Thursday, November 11,2021
I hope you all don’t think I talk about this too much, but I do seem to get the most comments when I talk about healthy living/eating. I posted about healthy Trader Joe’s finds Tuesday here, non-scale victories here, but I haven’t posted about Eating Lately since the end of September here.
I am planning a post on holiday strategies – maybe more for me than for you! I have a game plan in mind but I am getting worried about all of the holiday foods coming up!
First of all, let’s have some real talk…
I started cleaning up my diet on my own on April 8, 2021. On May 1, 2021, I joined WW officially and started doing their “purple” plan. I had no exact pound goals in mind when I started; I just new I needed to do something to FEEL better. Looking better was a goal, too, of course.
I made it to a 43.5 pound loss at the end of October. Yes, I am going to include the “.5”. I went down another jean size at the end of October – making a change of probably 3 jean sizes in total. It’s hard to know what jean size I was in April because I wore “leggings size”.
Back in August, I started thinking I could have my goal be “50 pounds for 50 years” because my 50th birthday was November 2nd. I didn’t make that goal and to be honest, it has been slow going pound-wise lately. I do not know what my ultimate goal is, but I do want to lose several more pounds. I could get frustrated, but I am still happy with my achievements and I plan to keep trucking along.
My goals are: keep finding new recipes, drink more water (very hard as a teacher), walk more, add in more protein, and enjoy the non-scale victories.
Here is my day yesterday. The new WW plan rolled out on Monday and I am still learning it, but things didn’t change too much for me. I will talk more about that at the end of the post.
I drink two cups of coffee at home.
At school, I heat up and eat my casserole made of egg, green chilies, low fat cottage cheese with vegetables and two Jimmy Dean turkey sausage links. When will I get tired of this breakfast? Probably never.
Snack is a banana and a half of a Premier Protein. I usually have this with instant coffee but on this day I just drank it from the carton.
Lunch for Erica and I was the Mexican spaghetti squash boats. Tom and I had it for dinner the night before and it was Tom approved.
You roast your squash by cutting in half (I had to microwave to get it soft enough to cut) and putting it face down on a cookie sheet at 400 for about 40 minutes. You use a fork to string out most of the squash and mix that with some green enchilada sauce, chicken (rotisserie would work great), green chilies, corn, cilantro, green onion, and non-fat greek yogurt. You spoon back into the squash and bake for a few more minutes and then top with some shredded cheese and broil for a couple of minutes.
Yum! I will be making this again! It also makes me wonder what else I can put in a squash boat…
After school I had a half of a Built bar, but I had errands to run so I didn’t eat anything else.
For dinner, we had Greek bowls. Did you see the recipe? I am obsessed!
I made a pumpkin cake and put a few chocolate chips on top for dessert.
This time change may be bad for my eating because I got in a real snacky mood that night and had a string cheese, popcorn, and a dum dum sucker after my shower.
A couple of notes from lately:
I have been making faux rotisserie chicken with chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in my crockpot. I seasoned half with Greek seasoning, and half with taco seasoning. That makes the week easier when you have the chicken ready. It is so good this way, too!
I have been having salad without dressing but with some mashed avocado and lime juice and it’s really good!
Hearts of palm pasta is decent:
Get creative! I had no buns, so I have been putting my veggie burgers in low carb wraps. You can put so many things in a wrap!
If you have not been on My Bizzy Kitchen yet, you need to go. You can do so much with her dough. You can make bagels!
Another salad with the avocado “dressing”:
Another wrap and homemade fries. I microwave a baked potato and then slice in wedges and “fry” in my skillet with a bit of Pam.
I am really thinking about an air fryer. I know it’s controversial to have another appliance, but I think I would use it every day now.
The best snack:
celery with laughing cow and everything but the bagel seasoning and avocado toast.
Leftover Chick Fil A grilled nuggets (get extra when you order them), brown rice, and my homemade tzatziki from the Greek bowl recipe. I could have used some veggies, but I needed a quick lunch.
This is what I do with my CFA nuggets. I use my own buffalo sauce, my own dill pickles, and make the fries.
Simple as can be: roast potatoes, green beans, and chicken sausage.
Mexican bowl with chicken, beans, pico, and a bit of cheese. I don’t miss the rice!
So, the new WW plan… I used to get 16 points a day on purple, which isn’t much. I would get 42 extra points that I would use on Saturdays mostly. Now I get 20 points a day and 28 extras but I can earn more by walking or exercising. I can add to my 20 dailies for every serving of vegetables and for drinking enough water. If you don’t use all of your daily points, they carry over to your extra weeklies. It is a personalized plan because I had to answer questions about the foods I love to eat and eat often. I get non-starchy vegetables and fruits for zero points, along with turkey and chicken, eggs, non-fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, and I do get potatoes and sweet potatoes for zero points, as well. It sounds more complicated than it is. It is very simple after you do it for a week or so.
The premise is food tracking or journaling, portion size, encouragement to eat enough fruits and vegetables, drink enough water, and to eat lots of lean protein. If you are thinking about joining, I say do it. The app is really amazing. It is easy to track and it also has a wealth of recipes, restaurant lists, and more.
Whew, I’m tired.
Thanks for reading if you are still here!