Saturday, January 08, 2011

NEW This and NEW That

That was what we talked about at our Weight Watchers meeting this morning.  It was focused around the NEW PointsPlus program.  We talked about our NEW Daily Points, our NEW Weekly Allowance, our NEW 0 Points fruit, and our NEW computation.

I must say the NEW program (PointsPlus) is working well for me.  Most of all it has made me refocus and keep track of my eating again.  Many of my frozen lunches went up in points, so I am looking for new ideas for lunch.  I have added a banana to my breakfast and don't have to worry about it's points value anymore!  And, instead of the worthless, empty 100 calorie packs for an afternoon snack, I now have an apple and don't have to use 2 points (previous points for a 100 calorie pack) to eat it! 

I follow a blog called Coupon Project and she is doing a daily post through the month of January exploring new fruits and veggies.  I would encourage you to check it out.   

January Weigh-In

I weighed in at goal for the month of January 2011!!!

I was about 1.6lbs up from my last meeting (3 weeks ago due to the holiday schedule), but I still felt good.  I think I have some water weight right now (AKA PMS!).  I think that has been the culprit with my lack of blogging and lack of excercise this week.  I hope to get back on the band wagon and might try to start my 30Day Shred again.  We shall see! 

Sunday, January 02, 2011


Well, I have been very sluggish over the last week or so.  I have not worked out since Wednesday night and I don't know if I will be able to fit it in tomorrow or Tuesday.  I am debating getting up early to go workout both days.  The City Fitness facility opens at 5:30am.  I could get there just before 6am and have a good hour before I need to get home to shower and get to work.  Or, I could rush there after my husband gets home from work and before my sister gets here, but I won't have as much time to get a good run in. 

My excuse? Well, it has been to dang cold to run in the morning, and too dark after my husband gets home from work.  I know, that is not a good excuse, but that is the one I am using.  Sometimes those excuses are what make you sluggish and get you back to where you started. 

NO MORE SLUGGISH! I will get to the fitness facility tomorrow.  Most likely it will be in the morning.  So, I will shoot for Monday and Tuesday!  I will also go on Wednesday and take Thursday off, and go on Friday.  That is my plan for the week.  I hope to come back to you on Friday and report on my goals and achievements this week!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Friday Food Find- Mrs. Dash

Today is more of a Friday Flavor Find instead of a food find. As many over-weight people often do, I've been treated for high blood pressure on and off over the years. At the age of 30, that is scary! It seems it runs in the family a little. With my last trip to the grocery store, I decided to get as much low sodium, no salt added stuff as possible. My mom had mentioned once before about Mrs. Dash seasonings. I remembered that from when I was little. Back then there was only one! Now, according to their website, Mrs. Dash has 14 salt free seasoning blends and 6 salt free marinades! So I got a couple to try.

Earlier this week I went way over normal for breakfast points, so had to think light for lunch. I did this Red Pepper Egg-In-A-Whole from I skipped the bread. Then I decided to saute some garlic, onion, mushrooms and halved cherry tomatoes to go with it. I used 1 tsp of olive oil (1 point). When they were just about done, I remembered I had this Tomato Basil Garlic Mrs. Dash in the cupboard! I sprinkled some on, added 1/2 oz of Fat Free Tomato Basil Feta Cheese (0 points) and gave it a quick stir to heat the cheese through. It was delicious!!! With a handful of grapes on the side, it was a wonderful lunch, for only 3 points! I will be trying some of the other salt free seasoning blends from Mrs. Dash for sure! (in fact, we are using the steak seasoning in tonight's sloppy joes recipe, also from the Skinny Taste website!)


New Years Resolution

What is your New Years Resolution?  How many times has it been "I will loose weight"???  I think that was mine almost yearly for awhile!  Is that really a realistic resolution?  I don't think so.  I think a Resolution should be more specific, or set numerous small resolutions.  Set a Resolution you know is attainable.  That is one of the things I loved about Weight Watchers, they help you set small goals that are attainable.  Reaching my 10% did not take all that long, and I felt like that was a huge victory.  After that, I knew I could loose the rest! 

So, my health and fitness related resolutions this year are:
  • Continue to run and start doing some races.  I know that is attainable!  To reach that I have set  a goal to trave to Spokane and run Bloomsday in May.
  • Work to include strength training into my work out.  To reach that I have slowly started had a small arm weight workout to my schedule after my runs.
  • Continue to attend WW Meeting more than just once a month.  To raech that I have told my husband it is a must that I get up at 6:15 am on Saturday!
Yes, I have other resolutions that are not health and fitness related.  I would like to lead a more relaxed life.  I would like to have more patience with my daughter.  I would like to read more.  I think some of those are attainable, but I need to figure out how to get there!

What is your New Years Resolution?  How will you reach it? 

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope 2011 brings you peace, joy, and happiness. 


Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Madness

I know, I know, Monday is almost over.  Here I sit, just showered after a good workout on the elliptical and trying to get this in before Monday is officially over!  I think I procrastinated about this post today because 1) I wasn't quite sure what to write and 2) I had a crappy bad weekend.  No, Christmas was great, but a bit too great! 

I indulged, but maybe a bit too much.  I tried very hard to stop myself, and I did have to remind myself to walk away from the kitchen a couple of times, but I was trying to help in the kitchen, and that is where my mom had all the snacks.  I did gravitate to the veggies as much as possible, but that gourmet cheese and meat tray was just too good!  I woke up each morning ready to push the re-set button, especially today!  This is definitely a Monday that I originally was referring to when I started my Monday madness posts.

On the bright side, I did run.  I ran 3 miles on Friday and 4 on Sunday.  I did try to drink lots of water and eat as much fruits and veggies as I could.  I did work to keep my servings small and pick and choose what I ate. 

And, with the holiday, I did not have a weigh in this weekend to kick my butt in high gear.  According to my scale at home, I wasn't all that bad.  But, I am feeling it.

This is reality.  This is what it is all about.  Knowing that life is hard and all kinds of good food will be thrown your way every direction you go.  The thing my leader always says is "you won't gain back all you lost in one day".  That is so true.  I know I won't gain 40lbs back because I ate too much yummy meat and cheese or brownies and peppermint ice cream!! 

There it is, I am real and I feel off plan for about 5 days! Now, I get myself back on and keep on movin and livin to  be healthy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Enjoy a Good Cocktail!!!

What, enjoy a cocktail while also losing weight?  YES, it is possible!!  There are a lot of reasonable cocktails out there that will not take up your entire day or week of points.  Some of my favorites involved using Crystal Light or just sipping a shot.  Okay, yes, I enjoy a nice cocktail every once in awhile.  I usually choose to sip on a small glass of wine, which is now 4ppts for 4oz.  

Because I know the Holidays can bring with them choices about not only food, but also cocktails, I decided to share some resources and ideas here with you.

1. The wine choice, as I said above, is red.  It takes longer to sip and you are less likely to go back for another.  
2. Use fresh juices, tonic, Diet Soda, Crystal Light, coffee, or tea as a mixer.  You use less points that way.
3. Avoid the flavored vodkas, etc.  I tend to stick with Vodka and Rum.  I will splurge on the occasional Bailey's or Kahlua.     
4. Stay away from the frozen and pre-mixed mixes you find in the grocery store.  Make your own instead.

Weight Watchers put out this great resources: WW Cocktail Cheat Sheet 

I have Hungry Girl's first cookbook, and it has some great cocktail recipes in it.  A couple of my favorites are:

Kickin' Cranberry Cosmo
5 ounces Diet Ocean Spray Cranberry Spray juice Drink
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 teaspoon lime juice
5-8 ice cubes
Optional: splash of diet lemon-lime soda, lime wedge

Combine the first three ingredients with the ice in a shaker.  Shake! Strain into glass.  Top with the splash of soda and garnish with the lime wedge. 

This is 1 serving.

Slammin' Slimmed-down Strawberry Daiquiri
1 1/2 ounces rum
1 packet sugar-free powdered drink mix (any strawberry blend)
3 frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon lime juice
5-8 ice cubes OR 1 cup crushed ice

Dissolve drink mix into 4 ounces of water and sir thoroughly. 

In a blender combine drink mixture with all the other ingredients.  Blend to desired consistency.


I hope you can enjoy some fun holiday cocktails while still keeping with your weight loss plan!!