Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bored = Bad News

I am bored... not that I don't have 40000000 things to do..... BUT I'm not in the mood.... and for some odd reason when I'm bored, I become hungry.... Can anyone figure that one out.... Right now I am trying not to eat useless junk that I don't even want but since I am bored and it is there it looks good.... The Chewy Sweet Tarts already got me, I will not give into the popcorn and nutrigrain bars..... Funniest thing is that they're not even bad for me...but I will be mad later when I don't have the points for something waaaay more delish... like ice cream and of course my newest addiction....teddy grahams and funfetti icing...... What a mess! hahaha

K, thanks for letting me get that out.... I can go back to work now :)
Have a great day!

Yesterday's Food

Yogurt 1
Smartone 4
Egg whites cheese 2
arnolds 1
salmon 5
brown rice 2
angel food 1
ww ice cream 3
teddy grahams dipped in icing (my fav, can't help myself)
Total: 21
Water: 88 ounces
Bonus Left: 26

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Yesterday's Food

egg whites cheese 2
arnolds 1
fiber one veggie crackers 2
laughing cow 1
salad 3
snacks at heathers 3
salad 2
veggies 0
shrimp 3
noodles 4
ice cream 3
teddy grahams with icing 3 OOPs!
total: 27
Over: 6
Bonus Left: 26
water: 88 ounces
Activity: ran 3 miles walked 2

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Yum to the Um...

I was trying to think of new low point fun lunch ideas, so I googled 2 point lunches and I found this great site! http://weight-watchers-points-recipes.blogspot.com/ I will def. add this to a link on the WW websites that I use everyday section of my blog. I am craving the Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps... 2 for 3 points!!!
http://weight-watchers-points-recipes.blogspot.com/2009/04/turkey-taco-lettuce-wraps-3-pts.html
I just might have to whip them up! Anyway it is a great site, it has meal and snack ideas from 0 points all the way up to 8 points along with everything being classified into app, meal, dessert, etc.

Just found these too, Black Bean Brownies (2 pts).... sound interesting... all of the reviews were good.. I think I'll have to try! I think it's funny that a couple people say that if they can try the recipe out on the husband and he doesn't notice then it's good stuff! Hahaha...so true... damn picky men!
http://weight-watchers-points-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/06/black-bean-brownies-2-pts.html

Cute site! Hope that you enjoy!

Monday's food:
Week 12
143.3
Gained 1.1
Yogurt 1
Arnolds 1
Laughing cow 1
chicken bake (leftover from dinner) 6
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
taco salad 9
cheese curls (6 of those buggers) 1
WW ice cream cookies and cream ice cream bar 2
FF cool whip 1
Total: 24
Over: 3
Bonus left: 32
Water: 88 ounces
Activity: walked dog 20 mins

Monday, April 27, 2009

Weight Loss Plateau

I have been b/n 142 and 143 for the past month now and I am wondering if I hit a weight loss slump... so I looked it up and found some info.... Here are some suggestions for getting over the hill and I wanted to share :)

http://www.healthdiscovery.net/articles/15Plateau_tips.htm

I liked this suggestion:
12. Try varying your number of points
Do you always eat at a certain number of points per day? Your body gets very efficient at predicting its intake and adjusts itself accordingly. Keep it guessing. Try mixing up the number of points you have...low one day, middle the next, back to low, then high end of your points.

4 things that I will do differently this week:
a.) Have egg whites and cheese with my arnolds and laughing cow for bfast instead of a yogurt
b.) exercise
c.) vary my daily point intake (ex. Monday 19, Tuesday 25, Wednesday 22, etc.)
d.) count out chip serving size and only have once or twice this week instead of everyday! haha

What are you going to try?????

Another Week....

K, so today I weighed in and was 143.3...how annoying I gained 1.1 pounds...oh well, I guess it happens.... I should be happy though b/c I did run yesterday and I am super sore today and 143 is waaaay better then 160, right?? so with that being said, I'm over it and proud of myself! Until next monday..... here goes nothing...

Yesterday's grubbage
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
chips 4
hoagie 8
teddy grahams (I am banning them this week!) 3
Chicken bake 6
cocktails 2
Total: 25
Water: 88
Activity: ran 2.5/walked 2.5

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Competition....

My friend went to Ridley Creek today to run/walk the 5 mile trail...this inspired me to get my rear up and run/walk the trail as well. She runs almost all of the trail..b/c of that I was able to push myself to run 1/2 of it :) Woo Hoo...way to go!!! Well anyway....

This brings me to my thought for the day: Competition.... it's such a jeckal/hyde type of feeling. It is such a wonderful, positive motivator to do good things, get in shape, work out, push yourself, do your best at work, be creative, outgoing, etc.... BUT it also can turn pretty ugly as well....when does it take that turn from bringing out the best to unleashing the worst?????

When I started to run, I told myself to just take it slow and steady and focus on breathing, the weather, what I'm going to do today, the song on my ipod, ANYTHING other then the time and what mile marker I am on. This was working... I kept using internal positive motivation, "You can do this", "you are doing this", "stay at your pace", "slow and steady"... Things were going pretty well :)

Well just as life was peachy and things were smooth sailing... I ran past two girls running in the opposite direction as I was and they were cute, young and in shape.... but then I thought whatever, good for them, Kelly, just stick to the pace and you can do this.... however they turned around at some point and then this brings me back to my thoughts of competition, as they ran past me it made me pick up my pace and focus on "sticking" with them, I had to remind myself of the "slow and steady" rule... so as I slowed myself back to my pace, they stopped running and began to WALK! so with that my anxiousness, competitiveness and pushing myself to keel over due to lack of oxygen to my lungs went away and I sailed right past them :) UNTIL they began to run again... hahaha...

Happy Sunday!!

Friday's Food
Arnolds 1
Laughing cow 1
smart one 2
pudding 1
snacks 10
cocktails 13
and some other stuff. I can't remember and I lost my list where I wrote it down :( Oh well..
Bonus left: 16

Saturday:
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
chips 1
water ice 5
wendys chix nuggets kids meal 11
chips 3
cheese stick 1
goldfish 1
pasta 3
sauce 1
salad 2
crabcake 2
ww ice cream 2
teddy grahams 3
Total: 37
Bonus left: 0
Water: 88
Activity: walked to and from t ball game :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Today's Menu....

I figured I would post tonight due to the fact that I am forcing myself to be done eating for the day! I am drinking some tea to hold off my craving for ice cream! Sooooo NOT the same, but what can ya do....

Yogurt 1
pudding 1
toast 3
stuffed mushrooms 3
mac and cheese 3
peanuts 4
chips 1
salad 2
rice 2
potatoes 3
chicken 3
total: 26
Over: 5
Bonus Left: 23

Bad Luck....

So this week, I went to the Phillies game on Saturday and they lost.... then I went to the Flyers game on Tuesday night and they lost and then I went to the Phillies again today and they lost again...What's up with that crap.... Boo to them....or maybe boo to me...I prefer boo to them, it could never be my fault :)

Which brings me to another funny thought.... Did you ever think about the superstitious things that people do and believe that it helps teams win games. Perhaps it's the shirt that you wore or the place where you watched the game, maybe the spot on the couch that you sat, or if you took a shower that day, what you ate, who you went to the game with, who you watched the game with, what cup you drank out of during the game, what color your hat is, if someone called you that day, if another team won or lost that day, where you order your food from for the game, what color underwear you have on, if you know someone who "has bad luck" is going to the game, the weather, the position of the sun, the time of the day, etc, etc, etc ....the list could go on and on and on.... So in reality all of our own superstitions should be cancelled out by everyone else's and I think it all really comes down to how the team plays! But it is fun to think that you can do something that can contribute to their win....it keeps it interesting.....

Yesterday's food:
yogurt 1
toast 3
pudding 1
salad 5
chips 6
salmon 4
rice 2
Laughing cow stuffed mushrooms (YUM!) 2
veggies 0
WW Ice Cream 2
Total: 26
Over: 5
Bonus Left: 28
Water: 88 ounces

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Food....

Yesterday
egg whites and cheese 2
Yogurt 1
lean cuisine 5
pudding 1
smartone 4
veggies 0
beer 5
Total:
18
Water: 88 ounces

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How do these 1 pt snacks add up so fast.....

Yogurt 1
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
smart one 2
pudding 1
laughing cow 1
crackers 2
applesauce 1
taco salad 9
piece of chocolate 1
ww ice cream 2
pudding 1
Total: 23
Over: 2
Bonus Left: 33
Water: 88 ounces

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday's Food

Yogurt 1
pudding 1
turkey cheese wrap on low carb tortilla 8
chips 3
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
torts 3.5
crabcake 2
veggies 0
total: 20.5
Water: 88 ounces

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Chip-a-licious


The boyfriend found me some new delicious baked chips and I wanted to share. 13 chips for 2 points and they are delicous.... come on they are made by Herr's, how could they not be?!?! They come in Sour Cream and Onion, Cheddar and Sour Cream, BBQ and Plain! Fabulous :)

I just had a thought... how good would it be to bread and then bake chicken using the chips as your breading! Hmmm...might have to try that out!






Weighin in is weighin on me...

I hate Sunday night b/c Monday is weigh in... but why should I care so much?? I feel great, look great and should be so proud of myself... so I'm trying to tell myself that the "number" is just a number. It's all about how you look, feel and how your clothes look and feel.....Right?? Right.... I'm trying to convince myself....can ya tell?? :)

You Go Girl!

I saw one of my really good friends this weekend who I haven't seen in about a week and a half and SHE LOOKED GREAT! I could def. tell that she lost weight! She has been doing WW as long as me and she lost right around the same amount as me and you can really see it! It's funny, I guess that it takes a certain amount of weeks before you can see the difference or maybe you should hide in your house for a week or two away from everyone when you diet b/c it seems that unless you don't see someone for a period of time, it's harder to notice the weight loss! But anyway I wanted to say great job to my great friend! I'm proud of you!!

Weekend Grubbage.... why are they always the most difficult??

Friday:
Bfast casserole 6
Kraft strawberry cheesecake dessert 2
Lean cuisine 4
Laughing cow stuffed mushrooms (YUM) 1
cookie cake 3
Arnolds 1
Laughing cow 1
Teddy Grahams 2
Pasta 3
Sauce 2
Cool whip 1
cheerios 1
Total: 27
Over: 6
Bonus left 9.5

Saturday
Egg whites cheese 2
chips 2
cookies 2
pizza 5
salad 1
fries 3
snack mix 1
cocktails 8
pizza 14
salad 5 (dumb dressing)
Total: 45
Over: 24 (oops!)
15 over bonus

Activity: walked 3K

Friday, April 17, 2009

Where do you go from your goal???

So funny... I just saw this question posted on the blog http://www.ronisweigh.com/ that I read everyday and recently I have been thinking the same thing....

Hi Roni! My question is about maintaining… I have very similar stats to you.. I am 26 years old. I started at 213 lbs over a year ago and now i am at about 141-143, on any given day (you know how that goes) anyway… now that i have moved into maintenance mode- I find it difficult getting out of the weight-loss mindset. I have done well making adjustments like cutting out artificial sweeteners and opting for the higher calorie more natural versions of foods and also eating several smalls meals per day instead of restricting myself like i was before. My point is.. I could wake up every day this week and see 142 on that scale and be "sort of" disappointed that i didn’t lose weight.. even though i don’t want to lose any more weight!! I’m happy at this weight! How can i get my brain to accept that i am doing things the right way and its working! I guess my question is.. Why is it so hard to get into a healthy mind frame around maintaining weight. Thank! -Casey-

I'm not at my goal weight yet, however I wonder what happens when you do reach it. My whole life I have dieted and fought with food (not that I ever was "heavy" persay but def always had those 20-25 pounds that I wanted to lose. With that being said, that entertained my brain daily on the issues of my body, diet, exercise, and my weight flip-flopping up and down along with everything else that goes with weight and being a girl... So if I finally lose them, then where do I go from there???? I agree with the person who posed the question saying that she feels disappointment when she doesn't lose anymore. How do you swap out of the weight loss mode to just being content and accepting that this is your new life. You will never (hopefully) go back to eating the way that you used to (which is def. sad to me, can't help it haha) and realize that you are just maintaining and living as your new healthy you. That seems so odd to me and soooo difficult to grasp. What are your thoughts on that???

http://ronisweigh.com/2009/04/why-your-last-diet-failed-you-book-tour-part-2.html

Yesterday's food:
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
ygourt 1
shrimp 3
veggies 0
jelly beans 1
candy 2
chips 5 (baked herr's sour cream and onion...so good...13 for 2 pts. I went nuts!)
Scalloped potatoes 4
crabcake 3.5
veggies 0
angel food 2
ww ice cream 2
Total: 25.5
Over: 4.5
Bonus left 15.5
water: 88 ounces

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yesterdays food

arnolds 1
Laughing cow 1
fruit 1
yogurt 1
crackers 2
laughing cow 1
lean cuisine 6
shrimp 3
mashed potatoes 3
veggies 0
cocktail sauce 1
gravy 1
Angel food cake 2
WW ice cream 2
Total: 25
Over: 4
Bonus left: 20
Water 88 ounces

I usually don't post my veggies b/c they are zero points (well I always count them as zero unless I use butter or a sauce to cook them) but I will start to post them since they are a great snack and I do eat them with every dinner :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Super Snack




Another one of my bestest girlfriends who is on the WW train as well found a fabulous 2 point snack that I am stealing from her and passing onto you....




She was in the mood for something salty and crunchy and cheesy and yummy so she went to the snack cabinet and found a bag of tostitoes. She calculated the points and saw that 9 chips were 3 points. Well of course like any other chip lover out there, 9 just wasn't going to cut it. SO...she decided to bake a 1 point tortilla shell in the oven and make her own chips. She used the La Tortilla Factory soft tortilla shell (they are b/n 8 and 13 grams of fiber) and 2 tablespoons of the tostito cheese dip which is 1 point. The tortilla shell made about 21 chips and the cheese dip was plenty to go around. So I call this one heck of a salty, crunchy, cheesy, satisfying snack :) Enjoy!





1 point Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

My good friend discovered these in the WW magazine. She made them and I was lucky enough to get to try one....They are fabulous!!! and only 1 point!! That's what makes them even better!

Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

2 1/3 cups low fat brownie mix (such as Betty Crocker)
3 Tablespoons natural style chunky PB (I used not natural)
2 Tablespoons 1% low-fat milk (I used skim)
2 Tablespoons egg substitute
Cooking Spray
2 Tablespoons lightly salted dry roasted peanuts chopped ( I used mini choc chips- 2 each cookie)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 3752.
2. Combine brownie mix, PB, milk and egg substitute.
3. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet about an inch apart.
4. Sprinkle peanuts or choc. chips onto cookie- pressing gently.
5. Bake 375 for 9 min. or until puffed

(25 cookies 1 point) 65 cal, 2.1 fat, 0.5 fib.

April 14

Arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
salad 6
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
WW cookie 1
Activia Light yogurt 1
olives 1
salad 2
stuffed shells (acme brand 2 of them) 4
texas toast 3
fruit 1
WW ice cream 2
Total: 25
Over: 4
Bonus left: 24

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

H 2 Oh my goodness......


It's funny, in the past several days a couple diff. people asked me how much water I drink a day. When I say 88 ounces, they look at me like what a weird amount. Is that how much you are suppossed to have?? I laugh and try to explain what the container looks like that I sit out on my desk at work or counter at home and literally pour cups out of and chug all day until it's gone..... Since I couldn't explain it, I took a picture. It's funny too, b/c sometimes the cup or glass that I drink out of makes a difference in how easy it is to drink the water. I really, really think that it is such a big help in losing weight or "curbing" my appetite as they say. How do you curb your appetite anyway??? I guess they mean park it or put it on hold... anyway random thought...


so here is a picture of my water container and my blue party cup :) Like I'm back in college at a kegger...hahahahha so chug, chug, chug...... cheers to rubbermaid.... LOL


April 13 grubbage

bite pb egg (couldn't help myself before I threw the candy out!) 1
Yogurt 2
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
m&m's 4
pasta salad 4
chips 2
angel food 2
animal crackers 3
chicken 3
brown rice 2
veggies 0
wine 2
water ice 1
Total: 28
over: 7
Water 88 ounces

Monday, April 13, 2009

Harry Kalas


What a sad day... Harry Kalas, the longtime Phillies announcer died. Every story that I've ever heard people tell about him has always been so nice, giving, and caring. Just stinks...

Not soooo bad...

So after my holiday week, I gained .2. However, I feel like I gained more... but anyway, enough of that! I hate that sometimes, well alot of the time this diet stuff, weight, what to eat, how I feel, what I should do, shouldn't have done... consumes me! It is so hard not to focus on it, but I can't help it!! I was thinking yesterday that I am going to continue the "dieting" part of this until May 1st, but then as of May 1st, I'm going to encorporate some daily exercise into my life. By then it should be consistently warm outside! There is a track near my house that I will go to and also a beautiful 5 mile hike about 15 minutes from my house, Ridley Creek State Park. I attached the link in case you would like to check out for yourself! http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/ridleycreek.aspx

So I go back to work tomorrow, not looking forward to that at all. BUT I cannot complain, due to the fact that I am a teacher and we have 8 weeks left!!! Yup, 8 weeks :) I'm sure all of you Mom's out there, just went 8 weeks, that's it! But yes, that is it! Woo hoo :) So with that being said, I can now smile and get myself together to go back tomorrow. It will be tough, but def. is do-able.... well with that being said, I am going to enjoy my last day off :)

Easter Points:
Egg Whites Cheese 2
Potato Salad (Mom's homemade!! YUMMM) 6
Pasta Salad 1
Chips 1
Cheese 1
Cereal 3
Pudding 1
Ravioli 2
Meatball 2
Soup 2
Fruit 1
Green Beans 1
Total: 24
Over: 2

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bowl (3 pts/serving)




This dessert was on the cover of Kraft Food and Family magazine and it was pretty lowfat to begin with, but I made it even healthier! It really was delicious and very simple to make. I'm sure you could switch the pudding to your liking as well as the fruit too.
Here is what I used:
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 Tbsp. Splenda
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Fat Free cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups thawed Fat Free COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
2 cups angel food cake cubed
1 square BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (optional)

To make:

1.) COMBINE berries and sugar; refrigerate until ready to use. Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; mix well.
2.) BLEND in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP. Spoon half into 2-1/2-qt. bowl
3.) TOP with layers of cake, berries and remaining cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate 4 hours.
4.) Optional: Melt and drizzle chocolate overtop or dip a strawberry in chocolate to garnish top

ENJOY!!!

OMG...can this holiday break please end! :)

Okay..... so the past few days have been nothing but an eating festival (not that I'm complaining)!! Wait until you get a load of my last few days of eating.... It is just too hard at the holidays. Not that I think I am eating anywhere close to what damage I could have done in years past, but it doesn't take much pie, cake, cookies and candy to get to your point limit for the day....and that is by around 10 am! haha... but anyway, I hope that you are enjoying your holiday as much as I have been! Back to business tomorrow, but for today Bon Appetit!

Friday:
Soft pretzel 6
arnolds 1
ham and cheese 3
bite of Jordan's sand 2
wheat thins 2
laughing cow 1
candy 1
taco salad 9
WW ice cream 2
grapes 1
Total: 28
Over 7
Water: 88
Bonus left: 6

Saturday (Catastophe! LOL)
Arnolds 1
Laughing cow 1
Arnolds 1
ham 2
cheese 2
Reduced Ruffles 3
apple cake 12 (12 flippin points in one slice! wish I knew before I ate, but it was fab!)
1/2 Mozz ball in phyllo 2
meatball 4
sausage 4
pasta 2
sauce 3
Bread 2
Apple Pie 9 (probably should have skipped after I had the cake already! LOL)
Trifle 3
Total: 51
Over: 30
Happy Easter to me! hahah



Friday, April 10, 2009

Zoobilee Zoo


I haven't been feeling great for the past couple of days. It was the weirdest sickness. Started with the boyfriend at the beginning of the week and then I got it in the middle. It was so hard to explain, it was a gross achey, sick to my stomach feeling. No headache, sore throat, runny nose, vomitting, fever... just achey, achey, might get sick at some point feeling. Not fun at all!

However, we still managed to go to the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday, it was such a beautiful day! I forgot how much fun going to the zoo can be. It really makes you feel like a kid again and it's nice to take some time to appreciate the little joys of life. My little friend is still too young to fully understand and enjoy the animals, but he sure did love to get down and run around and around and around! He learned a new word yesterday, tur-tle, it was too cute. We spent the day with the boyfriends brother and sister-in-law and their two peanuts. It was a really nice day, I'm so glad that we ended up going. For a couple of hours, I actually forgot how yucky I felt!

Anyway, I also didn't realize what great exercise the zoo is, until on the way out, the sister-in-law asked me, "How many activity points was it for all that walking?" and I said, "I'm not sure, never looked into activity points..." So with that being said, I figured that I should look into them. I tried at one point but it was confusing, so I decided to check again. What I found out was actually exciting, so I wanted to share.

It doesn't seem that you need to do ALOT of extra work to gain an activity point or two. It is based on the intensity of the workout, your weight and the duration. There is a formula that calculates how many points you earned. From just walking around the zoo with the stroller and going up hills (light activity) for 120 minutes (2 hours) at my weight, I gained 4 activity points! Pretty cool :) I posted the link to the calculator:

http://www.meganandjack.com/points_calculator.htm

Enjoy!

Yesterday's Food:
Toast 3
Arnolds 1
cheese 4
turkey 3
ff sour cream dip 1
open-faced turkey sandwich 5
mashed pot 3
veggies 0
ww ice cream bar 2
icing 2
Total: 24
Over: 3
Bonus Left: 13
Water: 56 ounces
Activity: walking around zoo :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday

Yogurt 2
Mini Buff chix cheesesteak 10
1/2 slice pizza 3.5
fries 4
Reese mini egg 2
chicken rice bake dinner 5
Total: 26.5
Over: 5.5
bonus left: 16
water: 88 ounces

If I can make it to Sat morning with 10 bonus points left, I will be okay!! Have to keep reminding myself of that :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I'm off work, not off WW!

K, so I've been off for the week and I think I've eaten more junk in the past 3 days that I have eaten in the past two months. I give major props to my girlfriend that manages to say no thanks to her kids and their treats, snacks, candy, chips, dips, cookies, cakes, peanut butter, ice cream, etc. everyday! I'm having a hard time and I've only been home for 3 days! I'm hoping that you just get used to it or I'm in for a LONG summer! haha...

With that being said here is yesterday's food (which included lunch out with a girlfriend and the Phillies game with friends at night!)

egg whites cheese 2
salad 5
1/4 bbq pork quesadilla 7
1 spring roll 2
Chickies and Petes cheese fries 5 (YYYYUUUUMMMMM!!!!)
Cocktails 7
Total: 28
Over: 7
Bonus Left: 21.5
water: 88 ounces

And don't worry today already started out with lunch with girlfriends! hahaha... oh well, I am def. enjoying every minute of my week off!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Getting Started




So a few people have asked me recently well how do I start, what do I do, so I've decided to explain the process and re-post my websites that I use. Here you go:

1.) Use http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080207230153AAQ06kr to figure out how many points you are allowed to have daily
2.) You also get an additional 35 points to use throughout the week. However you cannot carry over your daily points.
3.) WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN! A good quote to follow is "You bite it, you write it!" Carry your food journal wherever you go!
4.) Make sure that you measure all of your food , count out serving size amounts and invest in a food scale. I bought one for $5.00 at target.
5.) Tip: Pick foods higher in fiber, they are lower in points.
6.) Use these websites to calculate points and start writing and adding and that's about all there is to it! (Add them to your favorites!)

Generic Food List: http://quiddity.cc/rachel/diet/wwfoods.htm
Points for Restaurants: http://www.dwlz.com/restaurants.html
WW point calculator: http://www.webmilhouse.com/pointcalc.php (I use this website when I am reading off of the label for foods. It is VERY helpful!!)

Good Luck! It might seem overwhelming at first, but after the first week, it gets easier and easier... Plus, when you see the results it makes it all worth it!

Remember nothing is off limits which makes this very easy to stick with. This healthier eating way of life focuses on foods with fiber and portion size. It really is a healthy way of eating without giving up any of your favorite foods!

If you have any questions, let me know!! You can do it!

Food Party Yesterday...

Egg whites/cheese 2
mac and cheese 4 (kraft spiral no butter)
chick nuggets 2
ff sour cream 2
animal crackers 2
1/4 cupcake 1.5
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
goldfish 2
peanuts 2
meat brown rice tomatoes 10
total: 29.5
over: 8.5
bonus left: 26.5

Monday, April 6, 2009

It's a girl thing....

So I started to see a pattern with my weight loss. This is how the month goes (I'm starting the month the week after you know who visits)....
1st week (lose 3-5 pounds)
2nd week (lose 1 pound)
3rd week (lose 5-8 ounces)
4th week (lose 1 ounce if lucky!)
haha I guess that's how you can keep up an average of 1-2 pounds a week though, it's funny how it all works out in the end... but anyway this is a great week...so I'm going to enjoy it!

So if you feel like you are stuck on the same number or two for a couple weeks in a row...it is normal (unfortunately) but then it all works out in the end! Just stick with it!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lots of support in little ways...

Yesterday the boyfriend took me out to buy me some new pants! Not only new pants, but new size 8 pants!!! That was so exciting.... He's been so supportive to me throughout this whole journey. He makes dinner most nights (I know, how lucky am I!!) and he will leave out the boxes of whatever he used to cook so that I can count/calc points. He also leaves out the measuring cup so that I can scoop and measure my food before he takes his.... so cute, it's def. the little things that count! He is super supportive and I feel very lucky....

Saturday's food:
Egg whites/cheese 2
Salad with Tuna 4
arnold 1
laughing cow 2
crackers 2
salmon 7
brown rice 2
Ice Cream sundae 6
Total: 26
Over: 5
Bonus Left: 10

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday's Grubdown

Yogurt 1
Soft Pretzel 4
Salad 3
1/2 slice pizza 2
4 Chips 2
M&M's 4
Chips (way tooo many baked ruffles) 5
Shrimp 5
Pasta 4
Sauce 2
Total: 32
Over: 11
Bonus Left: 15

Friday, April 3, 2009

Points April 2

Yogurt 1
Arnolds 1
Laughing Cow 1
Soup 2
Popcorn 4 ( I thought it was 2! )
Icicng 1
Chicken nugget 2
Fries 3
Cool Whip 1
Cookie 3
Smart Ones 4
Total: 23
Over: 2
Bonus Left: 26
Water: 88 ounces

Yummy Laughing Cow Recipes


Laughing cow cheese is delicious and it's only 1 point per wedge!! Here are some yummy recipes that I found and wanted to share. It comes in three flavors, original, herb and garlic and french onion. They are all delicious and taste like a creamier version of cream cheeese.




Stuffed Mushrooms
Serving Size : 16
3 cup mushrooms 12 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese — Light - Garlic & Herb flavored 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Chop stems.
Unwrap cheeses and place in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to soften. Combine crumbs, mushroom stems and cheese. Take spoonfuls and fill mushroom caps.
Place mushroom caps filling side up on ungreased cookie sheet. Cook 20 minutes at 400 degrees Farenheit or until stuffing is lightly browned on top. Let cool, then serve. Mushrooms will be juicy.
Source: WW Boards / Poster Unknown
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 55 Calories; 3g Fat (52.9% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 11mg Cholesterol; 287mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Vegetable; 0 Fat.


OR
Crab Dip Muffins (unfortunately it did not give measurements for the recipe)
grab a few wedges of light laughing cow cheese
light hellman's mayo
lemon juice
garlic
pepper
salt
articokes diced up (optional, you could use broccoli, pepper)
onion
light parmasean cheese
mix all together, scoop mixture into muffin tins, and sprinkle parmasean cheese on top, pop into 350 oven until tops are browned.
Delicious, low fat but tastes sinful!
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Popcorn!


Too funny. I had the hardest time figuring out how many points my Orville Redenbacher 94% fat free smart pop popcorn was for the WHOLE bag... well apparently I'm not alone.... I was on my favorite blogsite, Roni's Weigh and found this old post of hers:


This is one of the most asked questions on the Weight Watchers boards. Why is it so tough calculate points for popcorn? Let me break down the brand I eat.
Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop 94% Fat Free Butter 2.9oz bag (regular size bag, not the mini or 100 cal pack)According to the bag, a serving size is 3 tbsp unpopped (7 cups popped) there are 2 servings per container which means the bag contains 6 tbsp of unpopped popcorn (14 popped)
Nutritional information for 6tbsp unpopped:
240 calories
4 g of fat
8 g of Fiber
4 points
Now the bag gives the calorie count for 1 cup popped as 15 calories. If you multiply that by 14 (number of cups in the bag) you get 255 calories for the bag. This still gives you 4 points. So, no matter how you look at it the normal size bag (meaning not the mini bag) of Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop 94% Fat Free Butter is 4 points for the whole thing.
Here is the link:
So all of this time, I was counting the WHOLE bag as 2 points but unfortunately it's 4! Oh well...haha

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Yesterday's Points

yogurt 1
crackers 2
arnolds 1
laughing cow 1
TGIF's dragonfire chicken 9
Chips 1
Salad 3
7 mini pierogies 3
veggies 0
Total: 21
Bonus left: 28
Water: 88 ounces
Activity: none (well ran around school for conferences, that should count for something!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Boring

I feel that I've been pretty boring lately. Whenever the computer is not available I am able to think of 100 different things to write about and then when I sit down to write it seems that nothing is coming out... I am just going to give you a couple of my random thoughts....

1.) A new month.... nothing gives me more joy at work then changing the calendar to a new month. I love each month of the year for a different reason. I didn't even realize that I loved April as much as I do until I started looking through pictures of my 15 month old little friend from last year at this time and noticed that he was in shorts!! I cannot wait, not for shorts, but for the nice weather. It seems to make everyone smile a little bigger.

2.) Spring...When I think of spring I think of...the Phillies (the world fn' champions haha), BBQ's, shorts, sunny days, cool breezes, thunder storms, Easter, flowers, playing outside, resee peanut butter cup easter eggs, spring break, walking the dog, going to the park, Rita's water ice, 2 months left of school, flip flops, capris, field trips, barnaby's deck, chickie's and pete's cheese fries, hanging with good friends, and 2 months left of school...oops, did I already mention that... haha

3.) Yummy snacks that I wanted to share:
arnolds sandwich thins (1 pt), laughing cow cheese wedges (1 pt), wheat thin fiber select crackers (15 for 2 pts), a scoop of rainbow chip icing (2 tablespoons for 3 pts) , baked cheddar and sour cream ruffles (13 for 2 pts), grapes (0 pts), WW cookie dough ice cream sundae (3 pts), Orville Redenbacher smartpop 94% fat free butter (whole bag 3 pts) , baby food bananas (1 pt), 13 doritoes (3 pts), baby cheddar goldfish (89 of those suckers 3 pts), Jell-O sugar free pudding (1 pt), Fiber One Key Lime Pie yogurt (1 pt), pickles (0), turkey pepperoni (17 pieces 2 pts), 100 calorie english muffin (1 pt), slow churned edy's vanilla bean ice cream (1/4 cup 2 pts), fat free cool whip (2 tablespoons 0 pts), angel food cake (1/8 cake 2 points)

I know that there is more, but for some reason I can't think of them!! ugh! I will keep adding to the list...... If you can think of some that you use, please let me know so that I can add them!

4.) Quotes: I have also wanted to post a quote recently. I really enjoy them.... so here is my quote for today:

"In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself." Anonymous

I truly believe in that..... I feel that when you are genuinely happy for others, it makes you a a happier person and it shows... jealousy doesn't get anyone very far at all!

Tuesday

Yogurt 1
Salad 2
Chicken 3
Raviolis 5
Sauce 2
Chips 3
Cocktails 8 (went to the sixers game)
Total: 24
Over: 3
Bonus left: 28
Water:88 ounces
Activity: 30 minute walk