Thursday, January 31, 2008

Food and Exercise Log for Jan 31

1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
herbal tea-0 points
banana-2 points
popcorn-4 points
Healthy Chioce Chicken Noodle Soup-4 points
Diet Dr. pepper- 0 points
Pizza Casserole- 8 points
Popcorn- 4 points
Daily Points Used: 26 points
Daily Allotted Points:30-34 points
35 Weekly Flex Points used- 0 points used
Water Intake: 22.9 ounces
Dairy servings: 2
Fruit and veggie servings: 3
Exercise Log:
I did not exercise today :(

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Food and Exercise Log for Jan 30

Food Log
1/4 cup scrambled eggs- 1 point
2 pieces bacon-2 points
Hot Herbal tea w/ Splenda- 0 points
popcorn-4 points
fun size Butterfinger- 2 points
Lean Cuisine Pizza- 7 points
popcorn- 4 points
Chicken Divan-4 points
1/2 cup rice 2 points
Daily Food Intake Points-26 points
Daily Food Points Allowed- 30-34 points
35 weekly flex points used- 0 points
Water intake- 90.7 ounces
Fruit and veggies servings- 2
Dairy servings- 2
Exersice Log-
30 minute 2 milk Walk aerobics- +3 points
30 minute 2 mile walk aerobics- + 3 points

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1.Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Measure the milk and add the eggs to the milk.
3. Pour wet into dry and mix.
4. Some lumps okay.
5. Cook on nonstick griddle.
6. Flip when bubbles appear.
Use approximately 1/4 cup batter per pancake.
Calories 214, Fat 2.8, Fiber 1.1; 4 WW points per servings
Makes 6 servings
UPDATE: I made these for breakfast and they are really good and very easy to make! The recipe does not say fat free milk but based on the fat content, I really think that is what you need to use. I also got 13 pancakes from this batter using 1/4 cup batter per pancake so I think that 2 pancakes would be a serving at 4 ww points per serving. I used Log Cabin Lite Reduced Calories syrup. It had was 2 WW points per serving. They do make a sugar free pancake syrup but I really did not like that and I LOVE the Lite! We will occasionally make this in my house because it is a higher point breakfast but it is really good, when you need a sugar fix!

Food and Exercise Log for Jan 29

Food Log
2 buttermilk pancakes- 4 points
2 pieces bacon- 2 points
Lite Syrup- 2 points
1/2 cup grapefruit juice-1 point
popcorn- 4 points
Calzone-6 points
Progresso Light Soup- 0 points
Diet Dr. Pepper-0 points
100 calorie pack-2 points
Total Daily Points Used-21 point
Total Daily Allotted Points-30-34 points
Water Intake: 33.8 ounces
Dairy Servings-2
Fruit and Veggie Servings-3
Exercise Log:
30 minute 2 mile walk aerobics- +3 activity points

Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday Weigh-In Morning!

Well it's Monday Weigh-In Morning and I am smiling on the other side of the computer! I weighed in today at 306! That is another 7.6 pounds off! That's 17.8 pounds for me! I am so excited! In just a few weeks, I will probably meet my first goal of being UNDER 300 pounds and I am so excited! I just want to say thanks to everyone who comes and cheers me on at this blog and my other blog! To see all of my progress go here.

Menu Plan Monday

Here's my plan:
  1. Five Can Soup- 3 points, Angel Biscuits-1.5 points each
  2. Cheese Pizza to Die For!-4 points
  3. Stove Top Meatloaf Muffins-2 points, green beans, mashed potatoes
  4. Chicken Divan- 4 points
  5. Baked Spaghetti- 6 points
  6. Lemon Pepper Fish, Light Garlic Biscuits
  7. Deep Dish Pizza Casserole-6 points

Dessert this week: Angel Food Cake

New Breakfast Recipe I am trying- Buttermilk Pancakes

Go here to see more plans.

Food Log and Exercise Log for Jan 28

Food Log for Jan 28th
frosted mini wheats-4 points
1/2 cup skim milk-1 points
pocorn-3 points
WW Smart Ones Meal- 6 points
Hot Chocolate- 3 points
2 pieces of pizza- 12 points
Total Daily Points Used: 29 points
Total Daily Allotted Points: 30-34 points
35 Weekly Flex Points Used:
0 points
Water Intake: 50.7 ounces
Dairy Servings: 3
Fruit and Veggie Servings: 2
Exercise Log:
2 mile walk aerobics- +3 activity points

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Food and Exercise Log for January 27

Food Log
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
popcorn-4 points
WW Frozen meal 4 points
2 soft Tacos-16 points
1/2 cup Mexican Rice- 3.5 points
Total Daily Points Used: 31.5 points
Total Daily Points Allotted: 30-34
Weekly 35 Flex Points Used- 0 points
Water Intake: 67.6 ounces
Fruit and Veggie Intake: 2
Dairy Intake-2
Exercise Log:
390 Minutes Walk and Kick Leslie Sansone DVD +3 activity Points

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Chicken Divan

I had Chicken Divan tonight that was on Tammy's site. This is the recipe straight from her site. I used peas too, but I really think that next time I will use broccoli that it would be lots better with that. Dh loves curry chicken so he really liked this dish. My kids even ate it. I think next time I will leave off the breadcrumbs too. I used Healthy Request Cream of Chicken. You really have to have the rice with this dish, it makes it so good. Dh also put Soy Sauce on it. So, I really think we will be making this again! I learned that my camera has a bunch of frames to use. I have had my camera for over a year and did not know it did that, so I was playing with that feature when I took this picture. Thanks Tammy for a great recipe recommendation!

Chicken Divan
2 packages frozen broccoli spears (I used frozen peas instead)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 can cream of chicken soup (if I had fat free soup I would have used it)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese (I used a little Parmesan as well, I did about 1 TBS cheddar cheese)
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
Heat oven to 350° F. Steam broccoli until tender (about 2 minutes). Spray a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Drain broccoli and place in the bottom of the baking dish.
Boil chicken until done. Cut or shred into bite-sized pieces. Add to broccoli. Combine the yogurt with the soup and curry powder. Pour over the chicken and broccoli. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Top with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes.
Yield: 4 servings

Source: “Mayo Clinic’s Virtual Cookbook
Notes: Diabetics or those on calorie-controlled diets may count one serving as: 2 meat, 1 milk serving. Weight Watcher points calculated at 4
I served it with White rice (1/2 cup is 2 points)

Food and Exersice Log for Jan 26th

Food Log (DH made a big breakfast, but I think I still did good!)
1 biscuit-2 points
4 pieces bacon-4 points
1/4 cup cream gravy-3 points
WW frozen pizza- 8 points
South Beach Diet Granola- 2 points
Popcorn-4 points (I ate more than I thought!)
Chicken Divan-4 points
1/2 cup rice 2 points
Total Daily Point: 29 points
Total Allotted Points: 30-34 points
Weekly 35 Flex Points used:0 points
Water Intake: 67.6 ounces
Dairy Servings: 3
Fruit and Veggie Servings: 2
Exercise Log

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hot Dogs and Lunch

Yesterday I did cook dinner, but we did not eat it, so I was planning to eat it for lunch. It was really good cola chicken! The recipe is in the next post. Well, I went searching for lunch for the kids today, I have had my older son home every day this week because of the weather and he is about to eat up all the twins snacks! I found a package of hot dogs and cooked them. The kids loved them. I knew that I had the cola chicken, but man the hot dogs smelled so good! I really wanted one. Well, I went to see how much one hot dog would be. 6 points for 1 hot dog with a bun. Ack! I really wanted one! I knew though that 1 would lead to me wanting another. 2 is what I usually eat. So, I decided not to do it, but I really want it. I decided to eat the 4 point chicken and make myself some 0 point Progresso soup so that I could get some veggies. Veggies are more important than hot dogs right? I have tried the turkey dogs but I really do not like them. So, how do you all do it with kids? Trying to stick to your diet but having to cook for them too? I am still dreaming about that hot dog. Can you gain weight just dreaming about a food? LOL!

Food Log for Jan 25

Food Log
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup grapefruit juice- 1 point
WW Yogurt- 1 point
Popcorn rice cake 90 calorie pack- 1 point
Cola Chicken-4 points
Popcorn- 2 points
Progresso 0 point soup-0 points
2 Diet Dr. Peppers- 0 points
2 pieces homemade pizza-8 points
Total Daily Points Used: 21 points
Total Daily Allotted: 30-34 points
Weekly 35 Flex Points used: 0 points
Water Intake: 33.8 ounces
Fruit and Veggie Servings-2
Milk Servings- 2
Activity Points
30 minutes 2 mile walk aerobics+3 points!

(Update:I so did not eat enough points today. I would have eaten another piece of cheese pizza, but it was all gone. I think I am going to have to start making more than one pizza. Everyone got 2 pieces except the twins got 1 each and Neil actually ate some of my crust, so yes it is time to start making more than one pizza. I also did really bad on water today. Oh well there is always tomorrow!)

Cola Chicken

I made this for dinner last night, when dh brought home a pizza. The pizza was good. I heated the chicken back up for lunch today and it was really good!
Cola Chicken recipe
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 cup catsup
1 (12 ounce) can diet cola
Put chicken in nonstick skillet. Pour catsup and diet cola over the top. Bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes.
Uncover, turn up the heat and continue to cook until the sauce becomes thick and adheres to the chicken.
4 servings - 4 WW points per serving

Morning Ramblings

This morning I got woken up by the twins, after my last incident of waking up hearing the twins in the house, I kind of freaked out, even though I know everything is put up. Nathan and Katie Sue were both up watching tv at 4 am. I changed them and took them to our bed, their diapers leaked and there beds were soaked. So, I go back to bed and get up at 6 am. I was so mad because I have been doing really good about getting up at 5:30. I got to finish exercising though. My dvd is due back at the library today that I am using with my 2 mile walk, but I still got it done. I hope dh can check it out again when he goes to the library today. Anyways, when I got up it was COLD! I checked on the computer and it was 7 degrees! Well, I did not stay cold long because my 2 mile walk warmed me up!
I get on the scales most mornings just to check myself and it gives me some encouragement because the other weeks I have been losing fast. I have not been too encouraged the last couple of days because what I see does not make me happy! But, I am going to *try* to keep a positive attitude about it even if I gain a pound or lose nothing because I know it took me a long time to get to where I am and it is going to take awhile to get to where I want to be! I really have been doing good and not cheating. I pray every morning for help from my heavenly father to give me the strength to make the right food choices!
Well my dh got another pizza from the new pizza place last night. Actually, I was craving it! I found out how many points it was and it is a lot, but I had enough points last night that I could eat some. I know that I really need to be working on more fruits and veggies. I just can't go back to the grocery for about a week and I really do not have much in the way of veggies. So, I will have to wait until then to do better on that.
I cooked breakfast for the kids this morning (Nick has been out of school all week except yesterday and they sent him home at 10 am, so pretty much all week.) I usually make them cereal, yogurt and juice. Dh says they need the vitamins in eggs, so this morning I cooked scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, and toast. How I wanted to eat all of it. My kids devoured it! I was so proud of myself that I was able not to eat it! I usually would eat at least one piece of bacon as it got done. Go ME! Just let me tell you though it was so hard! Dinners have been easier because I am trying to find family friendly recipes that are healthy that my whole family will eat so I only have to cook one dinner and so far I have found the right recipes!
Anyways, I guess that is enough ramblings for this morning. I hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Food and Exercise Log for Jan 24

Food Log
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
popcorn-2 points
Left over Spaghetti Bake-6 points
popcorn-2 points
grapefruit-2 points
2 pieces pizza-14 points
Total Daily Points Used-31 points
Daily Points Allotted-30-34
Weekly 35 Flex Points Used-0 points used
Water Intake-67.6 ounces
Dairy Servings-2
Fruit and Veggie Servings-3
Morning 2 mile walk aerobics- +3 points

Baked Spaghetti-6 Points

Baked Spaghetti
12 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
1 lb 96% lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups no-sugar-added spaghetti sauce (I used Ragu No Sugar Added Tomato and Basil Sauce)
4 cups 1% cottage cheese
2 1/2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Here is what I used and it worked great!)
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In a large skillet, brown beef, onion, and garlic. Drain fat. Add spaghetti sauce and heat through. Meanwhile, combine cottage cheese, 2 cups, mozzarella, and 1/4 cup Parmesan. In a 9x13 casserole dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, layer 1 cup of meat mixture, half the spaghetti, half the cheese, and half the remaining meat mixture. Repeat layers. Dish will be very full. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and add remaining cheeses. Bake an addition 10 minutes. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.
10 servings
We had this for dinner last night. It was good, but different for us because we are used to a sweeter spaghetti sauce, but really it was good and I would make it again! The serving size is very filling. I had been looking for a Spaghetti recipe that was healthier and used less points that my family would enjoy and I think i found it, my kids ate it well.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

2 mile walk!

I have told you all before how hard exercise was for me. I have used this Morning 1 mile walk video for awhile now and was really getting tired of it, so I decided to look for something different. I found this DVD at my local library and decided to give it a try. Today was the first day that I tried it. This workout was 2 miles and it seemed to me to use the upper body more and really got my whole body working. Leslie Sansone also does different aerobic steps in this tape. I loved it. It is a great workout and I walked 2 miles already this morning! I still am having a hard time getting a night walk in, so I guess that is my next goal. Leslie talks you all the way through the workout and gets you to the 2 mile mark!
Also, I found this neat new WW Activity Calculator online to help me figure out how many extra points I should add for exercising. I already got 3 extra points for my 2 mile walk! I feel sooo good after exercising today!
For my food and exercise log for today go here!
Update: I walked another 2 miles with the kids this afternoon, it was so fun to walk with them! My twins fell on the floor after about 10 minutes and are taking a nap now. My oldest is home from school again today because school was called off because of slick conditions this morning and he enjoyed it too. Well, now my legs are really cramping! I take this medicine that takes away my iron and I have to eat stuff like orange juice and bananas, too bad they both are two points! I have also started taking a vitamin. Hopefully that will help my leg cramps that I have been having!

Stovetop Meatloaf Muffins

Stove Top Meatloaf Muffins
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 box Stove Top stuffing mix (I used a Turkey Stuffing left over from Thanksgiving)
1 cup water
2 egg whites
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
Mix together and divide into 12 muffin cups that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Serve with ketchup on top, if desired. (Add points)
Serves 12, 2 WW Points each
Nutrition Information:103 Cal., 1.8 g. fat, 0 g. fiber (Check your meat and stuffing to make sure this is correct, some will be 3 points depending on your ingredients.)
We loved these, well all but my son who will not eat veggies. We will be having this again!

Chewing Gum can help you lose weight?

I found this really neat article on how studies have shown that chewing gum(sugar free) after eating snacks can help you lose weight. It also improves your memory. Go check it out. I think I may have to go buy some sugar free gum. What could it hurt?

Food and Exercise Log for Jan 23

Food Log
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
Leftover Muffin Meatloaves-6 points
1 banana-2 points
popcorn 2 point
Cheeze It Snack mix-2 points
1 1/2 servings Baked Spaghetti-9 points
2 pieces garlic toast-2 points (butter sprayed)-2 points
Grasshopper Cookies 100 calorie pack- 2 points
2 1/2 cups popcorn- 5 points
2 Diet Dr Pepper-0 points
Total Daily Points used: 35 points used
Total Daily Points Allotted: 30-34 points
35 Weekly Flex Points Used:0 points
Water Intake-67.6 ounces
Fruit and Veggie Servings- 3
Dairy Servings- 2
morning 2 mile walkaerobics- +3 points!
afternoon 2 mile walkaerobics- +3 points!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dinner Recipes and photos

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
1 pound ground round
1 (15 ounce) can chunky Italian-style tomatoes
Cooking spray
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
6 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1.Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Cook meat in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring until it crumbles. Drain, if necessary, and return to skillet. Add tomatoes, and cook until heated through. 3. While meat cooks, coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll pizza crust dough, and press into bottom and halfway up sides of the baking dish. Top the pizza crust with meat mixture.
4. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 12 minutes. Top with cheese, and bake 5 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese melts. Cool 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings. Each serving is 6 Weight Watcher's points.
5. Serve with a salad mixed field greens and a fat-free or low-fat vinaigrette.

This was really good and will be going in my to be made again folder, my kids even ate it!

No-Guilt Chocolate Cream Pie

In a mixing bowl, combine:

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey

2 cups of rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)


1 package sugar-free fat-free chocolate pudding

2 cups skim milk

Spray 9-inch pie pan with no-stick cooking spray and press cereal mixture into pan. Freeze for 1/2 hour. Prepare pudding mix according to directions on pudding package except only using 2 cups of skim milk. Pour pudding mix on top of frozen rice cereal mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours.Makes 8 slices of pie at 3 Weight Watchers Points per slice.

Here's the website that I got this recipe from. I used the Rice Krispies, the person who posted this used quick oats instead. This was a VERY yummy dessert. I will make it again, My kids even ate it, which shocked me because it was sugar free Jello.

Food Log for Jan 22

Food Log
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
100 calorie Cheeze It Snack Mix- 2 points
Orange-1 point
Leftover Pizza Casserole-6 points
Leftover Pizza Cassrole- 6 points
Diet Dr. Pepper-0 points
1/2 lemon- 0 points
1 serving Chocolate Cream Pie- 3 points
Meatloaves-6 points
green beans-0 points
1/2 cup mashed potatoes-3 points
Total Daily Poins Used: 32 points
Total Daily Allotted Points- 30-34
Weekly 35 Flex Points Used: 0
Water Intake: 33.8 ounces
Fruit and Veggie Intake- 3 servings
Dairy Servings- 2 serving

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday Morning Weigh In!

Well, I am down to 313.6! That means that I lost 2.2 more lbs. this week. That is a total of 10.2 for me! I am so excited. ( To see all of my progress, go here. You can also see my before pictures there that have a new look. Thanks Tammy!) I had a really rough week too. I ate out twice. Last night my dh ordered pizza and it had pepperoni on it. I ate one huge piece. (They were all huge!)They were cute in huge pieces. I did not even count my pounds yesterday. I hope everyone eats that pizza today so I am not tempted to eat it today. I know it was BAD because I had grease running down my hands from it! It is from a new Pizza place in town that dh really wanted to get a pizza from.(They had a special) I also went on a church trip and it was hard because I really did not know what to pick because I did not know where we were going beforehand and could not do research on the points for that restaurant, but I ended up doing pretty well. I was kind of surprised that people at church yesterday asked me if I was losing weight. I told them I had lost about 10 pounds and they told me that they could tell. That made me feel so good! I have not really felt like I had lost anything except in my stomach, it has felt a little different this week. I am so glad I made this decision and I really hope I can keep it up. My small goal right now is to get below 300 pounds. I have a closet full of clothes that would probably start fitting me again! don't forget to scroll down for my food log and weekly menu plan.

Food Log for January 21

Food Log
3 Bisquick Heartsmart Pancakes-4 points
Log Cabin Lite Syrup- 2 points
2 slices bacon- 2 points
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
1 orange- 1 point
WW Smart Ones Ravioli Florentine-5 points
WW Deep Dish Pizza Casserole-6 points
100 Calorie Pop Smart Popcorn-1 point
Guilt Free Chocolate Cream Pie- 3 points
peas-0 points
1/2 cup milk-1 point
Total Daily Points Used-26 points
Total Allotted Points- 30-34 points
Water Intake-50.7 oz
Fruit and veggie servings- 2
Dairy Servings-3

Menu Plan Monday

Here's my menu for the week:
  1. Cola Chicken- 4 points
  2. Mom's Cheese Pizza-4 points
  3. Stovetop Meatloaf Muffins-2 points
  4. Baked Spaghetti- 6 points
  5. Deep Dish Pizza Casserole- 6 points
  6. 6 Points Chicken- 6 points
  7. Chicken Divan- 4 points

Desserts: 1 pt banana bread, No Guilt Chocolate Cream Pie

Go here to see more plans

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Food Log for Jan 19

Today I was gone ALL day so I had to eat out but I did not have lunch. We ate at Golden Corral. I was glad to see that they have nutrition facts online about everything in the restaurant, so that made counting points so much easier. Since we did not eat lunch I am short on my points for today, but I really did not know how many points things were and it scared me and I really do not want to go cook something at 10 pm. So, I guess I just did not get all my points in today. Bad me! Tomorrow should be better.
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
6 oz Sirloin Steak-10 points
Broccoli 1 point
Salad-0 points
FF Ranch- 1 pt
small orange piece-1point
2 rolls-8 points (BAD ME!)
Sugar Free Red Gelatin-0 points
Honey Butter-? 3 pts?
Diet Dr. Pepper-0 point
2/3 cup Cheerioes Snack Mix-3 points
small piece of fudge-3 points
Total Daily Points-27
Daily Allotted Points- 30-34
Water intake-67.6 oz.
Fruits and veggies-3 (I got to do better!)
dairy-1(I got to do better!)

Friday, January 18, 2008

January 18th Ramblings

For today's food log, go here.
To see what I had for dinner go here.
Today, I want to talk about exercise. I quit. After the problem with Nathan, I just have not gotten back into the grove. I had set a goal to get up early and exercise and read my scriptures, but I just have been too lazy or something. Today I got up late but I made it a priority to get my exercise and scripture reading done before I got to do anything else. Well, it worked! I got my 15 minute mile done. I really need to start doing another 15 mile at night. That would really help me. Other than that, I feel pretty good about what I have been doing. Tonight we are having tacos. I know with WW that we have an extra 35 flex points to use if we want during the week. I have tried really hard not to use them, but I may have to tonight. My family loves tacos, so we shall see how my points equal out today. I know that I can not starve myself though and I have to eat a good breakfast. Lunch seems easier to do lower points for if I choose. So, we shall see how my day comes. I plan to be gone all day tomorrow, so I probably will not check in. I am getting my new battery tonight so I will be able to weigh in Monday morning and I am so excited to see how I have done!
Hope everyone has a great day!
Update: Well, I just figured out points from my taco dinner. Have you ever tried to read one of those, kind of hard to understand because there is so many ways to cook it. Well, I am using lean ground beef. I figured out two tacos are 7 points and that does not include the light sour cream or low fat cheese I am putting on but I think I will still be doing fine with 10 points or so for dinner. Yeah, I don't have to totally give up tacos!
I found this online and thought it was really interesting! How much extra weight are you carrying?
1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg or a sack of sugar
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale's brain or 4 sacks of sugar
20 pounds = an automobile tire or a large sack of potatoes
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant's heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay or 200 sticks of butter
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant's thingy
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World's Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she's 5'11")
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she's 5'4")
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

Jan 18th Food Log

Food Log for Jan 18th
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
1 piece 35 calorie multi-gran toast-1 point
Lean Cuisine Panini-7 points
Progresso soup- 0 points
Total Daily Points-12 points
Allowed Points per day 30-34
Water Intake-50.7 oz
Dairy Servings- 1
Fruits and Veggie Servings-2

Thursday, January 17, 2008

My Scales Quit on me!

My food log for today is here.
My dinner from last night is here.
Well, yesterday, I was looking at my scales and they were flashing and then went totally off, so I think I am going to have to buy a new battery. It was suppose to be a lithium battery and I thought those were suppose to last a long time. I have not even had my scales a year. Oh well, dh took the battery out and he is going to try to get a new one. So, hopefully by Monday I will still be able to weigh in!
I found this close out deal on Whole Wheat Tortillas at Food City and I have decided to go back and get some. They had good dates and there were lots. They were 58 cents for a 10 pack. So, I am going to buy one and try them and if I like them I might get some more. I think they would be great to eat sandwiches for lunch.
Yesterday was really hard. I stayed within my points but I was just so hungry. I changed to Multi-gran Cheerios for breakfast because they were fewer points than the Go Lean Crunch that I was eating, but the Go Lean Crunch really stays with you and makes you feel less hungry! I ate it today and I do not feel as hungry.
I tried another Progresso Soup 0 points yesterday and it was Chicken and Rice and I can say I will not buy that one again, it was really bad. I loved the Vegetable and Noodles one though. I think I have one more to try.
Things seem to be back to normal. Nathan has woken up ever night since we have been home from the hospital screaming! He just wants to be close to you and then he goes right back to sleep. I think he is having nightmares from the whole ordeal. I just pray that he will stop having all those bad nightmares.
I forgot to post my dinner from last night. I'll get that up today. It was really good!
School was called off today due to the snow we got last night and some feezing rain, it is only raining now. But, I have all the kids home with me today.
Hope everyone has a great day!
Update: I posted my dinner from last night!
Also I found some WW Crockpot recipes online most have WW points listed by the recipe. Enjoy!

Food Log for Jan 17

Food Log
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup Orange Juice- 1 point
2 cupsProgresso 50% less sodium Chicken noodle Soup-4 points
2 pieces multi-gran bread-2 points
several squirts butter spray- 0 points
grapefruit-2 points
salad with lite dressing- 2 points
1 piece multigrain bread- 1 point
100 calorie Cheeze It Party Mix-2 points
Diet Dr. Pepper-1 point
3 pieces cheese pizza- 12 points
Total Daily Points-30 points
Water Intake-50.7 oz
Dairy Servings-1
Fruits and Veggie servings- 4

Crockpot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken

Crockpot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken (3 Points)
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1package reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix (I did not have so I used Pampered Chef Southwestern Seasoning)
1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup light sour cream
Spray the crockpot with cooking spray. Add the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with Taco Seasoning. Top with salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. When ready to serve, remove the chicken from the pot. Place about 2 Tablespoons cornstarch in a small amount of water. Stir well. Stir the cornstarch mixture into salsa sauce. Stir in 1/4 cup of sour cream. Pour Sour Cream/Salsa mixture over chicken.
Per Serving: 170 Calories; 2g Fat; 28g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 70mg Cholesterol; 403mg Sodium. 3 POINTS per serving
This was yummy! I had green beans and brown rice with it.
Here is the link for the whole list of recipes: Weight Watchers Crockpot Recipes

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


To see my daily food log go here.
Dh stayed home yesterday and we child proofed our home as much as possible, dh is so paranoid now. It was nice to have him home. I cooked meals like I make myself when he is not here and he told me he wished he could eat lunch here because it is so much yummier. We had turkey on whole wheat pitas with cucumbers and the new lite Progresso soup. I ended up having a lot of points left over after dinner, so I splurged on my favorite hot chocolate. That is definitely one of my comfort foods. One cup is like 3 points and I had two cups. Bad me! But hey- i had the points and I have been really good. I have never really found a very good diet, sugar free or whatever hot chocolate that I really like, so i just buy the regular. I definitely am going to just have to use it as a treat.
I am a little worried about my weight loss. I lost 8 pounds last week. Is that because I am heavier? My dh says it is some water weight loss too. I don't know. I am eating my points. It just feels like so much food! I love looking at nutrition facts. If a label says more than 5 g fat, I don't even look at it. lol! Well, I had a yummy dinner last night that you might want to check out, here. Tonight I am making a yummy crock pot dinner. So, check back to see the results. I hope everyone has a great day!

Food Log for Jan 16th

Here is my food log for Jan 16th (I'll add to it throughout the day.)
1 cup Multi-Gran Cheerios & 1/2 cup skim milk-2 points
WW Yogurt-1 point
1/2 WW Bagel and 1 TBs 1/3 less fat cream cheese-2 points
90 calorie Mini Delights Buttered Popcorn -1 point
Grilled Chicken Salad w/ lettuce, cucumbers, onion, green peppers, 3 oz chicken- 3 points
1/2 can Progresso Soup- 0 points
1 can Diet Dr. Pepper- 0 points
Light Catalina salad dressing-2 point
2 WW Carmel Cakes-2 points
1 bag 100 calorie pop secret popcorn- 1 point
Crockpot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken-6 points
1/4 cup brown rice-3 points
1/2 cup green beans-0 points
2 bowls Multi gran cereal with skim milk- 4 points
Total Daily Points-27 points
Water intake-67.6 oz
Dairy Servings-4
Fruit and veggie servings-4

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My hospital food choices and Weight Loss!

For My Food Log Today Go Here.
To see my dinner from tonight go Here.
I'm back! When all of this happened with my son, I took a banana and water with me as we went to the hospital. We got to the hospital after 2 and my parent had lunch trays. I ate some broccoli spears is all. The plate had fried shrimp and chocolate pudding. that was about all I felt like I could eat. At dinner, I was so hungry and stressed that I had decided I was going to eat whatever they had. I had a small taco salad with tortilla chips, meat, lettuce, tomato's, and cheese. I also ate a dinner roll and felt so guilty! I also had some pears and a Sprite Zero. The hospital food was pretty bad! Anyone could lose weight there! lol! For breakfast, I had Cheerios with skim milk and I was really bad and ate a biscuit. Oh these were the only good thing I ate at the hospital! For lunch we had barbecue sandwiches and I ate just the barbecue, some baked beans, and a water. so, I did not eat awful while I was gone, but I did not count my points. I was suppose to weigh myself yesterday, but since I was not here I waited until today. I was shocked when the scale said I lost 8 pounds! My dh weighed me. So, I love this ww thing! I am so glad that I took the time to research it and made the decision to start. I am well on my way to under 300 pounds!!!! I felt really good about myself and the choices I made while I was gone! I look forward to this week. I will probably start weighing in on Mondays again. So, stay tuned. I also moved my ticker to the side so everyone can see. Hope everyone has a great day!

Dinner Recipe- Mini Pot Pies

Here is what we had for dinner:(These were pretty good and really easy to make! My kids thought they were cute, even Neil ate them)
Mini Pot Pies
1 (7.5 oz.) Can Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (I only had the 12 oz biscuits so I added a point to mine)
5 oz. Diced Cooked Chicken Breast
1 Can Reduced fat Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 Cup Fat Free Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp. Dried Parsley Flakes
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper (These were really peppery, I think next time I would only add 1/4 tsp.)
1 Can Low Sodium Veg-All, drained (I used corn, peas and green beans because I did not have this)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Separate biscuits and place each biscuit into the well of an un-greased nonstick (12-hole) muffin pan. Press dough up the sides of each well to the edge. Combine all ingredients. Spoon mixture evenly into each biscuit cup. Bake approx. 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 2-3 minutes before serving.
Serves: 10Per Serving: 90 Calories; 1g Fat (9.8% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 13g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 10mg Cholesterol; 456mg Sodium.
Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Fat. WWP: 2

Menu Plan Monday Jan 14-20

Dinners for the week:
  1. WW frozen meal
  2. Crockpot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken
  3. Tacos
  4. Lemon Pepper Fish, salad
  5. Cola Chicken, brown rice, green beans
  6. Mini Pot Pies
  7. Mom's Cheese Pizza

Food Log for Jan 15

Food Log (I will add to this throughout the day)
1 cup orange juice-2 points
1 cup Multi-Gran Cheerios & 1/2 cup skim milk-2 points
WW Yogurt-1 point-1 point
100 Calorie Pop secret Popcorn-1 point
1 Diet Dr. Pepper-0 points
1/2 can Progresso Light Vegetable and Noodle Soup-0 points
1 cup skim milk-1 point
1/2 whole wheat pita- 1 point
1 serving turkey- 1 point
lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes- 0 points
mustard- 0 points
2 WW Carmel Cakes-2 points
100 calorie Cheeze it party mix-2 points
3 Mini Pot Pies- 9 points
1 cup Hot Chocolate-3 points
1 cup hot Chocolate-3 points
Total points used 28 points
Water intake-48 oz
Dairy servings-3
Fruit and veggies servings-5

Monday, January 14, 2008

Nathan is home now

I have so much that I want to say. Actually, I am crying after seeing all the prayers that went out for my son Nathan. I know they all helped! First I want to tell everybody about what happened. Sunday morning, I heard someone up in the house. When I got up, I saw that it was Nathan. I did not have my glasses on but I saw something in his mouth he showed me and then when I got there to see what it was it was gone. At first I thought it was a penny, but when I went in the living room, I saw my blood pressure medicine bottle by the computer desk opened. I just about flipped out. I asked Nathan where my medicine was and he pointed to his heart. My dh came in and took Nathan and the medicine bottle to the hospital that is like 5 minutes from our house. They gave him charcoal. At the house I called my mother in law to come and get my other kids and started figuring out how many pills were missing. From what I could tell only one was missing and one capsule was open and I could tell it had been chewed on. They ended up flying him by helicopter to a bigger hospital that had a pediatric intense care unit. I was told that nobody could go with him. So I was really crying, but I tried to be happy for Nathan as they put him in the ambulance to take him to the helicopter pad. He was crying really bad. I have always put my medicine in our medicine cabinet after another experience I had had that Nathan got into them but he did not eat them that time. So, I thought keeping them up would help. I was really tired the night before and put my medicine on the top area of my computer desk and I ate a snack I was feeling really bad shaky and very tired as I had been up with Neil the night before because he had a fever from shots. No excuse I know but I left them there in the container that you get from the drug store, which is suppose to be child resistant, but believe me it is NOT! So anyways, I blame myself and it has been really hard for me to forgive myself. My parents live close to the hospital where Nathan was going and they got there and were able to see him soon after he got to the hospital so at least someone was there that he knew! We got there about 1 1/2 hours later and Nathan was so glad to see us. We got the drug test results back and he had, as I already knew, had the drug in his system. They monitored him all day yesterday and he slept most of the day. The bad thing would be that he would have a lowered blood pressure, but his body actually compensated for that and he had really high heart rate that was a little scary for awhile. The medicine was an extended release so the time that something could happen was extended and that made it even scarier. Nathan woke up this morning at 6 am and he seemed fine. He wanted out of the bed wanted to play etc. I know so many prayers went out for him and I am so thankful! I am also blessed that there were not a lot of pills in the bottle and that something made me wake up and hear him and I know this could have been much worse and with different results. We stopped at a Walmart on the way home and bought a lock box and all of our medicines are in that box and I made sure I had no cleaning supplies out, I keep them all up high. I am a little emotional right now. I feel like I have been through ALOT! I was scared to death and actually I am still scared! I still feel so bad about what I did even though everyone tells me accidents happen. I am working on trying to forgive myself, I think right now that is the hardest part!!! But I am sooo blessed to have friends like all of you out there praying for my son. Thank you all so much. I wish I could have got word to you sooner, but even the small message I left, my dh was screaming we have to go, but I really knew my son needed the prayers and I thank you all lots!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Please Pray!
They took my son Nathan by Helicopter to Lexington and I am going there now. Please prayfor him. He ate something he was not suppose to. Please tell others who know me on boards to pray! I don't have time to tell everyone.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Day 6 and a new toy!

My food log for today is here.

Check out what I had for dinner here.

I finally posted my before pictures here.

Well today was the first Saturday on this diet. Today was what I call my mental health day, lol! My dh kept the kids all day and I got to go do things that I wanted to do and be by myself.(Note: I have not had very many of these days) What did I do? Well, first I went to the library in the next county. I checked out about 10 WW cookbooks. I was so excited! Then I went to my mil's house and cooked my WW frozen meal that I brought so I would be good. :) Then I went to Food City and just looked around at the options. I bought some pita bread that I saw on Melissa's blog, found the new Progresso lite soups that are 0 ww points, and some other stuff like veggies. I think even though the Progresso lites are 0 points, I will not be eating many instead I will get the 50 percent less sodium ones even though they are a few points more. Then I went to Walmart and bought myself a food scale. I saw alot including a really neat digital one, but it was like $30 so instead I got the $4. It will do everything I want it to do and lots cheaper! Then I came home and cooked a really good dinner for my family, bathed my kids and then realized I needed to eat some more points, so I am eating a sandwich and some applesauce right now. I had a harder time while I was out getting my water drank. I usually drink about 5 bottles a day and today I only got two in before I got home. I also did not get my exercise in today, unless you count walking around Walmart and Food City, lol! Before I got my sandwich, I started feeling really dizzy. I don't know what is wrong with me. Maybe, I'm just tired. I stayed up a whole lot last night because my ds got some shots yesterday and had a fever all night. Tylenol would not do anything for him, but the ibuprofen finally kicked in and did the trick! But, still I did not get much sleep. So, I got to get some sleep! I also wanted to wish my friend, Tammy, a Happy Birthday! Hope everyone had a great day!

Before pictures & Progress

Weigh Ins:

  1. January 7th, 2008: 323.8 lbs.
  2. January 15th, 2008: 315.8 lbs.
  3. January 21, 2008: 313.6 lbs.
  4. January 28, 2008: 306 lbs.
  5. February 4, 2008: 305 lbs
  6. February 11, 2008: 301.8 lbs
  7. February 18, 2008: 302.4 lbs.
  8. February 25, 2008: 299.2 lbs.
  9. March 3, 2008: 298.6 lbs.
  10. March 10, 2008: 293.2 lbs.
  11. March 18, 2008: 292.8 lbs.
  12. March 25, 2008: 289.2 lbs.
  13. April 1, 2008: 288.4 lbs.
  14. April 8, 2008: 286 lbs.
  15. April 15, 2008: 285.6 lbs.
  16. April 22, 2008: 283.6 lbs.
  17. April 29, 2008: 280.6 lbs.
  18. May 6, 2008: 278 lbs.
  19. May 13, 2008: 277.2 lbs.
  20. May 20, 2008: 275.2 lbs.
  21. May 27, 2008: 276.4 lbs.
  22. June 3, 2008: 274.6 lbs.
  23. June10, 2008: 270.6 lbs.

WW Dinner Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie
1 cup reduced fat Bisquick
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed (any style)
2 cups cooked, chopped white chicken meat 2 cans Campbell's fat free (Healthy Request) Cream of Mushroom soup (I used Healthy Request Cream of Chicken instead)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with Pam. Mix together vegetables, chicken and soup. Pour into prepared pan. In another bowl, mix Bisquick, milk and egg. Pour over the top of chicken mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden.
6 servings = 4.5 WW points per serving
4 servings = 6.5 WW points per serving
Source- WW Recipe
This was pretty good and very easy to make. I had laid out a pack of chicken and I had enough left over to cook and put in fridge for Grilled Chicken Salad for lunch tomorrow.

Food Log for Jan 12

Food Log
16 oz water- 0 points
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
WW Black Cherry Yogurt- 1 point
1/2 cup Orange Juice- 1 point
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Enchiladas Suiza (Not Good!)-6 points
100 Calorie Pack Grasshopper cookies-2 points
90 calorie Quaker Mini Delights-2 points
16 oz. water-0 points
1/2 cup skim milk-1 point
2 servings Chicken Pot Pie-9 points
1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce- 1 point
2 pieces of Sara Lee 45 calories & delightful Multi-grain bread, toasted-1 point
2 pieces Turkey- 2 points
tomatoes on sandwich- 0 points
1 tablespoon Reduced Fat Miracle Whip-1 point
16 oz water-0 points
Total Points for Day-31 points

Friday, January 11, 2008

Cheese Pizza To Die For!

Tonight I ate this fabulous pizza everyone loved it! It is sooo easy to make and better yet it is only 4 WW points! I'm serious! I pigged out on three pieces and I still have 3 points left! Here is the recipe.
Cheese Pizza
1 (13.8-oz) tube of refrigerated Pillsbury classic pizza crust*
1 small 6-oz can tomato paste (Use the flavor of your choice.) (I used no salt added and for one pizza I used a flavored paste basil, oregano, garlic, I thought that one was too spicy for my taste)
1 packet Italian Spaghetti Sauce Mix (Any brand is fine - McCormick, French's, etc.)
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (Or you can use a five-cheese blend like the one from Kraft which includes low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella, provolone, Romano, Asiaso, and Parmesan cheese) (I used a pizza blend that was low-moisture part skim mozzarella and cheddar)
* Alternately, you can use 1 box Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix, 1 package of refrigerated pizza dough, or any other ready-made pizza crust. These are all roughly the same points value, but please note that the Nutritional Info below is based on the refrigerated 13.8-oz tube Pillsbury pizza crust.
Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Spray or grease cookie sheet or pizza pan. Unroll dough on greased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Press to desired size, shape and thickness. Set aside.Place tomato paste, 6-oz of water (use the paste can to measure), and sauce mix in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes with a whisk. Top dough with pizza sauce, cheese, and desired toppings. Bake 10-15 minutes.
Yields: 8 slices
Nutritional Info:
(1/8 of pizza) 202.5 calories, 4.8 g. fat, 0.6 g. fiber (4 points per slice)
(1/6 of pizza) 270 calories, 6.4 g. fat, 0.8 g. fiber (6 points per slice)
(1/4 of pizza) 405 calories, 9.6 g. fat, 1.25 g. fiber (8.5 points per slice)
*This will be made again in my house!

Some New Goals and My Daily Journal

Note: My daily Food Log for today can be found here. I also posted some new WW point recipes so scroll down. Hope you have a great day!

I got some new goals I really want to work on. I used to teach goal setting and I know that writing them down is the first step to accomplishing them. I put a ticker at the bottom of this blog so we can count down my weight loss. Yes, you read it right, my goal for right now is 100 pounds! That will probably take me 2 years to get to so to keep myself motivated, right now my personal goal is to get under 300! That is where I was a year ago after the birth of Neil. So here are my goals for right now.

  1. Get under 300 pounds
  2. Get up at 6 am to exercise and read scriptures and shower before my kids wake up.
  3. I need to eat my full required points.
  4. Work out 30 minutes a day. (Right now I am only doing a 15 min power mile walk)
  5. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.
  6. Go to bed earlier and lay my exercise clothes out so I don't wake the baby up in the morning.
  7. Play outside with my kids daily, as weather permits.
  8. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. This is really hard because I have not been doing very good with this at all before dieting.
  9. Make sure I get at least 2 servings of milk a day. I know how important milk is for women and I also know there are a lot of studies that say drinking your daily milk allowance promotes weight loss. I also have started drinking skim again. Really it is not as bad as I thought. I was reading a blog the other day that said there is a skim ultra milk that provides the body with more vitamins. I would really like to look for that next time I go to the grocery. I live in a rural area and we just don't get everything. I have been wanting to try the new lite Progresso soups that are 0 ww points, but I looked at Wal-mart. where I do most of my grocery shopping. and I could not find it.
  10. I am going to have weekly weigh-ins. My first will be Monday and it is said that it is better to have someone else weigh you so dh will be doing that. I really feel like I have lost some weight so come Monday and see my results. Also I know that because of my weight I could see a higher weight loss maybe even 3 pounds a week from what I read. Let's hope!

So there are the 10 goals I am currently working on! This morning I got up at 6:30 and got my 30 min Morning Power Mile in and I need to do the evening one tonight. I have NEVER been this motivated about dieting. The only thing I can think that is helping me this time is this blog and my supportive friends and my health issues. So, thanks to all of you for visiting!

Also, I want to make this blog my daily journal with things relating to my weight loss journey. Today, I want to write about my body. There are too many things that I hate about my body but there are two in particular that I want to talk about today. First, is my stomach flab roll. I hate it! I got this really bad after giving birth to my twins, hey I was carrying 12 pounds of baby alone even though that is no excuse. It just feels awful when I walk or even sit for that matter. I am kind of scared that when I do lose the weight that I might still have that flab and that bothers me a lot! The other part of my body is my legs and especially between my legs when I walk. I want that space back! My dh tells me all the time that he thinks I am beautiful, but I really do not see that and I want to see that. I have hid my weight in my clothes for so long! That has made me feel even more unbeautiful! I have a sister who is super skinny. I really do not know how she stays that skinny, she can eat anything! But I noticed one day when I looked in the mirror that we really look a lot alike, now she would probably flip out if I told her we looked alike. She is gorgeous, like a size 5 and I definitely am not! So, I know she has my family genes that someday I could be as beautiful as her. Heck I'd shot for a size 12 and be really happy to be honest! I know I can do this and I want to do this so that is making a big difference right now. So, enough today about my body.


Quote for the day

C. S. Lewis says, "God who foresaw your tribulation has specially armed you to get through it, not without pain, but without stain" (Letters of C. S. Lewis, ed. W. H. Lewis [New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1966], 219).

My Lunch-Jan11

Today I am saving points because tonight is our pizza night, even though I found a low point pizza recipe, come back after dinner and I will share, so I choose a low point Weight Watchers Smart Ones meal. this was the Chicken Santa Fe and it only has 2 points and a full serving of veggies! I also had some apple slices and a water! The meal was okay, not great, but it is a low point meal and feeling. I would eat it again.

Dessert WW Point Recipe

I put a new WW point recipe on my other blog for Favorite Ingredient Friday Meme, if you are interested, I have provided the link.
Warm Chunky Apple Pie-1 point

WW Point Snack Recipe

Here's what I am having for a snack today! I thought it was very feeling, like you might even want to only drink half of it! I added bananas. i think strawberries will be real good. I also want to try chocolate sometime.
Blizzard ( Not the Dairy Queen kind, but I can dream, right!)
8 oz skim milk
2 Tbsp fat free sugar free instant pudding mix
3 Tbsp fat free Cool Whip
3 Tsp vanilla flavoring 8 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in blender until mixed well and ice is crushed. Note: Experiment with different flavors...use vanilla pudding with 1 banana or with strawberries or pineapple(add another point) Yield 1 serving Points: 2

Daily Food Log for Jan11th

I'll add to this as the day goes.
6:30 a.m.Morning water 16 oz- 0 points
Breakfast 7:30 am
16 oz water- 0 points
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
WW Black Cherry Yogurt- 1 point
1/2 cup Orange Juice- 1 point
1/2 Grapefruit with 1 packet Splenda- 1 point
Total Breakfast Points- 7 points
Morning Snack 10:30 am
Cheese It 100 Calorie Party Mix- 2 points
Diet Dr Pepper- 0 points
Total morning snack points- 2 points
Lunch 1:00 pm
WW Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe Meal w/ full serving of veggies- 2 points
Apple Slices- 1 point
16 oz water- o points
Total Lunch Points- 3 pts
I'm saving points for pizza night tonight!
Afternoon snack-2:30 pm
1 Blizzard Shake with banana- 3 points
Total Afternoon Snack Points- 3 points
(I have 20 points left for tonight-Pizza Night, so I will be able to eat plenty!)
Dinner- 6:30 pm
3 slices Cheese pizza-12 points
Total Dinner Points- 12 points
Total Day's Points-27 so far

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dinner Food Log, a recipe, and my daily points for Jan10th

For dinner tonight, dh really wanted Spaghetti. Spaghetti is a staple in my house and we eat it once a week. Not only is it good, but it is also cheap! So, as I have read other people's blogs who are on WW, they say to try to use what your family likes and just revamp it to make it more nutritious and less points. So here is what I did. I used chuck beef instead of just the cheapest ground beef that is also the fattest. The beef was 7 points for a 4 oz serving. I do not have scales yet so I use the palm of my hand which is about a 4 oz serving. That will have to work until I can get some food scales. I also switched from the cheap Walmart spaghetti noodles to Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend pasta these were 3 points. I used the same Spaghetti sauce I always use the Walmart brand Traditional. This was 2 points. Now all together this meal is 12 points, which is still better than how I was cooking it. I think next time though I might just leave the chuck out of my sauce and have meatless Spaghetti for only 5 points! Here is my recipe:
Lorie's So-Easy Spaghetti
16 oz box Whole Wheat Spaghetti noodles(2 oz. is serving size), Optional
1 pound chuck (4 oz is a serving)
1 26 oz jar of Walmart brand Traditional Spaghetti Sauce(1/2 cup is a serving size)
garlic powder(season as desired)
Brown chuck with garlic powder and drain. Return to pan and add jar of spaghetti sauce and heat through. While beef is browning cook spaghetti noodles in boiling water for 10 minutes. Place hot sauce mixture over noodles and enjoy.
WW points= 12 For Meatless= 5 points
We also had a salad with this meal and I used 2 more points for Reduced calorie dressing and I had a diet Dr. Pepper.
Total points for the day: 36 points ( I am suppose to have 35 points, I went over 1 point today, but a friend was telling me that on WW Flex Plan I have 35 extra points a week that I can use if I want to so that I can live. Like go out to eat, have pizza night etc. so I am really not worried about 1 extra point. Actually I have been having a hard time getting my 35 points, so I feel pretty good about my points today.)

10 Things I have Learned After Being on a Diet for 3 Days!

Well, I have been on a diet for 3 days now and I have learned a few things about eating better and food. Here are 10 of them!
1. Dieting does not mean starving yourself, I feel like I get a lot of food with the WW points system.
2. I love salads. I can't believe I just said that! lol They make me seem fuller and use very few of my points.
3. That measuring is so essential! I could not believe it when I measured out two tablespoons of reduced fat salad dressing, it really is plenty!
4. I know when my snacky times are now and how to plan and what to eat so I don't just go raid the refrigerator.
5. For me planning my day's food is so important so I don't make BAD food choices. I guess it is kind of like going to the grocery store, if you take a list you are less likely to buy stuff you do not need.
6. Dieting is so much easier than I ever thought! Well, at least what I am doing this time it seems manageable.
7. That I have a lot of support from my family and friends and that that is so essential!
8. I have looked at so many people's pictures on the web of their weight loss. So, I know it is possible, but I just can't picture what I would look like "skinny"!
9. Exercise is hard but important and I need to get my body used to it!
10. That when I am drinking so much water, I don't reach for diet pop. Yesterday I only had 1 and I probably could have done without it.
So, that is what I have learned after 3 days. If you are diet or trying to eat healthier have you learned anything?

Lunch Log for Jan 10th

I had the same thing as yesterday! + a grapefruit 2 points
Total Lunch Points- 9 points

Snack Log for Jan 10th

Morning Snack-10:30 am
Cheez It 100 Calorie Party Mix- 2 points
16 oz water- 0 points
Total Morning Snack Points- 2 points

Breakfast Log

Breakfast 7:30 am

16 oz water- 0 points

1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal-3 points

1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point

WW Black Cherry Yogurt- 1 point

1/2 cup Orange Juice- 1 point

Total Breakfast Points- 6 points

Some neat things I found on the web

Here are a few things I have found while working on a healthier me that I thought I would share.
I found this reall neat article from 24Hour Fitness about weighing yourself.
Patty shared the Nutrition Data website on Tammy's blog and it is really going to help me in figuring out recipe nutrition values!
Calorie Count is another place I have found that you can enter recipe ingedients and amounts and get a recipe analyzed. Another is Recipe Analyzer.
Dining Out Weight Watcher Points, I want to buy the WW book for this but right now I will just use that webpage, not that I go out to eat all that much. lol!
And finally, here is a WW points calculator that I have been using.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Dinner Log and a few recipes

Here is my dinner. Yes I am trying new things! Here is the recipe for the main dish. I did use reduced sodium rice.
Busy Day Chicken and Rice Recipe
4 servings
1 lb chicken breasts
2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans fat-free cream of chicken soup
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can fat-free cream of mushroom soup
1 (7 ounce) box chicken rice-a-roni
Put chicken and soup in a crockpot. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Make rice a roni according to package directions when you get home. Serve chicken and gravy over rice.
WW Points 3.5 per serving
Also on the plate are Low Carb Fauxtatoes (added diet margarine, instead of butter, and ff cream cheese.) These were okay. I also added some garlic powder to them. I want to try to find another recipe. I really like cauliflower and everyone I have talked to say these are great.Since I changed the recipe these are 1 point. Also you see my bread that I ate at lunch 2 pieces is 1 point and I only had one but I am still going to count 1 point because of the diet butter on top. Finally is 1 cup green beans which are 0 points.
Total Dinner Points=6 points
Total Points left for the day=7 points

Afternoon Snack Log

I HATE the hours of 2-5:30. I have learned those are my peak times that I feel hungry. Why? I really don't know. It was not that long ago that I ate lunch and today my lunch was good, so I just do not know. I wanted something sweet so I had a 2 point 100 calorie pack of my grasshopper cookies. Then I had a 2 point Popcorn rice cake 90 calorie pack. Then I still got the munchies so I made myself a salad from the leftover at lunch and put on some of my reduced calorie dressing for 1 point so my snacky hours I have used 5 points. I guess that is not bad and I know what my dinner points are going to be and I have the points. I guess I just feel so bad because that is when I am hungry.

Total Afternoon Snack Points- 5 Points

Lunch Log for Jan 9th

That was my lunch for today, looks good, right? Well it was and very satisfying! Here is the breakdown.
Lunch 12:00
2 pieces of Sara Lee 45 calories & delightful Multi-grain bread, toasted-1 point
Tuna salad- 3 points
I added tomato slices to the sandwich-0 points
salad(lettuce,green peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes)- 0 points
2 tablespoons Kraft Light Catalina Reduced Fat Dressing- 1 point
1 cup skim milk-2 points
Total Lunch Points-7 points
I started measuring stuff today. I had been eyeballing it. I thought I would need more than the 2 TBS serving of salad dressing, but that was plenty of dressing! I picked out the bread when I went to the grocery store and I LOVE it. It is kind of hard to eat a whole loaf by myself though before it goes bad. I am getting used to drinking milk again too. I am not real fond of the stuff! Overall a great lunch would make again!

Morning Snack Log for Jan 9

Well, I just ate my snack and when I got to the end, I put my hand in the bag and was so mad because it was gone! Oh well guess my water will just have to feel that need until lunch.
Morning Snack-10:30 am
Cheez It 100 Calorie Party Mix- 2 points
16 oz water- 0 points
Total Morning Snack Points- 2 points

Breakfast Log- Jan 9

Okay so breakfast is done. I have been trying different flavors of the WW yogurt and I think that I really like the one I tried today, Black Cherry. Yummy!
7 am-16 0z water- o points
1 cup Go Lean Crunch Cereal- 3 points
1/2 cup skim milk- 1 point
1/2 cup orange juice- 1 point
banana-2 points
weight watchers 1 point Black Cherry Yogurt- 1 point
16 oz water- 0 points
Total Morning and Breakfast Points-8 points

Goals for December 9th

Goals for today:

  • I need to get my meals planned for today.
  • I need to make sure I include 6 glasses of water, 2 dairy, and 5 fruits and veggies!
  • I need to start exercising 30 minutes a day even if it is two 15 minute sessions.
  • I need to learn how to eat so much food, I know that I am suppose to eat 35 points a day and that to lose weight I really need to do that, but I have been having a hard time eating that much food. I think that adding in my dairy will help some.
  • I need to research some WW recipes online and that a friend sent me and try get a menu for dinners next week.

I have been doing really good and I feel really good. I really am not feeling that starving feeling anymore. I think that is because I have figured out my bad times and what I can eat. I drink some water after dinner but I don't eat anything after dinner.I checked out some WW books from the library that I am going to start reading too, most are just cookbooks.

A funny from yesterday. I did my 15 minute power walk and the twins as usual did it with me. I decided that I was not going to do another 15 minute session. Later that day, one of my twins brought me the video asking if we could watch it. Lol, even my twins are trying to help me!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I had a yummy dinner!

Well some of you that know me know that I love to cook and share recipes. I plan to do that on this blog too!
I had a yummy dinner and even my kids ate it, well my oldest won't eat any veggies so he did not eat it. Here it is the recipe.
Five Can Soup
1 (14.5 ounce) can Del Monte Fresh Cut Whole New Potatoes, drained and cubed
1 (14.5 ounce) can Del Monte Fresh Cut Sliced Carrots, drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can Del Monte Fresh Cut Zucchini with Italian-Style Tomato Sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can Del Monte Fresh Cut Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano
1 (14 ounce) can Chicken or Beef Broth
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Makes 7-8 cups
WW Points 3 for the entire pot!
Then we had Easy 1 point Biscuits with added cheese and garlic(like Red Lobster) add point for cheese and a salad! Well, I was too full to eat the salad. lol!
Very YUMMY dinner and I feel full.

I need to just get this over with...

I need to tell you all how much I weigh. Now first I will tell you that nobody ever believes me when I tell them how much I weigh. When the nurses weigh me at the doctor, I tell them where to move the scale to and they say no way and I say yes! Monday morning I weighed myself and I weighed 323.8 pounds. No one in the Biggest Loser contest even weighs close to that. But that is me and I got to accept that that is my starting point. When you all see my pictures you won't believe it either but that is my weight. I come from a family of women who have weight problems. I weighed 299 when I brought my last baby home almost 1 year ago, so I have gained about 20 pounds in one year. Ouch! I know I can do this though! I have made that decision. My doctor told me that I should join WW, but you know WW cost money and I really don't have enough of that right now, so I researched WW online and I really seem to like it so far, I got a few things I need to work on but overall I like it. The support you all are giving me really helps me. Thanks so much for visiting and I plan to help all of you too by visiting your weight loss blogs. If I don't have you linked on my sidebar please let me know where to find your blog so I can give you support too. Hope you all have a great day!

Exercise Log for Jan 8th

Well a friend of mine, Liz, has shared with me her experience with WW. She taught me a little bit about how you earn extra points for activity. I need to do my exercise for at least 30 minutes to get some points for activity. I have been doing a Walk off the Pounds video that I checked out from the library. It is a 15 minute Power Walk. So I need to also do it one more 15 minute session, but I really want to get used to the 15 minute power mile walk first. I was able to get my mile done today. My leg muscles are really hurting though and it was hard to get through the whole thing, but I did . I think I am going to do baby steps on the exercise thing. So, I want to get used to doing the 15 minute mile and then I will work up to doing 2 miles a day. Anyways, that's my Exercise log for today! How's everyone else doing with exercise. What do you all do to exercise? When do you exercise?