Saturday, August 13, 2011

Weight Watchers Saturday

I had really high aspirations as this week started and somewhere, those disappeared about Wednesday.
I think I only tracked one day - I kept saying I needed to write things down, than the day would be done and I hadn't.  Amazingly, I did get some exercise in - I mowed the entire lawn (we have just a regular mower - not self propelled so it is a lot of work!), we took the kids for a walk, and I pulled them around and around the yard in the wagon.  I completely forgot about reading Reshaping it All!!

This Weeks Goal:
Tracking: Once again, I want to track Sunday-Friday.  My goal is to stay within my points for each day.  We were also challenged in meeting today to try and eat the "healthy plate" guidelines for all three meals one day.  I'm not sure what day I'll try that - maybe Monday while the fridge is still full!

Exercise: This week I'm going to look for ways to move - Wagon rides, taking things up and down the stairs (we are in the middle of cleaning out the basement so there are TONS of trips up the stairs), Vacuuming every single day for 15 minutes - my floors will be CLEAN.  I guess I'm trying to be creative with exercise so I actually get something in right now.

Mental: Read one chapter in Reshaping it All

Weekly Weigh-In

Weekly Weight Loss: +.8  I'm actually ok with that because we ate out ALOT last weekend.  I am hoping to see numbers go the other direction soon.  One thing I've learned is that it is a whole lot harder to stick to this when I have three kids to take care of all day than it was when it was just me I had to worry about! 

I mentioned earlier that we talked about eating the "Healthy Plate" guidelines put forth recently by the government - this concept replaced the Food Pyramid.  As my leader was talking about it, I started thinking - for my basic family of 4, to do one serving of fruit and one servicing of veggies at every meal, I would  have to buy enough fruits and veggies for 24 servings a day.  I don't think I can afford that!  Even buying frozen/canned to use along side fresh stuff - my budget isn't that big; that is just crazy!  So, I'm working on trying to get more creative with these things and put in as much as possible.  The protein and grains seem to be a little easier to get in :-)

Finally, I tried another great recipe form Gina's Skinny Recipes for Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil.

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
Gina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 26 Size: 1 slice bread with tomatoes Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 pt
Calories: 49.6 • Fat: 0.6 g • Carb: 9.1 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Protein: 1.1 g • Sugar: 0.2
Sodium: 2 mg (without salt)

  • 6 or 7 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 16 oz baguette or French bread
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled

Combine tomatoes, chopped garlic, red onion, vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and basil. Set aside.

Slice bread into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on a tray and spray lightly with olive oil. Toast bread under broiler, until golden, watching closely not to let it burn. When bread is toasted, rub each piece with whole garlic clove.

Place bread on a platter and top with tomato mixture. Serve immediately or the bread will become soggy. Makes approximately 26 small slices

Notes:  As you can see from the photo, I also added some fresh sliced mozzarella - just adjust the points accordingly.  I ate this for lunch several days, just toasting up some sliced french bread each morning just before lunch.  This is so fresh and yummy!!! 

"Remember, no matter how slow you go, you are still moving faster than the person sitting on the couch" 

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