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Celebrating Eating Healthy - Week 2 
May 17, 2012 1:24 pm 
Updated: May 24, 2012 6:01 pm

Today marks 2 weeks on Weight Watchers, and I lost 1 pound this week. That makes me happy! I'm still walking 4 miles most every day but not biking. I'll tell you that story next week. This week has been very hard, and I don't know why. Honestly, I've been hungry every day, all week long. I used all my extra points and extra activity points (which I don't usually do).  I'm going to try to eat fewer smoothies and more protein and veggies this next week and see if that helps.

Last week, someone responded that she just couldn't think of doing WW again because she would have to journal and count every single point. She's right to a certain extent. Before I went on WW the last time, I said I didn't want to have to think about food all day long. But the truth was, I was thinking about food all the time anyway...I was on Allrecipes all day long, off and on, looking for new recipes, looking at people's pictures, checking out what they said about food on The Buzz. Finally, I realized I could still think about food all day, just in a different way. I'm not saying it will work for you, but it works for me.

Another thing I want to make clear is that I don't get nitpicky about points. I know that most fruits and veggies are 0 PointsPlus. But I'm not going to figure out every single recipe's nutrition stats on this site. For the most part, I go by the guide that is written beneath each recipe. If I err, it's on the side of the recipe being too many points. This works for me. So don't take my word for how many PointsPlus a certain recipe is.

Now, on to this week's recipes I tried. The first three are a complete meal. I had Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia (5 PointsPlus), Balsamic Roasted Carrots (2 PointsPlus), and Baked Onion Rings (4 PointsPlus). All three recipes were 5 stars in my mind. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed that meal! Check out my reviews to see what I would do differently next time.

On last week's comments, Baker Bee suggested I try Red, White, and Blue Fruit Smoothie. I am so glad I did. Not only is it a beautiful lavender color and tastes delicious, but it's also only 2 pointsplus. This will definitely be in my arsenal of things to make for when I don't have a lot of points to spare but need something sweet and filling. I added some protein powder to give it more protein and to make it more filling.

Another drink I made was 3-Minute Mochaccino. I tried making it twice, but both times came short of perfection. It's coffee AND chocolate, so I will definitely keep trying. You can read my review to see what all I did.

Mongolian Strawberry Orange Juice Smoothie is a really good drink to fix on hot, sweaty days. It's more like a slushie, but who wants to quibble over semantics? It's 1.5 PointsPlus for 2 servings!

Do you remember the Microwave Popcorn I told you about last week? You just put however many popcorn kernels you want in a paper lunch sack and pop away? Well, this week I put 1/4 cup kernels in a bag and popped them. Then I halved this spicy mixture...minus the butter. I sprayed the popcorn with butter flavored Pam and sprinkled the spice mixture over it. It was delicious!

Another entire meal was a success: Roast Sticky Chicken Rotisserie-StyleSarah's Spinach Side Dish, and Kim's Summer Corn Salad.

This is my favorite way to fix a whole chicken. I use all the spice rub on one chicken and cook it breast side down so the breast meat will be moist and juicy. 3 oz. = 3 PointsPlus

Sarah's spinach was good.  I usually eat spinach balls, but this is really easy, good, and good for you! Half the entire recipe = 1 PointPlus

This corn salad was delicious and a perfect substitute for a lettuce salad. Check out my review to see the type corn I used. My biggest change was that I used only 1/4 cup light mayo instead of 1 cup, which would have been way too much for my taste.  1/2 cup = 2 PointsPlus

How did you do this week? Are you eating healthier? Be sure to leave links of recipes you're using. We all want to try them too!

May 17, 2012 2:08 pm
Make sure you are getting a small amount of healthy fats with your protein or you may find yourself hungry. Nuts, flax and olive oil are just a few healthy choices. Just think if you were to lose 1 pound a week for a year... That is a lot of weight! Keep up the good work.
May 17, 2012 2:15 pm
Hi Paula! I stumbled across your post on the buzz and thought I'd drop by. I started changing my eating habits last week, so I'll share a couple recipe highlights: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/crispy-chipotle-lime-tilapia-with-cool-avocado-sauce/detail.aspx
May 17, 2012 2:19 pm
Oops, my post cut off. Anyway, the recipe in my previous post is great. If you don't like spicy, omit the chile and sub more salsa fot the adobo. The avocado sauce goes great with lots of other mexican dishes too. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/salsa-chicken-burrito-filling/detail.aspx This one wins the blue ribbon. So simple, but tastes complicated. I served it with black bean and corn salsa. I highly recommend trying it, but use your own taco seasoning blend to cut back on the sodium. If you check my recipe box, I have several other good healthy recipes (in the 'healthy' folder). Feel free to have a gander. Anyway, congrats on conquering week 2! For me, the second and third weeks are the hardest, so that's no small accomplishment!
May 17, 2012 2:42 pm
Hi Paula - I will post a few more recipes. I have a lot I have tried. When I catch your post, I will try to do a few each time. Not sure if you have tried any, but I will post them so you can see. If I am trying to lose weight and find I am not satisfied or maybe a little hungry I try to eat a lot more fiber. A lot of foods, as you know, are labeled diet and are just empty calories. Also adding greens, olive oil, lean meats, and whole grains helps too.
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On that last one I just use dry dill and a pinch and use Truvia for the sugar. With fruits and veggies just about in season, you should have a whole lot of yummy recipes to choose from. Good luck, on your healthy eating and journey.
May 17, 2012 3:48 pm
Hi Paula :) Im on WW too :) Doing pretty good so far...its the maintenance that has me scared! Anyway...on their site they have a recipe for a brie, carmelized onion and apple sandwhich that is like 6-7 points. Its amazing :) You might like it!
May 17, 2012 5:23 pm
Marie, you're right. A pound a week for a year would be something, so I 'm very happy with 1 pound.
May 17, 2012 5:25 pm
Joe, thanks for dropping by and leaving recipes. Those look very flavorful!
May 17, 2012 5:27 pm
Baker Bee, I love getting recipe suggestions from people. Keep 'em coming each time and thanks!
May 17, 2012 5:29 pm
Jenwee, glad you're doing well on WW. I'll check out that sandwich you suggested.
May 18, 2012 6:59 am
Paula-thanks for the recipes. You are truly motivating with your dedication to sticking to the plan. How many points are you allowed a day?
May 18, 2012 12:54 pm
I missed your first healthy blog. It is hard to lose weight, after all it took a while to put it on. It did in my case and it took me awhile to figure out how to get it off. Better eating habits helped and exercise was a must for me. Loved the look of those carrots, My favorite snack is a mix of almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds toasted together with a spicy seasoning mix. Love popcorn for a snack too! Good luck!
May 18, 2012 3:02 pm
Lela, I am allowed 26 points daily plus 49 extra points that I can use throughout the week. Then I also get extra points for exercise.
May 18, 2012 3:03 pm
Cat Hill, you're right, exercise is a must for me too. Your snack mix sounds good. Thanks for stopping by.
May 18, 2012 3:46 pm
Not sure if you saw my post about the crispy bread I found... 8 = 1 pt (old points!) I found them at a grocery/gas station in Bowling Green. The website is mrwheat.com They have several different flavors. I got the sea salt. They were great! I am anxious to try the baked onion rings! Keep on keeping on!
May 18, 2012 6:33 pm
Great job Paula. I need to get back on Weight Watchers. Thanks for string the recipes. I like this roasted asparagus recipe with balsamic vinegar. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-asparagus-with-balsamic-vinegar/detail.aspx
May 18, 2012 6:34 pm
That was supposed to read thanks for sharing the recipes. Darn computer changed the word.
May 18, 2012 7:53 pm
I went to look at that popcorn recipe. The spice mix sounds similar to my mix, I think I just throw in what is on hand with more cayenne. I am leery of using the microwave and a paper bag. Any tips. I like to have a midmorning snack so I make lots of popcorn to last me several days but using the microwave would mean less hassle. Keep walking, it is one of the best things to do for yourself :)
May 18, 2012 8:04 pm
Shanon, I missed your post but took a look at the website. Looks good. I have a whole foods nearby, so I'll have to look there.
May 18, 2012 8:06 pm
Occasional Cooker, thanks for that asparagus recipe. Saved!
May 18, 2012 8:07 pm
Cat Hill, I haven't had any problems microwaving the popcorn. I did read somewhere that someone said to not use recycled paper bags.
May 19, 2012 6:50 pm
Paula, I ran across your blog (I don't usually read too many of them), but your title caught my eye. I've been working on eating more healthy for the last month (not on any particular diet, just combining the best of some nutrition recommendations). Thanks for sharing your journey and for helping the rest of us in the process. I've tried some new recipes recommended by others and have enjoyed quite a few, but I just can't think of any to share right now. I promise I'll come up with some. Anyway, good luck and keep posting!
May 19, 2012 7:36 pm
Thanks, Nutmeg. I'd love to see the recipes you've tried lately. I really believe the key to maintaining a proper weight is to eat more healthy, watch portion sizes, and exercise daily.
May 20, 2012 9:04 pm
You're doing great! Weight Watchers won't work forme with my type II diabetes, but I love how well it works for so many people.
May 21, 2012 1:54 pm
Hi! I'm back at WW and on my second week. I've only lost .8 lb. I like your blog and will be checking in! I stole some recipes right off your page! I love All Recipes but can't figure out how I'm going to calculate points - without a great big deal. I love the menu planning feature and am doing that right now for this week. Thanks for sharing! Peggy in Walnut Creek, CA.
May 21, 2012 4:22 pm
TwoSweetPickles, I did ask at my meeting and was told you could do WW but that what the dr says takes priority. You also have to watch your fruits/veggies servings and eat the 0 point veggies more than the starchy ones or fruit. Good luck to you in your healthy eating efforts.
May 21, 2012 4:25 pm
Peg, .8 lost is heading in the right direction! Yay for you! I'm so glad you could use those recipes! Steal away! Seriously, calculating points with AR is easy...just look at the nutrition guide under each recipe. Unless the main ingredient is fruit or 0 point veggies, I don't make a big deal about it. Just use the WW calculator and figure the points out. I lost 48 pounds doing that, so I know it works. Good luck!
May 22, 2012 7:45 am
Paula, I find that I usually am starving (and craving bad foods) during the first week or two of eating healthy. I think our bodies can become physically addicted to eating foods that have more sodium, fat, and sugar. I make sure that I have a healthy (but good snack) on my kitchen counter during those times. If the healthy snack is obvious and readily available, I don't have any major problems choosing it over more unhealthy options. I try to put my husband's unhealthy snacks in a less convenient place. This past week I lost 3 pounds just by exercising, drinking water, and eating less calories. I was so hungry, because it was the first week of eating healthy, but I was able to stay focused and motivated because we just booked a beach vacation for July. So, now I have a specific date as my goal. Yesterday, I found out that my husband has high blood pressure again. (His 60yr old father just had surgery twice on his heart, so it runs in the family.) Although I was upset at the news, I think it will be helpful if we are both trying to eat right now. That way I only need to buy healthy foods, rather than buying other snacks for him. I hope next week is easier for you! Good luck!
May 22, 2012 12:01 pm
Thanks, Jacolyn, for all your comments. I agree with you that foods with more sodium, fat, and sugar are addictive. Perhaps some people are more susceptible too. I know sugar is like a drug to me. I can know I'm gonna hurt or I'm gonna crave more and will still choose to eat sweets. So, I'm in a "Just say no" campaign now. So sorry about your husband's high blood pressure, but at least you can both be eating the same way now. Good luck in your healthy eating lifestyle.
May 22, 2012 3:26 pm
Hi! Here's a super tasty healthy and time enduring tabbouleh recipe that goes great with lean meat for a balanced meal.
May 24, 2012 6:01 pm
Paula, love, love, love your blogs!! I am still trying to lose weight and I love reading your blogs and checking out your recipes. Thanks for sharing!!
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