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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

A Year Without A Santa Claus

I'm mister White Christmas
I'm mister snow
I'm mister icicle
I'm mister 10 below

Friends call me snow miser
whatever I touch
turns to snow in my clutch
I'm too much

I never want to know a day that's over 40 degrees
I rather have it 30, 20, 5 and have it freeze

I'm mister Green Christmas
I'm mister sun
I'm mister heat blister
I'm mister 101

Friends call me heat miser
whatever I touch
starts to melt in my clutch
I'm too much

I never want to know a day that's under 60 degrees
I rather have 80, 90, 100 degrees!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

No More Starbucks Drive Thru

At $3 or more a cup, and not much control over content, why not save the environment and your waist-line at the same time?

Copco To Go Cup - Brown

How stinkin' cute is this? And it is Eco friendly too. Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond here.

Copco To Go Cup

This cup looks like a disposable one but it's reusable so it reduces waste. With an easy-sip top, BPA free double wall mug provides enhanced insulation. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Monday, December 21, 2009

January Goals

* Update my blog daily
* Eat 3 servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily
* Get 8 - 8 oz glasses of water daily
* Write everything I eat in my food journal
* Get to my 10% weight loss goal
* Exercise at least 5 times per week for min 30 min
* Eat all my daily points

Scale Stats for the Week

Weigh ins Monday morning:

Fat %: 48.9
Water %: 40.8
Muscle Mass %: 28.7
BMI: 34.9

Calories needed daily to maintain: 1661

Normal healthy range
Fat 22-32% (whoa)
Water 50% (clearly not getting enough water)
Weight 110-140 ish (huh)
BMI 18.6 - 24.9 (oh my)

I'm not really sure how the scale gets all this information from my feet. I would think it would be based on age height and weight and then just making a guess but it does change even when the weight is the same.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Biggest Loser Scale

Biggest Loser 5568BL Body Fat-Body Water Scale, Silver and Stainless Steel

This is a great scale to use on your weight loss journey. Available from Amazon here.

Product Features

  • Measures body fat-Body water via the BIA method.
  • Calculates daily caloric reference- shows calories needed to maintain weight
  • Fitness Minder calculates BMI
  • Accurate to 330 pounds -150kg
  • Silver and Stainless steel platform with large 1.9" -2 line LCD display

Daily Nosh

Easing my way back into the tracking of my food:

Peanut butter/jelly sandwich
mini marshmallows
Chicken enchilada (Schwann's) - 350 cal, 5 fat, 1 protein
Popcorn

Not a good day...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Easy Vegetarian Brown Bag Lunches


  • Black beans, diced red pepper, onion, jalapeno, salsa on a whole wheat wrap with pepper jack cheese


  • Vegetarian chili salad you can add salsa, corn, beans, egg, cheese, chick peas, & avocado


  • Grilled cheese & tomato soup


  • Avocado, cucumber, red onion, tomato and hummus on whole wheat


  • Vegetarian B.L.T. - Caramelize onions and use instead of bacon. It takes two minutes and they hold up find throughout the day.


  • Black bean and cheese burrito wraps


  • Garbonzo beans, feta cheese and lettuce is a great quick salad


  • 1 can Tuna, 2 chopped apples, 2 chopped stalks celery, 1 TB mayo, salt & pepper! That makes 2 delicious servings of salad


  • Tzatziki pita - pita, 1/2 tomato, cuke, feta, tzatziki, lettuce. Assemble right before eating.


  • 1/2c brown rice (I use the microwave packets), 1/2 can chopped no salt added tomatoes, 2/3c morningstar farm ground soy

Friday, December 18, 2009

Vanity Sizing

Seriously...

Now it is no secret that the sizing of clothes has changed over the years. And as frustrating as it is not knowing what size you are going to be from store to store, here is the reason why: vanity sizing. Americans are willing to pay more for a smaller size on our clothes. We like the smaller size in the closet so we can say, "yeah, I'm a size 4". This vanity sizing phenomenon has certainly contributed to the ever growing American population...and I don't mean the number of people. Americans are getting fatter and the vanity sizing from clothing companies are enabling us. Here is an interesting article in the Seattle Times.

So what is your true size? To really know what your true size is, you should go to European clothing companies such as Boden or H&M or sewing patterns. The pattern companies are still using the commercial sizing standards that the Department of Commerce regulated up until 1983. It seems once again, America has their own way of doing things.

Another helpful site for clothing conversions.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Morning or Evening Exercising

Is it better to exercise in the morning or evening? Well for me, since I am not a morning person, the evening is better. When I am on a regular schedule, I find it easier to come home from work and hit the treadmill or weights before dinner. The problem with exercising in the evening is on the days that I have to work late. I seem to have had the unfortunate luck of working for companies that suck every ounce out of me. Then when I finally get to go home for the day it is 9 or 10 and night and the last thing I want to do is exercise. A typical day usually meant I probably didn't eat lunch or if I did, it was from a vending machine because I didn't have time to leave. (Normally I could go home for lunch) So even though I should not have eaten anything, I really hadn't eaten all day and when you are starving, you eat everything. And because it is so late, I didn't have the time or energy to make lunch for the next day and it all starts again.

There is a lot of information on the internet regarding when it is better to exercise. Basically it comes down to, what works for you?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fiber Fun Facts

  • North Americans ate 10 times more fiber 100 years ago than they do today
  • Fiber has zero calories
  • Fiber is only found in carbohydrates. Yet not all carbohydrates contain fiber
  • High-fiber foods provide long term energy to your body because they are digested and processed more slowly than refined carbohydrates
  • Only 1 in 5 Americans have an idea how much fiber they consume on a daily basis, and only 1 in 4 know how many grams of fiber are recommended each day

Friday, October 2, 2009

October Goals

* Update my blog daily
* Eat 3 servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily
* Write everything I eat in my food journal
* Get to my 10% weight loss goal
* Exercise at least 5 times per week for min 30 min
* Eat all my daily points

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Scale Stats

Here is what the new scale said this morning:

Fat %: 47.9
Water %: 41.0
Muscle Mass %: 28.9
BMI: 34.3

Calories needed daily to maintain: 1647

Normal healthy range
Fat 22-32% (whoa)
Water 50% (clearly not getting enough water)
Weight 110-140 ish (huh)
BMI 18.6 - 24.9 (oh my)

I think this will be really helpful.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This stinks

I bought a new scale from Amazon.com. The Biggest Loser scale that also has a body fat analyzer. It provides fat %, water %, muscle mass and BMI. The best feature I think is the calories needed to maintain the weight. I think it should make it easier to know what to stay under calorie wise. The stinky part is, my old scale seems to be off about 5 lbs! Ugh! I will re-weigh in the morning and adjust my weight loss tracker at the top.

The last few weeks, I've been a little discouraged in that I had a hard time eating all my points until I was exercising like a fiend. Then I was nothing but hungry! I have been maintaining, which is good, although now I find out the scale was wrong!

Onward bound, y'all

Monday, September 28, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I had today:

Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
High Fiber O's 55g - 2.08
bread - .34
bread - .34
bread - .34
bread - .34
Morning Star Chicken patty - 2.8
Morning Star Chicken patty - 2.8
Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Skinny Cow - 2.32

Total calculated points 14.56 there was some butter on the toast and a little reduced fat mayo on the chicken patties. So the remaining points will cover that without dipping into the weekly points.

I've been MIA for a few days. I'm afraid to get on the scale to be honest. My pants still fit so that's good but I went to Ann Arbor for a few days and probably didn't eat the best. I'm expecting my Biggest Loser scale any day now. It is supposed to tell me how many calories I need to maintain. That should make it easier to cut back and lose.

It's getting colder in Michigan. It was cold and rainy all day so I couldn't go on a bike ride. I'll probably walk on the treadmill although I really have no energy. I drove past the gym that is at the end of my road and the name changed AGAIN! I might go check it out this week. I'd really like to start swimming although, yes, I should have been going all summer. Hopefully I'll get a job soon. That will help justify the monthly fee.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I had today:

Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Egg Beater - .6
Egg Beater - .6
Skinny Cow - 2.32
Pita Chips 28g - 1.84
Pita Chips 28g - 1.84
Mexican bean & cheese dip - 1.18
apple 170g - .952
Skinny Cow - 2.32
Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Rotisserie Chicken 3 oz - 2.7

Total points 19.152. I'm going to knitting tonight and might have some coffee. Either that or I stay home and walk on the treadmill and watch Biggest Loser. Haven't decided. Yesterday I stayed in points but was starving when I went to bed. Why? Because I had 2 (not 1 but 2) servings of Peanut Butter Cup Ben & Jerry's. That is 8 points a SERVING! Did it taste good? You betcha! Was it worth it? No way! Not when I go to bed hungry.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fiber One Yogurt - OMG!

So I went to a Grand Opening of a grocery store near me yesterday. Without a list. And I was hungry. Usually not a good combination. I bought a few things that sounded really good but not necessarily good for you. However, for the most part I did really well. I even remembered some things from my on-going grocery list. One of the things I bought was Fiber One Yogurt in vanilla. Zero points people! It is only 4oz but it whops 5 grams of fiber at ya. Click here for $1 off coupon.





Thursday, September 17, 2009

Daily Nosh

Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Fiber One 30g - (1.52)
apple 90g - .5
Fiber One bar - 1.24
Pita chips 1oz - 1.84
Pita chips 1oz - 1.84
hummus 56g - 3.2
Skinny Cow - 2.32
Pita chips 1oz - 1.84
WW Lasagna - 5.48
Skinny Cow - 2.32

Total points 20.66. Plus I rode my bike for 9.16 miles. I had only gone 6 miles this summer so far. And this route was much more hilly. I had to walk a couple times but I finished. I've haven't been eating the best but I have stayed within points so I'm hoping tomorrow's weigh in will be good.

Went to Costco today and got some healthy things. Arnold Select sandwich thins, Dole pineapple chunks, pita chips, frozen vegetables, canned chicken, capers, and Laughing Cow. And shared a box of Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches. OMG...those are great!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I had:

Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Fiber One 30g - (1.52)
apple 199g - 1.11
Arnold Select - 1.08
Low fat mayo - .38
Tomato 35g - .03
Lettuce 20g - 0
Turkey Bacon - .94
Turkey Bacon - .94
Tomato & roasted red pepper soup 8oz - 1.96
Lean Cuisine Asian style pot stickers - 4.92
Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
popcorn - ?

Total calculated points 14.65. I shared the popcorn with the dog and, yes, I had butter. It tasted good too. Caffeine free diet Dr. Pepper. Yummy. I need to ride my bike tomorrow. I took a few days off. It seemed that I was burning calories and it just made me want to eat more. Seems to defeat the purpose of exercise, don't you think? I seem to eat less when I have something constructive to do. Like today my mom was here, helped me take the pets to the vet. I ate really well. Even dinner was good. I was watching TV tonight and HAD TO HAVE A SNACK. Popcorn it was. The butter just called my name from the fridge. Stupid butter.

Interview tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I ate today:

Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6
Breakfast Sandwich
Arnold Select - 1.08
Egg beaters 1/4c - .6
Egg beaters 1/8c - .3
Reduced fat cheddar 28g - 1.56
Veggie sausage patty - 1.64
Veggie sausage patty 1/2- .82
Fiber One bar - 1.24
Tortilla chips 1oz - 2.6
Tortilla chips 1oz - 2.6
Reduced fat cheddar 49g - 3.64
Smartfood popcorn - 1.28

Total points 18.96. I still have a few for a snack/dinner tonight. My breakfast sandwich that I made ended up being more points than anticipated. Then I threw out about 1/4 of it so that is why the points and servings look weird. I was excited when I found the Morning Star Farms Sausage patties. I'm hoping I just nuked them too long. They were really tough and hard to chew. I'm thinking I can pair down my breakfast sandwich to 5.18 points. And that is with reduced fat cheddar. I'm going to look for fat free singles. I tried fat free cheese eons ago and texture and melting capability just wasn't there. But I think the cheeses have improved. We'll see.

I took the dog for a walk 1.5 miles and I mowed the backyard for an hour. Whew! I'll be glad when the grass stops growing, although that will mean winter is here. Boo! :(

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I had:

Fiber One bar - 1.56
Lean Cuisine Vegetable Eggroll - 6
Skim Milk 8oz - 1.6

Total before dinner 9.16 points.

I went to my friends for dinner. We had steak, corn, green beans, garlic bread, and wine (of course). It was really good. The garlic bread was probably not the best but other than the amount you eat at someone house, you can't request low fat items. That ok. It is not as bad as Papa Johns!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fell off the wagon...

I think I fell off the wagon for a bit but am ready to hop back on! I think the Papa John's pizza really started it.

Today I did better. Here is what I had:

WW Breakfast Quesadilla - 3.68
water 32oz - (.32)
Arnold Select - 1.08
Oven Classic Turkey 57g - 1.26
honey mustard - .2
veggie burger - 1.4
Arnold Select - 1.08
yogurt - 2.2

Total points 10.58

Then I went to the movies with a friend tonight. No pop or popcorn. Afterwards we went to On The Border for drinks. Extra bonus - it was happy hour...at 9pm! Sweet! I had a swirled margarita and sangria. Delish! Chips, guacamole and queso. It was good. Not WW friendly but as bitchcakes posted, forgive yourself and start over the next meal. There is no turning back.

The wagon is coming around again people.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I ate today:


WW Breakfast Quesadilla - 3.68
honey ginger apple 208g - 1.16
Broccoli Slaw - .4
RF Asian Dressing 32g - 1.44
RF Asian Dressing 16g - .72
Skim milk 1 C - 1.6

Total points 9

I know, I know...doesn't look like much but I am a little embarrassed that I ate quite a bit of French Burnt Peanuts today. Yeah, there is no nutritional value in those...just so you know. Although, I am perplexed as to why there is no fiber when it is clearly a peanut? Hello? French burnt PEANUT. I just did some calculating and basically the candy I ate consumed all of my points for the day. Apparently I have no self control. This is why I skip the candy section at Horrocks. This purchase was at the health food store.And it was sitting right there. Looking at me. So I bought it to teach it a lesson not to stare. Yup, sounds like a good story.

For exercise I did ride 6 miles and I mowed the front yard. Probably balanced out the day. I've decided not to weigh myself this week. I think it will just upset me. *sigh*

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fast Food the healthy way

Fast food and healthy are like polar opposites. I don't care what nutrition information is written about a certain food. Do you really think that the pimple faced kid behind the counter cares that you can't have a fat gram today? I worked in fast food and they barely get by with health codes let alone adhering to calories and food preparation.

There are a lot of good cookbooks with MYOTO (make your own take out) recipes. I would like to try and recreate the cinnamon heaven of the Papa John's Cinnapie. The nutrition stats on that are worse than the pepperoni pizza! It has to be butter. Why, butter...why must you be so tasty?

Tomorrow is aerobics and grocery shopping...

Daily Nosh

What I ate today:

Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
Fiber One 30g - (1.52)
Special K 31g - 2.34
cinnapie 115g - 8.82
papajohns - 6
Fiber One bar - 1.56
water 32oz - (.32)
WW Mac & cheese - 5.16
Cauliflower 247g - (.247)
Smartfood Popcorn Cluster - 1.28
Popcorn 38g - 1.72

Total points 26.4 however I did ride my bike for 6 miles and took the dog for a walk for 1.5 miles. My activity points brought my point consumption back in line. It was one of those days that I just felt the need to snack. Basically everything was healthy with the exception of the Papa Johns Pizza and Cinnapie. Why do bad things taste so good?

By having the Papa Johns pizza and working out, they basically cancel each other out. I bet if I weigh myself tomorrow, I maintained the same weight. I have to remember I am not in maintenance mode yet. Next time I crave pizza, I'm going to go the Hungry Girl route. I don't know if this is her recipe exactly but:
Tortilla - high fiber/Arnold Select sandwich thin/WW English Muffin
pizza sauce
reduced fat cheese (even fat free has come a long way)
turkey bacon
OR
tons of veggies

Cauliflower is negative points. WOOHOO! Cover it with pizza sauce and everything tastes the same anyway. :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I ate today:

Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
Fiber One - (1.52)
water 32oz - (.32)
Turkey Bacon - .94
Turkey Bacon - .94
La Tortilla Smart & Delicious Low Fat - 1.52
Tomato 56g - .05
Lettuce 27g - .005
Low Fat mayo 11g - .27
Delallo Provolone 15g - 1.4
Yoplait light strawberry shortcake - 2.2
WW Lasagna Florentine - 5.72
Smartfood Popcorn Cluster - 1.28
Fiber One bar - 1.56

Total points 15.67 plus I earned about 9 activity points. I biked 6 miles mid afternoon. Walked the dog 1.5 miles. Then I biked the same route just see how long it was.

I still have some points left so I might have some popcorn later. I did really well exercising today! Yay me!

It's official...

The trail that I have been riding on is 9.53 km which is 5.92 miles. Whew! And I can ride it in 28 minutes now. I am building up my stamina for sure!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I ate:

Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
Fiber One - (1.52)
water 32oz - (.32)
Fiber One Bar - 1.28
green leaf lettuce 77g - .2139
bacon bacon 1 tbs - .34
Light Caesar 32g - 2.16
turkey - 6.1
potatoes - 2.96
gravy - 1.16
1/2% milk 1 C - 2.08
1/2% milk 1 C - 2.08
Sticky
Apple pie

Total points without dessert 18.13. Not sure what dessert adds but I also rode 5 miles on my bike again and I'm going to hit the treadmill for another 45 minutes. The week will be easier to eat less and burn more. Yay!

Mileage

For those wondering why there is a KM to Miles conversion link under my faves, it is because my bike odometer won't switch to miles anymore. I'm also wondering if I should invest in a new one because the same stretch of path I rode yesterday for 5.6 km came up today at 9.53 km. Something is obviously not right.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Daily Nosh

What I had today

Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
Fiber One - (1.52)
water 32oz - (.32)
papajohns - 6
papajohns - 6
cinnapie - 11.28
Vitatop Triple Chocolate Chunk - 1.12
peanut butter reduced fat - 2.28
Cool whip Free - .5
Cool whip Free - .5
Cool whip Free - .5
nibbled at Founders

Total points 27.94 less 9 calculated activity points. Besides the 3.5 miles on my bike I briskly walked 45 minutes on the treadmill. I was aiming for 60 minutes but I got tired. Tomorrow my feet will definitely be sore. Overall I didn't eat well today but the exercise made up for it. Tomorrow will be a different story. Mom's making a turkey...

Weight Watchers Activity Points

So while I am DOING Weight Watchers, I am not an active member. I signed up 3 years ago and after the first week, had some personal issues. Those that know me, know what I am talking about. Anyway, I still have all of the Weight Watchers handouts, including the Points booster which is for calculating activity points. Yesterday I craved Papa Johns pizza pretty badly so I bought one. And the free Cinnapie was a bonus. Not a healthy bonus. But a bonus. I had some for dinner last night and for lunch today. Yesterday I'll consider a free day. Today, not so much. I just rode 3.5 miles. I'm going to rate the intensity between high and moderate. 60 minutes for my weight range, I burned 6 points. GREAT! That somewhat makes up for the Papa Johns today. I haven't used the flex points for the last 2 weeks so that is also a bonus. The points system is working for me so far. I don't feel deprived at all and I am actually getting out and exercising more. I've decided my official weigh in day is Friday. It helps to have more time to burn off Saturday Free Days. ;)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Product Review

Wow! Yum-O!
 
Smart Food Popcorn Clusters
Cal 110
Fat1
Fiber 5
SMARTFOOD® Honey Multigrain Popcorn Clusters
A little expensive but if there are certain food you crave, you are willing to pay, right? Portion controled in individual packets. There are 5 to a box. I'd wait until they are on sale. Sales make good finds even better! Available at Target!
  • Lactose Free
  • MSG Free
  • 0g Trans Fat
  • Onion Free
  • Kosher OU
  • Excellent Source of Calcium
  • Excellent Source of Fiber

  • Friday, September 4, 2009

    Daily Nosh

    What I ate today:

    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    water 32oz - (.32)
    Honey & Maple Turkey 62g - 1.42
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    Delallo Provolone 15g - 1.41
    Hummus 1oz - 1.6
    Hummus 1oz - 1.6
    Cauliflower 155g - (.155) WOOHOO!
    smart food popcorn clusters - 1.28
    WW Lasagna - 5.48
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6

    Total points today 15.48
    Not bad. Might have a couple glasses of wine later.

    Rode my bike for about 4 miles. Felt great. I like the trail close to my house. It makes it easy to loop back around.

    Tomorrow is my friends Threshing Bee. There will be all sorts of bad foods there. So I guess I saved up points from this week for that.

    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Today's activities

    • Rode my bike for 4.86 km - a little over 3 miles. Really works the glutes!

    • Vacuumed the upper and lower floors with my new vacuum. I really like it! Considering is it house cleaning!

    • Trimmed the bushes in the front yard. Made sure not to cut any cords!
    • Took the dog for a walk around the block - Whew!

    Daily Nosh

    What I had today:

    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    water 32oz - (.32)
    Honey & Maple Turkey 62g - 1.41
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    Delallo Provolone 14g - 1.32
    WW Three Cheese Ziti Marinara - 6.24
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6

    Total points 13.42; 846 cal (not good); 23.6 grams of fiber (good)

    Without Fiber One, I would definitely not get enough fiber in my diet. I still have room for a Vitatop snack. After taking the dog for a walk though, I'm just thirsty. Hopefully this exercise will help me sleep well tonight. Yay! Sleep!

    The Great Plate

    http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/nutrition/goodchoice/pdf/GreatPlate.pdf
    Mindful Eating Great Plate

    Are you looking for easy ways to reduce the amount of calories you eat? The following tips can help you manage portions.


    • Use smaller plates, bowls and cups
    • Avoid distractions while eating. Watching TV, reading or using the computer makes you less aware of how much you eat
    • Put less food on your plate
    • Leave serving dishes in the kitchen instead of on the table
    • Serve snacks on a plate or in a bowl instead of eating from the bag or box
    • Eat slowly and put your fork or spoon down after each bite
    • Plan healthy snacks ahead of time to avoid getting overly hungry

    Eating the best combination of foods is also important to satisfy hunger. Follow the Great Plate recommendations of using a 10-inch plate and filling it with:


    • 1/2 non-starchy vegetables (i.e. carrots, broccoli, peppers)
    • 1/4 whole grain/starchy vegetables (i.e. corn, peas, potatoes)
    • 1/4 lean protein (i.e. skinless chicken, fish, beans)

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Daily Nosh

    What I ate today:

    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    Honey & Maple Deli Meat 62g - 1.41
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    Delallo Provolone 14g - 1.32
    Mango Salsa 28g - .2
    Mango Salsa 28g - .2
    Hummus 1oz - 1.6
    Hummus 1oz - 1.6
    Cauliflower 154g - (.154)
    Kung Pao Chicken - HG - 4.32
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    water 32oz - (.32)
    Vitatop Triple Chocolate Chunk - 1.08

    Total points 16.02 Less than my allotted 22 points. This is assuming I have the Vitatop snack. Maybe...maybe not. And 34 grams of FIBER! BRAVO ME! Plus I mowed the backyard and took the dog fora walk. Mowing was exhausting. I stopped even stopped about 5 times to rest. Other than figuring points for everything, by careful weighing, this lifestyle change is not hard. It is obviously more time consuming to think about what you are eating instead of just eating. I'm not an emotional eater, if anything, extreme stress makes it so I can't eat. Been there, done that. Right now I just wish I had more things to keep me busy during the day so I don't think about food. Which I have plenty of things that need to be done but being at home makes it easy to eat all day. The few pounds I gained from the rehearsal and wedding fest are now gone. Onward bound!

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009

    Tonight's recipe

    Have I mentioned I L.O.V.E. Hungry Girl?!?

    HG's WOW Kung Pao

    HG's WOW Kung Pao

    Kung Pao-wer!
    Everyone knows that "steamed" is the way to go when eating Chinese food out. But when you're home, well, steaming your Asian chicken is for the birds (not literally). Why? Because it's TOO easy to create a saucy, spicy, wonderful dish that has a tiny fraction of the calories and fat of restaurant versions. See below for proof -- and feel free to experiment using all sorts of other veggies (green beans, carrots, bean sprouts, broccoli) and lean protein (shrimp, lean steak, tofu, and even lean pork tenderloin ROCK Kung Pao style!). OK, enough yapping, check it out...

    Ingredients:
    2 tbsp. reduced-sodium or lite soy sauce
    1 1/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
    2 tsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
    1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
    1 tsp. red chili sauce, or more to taste
    8 oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cubed
    3/4 cup mushroom chunks
    3/4 cup bell pepper chunks (red and/or green)
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 tsp. minced garlic
    1/4 cup sliced & halved canned water chestnuts, drained
    1 tbsp. chopped dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
    Salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, to taste

    Directions:
    To make the sauce, combine 2 tbsp. cold water with soy sauce, vinegar, Splenda, cornstarch, and chili sauce. Stir until all ingredients have dissolved. Set aside.
    Spray a large skillet or wok with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, celery, onion, garlic, and 2 tbsp. water. Stirring occasionally, cook for about 5 minutes, until chicken is almost fully cooked but still tender.
    Add water chestnuts and peanuts to the skillet/wok. Raise heat to high, give sauce a stir, and add it to the skillet/wok as well.
    Mix entire dish until all ingredients are coated in sauce, and the sauce is hot and thick. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Enjoy!
    MAKES 2 SERVINGS


    Serving Size: 1 heaping portion (half of recipe)
    Calories: 230
    Fat: 4g
    Sodium: 720mg
    Carbs: 17g
    Fiber: 3g
    Sugars: 7g
    Protein: 30g

    POINTS® value 4*

    Daily Nosh

    What I ate today:
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    Special K - 2.44
    Tortilla chips 1oz - 2.8
    Mango Salsa 28g - .2
    Mango Salsa 28g - .2
    Hummus 1oz - 1.6
    virginia lite ham 80g - 1.14
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    Delallo Provolone 14g - 1.32
    Kung Pao Chicken - HG - 4.32
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6

    Total 18.78 points. Not a bad day. I have some points to play with if I need a snack later. Probably just water. I seem to be really thirsty. That might be why I feel like I am getting a headache.

    Didn't really do much today. I ran some errands and went to a couple estate sales. I was going to mow the lawn (1. it really needs it and 2. it would be exercise!) but since I don't sleep well at night, I was getting tired and took a nap. Now of course taking a nap during the day is not going to help my not being able to sleep during the night. It is a vicious cycle that I hope to break before I find a job.

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    Daily Nosh

    What I ate today:

    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    virginia lite ham 85g - 1.21
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    veggies
    ranch, salsa, plain yogurt
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    WW Tuna Noodle Gratin - 4.56
    blueberries 140g - .84
    Vitatop Triple Chocolate Chunk - 1.08

    Total 12.45 points that I actually kept track of. I did snack on some chocolates from the wedding but I think it should be covered with the extra points available for the day. Good day today!

    Product Review

    EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale w/ Extra Large LCD and 11 Lb. Capacity


    EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale w/ Extra Large LCD and 11 Lb. Capacityfound on Amazon here.


    My review on Amazon: Great addition to your kitchen!


    This is a great scale. Recommended by Hungry Girl as an essential in the kitchen. I bought mine in red. I like that the tare weight zeros out with the measuring device on the scale when turned on. The accompanying calorie booklet is helpful in calculating the calories in fruits and vegetables using the weight. The addition of the fat grams would be even better for those following Weight Watchers. I also like the various units of measure that are programed into the scale. I highly recommend!

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    Basil Overload

    I mentioned in my other blog that I have way too much basil and didn't really know what to do with it other than make pesto. Since I have started my healthy eating, I did not think I could involve pesto due to the high oil content. One of my fave blogs posted this pesto recipe that she found on Weight Watchers. Thanks bitchcakes! :) I'll be making this tomorrow.

    Pesto Recipe

    Weekend Nosh

    Well, let's just say that I went a wedding on Saturday and I did not keep track of what I ate. Up until the hors devors, I had:


    peaches 323g - 1.41
    strawberries 213g - .524
    Vitatop Banana Fudge - 1.16

    Total 3.09 points until approx 5:30pm. Yes, I was saving up. Past that point, I really have no idea.

    On to Sunday...I slept in late, went back out to help clean up, came home and started laundry. I then mowed the lawn. I snacked on things all day. Not really a real meal. Tomorrow will be better, I swear.

    Saturday, August 29, 2009

    Daily Nosh

    What I had:

    WW Breakfast Quesadilla - 3.68
    coffee
    mixed berry salad w/pecans from Horrocks - no idea
    berries, chicken, pecans, greens
    low fat Asian Dressing - 1.44
    water 32oz - (.32)
    Cukes 86g - .1445
    Fat Free Ranch 34g - 1
    HG fudge - 1.283
    HG fudge - 1.283
    HG fudge - 1.283
    ball park food
    bazillion points…but it was tasty, for the most part

    So I have no idea how "bad" the damage is from tonight. It was a wedding rehearsal dinner at the ball park. I had a lot but actually didn't finish anything. Except dessert, of course. There were chicken breasts for sandwiches and hot dogs. I ate about half of each. Mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and boneless buffalo wings for appetizers. They were ok. Probably had more than I should have but I think I ate well the whole day preparing for it. Now the wedding meal is tomorrow. Yikes.

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    Product Review

    Morningstar Farms® Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers
    Description:Italian-style veggie burger accented with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil -- deliciozo!

    O...M...G...! These are the best ever! It totally smells like a pizza in the microwave. I have been putting these on the Aunt Millies Slimwiches with a little bit of Ranch Dressing. Because everybody knows ranch goes with pizza. Am I right? Nuke 2 of these patties up with no bread and have some ranch for dipping. You are looking at about 5 points. I highly recommend these. YUM-O!

    Daily Nosh

    What I ate today:
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    plain yogurt - 2.6
    blueberries 100g - .6
    Vitatop Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip - .92
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    Morning Star Tomato & Basil Pizza Burger - 2.28
    Fat Free Ranch 17g - .5
    Vitatop Triple Chocolate Chunk - 1.08
    Cool Whip Fat Free - 1
    water 32oz - (.32)
    broccoli 150g - .36

    Total points consumed 10.58
    Which is weird because I completely feel like I ate enough today as opposed to yesterday where I was starving and went over the points by 1.36. I did have almost 40 grams of fiber and that really helps. It is really cold today and I am so tired. I will be heading to bed early I think. After I prep for my phone interview in the morning! Yay!

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    Daily Nosh

    What I ate today:
    Breakfast
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Fiber One - (1.52)
    Lunch
    Smart & Delicious Tortilla - 1.52
    Swiss cheese 26g - 2.76
    Chicken 50g - 3.64
    Fat Free Ranch 17g - .5
    Dinner
    Aunt Millies Slimwiches - 1.48
    Morning Star Tomato & Basil Pizza Burger - 2.28
    Fat Free Ranch 17g - .5
    water 32oz - (.32)
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    Skim milk 1 C - 1.6
    plain yogurt - 2.6
    blueberries 100g - .6
    Target brand Light Butter popcorn - 1.8
    Target brand Light Butter popcorn - 1.8 (2 servings per bag. I did share with the dog)
    Vitatop Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip - .92

    Total of 23.36 points
    I have actually allotted myself 22 points per day. I'm adjusting and I don't feel bad about going over. I think I overestimated a few things anyway.

    Exercise: Vacuuming ( with my new Bissell Multicyclonic Pet Hair Lifter Vacuum)
    Helping my friend at her property getting ready for the wedding on Saturday. We weeded the blueberry patch and hung up the sides of the tent. It was very tiring. I think I waited too long to eat between lunch and dinner and ended up with a massive migraine. I don't think I will need to take anything to help me sleep tonight. Maybe I can get up at a decent time too.

    Question of the day - Snacks
    Do you find that eating a snack makes you hungry for another snack? For example, when I eat popcorn, I want chocolate. When I have peanut butter, I want chocolate. You get the picture ;)

    Product Review

    Found this at Walgreen's of all places.
    Wyler's Light Singles to go! Wild Strawberry (Fiber) 6 ct box
    Wyler's Light Singles To Go in Wild Strawberry with Fiber

    Yes folks, that's right, FIBER! It's sugar free and only 10 cal per packet. 2.6 dietary fiber. That's 2.6 g of fiber per packet! According to my handy dandy WW point calculation, that is -.32 points. Yes, negative. I like things that are negative points. It balances out some of the higher point items. It costs $1 for 6 packets. I'm trying to find a better deal. On Walgreens website, the price is $.93 but then you have to pay for shipping. Booooo, shipping!

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    Where the adventure begins

    After being unemployed for a few months, and thoroughly enjoying my summer, I have accomplished some things but yet nothing. How does one do that? I have decided to embark on my own weight-loss journey. As any good nutritionist will tell you, to see where your faults are, you should begin by writing down everything you eat for 3 weeks. So beginning tomorrow I will write down everything I eat. I will also journal my exercise. Feel free to comment, suggest, or criticize (nicely). All will be read.