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Dinner Tonight

I made a variation of an old dish tonight. I didn’t quite have all of the ingredients but was able to make do with what I had. It was just as good, if not better, than I remembered it. What is it you ask? Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Well I chose not to use any tortilla chips. Does this mean that it was just chicken soup? lol

Maybe it can be Chicken Fajita Soup. Call it whatever you want, it was freaking good!

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WW Week 11 Recap

Yes! I’m officially down 20+ lbs! 20.6 to be exact. =)

Tracking every thing you eat every single day really does help. I know that it can be a pain to some people. But it is so easy to not look something up or to not record something that you ate and before you know it you are way over your daily points. Fortunately there are the weekly points to fall back on. But things add up so fast.

I think I have mentioned this on here before but just in case… My group leader passes out “perky pencil” stickers to anyone who tracks to the best of their ability at least 5 days a week. I look forward to getting my “perky pencil” every Sunday. I put it right next to that day’s weigh-in information along with any Bravo stickers I might get for that week.

I have received one each week that I have been a part of Weight Watchers. It means a lot to me. It shows me that I’m following the program and I’m seeing the results. So far I haven’t really had a week where I gained weight. I think this is because I do track. But I have heard of others that go up and down. It would be interesting to see if the good weeks were weeks you tracked and maybe the weeks you didn’t always track were the ones where you didn’t lose.

Don’t think I will test my theory though. lol

Tracking takes dedication. It really does. But it doesn’t take that long. Not when you get used to it. And it can even be fun. I love scanning items at the grocery store or looking up foods from restaurants. Sure it might mean it takes me longer to decide what to eat, or to track what is on my plate but shouldn’t we pay better attention to what we are putting in our body anyway?

Plus it works!

One area I can really improve on is working out. I hardly ever do. Oh did you just hear that? I do NOT work out. Know what that means? I have lost my 20+ lbs entirely because I have changed my eating habits.

That doesn’t mean that working out isn’t also important though. I really should make it a part of my weekly, if not daily, routine. I have mentioned at least a couple times on here that I will get back in the gym. It hasn’t happened yet.

Motivation. Or lack of it.

I feel so good when I work out. I really do. But starting back up is always so difficult. I try to tell myself this week I’m going to go. Today I’m going to go. But I don’t. I just go home, sit on the couch, mess around online and watch Netflix.

The last couple of days I have gotten a couple I have earned some fitness points though. Saturday I went bike riding for the first time in 2 1/2 years  and yesterday I tried yoga for the first time. Both of them were unusual for me but both were still forms of exercise. In fact I think I got 4 fitness points for each day. Not bad.

It really is an awesome feeling to be where I am. 20+ lbs gone! I love it!

I’m not done though. Not even half way. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. Maybe add in a little exercise here and there and I’ll get there.

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!

Steak and Chicken Kabobs

The night that I signed up for Weight Watchers I was hanging out at a friend’s house. She was making steak and chicken kabobs for dinner and man they were one of the best meals I had had in a while. She always cooks good food though. And she definitely eats healthier than I do. So it was no surprise that when I entered the recipe in the Weight Watchers app the point value was low.

You know what that means? I stole her dish and made it for myself! lol

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