Monday, February 2, 2009

Week #85: Up 0.5 lb for a total of -116 lb

For some reason, I gained +0.5 lb this week. I don't normally fret too much about such a small gain... it's just annoying. The sweet-free challenge that I took part in from December 29 to January 30 didn't do too much for me. Perhaps if a person is hyper-sensitive to the sweet taste, it could be that their brain was sending out signals that they'd actually eaten sugar, but mine obviously wasn't doing that.

So... at the end of 30 days, I'm underwhelmed at the sweet-free challenge but stronly encourage you to try it if you think it may help you lose weight faster or break a stall. Everyone is different... and obviously this wasn't very useful to me.

With that said, however, I'm glad I did it and hopefully it will reduce my sweet tooth. I ate some low-carb cookies that I made yesterday that I found practically unbearably sweet - but that I certainly would have found quite bland a month ago. The sweet-free challenge has reduced my need for sweetener in whatever I'm preparing.

Despite this small setback, I continue to remain 1000% committed.

If I can do it, so can you.

No excuses!

... ever...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Low-carb recipe: Peanut butter coconut cookies

I made these earlier today. I like them, except that I found them quite sweet. I would definitely reduce the amount of Splenda next time - perhaps to the equivalent of 1/2 or 3/4 cup. I definitely won't use the full cup again. I guess I'm a bit sensitive to sweetness right now that I've been off any sweet-tasting for a month.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix:

- 1 cup Splenda or equivalent substitute
- 1 cup peanut butter (natural, unsweetened preferred)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp Davinci syrup (this is probably optional - I used gingerbread syrup, but it didn't flavour the cookie at all - I wouldn't bother)

This made 15 cookies for me. Bake for 15 minutes on a greased cookie sheet or Silpat sheet (I used Silpat sheet).