Hey!! We made it through week 4!!!! Are you still with me? This week I spent half the week on the road and the other half back at home. I met some unique challenges that I'll chat about a little. Otherwise I am super excited to head into another month still going strong!!
Day 1: Restaurant-ITALIAN
Yep, I found a delicious meal at an Italian restaurant!!! YAY!!! And let me tell you, it was delicious!!! I started with a Caprese Salad-I am a sucker for fresh mozzarella & balsamic vinegar!! Then I had this delicious Flat Iron Steak salad (photo)!! Y'all, it was incredible!!! And I remembered to snap a photo!!!
Day 2: Dutch Oven Pot Roast & Veggies
This was for our last meal on the road and it is one of my favorites to make!! Every time I make it, it is a little different but thats what is so great about it! You can use anything you have in the refrigerator without making a grocery store stop. I make mine in a dutch oven when we are camping but you could do this just as easily in the crock pot or instapot. Just sautéed the first part in a cast iron pan prior to adding it to the crock pot or instapot.
This is what I did this time:
Day 3: LEFTOVERS!!
You know what I love about cooking big meal? Leftovers!!!! I just warmed up the remaining Roast & Veggies and we had another delicious meal! AND...I was exhausted from our trip home so I would have totally sucked at cooking anything!!
Day 4: Black Pepper Shrimp
Oh holy buttery goodness!!! I felt like changing things up bit tonight & cooking up some shrimp for dinner! And it was a HUGE hit!!! oh...and SUPER EASY!!! Some advice:
Day 5: Filet Mignon & Roasted Zucchini
It is absolutely unbelievable how easy this meal is considering how delicious it ends up! (It also helps that my husband grills the filet's so I basically do...nothing! lol)
Day 6: Girls Night Out!!!-Cobb Salad
I went out to dinner with a couple of my mom friends. I thought I'd be really good and get a cobb salad with shredded chicken, bacon, avocado, eggs & a balsamic dressing with blue cheese. You guys, it was horrible!!! It was a big bowl of iceberg lettuce, almost nothing to speak of as far as toppings & the dressing was basically mayonnaise with a dash of balsamic vinegar. SO GROSS!!! But...someone else got the most amazing dinner that I will definitely grab next time! It was Bison Meatloaf wrapped with bacon & over a bed of mashed cauliflower!!! It was so good!!!!! so....next time...
Day 7: InstaPot Old Fashioned Pot Roast
This Pot Roast recipe was super easy! But I did make some changes. I seasoned the roast really well with salt & pepper (mostly pepper) before searing it. Then I removed it from the InstaPot and sautéed some smashed garlic cloves (about 8 cloves) just until fragrant. Then I added a can of fire roasted tomatoes (instead of tomato paste), salt/pepper & some basil. I added the roast back into the pot then poured the beef broth over the top.
For cooking time, I would recommend 90min +15 min NR instead of the 75min +15 min NR they suggest. My roast shredded on the outside but the center was still pretty tough. There was plenty of the shredded part to feed us a nice helping for dinner. But to remedy the tough part for leftovers tomorrow, I will let it sit in the gravy overnight then cook for a bit longer than normal until it softens up.
I also made a quick gravy once the roast was finished cooking. I removed the roast to a serving plate then ladled the remaining liquid through a sieve to catch the chunks of tomato & garlic. I poured the liquid into a pan then added a mixture of arrowroot and about 1/2 c water. Warm until thickens and pour over shredded pot roast.
This weeks challenges
I was really proud of myself this week. I stayed on track with meals & maintained my workout routine on the road, even when it was hard...and freakin freezing cold!! I was really excited to get home and not feel like I needed to "catch up" with my prior progress! Then I weighed myself. NOT WHAT I WANTED TO SEE!! I Gained. UGH!!! If I was going to gain anyway I wanted to say my progress on the road wasn't worth it. That I should've just eaten what I wanted and taken the week off from working out. But then I took a chill pill & thought about what might've affected this weight gain & realized that there were a few factors that were totally temporary & I would be back to results quickly!
Now that I aback home I can get back to incorporating more movements-like pull ups, rowing, GHD's, etc... And get back to my weekly Yoga class (I will actually start going to a yoga studio on the road moving forward!).
I also did more push ups & heavy slam balls so my chest is a bit sore this week! But my yoga class was really small and the instructor was able to give more one-on-one attention to issues. We did a lot to open up the tight areas so I feel fantastic today!!!
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I am 2 years into my keto lifestyle! Lost a total of 55 lbs since I started-!! Will be sharing my ups & downs, recipes that work, grocery shopping tips as well as weekly workout schedule! Check back every Monday for an update & kick start to your week!