I promise I’m still alive. With this stupid sprained ligament and a super crazy work schedule, I have been kind of MIA. I’ve been eating a lot of meals at work which has cut down on my cooking (and therefore posting of recipes) but I’m still 100% tracking. Ok, maybe 98% if you count Easter Sunday.
Weigh in is tomorrow and I’m not too excited about it. I’ve decided that while I’m on this stupid f-ing prednisone my goal is to maintain. I know that losing will be very hard because of the nature of the medicine, so if I can maintain, I’m in a good position. And if I can lose, it will be an awesome bonus. But I continue to track and focus on eating fruits and veggies when the epic prednisone hunger strikes.
Hope you all are doing well and kicking butt in the weight loss area!
It’s a sprained ligament. SO ANNOYING! Luckily it’s nothing worse like a fracture or a break. But still, annoying. The doctor told me to ice it every four hours and keep it wrapped and elevated as much as possible. This makes it very difficult to get activity in.
Luckily I was able to hobble to my hair appointment. It was desperately needed! And we are still going to go to the midnight service at church. Greek churches require lots of standing so I’m going to see how that goes. I don’t know if I will be able to make it through the full liturgy after the resurrection (Anastasi) service, but we shall see.
Guess who fell at work today and most likely sprained their ankle??
That’s right. This girl.
It hurts so bad! I iced it and wrapped it and was able to function. Unfortunately my doctors network didn’t have any appointments in the entire city today so I have to wait until tomorrow before I see a doctor. I spoke with a nurse and she gave me a few pointers (elevated, ice and wrap) along with telling me to take Tylenol.
I’m just really annoyed more than anything. I’m finally feeling better and then this happens. Ugh. It will definitely hinder getting to 100% on my ActiveLink. Double ugh!
Oh, and I’m sick of paying copays at my doctors office. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so incredibly thankful that I have good insurance during this whole sarcoidosis debacle. (I’ve added it up and my insurance has covered over $20k worth of bills.) But man, the $25 copays sure do add up.
Well today has been a whirlwind of craziness at work. But my giant win for the day was that I made time for a quick weigh in. I stopped at a different WW store location and made sure to weigh in first thing. I maintained, which honestly, I’m happy with. After a large five pound loss last week, and the stupid prednisone making me so hungry, I’m just happy I didn’t gain!
Today I had lunch in our fine dining room which is always a point heavy meal. I tried my best to track everything! I’m starting off the week dipping into my weekly points for dinner, but I’m happy that I tracked. Previously I would have just called the day a wash and not even tried. So…..yay?
This crazy week has completely wiped me out. I need to remember that even though I’m feeling better, I’m still sick. The meds are slowly working, but they also have some pretty severe side effects. Lately my joints have gotten really achy. Today my knees and elbows are just killing me.
And I’m just really exhausted. I’ve been feeling so much better, but my lungs aren’t back to normal. I need to remember that the meds are masking some of the issues and I can’t overdo it. I really don’t want to push too hard and get worse.
So there you go. On to another week! We have Easter this weekend and I will be celebrating with my family in the suburbs. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone and spending the day with my Greek family. I’m sure I’ll post some pics of the yummy Greek food we will be enjoying!
Hope your week is going well and you had great weigh ins!
What happens when you sauté too many veggies to fold your omelette in half?
Why you make a modified frittata, of course!!
Yesterday I sautéed 2 ounces of teeny tiny potatoes, half a zucchini, and some chopped onion in a teaspoon of olive oil. I topped that with an ounce of goat cheese and added one egg and two egg whites. There was no way I could fold everything into a pretty omelette so I covered the pan and let the eggs cook all the way through without flipping.
The results? Absolutely wonderful! And the whole breakfast came in at 7 PointsPlus and got me a serving of oil and a serving of veggies!
I have been so busy with my current work schedule that I haven’t had a chance to update much. But have no fear, things are still going well! I’ve continued to feel super motivated and have been really paying attention to my food. The prednisone continues to make me crazy hungry but I’ve been really focusing on fruits and vegetables. Each day I pack up a whole bunch of prepped apples, carrots, pickles, olives, etc to snack on throughout the day.
I don’t know what the scale will show. I’m eating quite a lot, but tracking everything and staying within my points. But I still feel like I’m eating SO. MUCH. FOOD. I know that I’m feeling better because I’m eating clean and healthy things, but I don’t know if the scale will cooperate. Either way, my body is feeling better, and that is what matters. I’ve also been drinking water like crazy! My skin is gorgeous right now!
I finished the ActiveLink 8 day assessment period! Even with wearing it during a busy week my current goals are much lower than they were even 6 months ago. But I started a new three month challenge and have been hitting 100% pretty regularly! (Minus Saturday and Sunday when I was a bum) I’m looking forward to this coming week which will be the first full week of the challenge (the assessment ended on Friday so my goals and points are wonky for this current week).
I’ll check back in tomorrow after my weigh in. Unfortunately I don’t have time for the meeting because I have to be at work early for an important meeting. I also have to go to another store location since my store isn’t open earlier enough. I’m curious to check out another location…I may have to explore other meeting times for some variety!
Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
I love a good one pot dinner. Unfortunately I don’t have a wok, so I had to cook this in a large skillet. And guess what? It turned out just fine. :-) And sure it was all in one pot, but I did use quite a few other dishes and utensils, mostly because I’m anal and like things super orderly.
Annnnnnyway! I really enjoyed this dish. Check out the recipe HERE on Skinnytaste! The sauce was seriously amazing! I literally licked it out of the bowl! The lemon was fantastic with soy sauce. Time wise the dish came together quite quickly. The house smelled amazing and everything was ready before I knew it!
The only time I deviated from the recipe was to eliminate the ginger. I’m really not a fan of ginger in recipes so I just left it out completely. And I think it tasted fantastic.
I didn’t plan ahead and just made this for dinner. In hindsight I should have had something to go along with it. I think next time I will serve it with some brown rice to soak up all that yummy sauce! Since we didn’t have anything else, Jeremiah and I just had double servings. I love not having leftovers!
PointsPlus wise the meal is pretty great. One serving (a quarter of the recipe) comes in at 6 PointPlus. My meal came to 12 PointPlus but I would much rather have the regular portion plus a cup of rice for a total of 11 PointPlus. Not so much to save a point, but to add some variety!
Epic salad for lunch!!
I thought about this salad all morning and was so pleased when all the flavors came together to create a filling and tasty meal. For real, I’m obsessed. I’m not even hungry and I want another one!
Mega flavorful salad included: baby spinach, chopped hard boiled egg, cubed gala apple, crumbled chile lime chicken burger, goat cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
The balsamic really paired well with the apple and goat cheese. Man, it was delish! And super filling. The chicken, cheese and egg added some light protein and the apple and spinach bulked it up full of veggies. I was able to get three servings of fruit and veggies along with two servings of healthy oils out of one plate!
PointsPlus wise, it was also awesome. The whole meal came in at 9 PointsPlus. Perfect! Add in some lemon water (and my daily meds) and I’m set for lunch!
Another fantastic dinner courtesy of Trader Joe’s! I stocked up again the other day and was able to pull this meal together really easily.
I’ve been working the late shift this week so I don’t get home until about 7.45. This means I need a quick cooking dinner so I can eat dinner before bedtime! Last night’s dinner came together really quickly, was super flavorful and really filling.
For the main course I had two chile lime chicken burgers. I could have had one burger with a bun or two burgers without the bun. I’m trying to avoid gluten (another story for another post) so I opted for open face burgers. I topped each burger with some fat free salsa, TJ’s Reduced Guilt Guacamole, and TJs fat free sour cream. I am totally obsessed with the guacamole. It is made with Greek yogurt and is really fantastic. And TJs FF sour cream is so thick and creamy, it is hard to tell its fat free!
For the main course I chopped up four raw ounces of TJ’s teeny tiny potatoes, a half a zucchini and a handful of onion. I mixed 2 teaspoons olive oil with some crushed garlic (I’m OBSESSED!) and salt and pepper and tossed it all together. Then I wrapped it up in a foil packet and had Jeremiah toss it on the grill. The result was great. I got a serving of veggies, two servings of oil, and a whole ton of flavor.
The whole meal came together for 14 PointsPlus. I call that a win!
I have no words…..just exclamation points!
Ok, I guess I have some words. Guys, I love FIVE POUNDS! Let me say that one more time. FIVE POUNDS! My total is back to 54.6 pounds lost!
I realize that some of that is water weight, but I’m so happy that I lost the 4.6 pounds I gained on vacation! FIVE POUNDS!
This week was great. Really one of the best weeks I’ve had in a while. It was super busy with work because the term started again, but I was able to manage it well. I drank loads of water and ate really clean and I just feel really great!
I’m most proud of how I handled the hunger caused by the prednisone I’m taking. Every day I packed up a bag of fruits, veggies, and low PointsPlus snacks to bring to work with me. I really focused on spreading my meals and snacks throughout the day which helped keep the hunger at bay. I’ve started a nice little routine that I’m going to continue, as it seems to be working.
It also is helping me get all my fruits and veggies in! I can’t remember the last time that I hit that GHG almost every single day in a week. Seriously, I’m on a roll!
And eating all these healthy and filling things has really been helping my tracker. I have been eating a lot of food, but they more power foods/low points which leaves me with more daily and weekly points for fun! I’ve had wine, beer and a few “treats” this week so I didn’t feel deprived. Long story short, I’m really happy with how the program is working right now.
I know that its not likely I will see a 5 pound week again, but it was a great kickstarter back into Weight Watchers. It definitely kept me motivated for the coming week!
Hope you all had great weigh ins this week as well!
Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders with Parmesan Garlic Roasted Green Beans
Last night’s dinner was a combination of Pinterest and my current obsession with garlic roasted veggies.
I found THIS recipe a little bit ago and pinned to to my Meals To Try board. I love Pinterest and have gotten my boards organized so that I actually use them! I go over there whenever I need some food inspiration. I even pin my own posts on my Another Pound Lost board so I can keep track of recipes that I love! I can’t tell you how many times I forget about recipes that I really liked and Pinterest has helped remind me.
Annnnnyway, back to the subject at hand…..dinner! So, I saw THIS recipe for honey balsamic chicken fingers and knew I needed to make it. The recipe was really easy to follow and came together really quickly….perfect for a Monday night dinner. I calculated it to be about 7 PointsPlus per serving, but you may want to doublecheck the portion sizes depending on how much chicken you make (I only had a pound when the recipe calls for 1.5 pounds).
On to the green beans. I’m totally obsessed with garlic roasted veggies right now! The other night I made asparagus and last night I decided to try it out with green beans. And let me tell you, they were delicious! I love when they get nice and crispy in the oven and they have so much flavor! I’ve also been using this as a way to get my daily servings of oil in.
- Green beans - I used a bag from Trader Joe’s
- 1.5T olive oil
- 2t crushed garlic - you can add as much or as little as you like….I like more!
- salt and pepper
- 1.5T grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400
- Line edged cookie sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray - hello easy cleanup!
- Mix oil, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. This helps make sure the garlic chunks are more evenly dispersed.
- Add green beans to a gallon ziplock bag and pour oil mixture over top. Seal and shake shake shake!
- After the beans are coated I sprinkled the parmesan cheese over the top and shook it up again.
- Pour the beans onto the tray and bake for about 30 minutes. I like mine crispy so they were in the oven for about 35 minutes.
Depending on how many servings you get the PointsPlus values will change. Mine came out to be 2 PointsPlus and were super satisfying!
I also served dinner with the last slices of bread that Laurie and I made on Sunday. SO DELICIOUS! It’s a good thing it’s gone because it was pretty high in PointsPlus, but oh, so yummy.
My whole dinner came to be 15 PointsPlus. Obviously this will be different for everyone, but I thought it was a great meal and wanted to share!
Add this to Pinterest HERE!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake with Asparagus
Oh man you guys…..this was really fantastic. The recipe was so rich and decadent that you couldn’t even tell it was a lightened up recipe!
Like I mentioned earlier, yesterday was a day of cooking! I made a whole slew of things including this recipe for a Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake. It was a little more work than I like for a weeknight meal, but made the perfect Sunday dinner. I’m not saying that it was a LOT of work, I’m saying that I like super easy dinners that don’t take much time to put together.
The recipe called for cooked chicken, so in the afternoon I pan fried the cubed chicken and set it aside for later on. This helped ease up the dinner time prep.
This was the first time that I had ever made a roux as a sauce base. For some reason I was really nervous about it, when I really shouldn’t have had any worries! The roux and sauce came together perfectly according to Emily’s directions. Once that was finished the dish came together really quick and made my home smell amazing while cooking!
Seriously, this dish was darn good. So rich and flavorful. It got thumbs up from all the diners (Jeremiah, Chris, Laurie and myself) and will definitely be made again.
I served it with roasted asparagus. Man, I always forget how tasty roasted asparagus is! I just tossed the stalks with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and crushed garlic, then roasted it for about 35 minutes at 350 (the same temp the chicken was cooking at). So flavorful and a great addition to meal. We also had the fresh baked bread and butter that I spoke of earlier!
PointsPlus wise, this meal pretty great. The Chicken Cordon Bleu comes in at 9 PointsPlus per serving and the asparagus came in at 1 PointsPlus (for the olive oil). The bread was 4 PointsPlus per slice and the butter was 1 PointsPlus. The meal would have been perfectly fine without the bread, but I had planned ahead and adored each warm bite!
It continues to amaze me how great I’m feeling. I feel like I’m getting my life back and loving every second. This weekend was spent regrouping after vacation, visiting with friends, entertaining, cooking, baking, eating and relaxing.
In case you missed it, I posted Friday’s dinner on Saturday (check out these amazing Mexi Meatloaf Muffins). We had Chris and Laurie over for dinner and then my Aunt stopped by for a visit. We had a great relaxing evening!
We spent Saturday evening at a lovely dinner party with amazing friends. The meal was fantastic, and actually very healthy. Our hosts served grilled chicken that was seasoned perfectly along with a light and flavorful salad with roasted squash, goat cheese and lovely lemon vinaigrette. Add in the family speciality apple sauce and some bread and I’m a happy camper. You should go check out Andy’s blog for more great recipes!
Sunday was a day of cooking for me. I seriously spent most of the day in the kitchen and absolutely loved it! I made myself an omelette for breakfast, a spinach salad with a grilled chicken burger for lunch, smoothies for snack, and chicken cordon bleu pasta with roasted asparagus for dinner.
But the highlight was baking bread for the first time! In the Greek Orthodox faith, we use a bread called prosforo at church. It is part of the communion as well as offered after the service. The ingredients are simple (flour, water, sugar, salt and yeast) but it is the most amazing bread.
Over the past few years my dad has taken to making this bread quite regularly for home use as well as church use. It makes the most amazing toast ever! I’ve been wanting to learn to make it myself, so when Laurie mentioned she wanted to learn to make bread I jumped at the chance to learn together! I had a nice long chat with my dad over the phone and he walked me through all the tricks of making this traditional bread. It really is super simple, but takes a while to make with two risings, each an hour long.
The final product was ah-mazing! We enjoyed it fresh out of the oven with some butter and then again as a side dish for dinner (check back later this evening for info on last night’s dinner of chicken cordon bleu pasta!). As you can see, we are very proud!
I’m really pleased that I planned ahead for the bread and butter and tracked everything! My tracking game has been pretty on point so far. The prednisone makes me so hungry but I’m trying to be proactive and plan ahead. Over the weekend I made sure to separate my meals so they were smaller and spaced out over the day. I also got in lots of fruits and veggies when I snacked to cut down on the points a bit.
Today I split my breakfast in two so I ate toast and coffee right away when I woke up, then two hours later I had a smoothie before I left for work. I had lunch at work and packed an apple, pickles and lemon water for an afternoon snack. I’m here till 7 so I didn’t want to be left in a lurch. I need to run to the grocery store after work and will pick up something easy for dinner.
I’m still feeling super motivated and I love it! Hopefully the scale responds well on Thursday! Hope you all had a great weekend!
Mexi Meatloaf Muffins and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I can’t tell you all how much I am loving getting back in the kitchen and making delicious and healthy food for my friends and family. I just keep marveling over how great I am feeling and how much I’m enjoying being back in the land of the living. I spent two months not having the energy to make myself dinner, let alone entertain. So now that I’m feeling better I’m taking full advantage and loving every minute!
In other sarcoidosis news, yesterday I had an eye appointment to check and see if it was in my eyes or not. Like I’ve mentioned before, this disease affects each person differently. The main places it shows up are in people’s lungs, hearts, eyes and skin. We knew that my skin and heart were not affected but we needed to check that there aren’t any nodules in my eyes. And luckily there weren’t! YAY! My doctor told me I have near perfect vision and no sarcoidosis!
Since I had to have my eyes dilated, Jeremiah drove me home. We invited Chris and Laurie over for dinner and Jeremiah made cocktails while I made dinner. Luckily my eyes were back to normal enough for me to read the recipe and cook!
This meal was fantastic! Not difficult to put together and really flavorful. Everyone agreed that it needed to be made again, and soon!
The Mexi Meatloaf Muffins were delicious. (If you haven’t already, please check out Emily Bites' amazing website. And see the recipe for this meal HERE.) The muffins come in at 3 PointsPlus or two for 7 PointsPlus. The guacamole on top was amazing! (Side note: if you haven’t tried it already, the reduced guilt guacamole from Trader Joe’s is SOLID and you get 4T for 1 PointsPlus!)
As a side dish, I just did an easy veggie and made roasted brussels sprouts. I used THIS recipe because I didn’t know temps or times for cooking, but it literally was the easiest thing ever. I always forget how much I love brussels sprouts! This recipe was perfect because I got a serving of olive oil and the whole side only cost my 1 PointsPlus!
The whole meal pictured came in at 8 PointsPlus! I ended up having another muffin and some beer, so my dinner was a bit higher.
So I decided to do a reassessment period with my ActiveLink. I figured that so much has changed over the past year or so fitness wise, that I needed to reevaluate. I was having a really hard time getting to 100% and feeling really frustrated. So I just set up the assessment period for the next 7 days. Then I will start a challenge to slowly increase my activity over the coming 3 months.
I’m excited to have a baseline that is appropriate to my lower fitness levels and move up from there. My pulmonologist told me to ease back into activity since I spent two months barely able to function at a normal level. Hopefully the ActiveLink will do it’s job and get me moving again!