Monday, June 30, 2008
The only things I needed to buy were the chickpeas and green olives. I usually have green olives since I really, really love olives, but I've been not indulging lately, so no olives. I've also been wanting to work more beans and lentils and chickpeas into my diet, so I was happy to find that I needed some for this recipe. To make this post even more happily braggy, I actually walked- an over hour long walk over very hilly terrain to the store to buy the chickpeas. So...APs earned + unwasted food = braggy Janet.
The salad pictured above looks a little wet (sorry), but this IS supposed to be a creamy salad- like the kind my mom always used to make that I wasn't crazy about as a kid. (Sorry Mom!) The magazine one looks creamier- maybe because of the full fat yogurt? and food-making and food picture taking-experts?
I, again, had the larger pitas (re my post the other day), so instead of the two pita pockets per person, I had a single large one. You are supposed to also get one cup of the salad and I misread and did 3/4 of a cup, so in fact, you get more salad than shown. (woo hoo) My family did NOT enjoy this concoction, by the way, but I very much did- happily eating leftovers and chickpeas. I even had it again today for lunch. (8 points)
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Anyway, the chicken shawarma was so very good! The chicken was spicy and the tahini/yogurt sauce was delicious. I'd definitely make it again. The recipe called for 6 inch pitas, but the freshest I could find (at Fortinos) were the bigger size, so I cut 2 in half to make the recipe. In the end, to make it easier to eat AND more like the restaurant Shawarmas, I tucked the chicken, etc inside the warmed-on-the-grill pita. It was just so good and well worth the 8 points.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
So, last night, for my own personal enjoyment apparently, I made Classic Pesto from the Cooking Light Complete Cookbook. I bought a number of basil plants previously from a local gardening center and they were in full bloom beside my house, so I thought I'd better use them before they got too overgrown. (side note: my parents are true gardeners- and I grew up with all kinds of fresh vegetables and shorter-growing-season fruits. I feel guilty that this green thumb was not passed down to me and that I'm too lazy to try gardening to any real extent. I want to do better! *sob*)
Anyway, enough of that, the pesto last night was so delicious! Probably the freshness of the basil helped. Following this CL recipe, it's 1 point for 1 tbsp. I had it on a cup of rotini pasta with cut up (grown in Ontario, but not by me) tomatoes. mmmmmmmm... well worth every single point! (*The pesto pictured above was not mine, btw. I didn't have time to take a pic, rushing to get ready for our evening out. The CL one doesn't have that extra oil look and mine was a little darker because I used some purple leaves of basil, too.)
This recipe is also freezable, so I put tbsp servings in an ice cube try to be transferred to a freezer bag later. Now I can use my single serving pesto whenever I feel like a little and I don't have to listen to my family complaining. (I'm hoping for my girls' sake that they will eventually like it, cause I feel sorry for them in their pesto-deprived state. The dh- I've given up on. lol.)
p.s. The drive-in was a lot of fun! We saw Kung Foo Panda and Get Smart. I packed some low point snacks (and some high point ones, too) and used my flex. We'll definitely be going back. :)
Friday, June 27, 2008
Anyway, I'm thinking I'll get dressed and go for a walk or a bike ride? or at least go and buy groceries so I can actually make something healthy later? I did, at least- during a quick run for milk last night- buy stuff for a non-fat yogurt smoothie. Maybe I'll have that for lunch and make my day more weigh watcherish.
We are taking the girls to their first drive-in movie later tonight! I SHOULD, therefore, be less lazy and make a healthy dinner to have before all the movie snacking. Anyone with tips on what you bring to the movies? when you're being good that is? (I got the high fat movie snacks down- pat and don't need tips on that.)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The bbq was very fun. I took my camera to take pictures of a couple people leaving our workplace- who didn't come!- so I got a lot of crazy pictures instead. Drunk people kept borrowing my camera. lol. I scored some very minor APs golfing (badly) and dancing to some disco numbers when some dancing broke out.
I actually stayed within my points with a Licks veggie burger and Mike's low point lemonade cooler (2pts). I avoided the donuts and chips and had the veggies and dip. So overall, it was an OP day- just low on the calcium and water.
Hope the rest of my Wednesday wi buds had a good wi! I know a certain someone lost over 3- woo hoo for her!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I took a picture of the outfit that I'm wearing today for my work related golf adventure *see above* since I haven't really posted other stats on this site (other than the weight loss scale thing on the bottom) and I do enjoy looking at weight loss stats on other people's sites. It's so inspiring to see how far some people have come. Makes any of my whining seem frivolous. kwim?
I'm happy about the outfit because (a) it fits me well and doesn't give me a muffin top, (b) it would not have fit me well a month or so ago and so (c) it helps me to feel like I'm progressing. The outfit makes me feel less happy in that it is (a) size 14- in the skirt and (b) the first time I wore it, it was pretty loose (they didn't have a smaller size at Winners).
Anyway, in trying on my other summer stuff, some things fit and some things are too tight (though I can squeeze into most things- definitely earning my muffin top title). Most my recent summer stuff is size 12, with a few 10s thrown in for good measure. I'm hoping that by mid-July, a few more size 12s will be wearable.
Have a good day everyone! I'm off to earn APs the slow and hard way: playing golf...poorly. ;)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Anyone want to share their favourite cereal (with berries or without)? I'm always game for a new cereal. The ones that I've gotten into a breakfast routine with lately are Quaker Corn Bran and Kellogg's Guardian. After I had my eldest dd, I kept on the weight for a bit and my doctor sent me to speak to her nutritionist to evaluate my diet. (Just after that I started Weight Watchers for the first time.) One of the things I remember was that she complimented me on my cereal-for-breakfast eating habits, saying that that was something she usually had to get people to start doing. (I was happy to be doing at least something right in a whole lot of wrong.)
I know it's a good idea to have a little protein for breakfast, too, but for a good, quick breakfast, nothing beats cereal and berries for me as I'm rushing off to work. Another benefit for me is that it helps me get one of my servings of milk- which is one of the areas in my diet that sometimes gets somewhat neglected. So yeah for cereal! :)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The grilled veggies or Grilled Vegetable Salad pictured above was also very tasty. The veggies should be cut a bit more- but I was rushing for the recital at that point. I'd definitely do that recipe again as it was well-liked by all adults present and it doesn't call for chips of any kind. :)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
since this is Tuesday, which is check in day and I'm not sure what state I'll be in after the field trip with eldest dd to a water park for the day (if I'll have the energy or wherewithal to try a new recipe and post or do anything that doesn't involve a drivethru), I thought I'd post a recap of the weight loss journey thus far. (Doesn't the way reality shows bandy about the word "journey" all the time really irritate you? If not- and you LOVE the word journey used for all kinds of artificially staged ventures, a large "never mind!")
Anyway, overall I'm feeling great about my "journey" (har) and am not feeling deprived in any way. My exercise routine needs a kick start, so I told a friend that I'd do the boot camp that she's organizing for this summer. I've done it before and it's brutal in the best sense of the word. There are 2 main instructors that we work with and they really push you to go past your exercise limits- which is good for me, cause I have the tendency to be lazy and only go to the point where I FEEL like I can't go any further, not to the point that I'm about to have a heart attack. kidding! kind of...
They do studio work some days where you do half circuit and half floor exercises and then they do cardio days (the most brutal part) where you do a gazillion stairs and hill repeats. (again, way more than I'd ever do on my own, of course.) They take your measurements before and after the boot camp, so it's inspiring in that way, too.
Lately, (as the boot camp doesn't start till July) I've been enjoying DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) quite a bit for a fun workout where you don't notice that you're exercising, but you are sweating buckets. I'm trying to get a passing grade on all the songs on beginner and basic. Goals seem to work with me in general and the game aspect makes me keep going. Last night, for example, I did it for an hour and I had to keep calling dh upstairs for the time as I had other things to do (and didn't have my watch on). Very annoying to him, I'm sure, but good proof that time passes quickly when doing exercise that you like, eh?
In between songs, cause DDR has this whole scoring/saving the score aspect, I try to keep moving with hamstring curls or kicks. (Yes, I'm sure I look like a dork, but I'm in my own basement getting my groove on, so it's all good.) I gauge it an an intermediate workout for the online exercis-o-meter @ ww.com
In the food department, I feel like I've been eating healthier and- overall- eating more interesting meals than usual, so hopefully this continues. The last WW newsletter from the Canadian site seemed to have some good recipes, I might try something there this week and post. Tomorrow is my wi and I expect to see about a 1.5-2 pound loss judging by my peeking this week. (Knock on wood.) :) I'd like to see the 150s by mid July if possible. Have a good day!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I guess I should have take a picture of this while it was still on the skewer (the chicken and onion bits, I mean. The bread/croutons are cooked on a skewer separately as well.) but my skewers are large and metal (new President Choice- PC- ones that I just got at Fortinos). So though the recipe calls for a skewer on each plate, mine wouldn't work. (They'd hang over your plate and my children might start swordfighting with them or something. Then there would be yelling from dh. Who needs the headache for the sake of presentation, I ask you? Bamboo ones would be pretty though.)
Anyway, I really liked this recipe. It's from the new June issue of Cooking Light: "Grilled Chicken Caesar on a Skewer." It was pretty easy, too. I really like how the chicken cooked on the skewer and enjoyed the caesar flavouring on the chicken, too.
It called for fat-free bottled Caesar dressing which my local store didn't have. We Canadians don't have a ton of fat-free products, do we- I mean of the manufactured kind? I always wonder why that is? I know we have less products in general, but much of the really low or non-fat stuff isn't sold here. Anyway, I used the PC blue label stuff and a bit of my light Renee's Caesar dressing. I think next time I will use the PC stuff just for the marinating part and use the Renee's in smaller amounts for the main salad and adjust the points. The Renee's dressing was just so much tastier and denser. I plan to play around with it and see how to maybe combine it with something else? and still have that great "real" dressing taste? The PC stuff just seemed so artificial and bland. kwim? Any Caesar experts out there with tips?
I really liked the grated cheese in this recipe, too. We have one of those handle-turning cheese graters where you put the chunks of cheese in it. Having it done this way makes me realize how much more flavourful it is than the pre-grated stuff we usually go with (from a bag from Costco). You need less of it for the flavour, too. (So that's good pointwise, eh?)
Finally, I think next time I'll add a bit of lemon, too. I love a lemon taste with a Caesar- and a bit of yellow would like pretty, too, what with the lack of skewers in the presentation and all. ;)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
...is too many work related parties and functions! (though I can never, really hate June for all its other loveliness of features- including the sunshine, the flipflop weather, the bbqs, the approaching (YEAH) holiday, etc. etc.)
Anyway, I haven't posted for awhile and this is just a quickie as we are about to go out for a Father's Day brunch- I'm thinking pancakes maybe? I was over my points yesterday- sheerly by alcohol consumption, if the WW online tracker is correct.
I was at a 40th bday party that involved a bonfire and while I didn't eat the (a) sausages (not a hardship for me, I don't really love them) (b)s'mores (I was going to, but was inside when they cracked them out) (c) bday cake or (d) slab pizza, and I did eat the (e) veggies on the platters, I did also drink the cosmopolitans that I brought with me. I bought the premixed canned stuff that you can buy at the liquor store and brought acrylic martini glasses so I could share. Anywhooooo...a couple friends who were supposed to come late to the party, didn't, so I drank quite a few (2 and a half?!) myself.
The trouble with the mixed cocktail that tastes enjoyable is that you don't notice how strong it is as it is easy to drink much like Koolaid. Plus, when one is dieting, one's resistance to alcohol is a little down, so I was a little head spinny getting ready for bed- just minorly, but still, not good.
Anyway, another part of the problem was that I was doing a scrapbook for the bday girl AND decided to do it pretty much last minute, so I had no time for dinner preparation for the family and dh had to go out to the WEndy's drivethru last night. He got me the Chicken Mandarin Salad and didn't double check that they packed everything and they left out all the good stuff that I eat and add to the points (the noodles or the almonds- I usually add half of the almonds). Sooooooo...I didn't eat enough actual food yesterday. I was actually down a couple of pounds this a.m. but I'm not going to switch over to the Alcoholics version of WW anytime soon. The head spins are a killer afterall. ;)
have a Happy Father's Day everyone. Will, hopefully, post a new recipe later (though I'm not promising!)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I had a nice time at my work party yesterday and survived without falling face first (mouth open) into the Chinese food. I took a little bit of everything (probably, the highest in points was the orange-beef that this particular place does in a spicy way that I love) and just enjoyed eating it. I knew I was only having one plate, so I took my time and just enjoyed everything. kwim?
I found that by the end, by taking my time and all, that I WAS full enough and I didn't have to eat the dessert squares (that looked really good and were from this amazing little bakery in the town that I live in). I wasn't even tempted. I think part of it was knowing that I'd have to track them and I could get more "bang for my point buck" if I had some frozen yogurt or something at home, but part of it was just not mindless eating like I usually would do at a party.
I will never stop loving food. I know that about myself. I think I actually enjoy food MORE when I'm being conscious of what I'm eating and appreciating it. I could have had a delicious square and tracked it if I wanted, but that delicious square wasn't the boss of me. "Take THAT, delicious square!"
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
My other weight loss hurdle today is a party that I'm going to after work where we're having Chinese food and I don't think they're getting the steamed rice, if you know what I mean.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Anyway, I found this on the weekend @ Fortinos and really like it, but why is the double churned icecream so hard to scoop? I tried letting it soften, but only the edges kind of do and the rest remains like a boulder in the middle area. I figure major AP points for trying to get a waffle cone's worth for the kids! ;)
In the exercise department, I did 24 minutes of WiiFit on the spot jogging (around a picturesque cartoon island) and I was really sweating it out. It's not too bad, for jogging on the spot and all. The cartoon waterfalls and such take your mind off some of the pain. It would be cool if you could suddenly run in another direction, through the Mii village or down by the beach- lol. Then I did some of the Yoga. I THINK I'm improving. I'd like to take a yoga class again irl. I know I need to work on my core muscles and posture. I'm way too slouchy!
Sidenote: you know how when one is eating healthier, sometimes one's dh annoyingly starts dropping pounds without breaking a sweat? Mine is currently eating chips and drinking beer at the kitchen table. I sent him out for skim milk and he did a little shopping for himself. I think I'm going to beat him in the weight loss competition even with his manly calorie burning power. Luckily the chips aren't calling to me. I must be in the zone, eh?!
Monday, June 9, 2008
I'm feeling pretty pumped about my weight loss though, since I was down a bit more today (and basically reached my June goal, partway into June). My official WI is on Wednesday, so hopefully I can be officially happy then. (so a quiet yippee for now)
I am also celebrating my cooking another new Cooking Light recipe. I'm on a roll! I did the cover pork recipe from the June issue ( Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Barbecue Sauce)
on Sunday and had left over pork (torn up and mixed up with some of the mustard sauce) on fresh whole-wheat kaiser rolls for dinner tonight. Very tasty! (to me anyway. dh has a thing against pork- even though it IS the OTHER white meat and in spite of the fact that he loves bacon which also comes from the pig, and my dds only like their foods separated so everything was on the side for their serving. They both liked the pork recipe in general though and youngest dd asked if we could "definitely have it again." So that was good news because they are worse than the harshest food critics out there usually and not afraid of letting you know that supper was horrible.
Another, final kid funny. I've trained my girls to help pack their lunch bags. I make their main sandwich or bagel, but they help out putting in the extra things. My youngest asked me today if she could get something out of my "box of American snacks." har. It's like she's been reading my blog or something.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The recipe has a highish fat count (note the avocado), but worked out to 2 points. I got to use my leftover buttermilk (from the CL pancakes) for the dressing. You get 2 tbsp of the dressing which is delicious. It calls for Heirloom tomatoes of varying colours and Fortinos only had smaller tomatoes in a four pack in multi-colour, so I used those instead. So, in the end, my tomato slices were much smaller than those pictured in the mag, and they also cut the ones in their glossy picture much smaller- as it called for 4 slices per tomato (unless you were supposed to have left-over tomato?! )
Anyway, whatever, I can not describe the loveliness and deliciousness of these tomatoes, topped with avocado and onion and drizzled with buttermilk dressing. It was like tasting summer.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I did enjoy them overall and would buy them again. The best part is the chocolate (of course) and as a snack, it tastes best eaten all together- as an actual mini Barbie s'more(s). Seriously! Individually, the parts- other than the chocolate, of course, were a little bland if you kwim? Plus, it was way fun and time consuming stacking this little suckers- ergo making the snack last longer and seem, well "bigger". :P
Am I seeming obsessive about the snacks? lol. or- hopefully- helpful for future shopping trips to the big U. S. of A.?! Hopefully the second.
...in fitness news, I did about an hour and a half on DDR, mainly because I was trying to pass this crazy dance request level. I was sweating all over the place and yet, sadly, did NOT pass said level. Will try again tomorrow. Might have to eat a bunch of Barbie S'mores beforehand. har. *sweet dreams ww girls!*
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
The other snack was a Special K Bliss bar which I took to work. It was chocolate raspberry and pretty ok. I'll have to give it another try on an other day. I didn't instantly love it like the fiber 1 bars I found at the A& P for example.
I also made it out for a run/walk today, after everyone left for various activities. It was so nice out, I felt too bad about retreating to the basement for a workout, so I donned shorts and headed out. I ran 2 lightposts and walked 1 for a good interval training run. I'm not in great running condition currently, but I feel myself getting stronger. :) I finished off with a brief round of Wii Fit yoga. I'm still super wobbly at the Tree Position, but I'm working on it.