My Journey to Health

Sunday, May 22, 2011

So I skipped a few days this week of writing. My sister-in-law is in town and I wanted to have more time to hang out with her. However, I did NOT skip measuring and tracking all of the food I ate. And, at the meeting I went to today, I was down another 0.6 lbs. Awesome!
So, just to save time, I am just going to share a couple of good recipes that I made today for my sister-in-law, husband, and parents.
Sauteed Chicken Thighs with Lemon

1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 tsps olive oil
10 skinless chicken thighs
1 cup vegetable broth, reduced sodium
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
string beans, roasted (as many as you want)

Put olive oil in a large nonstick skillet; set over medium-high heat.
In a small bowl, combine flour with pepper; sprinkle over chicken. Brown chicken in a single layer in prepared skillet until golden on bottom; flip and brown on second side. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside. (If necessary, brown chicken in two batches, splitting the olive oil between the two batches).
Pour broth into skillet and scrape up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Return chicken to skillet, cover, and reduce heat to low; simmer until heated through. Stir in lemon juice; heat for 30 seconds. Yields 2 thighs, string beans, and about 1 1/2 Tbsp sauce per serving.

Incredibly delicious chicken recipe, and very healthy even though it tastes like it should be.

To go with this, I made a salad recipe:
Spinach Salad with Pears, Almonds, and Cranberries

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp coarse ground mustard
2 tsp sugar free maple flavored syrup
2 tsp minced green onion
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 bunches of fresh spinach, washed and ripped into pieces (that sounds so violent! ha! )
1 large ripe pear, any color, thinly sliced into 25 pieces or so
5 Tbsp chopped roasted almonds
5 Tbsp dried cranberries

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, water, oil, mustard, syrup, green onion, and pepper until blended; pour 1/4 cup of dressing over spinach in a large bowl. Toss until coated.
Arrange 2 cups of dressed spinach on each of 5 salad plates. Top each with 5 pear slices and then sprinkle each with 1 Tbsp of almonds and 1 Tbsp dried cranberries. Drizzle each salad with about 1 Tbsp of remaining dressing and serve.

I was really worried about this recipe, and admittedly gagged a little as I was added the syrup to the dressing, but WOW. Probably my favorite salad ever, and everyone really seemed to enjoy theirs as well. (Even my dad seemed to love it, who I was really concerned about liking it because he is like me, and doesn’t typically like mixing sweet flavors with his ‘regular food.’ )

So, the end of a successful week, with some really delicious food! Hooray!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Ahhh to Monday! I used to hate them, but now I love them because I get to start over fresh every time. So last week was a success, this week I hope to make just as good if not even better!
Time for some goals:
-Try to limit my junk food intake to 1 item a day max.
-Drink at least 6 cups of fluid a day.
-Exercise? iiiiick. I don’t wanna! But…hmmm…maybe just try to fit in more walks around the campus at work and stop whining about it being too hot. 🙂 I’m thinking about joining a gym when school gets out in a couple of weeks since I will have some extra time after work.
-My sister-in-law is coming to visit this week! Hooray! I am very excited about this, and am preparing myself ahead of time so that I don’t let the party get the better of me. I tend to think this is an excuse to over indulge in food, because there is always an excuse if you look for it! I know I can be strong, and am excited instead to show off all the tasty new dishes I have been making. Also, to be careful with alcohol intake on the weekend. I’ve said it before, I know, but those points really add up!
-Finally, and most importantly, figure out what the hell the difference is between a shallot, leek, and chives. For now, I’m just going to call them all ‘green onions’, and then, call it a day. 😀

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup Krusteaz Wheat & Honey pancake mix made with no sugar added strawberry apple sauce, topped with 1/8 cup sugar free syrup. A pear. Coffee with Splenda and fat free milk.
Snack: A banana. A light string cheese stick.
Lunch: A light Yoplait yogurt. 1 cup noodles, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, 3 oz 93/7 lean ground beef meatballs.
Snack: No sugar added strawberry applesauce. 2 cups of baby carrots and grape tomatoes. An orange. 3/4 cup of Oh’s cereal, dry.
Dinner: Tried my hand at a new recipe tonight. Either it was beyond my skill level, or just plain disgusting. I’m thinking just plain disgusting.
Sauteed Tilapia with Almonds and Dried Cherries

1 Tbsp sliced almonds
4 Tilapia fillets (about 0.8 lbs)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tsp olive oil, divided
1/2 of a large onion, chopped
2 Tbsp …champagne…which I sadly used to substitute for dry white wine or dry vermouth. ha! same effect!
1/2 cup dried cherries (it was supposed to be actually cherries too…)
1/3 cup reduced sodium, fat-free vegetable broth
1/2 tsp dried thyme

Toast the almonds in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-low heat until aromatic and golden, shaking the pan often, about four minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Season fish with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 2 tsps oil in the skillet, then add the fish. Cook until firm and lightly browned, about two minutes, then flip and cook about two more minutes. Remove fish to two serving plates.
Heat remaining tsp of oil in the skillet, then add the onion. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add wine/vermouth/champagne; loosen any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook for 20 seconds, then add cherries, broth, and thyme. Heat until simmering; cook for 30 seconds to reduce slightly. Divide sauce and toasted almonds among the fish. Serve at once. Yields 2 fillets plus 1/2 of sauce and almonds per serving. I served it with 3/4 cup brown rice.

I think I just really don’t like tilapia. The first couple of bites were good, then the fish flavor kicked in. By the last bite, I regretted eating the whole stupid thing. It was very fishy/earthy tasting and just left a horrible flavor in my mouth. I was excited to brush my teeth!!! I’m done experimenting with tilapia! That’s it! The sauce stuff was okay, but not worth the trouble making. Long explanation short, it ended up tasting like it looked: kind of weird, and grosser the more you think about it. 😀

And that’s it for the day!

Fluids: I got them all in today! Hooray!
Exercise: …grumble. None again.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It’s funny, I have more time on the weekends, but am much less ambitious about things it seems, so end up not writing for a couple of days. But that’s fine.
I went to my meeting this morning. 3.6 lbs down this week! Hooray! I’m going to do it for real this time. Only 10.4 lbs more to go until I am at goal. No more messing around.
So, here’s what I ate today:
Breakfast: 2/3 cup of some chocolate cranberry granola thing, 2/3 cup fat free milk. Coffee w/ Splenda and fat free milk.
Lunch: Light Yoplait yogurt. Light string cheese stick. An artichoke with 1 Tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. An orange. 1/2 a banana (the other half i dropped and my dog ended up getting it.) 😀
“Snack” : 1/2 cup no sugar added reduced fat chocolate ice cream on a cake cone.
Dinner: 1 cup whole wheat pasta, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, 3 oz 93/7% lean ground beef made into meatballs. Left over vegetable skewers from last night (yellow squash, zucchini, onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms)
Dessert: 1/2 cup no sugar added reduced fat chocolate ice cream on a cake cone.
Fluids: Didn’t drink enough again today. I will have to get back on that tomorrow!
Exercise: Just a little yard work and grocery shopping, but at least I was active.
Excited to set my new goals tomorrow for next week!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: Some pretzel loaf from Beyond Bread and 1/2 of a cantaloupe. Coffee with Splenda and fat free milk.
Snack: A light string cheese stick.
Lunch: Veggies: grape tomatoes, jicama, baby carrots. Left over Mexican-style casserole from last night’s dinner. Left over Spinach and Tomato Feta salad from Tuesday night’s dinner. A light Yoplait yogurt. A no sugar added cinnamon applesauce.
Snack: A bag of Baked Lay’s. Ciabatta bread from Beyond Bread. Strawberries.
Dinner: Ciabatta bread and 4 oz steelhead trout fillet, topped with a new recipe:

Watermelon Salsa

2 cups chopped, seedless watermelon
1/2 cup chopped, seedless cucumber
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 large green bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely minced
1 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled. I split it into two servings.

This is a really awesome recipe! I think it would be really good on chicken.

Fluids: I don’t think I drank enough water today, which is lame cause I also managed to get just the caps of my shoulders burned. I think this is the silliest sunburn ever! Also, I should drink more water.
Today’s Exercise: None again! Boooo!
Good day today overall!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup Krusteaz Wheat & Honey pancake mix made with no sugar added cinnamon applesauce. Coffee with Splenda and fat free milk.
Snack: A light string cheese stick and 2 clementines.
Lunch: A Morning Star Farms California Turk’y Burger on a mulit-grain sandwich thin with a little bit of BBQ sauce. Left over Spinach with Tomatoes and Feta from last night’s dinner. A light Yoplait yogurt. A container of veggies: carrots, grape tomatoes, jicama. A no sugar added cinnamon applesauce.
Snack: A slice of Domino’s cheese pizza. After school, about 8 points worth of pretzel loaf from Beyond Bread. That stuff is awesome!! Also, some canned pineapple slices and strawberries.
Dinner: TWO new recipes we tried tonight!!
Mexican-Style Brown Rice Casserole

4 cups cooked brown rice
1 1/4 cups fat-free salsa
1 tsp ground cumin
15 oz black beans, mashed
10 oz frozen corn kernels, thawed
4 oz canned mild green chili peppers, diced
1 Tbsp chili powder
10 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and set to drain
3/4 cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp fresh, chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine rice, salsa, and cumin. Spoon 2 cups of rice mixture into prepared baking dish and spread out to evenly cover bottom of dish. In another large bowl, combine black beans, corn, chili peppers, and chili powder. Scrape bean mixture on top of rice layer and smooth out. Squeeze out any excess water from spinach and then spread on top of bean layer. Top with remaining rice mixture and smooth out. Sprinkle top with cheese. Place casserole on a large rimmed baking sheet to catch any spillage. Bake until heated through and cheese is browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, cut into 6 pieces, and serve.

Lots of work, and I didn’t find it worth it. It’s very edible, just not my thing I guess. I found it boring for the amount of work required. If you like beans and corn together, however, it’s well worth it. I just didn’t take to it! Which is a shame, because this is my lunch for the next two days! Ha!

Salad side:
Spring Salad with Strawberries and Feta Cheese

3 Tbsp pineapple juice
4 tsps olive oil
2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups mixed greens
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 oz crumbled Feta cheese
2 Tbsp salted dry-roasted pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped

In a cup, stir together juice, oil, vinegar, pepper, and salt; set aside.
Arrange mixed greens in a large shallow bowl; top with strawberries, cheese, and nuts. Just before serving, stir dressing and drizzle over salad; toss gently but well. Yields 4 servings.

This was really good! I think this would be a fun recipe to mess with different variations, such as mango or grapefruit instead of strawberries, different types of nuts, different juices to make the dressing, etc. Fun and fresh; a great spring recipe!

Dessert: Too full! Now that’s something!
Fluids: Forgot to pay attention, but I think it was okay!

Today’s Exercise: I didn’t get any in again today! 😦

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1 oz of lean turkey ham and some mushrooms sauteed with 1 egg and 1 egg white, topped with 1 slice of 2% American cheese. Coffee with Splenda and fat free milk.
Snack: A light string cheese stick and 2 clementines.
Lunch: Left over ham yam mountain from Monday dinner. A light Yoplait yogurt. Left over apple and carrot salad from Monday dinner. Fresh vegetables: baby carrots, radishes, jicama, grape tomatoes. It was very disheartening while eating these! I was having lunch with the kindergarten class and one of the little guys asked me, “What do you call that?” I gestured with the radish I was holding and asked him, “This?” He said, “No, all of that” meaning my container of the veggies….I replied, “Vegetables.” HOW COULD HE NOT KNOW!!??? Another little one asked me what my radish was, and then the whole table had a discussion about how they had never tried a radish! What are they eating!? Oh well, it’s not my place to judge what people are feeding their kids, but I do find it very sad that they don’t know a container of vegetables. I mean, I would understand not knowing what the jicama was, but geez!
Snack: One of the kids was having a birthday party, so I ended up eating one of the vanilla cupcakes that the mom had brought in; it had 1 and 1/2 small peppermint patties on top of it (to make a penguin! awww.)
Dinner: A portabella mushroom grilled and put on a multi-grain sandwich thin with a slice of 2% American cheese and some ketchup and mustard. Yum! On the side, we tried a new recipe!
Spinach with Tomatoes and Feta

4 tsps olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
18 oz fresh spinach
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
2 oz crumbled Feta cheese
Heat oil in a large deep pot over medium-high heat.
Add onions; cook, stirring often, until light golden and tender, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and salt; cook, tossing, until spinach wilts, about 2 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook, stirring, until tomatoes soften, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and drain off any extra liquid; stir in Feta. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

So this recipe was good, but not my favorite. You couldn’t really taste the onions or the Feta cheese. My husband and I thought it would be better to just have some fresh spinach leaves and add some chopped red onion and the tomatoes, olive oil, and Feta cheese. Maybe add some dried/fresh basil. I was intending a fresh spring salad, so this just didn’t do it for me. It could make for a really good cold weather recipe, however!

Dessert: And here’s where the hard part hit. All that talk about eating a lot of candy bars, I guess! I had: A Tootsie pop, a York peppermint patty, a Twix, and a bag of Cheetos. Then a mango. One of these things just doesn’t belong….I mean, only one of these things belong! Haha! So yay, I still stayed in my points by dipping into my extra weekly allotment. That is really what I love about WeightWatchers. Even though that is pretty terrible and unhealthy what I ate, I don’t really feel guilty about it. The reality of life is that these things are out there, and chances are you are not going to be able to never eat any of them again. I just have to make sure to do it in more moderation than I did today! Yikes!
Fluids: I forgot to keep count, but I think I did okay!

Today’s Exercise: Alas, I couldn’t get in any other than watering my garden, which I don’t really think would count for much! 🙂

Monday, May 9, 2011

Okay, another break from blogging. During this time off I realized though just how many thoughts pile up in my head that need to get purged. I did not do so well over the last few weeks, but that is okay. For a span of two weeks I stopped tracking some of the days and boy did that add up fast for me. It’s kind of a funny thing to realize that all the old habits are still there. Apparently, I am not cured, just in remission. 🙂 Overall, I gained back 9 of the pounds that I had previously lost. At Friday’s meeting, I weighed in at 179 pounds, which was a number that I didn’t like seeing on the scale again. That is dangerously close to 180, and that screams ‘UNHEALTHY’ to me. The week previous to this one, I did a wonderful job and stayed on plan all week. I can’t imagine what I would have weighed in at if I hadn’t done well the few days previous to weighing in! So, 14 pounds to go until goal!
It’s strange though, because there was some good that came of it. I realize now that if I take even one week off tracking, it makes a difference. I resort immediately to my old way of eating poorly. It is best that I pay attention every day to what I am doing. So, no more ‘vacations’ from tracking! It is scary just how much weight I can gain back in just one or two weeks of not tracking every day.
The moral of the story? Like they say in the meetings, “There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.” Pay attention to yourself. I didn’t do anything unfixable. I have only learned an important lesson and some truths about myself.
I have also realized how much I like the meetings, to get down to some more emotional things. It is nice to be amongst people that are not judging you for your particular vice because it is one that they understand. Hardly anyone that is at the meetings is there for vanity reasons. Most of us have real issues with overeating disorders and need help. I always compare it to AA for over eaters. Nothing feels worse than knowing that someone is disgusted by your vice. It hurts. Guess what? I have very little self control when it comes to eating everything, especially stuff that is bad for me. Duh. Anyone that is overweight most likely has the same vice. It’s not news. And it’s not disgusting. It’s a real problem. My vice is food. It is wrong to be judging each other for our vices. Some people can’t resist beer, some can’t resist cigarettes, and some can’t resist prescription drugs. Unless their vice is directly affecting your life negatively, then you need to leave that person alone unless they ask for help. But please, don’t look at me with disgust when I say I can’t resist a candy bar, or think I was disgusting when I was 233 pounds. I was a happy person anyway. If someone feels that disgust with you, it is probably stemming from their own insecurities about their looks, or maybe they just don’t get it. But just try filling in the blank with your own particular vice. Almost everyone has something. They really are all the same, they just affect our health and relationships in different ways, but the addiction factor feels the same. “I have a hard time controlling myself around _________.” Beer? Hard liquor? Drugs? Cigarettes? I fill in the blank with ‘food.’ And that is the same as if you fill it in with “beer”, or if you fill it in with “cigarettes.” It is the same. My vice makes me overweight. Yours might give you lung cancer. Yours might give you liver damage. I take solace in the fact that I have recognized that I have a problem and I’m doing something about it.
On a ‘hooray me’ note, I am happy that I am only dealing with the food vice and not other ones piled on top of it. If I were into drinking too, this would be a lot harder. Did you know that a beer is only one point less than a candy bar? That means that if someone drinks a six pack a night, that is the equivalent of me eating 5 candy bars a night. Think about that for a minute and really try to put it into perspective. I know that a beer doesn’t have the fat content of a candy bar, but it makes up for it in carbohydrates and calories. I have never once in my life eaten 5 candy bars in one evening!! Why is it so crazy and unacceptable to do that, but it’s totally acceptable to slug down 6 beers? I do what I can to control myself, and my methods may seem silly sometimes, but at least I am trying to control myself, and am able to admit that I have a problem. I can’t make the want or the addiction go away, but I can try to resist and fight it as much as I can. It’s very fortunate that food doesn’t change my personality.

Anyway, that was my rant for today. I liked myself just as well at 233 pounds, I just did not like that my health was deteriorating. Just because I am only 14 pounds over my healthy weight now instead of 68 pounds, doesn’t mean that it is okay to put down the past me being ‘overweight’, or talk about how I had transformed into something not normal, something ugly, or to make fun of my pictures. That’s being ignorant. I am not going to burn or hide those pictures! I got married and had a lot of wonderful life moments at that weight. I am not ashamed of it. Believe it or not, I liked myself just as well then as I do now. I know some people wouldn’t believe that, but it’s called loving yourself and realizing what really matters in life and having good self esteem. I wasted too much of my younger years hating everything about myself and my looks even when I was at a healthy weight! What a waste of some good years if I were to dismiss and hide those as my ‘overweight’ years. Life is not looks, world! Life is not your weight! I have the biggest smile on my face in all of those pictures, and it makes me sad to know that there are people out there who can’t see past my size to notice that. That girl in those pictures is the same me as now. She has the same brain, and the same heart, and experiences the same amount of love, and the same amount of pain. Somebody’s size is NOT their personality. (OH, and by the way, that overweight girl in the pictures is also the one that landed this incredibly good looking, amazing personality husband, so mull on THAT for bit.)
Long rant short: I was a bad-ass then, but I am an HEALTHY bad-ass now.

Upwards and onwards (constant vigilance!)
It’s Monday, time to move on, time to start over, time to shed resentment towards people judging. It’s just hard to be open about having eating disorders in the first place, but it’s even harder when people seem to think it’s not a real problem or feel disgust towards you for it. Yes, that can make me insecure, but that is why I am writing the blog. It makes me put it all out there and be open about it, even though it is a scary thing to do. Let those who judge, judge. But for the rest of you, I hope that maybe you can seek some food asylum here! We are all dealing with our own demons, but maybe we can help each other out on this particular one.

This weeks goals:
-Track out the whole week in advance where you can. I did this for most of last week and it worked out really well. I had all my meals and snacks planned out for the whole week. It is a little hard to do because it can take an hour, but it makes the rest of the week so easy. It is also kind of fun because you write in lots of variety for yourself so you’re not seeing “oatmeal, salad, chicken” everyday in your tracker. I try to get something different everyday for every meal. Also, I forget what I planned for each day, so it is exciting to look at my tracker to find out what is on the menu each day.
-Get in more exercise. This is getting more and more difficult because of so many variables: My schedule and work is iffy from day to day, it’s hot and windy out, and just general lack of time! So this week I want to try to figure out at least 3 days to get in some exercises. Things that could work: evening walks, walks at school on my breaks, getting on the little stair master machine my friend gave me while watching a movie late at night. My husband and I also have a lot of gardening and work in our yard, which gets me to move quite a bit every day just getting out there and watering and weeding and planting new things.
-Drink at least 6 cups of water daily. This hasn’t been a problem for me for a while now, which is awesome! It is probably because I am actually thirsty because it has been so hot and dry out recently.
-I want to try out a lot more new recipes. I love cooking and want to have more fun and be more creative with it again this week!
-Be positive and let more love and lightheartedness into my life. I am afraid I am just feeling too jaded of late, and that can be depressing, which can lead to poor food choices and a generally crappy day!

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1 cup Marshmallow Pebbles cereal with 1/2 cup fat free milk. These need to get out of our cabinet, but I don’t like throwing stuff away. Stuff like this should be considered dessert, not breakfast in my opinion!
Snack: A light string cheese stick and 1 cup chopped jicama.
Lunch:A Morning Star Farms California Turk’y Burger on a multi-grain sandwich thin with a bit of BBQ sauce.
Snack: A bag of sour cream and onion Baked Lay’s and a mini chocolate glazed donut. So much for a healthy snack. Geez! Oh, but I ate a mini apple too at least. Ha!
Dinner: Ham Yam Mountain: 3 oz lean Jennie-O turkey ham topped with 2 sliced pineapple rings, 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato, 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp olive oil, then bake the whole thing in the oven at 350 F for about 15 minutes. I love this recipe! And a new recipe as a side and salad.
Apple and Carrot Salad

1 granny smith apple, 1 gala apple, cored, thinly sliced, cut into matchsticks
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime (or lemon) juice
3 cups matchstick-cut carrots
1/4 cup chopped chives (I used green onions)
4 tsps olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 oz fat free Feta cheese, crumbled

Place apples in a large bowl and toss with lime juice. Add carrots, chives, oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and cheese; toss to mix thoroughly. It made about 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each (and for only 1 PointsPlus per serving!)
Way WAY too delicious!!!! This is my new favorite thing, although I am cursing Feta cheese for having to be so expensive. Does anyone know a good place to get it for a good price?

We also had made pomegranate raspberry green tea as sun tea (how exciting!) and put fresh spearmint leaves in it from our own plant. Overall, an awesome, decadent feeling dinner for only 8 PointsPlus total!
Dessert: 1/2 cup no sugar added reduced fat mint chocolate chip ice cream on a cake cone.
Fluids: I drank at least 6 cups of liquid/water today! Yay!

I squeezed in a 10 minute walk at work. Short, but hey, 10 minutes is better than no minutes! 🙂

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ahhh, the beginning of a new week! It is always exciting to start a new tracker and begin again with all my points to use up! This is always the best, most ambitious day of the week for me. I have not been able to get to a meeting yet this week, but that’s probably for the best considering how salty I must have to be from the fair food yesterday. It most likely would have been a terrible weigh-in today.

Goals for the week:
-Keep going!! Track and measure everything and only use my available points!
-Try to fit in at least 45 minutes of exercise a day.
-8 cups of water per day.

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 3/4 cup Oh’s cereal with 1/2 cup fat free milk. (I ran out of pancake mix frown frown FROWN!!) Strawberries. A pear. Coffee with Splenda and a splash of fat free milk.
Snack: A light string cheese stick.
Lunch: 1/4 cup pinto beans. A Morning Star Farms California Turk’y burger on a multi-grain sandwich thin with a little BBQ sauce. A salad with celery and mini peppers and balsamic vinegar. A Carbmaster yogurt. A no sugar added peach applesauce.
Snack: An orange and a kiwi.
Dinner: 8 oz grilled pork tenderloin. Veggie kabobs with mini peppers, crimini mushrooms, sweet yellow onion, and yellow summer squash. So awesome!

Isn’t that the most gorgeous pile of veggies you have ever seen?! I have really been loving putting together kabobs. They are so good for you and no points if you’re not using meat. They are a fun way to eat your vegetables!
Dessert: After dinner, I had a grape Tootsie pop and 1/2 no sugar added reduced fat Bunny Tracks ice cream on a cake cone and 1/2 cup of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, dry.
Unbelievably, that was exactly what I could eat today for the 29 points that I have. Pretty darn good, if you ask me! Quite full, and quite satisfied!
Water: I lost count, but I think it was only around 6 cups today, but that’s still good! I am doing better and better with this.

Today’s Exercise:
I was only able to squeeze in a 15 minute walk at work. It can be so hard to find the time, but I will manage to as best as I can!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hooray! I have made it all week sticking to my points! And I have today all laid out for controlled debauchery, so I am very proud of myself (and excited!)

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup Krusteaz Wheat & Honey pancake mix made with no sugar added peach applesauce, topped with 1/8 cup sugar free syrup. A banana. Coffee.
Lunch: Pre-made chicken breast and bell pepper kebabs from Albertson’s. I usually don’t get stuff like this, being pre-made, but it was actually really nice how quick and easy it was to just throw them on the grill today and be done with it! Plus, they were on a BOGO sale, so they were a very good price! A spring mix salad on the side with pineapple salad vinegar on it. We made fruit kebabs using grapefruit, kiwi, pear, banana, strawberries, mango covered with lemon juice and grilled on low for about 5 minutes. They were fantastic! I was skeptical but they are a new favorite. I can’t wait to mess around with other fruits to try this out. So far, the banana was my favorite. I really wish I would have remembered to take a picture!
Dinner: FAIR FOOD!!

I did it! I made it! I saved all my points and can reward myself for my good behavior today! So, AS PLANNED AND ACCOUNTED FOR, I had a caramel apple with peanuts on it. Then I SPLIT a Navajo taco with my husband. It wasn’t very good, and I didn’t really like the meat so I took the meat out and significantly reduced the points by doing both of those things! Because of this, I also had points for half of a corn dog and half of a strawberry funnel cake. I did end up using my activity points that I had earned throughout the week, but that’s okay. That’s what they are there for if I decide to eat them. I also had the deep fried Twinkie, but it totally didn’t live up to the hype. You could not taste the Twinkie at all in my opinion, so it was just like eating a stick of fried batter with powdered sugar on it. And with the points I earned walking around the fair for 4 hours, I was able to have a candy apple too…and other than the grease pumping through my veins, I don’t feel guilty about this decadence at all! I know that it was too much food, and that it was junk and bad for me, but it’s only once a year. I wouldn’t do that every day…I mean any more, I totally was that bad in the past on at least a weekly basis if not more! But, when all was said and done, I didn’t go over points this week! Hooray! I also learned that the idea of fair food was way better than the actuality. Next year, I won’t be dining on many of those things again because they are not nearly as good as points that they cost me!

Today’s Exercise:
Walking around the fair!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A very fun day hanging out with my parents and yard sale-ing, and I even behaved myself food-wise!

Today’s Menu:
Breakfast: 1 egg and 1 egg white, scrambled with 1 slice Kraft American 2% cheese on them. 2 strips of Morning Star farms bac’n. 2 slices whole wheat toast.
Lunch: Out to lunch with my parents today. We went to Beyond Bread and I had 1/2 of a serving of Baked Lay’s and 1/2 of a turkey, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, provolone sandwich on ciabatta bread with Russian dressing. Very tasty! I also had 2 of the slices of the sample bread they give out with a little bit of butter on them. And then a bite of the sandwich that my dad had, because it looked way better than the one I got and I was admittedly jealous. 🙂 (It was a grilled roast beef and gorgonzola and garlic sandwich on sourdough).
Snack: A light string cheese stick and a Carbmaster yogurt.
Dinner: Homemade Sloppy Joes. I had posted this recipe before saying that it wasn’t very flavorful, so this time I add worchester (sp?) sauce but it was no better. I have decided to abandoned this recipe (after trying to add BBQ sauce, then mustard, and getting no where with it!) It’s good, just too bland. I will look for a completely different sloppy joe recipe.
Dessert: 1/2 cup Bunny Tracks no sugar added ice cream on a cake cone. Later in the evening I also had a Cadbury egg.
Extras: I had 2 1/2 cup glasses of champagne. I also snacked on fruit and veggies throughout the day as I was hungry, but forgot what they were!

Today’s Exercise:
Lot’s of going to yard sales…does that count? 😀