Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 55

I know, I know. I haven’t been posting but believe me, there will be a bunch of my 365-day images posted and what I would think to be an awesome recap. I’ve been working overtime this week as Easter is this weekend. This means that my schedule is MORE than screwed up to the point that it has affected my eating habits. I haven’t even had a chance to be active. The ONLY thing I managed was to eat semi-healthy and not do much anything else but work and sleep. Oh, and the pizza.

 

Bear with me guys…I’m hoping to catch up this weekend.

Happy Friday!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Being Honest

Honestly, I failed this week but it’s been adding up from last week. I had a 2 lb gain this week. I honestly didn’t care about what I was putting in my body. After feeling like I’m not worthy for the past two weeks, I ate like I wasn’t worthy. I enjoyed a cheeseburger with truffle fries, red wine, and tiramisu having at our Anniversary (Celebrating 7 years marriage-not total years together. My husband celebrates both) dinner on Sunday. Let’s see, M&Ms, yogurt pops (those are so bad but I know of lower calorie alternatives), pastrami sandwich (need to find turkey pastrami), cake, and my husband bought me a cupcake last night. Why am I not blaming him? He didn’t make me eat it. I made the choice too. To be even more honest with the meltdown yesterday, I’m surprised I didn’t eat at McDonald’s!

What I have learned is that even though I’m active, Weight Watchers gives daily points AND a weekly budget, I need to NOT eat so much of my weekly budget. During the summer I was banking 2-mile walks and very much more active. With winter and the never-ending snowstorms, I’m lucky to get on the treadmill. I’m glad I have it or there is NO WAY I would be active. So, fewer weekly points (calorie intake) and more activity points. I also need to talk to my family doctor about the implant in my arm as it seems my body seems to want to have its time of the month every two weeks or so. Yup, I’m bloated and my rings are tight on my fingers. To much TMI? Maybe. But like this post title says-Honesty.

What I did enjoy this week that was low in points were my street tacos. What?! Tacos?! You fcking bet your butt! So this is what I used (it literally takes minutes):

Jo’s Street Tacos

White onion chopped (enough to your liking for each taco made)
Frozen seasoned beef (choose your serving size I did 1 ounce per taco)
Cilantro (to your taste)
Thin gluten-free corn tortillas (thin tortillas are less in points)
Taco seasoning (a couple of dashes)

Shake season on beef and warm in the microwave. Serving size is 3OZ I used 2OZ making it only 1 point. Warm tortillas up according to package (about 10 seconds in the microwave). Add beef, onion, and cilantro. Y’all! As a southern girl, this hit my TACO heart spot! I added 1/2 cup of pinto beans and my lunch was ONLY 3 points! This will be my go-to meal. If chicken breast is used that would bring it down to 2 points. I could add guacamole for 3 points which is a healthy fat and I think I’ll do that next time. You can customize how your heart wishes such as corn, jalapenos, red onion, radishes, the list can go on. The fresh vegetables are always zero points

It’s Thursday and I got on the treadmill this morning. I weighed in and was completely honest with myself about my eating and weight gain. I’m ok. I’m not going to let myself brood over it.

 

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 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: 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: 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: 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).

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