Food

Mexican Pizza Saga

Mexican PizzaLet me start off by saying this pizza was AMAZING!!  However, it was complicated to make.

I saw this recipe on Heidi Powell’s blog.  She said in Bootcamp for Extreme Weight Loss the contestants take turns cooking for each other.  Anschutz works with the contestants in order to help them make their favorite foods healthier.  Of course, it has to taste good as well.  I really enjoy Mexican food, and I look for any and every opportunity to make it, especially when it’s healthy.  This also had a cauliflower crust, which has intrigued me for a while.

The cauliflower crust was pretty awesome!  It was tricky to make, in some part because I don’t eat a lot of cauliflower, therefore I don’t work with cauliflower, and in part because I had some ingredient mishaps.  First, I had to process two heads of cauliflower.  This took six times in the food processor, because I have a smaller food processer.  It was also a little messy when I was cutting the florets off of the head of cauliflower, and I ended up with cauliflower with everywhere.  Then, you have to steam the cauliflower in the microwave, which also took me six rounds because I don’t have a large, microwavable bowl.  Next, you have to squeeze the moisture out of the cauliflower.  Everything was in the bowl, I went to add the eggs, and all of my eggs were frozen.  So, everything had to go in the refrigerator.

The next day, everything went much smoother and I was able to complete everything.  The crust was a little soft, but I think it’s because extra moisture was added when I had to put the cauliflower mixture in the refrigerator.  I also forgot to add the spices.  That being said, this is one of my MOST FAVORITE things I have ever made.  It was SO GOOD.  I used spinach, red/orange/yellow bell peppers, and ground turkey.  This is MOST DEFINATELY something I will be making again and again.  And, it’s DEFINATELY something you should try.  You won’t regret it.

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Personal, Progress

Every Journey Begins with a Step

…and for me that’s my first step on the scale in a long time.

I’m not really sure how I got out of my healthy habits, but I did, and I definitely paid for it.  I started cooking less and eating out more.  I haven’t been consistently working out.  I don’t have a plan.  As a person who likes a plan, this surprises me.  I can make a lot of excuses, but the bottom line is I stopped investing in myself.

Lately, I have been watching a lot of Extreme Weight Loss.  For those who have not seen the show, go to ABC.Com or look on Hulu plus.  It’s pretty awesome.  I like there is no competition.  It really is about the individual.  And, I really enjoy Chris and Heidi… not as much as I like Jillian, but it’s a pretty close second.  At the beginning of every show, Chris and/or Heidi “ambush” the new contestant and choose them for the transformation of a lifetime.  The transformation always starts with the contestant stepping on the scale and bearing their weight to the world.

So, here it is.  All of my measurements and the vulnerability that goes along with bearing my weaknesses to the world.  This is also the new beginning to my journey.  I have really missed blogging, and I’m going to start blogging about my life.  After all, this is MY journey, and my everyday life and habits play a huge part in my journey.   This is also my commitment to change.  Here I am:

Weight: 270.9 lbs

Bust: 47 inches

Waist: 47.5 inches

Hips: 55 inches

Thigh: 31 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches

There it is.  It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s there.  The next thing they do on Extreme Weight Loss is make goals.  The year is divided into 4 phases, each phase lasting three months.  In three months, I will be going to Las Vegas with my wife and my mom for her 60th birthday.  During the first phase, the weight loss goal is about 25% of their original body weight.  The first phase is also spent in a medically supervised facility.  Since I am in the comfort of my own home, I’m going to aim for 15% of my original body weight.  This means, by Las Vegas, I want to weigh 230 labs or less.

Here’s to the last day of hating my size, and the beginning of a transformation.