Weigh Day!

Last Week: 235.4
This Week: 229.0
Change: – 6.4

What. The. Hell?

How did I do that? Seriously? I don’t know. No clue. I got nothin’. But damn it feels good!

I went on one walk all week. That was the only exercise I did. I kept a close watch on my diet. That’s the only thing I can figure. Who knows. But it definitely made me ready to go into week 2 with my head in the right place!

Speaking of week 2, today is day 1 of T25. I have a feeling it’s going to kick my butt! For reals. But I’m really excited to start it.

Today’s Menu:

B: Quest bar -5
S: Greek yogurt -3
L: Turkey sandwich, apple, cauliflower w/ cheese sauce -8
S: Cucumbers & tomatoes w/ dip -1
D: Parmesan crusted tilapia, quinoa, broccoli, greens -10
S: Popcorn -4

I still have 7pts left with this menu and no clue what to have with it! Maybe a glass of wine with dinner? But I don’t really know. I’m sure I can find some way to use 7pts.

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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.

WIT = Restart!

I know its Tuesday, but I really do feel like this is my day of the week to reset.

Monday is done. It’s over. No going back. The hardest day of the week is out of the way. The weekend and all of its crappy food, drinks, and activities as a whole are gone. Tuesday. It’s my day to start over.

And I really needed that restart today.

This morning I weighed in. And it was good news! My scale was down 1 pound this morning. I was so excited to see that. And so proud of myself for being able to lose weight over the Thanksgiving holiday. I know I ate too much. Drank too much. Snacked too much. And exercised way too little. I know for certain, even though I didn’t track it all, that my points were probably very far in the red.

But back to needing that restart today. Obviously, my Weight Watchers week started today. My weekly points reset. It’s a new day and a new week. And thanks to that scale being down and having a new week according to Weight Watchers, I have a renewed desire to do this. To succeed. To continue to lose weight next week.

Some weeks are so hard to basically start over. To continue with this journey. Sometimes it’s just so hard and I don’t want to do it anymore. I want to sit on the sofa and eat Rocky Road ice cream straight out of the carton. I want to eat stuffing with gravy until I feel sick. I want to not go outside in the cold and take a walk. Who am I kidding? That last one is not going to happen.

But even after all that food over the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend, I felt like I had a restart on Monday. I was ready for the week. I went grocery shopping over the weekend and was so ready to start back at tracking and eating right. Yeah, that lasted until about 3pm. Then I ate Snickers; lots of them. And M&Ms; not so many of them. And I had leftovers with Mr. Chocolate’s family. And went home and ate Cheese-Its and orange juice. And I didn’t track any of it. Ugh… don’t judge me, we’ve all done it.

But today, I’ve tracked everything. I’ve stayed within my points. I actually have some leftover, possibly for a couple of pumpkin cookies this evening. I have a plan for the week and I will stick to it. I will do this and be good at it

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Today’s Plan of Attack:

B: Granola bar, Banana, coffee. -5pts (F/W)
S: Greek yogurt, coffee. -3pts (D/W)
L: Soup, salad. -5pts (V)
S: Hummus, carrots. -2pts (V)
D: Subway sub. -13pts (V/O)
S: Starbucks Grande Skinny Mocha -3pts (D)

I still have 6 points left, so I’ll probably treat myself to 4 pumpkin spice cookies tonight.

Lasanga Rolls + Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Ok, can we just forget about how awful I am with updating this bad boy?

K? Thanx.

That being said! I had WI on Tuesday morning. That was less than perfect. I got so down on myself because I just knew the scale was going to be up come Tuesday morning. So I binged like a crazy person over the weekend. And then when I stepped on the scale Tuesday morning the scale was only up .2 pound. For reals! The scale would have been down had I not gotten into my total emotional “eat all the foods!!” self. Oh well, you live, you learn, you move on.

But, the scale going up 2 weeks in a row has made me determined to have it come back down this week! I WILL get that scale down! I WILL lose this weight. I can so totally do this!

That being said, I made some yummy foods last night. And I’ll be making some more tomorrow. Last night I made Lasagna Rolls & for Thanksgiving with my family I’ll be making Pumpkin Spice Glazed cookies. YUM!

And the best part. They are all points friendly! My Lasagna Rolls I used the Skinny Lasagna Rolls as inspiration but made them easier for my liking. It did add some points values if you ate 2 (but just 1 point for 2) and they came out way easier than her recipe sounded. (Ok, let’s be honest, I was too lazy to sauté garlic and wilt spinach.)

Lasagna Rolls

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
1 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
10 Lasagna Noodles
1 jar (24 oz) Pasta Sauce (I used Great Value chunky)
10oz (or whatever a block is) Frozen Spinach
1 egg white

Directions:
Thaw & drain frozen spinach. Boil noodles for about 8 minutes; until they are soft but still firm, I believe they call this “al dente”. Mix egg white, spinach, & cheeses (minus 1/2 cup Mozzarella) together. Lay noodles on a flat surface & let cool for a few moments (I did this while I was mixing my filling). Place a small amount of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Spread the filling evenly over the lasagna noodles. Roll the noodles up & place in the baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese. Cover & bake for 20 minutes at 425.

Points Plus Values: 6pts for 1, 13pts for 2.

Lasagne Rolls

At this point my cheese was not melty & gooey, but I was hungry. You can uncover & bake longer or just keep covered & bake longer. But like I said, I wanted food!

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Cookies

Ok, this recipe couldn’t be freakin’ easier! (Ma, get ready! They’re coming home with me!) They are 4 ingredient cookies. 4! That is it!

Ingredients:
1 box Betty Crocker Spice Cake mix
1 15oz can Pumpkin Puree
1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
3 T Skim Milk

Directions:
Mix cake mix & pumpkin puree together, well. Place dolips on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Combine Powdered Sugar & Milk until well combined with a glaze consistency.

Once cookies are cooled, spread glaze over them evenly.

Makings 36 cookies.

Points Plus value: 2pts per cookie

Binges Happen. Right?

At least they do to me.

Did.

Do.

Whatever.

The scale was up this week. 3 pounds. I expected that. Ok, I didn’t expect 3 pounds, but I did fully expect the scale to be up this week. And that’s ok. It will come back down.

At least it will if I stop doing what I did last night. Ugh.

I had a lovely day planned out, food wise. And I stayed fairly on plan with that day. Until after dinner. I sat down and ate my planned cake. And then I ate velvetta dip with chips. And some potato salad. And some rolls with honey. Oh yes, it was bad.

Eat All The FoodsSeriously. Bad.

But, I’ve tracked it all. And I will move on. I still have 22 of my WPs left. Sadly, I used 27 of them yesterday – right after they reset!! I can get through this week.

I have dinner out tonight & a wedding on Saturday. But I can, and will, do this.