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Dukan Diet {Week 19}

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Dukan Diet, Recipes | 0 comments

This week has been pretty good. I’m fully back into the swing of things, making eating the right way much much easier. I don’t even THINK about having any sweets or carbs (most of the time, anyway). Unfortunately it’s my time of the month, so weight loss was stagnate for a few days. Then after the first day of my period, I dropped 2 pounds overnight. That puts me on track toward reaching my goal on time. Yippee!

With this whole dieting thing, it’s kind of strange to notice how your body changes. It’s seems like you’re going along, seeing the number on the scale go down, but not noticing a big difference in how you look. Then, one day, you look noticeably thinner. And other people start to notice as well. Now people who don’t see me everyday are always surprised by how much thinner I look, which makes me feel awesome.

I’ve also noticed a big boost in my self-esteem. I’m happy when I look in the mirror rather than depressed. I can fit into jeans that I haven’t worn since 2007. I can see my collar bones and hip bones again (but not in a creepy anorexic way), and my belly is slowly getting flatter.

These days I feel like putting more of an effort into my appearance. It feels like I’ve woken up from some kind of fog that I’ve been in the last few years, and I’m not even at my goal weight yet which makes me even happier.

I went to a kid’s birthday party last weekend (which was filled with temptation– pizza, cheese sticks, cake) and was asked by a couple of people how I was losing the weight. Was I starving all the time? No! Do I have to bring food with me everywhere? Yeah, sort of. Whenever I get people who are really interested, I always hope they’ll decide to do it, too. I know that it can seem extreme to people who haven’t tried it (believe me, I thought so too when I first heard about it), but it’s really not that bad after the first week. Plus, it’s only temporary.

I’ve only ever done one other diet before this one, and that was Body for Life which is very¬†complicated and time-consuming if you ask me. The Dukan is so much easier to follow. My mom, who has done a few diets in her time, said it’s the easiest diet she’s ever been on. By the way, Mom has reached her True Weight and is now on the Consolidation Phase. I am so happy for her! She’s feeling a lot happier with the way she looks as well.

I wanted to share one of my favorite PV dinners with you this week. It’s great to make for dinner when you don’t have a lot of time or just don’t feel like doing a lot of cooking.

Taco Salad

1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey

1 package reduced sodium Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

Salad mix of your choice (I use hearts of romaine)

1 tomato, diced

Fat-free sour cream

Fat-free cheddar cheese

Salsa (make sure there’s no sugar or any starchy vegetables listed under the ingredients)

Mild taco sauce

Brown the ground beef. Drain. Add the taco seasoning and 2/3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Build your salad: lettuce, meat, taco sauce, cheese, salsa, tomatoes and sour cream. Enjoy!

See? Super easy and super tasty. You can add any other Dukan-friendly toppings you want, like bell peppers, jalepenos, etc. ¬†Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s easily modified for those who aren’t dieting. Add taco shells into the equation along with regular sour cream and cheese, and you’ve got tacos for the whole family. We have tacos at least every other week, especially if the kids are over, and everyone’s happy.

Starting Weight: 191 lbs

Current Weight: 156 lbs (35 pounds lost!)

Goal Weight: 139 lbs (17 pounds to go!)

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Yummy Pork Chops

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Recipes | 0 comments

 

I have always been afraid to cook without a recipe. I like structure– clear, precise instructions on how to do something correctly. I guess I was afraid I would mess up and ruin whatever it is I was trying to make. However, in the last couple years I have become a little more adventurous and traveled off the beaten path so to speak. I began throwing stuff together without much guidance. This was a big step for me. :)

I began cooking pork chops on a regular basis, and one day my husband tells me that he likes them cooked with cream of mushroom soup. I’d never heard of such a thing, but apparently it’s pretty popular. I asked his ex-wife how she used to make them and looked up a few recipes online. Then, I just went for it. The result is a nice, juicy pork chop with a sauce that works great as a gravy for mashed potatoes.

Mushroom Pork Chops

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 center cut pork loin chops
Lawry’s Garlic Salt to taste
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Season the chops with the garlic salt on each side and then add to the skillet. Cook until slightly browned on each side but not fully cooked.

Reduce heat to medium. Add the can of cream of mushroom soup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until fully cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes.

You can also add sliced fresh mushrooms when you add the soup to make it heartier.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

2 baking potatoes
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup of milk
1 tablespoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt

Peel and cube the potatoes. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.

Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add the butter (I like to cover with the hot potatoes so it starts to melt faster), milk and garlic salt.

Mix with a hand mixer until creamy.

Serve with Mushroom Pork Chops and green vegetable of your choice.

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