Weigh In 01.16.12

  • Last weeks WI 162.4
  • Today’s WI 161.2 (-1.2)
  • Total Loss 27.8 Pounds

Running is still paying off!  This week I’m not too proud of my tracking habits or my food choices but I am still very proud of my running!   I squeezed in one day of Simply Filling last week but this week I’d like to shoot for at least 2.  In future weeks I’d like to shoot for 3!

I earned 38 activity points and ran 17.75 miles.  Not as good as last week but still hanging in there.  My new work schedule is definitely effecting my work out schedule.  I can’t let that happen!  Another week of no excuses ahead.

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Aquarium Life

I added some new life to the aquarium today! 2 male guppies, 2 male mollies, and 2 red eye tetras.  Nothing too exotic,  but I really need some new fish after so many of mine have died off over the past few months…  I was down to a platty and a mollie.  If I’m lucky my female guppy might get knocked up!

If you look closely you can see my Christmas light canvas in the reflection of the aquarium too!

Bloody Mary

Bloody Marys.  My favorite Saturday and/or Sunday food group.  The ultimate “I want a drink before noon – and I can justify it because it’s the weekend” drink.

Christmas in January

Getting packages in the mail today was like Christmas in January!  I almost forgot I even ordered this stuff…

Under Armour Tanktop, Blue
Under Armour Running Shorts, Black/Blue
Under Armour Sports Bra, Purple
(All from Under Armour)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets off of eBay

Yes, I’m coming out of the closet.  I’ve started the Harry Potter series, and I’m about half way done with the first book.  I’ve seen the first 4 movies and decided before I see any more I have to read the books.  So I finally caved in and bought the first two!  And I’m so glad I got the second book off eBay!  It was brand new half the price of the same book at Barnes & Nobel – and that’s including shipping.

And what kind of reward is all of this?  None.  I just wanted to buy it.   But I really did need another sports bra and this specific Under Armour one is the best!

Recipe Attempt: Caramel Puffcorn

There’s a good chance you’ve tried this stuff before.  It’s amazing, the recipe is on the back of the Old Dutch Puffcorn bag.  It usually surfaces around the holidays.

Well, I tried it for the first time last December and instantly went home and Googled the recipe.  I found this on cooks.com and later figured out that this is the only website that has this specific variation of the caramel puffcorn recipe!

I also figured out that this recipe isn’t the same one that’s on the back of the puffcorn bag!  People who have tried this stuff say it’s better than the other puffcorn they’ve tried.

It’s my go-to sweet salty party snack recipe!

Caramel Puffcorn

    • 2 bags Old Dutch puffcorn
    • 2 c. brown sugar
    • 1 c. butter
    • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  On the cooks.com recipe it says to use a large roaster pan.  I find the cookie sheets work great.  Have an area ready on your cupboards also lined with parchment or wax paper for cooling.

In a medium saucepan heat the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla to a boil.  Boil for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from heat and add the baking soda.  Stir.  You’ll notice the consistency will become frothy.

Pour over the puffcorn (this should be in a bowl) and stir it.  It is impossible to eavenly coat it.  You will notice that it seems like there isn’t enough coating for all of the puffcorn – that’s ok!  That’s what makes this recipe way better than other puffcorn recipes.

Pour the coated puffcorn onto the 2 baking sheets.  This will make 2 huge piles.

Place baking sheets in the oven (use 2 racks) for 1 hour.  Break appart or stir the puffcorn every 15 minutes.

Dump it out onto your parchment paper lined counter tops to cool.

Simply Filling for a Day

I am trying the Simply Filling Technique today.  I’ve tried this with much success over the past 2 weeks so I’m going to try to incorporate it into my regular diet one – three times per week.   It seems like it’s especially easy for me on my work days.

So what’s for lunch?  Leftover Spicy Veggie Soup (which I froze in to single servings), a hard boiled egg, an apple, and some fat free cottage cheese.  I was absolutely stuffed after eating the soup, cottage cheese, and egg so I’m saving the apple for and after-the-gym snack.

And for the rest of the day:

  • Breakfast:  coffee, banana, egg
  • Snack: FiberOne cereal (dry)
  • Lunch: see above
  • Snack: natural apple sauce and/or apple and/or celery/green peppers with FF ranch
  • Dinner: chicken breast, possibly with whole wheat angel hair and/or sauteed or raw veggies

Tupperware

Tupperware is my best friend.

It makes consuming veggies (and fruit) easier!  I usually bring 3-4 Tupperwares full of food and snacks to work on any given day.

Pre-packaging food in Tupperware (and sandwich bags) is one of the keys to my healthy eating success.

Weigh In 01.09.12

  • Last weeks WI 163.4
  • Today’s WI 162.4 (-1.0)
  • Total Loss 26.6 Pounds
Another week and another pound is gone!  I was a little bit worried after indulging probably way more than I should have over the weekend.  But it looks like all of my hard work staying on-plan and working out last week has paid off.
I earned 40 activity points and ran 20.72 miles.  I have no excuse to not keep this up again this week.  Hoping for another loss next Monday!

My Running Sanctuary

More and more I am starting to feel like the gym is my own personal get away.  A place for me to go and relax (in a way).   I love that when I go to the gym, I’m usually the only person there (one of the perks of living in a super small town).  Every once in a while there is one other person, but usually it’s just me.  On good days Marky comes with.

The gym is very modest.  It’s 24 hour access – the most important gym factor to me – yet I always go in the middle of the day.  No staff, no classes, one TV.  Just the bare essentials for a gym.

Recipe Attempt: Bubble Pizza

I first tried this recipe WAY back in 7th grade foods class.  I remember it being amazing and amzingly simple.  A few weeks back a women who works in the office next to me passed along a recipe for Bubble Pizza (or as I used to call it Pizza Bubble Bread) and I started reminiscing right away!

Bubble Pizza

    • 1 tube pizza crust dough
    • 3/4 c. spaghetti (or pizza) sauce (we used about 1 1/2 c. because we LOVE sauce)
    • 8 oz. Mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
    • Toppings of your choosing (we used pepperoni)
    • Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the tube into 3/4 – 1″  slices, then cut the slices in half.  Roll the pieces into balls.

Stir dough into sauce and coat evenly.

Dump dough/sauce mixture into a greased 8X8 pan.  If it seems like there isn’t enough dough for the bottom of the pan – don’t worry!  It will expand.

Add your toppings, then top with cheese and Italian seasoning.  My edge didn’t have any pepperoni.

Bake 12-15 minutes.  Enjoy!

The result: doughy balls of delicious pizzaness.

For a larger crowd you can add another can of dough, and use a 9×13″ baking pan.  Of course you’ll need more sauce, cheese and toppings too!

25# Milestone & Goal Reward: New Jeans

I hit my 25 pound milestone at weigh in tonight!

At my meeting I was rewarded with a 25lb. charm for my WW key chain and a 25lb. magnet for the fridge.  Oh, and another 5lb. star for my pocket booklet.

As my reward for reaching my 25 pound milestone I got to buy myself 2 new pairs of jeans (which I needed SO bad and actually bought last week).  The first pair I tried on actually fit me like a dream.    I will no longer dread going shopping for jeans!

Maurices & Hydraulic jeans

both from Maurices

Weigh In 01.02.12

  • Last weeks WI 164.4
  • Today’s WI 163.4 (-1.0)
  • Total Loss 25.6 Pounds
I reached my 25 pound goal/milestone at WI tonight!  I had set the goal of 25 pounds by my January 2nd weigh in way back before Thanksgiving.  And I just barely made it with .6 pounds to spare.  I’m so proud of myself that I didn’t gain over the holiday season!  Well, I did have 2 small gains but over all I ended up losing.
A huge factor in this weeks loss is definitely my running.   I earned a whopping 52 activity points and ran 25.93 miles.  I’m going to keep it up and hope for another pound next week!

Subway Breakfast

My all time favorite on the go breakfast:  Subway egg-white on English muffin with Pepper Jack cheese, topped with spinach, green peppers, onions, and olive oil.  5 PP+!  It would be 4PP+ without the olive oil but I need to get in my GHGs – and this is an easy way to do it!

This picture doesn’t do a great job of showing it but my muffin was rock hard.  I still ate it anyways.

December 2011 Summary

  • December Starting Weight 168.8
  • December Ending Weight 164.6
  • Weight Loss in December -4.2
  • Total loss on WW -24.6
  • Gym Visits in December 18
  • APs Earned in December 106
My total weight loss through December 2011:
It is SO satisfying seeing that line go down!

Pinspiration: Freezing Soup

I found this idea for freezing leftover soup in silicone muffin liners on Pinterest – it originally came from themommyincharge.com.  The idea is to freeze it in single servings and wrap it in plastic for later consumption.  Perfect to just pop in a mug and re-heat!

I was very excited on Christmas night when I unwrapped a gift from my future in-laws containing a 17-piece silicone baking set, which included 12 silicone muffin liners.  The very first thing I thought to use them for was freezing soup!

I made Spicy Veggie Soup last night and thought this was the perfect opportunity to use my muffin liners.

Each muffin liner holds 1/2 cup.  I’m finding pre-measuring items into single servings is one of the best ways to set my self up for food consumption success.

Once they were frozen I just put each one in a sandwich bag and tied it shut with a twist tie.  Back in the freezer they go.  Easy meal – ready to go!

Before & After: 25 Pounds

Well, not technically 25 pounds – 24.6 pounds.

The picture on the left was me at around 189 pounds in July of 2011.  I started Weight Watchers Online about half way through August of 2011 and I started attending WW meetings in the beginning of October 2011.   The picture on the right was me this morning (December 30th, 2011) at 164.4 pounds.  After less than 5 months on WW I have successfully lost 24.6 pounds – and I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon!

Recipe Attempt: Spicy Veggie Soup

On a cold unseasonably warm Minnesota winter day nothing hits the spot like a piping hot bowl of soup!   Tonight I attempted Spicy Vegetable Soup via NutriNosh.

I wanted to try this soup the second I saw it for a few reasons.  The top 3 being:  it’s low in points (1 PP+ per cup), it’s made from all power foods (perfect for the days I attempt the Simply Filling Technique), and it looks delicious!

The only variations I made were no yellow squash (our grocery store didn’t have any :\) and no spinach.

I snuck a taste of a veggie here and there.  I could eat this as a side.  A very spicy side.  The house smelled amazing with those veggies sauteing on the stove!

The final product.  It would have been more colorful if I would have added the yellow squash and spinach, but this color palette will do.  This is definitely going to be a go-to recipe for point friendly soup!

Leftovers are chilling in the freezer as I type.

Wine

I spent the Chamber Bucks I received as a Christmas gift from my board of supervisors on some delicious local wine from the municipal liquor store!  That’s keeping the money in our community x3!

NOVA Semi-Sweet Red Table Wine – Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm, MN
The Wine-ing Farmer Semi-Sweet Red Wine – Fieldstone Vineyards, Redwood Falls, MN
Morgan Creek Myst Sweet White Table Wine – Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm, MN

I’ve already tried NOVA – it’s my all time favorite wine so I’m going to save this bottle for a special occasion.  And tonight I’ve enjoyed 2 small glasses of The Wine-ing Farmer diluted with water while reading a new book.