Last week was a roller-coaster for us here in the Z. household. Hit by a monstrous stomach bug at the beginning of the week, entrenched in Catholic Schools Week hysteria for the rest of the week, worrying about a serious surgery for a beloved family member, and experiencing some other things that I don't care to describe (it's always the little things), we struggled to keep our heads above water.
So, at the end of the week, when I met with my nutritionist and TSFL health coach, I wasn't expecting great results. I also knew that there would be some discussion of what I've been doing in terms of the 12 Week Health Transformation. Much of this is "mind-work" and I'd been doing a lot of thinking.
I took a typical day and looked at what I'd done:
1. Meal Replacement
2. Mini-bagel with butter
3. Meal Replacement
4. Sandwich with ham and cheese and 1 serving of BBQ chips
5. Meal Replacement
6. Casserole made with rice and ground turkey.
As I said in our meeting, it dawned as I looked at this that I was only half following TSFL. As a result, I was just swirling around and around and around in stasis.
So, I recommitted myself. I worked hard this past week. I thought about what I was doing and I was feeling good about my choices.
This despite the fact that, for some crazy reason, I did my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's on Sunday -- not normal for me. My meal plan -- usually consisting of home-cooked meals from the Skinnytaste website these days -- contains the following:
Sunday: Grandparents Day Casserole (from St. John the Evangelist cookbook -- bread, eggs, sausage, and cheese)
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie Soup (from Skinnytaste and very good)
Tuesday: Trader Joe's meal (frozen gnocchi and broccoli -- I didn't eat this.)
Wednesday: Leftover barbecue from Skinnytaste
Thursday: Trader Joe's meal (will be marinated chipotle chicken skewers and rice)
Friday: mini pizzas for kids (from Trader Joe's).
So mostly it consists of leftovers or frozen meal starters from Trader Joe's. I've avoided the awful things -- even the Grandparent's Day casserole had only 4 pieces of bread in the entire 9x13 pan and I am able to have eggs,so no problem.
The rest of the time, I've been very faithful to the 5&1 concept of TSFL.
Until today, when I adapted a cookie recipe and... ran with it.
Peanut Butter Cookie recipe and substitute Speculoos cookie butter for the peanut butter and added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter.
Oh my gosh. Very, very good. And I had about 2 or 3 of those lovely things, tasting them throughout the cookie baking life cycle: Batter, fresh out of the oven, and after setting up. Now they are in a glass cookie jar, where they will be sent out with the children to school. I may even put them into snack bags and freeze them for lunches next week. Thank God the recipe makes only 2 dozen.