Menu, Week of 5/19 (A Retrospective)

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I started to plan ahead this week, but I didn’t really make it. I think we did pretty well on eating, though, so I want to document what we did eat for future reference.

Also, I broke out the measuring tape earlier in the week. Wow, was I surprised at the results! In two weeks, I went down in size in nearly every category, starting with a full inch in the waist! For some reason, I went up half an inch in the hips, which makes me think I must have done that measurement wrong to begin with, but overall I lost over 5 inches (bicep, forearm, thigh, calf, waist, neck and chest). Again, I have to say wow!

Oh, and I did a non-fasting cholesterol test at the end of last week–overall cholesterol is only 130, with triglycerides at 75. My HDL is a little low, but I am hoping to turn that around soon. I am amazed my numbers were so low after eating high fat and low carb for over two weeks, though! I ate bacon, eggs and cheese for breakfast about three hours before that blood draw, too.

I didn’t exactly follow my menu the week before because things got a little busy, but I did pretty well and I was happier with what I was eating. Tuesday I ate leftovers instead of cooking, and Wedesday I ended up with only 30 minutes at home before I had to run out the door, so I ended up eating hard salami and pickles, but overall the better planning really helped me this week. I found the food less boring, and I spent a little less money.

I have to say, the change I am having trouble adjusting to is keeping enough meet and especially eggs on hand! We have been eating a lot more eggs for breakfast, and it doesn’t take long to go through a dozen eggs with 3 people eating them. My monthly Costco run is going to look a bit different this time than it has in the past, although I have been getting more meat for a while now–it is just such a good deal to get meat there rather than the grocery store.

Sunday: I had the boy only after the Boy Scout camporee, so we went on a mother/son date at Bandana’s. I had beef and pork, with green beans and cole slaw.

Monday: Leeks, greens and goat cheese fritatta, topped with smoked salmon, salad, steamed broccoli

Tuesday: It was payday, so I ended up going out–NY strip steak, green and wax beans, asparagus soup and just a few pieces of sweet potato hash

Wednesday: sirloin steak, salmon, sauteed spinach, cauli-rice, sauteed mushrooms

Thursday: Last day of school, so we had to work around the end of year party. We ate some leftovers before heading to the party, then the boy went and had pizza with his friends (the girl was off with her dad), and I went out for a burger topped with shrimp and a cajun spice butter sauce with no bun and cole slaw on the side. I also had a few hot wings after we confirmed that there was no breading on the wings.

Friday: This time I had the girl and one of her friends while the boy was off at his dad’s. We went to a local Chinese buffet place that has crablegs on Friday nights, dipped in delicious butter. I had salmon, a bit of roast beef, green beans and butter mushrooms, too, along with a chicken skewer and one BBQ rib.

All in all, still a bit too much eating out, but I think it is getting better. The girl and I really liked the cauli-rice, but the boy was not impressed. I think it might be better for him as a base for other dishes, but he is just not a cauliflower fan.

The kids are both off to their dad’s now until Friday, when they will come home to help pack and get ready to head out on vacation on Saturday. I need to do some planning ahead for myself this week and for the food we are taking for the first part of the trip, which will be a couple of days of camping. I am thinking it might be good to head to Costco today, too.

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