WW Week 34 Recap

Week 1 of the new Freestyle program with Weight Watchers and I am down another 1.2 lbs. I’m officially 9 lbs away from goal! Yay!

I was honestly expecting to see a larger weight loss since I felt I embraced the new program and planned my meals around now 0 point foods. I made the taco chicken and had burritos using Ole’s 1 point tortillas. The taco chicken had chicken (o pts), black beans (0 points), corn (0 points) and salsa (1 pt, don’t ask). Awesome, right?! I thought so. My brother and his boyfriend even joined me one night for dinner, yes, it makes that much, and seemed to enjoy it. I also made ham and beans, which are now 3 pts a serving, throughout the week.

See, chicken, corn, beans and more beans, I embraced the new program. However, I probably had more than 3 oz of the chicken mixture in my burrito. I didn’t measure, shocking for me, but I’m guessing closer to 5-6. Not terrible, but still more than 3. I also made cornbread to eat with my ham and beans. The cornbread alone was 7 points per serving. Ouch!

I have seen others announce that they had a loss between 4-9 lbs. Wow! So I was expecting to lose a decent amount. I still had a loss though. For this I am happy. Constantly I’m thinking “had I done this” or “if I would have done that”, I would have lost more. When will I learn that a loss is a loss? I’ve said it on here many times and still I need to keep telling myself to be happy with any loss that I have. Any loss is still heading in the right direction.

So this week, I’m still going to embrace Freestyle but no more 7 pt cornbread. I think I’m going to have tuna and Triscuits for lunch. Since tuna is now 0 pts as well as the eggs, I only have to count the light mayo and sweet pickles that I add to it and of course the Triscuits. For dinner I’m going to try a healthier version of Chicken Parmesan. I love Chicken Parm so I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint. I’ll keep you informed. =)

Have a great week everyone!

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WW Week 33 Recap

I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to start something new! No more WW Recaps. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing my progress with you and I hope that some of what I say is beneficial. But 33 weeks is a long time. I want to reach LIFETIME already!

Having said that, I’m getting closer. Since I’ve gotten back on track, I have almost lost everything that I gained during my 3 weeks of poor judgement. As of Sunday, I’m 10.2 lbs away from goal. Woohoo! In addition, remember how last week our leader asked us to think of what we want to accomplish by the end of the year? My goal was to lose 8 lbs. Well, last week I lost 2.4 of those ugly little bastards. Did that just come out of my mouth? Sorry, not so sorry! It felt so good to see a big weight loss. It’s truly been a while.

I’m hoping for another big week this week. Especially with the change in the program. What do you all think about Freestyle? I’m loving it so far! My breakfast this morning was only 3 points. In fact, so was my dinner. I wish I would have taken pictures of both. I’m always taking pictures and yet I didn’t even think of it this time. I’ll just tell you what I ate. lol For breakfast I had 2 eggs, 2 turkey sausage patties and a banana. The eggs and banana were both zero and the sausage is where my 3 points came in to play.

For dinner I had a chicken burrito. I made a big batch of chicken taco meat in the slow cooker Sunday night. 2 chicken breasts, taco seasoning, 1 cup salsa and about a cup and half each of black beans and corn. Technically the salsa amounted to 2 points when you use large portions. I don’t get it, but that’s what my WW app says, so I go with it. The taco seasoning is 1 point. So, the taco meat per serving is 1 point. I know a lot of people say that this combination is zero points. Maybe it’s the salsa and/or the taco seasoning they use. For me though, it’s 1 point. I can live with 1 point. I mean, come on!

Oh yeah, I do have a picture of the taco meat. =)

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Back to dinner…one of my fellow WW people told me about these flour tortillas that are only 1 point. The tortillas on the left are ones that I’ve used in the past. They are also only 1 point. I decided to give her option a try because they were so much larger. Plus, they cost just a smidge less. Bonus!

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They taste great! I think I may even like them better than what I used before. Be careful though, the bigger your tortilla is the more you can put in it. Just because the chicken, beans and corn are now zero points doesn’t mean we can eat as much of it as we like. We still have to practice portion control. The idea is, we are less likely to over eat with these items because they should fill us up faster. But we all know, that we can overeat just about anything. Hence, why we, at least me, needed to lose weight to begin with.

I feel like it’s taking me forever to get this burrito laid out on here. lol 1 tortilla (1 pt) + taco meat (1 pt) + shredded lettuce and salsa (both zero pts) and a smidge of cheese (1-2 pts depending on how big your smidge is) = 3-4 points for a huge burrito that is sure to fill you up. Yumm!!

I also made ham and beans this week. I have been wanting ham and beans for quite a while now but haven’t made any because of the points. I know I calculated it in the past but do not remember how many points it was. I’m guessing around 11 per serving. I mean, beans is the main ingredient. But now that beans are zero, yay beans for being the main ingredient! I put a full pound of cubed ham in mine. As well as an onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set it on low and go to work. Your house will be smelling oh so good when you arrive home.

Normally, I would add ham hocks to my beans for extra depth of flavor. I also like to have corn bread with honey as a side. All three of these are points and they add up. I weighed my options and decided to try my luck without the ham hocks so that I could have my corn bread. I also nixed the honey. My ham and beans came to 3 points a serving and the corn bread 7. 7?! Yikes!! It was worth it though. Yes, I miss the ham hocks but I do love corn bread. I may see if I can come up with my own recipe for corn bread that is lesser points. Jiffy’s recipe is high. =(

BTW, a couple years ago I posted my recipe for ham and beans. Here you go!

It’ll be interesting how the next several weeks play out with this change to the program. I’m hoping that it will help me really focus so that I can get to Lifetime. I’ve been working on this for so long and am so ready to be done losing weight. I’m ready for the next step, maintaining my weight!

WW Week 32 Recap

2 successful weeks in a row! I’m loving it!

So…remember that race I had on Thanksgiving day? The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot?? I totally rocked it! The race was a 5K. 5K’s are supposed to be 3.1 miles but it seems the last few that I have run have been closer to 3.2 miles. What’s up with that?

Anyways, I’ve been running 12 minute miles at the gym. I figured 12 minutes x 3 miles is 36 plus a little more for the .1+. Therefore, I set a goal to finish the race in 38-39 minutes. I finished in 36 minutes and 51 seconds!!

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20171123_094107Now that the race was over, it was time for the main event of the day…Thanksgiving! I had told myself that I wasn’t going to count points on Thanksgiving. However, I did make a few changes. For one, I didn’t fill my plate. Normally, there wouldn’t be any available space and some things may be sitting on others because I wanted every single item the first time thru. This year though, I remembered what one of my WW meetings said and I left a hole on my plate. Granted, the plate was larger than normal but still there was an empty spot.

20171123_122059This even meant that I didn’t get everything there was to offer. For instance, corn casserole. I love corn casserole. But in order to leave an empty space, I didn’t have room for everything. Unfortunately, corn casserole didn’t make the cut.

Secondly, I didn’t go back for seconds. Nor did I take home any left overs. I’m proud of myself for both but man I sure did miss having leftover turkey sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls the next few days. =(

When it came to dessert, I wanted both pumpkin pie and pecan pie. I love them both and didn’t want to deprive myself. I did, however, take a smaller piece of each. I also had a sliver of my Dad’s cheesecake. So good! Also, one each of my brother-in-laws oreo balls. Yummy!

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It was more than I planned on eating, but not as much as I would have in the past. Not to mention, all of the leftovers I would have taken home. Kudos to me!

The next day, I immediately started tracking again. After Black Friday shopping, my parents wanted to stop at Denny’s. Woah, this proved to be challenging. Unless you order a la carte, most of their meals are very high in points. Fortunately I did find one that didn’t sound too bad – Fit Fare Veggie Skillet. Lot of veggies – mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli, egg whites and fried potatoes. The potatoes took up the bulk of the points. I love that there are so many restaurants on the WW app and I was able to find Denny’s in order to pick out a healthier meal option for me. BTW – it was 11 points.

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I was confident that I had gained this week. With not counting on Thanksgiving as well as the 2 days prior. Oops! Did I forget to mention that? Yeah, on Tuesday, we had a going away party for my manager and there was tons of food involved. Needless to say, I did not stay away. It was terrible! The next day wasn’t the greatest for me either. At least I got back on track on Friday. Whew!

So back to this week’s weigh-in…I just knew that I had gained but was hoping that it wouldn’t be more than a pound. It was a pound but it wasn’t a gain. That’s right, I lost a pound this week. For me to lose the week of Thanksgiving is huge for me. So unexpected but oh so satisfying.

I’m still 12.6 lbs away from goal but I’m getting closer with each week. This brings me to this week’s topic – what are our expectations of the remaining of the holiday season? Our leader asked us to think about what our goal is. Are we ok with gaining as long as it’s not more than so many pounds? Do we just want to maintain our weight? Do we want to continue aiming to lose? If yes, how much do we think we can lose over the next 6 weeks?

I’d love to say that my goal is to lose all 12.6 lbs by the end of the year but I realize that isn’t very realistic. Technically, it would only be 2.1 lbs a week which is doable. However, I was averaging 1.5 lbs most weeks and with the holiday meals that are sure to come, it’s unlikely I will those weeks.

So I’ve given this some thought. If I lose 1.5 lbs per week for the remaining 6 weeks of the year, I will have lost 9 lbs. I’d love this. To be less than 5 lbs from goal starting the new year. That will be awesome! I’m not trying to make it easy on myself but a little more realistic. My work is having a Christmas party, with booze, here in a few weeks. My Mom’s side of the family gets together on Christmas Eve whereas my Dad does on Christmas Day. That is 3 meals, over 2 weeks, where I will allow myself freedom and not count. I do not think I will lose the 1.5 lbs those weeks. If I do, great. But I’m not going to set myself up for failure. Since I lost a lb over Thanksgiving, I’m going to say a lb for those weeks as well. That will still have me losing 8 lbs between now and the New Year as well as still being just shy of 5 lbs from goal. So, this is my goal for the next 6 weeks.

I think I can do it. I believe I can do it. I will do it!

WW Week 31 Recap

This week was a success! You are probably thinking I had a big weight loss. Am I right? Well you’d be wrong because I didn’t. In fact, my weight loss was .4 lbs.

So, why was it so successful?

I’m back on track. Woohoo! I tracked my food the majority of the week and I went to the gym 5 days. That’s right people…I’m back!

If I’m being completely honest, I was a little disappointed when I saw such a low weight loss. I just knew that it was going to be big. 2-3 lbs big. Yet it wasn’t even a lb. I’m not letting this get me down though because I know that I did better than I had the previous 3-ish weeks. Plus, getting back in the gym probably didn’t help. Don’t get me wrong, working out and being active in general is always a good thing. But when you go from not exercising to exercising excessively, you don’t usually see a large weight loss such as you might hope. At least not in the beginning. Not for me.

I’ve decided to try an experiment though. I typically work out the week leading up to a race and I’m lucky if I get in to the gym in between. This time I got in the gym about a week and a half before race day. Therefore, I’m still in the gym. I went today and plan on going tomorrow and Tuesday, taking Wednesday off and will run at the race Thursday. After which, I am hoping to get in the pattern of going Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday moving forward.

My problem is taking a day off. I don’t want to go to the gym every single day but when I take a day off, even just one day, it’s hard to go back the following day. I’m hoping if I can get in a routine of going on these days, it will help keep me disciplined. We’ll see.

Back to the experiment…I’m curious to see if I see a huge impact at the scale after continuing to exercise 2 weeks in a row and 3 weeks in a row. Do you think I will? I hope so. But I’m not sure. I know that being active is good for your health in general. However, it’s not necessarily the key to losing weight. Food is the key to losing weight; what you eat and how much you eat. The majority of my weight loss has happened in the kitchen and not in the gym. But will going to the gym 4 days a week help? Fingers crossed that it does!

This week was a little sad for me. More than likely next week will be too. Not sad as in I cried. Believe me, I cry a lot. But sad that I am seeing so many people losing such large amounts and making Lifetime and I’m not. Ok, let me back it up a little bit. I’m happy for these people. I am. But had I not fallen off the wagon, I would be oh so close to Lifetime myself. I honestly think I would have made it today if not, then next Sunday. Seeing others make Lifetime and/or have weight losses of 75, 90 and 125 lbs stings a little. I’m not wanting to lose quite that much but if I were at Lifetime, my weight loss total would be in the mid 40’s. Still a significant number. I’ll get there. I know I will. But to think I could be there now…

Having said that, you would think I would be drinking up all of the good advice WW is dishing out at the meetings this week and last. I am but I’m not. I don’t plan on switching out any of the dishes. In fact, I plan on taking Pumpkin Cake Balls. Not healthy at all! lol I plan on having my pecan pie and my pumpkin pie. I’m going to eat fried turkey, my Dad’s garlic potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. Most of these foods I get 3 times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. That’s it. So I’m going to treasure them while I can. Not to mention, I love it all!

I do plan on eating smaller portions. I don’t plan on taking any left overs with me. I will be running a 5K the morning of Thanksgiving and going to the gym 4 out of the 5 days leading up to the big day. I am also going to make a Detox Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup to eat the days before. Pretty much it’s a chicken noodle soup minus the noodles and amped up with veggies. It’s not like I’m ignoring everyone’s advice. Because I’m not. But I am going to enjoy Thanksgiving and not have any regrets because I passed on something that I might not see for another year.

So here’s to being back on track, staying in the gym and hoping all goes well Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Turkey Chili

I have been in the mood for chili for a few weeks now. But with the transition between homes, I haven’t done much cooking. I guess I’m getting a little more settled because I made Turkey Chili this morning.

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You read that right. This. Morning. I didn’t get to it last night and needed something to eat for lunch. So, I prepared it before going to work. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I’m made this recipe several times now. It’s full of veggies, good for you beans and ground turkey instead of beef. Veggie wise, it has your typical onions and tomatoes. But it also has red bell pepper and corn. I’ve thought of trying to sneak in some other veggies without turning it in to a stew. I still want the essential flavor to be chili since that’s what it is. I’m sure you can easily add mushrooms and maybe even a carrot. I’ve seen several veggie chili’s have zucchini and yellow squash in them. I’m sure that would work but I’m not quite on board yet. I’ll let you know if I ever give it a try. 😉

Beans are an excellent way to stretch a meal. They’re good for you too. Most people think of meat, eggs and dairy when thinking of protein. But there are a lot of non-animal sources of protein out there as well. Beans are one of those. 1 cup of dark red kidney beans will provide 16 grams of protein; whereas 1 cup of black beans has 15 grams.

An easy way to make your chili lighter is to switch out the ground beef for ground turkey. I’ll be honest, I hardly ever purchase beef anymore. Ground turkey is where it’s at people! It’s cheaper, lower in calories, lower in smart points and still tastes great. Protein wise, it appears 90/10 ground turkey and 80/20 ground beef has the same amount – 15 grams per 3 oz. Calorie wise though, the same amount of ground turkey has 120 calories where as ground beef has 216 calories. It’s a no brainer!

Chili is one of the easiest meals to put together. Other than chopping a few items, it’s pretty much a dump and wait sort of meal. This is what I use in mine

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While browning your ground turkey, add in chopped onion and garlic. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

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Then add your red bell pepper.

20171113_063520It doesn’t really matter the order you add the remaining items but I prefer to add the seasoning first, stir and then add everything else. You can purchase premade chili seasoning and it will work just fine. Or you can make your own. I do both…depending on my mood. Today I made my own with ground cumin, chili powder and paprika.

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You might not think this is enough seasoning. I didn’t. In fact, just about every time I make this, I question it. But I remember that I never add more and it turns out tasty. So I leave it be. If you want to increase the amounts of seasonings, have at it. Make it yours.

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Now add in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.

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It’s time for the fun stuff…uh it’s all fun!…but I’m talking about beans and corn. There’s dark red kidney beans in there. Promise. I just didn’t take a picture. Oops!

So colorful!

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Right now it’s a little on the thick side. I happen to like it thick but it can get too thick after sitting for a while. So while the flavors come together I like to put the lid on the pot. It does wonders.

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Yumm!

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It’s so good! Good for you too!!

Here’s the recipe:

Turkey Chili

  • Servings: 5
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8 points per serving

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz dark red kidney beans
  • 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn

Directions:

  1. Brown ground turkey, breaking up as it cooks.
  2. Add in chopped onion and chopped garlic.
  3. After turkey and veggies are cooked, add in cumin, chili powder and paprika. Feel free to increase the amount of each if you like.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. This is when it really starts to look like chili. =)
  5. Add in both beans and frozen corn. At this point, it’s pretty much done. You just want all of the flavors to come together.
  6. Cover and simmer for around 30 minutes.
  7. Serves 5 at 8 points each (about 1 1/4 – 1 1/3 cups). If only making 4 servings, it will be 10 points each.
  8. Enjoy!

WW Week 30 Recap

Today was an exciting day! I tried out my new Weight Watchers group today. No, I’m not going to stop going to my other group. Those are my WW Peeps and I’ll stay with them until I reach Lifetime then will probably visit every once in a while to say hi after. But I did move 30 minutes away and well, who wants to drive there and back to go to a 30-45 minutes meeting? Not me. Not every Sunday at least.

There was a lot that I wanted to get done this morning and it just made sense for me to stay closer to home. So I thought why not give it a try. I’m glad that I did. I liked them. I was worried because I have gone to some other meetings and they just didn’t compare to my Sunday crew. I feel that this one did for the most part. I was pleased. Thank goodness!

Ok, so I went to two meetings this weekend. One yesterday to make up for not going last Sunday and one today to get back on track. I’m just going to say it, I gained again this week. I knew that I would though. As much as I had hoped to get back on track last week, it just didn’t happen. I’m an accountant and we were working on Month End. I stayed late multiple times and didn’t have meals planned, therefore I ended up picking up fast food on the way home. I was stressed while at work and ate chocolate like crazy. So I knew I was going to gain. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though. Whew! I gained 2 pounds. This now puts me at 15 lbs away from goal. Yikes!

I weighed in again this morning and was already down a pound. Yay! But then I went to a family gathering and all bets were off. You don’t even want to know all of the sweets that I ate. Oh boy!

After the meeting, I went to the gym. This was also a first for me since I was transferring locations. Same company, different location. Some of their equipment was different and the gym itself was a little smaller. Overall, it felt good. I was very proud of myself for running a mile straight through after having not worked out for a while. Woohoo! The 5K I have coming up is going to be a breeze! At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

  • WW meeting ✔
  • Gym ✔

Next up, grocery shopping so that I can meal prep this week. I’ve decided to bring out a couple of my favorite dishes – Turkey Chili and Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash. I could have sworn I had already posted recipes for both on here but it appears I have not. I will try to do both this week for you. Each are split in to 5 servings which is perfect for the work week. Turkey Chili is 8 points a serving and the Enchilada Spaghetti Squash is 5 points a serving. I also picked up some turkey sausage patties for breakfast as well as lots of fruit.

This week is going to be a positive week. Yes it is!

Supreme Scrambled Eggs

I recently moved. As most people do, at least I think most people do this, I provided food to those who helped me as a way of saying thank you. I had donuts ready when they got there and pizza for when we were done.

Of course I had left overs of each. Yuck! Not yuck because I don’t like donuts and pizza but yuck because I love both donuts and pizza and should not be eating large amounts of either!

Here I am stuck with all of these left overs. What am I to do?

My Dad told me of something one of his friends does and it is quite clever. The next morning he removes the veggies off the supreme pizza and adds them to some scrambled eggs. That way he isn’t throwing away all of his left overs. Or any, if he still ate the pizza later just minus the veggies.

I thought I would give this a try this morning. I had 2 slices left and removed as much of the mushrooms, peppers and onions as I could. I sautéed them for a just a little bit to warm them through, then added 2 beaten eggs. Walah!

20171106_065946It didn’t taste too shabby. Bonus, now I don’t feel so bad throwing away the remaining pizza and it’s a low point breakfast. The veggies are zero and the eggs are 2 each. This plate plus a cup of fat-free milk brought my breakfast total to 7 points.

Enjoy!