Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What's Cookin Wednesday, January 23rd

Happy Hump Day, friends!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  At least once a week, I try to do a meatless meal or two.  This week, I have decided to use a recipe that I haven't made in quite some time.  I found this recipe several years ago from Moms with Crockpots.  The original recipe calls for corn, but as I have a child with an allergy to corn, I substitute it for bell pepper.  The recipe, as modified, is shown below:

Crockpot Enchilada Quinoa

Course dinner
Cuisine vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Author Amanda Carlisle

1 cup Quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 - 15 oz Can of Black Beans drained and rinsed
1 cup of Bell Pepper
2 - 15 oz Cans of diced tomatoes Ro-Tel would be perfect
1 - 15 oz Can of Enchilada Sauce


Place black beans, bell pepper and Ro-Tel tomatoes in a large 5-7 qt crockpot. In a bowl mix the water with the quinoa and add it to the crockpot. Stir everything in the crockpot together. Top with the enchilada sauce.

Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours.

Top with 4 oz. shredded cheese.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday Talk, January 22nd

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I hope everyone enjoyed their MLK day!  I thought I'd start sharing the WW topic of the week here.  This week the topic is "Choose Your Moves".   While not everyone moves at the beginning of their weight loss journey, it sometimes becomes necessary to add in movement to get to your goal weight.  The big thing no matter which way you choose to move, is the pick something that you enjoy.  Try something new.  One of the changes that WW has implemented is how activity counts.  During my journey, I've tried various workouts including strength training, cardio on an elliptical or a bike, taken some classes such as Zumba and yoga and Nia.  Aside from being good for your health, I have found that it helps me sleep better at night.  Quite honestly, I feel much better when I have worked out.  Starting my day with workout and a prayer, well, it just makes my day go better.   These days, I mostly walk.  It's a struggle some days to get my steps in and other days it comes pretty easily.  Whatever you choose to do to incorporate some activity into your day, do something that you enjoy.  No matter what, you are a work in progress.  What activity is your "go-to"?  

Monday, January 21, 2019

Happy Monday friends!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  It's time for another edition of Meal Planning Monday!  The past week's dinner plan was as follows:

- Macaroni and Cheese;
- Lazy Man Lasagna;
- Cheeseburger and Tot casserole;
- Fettuccine Alfredo and garlic biscuits;
-Pizza Bubble-Up Casserole; and

-Breakfast for dinner.

What we had was:

Monday: Crescent Dogs and Home fries;
Tuesday: Pizza Bubble Up Casserole;
Wednesday: Fettuccine Alfredo and garlic cheese bread;
Thursday: Baked Potatoes;
Friday: Subway;
Saturday: Cheeseburger and Tot Casserole;
Sunday: Snack Foods because we had a large lunch.

For the coming week, our plan is:

Lazy Man Lasagna;
Turkey Pot Pie;
Veggie Chili Mac;
Macaroni and Cheese;
Homemade loaded Tater Tots;
Beans and Cornbread;
Mexican Lasagna.

As always, these meals are subject to change without notice.   I will say this really helps me to stay on track.  I like being able to pick a meal out of several meals depending on what we have going on.  I am using Post-It notes that fit into my Planner to make it easier to change things, if need be.

All this planning and tracking has definitely helped a great deal.  I headed to weigh in on Saturday and the official scale said I was down 2.8 pounds.  This put my weight at 179,6.  I wasn't expecting to hit the 170's this week, but I am so excited to have hit this milestone!  I has been some time since I've been this low and I'm excited to continue this journey.  Time to go through my closets again and discard some clothes!  Hope everyone has a great week!  

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Focus, January 18th

Happy Friday friends!  My apologies for being a bit absent this week.  With my allergies knocking me for a little, I wasn't feel up to doing too much writing with my head in a fog.  This week has not going the way I planned.  Well, let's be honest, January is not going quite the way I planned.  Am I throwing my hands in the air and giving up?  That a big ole NO!  One of the big things that I have learned on this journey is that I can re-group and re-focus and things start clicking back into place.  Between blowing my nose constantly, sneezing my head off and hacking up a lung, my food hasn't been horrible, but it hasn't been the most healthy choices either.  Workouts have been non-existent.  Since I wasn't feeling up to working out, I have really been focusing on my food.  I've come in with blue dot days most of the days this week.  I decided since I'm off on Monday, I'm going to use this day to do a little meal prep to prepare myself for success.  I am also going to try to take a little time to go through my closet and get rid of those clothes that make me feel frumpy or are too big.  I am a work in progress.  

Also, having some time off on Monday, I can use that time to get some things together on my calendar.  I really find that it helps me stay on track and stay focused.  For the coming week, I'm going to focus on trying to get my 6,000 steps each day and track everything.  What's your focus for the coming week?  

Monday, January 14, 2019

Meal Planning Monday, January 13th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Last week, the plan was:
- Bean and Cheese tostadas;
- Spaghetti (I'll probably have spaghetti squash), chicken meatballs, zero point marinara and garlic bread or garlic biscuits;
- Crescent dogs and an unspecified side;
-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and an unspecified veggie;
-Pizza Bubble Up casserole;
-Macaroni and Cheese.

What we had was:

Monday night: Crescent Dogs
Tuesday night: Spaghetti, zero point marinara and chicken meatballs
Wednesday night: Bean and cheese burritos
Thursday night: meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Friday night: Taco Bueno (I had enchiladas)
Saturday night: leftovers
Sunday night: Pancakes and bacon

This week the plan is:
- Macaroni and Cheese;
- Lazy Man Lasagna;
- Cheeseburger and Tot casserole;
- Fettuccine Alfredo and garlic biscuits;
-Pizza Bubble-Up Casserole; and
-Breakfast for dinner.

Apparently, the Mountain Cedar has been crazy high.  I started getting sick on Wednesday afternoon.  By Thursday afternoon, I was feeling pretty rough.   I called my allergy doctor and was told that it hit an all time 15 year high just a couple of days before.  According to a pollen website that I found, January 8th was a red day (very high) and then high for several days, but as of yesterday, it seems to be moderate.  I was literally in bed since Thursday afternoon.  I got up in my fuzzy jammies and stepped on my scale at home, which showed a 1 pound loss.  It isn’t official yet because I didn’t get on the official WW scale, but it’s still something to help keep me motivated.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday Thoughts, January 10th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve!  I was scrolling through my FB Memories the other day and this popped up from 4 years ago:

"Okay, so they say in my WW meetings that if you just try to do 1 thing this week and write it down so that you are accountable, it's better. So here's my one thing: Planning dinners this week."

It was a reminder to me that I have been on this weight loss journey and focusing on making changes for some time.  Many things have changed during my years on this journey.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I have been on this journey for years.  In the beginning, I focused on all of the things to try to get the weight off.  I ate fat free cheese, drank fat free milk, consumed no calorie sweetener without regard to what it might do to my body.  After my Mom had a bad reaction from Splenda, things started to change for me.  There were things that I discovered that I would not compromise on like butter and sugar.  I decided that I would just take the "point hit" to have the real thing.  For me, this meant that I was eating butter less often, but still ate it.  I had sugar, but I was choosy about when I had it.  I still continued to eat cake or candy, but on special occasions.  As I grew, figuratively and literally, and the more research I did, I found that eating fat free everything really was not a great option for me.  I switched back to whole milk, which I hadn't drank in probably 20 years or so.  What I found is that I was more satiated with what I was eating and didn't need to use so much milk or cheese.  

Having said all of that, for the next few weeks, I want to take things back to basics.  Weight Watchers has been a great program for me and the thing that I love about it is that it is truly flexible.  If I want to have a cookie or a cupcake, especially with the new zero point foods, I can do that.  My primary focus right now is measuring and weighing out my servings.  Let's be honest, while there are so many foods on that zero point food list, that doesn't mean that you should eat 5 chicken breasts at one time.  Even though it's a zero point food, I only weigh out 3 oz. for my serving.  What's your "one thing" that you are focusing on this week? 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What's Cookin Wednesday, January 9th

Happy hump day friends!  In the spirit of being prepared for the week AND getting my blue dot each day this week, I was inspired to make some garlic hummus that I saw Kim (PrepWhisperer) shared on her YouTube channel.  My husband and I love garlic hummus so I knew the minute I saw it that this was going to be a big hit in our house.  This was definitely a win!  The recipe is below:

Garlic Hummus
Makes approximately 1.5 cups/8 servings

1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Garlic
1/2 tsp Cumin
2 tbsp Tahini (add last)
2 tsp Olive Oil (after you begin processing)
Water (as needed to get it to the consistency you want)

Put beans in the food processor.  Add Lemon Juice, Cumin, garlic and then tahini.

I have linked the video where I got the recipe above and Kim shares her past experiences with making it previously.  Definitely a winner and will be very tasty with my veggies this week!  I may even splurge and have a veggie wrap this week.  

I use a Ole tortilla, a serving of hummus topped with lettuce, tomatoes and bell pepper.  Yum!