Whats’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’?

Do you remember that song? “Heyyyyy good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’” My dad used to sing that song around the house a lot. I still get it stuck in my head sometimes when I’m cooking. 🙂

Anyway- 

I thought I would share my menu for the week. I like to prepare menus for dinner. It keeps me focused on getting dinner prepared on time. 5:00 isn’t going to roll around and I’ll have no idea what I’m making for dinner.


Monday- Leftovers. Always. 

Tuesday- Grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini.

Wednesday- Smoked tips. Or burnt ends. I can’t remember what Hubby called them. Either way- he’s in charge of dinner this night. Salad on the side. 

Thursday- Grilled chicken, roasted or grilled brussel sprouts. 

Friday- Homemade pizza, cauliflower pizza for Hubby and I. 

Saturday- Smoked pork roast for sandwiches, cole slaw. 

Sunday- Family Dinner Day, also Hubby and my cheat day.  I haven’t planned our meal yet. 

I would love to hear about your menu! Or a link to your blog if that is something you share. 

❤️ Courtney

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17 Pounds- Gone!

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

I can hardly believe it. Five weeks of low carb eating, minimal exercise, and I’ve lost 17 pounds.  I’m over halfway to my first goal. 30 pounds. 

I seem to have come to a standstill. It’s been about a week and I’m still at 17 pounds. I’m going to be a little more careful about my serving sizes and more intentional with my exercise. 

It has been a huge help having my hubby do this with me. In the past I’ve tried lots of different weight loss techniques. But doing it by myself, I was not successful.  This time though, Hubby has been walking with me, having an interest in carb counting and even helping me shop. 

One of my biggest struggles is sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth!  We would have ice cream almost nightly. (It’s hot here! We needed it to cool down 😉) Now that we’re low carb, I’ve tried to make sweets with stevia and almond flour and it’s just not the same. It has the artificial, diet-y taste and Hubby and I do not like that. So that makes it easy to stay away from sweets. 

I feel like low carb dieting is so much more successful for us because it doesn’t feel like we’re dieting.  We eat pretty much whatever we want- lots of veggies, meats, I can even use ranch dressing on salads. Not having sweets really was the hardest part, but I just had to get out of he habit of having them. After a week or so, it wasn’t such a struggle. 

Do you have a weight loss story to share? I would love to hear it! Hearing about others successes motivates me. 

Cook With Me: Cream Cheese Pancakes (New Recipe)

Hubby and I have gone low carb. I have done this in the past, but I avoided processed carbs – white bread, pasta and junk food- but I did it alone, so it was tough to stick to it. Now that Hubby is doing it with me, it’s a lot easier to keep on it. We are in our 3rd week. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but it is a little easier every day. 

Onto my recipe!  I have been scouring Pinterest for delicious, filling low carb recipes. And after 2 weeks of eggs for breakfast, I desperately needed something that wasn’t fried or scrambled eggs. 

Que the cream cheese pancakes!

This recipe is crazy easy. I would not say these are comparable to pancakes, maybe a little closer to crepes.  But they did the trick. I felt satisfied after eating them, and guilt free. 😀

I did a slight modification from the recipes I found online- I added vanilla and a tiny bit of brown sugar. 

You will need-

Put everything in the blender (along with the vanilla and brown sugar or sweetener of your choice), and blend until smooth. 

Pour 1/4 of the batter onto your prepared griddle, warmed to medium heat. Flip after a couple of minutes (keep an eye on it of course)-

As far as toppings go- the sky is the limit. Peanut butter would be good, fruit…if you leave out the vanilla and sweetener you could make it hearty. Whatever you like! 
I used butter-

Sooo yummy! Let me know if you guys try them. I didn’t calculate the carbs, but I’m guessing 2 or 3 for the entire recipe. 

11 Pounds Down! 

Eleven pounds might not sound like a lot, but it sure makes me happy. I have struggled with my weight for years! I would exercise for months and not drop a pound. I would watch my diet, but cave after a week. This time, I’ve stuck with it, and it working.  

So I’ve been following a 1200 calorie diet. I’m not being super strict with it.  I’m using the My Fitness Pal app. I’m pretty happy with it. It does what I need it to. It tracks my steps, but a lot of times I’m not carrying my phone around with me. If I go out walking, I’ll make sure I put it in my back pocket. 

Breakfast is usually just a yogurt. I found these 100 calorie Chobani Greek yogurts and they are delicious!!  They work well for me because I have a HUGE sweet tooth. 

It tastes like a cookie!!


Lunch is usually a lift salad with oil and vinegar, sometimes I’m even skipping the dressing. I only do that if I have a lot of toppings for my salad- grillled chicken, light cheese, veggies- and let me tell you, roasted chickpeas on a salad are amazing!!!  They are a perfect substitute for croutons. 

Today, I wasn’t home for lunch, so I made a to go lunch.  One huge apple, a serving of Triscuits, and a 100 calorie Special K treat. 

Then at dinner time I just make whatever. Tonight we’re having grilled chicken and veggies. If it’s a crazy night and we’re going to order pizza- I might have one piece, and then a big salad. 

So that’s it. I haven’t even been keeping up with working out.  I will commit to walking in the evenings for at least 15 min. Hopefully that will boost my weight loss. 

Any thoughts? Tips? 

😘

My Weight Loss Journey

Hi guys!

I wanted to get this post up asap. Not only to track my progress, but hopefully to encourage someone else to get started.  I know I’m not alone in the fact that I’m overweight, but that doesn’t make it ok.  If you are comfortable in your weight and with your health- then that is great!! I am not. I don’t have a goal weight, or an amount of pounds I’d like to lose.  My only reason for losing weight, eating healthy and exercising is to better my health. 

Right now, my exercise is pretty minimal. My plan was to start slow and increase my routine weekly.  I started with leg lifts. Every morning, Monday through Friday, I did 25 leg lifts. I would walk in the evening with my daughter, and throughout the day when I had time.  In week 2 I added a 30 second plank, plus the walks when I could fit them in. Week 3 I added 10 burpees, and I increased my leg lifts to 35.  Today was the beginning of week 4 and I added 45 jumping jacks. I’m not sure what I’ll add next, but I have a lot of ideas thanks to Pinterest. 

Starting slow and adding to my routine is really working for me. It was easy for me to stick with it and at this point, it’s become part of my morning routine. 

My breakfast-Honey Nut Cheerios and a glass of orange juice  


As for my diet- I’ve always struggled with food.  I make poor choices, I crave sweets, and I eat when I’m bored or upset. I’m keeping healthy snacks available and eating smaller portions. So far I’m doing ok, I definitely mess up occasionally, but knowing that it’s one time and not letting it ruin the rest of my day is helping.  Weekends are the worst because we’re always on the go, but I’m getting better about packing snacks and waters. 

Lunch today- chicken Caesar salad and mandarin oranges 


At this point I’m not comfortable sharing my weight. Maybe in the future after I’ve lost a few pounds? We will see. Like I said earlier though, the numbers aren’t as important as how I feel and keeping myself active and healthy. 

I would love to hear about everyone’s weight loss goals and how you’re making it happen. Or how you maintain your health and weight. Any tips or ideas you have- I’m always open to new ideas. 🙂