20 Pounds In 20 Weeks: Week 1, Love of Bacon Bits

Last week, I began my 20 pounds in 20 weeks challenge.  So how did I do?  Well, my first week weigh-in was 202 pounds.  Since my initial weigh-in was 205 pounds, this means that I am down by 3 pounds.

Starting Weight 205
Current Weight 202
Goal Weight 185
Lost 3
Left Until Goal 17

I ate a lot of salads during the week.  I have to admit, I usually like salads, but I wasn’t feeling the salad-love.  For some reason, a big pile of greens with very little dressing on top just didn’t make my mouth water.  So what was my secret?  Bacon bits.  Well, imitation bacon bits, actually.  (Remember, I’m kosher.)  Turns out that 2 servings (14 grams) of these are 1 point and this is a LOT of imitation bacon bits.  The only problem is that we’re running through bacon bits quickly.  We add them to egg whites (with dried onion flakes) as well as to our salads.  NHL has taken to liking them as well.  BJ’s used to have large containers of kosher, imitation bacon bits, but it looks like those were discontinued.  Now, I’m searching for another bulk source.  It’s getting expensive buying lots of those small containers.


  • kat

    throw in some caramelized walnuts, mandarin oranges or chicken sauteed w/onions, garlic and mushrooms.

    i’m on a healthy eating plan too (aka: boring foods diet) and have to make the most of my salads.

    i also cut out all starchy foods and eat whole grain breads only in the morning. that means no potatoes (which I love) or white rice (a staple in all Asian diets) and brown rice just doesn’t taste the same. i eat whole wheat pasta from time to time and if i’m craving sweets, I have 3 small pieces of dark chocolate (70% coco). it’s a bit bitter but does satisfy the craving and it’s good for you (loaded with anti-oxidants!)

    good luck on your diet!

  • TechyDad


    Sadly, we can’t use walnuts as B has an allergic reaction to them. I also don’t think healthy has to be boring. Last night I had a big bag of fresh baby spinach that was going to go bad if I didn’t use it. A quick recipe search later and we made healthy “creamed” spinach. I cooked some onions (dried onion flakes because I was making a quick meal) in a frying pan and then added the spinach a little at a time. When it was wilted, I took it off the heat and put it in a bowl with 2oz of low fat cream cheese. B stirred it together and we added some salt and pepper. It was very good and I would definitely make it again. (Next time, though, I’ll be taking photos to make it a Cooking With TechyDad post.)

    As for chocolate cravings. One of my favorite ways of satisfying those are Hershey’s Kisses. The secret, though, is not to bite them. Treat them as if they were a hard candy and suck on them. It takes a lot of willpower not to bite, but you get a long lasting chocolate flavor. One Kiss can easily satisfy a chocolate craving for not many calories.

  • kat

    oh i forgot, i used to make this amazing dessert of ricotta cheese, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips and a dash of splenda. it was so good and low in fat/calories. i’ll dig up the recipe and fwd.
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