I began this week with a new resolve to try and lose more than just a pound. It seems I don't lose much per week now that
I'm not walking my 4 miles a day. I look so forward to being able to do that again. I worked at eating no more than my allotted points per day and I did not eat anything after dinner. I also was able to up my walking from 1/2 mile to 1 mile. I'll continue
doing this for 2 weeks. I finally feel that I am on my way back! So glad my foot is cooperating too. Well, I only lost a pound...but it's a pound! I must say too, though, that this week I have felt so much better. It seems to be an internal thing that I can't
quite put my finger on. I feel like a cool, bright sunny day on the inside with lots of energy. I've always suspected busyness, lack of exercise, and inattention to what goes in my body makes a difference in how I feel. I'm paying much better attention now
and it's paying off! I'm working on making it habit so I don't have to think about it.
I also want to tell you about an eye opening experience at the gym yesterday. My trainer had me sit and stand, sit and stand, sit and stand...while holding 10 pounds of weights. I did 4 sets
of 25 reps. My thighs are killing me! In fact, yesterday I felt wobbly most of the day. It made me realize how carrying around just 10 extra pounds puts a real strain on my body. Makes me more determined than ever to get the rest of this weight off!
Now, for the recipes I made this week:
Healthier Oven Roasted Potatoes (8PP) - These are probably my favorite oven roasted potatoes,
and I even used dried herbs.
Baby Spinach Omelet ( 5 PP as written) - I made this for lunch one day using 1 whole egg and 2 egg
whites and low-fat mozzarella cheese. I had some cherries and apple slices with it. I was very surprised with how filling this was. I did learn, though, that the next time I will tear my spinach much smaller and fill the measuring cup more loosely.
Do you ever make a happy mistake? This week I wanted to make this Cherry Almond Smoothie. I thought
I had all the ingredients so I began putting things in the blender. First, the fat-free half and half and banana and then...oops, no mandarin oranges. Oh well, I'll just substitute crushed pineapple. In it goes in the blender. Then I go to get the cherry yogurt
out of the frig...oops, no cherry yogurt. When did I eat that?! Oh well, I guess I'll try strawberry pomegranate yogurt instead. Blend, blend, blend. Tastes pretty good. The recipe calls for a teaspoon of almond flavoring. Man, that seems like a lot. I think
I'll add just 1/8 tsp. and then taste. Blend, blend, blend. That's perfect! Thicker than I really prefer, but good, and only 3 PP for the entire thing.
Super Duper Oatmeal (7 PP as written) - Believe it or not, I had this for dinner one night. I had gone
to Grandson #5's birthday party and had eaten there at lunchtime, so I wanted to take it really easy for dinner. I used skim milk, subbed ground flax seed for the wheat germ, omitted the sugar, and cooked it in the microwave. Per my calculations, this should
be only 4 PP, and a single serving was ample and very filling.
Vanilla Banana French Toast (6 PP with my changes) - I lightened this up considerably. Check
out my review to see what all I did. When I have extra points to spare or when I want it for lunch, I'm going to add peanut butter to it. I promise it tastes much better than it looks :)
Creamy Banana Blast (1.5 PP with my changes) - I lightened this using skim milk, fat-free evaporated
milk, and Splenda. Delicious!
Chocolate Strawberry Banana Milkshake (3 PP with my changes) - I totally omitted the
sugar and used skim milk and Nestle Nesquik No Sugar Added chocolate drink powder. A delicious way to get a chocolate fix.
Chocopeanutbanana Smoothie (7 PP with my changes) - Another great chocolate smoothie! I followed
the recipe except I used sugar free Nestle syrup and added 1/2 cup ice because I prefer ice cold smoothies. A frozen banana could be used instead of the ice.
Uptown Red Beans and Rice (7 PP with my changes) - I omitted the oil, used only 8 oz. of the smoked
turkey sausage, and made it 4 servings. This is fast food for me and better than a burger from the local drive-in.
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice (7 PP) - I used the lower calorie soup in this recipe. I wanted
an effortless meal which is why I chose this recipe, but I wasn't wowed by it. I probably won't make it again. You may like it though.
I know I've posted these two recipes recently, but they have been my salvation this week as I tried not to eat a lot of carbs for snacks. I had this dip and coffee drink almost every day.
Reduced Fat Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing (3 PP for the entire thing using non-fat
plain yogurt) - I eat this with petite baby carrots and red peppers. It really helps me during that afternoon slump right before dinner.
Instant Cappuccino Mix (1 PP) - This is another thing I usually drink in the afternoon. If I have
the carrots and dip about 2 hours after lunch and then this coffee about 2 hours after that, I can make it until dinnertime.
Be sure to leave me a comment telling me how you're doing. Are you exercising? What seems to make the difference for you in losing or not losing? Be sure to leave me some good recipes too!