Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Monday ~ I'm Back...

Brrrrrr! Its -4 degrees out this morning and the wind chill is -15!!  Good day to be inside.  I'm back home from visiting my mom and I'm so ready to get back to building some new links and recipes to share with you.  You all know about Danica (my favorite food blogger), but I'd like to introduce you to a website that Danica is involved with...
Friends For Weight Loss! (use this link)

Truth be told, I haven't spent alot of time exploring this site because I thought it was more about exercise - which I have not wrapped my brain around yet.  I figured I'd spend my time learning the WeightWatchers Points Plus program and try to find recipes to make it fit my lifestyle.  I knew one day I'd find the time to visit the site and get motivation to start moving more.  Well, when visiting Danica's Daily today, I was so happy to discover that they added a new feature:

Guest Recipes!! Woo Hoo!! (use this link)

You have to check these out this week if you are planning on staying on track for SuperBowl Sunday!!  Just a couple of the recipes I plan on making are Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (1points+) and Caramel Dip for my apple slices (1points+).  This website is pretty new, but is growing daily, so please visit it often!

While in Rochester this past week, my sister MiMi joined Weight Watchers.  I am so excited for her!  She is off to a great start.  She joined last Wednesday night - and since I am used to weighing in on Friday mornings, I knew two things: 1) weighing in at night- I'd have a day's worth of water weight to contend with and 2) weighing in a couple of days early would show a smaller number....and I didn't want a "number" messing with my head.  So, two days later I showed up again and got officially weighed in.  Great strategy because I had a weight loss of another 2.4 pounds!  That seems to be my number - 2.4!  Out of the 7 weigh-ins since we started, 4 of them have been exactly 2.4 pounds!!  I'm taking it!!  Chuck weighed in at the Newburgh WW Center with a loss of 2.6 pounds which is great.  So our official losses to date are:

18.2 pounds for Corinne
27 pounds for Chuck
We are really close to our 10% goal and hope to hit it this week!

So on to today's meals.  We started our day with 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites cooked with onions and green peppers...1points which I added a few sprinkles of hot sauce for mine.  Add 1/2 a ruby red grapefruit and we had a very filling breakfast.  Chuck says he would have had a peice of toast, had we had bread in the house, but I haven't gone shopping yet.  He certainly has the extra points.

After devouring this, I headed back to the kitchen to fix our lunches to take to the office.  I started it off with fresh, organic greens - but not just any greens - Fresh Herb Salad!  What I love about these spring lettuces is that mixed in them are tiny bits of dill, parsley, cilantro, you get explosions of unexpected flavors in each bite. Yummy. 

So with this as my base, I added some baby carrots, cucumber slices, 5 black olives, 1 sliced hard boiled egg,  1oz cubed chicken breast, 1 Tbsp Feta cheese, and 1/2 a marinated artichoke.  Just look at this packed salad:

You can hardly see the lettuce.  I'll be adding 2 Tbsp of Ken's Lite Northern Italian Salad Dressing with Basil and Romano (1pp) - for a total of 6 points plus for the entire salad!  As you can see, I also have prepared our snack ~ 1 cup of Non Fat Greek Yogurt and fresh strawberry and banana slices for 3 points plus.  I could easily add a Tbsp of Kashi Go Lean Crunch and a Tbsp of honey for an extra couple of points...but I won't ;0)  Shooting for a good weight loss this week (gonna get to my 10% goal).

After work, I have a small window to fix dinner for the guys - Monday night is basketball - so they are gone in a flash.  Tonight we are having a real treat:

5 Points Plus for a one cup serving...add a cup of brown rice for 5 points+ and a side of steamed broccoli for 0 points+
I have to say - this dinner was super easy, tasted terrific, really filling and was great on the points +
Thank you Trader Joe's!!  For those of you who don't have access to a Trader Joe's near you - let this serve to show you that some convenience foods can fit well into the Points Plus program - so get out your PP Calculators and explore the frozen food aisle!  Let me know what you discover ;0)


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  2. I just went over to see the recipes and the meatballs look so awesome. I can't do the spicy, but John, Katie and Bill can, and I am going to try them on them for the Superbowl. Can't wait!!! Thanks for sharing.