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I tried. I really, really tried to hang tight with the Biggest Loser home-delivery meal plan but they’ve forced my hand…or tummy…to look for another solution. Remember the vinegar-y taste I mentioned in a previous post? Well, it sent me over the edge…of the toilet.

Every time there was a vegetable in a meal it had a sour, vinegar-like taste. Now, I do like sour things like pickles – I loves me some pickles now! – but the constant repetition of that flavor would make me nauseous and I found myself avoiding the veggies. (Now thats one way to lose weight! Only eat half the meal…) One thing I noticed is they don’t include the ingredients on the package – isn’t that a law?

So it is here that the BLM and I part ways. After spending the better part of two days feeling sick to my stomach I backed off and ate regular food (portion-controlled of course) and felt better on the third day. It seems to me that if they could get rid of that weird taste that pervades their meals they could have a gold-mine on their hands. If the low-cal frozen food lines (Smart Ones, Lean Cuisine etc) can do it, then the BLM plan can to.

Life is too short for flat, tasteless, sour foods and there has to be a better way and I only have to find it.

Do you have a favorite low-cal recipe you’d like to share? Either post it here or email me directly and I’ll post it for you!

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Remember waaayyyy back a few years ago when I launched my weight loss journey? I was going to the gym and eating right then went to RT in 2010 and blew my regime. I have no self-control and I admit it. Heck, it’s not like I can deny it – my bulging closets tell the story about how I can’t resist a great hat or gorgeous pair of shoes. :)

In the last six to eight months of Mom’s life I started putting the weight back on. Luckily I managed to get myself back until control after an 18 pound gain. (I’d lost 76)! So after getting into an argument with my doctor, I decided to try having home meals delivered. I figured since I’ve forgotten how to cook for one I might actually save money because I was throwing food out every week.

I choose the Biggest Loser meal plan and the first delivery arrived well-packed in a styrofoam-esque container (except it is bio-degradable) with giant ice packs. Everything was fresh, pre-packaged and cold which is as it should be. I survived the first day and can say that the food was filling though it tasted flat.

Now before someone points out that they don’t use salt, neither do I. Mom and I gave it up several years ago and I can say I don’t miss it. I’ve learned how to use other spices to make up for the lack of salt. The three meals I had were just flat as in, no spices, nothing. So after I juiced it up with garlic, basil or whatever the dish called for – the meals are edible but I do prefer either frozen Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine.

One of the meals was a chicken & shrimp alfredo-esque dish with wheat pasta and it was a disaster. In order to microwave shrimp it has to be barely cooked before packaging or it turns into rubber balls. The sauce (koff) was about as thick as milk and the shrimp was like chewing on erasers. (But the carrots were yummy)

And the chicken/apple sausage that they stick in every breakfast? Ugh! The consistency is just plain weird not to mention the sweet flavor. (shudder)

But today’s breakfast made me giggle. To the left you will see my breakfast as advertised. Not too bad, eh?

Wait until you see what actually awaited me in the package.

Who the heck hijacked my Blueberry Apple compote? That gray bit closest to the eggs is the apple and the two squashed purple things…you guessed it…the blueberries.

This is not a compote, it’s a garnish. :)

How mean is it to swipe the fruit from the hungry fat chick? Isn’t this cruel and unusual punishment?  In some places that could get you cut! (snicker)

So what do I like about the meal plan?

- It’s super easy to follow and very little thinking is involved.

- It’s convenient – everything arrives ready to eat and you just pop it in the microwave.

- You do have choices with your food. With my breakfast I also get a low-fat diary. Hmm…yogurt? Milk? Cheese?

- You can change your meals online or over the phone if you don’t like one.

- You have the option of a 5 or 7 day plan. I went with 5 because I do enjoy cooking and, let’s face it, at some point I will have to fend for myself – that’s the goal!

- Lots of protein in the meals.

- I felt full after each one.

I haven’t made a final decision as to whether I’ll keep with it because I need time to get adjusted. So we’ll see what happens. Even though someone stole my compote at the packing plant and the chicken sausage grosses me out, It’s only been four days and I need to give it some time.

So how is everyone else doing with their weight loss?

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This has been one of those weeks where I want to get a do over – weight loss wise at least. I gained 3.5 pounds in about five days. Ugh. Back in January my GYN gave me a prescription for a hormone based medication but I didn’t start taking it until March 1st. (I know, TMI! <g>) About 3 days in I was eating everything I saw! No matter what I did I felt like I was ravenous. High fiber, still hungry. High protein, didn’t faze me. High carbs…nada.

I’ve pretty much kicked sugar because it is kryptonite to my species and I was craving sugar so bad I felt like a drug addict. It was horrible and I was so frustrated. Needless to say I kicked those pills to the curb! Thanks, Dr. Anita but no thanks.

So I’m back on the bandwagon and hope to have those 3.5 pounds off soon. (crossing fingers)

Then, if that wasn’t enough fun and games, my right foot is giving me fits. I think it’s probably arthritis (oh yeah!) so I’ve been kicking back and keeping it up. Boy – when I hit 43 its been a downhill slide since then. <g>

But some good news – I wrote 19k in four days on the next Men of SWAT title. I can’t complain about that. Woot!

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