Before I forget... Tried the steeped tea bag (chai spiced/flavored) with HWC and Stevia. It was very good. (But I like the dry mix more. I'm so hard to please.)
I'm pretty disappointed in myself. After last week's 2 day trip and not watching what I was eating, I gained back a couple of pounds. It's frustrating to spend more than three times that long to get the needle on the scale to budge a pound even! But I've been back at it, even cutting back on the sugarless candy treats I'd been having here and there... okay, well... daily... couple-times-a-day kind of daily, actually. If I could just lose the fruit cravings and yummy hot drinks I'd be sitting pretty. And probably skinnier.
It's so easy to be affected by the people I'm around. A coworker is on Weight Watchers and she munches on a dish of fruit or a big cookie at break time because her diet allows her the points for it and "fruit is good for a person after all", hence my several times a week snack of an apple w/pb. (I'm just thankful that the cookies no longer appeal to me as they had in my prior life!) D and J will be back from Judo shortly and will be undoubtedly bringing me a single-scoop dish of Chocolate Covered Strawberry custard from Culver's, as it's my favorite and I will save it for my cheat day. (Well, that and the fact that I asked for it...) Mother makes supper and it's a noodle loaded nightmare (aka Hamburger Helper) - sorry, Mom, but it is what it is. Oh, wait, lest I forget the vegetable mix of peas/carrots/corn. Sometimes it feels like I'm just doomed to stay fat. You know, darn Target, too! They gave me a Catalina coupon for B1G1 at the Starbucks in their store, so you know I'll have to use that on a mocha or frappuccino with J before it expires. See?!? It's really not my own fault after all.
Monday (check!)- Parents make - Hamburger Helper & Mixed veggies (I had leftovers from last night and about 1T peas.)
Tuesday (check!)- Butter Chicken & Quinoa, Kiwi & Strawberry mix
Wednesday (check!)- Parents make - Steak & Potato
Thursday (check!)- Salmon Patties & Fries
Friday (check!)- Kebobs (not sure what kind, probably shrimp and pork?)
Saturday (check!)- Roasted Chicken (brought to B&N's house, they made rest of meal)
Sunday (check!) - Ham, Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin, beets, corn, gnocchi & gravy
I ordered an Atkins book from Paperbackswap. I'd had one way-back-when I'd made my way down to around 160 (like around 12 years ago). Thought it'd be a great way to get myself back on track better.
I made a cheesecake for Easter. I used the very simple recipe on the inside of the cream cheese package only I omitted the crust and replaced the sugar with a 50/50 mix of xylitol and stevia. Then I used a can of no sugar added cherry pie filling for the topping.
As part of my ongoing efforts to be more frugal I experimented with making my own laundry softener. I used 3c. water, 1&1/2c. vinegar and 1c. hair conditioner. Just mix and use in place of regular softener. I have already used it for several loads and honestly, they appear to be less static than even when I use my typical sheets. There's no residue that I've noticed and no scent other than the Tide detergent that I used for washing.
Oh! Made myself some more homemade creamer. This time I used a can of coconut milk, cocoa, xylitol/stevia and a splash of almond extract. It seemed a tiny bit thick so I added a splash of half and half. I think I should've just left it out as it seems that the coconut flavor became diluted. But it was still pretty tasty in my coffee.