Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 44

After this past weekend camping event with the kindred, I thought that I would have gained. There were junk food and all sorts of mead not to mention some stressful situations. According to my fitbit, I wasn’t as active as I should have been but in reality, I was more active. I have a lot to catch up on but we’re going to start with this week’s weigh-in.

I would’ve been happy with being the same weight. Hell, I would have been happy with even gaining a pound but to my surprise, I lost a pound. I’m home with my son as he had dental work done yesterday so more writing and possible painting will appear. Not to mention my 365-day project will be one photo purge once I get to editing.

Down a pound and hopefully more than one next week.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: 41

Again, weight gain. I’m not sure what’s going on but I did do something about it this morning. I did my first ever 10-minute workout. I know that doesn’t seem like much but for a morning, when you’re depressed, and really not doing so hot all around 10 minutes is a HUGE accomplishment. So day one of Daily Burn, complete. Next, treadmill this afternoon. I’m not giving up, not yet.

I made my own fish tacos again. YUM. I need to figure out how to reheat my corn tortillas so as they don’t break while trying to eat.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 40

I’ve been at this for 40 weeks? I don’t know whether to be upset or happy about how dedicated I am. Can I do this another 40 weeks to lose the last 20? Ugh, I really don’t want to think about it. However, I am down 2lbs. A little happy dance for a bit then it’s time to hit the ground running.  I still didn’t eat all that great but I reigned it in a bit. I added an extra 10-15 minute walk to my day. I can’t WAIT for summer to get here! I was able to wake early walk for an hour in the morning, write, and prepare for the day. Now, it’s a chore to get on the treadmill.

Adding the extra time and watching my points (not eating all of them) helped a great deal. I also mixed my diet up a bit having beans with my breakfast with salsa, added street tacos for dinner, I also ate flounder. I have to tell you, I’m not a fan. Today, I will be trying fish tacos with tilapia and see if they are worthy of a post. Nervousness is already setting in for the phone interview but I’m still working on notes and answers. I’m also being realistic.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 37

I really REALLY wanted this week to be different but I have no one to blame but myself…and a little of mother nature. This past weekend I REALLY enjoyed food and mead and more food and a Bloody Mary with the kindred. Then it’s that time of the month for me to have the skin of a pubescent teen and the appetite for salty and sweet foods. I can accept the pound I gained because I’m the one in semi-control of my body (I can’t help what mother nature is doing this week) so I started planning my meals last night. Here’s to a better week. Happy Thursday Y’all.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week I don’t Give a SH%$!

Yup, I’m thoroughly frustrated this morning with weigh in. Can you tell?  I didn’t gain this week but for the love of everything I didn’t lose and I was SUPER vigilant about tracking what I ate and made sure I hit my activity points. What do I do? Do I quit? Do I add more to my activity than just walking? I noticed that my calves are getting wider with muscle and I don’t care for that one bit and my treadmill isn’t on an incline. GRR!

Plan for this week is to find something other than walking to add to my exercise. Continue to watch what I eat. Continue to drink the water that I have been (I’ve really been working on that and I hate water). I will commit to one splurge day. Splurge as in absolute splurge. Usually, when I chose to splurge I stay within my points. This Saturday I have Disting and will enjoy my mead and food. So this morning I’m going to start with breakfast and go from there. One step at a time.

The recipe I adapted with the ingredients in my cupboard was Morrocan black-eyed pea acorn squash. YUM and so satisfying.

1 Acorn squash
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 can black-eyed peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 teaspoons chopped raisins
Cinnamon (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
Cumin (to taste)
1/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon toasted almonds finely chopped
Chopped cilantro (add as much or omit all together – this is a personal choice but I LOVED it)

On a sheet pan, cover parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Cut your squash in half, scoop out seeds and roast your squash for 40-45 minutes face down. While your squash is roasting sautee onion in olive oil until brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add garlic, raisins, peas, seasoning, and water. Cook on low heat until warm and the raisins have soaked up the water. When squash is tender pull out of the oven and split the black-eyed pea mixture between the two. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon of almonds and chopped cilantro.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 34

So…this morning I woke up telling myself I was wrong about weighing in that the scale would at least go down. Then my anxiety cat (a new comic I’ve been working on; another goal of mine) helped me out with overthinking. I thought about all the little bites I didn’t track (the oh so good dark chocolate Hershey kisses is an example) and how I gained at least 4 pounds. Got on the scale and in bright red numerals the screen lit up 177lbs! What in the actual FU%$!

After throwing an adult version of a toddler meltdown I realized that my ring was tight on my finger. Oh, wait…water weight! I was SUPER naughty last night and had a bloody mary (earned it after dealing with snow) and a taco salad (it counts…it had lettuce). Both will cause me to blow up like a Macy Parade float! I guzzled water while running around trying to get ready for work. I checked the scale again and it said 173lbs. OK, I can live with that. I’ll be stricter this week with my points because I KNOW I went over with all my nibbles not to mention stress from my mother. I might just get on the scale after work and see what it say so their may be an update. If not, you’ll know that it didn’t change in my favor.

Light egg salad with pita bread, bananas, oatmeal, and sugar snap peas are on my menu today. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In On Weighing In: Roller Coaster Recap

When I stepped back from my writing, art, and blogging I also stepped back posting my journey losing weight. During this time (still struggling to find time to write/post), I was still dieting and trying to find my magic number of activity points and food points. THIS IS NOT WHERE PEOPLE NEED TO STOP READING AND DIET SHAME. This is a roller coaster recap because I experienced a significant weight gain and made I was capable to examine that week for possible causes. Let’s start the next week following the point when I stopped posting which was Week 20 weigh-in was 177lbs.

  • WEEK 21 10/18: 176lbs
  • WEEK 22 10/25: 178lbs
  • WEEK 23 11/1: 175lbs
  • TODAY WEEK 24 11/8: 172lbs

Can you see wk 22? I gained 2lbs and the following week I lost the 2 that I gained plus another one. This is what I think happened. STRESS! I wasn’t intaking more calories and my exercise level even though it was less than normal, was still the same. The only difference that week was the stress at my job.  The run down. I was asked to complete a very large project. I started with a layout example that took 3 weeks to put together for a first draft. I sent the piece to my hiring supervisor and he said, ‘I don’t like it. It’s ugly.’ Instead of snapping back I told him ok, what would you like to see in edits. He gave me a list and before the conversation was over I asked him some questions to ask the other members of the team.  End conversation, begin my rant to my co-worker, layout #2 in beginning. The edits were easy enough just tedious and I received an email from the hiring supervisor that answered the questions I had concerning the informational copy. With the questions being answered, I realized it would change the layout AGAIN. I know this is long but follow me. I emailed a rough layout of what a page layout would look like-which is now different from the edits asked to be made (and now version 3).

I did something radical. Something SO unheard of that I should have been SHOT. Well, at least that’s what it felt like after my actions. I involved the OTHER team members. You would think doing an adult action such as this would be praised but it was the complete opposite. Other members involved caused my hiring supervisor to stomp his feet and QUIT the team! A week later, he took away my multimedia design project we were launching on Facebook. The reason he hired me he took away but without telling me. He just started doing everything. Heartbroken and probably the lowest I EVER felt with my career I was 2 seconds from quitting and applying at Walmart. Instead, I am now looking into other jobs and trying to figure out how to work from home.

Why the long explanation? Well, I’m afraid no one would understand the gravity and to lead into STRESS can wreak havoc on a diet. The next week I lost and still losing. He’ll be on site the week of Thanksgiving and need to figure out how to make myself scarce.

The Goodies

I have been changing things up to help with continual weight loss. I have tried a Buffalo Chicken salad. This is now my GO TO salad. Basically, you’re going to need mixed greens (iceberg is a must), finely chopped celery, chopped cucumber, chopped green onion, chopped carrots, chicken breast (3 ounces),  1 tablespoon of buffalo wing sauce (I found that Sweet Baby Ray’s brand is 1 point per tablespoon), and a couple of spoonfuls of my Ranch Greek Yogurt DipMix the dip and wing sauce together and pour over all your salad goodies and YUM! I wanted to add Bleu cheese but unfortunately, my store doesn’t carry it. Or at least it was out of stock when I went. If you do add the cheese and watching your waistline like I am, only a tablespoon. The Yogurt dip is only two ingredients: plain non-fat Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of dry ranch dressing mix.

I also enjoyed a BBQ chicken pizza using flat-out bread, chicken breast, sugar-free BBQ sauce, fat-free cheddar cheese, and red onion. The entire thing was only 3 points and I couldn’t even finish it. I was also adding pumpkin to my quick 0 point chili and cream of wheat. This was filling and added extra fiber and flavor. Also, a simple shrimp, cucumber, and dill salad. This was shrimp chopped, cucumber chopped, green onion chopped, dill chopped, a tablespoon of light mayo, 2 tablespoons of non-fat Greek yogurt. Mix and YUM! I usually have a slice of 45 calorie wheat bread.

Week to come goals: find another job prefer one to be online, be more active, and try to not stress. 30 pounds are gone and hoping to lose more this week. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 20

I woke up this morning not all that optimistic but it was also combined with my mood from yesterday. The only bright side that I can see in today’s weigh in is the fact I didn’t gain. I really wanted to lose some more but what person on a diet doesn’t? I know what my problem was with this week. Maybe a few things that I haven’t been doing that I’m supposed to. I haven’t been drinking water like I should. I haven’t been walking as much as I should. I haven’t demonstrated the willpower to refuse treats.

This upcoming week: drink water, walk more, say no more, and take more time for me…more.

I didn’t experiment with any more soup recipes as I still have my curry lentil, Tuscan pumpkin, and rustic ratatouille soup in the freezer that I have been enjoying. I may be absent for a while but that has to do with finding time for myself to write if my family allows me that time. Here’s to another week. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 19

I’m a little disappointed in myself that I only lost 1 pound but I’ll take it. I mean, truth…confession. I had the diet of an unsupervised child at the county fair with a pocket full of cash. I had a really dark YUMMY Scottish beer, mead, several smores, and let’s not mention the handful of chips here and there. Then add me not walking as much ended up not losing as much as I hoped. This morning, I forced myself out of bed, went through my socials replying and reading while walking. Packed my lunch, started my breakfast, you know all the adult stuff.

To date, I have lost a total of 25lbs. I’m now officially at the weight when my doctor told me to watch my weight and lose 10-15lbs. I don’t think I can with Thanksgiving and Winter Nights ahead but I think I have a game plan. I’m going to be REALLY good during the week of holiday feasting THEN I will enjoy my meal without worrying myself sick. I plan on adding recipes and calculating points so I don’t do too terrible. I will also need to add more time to my walks.

My Recipe Share for the Week:

So much YUM in this soup and at 0 points it was really filling.

Rustic Ratatouille Soup

  • Eggplant (large) chopped
  • 2 zucchini (medium) chopped
  • 2 Red bell peppers chopped
  • Onion (large) chopped
  • Garlic (2 cloves) minced
  • Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 26oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray

All you have to do is roast your veggies in the oven at 450° for 40 minutes (stirring half way through). While veggies are roasting saute onion and garlic. When the veggies are done add to the pot of onion and garlic, add broth, seasoning, and tomatoes. Let simmer and adjust seasoning accordingly. ENJOY!

25 more pounds to go. Happy Thursday everyone. My Inktober sketches will be done tonight so stay tuned 🙂

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 18

This past week I really learned to let go of a lot of things that were out of my control. I’m also trying to control my feelings. Not so much as to be cold but more reserved at least. My stress level is through the roof and I’m trying to take things in stride or not at all.

I’ve been completely indulgent in my diet and didn’t walk as much. I regretted every bit as I got on the scale. I didn’t go over my weekly points and counted EVERY point for my cheat days and ended up losing 2 more pounds. I have made a huge batch of Tuscan pumpkin soup and those are in the freezer on the ready and so is my chili. I even enjoyed a glass of mead. I think having the fire and family was a huge stress reliever and helped a great deal. I have lost a total of 24lbs. Even though it wasn’t and still isn’t easy I think I can do the almost 40lbs to reach my goal weight. I meet with my doctor next month to see if my goal weight is healthy for my body. It may need to be lower or higher but that’s why I made the appointment.

My staples this week have been my two fall soups (pumpkin and a 3 bean chili) but I may try to do a pumpkin chili and jalapeno poppers. I know they are going to have to be baked. That much I know. I have just been craving them and hope to recreate something that is yummy and satisfying. I’m wondering if I was exercising too much for my body to hold onto fat? Is there such a thing as doing to much exercise? I was doing almost three miles every morning now I’m down to 15 minutes a day. This upcoming week will be experimental to see if I found my magic number of exercise and food intake. 15 minutes and most of to all my weeklies or will I have to walk more or will I have to walk more and eat less again? Something has jump started my weight loss back up and wanting to know if I found my sweet spot.

Here’s to another week of trying.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Sabotage Wk 16

Just because you don’t post it doesn’t mean it’s not real…I know I didn’t post about my weigh-in yesterday but I did weigh in. Before I go into my goals and what I plan on doing differently, I would like to say that I know how to sabotage myself. I did it out of comfort and depression. Going from feeling like I can handle anything to I’m the worst person in the world.

Yes, my daughter had a miscarriage and we were all sad but she has her whole life ahead of her. I gave her my sympathy but also encouraged her to go to school. The same day that this occurred she was moving. She canceled the move back with us and instead in Texas because she told me her fiancé found a job there. I accepted that at face value and something nagged at me…why Texas? That’s when the truth came out. She found her biological father. I’m ok with that as she is doing something that I could never get him to do which is acknowledge her as his daughter. He signed his rights over because he couldn’t afford $32 a week. My father and uncle helped me while I went to work to help raise her. She literally slapped everyone in the face in the family with this move but what’s worse is she lied about it. I have completely written her off at the moment. I’m hurt and betrayed. Am I wrong? Probably but the truth is, I’m happier not worrying or thinking about her. Ultimately this is her decision and she is an adult.

With the emotional week, I did overeat, slept in, not walk, and didn’t really take care of myself. Why am I letting so much dictate my feelings? I know I can be stronger than that. I have woken up early and walked on the treadmill and making sure I eat a proper meal and stay within my points. My husband has been a HUGE support as he didn’t let me pick up smoking because of stress and compromised my wanting a HUNK of chocolate cake with a lower point chocolate chip cookie (and still stayed within my points). I ate soup that I prepared and froze and indulged in good fats in moderation (so far). I learned what self-sabotage is and trying my best to recognize this.

My Recipe of the week:
Let get real…pumpkin EVERYTHING is EVERYWHERE and even earlier this year. I see more sweet than savory recipes but it’s getting to be soup weather and played with pumpkin soup. I know…’eww’ you’re probably saying to yourself. Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient and is REALLY good savory.
You’ll need:

  • 1 Can pumpkin (not seasoned or sweetened)
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Can White Cannellini beans or your favorite white bean
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped garlic (I used more because I love garlic)
  • Sage, salt and pepper to taste
  • Blender or food processor

Spray pot with cooking spray and sauté onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. Add pumpkin, broth, and beans. Simmer for 30 minutes. In small batches blend soup and add back into the pot and add seasoning. Simmer for 20 more minutes. It’s filling and I have added grilled chicken breast for more protein and my own toasted croutons.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 15

$*%)…#%&@)()(*%#^…Just imagine me calling my bathroom scale this morning everything under the sun BUT a child of God. I was furious. I weighed in yesterday at 179lbs but this morning the scale wanted to change it’s mind like my daughters change clothes! First, it read 179lbs, then it went to 180lbs, then to 182lbs, then to 181lbs, then back to 180lbs. In my fit of rage and feelings of failure, I decided to stay with 180lbs since that number blinked twice. UGH! Then I got to thinking that with all the rain I wasn’t able to walk like I normally do so my husband got me a second-hand treadmill.

Now that I’ve talked myself out of quitting…here’s the game plan for the next week. I didn’t eat all my points like I have been doing and will make double sure that I eat all if not most of my points. I will also try and keep a balance of good quality fats and not complete junk (that Snickers was SO good). Try to get all my activity points and not check the scale daily. Oh, I also slacked on drinking more water than coffee and soda. I just don’t like the taste of it EVEN with flavor enhancers. With fall right around the corner, I’m going to try and be more creative with my coffee drinks as Starbuck’s contain astronomical points for the seasonal drinks. I want to be better prepared.

With that here are two recipes that I’m so glad that I indulged in:

Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  • 1 Tablespoon of pureed pumpkin (here I used Libby’s brand and any more than the measurement you’ll get bits at the bottom…I don’t like the pulp texture so I stick with what I listed)
  • 1/2 cup Premier Protein Vanilla shake (this was used because I wanted to get my protein in but use any low/ nonfat/plain almond types of milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon Stevia (or sugar substitute of your choice)
  • Pumpkin Spice (for garnish)
  • Strong Coffee (amount is up to you but I used ‘travel size mug’ option on my coffee pot)

Brew a really strong coffee for full latte effect. I take my coffee to work in a travel coffee mug so mine is double the regular coffee size. While that’s a brewing-warm your milk of choice, sugar substitute and pumpkin on stove whisking to froth a bit. When hot, but not burn your tastebuds hot, add to coffee and dust with pumpkin pie seasoning. This will do for the pumpkin pie latte fix that is needed and it all came out to only 2 freestyle points.

Now with cooler weather heading my way-I wanted to try something new that would satisfy my ‘need home-cooking’ craving (I would kill for a pot of buttery garlic mashed taters!). But this works:

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

  • 1lb of 96%/4%fat lean ground beef
  • 2 16z cans of petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves garlic-chopped
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken
  • 2 medium bell peppers diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Easiest thing ever…chop and drop veggies, add meat mix thoroughly, open cans of tomatoes and pour in along with the chicken broth. Simmer until meat is done. Serving size is 1.5 cups and will serve 5 people. This was also a 2 Freestyle point per serving meal. You can eat with rice (adding points) or with toast or crackers.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 14

I was extremely naughty this week with my dieting. My son had cake and pizza at his party and I partook in both. I had 2 bloody marys over the weekend which was also a big no-no. I met my activity points but barely. This is partly my fault and weather. The rain and storms were relentless and I was able to get the bulk of my exercising in before they hit but that’s about it. I gained a pound as of yesterday and as off this morning (weighed in at the same time and place) and the pound was gone.

kodiak pancake mixSo, today is a new day and new beginning week to my diet and I can correct my mistakes. I haven’t lost ALL motivation so I’m not slipping that far back. I’m human and will make mistakes. I mean…it was PIZZA! So, more exercising and be more mindful of my food choices. A great find that I was finally able to get my hands on is Kodiak pancake mix. This stuff is AMAZING and packed full of protein. 1/2 cup is only 5 points! I have heard about the elusive product and my local Wal-Mart finally started stocking it. I just hope it’s not a temporary product.

I can leave you with what I learned about myself this week. Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 13

Writing this post, I can’t believe how much can happen during a week. Last week I went to a Freyrfaxi with my husband to see and learn what Asatru was about. I have never felt so much at home. I saved all my weekly points for that night. Those people were so hospitable and there was so much food. I made my cheese and bread and brought thinking I can at least eat what I brought just in case. I worried WAY too much. Since the group asked to bring food that was personally hunted or grown or a person knew the source there was so much I could eat. It’s the mead that I didn’t know how to account for. I figure since it’s made like wine I would just double those points. I feasted on pork, fresh fruits, and vegetables, and I even indulged on a cookie. I felt a peace that I haven’t felt before.

I dreaded today…I felt like I hadn’t lost and could have possibly gained. I didn’t lose as much and I think that there are a couple of reasons why. 1- I wasn’t as active. I met my 70 activity points but one I met those I didn’t put any effort forward to go over and 2- I don’t think I ate enough of my weeklies. The problem is that a lot of the food that I ate at the gathering I had to guess about. If I was under then I wasn’t going to drop the weight like I had started doing 3 weeks ago. My weekend isn’t as active just the grocery pick up, some errands, oh! And my son’s birthday party. Yup, he’s getting older and so am I. Luckily, the bowling alley will be doing the clean up so I will be enjoying more time with my son.

This week, I lost a pound making it a total of 22 lbs. I’ll try harder next week.

What I LOVED:

I had a BUNCH of tomatoes from my garden that needed to be cooked. I threw that with some onion and garlic making a quick and chunky tomato sauce. I added tomato paste to add a little umph to the sauce which added my point. The butternut squash noodles serve as the bed of noodles that I would use for the sauce. It was so GOOD! Totally underestimated the whole veggie noodle trend. I was going to use a little parmesan but unfortunately someone in the house at it. Guys-TRY THE VEGGIE NOODLES!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 11

One thing I definitely learned is that A LOT can happen in a week…even a few days. I went in and had a tooth pulled on a Friday afternoon, a couple days later stitches thrown in. Finally able to return to work and still feeling pain the extraction caused. This, of course, made me adjust my eating habits.

Things I learned:

Weight Watchers has a zero point list for fruits, vegetables, and proteins for the freestyle program that I am doing. Blending zero point fruits adds points! My two point smoothie ended up being 13points! GRR. Mashed taters was also a higher point food that I only indulge in when out at a restaurant but needed to this past week. I also opted for cream of wheat which was nice and easy to eat along with being filling. Not walking as much and not filling full I was worried about what the scale would read. Sincerely…I almost skipped the weigh-in day. But here it goes, 182lbs is what the scale read this morning!


I’m officially 20lbs down! No, I can’t see it or notice it and that’s because it’s happening slowly. Then I remind myself that just because it’s slow doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I’m hoping this upcoming week will be better all around. Not wasting my weekly points on stupid smoothies and being able to actually eat would be great. I don’t have a unique recipe to share but I will be experimenting with butternut squash noodles and that will be posted next week (if it’s good).

6 Word Story: 8/3

I’m writing this with a blueberry green tea and sore legs. The Ibreuphen helped me through the night and I’m debating on whether or not just to cancel my dentist appointment. I know better and that I should go through with it but worried about how it will affect my diet. All the soft foods like mashed taters or tater soup or oatmeal are HIGH in points. We’ll see what I can live off of and what the scale says next Thursday. Oh, today is also Fenton Friday and that will be coming later today.

How often do you think about today’s prompt? Today, I’m going to lose teeth and yesterday I about lost my mind with one of the people I work with. There are all sorts of things a person can lose. I lost myself for years in an abusive relationship. I found a twist of humor. A note-my usual image generator isn’t working and I’m a little lost right now.


Prompt: Lose

264lbs lost! The divorce is finalized.

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