Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 37

I started my day with 20 minutes on the elliptical. I kept hitting snooze on the alarm clock, but finally dragged my butt out of bed. I figured that 20 minutes was better than nothing, then I giggled because I couldn't believe it was ME that was saying that! I've never rationalized in FAVOR of exercise before.

I just had dinner, and it felt a little TOO indulgent, but it was SOOO good. I posted the recipe for the pasta sauce I made, only 2 pts per serving. What got me was the large amount of pasta I dumped on my plate. I measured it out, and had enough points, but mentally I knew it was too much. But it was good! I've journaled it and will move on. It just feels like I'm doing something "bad" when I know I'm eating more than a portion. But again, I have plenty of points and knew I would be okay, but still...

For those of you who don't know, I am currently taking online classes towards a Master's degree in Special Education. I'm taking one class at a time, and the last day of this class is Monday. Well, guess who finished up her last three assignments and turned them in EARLY today! That frees up a lot of time for ME, and I like it! I also am excited that I only have three more days of work this week before we get out for Fall break. That's two whole weeks of vacation! I plan on doing a lot of walking since the weather here in TN promises to be nice.

I'm off to bed, so maybe I can wake up in time to get my whole 30 min. of exercise in the morning.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Day 36 - WI Day!

Ok...lot's to talk about! Sorry I didn't check in yesterday, but I had a good excuse!

First things first...today was WI and I was down 4.8 lbs! Woo Hoo! So, I lost the slight gain from last week, and it took some friends with it! I'm officially down 17.4 lbs, and I'm so happy about that. My pants are feeling loose, my mood and energy level have improved.

I think I can definitely attribute some of my loss to the exercise I've done this week. I had three mornings on the elliptical, and I walked on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Yesterday was great! I loaded up two of my children and my nephew, and we set out to the park in Lebanon to walk. There's a great nature trail, and the two 11 year olds love to go walking on it. When I walk at the park, I usually just stick to the track, which one lap around is 1 mile. If you go through the nature trail, it's two miles. Since I've worked up my activity level, I knew I could make it for two miles, so off we go!

The end of the nature trail ends at a train depot, and normally you just turn around and head back to the park. But the kids wanted to check out the train depot, so we walked down to it. I felt tired, but like I could still go some more, so I suggested that we go down another street (off the trail) into a residential neighborhood, and go on an "adventure". An "adventure" it was. We ended up walking to a main street in the town (with no sidewalks), then having to cross over a busy intersection to get back to a shortcut that would put us back on the trail. But we made it, and it was so much fun! By the time we got back to the park, we had been walking for 65 minutes. I felt like passing out, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment!

I exercised 5 days this week, and it was not a chore at all. Like I said before, I usually DREAD exercise, and at my weight, it's tough. But I'm TRYING, and so far succeeding at it. Along with eating right, exercise is making me the healthy woman I long to be.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dorito Casserole Recipe

Here's what we're having for dinner tonight. My family LOVES this!

Ingredients:

7 oz. baked Doritos, nacho cheese flavor
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 can 98% FF cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel, drained
2 cups 2% shredded Mexican Cheese
1 pkt. Taco Seasoning (low sodium)

Directions:

Brown ground beef then add taco seasoning, cream of mushroom soup, and Rotel tomatoes. Crush Doritos and pour half into a 9x13 casserole dish sprayed with Pam, then add a layer of the meat mixture, then half the cheese, another layer of chips, then meat mixture and finish off with cheese. Bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes.

Number of Servings: 8
  • Calories: 308.1
  • Total Fat: 12.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 36.6 mg
  • Sodium: 671.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 24.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 20.1 g
  • 7 WW pts

Friday, September 26, 2008

Day 32 - Exercise

Ok...I guess you can officially say this is my first week of exercise while I've been on the WW plan. I have a confession...I HATE exercise. The thought of it makes me out of breath. But I know it's just one of those things I have to do while I'm on this journey to be successful. So I started Sunday with a two mile walk, and have woke up early three times so far this week to get on the elliptical. And you know what...it hasn't been so bad. Now, I'm the same person who just admitted to hating exercise. But let me tell ya...I also hate waking up early. So waking up and exercise usually isn't an option for me.

Let me tell you what's different this time. I REALLY WANT to lose weight and get healthy. There's something "different" about this journey...I've been saying that all along. So instead of being all negative about waking up early and exercising, I really don't mind so much. I certainly FEEL better after it's done, and I feel better about myself because I know I'm making a positive change in my life. And like another blogger I was reading said yesterday, it's all about your attitude. I don't want to be one of those people who only exercises because they have to. I want to be one of those people who LOVE to exercise because how it makes my body look and feel.

Tomorrow is my town's mile long yard sale (it's really about 50+ miles long) and it runs along the highway I live on. I plan on participating in the yard sale, but at some point I'm gonna make my husband take over so I can walk up and down the highway and get some activity in (and maybe even some shopping!).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hollie's Chicken Salad Recipe

Hollie's Chicken Salad

This is a little something I put together for dinner tonight, and it was sooo good! I ate mine with bread for a sandwich, but I think I might try it over some lettuce for lunch tomorrow. This recipe makes a lot - as most of mine do. But I have a family of five to feed, and I always try to have leftovers for lunch the next day. I buy chicken breast halves when they're on sale, then put a pack in the crockpot so it can cook all day while I'm at work. Then I can have diced or shredded chicken breast whenever I need it.

Ingredients
1-1/2 lbs. cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1 c. green pepper
1 c. diced apples
1 c. diced grapes
9 tbs. Kraft Miracle Whip

Directions:
Basically, just combine ingredients and serve! Best if prepared the night before you plan to eat it so all the flavors have a chance to mesh together.

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 10
  • Amount Per Serving: about 1 cup
  • Calories: 170.0
  • Total Fat: 8.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 39.4 mg
  • Sodium: 134.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 16.5 g
  • 4 WW pts.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

I got this recipe from a fellow Weight Watcher, Kristin (www.shoutinfromtherooftop.com). This recipe is SOOO GOOD! My family requests this all the time. You could lighten this up even more if you used Fat Free tortillas and fat free sour cream!

Ingredients:
10 1/2 oz 98% Fat-Free Cream Of Chicken Soup, (1 can)
1 cup Salsa
2 tsp chili powder
2 cup cooked chicken breast
1 cup light sour cream
10 Mission flour tortillas
8 oz Kraft 2% Milk Natural Cheese Mexican four cheese shredded

Directions:
Mix soup, sour cream, salsa, and chili powder. Mix 1 cup of salsa mixture with chicken and cheese. Spread about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla and roll. Place in 9×13 baking dish. Pour remaining salsa mixture on top of enchiladas. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 or until hot and bubbly. Top with chopped tomatoes & green onions if desired..


Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 10
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 323.9
  • Total Fat: 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 50.0 mg
  • Sodium: 991.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 23.0 g
  • 7 WW pts each

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Day 29

ok...guess who woke up at 5:30 a.m. to exercise? ME! Last night, I made up my mind to do it, and I did! I set the clock at 5 a.m., but ended up getting up at 5:30, and was on the elliptical by 5:40. I got in 20 minutes, and it totally kicked my butt! But I felt so good today. It even seemed like I had more energy, and was less hungry. Maybe all those articles I read that spewed all the benefits of morning exercise was actually telling the truth!

Well, it's 9:30 p.m., and if I'm gonna wake up at 5 a.m. I'd better get to bed! That's one think I don't deprive myself of...sleep. I love sleep...it's quite possibly my favorite part of the day. I feel happy when I'm putting on my nightgown and climbing into bed. Crazy, I know, but true!

Let's see what tomorrow holds!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Day 28 - Weigh-in

Today was WI, and like I predicted, it was disappointing. I gained 1.6 according to my scale, and 1.4 according to Weight Watcher's scale. I was prepared for the gain, but it still sucks. It especially sucks because I stayed on plan and did everything I was supposed to do. I'm holding on to hope that next week will be better, after Mother Nature goes away for another month. But the thing I am happy about is my overall change in attitude. Any other time that I've tried to lose weight, something like an undeserved gain would have sent me into a binge mode. I would have said f*** it, and would have pigged out. I might have even quit altogether. But now I am not depending on the scale for victory. I know I am making positive changes, and I know I will see results because of that.

Another decision I made today is to start getting up early to exercise. I've tried to do this before with no luck, but I'm going to commit to it for at least three weeks to see if I can make a habit of it. I just know it's the only way I will be able to fit the time in to exercise every day. I HATE getting up early, almost as much as I hate exercising, but I have to do it. Or at least try!

Cheesy Beef Rotini Recipe

This recipe can be cooked many different ways. You can bake it in the oven, or cook it on the top of the stove (like I did tonight - less dishes to wash). You can use different cheeses to suit your taste, and can lighten the recipe by using Fat Free shredded cheese instead of low-fat. You can also use a light pasta sauce or whole wheat rotini to cut calories further. I have a lot of points right now, so I can afford 8 pts for dinner. But I imaging using lighter ingredients could cut it down to about 6 pts.

Cheesy Beef Rotini

Ingredients

3 c. Ragu pasta sauce
1 (14.5 oz) box Ronzoni SmartTaste Rotini
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
8 oz. Kraft 2% Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 C. Green Bell Peppers
Salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste

Directions:
In large pot, boil rotini noodles. Drain and set aside. In separate skillet, brown ground beef, then add bell peppers and saute. Combine cooked rotini noodles, ground beef and peppers, and pasta sauce. If baking, mix in half of cheese then sprinkle the rest on top. Bake on 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through. If making on stove top, mix in entire bag of cheese. Mix until heated through.

Number of Servings: 8 servings (about 1.5 cups each)
35 Minutes to Prepare and Cook


Nutritional Info:
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 402.4
  • Total Fat: 11.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 50.0 mg
  • Sodium: 669.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 53.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 24.8 g
  • 8 WW pts. per serving

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Day 27 - Exercise and Progress Pics

Guess what I did today? I walked 2 whole miles! Woo Hoo! I just took my time and did it. It took 34 minutes, which I thought was pretty good. I'm sooo tired.

I also decided that since today ends my 4th week on Weight Watchers, I would take some progress pictures and post them. I weighed in at 318 this morning, which is still up 1 lb. from a week ago, but I'm trying not to let it bother me. I said TRYING. I know I've stuck to plan and that it's normal to gain while you're getting your period, but I still desperately wanted to see a lower number.

I still feel good, and might even try to make this exercise thing a daily occurance:) Might make the scale move, huh?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Day 26

I got on the scale this morning, and was up a few pounds. I wasn't surprised, because of TOM, but I tried not to let it discourage me. My official WI isn't until Monday, so there's hope that I can at least maintain. I have been completely on plan, so I know the only reason is TOM.

I wanted to give up a few times today. First of all, I allowed myself to go to Walmart hungry. Never a good idea. THEN, my mom wanted to stop by McDonald's to get the kids something. That was hard. When I came home I was very moody, but ate a bowl of cereal and felt better. Once I journaled everything I felt better, and actually made it through the day. The key for me is not getting hungry.

Bottom line, I made it through temptation and I didn't give up. I feel stronger every day. Now if I'll only exercise...

I think about it all the time, but actually making it down to the den and getting on my elliptical hasn't happened. I vow every week to start exercising but don't do it. I know it would really help in my weight loss, I've just gotta do it!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Some before pics...



Ok...I thought I would post some before pics. My starting weight was 333 lbs. These were taking on my college graduation day in May 2007 - but I am pretty much the same size now. OMG - That back shot is TERRIBLE!

Sad thing is...I had on two different girdle/body shapers under that dress. Well...they didn't help!

Today is the 25th day of the rest of my life...

I decided last night that I am going to revive my blog here at Blogger. I've been blogging on SparkPeople since I re-started my weight loss journey on 8/25/08, but I think I want to go bigger (and better). I want a site to not only blog, but also add pictures and recipes. We'll see what happens...

This is my 25th day on the Weight Watchers plan. I have faithfully eaten within my points and journaled every day. I've gone from 333 lbs to 317.4 so far. TOM is currently paying his monthly visit, so I'm not sure how well WI will go on Monday. But for the first time EVER, I haven't lost control! WOW!

Well, I'm gonna play around with this some more and see what I can do...

Hollie