WW Week 7

Surprise surprise this week was another 1 lb weight loss. But it was still a weight loss! For 6 weeks now I have gone down in weight every single week. I hope I can make it continue for the next 6 weeks and then some. If I keep doing what I’m doing then I know that I can. I can and I will.

The next two weeks are going to be a little different though. It’s going to take some planning but I am determined to keep going strong. You see the next two weekends I will be camping with my sister and her boyfriend. The first weekend, this coming weekend, we are going to Paddlepalooza. There will be camping, hiking and kayaking. I can’t wait!

Good thing this week’s topic was discussing this exact thing – taking vacations. It’s like they were reading my mind. In the meeting we discussed some of the various things that happen while on vacation such as overeating, stress, less sleep, drinking (alcoholic beverages), eating at restaurants where it’s difficult to track, etc.

But we also discussed how we can work around it. We can take healthy snacks with us when possible, we can still meal prep if able to, we can focus more on what we are doing and the attractions vs. the food. More of this to come.

For this week’s meals I plan on doing what was planned for last week – Chicken and Roasted Veggie Soup and Tacos. I still have all of the ingredients so why not.

I did decide to make one change though. I had planned on having tacos with ground beef. Except I’ve always purchased the cheapest form of ground beef which is 73% lean and 27% fat. However it’s also the highest in points.

73% lean 27% fat is roughly 45 points for 1 lb.

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85% lean 15% fat is 28 points a lb.

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The leanest of them all is 97% lean 7% fat and is only 15 points a lb.

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Obviously the leanest option is the healthiest option but it’s also the most expensive at $5.57 a lb vs. the $2.87 a lb for the 73% option. I’m cheap! I admit it. I couldn’t bring myself to pay double for the same amount of beef just because it’s healthier. Not when there is another option…ground turkey.

Ground turkey at 90/10 is actually less points than ground beef at 93/7. Not much but 1 lb is 14 points vs 15. Nice!

As for next weekend, I want to try having my meals as planned as possible. Snacks and desserts too. I will be doing hiking and kayaking throughout the day which will be great exercise. So if I go a little over my daily points I’m not too worried. I will have my weekly points and the exercise on my side.

For breakfast I think breakfast burritos will be the easiest. We can make them ahead of time, wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them on the fire or grill to warm up.

Breakfast Burritos:

  • flour tortilla – 3 points
  • 1 egg, scrambled – 2 points
  • 1/8 cup, approximately 2 Tbsp shredded cheese – 2 pionts
  • salsa – 0 points

Total for Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito – 7 points

If you want to add some meat:

  • 1/4 cup turkey breakfast sausage – 2 points
  • 1 slice of crisp cooked bacon – 2 points

I think I might make one of each for each morning. I plan on taking some cut fruit with me as well. Breakfast burrito – 9 points + cut fruit – 0 points = 9 points total for breakfast and a full belly to start the day.

Lunch will be a little different. One day we will be going to a winery and have the option of buying lunch there or we can take our own. Another day we are eating on the water. They are calling it a floating picnic. More than likely the second means it will be best to pack sandwiches.

Sandwiches:

  • 2 slices bread (Pepperidge Farm) – 2 points
  • 2 oz sliced peppered turkey  – 1 point
  • 1 Tbsp light mayo – 1 point
  • 1 slice American cheese – 3 points
  • lettuce, sliced tomato – 0 points

Total for Turkey Sandwich – 7 points

For sides:

  • baby carrots – 0 points
  • celery – 0 points
  • radishes – 0 pints
  • chips – 5 points?

I haven’t yet decided on which kind of chips I would like to have next weekend but I know that roughly 12 chips of at least 2 varieties is 5 points.

Sandwich – 7 points + veggies – 0 points + chips – 5 points = 12 points

For the other lunch I can do a repeat or take my chances with the purchased lunch. I’ll probably have a sandwich ready just in case. Since lunch on this day is at a winery there will be at least a little wine drinking. How much is yet to be determined.

Last meal to plan – dinner. I’m not yet sure what the game plan for dinner is. I’ll let you know when I come up with it. Though I’m playing around with the idea of doing the foil packets again. They’re easy. I can prep them prior to leaving. They taste good. They’re meant for a grill anyways so I figure we can throw them on the fire and they’ll turn out just as good, maybe better. And they’re 10 points.

So…

  • Breakfast – 9 points
  • Lunch – 7-12 points
  • Dinner – ?? but aiming for 10 points or less
  • Total – 26 – 31 (assuming a 10 point dinner)

Not bad for a camping trip. However, this doesn’t count any snacks, desserts or drinks. Those will have to come out of my weekly points. I do know that there will be S’mores. You can’t camp and not have S’mores.

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S’mores:

  • graham cracker – 2 points
  • marshmallow – 1 point
  • 1/2 Hershey’s chocolate bar – 6 points

Total for 1 S’more = 9 points

Next weekend isn’t all about food though. In fact it isn’t about food at all. Since I’m a lover of food and think about it pretty much non stop it is often a focal point. But the reason for the trip is really to use our kayaks. My sister and I recently purchased kayaks and this is a great opportunity to use them. There will also be hiking and swimming. All are great ways to burn calories.

If I stay smart with my food choices I should be able to also enjoy myself with a little treat and/or drink and still come out of the weekend without gaining too much or maybe nothing at all. Fingers crossed!

Fingers Crossed

 

Something else that will be a little different this next week is I will not be able to attend my usual Sunday morning meeting. Since I will be out of town when the meeting takes place I have to make other arrangements. This morning I checked out the schedule for when meetings are offered. There is one at 10am every Friday. Since each week starts on Sunday and goes until Saturday, that means I will be going almost 2 full weeks between meetings. Kinda sucky but at least it’s doable.

This next weekend I won’t attend a meeting. The following Friday I will attend the 10am one before heading out of town. This will be the Week 8 meeting for me. For Week 9, going Friday won’t be an option as I’ll be at work. But there are 2 days where there are evening meetings. Unfortunately both are at 5:30 and I leave work at 5. I’m going to try my best to make it to one of the two meetings before returning to my normal time for Week 10.

It’s not going to be the easiest few weeks with the change in routine but it is doable. I am aware of what is going on and am able to plan for it in order to make the best of it. That is all one can do.

No matter what it’s going to be fun!

Foil Packets w/ Chicken, Turkey Sausage and Veggies

I made this dish a few months back. It was so so good. In fact one of my friends saw me post about it on FB and inquired about how it was made. He then made it himself and absolutely loved it! What can be better than chicken, smoked sausage, corn on the cob (love corn on the cob!), potatoes and veggies all in a foil packet? Nothing! Nothing is better than this dish. It is that good!

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Week 6

Today was fantastic!

I’m down 3.4 lbs this week, making it a total of 11.4 lbs. Yeppers, I got another 5 lb star!

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I also got my 5% charm!!

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It was a big week for me! Big weeks call for flowers! Pretty pretty flowers!!!

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I’ve noticed a pattern in my weight loss. I believe I’ve mentioned this before. But I seem to alternate weeks where I lose 3-ish lbs and where I lose a lb or less. One of the things I focused on last week was drinking at least 64 oz of water a day. I feel this has been a common denominator each of the weeks that I’ve had a bigger weight loss.

But it seems I don’t continue to keep up the drinking habit for more than a week. This week I’m going to challenge myself to continue drinking at least 64 oz of water each day, to continue tracking everything I eat, to continue making healthy decisions and to add in a little bit more exercising. I really want to have two good weeks in a row. Fingers crossed!

A few things I forgot to share in my WW Week 5 Recap post were pictures of a few of the meals I ate last week. For breakfast I continue to eat pretty much the same thing every day – 2 pieces of toast, 1 egg, 1 banana, strawberries and a glass of milk.

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A couple days ago I thought I would try something a little different. The night before I had made zucchini boats (picture to come) for dinner. I used onion, red bell pepper and jalapeno in the boats but had some left over. So for breakfast I decided to make an omelet using the leftover diced/minced veggies. I also had some left over fat free cream cheese that I added to the omelet as well. I’ll admit I’m not the best omelet maker. Mine also turns out more brown than they should be. But it tasted really, really good.

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2 eggs at 2 points each + veggies at 0 points + 1 oz fat free cream cheese at 1 point = 5 points for the omelet. The glass of milk was 3 points and the banana 0. Total points for a tasty filling breakfast = 8 points. I’ll take it!

For my two meals last week that I would alternate between lunch and dinner I made foil packets with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, corn on the cob, baby red potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms. So so good and all of it was only 10 points!

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I also made zucchini boats to go with a side salad. The zucchini boats had ground turkey, red bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, taco seasoning and fat free cream cheese (only 4 oz) stuffed in a hollowed out zucchini and topped with shredded Italian cheeses. The boats are only 4 points per half. Since one half is not enough for a complete meal, I served mine with a side salad with Italian dressing (only 1 point for 1 Tbsp). Not as much food as the foil packets but if eaten as a dinner it’s very filling and nice to eat a little lighter before going to bed.

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This was not my first time making either of these dishes. I posted about the zucchini boats awhile back. You can find the recipe here. I’ll try to post a recipe for the foil packets soon. Promise!

For this week I want to make another of my favorite meals – Roasted Veggie and Chicken Soup. This dish is a dish I first learned about oh 4-ish years ago. I went through a very short (3 week) kick of eating Paleo. This is a recipe I came across during that period. I have made it several times since and for several people. It is quite honestly one of my favorite soups and I’d love to share it with you all again.

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Roasted Veggie and Chicken Soup

You can find the recipe here. Please do give it a try. I really don’t think you will be disappointed. Oh and I estimate this dish to only be 5 points a bowl. How awesome is that?! Pretty dang awesome if you ask me. =)

I think for my other meal this week I’m going to have good, old-fashioned tacos. Ok there really isn’t any thing old-fashioned about them. Classic might be more like it. Real tacos is what I’m getting at. Ground beef not ground turkey and in taco shells, not a lettuce cup. They just sound so good right now and I estimate them to be 8 points for 3 tacos including the lettuce, cheese and salsa to top them. I can handle that.

So yummy soup, classic tacos, more water, continue tracking and exercise more. Here’s to a good week!

WW Week 5 Recap

This week I’m not at all nervous for weighing in tomorrow morning. Usually I try not to weigh myself at home in between WW weigh-ins but this week I couldn’t help myself. I’ve “weighed in” 3 times already. I just want to see that number go down. And it has!

Yay!

I am sure to get my 5% charm and my second 5 lb star tomorrow. This makes me so happy. So so happy!

What makes this week different from last week?

Hell if I know!

I have tracked my points every day. Every single thing that has crossed my lips has been entered in to the app. And I feel that I’ve been making healthy decisions. I’m eating more fruits and veggies, I am drinking more water (I’ve made sure to drink at least 64 oz of water every day.) and I’ve been trying to go to sleep earlier. I used to go to sleep around 10 but for the past several months it’s been closer to 11 – 11:30. So maybe these things have made a difference.

But I’ve tracked every day since I began. I have tried to make healthy decisions since I began. The water thing and the sleep thing may be some pretty big factors though. More water and more sleep makes you a healthier person…I think…therefore they could be part of why this week is so successful.

What I haven’t done is worked out. Well…until today. I don’t know what it is but when we discuss working out, being more active, moving more in our meetings I seem to do less exercising the following week. I don’t know if its a “You should do this” so I do the opposite type of thing. Or if it’s just coincidence.

Last week I was so good with my walking. As I said I walked 2 miles each day over my lunch. This week I didn’t walk a single time. Except for today. Today my friend and I walked around the downtown airport loop.

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We had talked about doing it for several months, maybe even a year, but never followed through. Something would come up and we’d postpone or plans wouldn’t be made at all. Today was the day though and we finally did it. =)

It was a leisurely walk but some day I hope to run around it. I just don’t run like I used to. Walking is more my thing these days. Nothing wrong with it. Just an observation. I feel like this particular walk is ending the week on a good note which makes me very happy.

The weather has been a little bit chillier this week than it was last. It certainly wasn’t motivating for me to go out. So I didn’t. I stayed in. The building I work in has a small gym in the basement. I could have walked on the treadmill. But I didn’t do that either. I sat at my desk after eating my lunch and messed around on the internet.

Walking or no walking though, this week has turned out good. So no complaints here!

Some others things that I’ve noticed this week is my back fat. You know those lovely rolls you have on the back of your sides? Yeah, those things. Mine are getting smaller! They’re still there but I don’t feel them as much and I don’t see them as much. Woohoo!

Also, when I look at myself in the mirror, I actually feel skinny. I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve only lost 10-11 lbs and have another 30-ish to go. But I feel it. And that makes the world of difference. When you feel the changes happening, when you see the changes happening, it makes you want to continue. I think that calls for another Woohoo!