Recipe Attempt: Baked Chicken & Veggie Packets

Yet another gem from the Weight Watchers Power Foods Cook Book (P. 108).  This isn’t the actual title of the recipe… I don’t have the cook book with me right now so I will update it when I get home.

Being a clueless cook I am absolutely terrified of cooking chicken.  In fact, a couple weeks ago I tried a panko crusted chicken recipe in the frying pan and it ended in an absolute disaster.  So when I looked over this recipe I was a little bit intimidated but it sounded delicious and I was anxious to try a new technique – baking in foil packets.

I altered the recipe a little bit by using tomatoes, green peppers, and onions instead of tomatoes and zucchini.  I placed one chicken breast in each of the packets and divided the veggies evenly between the 4 of them.  I was a little concerned letting them bake for 35 minutes and not being able to look at them until they were done and the packet was opened.  The result:

This was as amazing in my mouth as it is in the picture.  Even the fiance loved it!

This dish also made great leftovers for work the next day.  Next time I think I will even make a few extras just to bring to work.  I was pretty impressed with this simple dish.  It made me feel like a good cook (for a day).

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Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese + Zucchini, Turkey, Quinoa Loaf

I have been really meaning to incorporate quinoa into dishes.  It’s very easy to use, it has a great flavor and an interesting texture.  Plus it’s a whole grain and a WW Power Food.  So, to me this was a no brainer.  This past week quinoa was the star ingredient in 2 dinners.

Quonia Mac N Cheese

This recipe for Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese came from monicanelsonfitness.com.  It was very quick and easy to prepare.  I altered it a little bit and used half low fat mozzarella cheese and half sharp cheddar cheese.  I also topped it with a mixture of 1 part panko crumbs and 1 part low fat mozzarella.  It looked just like the picture after it was plated:

I served it with pineapple and watermelon just because that’s what we had on hand.  It was delicious… it tasted like an omelet crossed with mac N cheese with quinoa in the mix.  I served it as a main dish but it would have been great as a side with a slab of meat (maybe a pork chop) or with crumbled turkey breast, chicken breast, or lean ground beef mixed in.   If I make this again I will try to bulk it up with even more veggies.

Now, on to the next…

Turkey, Zucchini, and Quinoa Meatloaves

This gem came from the Weight Watchers Points Plus Power Foods Cookbook (p.138).  I’m not going to copy the recipe onto the blog but it’s a basic meatloaf made with lean ground turkey breast, shredded zucchini, and cooked quinoa.  I shaped them into 8 mini-loaves and… they came out AMAZING!

I served them with roasted cauliflower and a spinach salad.  They made awesome leftovers for work lunch and I cannot wait to make them again!

January 2012 Summary

  • January Starting Weight 164.6
  • January Ending Weight 160.2
  • Weight Loss in January -4.4
  • Total loss on WW -28.8
  • Gym Visits in January 23
  • APs Earned in January 135
  • Miles Ran in January 72.85
  • Milestones Reached 25#, 16 Meetings, 15%

Weigh In 01.30.12

  • Last weeks WI 161.6
  • Today’s WI 160.2 (-1.2)
  • Total Loss 28.6 Pounds

My 15% milestone/goal has been hit!  Indulged more than I should have over the weekend but it seems that my running is really paying off.  Not to mention I haven’t been eating my weekly points so I was probably ok to go a little crazy over the weekend.

So close to 30 pounds, I can feel it!

Weigh In 01.23.12

  • Last weeks WI 161.2
  • Today’s WI 161.6 (+.4)
  • Total Loss 27.4 Pounds

I’m not going to invest too much time and/or energy into being upset over this .4 pound gain.  First of all my last weigh in was somewhat unofficial since I didn’t do it at my usual meeting place, and it was on a completely different scale.  Yes, either way I look at it, it was a gain.  But I am going to look at it as loosing .8 pounds in the last two weeks.

I didn’t get to do any days of simply filling last week.  This week I am going to make it to at least 2.  I also need to get in way more Power Foods and GHG.

I earned 34 activity points and ran 14.62 miles.  Not as good as last week but still very proud of myself.  Was unable to make it to the gym today due to WW meeting and our board meeting at work, but tomorrow is a new day!  Running really does work and I need to remind myself of that.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

Weigh In 12.26.11

  • Last weeks WI 167.8
  • Todays WI 164.4 (-3.4)
  • Total Loss 24.6 Pounds

This puts me only .4 pounds away from my 164 pound January 3rd “Holiday Back On Track” goal – which will also be my 25 pound milestone!

I knew all of my hard work this past week over the holidays was going to pay off but I never imagined it would be to this extent.   So to what do I owe these 3.4 pounds?  It’s definitely a combination of a few things:

  • trying Simply Filling Technique 3 days last week.
  • eating a lot of power foods on the days I wasn’t doing Simply Filling.
  • amping up my work-outs and continuing with the C25K program – I earned 25 APs last week!
  • controlling myself over the holidays.  I did not tack on Christmas eve or Christmas day but I didn’t let myself get carried away.  I didn’t use not tracking as a free ticket to stuff myself with sugar and fat over the holidays.
  • getting all of those baked goods out of my house and out of my sight!  They are definitely a recipe for disaster and I need to remember this for the next holiday season.
  • the gain over these last 2 weeks may have been (but definitely not entirely) due to poor food choices on my weigh in days – for each day I had HUGE lunches high in sodium.  So this week’s weigh in might have looked extra nice after those two gains.

Goals & Comfort Zones

Let me start by saying: before beginning Weight Watchers I never considered setting goals for myself… at least not outside of school or work. Even at school and work I only really set goals for myself when I was required to.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for about 10 weeks now – 2 and a half months. I have successfully lost 16.6 pounds in a healthy way by watching what I eat (using the PointsPlus system) and by working out regularly.

Somewhere in my 10 week journey I discovered that setting goals for myself was a huge key to my success. Not just large goals, not just scale goals. I was motivated by the WW Challenges to set small manageable goals for myself. Goals I could achieve on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Goals that will push me out of my comfort zone.

So, rather than pushing myself 100% to the max right off the bat with WW I would push myself little by little to achieve a small goal, and by doing so would be achieving one large goal.

A sampling of goals I am currently working on:

  • October 2011: Put your Work-Out Game Face On! (WW Challenge) This is a monthly goal where I try to go to the gym and work out for certain periods of time every week.
  • Making the Grade – 100 Day Challenge (WW Challenge) This is obviously a one-hundred day goal to simply stay OP (on plan) as many days as possible. Once the 100 days are over you can easily calculate your grade by how many days you stayed OP (86 days = 86% B).
  • Monthly Gym Goal (Personal Challenge) I created myself a sticker chart for the month. Every day I go to the gym, I put a sticker on the chart. It sounds very juvenile but it works for me! I made a goal with it to go to the gym 4-5 times per week and to track all of my activity. For the month of October, this goal goes hand-in-hand with the October 2011 WW challenge.
  • No Scale Week (Personal Challenge) Yes, I notice I weigh myself every day at home just about every time I go by that scale. This may or may not be a healthy habit and as of right now it doesn’t bother me. Someone on the 50lbs+ message board inspired me to go a week with out weighing myself at home and only weighing myself at the meeting. This challenge starts today (10/24/2011) and we’ll see how it ends next Monday.

In addition to making small manageable goals off the scale, I have also decided to make small manageable goals on the scale. My first goal was 5%… second goal is 10% (almost there!) and I suppose my third goal will be an additional 10 pounds.

It’s a small start and I’m taking small steps but I think I will make it there some day