Small stuff. . .

06/10/2011

It occurred to me that I often discount the small stuff. For months, little weight losses seemed so meaningless. Add them all up and here I sit, 20lbs lighter. This realization has given me hope that I can look at those tiny losses and know that they are slowing pushing me towards 30lbs lost.

By small stuff, I also mean little mini-workouts and seemingly meaningless changes. Drinking a water instead of a sugar beverage once a day. . .parking a little farther from the front of the store. . .but really every last one of those little decisions is registered by your body. I have no doubt that my body appreciates them!

I also find it ironic that while I discount THOSE small things. . .I worry about other small things. For instance, I have trouble with guessing the amount of points in things. Instead of just giving it my best guess and being content with it, I feel like my entire week is a lie. Did I really stay in my points? If I guessed too little, perhaps I actually went over? At the end of the day, I should realize that even going over by a little on occassion beats the pants off my old diet. Goodness only knows how many points I was eating then!

Well, I am off to work! I have my little bags of snacks measured out and ready to go! Hopefully, I can curb the urge to hit the vending machine!

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Just an update on the BLT pizza! I’m pretty sure that all of my readers are my facebook friends. I posted a picture of the BLT pizza last night. I loved it. Here is the recipe again!

I made the following changes.

  • Used 1/2 cup light mayo instead of 1/2 cup fat free mayo
  • Used 12 pieces of turkey bacon instead of 6
  • Used 3 oz of 2% shredded cheese
  • Used the ranch packet to taste instead of just 1/2 teaspoon

My version of course added more points. . .9 instead of 6. I thought it was worth it to have bacon and cheese in every bite. Definitely a keeper! Now I’m on the hunt for another good recipe or two to try next pay!!

 

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Yesterday,  I made a recipe called Won Ton Tacos.  They are an appetizer at Applebee’s that come to a whopping 18 pts.  Some perspective for my non-WW readers, I am allowed 29pts in a day.  I found a recipe on Hungrygirl.com for a lightened up version. . only 5 pts per serving! You can find the recipe HERE.  They are not an exact copy, but I think they could curb a craving!  Note: if you attempt to make these, you must fill the wonton as soon as you remove it from the pan.  Once it cools, it becomes brittle and practically impossible to fill!

I’m making another Hungry Girl recipe tonight. . .this time it’s BLT Pizza (6pts per serving, 1/6 of pizza)!  In this recipe, she uses fat free mayo. . .which I loathe.  The difference in points for 1/2 cup of fat free (2 pts) and 1/2 cup of light mayo (10 pts) adds about 1 point per serving.  I am willing to take the extra point for the flavor.  1/2 cup of regular mayo is (24 pts)!!  I also doubled the turkey bacon and added some low fat cheese making my version 9pts a serving.

For me, one serving will do and I don’t mind the extra 3 points.  If you were going to eat two slices, I’m sure that 12 pts is much easier to fin in your day that 2 slices of mine (18!). 

Another site that I am a HUGE fan of is Skinnytaste.  While I don’t find her doing lots of  ‘Swap this for that” kind of things, she tends to lighten up classic dishes.  In her ‘About Me’ section, she explains that she refuses to sacrifice flavor just to get the points down as low as possible.   I appreciate that because I’m just not satisfied if it doesn’t taste GOOD!

I’m excited to try this veggie pizza.  I think it could really hit on several cravings.  For me, that’s a big part of it.  I’ll let you know how the recipe turns out tomorrow.  I am expecting it to be good as it’s very straight forward.  Pizza crust, light ranch mayo sauce, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and LOTS of turkey bacon.   This could be a good way to make veggie pizza with broccoli and cauliflower too.

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I’m feeling pretty good about yesterday.  I was able to stay in my points pretty easily.  The kale recipe was kind of a flop and the wonton recipes didn’t turn out as well as I hoped.  I walked 2.5 miles inspite of the real feel temperature being near 100.   I’m really hopeful for todays ‘food’.  I think the pizza will be tasty and filling. .preventing me from wanting something else!  I’m just not sure when I’ll squeeze a walk in.

This is the first week of my new work schedule.  So far, I think it’s going to be very beneficial for my family and my weight loss.  Change seems to send me in a tailspin . . even if it’s good.   It won’t last long, but I just need time to adjust or reorganize.

The WW meeting for this week has been cancelled.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to find a different location just for this one week or miss it all together.  I think I’d like to stay in the routine. . .and I am paying for it after all. . .

I’m trying to accept that my blog is not going to be the most insightful and informative read on the internet.  I just need to do it.  Get out what I’m thinking and feeling and working with.  I find myself worrying about spelling and punctuation and grammar and run-on sentences.  Blah. . .I can’t overthink this or I won’t stick with it.  And I really want to stick with it!!!

Well, thanks for reading. . .feel free to comment. . .and also subscribe!!  It’s free and you will receive an email when I post something new.

Adventures in Kale

06/08/2011

Ok so kale is not much of an adventure, but it is new to me.   Peas, green beans, corn, and potatoes were the standard vegetables served at my childhood table.  I love all three of them.  Lettuce, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and green peppers are also part of my familiar vegetables.  I’m sure there are a few more.

A quick stroll through our local grocery store and I can find a dozen vegetables that I have never tried.  A dozen vegetables equals countless new recipes.  And seeing how vegetables are ZERO points on WW, I really need to look into this!

The internet has been crazy handy with this venture.  I googled kale and found a website devoted to the leafy green!  Kale.us even has a video called Kale 101.  It was 4 minutes long and pretty informative on what to look for when buying and basic preparation. Plus I didn’t realize that ruffled piece of ‘lettuce’ garnishing my plate was kale!

I found a WW recipe that prepares it with some turkey bacon and cannellini beans.  The video said kale has a bitter taste. . .which makes me a little nervous. .but I’m willing to try.

The thing with WW is that I can easily stay in my points. . but I need to use my points towards healthy and filling foods.  I could easily eat all fast food and still stay in my points.  I’d probably be hungry, but it can be done.

I’m off to make some kale!!!

And I’m back!  Through the magic of blogging, I have finished making my kale recipe.  The verdict. . .I do not love kale.  I don’t hate it either.    To be fair to kale,  I’m not a fan of cooked greens in general.   They seem kind of slimy or tough.  Perhaps I’m cooking it wrong, but I just didn’t enjoy eating it. 

 

 

On journaling. . .

06/08/2011

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.  ~Buddhist Saying

This week’s meeting focused on journaling.  Keep track of whatever. . .our food, our feelings, just whatever is going on.  It can be good to look back and see the little trials we faced.  If we face them again, we can see how we overcame them. 

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I don’t like to write when no one will read.  I’ve said I was going to blog before and haven’t.  I just think myself right out of it.    I need a ‘topic’.  I need to blog in the evening so I can talk about my day.  I need to blog in the morning so people can read it at the beginning of theirs.  I need to have some thought provoking insight.  I don’t want to sound like I think I’m an expert.  On and on and on. . . .this is how my brain works.  Annoying.

Truth is. . .I just need to sit down and let my thoughts fall out.  I will find my rhythm eventually and perhaps even an audience.   

Still trying!

05/09/2011

So much for blogging every day!

I’m still here though.  I’m still working at it.

I get mental blocks about things.  I think about something a certain way and I just can’t get around it.

Right now my block is the week versus day-by-day. 

I can have really strong days.  Days where I eat on target and get in plenty of good exercise. .and then weaker days where I eat a little more than I should (but still less than I would if I wasn’t trying) and no exercise.  Those weaker days seem to just erase my strong days.  My body still appreciates the strong days, but my mind thinks the whole week was a flop.

I’m considering switching from WW to sparkpeople or myfitnesspal.  Since WW has a weekly allowance built in, I really can’t think of it as individual days.  The weekly weigh in also reinforces the week as a whole.  I weigh myself every day. 

Not to mention those other programs are free!

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It’s been about 4 months that I have been working at this.  There have been several and I mean SEVERAL weeks where I didn’t try at all. .one of those being a week long all you can eat, lazy as can be cruise!

I’ve lost 15lbs.  I can see little changes in my body.  I can buy slightly smaller clothes. . mostly tshirts and dresses. 

I know 15lbs in 4 months doesn’t seem very exciting, but up until now I’ve been pretty content with it.  I want the scale to keep going down. .even if it is slowly.  If that rate of loss carries on for the year, I’ll have lost 45lbs this year and that’s nothing to sneeze at!!

I’m just so happy that I haven’t thrown the towel in.  I’m going to keep at this.  I just need to keep reevaluating. See what works with my day to day, with my mental attitude.  See what doesn’t. .and make adjustments.

Sluggish re-start

04/18/2011

Yesterday, I reset my WW.

Today is an entirely different story.  The best thing I can say about today is that when I felt full, I stopped eating.

My 5 year old had a dentist appointment at 9am.  She needed to be  put under anesthesia for some extensive dental work.  I have been stressing about her appointment for weeks now.  It didn’t help that we need to spend the night before away from home.  It didn’t help that the dentist office didn’t take her for nearly 2 hours.  It didn’t help that she had 2 hours of actual work done.  And it didn’t help that we had to sit for another hour while she recovered.

I definitely was not thinking about being healthy.  My husband asked what I wanted for lunch (which BTW, we ate in the dentist office).  I said I didn’t care (and I really didn’t).  Of course, he said he wanted his favorite. . .a hot dog place.  Need I say more???  The best thing I can say about today is that when I felt full, I trashed my lunch.  Instead of eating it because it was there and I was bored, I was able to say ENOUGH.

Hot dogs are clearly junk food and I don’t think they have much nutrional value to them.  A hot dog and bun on WW is about 6pts so it’s not like I demolished a weeks worth of points in one sitting.  It just feels like I did.

Our house is a mess.  My daughter is groggy and crabby.  My son wants to run and play.  My husband is also a bit groggy and crabby (having the same day I had).  My knee is still bothering me.

This appointment (and the bill) has been on my mind so it will be nice to wake up and have it behind us.   I will be happy when we are all tucked in for the night. 

I will say that I am glad my mind has really embraced that this weight loss is going to take the rest of my life to achieve and maintain.  It allows me to say that today was just one of  ‘those days’ and that I’m nowhere near defeated.

10% of me

04/17/2011

So far, I have lost nothing in April.   The biggest problem with this “I’ll get there when I get there” take on weight loss is that it would be very easy to become completely apathetic.  I really do like taking my time. . .and I like the guilt-free aspect of it.  Like I’ve said before,  I am not capable of giving up anything forever.  I like fried foods. . .I like pasta.  . basically, if it’s bad for you, I like it! 

On a positive note,  April brought me to the realization that I have lost 2 dress sizes.   Yesterday I tried a dress on and it felt AMAZING to ask the sales associate for my NEW size.  I loved the dress I tried on, but in the dressing room I decided I didn’t really earn it.  I bought a dress the week before and while it’s exciting . . .this isn’t where I want to land.  I don’t want a closet full of new clothes even if they are two size smaller.

I want to keep progressing to a healthy weight. . .still with the attitude that I’m not racing.  I just can’t keep taking two week vacations from healthy eating and exercising!

I’ve reset my WW week so today is day 1.  I’m excited to dig back in!   I have some chronic knee issues, but I refuse to let it sideline me.  I’m just going to push through it.  In the end, my knees will thank me for not making them haul around the extra 50lbs!  I’m very close to losing 10% of my body weight and I’d really like to get there by May.

Benefits of losing 10% of your body weight

I am going to make more of an effort to blog every day.  Part of me gets discouraged if I don’t see many visitors, but really this blog is for me.  Just a daily check in with myself!

Hope everyone has a good week and I hope to post a few times this week!

Bit of a Lull

03/29/2011

I’m having a bit of a lull today.   Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and while I anticipate a loss. . .I still just feel like eating. . and EATING!

I think it’s a combination of things.  For one, I’ve had an off-and-on headache for the last three days.  I just need a good nights sleep (if I could just get my mind to shut off).

Second,  our little household is going through some changes.  Good ones, I think . .but still stressful.  My sweet little boy started preschool today!  My little girl has such an outgoing personality that I felt next to no apprehensions about letting her out of my care.  My son is non-verbal and well, it makes me much more anxious!

Since tomorrow is my weigh in, it gives me a clean slate. . .points wise.  So I hope to have a really strong week this time around.    Hopefully, a combination of strong weeks and poor weaks and decent weeks will send me in the right direction.

 

 
Weigh in day has arrived! 

My weight loss/gain for the past week was  +.2 lbs. . . . For a total of. . . .   -12.2

 Yup that’s right . . .I gained .2lbs 

I’d say I had 3 spot-on days, 3 days that were pretty good, and 1 that ran way off course.

I earned 13 activity points during the week doing Walk Away the Pounds.

The PMS monster struck this week.  Hopefully, next week will reflect all the effort put in this week.  

My mini-goal for next week. . . .  I am going to drink a glass of water every day, increasing each day. 

 

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 I have always used Monday as my weigh in day but it just didn’t work for my week.  Weekends are notoriously hard with many many opportunities to eat out . . and while I know it’s possible to eat healthy while dining out. . .who wants to!  Bring on the appetizers!

Thursday and Friday seem to be my REALLY tough days.  I spend 10 hours sitting at a desk which means utter boredom and I think we all know where that leads.  I like having my weigh in on Wednesday.  If Thursday and Friday don’t go as well . .and/or the weekend acts up . .I have Sunday-Tuesday to buckle down.

I think it’s important to really analyze your week.  It’s unreasonable to expect the same out of every day.  Different days present different obstacles.  Expecting yourself to be flawless regardless of what the day brings is just setting yourself up for failure.  

For instance, since I know I am proned to snack on Thursday and Fridays, I allow myself to snack on certain things as much as I want without counting and without guilt.  There is the standard rabbit fare but also pretzels and low-fat microwave popcorn.  But just on those days!

 I’ve noticed a drastic difference in my attitude since adopting this policy.  I don’t have that feeling of guilt when  I get home from work on Thursday and Friday.  I don’t find myself running to the vending machine or eating a big lunch.  And when I get home, I’m not feeling starved.

It’s really a  bad-better-best way of thinking.  It would be best to follow my plan to a T.   Allowing myself the pretzels/popcorn/veggies is better than chips, candy, and fried goods from the lunch caterer.  Some days, I just have to settle for making the better choice . . .

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Buffalo Chicken Fix

03/21/2011

This is a recipe that we ALWAYS enjoy and ALWAYS look forward to.  For some reason it feels like we are eating at our favorite restaurant and that it can’t possibly be allowed on a diet!

  
 Buffalo Chicken
 
8 oz Shredded Chicken Breast
 2 tbsp butter (melted)
 2 tbsp vinegar
 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot
 1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350.    Mix all the ingredients together.    Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.  Stirring after 15 minutes.

Nutritional Info –  Serving Size = 1 oz
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 58.9
  • Total Fat: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.1 mg
  • Sodium: 411.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g

WW POINTS PLUS – 2pts for 1 oz  . . .3 pts for 2oz

 
A great thing about this recipe is that it is versatile.  Serve it on a hamburger bun, as an open faced sandwich, as a wrap or taco, or  on top of a salad.  Or just eat it as it is . . .a hot wing without the mess!  Plus it is a little spicy so it will help you get your liquids in!!!
 
Keep in mind that the nutritional info is only for the meat.   You’ll need to add extra points for bread, cheese, and dressings.
 
This is a great way to use up leftover chicken.  You can also use a rotisserie chicken.   I make shredded chicken in my crockpot by covering a tomato and onion (both cut in half) with several boneless skinless chicken breasts.  I cover them with water and cook all day. 

Enjoy!