Tag Archives: Weight Watchers

Not being the first person to run to the kitchen when sweets are put out

 

I work in an office where people are always sharing food.  People bring in cakes.  They put out muffins, scones, and croissants, like there ain’t no tomorrow.  It’s hard n a girl who likes to eat.

I’m trying to avoid the kitchen area but it takes much strength.

And when I get an email saying “Goodies in the kitchen!” I’m trying not run the 100 yard dash getting over there.

Sweets, I will resist you!

 

i choose me

karyl from luisa pics

I choose me. I choose thinner. I choose my health. I choose to feel good. I choose to use restraint. I choose not to eat junk. I choose to be in control. I choose to be disciplined.  I choose to stick with this. I choose not to be a human Yo-Yo. I choose to keep my weight down. I choose me.

 

New Year’s Hope & Resolutions

I am pretty lukewarm on New Year’s Resolutions.  Maybe I’m cynical.  They don’t lead anywhere.  On the other hand, it is  good to have a plan.  Here are my loose ideas:

1. Clean the house more regularly: I am a tidier, which is good, but I need to actually clean from time to time.  I like things clean, I just don’t always do it.  Cleanliness is next to Godliness, remember? :)

2. Don’t waste so much time on the computer: that includes blogging, Pinterest, and Facebook.  I spent way too much time doing these things in 2012 and it didn’t exactly make me a better person.  It’s okay to do mindless stuff, just not hours upon hours of it.

3. Always leave them wanting more: more food, more talking, more ideas, more Facebook posts.  I have a tendency to over do it.  I talk so much no one is ever left wanting more.  Something to ponder.

4. Eat better: I know I love to eat, and I know I cook pretty well.  Enough.  Eat less.  Eat healthier.  Simple.

5. Worry less, pray more:  I say this every year.  Time to do it.  I say most of these things every year but I do believe I’m getting somewhere and that leads me to my last resolution:

6. Be hopeful!

Happy New Year!

Reducing sugar when baking

Are you a sugar fiend like me?  If so, you might want to decrease the sugar content of your baked goods.  Here are a few things you can do:

1. Add natural sweetness by using equal amounts of pureed naturals such as ripe bananas, applesauce or pureed baby-food fruits.

2. Mix less. Higher amounts of sugar allow for a more tender product, so avoid over mixing when sugar is reduced.

3. I try halving the sugar called for in a recipe.  Start there and maybe even decrease more next time.

Cookies happen

 

My bestie and I are supposed to have coffee tomorrow. I usually try to be good and refrain from sugary drinks.

“I might have a sweet drink tomorrow if I’m good.” I said.

She said, “Please be good.”

I replied, “I will try but you never know. Things happen.”

Cookies happen. :)

5 minute cake in a mug

 

I love baked goods but they are my downfall.  One way to satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard is my discovery of  the single sized baked good.  Case in point: the 5 Minute Cake In a Mug.  What a fabulous idea!  No more eating the whole pan of brownies.

I had made this one time before and must have liked it because I added it to my collection.  Last night I wanted something sweet. I asked my husband if he wanted me to make brownies.  He declined, trying to be good.  Well I wasn’t going to make a whole pan of brownies to tempt him and gorge myself.  So, 5 minute cake in a mug to the rescue!

The only problem, it’s got a zillion calories.  Next time I will make some healthier substitutions like applesauce for the butter, or use less butter.  Something.  But it was still better than eating a pan of brownies!

Beef and Bean Chili

I love this recipe because it’s yummy and it’s also Weight Watchers.  Only 6 points per serving.  It’s also on the Simply Filling/Core plan.

First chop up all the veggies.

Put them in the pot.

Add the ground beef.  I used the thick grind for chili.

Now let the meat brown.

Add your spices.

Stir it up and let it cook.

Next add the diced tomatoes and beans.  I used pintos.

Stir it up and let it simmer for 20 minutes with the lid partially off.

Beef and Bean Chili (adapted from Weight Watchers just a bit)

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

4 t olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 green pepper, seeded and chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/5 lb lean ground beef

1 T chili powder

2 t cumin

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t coriander

1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 (16 oz.) can pinto or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper to your liking

1. In large Dutch oven, heat the oil.  Saute chopped veggies until onions are translucent, about 15 minutes.  Add beef and cook, breaking apart with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, and coriander; cook stirring, 1 minute.

2. Add tomatoes, beans, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until flavors blended, about 20 minutes.

Serve topped with chopped red onion, cilantro, sour cream or shredded cheese.  Great with cornbread.

Healthy Cookies

 

In order to satisfy my sweet tooth and my love of baking, while also being healthy and doing right by Weight Watchers, I’ve turned towards healthy baking.  Last weekend I baked banana nut bran muffins.  I found a recipe for healthy cookies.  It reminds me a bit of a recipe my sister shared with me.  One good thing about this recipe: sugar is not an added ingredient.  Woo hoo!  The recipe also looks easy!

Ingredients:

3 mashed ripe bananas

1/3 cup apple sauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Mix ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

How to Eat Junk on Weight Watchers

A slice of pepperoni pizza from Blondie's in S...

A slice of pepperoni pizza from Blondie’s in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a pretty decadent menu at my Hello Kitty birthday party.  I served all my childhood favorites:

Pepperoni Pizza

m&ms

Nacho Cheese Doritos

Cake and Ice Cream

Here’s how I was able to indulge and still keep my Weight Watchers vows:

 1 slice pepperoni pizza

1 slice yellow cake with chocolate butter cream frosting

1/4 c. strawberry ice cream

3 doritos

1/8 c. m&ms

All that was 20 points.  I get 49 points per week (I do the Simply Filling plan).  Of course I was able to eat

unlimited salad, water, and baby carrots.  That’s what filled me up.  :)

Structure and Creativity

Source: realsimple.com via Diane on Pinterest

 

I like rules.  I’m a lawyer so I was taught to learn the rules, know the rules, and play within the rules. Sometimes we find ways to bend the rules, or get around the rules without actually breaking them.

One of the reasons I like Weight Watchers is that it gives me a structure of rules to work within.  I know that I can have a certain number of food points.  I work those points!  Tonight I made a basic salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber.  You’d think I’d eat that and save points for something chocolate.  Not tonight.  Tonight I wanted a yummy salad.  So I added 1 tablespoon of blue cheese dressing and 1 tablespoon of crunchy fried onions.  I was within my points but I enjoyed my meal.

Weight Watchers gives me limits, rules, and I get to play around with them.  I don’t break them but I push them to their limit.  I use my appetite, my cravings, and my creativity to create a meal that is satisfying, healthy, and within my points maximum.