Starched

I just finished my dinner from Day 6 of the Mary’s Mini “diet”! It’s going pretty well, and I’m happy with the results so far.  For those who want to know what I’m actually eating, here are my menus for this past week.

Day 2 Menu (Monday):

  • Breakfast: hash brown potatoes with spinach; some mixed berries (The berries were ok on the “old plan” but I think technically not compliant for the new version of the Mini.)
  • Lunch: baked potato with sautéed onions and peppers, zucchini salad
  • Snacks: cucumbers in apple cider vinegar and an apple
    (I even stayed away from the red licorice!)
  • Dinner: mashed potatoes with RawTill4Diet Mushroom Gravy, corn and green beans – OMG, delicious!
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Day 3 Menu (Tuesday):

  • Breakfast: hash brown potatoes with spinach (yes, I made enough for a few days) and the mixed berries
  • Lunch: leftover mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans
  • Snacks: cucumbers
  • Dinner: hash brown bake in “cheez” sauce (This was a really easy recipe but I couldn’t find it online to share a link. If you are interested in the details, let me know! My only regret was adding the pepper. I really don’t like pepper, so I’m not sure why I did that.)

Day 4 Menu (Wednesday):

  • Breakfast: mixed berries, and that’s it… It was a crazy day!
  • Lunch: leftover hash brown bake
  • Snacks: cucumbers and a few corn tortilla chips when I got home from work
  • Dinner: baked potato topped with the quinoa and veggie dish I made for the boys

Day 5 Menu (Thursday):

  • Breakfast: mixed berries, baked potato with ketchup
  • Lunch: mashed potatoes with gravy
  • Snack: cucumbers
  • Dinner: stir “fry”: steamed rice, steamed broccoli and some soy sauce, just dry-fried in a non-stick pan.  (I did break the “rules” of the mini by switching out my starch but I was in a hurry and needed something that wasn’t a potato!)

Day 6 Menu (Friday):

  • Breakfast: banana
  • Lunch: leftover stir fry
  • Snack: I know you will be surprised… wait for it!  Cucumbers!
  • Dinner: whole grain pasta with mushrooms, capers, spinach and lemon

At weigh-in this morning, I was down 3.5 pounds! And that’s the halfway point weigh in. The weekend is ahead and that will be tough, as we usually eat out on weekends. We’ll have to either stay home or be very selective in where we go to eat!

And in case anyone was wondering, no, David and Ethan are NOT eating this way!  (Although Ethan has been enjoying my potato and rice dishes!  I was tempted to say “Hey, those are MY potatoes”, but I was glad to see his interest in my healthy foods.)

I’ll report in again when I’m done!

IMDb: Starched (2001)

Staying Alive

I’m reblogging a post from my dear friend, Lisa. It’s not just anyone I re-blog… but Lisa and I are part of the sisterhood that is breast cancer and we have had very similar journeys. Lisa is the one who educated me about Estriol and she also got me using essential oils — both a great benefit to my health. She will be holding a Facebook class on Monday night, “Essential Oils That Have Let Me Thrive in Recovery”. If you’ve had any interest in essential oils, I Hope you will check out her class. You can see the details in her post.

P.S. Lisa, nice job on the post name! :)

NOWHERE TO RUN

john travolta staying alive

It’s been many, many moons since I wrote a post. But when I had someone reach out with a personal e-mail asking for advice and hoping I was still doing well, I knew I had to get back to writing regularly. It’s nice to have folks care about how I’m doing after all this time.

Last weekend marked 3 years since I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. The day came and went without much fanfare, until I sat down that night and realized what a huge milestone that actually is. I know that 5 years is the magical number for survival odds to greatly increase, but hey, I’m on the downward slope now and I can see the prize.

I guess you could say I’m doing fantastically well, which is part of the reason for my long blogging hiatus. There hasn’t been much to report other than the…

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