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My First WW Weekly Update!

April 7, 2012

I’m back with the progress report from my first week on Weight Watchers. This morning, the scale informed me that I lost two pounds this week! Not a HUGE jump, but losing 1-2 pounds a week is normal and the first week of the diet was a little bumpy. I’m ecstatic to see any results at all, really, and I look forward to what’s coming next in this program. I’ve officially lost one percent of my body weight. 34% more to go! That seems like a biiiiig number, but I know I can achieve it by making good decisions and working diligently.

And how am I doing? I’m getting better at coming up with my own recipes and lower-point things to eat, which is making this process easier. I admit that sometimes I get bummed that I now have to think about and plan out everything I’m gonna eat in a day. When I start thinking about how hard it is, I usually also start to feel bad and wonder how I let myself get here. Being an emotional eater, this is really hard for me. Usually when I get upset or sad I lean on food, and I can’t do that as much as I used to. People who don’t know what it means to find comfort in food will never understand. Everybody has different outlets. Some people smoke or drink to relieve stress. I usually eat.

Ah well. I’ll be back tomorrow to share a beef stew recipe from the WW website that I tried out this week. It was surprisingly scrumptious! The reason I’m blogging recipes that I didn’t write… well, being a traditional cook who usually does not skimp on the fat or the oil or the cheese, I admit that sometimes I’m wary of the WW brand recipes. I really shouldn’t be, as I know they have test kitchens that come up with this stuff… but you never know. Low fat and I never got along really. Maybe by giving whoever is reading this blog (hello.. is anybody out there?!) an idea of how the recipes on the site and on other sites turn out, I can show them that there is no reason to fear healthier cooking! Or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself.. who knows!

Fresh Guacamole

April 4, 2012

I didn’t even know I liked guacamole until today, but the two ripening avocados in my pantry dared me to try it or they’d go to waste. In fact, I didn’t know I liked avocados until last week. That’s fine, this journey is all about trying new things. Luckily, there was a recipe for the creamy dip in the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook I ordered for my Kindle.

To be honest, I’ve never even had raw jalapeno… Just jalapeno flavored chips, etc. That’s a little embarassing, but then again, so is this entire blog. I was even reluctant to toss one in, but I ended up enjoying the flavor it lent to the dip. Since I don’t like onions I enjoyed getting to try guac on my own terms (by making it myself) instead of ordering it at a restaurant and being at the mercy of their ingredients. It’s good to know that jalapeno is another vegetable I can tolerate. Yay!

The flavors were intense on their own, but somehow worked together. I’m definitely a fan, but I don’t see myself making guacamole often. Not that it was difficult… I just don’t munch on tortilla chips that often.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe for the Weight Watchers classic guacamole, found in the New Complete Cookbook. I think it’s available on the weight watchers online website too. I myself omitted the onions and the cilantro, and if I were to make this again, I’d also reduce the amount of lime juice and salt I put in. I followed the directions, but I found that the salt and lime overpowered all the yummy veggies. If I wanted a margarita, I’d drink a dang margarita!

Classic Guacamole

Adapted from the WW New Complete Cookbook 2012

2 Points per 1/4 cup dip- chips not included in calculation

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 large ripe Haas avocado (/2 small ones- that’s what I used!)

2 Plum Tomatoes, Chopped

1/2 small onion, chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 tbl lime juice (I’d definitely reduce this!)

1/2 tsp salt (Reduce!)

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

Scoop avocado Pulp into a bowl and mash slightly. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing until combined. Serve within two hours or place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole (to prevent browning) and refrigerate.

7 Point Margherita Pizza

April 3, 2012

I’m really excited to share with you the first recipe I’ve independently developed in tune with my healthy lifestyle. I came up with the idea for this the other day when I realized how many points a delivery pizza can contain. Wowza! Up to 13 Points a slice! The frozen California Pizza Kitchen brand margherita pizza for one personal pizza will cost you eleven points.

These cute little pizzas are way bigger than a slice of large pizza and have a clean, fresh taste. Add a wonderful spring mix salad with yummy greens and fat-free italian dressing for one more point to make it a filling meal. All of these ingredients can be found in your pantry… but the best part of this recipe? It’s a ten minute meal!

Yummy! Now for the super simple recipe.

Margherita Pizzas

A Basil and Oregano Blog Original by Jessica S.

283 Calories Per Serving, 7 PointsPlus Per Serving

Serves 1

Ingredients

Olive Oil 100% Olive Oil Cooking Spray (I use Crisco) (1 Point per teaspoon- and one teaspoon is generous here!)

1 Mission Carb Balance 8 inch Tortilla (2 Pts +)

1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (4 Pts+)

1 Small thinly sliced tomato, pressed of extra juices between paper towels (0 Pts+)

2-3 Basil Leaves, Chiffonaded (0 Points +) (Dried is fine, I had to use it because my fresh basil went bad)

Salt (0 Pts +)

Pepper (0 Pts +)

Optional: A light sprinkle of garlic powder

Instructions

1. Preheat an empty 9 inch nonstick fry pan on medium heat until your hand feels hot when held two inches over the surface.

2.┬áPlace the torilla in the skillet. Spray top of tortilla only with Olive Oil Spray. If you’re using garlic powder, add it after the olive oil spray. Spread cheese evenly over top. Season very lightly with salt and pepper, Lay tomato slices evenly over the top of the pizza.

3. Heat in skillet until mozzarella is melted and the tortilla is golden brown on the bottom.

4.┬áRemove Pizza from skillet with a spatula and sprinkle the fresh or dried basil evenly over the pizza. You’re ready to eat!

Post #1: The Plan

March 30, 2012

This is the first weekend of my new healthier lifestyle, and of course, I’m feeling a little nervous about my ability to maintain these good habits I’ve been practicing. I’ve been feeling the need to set some rules for myself since I haven’t officially signed up for weight watchers yet. Once I have something to be held accountable to, I’m pretty positive that this whole process will get a lot easier. I can’t wait. Last night I even purchased some Weight Watchers cookbooks on Amazon with a gift card. To ensure that I got the recipes even faster, I had the books sent to my Kindle. I browsed the cookbooks and couldn’t believe how great some of the recipes sounded. It left the chubby food-a-holic in me thinking that maybe, just maybe, I can do this. I’m excited to see what the future holds.

At this point, the scale says that I weigh 200.6 pounds. That number isn’t easy to swallow. In fact, it scares the crap out of me. In order to reach what I consider to be a healthy weight, I need to lose 70 pounds. Before I feel comfortable again I have to lose at least 50. This is a terrifying journey but I know that I’m not alone. I’m lucky because I love to cook so I don’t have any terrible fast food habits to break. I just need to make healthier choices. The fact that I’m active, I’m sure, will also make everything easier.

The business graduate in me has decided to come up with a SWOT analysis to solve my weight problem. It is as follows:

STRENGTHS: Loves cooking already, also already able to work out for extended lengths of time several times a week

WEAKNESSES: Looks for comfort in food, has an extreme sweet tooth. Sometimes lacks will power. Definitely does not drink enough water.

OPPORTUNITIES: The opportunity to eat healthier and create a better lifestyle. The opportunity to avoid health complications such as heart disease and diabetes.

THREATS: Going out with friends, choosing cheap bad-f0r-me food instead of healthy, colorful foods. Depression, as I’m an emotional eater. Alcohol consumption with friends. Snacking carelessly.

I think stepping back and taking a better look at how I can improve is a smart move. Hopefully this works!!

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