I Cooked!

I Cooked!

Those that know me well know that I like cooking about as much as I love spending large amounts of time in the great outdoors (this sentence exudes sarcasm for those that don’t know me well). I am more of a rink girl and much more of a convenient food girl too. My love affair with cheeseburgers goes back to 1992, when I started working at McDonald’s for $4.55/hour. I still love them just as much today – especially with extra pickles. It is common knowledge to my soccer and hockey teammates that without fail, I score goals after consuming one. For instance, way back in 1993, I worked until 2pm (at McDonald’s) and had a soccer game in Truro (about an hour away) that started at 3pm. Our team was playing with the bare minimum of allowable players when I arrived so I was able to run onto the field immediately. Running from the car, I swallowed the last bite of my cheeseburger as I tucked in my soccer jersey (on the back was my favourite number – #19). My team went on to win the game 7-1 or something like that and I scored three goals. A good cheesburger will do that for me.

I recently took a stress in the workplace course and discovered that over the last few years I have experienced just about every single major stressor a person can experience in their life. I have fared okay considering but how do I deal with all that stress? By eating of course! A good cheeseburger alone doesn’t hurt but when accompanied by unecessary caloric intake, that takes a toll on one’s body. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? Well I did and now I weigh a little more than I should – about 39.5 pounds more actually. Let’s make it clear that I have always been solid and no, that is not just a polite way of saying overweight, I actually mean solid. I think my butt muscles must weigh at least 10 pounds each! I am only 5 ‘ 3 and 3/4″ (that 3/4″ is very important) but I cannot remember ever weighing less than 145 – 150 pounds. I always think it is funny when I get to shop in the petite section of a clothing store even though I know it is because of my Barney Rubble length legs.

I have decided to take control of my eating and today started on the Atkins Diet which claims you can lose up to 15 pounds in the first two weeks. I realize that results vary but if I could lose 15 pounds then I would already weigh only 174.5 pounds by July 22! That would be quite a difference. I did this diet back in August of 2012 and lost 30 pounds so I know it works. Unfortunately stress got the best of me not long after that and so I am pretty much starting from the same point.

One thing I have to say about the Atkins Diet is that it seems that it was made just for me. Most importantly, I can still eat cheeseburgers! I just can’t eat them on the bun in the first few stages. I can also drink my second favourite version of Pepsi – Pepsi Max (the original is my absolute favourite). I can eat bacon, sausages, cheese, eggs, chicken, beef, caesar salad (basically all of my favourite things) and I can lose weight doing it! There are 4 stages to this diet. Stage 1 is the mega fat burning stage that gets your metabolism revved up! I am not going to bore you (in this post anyway) with all the scientific reasons about why it works and why it is not bad for you like people think. I know it works and I know it makes me feel better too – physically and emotionally . The only downfall is the whole having to cook and prepare my meals ahead of time thing. Check out what I made myself last night to bring to work for lunch today. A red pepper stuffed with fried and seasoned steak strips, mushrooms, zuchinni, and cheddar cheese. Cooked at 350 fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, it microwaved perfectly at work today.

Stuffed red pepper with steak, cheese and veggies

Stuffed red pepper with steak, cheese and veggies

 

 

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