Saturday, August 27, 2011

Weight Watchers Saturday

Well, Hello there :-)  I didn't post last week because I didn't have time and I'm almost out of time today too :-)  I really worked this past week at Tracking.  Everything.  And I mean every single bite.  I did it 100% until Wednesday.  Wednesdays are really long days here - my husband has to go to Chicago every Wednesday so he leaves home at 2:00 AM and gets home around 6:00 PM.  There is always a chance he won't make it home and will have to stay the night so we are kinda always unsure of the day so that it sets it off kilter.  It is amazing how much that little schedule possibility messes with my day and impacts what I do.  I worked to track on Thursday and Friday but didn't get into it 100%.  I'm still struggling to get exercise in daily but at this point, I decided to focus on one main thing and that is tracking. 

So this weeks stats are: (Drum roll please . .. )
I lost . . .5.4 pounds last week :-)  Yep.  That is not a typo.  I know I should just take it and run but there is a disclaimer.  I gained a few pounds when I weighed in last week but considering the fact that the night before I had gone scrapbooking . .. and ate tons of wonderful tasting food (like fried Cauliflower, Frozen Cokes and Peanut M and M's) I wasn't surprised.  So in reality, I was just catching up from last week LOL  It does motivate me, though, to keep tracking!

I'm adding one goal this week - to drink all of the required "water" each day.  As you know if you have read my past posts, I'm not a huge fan of just plain water but I love Crystal Light.  I'd like to drink 16 ounces (that is 2 cups) of water and have the rest be Crystal light.  I feel like if I do that, it will help with some of my little bite snacking during the day.  I even have something to work for . .. my husband misplaced my Flylady Water Bottle several months ago (in his work truck which is now traded in for something new so the bottle is gone . .) so if I can drink the required liqued amount for the next two weeks, every day, I will order a new water bottle.  The water bottles are fabulous because they not only keep your drink ice cold for hours even without ice, they do not sweat.  Not one little bit.  I found I drank a lot more water when I could drink it out of there and it was always cold. 

I will continue to work on Tracking Sun-Fri.  I keep Saturday as my no tracking/free day in order to have a break.  Eventually, when I reach a plateau, I know I'll have to change that but, for now, I'm going to enjoy that freedom!

I found this new snack idea that I tried last week and I loved it - Check This Out:

Find the Jiffy Popcorn at your store that shows the WW points.  I will say that the one I have says 3 points per serving (a serving is 5 cups - at least on the box I have).  Pop your popcorn like normal.  I than emptied out about half of the bag because I was the only one eating it and pour in one package of the SnackWells Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Popcorn. Hold the bag closed and shake.  Alot.  The heat from the popcorn will melt a lot of the chocolate off of the Caramel Popcorn and add more flavor to the other popcorn so you get that sweet/salty combo.  You get just over 5 cups of popcorn (in this case) for 4 points.  Not bad at all!  If you could find the individual serving size popcorn, than you wouldn't have to throw any away :-)


Weekly Menu

Saturday: We are going on a picnic and to the zoo with my in-laws.  I did some searching this week and came up with some great looking picnic foods!  Fresh Mozzarella BLT and Pesto Sandwich, Deviled Eggs, Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit,  Smoked Mozzarella and Penne Salad,  and Congo Bars .  Doesn't that all sound yummy?  (Ummmm . .I'll probably take some cheese and crackers for my kids just in case!)   Once we get home from the zoo - my kids will probably have Mac and Cheese . .. my husband enjoy waiting until they go to bed and than we order subs . . .it's a fun little tradition we are starting and is a great date night :-)

Sunday: Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Parsley Gravy and Fried Corn.  I also have Crock Pot Pork chops with Stuffing and 4th of July Salad planned for Dinner.

Monday: Baked Penne with Chicken Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella, Homemade Garlic Bread and Salad

Tuesday: Meatballs with Cream Sauce, Brown Sugar Carrots and Layered Salad

Wednesday: Mini Sausage Quiches, Lemon Poppyseed Bread and Strawberry Cream Puff Cake

Thursday: Left overs or Beef Tips and Noodles

Friday: Dinner out :-)

** Next Friday I'll post any recipes that I find are good enough to share. . .but I also noticed that are several here that I haven't shared that I already KNOW are great so I'll share those too!

Amazon Associate

Recently I became and Amaon Associate.  Doesn't that sound impressive?  All it really means is that I can now link through them and, basically, advertise for them.  I decided to add this feature after reading other homeschooling blogs and seeing the amazon "widget" at the end of their posts featuring various items.  I decided that it would be a great way to share the items we use for preschool and a way to share the books I talk about in my (mostly) weekly "what I'm reading" posts.  One main advertising tool you will start seeing is the "Carousal".  I placed one at the bottom of this post so you can see what it looks like.  Basically, if you see something you are interested in, click on the picture.  You will be re-directed to Amazon.  If you buy it through that link, I will receive credit for that purchase and yes, I will earn some money. 

I am also posting a "My Favorites" Amazon link that appears in the right hand side of the blog.  It is just another way for you to see what I love and maybe, you do to!  Again, if you click through that link and make a purchase, it helps me out.

For now, those are the two key items I've added to the blog.  You may see more items added/taken away as I figure out what is the best way to make this work for everyone.  Personally, I have shopped through Amazon for years and have always been happy with their service so I have no problem becoming an Associate!