Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New year and new menus

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends, we sure did! One of my favorite gifts this year is a personalized cookbook from my Aunt Pattie. She took all kinds of healthy recipes from different places and then catorgorized them into 5 sections for ease. My ambitous brain wheels started turning and I have decided to take on a new project. Project get healthy is what I have just now decided to call it. PGH for short. So here's what I was thinking, the book has a large main dish section so why not use at least 3 of those recipes in my meal plan each week?! I can combine the cookbook idea with the quick fix meal show on food network and maybe just maybe I'll have enough motivation to stick with it long enough to see some real weight loss! I'll try to track my progress each week on blogger - with the hope that I'm not setting myself up for failure. I have also decided to just go in order of the recipes in the book so that I don't get too bogged down with choices. With that said it looks like our first week will be a week of chicken. I think I'll get a great big package at the store and do what Robin Miller does and fix it all at the same time then just freeze it for the rest of the week. I'll try to find similar recipes online so that I can add links in the hopes that someone else may want to go along with my crazy idea, or maybe just try one or two of the recipes. Alot of my other meal ideas will be from the wonderful women/men who visit the Org Junkie and share their meal plans, and alot will come from my favorite blogger POW!  Those aren't the only websites I'll search to gather new recipes and great ideas, but they are the ones I frequent most.

I guess in order to see if this will work I should give a general idea of my size now and then add a new picture each week or maybe monthly to track progress - you all will know if I fall off the wagon if there aren't any pictures for a while. I would post my weight, but I'm not that brave yet, let's just say, I'm not at a healthy weight right now. If this works I'll post my begining weight and ending weight. Now to find a picture.......

Well here it is, me and my girls. I'm curious now looking at the picture what was going through my head when I got dressed that morning! Anyway, this is a starting point, maybe my fashion will improve as my weight goes down. And I suppose I should give something more concrete for a before reference, I'll go with size of pants - I am now in a size 18, and I'm 5'4 ...not healthy.

Ok now onto the actual meal plan for the end of this week and next week! All of the junk/holiday food has to be gone by the time next week starts so in order to get rid of the 6 packages of cream cheese, 4 lbs of shredded cheddar, cake mixes etc. I'll be making sweets and treats and having the girls over! I'll include those links too.

Thursday ~ Cheeseburger-Quiche and fries
Friday ~ out to dinner
Saturday ~ blackeyed peas, cabbage and cornbread
Sunday ~  Italian-Rice-Pie and salad
Tuesday ~ Black-Bean-and-Couscous-Salad I'll be adding chicken and spinach too!
Wednesday ~ sandwiches and veggies and ranch
Friday ~ Turkey picadillo wraps turkey picadillo
Saturday ~ left overs?

So there it is!  I will be posting updates each week as to how each of the recipes tastes and any alterations I make.  I hope you all find your new year full of blessings! 


  1. Thanks for the links! I bookmarked three of the recipes! The black bean and cous cous salad looks really good! I'm definitely going to have to try that!


  2. Looking forward to trying the Black bean and cous cous salad! Thanks for the idea!

    I'm over from :)