Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 56

It’s been over a year and I feel like a failure. I’ve gained this week but I understand that it’s because I’m my overtime at work and being tired. This week hasn’t been any better as you can see from my lack of posting. I have tons of pictures to edit and post plus what I would like to think awesome news but I just need to get through this week in one piece.

I pre-packed my lunch this morning and already refused a donut. Here goes nothing.

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 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: 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: 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 😊

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Post Thanksgiving Scale Woes

I knew going into the holiday of yummy gut-busting food that I was going to partake and try EVERYTHING. It was a firm decision and I knew that there could be regrettable consequences. I fearlessly made a plate of turkey and ALL the fatty YUMMY trimmings. I had wine and both kinds of pie. Truth be told, my treadmill has seen my feet in days (cue Picture). Then there was the dinner at mom’s house. I wasn’t that hungry from the surrounding situation but I ate nonetheless. Then there was the shopping which included a fattening breakfast, REAL creamer, a bloody mary, and 3 stops at Starbucks. During the following week, I ate leftovers and some salad.

After 4 days of eating all the FORBIDDEN food (because apparently, I don’t know what moderation is), I reigned myself in foolishly thinking that if I stop eating like an unsupervised kid at the fried food on a stick stand that I could trick my body and not gain ANYTHING. WRONG. Your body KNOWS EVERYTHING! There isn’t a mind over matter (or girth), no will it and it will be, not even a prayer could save the pounds from reacquainting themselves with my thighs. Nope. I gained 2 pounds. I knew that my weigh-in day could possibly include a toddler-sized tantrum consisting of rolling around on the floor, ugly crying, and demanding to know why after seeing the scale. So, I made sure that I had everything I needed for a hot shower so I can relax and reflect on the gain and how to get back on track. It helped…ish.

Back on the wagon in full force is my goal for this week. I think my goal activity point is in the 40s and I’m not going to eat all my weeklies. I also discovered that adding higher point value foods throughout the day kept me fuller longer when I was trying to trick my body. Here’s to hoping that I lose SOMETHING this coming week.

I have also started my web developer course (needed to update my coding skills) and continued my writing course. I hope that keeping busy in the evenings along with getting on the treadmill I’m less likely to drag the diet wagon in the woods and set it on fire. PS-This post had to contain a little humor. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Thanksgiving Week

I was a little disappointed when I got on the scale this morning. I didn’t lose the pound that I gained but I didn’t gain any more. What happened to the 3lbs a week? What I like about using the WW app I am able to look back and see what I may have done differently or what my eating pattern is. From what I can see I wasn’t as active with only hitting between the 30-35 point range and that I enjoyed some fatty foods. I ate my daily points almost every day and even 1/2 of my weeklies. I know what I can go back and try.

I’m not going to lie…I’m afraid of what my weigh in will be next week. Today is gobble-gobble day. I’m going to gobble-gobble. I’m going to enjoy all the side event the mashed taters. I’m going to have a slice of pie WITH real whip cream. I will track the best I can but I’m not going to stress. You want to know why? I can lose the weight that I gain. Or, that’s what I’m telling myself. So my advice to everyone. The scale shows a number. It’s a tracker to help you keep to your goal. It doesn’t define you NOR does it run your life.

Gobble Gobble everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

Weighing In On Weighing In: 1lb FAIL

This week (wk 25) I enjoyed more sweets than I should have. I also didn’t track or accurately track my food. Compound all of that with an explosive argument a couple days ago with my husband I’m not surprised of the gain. With the focus this week more on trying to find a job that I would be happy and less on my diet made me realized I can’t just grab and go.

BALANCE! I need to find a happy medium balance. So, I’m writing, checking job boards, reading emails, and other computer stuff really early in the mornings. I am getting busy at work but I have made a point to check my blog, read other blogs, and comment during my breaks at work. I run errands and be a mom, cook dinner, and then get on the treadmill. I did manage to meet all my activity points for the week which is a goal I haven’t met in almost 3 weeks. I will work more on my balance of goals with my life.

NSV (non-scale victories) is something that I haven’t bragged about but this morning even though I gained a pound I was able to fit into a pair of jeans that I haven’t worn in a year! They were hiding in the back of my closet and the ONLY reason I tried them on was that all my other jeans are all getting too big. They slid on-COMFORTABLY! Meaning my butt didn’t look like two pigs fighting under a blanket (what movie is that quote from?).

I have a goal for all my goals and we’ll see how next week goes. 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: Week 17

This has been a much better week both work and family wise. I have stopped worrying about my daughter’s decision about moving to be closer to her biological father. That is her choice, she is an adult, and I don’t have to have anything to do with her right now. I’m no longer responsible for her well being. So, I let go of all of those feelings.

I haven’t been meeting my activity points by 10 but I’m staying active. The treadmill walks in the morning seem more intense but it helps me get the stress from work out of my system. I haven’t experimented much with recipes and stuck to what I know. That Tuscan pumpkin soup is my new fav right now and fills me up.

I did it, I lost the two pounds I gained and hope this coming week I can lose more. Here’s to another week, everyone!

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 12

Week 12 – bringing in a total of 3 months and 21lbs gone. I really don’t see it but my husband assured me that he could tell.

I was nervous this morning getting on the scale after I indulged in the homemade bread and cheese and that was AFTER I had teeth pulled and eating/drinking soft (high) point foods. But I was SUPER excited to see that I lost another pound. It wasn’t 2 or 3 like the week before but I’ll take it. I’m hoping by the end of the year to lose at least 20 more but worried about winter. I HATE the cold and walking outside will have to stop. I do have a fear of falling on the ice as well and now need to come up with plan B and quick.

I did, however, get to try something new and will be buying in bulk and freezing for a treat during the winter. I’m a huge popcorn fan-HUGE. I love crunchy almost ANYTHING and found a recipe for roasted whole kernel code. You will need:

  • Corn on the cob (I used to whole cobs)
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • couple sprays of cooking spray
  • seasoning (use what you prefer and like or experiment with seasonings and lemon or lime juice)
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet with sides

Preheat oven to 325°. Cut the corn from the cob and place on sheet. Add olive oil, couple sprays of cooking spray, seasoning, and mix. Bake until crisp, shaking pan occasionally, about 45 minutes.

Notes
Check after 25 minutes making sure corn isn’t burning.

Also, thin corn tortillas- One is 1 point but I like to lightly spray both sides, add a little salt, and bake until crisp. These are a great alternative to tortilla chips that are high in points.

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