So I’m thinking about joining one of those Diet Bets. Ever heard of them? I hadn’t until today but it seems like something that would be very helpful in keeping up my motivation. So the way it works is you and everyone else playing, pay in a certain amount of money in to the “pot”. Then at the end of the 28 days those who made their goal of losing 4% of their weight get to split everything in the pot (minus a 15% fee they charge) So if for example 10 people each put in $10 but at the end of the challenge only 3 people managed to take the weight off then those three would each get $28. So they basically just made $18 while losing weight! Win win!
To me, I just wish I had known about it sooner! Before I lost 50lbs. I could have made a little bit of cash on the side just for doing something I wanted to anyways! The only bad thing about it all is if you don’t make the 4% well then obviously you don’t get your money back but that also means that the money I would be taking for having made it is those of people who failed. If I think too hard on it, it does make me a bit sad. But at the same time they knew what they were getting into and hopefully they can get back on track next time. I mean heck, maybe that will be me! Who knows?!
So in prep for the challenge, tonight I splurged on a special treat 🙂 A strawberry kefir, banana split with chocolate chips. Yum!
For those interested I will be doing the PriorFatGirl’s DietBet. It’s only $20 to join that challenge and at the moment it’s up to 139 players. That makes the pot $2780! It starts this Friday (March 1st) so this is going to be a great way to start the month! Let me know if you’re going sign up so we can help each other out!
I lost the plot today. I let myself get too hungry when I was out with my daughter so instead of being able to calmly order a yummy Mediterranean salad I also had to go and get a side of yummy fries. Ugh potatoes are my downfall! I then came home and had the biggest sweet tooth. First I ate one of my daughters dried fruit snacks and then I remembered something. There is a box of gobstoppers in the car glove box!
Yes, there really was a box. I had bought a box months ago when I was in a sad place and wanted something sweet at a movie theater, then I hid them in the car when I got home so hubby wouldn’t find out. Yea, not so good. And for some reason I forgot about them all this time until just now! I should have relied on God, I should have thrown them in the dumpster by our place, or poured soap all over them. Instead I shut out what I should have done and went outside to read my book and snack on gobstoppers.
I had such a nice an relaxing time. It really bugs me now when I look back on it. Like why do I need to be eating something sweet in order to be having a good time? Sometimes I get so frustrated when things like this happen because I’ve been feeling so good about everything and have been doing so well. This definitely shows me I need another 21 days of no sugar though. *sigh*
So as a way to help direct my sugar cravings towards a better path I spent some time making pumpkin doughnuts tonight. Probably wasn’t the best to eat two of them right after though. The crazy thing is even though my stomach is hurting (which by the way is scaring me) I feel like I could eat two more. What is up with that?!
I got to sleep in! Since I had to go to the Chiropractors this afternoon but had to leave before my daughter went down for a nap, my husband got up with her and took her to the park. So I even got to get ready in an empty house! That’s like treat 1.5
Shopping alone. After getting cracked back into place, I headed over to Whole Foods to get some shopping done. When I have to go with the wee one she is constantly trying to grab the things I’ve put into the cart. And constantly saying “please, please, please” to all the fruit she sees. So yes, shopping alone is a treat. I also love Whole Foods because they have Kombucha on tap. Mmmmm
Chipotle!! I took my Kombucha and headed over to Chipotle. I could seriously eat there every day of my life if I could afford it. I usually get a salad, no dressing, rice, chicken, mild salsa, cheese, sour cream, guac and top it all with some more lettuce. I wouldn’t normally eat dairy, but I always make the exception for Chipotle and have never gotten sick. I always say it’s nothing other than a blessing by God, Chipotle without sour cream would be criminal.
Movie time! Since I had gotten everything done so early and I still had loads of time I went to go see a movie! I had originally wanted to see Les Mis, but the time tables didn’t work out in my favor so instead I went to go see Silver Linings. It was just alright. I mean it was interesting and definitely entertaining, but I would have rather spent $1 at Redbox renting it that $9.50 to see in in the theater.
Playdate. For some people this may not have been a treat but for me it is. I got to watch my friends little girl tonight. She is the same age as my daughter so they always have so much fun together. It’s a treat for me because it means I don’t actually have to do that much work. You would think having 2 instead of 1 means MORE work, but when they just entertain themselves it means I have time to get stuff done without a toddler hanging off my leg begging for my attention. I also just love watching her interact with her friends. It’s just so cute watching her grow up like that. As a result of the playdate I just had a quick dinner while hubby gave the girls a bath. Some homemade chicken soup with a chicken mayonnaise salad. (My homemade mayo rocks!)
Last night I made the most amazing pumpkin muffins. These muffins were reminiscent of my pre paleo days when my sister and I would make pumpkin muffins from a tin of pumpkin and a box of betty crocker. We would then slab on loads of cool whip (fat free, naturally) And indulge all night long.
These bad boys, I would hastened to say, are even better! Especially with the Maple/Cinnamon frosting I added.
The muffins themselves come from The Primal Palate. So pop on over there to check out how to make them. Check out the ingredient list though!
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
6 omega 3 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup yacon syrup, or maple syrup
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice blend
Super simple, super easy, and I seriously just threw everything in the food processor and voila! Yumminess!
As for the icing I tried looking for a few different recipes online but nothing really took my fancy so I thought I would experiment and I think I came up with an AMAZING tasting frosting. This frosting made enough to put on the 7 muffins that came out of the above recipe (I know 7, weird right? I think had I not filled them so high I could have had 9. As it was they fluffed up so much I had to cut them in half!)
*I can’t stress enough how amazing Palm Shortening is. I get mine from Tropical Traditions and this stuff is worth it’s weight in gold when it comes to paleo baked goods. In fact! I’ve been so afraid to use my gallon bucket, this is actually the first time I did! Crazy balls I know! But after seeing what an amazing texture it is I’m super excited to try out a load of new recipes. My favorite thing about it? I doesn’t taste like coconuts! I’m sorry I like coconut oil/cream/milk/etc as much as the next guy. But if I have to have one more baked good that tastes like coconut I may just scream. Just a little
**I’m thinking that all the ingredients may fluff up better with a hand mixer. I don’t have one sadly enough. After ours broke and we had an immersion blender and a food processor I thought it a bit much to get another mixer. Alas I think it’s time to get another. The immersion blender just made it all a big mess. And where as the food processor worked just fine, for some things you just need that extra fluff and I am not an old school, put some elbow grease behind it, kinda mixer.