Monday, February 25, 2013

Week 7 Results

Pounds Lost this Week:  -1.0 lbs
Pounds Lost to Date:  -17.2 lbs

I was fully expecting to have no loss or even a gain this week since I cheated so close to my weigh in day (Saturday & Sunday).  Girls weekend away was such a great time but I ate (& drank) my week’s worth of points ;)  It was completely worth it though.  Next week will be the true test since everything I ate won’t show up until next Monday’s weigh in.  Thankfully I have volleyball this week and will try to fit in some extra exercising to balance myself out.

Here’s this week’s dinner menu (only 1 recycle from last week since I had forgotten the squash needed to be baked for 1 hr ahead of time so I scratched it last minute last week & will remember to bake it Thursday night in prep for Friday)

Sunday 2/24:  Leftovers

Monday 2/25:  Slow Cooker Thai Chicken - this was ah-mazing.  If you like Thai food I seriously suggest giving this a try.  I added some hot sauce for a bit of kick.

Tuesday 2/26:  Leftovers (volleyball night)

Wednesday 2/27: Leftovers or something quick - we have Kindergarten orientation this night (eeek!!)

Thursday 2/28:  Taco Thursday! (using ground turkey & whole grain shells) with fat free spicy refried beans

Friday 3/1 Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

Saturday 3/2:  Chicken Francese - Lightened Up

Monday, February 18, 2013

Week 6 Results

Pounds Lost this Week:  -3.2 lbs
Pounds Lost to Date:  -16.2 lbs

I’ve made it past the 15 lb mark! Sweet!!  Like I said in a previous post, I’m not counting down to a specific weight number per-say, but if I had to pick a number I would choose to be back to my wedding weight (isn’t that what all dieting married women say?  LOL)  I’ve made it halfway in only 6 weeks so I don’t see why I couldn’t do this.  The only bad thing about my loss this week is that I also lost one of my daily points :(  I have barely been touching my weekly points or activity points that I earn so I’ll be fine and just dip into my weekly points if I go over any day.

Here’s this week’s dinner menu (reusing some of last week’s because I forgot about lent starting & had to edit/substitute after I published last week.

Sunday 2/17Chicken rollitini stuffed with zucchini &mozzarella - this was delicious!!  Definitely going on repeat.

Monday 2/18:  AsianGlazed Drumsticks with zucchini tots

Tuesday 2/19Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

Wednesday 2/20General Tso’s Chicken with brown rice

Thursday 2/21: Leftovers night

Friday 2/22Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

Saturday 2/23:  Girl’s night away (a splurge!)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Week 5 Results

Pounds Lost this Week:  -2.0
Pounds Lost to Date:  -13.0

Woo hoo!!  2 more down.   I had a couple super hungry days this past week, which was not fun at all.  I ate so much fruit that I was starting to get sick of it!!  Another exciting milestone is that I’m down a pants size.  Yay!!  I had ordered a pair of skinny jeans online and of course just picked my regular size that I’ve been.  When they arrived and I tried them on I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were big.  So I went back to the store and the next size down fit great!  I know I shouldn’t exactly be shopping while I’m dieting but I needed a pair of jeans to go with my new boots :)  Once I’m at my goal size then I’ll hit the stores more.  Oh and the pants I’m wearing today are a pair that I haven’t worn in probably a year!  Yeah baby!!

I’m excited to try out some of the recipes I chose for this week’s menu.  My husband has been eating more of what I’ve been cooking (I’ve been picking a lot of carb conscious ones for him too).  They all sound delish so I can’t wait to try them out!!  Over the last 5 weeks I’ve found quite a few recipes that are going to be going into permanent rotation they came out so good!

Here’s this week’s dinner menu:

Sunday 2/10Beef Barley Soup

Monday 2/11:  leftovers (volleyball night)

Tuesday 2/12Chicken & Mushrooms in garlic white wine sauce with garlic sautéed brussel sprouts

Wednesday 2/13General Tso’s Chicken with brown rice

Thursday 2/14Asian Glazed Drumsticks with zucchini tots

Friday 2/15Thai Fried Rice

Saturday 2/16Chicken rollitini stuffed with zucchini &mozzarella

Friday, February 8, 2013

Good Dog

Last week I had the dreaded flu. It was sort of weird yet kind of amazing to see just how fast my body reacted and went down.  I felt perfectly fine leaving work Monday evening and by 8:30 pm I was in bed unable to move.  I didn’t emerge from my quarantined bedroom until Friday morning (with the exception of a trip to the doctor for some meds on Tuesday afternoon).  Thank goodness for my wonderful husband who helped to take care of our son and the house so that I could get the rest that I needed. 

On Thursday afternoon I kept hearing our 8 year old labrador retriever mix crying.  Figuring that she needed to go out, I got myself up and managed to take her outside for a quick walk so that she didn’t have an accident in the house.  A couple minutes after I got myself back into bed I heard her crying again.  I tried to ignore her since I had just taken her out, but after a few more minutes of listening to her I couldn’t take it anymore and got myself up out of bed again.  As I turned the corner out of my bedroom I was shocked at what I saw next...

 Our dog hasn’t climbed these stairs in over 5 years since we put in the hard wood floors.  Like many dogs, she became very afraid of the slippery floors. Although there is a runner on the stairs, she never felt comfortable coming all the way up because the landing at the top is straight wood.  We actually prefer that she doesn't come upstairs so it worked out better.  She has her bed & domain downstairs and we have ours upstairs.

On this particular day, I believe our dog had sensed I was sick and simply wanted to be with me.  But since I was upstairs she had no choice but to climb the stairs she was so scared of.

Dogs have extraordinary senses as we all know and there have been studies done about whether or not dogs can even sense illness.  Whether or not that was the case here, I can't say for certain.  But what I do know is that my sweet dog faced one of her biggest fears to come and bring a smile to my face when I was feeling pretty crappy last week.  What a good great dog!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Week 4 Results

Pounds Lost this Week:  -2.0
Pounds Lost to Date:  -11.0

Wohooo!!!  I made it past my first hurdle - 10 pounds!  While I know that I may not lose this much every month, I’m pretty excited to get into double digits.  I don’t have an exact weight number goal in mind (even though WW makes you input something). You also may have noticed I’m not counting down my “pounds to go”.  I’m not thinking that way this time around.  I’m doing this diet to FEEL BETTER about myself and to fit better in my clothes.  Ultimately I’d like to make this a lifestyle change so that I don’t let the pounds creep back on like I did last year….    

Another exciting moment was that a coworker of mine mentioned something to me this morning about my loss.  While I can see some change, I wasn’t in a million years expecting someone else to see it, so it took me by surprise.  It’s only gives me extra incentive to work even harder this week.   

Most of my meal plan last week (along with my appetite) went out the window when I came down with the flu Monday evening.  So I’m repeating some of what I had in my plan for last week since I didn’t get to make anything from Tuesday forward.

Here’s this week’s menu:

Sunday 2/3 – Turkey Chili and Asian Chicken Wings (see this post for recipes)

Monday 2/4Thai Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry with brown rice 

Tuesday 2/5 – leftovers (volleyball night)

Wednesday 2/6Shirataki Noodles marinara with meatballs

Thursday 2/7 – Chicken & apple sausage (store bought) with sautéed garlic brussel sprouts

Friday 2/8Cilantro lime shrimp with fiesta lime rice

Saturday 2/9Dijon Pork Chops with sautéed squash

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl – WW Style

Just because the big game is on, there’s no reason I need to completely blow my diet. While it can be VERY tempting to pig out, I whipped up a couple of my own weight watchers friendly recipes for hubby and me to munch on during the game – Turkey Chili and Chicken Wings with an Asian flair. To make the chicken wings healthier I tried taking the skin off of the chicken wings. If you’ve never done this before, it’s not easy near impossible. I cut off as much as I could and called it a day. Pretzels and chips are banned from our house, so there was no temptation for those. I even treated myself to a rum and diet coke, my first drink in over a week. The only thing that could make the game better would be winning some money in the office pool :)

Turkey Chili (my own creation)
Makes: 12 cups
Serving size: 1 cup
WW Points = 4

1 package (20 oz) ground turkey
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small/medium Spanish onion, chopped
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1-2 chili peppers, chopped with seeds
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
salt & pepper to taste


Spray large skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over low-medium heat. Add ground turkey, garlic, onions & celery. Sautee until lightly browned (8-10 minutes).
In large stockpot add diced & crushed tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, parsley, salt & pepper & cooked turkey mixture. 
Cover & continue cooking on low heat for 30-45 minutes.
Note: if you’re not big on spicy chili, leave out the chili peppers and halve the cayenne & chili powder seasoning.

Game Day Wings (adapted from Guy Fieri’s Asian Wings recipe)
Serving size: 6 wings
WW Points = 12

4 lbs (approx 24) chicken wingettes
Salt & freshly cracked black pepper


2 tbs low sodium soy sauce ¼ cup honey
2 tsp lime zest
3 tbs fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 tbs grated fresh ginger
1 tsp chili garlic paste
½ tsp sesame oil
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp granulated garlic

Remove as much of the skin from the wings as possible. Season with salt & pepper and arrange on baking sheets. Put in a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 45 minutes.

As the wings cook mix together ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Once wings are done cooking, remove from oven and toss with sauce to combine. Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees. Put sauce covered wings back into oven for 10 minutes or so (turning often) to crisp up.
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