Back In the Saddle Again

You’re going to have that song in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.


Yup, spank a mule and call me Ethel, I’ve jumped back atop the Weight Watchers wagon and am clinging to a bale of hay for dear life. As of today, I have:

a) not binged on hard tack and salt pork (Bagel Thins and turkey pepperoni, etc.)
b) written in my journey log faithfully (My journal’s full of so many feelings I’m sure if it could verbalize, it would scream “I’m in a glass case of emotion!”)
c) stayed on the trail (planned each day’s food in advance and stuck with it)
d) hopped down and walked behind the wagon at regular intervals (As of today, I’ve earned 13 activity points and will have earned 25 by the time this week is over.)

I’ve made a commitment to making the hard decisions and ignoring the whiny, spoiled kiddo inside that wants everything and wants it like, right now. Thank you SO much for everyone who commented here, on Twitter, or on the WW boards – it has helped me every single moment these past few days. I can’t say it enough – thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Now back to your regularly-scheduled Western.


Help Wanted

As the saying goes, I’m down, but I’m not out. I know that I can be successful and reach my goal. 

So I stocked my kitchen: 

Trader Joe's trip = mission accomplished.

Apples, peppers, bananas, and potatoes, oh my!

 After I filled my fridge and cupboards with good stuff that is mostly unplanned snack-resistant, I decided that I need a more personal outlet to get out issues that are non-weight loss related. So in the fashion of my old college notebooks, I handcrafted a journal that I’m going to use to try to pour my stress and troubles into: 

The front of my new "Feelings Trash Can."


Blank now, filled to the brim with "issues" later.

Sidenote: if you’ve never made a notebook or item similar to this, I highly recommend it. Grab some old magazines, and cut out images and items that appeal to you, even if it seems strange or you’re unsure why you like it. With a little glue and clear tape or contact paper, you end up with a book covered with bits and pieces of your personality, essentially – very cool. 

I even ate a cup of spinach this weekend for the first time EVAR. Yes, I’m that serious… I’m willing to eat plants. Sort of. When I was done with it, it looked like this: 

I'll take spinach puree for 400 please, Alex.

And after the addition of some chocolate Almond Breeze, a banana, and a cup of strawberries, the result was this: 

Yes, it really turned out kind of a black-ish color. I definitely was wishing for the wine behind it, instead.

I am committed to giving up every excuse and forcing myself to make hard decisions. But I know I can’t do this in a vacuum. 

So I need your help. I need you to share with me your best tips, your tales of triumph over tough situations. Anything you want to tell me, I’ll listen. I need the support of everyone who reads this blog more than ever.


Tasty and Delicious, The Next Round

Back when I was just a wee young blogger, I posted a couple of times about products I found extremely tasty for a bargain-basement number of calories. Since lately I’ve been going over grocery shelves with a magnifying glass in search of new nosh to help me out of this slump I’m in, I thought I’d share some here.

Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Antioxidants Chocolatey Peanut Butter Bars
I love peanut butter. Like, a “could eat it with a spoon out of the jar” level of adoration. Anything with peanut butter in the title is going to catch my wandering eye at the store, guaranteed. After being recently burned by another new fiber product which shall remain nameless, I almost passed these up. To my relief, they’re delicious. Even more so if you warm them up for 10 seconds in the microwave (granted, I have to do this because I keep them in the freezer so I don’t eat 10 at once and drive away every friend I’ve ever had with the resulting flatulence).

Nutrition Facts per Bar:
Calories: 130
Fat: 5 g
Fiber: 9 g

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Lower Sugar Fruit & Cream Variety Pack
Breakfast in my household when I was a kid usually went along the lines of rummaging about in the oatmeal box for blueberry, strawberry, peach, or banana creamy goodness. (Which my mom then drowned in far too much milk, serving me a helping of oatmeal soup. Tragic, I know.) The fruity Quaker variety pack has remained a favorite, which is why I actually squeed in excitement when I found the new Lower Sugar version on the shelf. Each packet tastes just as delicious as the regular instant version, though I hope they will roll out with blueberry and banana flavors as well as the strawberries and peaches pack they currently sell.

Nutrition Information per Packet:
Calories: 130
Fat: 2-3 g
Fiber: 2 g

Red Peppers
This isn’t exactly along the lines of the usual products I talk about, but in my further attempts to include my arch-nemesis, the vegetable, into my daily diet, I’ve started using red peppers quite frequently. I like spicy food in general – I enjoy the challenge inherent in taking on food that attempts to make me tearful/red in the face. My favorite thing to do is to pour some extra-virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add chicken breast, garlic, finely chopped red peppers, some cajun seasoning, and freshly ground black pepper, and cook until the chicken is done. Sometimes I put the contents of the frying pan in a pita wrap (you can’t hate eating what you can’t see, right?) or else I’ll eat it just on its own and try to forget that a most-hated vegetable has taken up residence on my plate. Most of the time, it works.

Nutrition Information per Medium Pepper:
Calories: 30
Fat: 0 g
Fiber: 2 g

Flatout Light Original Flatbread
Generally, I’m a bread girl.  So even though I had heard about the fantastic nature of all things Flatout for quite some time, I snubbed them in favor of my usual loaf.  But then, someone uttered the magic word: pizza.  Now, I’m a huge fan of using these wraps to make psuedo-pizzas since my daily points allowance doesn’t exactly allow for a huge helping of Domino’s every night, wish/pray/beg as I may.  Best recipe: heat your oven to 350, put one wrap on a cookie sheet and spread with 1/2 a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil.  Bake for 3 minutes, then remove from oven (careful!), spread with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss, 1/4 cup of Contadina Pizza Squeeze, and 12 slices of Hormel’s turkey pepperoni.  Pop it back in the oven for another 7-8 minutes (longer if you like a crispier crust), and enjoy!

Nutrition Information per Flatbread:
Calories: 90
Fat: 2.5 g
Fiber: 9 g

Thus ends my attempts to be all Martha Stewartish and give cooking advice.  And once again, a reminder that I do not receive compensation of any kind to promote these or any products.


I Hate Vegetables

One of my trademarks quips when the topic of vegetables is brought up has always been “It’s just like eating a houseplant.”  It’s true, I liken eating a salad to munching on the ficus in the corner. 

Vegetables weren’t usually on the menu at my house growing up.  Corn occasionally graced the table, and every once in a great while stuffed peppers or brown sugar carrots, neither of which I would have touched even wearing a HazMat suit.  I considered my flat rejection of all things green as part of my genetic makeup, and therefore there was nothing I could do about it.

My second week at college, all of my “freshman friends” encouraged me to try salad once again.  I decided to make a bold move and do so – my only mistake was to partake of my vegetation at the campus cafeteria, where of course they use only the finest ingredients… riiight.  The first bite of ranch-coated lettuce nearly made me gag, but I battled with my reflexes because it’s just not cool to throw up in public or especially in front of your new college friends.

Needless to say, that ended my adventurous streak where it concerns vegetables.

Until now, that is.

Weight Watchers adds most vegetables on the very low point list and the Filling Foods list, both of which are coveted for their ability to get you through a sometimes meager amount of pts. each day.  In my efforts to keep myself both full and in this thing for the long haul, I really do want to expand my palate to include vegetables.

I’ve researched “How to make yourself like vegetables” as far as Google will take me, but I really haven’t found any life-altering advice.  I’m pretty sure I’ll hate charred vegetables (i.e. grilled) just as much as raw, etc. 

The only place I can think to start is with baby carrots with ranch dip, which will be my first (and hopefully not my only) “vegetable adventure” this week.  If anyone has any spectacular tips and tricks they’d want to share with me, I’d love it.