5-25-15

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Oops, I let the week get away from me. It was a busy one. This long weekend has been amazing! We had a pretty good mix of laziness and activity, in my opinion. Saturday, we went to Park City and hit the outlets and I bought more clothes than I probably should have, oops. But such good deals! Then John worked on the garden for a little while and we did laundry and took a walk around the neighborhood. I made our staple fish taco recipe:

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Blackened tilapia with avocado, cilantro, and lots of fresh lime juice. Spicy and fresh and tasty!

Sunday ended up being even lazier…a Costco run and then playing games and drinking beer with friends. I did make these delicious cupcakes!

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They are mini chocolate banana cupcakes with a peanut butter frosting. It’s a Weight Watchers recipe, 2 points or 101 calories per little cupcake. They are so good! And rich, too. I actually am satisfied with one even though they are so small. Not that I don’t want to eat 3 more, but, you know.

There was also Taco Bell AND Five Guys on Sunday. John deemed it a “getting fat” weekend that night. This is the last week I have of WW so we’re getting a little slack. We’re going to try to pick it back up tomorrow. But…

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We did have this healthy dinner tonight – salmon, zucchini, and baby kale salads. Of course, this was because we were going out for milkshakes after. We did get a walk in today along with some walking while picking up those plants at the top of the post! I even helped John garden today. According to Lose It, I was only about 80 calories over when all was said and done (including another cupcake I caved and had just now. Oops.)

I was also battling some major sinus nastiness this week that seems to be gone now, so I’ll get back to working out more. I did actually go to the gym once this week and get some lazy elliptical-ing in. Our 30 Day Shred experiment starts in just about 3 weeks! And hopefully this rain rolls out soon so we can start hiking again.

This week’s menu:

Salmon (had tonight)

Brats, sauerkraut, and grilled corn

Tacos or enchilada casserole

My birthday is in about a month, and we get to go home in about two months! After that, the wedding countdown gets real serious. (And then baby countdown for my sister too!) So much happening this year – I feel very lucky and happy.

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5-25-15

5-17-15

Food for thought:

Weight Watchers budget: 26 points daily to lose, 32 points to maintain (49 weekly points as well)

Lose It goals: 1592 to lose 1/2 lb a week, 1842 to maintain *note: the goal it has to lose 1 lb a week is 1342, which is below my BMR, below*

BMR: 1376

TDEE: 1645 (sedentary) or 1885 (light exercise)

We watched Fed Up tonight (while eating pizza, oops) and it was thought-provoking. I’ve always heard “a calorie is a calorie,” but WW doesn’t subscribe to that, which is something I’ve struggled with. In a way, that’s why I’ve been tempted to go back to regular calorie counting, because a 200 calorie beer on a 1590 calorie diet, is only 12% of my day; but on WW, it’s 5 points out of 26, which is about 19%. Granted, I get weeklies in there too, but even if I budget in 7 weeklies (a fair split per 7 days), it’s still 15% of 32 points.

Another topic brought up (and what actually inspired us to watch the film tonight, due to a very similar Washington Post article we read this morning) was that exercise really doesn’t play that big a role in weight loss. This really has the cogs in my head turning. John said he already felt that way about exercise to begin with, but I’ve been thinking of exercise almost strictly as a way to eat more…it explains some things. I’m going to try to re-orient my head into seeing it as a way to be healthy, not just to get more food.

It actually makes me feel a little less pressure. It probably helps that I’m close to where I want to be, weight-wise. Realistically, if I didn’t lose any more weight than now, that would be ok. I am in a healthy range, my fiance likes my body just fine, and I comfortably fit in my wedding dress. 🙂 I still would like to be under 125 (which I’m about a pound away from), so my arbitrarily picked goal is 123. The important thing for me is staying there once I make it.

5-17-15

5-14-15

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That’s last night’s dinner – potato & chickpea curry, Trader Joe’s pakoras, and garlic naan. It was delicious! Tonight, we ended up cheating and not working out or cooking, but we had salads from Costa Vida for dinner, at least! This week has been busy for both of us at work and we just didn’t feel like exerting ourselves in the slightest.

Tomorrow is a very exciting day because Paardebloem comes out! This is one of my favorite beers I’ve ever tasted. It’s really hard to get a hold of because it’s such a limited batch. It’s brewed with dandelions and packs a big 9.2% punch. It almost tastes more like white wine than beer. I’m hitting the Red Rock beer store immediately after work tomorrow, and then we’re going to the brewpub for dinner and more. 🙂 It’ll be a good reward after a long week.

I re-downloaded Lose It!, which is the first app I did calorie counting with, last night. I really prefer the UI to My Fitness Pal’s. I only have two weeks left of WW and I really don’t want to spend $20 a month just for their clunky, buggy app. I have a free WW point calculator app I may try out as well. The problem is that I have to manually calculate points for everything all the time if I go with that. I may just fall back to Lose It to rely on their database. We’ll see. Right now, I’m doing an experiment and logging my food in both apps. I want to put a post together showing calories vs points side by side.

5-14-15

5-10-15

This week’s menu options:

Skinnytaste potato & chickpea curry (made once before, super good)

Tuna steaks + Asian chopped salad

Skinnytaste meatballs & sauce currently simmering in the crockpot

Cauliflower crust pizza

So, I used to make cauliflower crust pizza for dinner probably once a week before I met John. But I don’t think I’ve made it in probably two years! He is willing to try it, so hopefully it turns out well even though I’m rusty.

We were both up a little weight-wise this week, which makes since because we ended up eating out a LOT. I’m finding I really only lose any weight if I cook more often. This is going to get harder as this week starts off the 3-sports-at-once season for John (plus golf). I may just end up cooking while he’s off playing whatever and saving him a plate.

We had friends over yesterday for margaritas, and I stupidly forgot to photograph the margs at all. We made lime sherbet and mango margaritas and both batches turned out really well! Some slight tweaking needs to be done to the recipes but not much.

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This morning I got up and made this bubble up breakfast casserole – recipe definitely needs work. It’s fine enough, but nothing craveable. I prefer my quiche recipe.

John and I were talking the other night and decided we’re going to try to do a real 30 Day Shred where we do the videos every day for 30 days. (He gets a pass on nights he plays a sport, and we get our birthdays off, since it’ll be June/July). I think it’ll be cool to see what results we get, if we can stick with it. That’ll start around mid-June, as our push to the bach bash in July.

5-10-15

5-3-15

A short post since I’m on my phone.

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I’m going to be an aunt! I am so beyond excited. My sister and her husband will
be great parents. I didn’t realize how happy it would make me! The only hard part is knowing how far away I will have to be during her pregnancy.

This week’s menu:
Chimichangas (chicken) for Cinco de Mayo, and a margarita experiment. (I have lime sherbet, fresca, and mangos, gotta be something there, right?)
Either turkey meatballs and homemade sauce, or maybe turkey patty melts?

Everything is kind of up in the air since John starts his second sport this week. It’ll be three soon, plus golf whenever he can. Not sure when I’ll ever see him!

Down another pound and a half. It’s really starting to look like WW is the way to go for me. We’ll see when I hit my goal, but this works without me feeling too deprived. Just slightly deprived. 😉

5-3-15