Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Week 5 Tuesday (2/4/14)

Before I began I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my nephew, Shane.

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Beef and Bean Burrito
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 66-67      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 544 calories per serving, if 12 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I have never actually made a burrito before so this was going to be a first for me.  Personally, there is nothing better to me than a burrito bowl from Chipotle.  I may go so far as to say I am a burrito bowl addict.
         The burritos were fun to make but I made myself crazy when I decided to make 24 of them.  I would have liked the meat to be spicier and maybe add a few less beans. I must say that mine was to die for when I added guacamole and sour cream on top.  I really felt like I accomplished a new skill and will definitely make them again. 

Unfortunately, I added the guacamole after I took the picture

I really needed something else on top - oh well maybe next time.

Today’s critics: 
         The Serpicos were sent quite a few of these gems. They thought the burritos were good but a whole one was too much.  A half seemed just about right. They felt they weren’t anything special but prefer to build their own burrito.
         Brandy Lehman reported, “Did not care for the burritos, But I’m not sure what it was but they just weren't for me. I did give a couple to Greg, so you should ask him for his opinion too, but for me, no good. Very spicy, and too many refried beans.

Why Weight?

         What is a binge? It is crazy overeating pure and simple. When I binged it was to make me numb, feel nothing, want nothing but peace from my thoughts and shortcomings. I ate to hide my feelings because they were overpowering at times. The problem with a binge is the aftermath. I had feelings of self-loathing, disgust, and disappointment in my failure to maintain my ability to lose weight.
         I recently, at the end of January, had a mini binge after the holidays. Even though I am not on a diet, but just counting calories, this time was different than any other in the past. It was two days of continuous eating, but I did maintain some control. Over the holidays I gained a total of six pounds. I went up and down during that time but on January 23rd I got back to my new normal.
         When I began counting calories I discovered that I could avoid a plateau if I varied my calories totals each week.  For instance, on the 23rd I ate 1,501 cal., the 24th was 1,538 cal., the 25th was 1,758 cal, and the 26th was 1,746 calories and then I dropped seven pounds.  Life can be really good.
         The compulsive eating did not come to me overnight. I have perfected it over my lifetime. But now I understand my needs better and because I know better – I do better.
         I am so thrilled that I have finally broken through the dam and am back on my journey. Yeah for the 116 pounds I have lost to date. That makes me 151 pounds lower than my highest weight.  Thank God I am back on the road to a new normal and lower weight.

My Gorgeous Girls

         Are you doing all that you can for your four legged friends?  One of the things on my monthly calendar is to make sure I give my girls their heartworm pill and apply flea and tick prevention.  I personally administer these two on the first of each month, which is the same day I change my furnace filters.  Sorry – off topic - random thought.  I write everything down which is not to say I am losing my mind – okay it could be, or maybe its just because I am a busy girl.  Either way – my girls come first.  Plan ahead and always have pet supplies on hand.

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