Week 2 Weigh-in

A little delayed posting this, but I did my week 2 weigh-in on Sunday morning.

Starting weight: 242.1 lbs

Current weight: 233.8 lbs

Weight lost this week: 0.9 lbs

Total weight lost: 8.3 lbs

Yes it is a MUCH smaller loss than last week, but that is completely normal.  The leader who weighed me in the last 2 weeks had warned me last week that I would likely have no loss this week since my body would be trying to catch up to the 7.4 from last week.  Seeing the 0.9 was good enough for me!  Every pound (or almost pound!) down is a pound in the right direction.

I’ve tried a number of different recipes the last couple of weeks and that is really helping me make this a realistic change.  I like variety and I like food that tastes good.  A number of people have suggested skinnytaste.com since she takes the time to calculate the SmartPoints for you and writes delicious recipes.  I have already tried a few and they have all been successes!

So far this has been a great week food-wise and I’m looking forward to this week’s weigh-in (funny how I now look forward to the scale)!

TTFN

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Tuna casserole – with scrambled egg sauce?

Friday night I decided to give a new recipe a try: Tuna Noodle Casserole.  A classic comfort food that I thought would be lovely on a -17 (with the wind chill) night.  I found the recipe in the Weight Watchers tracker and had most of the ingredients already on hand.  The recipe serves four and allows for a nice size portion for only 6 SmartPoints!

The recipe was almost a success except for one small issue; I turned the lovely custardy sauce into scrambled eggs…  This was my first attempt at this kind of sauce and it would appear that I need some practice!  In order to get a smooth sauce you have to temper the eggs so that they combine with the warm milk.  Instead of tempering my eggs I scrambled them either with the heat of the milk or by overcooking the sauce.  I will have to experiment a bit to see if I can make it work for me…

It was still pretty tasty overall, but was a touch bland.  I think it could use some additional seasoning.

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All ready to go
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Those are some fine looking scrambled eggs…

As you can see from the photo it was not creamy as the recipe promised, but I threw some hot sauce at it and actually quite enjoyed it!  I didn’t have any paprika or fresh chives, but I did have dried chives to substitute.  I also added creole seasoning and omitted the salt (since there’s plenty in that seasoning).  I will eventually come back to this recipe but I have many more I’d like to try out first!

Ingredients

 

2 sprays cooking spray
6 oz uncooked whole wheat pasta
1 cup carrotschopped
1 cup onionchopped
1 cup green pepperchopped
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp chivesfresh, minced
14 tsp paprika
34 tsp table salt
14 tsp black pepper
1 can water-packed tuna fish drained
1 cup 1% milk

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
2.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add pasta and chopped carrots, stir and bring to a boil again. Cook until pasta and carrots are completely tender, about 8 to 10 minutes; drain, return to pot and set aside.
3.  Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; add onion and peppers. Sauté over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until onions start to brown, about 5 minutes; add to pasta pot.
4.  Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a small, heatproof bowl. Slowly pour half of warmed milk into eggs (while beating constantly); pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens to consistency of custard sauce, about 5 minutes; remove from heat. Stir in chives, paprika, salt and pepper; then stir seasoned sauce into pasta pot.
5.  Add tuna to pasta pot and spoon mixture into prepared casserole dish. Bake until mixture is piping hot and top is browned, about 20 minutes. Yields about 1 1/3 cups per serving.

Week 1 Weigh-in

I weighed in this morning and I am a happy camper!

Starting weight: 242.1 lbs

Current weight: 234.7 lbs

Weight lost this week: 7.4 lbs

Total weight lost: 7.4 lbs

Woohoo!!!  What a feeling!  Now I know that week 1 is always the best week and that the number is going to be way lower moving forward, but this is an amazing way to start and such a great boost!  It sure is motivating to be in the 230s and to be moving towards the 220s.

I found that the number of points that I had this week was sufficient.  I was able to come up with lots of tasty and filling meals to help me stay on track.  I made a couple of different recipes, which I will post about, and they were pretty decent.  I think that the trick is going to be maximizing my points by choosing lower point foods.  You quickly start to realize that 10 points worth of chips is VERY different from 10 points worth of chicken and rice.  I have already stepped down to a daily SmartPoint limit of 36 points.  I’m not worried about it though because I have had at least one point left at the end of each day this past week.

So the plan for this week: keep tracking, keep staying below my daily amount by a few points where I can, and stay away from those weekly points if possible.  Oh, and I’m going to be making a nice big pot of chili for my dinners this week!

 

Here goes nothing

I tend to be the type who starts things… filled with excitement and anticipation… and then I get bored or lose interest and stop.  Here’s to breaking that cycle!

I’ve been reading a lot of weight loss blogs recently.  I have just embarked on a journey of my own and have found a lot of motivation and inspiration from others through their stories.  I’ve decided to tackle a blog of my own in the hopes that it motivates me to keep going and maybe, just maybe, my blog can have an impact on someone else.

My game plan for this blog is simple: share the ups and the downs, and keep it real.  For now I am not planning on sharing this with the people who know me… just the rest of the world haha.  I am a bit embarrassed by my weight and am not quite ready to own it.  Maybe that will be a goal down the road…

The decision to take the first step

I am lucky to be surrounded by incredibly motivating people at the moment.  Three of my lovely co-workers are losing weight (two of them are down 50+ pounds), and my boyfriend has also managed an amazing 30 pounds so far.  Being surrounded by so much greatness made me think: hey, maybe it’s time I do something too!

After spending a week obsessing about it (was it the right time, was I ready, what might be different this time) I decided to go for it.  So last Friday I walked into Weight Watchers, stood on that scale, and cried… haha not really, but I did flinch a little.  I expected the number, but it’s still always a tad harsh when you have to see it staring you down from the little display on the counter.

Off I went with all of my new materials to read.  The day was capped off nicely with a tasty (non-healthy) Subway lunch, and dinner at one of my favourite fast-ish food joints Burgers and Shakes.  ‘The last supper’ as I like to call it.  We all do it.  “Ok, I’m starting a diet, so today I have to eat every single unhealthy thing I possibly can before I buckle down for the long haul“.  It was marvelous.

I have done Weight Watchers in the past but the first attempt I was in high school and really just didn’t get it, and the second attempt I did it purely online and had no accountability.  This time I decided to do the meetings and weigh-ins so that I would be able to stay on track and reset my mind at the weekly meetings.

So here it is:

  • I’ve joined Weight Watchers and am trying out the new SmartPoints system
  • Based on my height/weight/age/gender I have 37 daily points and 42 weekly points to enjoy
  • I will not be focusing on exercise at the moment but do plan on incorporating it at some point
  • I plan on sticking to my daily points and not really touching my weekly points

The first weigh in

Honestly facing the scale at Weight Watchers really wasn’t that scary.  This is not my first rodeo.  I have been keeping track of my weight so I was expecting the number that I saw.  The sign-up process was quick and painless.

Starting weight: 242.1

First major goal weight: 180

Ultimate goal weight: 150

Before
Here they are!  The glorious “before” pictures – the official starting point of any good weight loss journey 😉

I started tracking on Saturday and also attended my first meeting.  The information shared wasn’t exactly earth-shattering, but I did leave the meeting feeling very positive and optimistic.  I also met a nice lady who let me sit with her.

I plan on weighing and and attending my second meeting on Saturday morning… I’m anticipating a good number since I have stuck completely to my points allowance.