WIW + WIAW

Last Week: 226.0
This Week: 223.8
Change: -2.2

Total Change: -9.4 pounds!!!

I’m pretty pumped about this. I’m not going to lie.

I’ve worked my butt off the past few weeks to get those pounds off. And I’m really hoping that next week I can managed to squeek out another .6 of a pound. That would make an even 10 pounds in a month. A MONTH!

That would be amazing.

I’ve been planning my meals, my snacks, cooking more. And goodness knows I’ve been working out more. Ok, maybe not as much as I really need to. But more.

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So, last night I got this craving for some Mexican food. But as anyone who is trying to watch what they eat and lose weight knows, Mexican food is hard to do.

Rice. Beans. Creams. Cheese.

About the only healthy thing at a Mexican restaurant is the salsa.

So, I grilled up some chicken. Added some peppers & onions. Then added some fajita seasonings. Then I cooked some rice, threw in some cumin & chili powder, along with a can of Rotel. I mixed all of that together & topped it off with some reduced fat sour cream.

Taco Tuesday

My goodness, it was good!! I had leftovers for dinner tonight. And lunch tomorrow. I can’t wait to eat it again.

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Daily Menu:

B: Smoothie, muffin, coffee. -7
S: Greek yogurt. -3
L: Chicken salad sandwich, celery w/ hummus, banana. -10
S: Apple, cheese stick. -2
D: Leftover Mexican stuff. -10

This menu leaves me with 5 points left at the end of the day. I don’t know what kind of treat I’ll have for myself, but I’m sure I can come across something.

WIW + WIAW

Lots of Ws up there. Geez.

So today was my weigh-in day. And I was so excited to step on the scale. Mainly because I’ve been peaking at the scale all week & it showed I was down 1.5 pounds. Yeah. That wasn’t the case this morning.

Last Week: 226.2
This Week: 226.0
Change: – .2

But still a loss, baby!!

I’m down with that. Especially since its the “dreaded week 2 curse!” At least that’s what Biggest Loser says – or are they week 3? Whatever.

Week 2 is when I crave the junk. The pizza and beer night. The chocolate. The big burger with caramelized onions, blue cheese, and bacon. Please excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard.

But yeah, I struggle. A lot. Week 2 is usually bad.

And last night’s dinner I was craving, of all things, salt. And anything salty. So I made turkey sausage with onions & peppers. Then I paired that with quinoa. And butter. And salt.

Did I mention I was craving salt??

And I ate a big ol’ plate of that yummy goodness.

So yeah, totally not surprised by the fact that I didn’t lose as much as I had hoped I would.

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Daily Menu:

B: Smoothie, muffin, coffee. -5
S: Greek yogurt. -3
A: 30 minutes on the elliptical.
L: Turkey sandwich, salad, banana, cheese stick. -8
D: Subway sandwich, apple w/ PB. -6

This menu leaves me with 5 points left over. And that’s perfect because that leaves me 5 points for chocolate!!!

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Here recently I’ve been on this total smoothie kick in the mornings. They’re easy. I can put them together the night before, except for my fruit (which I use frozen, but you can use regular & add ice instead). They are tasty. Portable.

Perfect.

But on the other hand, they’re not chewable.

I like chewing food.

I couldn’t handle a cleanse. Chewing is good.

So I got my hands on this lovely muffin recipe from a fellow WWer and a follower of mine on Facebook. They are wonderful. Super yummy. I microwave them for about 15 seconds before I eat them. It’s like my own individual banana chocolate chip nut bread.

And better yet, they’re boyfriend approved.

April’s Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Oat Muffins

Makes 28 – 30 muffins **I halved the recipe and got 14 muffins

Ingredients:

6-8 very ripe bananas (depending on size)  **I used 3 for a half recipe & it was perfect
1 cup ff plain greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce **I used FF vanilla greek yogurt because it’s what I had on hand
4 egg whites
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups oats (original, not quick)  **No clue what I had on hand. Old. But still worked.
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup Splenda Granulated Sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract (use the good stuff – its worth it)
⅓ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
⅓ cup crushed walnuts (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
sprinkle sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)  **I didn’t have this on hand so I didn’t use it

Instructions:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
*In a bowl, mash bananas using a fork and set aside.
*In a large bowl, cream applesauce or (yogurt), vanilla, and brown sugar, and Splenda.
*Add in egg whites and mashed bananas to wet ingredients and beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
*In a separate bowl, mix whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and spices.
*Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until blended but not over mixed.
*Fold chocolate chips and nuts into mixture.
*Transfer mixture into muffin tins at about 1/4 cup of mixture in each.

*Bake for 18-20 minutes until a fork comes out clean.

 

Notes:

(April’s Notes) Do a small batch of 2 or 3 first to make sure you have the right consistency. Depending on the size of your bananas you might want to add a little more flour or oats to thicken. Also, sometimes I will do 1/2 cup greek yogurt, and an extra 1/2 cup of mashed bananas in place of the other 1/2 cup of yogurt/applesauce. Last time I made this recipe, I used 6 really large ripened bananas and 1/2 cup greek yogurt. They turned out great.

(My Notes) I did not make a small pre-batch. I was brave and just went for it! Or stupid? I did 7 muffins at a time since I figured I would get 14 out of the mix & wanted them to cook evenly, 18 minutes worked perfectly for me. Like I said, I used all vanilla FF greek yogurt because it’s what I had on hand. I also didn’t have seperate bowls. Again I’m either brave or stupid. I threw everything into my KitchenAid & mixed away (bananas I smashed first & then added wet ingredients then dry.) And like April said, they turn out great!!

Points Plus values – 2pts if you DON’T count the bananas & 3pts if you DO count the bananas.

WIAW + WIW

It’s Weigh-In Day.

And it was awesome. To say the least.

Last Week: 233.2
This Week: 226.2
Change: -7

Hells yeah!

And as for what I ate today, nothing overly exciting.

Daily Menu:

B: Granola bar, Banana, Coffee. -5
S: Greek yogurt. -3
L: Left overs from last night’s dinner, Celery w/ Hummus. -10
D: Subway Melt & Diet Coke. -11
S: Sunchips. -6

This leaves me with 2 points for later. I might have a couple of mini reese cups when I get home from class tonight.

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So, since this is a What I Ate Wednesday post I feel the need to tell you about my fantastic dinner from last night. And it counts, because I had leftovers for lunch today!

I still had TONS of leftover spaghetti squash in the fridge. Seriously. How does one squash make so much??

Anyway, I decided I needed to do something with it. And I’m totally in love with the Farm Rich Frozen Turkey Meatballs. But I am so tired of “spaghetti & meatballs”. I’ve had that two nights in a row.

So, I took my really yummy, boyfriend approved meatballs & heated them up for a few minutes in the microwave. I heated up a couple teaspoons of olive oil. From there I tossed in my spaghetti squash, meatballs, and any and all frozen veggies I had on hand. That consisted of onions, peppers, broccoli,  and peas. I let it all cook well and mesh together – but not mush. And from there I added on some of Mr. Chocolate’s dad’s homemade vinegar based BBQ sauce – it’s tangy and spicy all at once. I let it cook just a little longer. Then dumped it into a dish & topped it with some cheese.

And let me tell you, it was fan-damn-tastic!

spaghetti squash veggies turkey meatballsIt’s not the prettiest thing to look at. It is at least colorful. But man, it’s flavorful.

I will most definitely be keeping this idea on hand for the future. Super easy. Super yummy.

What I Ate Wednesday {1*2}

Ok, so I’m a day late! Sorry about that. I was enjoying attempting to enjoy my day off yesterday, and of course we don’t have internet at the house. Mr. Chocolate had me running all over the place and doing all kinds of house chores. Did he not get the memo that this is my freebie day off & to not make me work! I was not ok with this and at about 2:oo I demanded a nap, for at least 30 minutes of peace & quiet. And goodness that’s all he gave me, too.

Yesterday was day 1 back on my diet. So of course I was trying to make better choices & eat healthier. I think I have finally gotten Mr. Chocolate to understand why this is so important to me. Explained to him that since we started dating I have gained roughly 55 pounds. That I don’t feel as attractive. I feel frumpy. I’m not comfortable with the way I look. I get winded easily. I feel bloated. And just overall don’t feel sexy. He, of course, tells me that he can’t tell that I’ve gained that much weight & that I “look fine.” Fine – that dreaded word. I swear, that word just needs to be erased from the world, nothing is ever fine, unless, of course, it’s “Damn girl, you look FINE!”.

That being said, I got a lot of cooking done yesterday! Yeah, cooking while on a diet. Lots of it! And baking – but that was done on NYE. Mr. Chocolate requested cookies, I made cookies, and didn’t realize the recipe made 5 dozen, DOZEN cookies! Yeah. We have a lot of damn cookies in the house.

Anyway, back to the cookies cooking. For breakfast I wanted something different. We rely a lot on the Waffle House, and I can somewhat be on plan there. But I wanted something at home. Something easy and healthy. So I made a quiche. And it was yummy. I paired that with some fresh pineapple and a 100 calorie English muffin. Oh yummy breakfast!

Lunch was out. Ugh. And of course we went to a sandwich shop. Seriously?? Local joint, no points values to be found. I spazzed out a little. After much debate & crazy looks from the waitress I settled on a 1/2 turkey wrap with a side salad. And dinner was chicken enchiladas with a sides of rice, and broccoli. (I used my salsa chicken & rolled it up into wheat tortillas, topped with enchilada sauce & WW Mexican blend cheese.)

Daily Menu 1*1*14:

B: Quiche, pineapple, English muffin, coffee. -5
L: 1/2 Turkey wrap & side salad. -8
S: Light string cheese. -1
D: Chicken enchiladas, Rice, Broccoli. -22 (I didn’t know pts values when I was eating, but still managed to only go 3pts over!)
S: Strawberry “ice cream”. -3

Crustless Ham, Spinach, & Cheese Quiche

Crustless Ham, Spinach, & Cheese Quiche

Crustless Ham, Spinach, & Cheese Quiche:

4 eggs
3/4 cup Skim Milk
1/2 cup Diced Ham (I bought the pre-diced stuff at Wal-Mart)
1/2 cup Shredded Cheese (I used WW Mexican blend)
5oz Frozen Spinach, thawed
Salt, Pepper, Hot sauce (whatever other 0pt spices you want to add)

– Mix everything together, well.
– Pour into a 9in greased pie dish.
– Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Servings – 6
Points + – 2pts

What I Ate Wednesday {12*18}

Lots of yumminess!!

So far at least. Yes I realize it’s just after lunch time. But goodness, lunch was amazing. We went out for our front office Christmas lunch today. I don’t really go out to eat at lunch because I don’t like spending the points on it. But I found something totally wonderful and actually not too pointy.

I usually pack a salad, soup, sandwich, leftovers. Usually nothing exciting or “expensive” on the points factor. But today, today we went to Olive Garden. Oh Olive Garden, how I love you.

So I did my research. I planned. And boy was it yummy.

I had the Capellini Pomodoro with grill shrimp. Lots of salad with their low fat dressing. And one single bread stick. And I did not feel deprived at all.

The pasta was very good. It wasn’t heavy. It’s like an angel hair pasta with a light tomato sauce on it. Mainly diced sauteed tomatoes, olive oil, and spices. I topped it with the slightest amount of parmesan cheese.

My whole meal came out to 18 points. Like I said, a little heavy on the points side, but worth it. And I still have 14 points left for tonight. Don’t know what I’ll make for dinner tonight, but plenty of points left for it!

What I Ate Wednesday {12*3}

Lots of yumminess!

B: Granola bar, banana, coffee. -5pts
S: Greek yogurt. -3pts
L: Progresso soup, salad. – 6pts
S: Hummus, carrots, & cheese stick. -3pts
D: Subway Steak & Cheese, Sunchips. -17pts

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday

So good. So easy. And I still have 1 point left for something later. Probably nothing. Because, let’s be honest here, I have no clue what I can eat for 1 point.

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Can I just say how awesome it is that my Christmas shopping is almost completely done?? Thanks to Amazon.com and a couple other random websites. I do still have a few little things I need to get for Mr. Chocolate, my dad, and the Bestie. But yay for being almost done!