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Celebrating Eating Healthy - Week 3 
May 24, 2012 11:06 am 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 11:28 am

This has been an eventful week. I told you last week that I wasn't riding my bike and would tell you why in a later post. I also didn't walk my daily 4 miles this week. I suspected I had a stress fracture in my foot. I had one several years ago in the same foot, so I knew what it felt like. It took me a week to get an appointment, but I wore my boot from before because my foot hurt...badly. My appointment was this morning, and sure enough, it's another stress fracture. I'll be wearing my boot for 4 more weeks. 

While I didn't walk or ride my bike, I did go to my 2 days of personal training and did pilates at home the other days. The pilates doesn't raise my heart rate like walking did.  I was very bummed for about 3 days about all this. Normally, when I host a pity party, I have plenty of unhealthy food available, but not this time. When I went to weigh in today, I had lost only .2 of a pound. At least the scale is going in the right direction. Plus I have found other things to be grateful for:  1) For Pete's sake, it's a stress fracture, not cancer or a brain tumor!  2) I have to wear a boot, not a cast.  3) It's my left foot, not my right driving foot. 

Now, on to recipes I found this week that fit in with eating healthier. My meatless entree this week was Easy Fettucine Alfredo. I decreased the lemon juice to 1 T. Both my husband and I enjoyed it.  It is 9 PointsPlus according to the nutrition stats. I didn't put extra parm on top of my dish, but my husband did :)

A wonderful slaw that I thoroughly enjoyed was Sweet 'n' Sour Slaw. It uses Splenda and apple cider vinegar. The best part? According to the nutrition info, it is 1 PointPlus, but I really think it could be 0 points. It's a great way to get some veggies in.

I had another delicious meal this week: Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs (5 PointsPlus), Orzo and Rice (5 PointsPlus), and Green Beans (0 PointsPlus). I added red peppers and onions to the kabobs. I will definitely make them again this summer. (I know-What was I thinking taking a picture on a polka dotted plate? But my husband grilled and plated them. He wasn't about to wait for me to change plates so I could get a better picture. He was starving!)

The Orzo and Rice was really good. It was much better than just regular rice and didn't compete with the main entree. I liked it!

I tried a new smoothie this week, Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie. I used 1 room temp banana (instead of 2 frozen ones), 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 tsp. cocoa (instead of 2 T. chocolate syrup), and a packet of Splenda. Fruits are 0 points, so this entire smoothie comes in at 3 PointsPlus.

Do you need an incentive to drink more water? This Springtime Citrus Cooler might work. Actually, it grew on me. I don't care for it as a tea because it's not strong enough. But it works great as a flavored water. I subbed Splenda for the sugar so 0 points.

Here's my favorite new recipe find, Beefy Cabbage Stew. I honestly thought it would be similar to taco soup, even though the seasoning was different. But OH MY, it was much better! The Rotel tomatoes made it spicy and the cabbage made it sweet. Delicious! I subbed Quorn for the ground beef. As is, it was 7 PointsPlus, but with the Quorn it was only 4 PP!

How are you doing on your personal weight loss journey...or on eating healthier? I'd love to hear, and as always, be sure to leave me some healthy recipes you've found lately.

May 24, 2012 11:31 am
Hey Paula! Sorry to hear about your foot :( You have a great attitude about it though! I have been watching my calorie intake lately, down 2 pounds in a week and a half, so I think I'm doing pretty well :) Great blog, I always look forward to reading your posts and getting new ideas!
May 24, 2012 11:34 am
Ps: I plan on making this when we bbq this weekend and am using fresh cucumbers from the garden, subbing splenda, and using fat free sour cream to lower the calories. It's had pretty good reviews, so I'm excited to try it! 
May 24, 2012 11:36 am
Thanks, Arich01. Good job with your 2 lb. loss!
May 24, 2012 11:36 am
Hi, Paula hopefully, you will be getting back to walking soon. That is my favorite excercize also. I tried this a few days ago. I am not sure, if it fits in with WW, but I really liked it. You can read my review. I made a much quicker version. My husband and I both ate it up: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tomato-and-garlic-pasta/detail.aspx
May 24, 2012 11:38 am
I really liked this smoothie: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-pineapple-smoothie/Detail.aspx
May 24, 2012 11:39 am
Arioch01, I saved that cucumber salad. It looks good. Thanks for leaving it.
May 24, 2012 11:41 am
Baker Bee, I saw your review of the tomato and garlic pasta and saved it then. It looks perfect for my meatless night! And I'm definitely going to ck out that smoothie recipe. You've given me some good ones!
May 24, 2012 11:41 am
This is another absolute favorite one. I am lazy and throw the orange in the freezer with the peel. When I need it for a smoothie, I soak the orange in hot water about 20-30 seconds and cut the peel off with a knife and then cut the frozen orange into chunks. It is really good when oranges are sweet and in season. I use Edys or Breyers half the fat ice cream: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frosty-orangeliciousness-smoothie-kid-friendly/Detail.aspx
May 24, 2012 11:46 am
I really liked this when I made it. I have made it a few times. One time, was when my family was in town too for breakfast. I use white meat ground turkey, leave out the black pepper, and add 2 Tblsp. of maple syrup. I don't like hot sausage though and prefer it sweet. I have not made it as is though. You could try it the way I made it with a sugar free maple syrup possibly. I use a 2oz mini burger mold and get 7 turkey patties from the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-breakfast-sausage/Detail.aspx
May 24, 2012 11:47 am
I am always collecting and trying these different recipes and don't mind forwarding them to you, if interested. Like I told you I am watching my weight. I got 30lbs down, but need 20 more lbs. to get to the weight I was when I got married 7 years ago. Working on it too!
May 24, 2012 11:57 am
Thanks for all of these, Baker Bee. I saved them all and went ahead and figured out the WW points. Good luck on losing the last 20 pounds.
May 24, 2012 6:19 pm
I may need to talk to you about stress fractures cause I might have one, hadn't thought of that aabout my foot. Since I have not had time to put lots of personal recipes in my box to share, I was thinking one of the other key things that I did to aid my weight loss was to get a cheap little food weight scale. Under $10 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Love that thing!
May 24, 2012 6:45 pm
Paula....let me kiss your booboo kid.....even your foot XXXXXX. I am so impressed with your commitment to better eating. Can't wait to see you in Seattle kid!
May 24, 2012 7:19 pm
Cat Hill, I lived in denial for 6 months with my first stress fracture. I kept thinking my foot would get better. It just eventually got worse. So this time, I only lived in denial for 2 weeks before making an appointment :) You are so right about spending the money for a food scale. Very handy!
May 24, 2012 7:19 pm
Mauigirl, looking forward to seeing you too! Can't wait!
May 24, 2012 9:10 pm
Paula, I know what it is like to have something wrong with your foot. Ouch. I am not sure if you are looking for recipes from other sites, but I thought I would post a blogger like you is using weight watchers. A 4 pt. orange julius http://www.laaloosh.com/2012/05/17/low-calorie-orange-julius-recipe/
May 25, 2012 6:31 am
Paula, I really enjoy reading about your journey. Sorry to hear about your stress fracture! It is just one more thing you can overcome. I got pretty depressed during my pregnancy because I had the worst hip pain (I thought I had a stress fracture too) and I couldn't work out without pain. Exercising is a mental health thing for me! I just had my baby last week and thankfully the hip pain totally went away. I have about 15 or so pounds to lose too. I am nursing so I am starving all the time. I can't wait till I can start working out and getting back in shape. While your foot is healing maybe you could focus on building up upper body strength? Strength training is so good for women and it raises your metabolism. Pushups (start from your knees), tricep dips off the edge of the couch, overhead should press with light dumbells to start... all great moves. :) You can even get your heart rate up if you really challenge yourself with the weight and don't take breaks between sets.
May 25, 2012 6:44 am
Lela, that orange julius looks good. Thanks so much!
May 25, 2012 6:47 am
Cicischwartz, congrats on your new baby! You're right about the strength training. That's why I go to the personal trainer twice a week. He knew I was doing the cardio, so he has been concentrating on using weights, especially with upper body. I had never ever used weights before, so he has taught me so much! Thanks for those practical, easy moves tho. Good luck at getting that "baby weight" off!
May 25, 2012 8:44 pm
That cabbage stew looks awesome, thanks for the lead! Good luck with your pointed journey!
May 29, 2012 4:00 am
Sorry to here about your foot, increasing your upper body strengh is a great idea. Two weeks ago I started eating healthier( shorts were very tight) doing a weight watcher type diet as I'd used weight watchers 11 years ago and lost 40 lbs. Weight watchers is a great program. In 2 weeks I've lost 5 lbs. I enjoy reading about your journey, keeps up the good work.
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