Tag Archives: Weight Watchers

Still a Work in Progress…

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I have been doing Weight Watchers for seven months now; I’ve lost 35 pounds, run two 5k races (and multiple Thursday night non-race 5ks), and tried a lot of food I would not have tried otherwise. I was pretty sure I had my food and weight-loss philosophy pretty ironed out. I was that really irritating person who thought I knew more than evvverbody else about “eating in moderation” and I wasn’t afraid to tell you about it. To those of you I irritated or offended, I apologize.
I fell off plan this week. Actually that’s an understatement, I didn’t just deviate slightly; I took a jump off the high dive. It was so incredibly easy to fall back into my old eating habits; making moderately okay choices during the day, but scarfing down everything in sight in the evening. I had some revelations this week though. I want to eat real food! It’s that simple; I want real ice cream instead of over churned “diet” ice cream I have to convince myself tastes good, I want read bread not “sandwich-thins” or light English-muffins, and what the heck is so wrong with wanting a real egg?
So maybe my relationship with food and eating is still a work in progress. Maybe I’m actually going to have to practice eating in moderation; not just find ways substitute for what I really want. Because at the end of all this I can’t just hide in my own kitchen, I still have to live and eat in the real world.
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Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day

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Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 220
Weight This Week: 217

I finally reached my 30lb goal. It feels like the last five pounds have taken for-ev-ver and to be honest I’ve been having trouble staying motivated. Last week was especially hard and I just could not find the energy to plan my meals or my grocery shopping. Thank heavens for Publix Rotisserie Chicken.
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Tales of a Grocery Store Chicken: Pesto Chicken Salad

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I love being in the kitchen. I love trying out new things and testing new recipes. but sometimes after a long day at work I don’t want to spend 45 minutes prepping ingredients or an hour cooking. I just want something healthy (and hopefully points-plus friendly) on the table fast. So I’d like you to meet my long day dinner BFF. The grocery store chicken. Now I know I could roast a chicken myself, but that takes more pre-planning skill than I generally have. This sucker is four meals easy or more depending how you fix him up. So don’t judge and try this quick yummy chicken salad.

Pesto Chicken Salad
Serves: 4
8oz Chicken Breast, removed from bones and chopped
2 Tbsp Pesto Sauce, use your favorite jarred or homemade
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup

8oz chicken breast
2 Tbsp pesto sauce, use your favorite jarred or homemade
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
4oz non-fat Greek yogurt
Sal and pepper, to taste
1. Remove chicken breast meat from whole chicken. Chop or shred; reserve thighs and wings for another use.
2. Combine chicken, pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, yogurt, salt, and pepper.
3. Serve on the bread of your choice or on a bed of lettuce. 
Points+:  6 (for chicken salad only)
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Black-Eyed Peas and Tomatoes

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I can’t believe it’s almost June. Seriously y’all wasn’t it just New Years? I guess time really does just zoom on by while you’re living life. I feel like I haven’t really been a blogger that long, so it’s funny to look through my files and think how long ago it was. I cooked this way back when I first start the blog (which accounts for the crap photo) with every intention of featuring it as part of ‘Meatless Monday’, but that never really got off the ground. So here’s a hearty, spicy, yum-tastic meal that’s perfect for a balmy summer night.

Black-Eyed Peas and Tomatoes
Adapted from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock n’ Roll

2 Tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light
1/2 medium onion , diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoons crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
2 Cans black-eyed peas (15oz each), rinsed and drained
2 quarts vegetable stock
28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper
Cornbread, one batch of your favorite recipe

1. In a large pot heat the butter and add the onion and a pinch of salt.  Cook until translucent. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme and bay leaves and cook for another minute.
2. Add the black-eyed peas, broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture is hot throughout and the beans are tender.  
3. Add more broth if needed, but you want this to be the consistency of a thick stew.
4. If the beans are two liquidy, remove the lid to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
5. Serve beans over crumbled cornbread.

Serves: 4 WW P+: 6 (for beans only)
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Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day

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Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 228
Weight This Week: 229.4

I gained this week, not a lot…but more than I expected. I lost a lot last week, but this week was a food-filled mine field. It was BFFMandy’s birthday, then a wedding, and Easter with my family. On one hand, I know that these are all just excuses for not staying on plan. On the other hand, it’s really hard to bake cake or cupcakes for someone and then say “I’m not having any, it’s not part of my lifesytle change.” I mean really…so I’m never supposed to celebrate again?
As soon as I read that I wonder if maybe that mind set is part of the problem. I do my nest to be truthful when I write here. So I write how think, what I think (usually as I think it). If it’s in my head and I type it… I don’t delete and I rarely re-write, because I feel like that keeps me the most truthful. So I’m spilling my thoughts out and when I read them I back, I wonder…is that thought process-equating food and eating with celebration- is that one of my fundamental issues. Is that why these “diets” and “life-style changes” don’t stick? Because if I’m honest there is a holiday, birthday, or other celebration every month of the year. So I try and track everything, even the chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes, and hope for no gain.
Any advice? How do you navigate a food-filled holiday in a healthy way?

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

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I love falling asleep when it’s raining outside. Seriously. It’s like one of my top ten favorite times to sleep. And yes I do have more than ten favorite times to sleep. Oh hush! Anyway, since I was totally lame yesterday and fell asleep early…because of the rain; I’ll post twice today. This is the post I actually meant to share with ya’ll yesterday.
I totally had a moment of nostalgia the other day. One of the local radio stations does “Throwback Sundays” or “Sunday Rewind” I can never remember what they call it, but they play old music from thee early eighties through the mid-2000s. Though I’m not sure “Yeah” by Usher is exactly a throwback…I’m pretty sure I was in college when that was popular. Anyway, last weekend I was running around doing errands listening to the old-school music and they up an played “Tearin’ up My Heart” by *Nsync. I was such a huge *Nsync fan when I was a tweenager. I actually went to see them in concert with one of my really good friends from middle school. My Dad took us and he was such a good sport about the whole thing. Thinking about that brought up a lot of really fun middle school memories and made me super excited to cook this recipe.
I don’t actually remember eating Sloppy Joes in middle school, but eating them now is another thing that reminds me of that time in my life. This is a dressed-up vegetarian version I got from the interwebs.
A few Notes on the Recipe:
* I used pre-chopped onions and peppers; because I am lazy and I hate prep-work
* I ended up added about an additional ½ cup of prepared tomato sauce from a jar I had in my refrigerator and some extra tomato paste, this was to make the Sloppy Joe mixture the consistency I wanted.
* I skipped the yellow mustard and substituted approximately 1 teaspoon of ground mustard (see this post about my dislike of mustard).
* I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (Light) because it has significantly less WW points than olive oil. If this does not matter to you use, olive oil.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
I found this recipe at Post Punk Kitchen. They’re awesome go check them out!
1 cup uncooked green lentils
4 cups water
1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (Light)
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard (or if you’re me 1 teaspoon ground mustard)
Put the lentils in a pot with the water. Cover and bring to a boil; once boiling, lower heat and simmer until lentils are soft. Approximately 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion and pepper in the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter until softened and lightly brown; approximately 9 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté a minute more. 
Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and ground mustard and heat through.
Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can’t wait.
Serves: 4 (6 WW Points) – 6 (4 WW points)
Y’all these were so good; spicy and sweet and just sloppy enough. BFFMandy and I ate them with roasted Butternut Squash “french fries” and roasted brussel sprouts, it was a pretty awesome dinner.

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Tuesday: Weight Watchers Day

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Starting Weight: 247.4
Weight Last Week: 235.6
Weight This Week: 236.6

I gained a pound this week. I’m retty sure it was a combination of antibiotics and being too tired to cook/eating like crap. I’m definitely going to get back on plan and back to tracking this week. That’s all I’ve got tonight folks.

Rewrite: Working on my Resolutions

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I’m totally rewriting my post from yesterday. I read over it again this morning and realized it made very little sense. I blame this on a combination of being ridiculously tired and trying to watch Live to Dance while I wrote.
What I was trying to tell y’all is that I have embarked on a new journey, taken steps towards my first New Year’s goal, and a gazillion other cliched saying. I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting (referred to from now on as WW because I am lazy). I have done WW before, several times actually, and let’s just have a moment of honesty: if I follow the program I lose weight. Period. The problem is that I have yet to learn how to eat the food I love in a healthy way. Hopefully I’ll manage to do that this time around.
I’m participating in the new WW PointsPlus program, which at this point appears to be only mildly different from the previous Points program. The things that seem the most different are zero point fruits (no more using up your precious points on things like strawberries, mangoes, and grapes), carbohydrate foods seem to have significantly more points than they used to, but lean proteins seem to have fewer. I’m pretty sure I said yesterday that I get 40points in the system. Can I just tell y’all that it’s a freaking TON of food. I told my mom today, I’m a little concerned it might actually be too much food, but it seems to work for other people so hopefully it’ll work for me.
SideNote: I made Quinoa and Shrimp Salad for dinner. It was pretty spicy, but pretty awesome too! No pictures cause it looked mushy and weird, but it tasted flipping fantastic!
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