Weigh In 12-9-17: What’s in a Name?

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Well now they’ve gone and done it.  30 Smartpoints is no more, making my blog name out of date.


It’s okay though.  30 Smartpoints got me to where I am, so I’ll wear my old-fashioned name like a badge of honor!

Weigh in was good as I was down .4.  I’ve slowly been creeping to 65 pounds lost, which isn’t my goal but the body wants what the body wants.  I’m currently 5 pounds under said goal, so Imma keep doin’ what I’m doin’ and see how it all shakes out.

Except there is a new plan.

But the old plan works great.

Then I think about when they changed to Smartpoints.

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Spicy 3 Bean Chicken Stew

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Hello fellow freestylers!  Are you excited about the new program?  I’m going to go more into my thoughts on in on the weekly weigh-in post, but I wanted to post this today to help all of you that need a fast and easy 0 Smartpoint dish!

Now I do have to warn you, the chicken broth has a point if you eat the whole thing.  I’d love the meet the person who could, because after eating just a bowl of this for lunch I could barely eat dinner.

It’s warm, filling, and definitely feels like comfort food!


2 Cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Kidney Beans(be sure to get the kind without sauce), drained and rinsed
1 Can Corn

1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Celery stalks, diced

1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

3 Teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base mixed with 3 cups water

1 1/2 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, halfed if they are really large

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Weigh In 11-25-17: Yes I Went

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So I weighed in the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and I lost .4 pounds.


Yep.  I lost weight.  I wasn’t even trying to lose weight.  Please don’t come looking for me so that you can kick my ass or anything.

I’m sure most of it was because I cooked the dinner.  Like the whole dinner for 20 some odd people.  I remember Thanksgivings past, when my Mom would cook dinner and sit there at the table and not really eat.  She always used to say that after cooking day and night she didn’t feel like eating it.

I now know what she means.  I didn’t feel like eating any of it either.  Watching friends and family enjoy my efforts was more than enough for me, and while I nibbled here or there I really didn’t overindulge at all.

Even if I would have I would have accepted it.  It’s just one day.  The really important thing is what you do the day after.  Do you get back on the wagon, or do you say “Screw it, I blew it so I might as well eat my way through a river of mashed potatoes and gravy with a side of pumpkin pie”.

Even if you did a backstroke through mashed potatoes it’s not to late.  That’s the beautiful thing.  Even if you had a calorie laden breakfast this morning it’s not to late.

You can restart RIGHT NOW.  Not tomorrow, not at dinner, but right now.

The choice is up to you and what you want.

In other news, I’ve received quite a few messages about the recipes on my blog, or more pointedly the lack of recipes on my blog.

Here’s the deal peeps.  Every recipe that I put on this blog I make at least 3 times before I post it.  I’ve had to many recipe fails from other blogs where they have this beautiful picture and it looks so delicious and it turns out nothing like that without Photoshop and the power of filters.

I won’t post recipes just to post recipes.  Food is expensive.  I assume most of my readers are all trying to at the very least eat healthy, and at the very most lose weight.

Nothing will send me into dialing the pizza dude more than a ruined dinner when I’m hangry, so I only post the tried and true.  This blog is not about how many readers I have or how much money I can make off of them, which is a good thing since I make none.

It really is about helping people, and I’m not going to post a bunch of crap that could possibly derail people.

Also, food’s expensive y’all.

I do have a few in the works right now, and they’ve been through #2 trials.  I can’t make them over and over right in a row though or I’ll derail myself by not mixing up my dishes, and we can’t have that.

So for all of you wondering where are the damn recipes there you have it.  I hope you understand.

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Weigh In 11-18-17: Gobble till ya Wobble

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So I had an awesome weigh in and that two pounds from my Vegas vacation is history!

What did I do?

I just got right back on my program when I got home.  Actually I got back on program the day I left Vegas, and haven’t looked back.

It gets me to thinking about the upcoming food holiday to end all food holidays – Thanksgiving.  There were a lot of questions floating around our meeting this week, and the big one was:

Are you going to track?

Oh of course I am.

At least as best as I can.  Will I stay within my Smartpoint range?  All signs point to no…but I’m okay with that just like I was okay with packing on two pounds during my two week vacation.

I’ve been at the weight loss thing for years.  YEARS.  After being around the block a time or 20 I’ve learned something:

One day/vacation does not make or break you.

What will break you my friends is not returning to your regularly scheduled program.

I made a deal with myself when I was in Vegas.  If I wanted a Sprinkles Cupcake, I was going to have a Sprinkles Cupcake.  If I wanted Crepes with hazel nut and homemade whipped cream, I was having it.

If I wanted a margarita the size of my head, I was going to drink it.

That was only the first part of the deal though.  The second part was I would track it.

I didn’t just take a vacation from Weight Watchers.  Oh some of those days have over 120 Smartpoints.

But I tracked it as best as I could.  Tracking is a part of my life now, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

The third part of the deal is that vacation would not slide into the next week and next week and week after that.

You see it isn’t a holiday or vacation or a birthday that kills us.  It’s the day after those things that kill us.

It’s the “Well I was bad so I might as well enjoy myself for a few more days” mentality that is going to kill your progress.

So this Thanksgiving I’m going to have mac n cheese.  I’m going to have one of my fabulous pecan pie cupcakes (24 smartpoints alone!).  I’m sure my tracker will go into convulsions but I will track everything.  Every. Single. Thing.

Trust me, I won’t do near the damage I would do it I wasn’t tracking.  It makes you stop and think, even if you have given yourself permission to go over your Smartpoints for the day.

Come Black Friday, it’s back to my 30 (36) Point Life.

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A 36 Point Day – Right Back at It

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So when I got back from vacation did I severely restrict my calories?  Nope.  I went right back to my maintenance points and the 2 pounds I gained on vacation are naturally falling off.


Breakfast:  9 Smartpoints


1/2 cup egg beaters, veggies, 2 tsp oil oil, and 3 turkey sausage links, diced.  2 Smartpoints worth of creamer for my coffee.

Snack:  2 Smartpoints


Sea Salt Roasted Broad Beans

Lunch:  5 Smartpoints


Taco salad with 4 ounce 96% lean ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, and light sour cream mixed with salsa for the “dressing”.  Delicious!

Snack:  0 Smartpoints

1 Orange

Dinner:  13 Smartpoints


It’s been cold and this is perfect! I had 1 1/2 servings.  My Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup.

Snack:  7 Smartpoints

Skinny Cow No Sugar Added Ice Cream Sandwich and Individual Bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn.

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Weigh In 11-4-17: Vacation Aftershock!

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So I know this is a bit late.  I’ve had a hard time catching back up with life after I got back from vacation, not leaving a lot of time for my blog.

The verdict is:  I gained 2 pounds while on vacation, leaving me 3 pounds under goal.

I am ecstatic with these results.

I tracked everything while I was on vacation.  Well, I did the best I could for sure.  There were somethings that were a big guessing game, but the point was I didn’t want to get out of the habit of tracking just because I was on vacation.

The decision was made that I might gain.  I knew there were things I would eat (and drink) that I normally wouldn’t or couldn’t.

Like a delicious marshmallow Sprinkles cupcake.

Probably the best piece of advice I could give anyone who’s trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight is this:  Do not do anything that you cannot do for the rest of your life.

Am I going to never ever eat a cupcake again?  No.  Am I going to never ever indulge while on vacation again – like never?  No.

So I had to find a way to fit it to my plan.  To put it into perspective, when I went to Vegas last year at this time I gained 6 pounds.

6 pounds that I never lost until recommitting to WW in February.

By my at home scale I’ve already lost 1 of the two pounds that I gained, because the minute, and I mean the minute I was back I went right back to my 36 Smartpoints.

It was tempting to just do a few like 20 point days and see if I’d lose it real quick, but that was old Kelly thinking.  I was still losing at 36 Smartpoints, ever so slowly, so if I returned to that these pesky few pounds should naturally drop off without me doing anything drastic.

This is how “naturally thin” people do it.  I really put a lot of thought into this before heading out.  I mean I was curvy in my 20’s, but I didn’t feel like I needed to lose any weight.

I would go visit my parents during holidays and I’d always gain weight.  I never did anything special to lose it – it would just come off as I went back to my routine.

It is losing that all-or-nothing attitude that has made me successful, and will keep me successful.


Weigh In 10-17-21: Vacation Mode!

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So I’m still here peeps!  I’ve been meaning to write this since weigh in last week but I’ve been busy.

I also lost another half a pound at weigh in, but I’m chalking that up to the normal fluctuations in weight that everybody has.  I think I’m finally leveling off. There has also been another new development:


Now for those of you who don’t know me personally I work more than most.  Like I probably put in the hours two average people work each week, so when I do finally have some time off I have a lot of things to get done.

Like getting rid of all those clothes that don’t fit me anymore.

I mean even those “skinny” clothes from back in the day are way to big now.

My first week was slotted for doing all those pesky tasks that need completed, and the second week I’m headed to my annual Halloween trek to Vegas.  I worked really hard this week and need a vacation from my vacation!

I’ve made the decision to not stress to much about going over my Smartpoints and the possibility of gaining weight.

Wait, what?

Oh I plan on tracking it all – for sure.  That is part of my life now, but I’mnot going to stress over not eating this or not drinking that.

If I think back to a time in the distant past when I was a normal weight, I never thought about “oh, if I eat this I’m doomed!”  I would maybe indulge a bit and then when I got back home just go back to normal and whatever damage was done would naturally fall off.

I didn’t starve to lose the couple of pounds, hell sometimes I didn’t even gain any weight.  It’s when you start playing those games in your head that you sabotage that.

Will I just go hog wild?  No.  Will I drink a margarita the size of my head?  Probably.

Will I track it all?  You betcha!

That brings me to something else I wanted to ask you all.

And by you all I mean:


Yeah, those are some of the stats for my blog.  I blows me away at how many people actually read what I write, and from all over the world!

Anyway, all 138,000 and some change of you – I want to do a Q&A post when I get back next week.  If you have a question you’d like covered please include it in the comments.  I get tons of questions.

Some people message my Facebook Page or my personal one which is worse because it goes into some other folder that I forget to check all the time.  Some people ask in my Weight Watchers Tough Love group, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

It’s hard to keep track of it all, so if you want a question answered about my weight loss thus far please comment! Hey, just comment and say I read your blog.  It’d make my day 🙂