A Sarcastic Chemist's Extreme Weight Loss Chronicle

A chronicle of the journey I am taking to become healthy.

Day 341-I’m bad at this

December 6, 2016 by Staci | 0 comments

I am doing terrible on my diet and on my blogging. But I am going to turn things around, for real this time. I’m going to start extremely slow and began by eating at home and cutting out my beloved diet soda. I actually started yesterday making cheese tortellini with alfredo sauce, a spinach salad with cheese and croutons (plus ranch of course) and garlic bread.

Then tonight I had breaded chicken with roasted potatoes and a veggie medley of yellow and green zucchini and spinach. I made the zucchini and spinach in the oven. I seasoned them with olive oil and italian seasoning, I went a little heavy on the spices (live and learn). Zucchini is a new vegetable for me since about a month ago when I tried this recipe my darling sister in law made.

Now the tough part, how much have I gained since July…. your guess is as good as mine. My scale stops at 400, but at my last doctor visit I was 413…sad face. So this is a huge journey and I think I over taxed by going to strict too fast. So here’s my new pledge:

Diet soda

Fast Food

Take Out

Eating out by myself

I want to leave the option of eating out with friends or family, I don’t want to completely limit myself. But I had a bad habit of eating out for both lunch and dinner. Which was terrible for my waist line and even worse for my wallet.

I went to Aldi’s yesterday which is a discount grocery store here in St. Louis, and I walked out with SOOO much food for 106 dollars. And a robot vacuum for $75, but shh that’s my christmas present from my parents.

Stay tuned for what’s on the menu for the rest of the week on my facebook page My Weight Loss Chronicle. Happy Tuesday!

Day Five-Grapefruit

January 8, 2016 by Staci | 1 Comment

Happy Friday Everyone!


Everyone who has ever cooked for me, or eaten a meal with me knows that I am quite the picky eater. But it’s explained by one of my favorite scientists, Neil deGrasse Tyson in this video from PBS. But I’ve never tried a lot of things, especially as an adult. With the whole new world of veggie chips, roasted veggies, and buying my own produce. I am going to start. I used to write off a food if I didn’t like it prepared one certain way. I don’t like raw cucumbers, but I LOVE pickles. I’ve never tried cucumbers any other way but raw and pickled. I didn’t know any better, but looking on Pinterest there is at least a dozen ways to make cucumbers other than raw and pickled.

My current list of approved fruits and veggies are: carrots (cooked and raw only if petites, have to be small), broccoli (cooked), green beans, spinach (raw), lettuce, corn, apples, pineapple, bananas and grapes (red and green). That’s bloody it.


My unapproved list that I have tried recently and do not like: TOMATOES, celery, onions (except fried. I like fried onions for some strange reason), peppers (raw, need to explore cooked options), peas, brussel sprouts (the smell makes me gag), berries (all the berries, blue, raspberry…), canteloupe, watermelon, and honeydew melon.

I’m always really scared to try new things at parties and such, because I feel like if I don’t eat a good amount of it then the maker will feel bad. I hate the words ‘Oh didn’t you like it?’ No, sorry I didn’t, I’m picky. Eating at parties has always been a stress for me, because I’m so damn picky. I always take something that way I know I’ll have at least something to eat. But more than once has my plate been half full of chips because nothing else looked acceptable.


That being said, I tried my grapefruit Wednesday morning with my breakfast. Like my mom’s Christmas bowls? I believe I’ve tried it before when I was younger, but I was pickier about textures as a teenager. First I googled how to eat a grapefruit, which I am glad I did. Because it was still a little messy even after using the tricks found here. So it would have been terrible if I had tried to dive right in. Definitely cut a grapefruit before you try to eat it. And I thought it would take longer to cut, but it really didn’t like a minute or so. The tutorial was really good and easy to follow, it was really simple to cut it.

I ate about half of the grapefruit with some Splenda, but I wasn’t the biggest fan. I liked it at first, but then it had a strange after taste. I don’t know if it was that particular grapefruit or all grapefruits. Or if mine had gone a bit bad since it had been on my counter since Sunday. Therefore I will give it another go with a new grapefruit, because I did like the starter taste.