Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday March 28th 2009....Back Again :)

Okay, so I'm back again. Its been a couple of weeks since I last wrote. I have been sick :( I'm better now, but I have a horrible cough; I have self-diagnosed myself with bronchitis. Hopefully, I'll get over it soon. Last week, it was something else, I had a fever and felt like poo. Now it's just the coughing.

Okay, so last week I lost 2 lbs, and I got on the scale this morning, and it said 5 more lbs gone!! I almost have a hard time believing I lost 5 lbs this week, and I mean that. I mean, by now, I am expecting a 1-2 lb weight loss every week, not 5!! I was very shocked. I even got on the scale 2 different times and it was the same number every time, so I guess I'll accept it LOL.

My husband has lost about 42 lbs altogether. He is looking mighty sexy these days!! Hehehehe!! I am very proud of him. He's working very hard on getting healthy. I call him my skinny man :)

Well, this is gonna be a short one today. I have somewhere to be in about 45 minutes, so I don't have time to write some recipes right now. I will be be back later to do that. I will try to put two on here, since I skipped last week.

Starting Weight: 233 lbs
Current Weight: 206.8 lbs

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday March 14th...20 lbs Gone!!

Gggooo me!! So last week I only lost .2 oz, which disappointed me. It didn't affect me too much, though, cuz I did gain a pound one week a few weeks ago, so losing anything is good. I just have to remind my brain of that sometimes. Back to the story...this week I didn't think I was gonna do good again, cuz it didn't "feel" like I've lost anything. So, imagine my surprise when the scale showed a 5 lb weight loss!! I was so excited. I know it will not be like that every week, and I am prepared for that. I am actually surprised that it was 5 lb; I have been doing WW for a couple of months now, so I am only expecting 1-2 lbs per week. Therefore, next week, if I get on the scale and it shows a very little weight loss to staying the same, or even gaining a few ounces, I will be okay with that. The scale is only one indication of a healthy lifestyle. I feel better about myself, and I know my body appreciates what I'm doing.

I tried on some size 16 jeans earlier, that I haven't been able to wear in quite some time. They fit! Well, let me rephrase that; they fit but I won't be wearing them any time soon. I had to lay on the bed to zip them up...LOL. However, I could wear them out somewhere without being too uncomfortable. I think I'll wait til I can wear them without having my gut hanging over them. It is encouraging, though, to know that in another 10 lbs or so, I'll be able to fit them even better. It's kinda hard right now cuz my pants are actually getting too big for me (Woo!!) but I'm not small enough yet to fit in the next size down. I need to invest in a belt, but I hate wearing might turn into a necessary evil :)

I drank a whole gallon of water yesterday! I thought I was gonna was so hard. By the last bottle, I was almost crying every time I took a drink (not really, but it was difficult). I know I need to drink that much all the time, but me and water have a love/hate relationship LOL. I was running to the bathroom every 20 minutes, or sooner, seriously! Ugh...why can't water taste good?? There was one woman who posted on the WW message boards that had drank 169 oz in one day!! Just because she liked it!! There is no way I will ever be able to drink that much.

My boss and I went to a workshop on Thursday and went out to eat at the Dixie Cafe. I was so proud of myself. I ordered grilled chicken, pinto beans, and corn (didn't eat all the corn). They brought some delicious cornbread to the table and I only ate half a piece. It was delicious and I didn't feel guilty about eating there. Next week, Charles and I are going out for our 9 year anniversary, and I am looking forward to eating out then.

Our home visit from DHS went well. The lady came, and talked for about an hour, and fingerprinted us. I told her I felt like I was on CSI...LOL. Everything is on track for us to becoming foster parents. It will prolly still be about 3 months. We have to wait at least a month for the classes to start, and the classes are 9 week weeks, so I am shooting for summer time. She said we could get a call as soon as the same day or the next day for a child to be placed with us, after they put on the list of foster parents. That is kind of exciting for us, but sad at the same time, that there are so many kids that have to be taken out of homes :( We have already started gathering up beds and other "kid" stuff that we will need.

The grocery store in the town where I work at had boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale last week, and I bought a few packs. Then, my friend, whom I work with at the preschool bought me 5 packages!! So I am now set on chicken for awhile. And I really really appreciate Tysha helping me out. She is a good friend!! I have been really aware of my sodium intake this past week. I am trying to do better on how much I have everyday. I probably still go over what I should, but definately not what I used to have. I did cheat today and eat 2 very small frozen pizzas...hehehe. It was my celebration for losing weight this week, and hitting my 20 lb mark. They are like 9 pts each, but I didn't eat breakfast, so won't set me back too much. Tonight for supper is homemade beanie weinies, and its only 3 pts a cup, so I should still be okay. I hope there good; I love beinie weinies!! Well that's all for this week. I'll be back again next week to see how it goes.

Starting weight: 233 lb
Current weight: 213.8 lb

My recipe this week is another breakfast item. This came from a website other than WW, so remember to check it yourself for accuracy.

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

10 Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup Splenda

Preheat oven to 400. Spray muffin tin with butter flavored cooking spray. Flatten each biscuit into a 4" circle. Combine Splenda and cinnamon. Dip each biscuit into the mixture. Place 4 marchmallows in the center of each biscuit. Bring edges up to form a ball. Place each in a prepared muffin cup, seam side down. Bake 8-10 minutes.

1 roll=1 pt
2 rolls=3 pts
3 rolls=4 pts
4 rolls=6 pts

I had a hard time keeping the marshmallows from melting out of the biscuits. I didn't seal them very well I guess, and I can't really figure out how to remedy that. I'll have to work on it. These are really good, though, and are a small point breakfast item. Good for on the go times, if you fix them ahead of time.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7, 2009....not a great week....

Hello all:

Back once again for another week...and not a great week, I might add. I didn't even lose a pound this week. I lost .2 oz :( It's better than the week I gained, but definately not what I hoped for. I was hoping to lose 3 lbs week and next, to bring my weight loss up to 20 lbs......well, not gonna happen now. I don't know why there was no loss this week...was it just one of those weeks or is it because of my PCOS? That is what I am actually afraid of, that I'm gonna stall on losing b/c of PCOS. I don't know what to do about it. If I don't lose anything for a few weeks, then I'm thinkin about calling my doctor to see about getting on Metformin to see if that helps anything. I hope it doesn't come down to that though. I'd really like to lose on my own, with no help. I didn't walk quite as much as I could have this week, so that might have been a factor, as well. I did add a few more exercises in, for my arms and I'm doing some crunches for my abs. I think about that too, how I am kind of limited on what I can do for exercise. There is no gym anywhere around here, and we couldn't afford it anyway. And since I'm not a exercise expert, I don't know a whole lot of exercises that I can do on my own. I thought about buying some workout dvd's but I don't really know when I could do them, unless I get up extra early in the morning. That doesn't thrill my heart either...if you know me, you know I am not a morning person LOL. I might have to try it though if that's what it comes down to.

So, anywho, we are getting our visit from the DHS lady today. She is coming to do our home visit today, which is the next step in our becoming a foster parent. I am just glad she is finally coming. We started this process almost two months ago. Of course, after the home visit, if all goes well, we will have to go to classes for 9 weeks, once a week. I don't even know when those start so it might be another month before we get started...sigh...oh well, what is that saying, "The best things come to those who wait." LOL...hopefully that is true with us :)

Starting Weight: 233 lb
Current Weight: 218.8 lb

Okay, so not much to talk about. I am leaving you with my recipe for the week. It's an honest to goodness WW recipe, came from the Pure Comfort cookbook. Oh, and the stuffed pork chops last week? They were decent, but I should have put more spices on the meat. The stuffing was good though. Back to topic: this week is buttermilk corn cakes. They taste exactly like pancakes, but better. And I didn't have to slather butter on each pancake to make them sweet. It was great!! Here ya go!!

Buttermilk Corn Cakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar (I used Splenda instead, don't think it would help the point count though)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 and 1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
1 large egg; slightly beaten
3 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup warm maple syrup

1. Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine the buttermilk and egg in another bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until just blended.
2. Melt 1 teaspoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the skillet. Cook just until bubbles begin to appear at the edges of the corn cakes, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden, about 2 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining butter and batter, making a total of 12 corn cakes. Serve at once with the maple syrup.

Serving: 3 corn cakes with 1 tablespoon syrup
Points per serving: 7

**Note: I used some sugar free syrup instead of maple syrup. It's only 1 pt per 1/4 cup. I don't know if that made a difference with the points. I am hoping it didn't.