Food Find – Bread! Yes!

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Ooooh that white stuff.  Carbs.  The reason why I could never stay on point with a low carb diet.

Bread.

I love bread.  Sandwiches, croissants, toast, deli rolls, pitas…I love it all.

Now yes you can have bread following the Weight Watcher’s plan, but you shall pay for it in Smartpoints, oh yes you will.

The beautiful thing is there are a lot of options that are more point friendly, and when you want something like an Italian Beef Sandwich you can just budget your Smartpoints so that you can have that awesome deli roll with it.

Here are some of my favorite Smartpoints friendly options:

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Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain English Muffin = 3 Smartpoints

I love these for breakfast sandwiches.  An egg, some Canadian Bacon and you have a 5 or 6 point breakfast that will stay with you.

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Weigh In 8-19-17: Lifetime WI #1

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So….This staying the same weight is a bit harder than I expected.

Even after my Weigh In 8-12-17: What Kelly Learned post you’d think I just have it all together, right?

Wrong.

I have to admit to you all that I fell into some bad habits last week.  It is scary how fast I turned to them.

You see, I talked about how that scale is a tool that sometimes doesn’t tell the truth – that you can’t be to hung up on it.

So when I checked my weight Thursday and I was up 3 pounds….THREE POUNDS…I freaked out.

Now did I think about how I had super salty food for lunch that day and how I know I’m sensitive to salt?  Nope.

I freaked.

I mean I went from 30 points to 36 for maintenance.  At 30 points I was losing an average of 2 pounds per week.  Mathematically it was impossible for 6 extra points a day to cause me to gain 3 pounds.

Yes, logically I should have shrugged it off and thought if the water weight didn’t fall off by weigh in it would have fell off by the next week.

But I wasn’t logical.  I was irrational, and ate very little Friday, following the old Kelly plan.  I drank and drank water.

I weighed in at exactly the same, which yay?

No.

I was a slave to that scale, I didn’t think rationally, and I didn’t behave properly.

But I own it. I did it, it’s over, and I’m moving on.

In a lot of ways the Weight Watcher program is meant for people like me….People that like to win. It is a double edged sword though, because it can bite you in the butt when you are not winning.

All or nothing.

Now I really realize that I have much work to do, and I’m willing to do it.

 

Spicy Sausage and Potato Soup

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I can’t believe we are heading towards the end of summer, and my attention is turning to more fall like recipes.  This spicy sausage and potato soup is comfort food at it’s finest.  It’s also incredibly easy and only 4 Smartpoints a cup!

This can either be cooked in the Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

Ingredients:

2 Pounds Red Potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Pound Spicy Chicken Sausage (I use Trader Joe’s) Sliced
4 Banana Peppers, sliced in rings
3 Cups Chicken Bouillon (I use Wildtree), divided
1 Cup FF Milk
1/4 Cup Instant Mashed Potatoes
2 Tablespoons Flour
2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Teaspoons Black Pepper

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Tools – Activity Trackers

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The most asked question I get about my weight loss is….drum roll please…

Did you exercise?

The answer to that question is not a simple one.

I hate hate hate exercise.  I know endorphins and all that are supposed to happen, but I HATE IT.

That’s not to say that I hate activity.  If I have a hiking trail or a nice bike ride I’m a happy camper.

I don’t like to run unless there is danger, and it better be some pretty serious danger to boot.  I get bored by workout tapes, and I work so much it is hard to get to a class.

My mindset on exercise changed up a bit when I started wearing a fitbit.  I use the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Small (US Version) that has a heart rate monitor. Back in March I noticed this screen:

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This is what my screen says now, and trust me it didn’t say that five months ago.  I wish I would have taken a screen shot of it, but I was so shocked by it that I just wanted to not look at it ever again.

It said I was fair to poor for my cardio fitness.

Wait, what?

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Food Find – Trader Joe’s

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I love Trader Joe’s.  I’d love it a lot more if there were one close to me, but as it is I have about a 50 minute drive to get to the one closest to me.  Armed with my insulated bags I stock up on things I consider essential to my success.

Stuff is going to happen.  Things will not go as planned.  I love to cook and don’t do processed food to much, but when life happens you need to be prepared.  Most of any “convenience” type foods that I eat are in my freezer from Trader Joe’s waiting to save the day.

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I love this stuff.  It is good mixed with cream cheese on a bagel thin, awesome to use to season eggs, chicken, and many, many other things.  It’s 0 Smartpoints to boot!

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Did you all know that I will not post a recipe on My 30 Point Life until I make it 3 times?  I probably could be a bit more prolific in the recipe area if I didn’t follow that rule, but I want to make sure everything is tight in case you all decide to try it.  Food is expensive and ruined food is no good.

Anyway I have one more go-round with a creamy Spicy Chicken Sausage and Potato Soup that is to DIE for before I’m ready to post.  I used this chicken sausage and it is delicious.  It’s 3 Smartpoints a link.

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For the Newbs

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Losing weight is hard.  Being fat is harder.

That’s what I tell myself whenever I want to throw in the towel, when I get sick of watching what I eat, when I want to make a ton of comfort food (and eat it too).

I’ve had a lot of activity on my blog and in the interwebs this week since hitting my goal weight.  I have had such a huge amount of support and love thrown my way that I am seriously overwhelmed.  In a good way of course!

My Facebook Page has been seriously active and I’ve gotten hundreds of messages about what I’ve done.  I think I’ve finally answered them all, and thanked all the people that commented on the posts going around the ‘net this weekend.  It was important to me to say thank you or at least love their comment if they took the time to say “wtg girl!”.

A bunch of you also said you were going to try Weight Watchers, and this post is for you.  I imagine some of the things I am going to talk about will help with other weight loss/lifestyle plans too.  So here are some of the most asked questions I received and some sage advice from someone who’s been there, left, been there again and finally bought the damn T-Shirt.

Do you follow the Weight Watcher plan everyday, or do you do a cheat day?

I once had a girl in my WW meeting ask me how I was losing weight.  Ummm I do Weight Watchers…lol  Seriously though, this whole do I totally follow the program question came up over and over and over.

Yes, I follow the program.  Completely.  Does that mean I have always stayed within my points and done everything perfectly?  Hell no.

As human beings we are designed to not be perfect.  Did I have days that I went over my 30 points?  Yes.  Did I track every single one of those points?  Yes.  Did I get right back on the wagon the next day?  Yes.

Don’t sweat messing up.  It happens.  You just need to start sweating when you not only fall off the wagon, but are drug behind if for miles until it crashes into a fiery heap.

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Weigh In 8-12-17: What Kelly Learned

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I did it.

I reached my goal.

I am now at a healthy weight.

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I need to shop for clothes that fit me right…lol

I’m still in shock.  I don’t want to lose weight.  I mean I was probably like a little kid the last time I thought that, and I’m 46 years old now.

I didn’t spend my whole adult life as big as the posted picture, but I did for the last couple of years.  I had always battled my weight though, and probably spent most of my twenties around the weight I am now +5 or 10, and then packed on 20 or so pounds in my 30’s and then 30 or 40 pounds in my 40’s.

I figure now is a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned and why I was successful.

All About the Math

No matter what diet you follow – and I don’t mean diet as in losing weight I mean diet as in what we consume is called a diet – It will eventually come down to calories put into your body vs. calories you burn.

Yeah, some calories will keep you full longer, some have more nutritional value, and some might make you bloat up like a balloon but there is one thing for sure:

Math. Don’t. Lie.

The way that you control that number is a very personal thing.  You have to find the right help, and you best make sure it’s something you can live with for sure, because if you just go back to your own habits the minute you get close to where you want to go, you’re toast.

Speaking of Numbers…

I’ve learned to not dread the scale.  Far to many people. myself included, have used that little contraption to judge their self worth.  It is simply a tool to gauge your progress, and sometimes it’s a stubborn little bitch that doesn’t give us what we want.  Hell sometimes it doesn’t give us what we deserve.

A salty dinner, hormones, a full moon….So many things factor into what we weigh.  I had weeks where I stayed the same even though my nutrition and exercise were on point.  Then I’d stay the same the next week.  Then I’d lose 6 pounds the third week.  It will eventually show up, because as I said before….

Math. Don’t. Lie.

While the scale isn’t exactly my best friend, I have learned to appreciate it as a valuable (if sometimes unreliable) tool in my quest to become healthy.

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