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January 22, 2012

Changing How I Eat

As of today, I have officially lost 12 pounds since January 1st.

This blog has been a lot of things for me, and one of them is sharing my journey into cooking. After a lot of practice, I would now consider myself a fairly decent cook.  However, there is just one problem - I don't know how to cook healthy.  Sure, I can cook a Pioneer Woman dish and make it taste delicious, but what doesn't taste good with heavy whipping cream as the main ingredient???

I am working about 12 hours a day (including commute). That leaves me little or no time for working out. I have been incredibly frustrated with this because I like working out at least a couple times a week. But its just not going to happen. At least not right now.

So, at the beginning of the year I committed myself to a 3 months Weight Watchers membership and I couldn't be happier. I don't feel like I am depriving myself and to be honest, losing the weight hasn't been that hard.  Now that my body is used to eating healthier, the scale is moving more slowly.  But at least its moving down, and that is all that matters.

I am not really one to blog about my weight. While I respect all those "healthy eating" and "getting fit" blogs...that's just not me.

There will be no before and after pictures.
There will be no daily recaps.

There will just be me popping in every once in awhile to share some tips I have learned along the way. 

I thought I would start by sharing with you some of what I eat, as a lot of you are on WW and I have got so many ideas from your blogs.

A typical work week looks like this:

Breakfast: low fat yogurt (3 pts) and black coffee with 1 tbs. vanilla cream (1 pt)

Mid-morning snack: low fat string cheese (1 pts)

Lunch: turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with 1 tbs low fat mayo (6 pts) 

Mid-afternoon snack: low fat string cheese (1 pts)

All Day: drinking lots of water  

Dinner has been tough for me because when I get home I don't want to cook.  Thank god I found Skinny Taste (thanks again, Rachel).   I have found so many good recipes off this site, here are some of my favorites.

This was delicious (and spicy). 


This dish was so fun to make! I have never made clams before so it was a new experience.  Downside?  Not very filling. Also, expensive.  A great appetizer but make sure to pair it with something more substantive.
This one is by far my favorite. So delicious.

I forgot to take a picture of the pork, but I will the next time around because I will be making it again! You marinate it in coke zero, which I thought was funny, but it gave the pork a really sweet taste. Plus its a crock pot dish that required minimal effort!

So what happens when you come home and you don't want to cook? That's been interesting so far...mostly I have been defaulting to either cereal (1 1/2 cups Wheaties with 1/2 cup nonfat milk (6 pts)) or Taco Bell (1 bean burrito 9 points, I add my own 1 tbs. low fat sour cream which is no points if you keep it only at one).

Weekends have also been tough because who doesn't like to eat out on weekends?  Thankfully, my friend sent me this website (Dotti's Weight Loss Zone) that has a ton of restaurants and their WW values.  And remember what I said about not depriving myself?  This weekend I had 1/2 chicken burrito at Chipotle (I couldn't eat the whole thing if I wanted to) and a skinny bagel with low fat cream cheese at Einsteins, and still stayed on track! 

Also, instead of pancakes in the morning, I highly recommend this dish:

It tastes so good right out of the oven and is super healthy. 

I'll keep you posted as I go along...

Anyone else out there have any healthy eating or WW tips?


Natalie said...

Congrats on losing 12 pounds! I am counting calories but the biggest thing for me is eating a healthy breakfast. It sets the tone for my day! I drink a ton of water too. I don't keep food in the house that will tempt me either, I have no willpower!

Megan said...

First off congrats on the weight loss, that's amazing! Second all your recipes look delish!! Thanks for sharing! I find lots of low fat recipes on Pinterest!

agalandherdog said...

Good for you! Twelve pounds in 22 days is amazing! I've been slipping back into bad eating habits on the weekends, so I'm trying to get back on track too. I'm going to have to try that baked oatmeal this week.

Kate said...

Congrats! That's awesome! Weight Watchers rocks.

Token Yankee said...

Oh good for you, that is fab news. I have not been in the mood to cook lately when I get home. I buy at rotisserie chicken a lot of the time and make something healthy with it like salads, wraps, or just with veggies and rice.


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