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Low Carb?

For some time now I have been reflecting on why even when I am counting points or calories, I seem to be having such a hard time losing weight. I have started to think that maybe I need to look more at the carbs that I eat. So I have decided to try low carb eating and see how my body reacts to it?

So, my goal is to really work hard at this and see what the weighing scale says next Friday. When I weighed myself on Friday morning I had stayed exactly the same. I want to see those numbers going down not staying the same!!!

With it being Mother’s Day today, I thought first of all I would wait until Monday to start. Then I decided I should just start. I was reading somewhere that too often we plan in the future when we will start, whereas really we should just begin with the next meal. I guess it’s the same with having a “bad day”, really it’s a “bad meal”. It turns into a “bad day” when we just continue in the same way for the remainder of the day, instead of getting back on track with the next meal.

I read that to begin low carb eating we should start with 20 net carbs per day. So Friday morning I got up and started!!

So here is how Friday went for me …..

Omelet – 2 Eggs and 2oz Shredded Cheddar

Snack 1
3 Celery Stalks with 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese

Tuna Salad (Can of Tuna, 2 cups shredded Romaine Lettuce, and 2 Tbsp Mayo

Snack 2
1/2 Red Pepper sliced with 1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Chicken breast sautéed in 1 tsp Butter, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1 roma tomato diced, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 2 Tbsp ranch dressing, 1 Tbsp Real Bacon Bits

Snack 3
Low Carb Caramel Nut Chew Bar

Total Carbs: 19.2
Total Calories: 1,453 – this is more than I have been consuming, so this makes me a little nervous, but we shall see!!!)

FitBit: 6,069 Steps, 7 Stairs
5000 Steps

Saturday I was up bright and early with a busy day ahead. I was helping our youth group participate in a highway clean up which is a big fund raiser for us. We had to meet at 6:30am at the church. As soon as I got out of bed I put 2 eggs on to boil. Saturday took a little bit of planning and control but I did it. I was pretty pleased too because on he drive home someone had a box of Tim Horton’s Timbits and I declined!!! Hurray for me!

For dinner we were at a Church event with pulled pork on a bun etc. I managed some wise choices and turned down dessert too!

2 Hard Boiled Eggs diced in a bowl with 1 tsp butter, salt and pepper
1/2 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk

Ham Salad (3 Sliced Chopped Ham, 1 oz diced cheddar, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber topped with 2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Sugar Free Jello topped with 1 Tbsp Whipping Cream

Pulled Pork, Caesar salad (I didn’t eat any of the croutons), spoonful of coleslaw

2 Slices of Swiss Cheese
Low Carb Caramel Nut Chew Bar

Total Carbs: 19.9
Total Calories: 1,477

FitBit: 13,596 Steps, 7 Stairs
10000 steps


South West Style Cod

I certainly managed to get some good exercise in today! It was an absolutely beautiful day – 24 degrees. So I headed out for a walk at lunchtime.

I used Map My Run on my phone and here are the results:
Distance – 2.53 miles
Duration – 45:38 mins

That walk will have increased my steps on my Fitbit too!!

Then in the evening I had my Zumba class, so lots of calories and steps earned for me today … hurray!!!!

Breakfast: 166
Protein Shake

Lunch: 396
Source Yogurt
1 cup Strawberries, Fresh, Sliced
Protein Meal Replacement Bar

Dinner: 435
South west style cod
1/2 cup Rice, Basmati, Long Grain
1 cup Broccoli
3/4 cup Brussels Sprouts

Snacks: 172
Fig Bar
1 cup Grapes, Fresh

Total: 1169 Calories

I cam in from work and got dinner going. When it got to the point to put the cod in for 12 mins. Someone came to the door and I couldn’t get away. So unfortunately the cod had gone beyond the nice flaky stage, and was now overcooked!!!!


TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min

MAKES: 4 servings

1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 cod fillets (6 ounces each)

1. In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomatoes, olives, cumin, pepper sauce and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

2. Add fillets. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10-14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, turning once. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts
1 serving equals 226 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 734 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


FitBit: 14,905 Steps / 4 Stairs

Zumba – 60 minute Class

Walk: 45 minutes

Mini Reuben Casserole

Friday is always a busy one for me at work. I pretty much spent most of the day on accounts. Although I do always leave about 4pm to do the bank deposit and then on to the grocery store to get my shopping done. That way I don’t have to spend time on a Saturday doing that!

I always shop with a list based on a menu that I have already planned for the week. I love to try new recipes, but most recipes are based on 4 servings and there is only my hubby and I at home. So now I make a plan for the week, shop and then divide everything into two. My daughter pays me for half of the shopping and she follows the same menu plan and we just half the recipe!! No more half empty cans, jars, containers etc.

I will share my menu plan for the week in a separate post.

So Friday I didn’t get out for an official walk, although I did plenty of walking around the grocery store!!!!

Breakfast: 166
Protein Smoothie

Lunch: 290
Protein Meal Replacement Bar

Dinner: 506
Mini reuben casserole
Tossed Salad
1 Tbsp Lemon ginger dressing

Snacks: 266
1/3 cup Chocolate Bridge Mix

Total: 1228 Calories

FitBit: 5,697 steps / 7 stairs

Friday evening for dinner I used up the left over roast beef from Wednesday and made a Reuben Casserole. I was not sure how this one was going to turn out. My hubby had seen the can of sauerkraut when I shopped last week and told me a few times that he didn’t like sauerkraut! It actually was pretty tasty and he never mentioned the sauerkraut at all while he was eating it. It was well rinsed for this recipe so many it is the vinegar taste that he doesn’t really like!

I bought a salad dressing at Costco a couple of weeks ago that is fantastic. 1 Tbsp = 40 calories and it is so full of flavor.

So here is our dinner recipe for Friday night, which we had a with a tossed salad and of this delicious dressing!

Mini Reuben Casseroles

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

MAKES: 4 servings

1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups cubed cooked beef roast
1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1-1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
1/3 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup Thousand Island salad dressing
2 slices rye bread, cubed
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1. In a large skillet, saute onion and pepper in oil until tender. Stir in the roast, sauerkraut, soup, 1 cup cheese, milk and salad dressing; heat through. Transfer to four greased 10-oz. ramekins or custard cups. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.

2. In a small bowl, toss bread cubes with butter and onion powder. Arrange over tops. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 650 calories, 41 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 1,782 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 37 g protein.

Congrats on earning your 500 lifetime miles badge!

I also earned another badge this week – Yeh!


500 Miles Lifetime Badge


Congrats! You have walked 500 miles!

Will you make like the Proclaimers’ song, and walk 500 more?

Let’s Get Ready for Summer – 21 day Plan – Day 8

Got home from work yesterday, fixed dinner and then went out for a 30 minute walk, when I got back my husband and I needed to work on a little business at home.  (We own our own business and try to no bring work home with us but sometimes ………………………..By the time we had finished it was too late to blog, so here it is in the morning now.

Anyway my daughter, daughter-in-law and I all weighed at the end of Week 1 of our commitment and between us we lost 10.1 pounds!!!!!  My portion of that being 2.4 pounds.  As I have said before the older I get I have found the weight does not come off as easily.  Normally on a weekly weight watchers weigh-in I am looking at less than a pound per week.

Wednesday (yesterday) was all planned out for me, I knew what I was going to have to eat for the day and then a friend called into the store and invited me for lunch!!!!!!!

So, let’s start at the very beginning ….

Wednesday morning is weigh day – please let me know your loss (no matter how big or small) I want to share our cumulative loss on my blog!!


A pretty ordinary breakfast I had 1oz Branflakes with Fat Free milk together with an orange.

Mid Morning



So as I said my friend Deanna stopped by the store and asked me out to lunch.  She eats gluten free and had noticed that one of the local burger (!) places had gluten free buns.

Anyway I noticed that they did Veggie Burgers.  I always find a Veggie Burger is very hit and miss, sometimes they are good and sometimes they are awful!!!!!  This one was very good.  It was very moist and you could actually see REAL chunks of vegetable in it.  I am trying very hard now to make this choice sound healthy!!!!!!!  Obviously by the time you add all the “fixings” that does change somewhat!  All their burgers come with lettuce, tomato, mustard, onion, relish and pickles.  I had a California Veggie Burger, that also has guacamole, fried egg and swiss cheese.  Is your mouth watering??  It was really good.  I was actually a very good girl though because I had no fries!!!!!!!!

I went “on-line” and their Veggieburger is 510 calories!!!


Day 7 Dinner

For dinner I made up Indonesian Turkey with Rice, mine was made with chicken.  This is 100% Simply Filling.  I really enjoyed this.


After dinner I headed out the door for a 30 minute walk – I knew if I sat down to relax for a little I would not get up and go!!

FitBit – 8864 steps – 10 floors

5000 Steps10 Floors

April 9th

I was pretty pleased with today again ….

Breakfast – 100% Simply Filling

I had a bowl of cereal this morning – I don’t eat cereal that often.  When I do about the only cold cereal I like that falls under the requirements for Weightwatchers Simply Filling is the Shredded Wheat with Oat Bran (over 4g fibre and no added sugar).  I had my bowl with fat free milk and a handful of blueberries.  The last day or two I have been thinking about those individual blueberry oatmeal cups – I think they are my favourite breakfast.  I have blueberries in the fridge, so I will have to make some.

Shredded wheat

Lunch – Simply Filling+1WPA

For lunch I made a wrap.  I used a Flatout wrap, sliced up one of the Dijon Pork Chops from last night and a handful of Edamame Salad.  As a side I had a serving of blueberries and an apple.

Dinner – 100% Simply Filling

I had  my Zumba class tonight, so I had something for the Slow Cooker.  This is one of my easy nights.  Occasionally I will make up some of my own freezer meals.  Very convenient but much healthier than any kind of store bought ready meal.

So I literally take the bag out of the freezer the night before and in the morning dump it into my slow cooker, turn on and there is dinner.

We had Crock Pot Beef & Peppers.  The recipe is for 4.  I basically take all the ingredients olive oil, round steak, green bell pepper, chopped onion, beef broth, soy sauce, ground ginger, chopped garlic and Worcestershire sauce.  I divide them between two medium size Ziploc freezer bags, gently force out any air and then seal the bag.  Write on them what it is and then pop them in the freezer.  I know every ingredient – unlike many of the ready meals you buy at the store.

Served up with some brown rice and corn on the cob.


Mid morning I had a banana and sadly when I got home from work before Zumba I had one of those marshmallow easter eggs (4 Points Plus).

Daily Total

39 WPA – 1WPA at dinner –  4WPA for snacks = 34 Weekly Points Plus remaining – all other food was simply filling


60 Minute Zumba class which is worth 12 Points Plus

10000 steps10 Floors

Turning Over a New Leaf – or at least trying to!!!!

I have really been enjoying sharing the things I make while trying to follow a Weightwatchers Simply Filling style of eating.  However, I have noticed that I am not being 100% committed to it, I am having odd things here and there that are NOT simply filling and I am just not even tracking them.  Anyone who follows Weightwatchers knows that is a no-no, you need to track everything.

So my promise to myself and to you is that I will track faithfully (even the naughty stuff!!).

The weekend was very exciting for me.  About 10 years ago we moved from England to Alberta, Canada.  Since that time I have been back to the UK several times, but have yet been able to convince my mum to come and visit.  My dad passed away 8 years ago on April 6th.  A year to the day after that my mum found out she had breast cancer and had a mastectomy.  She has had a complete recovery and is doing really well.  She will be 80 this year.  Anyway the exciting part is that she is coming to visit us here in Canada.  She will be coming for 6 weeks – May 16th – June 27th.  I am SUPER excited!!!

So this is more motivation for me to get back on track properly.  It is basically just over 5 weeks till she comes and I have made a commitment to myself to try and lose another 7-10 lbs before she arrives.  Wish me luck!!!

The other thing I have noticed that I have got a bit sloppy on the fitness angle – so I have made a commitment to myself to earn a step badge and a stair badge every day from FitBit.  The minimum requirement is 5000 Steps and 10 flights of stairs.  I work at a desk, so sometimes the steps are a challenge for me.  But I WILL do it!!  I just told you I would so I WILL!!!

Breakfast – Simply Filling + 1 WPA

Baked Berry Breakfast Quinoa

Had the last portion from the fridge of the Baked Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa.  I was kind of glad to discover one last portion.  My two granddaughters slept over last night and I have to drop one off at school.  So sometimes a Monday morning is a little hectic.  I was just leaving with them when I realised I hadn’t had breakfast.  Quick peak in the fridge and so happy to discover one last portion!!!

Lunch – 100% Simply Filling

Picture courtesy of Hungry Girl

Picture courtesy of Hungry Girl

I subscribe to emails from Hungry Girl.  Last Thursday an email arrived with ideas for breakfast casseroles.  I am a huge fan of these, they are generally packed with protein and so keep me satisfied for longer.

At the weekend I made Bacon Cheeseburger Egg Bake which was 100% Simply Filling or just 6 Points Plus.  The idea was to have it for breakfast.  But today I grabbed a portion for lunch.  That together with an 0% Oikos Greek Yoghurt and an Apple were  a great filling lunch.

Dinner – Simply Filling+1WPA

Dinner April 8th

For dinner tonight I made Brown Sugar Dijon Pork Cutlets (Simply Filling+1WPA), Brown Rice and Edamame Salad.   I had to smile when I saw the recipe, they were called Honey Dijon Pork Cutlets, but there was no honey in the list of ingredients!  Typing error I think.

The Edamame Salad came from Costco.  It had a package of Yoghurt dressing with it, but I used my own Fat Fee Dressing.

Edamame Salad

It is very fresh tasting and crunchy – edamame, peas, corn, onions, daikon, cilantro were the ones I remember.  To be honest I had absolutely no idea what Daikon was – so I had to look it up.  For others like me – it is a mild flavoured, large, white east Asian radish – now you know!!  It is really good.


Now here I am having to make some guestimates … my daughter in law just got back from visiting her family and she brought back some of her mum’s homemade Marshmallow Easter Eggs.  So I decided to go online and see if I could find a recipe for them and then plug the ingredients into my WW calculator.  It looks like most recipes for these are more or less the same – sadly I found that these eggs are 4 Points Plus each – ouch!!!!  Unfortunately I had eaten two of them before I worked out the points value.

Banana – 0 Points Plus

2 Marshmallow eggs – 8 Points Plus

Daily Totals

Simply Filling +10 Points Plus (39 WPA remaining)

Fitness Stats

On You Tube I found the old Jane Fonda Fitness workouts which I used to love – so I did one of those for 30 mins and got my two Fitbit badges.  So I reached my Fitness goal even if I did fail a little bit on the Points Plus side of things.  The aerobics workout earned 6 Points Plus which I guess almost eliminated those marshmallow eggs!!!

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