Cinch Day 11 & Reader’s Comment

Hi everyone.  It’s a snowy Day 11 and after a couple days slipping off the wagon, I’m determined to get back on and not waste all of my efforts.  Let’s get this week started off right…

At least someone is enjoying the snow.

Today’s Meal Plan:

Meal Plan Time
Cereal with 1% milk & oatmeal cake 6 am
Cherries, macadamia nuts 10:30am
Sauteed spinach & sweet potato, slice of toast with ricotta, tangerine 3 pm
Cheese & quinoa stuffed peppers  7 pm

Today’s Workout:  P90X Plyometrics DVD (1 hour) 

Stuffed Pepper

The stuffed pepper was not my favorite.  Not bad, but I didn’t like the flavor combo and it seemed like a lot of effort for something I could have made in half the time by chopping the pepper and tossing everything in a bowl.  But it was pretty and appetizing to look at.  Now if I could only make chocolate not look so appetizing.

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Lastly, I’ve been getting some really comments from all of you, and this one I felt was worthy of posting for everyone.  Very detailed and it might offer some good alternatives for you:

… ” For those of you just starting out, here are some things I discovered (it really is a learning curve):


1) Raspberries are hard to find in some areas right now- they are really not in season.  I found some at Target(Sam’s Club didn’t have any) though-$3 for 6 ounces, which isn’t too bad.  I ended up mixing raspberries and blueberries and have still have had great results.  I figure blueberries are great antioxidants too.  They have a few more calories per cup, but not many.

2) Spinach. Sam’s carries large 1 pound organic baby spinach for around $3.50-great price and really fresh and tasty!!

3) I know that the author recommends plain non-fat organic yogurt…But, I have been mixing a 1:1 ratio of the plain non-fat with Dannon Light and Fit VANILLA- same calories(110 per cup)/just has flavorings and artificial sweetener- It really tastes much better.  I feel like I am getting a little treat with the sweetness.

4) I really did not like “evening smoothie”, so I eat the yogurt topped with the berries by itself and just eat the almond butter plain.  I never tried Almond Butter before, but I am hooked- absolutely love it.  I will be using it from now on!!

5)  My morning scramble- I also saute a little garlic in the skillet(lightly wipe EVOO on skillet) then add the spinach until it starts to wilt, then add the eggs.  Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper- really yummy. I can actually say I look forward to it.  I think I will start to incorporate that into my diet in the future.

6) I also found the first few days of the diet decreases “regularity”- I think it is the yogurt and the shear decrease of volume of food we are eating.

7) I have to admit I did have one small cheat today- 1 Hershey kiss 🙂  Way better than the 15 I could knock down b4 the diet  🙂  I’m actually looking forward to getting onto the scale in the morning !! Can’t remember the last time I said that!

8) The book was hard to find at local bookstores.  The Barnes and Noble and Borders near me were sold out- Must be popular.  I called a Borders in another town- They had it! They have a 33% off coupon online that you can print

Good Luck to everyone!!!    Lisa

Thanks for your comments, Lisa, and everyone else that has been chiming in as well! 

To close the day, here’s my late lunch concoction.  Although not a recipe from the book, I was trying to use some spare ingredients in my fridge and I think it turned out pretty well.  Can you believe that’s only half a sweet potato?  I roasted the sweet potatoes in the oven with olive oil and a few herbs (last night), then tossed it in a skillet with 1 cup spinach and a little more olive oil.  And that is ricotta on the toast.  Ricotta cheese is my new favorite… it reminds me of thick, whipped butter but with a fraction of the fat and guilt.  Yum!