Weekly Weigh In – Week One

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Week one is officially done!

Today was my first weigh in day at Weight Watchers. Do how did I do?

I lost 8.8 pounds!!

Now, I know this isn’t the normal. I totally ate differently this week than I have in a long time. I am following the Simple Start program right now so there is not a lot of counting points, but I think I did pretty well in counting the ones I needed to.

I am sure there will be set backs and weeks where I don’t lose or weeks where I will gain. I also know that in the beginning when you start eating healthier, you do lose weight. I’m not expecting this kind of results every week.

It’s just really nice to see that working hard all week and really trying paid off.

What did I eat all week?

Breakfast: This depended if I was at work or not. On the weekend I had hot oat bran with PB2 in it and a banana. If I was at work it varied from fat free greek yogurt with fruit, an attempt at an egg quesadilla, fat free cottage cheese, to a chicken breast on a flat one sandwich thin.

Lunch: I tried to have something different for lunch every day. Mostly chicken breasts with some type of vegetables. Although I did have a super yummy taco salad one day that have to make sure is in my regular lunch rotation.

Dinner: Again, mostly chicken, veggies, and brown rice. Last night I made sloppy joes and didn’t eat a bun and made a salad with the meat. Again…delicious!

I did not take my soup to work this week. Maybe I will next week although my lunch and break schedule next week is stupid so I’ll need to eat at my desk and not have time or really be able to warm anything up. I think I’ll have a lot of salads and sandwiches next week.

Being on this program this time around has been a lot of planning. I plan out what I am going to have for breakfast and lunch as well as bring a snack or two. If I eat the snacks I know they are good for me and if not, that is fine too.

This week I had issues with getting the grains in at breakfast. I think I either need to make my own breakfast sandwiches or bring in hot cereal in the morning. I don’t really care for oatmeal though. I may try Cream of Wheat since I don’t mind the oat bran all that much. It doesn’t really taste like anything but maybe if I get the chocolate flavored PB2. I really just want to try it before buying it (ha, just one clicked it on amazon – DAMN YOU ONE CLICK!!!) Anyway, looks like I’ll be trying that after Saturday. I’ll report on it next week.

What else…oh, I wrote down everything I ate. Like I said, I’m Simple Starting so I didn’t count points unless I needed to. Simple Start is a lot like the old Core program where some foods are considered ‘power foods’ and have zero points. They are the same type of foods and I did well on the core program. So I was happy to follow this plan. Well, not happy…I miss cake. And OMG… LAST NIGHT, the night before weigh in, my husband went to get Coldstone or Baskin Robbins…some kind of ice cream and he asked me if I want anything. Usually, my Coldstone order is a sweet cream with almonds, caramel, and extra Heath. But last night? I declined. I didn’t even see if they have a lower fat option.

I simply worked too hard all week for one ‘snack’ that would taste delicious. 

I can’t say I’ll have that kind of willpower again, but last night I said “no” to ice cream. That is something. Even my dinner tonight, on weigh in day, was still following program. I had a 6 oz steak, broccoli, brown rice, and a salad with lite dressing. Only thing that really needed to be counted was maybe the dressing and the Parmesan cheese on the salad. (it was a side Caesar without croutons and I tossed the Caesar dressing)  When I was in WW before, I’d use dinner on weigh in night as a ‘cheat’ meal and have what I wanted. Anything, pretty much, that I wanted. I don’t even want to do that right now.

Only other thing I want to add is that I wasn’t starving all week and seriously? I feel great. I didn’t have any sugar spike moments, which is something I was worried about and had been dealing with before I started WW again.

Anyone have any tips or recipes they’d like to share? Or if you need/want a weight loss buddy…. leave me a comment!!

Till next time…

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Zero Point Weight Watchers Soup

Zero Point WW Cabbage Soup

Yesterday I wrote about wanting to make this zero point WW soup that is posted on Food.com.

So today, after I cleaned up the kitchen I got to chopping veggies for the soup.

I have never…in life…made soup. I’ve made chili once but never soup.

I tweaked the original recipe. Here’s what I used:

1 32oz beef broth (recipe calls for 3 cups broth)
1 32oz beef broth – 50% less sodium
4 garlic cloves, minced (recipe calls for 2)
1 small can Italian seasoned tomato paste (recipe calls for 1 tablespoon tomato paste)
1/2 yellow sweet onion (recipe didn’t say sweet but I don’t like onions)
6 smallish carrots, chopped (recipe calls for 1/2 cup)
1 bag frozen whole steamer green beans, chopped (recipe calls for 1/2 cup)
1/2 head cabbage, chopped (recipe calls for 2 cups)
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
1 teaspoon basil (recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 package frozen spinach

I followed the recipe directions and used salt and pepper to taste while I cooked the carrots, onion, and garlic. It took me an hour to chop everything and get it going in a big pot to cook.

I omitted the zucchini because I don’t like it and I didn’t add any more onion because I don’t like onions.

It. Is. Delicious!

I’m going to freeze some in containers to take to work and keep a container in the fridge.

What would I do differently next time? (because there definitely WILL be a next time!!)

I would add less spinach and use fresh herbs. I may also add broccoli. I think I may also put some hot sauce in a couple of the containers I freeze for work. And actually, it doesn’t seem to have THAT much cabbage in it…I almost added the whole head of cabbage. Maybe next time I’ll switch it up and add red cabbage.

It would be good with some brown rice and ground turkey thrown in. That would be a whole meal. I have a feeling that will appear in my lunch one day next week.

I’m glad it was a success. Not all my cooking ventures are.

Have you tried this soup? What tweaks did you make to the original recipe? Or, do you have any WW tips to share? Leave a comment!

Till next time…

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Adventures in Weight Watchers

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Day one of my adventure in Weight Watchers is almost over … and only 5000 more to go. lol

I weighed in and attended my first meeting last night and it was better than I guess I expected. I promptly realized that I should have went grocery shopping AFTER the meeting instead of before because I am going to follow the Simple Start program and my usual Special K breakfast sandwich and Chobani FF yogurt is more points than I thought!! There may be days where I need to go to my old stand bys so it’s ok. I could actually make my own breakfast sandwiches later on.

We actually went back to the store tonight and I picked up some things that were recommended at the meeting. I am going to give them a try and see… maybe I’ll be able to add more variety to my meals and won’t get bored.

I said something to the WW leader about how being on WW makes me always have to be thinking about food. She agreed and said that she was already always thinking about it. And ya know, this is totally true for me. I cannot even count the number of times that my husband and I have gotten into some kind of ridiculous argument over dinner and where dinner is coming from or who is picking it up. If I could avoid those stupid arguments by doing a little planning and change my thinking that would be better in the long run.

So it seems the Simple Start program is a lot like the old Core program. I liked the Core program although I got sick of eating the same things. I couscoused myself to death last time!! I will try to be more adventurous this time! My tastes have definitely changed.

I am going to attempt to make cabbage soup this weekend. My husband is away at a tattoo convention in Columbus, OH so I am like one of those hunter widows whose husbands go off to hunt and leave them alone. I am a tattoo convention widow. Lol I don’t mind though!

I can make stinky cabbage soup to my heart’s content. 

I’m using this recipe for the cabbage soup but tweaking it a bit. I’m adding cauliflower and maybe some broccoli. I am hoping it comes out good. I may take some photos and post them!

I also made this dip using store brand plain Greek yogurt and Hidden Valley Dill dip mix. OMG it’s delicious!!! I was dipping carrots and celery in it. Tomorrow though, I am putting it on a sandwich with a chicken breast and cucumbers and probably lettuce or maybe some of that shredded salad stuff that comes in a bag… I think it’s broccoli, carrots and cabbage maybe?

See… thinking about food. Planning meals. It’s going to be a lot of thinking about food.

I promise that I will not write every blog entry about WW and food but there (hopefully) will be at least one a week. Not sure what I’ll focus on – maybe recipes I tried and how my weigh in went.

Till next time…

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Bell Ringing Reminder

Since I have been home recovering from my fractured ribs, I have caught up on some shows that I wouldn’t normally be watching – but have watched in the past.

The Little Couple is one of these shows.

This week’s new episode was Jen Arnold’s last chemo treatment and during the episode she rang a bell to symbolize the end of treatment and celebrate being cancer-free.

I was reminded of my own bell ringing event at the end of my radiation treatment in 2012 after my own cancer diagnosis.

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The photo is blurry and not the best, but it’s the better of the two that were taken that day.

I also found this little poem online:

Ringing Out

Ring this bell
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say,

My treatment’s done
This course is run
And I am on my way!

- Irve Le Moyne

I got a little misty while watching Jen ring that bell in celebration of her last chemo treatment. I remember that I couldn’t wait to be done with radiation and be able to ring that bell!! Such a simple little thing, ringing a bell. But omg it symbolizes the end of treatment.

Personally, I didn’t have it as bad as some. I can’t say it was a breeze because I had a lot of side effects from the radiation that were not fun and sitting still for the 15 treatments was difficult, but I know there are many people who have gone through worse.

I was not expecting an emotional reminder of my own cancer experience tonight, however, it prompted me to search for the photos and post a little something.

Dedicated to those dealing with cancer and to the survivors.

Till next time…

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Commissioned Digital Art

I am so excited!! I commissioned an artist I found, quite by accident, on Instagram to create a digital portrait of two of our animals.

I definitely wanted Topaz and had her choose one of the cats. She chose Snorty!!

Here’s how they came out:

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The photo used of Topaz was taken hours after he had a seizure and I took the one of Snorty today.

I love them both!! We will definitely be commissioning her to do the rest of the zoo. Gotta get them done in shifts though. I’d LOVE to get them printed and frame them for the living room. That would be sweet!

The artist’s Instagram pages are: @drawn_to_your_dog_kianaleilani and @drawn_to_your_cat_kianaleilani.

We commissioned her on her website: http://kianaleilani.weebly.com/ and we paid $30.00 for the two of them.

I am creative – not bragging, just a fact – but I cannot imagine being able to create something like that.

I love digital art!!!

I’m glad she posted these tonight. I was going to totally write about the crappy night I had and how I flipped out on my husband over dinner…

But sharing this is totally better!!

Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell the meltdown story.

Till next time…

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