Weight Watchers???

I’ve always heard wonderful things about Weight Watchers and I’ve been seriously considering it for weeks now. It seems there’s a few plans out there Points Plus and Smart Points. From what I’ve read, it seems like Smart Points gets a little more specific with regard to sugar/carb intake and protein intake and in doing so is showing more results quicker.

I’m just doing basic calorie counting right now and I am getting decent results, so it’s hard for me to not want to save my money and keep to my current plan. The thing is, I hear a lot of people say that Weight Watchers is the one “diet” that people seem to find easier to stick with which is very beneficial to me (given my history of bingeing, falling off the wagon, and indulging in treats).

Right now, there’s a deal going on where the sign up is free and if you lose 10 lbs within the first two months on the program, they’ll refund those two months or credit you going forward…It’s really tempting, and my birthday is coming up. Maybe it will be my treat to myself.

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Holiday Eating and Back on Track

Yesterday was Memorial Day and my mom decided to have a BBQ at my grandmother’s house with family. I didn’t cook anything because my mom and grandmother both have this thing about making food for far too many people, so no extra food is ever necessary. Now unlike me, my mom is a phenomenal cook. I’ve never met a person who hasn’t thoroughly enjoyed her food. Fortunately for me, she found a recipe that was suitable for my diet: Chef John’s Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp. If you have a grill and know how to use it, I definitely recommend giving it a shot. Pair it with some grilled veggies or a salad. Yum! I also had a small bite of the dessert she made: Butterscotch Delight. It was really hard to stop at one bite, but I managed.

Unfortunately, I came home and binged. I ate a whole moon cake because I knew I’d never throw it away, and the sooner it was gone, the sooner I could get back on track. I also was craving something really salty…I turned to reduced sodium salami. It was good, but I definitely regretted it after the fact. That was my first really big slip up. It sucks that it happened, but I’m glad it happened now rather than later. I am definitely more vigilant now and the will is even stronger. For the record, I did exercise harder to “make up” for the overeating. I don’t know that it actually makes up for it, but at least I exercised. I did the Fat Burning Cardio section from Hip Hop Abs twice in a row. I felt like I wanted to vomit, and I don’t intend to ever feel that way again.

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I got back on track today, though, and I tried another new recipe from Skinnytaste! Every once in a while, comfort food sounds extra amazing and there was Shepherd’s Pie Lightened Up. Again, I swapped the ground beef for ground turkey. I haven’t been missing the beef in these ground meat dishes, so why not keep with ground turkey. I also substituted mashed cauliflower for the mashed potatoes. I used the directions from this recipe to make the mashed cauliflower. I plan on making this recipe for lunch tomorrow. Everyone ate it up again! The dude started with a recommended serving and then got up to get more before he even finished that haha. The girls liked it, too. Sweets kept smelling the air as I was cooking and saying, “Mmmm….that smells yummy! I’m so hungry!” Looking forward to another great meal tomorrow. I’m trying to work on getting ahead of the game and start meal planning, but it’s a little hard for me. Any tips?

Mostly Successful Swedish Meatballs

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When I think of Swedish meatballs, I think of one thing…Ikea’s food area and their super cheap meals. I’ve only eaten there once. I can’t remember what I had or if it was good…hmmmm…now I want to go to Ikea. I love Ikea.

Back to the matter at hand. I had this sirloin in the fridge that needs to be cooked in the next couple of days and my one year old seems to enjoy beef more than chicken, so I was looking for a recipe that I could make to use it. I figured I could use this Swedish meatball recipe (again from Skinnytaste) and just make the beef for the girls and stick it in the sauce. I also still made the meatballs. Again, I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef and instead of egg noodles like the normal dish, I did zoodles again.

Well, I cooked the beef and made the meatballs, but I kind of messed up on the sauce. I was supposed to simmer it for a bit and let it thicken, but me not being the most experienced cook, I simmered it for more than a little bit because I didn’t see it thickening. Well, I took it off the heat and it really thickened haha. So, there was hardly any sauce and I also forgot to season the sirloin at all…I mean, even salt. I could have given it to the girls, but I’m pretty sure neither of them would have eaten it (because who wants to eat unseasoned beef?), so I took a gamble and gave them the meatballs.

They both seemed to enjoy them! My four year old had 4 (normal serving according to the recipe was 5) and my one year old had one. Those meatballs were so flavorful! Oh! I also forgot the allspice. I’m not sure what allspice tastes like, but I didn’t miss it. But yeah, so flavorful! Especially considering we didn’t have much sauce to spare.

I have to say, this Gina (author of Skinnytaste), really knows what she’s doing. That’s three successful meals in a row. Well, mostly successful, but this error was definitely user error. You’ll probably see quite a few of those. Cooking has never been in my wheelhouse…I’ve never really even enjoyed it, but I’m starting to. There’s something extremely gratifying about making your own food, having it be healthy, and tasty to boot!

Another Weak Moment…

20170528_090543.jpgSo based on these posts, you guys are probably going to think all I do is cheat on my diet and compensate, but I swear that’s not what it is. I just know myself and when I deprive myself, somewhere down the line I go on a binge and lose it all. I’m determined not to do that and I’m also determined to allow myself some of my favorite pleasures from time to time.

My parents went to San Francisco for the last couple of days and made a special stop at Chinatown. There’s a bakery there called Eastern Bakery that sells a Chinese pastry called moon cake and they brought me home a box. After trying to explain it to my friend, I realized I can’t really explain it at all. It’s filled with lotus seed paste and is very sweet and yummy, but also high in all the things that you really shouldn’t be consuming when you’re dieting. Some moon cakes also have some sort of egg yolk in them, but that’s not my cup of tea. Good thing, those are even worse for you.

The good news is that I didn’t eat a whole one, and I definitely watched my intake throughout the day in preparation. For dinner, I tried another Skinnytaste recipe. I am in search of recipes that are good for me, but also things my daughters (1 & almost 4) will eat. The one year old can be a little picky when it comes to texture, so I have to play my cards right. Tonight I made Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu. I still made the girls something different because I started dinner a lot later than originally planned and it took a little over an hour with prep included, but I really think they’d like it.

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I actually substituted lean ground turkey for the lean ground beef. I honestly don’t know how it affected the calorie and nutrient intake, but it didn’t affect the flavor of the sauce. The dude really enjoyed the sauce as well. The only thing is that I wouldn’t have minded a bit more meat in my sauce especially since this is such a low calorie meal. Satisfying nonetheless.

I’ve had spaghetti squash once before. There are many ways to cook it, it seems. Slow cooker, microwave, oven and in the oven, you can roast it whole or cut it in half and roast it. The first time I made it, I roasted it in the oven whole and then cut it, but this time I cut it then roasted it. There is definitely a difference. For one, it’s easier to cut once cooked. Luckily, I kept all of my fingers. The texture is also different. I recall the one I roasted whole to be pretty watery/mushy. This one was more “al dente” if you will. Not sure which one I prefer, but it was delicious. I’ll have to try the microwave method one of these times. It’s supposed to take less than 10 minutes and if you’re a parent like me, the extra 50 minutes can be dire haha.

Totino’s Pizza Rolls & Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

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When I started this healthy eating and exercising deal, I only ate those prepackaged salads that run anywhere from 200 calories to 270 for lunch and dinner. It was easy to see how many calories I was consuming, but I didn’t realize how much sodium was in them. I turned in the salads for canned chunk light tuna mixed with a small bit a light mayo and mustard. Again, it was easy to see how many calories I was consuming, and while the canned tuna isn’t bad (in my opinion), there was no way I’d be able to keep to a diet of solely canned tuna.

So off to Google I went in search for healthier recipes around 300 calories each. I found quite a few, but then I also remembered a site I had found several years ago when I last attempted weight loss. Skinnytaste.com is full of healthy recipes and with each recipe, Gina included the nutritional facts! SCORE! It helps me know how many calories I am consuming without having to guess or estimate, which is exactly what I need to stay on track with my diet.

The last time I “dieted” it maybe lasted one week, so I only tried one recipe, but I remember it was good. Tonight, I tried another: Shrimp Scampi Zoodles for Two! I love shrimp scampi! The buttery, garlicky goodness…mmmmm. I was a skeptical of what how close this would taste to normal shrimp scampi when I saw that it only included half a tablespoon of UNsalted butter. I mean, I’m the girl who used to use two tablespoons of butter on a single piece of toast.  But…it was delicious and even the dude (aka my husband) enjoyed it. At only 161 calories per serving, it maintained the buttery, garlicky flavor that I love and the zoodles (zucchini noodles for those not familiar) were actually really good. They added this crunch of texture that worked for me and I didn’t miss the real pasta aspect at all which, believe me, says a lot. I will say that I omitted the parsley because I didn’t have any and also the red pepper flakes because I’m a wimp when it comes to heat. The dude loves spicy stuff and didn’t seem to care that there wasn’t any.

I really wish I would have just eaten it all on my own, but earlier today, I indulged and had a serving of Totino’s Pepperoni Pizza Rolls so I made up for it with this meal. Man, just looking at this picture makes me hungry for more. Lunch tomorrow, maybe?