Weekly Weigh In – Week 2

Last week ended up being far busier than I expected! Isn’t that how it always works? You make plans and craziness always seems to happen. Everything is great, but the blog takes a back burner to life and I didn’t have a chance to update more last week. I’m really working on getting back into the groove and habit of posting because it does help me to reflect on my progress and struggles while also being held accountable so I’m going to make more of an effort this week!

What really helped me last week was that I did plan my meals for the week on the weekend. When the week got crazy I didn’t have to think about meals, I knew what I had prepared or shopped for. It made life so much easier!

I’m happy to report that I lost 2.8 pounds this week!

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I’m feeling good still and it helps to have had a big loss in the beginning because it always feels good when you are doing well. It encourages me to keep it up because I want to see more 5 pound stickers! Baby steps.

Last week I could have improved on the exercise front. I made it to the gym only once, I normally have my class twice a week. With the weather I also didn’t get out as much as I should have with Bear. He did a lot of running around in the yard and a lot of playtime in the house, but with the temperatures he didn’t have as many walks as I would like to give him.

So my goal this week is to focus on adding in more activity to my day. I work at a desk and read and research basically all day long. I need to get moving more. I need to take more stairs and take a little break in the day to go for a walk. I’ll continue to focus on my food and weigh, track, and measure, but not I’m going to try and move a little more.

Hope you all had a good week!

Weekly Weigh In – Week 1

Week 1 of my restart is over and I’m feeling great! I may have had my biggest weight loss in one week ever! I lost 7.8 pounds this week!

week1weighinI attend a Sunday morning meeting and above is from my official weigh in. I feel great! It is wonderful to see the scale move in the right direction again finally. Obviously, the first week you do lose a lot of water weight so you can have big numbers. Realistically I know that I will have much smaller numbers from here on out and that it will be a long journey, but well worth it.

This week what made me successful were 3 main things:

  1. Weighing
  2. Measuring
  3. Tracking

Everything that I ate this past week was weighed, measured, and tracked. I really focused on portion control and being mindful of the types of food and whether or not other foods were really worth it.

I did workout a few times last week. I went to the gym twice and of course was out walking Bear when it wasn’t too cold. I plan on adding in more activity as time goes, but for now I really am focusing on my food choices. You can’t out run your fork and in the past when I’ve been successful at the gym I haven’t necessarily been successful in the kitchen and so I personally really need to focus on that. Eating is 80% of losing weight and so I am working on it and will build from there.

This week I will continue to weigh, measure, and track my food so that I keep myself aware of portions and how much I am eating. I also am making it a goal to try at least one new recipe this week to keep it fresh.

All in all, it was an awesome week. I’m feeling motivated and ready to make week 2 wonderful also. How was your week?

 

As long as it takes

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

I had the pleasure of speaking with a woman who lost 180 pounds and has kept her weight off. She is a fellow Weight Watchers member and as we were talking I asked her how long it took for her to lose her weight. It took her about 3.5 years to lose the first 150 pounds or so. She shared that it may have been faster had she been more dedicated, something I definitely relate to.

This woman reached her goal after joining her 4th time. She had a similar pattern of joining and doing well to derail later and then return. I asked her what she thought was different that 4th and final time and what she said really struck a chord with me – “When I walked through those doors the last time I told myself it doesn’t matter how long it takes, I’m not giving up.” And she didn’t. It took time, but she lost the weight and has now maintained for a few years.

My journey is taking far longer than I expected and it is because I have not been as dedicated as I should have been, like the woman I spoke with. It is so common when you have a lot of weight to lose to be caught in that struggle, but you have to keep trying. You haven’t failed until you’ve truly given up.

It may be difficult at times when you see so many successful stories. The truth is that why it worked for them and not me is that I didn’t try hard enough. At points I didn’t want to track my food. I didn’t want to eat within the healthy guidelines and the small indulgences grew.

I will have a lifelong struggle with food. I’m aware of this and know it is not an easy path. There are many ups and downs, but I’m not giving up!

My week 1 after my restart is going well. I am trying new recipes, tracking, exercising, and feeling positive. I am hoping I see those results on the scale this week. I’m focusing my goals at 5 pounds at a time. One step at a time.

I hope everyone has had a good week and stays on track this weekend!

Crock Pot Chicken Philly Recipe

crock pot chicken phillyWorking full-time and having a packed schedule I’ve fallen in love with my crock pot. It is so easy to combine the ingredients and let it cook all day and come home to a delicious meal!

To add some more variety to our lives, Audrey and I have decided to try new recipes out so we can mix up our normal dinner rotation. Being that I went to college in Philly, when Audrey said she found a simple, point friendly, chicken philly recipe online I was excited to give it a try!

The original recipe can be found on laaloosh.com. The recipe calls for:

  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp light butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 green peppers, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices reduced fat provolone cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp steak seasoning
  • 6 small rolls (I used Trader Joe’s Artisan Rolls)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

I am allergic to red pepper, and tend to avoid peppers in general, so we altered the recipe to be pepper free. Likewise, we didn’t have the same buns that the recipe calls for so we used Pepperidge Farm Sliders, they are 100 calories or 3 weight watchers plus points. The rolls may have been a little larger than the recipe calls for, but I found that for the extra point or 2 having a bigger sandwich was worth it to me.

We found the instructions to be very simple and that it cooked well exactly as stated on the original site:

  1. Slice chicken into thin strips. Toss in a bowl with salt, pepper, and steak seasoning.
  2. Place butter in crock pot. Place onions and green peppers on top, then add in the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  4. Divide chicken, onions and peppers evenly amongst rolls. Top with a slice of provolone cheese and place in toaster oven for about 2 minutes on toast setting to melt cheese.
  5. Serve immediately.

I found this to be delicious! I definitely will be making it again and I’m excited that I found laaloosh.com because I hadn’t scanned her recipes before and she has a lot of great meal ideas! I will definitely be trying more!

However, I found it to have a little more kick to it than I was originally expecting. This may have been because I eliminated some of the veggies, I’m not sure. If I remake this I think I will use a little less steak seasoning, but this may be completely different depending on your individual tastes. I did add a tbsp of ketchup to my slider, I mean I am a Pittsburgh girl so we love our Heinz. I found the ketchup helped with the spicy kick.

The original recipe if followed exactly comes out to 7 ww+ points. Using the rolls we had, the recipe came out to 9 ww+ points per sandwich (the recipe makes enough for 6). You can obviously lessen the points with your choice of bun or even maybe give this a try in a wrap form. Pair it with a veggie and it is a very low point value dinner or even make oven baked fries and it is still reasonable!

I will be making this one again soon!

Back to the Scale

Well, I’m back at Weight Watchers, again. I went Sunday morning and weighed in. It wasn’t pretty, as I imagined. I asked the woman who I weighed in with if I could just reset my account so that I could start fresh, start as if this week was my first. She said sure, but asked me why, of course. I shared that I’ve just been so up and down and want a reset. That I’ve gained since my last weigh in and don’t want to be in the red, so to speak, for weeks. I want to just start now and see my progress from today.

I had never seen this woman before. She must be new to working at that time, but she shared that she lost 100 pounds following Weight Watchers and assured me that many of us lose, gain, lose and that I wasn’t alone.

She then asked me a question – “What’s the most difficult thing you’ve accomplished in your life?”

I paused. I’m not sure what the most difficult thing I’ve done. The quickest thing that came to my mind was that I went to Russia without knowing the language, by myself. It was a scary experience getting on that plane when I was 20 not knowing what was in store for me. I spent a summer working in an orphanage and it was a life changing experience for me. It wasn’t easy, but that difficult experience is one of my best.

russia4I had to sink or swim. I had to learn how to communicate. Make new friends. It was only a summer, but it was a challenge.

After I walked away I thought maybe I should have said passing the Bar, haha. Taking the Bar Exam was probably the worst experience of my life though. Ask any lawyer, it is the worst summer studying for that exam. But, I graduated from law school, achieved law review, and passed the Bar on my first try. That was the hardest academic challenge of my life thus far.

law schoolTruth is, I can think of a long list of difficult things I’ve been through in my life. Many challenges that I’ve met and conquered. I’m not even sure if I can definitively say what was the most difficult or most challenging. In hindsight they all weren’t as bad as I thought and I’ve learned and gained so much from each and every experience.

Life throws a lot your way. I have big goals and in every other area of my life I’ve never let anything stop me. Weight loss has been my biggest struggle. The area that I haven’t been able to conquer yet – Yet.

I am so appreciative of all the people who commented on my post last week showing me support even though I’ve been so flakey. I’m so appreciative of the woman at Weight Watchers assuring me that I wasn’t alone in my struggle and that if I can have accomplished what I have in my 28 years on this earth that I can and will meet these goals as well.

So, here I am. Week 1, Day 1. Each Monday from here on out I will report the results of my weigh ins. I’m ready to tackle this week. How about you?