Saturday I woke up and I felt . . .smaller.  I know it sounds weird, but I just decided to jump on my Zero scale and see where I was at – I normally WI on Sunday’s but figured a day wouldn’t make that much of a difference.

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I started out at 175.4 – I am only 7.9 pounds away from the 150s!  And if I keep this up, I could be there in a month!  -7.8 in 19 days!

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And, um, not sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve eaten some amazing food these last three weeks!

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When I updated my DietBet WI online, I didn’t realize it was going to post to Facebook, but someone asked “How?!”  Well, here’s what I am doing different this time around:

  1. Since April 1, I’ve been eating a minimum of 30 grams of protein per meal.  I cannot tell you how this has been a game changer for me.  Because of all the protein I literally don’t even think of food in between meals.  I can walk by donuts at work no problem.  In fact one day last week I ate a late lunch at like 2 p.m.  At 5 I had to force myself to eat half a banana and peanut butter to fuel my after work workout, I was still so full from lunch!
  2. I drink a lot of water.  Probably a gallon a day.  I use my infuser cup with fresh herbs and fruit, I fill up my cup as soon as I get home from work and continue to drink water right up until bedtime.  Sadly, this means I get up to pee in the middle of the night which I’ve never had to do before, but I have mad sleeping skillz and can fall right back to sleep.
  3. I work out a lot.  Most days it’s 90 minutes, but when it’s spread throughout the day, it doesn’t feel like it.  20 minute walk before work, 40 minute treadmill or walking outside at lunch, then my 30 minutes of strength and then another 30 minutes of cardio.  I still get home around 6:30.  And usually by 9:00 p.m. I shut off my computer/tablet/cell phone and watch 90 minutes of my DVR shows.
  4. I don’t drink as much wine.  I know, shocker!  I don’t have any during the work week, and I limit myself to a few glasses on Friday and Saturday night, and that’s it.
  5. I don’t treat the weekend any differently than I do the work week.  I can’t tell you how many Friday nights I’d come home and say “it’s the weekend!” and eat way too much pizza, and continue to eat like crap until Sunday night when I tell myself “I am back on!”  Back on what?  This is a lifestyle change that doesn’t have an on and off switch.  Every day I have to make the right decisions, and that includes the weekends.

So I have technically met my DietBet challenge ahead of schedule, so while I would like to lose another pound this week, all I really have to do is maintain my weight to win.  The pot is nearly $17,000, so it will be interesting to see how many of the participants actually made their 4% weight loss goal.  If only half did, then those people split the pot. 


My store had bone-in chicken breasts on sale for $1.79 a pound.  I love bone-in chicken breasts!  So much flavor.  Saturday night was 60 degrees and the perfect time to light up the Weber.  I am still in need of a gas grill since I do like to grill during the work week, but I haven’t narrowed it down to which one I want just yet.

Blog reader Carol (I hope I remembered that right?!) sent me this book a couple years ago:

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This recipe just jumped out at me, and I am lucky that my store has a whole wall of dried chilies all for around $1.49 a package.  The only thing I changed from the recipe below is that I couldn’t find fresh ancho chiles, so I substituted poblano peppers.  Oh, and I didn’t have any cloves, and I don’t really care for them anyway.

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I put a few cups of water in my 4 cup measuring cup and nuked it for 5 minutes to boil the water.  I chopped the tops off of the chiles, and when the water was boiling, but the dried chiles in the hot water, submerged with a plate so they stayed under the water for 20 minutes.  After that, you just throw everything into a blender of food processor and you are all set!   I was nervous about it being too spicy, so I did get rid of a lot of the seeds of the dried chiles, so while this wasn’t too spicy, it was super flavorful and smoky tasting.  I ended up using it as a bbq sauce to our grilled chicken.  Um, I kind of puffy heart cracked black pepper.  Tony was never a fan of pepper, so I was able to really season the chicken.

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Holy balls this was delicious.  The chicken was cooked perfectly, so juicy.  Although I did use too many coals as I normally do in the beginning of each grilling season.  When I took the chicken off and saw how many coals were in there, I could hear Tony’s voice saying “too many coals!”  Fuck I miss him.  That was our thing to sit outside and grill and it’s just not the same without him.

Alright, I am hoping the rain will stop so I can get in some steps before work.  Looking forward to my pork chop for breakfast – sounds weird, but I think it will be good!  Make it a great day!