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August 17, 2011

I can have my cake AND eat it too!

We went to a friend’s 30th birthday party yesterday. First, I can’t believe I have friends turning thirty.  Second, I’ll admit, I was little nervous how I’d do as far staying on plan.  I only ate 15 points the whole day before the party, expecting the food choices to not be point friendly.  I was pleasantly surprised.  There was roast chicken, enchiladas, latin rice,  fruit salad, and, best of all, roasted veggies.  SO good.  I had an enchilada, some rice, and loads of roasted veggies.  I even had enough points left over for some cake and ice cream:) I’m kinda loving this Weight Watchers plan.

I’ve been kinda lax about getting my healthy guidelines in, but starting yesterday I’ve been much more conscious of getting them.  Its not really that hard with 40 points a day to work with.  I imagine it will get harder as my points go down, so I guess its better to get in the habit now.  It really isn’t difficult as my cravings have changed even in the two weeks I’ve been doing this.  Fruits and veggies are never hard and neither is the water.  Oils are the hardest, but I’ve been adding them to salads and wraps.  I just have to remember to do that more consistently.

Tomorrow is my second weigh-in.  I think I’ve lost at least two pounds, possibly more.  We’ll see bright and early!

August 15, 2011

Awesome sandwich!

I had the most delicious lunch today.  I had had a veggie burger at a friends house last week and I thought it was really good, so I bought I pack of the them.  For those curious, it was a Gardenburger (http://www.gardenburger.com).  I haven’t tried all of them, but I have tried the portabella, the sun-dried tomato, and the original and I can say they are all very good.  So here’s what I did with it:

A Very Veggie Veggie Burger

1 Gardenburger, any variety

1 Arnold’s sandwich thin

a handful of baby spinach leaves

2 slices of tomato

1/2 of a roasted pepper ( I used some from a jar, in water)

1/2 ounce of fresh whole milk mozzarella

Grill veggie burger until warm and brown on both sides.  Place grilled patty on one half of the sandwich thin.  Place mozzarella on top, then roasted peppers, tomatoes and spinach.  Place other half of sandwich thin on top and enjoy!

After I finished eating, I thought a drizzle of olive oil in the burger would add some nice flavor and get in one of your healthy oils for the day.  Next time I’ll try that.  For the ingredients listed above it was 7 points+ (with oil, 8 points+).  Not bad, and REALLY filling:)

August 14, 2011

Staying on Track

Fellowship meal today at church.  I always look forward to fellowship meal.  Its a good time to spend with church family and there is always great food.  Enter dilemma.  Ugh…how the heck am I supposed to track my points?!   I did the best I could and I think it was at least a little accurate.  It better be anyway, as it came out to be 34 points. 34 points!!  That’s almost a whole days worth for me.  Anyway, I’m really glad I decided to track because I almost didn’t.  Now there is no unknown.  I can plan to stay within my daily points for the remainder of the week and I still have a few weekly points left if I really need them.

I’m also proud of myself because I brought watermelon as a healthy alternative for dessert.  Before I would have just eaten a piece of cake here, a slice of pie there, and maybe even a brownie.  Grant it, I had some peach cobbler with my watermelon, but definitely not as much dessert as I usually would have taken.  I think I may just stick to this after all.

August 14, 2011

That’s a LOT of chicken!

We went to Sam’s club today.  We usually go once every two or three months and get a huge shopping cart full of stuff, including a ton of meat.  I always freeze the meat in freezer bags in meal size proportions.  While doing this I came up with a great idea.  I cooked up a few pounds of chicken on the George Forman grill, sprinkling some Adobo seasoning on it.   Then I cubed up the cooked chicken and weighed out portions, 4 ounces each, and put them in quart sized freezer bags and froze them.  Voila!  Already cooked chicken for a salad, quesadilla, or wrap in a flash.  Its also good for bringing into work for lunch.  I’ll just take it out of the freezer in the morning and it’ll be thawed by lunch.

Also, while at Sam’s we got lunch.  Anytime we go there, we each get a hot dog combo.  The hot dogs they have are a-mazing.  Usually, I’m not a hot dog fan, but these are Nathan’s hot dogs.  And I think they are fried…which is probably why they are so good.   Anyway, I didn’t really want to use 12 points for a hot dog (yes, 12 points for a hot dog) and I almost didn’t get one.  But then I realized that I’m on Weight Watchers and I can have whatever I want in moderation.  Since Nathans hot dogs are huge (almost twice the size of a regular hot dog) I decided to eat only half.  And you know what?  I was completely satisfied with just half.  That was huge realization for me.  I don’t have to deprive myself of what I want.  Deprivation leads to craving it more and eventually failure.  But I also don’t have to eat Every. Last. Bite. Of. Food.  Obvious for some, but not so for me.   Guess that’s how I got here.

August 13, 2011

New Discoveries

*Disclaimer: If you are not a coffee lover like myself, you might as well bypass the next two paragraphs, as it contains nothing but coffee related things.  You’ve been warned.

I discovered the most amazing thing today.  I am hardcore addicted to coffee (no, that’s not the discovery…I’ve known that for awhile).  With this addiction comes the flavored creamers, cream, the half and half, the sugar, and the occasional splash of Irish Cream.  Also known as calories.  So I’ve cut back on the flavored creamers and switched to Splenda as my sweetener of choice.  Not too hard.  But the thing I love most about my coffee, iced or hot, is the cream.   And the creamier the better.  I tried skim milk.  Once.  Just say no to skim milk.  Trust me.  I tried  whole milk.  Eh, a little better.  I can at least stand it, but I don’t enjoy it.   I’ve sworn off fat free flavored creamer as it just tastes…manufactured.  No, none of these things can compare to the magnificence that cream brings to my coffee.

Just as I was beginning to come to terms with the fact my coffee just would never be the same, I came across a brilliant idea on a message board on the Weight Watchers site.  Evaporated milk.  Fat free evaporated milk.  Yeah,  the stuff in the can.  When I first heard that I was less than enthusiastic about it.  But, desperate for something better, I tried it. And it’s delicious.  Seriously.  Go try it right now.  You won’t be disappointed.  To me, it’s only slightly different than cream.  But SO much better than the alternatives.  And.  And.  AND…it’s only 1 point+ for a 1/4 cup.  Which is AMAZING!  Now, I can have my delicious, oh so decadent and creamy coffee and drink it too.

End of coffee musings.

Something else I discovered today: my deep love for watermelon.  Not quite as much love as I have for coffee (there she goes again with the coffee…)  But it’s up there on the list of things I love.  I mean it’s win-win.  It’s sweet.  It’s full of water and nutrients.  And best of all, it’s FREE of points+.  What more can you ask for?

August 12, 2011

Looking forward

I’m happy, I really am.  God has given me more in my life than ever dreamed I would have by this point.  I’m married to my most wonderful husband who is always so supportive of everything I do.  I have a beautiful one year old daughter who I love more than I ever thought possible.  I have fulfilling job helping people and where I really matter and make a difference.  The only real thing in my life that I can honestly say I’m completely unhappy about is my weight. I’ve always be at least slightly overweight. As I a child, I grew up with an unhealthy relationship to food and was very obese.  The summer before I started high school I joined Jenny Craig and proceeded to lose about 50 pounds and was, for the first time in my life, in my healthy weight range.  Through high school and college I was able to maintain a somewhat healthy weight, fluctuating roughly twenty pounds in either direction.  Then I got married.

I guess you can say I let myself go. I gained about forty pounds within a year of getting married.  I will say I had a back injury that had me pretty much flat on my back for two months straight in that year but I was never able to lose the weight gained from that. I went on weight watchers a few months before our one year anniversary and lost twenty pounds only to find out I was pregnant on July 4, 2009.

So you’re probably thinking, “Ah, that is how she found herself almost 100 pounds overweight.” Good guess, but no. In fact, because I had severe nausea through my whole pregnancy I gained maybe 20 pounds my whole pregnancy. I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight by the time my daughter was two weeks old.  It should have been easy peasy to just continue where I left of before I got pregnant.

Unfortunately, my body refused to cooperate. After a major struggle to breastfeed my daughter and giving up after a month I’m not exactly sure what happened.  Maybe it was depression from not being able to breastfeed.  Maybe hormones messed up my metabolism.  Whatever happened, I gained another 40 pounds. And I’ve been very unhappy and uncomfortable with that.  I look in the mirror and I see a different person than I know to be.  One thing I don’t struggle with is my self image.  It’s kind of the opposite.   I want to look like how I feel inside.  I look in the mirror and its all wrong.  It’s not who I am.  I want to look like me again.

So I joined Weight watchers again.  That was this past December.  That was a major fail.  I did lose about ten pounds but it took forever.  Like four months.   Previously, I was able to lose ten pounds in a month.  I think part of it was post pregnancy issues and imbalance.  But part of it was I wasn’t working the plan fully.  I guestimated and nibbled here and there.  I wasn’t fully in the game.  And I had my lack of progress to show for it.  So I stopped for a few months but still ate healthfully (for the most part…) and only gained about five pounds back.

Finally, about a week ago, I saw some recent pictures of myself and decided enough was enough.  No more playing around; no more half on plan, half eating whatever I want.  I’m going back to the real me now and forever.  I rejoined Weight Watchers on August 3rd and have a determination like never before.  My goal is to be within my healthy weight range, whatever that may be, by the time I’m thirty.  I turn thirty on February 10, 2013.  I don’t think that is unrealistic. In fact I’ve already lost 5 pounds. Go me!  Five pounds gone forever, never to be seen again. “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25