Weekly Facts Of Loss -.8

The Stats: Weigh-in shows a loss of .8lbs, not a lot, but considering I didn’t work out, it’s a good thing.

The weekly recap:

This week was a wash due to a medical problem I had which caused me to not be able to work out.  Then I had a migraine on Saturday. Let’s hope this next week is better!

Weight loss blogs:

This week’s blog is Danicas Daily She is using Weight Watchers and the blog is a window into her usage of the program. She’s opting for using the Simply Filling foods so she gets the most bang for her points buck. Refreshing slant and very upbeat.

Tip for the week:

First tip: I made  Grammy’s Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Soup with turkey stock and ground turkey meat. I like it better than when it’s made with chicken.

Second tip: I am on a learning curve with these blogs. I haven’t been checking the spam filter like I should (and will from now on) so I found lots of legitimate comments that went there by accident. So, check your spam folders each day for blog traffic!

Feel good moments this week:

I got my new glasses a week earlier than expected and I am so happy. I can see again! I was having trouble reading, and now, no trouble at all. And I got the anti-glare feature and it really helps with nighttime driving. They look better than my old pair. A picture is coming after I get my hair cut next week.

 Goals for this coming week:

Hit the gym 3x, going for 40 minutes each day on the elliptical, and doing weights three days.

Hair Cut

Take picture and post it

Tracking better

Cooking this week. Use slow cooker.

Blog post

The Weekly Facts of Loss ?lbs

 

Old Scale…Being Replaced today

 The Stats:

I ate well last week, and even though I got to the gym twice instead of four times like I’d planned, there is no way I gained the four lbs the scale said I’d gained. There is no way. So, today I get a new scale. The scale I’m using wasn’t very expensive and I think it’s shot for whatever reason. I will weigh in on Monday with the new scale.

The weekly recap:

This week I made it to the gym four times which was my goal. I attended a class on working out and I learned more about the elliptical machine. I now know how to maximize my efforts on it.  I seem to be stuck at thirty minutes of cardio. I won’t obsess about this plateau. I will not push myself too hard at this weight. As I get thinner, then yeah, I’ll push myself harder.

Food was ok this week. I ate lots more fruit and vegetables and I’ve been eating a lot of my lentil stew. I discovered a new favorite food. It’s Lean Cuisine ‘s Spring rolls. They are so good and are 5 points per serving of three rolls.  I’ve been eating them for breakfast with fresh tomatoes and fruit. Yum!

Weight loss blogs:

This week’s blog is Diary of an Aspiring Loser

Michelle lives in the San Francisco area and has lost seventy-five pounds, had two babies and is back to losing and getting fit. I like her drive, her realistic life (she goes out to eat from time to time, and she’s juggling a busy life) and I am inspired by her participation in training for triathlons. She was voted one of the ten best weight loss blogs to follow.

Tip for the week:

Drinking water is essential to losing weight. I have a hard time drinking plain water. But when I use drink powders I have no problem reaching the goals for consumption. I am quite specific as to the brand and flavor I use. It is the least “perfumy” of the powders. Ocean Spray White Cranberry Peach is my brand and flavor.

Feel good moments this week:

Non weight loss related this week, I am working on a pen and ink drawing of a New England beach scene and it’s turning out great. There is none of my teacher in this drawing, it’s all me. I can’t believe I can actually do this drawing and have it come out ok. It is truly an empowering realization. I’ll have pictures of it this coming week, stay tuned!

Goals for this coming week:

Hit the gym 4x, going for 30minutes each day on the elliptical or the treadmill, and doing weights two days.

Tracking better

Cooking this week.

Mission Chicken

This dish has a wonderful sauce. It’s from the book Crockery Cookery by Mable Hoffman.  This is the first of several recipes from this book. The points value is 11 per leg of chicken, (thigh and drumstick together).

4 chicken legs

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp lemon pepper

1 6-8 ox can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1/4 tsp hot sauce

3 tbl cornstarch

3 tbl water

1 cup seedless grapes, halved

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

 

Place chicken in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, salt, lemon pepper, orange juice concentrate, hot pepper sauce, and combine well. Pour mixture over chicken. cover and cook on low for 5 hours or till chicken is tender.

 

Mix cornstarch and water, add to sauce in cooker. Turn on high to thicken if necessary. Add grapes and serve with slivered almonds.

 

Skinny Ms 15 Bean Burgoo

Here is the first recipe from Skinny Ms Slow Cooker Recipes. The name was intriguing to me. It’s a stew from the Kentucky area that features at least 3 separate things. There is no single recipe for it; the meats vary from kitchen to kitchen as does the vegetables and seasonings. Now, I made the investment in a slow cooker and found it easy to use. I did buy the Crockpot name because I wanted the quality for an item that would be working as long as it works.  I just had visions of a short-circuit or something with a lesser known brand.

I’ll list the recipe as it is in the book. At the end I’ll expound on changes I made, my opinions, etc.

1 cup dried 15 bean mix

1 1/2 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth

1 cup water

1 tble olive oil, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

1 pound stew meat, trimmed of visible fat

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small sweet onion, diced

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 potatoes, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces

3 carrots peeled and sliced

2 ribs celery, chopped

1/4 red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp Hungarian paprika

1 bay leaf

1 cup frozen okra

1 cup corn, no sugar added

1 14 1/2 oz can petite  diced tomatoes

Sort beans. Rinse and place in a large pot with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes Cover beans and soak in existing water overnight.

Drain and rinse beans. Add beans chicken broth and water to slow cooker.

Add 1/2 tble oil to large skillet lightly brown the chicken and meat. Drain any fat and discard. Add meats to slow cooker. Add 1/2 tble oil to skillet and saute onions and garlic till tender. Add garlic, onion and remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Yield 16 1/2 cup servings. Points = 9 points per cup serving

 

Things I changed: I used all chicken broth, no water. I used “regular” paprika as I did not have Hungarian. And I cooked it on high for 5 hours due to a time constraint.

What I thought: There wasn’t enough broth and I like a thick stew and this was more like a soup. It was different having the chicken and beef in one dish. I liked it, but I would like to make changes to this recipe so it suits my personal taste more. So, you’ll see this again, but with my spin on it.

In The Kitchen – Sausage and Spinach Soup

Revised from Bob Warden’s Great Food Fast (on QVC), I lightened it up. Absolutely delicious.  I use a digital pressure cooker, but you can also do this on the stove, it just takes longer.

2 Tbl Olive Oil

1 lb Italian Turkey sausage ( I use 1/2 sweet and 1/2 hot, and links not bulk)

1 red onion, chopped

4 – 6 cups chicken stock (I use turkey stock)

2 pkgs frozen spinach (I like a lot of spinach, use one if you don’t)

5 redskin potatoes  sliced

1 tble minced garlic

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 bay leaf

1 cup fat free half and half

salt and pepper to taste

 

Take casings off the sausage and cut up into bite size peices.

Heat pressure cooker on brown setting till sizzling and add olive oil

Add onions and garlic and sausage, saute in the hot cooker till onion is fragrant.

Add remaining ingredients except for the half and half, and cover and lock the cooker lid

Cook for 7 minutes and perform a quick release when done.

Add half and half.

Season to taste.

 

Serves 6.  9 points per serving

 

In The Kitchen – Lentils

Cooking several dishes at once just works for me. I don’t feel like cooking everyday. My budget is liking this plan as well. This week it’s Monique’s Lentils, Spicy Black Bean Soup, and a new recipe I’m trying called Chick Pea Stew. I’m going for filling and inexpensive.

Today I’ll share my recipe for Lentils. This is a dish that is healthy and is comfort food. You feel very satisfied and cared for when eating it. I make it in the pressure cooker in 17 minutes. You can make it on the stove top, I don’t know how long it would take till the lentils are soft, there are numerous sources on how to cook lentils.  The lamb makes this dish. I’ve made it with ham and it’s fine, just not as good as with lamb. And it’s best eaten the next day, even with the pressure cooking.

Monique’s Lentils

4 cups Turkey or Chicken Stock. (I use Turkey)

1 lamb shoulder blade chop (you want about 6 oz of meat)

1 pkg dried lentils

1 pkg frozen chopped spinach

4 cloves garlic

1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion

1/2 cup chopped carrots

bay leaf

olive oil

salt to taste

Turn cooker to brown and add olive oil. When hot, brown the lamb on both sides.

Add onions and garlic and saute for a few minutes.

Add remaining ingredients and set cooker for 17 minutes.

Let it release naturally,

Salt to taste

Serve either by itself or over rice

6 servings

8 points per serving

In The Kitchen – Thursday 1/12/12

Cooking today since I’m out of food. (Always a good reason to forray into the kitchen)

Making three dishes:

Sausage & Spinach Soup – from Bob Warden’s Great Food Fast, Available from QVC for about 18.00 (I’ll be reviewing it in detail in the near future) which I modified to fit in the Weight Watchers plan.

Egg & Cheese “Soufflehttps://mye1212.wordpress.com/egg-cheese-souffle/egg-and-cheese-souffle/

And I can’t link you to this recipe as it is copyrighted, but it’s on the Weight Watchers Online site and it’s Spicy Black Bean Soup.

I cook for myself and while I like cooking, I like convenience too, so I make the dishes, portion them out in plastic containers, and make my own convenience food. It works out great. Some in the refridge, and others in the freezer so they don’t spoil.

What recipes do you like to cook (that are healthy)