Venus Factor granted me complimentary access to their complete 12 week weight loss system for the purposes of review.

scale-403585_640Losing weight can be daunting, but when it seems to come off almost effortlessly it feels good.  Never in my life have I been able to lose 10 lbs. in little over 2 weeks.  The last time I tried and diet and exercise program I did lose 15 lbs. but it took me 6 months to do it.  Before I could continue on the right path I burned out, got sick and rebounded in the most horrible way.

Through Venus Factor I’m learning that every bite counts.  Eating mindlessly was what was killing me before.  Not eating for my height and frame ruined my chances of success.  In these past two weeks, I have been hungry, light headed, cranky and, well, constipated BUT almost every day I’ve lost at least 1/2 a pound.  The problems I’ve faced were my own fault for not eating the right foods in the right ratios.  Protein, particularly animal protein, is a must for me at every meal to stave off low blood sugar headaches.  No, I haven’t been eating a great deal of sugar lately.  When I get hungry and my sugar drops it’s not fun.

Today I weighed in really thinking that I hadn’t lost anything.  The weekend eat up day was a success, but the next day I ate over my prescribed quota by 200 calories.  It was not a perfect day, but not a total wash either.  I was still 300+ calories below my maintenance calorie level.  Boy was I surprised when I lost another pound and a half from Friday’s weigh in totaling a loss of 10.2 lbs. My waist and shoulder measurements are also both down by an inch!  My husband even noticed the other day that I LOOK smaller!

Saturday, I made a huge batch of Tinga de Pollo, a spicy Mexican shredded chicken dish, that I’ve been using for either lunch or dinner with a huge bowl of salad and a little bit of cheese (I love cheese).  It’s amazing that three cups of Earthbound Farm Organic and Romaine lettuce mixed together is only 20 calories.  No wonder every nutritionist ever and our mothers say to eat your veggies. They take up a lot of room and provide a lot of nutrients in a very light package. I even had room for a couple of corn chips for that extra little crunch and tortilla flavor I love with my Mexican food.  Altogether, the total calories for this meal are 242!  Yes, ladies, that’s less than most snacks!

Here is my recipe for Slow Cooker Tinga de Pollo:

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 30 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1/2 a yellow onion diced

3 tablespoons chili powder or hot paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 jalapeno chopped or a can of green chilies

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.  Set slow cooker for 5 hours.  When done, remove chicken breasts, allow to cool for 5 minutes, shred them with forks, your fingers or chop with a knife into small bits.  Return shredded chicken to pot immediately and stir.  Serve topped with greek yogurt, cilantro and avocado slices.

What I typically serve myself is 146 grams.  It’s enough to just fill a Pyrex 6 oz custard cup.  I highly recommend purchasing a digital kitchen scale which allows you to tare after adding the dish to the scale.  It’s much easier to figure out exactly how much you are eating down to the ounce, gram or milliliter.

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