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{ addict }

I am an addict.

A FOOD addict.

After following a low carb lifestyle for over two years, I still have a strong addiction to food. This past week was even harder because for 3 days or so, I was HUNGRY. VERY hungry. I would eat my usual meal, and a couple of hours later, I felt like I could eat another full meal (or more). It was like there was a hole in my stomach I couldn’t fill. It was awful. I wanted to eat anything and everything. On top of that, still trying to lose that pesky holiday weight really messes with my mind, which makes me want to eat it ALL. Low carb helped me get through it without eating off plan, but it is still a serious battle.

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Addiction is an interesting thing. I’ve heard, “the best way to not get addicted to something is never start.” As an addict, that statement rattles me to my core. I must face my addiction at LEAST 3 times a day, every single day, for my entire life. There’s no walking away, no stopping, and most certainly “never starting.”

After all, it’s food. It’s sustenance. And it’s addicting.

My daily motto is “don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.” My scale has barely moved this week. I want to eat tacos, chips with queso, and all those carb filled sweets shared on Facebook and Pinterest. I want them SO INCREDIBLY BAD.

BUT… I want to hit goal. I want that more than anyone can possibly imagine.

As much as I’ve lost and told how much I’ve accomplished, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything until I cross that finish line. I know, it’s strange to say that. But I want to say that I actually FINISHED something… hit that goal and conquered it.

 

 

{ easy meatballs }

I came up with a new meatball recipe and the family scarfed it down last night. What’s even better, the recipe made over 50 meatballs which freeze wonderfully. They can be cooked from frozen, so dinner is simple!

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I used a pre-made jarred pasta sauce that is the lowest carb I could find. It’s called Simple Truth Organic 4 Cheese Pasta Sauce made by the Kroger company. You can use your favorite homemade sauce or jarred sauce (carb count will vary).

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Easy Italian Meatballs

3 pounds ground beef (80/20)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup crushed pork rinds
2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I didn’t have the powdery grated type, this worked well)
1/2 cup onion, chopped (measured first, then cooked until soft)
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. ground cumin

Mix all ingredients well and shape into walnut sized balls. I used a 1 1/2 Tbsp. scoop to keep meatball size consistent. I got 54 meatballs. You can cook immediately or place in a single layer on wax or parchment lined cookie sheets and freeze until solid. Store in freezer bags until ready to cook.

To cook a smaller batch, place 16 meatballs in an 8×8 pan and cover with 1 1/2 cups of your favorite sauce (mine was half the jar). You can easily double in a 9×13. Bake at 350 until internal temp is 165. From frozen, about an hour. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese (whole milk, if available) on top, about 10 minutes prior to being done.

Nutritional Info (based on 54 total meatballs) – per 1 meatball, no sauce:
94 calories; 7.2g fat; 0.4g carbs; .03g fiber, 6.4g protein. Less than 0.4g net carbs.

Nutritional Info – 4 Cheese Pasta Sauce, 1/2 cup serving:
80 calories; 4.5g fat; 6g carbs; 2g fiber; 3g protein. 4g net carbs.

We cooked 16 meatballs for three of us. My plate had 5 meatballs, roughly 1/2 cup sauce, and about 1/3 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese. Nutritional info for my plate was: 669 calories; 50g fat; 7.8g carbs; 2.2g fiber; 43.1g protein – 5.6g net carbs.

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{ two years }

As of December 29, 2015, I have been officially following a low carb lifestyle. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years. It has gone by so fast, but so slow at the same time. I want to fast forward to hit goal, then again, I know that is going to take time. Those last few pounds are the worst, and I’m my own worst enemy when I want to have an “off” meal here or there.

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Progress Update (before the holidays):
222 pounds GONE – about 7 pounds from goal
Start:  5X/6X shirt, size 32W pants
Now:  Small or Medium shirt, size 4 or 6 pants

I have some work to do after the holidays. I let myself enjoy anything and everything for about a week and a half, then I stepped on the scale… WHOA… holidays were officially OVER at that point!  I realized it doesn’t take much to notice that clothes don’t fit like they used to. So, for almost a week, I’ve been right back to my usual, and in the first few days, I lost about half of what I gained, which is water weight. As much as I enjoy indulging, I realized how much better I feel when I don’t eat so many carbs. I’m less bloated, and less miserable! I need to remember those feelings the next time I want to indulge.

It’s been quite a journey so far, with a lot of ups and downs (literally). I am so ready to move on to the next phase … maintenance.

Here’s to starting off 2016 with a BANG!  Let’s DO THIS!  On to GOAL!

 

 

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