30-Day Plan: Day Thirteen

Well, I am happy to report that I had no difficulty at all getting right back on track today after yesterday’s challenges!  We arrived at my Mom & Dad’s this afternoon and are here for the week to visit with family and friends.  Just as I was concerned about the camping trip, I know that this week may also be challenging as food is often so central to many gatherings.  I did, however, bring along a lot of my own groceries and will make my own meals when necessary in order to stay on track.  Here’s how Day Thirteen has gone:

Breakfast:  Guys, this morning when I woke up, I was craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so bad.  I’m not sure what that was all about – I chalk it up to all the sugar I consumed last night making my body crave more sugar (hence the jelly). That, and PB&J sandwiches have been one of my favourites since I was a kid!  I don’t have any jam in the house right now though (in an effort to cut back on sugar) so fried up my egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon instead.   After breakfast, I lounged while watching morning talk shows and sipping on my coffee (6 tbsp of French-Vanilla cream – this cream is just so good – it’s been really hard for me to give up because I just enjoy it so much!)

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After breakfast, I made a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up on a few of my healthy staples for our trip to Mom & Dad’s.  In my cart, I added things like salmon, turkey burgers, turkey bacon, frozen yogurt, mini rice cakes, rice, watermelon, and an assortment of veggies.

Lunch: I quickly grilled up my ol’ favourite – turkey burger, feta cheese, and sautéed vegetables so that I wouldn’t be hungry on the hour-and-a-half trip.  I filled my water bottle with ice cold water for the ride, loaded up the car, and off we went.

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Halfway to Mom & Dad’s, I got a message from them saying they had stopped for lunch nearby on their way home from a camping trip.  My son and I decided to stop in to say hi and travel with them the rest of the way.  When we got into the restaurant, everyone was eating the most delicious-looking home-made French fries.  You know those kind that you can usually only get in little privately owned diner’s where the meals are like Mama’s home cooking?  Or at the best kind of chip huts?  Yum.  But guess what?  When my family members kindly offered to share, I said no.  I was so tempted to steal a few fries off my niece’s plate (even her homemade grilled cheese sandwich was looking divine!) but I resisted.  Definitely a win for me!  Instead, when my son and I got back into the car, I grabbed a bag of Quaker’s Mini Rice Cakes from the back and we snacked on those during the next leg of the drive (with me mentally counting how many I ate so I would know how many points I had – which was 4 by the way).  Oh, one thing I almost forgot!    On the way out of town today, my son wanted to stop for a snack at Tim Horton’s.  If you are familiar with this franchise (hello fellow Canadians!) you likely know that there are not very many healthy options here!  One of my favourites is the iced cappuccino but it’s loaded with sugar and therefore high in points.  Instead, while we waited in the drive-thru line, I quickly checked the Weight Watchers app to see what I could have for a low amount of points (which, by the way, there were very few options!) I ended up deciding to try an iced coffee with chocolate milk (4 points).  It was  okay, but after a few sips I decided I really didn’t like it enough to use 4 points on it.  So on the next pit stop, I tossed it in the garbage.

Dinner:  By the time we arrived at Mom & Dad’s, it was nearing dinner time and I was pretty hungry!  I had my husband barbecue some boneless skinless chicken breasts (with a little bit of Montreal chicken spice for flavouring) and I whipped up my version of a taco salad (romaine lettuce, green/red/yellow peppers, red onions, shredded cheddar cheese, broken tortilla strips, and light Italian dressing.  I had a pretty big portion of the salad and half a chicken breast for 6 points.

So I totally forgot to take pictures today so here's another beautiful nature picture from our camping trip!

So I totally forgot to take pictures today so here’s another beautiful nature picture from our camping trip!

A little after dinner, I had dessert which was 1/2 cup of Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt.  I love this yogurt because it tastes just like ice cream – smooth, creamy and delicious!  And surprisingly, half a cup is use the right amount to satisfy my sweet craving!

Workout:  After dinner, Mom & I went for an hour walk.  Okay, okay, about fifteen of those minutes were me stopping to capture Pokemons (don’t judge me – the game is actually really fun, and I am so not an iPhone game player!) So altogether we walked about 45 minutes for a total of 4 activity points earned.  The best part of this workout?  Spending quality time with my mama!

Snack: A little after our walk, I was starting to feel hungry again so I carefully counted out 13 almonds and 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt – yum!  Now I am going to brush my teeth (this always seems to trick my brain into believing “eating time is over”) which tops me off at 32 points for the day (2 points over but considering I earned 4 activity points, I am technically still within my points!)

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Altogether, I have to say I am quite pleased with myself for not letting yesterday’s derailment pull me completely off track.  I got right back on today, followed my plan, and had another successful day!  I have to give a shout out to those of you who are following along and leaving sweet comments.  Your kind words are very encouraging and truly part of what is keeping me going!

13 days down, 17 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Ten, Eleven, Twelve

Well I’m back from my camping trip am and now 12 days into my 30-day plan.  I know some of you are curious to know how I did this weekend and I am going to be honest and say I am feeling mixed emotions about it.  I was doing really well and feeling pretty proud of myself until today – and now I am feeling totally guilty and mad at myself (although trying really hard not to because I know this isn’t about being “perfect” but doing the best I can and I can still get right back on track tomorrow!)

First of all, let me wrap up Friday for you.  I had had all my mealsat home and didn’t head out to the campground until after dinner so I still had 8 daily points left.  I had been feeling so nervous about staying on track this weekend because in the past, camping trips have always been associated with a lot of unhealthy food in my experience.  Sitting around the fire at night is an especially dangerous place because my family loves to snack on junk food at the fire.  Anyway, in an attempt to avoid the chips, I ate some dill pickle cracker chips instead for a total of 6 points (counted and portioned out carefully into a bowl so I would not be tempted to eat the whole bag!). Then a little later on in the evening, someone brought out the stuff for making S’mores.  I decided to have one as a treat and let me tell you, it was worth every bite – so delicious and I was pleasantly surprised after to find out it was only about 4 points! (We use the digestive cookies coated in chocolate and then just roast a marshmallow and stick it in between two of the cookies!  Yum!) All in all, I finished Day 10 at only 32 points and feeling really good about my choices and how I finished my day!

 

My alternative to potato chips

My alternative to potato chips

Mmm S'mores

Mmm S’mores

Day 11

When I am camping one of my guilty pleasures is sitting in the morning sun sipping coffee and reading (currently: The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen).  I started off Day 11 with a coffee with French-Vanilla cream and enjoyed every single sip (there’s something so relaxing about drinking coffee in the great outdoors!). Here’s how the rest of the day shaped up:

Breakfast:  While everyone else had toast, bacon, and eggs, I skipped the toast and fried one egg and had it with my usual 3 slices of turkey bacon.  Water to drink.  Later, my daughter showed up with a box of Timbits (aka small donut holes from Canadian coffee shop Tim Horton’s). I avoided them at first but later they were just calling my name so loudly (haha).  I limited myself to just one so didn’t feel too badly.  Plus, I had avoided sneaking any of the gummy and sour candies my uncle had bought for the kids!

Workout 1:  While we didn’t do any strenuous exercise this weekend, we did do quite a bit of walking.  Most of it was just strolling casually around the campground or back and forth to the beach, but we did manage to squeeze in one hike.  Seeing as we had my four- and seven-year-old nieces, and my disabled uncle with us, we opted for a short (2km) and easy trail (only very small hills).  We took the pace a little slower than normal too.  So this may not have been a major calorie burner but the scenery was absolutely gorgeous!  The sky was brilliant blue and the sun bounced off all the trees and greenery – it made it seem like we were in an enchanted forest at times!  When all was said and done, I only counted this walk as 2 activity points since the intensity level was extremely low.  That being said, it was wonderful to be out in the woods with my family soaking up nature.

Hiking

Hiking

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Lunch:  While the rest of the gang had hamburgers and snacks, I stuck with my usual turkey burger, feta cheese, sautéed vegetables and a large slice of watermelon. And of course, more water.  Later, at the beach I snacked on some Quaker Mini Rice Cakes being careful to count my portion which added up to 6 points.  A cheese string was another 3 points.f

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30-Day Plan: Day Ten

Wow, Day 10 is finally here and I am officially one-third of the way through my 30-day plan!   I really can’t tell you guys how excited I am by that!  I’m headed out on my weekend camping trip pretty soon but we’re still waiting on my husband to get home from work so I figured I’d write a quick update about how today has gone so far!

Breakfast:  I returned to my typical breakfast today – 1 fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon.  I also pre-cooked another package of turkey bacon which I am bringing camping with me this weekend!  Pre-cooking makes breakfasts so quick and easy because I often wake up pretty hungry (especially since I’m snacking a lot less at night!) I also had a coffee with 5 tablespoons of French-Vanilla cream (don’t judge me, I counted the points!)

Workout:  Okay, so this heading really shouldn’t be here because I did not work out today. I had planned to do my Jillian Micahels DVD this morning but when I got up, I just wasn’t feeling it.  I made the excuse that I had a lot to do but really that’s all it was, an excuse, because I actually had more than enough time to workout today and do the tasks that needed to be done.  That’s okay though because I’ve worked out every day this week and I definitely believe in rest days.  I will make up for it by trying to do a lot of walking and swimming this weekend!

Lunch: Turkey burger, feta cheese, and sautéed veggies followed by a huge slice of watermelon – keeping things simple! 🙂

Dinner: Since we are headed out right after dinner, I decided to do something quick and easy, and grabbed a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store for dinner.  I had one of the breasts (no skin!) and paired it with a few sweet potatoes (grilled with diced red onions) and my typical sautéed vegetables.  It made for a pretty easy yet satisfying dinner although I am not going to lie, I was super craving pizza for dinner tonight (I even scoped out the frozen pizza aisle in the grocery store!)  It wasn’t that tough to make the right choice though, after reminding myself that there will be lots of opportunity for treats this weekend.  I skipped out on the pizza and grabbed the chicken instead.

Tonight's dinner.

Tonight’s dinner.

So I am currently sitting at 22 points for the day with 8 remaining which should work out good for snacks around the campfire tonight!  Time to go load up the car and get moving – the great outdoors is waiting!   Have a great weekend everybody – you’ll hear from me soon!

10 days down, 20 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Nine

 


Ok guys, I can not believe that I am almost a third of the way into my 30-day commitment!  Nine days and still going strong. Truthfully writing daily updates here is part of what’s kept me going.  I guess in a way it’s a form of accountability.  Plus I’ve got a few people who comment regularly and are giving me suggestions and encouragement which is really appreciated!  (Thanks guys!)

As I was walking the other day, I started to consider if I should change the format of my posts about my 30-Day Plan.  I thought about whether or not I should put more or less photos, whether I should make my posts shorter and less detailed, and even whether I should post a question asking what people would like to see more (or less) of.  But then, I quickly realized that pleasing other people is not the reason for this blog.  Sure, I want people to read it, and comment and share their support and suggestions.  But if they don’t that’s okay too.  Because the purpose of writing about my weight loss journey is partly to inspire others, but more importantly, to keep myself accountable.  With that being said, here’s Day 9.

Breakfast: Surprise!  I tried something different for breakfast today!  Instead of my usual turkey bacon and fried egg, I was really craving toast so I made one slice of multigrain toast and had 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter on it.  I had 1/3 cup of vanilla yogurt on the side. I was a little surprised to find that this breakfast actually held me over for about four hours before I started feeling hungry for lunch.  Looks like I may have another safe option on the days when I don’t feel like bacon and eggs.

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Workout 1:  I only did one workout today which was a Zumba class at my gym.  It was pretty cardio intensive and I had a very good sweat going by the time it was done!  What I enjoy about Zumba though is the great music and the fact that you get to dance!  The routines are fairly easy to pick up because the choreography is simple and repetitive.  If you’ve never tried Zumba and enjoy dancing, I highly recommend It! This 50-minute workout earned me 7 WW activity points!

Lunch: When I got home from the gym, I was actually craving my typical lunch of turkey burger, feta cheese, and sautéed veggies.  I still can not get over how delicious this simple and healthy meal is!  I followed it with another giant piece of juicy and sweet watermelon, and some more water.

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It was a rainy afternoon so I spent most of it on the couch reading (FYI: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis is a truly enjoyable and entertaining fictional read about life in Canadian politics!) While I read, I enjoyed a coffee with 5 tablespoons of French-vanilla cream.  Yes I know, 5 tablespoons is a lot of cream but I figured since I was only at 9 points after lunch, I could spare five more for the simple pleasure of a deliciously sweet coffee.

In between all the rain, I noticed these darlings blooming in the backyard!

In between all the rain, I noticed these darlings blooming in the backyard!

Dinner: I finally used up the last of my chicken tonight and made another Chicken Taco Salad (same as before: mixed greens, romaine, peppers, onions, chicken, shredded cheddar, a few flavoured tortilla chips, and a bit of light Italian dressing).  It was a bigger portion than usual tonight so it came in at about 10 points instead of 7.  That still put me at 24 points so I decided to indulge my chocolate craving after dinner with 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

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It’s now nearly 9 p.m and I’ve still got 2 WW points left to reach my target for the day.  I am not sure yet what I will have for a snack – I am thinking maybe a few almonds.  In the meantime, I am still continuing to prepare for this weekend’s camping trip (I head out tomorrow night).  I’m planning on bringing my usual foods:  eggs, turkey bacon, coffee, loads of water, turkey burgers, chicken, diced vegetables, mixed greens and lettuce, watermelon and am going to throw in some treats like Quaker Mini Crisspie rice cakes and Breton BBQ cracker chips (I’m hoping the latter two will help me overcome the temptation to eat chips which I know will be on hand!) I’ve also saved all my bonus points so I might be able to indulge in a cheat meal or two, like pancakes or a hotdog cooked on the fire!  I also plan to bring my food journal with me – writing everything down not only helps to keep track of my daily points but also helps me to make better decisions about what I am eating.   Finally, I hope to be a little more active this weekend than I normally am when I go camping.  The park I am going to has lots of interesting hiking trails and a great beach so I’ll make efforts to get some activity in as well.  Finally, I’m most looking forward to being with my family and enjoying the great outdoors! (I will update the blog when I get home to let you know how it all went!)

9 days down, 21 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Eight

Well the first day of the second week of my plan is here and I am not going to lie, it was a bit tough.  I finally woke up a bit earlier than usual (I’ve been sleeping in way too much lately!) and woke up feeling hungry right away.  It was a sign for the rest of the day because I’ve kind of felt hungry all day.  I’ve been very tempted several times to eat something unhealthy and have had to very consciously tell myself no.  The biggest reason I didn’t allow myself to indulge too much today is because I’ve got a camping trip planned for the weekend and I know I will need all of my bonus points to make it through the weekend successfully.  Anyway, all this being said, here’s what today has been like:

Breakfast:  As I already mentioned, I felt hungry as soon as I woke up this morning.  I made my typical fried egg and turkey bacon (3 slices).  I’ve still yet to try anything else for breakfast although I’ve got a recipe for homemade granola and a few other suggestions to try!  I’m also struggling with trying to figure out how to incorporate some healthy carbs into my breakfast (especially seeing as I don’t like most fruits).  In fact, I’m not really sure what constituents healthy carbs at all so that is something I am going to look into.  Suggestions welcome!

Breakfast. Need some ideas for healthy carbs.

Breakfast. Need some ideas for healthy carbs.

 

Workout 1: Today was another one of my favourite classes at my local gym – power yoga.  This class is similar to the gentle yoga class I do but it’s a little tougher and involves more flow through the movements.  The nice thing about today’s class was that there were only two of us in attendance so the instructor took the opportunity to make corrections on our poses (I really had no idea my shoulders were that hunched in my downward dog!) I left the class feeling strong, as well as deeply relaxed and energized all at the same!

After the lunch, I went to a very fun place – the public library!  I absolutely love strolling through the rows and rows of books searching for titles that catch my attention.  I only made it through half the stacks today and already had four books piled in my arms so I figured that would keep me busy for a while.  Plus, my parking meter was running out and I was pretty hungry, so I checked out my books and left.  As I got into my vehicle, I remembered that Pita Pit was close by.  I suddenly started to crave a pita (I haven’t had one in forever!) I seriously considered grabbing a chicken pita for lunch but decided to quickly use the WW app first, to check the points.  Although I couldn’t find the exact pita on the app, I was able to estimate that the pita would be at least 12 points (or more).  I decided to skip on the pita and headed home to make a healthier (and cheaper!) lunch instead.

Can't wait to read these!

Can’t wait to read these!

Lunch:  To keep things simple I decided to repeat yesterday’s chicken taco salad.  The only thing I did different today was I didn’t heat up the chicken and peppers (the chicken was cooked and leftover from dinner the other night).  Yesterday, I found that the warm chicken made my lettuce warm so I opted to keep it cold today.  In case you missed it yesterday, here’s my version of the taco salad:  In a salad bowl, I combined mixed greens, diced red/green/yellow peppers, diced red onions, a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons of flavoured tortilla strips, and some diced chicken.  I added a dash of light Italian dressing for flavour and the salad was so yummy that I ate the whole thing today (WW points value = 7).  After lunch, I was still feeling hungry, so I indulged in 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

Delicious chicken taco salad

Delicious chicken taco salad

Dinner:  I hadn’t planned dinner tonight but seeing as I still had some leftovers and veggies in the fridge and I was only cooking for myself, I figured I would just throw something together.  But by the time dinner rolled around, I really had to spend some time contemplating what to have.  For some reason, I was really craving carbs tonight – bread, tortillas, pasta – anything.   Seeing as I haven’t had any of those in over a week now I decided it’d be fair game to whip up some pasta as long as I watched my portion.  One of my favourite summer meals is pasta salad so I decided to make one of these.  I cooked some bow tie pasta and then added my peppers, red onions, a bit of feta cheese, and some light Italian dressing (normally, I would have added cucumber too but I didn’t have any on hand).  Seeing as 1 1/4 cup of the pasta came out to 9 points, I figured if I had only 3/4 cup that would equal about 5 points.  I carefully measured out the right portion (with the feta and dressing my portion of salad came in at 7 WW points). Since I wanted to add some protein to my meal, I grilled up a turkey burger and ate it plain on the side.  After, for dessert, I enjoyed a big piece of juicy watermelon.

I love pasta salad.

I love pasta salad.

 

Sadly, this is the only fruit I enjoy. But it's in season and delicious right now!

Sadly, this is the only fruit I enjoy. But it’s in season and delicious right now!

Workout 2: We had another softball game tonight.  Sometimes softball can be pretty inactive (if you strike out or if no balls get hit to you) but tonight I had to run the bases a few times (once even all the way from first to third – that may not sound like much but when you’re sprinting as fast you can, it sure gets the heart rate up fast!). So fortunately, our game tonight was a little more of a workout than it sometimes can be.  The best part about playing softball?  It’s always fun to get out, see friends, and socialize.

Snack:  By the time I got home from playing ball, I was getting quite hungry again (even though I had drank a lot of water during the ball game).  After my pasta salad at dinner, I was already at my targeted 30 points for the day.  The whole drive home I pondered about what I could have for a low-points snack that would keep me as close to 30 as possible.  To be honest, when I got home, I really just wanted to rip open the fridge or cupboards and eat just about anything.  I considered crackers and guacamole, whole-grain toast and peanut butter, cereal and milk, and a range of other snacks.  And I’ll admit, while I considered what to have, I mindlessly shoved a few multigrain crackers down my hatch!   Finally I decided to have 1/3 cup of Source vanilla yogurt and some almonds.  Ahhh, almonds.  Here’s where I need to rant for a minute.  Okay, I get that almonds are high in calories and fat.  But they are full of healthy fats, protein, and have no sugar.  Here’s my question than: Why are they so bloody high in WW points?  (1/3 cup = 10 points!)  As I mentioned in a previous post, I believe that every “diet” program has its flaws and I would like to argue that this is one for Weight Watchers (that, and the fact that a diet pop is 0 points, but that’s a rant for another day).  It really frustrates me that almonds are so high in points despite their health benefits.  Then again, unless I was eating mindlessly, I really don’t see myself eating 1/3 cup of almonds in one sitting.  I did some simple math and figured out that I could have about 12 almonds for 3 points.  Not bad at all.  Okay, rant over.  So tonight’s snack was vanilla yogurt with almonds for a total of 5 WW points.

This tasty snack kept me within my points

This tasty snack kept me within my points

So now that the day is said and done, I am pretty happy with how it turned out considering I found today pretty tough from the beginning. I am so happy I did not act on a whim and eat mindlessly but instead thought consciously and carefully about my food decisions!  I still think that is so key in my success.  Taking those few minutes to consider options carefully makes all the difference when it comes to eating better.  And although I did finish the day 5 points over my daily target, I don’t really feel guilty because I’ve been earning activity points each day that I haven’t been using (on WW, physical activity earns you points, just like eating uses points.  Some people choose to “eat” their activity points but, until today, I haven’t done so).  Today I earned 11 activity points and only “ate” 5 of them, so altogether I still consider today to be another success!

8 days down, 22 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Seven

Well, it’s officially been one week!   I am so happy with my progress and, more importantly, with how I am feeling.  It’s truly amazing how after just one week of being “on-plan” your whole mindset can change. Just a week ago, I thought the new Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale program was impossible for me.  I thought I’d never be able to eat within my points target.  I believed that I had too far too go and would never get to the so-called “finish line” or my goal weight.  But now, not only have I proved to myself that it is possible to eat within my points, but more importantly, I feel like I can (and will) get to where I want to be.  Before I truly got started, it all seemed so overwhelming (for those of you who don’t know,  in the past I lost 65 lbs and then gained it all back.) For far too long, I beat myself about “failing” and ending up back at square one. I was consumed with how to get back to where I was when I was 65 lbs lighter.  I wanted answers to how and why I failed so I would not let it happen again.  Most importantly, I wanted to be 130 lbs again, now.

But now that I feel like I’ve truly got the ball rolling on healthy habits again, I can honestly say that my mindset is becoming so positive, that I am not focussing so much on the end result.  My primary focus right now is my commitment to myself to follow this plan for 30 days.  I’m taking it day by day until I get there and then will decide what I will do (I’m hoping by then that I’ll have a lot of new healthy habits that will stick).  So yes, I am saying things to myself like “No, I can’t have that” and “That’s not on my plan” but because I know it’s only for 30 days, it doesn’t feel like such a deprivation. If I were saying that to myself about certain foods and the timeline was that I could never eat that again, I’d become overwhelmed and resentful and want to quit.  So all in all, I’m focussing on this 30-day commitment to jump start some healthy habits, to “train” my brain to crave healthier foods, and to develop a positive and confident mindset that will stick around for the long haul.

Here’s what Day 7 has looked like.

Breakfast:  I have truly mastered the cooking of fried eggs now!  This morning’s egg was so delicious.  I paired it with my usual 3 slices of turkey bacon.  I really can’t believe how much I don’t miss milk in the morning.  For my entire life, I’ve had a glass of milk with breakfast every day.  Now in an entire week, I think I’ve had one glass of milk. I still crave sugary cereals some mornings but, like the milk, I’ve only had Cheerios once this week!  I consider that a success 🙂

Tried and true :)

Tried and true 🙂

 

Workout 1: Despite a heat warning, there was a really strong breeze, so I took my fur-baby and we headed out for our usual 2.5 km around the lake.  That breeze certainly helped because the humidity was insane!  I had to stop several times to give Tucker some water.  It’s safe to say I had a decent sweat on by the time we were done.  Eventually once the heat passes a bit, I hope to start doing two laps around the lake for a total of 5km.

Love walking here

Love walking here

Lunch: I finally decided to try something different for lunch today since I wasn’t really feeling like my typical turkey burger and veggies.  I had some leftover BBQ chicken in the fridge so I sliced some of that up and threw it in a pan with red/green/yellow peppers, a bit of olive oil, and some light taco seasoning.  In a salad bowl, I combined mixed greens, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons of flavoured tortilla strips, and then the chicken and peppers mixture.  I poured a tiny bit of Kraft light Italian dressing on it, and voila!  A pretty yummy chicken taco salad for lunch (for a total of 7 WW points).  I also had a huge piece of watermelon to cool off from the humidity, and of course, drank tons more water.

Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Taco Salad

This pizza has been in my fridge for a few days and I've managed to avoid it by hiding it behind the spinach! 😂

This pizza has been in my fridge for a few days and I’ve managed to avoid it by hiding it behind the spinach! 😂

Workout 2:  I love Tuesdays because there’s an awesome gentle yoga class at my gym that I love.  This class is so peaceful, quiet, and relaxing.  We do a lot of basic yoga poses (downward dog, tree, Warriors), but the flow is really slow, and well, gentle.  Today there was some really calming and beautiful music playing with birds singing in the background that made me feel like I was doing yoga in the rainforest.  Although gentle yoga is not a super strenuous workout, there is definitely some strength training involved, but more importantly, it feels so good on my body and my mind.

I love yoga

I love yoga

After the gym, I made a quick stop at our local market to pick up some more fresh vegetables and fruits.  This place has the best produce and just being in there makes me want to eat healthy!  I considered picking up something new to try but in the end stuck with my personal favourites: mushrooms, peppers, onions, zucchini, romaine lettuce, baby spinach, mixed greens, and watermelon (I’ve been buying the small ones, they tend to be a lot sweeter!)

Dinner:  I only had to cook for myself tonight so to keep things easy I resorted back to my turkey burger, feta cheese and veggies.  Before making dinner though, I pre-chopped all the veggies so they’d make cooking this week easier and simpler.  Tonight, for a little treat after dinner, I had 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

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Later on tonight, I decided to head to Wal-mart to pick up a few things (including some grocery items).  Have you ever made the mistake of going to the grocery store while being hungry?  Let me tell you, it is not easy to avoid temptations!  I can’t tell you how many different things I actually had in my hand before I decided to play it safe and put it back!   It was definitely pretty tough but I am proud to say, I only bought what was on my list!  That being said, I did pick up a few “treats” for the camping trip I am going on this weekend.  I am already starting to worry about this trip because for me, camping is always associated with eating junk food (hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, pancakes – you name it!)  I know that the temptation to indulge is going to be huge this weekend so I picked up some Quaker Mini rice cakes (dill pickle flavour) and some BBQ cracker chips.  I am hoping these alternatives will satisfy me while everyone else around me is eating chips!

Snack: When I finally got home, I was able to have a snack.  I still had 7 WW points remaining to meet my daily target and still had 21 bonus points left over for the week (Weight Watchers allots 49 “bonus” points per week for special occasions and for “treat” meals).  Even though Quaker Harvest Crunch is 9 points for only 2/3 cup it is really good in yogurt.  Since I found this Source vanilla yogurt which is only 1 point for 1/3 cup, I decided to treat myself for a total of 1o points!  This put me over my daily points by 3, but as I mentioned I still had “bonus” points left so I can officially say I stayed within all my points now for an entire week!   That’s something worth celebrating!

This cereal is high in points so I consider it s "treat".

This cereal is high in points so I consider it a “treat”.

 

 

 

7 days down, 23 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Six

Today is weigh-in day and I am feeling pretty excited!  I am definitely expecting to see some results on the scale tonight.  I am still shocked that I have been able to stick to my plan for six straight days now.  I have struggled for months to get back on track, and I am not sure what happened last week, but something just clicked.  Admittedly, not working right now makes it a lot easier.  I basically have no schedule so lots of time to plan, prep, cook, and work out.  I am already a little nervous about how this lifestyle will jive once I start working full-time again but for now I am just trying to focus on the present and work on instilling good habits. Before I go off on a tangent though, I do want to say that I know the number on the scale isn’t everything.  I will not be disappointed tonight if the loss isn’t as big as I am expecting because I feel incredible in so many other ways.  I have done this journey before and I know that the internal transformation often comes before the external.  The pride, excitement, and confidence I have felt this week are exactly the reasons I need to be doing this – the slimmer, trimmer body will come in time.  That being said, here’s how today went down:

Breakfast:  1 fried egg, 3 slices turkey bacon, water ~ followed shortly after by coffee with French-Vanilla-flavoured cream.  I’m still working on cutting back the cream in my coffee (mostly due to its high sugar content) but for now I’m just being sure to measure the cream carefully so I don’t overdo it.  I really see this simple cup of joe as a special treat to get my day started but with time I do hope that I can wean myself off the sweet cream.

This is quickly becoming my typical breakfast

This is quickly becoming my typical breakfast

Workout:  I really wasn’t feeling like working out today.  I procrastinated forever on the couch scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and watching HGTV for as long as I possibly could.   I knew I would regret it though if I didn’t workout and I reminded myself that this is only a 30-Day commitment (for now).  Plus, the DVD I had planned on doing is only 25 minutes long so I knew that I could get through that.  I hauled myself off the couch, laced up my Nikes and headed down to the basement where I completed Week 1 of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD. This is the same workout I did last week but I love that it’s short but intense.  In just 25 minutes, the DVD guides you through a variety of exercises that works multiple muscle groups at once for maximum fat burn.  Trust me, this workout is not easy (at least, not for me).  I still have to make a few modifications to some of the moves (even though Jillian says not to) but it feels so good to be getting back into these kind of workouts!

Level 1 kicked my butt today!

Level 1 kicked my butt today!

This guy was disappointed we didn't go walking today but the humidity was crazy!

This guy was disappointed we didn’t go walking today but the humidity was crazy!

Lunch:  Grilled turkey burger, 1 tablespoon of feta cheese, and grilled veggies with 1/2 cup of Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt for dessert.

My typical lunch.

My typical lunch.

Dinner:  1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breast grilled on the barbecue with a bit of Montreal Chicken spice, my version of Greek salad (mixed greens, red/green/yellow peppers, red onions, feta cheese, and Kraft Greek dressing, and a large slice of watermelon for dessert.

I finally learned how to grill a perfect piece of chicken!

I finally learned how to grill a perfect piece of chicken!

Workout 2:  1 hour, 15 minutes softball game

Snack: When I got home from my ball game I was feeling quite hungry and still had 5 WW points left so I decided to have a snack.  After some consideration, I decided to have some Greek yogurt and granola (or cereal in this case, since I didn’t have any granola on hand).  I was surprised that Greek yogurt is pretty high in points (5 points for 3/4 cup) so I carefully measured out just 1/4 cup (I used a small Tupperware dish to make it appear that the quantity was more than it actually was).  I used Harvest Crunch cereal which is also very high in points (9 points for 2/3 cup) but measured out 1/3 of a cup and added it to my yogurt for a total of 6 points!  All in all, it was a very tasty snack.

A somewhat healthy, yet yummy, snack.

A somewhat healthy, yet yummy, snack.

And, of course, since I started writing this post this morning, I’ve attended my Weight Watchers weigh-in and meeting.  I am going to be honest and say that I was slightly disappointed that I was only down 3 lbs.  I had been hoping for closer to five but then again I know the number on the scale is not the end all, be all.  There are so many factors that play into how much you weigh, on any given day, at any given time.  It could be water retention, hormones, the weather… Anything!  All that being said, losing these 3 lbs did bring me to a total of 10 lbs down (since I first started back at WW way back in March!)  I was thrilled about that and even received a snazzy ribbon as a reward from my Weight Watchers leader.

Feeling proud and ready to keep going!

Feeling proud and ready to keep going!

All in all, I am still feeling positive and encouraged.  I know that if I continue with these good habits I am developing that I will see more results!   As I mentioned above, the internal transformation is already taking place.  I feel so happy with my success in staying on plan and can’t believe that it will already be one week tomorrow!

6 days down, 24 to go!

 

30-Day Plan: Day Five

What a beauty of a day!  It was 26 degrees today with no humidity and lots of sun.  It really feels like summer today.  Having the summer off makes it even more amazing.  This morning I slept in, lounged in bed checking Facebook, and then got up and took the rest of the day pretty slowly. Isn’t that what Sunday’s are for?  Here’s how Day 5 has shaped up.

Breakfast:  It was my tried-and-true turkey bacon and fried egg for breakfast this morning (with a little ketchup for dipping). I’m still exploring other options for breakfasts but thanks to some wonderful comments I’ve got a few ideas to try (thank you!) I did cook my egg to perfection this morning though, which made it that much more enjoyable!  As always, I had it with water to drink and then made my coffee (with 2 tbsp of French-Vanilla cream) and lounged around some more.  A nice, easy morning!

My go-to breakfast lately: turkey bacon, egg, water, and coffee

My go-to breakfast lately: turkey bacon, egg, water, and coffee

Workout 1: Shortly after breakfast (which was really more like brunch), I decided to head out to take my dog for a walk.  There’s a pretty lake just a 5-min drive from my house so I’ve been going there lately.  One lap around the lake is about 2.5 km so it’s a quick, easy walk with lots of picturesque scenery and a cute, little beach.  As we were finishing up our walk, the local triathlon was just wrapping up so there were a lot of people out and about and a festive atmosphere close to the beach.  This being said, as I passed the chip hut, I couldn’t help but start to think about burgers and fries.  Then I was thinking of ice cream, and ice cream sandwiches, and iced cappuccinos…. Sometimes even just thinking about these foods make me suddenly start craving them really bad, so I turned my mind to something else and avoided that hurdle!

Beauty day for a walk at the beach!

Beauty day for a walk at the beach!

Lunch/Dinner: Since breakfast had been so late today, my lunch was more like dinner. Can you guess what I had?  Yep, another turkey burger with feta and grilled veggies.  So easy and so delicious and only 3 WW points.  I may never eat a different lunch again!  This time, however, I did have a huge piece of watermelon to go along with it.

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Workout 2: After watching the ball game and having a nice, little visit with a friend, I decided to head back to the lake for another walk with my dog.  We did the 2.5 km lap and then sat on a bench under a tree to relax for a little while.  I just love being outside in the summer!

One of the signs I saw on my walk today - placed there for this morning's triathletes but encouraging nonetheless!

One of the signs I saw on my walk today – placed there for this morning’s triathletes but encouraging nonetheless!

Dinner/Snack:  When I got home from my second walk, I was feeling pretty hungry and craving something sweet so I decided to have 1/2 cup Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt.  Yum!  So creamy and delicious and only 4 WW points!  After, I was still feeling hungry.  I was only at 16 points for the day (out of my allotted 30) and it was nearing 7 p.m so I decided to “treat” myself again and had some Multigrain Wheat Thin crackers and guacamole (Holy Guacamole individual-sized packages).  I counted two portions of the crackers which, combined with the guac, added up 9 WW points.  This was probably not the “healthiest” of snacks but I do love some crackers and guacamole (and at least the guacamole has healthy fats, right?)

Eating right out of the measuring cup so I know my exact portion size.

Eating right out of the measuring cup so I know my exact portion size.

This used to be one of my regular not-so-healthy snacks. Now, I consider it a treat due to its higher fat and calorie content.

This used to be one of my regular not-so-healthy snacks. Now, I consider it a treat due to its higher fat and calorie content.

It is now just after 8 p.m and I currently still have 5 WW points left to meet my daily total.  I still can’t believe that just under a week ago I thought it was impossible to meet my points target and now there are days where I have to find something else to eat in order to make it to the target.   After only five days, I already feel like better habits are forming and that I miss some of my favourite junk foods less.  For me, so far, it’s all about waking up each day determined to stay on program and to do my best.  It’s about planning ahead and consciously thinking about my choices before making them.

5 days down, 25 to go!

 

 

30-Day Plan: Day Three

Wahoo!  Day three and I am still on track!  Today, I said no to homemade brownies and avoided the food court while out shopping even though the thought of burgers and fries sounded ah-mazing!  It’s all about the small successes, right?   Here’s how day three has looked:

Veggie and spinach omelette

Veggie and spinach omeletteBreakfast:  In effort to mix in some healthy carbs, I decided to make an omelette for breakfast this morning.  I used 1 whole egg and 1 egg omelette and sprinkled it with salt, pepper, spinach, red onions, peppers and a bit of feta cheese (I’ve been using feta cheese in everything lately because you need very little of it for a lot of flavour!) On the side, I had 3 slices of turkey bacon.  Surprisingly, I didn’t find this omelette near as satisfying as just regular fried eggs so I am going to have to find a few other breakfast alternatives before I get sick of eating a fried egg and turkey bacon every day for breakfast.  I am not a fan of oatmeal and am extremely picky when it comes to fruit so this is going to be a challenge!   I would gladly take any suggestions!  Some ideas I am planning on trying:  whole-grain toast with natural peanut butter and banana slices,  a slice of whole-grain toast topped with guacamole, fried egg, and tomato….  That’s pretty much all I have for ideas and I’m not even sure I’m really going to like either of those so please help me with healthy breakfast ideas!  (And again, please don’t say oatmeal!). Also, as usual, I started chugging my first big bottle of water at breakfast.

 

Breakfast and the first bottle of water for the day

Breakfast and the first bottle of water for the day

Lunch:  My husband and I had errands to run at the mall today.  By the time we were nearly done I was starting to get hungry for lunch. As we strolled past the food court I was so tempted to have a burger and fries but I just kept on walking!  Then as we headed out to our car, Montana’s restaurant loomed across the parking lot and the thought of nachos and fajitas crossed my mind… Yum!  But instead of caving, I hurried home and whipped up a much healthier lunch.  Today I grilled a beef burger and then topped it with a sprinkle of feta cheese and my usual grilled veggies.  After, I had a huge piece of watermelon.

Lunch was so tasty that I ate half of it before I remembered to snap a photo!

Lunch was so tasty that I ate half of it before I remembered to snap a photo!

My husband and I continued to run our errands  after lunch.   At this point, I could feel a bit of a headache coming on (which I am still attributing to my slight caffeine addiction!) so I made a coffee, carefully measured out some French-Vanilla cream, and took my coffee to go while we finished running errands.

Dinner: After all our running around today, by 5 p.m I was feeling pretty hungry!  Luckily, I had put a whole chicken in the crockpot this morning (just a little bit of chicken broth and cook on low for the day – super easy!) I made my version of a Greek salad and ate it with the chicken breast (after removing the skin).  In my salad I included, mixed greens, romaine lettuce, red onions, peppers, feta cheese and light Greek dressing.

My version of a Greek salad.

My version of a Greek salad.

Dessert: I am a huge chocolate lover and haven’t treated myself to chocolate in a few days (and after eating it every day, that’s saying something!) So today after I had cleaned up dinner, I treated myself to 1/2 cup of chocolate frozen yogurt.  I even ate it straight out of the measuring cup so I knew exactly the portion I was eating!  It was cold, creamy, and absolutely delicious!  It definitely satisfied my chocolate craving and for only 4 Weight Watchers points!

Workout 1:  Since it was such a busy day, I only had time for one short workout today but it was definitely an intense one!  I swear by any of Jillian Michaels DVDs and own about ten of them! Tonight I did the week 1 workout of the Ripped in 30 DVD and this workout is no joke!  It consists of 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minutes of abs and in total there are three different sets.  It’s only a 20-minute workout but I was dripping with sweat and could barely breathe when I was done!   Definitely a great workout!

This workout is short but intense!

This workout is short but intense!

Snack: I’m still in the habit of having a snack in the evening although I am trying to make healthier choices.  Tonight I decided to try a smoothie (I really hate the texture of most fruits so I am trying different ways to consume fruit).  In my blender, I combined 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt,  frozen pineapples, mangoe, and strawberries, and 1/2 a banana. It turned out okay but I still wasn’t really feeling it.  I passed on the smoothie and instead tried 1 slice of whole-grain toast with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a few slices of banana.  Although I wasn’t too crazy about the banana (again with the texture thing), I was able to finish it and the toast and the peanut butter were very satisfying (I am a huge fan of peanut butter and jam, but sadly most store-bought jams have way too much added sugar!)

Last night but not least, another small victory today was that after searching forever for a pair of denim walking shorts, I finally found some today!  The best part?  I bought a size smaller than I would have needed last summer.  Great feeling, am I right ladies?!  It’s all about the baby steps and celebrating small successes along the way!

3 days down, 27 to go!