Saturday, October 3, 2009
So it is apple picking season for many of us. They are so delicious right off the tree, but if you find yourself craving some apple crisp this time of year as much as I do you certainly want a recipe that will fit in your healthier eating lifestyle... this one does the trick! I did use the light butter and it was SUPER! So try it and let me know what you think.
"Healthified" Apple Crisp
from Eat Better America
What is "Healthified"?
We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the original.
For variety, stir 2 to 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed into the topping mixture before sprinkling over apples.
Did You Know?
Good apples for apple crisp are the same as those that are good in apple pie, such as Braeburn, Jonathan, McIntosh or Northern Spy
48 ratings - Click to rate50% less fat • 33% more fiber • 29% fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. By using fiber-rich whole-wheat flour and oats, we were able to add a third more fiber to a dessert that's good to the core! From eatbetteramerica.
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:50 min
makes:8 servings (about 2/3 cup each)
6 cups sliced unpeeled cooking apples (6 medium)
1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or no-trans-fat 68% vegetable oil spread stick, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, if desired
To reduce the points of this recipe from 4 points to 3 points substitute light butter for regular butter (It is not necessary to substitute Splenda Brown Sugar- it actually increases the points back to 4- so use the real stuff if possible!) Ice Cream is not included in the points calcualtions-
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix apples, apple juice concentrate and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until well mixed. Spread in baking dish.
2. In same medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
3. Bake uncovered 25 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
Serve with ice cream.
1 Serving: Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 60);
Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g);
Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 45mg;
Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 21g);
Protein 2g %
Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 2%; Iron 4% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2 MyPyramid Servings: 2 tsp Fats & Oils, 1/4 c Fruits, 1 oz-equivalents Grains
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Anyone have a similar thing EVER happen, is it from eating all restaurant prepared food? Someone please tell me this will go away- like tomorrow when I wake up- I am good with a 1 or 2 pound gain but 9.... seems IMPOSSIBLE!! (and yes- I exercised BOTH days at the beach!!)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Here is a little something someone sent me that is indisputable mathematical logic. It also made me Laugh Out Loud.This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint...it goes like this:
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions: If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
look how far ass kissing will take you.
A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G 1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.
'REMEMBER SOME PEOPLE ARE ALIVE SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHOOT THEM
Thursday, September 3, 2009
So how should I feel after this encounter.. I know I am doing a great job and have changed my habits, but man her "compliment" didn't feel so great... but whatever! I feel great about my healthier lifestyle no matter how long it has taken!
So I want to share a great deal on some magazines (plus it is a way to help out my son's school!). Of course back to school means selling CRAP!!! I was pleasantly surprised when he brought home his sales info and realized 2 magazines I love Cooking Light and Health magazine's and realized they are really a great deal!! You can get Cooking Light for $15 for 8 issues or $20 for 12 issues and Health is $15 for 15 issues and $20 for $20 issues! If anyone is interested in ordering these (actually there are a bunch of titles that you can choose from, but these are my 2 favorites!) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the link and details. Everything is ordered online and it is sent directly to you. Plus my son will be super grateful because he needs to sell 25 items to get to go to the Magic Show at the end of the sales period! Thanks so much for considering!!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP
Ingredients: 3 cans fat free chicken broth (however I seem to use more)
1 pkg. (2 lbs) bag of frozen broccoli (chopped)
3/4 c. diced carrots (again I use more)
1 sm. onion chopped
2 pkgs Pioneer no fat country gravy mix (I always have to hunt for this stuff) Bi-lo's usually has it or Food Lion. The no fat is extremely hard to find but for zero points it's important.
Add carrots and onions to broth, simmer until softened, add broccoli. Simmer 5 minutes. Mix gravy according to directions when soup comes to a boil add 2 cups of water then stir gravy into soup slowly (it will thicken) cook until heat through. You may find you will need to add a little chicken broth into the mixture if needed. That's it!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Got everyone out the door and then ate cantaloupe (from my garden) and some fiber one yogurt with some granola. My neighbor is a WW lifetime member and walks everyday, so I asked her if I could join her once school started. 3 miles and 45 minutes later I was sweating like a pig (already 92 at 10 am) and felt great!!!
Looks like a quiet afternoon, catch up on some chores and be a little lazy- I feel like I deserve it!! The afternoon/evening rush will be here soon enough!
In scale news, I am down another 1.6 pounds as of this morning- Weigh in Friday should be a good one!!! Hope all of you are enjoying your day as much as I am enjoying mine.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
It's peach season and I can't wait to try this!!!
from eat better america
What is "Healthified"?
We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the original.
If fresh peaches are available, use 4 cups sliced peeled peaches instead of the canned peaches. Or, you can use a 16-oz bag of frozen sliced peaches, thawed.
Did You Know?
The lemon juice used in this recipe adds a little sparkle that perks up the peach flavor.
5 ratings - Click to rate39% fewer calories • 57% less fat • 95% less sat fat fat than the original recipe. Cobbler like mom used to make – now healthified for more health-conscious times. You’ll feel just peachy!
Start to Finish:1 hr 30 min
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup fat-free (skim) milk
3 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 can (29 oz) peach slices in light syrup, drained
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Vanilla reduced-fat ice cream, if desired
1 Serving: Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 190mg; Total Carbohydrate 49g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 35g); Protein 3g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 15%; Iron 6% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3 MyPyramid Servings: 2 tsp Fats & Oils, 1/2 c Fruits *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
POINTS® Value: 4Servings: 4Preparation Time: 20 minCooking Time: 15 minLevel of Difficulty: EasyWorks with Simply Filling
Sweet summer corn can't be beat. Highlight it in this chowder along with buttery Yukon Gold potatoes and smoky Canadian bacon.
1 spray(s) cooking spray
1/2 cup(s) celery, chopped
1/4 cup(s) onion(s), chopped (or 1 large shallot)
4 piece(s) corn on the cob, kernels removed with a knife
1 cup(s) sweet red pepper(s), diced
4 oz Canadian-style bacon, diced
2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste
Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper; sauté over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil). Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
Feel free to substitute your favorite fresh vegetables like asparagus and broccoli for the red pepper. Or to save time, substitute 2 cups of frozen corn and 1 cup of frozen, diced bell pepper for the fresh corn and red pepper.
1 small banana (or 1/2 large banana)
1/4 cup raspeberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup plain fat free yogurt
1 cup skim milk
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
2 packets of splenda
Put everything in the blender and blend 15-20 seconds... I also like to add 1/2 cup of ice to make it frosty...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I have read over and over again how white flour and sugar from your diet can improve energy levels and mood. I have done this before and I have always felt much better. Even with felling great I still struggle with the temptation. It feels like an addiction, I know it is bad for me, will end up feeling worse but still on occasion have to have the gratification of something sweet and creamy. I don't know what part of my brain triggers these cravings but I really wish I knew more, because it doesn't make sense in my head that I choose something that is not beneficial to my healthy lifestyle but makes me feel bad.
I guess it is a struggle I will continue having, but I am fighting it for today... and each day because the benefit is outstanding.
Today is what counts not regretting past mistakes or thinking about what if... I am feeling better and also have a bit of wonderful, HUGE, news to share. I have struggled with my weight since my first pregnancy and never got a handle on it until this year. Don't get me wrong.. I was on some type of diet almost every week but nothing I ever could live long term with. After a month or so I would always give up. I have been doing WW since March and am still able to stay with it. That alone is mind blowing to me.. BUT the big news is that I weigh less today than I have weighed since the birth of my first child!!! I have finally done it and I feel like there is no end to the continued success I will have. This is really BIG for me, I have never felt successful or in control of my weight and today I took back the control and know that I can do it. For me that is the battle, believing that I can.
I attribute some of this to reading your struggles and successes. I really believe if I had not started reading blogs and blogging myself I would not have made it this far. I have picked up so many tips, recipes and just plain ol' inspiration through your words and successes. Thank you!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I am going to eat only fruit, veggies, lean meat and limited whole grains for this week. I have been eating too much low fat ice cream and some sugary snacks. I know it is defeating my goals and I think if I go back to basics I will lose faster.
I am also increasing my exercise from none, lately, to everyday. I know I will see an initial gain (because I always do when I increase activity.
My question is... I know eating a low carb (bad carb) diet will increase my weight loss but are there any downfalls in doing so? Will I gain back as soon as I have ice cream again? I have been going at a steady pace, but so so so slow. I am thinking a couple weeks of cutting out the white sugar will really motivate me. I have taken my measurements and in losing 35 pounds (to date) I have also lost a total of 20.5 inches off of my waist, hips, bust, thighs, and arms and decreased from a size 20W to a snug 14(misses). My clothes that were very tight on me when I started are now falling off, and I can no longer wear them. It is a great feeling, but suddenly I want more, I want it faster. I have been getting many positive comments and that feels good but also makes me want it faster.
Anyone else experience this? Any tips or suggestions? I really feel motivated and really want o take advantage of this burst of motivation in the best way possible. Thanks for leaving your tips and comments, I read them over and over, they really make a difference for me!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I have done better this week and writing this post is the last step to my full recovery and commitment. This does something for me... makes me be accountable each day for my choices and really works for me.
I haven't gained- well at least the couple pounds I did gain are already gone but I have been about the same weight for 3 weeks... That's OK because summer is filled with so many options. I haven't planned like I should have, I have overindulged during travel, I have had some extra stress, but you know what, I am still OK- I made it through the last several weeks and still have the desire to continue. I am proud of myself for that!
I also need to return to my exercise program- any program actually. I am going to get back to walking and journaling... I know those are two key components to my success. I am happy to be back! I missed all of you and have to catch up on what you are doing... It may take a day or two but I will be up to speed soon! Enjoy your day!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Jumbo Reduced Fat Blueberry Vanilla Cinnamon Buns
Reduced Fat Raspberry Fudge
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Takes under 30 minutes
Makes 4 servingsINGREDIENTS
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of ginger, and sauté for 1 minute. Add chicken and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a bowl and set aside.
1.2g Saturated fat
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 55 min
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil or unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup water
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
What is the one snack food or dessert that you could eat for the rest of your life? (giving up all others)
Monday, July 6, 2009
One of the main reasons people give for not walking is that they don't have the time. It may be a challenge but it is possible! You just need to think creatively and remember that even very short walks can add up throughout the course of the day.
Here are some easy strategies:
Make an early date with yourself: Squeeze in a 10-minute walk around breakfast, before the day's events catch up with you.
Walk to a nearby store instead of driving.
Walking the dog? Keep track of your actual striding time and try to get in at least 10 minutes per walk.
Heading to the mall? Put on your walking shoes before you go — then park an extra 100 yards from the entrance, and take a lap or two around the mall before you start shopping.
Make walking part of your daily commute: In the morning, walk to your train or bus stop — or get off the bus a few blocks early and walk to your office, then get off the elevator a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way.
Take a 10-minute walk on your lunch hour.
Got a meeting? Brainstorm ideas with a co-worker while walking around the block, or strolling together through the halls of your office. You may find your thoughts flow better.
Take a walk after dinner. Ask family members to come along. It might be a welcome change from the same old TV shows!
Remember, your goal is to accumulate walks at a moderately brisk pace. Even five minutes count. How about now?
Saturday, July 4, 2009
3 POINT BURGER
Try adding crushed red pepper flakes for extra spice!
Who needs beef when a bean burger is this good and this easy? Serve on whole-wheat buns with your favorite fixings. It will be a tasty way to celebrate the holiday!
Takes under 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
tablespoon chili powder OR 2 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 tablespoon olive oil PREPARATION
1. Combine black beans, scallions, egg white and chili powder in a food processor. Pulse a few times to blend to a chunky puree. Add breadcrumbs and pulse once or twice to blend. Transfer the processor bowl to the refrigerator to chill the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.
2. With wet hands, form bean mixture into 4 patties. Dust both sides lightly with cornmeal.
3. Heat the olive oil in a heavy, well-seasoned skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the patties and cook on the first side for 5 minutes. Turn over carefully and cook 3 or 4 minutes longer, until browned.
0.6g Saturated fat
0g Trans Fat
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
2 cup(s) strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup(s) uncooked old fashioned oats
2 tbsp unpacked brown sugar
2 tbsp light butter, melted
1/2 cup(s) lite whipped topping
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a small bowl, toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar; set aside. In another small bowl, toss strawberries with remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar; set aside.
In a third small bowl, stir together oats, brown sugar and butter. Spread mixture in a single layer on a sheet pan; bake, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Spread blueberries and strawberries in an 8 x 8-inch glass dish, alternating to create stripes. (Or prepare in individual serving bowls like we did here.) Sprinkle with oat topping, decorate with whipped topping and serve. Yields 8 servings.
Retain the crispness of the oat topping by sprinkling it on the fruit just before serving.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Whether you host a July 4th gathering every year or are planning a spur-of-the-moment party, we’ve got the expert lowdown on how to maximize your budget with tips to keep costs down and flavor up. Plus get ideas for a simple, healthy and delicious menu for under $10 per person.
Hosting a festive get-together can be tons of fun. Sticking to a tight budget? Well…not so much. Here’s how you can save without scrimping on flavor, fun and style. Strategies for saving. One obvious way to reduce your own expenses is to take people up on their offer when they ask “What can I bring?” Even if you didn’t intend to have a potluck, don’t turn down a friend who says she’ll bring her signature dessert or something to drink. Just remember to send a thank-you note after the party.
Another money trap people fall into is over-buying ingredients and supplies. It’s fine to have leftovers — if you’ll eat them yourself. But don’t grab extra food off the store shelves “just in case” you might need it. Figure out in advance exactly how much you’ll need per person and stick to that game plan. Consider how you’ll serve. One way to encourage caloric frugality among your guests — even those who aren’t watching their weight — is to serve food buffet-style in one area, and set up seating in another spot far from the food table so people aren’t constantly tempted, says nutritionist Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, author of The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life (Taunton). “This helps people manage their portions while staying satisfied — and helps keep costs down, too.”
Grilled pizzas: $2.38 per serving These can work as a starter or main dish. Buy refrigerated fresh pizza dough (1lb) at the supermarket and top with whatever you want: tomato sauce, extra grilled veggies, herbs and just a little bit of cheese. Cook until the crusts puff and start to brown.
Grilled zucchini roll-ups: $1.52 per serving Cut 3 medium zucchini lengthwise into thin strips. Brush with oil and grill until tender. Meanwhile, mix together 1 1/2 ounces goat cheese, a tablespoon or two of minced fresh parsley or basil, and season with salt and pepper. Spread each slice with a teaspoon of the cheese mixture, top with a basil leaf or two, and roll up.
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Sit and savorDon't let yourself get distracted. Sure, all your friends are around and there are a lot of conversations and activities going on, but the more you focus on your plate, the less likely it is that you'll overeat. "It's easy to lose track of how much you're eating at a cookout if you're focusing a lot on the socializing rather than the food," Seres says. "Instead of walking around with a full plate talking to people, find a nice quiet place to sit down so you can really concentrate on the taste of the food."
Don't beat yourself upWe all know that cooking out, especially for a holiday, means you're not likely to plot all your POINTS values and calculate everything correctly. You might even go over your daily POINTS Target. But don't get down on yourself. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.
Monday, June 29, 2009
About the No-Cook Apricot Barbecue Sauce. Here’s a fruit-based barbecue sauce that’s perfect for chicken breasts, turkey burgers or grilled salmon fillets. Best of all, you don’t have to heat up the stove to make this backyard favorite. Want it spicier? Add several dashes of bottled hot red pepper sauce such as Tabasco.
No-Cook Apricot Barbecue Sauce
Makes 14 servings
POINTS® value 1 per serving
1 cup all-fruit apricot spread
1/2 cup bottled chili sauce, such as Heinz
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Place all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor; blend or process until smooth. To store, scrape into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Serving size: 2 tablespoons.
POINTS® Value: 3Servings: 12Preparation Time: 15 minCooking Time: 0 min Level of Difficulty: Easy
Beat the heat with this sure-fire summer pleaser. We used vanilla yogurt but chocolate or strawberry would be tasty, too.
1 1/2 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 6 cups)
1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp table salt
12 oz store bought angel food cake, cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 cup(s) fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt
Spoon the frozen yogurt into a large bowl and mash it with the back of a wooden spoon until soft and spreadable.
One thing I need for you today is think about what has worked for you in terms of weight loss and diets, and comment it to me. Weight loss is a very personal thing, that you need to tailor whatever diet you do to your own unique life. What have you done, what has worked for you, what stopped working for you. Things like that. Thinking about the successes can provide some insight for all of us.
Having the right things in the fridge is always helpful. I am a "grabber" when it comes to hunger. I grab at the quickest thing possible and if you have fresh fruit, veggies or fiber filled snacks on hand or things like yogurt, you can bring it along with you. Today, there is nothing to "grab" that is healthy, so I just ate a cookie. I know I should not have eaten the cookie, but it was there. Having the right things available is half the battle. Hope this was helpful.
Grocery tip-- If you live in an area that has Harris Teeter they are currently doing super doubles (through Tuesday, June 30) They will double any coupon up to $1.98. All Morningstar products are on sale for $2.99. Here is a link to a coupons for $1. It doubles to $2 and you pay only $0.99 per package of Morningstar product!
If you are craving a great low fat, low calorie ice cream another great deal this week is on Blue Bunny. My favorite flavor is Super Fudge Brownie, 2 points per 1/2 cup (120 calories, 3 g fat,3 g dietary fiber). It is BOGO at, original price is $5.99. With this link you can click coupon tab and get a $1 off coupon and that will buy you the 1.75 quart container for $1.. Happy Shopping!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I can't wait to try these... MMMM... Big Soft Peanut Butter Cookies. From Hungry Girl, of course...
Now if I could only get my hands on some Better'n Peanut Butter!
These should freeeze well to have a handy yummy snack when needed... if my kids don't eat them first that is!
HG's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Softies
You Big Softy...
Giant, chewy, peanut butter oatmeal cookies straight from the HG HQ. WOOHOO!
Serving Size: 1 large cookieCalories: 140Fat: 3.25Sodium: 160mgCarbs: 23gFiber: 2gSugars: 7gProtein: 4g
Friday, June 26, 2009
We stayed at the Mills House Hotel which was beautiful. They offered free room service breakfasts which one was a healthy start breakfast with fresh fruit (cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, grapes and orange quarters) with your choice of cereal, skim milk, fresh squeezed OJ and coffee. It was a great way to start the day.
We spent one day at the Isle of Palm Beach. The water was almost too warm at 85 degrees and a storm had come through several days before and the ocean water was very cloudy. It was a nice beach and we really enjoyed it.
Philip Simmons, whose skill with the hammer and anvil elevated him from a humble working man to an artisan widely recognized as a national treasure, died Monday night. He was 97. The city was covered in white ribbons on every piece of iron he made for it!
The other two days were spent antiquing, checking out the open air market, seeing the aquarium and just general sight seeing. We enjoyed a ghost walk tour one evening that was enough to scare the pee out of you, luckily I had used the facilities right before it left!
Ghost tour pics.. SPOOKY!
Circular Congregational Church Cemetery
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
No seriously. I had a great time, did over indulge on occasion but really kept with WW (even tracking) throughout my trip. It was hard. I do love the fact that before I would have just eaten anything and everything but this time, I thought before I put things in my mouth. For instance, the great cookies they just leave on the check in counter at the hotel.. I didn't ea any this time. Even though they had just come from the oven and smelled great, it was more important for me to think about my goal than to eat the cookie. All in all, even if I have a slight gain at tomorrow's weigh in, I am very proud of myself!
So I wanted to share the scavenger hunt I sent my friend to help her celebrate her birthday.. She is newly single and although I couldn't go with her (she is visiting her family) I sent this great scavenger hunt to another friend so they could have some fun activities while they went out tonight.. here is a sampling. I think they will have a blast..
1. Get the bartender to give you the phone number of his cutest unmarried, friend. Call his friend and ask him his middle name. 5 bonus points if he meets your group for a drink.
2. Get a photo with a bald man that has at least 2 tattoo’s
3. Drink a shot of something hat is lit on fire with a fireman (like sambuca)
4. Get a photo with a male nurse (2 bonus points) or a doctor taking your pulse.
5. Do a jello shot with any man that can do the moonwalk.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today was a beautiful day! It was also my oldest daughter's birthday! We had a fabulous dinner, her favorite foods.. Roasted Garlic, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and jalapenos served with chipolte chicken breasts and whole grain penne pasta! YUM and YUM. I was glad she chose something that I could eat and not feel guilty about.. I did have a small piece of cake but nothing major.
I am off to the beach for a couple days but will be back by weigh in day Friday- this is a big challenge for me - the first time I am going to "watch" myself on a vacation- big lifestyle adjustment- but I am happy I am sticking with it! Have a great week and I will talk to you soon!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Now do I expect to lose 4 pounds next week? I would love that, but I am realistic, I am aiming for 2, but we'll see how the week goes.
Anyone wanna challenge me to see who can lose the most this week (I'll probably lose a challenge- I just had a huge loss- but I'll take any motivation!) I'll be at the beach all week and really need to be pushed to not overindulge- come on, someone, anyone, make me work harder!!!
I'll be waiting to hear from you!
Don't forget- last day to enter SNACKS Giveaway!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
What's with Microwave Popcorn Nutritional Info and Orville Redenbacher's Buttery Salt and Cracked Pepper Popcorn
I guess the red plate doesn't show off the great color of the tomato, but trust me it is perfectly tomatoey.
I was wondering if any of you have any other ideas for tomatoes or zucchini.. which I will have an abundance of soon.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Included in the giveaway is one package each of:
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100 Calorie Pack Oreo Snack Cakes- (see a trend yet?)
100 Calorie South Beach Living Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar
Fiber One Oats and Peanut Butter Bar
100 Calorie Pack Ritz Snack Mix..
Yes... The trend is Chocolate, Peanut Butter and a little salty crunch..
So you wanna win.. here's what you do:
1. Follow my blog =)
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3. link back to this giveaway in a blog post (for an extra entry)
The giveaway will end on sunday June 14th.
I will use Random.org to choose a winner. Good Luck!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I also purchased Limited Edition, Dannon Light & Fit Pineapple Coconut and another new flavor, Key Lime. I really enjoyed the Pineapple Coconut, think pina colada, but less calories. Quite tasty and hope this one sticks around.
The last "new" flavor I purchased was Dannon Light & Fit Key Lime. I thought it was good, but not as good as Yoplait's Key Lime Pie. Although Dannon Light & Fit has 20 less calories than Yoplait Light, I feel that those 20 calories are worth the taste and texture difference... Yoplait is much creamier in my opinion.
So Dannon Light & Fit is only winning 1 out of 3, with the flavors I tried. After checking their website I noticed there are 3 other new flavors. They other new flavors are Cherry, Mixed Berry ( I am having a hard time believeing they didn't already have these tow flavors- doesn't every yogurt come in mixed berry?) and Pomegranate Berry. I am not rushing out for the first two- but I'll have my eye out for the Pomegranate Berry.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Well here is what she left for me....
"Hello, do you know me? If you don't you should. I'm a pound of fat, and I'm the happiest pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me; I'm Only One Pound, just a pound. Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds or fifteen pounds, but never only one, so I just stick around and happily keep you fat. Then I add to myself ever so slyly so that you never seem to notice it, that is until I've grown to ten, twenty or even more pounds in weight. Yes, it's fun being Only One Pound of fat, left to do as I please. So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying "Oh, I only lost one pound." ( as if that were such a terrible thing!) For you see, if you do this you'll encourage others to keep me around because they will think I'm not worth losing. And I love being around you - your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips and every part of you. Happy Days!! After all, I'm Only One Pound of fat!!!"
Isn't that great? One pound is onederful!!!
All of that... and I weigh in this morning and I lost 1 pound!! ONE POUND, are you freaking kidding me. I worked my ass off and ONE POUND??? I know, it's better than gaining but come on scale gods.. gimme something more for my effort. This sucks!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I was searching for recipe's on Foodbuzz and came across this one from "Foodie on Weight Watchers". She was kind enough to agree to let me share this. It really looks good and I can't wait to try it.
Modified from Clean Eating Magazine May/June 2009
4 Servings4 Points/Serving (Maybe. This is the points value of the original recipe according to the calories printed in the magazine.)
½ cup pineapple juice
3 cloves of garlic, through the press
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
zest and juice of one lime
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup pineapple, chopped
1 cup mango, chopped
zest and juice of half a lime (slice the other half for serving)
1 splash of pineapple juice
1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine the ingredients for the marinade and place in a large plastic bag and marinate overnight.
2. Combine the ingredients for the fruit salsa and store overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Prepare the grill and cook the chicken.
4. Serve each chicken breast with ½ cup of the fruit.
Restaurants often serve large portions, and we tend to eat more when more food is in front of us.
I have done a little research and the top 5 tips I am going to use this summer are:
Desserts seem to materialize after every meal on vacation. And to make it worse, all the meals are little richer, and snacks are a little more frequent. But just because the food is there doesn't mean you have to eat it all. Slow down and consider what you're eating. WW gives you 35 discretionary points (and activity points). Think of these calories as your "fun" calories to be used for treats. Before you snack, decide whether you're truly hungry or just mindlessly noshing. Keep your discretionary and activity points in check by splitting your dessert with your family. Make the healthiest choices when you can, and take small portions when the meal choices are high calorie and out of your control.
(My waiter's are never this HOTT!! IF I get this one... I may be too busy looking at him to ask any questions!!)
Request whole grains whenever possible. Some restaurants offer 100% whole-wheat bread and buns, whole-grain blend pasta, tortillas, and steamed brown rice.
3. Order Fruits and Veggies Every Chance You Get
Look for opportunities to order dishes that include high-nutrient, high-fiber fruits and veggies. Entree salads or side salads made with spinach or romaine lettuce are a great way to get your vegetables. Grilled or roasted veggies with a little EVOO are a great choice too. If you're ordering something like a shrimp or chicken quesadilla, you can ask the restaurant to add some grilled or roasted veggies to it, it will be filling and leave less room for dessert.
4. Your shoes are made for walking
Ask about safe walking routes around your hotel or rental home, then lace up your shoes and get going! There's no better way than walking to see and really experience the area you're visiting. Plus, it's handy for burning off some of last night's dinner, too. Take advantage of the gyms. The place we stay at has a state of the art gym- that I have never been in. That will change this year.
When you're traveling, always keep a healthy snack on hand. The best combinations contain a little protein and a high fiber carbohydrate to keep you feeling full as long as possible. A trusty PB&J on whole wheat tucked in your carry-on bag will keep you cruising by the fat-filled (and expensive!) cinnamon buns in the airport. Unsalted nuts, fruits, and whole grain crackers are great for the car, and are real aces for keeping your stomach from rumbling while you're searching for lunch from somewhere healthier than the ubiquitous fast food place. There are so many great snack choices for healthy eating, my favorites are Kind Bars, Fiber One bars and Smart Food popcorn, all are in convenient single serve portions that are super easy to throw in my purse or beach bag.