope you like the pizza too!

Misunderstood and Admired ??? said...

I love to see that pounds are still coming off. You guys look great. I look back on my fatty face pictures and know that I too was in such a bad place back then. You guys seem to have the strength I talked about in my post today and keep the focus. Wow over 60 pounds... that's so great. I know I said it already but over 60 is great!

Ali @ Fat to Fit said...

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If you get a chance, check out my blog - www.fatbutchanging.blogspot.com

Learning to be Less said...

Wow! I love your blog and you are doing fabulously on your journey. I will have to try that pizza. Thanks for visiting my blog! I look forward to following your journey.

Deb Willbefree said...

Wahoo! I had a do-over on the pizza--this time using YOUR recipe! AND it was FANTASTIC!! Losing the egg yolks made the difference. No omelet taste this time.

Excellent, just excellent! Thank you for this. :D

Deb