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Sunday Stuff {and an upcoming giveaway!}

The last few weekends, I’ve posted on Sundays about delicious recipes I was trying or that I enjoyed. This Sunday, I am actually not doing any cooking. I still have yet to grocery shop and I’m contemplating not even doing it today. I chose to go for a walk this morning instead, and hubby joined me which rarely happens and is a real treat when it does. Later, we are going out to dinner for my mom’s birthday, so I won’t be cooking dinner. Since I’m not cooking anything today, I decided I would share the recipe for Whoopie Pies that I tried last Sunday.

First things first, here are a few pictures from last night. My mom and I went to The Beach Boys concert at The Straz Center in Tampa. It was a fun concert, great music, and my mom had a great time as part of her birthday weekend.

This morning, we started the day with a walk over the Memorial Causeway to Clearwater Beach. I don’t think I will every tire of the views here in Florida. Between the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the water, and more, we are so lucky to live here. It’s easy to take it for granted, but how could the scenery for a walk get any better thank this? I even took a panoramic photo with a nifty app on my iPhone.

 

 

{upcoming giveaway!}

I am VERY close to hitting 100 followers on Twitter and expect it to happen this week. When it does, I will be hosting a giveaway here for Love Grown Foods Oat Clusters & Love. I’ve had the privelege to try them out thanks to a giveaway I won on a great blog I follow. I was then contacted by Love Grown Foods and they sent me a box of goodies to share. So I now have the chance to have a giveaway of my own and spread the LOVE. Be sure to watch for the upcoming post on that!

And finally, here is the Whoopie Pie recipe, which is taken from the Best Darn Food Ever! WW cookbook. If you happen to have it, it’s on page 221.

Whoopie Pies – 5 Points Plus value – Makes 18*

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup low-fat (1%) milk
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme

1. Place oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat overn to 425F

2. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in small bowl

3. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat suagr, butter, oil, and egg white in medium bowl until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low. Beat in flour mixture just until blended then stir in milk just until blended. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto large ungreased baking sheets, making total of 36 cookies.

4. Bake until tops of cookies spring back when lightly pressed, 5-7 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheets on wire racks.

5. Spoon 2 teaspoons marshmallow creme on bottoms of 18 cookies. Cover with remaining cookies.

Here’s a reminder of how fabuslous they came out….

Mmmmmm

HAPPY SUNDAY!!

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Sunday in the kitchen: 04/29/12

The last few Sundays, I have enjoyed trying new recipes. I go grocery shopping early and then I have the day to make whatever delicious looking recipes I’ve saved. Today was no exception. I was in a real fruit and vegetable mood, plus I wanted to make something new and different for dessert. I remembered the recipe I had for Whoopie Pies in the WW recipe book I bought a few months ago. Off to the store I went. I spent alot of time in the produce section, and I bought enough to last the week. I bought asparagus, red cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes, red pepper, sweet potato, and onion. Good assortment that can be used in so many dishes or salads. I also bought a couple mangos and watermelon. As I always do when I get home from the store, I cut up the fruit. The easier it is for me to pull out of the fridge and eat, the more likely I am to eat it. The watermelon and mango looked soooo good! The mango was really ripe, which is how I like it. It has kind of a meaty texture to it and it was perfect.

Super sweet watermelon - great on a warm day.

Really ripe mango

After preparing the fruit, I decided to try the Whoopie Pie recipe. I just happened to have all the ingredients I needed since they are pretty basic. This recipe can be found in the Best Darn Food Ever recipe book that I purchased at my WW meeting. If you’d like me to email the receipe to you, let me know and I’ll be happy to do so. The batter for the cookie part of it was AMAZING. In my world, you have to eat some of the batter when you’re baking. I don’t care if it’s wrong.  Hubby really liked them, too, which means I will for sure make them again. A couple things about these…. the cookie part of it came out too big. I would have liked for them to be smaller, like the picture in the recipe. Also, I prepared them with the marshmallow fluff and put them in a cake tray with a lid, lined with wax paper, so they are all ready to eat. The marshmallow expanded and they are now a little on the messy side. I told hubby that next time we will add the marshmallow fluff when we are ready to eat them. I will, of course, only show you the amazing pictures of when they were first made. Not bad for my first time, huh? They really taste as yummy as they look and they are super easy to make.  

For dinner, I knew I was going to make something with the colorful veggies I bought today. I decided to make sauteed chicken and vegetables. I cut strips of boneless skinless chicken breast and sauteed it in some olive oil with salt and pepper. When that was done, I set it aside and added a little more olive oil to the pan. I cut up zucchini, mushrooms, white onion, and red pepper. When it was cooked just to the right tenderness, I added a little butter and minced garlic. Okay, ALOT of garlic. I also cooked some red cabbage in olive oil and vinegar for a side. My goodness, it all smelled so good. I made enough to have left-overs for lunch tomorrow. This meal was perfect enough, no other side orders were needed. Is it obvious from the pictures how much I love garlic?  

I find it really amusing that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes so much. I used to be really afraid of cooking. And seriously, how do I possibly measure up to my mom’s cooking? She is the best cook ever! Maybe a little bit of that rubbed off on me. I am pretty proud of myself. 🙂

Confusion

I am confused. If you were to ask my hubby, he would tell you this is nothing new. And he’s right. I think-and-overthink things constantly and confuse myself even more. I don’t know why I do it, but it’s part of who I am. You should be so glad you are not me.

What am I confused about, you ask? It’s simple really. I don’t know if I want to stay on Weight Watchers. It’s many reasons, not just one. I guess the best thing to do is make a list of whys and why-nots.

Why I want to stay on WW…

  • I need the accountability.
  • I enjoy the WW philosophy and the resources they offer.
  • I like the structure it gives me.
  • I like the celebration of it when it is working.
  • I like, no LOVE, the idea of making Lifetime again.

Why I don’t want to stay on WW…

  • It’s not cheap. Whether I pay weekly or save money with the monthly pass, it’s still an expense that I have a hard time justifying these days.
  • I don’t like the structure it gives me. Ha! How can I both like and not like this??
  • It can be hard to get to the meetings. When I don’t go, I feel guilty.
  • I want to be able to eat what I want and not think about how many points it is.
  • Tracking can be a chore sometimes.

See? I’m confused. I like the structure it gives me because I know how I am and I need that. But I don’t like the structure it gives me because I want to enjoy foods without having to calculate it first. And I’m not talking about junk food and food that’s bad for me. I’m just talking about food in general.

On several of the blogs I follow, the bloggers do not specifically diet or follow a  certain food plan. Now, I will say that I do not consider WW to be a diet, because you can eat whatever you want if you plan accordingly. It is a way of life. That’s not the issue. My problem is I’m 40 years old and for probably 20 of those 40 years, I’ve either been on a diet or some sort of food plan to lose weight. Frankly, I’m tired of thinking about it. Does that mean I can eat anything and everything? By all means, NO. The way I am made and how I think and my emotional eating habits, I know I have to be very mindful of what I’m eating. But you know what? Life is too short to always be thinking about what foods I shouldn’t eat. Seriously. 

In what I would consider to be a perfect little food world for myself, I would focus on eating the things that I know are good for me, and that I love for most of the time. Fish, fruits, veggies, and more. It’s no secret that I love to try new things and to cook delicious meals. Why do I have to go and ruin it by tracking the points and weighing in once a week? But do I have the will power to do it on my own? I haven’t before and that is what scares me.

I haven’t been to WW in 3 weeks now. Life has gotten in the way. All I have are excuses. But this has prompted me to think about this. When I don’t go to WW, I feel guilty. Why do I do that to myself? I hate putting myself in a position to where I feel guilty for not doing something. Like I don’t already have enough to worry about. (See? You should be SO glad you are not me….)

I’m being a little dramatic here, because I really do love WW. I could even change my mind in a few weeks and go running back to WW with my head down, ready to confess all my eating sins. But that’s what this is all about, right? Finding what works for each one of us. Maybe I can’t be that person who is just mindful about what they eat. Or maybe I can be. How will I ever know if I don’t try?

Not at all good for me

When I asked hubby what he wanted for dinner tonight and he said Italian sausage and garlic bread, I knew right then what I was going to make for myself. I wanted pasta and ooey-gooey melted mozzarella cheese. I decided it would be even more delicious with ground beef and sauteed onions and artichoke hearts. Not at all good for me and it probably had a bazillion WW Points Plus value. I didn’t even calculate it. But oh my, was it yummy. I topped it off with a glass of Barefoot Moscato. Doesn’t it look wonderful?

Mmmmmm....

True Confessions Tuesday

It’s True Confessions Tuesday AGAIN. Ugh. Here goes, this one will be a doozy.

  • I CONFESS that I skipped last week’s True Confessions Tuesday but it wasn’t totally intentional. Last week was Crazy, with a capital C.
  • I CONFESS that I did not go to WW last Thursday to weigh-in. It was the day after my mom’s surgery and I was at the hospital with her that morning. If I’m being honest, I will also add that I know I would have absolutely had a gain had I gone. Craziness (again with the capital C), a huge homemade family meal that Monday night, a day of eating whatever while my mom was in surgery and getting settled in the hospital for an overnight stay, etc…. I could go on and on, and on some more.
  • I CONFESS that if my Aunt Darlene had not been here with us last week, I’m not sure how I would have handled everything on my plate. Just knowing my mom had Darlene to care for her and keep her company allowed me to do what I need to do for our business, among everything else. I am very thankful for my Aunt Darlene.
  • I CONFESS I have not run in over a week now. Not to sound like a broken record, but Crazy with a capital C is my excuse on that too. How was I supposed to fit one in? When Friday evening rolled around, I was exhausted. I momentarily thought about squeezing in a run on Saturday morning before my other plans for the day,  but I was just worn out, beat down, and too tired to do it. I was afraid that if I ran when I was that wiped out, I would have hurt myself or would have had the worst run ever. Nothing pisses me off more than being set up to fail, whether I do it to myself or it’s done by others. So, I opted for a total random moment of weakness and used that hour of time to have a pedicure. I do not feel guilty about that at all. My tootsies were in desparate need.
  • I CONFESS that when I went to the movies with my SIL Jenna on Sunday morning, I had popcorn with butter AND Nestle Bunch A Crunch. It’s my movie-going weakness. I have to have it. Thankfully I don’t go to the movies often so I can justify it as an every-once-in-awhile splurge.
  • I CONFESS that sometimes we are faced with incredibly hard decisions that honestly seem like too much.
  • I CONFESS that I enjoyed both beer and wine last week. The wine came from Trader Joe’s in California. YUM. The beer, well, it came from Publix up the street, but I really do enjoy ice cold beer.
  • I CONFESS that knowing I wasn’t going to go weigh-in at WW last Thursday gave me too much wiggle room. In my mind I thought, I know I’m not going, so I can have this or that. Be very glad you don’t live in my world, it’s not a nice place to be.
  • I CONFESS that I if I had the ability to do so, I could literally sleep for a week. I am that tired.
  • I CONFESS that my house is a mess and I would probably need a full week to get it clean. There is major dusting to be done, carpets to clean, bathrooms to clean, kitchen floors to clean, and more.
  • I CONFESS that I am less than thrilled about a doctor’s appointment I have tomorrow.
  • I CONFESS that without my SIL Jenna’s help, my blog would not be headed towards the super cool look that I hope to have finished sooner than later. She was a big help on Sunday and has offered to help me some more. I will more than likely take her up on it.

Do you have any confessions for this Tuesday? Now’s the time to ‘fess up!

Just breathe…

What a week this has been. It’s been busy, crazy, overwhelming, and I was not at my best when I caved into the evilness of the Pizza Hut Dinner Box on Monday. I still say it was DE-LISH but it has had me stressing over my weigh-in this week.

This morning was my weigh-in and my moment of truth. Let me start by saying that I wasn’t as fearful of the scale this morning as I was earlier in the week when thinking about it. I own everything I do and eat, so there is no one to blame but myself for a gain. I am accountable for anything I do. And a gain this week would CLEARLY have been from the evil pizza/breadsticks/cinamonn sticks.  There are times when the thought of seeing a gain due to a really bad meal will stop me from that meal, it’s enough for me to make better choices. There are times when I just don’t care, or I care less at that moment.

With that said, I weighed in this morning at the EXACT same weight as last week. I maintained. And I couldn’t be happier about it. Whew!

Yesterday was a hard day. Without getting into it just now, just know that had it not been the day before weigh-in, I would have eaten everything in site and probably would have thrown in a few drinks as well. Somehow this morning’s weigh-in outweighed (no pun intended) the emotional eating that I could have very easily given into. That’s my thing, emotional eating. Stressed, upset, scared, hurt, you name it – it sends me straight to the nearest food or snack or drink that is bad for me.

Today starts a new week, with new choices to make. I’ve already indulged in a McD’s lunch because I have the extra points for it, and that’s what they’re there for. It’s all a balance of not depriving myself and choosing what to have and if it’s worth the consequences. Today it’s worth it.

Just breathe will be my mantra today and in the coming days.

What a great tattoo!

Success!

After 6 weeks back on WW, I hit 10 pounds today – 10.2 pounds to be exact. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. What has it taken to get to this point?

  • Being mindful of what I eat MOST days. I am not perfect everyday. I have my little splurges, and I don’t feel guilty when I do.
  • Make the best choices I can whether at home or out. There are plenty of options and if you are not afraid to ask for something to be cooked or prepared a specific way, you can absolutely eat healthy just about anywhere.
  • When in doubt about what I’m eating, if I’m unsure of the actual points, I add an extra point. Better safe than sorry.
  • Use my extra weekly points. As silly as it sounds, it’s important to use up every one of the 49 extra points on top of the 26 daily points. You would think that by using fewer points, I would lose weight quicker. Not the case. Especially the more active I am.
  • Drink ALOT of water. In my world, there is no such thing as too much water.
  • Be creative when cooking. When I am not on WW, I eat whatever is fast and easy. When I’m on WW, I take more time on food planning, preparation, and cooking. I enjoy the process. I like coming up with a recipe that is low in points, delicious, and filling. I eat a lot more fruits and veggies when on WW and I enjoy them.
  • I only get on a scale once a week, at WW. In my OCD-world I live in, being the all or nothing girl that I am, I cannot get on a scale during the week. I can’t have one at home. I would get on it every day. And in my world, my weight can fluctuate by 3, 4, or 5 points in a day. The scale at WW, once a week, works for me.
  • Go to the meetings. In the 6 weeks I’ve been back on WW, I’ve had to miss 2 meetings and I miss them when I do. By listening to other members talk about the same struggles I have, it is comforting. We are all there for the same reason – to make better choices and to enjoy the journey. It’s not always easy, but when you are in it together, it really helps.
  • Be active. I am a firm believer in being active, Find something you like and do it. Running, walking, Zumba, tennis, TaeBo, etc… Just do it. If I were to do WW only and just try to lose weight by changing my eating habits, I would not be as successful. It’s a team effort between the healthy choices and being active.

I still have a long road ahead of me to get to my goal, but the 10 pounds I have lost will go along way to keeping me motivated and doing the best that I can. I already feel better in my clothes and can feel the difference when I run. I didn’t gain it all in a few months and I sure won’t lose it in a few months. But it will all be worth it when I reach my goal!

A little non-scale victory this morning!

My rule is to only get on the scale once a week, at WW. We don’t have a scale at home. We used to, and when we did, I would get on it every single day. And in my world, there can be a 2, 3 , 4 + lb. difference in a day. It would drive me mad. So, no more scale at home. And that way I know it’s consistent by weighing in at the same place each week.

I weighed in at WW Thursday morning and had a 0.4 lb. gain. I don’t really consider this a gain, it’s a wash. We ate out a couple times for my birthday last week and I let myself splurge more than I have in a few weeks. I don’t regret it. I am still down 7.4 lbs. in one month.

This morning, I threw on my sweatpants since it was a little chilly outside and we were headed out. When I put them on, I realized they were loose on me. YAY! The last time I wore them, they were  little snug. What a great feeling that was! It’s easy to fall into the trap of only going by what the scale says but there are weeks where the scale won’t budge. I have to remember the other non-scale victories that I’ll have, such as my clothes being loose on me. It’s a good problem to have.

A non-scale victory can be anything. It can be loose-fitting clothes, a compliment from someone, making good choices over bad without really thinking about it, feeling better in your own skin…. And these little victories are great motivation to keep it up. I know that I am ready to face the week with smart decisions.

Dear Weight Watchers…

Dear Weight Watchers,

Once again you have proven to me how the program DOES work. After going back to your meeting last week and committing myself to making it work, I jumped back in with both feet, making smart decisions whether I was eating at home or out, testing my willpower in some instances (i.e., no chips and salsa at Chili’s!), and making new recipes that I have enjoyed all week long. I never once felt deprived or hungry or like I was missing out on something, even when choosing not to have the evil delicious chips and salsa at Chili’s. To me, the points weren’t worth it. I stuck to my points, walked a total of 24 miles since last Thursday, drank a lot of water, and took my vitamins.

Needless to say, I had high hopes when I went to the meeting this morning and got on the scale. Since last night I was thinking “oh no, what if despite all my hard work this week I didn’t lose anything?” You never know with my body anymore. But, I was proven very wrong and I was very happy when I stepped on the scale and saw a 4 pound loss. GO ME!!!!

I walked out of there feeling very empowered, happy to have some sort of control over my body again after it has had a mind of it’s own the last several months. I have a long road ahead of me and a lot of hard work to get it back to where I want to be, my “happy weight”. But seeing that loss this morning tells me I CAN DO IT. My hard work will not go unnoticed.

It’s only a matter of time that I will be more comfortable in my clothes and feel better in my skin. Thank you for once again showing me that I can eat healthy and enjoy it and that I don’t need all that bad stuff that does nothing for me except stick to my hips.

Love,
Me

So far so good!

Today is my 4th day back on WW. I jumped back in with both feet and I’m feeling really good about it, glad I finally made the decision to go back, even if it meant going to a different location to fit it in.

Thursday, the day I re-joined, I came in right at my daily points without much planning. Friday was a little more challenging as we went out for lunch and dinner. I planned ahead for both and was  very proud of myself. Jason’s Deli for lunch meant I could easily have a half of a turkey sandwich on wheat with mustard, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. it came with a small side of blue tortilla chips and salsa. Very filling. We went to Chili’s for dinner and I didn’t have any chips and salsa. Not. One. This is so freaking hard for me because endless chips and salsa are one of my most favorite things but I decided it wasn’t worth it. Much different than the ones I had at lunch which weren’t greasy and there was a set amount on my plate. I knew if I took one chip at dinner, I was done. I went into my weekly  points for the Margarita Grilled Chicken I had with black beans and rice but it was well worth it, and I didn’t eat every single bite. I stopped when I was full.

Saturday after walking 9.34 miles I was pretty hungry, but amazingly didn’t eat all my points for the day. We went to Jimmy John’s for lunch, I knew I could have one of their Unwich lettuce wraps for hardly any points. IT WAS SO GOOD!!! So many things I want to try there and if I go the Unwich route, not many points at all for such a filling meal. For dinner I made tilapia with zucchini and tomatoes. Great day for good food, not once feeling deprived.

This morning, I had my first Starbucks in several days and boy was it worth the 3 points. I went to the store and stocked up on goodies to make a Cheesy Chili Mac and Mustard Vinaigrette dressing that I got from WW. I also planned ahead for meals, lunches, and snacks for the week. I love being prepared, it makes it so much easier. I am still on point for today.

I am feeling very empowered and proud of myself for doing this, and falling back into it so smoothly. I know the program works, I just need to take it one day at a time, and plan ahead. This is the biggest thing for me when I am so busy during the week. The more healthy choices I have, the less likely I will be to fall into the trap of eating anything – and everything – around me. I love that there are so many options for eating out and that I don’t ever have to feel deprived of enjoying delicious food just because I am trying to be healthier.

I hope you all have a fabulous week!