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A loss is a loss! I’m down 0.8 pounds this week for a total of 57.6 pounds lost. Considering I haven’t been tracking very well, I’m really happy with the scale result.
Last week, and again this week, we talked about our plans for Thanksgiving. A lot of people get really worried/stressed about the holiday meals. But honestly, it doesn’t freak me out too much.
One, I don’t really track. I enjoy the day and meal but refuse to get so stuffed that I’m in pain. Two, I try to only use one plate at dinner. If I realllllly want seconds I will get a small portion of only what I really want. Three, I take a picture of my plate. That way I know exactly what I ate and can track later if I decide to. And fourth, I enjoy the day! I love being around my family and friends and I thoroughly enjoy visiting and spending time with them.
Lastly, it is just one day. I don’t bring home leftovers and start back at WW again the next day. One day will not ruin me….so I will enjoy it and move on.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Well, I’m alive.
But let’s go back to the beginning.
So, almost three weeks ago (Saturday the 2nd) I was super excited that my husband was home from two weeks in Hawaii. The cleaning lady came, I had chili on the stove and we had friends coming for dinner. The dinner was delish and right after we finished I started feeling crappy. Shivering like crazy. Turns out I had a fever.
Well that stupid fever hung around for far too long. Occasionally it got pretty high (102.8) but most of the time it just hung around between 99.5-100.8….just enough to be annoying. And no other symptoms! Other than the stupid fever, I felt totally fine. It was off and on for a week when I went to the doctor the first time. She told me to come back after I had had it for 10 days. So, the next Wednesday I went in and they decided to do a full blood workup, chest x ray and some other tests.
To make a terribly long story very short….they tested for a whole slew of things…some scary, some not so scary. Things that were mentioned included: pneumonia, UTI, HIV, Hep A, B and C, mono, toxoplasmosis, etc. And me, with the super overactive imagination, mentally went a bit bonkers. Jeremiah did a great job of talking me off the ledge while waiting for the test results. The doctors were really strongly leaning towards mono because of my liver enzymes were so elevated, but when we ran more tests, they came back negative. Basically, they decided that I have a virus in my liver and I just had to wait for it to go away.
So, here I am, on Day 19, and finally feeling almost back to normal. I haven’t had a fever since yesterday morning (knock on wood) and I’m slowly getting my energy back. My eating has been terrible. I was not tracking points and was not eating well. I couldn’t grocery shop, let along cook, so we really relied on delivery. I was also getting barely any activity in. I still went to work for the most part (because I wasn’t contagious) but I was not moving much once I got there.
I did weigh in the first week and was up 2.2 pounds. I didn’t go to Weight Watchers the second week because I had a doctors appointment at the same time. But I weighed myself and home and I was up even higher (probably another 2 pounds).
Well, today I got myself back to the meetings and I was pleasantly surprised to see a 2.4 pound loss on the scale! I really was expecting it to be higher since I have been eating so poorly. I was really happy to have lost the weight I had (officially) gained the first week and (unofficially) gained the second week! My current total is 56.8 pounds lost!
So, what is coming up? I have a follow up doctors appointment with more blood work on Thursday to check on my liver enzymes….fingers crossed they are bette! Also, I’m getting back to tracking. I need to go grocery shopping and start cooking again. My goal is to meal plan next week since I’m eating at school a lot this week.
Also, how adorable is the get well soon card I received from my niece?! It totally made my day!
Blackened Cajun Tilapia with a Spinach Salad
Last nights dinner was an adventure for me! I cooked fish! Like, from scratch! I have baked pre packaged fish before, but nothing more difficult than opening a package and plopping it on a baking sheet.
I am new to liking fish. I used to hate it because all I ever had was salmon. Turns out I don’t hate fish, I just hate salmon! A revolution! Working at a culinary school has really helped introduce me to the large variety of fish that I actually DO like. Some of my faves include tilapia, whitefish, and cod.
A while ago I bought some frozen tilapia from Trader Joe’s at my friends suggestion. It has been hanging out in my freezer for a couple months since Jeremiah still doesn’t like fish (I’m working on him!). But with him away on a work trip I took the opportunity to try my hand at cooking it.
I decided to try making blackened tilapia and did some googling for recipes. Basically I found out you just cover the fillet in seasonings and pan fry it. Easy enough.
I made sure to defrost my fillets in the fridge all day and came home to mostly defrosted fish. I finished it off in the microwave for a few minutes. Then I patted the fish dry with a paper towel and liberally sprinkled both sides with no sodium Cajun seasoning.
While I was working on that, I also had a medium skillet warming up to medium-high with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. When it was nice and hot I added the fillets. The recipes I had found said to cook it for three minutes per side but mine ended up needing about 5-6 minutes.
While the fish was cooking I put together a yummy salad. Baby spinach, heirloom cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper is by far my favorite salad combo. If you haven’t tried it, you really should. It’s so simple but the flavors are pretty fantastic. The lemon juice is amazing and the oil gets you a serving of healthy oils!
The only issue I had was not cooking the fish in a nonstick skillet. I made the mistake of using a different pan and the fish really stuck to the bottom. It still tasted great but the presentation was not up to par. Womp womp!
PointsPlus wise, this meal was amazing. The whole meal came in at 11 PointsPlus and was super filling. Three servings of vegetables, great lean protein, serving of oil and a half serving of dairy. Fantastic!
Guys, I’m kicking some butt lately! Today’s weigh in showed another 1.8 pounds lost! Hooray!! That brings my total to 58.8 pounds lost!
So far I have been sticking to my meal planning really well. (I will be posting last night’s dinner later today.) Tomorrow is a crock pot meal with friends that I’m really looking forward to trying!
This weekend I will be attending a baby shower and having some friends over for dinner. Not terribly busy but enough to keep me moving!
I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Do you do WIW? If so, how did you do?
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
OK, I have to admit to you all that I didn’t get up and run this morning. I know, I know….I suck! I just couldn’t pull myself from my warm bed! And when I did drag myself from the coziness, I made myself this tasty fall concoction.
I had some extra pumpkin in my fridge and while I was brainstorming ways to use it I remembered this delicious breakfast I made a couple times last year. So I searched through my site and found the original posts and links to the recipe.
Side note: did you all know you could do that? I tag all of my posts with keywords and the ingredients! So all you have to do is type ‘pumpkin’ into the search box on the right side of the page and all of my posts where I have used pumpkin will show up! It’s a whole lot quicker than browsing through the breakfast or food pages! Ok, back to the topic at hand!
Annnnnyway, I found this post and decided I had to make it immediately. The oatmeal bakes in the oven for 20 minutes and literally takes like 3 minutes to throw together. It is not only cody and delicious, but also really satisfying. The oatmeal kept me full all the way until lunch!
- Preheat the oven to 380 degrees and grease a small oven safe bowl or ramekin.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 packet of Splenda
- 1/8 teaspoon saltPour the ingredients into the prepped bowl and bake for 20 minutes, until firm.
I did not broil it like the original recipe suggests because I was hungry and it smelled delicious, but I’m sure that would be an awesome touch! I also used Splenda to sweeten it so that I could keep the PointsPlus low, but you could substitute your favorite sweetener.
Speaking of PointsPlus, let’s chat about that. Mine came to 4 PointsPlus which I was really happy with. In the past I had added some mini chocolate chips which were a nice addition but raised the PointsPlus more than I really wanted. And like I said, this kept me full for quite some time. I knew that I was going to have a latte later in the morning, so it was nice that this breakfast was filling but low in Points.
What is your favorite way to use pumpkin in the fall? I still have some left over and need more ideas!
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Yes! Now THIS is the kind of weigh in that I needed! Hooooooray!!!!
Ok…..now that that is out of my system, let’s chat numbers.
Today’s (epic) weigh in showed a loss of FOUR POINT FOUR POUNDS! Boom. That brings my total back to 57 pounds lost! Last weeks crazy gain (+3.8) had me suspicious of water weight leftover from my sister’s wedding, but I can never be 100% sure. I have been really on point with tracking this week so I’m sure that helped the situation. Either way, I’m happy.
Coming up this week….tomorrow is my first scheduled run! It has gotten mighty cold here in Chicago, especially in the mornings, so I’m thinking I may try a treadmill run. I haven’t ever run on the treadmill but we have one in the basement of our condo so I might as well give it a try. I really wanted to focus on running on the pavement because I heard it was so much harder than the treadmill. But at this point, I just need to get moving.
Also coming up this week is an overnight with friends out of town. It will be great to get out of the city and spend some quality time with my girlfriends. Can’t wait!
In not so great news (for me at least), Jeremiah leaves for Hawaii on Monday! Stinker! He’s going for work, so he actually won’t have tooooo much fun….but still! I am completely out of PTO so I won’t be able to join him. I’m really excited for him though as this is his 50th state! How cool is that?!?! I’m pretty far behind him in that race with only about 37 states.
Anyway, him being gone for 12 days means that I’ll be on my own for most meals. Historically, I don’t do very well with this. But I’m going to be taking advantage of my school’s dining room which should help a bit. I also plan to do a grocery shopping trip and plan out the meals that I’m going to eat ahead of time. I’m going to put my new WW Simply Solo cookbook to use as well!
Ok, I think that is enough rambling from me for now. Hope you all are having a fantastic week! And if you also do WIW, I hope it went well!
Hi all you lovelies! I’ve missed you all!
Greece was fantastic. We explored a ton of beaches and did lots of relaxing and enjoying the sun. And we ate. Oh boy, did we eat! Unfortunately, I had a cold the whole vacation (stupid airplane germs!) but I was still able to enjoy the entire vacation.
We arrived back in Chicago on Sunday and I have spent the last couple of days fighting jet lag and getting back into eating healthy. I did go grocery shopping right away on Monday, but unfortunately I didn’t plan well/was in a jet lag stupor and didn’t shop very well. I came home with eggs, cheese, spinach, butternut squash, frozen waffles, almond milk and bananas. Well, my breakfasts are solid, but that doesn’t make for many options for dinner! We ordered in one night and breakfast for dinner another night.
When I got home on Sunday I weighed myself. I knew that I was retaining water and super dehydrated from the flight but I definitely wasn’t expecting to see the 9 pound gain that showed up on the scale! I’ve been keeping an eye on the scale all week and knew that the pounds were coming off.
Today was my first meeting and weigh in after vacation at Weight Watchers and the scale showed a 4.4 pound gain since the Wednesday before vacation. That is much better than 9 pounds. I went into vacation knowing that I wasn’t going to track and that I was going to enjoy the Greek food and was not worrying about the scale. I knew that if I gained, I could lose it again and I have absolutely NO regrets of indulging in lots of bread and cheese and ice cream.
And now I’m diving back into Weight Watchers! I have kind of neglected this wonderful blog with all of the chaos that had been going on in my work life, but things have calmed down there so I will definitely have more energy for cooking, working out, and blogging in my free time. I really want to get back to basics with WW and focus on meeting the Good Healthy Guidelines. I need to start working out again (and now that its cooler here in Chicago, I’m more likely to run outside!) and start dropping some pounds!
I hope you all are having a great week!
So, I forgot to post weigh in info from last week so let’s do that. I gained 0.8 pounds last week which put me at -61 pounds.
This week I lost 1 pound for a total of 62 pounds lost! I was very very happy with this weigh in because I wasn’t expecting it at all! I’m still four pounds short of my summer goal (see initial post here and more recent follow up post here) but I’m still very happy with my progress.
Which leads me to what is coming up! Today marked the last weigh in before vacation! We leave on Saturday for two glorious weeks in Greece! I can’t even tell you how excited I am! I literally am all packed and ready to walk out the door. The wait is killing me!
So as of today I’m giving myself a little bit of leeway with tracking and counting points. I won’t be staying on plan while I’m in Greece which honestly, I’m really looking forward to. My habits and cravings have changed dramatically and I know that I won’t go overboard. The plan is to enjoy myself without going crazy. We also have lots of plans for exploring the island and of course swimming in the ocean so I definitely won’t be sitting around!
With that said, I won’t be around very much for the coming two weeks. I’m sure I’ll check in with some photos of delicious food and amazing beaches. :-) And when I get back on the 22nd it’s back to the WW grind of counting points, cooking yummy foods and working out!
Have a fantastic couple of weeks and talk to you all soon!
I’ll take it! The scale had me down 0.6 pounds today. That is totally fine in my book. That brings my total to 61.8 pounds lost.
So, while we are talking numbers, lets chat for a minute about the deal I had with my dad. Back in the spring, my dad offered me a motivational incentive to help me jump start my weight loss. (See the full post about it HERE) I had been following the program but not seeing results and needed a kick in the butt.
He gave the motivation to me in the form of a large amount of money that would be used towards our trip to Greece this fall if I could lose 15 pounds before I left. Basically I had to reach 66 pounds lost by the first week of September in order to keep my end of the bargain.
Well, as you can see from my current weigh in, I’m 4.2 pounds short of that goal with only two more weeks to go. It’s kind of a long shot that I’m going to reach that at the pace that I’m going.
A few weeks ago, when I first found out about the PSOC, I had another chat with my dad. I brought my checkbook and was prepared to return the money. We had already bought our plane tickets, but were able to return the money and still go on the vacation, paying for it entirely ourselves. At the time of our conversation I was still 8 pounds away from the goal and feeling pretty defeated. I told him that I wanted to return the money because there was no way I was going to reach the goal that he had set for me.
And my dad, being the wonderful person that he is, told me he absolutely would not accept the money. He asked me how much weight I had lost in total and pointed out that 58 pounds is a huge amount for anyone to lose and keep off for over two years. He told me how proud he was of me and how he almost set the goal at 10 pounds which I would have been able to achieve I tried very hard to give the money back and he simply wouldn’t accept it.
So, after many tears, on my part, I gave in and accepted the gift and told him that I would try my hardest to still reach the goal. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can lose a couple more pounds before I go, but it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t happen.
17 more days and Jeremiah, Chris and Laurie and I will be taking off for a fabulous vacation to my absolute favorite place in the world. And it is all because of my fantastic parents, who taught me that traveling feeds the heart and soul.
Well, I maintained. I’m just so glad I didn’t gain. I will admit that my tracking this week has not been totally on point. I have guestimated quite a bit and I need to focus on doing better this week. It is what it is.
I bought my first ever WW cookbook today! They were on sale so at least it was cheap. (Side note: I feel really terrible about buying cook books since I’m literally surrounded by thousands of them all day at my job! This is the first cookbook I have bought in the 3.5 years I have worked at my current job!)
Anyway, I bought the ‘Simply Solo’ book that contains tons of single serving recipes! I figured since Jeremiah is going to be gone so much the coming months I need to get more creative with my dinners. I can’t keep eating breakfast for dinner every night! Although that is my favorite meal…but still! So, I’m really going to try and get creative with cooking single servings. I’ll be sure to let you all know how it goes. :-)
Another fantastic weigh in!! Guys! I can’t tell you how happy I am to see some results showing up on the scale again! It seriously makes my day!
This week I lost 1.8 pounds! My total amount of weight lost is 64.8! Holy moly!
Although I’m incredibly happy, the OCD part of me wished I had lost 0.2 more to make it an even number and get me to 65 pounds. But that is just my crazy and I’m learning to deal with it. :-)
I’m also really happy with any sort of loss after last week’s epic huge loss! I don’t know if I’m still losing water weight or if this is actual weight. I suppose I will have to wait and see in future weeks. For right now I’m happy with any sort of loss.
The meds I’m on (Spironolactone) are still going pretty well. I’ve gotten used to having to drink lots of water so I haven’t had much dizziness. I did have an issue last night when I had a small meal and took the dose and it made me SUPER nauseated. Lesson learned…..much be taken with a full meal!
Easy Tomato Side Salad
Last night I had this amazing main course and decided to add even more veggies to an already veggieful meal. While I was in Louisville this weekend I had an amazingly simple tomato salad at The Silver Dollar. It was so flavorful and delicious but not full of complex components.
I’ve made tomato salads similar to this before but never thought to add the garlic! The Silver Dollar had some sort of delicious roasted garlic that was basically heaven in my mouth. Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out how do that so I just added some raw crushed garlic….because I REALLY love garlic!
- 1 tomato, chopped and mostly seeded
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- chopped basil
Mix it all together and voila! You could easily double or quadruple this. And I think the next time I will slice up a stick of Trader Joe’s fresh mozzarella for a caprese feel.
For 1 PointsPlus, this was a perfect summer side dish that was really simple to put together.
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Pasta - Two Ways
Yesterday I was really craving pasta for dinner. I really wanted a giant bowl of pasta with a hearty sauce. But I didn’t have the PointsPlus available for that much food. So I decided to finally whip out the julienne peeler I have had for a few months and been meaning to use!
Basically the photo above consists of zucchini, yellow squash, pasta, sauce, meatballs and basil. And it was seriously AMAZING.
Before I get to all the info about how I made it, let’s chat for a second about why this dish was perfect for me. First of all, I still got pasta! The meal had that cozy feeling of a huge bowl of pasta, but without all the guilt. I didn’t even miss the rest of the pasta. The zucchini noodles were awesome! And the combo of the two was perfection. I will 100% be doing this in the future. Plus, I got in a few servings of veggies!
And the meatballs I found at my local grocery store while I was looking for chicken sausage. Turns out, they are awesome! The brand I found is Aidells and I picked the Italian style with mozzarella cheese and were 4 PointsPlus for three meatballs. Not bad!
I started off getting the water boiling for the pasta. While that was going I washed and peeled the zucchini and squash. I then sliced it with the julienne peeler to get long threads that look like spaghetti.
After the water started boiling I added the pasta. I knew I wanted a cup and Jeremiah wanted two cups (he didn’t want the veggie noodles).
I then warmed up a skillet to medium low heat with some olive oil and browned about a teaspoon of minced garlic. Once the garlic was slightly browned I added the zucchini noodles, some salt and pepper, mixed it all together and covered it.
I popped the meatballs onto a plate and microwaved them for the proper amount of time (about 3 minutes). I also put the pasta sauce in a small sauce pot to warm it up. And I chopped up the basil. About that time the pasta was fully cooked and I was able to drain it.
For plating I put the now warm and slightly less crunchy zucchini noodles on the plate, topped with one cup of pasta, 1/3 cup pasta sauce, three meatballs and some basil.
Seriously, this was such an amazing meal. Super flavorful but not ridiculously high in PointsPlus. The whole dish came to 13 PointsPlus!
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Ok, I want to preface this post with a bit of info about how I’ve been doing during the past week. I’m sorry for the quiet!
Basically the past week has consisted of me working my way up to the full dosage of the meds I was prescribed for PCOS. My doctor put me on 200mg of Spironolactone. I started at 50mg and worked up to 200mg after 4 days. Sprio is a diuretic which is both good and bad. The good is that I’ve lost some awesome water weight. The bad is that I have to drink water like its my job and I pee at least once an hour. The first couple days I didn’t realize HOW much water I needed and I ended up getting dehydrated and therefore very dizzy. But I finally got it through my skull that I needed to be drinking more water and the dizziness has stopped! Also, my skin looks amazing from all the water!
But the biggest benefit definitely showed up on the scale today. I’ve been watching it all week so I knew what was coming, but it was so awesome to make it official at Weight Watchers. Again, I know this is mostly, if not all water weight……
BUT I LOST FIVE POUNDS!!
Seriously! I’m not even kidding! Exactly five whole pounds! This brings my total to 63 pounds lost! Hey-ooooo!! I can’t even tell you how much I needed this, even if it is water weight! I have felt better this week than I have in a long looong time. Only three pounds to go to hit my 15 pound summer goal!
At the WW meeting today I got to celebrate getting to 60 pounds (again) which felt really great. I haven’t had a scale celebration in a while. The only downside is that I lost a Daily PointsPlus! Wah wahhhh. I’m at 40 PointsPlus per day now.
Sooo, to sum it all up…I’m feeling good about the meds. I was worried that I would have bad symptoms like nausea and lots of dizziness and would have to go off it. But so far, I’m liking them. It is taking some adjustment to remember to take them during breakfast and dinner (they have be taken with food), but I’m sure the habit will stick soon.
Coming up this week? Tonight I’m going to White Sox game with LOADS of other Greeks! It’s Greek Night so there will tailgating (including a roast lamb on a spit!) and hopefully some Greek dancing!
This weekend I’m heading to Louisville with my best gals! One of my friends is from there and we are all heading south to check out her home town. Should be a nice getaway!
I had a really good weigh in today! I genuinely was not expecting it because I honestly have not been a great Weight Watcher this week. With all the hoopla of visiting the doctor, bloodwork, getting the results, being in full swing of the first weeks of the school quarter, etc. I haven’t been tracking 100% and I haven’t worked out in far too long. But I have been paying attention to the food I eat and how much of it.
So I when I saw a 1.6 pound loss on the scale, I almost jumped! That is fantastic! It brings my total pounds lost back to 58! Fingers crossed I can keep it up!
Now, on to the not as fun portion of the program. I got a call from my doctor on Monday afternoon with the rest of my bloodwork. While almost everything is completely normal, my testosterone levels are “mildly elevated.”
With all of the information she has gathered, she was able to clinically diagnose me with PCOS. I had a really great chat with her about what this means and what we can do moving forward. We are going to try a medicine, spironolactone, to help with some of the symptoms. Unfortunately it can take 6 months before it is fully effective. We are going to try it for a couple months and go from there. I’m also going back in a month to check the heart murmur and my blood pressure so we will check my potassium levels then as well (a possible side effect of the medicine is high levels of potassium.)
She said she had been doing quite a lot of research over the past week about my case. She said she had found lots of people who had difficulty losing weight, but nothing about people who had lost weight (I lost about 50 pounds) but then stopped losing weight. She said she can’t imagine how frustrating this has been for me….and its true…it’s been VERY frustrating. Today’s weigh in definitely helped motivate me that it can be done….it may just be a bit harder than I had hoped for!
But I’m not giving up. I can’t and I won’t.