Ok, I am officially a Weight Watchers member. I met a friend at our local WW center and we both signed up together. I have several other friends on WW and its really working for them. So she and I decided we needed to give it our full attention. We have dabbled with it for the last few months trying to do it without the meetings. The word dabble is the keyword here. Not sure how well the home version has worked for my friend, but as for me, I lost 5 pounds while dabbling and then quickly found it again over the holidays. Its so much easier to gain than to loose. Anyway, I thought its time to get serious and stop the yo yo stuff. So I am proud to say that I have now set my #1 resolution in motion. I have several goals lined up for my weight loss adventure. My first goal is to loose 23 pounds. That is my 10% marker and I think I receive a key ring or something cute and fun. My second goal which I am sad and embarrassed to have to admit, but it is to get under 200 pounds. I have not seen my weight under 200 pounds since I had my kidney surgery 4 years ago. Long story, but I was sick for a entire year with my left kidney. I had a infection caused by 3 kidney stones that would not pass. No amount of antibotics or steroids would cure the infection. So they had to remove it before it caused more problems with my other kidney and bladder. So with all that, I went over the 200 mark and have been on a gain and loose battle every since. Never to get under 200. Close a few times, but no luck. So when that day comes, you will be able to hear me shout across the Internet that I am finally under 200. LOL!!!! So I will keep you updated throughout the weeks to come of my success. I hope you do not mind me sharing. I think being able to share my experience with my blog friends will help me reach my goals better and faster. Just knowing you are out there reading and praying for me will be such a inspiration for me to keep doing it. I weigh in on Saturdays, so this coming Saturday I am hoping to have lost at least my first pound. I know it does not seem like much, but it will be my start. My start to a new "ME". Oh and I want to mention also that my DH and DD are both going to do this with me. They are not actually going to join WW, because we could never afford for all 3 of us to go, however, they are going to count points and eat what I eat and we are going to exercise together. I am using Richard Simmons as my exercise teacher. I could not think of another person to inspire me more than him. I love his website http://www.richardsimmons.com/. I love, love all of his videos and own almost all of them. I even have some of his motivational videos. They are easy on the body and fun to do, but yet you get a great work out. His motivational videos are awesome to listen too. He has such great advice to share. I just think to myself if he can help the most obese person out there loose 100s of pounds, than he can help me loose 1 pound a week. So with all that I have mentioned above, I ask you this question "Is that not the best support team ever?" My Family, Supportive Friends, Prayers, and Richard. How could a girl not succeed!!! F.F.P.R.
So to go along with that, I want to share with you some recipes along the way. I will be having to cook more at home and so I will be making lots of new stuff. For Sunday night we had the best Cheeseburger with Fries. I know you are thinking Cheeseburger and Fries are not diet foods. Well I am here to tell you with Weight Watchers they are. That's what makes me so excited. I still get to eat the things I love. I just have to prepare them a little different and eat a little less. So here is the skinny!!!
Cheeseburger with Fries
2 medium potatoes about 3/4 pound
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of kosher salt
6 oz of raw extra lean ground beef
1 small red onion finely chopped
1 medium garlic clove crushed
2 tbsp of parsley
3 tbsp of dried bread crumbs
1 medium egg white beaten lightly
2 high fiber buns
4 piece of lettuce
1 medium tomato sliced
1/8 cup of low fat shredded chedder cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Cut potatoes into wedges, boil, steam or microwave until tender. Place wedges skin side down on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with combined cayenne pepper and salt. Bake until lightly browned and crispy. About 30 minutes.
While potatoes are cooking, combine beef, onion, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs, and egg in a small bowl. Shape into 2 patties.
Cook patties in a nonstick pan over medium heat, turning once until browned and cooked through. Top each patty with 1 tablespoon cheese and place on baking sheet and bake in already preheated oven until cheese is melted.
Place patties on rolls and top with lettuce and tomato. Serve with potato wedges.
Points: 9 for both burger and fries
My only changes were that I added some Mrs Dash and black pepper to my salt mixture for my fries. I like them to have a little more spice.
Also I sprayed my buns with spray butter and toasted them slightly. I like crispy buns.
Tonight for dinner I made Chicken Fajitas and beans. This is a very low point meal and very satisfying.
Chicken Fajitas and Beans
1 package of Chicken Tenders
1 can of pinto beans drained
1 can of black beans drained
2 garlic cloves
1/2 purple onion
dash of salt
sprinkle of Chicken Fajita seasoning
4 Mission Carb Balance Fajita Size tortillas
2 tablespoons of light or fat free sour cream
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan. Place onion, garlic and chicken in pan. As chicken cooks add in salt and Fajita season with about 1/4 cup of water. Let simmer until chicken is tender and completely cooked.
In a food processor, place 1 can of drained pinto beans and 1 can of drained black beans together. Mix beans until they are well blended. They should have a refried bean consistency. Place beans in a sauce pan and add in a few sprinkles of salt and chili pepper. Let simmer until thoroughly heated.
Place tortillas in a cover dish and microwave for just a few seconds until heated.
Serve 2 tortillas with beans, cheese and chicken with 1/2 tablespoon of sour cream on each fajita. Roll and enjoy!!!
Points: 5 points for 2 fajitas
I do promise to post some of my hobby going ons this week. I just have not had time to work on anything this last few weeks. I am in the process of starting a Rag Quilt. I cannot wait to share that with you. I plan to enter a craft show in March and so I am hoping to have a few of those made to sell. I also plan to start my Rag dolls so I have a couple of those to sell as well. So its going to be a Raggedy week around here.
I have several cards in the making for my monthly card swap and I plan to finish those up in the next few days. Then I plan to do a few scrapbook pages. So check back later this week and see what I am up too. Hopefully if all goes well, I will have lots to share. TTFN