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Progress Report

Trista’s back with an update on her weight loss journey!  Click here to read her first post in her weight loss guest post series!

Well, here we are, 3 weeks in and I am happy to report that I am down a total of 8lbs. I am extremely excited about the progress that I have made (Yay for me!). It has been a very good three weeks, but I have to be honest, this past week, I lost 0 lbs. In the past, I would be extremely upset and feel defeated about this, however, I can honestly say that at this stage in my journey I am ok with it.

You see this past week I spend a total of 2 days celebrating my 30th Birthday. I gave myself some concessions, because, well, you should. How many times have you been in a place where you feel like you can’t “treat” yourself because you are dieting? Believe me, I have been there. The way I look at it now is…I AM NOT ON A DIET. I am changing my life, and that includes special celebratory treats. Now, doesn’t that mean that you get to treat yourself for every “special thing” there is. WooHoo…I made it to work on time, let’s celebrate with ice cream. Hip Hip Horray, I can button my pants, let’s celebrate with a Cheeseburger. Praise The Lord, I made it through a day without going completely insane….let’s get some cake! Not so much… The thing about treating yourself, is that it HAS to be a treat. Otherwise, it is just simply overindulging for the sake of overindulging. Treat yourself on your Birthday, Anniversary and on Major Holidays, but that is it. Why ruin all of the hard work and effort you have put in by coving it with the excuse of a “special occasion”?

New For Me

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to branch out on the vegetable front. I don’t know about you, but there comes a point when you just cannot eat another carrot. So, in an effort to broaden my earth grown horizons, we tried the following new veggies in our house.

Turnips – I was a little nervous to try turnips, let’s just say that I got very bad reviews on the root veggie. However, I found a great little recipe that I lightened up that made them pretty tasty.

My Adjustments

·         Instead of using heavy cream, I used skim milk, thickened slightly with a little cornstarch slurry.

·         Instead of full fat butter, I used Brummell and Brown buttery spread.

This dish was pretty good, however, I would definitely add garlic powder to the dish to punch up the flavor and much more salt than we originally added. All in all, I wouldn’t be opposed to making this dish again.

Jicama (Pronounced Hicama) – This is a vegetable that I have heard so much about from the likes of Hungry Girl and Food Network both. I was able to find it in our local grocery store. I was very surprised by the wonderfully sweet flavor of this veggie. You traditionally eat it raw. It tastes like a cross between a potato and an apple. Starchy yet sweet! We made a little slaw with julienned potato and apple with a little honey mustard vinaigrette. Very good, and very filling.

Brussels Sprouts – This veggie is often scary for people. Let’s face it, It get a lot of bad press. So, we bought fresh Brussels Sprouts, and we cleaned them (rinse them with hot water, trim ends and cut in half). Then we tossed them with a tablespoon of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Salt, Pepper, and 3-4 cloves of minced garlic. We put this all on a sheet tray and roasted it in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (key is to get them a little charred on the edges). Holy Smokes…were these good. These are definitely not your Mamma’s Brussels Sprouts. I think Josh is in love!

For my Birthday, I receive  Zumba for Xbox Kinnect, and I will be reviewing it next time for you. Pretty excited. Also, looking for some new fruits. What is your favorite fruit, and how do you like to prepare it?

Trista Todd is a Wife and Full Time Working Mom! She is married to Josh Todd (KCC 2003), Minister of Education and Youth and Marlboro Christian Church in Ohio and Momma to Gabriel who is just about 5! She works full time as the head of Marketing for GBS Document Management in North Canton, OH. She also runs a part –time business with her husband Josh called Gabe’s Goodies. She is a 2004 graduate of Malone University.


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  1. Great job, Trista!

    I got Zumba 2 for Wii, maybe I can review it at the same time! I was planning to write something up about it anyway.