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 35

WTF! I’ve been good ALL week, meet and went beyond my activity points, ate different things and gained 2lbs! I know I’m super bloated because mother nature decided that it’s the week to be a completely bloated and emotional mess but COME ON!!! I’m ready to give up. My husband has encouraged me to give it another month. I want to tear up a bag of tortilla chips and queso dip. I’m going to reevaluate what I had this week and see if I didn’t calculate my servings and points correctly.

However, I did try something new. Edamame. I opted for a healthy version and omitted the olive oil and WOW! Guys! Boil these little guys up and toss with a seasoning of your choice. YUM. I think the favorite that I tried were the cajun seasoned edamame. I did a taco one that was good but I may venture to roast them with seasoning and see if I can get a crunch.  I’m going to vent

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: Week 33

I’m a little happier with the scale’s number this morning. Mind you, I drank more water this week, made sure I hit my 30 points for activity and ATE. I ate more than I normally when it came to points. I was restricting myself A LOT and before that, it was the holidays so I was a little goosey-loosey with all the YUMMY YUMMY pies and cornbread dressing and mead and I need to stop with the food list.  I did also vary some of the foods that I eat but let me tell you…beans with eggs in the morning is surprisingly awesome!

My sample breakfast:

1/2 cup of black beans (or red kidney but pintos are my favorite)
2 eggs cooked how you like (I prefer scrambled)
Fat-free cheddar cheese (I know sounds awful but it’s not so bad)
Bacon (one slice crushed)
Mrs. Dash Chipolte Seasoning

OPTIONAL: green onions or salsa

Heat the beans of your choice (you can mash them a little if you like), scramble your eggs with 1/8 cup of cheese and fry and crumble bacon. I layer my beans sprinkled with a little Mrs. Dash and 1/8 cup of cheese then top with eggs and crumbled bacon. Depending on my time restraints sometimes I’ll add green onion and sometimes I’ll add a couple of tablespoons of salsa. If I’m doing this for dinner I’ll add a little bit of guacamole.

Happy Thursday guys. Oh speaking of which, has anyone noticed that Canada readers aren’t showing up on the stats? Is it just me?

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 32

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it seems that I have maintained the same weight for two weeks now. The last time this happened I ate more food and continued to walk almost two miles a day. Now that it’s winter I use the treadmill for 20 minutes but not almost every day. I could get more active and eat more so I’ll start there. But at least I didn’t gain any weight.

For something different I took the quick 3 bean chili and added a can of pumpkin and beef. This made it 3 points but it was SO good. I also have been enjoying my 1 point pita bread. I think I’ll change certain items that are my normal go-to foods. Here’s to another week of trying. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: It is What it is

I’m not a happy camper but I have no one to blame but myself. I’m ok because I lost the weight before and the holidays were a minor set back. With being sick, work stress, kids being sick, awesome Yule food and mead combined with little to no treadmill time I thought it would be worse. I’m just really hard on myself. This year I would like to reach my goal weight. So new year, new back on track. I have more than enough to keep me busy so I will start all over from here. I did, however, manage to make pea soup and with a little improvement, it could be one to keep in my freezer.

  • 1oz bag frozen peas (or whatever size you have one hand)
  • Chicken broth (I used at least 3 cups of fat-free)
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste (please do this after-I added too much)
    I topped mine with plain non-fat Greek yogurt but you could use sour cream

Boil everything together until the onions are tender. Blend and season to taste. My serving size was 1 cup and I had a pita sandwich on the side and it was SO yummy! If you try this let me know if there are any changes that you made and what you thought of it. Here’s to a more strict and productive week.

“If you trip down one stair, don’t throw yourself down the whole flight.”

Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing in on Weighing in Post Stomach Bug

I accept it. I accept it. This is my mantra after standing on the scale this morning. After having the stomach bug and only being able to sustain myself with toast, water, mashed taters, and anything else that was soft and starchy-I’m ok with that. I accept the 2lb gain as I couldn’t get on the treadmill and do my 20 minutes, didn’t meet my activity points; I accept the 2lb gain. What I will not accept is the continuation of not using the treadmill and introducing clean foods back into my diet. I’m slowly getting there but my stomach wasn’t quite ready for the sugar snap peas from yesterday.

On the home front, on the other hand, the stomach bug plague is making its way through the family. My husband is just now getting over it and my oldest daughter started sometime in the middle of the night. My youngest son had stomach cramps but my youngest daughter has taken a vow of quarantine until the coast is clear. I will be heading after work for Lysol and Clorox wipes and BOMB the house with chemicals.

Happy Thursday guys!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 29

29 weeks and 29lbs gone. It seems like it’s taking FOREVER! I know it’s going to be difficult with the holidays approaching. I’ll do my best. This week I didn’t get on the treadmill as much since the activity point system has changed. I’m wondering if I should go ahead an up my activity and see if I can possibly lose more than 1 pound a week.

The one thing I did enjoy was some warm butternut squash soup. It’s SOUPER (haha get it) easy. You’ll need:

2 frozen packages of butternut squash
1 yellow onion diced
4 cups fat free vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
(I added minced garlic and later red pepper flakes)
Bring everything to a boil and when the onions and squash are done blend together. That’s it. Serving size is 3/4 cups but I doubled that because I’m a soup kind of girl.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing in With Another Gain

I could write about what a failure I am about not losing all the pounds I gained over Thanksgiving. I could write about giving up and go ahead and eat whatever I want. I did one of those, ‘look at the scale’ shrugged my shoulders and made some coffee. This is because I’m surprised it wasn’t a ‘gain’. I at things…forbidden things that weren’t easily measured in points. The cookies and cupcakes for my birthday were yummy as hell. Then I realized something else…my hands are puffy. Maybe a little bit too much TMI but it’s that time of the month coming up. I have been able to control my cravings before but when it’s my birthday I’m leaving no cookie left behind.

All this means is that it’s going to take a bit longer to reach my goal weight. I’m not fully giving up and have already packed my lunch and breakfast menu planned. Today my points rollover and I plan on making the best of them (even though I dined on meatloaf and mashed taters…hell even a biscuit). Another huge change with the program I’m doing, is apparently, I don’t need as many activity points? They changed how they calculate that so I need to read the article more thoroughly.

I passed my first two quizzes for my web development course so I’m going to focus on that.

Happy Thursday everyone…eat the cookie, it’ll be fine 😊

 

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