Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Update and Red Velvet Cake for Breakfast!

Happy Labor Day! Today was a lazy day here at The Temple of Adventure. We all slept in and then we pretty much just hung out around the house. It was a nice change from the craziness of the last 2 weeks. So here is my update, I am down a total of 67 pounds and 51.25 inches overall. I still have some areas I want to tone but, I am working on that on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with my trainer. Donna is awesome and I never thought I would be able to do the things that I can do now. It is really amazing. I have pretty much turned over my entire closet including shoes! I actually lost a size in my feet. It is super weird but, the doctor said it was normal for someone who has lost the equivalent of their 9 year old son to lose a shoe size. My rings are all too big and my new summer clothes that I bought at the end of spring are getting looser. I have had to move the seat closer to the steering wheel in the car. I guess my butt used to boost me closer to the wheel! LOL! The numbers make me happy but, all the non-scale victories make me even happier.  Because I have been strength training, I have been building muscle (which weighs more than fat) so even though I am smaller, I am heavier than I look.  Please, do not go by the BMI chart!!!  It doesn't take in consideration things like muscle mass and body type.  This is why the non-scale victories are so important.  According to the BMI chart, my BMI is 24.6.
The ranges are:
Underweight = 18.4 or less
Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
As you can see, at a BMI of 24.6, I am just barely into the "healthy or normal" weight range.  However, I wear a size 4 in jeans and a medium or small top depending on the brand.  Do I still have fat on my body?  Sure, I do.  I still have areas I am working on but, I don't know how realistic it would be for me to lose another 18 pounds.  Here is a picture from last Sunday just for fun!

Here is what you were really waiting for . . . Red Velvet Cake!!! This is a "Cake in a Mug". It is an S if you are on THM. It is grain/gluten free, sugar free and low carb. This is my cake after it came out of the microwave. I forgot to mention that it is also free of food dyes! Isn't it beautiful? I didn't make it in a mug.  I made it in a small Corningware crock so maybe we should call it "Crock o' Cake"!  LOL!  OK, I'll stop now.  BTW . . . I use this crock when making bread in a mug and it is the perfect size for hamburgers!

How, you ask, did I get my Red Velvet Cake so pretty and red without food dyes? With Cocoa Cardio! I love it! It has cocoa powder, beet juice extract and hibiscus extract in it.  I use it a lot.  I used it to make my Red Velvet Cake Batter Protein Shake.  That post has the link where you can purchase it on Amazon.

So, here is how I made this:
I melted 1 TBSP of butter in my crock.
I added 2 TBSP of full fat sour cream to the melted butter and whisked it together until smooth.
I added 2 drops of SweetLeaf Vanilla Crème stevia drops.
(You can use regular stevia and a dash of vanilla extract but, I had this so I used it.)
I added 1 egg and whisked it all together.
Then I added the dry ingredients:
2 TBSP golden flax seed meal
2 TBSP almond flour
2 tsp CocoaCardio
(You can use plain cocoa powder and add red food coloring if you don't have this.)
1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1 TBSP xylitol (or sweetener of choice)
a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
Whisk all of it together until smooth and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  I made 2 of these for breakfast.  One for me and one for Michael.  It was so good!
Oh yeah!  I forgot I made a quick frosting!
This recipe is for 2 cakes so if you are just making one, cut it in half.
4 oz of full fat cream cheese (softened in the microwave)
2 drops SweetLeaf Vanilla Crème stevia drops
(or regular stevia and a few drops of vanilla extract)
1 heaping TBSP of powdered xylitol (or sweetener of choice)
Whisk everything together until smooth and put half on one cake and half on the other!
Isn't it delicious looking?
MMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!  You know you want some!

Red Velvet Cake . . . the breakfast of champions!
BTW . . . this cake with frosting is a FAT BOMB!
686 calories, 51g fat, 7g net carbs and 20g protein!
MMMMMM!!!!   Diet Food!  LOL!

1 comment:

Meribeth Bouchard said...

Hi! I am new to your blog but have been doing THM for a year and a half now and I need some new inspiration. Can you tell me about cocoacardio. I checked it out on amazon and I was just wondering if there is a benefit to using it over dark chocolate cocoa powder. Thanks, Meribeth