Day 7: All the Deliciousness

Sup kids!

Let’s get this bliggity blog going!

This morning started with bacon, eggs and coffee (6 points). How much better can it get? Oh yeah…BY GOING TO THE FARMERS MARKET!!! We went to the ever-awesome Market Square farmers market, followed by a trip to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. It’s the triad of fantasticness!

IMG_3073Lunch: The other day, we grilled two chili and mustard spice rubbed pork loins so today we made something delicious with the leftovers. I made a modified version of this BBQ sauce on my hero Aaron Franklin’s YouTube series and then chopped up the remaining pork. I was shooting for a chopped BBQ sandwich, but it ended up being the best Sloppy Joe sandwich of all time! 10 points

IMG_3079-2IMG_3085IMG_3084Activity: The Tallahassee Museum (which isn’t really a museum…more of a zoo mixed with a plantation mixed with zip lining) had an open house today so Megan and I did some serious exploring and trail walking. They had everything from swimming bears, beautiful scenery and pleasant company :).

IMG_3102 IMG_3103Snack: When we are not shopping for food and eating food, we watching plenty of shows about food. Our absolute favorite cooking shows are not on Food Network, but on the PBS station Create! The two best shows are “America’s Test Kitchen” and “Cook’s Country.” Chris Kimball and his gang of foodie misfits do their best to create the perfect recipe. They are the ones who wrote the Cook’s Illustrated cook book I bought Megan. Anyway, this morning they talked about how easy it is to make your own granola. IT WAS PAINFULLY EASY AND CHEAP! It’s always funny how we spend money on certain things that are ridiculously easy to make ourselves! So I made the recipe (read and watch it here!) and I filled up a gallon bag or so full of the best granola I have ever eaten. You should definitely check it out!

IMG_3105 IMG_3101Dinner: Another recipe out of the Cook’s Illustrated book (I’m pretty sure we’re going to cook through that whole book by December…) was beer can chicken, a classic seemingly redneck recipe where you cook a butt-chugging chicken. The beer is supposed to moisten the chicken while cooking and it totally delivered! You are supposed to use a “cheap beer” so we bought the Simpler Times Pilsner from Trader Joe’s (think a cheaper version of Miller Light) and used that. We rubbed down the chicken with spices, gave the chicken a canoloscopy (see what I did there?) and then put it on the grill for about an hour and a half. It was incredibly moist and flavorful and matched really well with some roasted potatoes. Definitely a dinner win.

So today I think I go to about 50 points but I need to do a little more research on everything. As far as this week, I am overall pretty happy with how I’ve down. I did slack a little at the end of the week, but that just happens sometimes. I’ll be honest, I’m a little pessimistic about tomorrow’s weigh in. It might not be a massive number and I’m cool with that. At this point, this is more about sustainable change rather than Biggest Loser-style weight loss. For a while, I was going through spurts where I would lose 7 pounds and then gain 8 and then lose 6 and then gain 5. No more of that silliness. I guess we’ll see how it all turns out. See ya tomorrow.












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