123 posts tagged ww
Gosh I love weigh ins like today! I knew last week’s small gain was not accurate due to water retention before shark week, but I still didn’t like seeing it on the scale. But this week I am down 2.6 pounds! That brings my total to 56.8 pounds lost! Wohoo!
So, it has been 5.5 weeks since my parents offered me the amazing incentive of helping me and Jeremiah get to Greece if I could lose 15 pounds by the beginning of September. To stay on track I need to lose at least 2.5 pounds a month to get to 15 in time. So far I have lost 5.8 pounds! Boom! I would definitely say I’m on track. (Hear that, Mom?!) Only 9.8 to go!
Anyway, this week in the WW meeting we talked about getting active. Basically it was a plug for the ActiveLink which probably would have annoyed me if I didn’t love it so much! I was surprised that I was the only one in the meeting who used it.
I really am pleased with the progress I am making so far. I had to share my weekly report from this past week with you all. I had a record week and surprisingly it was the week that I couldn’t get to my two weekend gym classes! Check it out!
I hope you all are having a good week! Today definitely helped perk me up and motivate me to continue kicking butt!
I’m down 1.8 pounds! Yes! After the horrific gain last week, I was just hoping for any sort of loss. So I will definitely take an almost two pound loss. This brings my total back to 49.6 pounds. At least I’m heading in the right direction.
This weeks WW meeting was focused around getting active. This is something I REALLY struggle with. I 100% know this is why I have not seen the weight loss on the scale for the past year. I was doing really well with C25K before the nasty Chicago winter hit. I will definitely be starting that again as soon as the weather perks up.
But in the mean time I need to get active.
My mini goal this week was to hit 100% every day on my ActiveLink. So far I haven’t gotten there even once. (Monday I got 76% and Tuesday I got 78%) BUT, setting this goal has made me much more aware. I have been taking the stairs as often as possible at work. I always go to the bathroom one floor down so that I have to climb back up the stairs afterwards.
This isn’t enough though. I need to get my butt to a gym and do something different. I’m hoping to find a class at the closest gym that I like and can go to regularly.
So, I’m amending my mini goal for this week. I’m adding in a workout of some sort. I NEED to be more active and I NEED to learn to enjoy working out. I HAVE to lose this weight and it’s not going happen if I’m sitting on my ass. That’s all there is to it.
My Top 10 Pantry Items for Weight Watchers Success
I have had a few people ask me what types of things I keep in my pantry at all times. So I thought I would take a browse through my shelves and figure out the top 10 things I ALWAYS have that help me stay on track with Weight Watchers.
This list does not include grocery type items….I’ll be doing a post about that next week. These are just the things that I always have on hand.
So, let’s take a look!
1. Honey - I LOVE honey. My nickname from my family is even Honey. It is a great natural sweetener that I use in everything from tea to oatmeal to yogurt. There are so many wonderful benefits of honey but I really just love the lack of chemicals. Yes, it adds PointsPlus while Splenda doesn’t, but its natural and delicious!
2. Chia Seeds - I have posted about chia seeds before and I have really come to love them. I add them in my smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal, salads and more! They are a great source of omega 3s, antioxidants and really help keep me feeling full for longer. I try to throw them in anything I can! They don’t have any flavor so but they have so many great benefits. I buy them from Whole Foods but you can also buy them online.
3. PB2 - Ok, you guys know I adore PB2. Like, my love for this product borders on obsession. I have so many uses for this product. You can check out this link to see some of the many times I’ve posted about PB2. I love that I can have 2T for only 1 PointsPlus. It’s amazing and life changing.
4. Tea - A variety of teas are great to have around the house. I find that if I want to snack out of boredom, the act of making a cup of tea and enjoying it satisfies me much more than ruining my day with a bag of potato chips. I love adding honey and almond milk for a couple PointsPlus but sometimes a cup of plain herbal tea in the evenings while watching tv is perfection!
5. Oatmeal - I keep quick cooking oats as well as old fashioned outs at all times. Oats are so satisfying and filling but fairly low in PointsPlus. I often add 1 PointsPlus worth of raw oats to my smoothies to help bulk up my breakfast. It is also a great easy breakfast option.
6. Salsa - I always have salsa on hand. It is a great way to add some spice and flavor to meals with a really low PointsPlus value (some are even zero!) I often dip veggies in salsa instead of chips. Jicama is awesome dipped in salsa! Give it a try!
7. Almonds - Almonds are a great snack. They may seem high in PointsPlus, but you don’t need a lot to fill you up. I love keeping slivered almonds in my pantry as well. I will add them to yogurt or salads for a nice, healthy crunch!
8. Spices - I have a VERY full spice cabinet. Like, literally overflowing! Spices are a great way to add a ton of flavor without any PointsPlus. My absolute favorites are Cajun/Creole seasonings. It adds such a huge flavor profile and because it’s so spicy, I end up eating less!
9. Oils - It is so important to get the proper daily servings of healthy oils. But people often forget that healthy oils don’t just mean olive oil. Yes, I love olive oil and I use it quite often….I am Greek, remember!? But I also love having other options available in my house. Right next to my stove I keep a Misto of olive oil, alongside coconut oil and peanut oil. Each oil has a distinctly different flavor and I love experimenting with them!
10. Extracts - If you think extracts are only for baking, you should think again! I love using a variety of extracts in my smoothies, soda water and yogurts. You only need a teeny tiny drop and you get great results. My favorites are Almond and Coconut! So yummy!
Obviously, I this is just a small list of things in my pantry. What do you find to be the key things in YOUR pantry?
Yay! Finally a happy weigh in! I knew that I had lost quite a few pounds (4-5) from the stomach flu. But as soon as I was able to eat normally, I got back to tracking in the hopes that I could not gain ALL the weight back. And it showed on the scale! I was down 2.4 pounds this week! My total is back at 53.8. I definitely like watching the scale move in this direction WAY more than the opposite.
Last week I set a goal with my leader to cook four meals for myself during the week. She gave me four bravo stickers preemptively to help motivate me to do it. And do you know what? It worked! I knew I would have to report back today at the meeting and I wanted to say I did it.
So, even with the stomach flu, I was able to meet my goal. I cooked the PB2 Banana Egg Pancakes for breakfast on Sunday, then for lunch I made a basil and cheddar tomato soup with grilled cheese. I didn’t blog about this meal because I didn’t like how it turned out. I used low fat cheese and it didn’t melt properly so it had a funky texture. But I cooked! Then on Monday night I made that amazing Hummus-Crusted Chicken. (SO good!)
Last night was my last chance to get in the fourth meal. As I was driving home from my chiropractor’s office I knew I had a choice. I could either stop at Jimmy Johns and do the easy thing or I could stop at Dominick’s and get something to cook. I really really REALLY didn’t want to have to admit that I failed, so I decided on cooking! I ended up making bean and cheese quesadillas and bought some chicken tortilla soup. I still cooked, but it was an easy meal, so I thought that was a win! The meal was great, I ate light, and I was able to proudly tell my meeting that I succeeded! Definitely a great feeling.
Coming up? I have a belated Christmas party this weekend with my girlfriends. It’s an overnight at my friends house in the country and I’m so looking forward to spending some much needed time with my girls! Lucky for me, they all are very health conscious so the meals will be delicious. I’m bringing my absolute favorite salad as a side for dinner on Saturday. Arugula, grapes, slivered almonds, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. Seriously, YUM. I could eat this all day every day.
Ok friends, that is all for now! Hope you all are doing well!
PB2 Banana Egg Pancakes!
Oh my word, these are delicious! I had seen recipes running around the Internet for these type of pancakes and wanted to try them myself.
I made the basic recipe (just one egg and one banana) earlier this week before I got sick. While they don’t taste like “real” pancakes, they have a similar consistency and a delicious taste all their own.
So, on this quiet Sunday morning, I decided to spruce up the basic recipe with some additions. Boy, it is good! I love peanut butter is all forms but it pairs particularly well with bananas, so this was a no brainer! I also added chia seeds in to the mix. Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3s, awesome antioxidants, fiber, and really keep me full for quite a long time. You can totally do this recipe without the chia seeds, but I find them a great addition for only 1PP.
So let’s get to it!
- one banana
- one egg
- two tablespoons dry PB2
- one tablespoon chia seeds
- Mash up the banana as much as possible. I don’t like banana lumps in my pancakes so I spend a bit of time mushing the banana up quite a bit.
- At this point I put the skillet on the stove and start it warming up to medium heat.
- After the banana is all mushed and runny, add in the banana, PB2 and chia seeds and mix them all up. Again, I really don’t like bits of PB2 powder bombs in my pancakes so I make sure to mix everything really well.
- Once the skillet is warmed up but not super hot, spray with a bit of olive oil or Pam.
- I find that this amount of mixture makes three pancakes quite well. The first time I made these I put all three in the pan and once. I then found out that I’m total crap at flipping pancakes so this time I did it in batches which was MUCH easier!
- Cook as you would normal pancakes. That is, wait for the batter to start bubbling up before flipping. They don’t take terribly long to cook, which is good because I was hungry!
- Serve! You could use syrup, butter, plain or whatever you want. I went with one tablespoon light agave syrup. It added 2PP but it was great for a Sunday breakfast!
Soooo, there you go! Delicious PB2 banana egg pancakes! The whole meal (including syrup) comes in at 6PP. If I made these during the week, which I totally could because they are so easy, I probably wouldn’t use the syrup. They have enough sweetness from the banana!
Hey y’all! Oh wait, I’m not in the south any more! Let’s try this again…..
I’m back from the south! Jeremiah and I flew back from Louisiana this past Saturday. We then spent the night and following morning at my parents house. They had been watching the kittens while we were away so we had to pick them up again.
Then on Sunday afternoon we piled into the car and finally got home! It was so great to be home again that we proceeded to not leave the apartment. No joke, this morning when we went to work was the first time either of us had stepped outside of our building. Part of that had to do with the fact that Jeremiah was feeling under the weather so we totally relaxed. Our New Years Eve was spent with him feeling crappy and me taking care of him while watching lots of Harry Potter (yay for finally getting to play with my Christmas present!). Not very thrilling but it was nice to be together.
So, today was my weigh in day at Weight Watchers. I had not gone since the 12th. Yikes! With my grandfather passing away and then going on vacation, I knew I had gained. I weighed myself on Monday morning and I was up exactly five pounds. Yeesh! So last night I decided I wasn’t going to go to WW this morning. I figured I would just try and lose weight by next week. But then I was thinking that even if I did that, it didn’t change the fact that I gained the weight. I wasn’t fooling anyone….not even myself.
So I changed my mind and made myself weigh in. And do you know what? I’m really glad that I did! I feel like it was a great way to start the year. Today was my first day back at work, I’m going grocery shopping on my way home, I weighed in, and now I’m back in my regular routine. I’m back to tracking and I AM going to lose weight. So there.
Speaking of routines, today at WW our leader asked us what we wanted to accomplish this week. I said that I wanted to cook at least four meals before next Wednesday. My leader gave me four bravo stickers with the anticipation that I will reach my goal. And do you know what? I’m totally going to do it. I already planned out two of the meals. I obviously will be posting pictures as that happens.
Oh, and as for the actual weigh in, I was up 4.2 pounds. Better than the 5, right? So my total is down to 51.4 pounds. I’m really happy I didn’t go over the 50 pounds mark. I hate that I haven’t lost any weight in the last year. It was last December that I hit the 50 pounds mark and while I’m super proud that I have kept it off, I really wish I had lost more this year.
So, we are moving forward. I have a lot to look forward to this year! Jeremiah and I are planning on vacationing in Greece in the fall so that will be wonderful. My little sister is getting married in October and she asked me to be the maid of honor! I want to look good in those pictures!
Happy New Year everyone! Let’s make 2013 AWESOME!
Ahhh!! I had another great weigh in! Let’s keep this up! I lost 1.8 pounds this week, bringing my total back to 55.6 total pounds lost.
My WW leader convinced me to share the celebration in the meeting even though I had already celebrated it back in April. I’m really glad she did. Because even though I had already lost it, I gained it back…and then lost it again. And it was hard work! Now, I just need to keep moving and get to celebrations that I haven’t done before! I really really REALLY want to hit 75 pounds soon. I feel like I have been working towards that goal for FAR too long.
Coming up this week? It should be an interesting one. The main thing is a date night with my husband on Saturday. Because he was gone so much this summer, his company gave him a bonus of sorts and is treating us to a date night out on the town. So Jeremiah has been planning for a couple months now and I have no clue what we are doing! I know he made dinner reservations and we have tickets to see some kind of show, but that’s all I know! I’m SUPER excited!
I was also supposed to have a jewelry party at my parents house on Friday and wedding dress shopping with my little sister on Sunday. I am not sure if those things are still going to happen because my Grandpa (my mom’s father) has been really sick. He has been in the hospital for over a week and last night we were told he took a turn for the worse. I’m not sure what will happen, but I’m really worried. I’m going to the hospital later today to see him. I’m really really scared.
I know I have posted pictures of taco salads before but they are just so darn pretty! I can’t get over the colors in this delicious meal. Plus, it’s really low in points but super filling.
Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, salsa, reduced fat sour cream, ground turkey with taco seasonings, reduced fat Mexican blend cheese, tortilla strips. 11PP. For real! It was spicy and fresh and so good!
Well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! I was only up .2 which I basically consider a maintain. And after all of the food I ate over a long weekend, I would call that a success. Did I want a loss? Of course I did. But it could have been much worse.
Coming up this week I have one Christmas party on Saturday. I’m going to do my best to save up my Weekly Points for the party. I am also going to track! All week AND the party. So there.
Waaaaaas not great.
We did a week two of C25K when we really should have started back on week one. To say I struggled would be an understatement. I made it though the first 1.5 minute run and about 50-60 seconds of each of the following 5 runs.
But I got up and moved which makes today a success in my book.
So we did the “run” and then walked to the closest Starbucks for a coffee. We ended up walking a total of 2.64 miles in about 47 minutes. I’m pretty happy with it even if it wasn’t an actual run.
I plugged in my ActiveLink (which I need to write a post about ASAP!) and was able to get 50% of my daily activity in with that 47 minutes of movement. Not bad!
Adventures with Spaghetti Squash!
Last night I bought a spaghetti squash for the very first time. I’ve been wanting to try them for a while now and just decided to bite the bullet.
First off….just cutting it was a feat! It took three different knives to get through it (see the picture on the top right!). But I finally got it split in half and the seeds taken out. I did not like this part at all…I had carving pumpkins and this was all too similar to pumpkin carving. Yuck.
I got it all seasoned and flipped upside down on the pan. Covered it in tin foil like the recipe suggested and baked it at 375. The recipe I was following said to bake it for 30-40 minutes. I pulled the squash out at 35 minutes and it was nowhere near being done. I ended up baking it for another 15 minutes but it probably needed 20.
While the squash was cooling I cut up some Italian chicken sausage and pan fried it with a little bit of olive oil. I didn’t have any meat with lunch and I was really feeling it so I had two links instead of the usual one. I love the Open Nature chicken sausages. If you haven’t tried them yet, you totally should.
The bottom left picture was mid scraping. I didn’t wait for it to cool enough which was a big mistake. I ended up burning my fingers! But my stomach was a’ rumblin.
To serve, I just sprayed the squash with a little bit more olive oil and sprinkled on a bit more salt and pepper. Then I topped it with the sausage! It was SO GOOD! I will definitely be making this again! It was filling but not super heavy but really full of flavor. I’m a big fan. Also, the meal was 10PP. If I had done just one chicken link it would have been a measly 6PP! Awesome!
So there you go….spaghetti squash. Love it!
Well, I’m up two pounds. I knew it was coming because I didn’t track at all this week. I just needed a break. I am taking this week off as well and enjoying my vacation. Then, when I get back on Monday, I’m starting over. I’m going to the grocery store on Tuesday and have already started my shopping list. I will start doing some Wii Fit workouts and will cook more meals at home. Jeremiah will be off that week so I’m hoping he can help.
Here’s the truth. I’m having a rough time. I miss my husband. I’m bored and slightly depressed. And I’m just exhausted. Exhausted from my cats. Exhausted from work. Exhausted from tracking and watching what I eat. Just exhausted. I so need this weekend away. I am going to sit on the beach and relax and recharge. I’m going to spend as much time with my husband as his work schedule allows. I’m going to get lots of sleep. And then I’m going to come home and KICK BUTT.
Easy Egg Salad Sandwich for One!
I usually cook for two but with my husband gone I’ve been trying to cook for just one. It’s tough people! I always end up with too much food. So the other day I had some leftover hard boiled eggs and decided to make a quick egg salad sandwich. It was incredibly easy and I had zero leftovers. The perfect combo!
I cut up two hard boiled eggs, mixed in about a tablespoon of light mayonnaise, a teaspoon of yellow mustard and sprinkled on some salt, pepper and paprika. Mix it all together annnnnnnd voila! Egg salad! I served it on two slices of Healthy Life white bread with a slice of 2% provolone cheese. (In all honesty, the next time I make this I definitely will not use the cheese. It was a waste of 1PP because I couldn’t even taste it. Completely unnecessary.)
So, the sandwich comes in at 7PP without the cheese and I served it with a side of sweet potato PopChips for a 10PP meal. Awesome, huh? Plus with all that protein from the eggs it kept me full for a long while.
So, my boss is on vacation for two weeks …. the first two weeks of the quarter. Plus one of my student workers had to withdraw from classes so I’m short one employee.
What does this mean for me? Long. Ass. Hours. I worked 11 hours on Monday, 9 hours on Tuesday, and will work another 11 hours today. It means that I haven’t had the energy for C25K which makes me really sad. And it also means I had to miss Weight Watchers this morning.
What am I going to do about this? I will go to the 7a meeting for WW tomorrow (soooo early) and will try to get some running in at some point or another. And I’m trying to get as much sleep as possible.
Wish me luck!
I’m so nervous! I tried something new this week and cut down on my WPs. I used my APs because I earned them but I did my best not to dip into my WPs. I also was able to work out 4 times since the last WI so I’m hoping that helped.
To be honest, I’ll be really bummed if I gain today. I could really use a loss.