How do you handle stress? Me I am a stress eater, that I have known a very long time. I either do the starvation, I have no appetite or I will just snack on, well unhealthy things, like fast food. Since my move to the new apartment in Sept, I realized I put the weight on big time. I know it was from stress, plus with the way I am working right now with this driving 3 hours a day three days a week, my whole schedule is really off, and so my weight ballooned.
I was looking at the Halloween photos of the party I was at this year and then the ones from This Christmas party I just had. Plus my scrub pants been really tight, I saw and well felt, with my clothes, how much weight I have put on. As I said to a friend of mine, “My weight, I swear goes up and down more than a stripper going up and down on a pole.”
I am not going to torture myself, I made my mind up right after the holidays, I am doing a very strict diet, fitness thing. I am turning 40 in October, and my goal is to have a nice body, that I love, for my 40th birthday. It is my gift to myself. I know come January, this crazy work schedule will be back to normal. I can really focus on me and losing weight. So you will be seeing some nice healthy stuff coming up in January.
One of my issues with my up and down weight right now is because the crazy work schedule I have right now. What I mean by that is I am doing basically bi-state living. I am working close to Youngstown for work 3 days a week, it is an 1 hour and 30-minute drive from my apartment and 1 hour and 10 minutes from my parents. So twice a week I drive to their house, stay there so can drive to this doctor’s office. I get out late at the doctor’s office, so really dark when I drive, so it much easier to go to PA then to Cleveland.
As I said I get out late, so I am eating dinner really late, I leave early to get to the place, so I am not hungry in the morning from eating late, so yes my eating habits are really screwed up. Plus since I got this weird living situation right now, I have not done a decent grocery order in weeks. It all, I hate to say it processed stuff I been eating. I am someone I tend to eat more fresh.
This weekend that just passed, that was my last full weekend off. My leg, which the one I drive with was hurting. Yes, it from all this excess driving I am doing like I said, you figure I am in a car for 3 hours 3 times a week, so it is my pain, which my bad leg I had in the cast, it did a number on it. I was advised to rest my leg. I didn’t feel like making recipes, I didn’t feel much like cooking. Which is very unlike me, so I turned to the trusted crock pot. I threw together something, that I am dubbing the hamburger stew. It is very simple, it almost like a poor man’s version of regular stew, I was able to make it with just things I already had in my freezer and refrigerator. No extra trips to the grocery store.
Crockpot Country Hamburger Stew is an easy crockpot stew that is great for someone on a budget. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 16 oz bag of frozen peas and carrots
- 1/2 a bag of frozen country style hash browns
- 4 oz of sliced mushrooms
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1-2 oz cans of beef broth 15 1/2
- 1 envelope of onion soup mix
- 1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing
- 2 oz cans beef gravy 15 1/2
- In a skillet, brown the ground beef. After it is browned, drain off the fat.
- In a crock pot, add the soup, gravy,soup mix, and Italian dressing. Mix it well. If you want a thinner soup use both cans of beef broth, if like to be thicker then use one can.
- Add the frozen hash browns, peas and carrots to the soup.
- Next add the onion, mushrooms, and ground beef. Give everything a good stir and cover with the lid.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
- After it is done, ladle some of the soup into a bowl and ENJOY!
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