Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weigh-in Day

Happy Saturday all! Well, the scale wasn't that kind to me today - a gain of 2 lbs...oops!

Could it be....

the Cherry Chardonnay Cheddar cheese spread from Door County I had on Tuesday

or maybe it was Big Grab bag of Doritos I had on Wednesday

perhaps it was the chips and salsa at my favorite Mexican restaurant on Thursday

well, you know it could be the Perch plate I had for lunch on Friday and the Ben & Jerry's ice cream I had Friday evening

Most likely it was a combination of all of the above! Now that I've got that out of my system...I'm back on track.

Until next time...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

10% Goal today

As I was lying in bed last night thinking of weighing in this morning, I pondered over the fact that I only have .2 lbs to go to hit my 10% goal weight. For you Weight Watcher members, you know this is a celebrated milestone in the journey and as a reward you receive a keychain. I considered the week that I had and knowing that I didn't track the last few days I was slightly concerned. The thought did occur to me that I could actually gain this week. But never fear, my friends! I lost 1 lb and hit my 10% goal! Oh yeah, I did the happy dance at the scale!

So here's what I've come to learn so far:
I need to ask for help. This used to be really hard, and I still struggle with it, but I'm learning that weight-loss (and life in general) isn't meant to be done by ourselves. God has provided me with a great support group of family and friends and an incredible Weight Watcher leader. He didn't do that just because, no it's His way of provision, we are made for community and to help each other.

I have to track. Another member at my meeting said recently, "If I bite it, I write it." For several weeks, I've noticed that I tend not to track on Fridays and sometimes even Thursdays. While a loss has shown up on the scale, I know my time is running short on using this particular technique 'er cheating method.

Just because I can have it, that doesn't mean I should, even if I have the PointsPlus values available to spend. Example - we go to Culver's for frozen custard. My daughter asks for 2 scoops with hot caramel. I tell her 1 scoop is enough. She doesn't think so. After a little bantering back and forth, I cave. I take a few bites and it is enough. That night I get home, check the PointsPlus values for the 2 scoops, its 21. REALLY? So thankful I only took a few bites, but it got me thinking...it's. just. not. necessary.

Planning is half the battle. Planning meals, snacks, and how I will handle my consumption at picnics, parties, or pot-lucks keeps me on the path to success.

Fresh is better. Since the death of a close family friend, I made the decision, that when possible, I would prepare homemade meals and eat mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. Since then, I haven't eaten frozen meals and try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible.

My goal for this week is to get back to tracking everything, even the night before weigh-in! Until next time my friends....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weigh-in Day...making headway towards my goal!

Well, yesterday was weigh-in day, down 2.4 lbs. That means I am 7 lbs away from my 40 lbs by 40 goal, and I have 10 weeks left. An obtainable goal yes, but not the time to slack off. And there's been no slacking yesterday and so far today....that's for sure.

You see, visiting my parents requires a little lot of movement as they both love to walk. Don't get me wrong, I love the extra motivation (and the extra PointsPlus values don't hurt either)! Yesterday afternoon we went to the lake. The water was pretty cold, so no swimming for this girl, but I did take the opportunity to get in a different kind of walk...in the water. It was invigorating, a change of pace and boy did my legs feel it this morning. Then this morning we walked to the grocery store and back, now I won't feel guilty when we have some guacamole later today!

Well, I think that's enough time on the computer for now...I'm sitting on the deck and want to enjoy my smoothie, the beautiful weather and the dear company of my parents.

By for now all...
Vanessa

Monday, August 22, 2011

Meatless Monday

Well I did it! I actually tried tofu. I had a hard time getting past the "eewww tofu" stigma in my brain, but once I did, I have to say it wasn't all bad. The Roasted Tomato Enchiladas were HOT - spicy hot, so for those of you brave enough to try them, here's the recipe...

Roasted Tomato Enchiladas

15 oz firm Tofu
15 oz Black Beans, canned, drained, rinsed and drained again
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
4 large burrito-size Tortillas, whole-wheat
1 small Onion, chopped
29 oz canned Tomatoes with chiles, diced
2 Tbsp fresh Cilantro, minced

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Drain tofu and dice into 1/2-inch cubes; add to skillet and brown over medium heat until firm and dry, about 3 minutes.
Spoon tofu into mixing bowl and add beans, cumin, salt and pepper; mix well. Divide tofu mixture among 4 tortillas, arranging mixture down the center of each tortilla; fold sides into the center.
Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Gently place filled tortillas, seam-side down, in pan. Set aside.
Coat skillet with additional cooking spray. Add onion and sauté over medium heat, 2 to 3 minutes. Add undrained tomatoes and cook over high heat until tomato mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon tomato mixture over tortillas.
Bake until thoroughly heated, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Serving Size = 1 enchilada
PointsPlus value = 7

Now I have to say a few things about this recipe. What I liked loved about making this recipe was when I cooked the tomatoes over high heat. I watch several Latin cooks who use this technique to make their sauce and actually trying it myself was really fun and different. What I disliked hated about this recipe was that I had to give up 7 points for something that didn't even have meat. For those of you who know me well, you know that I...
1. LOVE meat
2. LOVE vegetables
3. Regularly eat meatless meals without some sort of protein
4. Usually, #3 is done with the intention of using LESS points because I have something special going on later in the day or week

So all in all, this recipe was tasty, just not something I will most likely make again.

By the way....my Monday wasn't totally meatless...for dinner we had meatloaf!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Meatless challenge

So this week's meeting was all about going meatless for some meals and the benefits of doing so. My awesome WW leader challenged us to try tofu and anyone who does will get a prize at next week's meeting. So of course, I can't resist a challenge like that! As I type, I have the tofu drying on the counter for the Roasted Tomato Enchiladas I'm making for dinner.

In the meantime, here's what I had for lunch today!

Brown Rice Salad with Black Beans and Corn

1 c Brown Rice, instant
1 can (15 oz) Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 c frozen Corn, thawed
1/4 c Scallion, chopped
2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
2 tsp Jalapeno, minced
1 Tbsp fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp fresh Lime Zest
1 medium Lime, quartered, for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to package directions. While rice is still warm, stir in all other ingredients except the lime wedges. Garnish with lime wedge.

Serving Size = 1 heaping cup
PointsPlus value = 5

Oh yeah, this is a good one...if you are a fan of Mexican cuisine, you will enjoy this salad.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weigh-in Day and Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Happy Saturday everyone!

This scale was friendly to me this week (despite my overindulgence)...I lost 0.6 lbs. Well on my way to my goal!

School is right around the corner (and may have even started for some of your kiddos). Middle school starts at 7:45 am, so having breakfasts that are quick and healthy readily available will be a necessity this year. I made a double batch of these yummy pancakes and plan on freezing some to have on hand as needed.

Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

1 1/4 c Flour
2 Tbsp Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 c Buttermilk
1/2 c Applesauce, unsweetened, Cinnamon flavor
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 large Egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c Apples, diced, Braeburn variety

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next five ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine buttermilk and next four ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir until smooth. Stir in apple.

Spoon about 1⁄4 cup batter onto a hot nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.

Serving Size = 1 pancake
PointsPlus value = 3

What do you make for breakfast for your kiddos ahead of time? I'd love to hear your ideas!
Until next time...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waking up hungry

Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up hungry? Not just a little hungry, but like totally and completely famished? Like you haven't eaten for days, weeks even?

This is how I woke up today...at 5:15 am.

So tired I could hardly move, I forced myself out of bed and made my way to the couch in the dark. Not awake enough to make any type of breakfast, I grabbed my Jesus Calling book and my Bible and started reading. Forty-five minutes later, I'm beginning to wonder if the empty pit I felt in the bottom of my stomach was actually physical or spiritual hunger.

This got me thinking, how often do I misread my body's signals? Living in a culture of super-size everything, it's no wonder our minds and bodies are conditioned to consume more. Don't get me wrong, I don't blame our culture or society for my out-of-shape, overweight body, on the contrary I take full responsibility for what goes in my mouth. But it sure doesn't make it any easier.

Lord, help me to accurately read my body's signals today!

Well, my stomach is growling now, so perhaps it's time to go make some breakfast.
Have a great Wednesday all!