FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Well, week two has come to a close. I knew it would be a fight, but didn’t realize that the fight would be from hour to hour. To make things worse, I decided to give up Diet Coke for Lent. Which is weird because I am not even Catholic. I have never had a cup of coffee in my life, so I get my caffeine from Diet Coke, and lots of it. I was raised with a Sweet Shop in my hometown, so I was introduced to the liquid heaven at an early age. After I got married and moved 15 miles away I would find myself returning “home” and getting quarts of it to bring back and enjoy throughout the day. In 1996 a chap from my hometown opened a Sweet Shop here, so there was no longer a need to trek north for a “fix.” My family purchase the business in 2002, and for 7 years I was literally like a kid in the candy store. I had access to all of the fountain diet coke I could drink. Plus, when a Diet Coke is combined with crushed ice, and topped with marshmallow cream it is like…..whats the word…..heaven! I have been hooked, and hooked bad for many many years. So at this point since I am not only attempting to lose 55 pounds by September, I figured I would just throw my body in a super-duper tizzy by depriving it of caffeine.
Here is how my week has gone so far….I woke up 2 times in the middle of the night with a raging headache, but once I went back sleep the headaches went away. I was ready for bed at 7pm the first 4 nights….and now can manage to make it to 10:30 now. I have never put so much water in my body as I have this week. My kidneys are as happy as they have ever been. I used to joke that water gave me gas :-), but actually the Activia that I have begun eating seems to be the culprit…. I have walked out into the country 3 times this week, and am able to go farther each time. The first time I walked I could hardly stumble up the front steps, and even my back fat hurt. No pain to mention now, but still some shortness of breath at the beginning of the activity. I carry my dads walking stick when I walk and his spirit seems to channel through me as a sign of encouragement. I have noticed that since I have begun drinking water I don’t snack as much. I think I associated snack foods with my cola, and when I do snack I seem to crave fruit. Who in the world is this person?
I am now ready to take on week 3, and for the most part I am starting to think like a healthy person, even though there isn’t a soul on this earth who realizes that I lost……….yes lost………… 2.5 pounds this week!!!!!!! WHOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!! or as the brave Marines say “OORAH!!!!!! ♥
FOOD FOR THE BODY
Baked Fried Chicken
(kinda tastes like KFC)
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Place thawed chicken tenderloins in a bowl, cover with milk, and let soak for 20- 30 minutes
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a 9 x 13 pan (in the preheating oven)
Be sure the butter is spread over the entire bottom of the pan. Spray if necessary to avoid sticking.
In a gallon bag or a large bowl mix together:
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tablespoon Season All
3/4 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. paprika
Remove chicken from the milk, and dredge in the flour coating.
When the butter is melted, place tenderloins side by side in the 9 x 13 pan.
Bake for 20 minutes, turn chicken over and bake 2o minutes more.
Note: you have to use the exact seasonings or it looks bland and doesn’t taste as good.