It's a NEW YEAR and you know what that means... most people use this time of year to start something NEW! And that something new is usually a "diet"! Well I am here to tell you that "starting" a diet means that one day it will "end!" And you can't do that or all the weight will come right back. So look at it this way, Use 2009 as a time to start a NEW LIFESTYLE! New ways of eating, new ways of exercising, a new you!
I have said it before, and I will say it again... Weight Watchers is a lifestyle change. It's not something you can follow for a year or so and then stop. You can't do that with any "diet." You have to look at WW as something you plan to do forever. Now, might you splurge once in a while, sure and that's ok. You can't beat yourself up over it! But it's a change you have to make permanent!
I have talked with several bloggers through email about how I lost my weight and they have asked me what I ate to do so. So I thought what better way to share than to explain my diet and exercise plan. This will be VERY helpful to those of you who are PICKY. I don't eat meat very often and I hate veggies. So how did I do it?? For me it was a simple calculation! You can check out my post here to see what I mean. You need to calculate your TEE (total energy expenditure ). It is the number of calories you burn in a day. So here is how I kept up with that. My TEE was 2869.76. So I knew that as long as I ate less than that per day I would lose. Well I eat WAY less than that. I eat 1200 calories a day. Some days I might have 1400 but no more! I do still follow WW, but I also watch my calories. With WW I am allowed 21 points. I don't go to meetings anymore. I have all the literature and I know how many points I am allowed and I honestly use this blog as my "keep me accountable" place! It takes the place of my meetings... thanks to WWW. I really feel lots of support from you lovely ladies. Thank you so much!
The reality is... IT'S HARD... IT'S NOT ALWAYS FUN... SOMETIMES IT'S FRUSTRATING... BUT IT'S WORTH IT!! October 1, I weighed in at 164, the biggest I have ever been. My size 10's were getting snug and it was time to take control back over my eating! My problem was the weekends. I would diet Mon-Thurs and then binge on the weekends. And I was gaining. That showed me that you can't "diet" you have to make a lifestyle change. So I did! And I am now 141 and a size 4/6. And I couldn't be happier. I don't know another time when I felt as confident about my body as I do today. Sure there are things I would love to change, but I finally love my body for what it is! I feel comfortable and I am so glad. Over 3 months I shed 23 pounds. I never thought I could do it that quickly. But it just fell off. Between changing my diet and continuing my 4-5 day a week hour and a half workouts, I had great success. My mind set changed. I began looking at food in a different way. Not as something I WANTED but as something I NEEDED. It's my body's fuel to live. Food is for fuel not fun!! I realize some people may think "What kind of life is that to live if you can't enjoy your food?" Honestly, I do enjoy my food. Like I said earlier, I don't eat lots of meat or veggies. They aren't my fave foods and it's realistic for me to give up something that I love (like pasta, rice, bread). That whole NO CARB thing DOESN'T work and it isn't healthy! Trust me! You need carbs, fat and calories. It's WHAT you eat that makes a huge difference!
Because this is something I am so passionate about and have learned so much about over the past several months (and year) if you ever want to email me a questions about WW or lifestyle changes or workouts please do. I am currently helping several people turn their lives around. And I love helping others find happiness within themselves!! It doesn't matter what the magazines tell you, you SHOULD look like it's how you feel about YOU! So email me with any questions. I will keep whatever we talk about between me and you :) (email@example.com)
I want to share what a typical weeks meals are for me. Now, please understand... I AM SUPER PICKY!! I mean bad! My husband gets different means than me. I eat the same thing all the time until I find something new I like. He loves veggies and meats so he gets more yummy healthy meals. Mine are quite simple and boring but I love them. They helped me tremendously over the past three months and still going strong today :) Now, I am going to share the recipes too so here ya go ladies: (if you have any questions about any of the recipes please feel free to leave me a comment with your email or email me)
1. ¾ cup of Special K with ½ cup of 2% milk
2. ½ cup of Dannon Light and Fit Strawberry Yogurt and 1 Quaker 100 calorie bar
3. 1 packet of Cheddar Cheese Grits & One slice of Light Wheat bread with a little spray butter
4. Broiled eggs. Only eat the egg whites. Take one cooked egg, scoop out the yellow (throw away-that’s where ALL the fat and cholesterol is) and mash the white up and put it on a piece of bread with a little spray butter and salt and pepper. You could even have two of these. You will be surprised how filling this is. I like this!!
3. Quaker 100 calorie bar
4. 100 calorie popcorn
5. 5 crackers with wing sauce (the fat free/calorie free kind that I can't live without)
1. Grilled Cheese: Two slices of light wheat bread & 1 slice of 2% cheese with a little spray butter. With 5 or 10 crackers.
2. 1 Carb Smart or Fat Free tortilla with ½ cup of chili beans, salsa, small sprinkle of cheese and lettuce. Then eat a piece of fruit.
3. LC pizza or Ravioli (only if you need to grab something quick on the go)
4. Subway turkey (no cheese or mayo-get mustard) and no chips. Bring your own crackers or FF Pringles!
Snack: See above
1 FF or Carb Smart Tortilla
¾ cup of Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese
½ cup of Newman’s Own Marinara Sauce
17 Turkey Pepperonis (cooked for 1 minute 30 seconds in the microwave)
Pepper rings-however many you want
You can add any veggies like: peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.
Take your tortilla, spread the sauce, then the cheese, then add the pepperonis, then all the veggies. I always add a little garlic powder and salt. Cook it on 350 for about 15 minutes. I always fold mine over like a sandwich. It’s very filling. Have that and one of your desserts or piece of fruit!
1 zucchini (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1/3 cup of banana pepper rings (cut up)
½ cup of sliced black olives
1 tbsp of minced garlic (or you could use garlic salt)
Could add also: jalapeno pepper, mushrooms (I did)
1 can of diced tomatoes undrained
16 oz or wheat rotini pasta
2 tbsp of chili powder
Parmesan cheese as desired. I say about two or three tbsp.
Cook the rotini.
Over medium heat, spray some Pam Spray and cook the garlic and onion. Then add the zucchini and peppers. Cook all until tender. Then add the chili powder, tomatoes and olives and whatever else you add. Bring to a boil them reduce to low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the drained rotini and stir well and serve with the Parm. Cheese.
Yum! (according to Hubs) and the only fat & calories you have is the pasta. This will make 4-6 servings. So you should have about 1 ½ cups cooked. Maybe with a small side salad with FF dressing. This will be very filling and around 350-400 calories max!
1 FF or Carb Smart Tortilla
¼ pound of Extra Lean Ground Beef
Small sprinkle of FF Mozz cheese
½ cup of chili beans
(sometimes I leave out the tortilla and make a taco salad)
PS—this is enough to make two tacos if you are really hungry. The meat makes more than you think. Sometimes I have two. Sometimes just one. If you make two it only adds 90 calories for the 2nd tortilla. The calories for this is around 350. For one. 400 for 2! NOT BAD AT ALL. And very filling!
Cook the beef and sprinkle about ¼ of a pack of taco seasoning and add a little water. Let it simmer about 5 minutes. Heat the beans. Add that to the taco. Add cheese. Lettuce and all the salsa you want.
Keep the left over beans for a side another night or for a bean taco for lunch.
Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla
(I haven’t tried this yet but I am gonna-for Hubs of course)
Spray of Pam
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 tablespoon brown sugar (I will leave this out)
1/4 cup salsa
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 (8 inch) FF or Carb Smart Tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded 2% or FF Cheese
Heat Pam Spray in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in beans and corn, then add sugar, salsa, and pepper flakes; mix well. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
Spray the tortilla with butter and place it in a large skillet over medium heat. Then, sprinkle evenly with cheese (1/2 cup), then top with some of the bean mixture. Place another tortilla on top, cook until golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
Calories: Less than 300 cal per quesadilla. You could make the whole mix and freeze it for later meals.
¼ pound of Extra Lean Ground Beef
1 slice of 2% cheese
Onion (if you like)
Marinate the beef in a little Dales sauce. Cook it on top of the stove with no oil til done. Add cheese.Then place it on one leaf of lettuce and put mustard/ketchup and other toppings. Top with another piece of lettuce. Cut it and eat it like a steak. Really is filling. But you could have it with baked potato fries! 5 WW Points!
Baked Potato Fries
1 medium potato
Peel and slice into small fries. Place on foil sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with Seasoned Salt and some pepper.
Cook in the oven on 425 for 20 – 30 minutes. This is only ONE WW point!!
Chili O Meatless Chili
1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 16 oz can of Chili beans
1/2 pack of Chili O Chili Mix
Mix and Heat! It's soooo good. I eat this at least twice a week. If you split this into two meals, it's only 3 WW points each meal and believe me. It's filling!
1 cup cooked whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup of Newmans Own Marinara
Plain and simple. Cook the pasta, drain! Add marinara and garlic powder. 4 WW Points