Weigh-In Friday

It’s already the weekend! That went by quickly.

I did my weigh-in today and I lost 1.2 pounds this week! That’s 14.6 pounds in 8 weeks! That’s 1.82 pounds on average each week. I like it!

buffalo chicken

Last night, I made the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken from Emily Bites. It’s delicious! Definitely give it a try! I’m really enjoying her recipes.

Next week is my birthday. Now I know some people hold fast to their diet, but my opinion is that on birthdays, calories don’t count. I don’t go crazy, but gosh darn it, it’s my birthday. I will enjoy it! Plus, if eating healthily is a lifestyle that I plan to keep up forever, I gotta splurge occasionally or I’ll go crazy. That’s just the way it is.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Weigh-in Friday

Well, now I’m back on my regular schedule for weighing in. I had good results this week! Since last Friday (when I switched from Mondays to Fridays), I’ve lost 2.4 pounds!

That’s a total of 13.4 pounds in six and a half weeks! Woohoo!

I also did some quick measurements this morning, and found I’ve lost another inch in both my waist and hips. My “skinny” jeans are actually quite well-fitting now! I can just button, zip, and go! No more huffing and puffing and questioning my life choices anymore.

Going grocery shopping tonight – excited to get some great food for next week!

How is everyone else doing?

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Recipe: Moroccan Slow-Cooker Stew

This is a great recipe for fall and winter. I substituted pumpkin for the squash, and it was great.

Moroccan StewHOWEVER, the spice amounts that they have listed here are ridiculously low. I got this off of the Weight Watchers site, and was really surprised at this. I really like spices, so I shook my heart out, and even then this came out pretty bland. So my encouragement to you is to go crazy with the spice in order to make it taste like what it smells like.

Moroccan Stew 4

This smells amazing, btw. Your house will thank you.

Ingredients:

1 spray cooking spray

1 small uncooked onion, chopped (I used leftover shallots – onion is probably much better)

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 cup uncooked baby carrots

1 medium uncooked butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (again, I subbed in pumpkin)

1 cup canned crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1/4 tsp (HA!) ground cinnamon

1//2 tsp (HA!) ground cumin

1/2 tsp (HA!) red pepper flakes

15 oz canned chickpeas, drained

1/2 tsp table salt

Directions: 

  1. Coat a small skillet with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Place squash (or pumpkin) in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Add sauteed onion and garlic, carrots, tomatoes, broth, cinnamon, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Cover and turn on to low heat; simmer for 6 hours. (or 8, like I did, because I work full time)
  3. Add chickpeas and salt. Stir, cover, and heat for an additional 5 minutes (I say longer – the chickpeas were pretty hard).

Yields 1 1/3 cups per serving. 5pp // approx. 265 calories // Makes 6 servings

Note: I’m a meat eater. I like it. A lot. So I added a cubed pound of boneless skinless chicken breast to this, which bumps up each serving to about 7 pp. Still not bad and very filling. If you serve it over 2/3 cup of rice, you’re looking at 11pp total.  

Let's just be real. Sometimes we eat out of tupperware.

Let’s just be real. Sometimes we eat out of Tupperware.

Back on the wagon…

UGH. An out-of-town colleague came into town, which meant we all went out to eat multiple times.

The first temptation was pizza brought into work. I resisted. I ate my piddly ol’ Beef and Macaroni Lean Cuisine and watched everyone else slobber over pizza. Eyes on the prize.

The second temptation was Cheesecake Factory. I get weak in the knees there. In fact, that’s where I’m going to go on the one day calories don’t count – my birthday. I already have it on the calendar. BUT! I managed to order a couple of apps off the Skinnylicious menu and stayed the course. Until dessert menus were brought. And then I got a slice of cheesecake to take home and half with my husband. Did I get the low-carb kind made with Splenda? NAY! I got the Turtle Pecan Caramel Cheesecake like the no-shame-no-good-rotten-glutton that I am. And here I am in the online Weight Watchers confessional. But hey, at least I split a splice.

Somehow I lost a half a pound that night. I’ll take it.

The next night, the ladies at work all wanted to go out to a Mexican restaurant. Again, I got weak in the knees. I’m from Texas, land of the mighty taco, and here there is no good Mexican food. Except for this wondrous place they brought me to. I did NOT get a margarita, which was sad, but I dealt with it. I did however partake in a tamale, chips and salsa, a soft taco, and a little fried ice cream. It was a lot. I was full. But I kept plowing through because Mexican food.

I gained that half pound back and he brought a friend.

honey boo boo fat

So now I’m back on the wagon. No more eating out this week (thank God!), fruits and veggies, and count, count, count. My app tells me that I stayed within my points yesterday, but MyFitnessPal is screaming that I didn’t.

Tonight’s dinner? What looks to be a yummy peanut Thai dish. I forgot to defrost the frozen chicken… so dinner might be a little late tonight. I’ll be posting my recipe for the delicious Rosemary Swiss Ham Sandwiches today!

Good Find: Harris Teeter Steamable Broccoli

Can I just say how impressed I am with Harris Teeter? I went to another local grocery store for the longest, until I got home and would keep discovering expired food. So I switched stores and haven’t looked back.

Last night’s meal was Daily Chef Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (5pp from Sam’s Club) and steamed broccoli. I’ve been accidentally stocking up too much on steamed veggies, so my freezer is full and I need to eat it at every meal basically to empty out my freezer. I enjoy broccoli a lot, and was SO HAPPY when I poured out my florets on to my plate and saw just that. Florets. Nothing but florets. None of that half-florets-half-stems-ok-mostly-stems crap. I’m sold. Plus the store brand is cheaper anyway.

SO GO OUT AND BUY HARRIS TEETER STEAMABLE BROCCOLI FLORETS!

brocolli

Weigh-in Monday!

Woohoo! Results!

Mondays are my weigh-in day, and today I saw some real results! I lost 4.4lbs since last Monday. Now that’s not 4.4lbs overall, because I gained 1.5lbs last Monday, remember, and that fell off pretty easily since I think I still had some of it inside me when I weighed myself Monday. But now I’m at 9 solid pounds lost since 7/20! I’m now able to wear some work clothes I wasn’t able to for a while, which is so nice. It’s like shopping in your own closet!

I’ve figured out that I have to keep trying new recipes if I’m going to stick to this. It needs to keep being exciting, so I’m not tempted to just go to Popeyes around the corner and eat all of the chicken. Because I could eat all chicken at Popeyes.

So yesterday, I made a pretty delish Weight Watchers recipe that I found. I would rate it a 8/10. My husband said “It’s not in my top five, but you can definitely make this again.” I’ll post the recipe for Ginger Scallps & Snap Pea Stir Fry soon. 

Still Truckin’…

So, I continue to be good, and I continue to not see results on the scale. I mean, I’m back to the lowest, but I’m bouncing around the same half pound or so, even though I continue to keep my calories between 1200-1400/day and stay under my allotted points. But I’m going to keep pushing, and eventually something will happen. I’m pretty proud that I’ve stuck to it so long.

Yesterday, the Cowboys played their first preseason game, which brought me to the “what shall I eat during the game for one must eat!” problem. So, I had  a very light snack at actual dinner time, and saved this for the game. I added just a touch of honey to some mustard, and had a healthy dipping sauce! football food

It appears that I do continue to see some off-the-scale results still though, regardless of my weight seeming to plateau.

On July 9th (like a week before I started Weight Watchers), I measured myself. I had a 34.5″ waist, 45.5″ hips and 37″ chest. I measured myself again this morning [July 31], and had a 32 6/8″ waist, 43″ hips, and 36″ chest. That’s around 5 1/2″ lost so far!

Today, I measured myself and I have a 32″ waist, 42″ hips, 35 6/8″ chest, and 29″ thighs. I was at 30 1/8″ for thighs on 7/31 and 30.5″ on 7/9. The biggest losses were on my waist and hips, 2.5″ and 3.5″ respectively. So all in all, so far I’ve lost 9.8″ in total! WOW!

dancing parks and rec