Please Forgive

I havent cooked anything worth photographing, nor anything else health related. And to be honest, all I really want to blog about is my life-woes (or non-woes) and my wedding. For this I am sorry that for the next 10 months I may be slightly useless as far as weight loss motivation.

And do I still plan on losing weight for the big day? Well it depends. I spent a good week doing the hunger diet. Oh whats that you ask? It’s where I don’t eat unless I am VERY hungry, and I always go to bed a little hungry. It might seem like starving yourself, but it’s not, I swear I eat. However in 10 days I lost 8 pounds. Yup 8 pounds in 10 days. Wanna guess how many days it took me to gain back? Ok I only gained back 4 pounds, but as you can see I can drop weight and pack it on like its my job! Ha! So I really feel like its futile. I know I eat healthy. I eat when I’m hungry. I make good choices. I don’t work out at a gym, but I have a pretty labor intensive job (for instance last week I was harnessed onto a moving platform 20 feet in the air, where I had to hold a cordless circular saw to cut down a 50 foot wall for a 45 minutes!). I don’t know. I mostly wanted to lose weight for the dress, but over the last few days (and after a dress trying on Hell) I realized that I DO want to look and feel like myself. I want to be comfortable and happy, not stressed. And so I may continue to work on it a little, but I’m going to give a good effort in not stressing. I’m also re thinking my entire feeling on dresses, even lowering my previous budget of **trying to find one under $700*** to insisting on spending less than $250!

So that’s that.

The holidays are coming up! This is nice and not so nice. Again its hard for me to get excited when A. I have so many other plans and things I’m focusing on (especially financially) and B. I’m not with my family. However they are here, and its our first “engaged” Christmas and our last “Not-Married” Christmas so I want to celebrate!

Mr. Gaunt and I have decided to get each other undergarments for Christmas…lol! Seriously. We both are in dire need of all new underwear, socks, undershirts, camis and bras. So that’s what we are getting each other! Lots and lots of underwear! Whats not to like? That way we are buying useful things and not stuff we don’t need. We are moving AND getting married so purchasing other stuff seems silly right now.

We are doing Thanksgiving at Ms. G’s house again. It’s always a good time of cooking and sitting on the porch and drinking Champagne. She’s already planning the menu, and has some amazing Kale recipes in the works! I’ll be making pies, because I like that.

Mr. Gaunt’s Birthday is the 28th, and I want to get him a new portable DVD player. I think I might (for the first time ever) attempt to hit up Target and maybe Best Buy on Black Friday to see if I can’t get a good deal. I don’t have to work that morning, so why not? Im also hoping to get a dinner party at a restaurant planned for his actual birthday, since it’s the big 3-0 and all.

Lastly I have ordered some pieces to put together little surprises for my bridesmaids that will go out next week…eek! And I have a graphic designer working on a quote for all of our paper wedding goods (invites and such) that I will get tonight. Fingers crossed I can afford it!

Last but not least I leave you with a few recipes to remind you how diverse and amazing Kale is! Use it in your Holiday meals!:

Kale Pesto Spread (click the photo to go to the recipe)

Chinese Noodles with Kale and Mushrooms (click the photo to go to the recipe)

Mashed Potatoes and Kale (click the photo to go to the recipe)

Vegan Sweet Potato, Corn, and Kale Chowder

Thanksgiving Part 2: Food!

Umm this needs no introduction, just a mess of yummy food that was eaten!

 

Making a low fat cheese, brocolli, cauliflower casserol!

Recipe for this was posted on my Thanksgiving Veggies post I replaced all cheese and butter with low fat.

Finished product

mmm...nuts!

Shrimp Appi!

Becuase you need to eat before you eat.

Smoked Salmon Asparagus and chickpeas! Recipe also on the Thanksgving Veggie Post, I jsut replaced the regular Salmon with smoked.

Chilled and ready.

HOW GROSS! Boiled neck!

The Main event!

All done!

The table is set

 

Stuffing

Carved

yup, ate that.

Birthday cake for Mr. Gaunt. I made a Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pie too but forgot to take a picture!

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Part 1: Family, Friends, and Fun!

Well I took a million pictures on thanksgiving because there was just sooo much going on! First off Tomorrow (the 28th) is Mr. Guant’s 29th Birthday, and since its so close to Thanksgiving (and thats the day his mom went into labor!) he usually celebrates most of his birthday on the holiday.

Mr. Gaunt has a pretty small family, no cousins or siblings (yes is is spoiled rotten) so family gathering usually just consist of his Mom and I. I assumed Thanksgiving would be that way, but it quickly turned into quite the gathering with multiple friends coming over including his god parents and god siblings! So it was pretty fun.

Im saving the next post to focus on food so this one is just about birthday and the rest of the non-eating events!

 

Trying to guess his presents...soooo anoying!

A new Broncos ornament from his mom!

A big Ass Birthday card from his aunt Judy.

un-wrapping a new Rockies jacket

A New ipod!

Gifts for me too!

A "new to me" Brooch from J's mom. I love it!

***HUGS***

Me Cooking

Mr. Gaunt was in charge of dishes.

Mr. Gaunt and his mom being "Proper"

Us

Carving the bird

Making gravy! My favorite part.

Ready to eat!

Pretty table

A kitchen full of food

Watching football after dinner.

He had to change into this after dinner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gaunt!

 

 

Thanksgiving Veggies – Healthy Style?

So this year Im in charge of the vegetable sides for thanksgiving. I havent decided on what exactly Im going to do but here are a few Ideas. I obviously want low fat and I want something a little interesting, no green bean casserole for this girl.

So here are the ideas Im thinking of. Please note I will probably adjust most of these recipes to make them lower in calories.

 

Salmon, Asparagus, Chick Pea Salad

This Salmon, Asparagus & Chickpea Salad looks amazing! I love asparagus! I think the one thing I would change would be to use smoked salmon instead of fresh salmon, thus eliminating a cooking step and adding a salty Northwest flair.

 

Garlic Kale and Onions

With my new love of Kale I really kind of wanted to make a Kale dish for Thanksgiving. This sautéed Kale with Onion, Garlic and White Kidney Beans looks pretty yummy. Im not completely sold on the Kidney beans, but the rest sounds super good!

 

Broccoli Cauliflower casserole

This one’s not as healthy, although I think I can reduce the cheese and make a lower calorie Cream Cheese. I do think Mr. Gaunt will LOVE this Broccoli Cauliflower Cheese casserole, and a friend of mine suggested using swiss cheese which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

 

 

 

Almost 60 baby!

Weigh in went splendid! Except that I was starving (oh come on like you dont hold off eating until after your weigh-ins!) and its “Holiday Talk” time so all we did was talk about Holiday food traditions…drool. Anyways I felt like I had a pretty good week, but it was nice to step on the scale and see…

-2.8lbs!

Holla! That puts me 57.8 lbs lost! That my friend is most definitely 60lbs naked! Im very pleased with this.

In other news I really think I might wanna do the Denver Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day. Its a 4 mile walk at 10:30 am and I think it would be the perfect pre-meal activity so I dont feel bad about all the yummy food I will be having! Who else wants to do this with me?

Picture 2

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPE:

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