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Well I’m making this one quick, taking a quick break to let everyone know how I did this week.

After being up a pound when i did a “spot check” weigh in Saturday morning (damn water retention), I was happy to see that I had lost 1.8lbs when I got on the scale this morning!   There’s nothing more motivating than seeing those numbers on the scale drop! 

This morning I was thinking about food.  I am learning that in order for me to succeed, I had to adapt a whole new way of thinking about food.  As I am more conscious of everything that goes in my mouth, I find myself noticing now that sometimes I eat when i am stressed.  I’m sure NO ONE can relate…lol yeah right,   I guess food always brings me comfort, and in those situations the worse for me the better I feel.  Twice this weekend I stopped myself from grabbing something bad for me just because I wanted it, or just because I thought it would make me happy.  Instead I’m focusing on how happy I will be when I hit my goal, reminding myself that all that food is going to do is prolong my goal, and that is one thing I am not willing to do again!

So let’s get it in this week…drink that water, hit the gym, I know I will be!

I’m No Quitter!

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If you are determined enough, you can do anything!

I’ve been MIA the last few weeks…you may have been thinking I gave up again.  I prefer to think I didn’t exactly quit the first time, just took a brief detour!  Ok, I did quit for a minute there, don’t judge me! 🙂

I realized these last 5 weeks back on Weight Watchers that  nothing was exactly hard about this process in the first place.  We just simply give ourselves one too many excuses to eat all the things that make us look and feel like crap, but taste so heavenly in the moment.   I had failed to see all along that if I bothered to take time I could make delicious meals that were good for my body too.

So my emphasis this time is simple…plan.  Plan, plan and plan!  I realized that if I take the laid back and half passed approach to weight loss that’s exactly what I would get…lazy half passed results. 

So my first couple of weeks I did some small things ahead, made my breakfast sandwiches with light high fiber English muffins, turkey sausage (Jimmy Dean), and egg, went back to my go-to but boring frozen diet lunches, and planned out healthy dinners.  It’s going great so far and in 4 weeks I’ve lost 11lbs!  I feel the joy of accomplishment that comes with these losses and I’m learning a whole new way to think about food.  I’m so glad to be in this place, I plan to blog much more often, and welcome you back to my journey…glad you’re joining me as Chesty Changes!

Happy Thursday to my trusty group of fat fighters! 

I think I had a breakthrough of sorts.  Well, not so much a breakthrough as an awakening.  I was trying to talk a friend of mine back onto the diet bandwagon.  She’s struggling to lose weight and keeps promising herself she’s going to work out, and never does it.  I can’t judge, nor I’d imagine can any of us.  how many times have we told ourselves with the best of intentions that we were going to eat better tomorrow, hit the gym later, etc, etc…only to never do it?  I can tell you more times than I have fingers and toes!

So I thought, I’m a responsible person.  I get up, get to work on time.  If I commit to something I do it.  If I tell my hubby I will bring home some milk, I bring it.  If I tell my mom I will come shopping with her, I go.  I’m not one to lie, I keep my word, and if I say I’m going to do something, I do it.

Except…with myself.

Why is it that I won’t hold myself accountable to myself?  It is because I can’t punish myself?  Is it because no one really has to know that I’ve let MYSELF down?  I was almost embarrassed when it became clear to me…the only person that I wasn’t finding worthwhile or important enough to keep my word to, was myself!  And that’s a jacked up thing to realize…sorry for the expression!

I had a good loss again last week, 2.6lbs, and I’ve been going hard to the gym on a very regular basis.  My eyes are open now and I realize that first I must value my word and my promises to myself, or what is the point of living?  So my advice to everyone is think long and hard about that.  If you promise yourself in the morning you will go to the gym after work…go as if the President was there waiting on you…race to that gym like you were going to lose your paycheck if you didn’t show up!  At the end of everything, if we aren’t healthy and taking care of ourselves, what can we be for anyone else? 

So push through the rest of this work week…enjoy the weekend!  I’m hoping that my little revelation will help motivate someone else to keep all those promises that we make to ourselves…even when no one else is looking!

What is one of the first things that any child learns?  You learn visual things.  What a stop sign is….what caution is, what means “Do not enter” or “Danger”.

 Well, when I perused the cereal aisle last week, and saw a sale on the healthy Kashi “Go Lean” cereals, I thought I was going to have a health food breakthrough.  I love granola, and these looked to be granola-ish.  Promising, right?

 So I pick out three boxes, cuz of course the sale was not on ONE box, and think I’ve done something quite wise, as the box told me that I had.

 Sitting here now, well, more like levitating, I realize that there was not one single warning flag, emblem, or logo on this otherwise unassuming box.  Nothing to make me aware that after a day or two of this “Healthiness”, I would experience nothing less than Chinese New Year jumping out of my rear!

 I’m not being overly dramatic either!  These fiber packed pieces of cereal, if that’s what they call themselves, are apparently full of so much fiber that I am bloated, rumbly, and feeling like a balloon entry from the Macy’s Day Parade!

 This is probably all TMI, but if you can’t talk on a dieting blog about the ill effects of excessive fiber, where, I ask, can you talk about it?  This issue has got to be addressed!  I consider myself to have a pretty solid system, no food allergies, nothing that gives me too much trouble…well, now with the exception of excessive fiber.  I’m off the Kashi, effective immediately, and I suggest you test this out with caution…on a weekend, when you have no major plans.

 Flatulently Yours….Chesty

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Courtesy of: weightwatchers.com

PointsPlus® Value:    6
Servings:  6

 

Ingredients

 
  1 1/4 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces   
  1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste   
  1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste   
  2 Tbsp all-purpose flour   
  1/2 tsp table salt   
  1/4 tsp black pepper   
  2 tsp vegetable oil   
  4 medium leek(s), white and light green parts only), thinly sliced   
  4 medium shallot(s), thinly sliced   
  2 medium carrot(s), sliced into thin rounds   
  2 stalk(s) celery, sliced (medium)   
  1 leaf/leaves bay leaf   
  1 tsp thyme, fresh   
  2 1/2 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth   
  2 Tbsp all-purpose flour   
  2 Tbsp uncooked cornmeal   
  3/4 tsp baking powder   
  1/4 tsp table salt   
  1 1/2 tsp parsley, minced   
  1/4 cup(s) low-fat milk   
  1/2 cup(s) apple juice   
  1/2 cup(s) frozen green peas, thawed   

Instructions

  • Season chicken with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Mix flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle chicken with 1 tablespoon of seasoned flour. In a large skillet, heat oil and lightly brown chicken. Remove from pan.
  • In the same skillet, sauté leeks and shallots until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, celery, bay leaf and thyme and cook another 3 minutes. Stir in remaining tablespoon of seasoned flour and it cook until it begins to color, about 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and apple juice. Return chicken to pot. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile to make dumplings, sift 2 tablespoons flour, cornmeal, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt together into a bowl. Stir in parsley. With a fork, stir in milk until dough just comes together. Drop dumpling mixture with a teaspoon into chicken mixture. Simmer, covered, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add peas, and cook until dumplings are done, another 2 to 4 minutes. Serve in six 1-cup portions.

 

Reduced Fat Jif Peanut Butter / Rating – 1 (with a mad face)

Ah nutty, wonderful peanut butter…the stuff childhood dreams are made of.  It’s one of those things though, peanut butter, you either love it, or your hate it.  And if you love it, your peanut butter bloodline probably runs deep.  You are either die hard Skippy, or like highly intelligent choosey people (I’ll admit complete bias), you choose Jif. 

Jif, my most favorite of all peanut butters.  Many a time have I cheaply tried alternatives, trying to save money, only to throw out 3/4 of the jar and head back to my trusty Jif.  It’s the perfect smooth (or crunchy if you prefer) peanutty deliciousness.  My new diet staple has been a night time snack of an apple with 2tbsp of the nut butter.  It’s been a tried and true favorite…but then I’m always looking to save a point.

In the line of duty, last time I got groceries I lingered longer in the peanut butter aisle.  With a nice jar of regular Jif already in my cart, ready to head home, my head was swayed by the REDUCED FAT label, clearly posted across the top of an otherwise identical jar of Jif.   I glanced at it and made the #1 dieters mistake, I didn’t compare the labels.  “25% less fat”, the jar bragged, convincing me that the good people of Jif had my good health in mind.

So home I went, after casting aside my trusty regular Jif, feeling quite proud of myself, thinking smugly that I probably shaved a good point or two from my daily total.  A few days later, it was testing time.  I honestly didn’t have concerns.  I mean, sure they squeezed out a little fat in the name of good health, but they must have preserved that Jiffy goodness…mustn’t they?

Yeah, so failing to have concerns was my #2 dieters mistake.  I took a bite, and as I chewed and expected normal peanut butter, was I in for a rude awakening.  Let me think of the best way to describe this…imagine if someone took your normal peanut butter, poured in 3/4 cup of sandbox sand, stirred it up, and replaced the cap.  That, my friends, is what the reduced fat p-butter tasted like to me.  It tasted like peanut butter, with none of the mouth feel.  It was gritty and just left a weird and unappealing taste in your mouth.

To add insult to injury, I searched Jif to see what points the one teaspoon I actually ingested might hold.  I almost dropped my mobile Weight Watchers app when I looked at the screen and saw: 2 TBSP Regular Jif – 5 Points, followed immediately by: 2 TBSP Reduced Fat Jif – 5 Points!  What the WHAT?  This must be wrong, I assured myself, and ran to my trusty Google to get the facts directly from Jif.

Well…behold the facts.  First, let’s look at the nutritional info for the detestable, highly sandy, Reduced Fat Jif:

Check the details, 12 grams of fat, 190 calories in 2 TBSP.

Now, let’s look at Regular Jif:

Don’t get confused, or think I pasted the same label twice.  But if you look closely, the calories are the same, most everything is exactly the same except for 4 measly grams of fat, and a mere 20 fat calories.  20 CALORIES….and it IS exactly the same amount of Weight Watchers points regardless of what kind you eat. 

Lessons Learned:

1.  COMPARE the labels on anything “reduced fat”, as technically they can take out 1 calorie of fat and consider it reduced.

2.  Check my trusty points calculator before I make an impulse buy.

3.  Peanut butter isn’t so tasty when you pour a sandbox into it.

So that’s all for today’s field testing.  I’ll sleep easy knowing maybe just one dieter can be spared from this travesty of nuts!  😉

Yes…that says COOKIES!!! 

If you are a lover of all things sweet, and most things baked, that is a major tough place when dieting.  I’m not a huge fan of the 100 calorie packs, cuz you’re going to want to eat 4 of them.  Ok…i’m going to want to eat 4 of them.  You don’t want to bake a whole batch of cookies or a cake telling yourself you will have one small cookie or only one slice…cuz in what world does that happen?  So I suggest these.  I will forewarn they are not Tollhouse.  They don’t give that satisfying cookie crunch, its actually more cakey, but if you like banana bread, and chocolate, they do a good job of scratching that itch without messing up your diet.  At only 2 WW Points per cookie, you can’t go wrong.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 50 cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup rolled oats (do not use quick-cooking oats)
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 ripe bananas)
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips

  1. Position rack in the center of the oven; preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Mix flour, oats, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium, cream the shortening and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the banana, then the egg white and vanilla. Turn off the mixer, remove the beaters, and stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by flat tablespoons onto the baking sheet, spacing mounds about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then cool completely on a rack. Cool the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking additional batches. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Serving size: 2 cookies. PointsPlus value per serving: 4

 

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