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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 …..

Breakfast
Omelet – 2 Eggs and 2oz Shredded Cheddar

Snack 1
3 Celery Stalks with 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese

Lunch
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

Dinner
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!

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

Lunch
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

Snack
Sugar Free Jello topped with 1 Tbsp Whipping Cream

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

Snack
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

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Weigh In #3 and Menu Plan

Some weeks you have it all planned and it just doesn’t happen!!! I think I actually made two of the dinners I had planned!!!!  So weight loss for this week is 0.6 pounds.  I would have liked for more.  Zumba was cancelled this week, so I think it may have been a little bit more.  But to be honest I really didn’t follow my plan for the week, although I did try and stick to Simply Filling choices.

GOAL – DECEMBER 31, 2013 – 25 Pounds
Weekly Loss Total Loss Pounds to Goal
July 6th 1 1.0 24.0
July 13th 0.8 1.8 23.2
July 20th 0.6 2.4 22.6

 

At the weekend I mixed up a batch of protein pancake mix for breakfast.  So everyday for breakfast this week I had pancakes.  I usually top them with a little fruit whatever I happen to have on hand.  It was either blueberries or bananas.  I use the ED Smith Sugar Free Syrup and result is yummy and filling.

Protein pancakes

They are made with fat free cottage cheese.  The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of each ingredient, I just multiply by 4 – 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats, 2 cups Fat Free Cottage Cheese, 2 Cups Egg Beaters, 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 2 tsp Cinnamon, Dash of Salt.  I just keep it in the fridge and every morning they are so quick and easy to make.  The punch of protein in them fills me up.

On Sunday when the family came over I made Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce.  It might be quick but it is still tasty.  There were leftovers so that made for any easy dinner on Tuesday night too.

Quick Spaghetti Sauce

On Monday I made Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos, there was enough meat to have a couple of times for lunch too.

Korean Beef Tacos

With the tacos we had some Asian coleslaw too and there was enough for lunch also.  Just bought a bag of coleslaw mix, add some cilantro, chopped red onion, Tbsp of lime juice and a little hot sauce.

So I still have a few ingredients left in the fridge for last week’s menu.  One thing I really wanted to make was crustless corn and bacon pie.  I love quiche and thought this would be a healthy alternative.  A good option for lunch or breakfast.  So that one will carry over to this week.

It is really hot at the moment, so I think lots of grilling is on the menu …..

Saturday – Eating out!!

Sunday – Sweet & Spicy Salmon, Summer Pasta Salad

Monday – Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken / Lemon & Garlic Green Beans

Tuesday – Couscous with Grilled Vegetables (hubby might complain at this one – it isn’t a meal without meat!!!)

Wednesday – Jerk Pork Chops, Mango Salad

Thursday – Cajun Shrimp & Rice, Salad

Friday – Grilled Tandoori Chicken and grilled vegetables

My mouth is watering – I wonder which of these will actually get made!!

So I now need to get moving and go and do my grocery shopping for the week.  My hubby and I are off to the local Air Show today.

 

 

Mid Week Update

Had a great week thus far!  Perhaps I should rephrase that, I am having a great week now that the weekend is over!!!

SATURDAY

As I mentioned I went to Calgary on Saturday with Bruce to see Les Miserables.  Absolutely fantastic!!!  Problem is when you are away from home, I sometimes forget to make healthy choices!!!!!  The morning started off well before we left – I had a very sensible breakfast.  A yummy Greek Yoghurt Parfait made with Greek Yoghurt (obviously), blueberries and a little Fibre One Cereal.  All 100% Simply Filling.

Greek Yoghurt Parfrait

So far so good.  Then we headed off to Calgary.  We were attending the matinee at 2pm, so we bought a little something at the theatre to tide us over lunch time.  Bottle of water (very sensible) and a small bag a trail mix.  Again pretty sensible but not particularly simply filling.

After the show we stopped at Chili’s Restaurant before heading back home.  I had the Quesadilla Explosion Salad – doesn’t that just sound yummy?!!  I love salads.  To quote the menu …..  I chose the chicken.  It tasted as delicious as it sounds.  The citrus-balsamic dressing was so good.  The problem is restaurant salads are never a good choice.  I recall one time my hubby and I ate out and when we got back I checked the nutritional info and my salad had more calories than his spaghetti and meatballs!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fajita-marinated chicken or steak, corn relish, mixed cheeses, cilantro, diced tomato and crispy tortilla strips. Garnished with an anchochile ranch drizzle and cheese quesadilla wedges. Served with our citrus-balsamic dressing.

 

SUNDAY

I was somewhat lazy on Sunday and didn’t really keep track very well of what I had!

Breakfast – Blueberry Peach Oatmeal – 100% Simply Filling

Blueberry Peach Oatmeal

This was really yummy.  I bought peaches when I went shopping so I will be having this again during the week.  All 100% Simply Filling – off to a good start.

By the time got back from church it was almost too late to start thinking about lunch, so I basically just missed lunch altogether and worked on getting dinner ready.  We normally have a big family dinner on a Sunday but everyone was away except my son.  He is an extremely picky eater, so I figured I would make something that he would definitely like.  So I fixed up a Taco Bake for he and my husband to share.

Dinner – Salmon Burger & Green Salad – Simply Filling plus 3 WPA

I love salmon, it is my favourite fish and I really like to cook some up and pop it into a “thin” to make a burger.  I top it with a little Red Pepper Jelly.  So dinner was Simply Filling plus 3 WPA.

 

MONDAY

Okay, now we are off with a better way of eating, no missed meals and good choices all the way …..

Breakfast – Tomato Ricotta Pie and Strawberries – 100% Simply Filling

 

I put this pie together and then went and had my shower etc and got ready for work.  It made enough for six slices, so guess what my breakfast is going to be this week.  The protein really held me over until lunch time.  If you like Ricotta Cheese then you will like this pie!  I had it with some strawberries for my fruit.

Lunch – 2 Hard Boiled Eggs, Green Salad, Apple & Watermelon – Simply Filling plus 2 WPA

Simply Filling plus 2 WPA for my salad dressing.  I really do like salad dressing and unfortunately do spend my points on it!!!!

Dinner – Slow Cooker Peach BBQ Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Mixed Vegetables – Simply Filling plus 3 WPA

I put some chicken in the slow cooker to have this ready when I got in from work.  It made quite a bit, so I can see some lunches ahead with this one!  I baked up a couple of Sweet Potatoes and had it along with some nice steamed vegetables.  I really only closely looked at the nutritional info for this recipe after it was cooking.  It made quite a bit enough for lunches too.  I split the recipe into 6 servings to make it Simply Filling plus 3 WPA per portion.  It might not be a big enough serving for some people, but I wanted to keep those points down!!  Serving it with the sweet potato and vegetables filled my plate.

 

TUESDAY

Breakfast – Tomato Ricotta Pie and Strawberries – 100% Simply Filling

Breakfast 8 July

Another portion of the pie along with some strawberries for a nice filling breakfast.  I never take any extra snacks to work with me, so my breakfast needs to last until lunch time.  If I am feeling really hungry then I might eat some of my lunch fruit.

Lunch – BBQ Chicken Wrap, Salad, Watermelon – Simply Filling plus 3 WPA

I used up the last of my Flatout wraps that I buy when we go down to the States.  Filled my wrap with leftover chicken and salad.  It was very good.

Dinner – Salmon Burger & Green Salad – Simply Filling plus 2 WPA

My husband was working late this evening, so I had my good old standby – Salmon Burgers!!!  Had some salad and of course dressing which always costs me 2 WPA!!!!!

 

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast – Tomato Ricotta Pie and Strawberries – 100% Simply Filling

Breakfast 8 July

Lunch – BBQ Chicken “Thinwich”, Strawberries & Blueberries, Greek Yoghurt – Simply Filling plus 3 WPA

Lunch July 10

Really enjoyed my lunch today, warmed up some of the BBQ chicken and made into a “thinwich”.

Dinner – Grilled Boneless Pork Chops, Broccoli & Apple Salad – 100% Simply Filling

Dinner July 10

As soon as I got in from work, I put together a Honey Mustard & Broccoli Salad.  I really liked the sound of the recipe and it was as good as it sounded!!!!  I popped it in the fridge as per instructions for about 15 mins.  While this was in the fridge, my husband turned on the barbecue and grilled our pork chops.  I pound the pork chops to make them thinner, that was they take very little time to cook and somehow because they have been pounded down they look bigger too!!!!!

So I am hoping that with a sensible Thursday and Friday, I should see at least 1 pound gone on Saturday morning – I will let you know!!!!!

Weekly Weigh In

Well, here it is Saturday morning, so I just got on the scales and ……  I lost exactly 1 pound.  You would think I would be happy right!  I wished it had been a little more though!!!!!!!!  But as I said last week I will reach my goal by the end of the year with a pound a week, so I should be pleased right!!!!

Week One – Lost 1 pound – 24 more to go!

The week was really busy for me, I have been bringing work home with me.  We are working on our e-commerce website.  We have a retail store selling printer cartridges and an e-commerce site.  At home I have been adding product and linking to printer models.  Very exciting stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I kept track of my eats (!) together with pictures.

So here goes the start of another week with 49 Weekly Points Plus.  I need to get some shopping done this morning before heading off to Calgary.  Bruce and I are going to see Les Miserables.

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast – Greek Yoghurt Parfait

Greek Yoghurt Parfrait

For my parfait I layered up Greek yoghurt, blueberries and Fibre one cereal – all 100% Simply Filling

Lunch – Ham “Thinwich”, Tomato, Watermelon/Kiwi Mix

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I really like the “thins”, I filled mine with sliced ham, lettuce, tomatoes and a little mustard.  This together with my sides made for a 100% Simply Filling lunch.

Dinner – Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork, Tossed Salad, Low Calorie Dressing

While at work today I had some pork tenderloin cooking in the slow cooker to make Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork.    I cooked enough for a couple of evenings and some lunches too.  So the pork was Simply Filling + 1WPA and 2 Points Plus for the dressing.

Daily Total:  Simply Filling + 3 Weekly Points Allowance

THURSDAY

Breakfast – Individual Blueberry Oatmeal Cup

Breakfast 16th

I really enjoy these for breakfast.  Today was a hot morning, so I decided to just eat it cold and I still enjoyed the flavor.  These cups are Simply Filling + 1WPA.

Lunch – Pineapple Pork Wrap, Watermelon, Grapes

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For lunch today I had some of the pork from last night and put it in a wrap with some lettuce, chopped tomatoes and grated carrot.  Very yummy.  I only had about a half portion of the meat, so it was 100% Simply Filling for my wrap.  The wraps I use are the Flatout wraps which are low calorie and so are part of the Weightwatchers Simply Filling Technique.  I had my wrap with some watermelon and grapes.  I have lots of watermelon cubed in the fridge ready to take and go!!

Dinner – Salmon Burger, Tossed Salad, Low Calorie Dressing

It is 28 degrees today, so we ate outside.  My fave thing to do!  I had a burger (grilled salmon in a thin ).  Topped with a little red pepper jelly and served up with salad and sliced watermelon.  ( Simply Filling + 3 WPA ) .  Also a nice easy one as I have my Zumba class on a Thursday at 8:30pm.

Daily Total – Simply Filling + 4 Weekly Points Allowance

 

FRIDAY

Breakfast – Individual Blueberry Oatmeal Cup

Breakfast 16th

Ate the last one this morning – maybe I will have to make some more this weekend!!  These cups are Simply Filling + 1WPA.

Lunch – Pineapple Pork Salad, Watermelon, Cherries

DSC00331

I told you there was plenty of the pork!!!  I had this salad with some of the those French’s Fried Onions, they are obviously not Simply Filling, so it was 1 WPA for those and my dressing was 2 WPA.  Finished off the last of the cherries that I bought this week.  I love cherries and these were really good.  Also took some more watermelon to work with me too!  I bought a watermelon last Saturday, so it has been my main fruit this week.  When there are only two at home a watermelon goes a long way!

Dinner – Pineapple Pork Salad, Watermelon

My husband had to pop out of town on a business trip today and I wasn’t sure what time to expect him back.  I got busy when I got home and then about 7, I decided I really should fix myself something to eat.  The salad I had at lunch time was delicious, so I just decided to repeat it – lettuce, shredded carrots, baby tomatoes, sliced grapes, sliced pork, French’s Onions and dressing, Simply Filling + 3 WPA for the extras.  Had some more watermelon too!!!!!!

Daily Total – Simply Filling + 7 Weekly Points Allowance

NEXT WEEK’S MENU

As you know these things can change but planned is:

Breakfast – Tomato Ricotta Pie and Blueberry Peach Oatmeal.

Lunch – These are generally leftover based from the night before.

Dinner – Slow Cooker Peach BBQ Chicken, Asian Turkey Burgers, Beef Fajitas, Fish Taco Bowls and Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

 

 

 

TUESDAY

BREAKFAST – Simply Filling + 1WPA

After a wonderful long weekend, it was tough getting ready to head off to work.  Thankfully I had one of those Blueberry Oatmeal Cups ( Simply Filling + 1WPA or 5 Points Plus) that I love all ready to go in the fridge.  Quick zap in the microwave and there was breakfast.  By 9:30 this morning it was already 26 degrees, so I enjoyed my oatmeal cup on the deck enjoying the warmth before heading off to work.

Blueberry Oat Cups

LUNCH – 100% Simply Filling

We took a picnic to the beach yesterday and I still had some of the delicious salad left.

I made a Black Bean & Corn Salad.

Lunch July 2

So for lunch I had some of that salad, a small green salad, cherries, grapes and a kiwi fruit.  Everything was 100% Simply Filling.

DINNER – 100% Simply Filling

For dinner this evening I made Turkey Mushroom Burgers.  All ingredients are Simply Filling if you make your own breadcrumbs using a low calorie bread.

Took a bite before I remembered the picture I needed to take!!

Took a bite before I remembered the picture I needed to take!!

I have Zumba on a Tuesday evening at 7pm, so I came home from work a little early to get things going, so I was able to eat before class.  In my haste I took a bite before I remembered that I hadn’t taken a picture!!

The temperature when I left the house to go to Zumba was 36 degrees.  Even though there is air conditioning, I was dripping by the end of my class.  I absolutely love Zumba.  It is definitely my kind of exercise.  I really don’t feel like it is hard work at all.  It is so much fun.

 

 

“Back on the road again”

I waved goodbye to my mum yesterday at Calgary Airport. Woke up this morning and figured the first thing I should do is weigh myself. I would like to say that I didn’t put on any weight!!! 6 pounds in 6 weeks. I can live with that.

I would LOVE LOVE to be back at my Weightwatchers Lifetime Weight by the end of the year. That means 25 pounds by December 31st. I know I can do it – I know I can.

So Simply Filling and I are going to begin that journey today. I will share my weight loss with you all each Friday – hopefully with good results every week. I looked at the calendar and there are 26 Fridays to the end of the year so that is a comfortable (!!) one pound per week. Now that doesn’t seem so bad does it. Why is the reality not as easy!!

Anyone care to join me and share their success every Friday, I would love to hear from you.

So today is a shopping day to stock up on lots of simple and filling foods ….

I have started a meal plan for the week, which I will tweak this evening and then shop tomorrow.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Sesame Chicken
Steak
Turkey Mushroom Burgers
Sesame Crusted Tuna
Oven Fried Chicken

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!!

Breakfast

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

Mid Morning

Banana  

Lunch

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!!!

Dinner

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.

Exercise

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!!

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