Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A day in my pouch

I had a phone interview yesterday with my local paper about winning the Progresso Soup Contest. They asked me what I was looking forward to the most about going on the trip... was it the makeover, the shopping spree, the trip with my Mom, etc? You know I hadn't really thought about what this trip means to me till they asked but it hit me... I spent my childhood, teens, 20's obese and missed out on a lot of things because of it. I watched my life pass me by from a park bench. I actually had to quit a job when traveling became to difficult... cross country flights with no bathroom because I couldn't fit in it and the always horrifying need to ask for a seat belt extender. This trip for me just celebrates that those days are over and is kind of the icing on the cake of this wonderful weight loss journey. Thank you guys again for your votes and for "icing my cake."

Breakfast: Leftover Steamed Broccoli (made for Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry) became this easy Frittata

Shelly's Broccoli Frittata

1 cup Cooked Broccoli, chopped
1 Green Onion, diced
3 Eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon Parmesan, grated
1 slice Swiss Cheese

Saute onion and broccoli till slightly golden in an oven proof pan. Add eggs. When almost set sprinkle with Parmesan. Flip and cook till done, top with Swiss or top with Swiss and put under broiler for a few minutes to finish.

Lunch: Shrimp Cocktail. I use real cocktail sauce. I use real everything when it comes to condiments. I just don't slather and don't have issues. There are Sugar Free Cocktail Sauces (Walden Farms and Steel's makes them)

Dinner: I started this in the morning and Mmmm it made the house smell so good I was looking forward to it all day.

Shelly's Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

One 2 to 3 lb. Pork Roast (Boneless Picnic Roast)
1 Yellow Onion, sliced
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (Salt, Paprika, Garlic, Onion Blend)
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/2 cup Chicken Broth or Water
Olive Oil for sauteing
3/4 cup BBQ Sauce (I use a combo of two - one reddish & one darker)

Place pork roast in a stock pot and brown slightly on both sides about 3 minutes a side. Place in crock pot. Saute onions till slightly golden. Add garlic. Cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with seasonings. Pour over roast. Pour broth over roast. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until very tender. When done, remove from crock pot, take two forks and pull the pork apart. Drain any juices (there will be a lot) Put meat back in crock pot and add BBQ sauce. Mix lightly. Cook 45 minutes more.

Again, I use the real deal BBQ sauce (a combo of Sweet Baby Ray's and a local company Bert's Barbeque Sauce) If you dump easily you might want to look for a low sugar or no sugar BBQ sauce but really with a 2-3 lb roast the BBQ sauce isn't a lot.

I served it with my super simple cole slaw...

Shelly's Super Simple Cole Slaw

1 (14 oz.) bag of Coleslaw Mix (green cabbage & carrots)
1/4 cup Fage Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Celery Seed
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix. See I told you it was super simple. Tastes best if refrigerated for 1 hour before serving.

We ate it as is... YUM. Pre-op I used to make mini sandwiches for parties. Potato or Hawaiian Roll, Dollop of Pulled Pork, Dollop of Slaw. They were always gobbled up but you really don't miss the bun. Plus no bun = more of the good stuff.

Snacks: 2 scoops of Pistachio Protein Ice Cream, 4 SF Jordan Almonds, Oodles of Coffee.

Shelly's Pistachio Protein Ice Cream

2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Pistachio Pudding Mix, dry
1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 cup chopped pistachios, toasted

Toast 1/4 cup of chopped pistachios for a few minutes in a dry pan. Set aside to cool. Mix together milk, protein, & pudding mix. I used this gadget to mix it up. It makes it airy and lump free. Pour into ice cream maker. Follow your machine's instructions for freezing. 5 minutes before done add the chopped nuts.

You can eat it right away it is soft serve-ish but I like to put it in the freezer to set for an hour. I made a double batch. If you double any ice cream recipe double everything but the protein powder. We can only absorb so much at one sitting and any over 2 scoops would be a waste. It won't effect the consistency.

Other Eggface Protein Ice Cream flavors


Jennifer Miller said...

I think your fans are almost as excited as you are for you to go on this trip :D So glad you won!! I can't wait to hear all about it and see the makeover!

Anonymous said...

Gotta try the pulled pork and coleslaw! Yum, I can't wait! Shelly, I am out 16 months and feel super. I have heard that when we get to our lowest weight that we gain a few pounds before we settle to a place where we can maintain it. Would you tell me the difference between your lowest weight compared to where you currently maintain it. Do you stay within 5 pounds or more? I keep buying clothes but I am afraid to buy to many at the lower size just in case I gain alittle. Who knew that 5 pounds could make such a difference when your smaller! When I was heavy 5 pounds didn't make a diffence :) Thanks for all you do for us! I am so HAPPY for you to go to New York with your Mum, I voted everyday from my home computer and my work computer, even had co workers vote!
Shelley, Flagstaff, AZ

mystkmac said...

Shelly, this post made me cry. You said exactly how I feel. I feel as if I have been sitting on a park bench, just watching my life go by...Now I am getting my life back. And I am OFF that bench! I am now strolling through the park with you! ;)
Congrats, again! You're the best!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you!! And so glad to help you win your trip, I can sooo relate to the whole seat belt extender LOL and am forever thankful that I don't have to ask for one anymore. You have been a major contributing factor to my WLS journey, couldn't have made it this far without your great recipes and sense of humor :) Have the told you when your trip is yet? Hope you have fun!!!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Jennifer, Nicole, It's at the end of May. They will send an itinerary 2 weeks before. I will take loads of pics!! You'll be sick of seeing it ;)

Shelley, Hope you enjoy it :) I have a target scale # I like to stay under and I seem to stay right around it... give or take 3 to 4 pounds. I got sick a couple of month ago and lost a few but then around my period they were magically back. It doesn't seem to effect my clothing thank goodness. Size 4 pants have been my lowest and what I'm wearing now. I do the same pretty much every week calorie wise and same exercise routine. That doesn't change much unless I get sick, have some crazy busy active week or the other day not eating at the Glee thing. I think it helps I had plastic surgery too.

Shanny, :) High five to that!


Rachael said...

when you use pudding mix in your ice cream, is that instant or the cook and serve kind?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Rachael, Great Q. It's the instant kind.


Christine said...

Ok, this post seriously made me get all choked up. I am so happy for you, and hope I can do as well as you on my weight loss journey. I'm 40 lbs down since lap band surgery, and although I'm going slow and have had several plateaus, I feel confident that I will get to a healthy weight and not regain. Your blog is my go-to for recipes and encouragement!!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I've been reading your blog for like ev-eh! and I really love it. I figured I should stop by and show some love and let you know that you have seriously great recipes!!!

Thanks!! Oh, and congrats on your huge weight loss success!!!

Allison @ www.houseofhepworths.com