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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Keto Avocado Boats

Keto Avocado Boats

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 
  • Servings: 1



Ingrediants

  • Avocado half, sliced and pitted
  • Diced Roasted Chicken (any protein will work)
  • Sautéed Spinach with diced garlic and onion
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Optional: Crumbled or Shredded Cheese
  • Optional: Crumbled Pork Rinds
  • Optional: Mayo

Directions

  1. Use an ice cream scoop to hollow the pit more
  2. Dice and reserve scooped avocado
  3. Mix all other ingredients
  4. Scoop ingredients into hollowed pit
  5. Top with reserved diced avocado bits

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bad Day

So, you had a bad day?


The company brought in donuts this morning and you just couldn’t help yourself, right? You even had to get a kolache, didn’t you?


And then some bad news came in which deflated you. You just don’t want to work out so instead you grab a burger. A big, juicy mushroom swiss burger, no sides held. Just think of all those calories, carbs and mayo. Yeesh!


Then back at home after work and after you've gorged a handful of Swedish Fish, you find wife had a bad day too and wants to eat her misery, and you just know misery loves company. So, you go out for drinks and burgers. Alcoholic milkshakes, really?! You got to be kidding me!


And the burger. Huge with a Y! It was a monster of taste and calories.


So, that was my last Friday. I gained 8 pounds that day. At least that’s what the scale said the next day. One may think I'd of ate the rest of the swedish fish, right?


Not this time.

I dropped 7 of those same pounds over the next 2 days. I didn’t do anything special. I just accepted that was an exceptional day and I thanked God that’s not daily tradition. I could go over all the science as to why I went up and down but that’s beyond the scope of my points.

One day off your diet isn’t going to kill you. Progress isn’t linear. It’s like a dance. Sometimes you need a step back to break through a plateau, to leap over a gap. Hating yourself for it does no good.

What I’m saying is just hop back on the wagon. No shame, spit it out. The wagon starts back up daily, and it’s right there. You don’t even have to run to catch up to it. Just hop on and enjoy the ride. Cause it’ll take you amazing places.

You know what won’t take you to amazing places? Feeling sorry for yourself.

You got this. Get back on the wagon.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Pineapple Pico de Gallo

A friend asked me to share my recipe for my pineapple pico de gallo. So posting it here for future reference.

I make this for potlucks and so far, it's been a smashing hit each time. The tast is wonderful and the presentation is like no other.

Note: If preferred, you can grill pineapples and peppers beforehand for a different flavor profile. 
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 0 min
  • Servings: 20


Ingrediants

  • 2 c pineapple
  • 2 c tomatoes
  • 1 c onions
  • ½ c serranos or jalapenos
  • ¼ c lime juice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • ¾ c cilantro
  • ¼ Tsp salt

Directions

  1. Dice ingredients into small pieces, reserve pineapple shell
  2. Combine everything into a bowl
  3. Toss until thoroughly combined
  4. Transfer into hulled pineapple shell
  5. Garnish with pineapple top and chips

Friday, May 05, 2017

Shifting Focus



If you’ve followed me for a while you’ve noticed a theme. Do more with less.

Be more interested in what you do and do less uninteresting things.

During that time, I realized many things I do aren't interesting. Curious maybe, but they are distractions which take me away from more interesting things. Deeper things. I mean, even sand sparkles in the sun but it doesn’t have much of a return.

It’s a lot more rewarding to stay a course and get interested in deeper things at deeper levels. But to do that, you need to work on the basics. And the basics aren’t interesting.

What I’m saying is, to get to the dirt, one must dig through the sand. To find the rock, one must work through the dirt. To find the gold, one must work through the rock.

So, to get to the most rewarding things, you must be mindful of the basics which get you there. You need to get interested in them enough until you master them and get to the next level. And, sometimes the gold isn’t in the first rock you find so it’s good to get good in the basics, in the sand and dirt of life.

Of course, once you find the gold, you’re not retiring. Are you? You’ll need those basic skills to get you to the next chuck of gold, or better yet, your diamonds in life. So start learning to dig cause sure, sand looks shiny, but all it makes is glass.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Time to Say Goodbye to 200

This morning again I weighed in at 200. In the past, I’ve panicked and binged my way back up to 210 before I reminded myself of my goals.

It happens. I’m not proud of it but it’s a part of my story and maybe it should be told. Maybe there’s others who struggle with the same.

Do you find yourself at a scary point and subconsciously return to familiarity?

That’s what I’ve been doing. I’m comfortable at 210. I was 210 in the Army. I understand 210. My clothes fit at 210.

But 199. I haven’t been a healthy 199 since high school that I remember. Sure, there was that time I ate raw garlic in the morning and did Herbalife but I was also in an unhealthy place in my life. I don’t talk about or think about that place much but I’m sure I’ll need to resolve those issues at some time.

On an aside. I need to transfer my photobucket pictures over to google photos. Man, did photobucket go downhill. Ads everywhere. I mean, doesn’t anyone even click on banner ads anymore? I know if it’s too much, I just start avoiding the site all together. I get it, you want to profit from what you made but holy cow. I just had to click through 2 pages full of ads to reset my password. You think I’m coming back once I offload these old pics? … Well that turned into a rant. Hope I got some good pics in there. =)

I did.

Anyway, I’m going to try my best to stay under 200 now. Maybe I’ll shift to the 195 – 205 range if it’s too difficult.

The thing is, I have my anniversary coming up and we’re planning to go out and then go on a mini vacation. Which I’m pumped about, but I want to mitigate potential weight overload. Sure, this this it’s celebratory but when will I run out of excuses?

I figure next year, I’ll read this and laugh.

So, if you want to encourage me, I could use some this month. I also have 2 weigh ins. One this Friday, one next Friday. Man did this post get lost in the weeds.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Get To Stepping To Get Your Steps In

If you live near Houston and haven’t been to the zoo lately, take a trip down nostalgia lane and get a ticket. But also, bring some friends.

Anne Marie, John, and myself met up with other family and took the tour ourselves this past Saturday. I forgot how much I loved it. Of course, my 3-yr old loved it too. I imagine the experience would have been different had he not.

One thing I never noticed, maybe because before I didn’t have kids, was obstacle courses for kids in the zoo.  It was hard getting John away from them but eventually we did by promising to show him the bat cave. Okay, maybe it was a little bit deceitful advertising on my part.

Anyways, we visited the bat exhibit, which was in a cave themed build, dark, with several tunnels. John found one and disappeared. When I caught up, I found him king of the bat hill.

His next favorite exhibit was the African village with the drums. He and I jammed out for a bit on them, I even taught him a few rhythms… even though he has more rhythm than I do.

My favorite exhibit was the primates. If you’ve followed me, I’ve been doing a lot of animal movements.  I just got to say, those monkeys can leap! One jumped from a squat and soared at least 15 feet onto a swinging log, then again to the other side of the enclosure. I was impressed! I wonder if I can do that?




Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mini Pepper Pizzas

Sorry for falling off the blogging wagon but there's only so much I can do during the day and Facebook posts I kid but I ha. I've been hard at work with some projects at work and at home. However, that's no excuse to neglect you, right?

Today I want to talk about an appetizer I made, I hope you enjoy it. If you make it, do me a favor and post it on Instagram and tag me.

Mini Pepper Pizzas


I'm growing these peppers in the garden and my wife is trying a keto diet.

That means there is a ton of cheese and pepperoni in the refrigerator.

How people lose weight on keto diets still boggle me. I lost over 100 lbs. and can honestly tell you, I don’t have the discipline to stay under my calories on a fat based diet.

Still, while we’re experimenting with the keto diet, might as well make the most out of it with recipes!

Take a pepper or a ton of peppers. From the store or your garden. This one is my first pepper of the season. Let’s name him Bill.

Well, we wash Bill, then chop him and half to gut his insides. Okay, maybe naming the pepper was a bad idea.

Then we stuff the pepper with cheese. Any cheese works but if you want an Italian themed pizza, use mozzarella. I used a Mexican blend.

Then put stuff on top. Sliced mushrooms. More cheese. Bacon bits. I used pepperoni.

Start up your oven at about 300 to 350

Grease a pan and line them up.


Stick those bad boys in for 5 minutes and enjoy!