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August 6 progress update & more

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Well so far I am surprising myself and I am actually losing some weight! Woo Hoo! I have been doing some power walking (fast for me anyway) and I am now fitting into clothes that I would not have been able to a month ago. How's that for progress?

My calorie range has been from 1300 to 1600 calories per day. Per the doctor, I am supposed to be closer to 1300 a day which is my goal, but hey - life happens. If it hit the 1300 range most of the days and I eat smart, I'm OK with it.

Also, I have incorporated fish into our menu twice a week. We eat Swai and Tilapia, mostly because they are the cheapest fish I can buy, but they taste good too. Here are the recipes I use and they are super simple.

This is the one for the Tilapia. It's low cal and doesn't take long to cook. I deglaze the pan with about 2 tablespoons of white wine which creates a little sauce to go with it.

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Also when I mince garlic, I cheat. emoticon What I actually do is use a garlic mincer that I have had for several years. It comes apart easy and I throw it in the dishwasher (top rack) with no problems. I LOVE this gadget.
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Here is the recipe I use the Swai with. Using the Panko breadcrumbs makes a big difference in the texture of the dish when eating it. It uses grated lemon rind in the breadcrumb mixture and I use the rest of the lemon for the fish, nothing gets wasted.

www.myrecipes.com
/recipe/parmesan-crusted-b
aked-fish-207099/


So, by my calculations, I have lost 13 pounds since the beginning of June. I am attending weekly weight management classes at the hospital too. I don't want to just do the diet thing and see the doctor every month. I am making a commitment to myself to do this. I guess it's an investment really.

Now on to some other stuff. What have I been up to lately outside what I have just talked about? Well, I have been making coffee sleeves. What's that you say? Well, take a look at the picture below and you'll get an idea. Some of you might recognize the material I used as it was the same material I used when I made that purse a while back.

Here's the front


Here's the back


And here's what it looks like closed


Who knows what I will come up with this weekend!
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