Wednesday, June 13, 2012


You ever ask a question and not get the answer you are looking for?
“Honey, how do I look in this dress?” 
“Babe you should wear pants because your legs would look better covered up.”
Or “Do these shorts make me look fat?”
“No, but your fat makes you look fat.”
I’m sure that is not the feedback that someone would WANT to hear but surely NEEDS to hear.  Many of us would prefer someone to lie to us to spare our feelings. Truth be told, those feelings can be spared if we get honest feedback and make improvements based off of it.

During my weight-loss journey, people noticed that I was losing weight and staying consistent. It often times became the topic of conversation. “Mike what are you doing to lose the weight?” The answer was always asked not with the intention of attempting but just as a way of letting me know that they noticed. After hearing that same question over and over, I started to get bored answering it. I pretty much created a script so that I can answer it quickly and then change the topic. Once I got bored with the script, I decided to ask a few questions of my own. I would ask questions like,
“LaWanda, as many times as you keep asking me what I am doing to lose weight, when are you going to make an effort?”
“Stacie you told me that you won’t go on a diet because you can’t afford it. Why do you eat out everyday?”
Of course when I start asking questions like this, people avoid me. Although I am not bothered by the fact that those people started avoiding me, I was a little concerned with the way they answered my questions. Some answers were healthy food is too expensive. Another answer was I am too busy to cook. Those were two of the most popular answers so I decided to come up with a credible solution for this problem. Not because I cared that much at the time, but I was tired of the poor excuses. I called it the 5:5:5 recipes. Not to be confused with Politician Herman Caine’s 9:9:9 plan. My 5:5:5 recipes actually work.

My 5:5:5 recipes consist of meals that cost 5 dollars that can be cooked in less than 5 minutes and has less than 500 calories. I will only share 3 recipes for now but I have more that I will share at a later time.

Recipe 1
2 servings of Broccoli Florets (50 Calories)
1/2 of a Butterball or Oscar Mayer Turkey Sausage kielbasa (157.5 Calories)
1/16 cup of shredded cheddar (55 Calories)
Calorie Total= 262.5

Turkey kielbasa comes with 2 in a pack. Slice one in half. Slice or dice the turkey sausage put it in a microwave safe bowl add broccoli florets and a teaspoon of water. Cover and steam for 3 minutes 30 seconds. After steam steaming uncover and add shredded cheddar and then cover again. Let sit for 1 minute and then enjoy. This is my personal favorite.

Recipe 2
½ of a boneless chicken breast 4 ozs. (140 calories)
1 serving of Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish 55 goldfish (140 calories)
1 serving of rotel salsa (25 calories)
1 cup of sweet yellow corn (132 calories)
Calorie Total= 437

Crunch gold fish in a zip lock bag. Slice chicken breast in half and place in zip lock bag with gold fish. Shake bag until gold fish coats chicken. Spray George Foreman grill with PAM and place on grill. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes. Put corn in a microwave safe bowl or Tupperware add teaspoon of water and cover. Microwave corn for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. After microwaving corn, add rotel. Mix and let sit for 30 seconds.

Recipe 3
1 hamburger potato bun (150 Calories)
1 Portobello mushroom cap (26 calories)
1 slice of sharp cheddar cheese (80 calories)
1 tablespoon of Country crock or any spread margarine (70 calories)
1 teaspoon of Hellmann’s mayo or your favorite mayo (35 calories)
Sprinkle of garlic powder (3 Calories)
Calorie Total= 364

Spread margarine on buns. Face buns on skillet buttered side down. Cook on medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add Portobello cap to skillet pressing firmly but carefully not to break it. Light sear on both sides 1 minute on each side. Add mayo and garlic powder to a bowl and mix together. Spread on potato buns. Add Portobello cap to buns and top with cheddar slice.

Please look for my next blog entry very soon. I hope this information is helpful. Thank you for reading and helping me share my blog. Please leave feedback good, bad or ignorant. I like comments and more followers than the day before. I need new followers to help keep me motivated to continue blogging.


  1. Thanks for this information bro. I will definately share it!

  2. recipes look great! great job on your loss!

    1. Thanks Nikki! I hope you enjoyed the blog and continue to follow.

  3. “Do these shorts make me look fat?”
    “No, but your fat makes you look fat.”

  4. Thank you for your honesty in sharing your story. It is very inspirational!

  5. Another good post. I think this one is the most effective because it actually not only critiques those who need help with working towards better health but it also provides helpful suggestions on how to do so. Keep it up. MAB

    1. Thank You brother. I am striving to make this as beneficial as possible. Thanks for the feedback.

  6. So, me & my roomie adore goldfish crackers...that recipe gave me new life! I'll try it soon...thanks for the tips & keep up the fantastic work!

    1. Thanks Candra! Are you following yet? I sure hope so. ;-) Gold Fish are whats up.

  7. You should market this 5:5:5 idea! Seriously...I would LOVE a cookbook with these types of recipes.

    Your knock at 999 was pretty funny. ;)

    Well done on the weightloss. So impressive. One year!

    1. Marcella thanks for reading and following. That is a project I would love to undertake. When the time is right I plan on doing a few things that could possibly put me in a position to make it happen. This is only the beginning. The cookbook is coming some time in the near future. Ill autograph your copy. LOL.

  8. Mike,

    Where are the other recipes?

    - Elle M0