My positive sign for the week:
Lyrics from one of my favorite songs ("I Could Be Dreaming") by one of my favorite bands (Belle & Sebastian). It really motivates me, especially since the name of this blog comes from a weight loss dream I had about six months ago. I woke up, sketched the dream, painted it three months later on a big canvas, and got to work. Now, just over three months after painting it, I'm down an unbelievable amount of weight. It never occurred to me that my waking life could be just as fulfilling as a dream, and now I'm so hopeful about many of the things I've always dreamed of.
Challenge start weight: 332
Current weight: 286
Six more pounds gone this week - I think last Saturday had a lot to do with it, since I did the 5k in the morning, then walked to the grocery store that afternoon (over two more miles). I had a lot of energy last week, too, so I made the most of it!
Progress on my DDGbG goals: After last week's sushi disaster, I wanted to try something a bit more all-American, and what says America quite like a cheesesteak? But I'm not a huge fan of beef to begin with, plus the point is to make new healthy recipes, so I decided to make it vegetarian!
Unbe-stinkin'-lievable. So good. I'm a huge fan of a well-made sandwich, and this was just what I was craving last Monday after a marathon of grading student compositions!
4 portobello mushroom caps
1 medium green pepper
1 medium sweet onion
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 pieces of cheese
Thinly slice mushrooms, pepper, and onion. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add oil. Add veggies, stirring to coat with the oil. Cook for about seven to ten minutes, until peppers/mushrooms are softened and onions are translucent. Slice open rolls and put two slices of cheese in each. Top with veggie mix; let sit a few minutes for the cheese to get good and melty!
Easy, filling, and incredibly delicious. The oil seems like it won't be enough for all the veggies - trust that it will! And for the cheese, the less fancy, the better - you want a good melting cheese. I went to the supermarket deli and asked for two orange American slices (and confused the poor kid working there, who was used to quarter, half, and whole pound requests).
It makes two sandwiches but could easily be halved. I made all the veggies but only one sandwich: the leftover veggies I put into spaghetti sauce and served it over spaghetti squash a few days later. SO delicious! I'm totally in love with portobello mushrooms, and will definitely be looking for more recipes with them.
ONE thing that you are proud of for the week: Writing in my gratitude journal every day. It helps keep me focused, I think - I try to write as often as possible about being grateful for things that seem negative and stressful in the short term.
ONE thing that you can improve upon for the following week: Reading my body. It's my TOM week, which means a few days of totally manic moods, and I already had a mini-meltdown on Friday night/yesterday morning. I sat back and thought about it, particularly when I wanted to eat junk - and I recognized that this is not my normal, rational state-of-mind. Candy is not what my body really wants. It's only saying this because it's an off week. I need to trust that it wants to keep going to the gym, keep eating well, and drink more water than usual.