Week 1 WW

I’m a week back into Weight Watchers and feeling strong! So far, I’m down 6 pounds!

I know that is a big number, but the first week or two will always jumpstart you. There were definitely some changes that needed to be made to my diet.

The biggest change I’ve undergone thus far is cutting back on the carbs. I still eat and enjoy whole wheat pasta, bread, and brown rice, but not as much and not for every meal. I grew accustomed to having two slices of toast at breakfast especially, but now I eat one piece or have a whole wheat pita or tortilla instead. I’m particularly careful to measure how much I’m eating to keep me honest. Carbs are comfort, but they are also necessary for the body to function, so I refuse to abandon them!

A specific carb I’ve cut down on using is butter. I love butter, particularly on top of carbs and inside dishes to make them taste so much better. Not using it as frequently has helped me become more creative with spices in dishes, but also helps me make better choices, for instance, peanut butter is a better alternative to butter on my toast in the morning because it has more nutrients and substance.

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The biggest benefit has been a lack of bloating. I would sometimes go to bed feeling gross or overly stuffed, not thinking that I’ve eaten too much more than I should until that point. I already eat a ton of veggies, but I’ve upped my in take, hello breakfast scrambles, and my tummy has improved overall.

My energy levels have also improved. I don’t feel as tired when the alarm rings at 4:30 in the morning and my workouts feel better fueled. I’m excited to see how much easier my running gets as I continue to shed pounds, including speed and endurance.

It’s also important for me to remember how far I’ve come from 7 years ago now when I was 100 pounds heavier to see how far I’ve come.

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Another Week, Another Meal(s)

As I mentioned before, I’ve been experimenting more with cooking and sometimes this works out well, while other times it’s a great big mess. That’s all part of the charm of cooking- what others might call disastrous.

I was especially adventurous with my breakfasts this week. My first breakfast was pancakes that contained a secret ingredient, cottage cheese! I followed a recipe that looked good but it didn’t quite come out the way I intended. If I were to try it again, which I will, I think I’ll include both baking soda and baking powder, as I’ve found that creates the best result. These pancakes were very flat and thin and I don’t think it was that my stove wasn’t hot enough. No worries because I improvised and stacked them on top of each other so that instead of six flat pancakes, I had three fluffy ones, stuffed and topped with…peanut butter!

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This baked oatmeal concoction is a beauty. It includes oats, pumpkin, mashed banana, dates, raisins, apple, and walnuts. So full of fall flavors!

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These eggs were the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had and all it included were two eggs, a quarter cup of cottage cheese, and a dash of salt and pepper. Served with toast and a big bowl of fruit and my stomach was full and content!

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Another bit of a breakfast baking fail, but it was still tasty. I haven’t made homemade waffles in awhile, but I was craving one and pulled out the maker. I included whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce, egg whites, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon. My biggest problem was that I poured too much into the waffle maker at once. My other complaint was that the waffle was a bit mushy. I’ve heard that tossing in some cornstarch will help, so I am going to give that a whirl next time! Oh, look what I topped it with…peanut butter and jelly!

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The next day, I made some delicious pumpkin French toast, mostly because we were out of bananas and couldn’t make much else that was sweet. So delicious!

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Saturday morning, I woke with a hankering for eggs, so I fried two up and served with toast and fruit.

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Finally reunited with some banana, I made some of my peanut butter oats. These are so warm and filling.

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Leftover pizza and a fresh chopped salad was on the menu for lunch on Monday. I think all the healthy, crunchy veggies make up for the toasty, cheesy pizza! Regardless, it’s a delightful combination.

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I had a battle of my mind and taste buds one day when I had some grilled tilapia all ready to go, but I was craving grilled cheese. Once again, I improvised, eating a serving of fish and toasting some cheese on no piece of toast with carrots and celery on the side.

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I went into Boston one day, so I stopped at a Mediterranean place for a quick salad and I was not disappointed! This included lettuce and a cucumber, pepper, and tomato concoction that was very flavorful. Unfortunately, you can only see all the delicious chicken on top, but underneath, there are a ton of veggies. Half of a warm pita came with it.

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I paired a piece of grilled salmon with leftover Parmesan baked veggies, sautéed spinach, and brown rice.

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Using leftover grilled chicken, I grilled up some veggies for a stir fry including some black beans and tossed with barbecue sauce, which has become a bit of an obsession of mine lately. I enjoyed this with a handful of tostitos on the side.

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I had some curry sauce leftover from dinner the night before, so I stewed some chickpeas and a variety of vegetables and served it over coconut basmati rice. So good, but kind of heavy to eat before a run.

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Sunday, I went to a family party and forgot to snap a picture of my lunch. I enjoyed some chicken Caesar salad, a piece of ham, and a slice of cake!

Monday’s dinner was an assortment of things, including tilapia, a baked sweet potato with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon, baked Parmesan veggies, and the last of the black bean soup.

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Steak with barbecue sauce with spinach brown rice, Brussels sprouts, and turnip came the next night and it was very good.

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This was a whole wheat spaghetti dinner with half of a chicken sausage, peppers, leftover veggies, and a slice of toast. It’s unfortunate that toast pairs so well with pasta because it’s so many carbs and it’s hard to control myself!

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To go with teriyaki chicken, I found a recipe for baked sweet potato fries that were so good! I also had some asparagus and a bite of some Chinese food items my dad picked up on the way home.

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I am loving the chicken curry sauce I found at the grocery store that has only fresh ingredients, no preservatives. It’s so simple, but a tad spicy. I stewed it up with chicken and veggies and enjoyed it over coconut basmati rice.

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Saturday night, I babysat and made myself this very cheesy and toasty grilled cheese that hit the spot! To go with it, I had chopped up some carrots, celery, cucumber, and peppers and for sweetness, I enjoyed an assortment of berries.

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Sunday night, after wedding dress shopping with my sister, we came home with a pizza and I made a quick salad. My favorite pizza topping is roasted red peppers and though this one was green, it was still tasty.

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Here’s to another great week of food!