Hello, 2013!

To be perfectly honest, 2012 has been a complete waste of time in terms of weight loss. I bounced around the same 3-4 pounds for a good 9 months of the year and I’m entering 2013 still not satisfied with how I look.

After the big adjustment to our living situation in the late summer, I’ve spent about 6 months not doing anything productive. Since I basically had to cook for only myself, I started going for the convenience foods in the freezer section at the grocery store, going back to dining out 3-4 times a week and never going to the gym. I guess the silver lining is my weight could have gone up much worse than the 5 pounds I gained back, but even in my worst times I still had the little Weight Watchers messages in the back of my mind.

I’m already trying to start 2013 off strong. I’ve signed up for the Shrinking Jeans New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge so I can kick start my weight loss for the new year.

Shrinking Jeans

The next thing I signed up for was the Couch to 5 K — also with Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. I’ve tried the program once before, and you guessed it, quit! I feel like I’m “too fat” to run, but this time I am just going to go for it. Hubby marked the end of the program in his Google calendar — it’s March something, and that day I plan to be running a 5k on the treadmill at my gym. We had a choice of starting dates, so I chose January 1st. Here’s to my success!

c25k-start-running-01Another challenge I’ve signed up for is the Progress not Perfection Tracking Challenge, run by Weight Off My Shoulders, which only requires that we track everything we eat each day. This challenge could not have come at a better time — I’ve really been struggling with simply writing down what I eat. The fundamental part of Weight Watchers. I’ve been on the challenge going on 4 days and I’ve already seen a 3 pounds drop in my weight since Thursday of last week.

Amazing what a little tracking does, right?

I’n not setting any weight loss number goals this year. That’s lame and it never really works out. Instead, I am setting health-related goals:

  • Make only Weight Watchers meals for the month of January — and beyond! There’s a fabulous app on the iPad called WW Kitchen and there are dozens of delicious, easy recipes. Between that and my three WW cookbooks, this challenge of mine should not be a problem.
  • Complete a challenge. Whether it’s the C25K or something else, I actually want to finish something I start out to do.
  • Run — I don’t want to sign up for any marathons, I just want to go to the gym and be able to run a couple miles a day.
  • Hit 20% lost at Weight Watchers (only 10 pounds to go!)
  • Lose a combined total of 50 pounds on Weight Watchers (only 20 more to go!)
  • Feel confident when I shop for clothes this spring
  • Wear a bathing suit

As I complete each of these things, I’ll cross them off — I am so excited for 2013 it’s not even funny!!!!

My Week on Simply Filling!

If you are interested in the Simply Filling plan on Weight Watchers, check out Brooke’s experience!

Brooke: Not On A Diet!

I made it one of my goals for the month of December to follow the Simply Filling plan from Weight Watchers for a week. I came up with the goal after reading Melissa’s post about her doing Simply Filling for a week. She had awesome results and I thought I would give it a shot.

Here’s a jist of how Simply Filling works: you eat foods from the Power Foods list until you are satisfied, not worrying about counting PointsPlus. If you want something that isn’t a Power Food, then you use your Weekly PointsPlus allowance or any Activity PointsPlus you earn.

That’s my quick rundown of it, if you want more information, here’s Weight Watchers’ explanation.

The foods list contains fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, fat-free dairy, light breads, and some other items. It’s actually quite a large list to choose from and after studying it, I decided…

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National Cocoa Day

It seems like the 12th and 13th are somehow both National Cocoa Days (My WW Weekly says it’s today!), but that’s fine because I love this stuff!! Here are a few easy recipes to use if you want to celebrate with the rest of us 🙂

hot chocolate

Decadent Low Fat Hot Chocolate — Skinny Sweets Daily

Skinny Hot Chocolate — Dashing Dish

Delicious Skinny Hot Chocolate — Liz Lilith

Skinny Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate — Skinny Sometimes

Words of Wisdom!

I like to “treat” myself to food.

When I had a stressful test at school, I’d tell the hubby, “I need a chili cheese dog from Wienerschnitzel to calm my nerves.”

When I have a great day, I tell the hubby, “Let’s celebrate by going out to eat!”

It’s a pattern. I revolve way too much of my time around food — and in Weight Watchers, we are constantly talking about revolving everything we do around food. We have parties or get-togethers and the first thing we think of is, “what should we make/bring/eat?”

Funny

I’ve seen this quote in plenty of places, and no joke — I am trying to follow it. When I do go out to eat, I don’t feel inclined to finish everything on my plate. I either take it home or toss it in the trash. I’m not a trash can, so I shouldn’t just eat it if I’m not hungry.

 

Colorful Lunch!

My lunch was all kinds of yummy today, and I’m pretty proud of myself.

Roast Beef Sandwich

  •  I made an actual lunch instead of grazing!
  •  I tracked my meal
  •  Added a fruit to the plate
  • Used olive oil and red wine vinegar instead of mayo — and got in a Healthy Check!
  • Ate a serving of walnuts and almonds for the crunch factor — I bought the Emerald 100 Calorie packs to eat, as I KNOW I have no willpower when it comes to eating nuts.

And I’m on my 44 ounces and counting of water today — getting back on track!!

Eat Yourself Skinny — Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I’ve said it numerous times here on  my blog — with the millions of amazing recipes out there designed to be low calorie or low PPV, getting healthy has never been easier! Anything and everything you imagine can be made into a healthier version and when you eat it in moderation, nothing is off limits. The exact reason why I love Weight Watchers — 30 pounds gone (I’m moving at a snail’s pace) and I haven’t cut really anything out of my diet, just eating less of it.

That being said, I have a few “go-to” food blogs that simply have AMAZING recipes and are all great for my Weight Watchers plan. Case in point: Eat Yourself Skinny. I go to Kelly’s website weekly, especially when creating my menu for the coming week. There are so many great dishes, plenty of variety and best of all, she takes the guesswork out of tracking!! Each recipe she posts has all of the nutritional information, including serving size and points plus value. Seriously, great food + Weight Watchers tracking = THANK YOU, KELLY!!

As I was going through my morning routine, I came across her new upload for today: Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal. Sometimes, breakfast is a hard time for me to figure out what I want to make and most mornings I don’t want to spend time cooking anything. Enter baked oatmeal. All I have to do is prep once, bake it up and enjoy it throughout the week. LOVE it.

Here’s the recipe straight from Kelly’s website. I highly suggest you bookmark her page, BTW. I refer to it almost daily!

Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

2 cups whole wheat rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp chopped pecans
1/4 cup raisins
2 cups diced apples (I used Granny Smith)
3 eggs
2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend (or 1/3 cup light brown sugar)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish and set aside.

In a small bowl filled with hot water, allow raisins to soak for about 5 minutes until nice and plump.  In a large bowl, mix together oats, baking powder and salt.  Stir in apples, pecans and raisins, then set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour over dry mixture and gently stir to combine.  Pour everything into greased dish and bake for about 1 hour, until golden brown.  Serve and enjoy!

Yum! Kelly even suggests this as a dessert idea — sounds perfect for the holiday season!

Source: Eat Yourself Skinny

Friend Making Monday!

I’ve done this before, which you can see here — and it was fun! This time, the topic is Christmas, so it will be fun to read everyone’s answers.

Here’s how you do the challenge, which you can find at All The Weigh from the fabulous Kenlie!

Please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers.

Here we go!

Christmas Questions

1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year?  The hubby, dog and I will celebrate alone this year — maybe go see a movie when he gets home from work.

2. What’s the weather currently like where you live? Warm and sunny! After being gone from CA for a few years, it’s strange not to be covered in ice and snow for the holidays — making it a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit!

3. Do you decorate your home for the holidays? If so, share a picture please!  Yes — and Pibb sits in front of the tree every year for the annual picture 🙂

dog

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?  I think my favorite movie has to be ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, but my favorite cartoon is ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ — those two are a must watch every year for me.

6. Do you have an advent calendar?  Yes! We bought it a couple years ago from Target’s $1 bin, the hubby and I joke it’s the family heirloom.

heirloom

5. What is your favorite Christmas songs? I don’t think I have a favorite — anything by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin or Nat King Cole are on my top list.

7. Do you prefer color lights or white lights?  Growing up, we had the traditional colored bulbs and I really like that look for the outside, but inside or on the tree I’m partial to white lights! Super elegant.

8. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?  I don’t really make special foods over the holidays, but chocolate and peppermint are always appropriate this time of year 🙂

9. Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees?  LIVE. The smell and freshness is a must.

10. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year? Just to be with my dog and hubby and to know that we can pay the bills! Trying to keep it simple.