Spaces

A few weeks ago I posted about my lack of discipline with tracking Weight Watchers points just via E-Tools and I blogged about whether or not I would just switch back to MyFitnessPal because it’s FREE and it does work.  I tried it for about a week, and yes I did lose some weight but I also noticed that my milk supply was decreasing.  Instead of just giving up on the weight loss effort altogether, I quit doing Weight Watchers just online and I joined their weekly meetings + e-tools.  My first week was actually the week of Thanksgiving (what was I thinking?!)  I did end up gaining, but only .4lbs.  When I went last week, I was down 3lbs.  Success.  I also noticed that my milk supply was back to normal.

With Weight Watchers I get a daily points allowance of 44.  That includes the 14 extra that they give moms who are exclusively breastfeeding.  When Madelyn starts eating solids (which might be any day now), I will subtract 7 points from that total, because I will be breastfeeding but supplementing.  When I plan out my meals, the 44 points is more than enough.  One evening, I had 15 points leftover so hubs ran to DQ and got me a carmel sundae.  Probably not the smartest way to spend 12 points, but I really wanted ice cream and I could have it without sabotaging my efforts.

I attend the meetings every Monday morning with a bunch of older grandma types, and I really enjoy it.  Last week, I brought Madelyn with me and everyone just loved her :-) One of the topics of last week’s meeting was creating Safe Spaces.  They focused on home, work, dining out, etc. I carry apple slices in my purse and in my kitchen I’ve gone through all of our packaged stuff (yogurt, nut butters, hummus, trail mix etc) and I’ve written the points value on everything that I possible can. The most important thing I learned was how big of a deal planning is. You are allowed 49 “extra” points throughout the week.  You can choose not to use them or use them as you need them.  We are going out for my father in-law’s birthday dinner tomorrow and I will probably dip into my extra points for the meal.  I have decided yet if I’m going to treat it as a normal meal or a treat for myself.  I’ve been pretty good this week so I’m leaning towards treat :-)

The meetings keep me accountable with weekly weigh-ins, provide great support and awesome advice from other members.  One of my biggest problems is that I really like to come home from work and snack on random stuff in the kitchen or snack on things as I’m cooking or baking.  And because I’m picking here and there I don’t count points, which I should because those bites count for something.  So now, when I come home from work I try to remember to stick a piece of gum in my mouth so that I won’t snack or I grab an apple or some veggies and hummus from the refrigerator.

Weekly Weight Watchers meetings are also a great source for new, healthy recipes.  I bought their salted carmel smoothie mix because it sounded heavenly, and my leader told me about smoothie pancakes-a pack of the salted carmel mix with 3 egg whites and a teeny bit of water just to thin it out.

smoothie pancakes

You prepare and cook them like pancakes and they turn out similar to the consistency of crepes.  With the salted carmel smoothie mix, no syrup is necessary because they’re already sweet and you’ve got 3-4 smoothie pancakes for a total of 3 points.  Add a banana or apple and you’ve got yourself a nice little breakfast :-) I’ve made them the night before and I reheat them at work the next day in the microwave and they’re just as good-creating safe spaces at work!

I’m off to earn some activity points-today we’re moving my mom into her new house :-) Have a great weekend!

Weigh-In Friday: Week 1-Low Carb Night

Weekly Weight Loss: -3 lbs
Total weight loss: 3 lbs

This was my first week tracking every single thing that I ate.  I hit my points on most of the days and were left with a little extra on others.  I managed to workout 4 times this week, alternating between Zumba, Turbofire & Bar Method.  I’m looking forward to running more starting next week when I’m back at work but as of right now, my workouts are done when the little one naps.  I’ve been trying to get as much cuddle time as I can with her because I go back to work on Wednesday :-/ I’m hoping there are no tears from either of us.  We are putting her in daycare 3 days week.  I’ll be home with her one day during the week and LC will be home with her another day during the week. After doing lots of research and getting references, I have a very good feeling that she’ll be in good hands and the daycare is about 10 minutes from my job, so I can stop in during my lunch breaks.

Tonight’s dinner was low carb and full of protein and veggies.  I made stuffed peppers with  ground turkey and balsamic asparagus and tomatoes.  A glass of vino would’ve gone well with this meal, but I opted for a crustless pumpkin cheesecake instead (only 4 points!), recipe courtesy of Gina at The Fitnessista.

Turkey Stuffed Peppers-Italian Style

Weight Watchers + Points: 8
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 4 green or red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1.25 lbs ground lean turkey
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp of garlic powder (heaping)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (italian style)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • shredded parmesan cheese for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
1. preheat oven to 350.
2. in a skillet on the stove, sauté onions, mushrooms, garlic and celery in the olive oil until the veggies have softened.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the ground turkey, egg, veggie mix from the stove, garlic powder, italian seasoning, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
4. Stuff mixture into hollowed out peppers.  I cut mine in half length wise because they’re easier to eat and stuff this way. Place in a casserole dish.
5. Mix tomatoes and sauce in a bowl and pour over peppers.
5. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake for 50 minutes.

I’m off to catch some Zzz’s!  Tonight is Madelyn’s first night in her crib.  I’ve been so lucky to have a baby that sleeps as good as she does.  Up until tonight, she’s been sleeping in a bassinet in our room, but she’s getting too long for it and I’d like her to get used to sleeping her own room before I head back to work.  Here’s to hoping tonight goes well-fingers crossed!