A 36 Point Day – Home Cooking Goodness!

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I love eating at home.  When I eat out I usually think “I could make this better.”  Not to be all braggy, but I can cook y’all.  I can remember standing on a chair cooking breakfast for my Father.

My Mom started me young, and I would rather eat something home cooked over greasy, over-salted crap you get from most places when you eat out.

Breakfast:  8 Smartpoints

Yes my favorite overnight oats that you see in almost all of my 30/36 point day posts.  I can’t help it, I love it and can prep 5 days at a time.  When you get up at 3 am for work it is important to have that breakfast ready to go!

I also always have a Premier Protein for my coffee creamer that’s 2 Smartpoints.

Snack: 1 Smartpoint

Apple + WW String Cheese

Lunch:  7 Smartpoints

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I took my Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe and added Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles for a delicious 7 Smartpoint lunch!

Snack:  2 Points

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Sririacha Enlightened Broad Beans

Dinner:  12 Smartpoints

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I used the seasoning blend from Easy and Fast Veggie Stir Fry, with a cup of Jasmine Rice and an air fried chicken breast.  So good!

Snack:  5 Smartpoints

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I had my own salty fix with 5 Smartpoints worth of chips while I watched TV.

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Weigh In 10-14-17: Out of Town

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So I had my first weekend out of town since getting serious about my health last February.  I was gone Friday and most of Saturday, so I weighed myself Saturday night.

Stayed the same.  Yes!

I’ll admit I was nervous about eating everything out for a couple of days.  It’s so easy to let old habits just slip right back in.   I go to the Louisville KY Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular every year, and I wasn’t going to miss it this year due to Smartpoints.

It brought a question that I am asked over and over again to the forefront of my mind.

Do you really want to have to count points the rest of your life?

I mean do I seriously want to have to do this forever?  This weekend was just a warm up for my big vacation to Vegas in a couple of weeks.

Yeah, Vegas.  Land where the drinks flow and the food is plentiful and delicious.  Land where you revert to a 22 year old as soon as your plane lands.

So as I was faced with a buffet Friday night and wanted to have some adult beverages I found myself feeling a little weary about the whole deal.

Why should I have to always worry about this?

Then I snapped the hell out of feeling sorry for myself when I remembered going to this same deal last year.

I mean I didn’t have to pack a bunch of meds because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep without major acid reflux.  I mean it doesn’t even cross my mind anymore because it has completely went away.  This is amazing since all the health care professionals wanted to just throw me on medicine and my dietary changes fixed it without giving more money to the evil bastards in the pharmaceutical business.

This particular event also has long lines and you have to stand forever and a day.  Long walk from wherever you finally got to park – I mean it is really physical.  Last year my legs were killing me before we even got to the Pumpkin part and I couldn’t wait to get it over with so that I could freakin’ sit down.

I could have spent hours looking at the pumpkins this year, and I did.  Sitting down because my legs and knee were screaming at me didn’t even cross my mind.  I slept like a rock and didn’t have a jacked up knee for days after like last year.

So do I want to count Smartpoints the rest of my life?  Not really, but I’d much rather do that then miss out on experiences.  When you factor in the trade off there really is no other option.

Weigh In 10-7-17: How Important is Volume?

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We all want to hear it is not our fault.

It’s those damn carbs!

I ate to much dairy!

Gluten caused this!

People in my family are obese so I must be meant to be this way!

All the fat caused me to gain weight!

Low fat products are bad and I ate them!

It’s impossible to lose weight as you get older.

Now before you bring the pitchforks out know that I know some people really do have issues with  these things.  I know I myself have used several of these excuses over the year.  I wasn’t successful until I came to one solid conclusion:

I was fat and it was by my own doing.

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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Sometimes you just need some comfort, and this big bowl of deliciousness comes in at 9 Smartpoints.

I couldn’t eat dinner after I ate it, I was still incredibly full, so it is 9 Smartpoints well spent.  It is easy to modify if you’d like it to be less.  I begrudgingly counted the points for the mixed veggies, and if you subbed just beans and carots it would take 1 smartpoint off a bowl.

You could also leave out the potatoes, but who does that? Also I added the “dumplings” (one per serving) and those are 3 Smartpoints.  I honestly don’t think it needs them, and probably won’t add them again.

Wait what?

Yep, you heard that right I don’t think it needs the bread product, but if you are big on that sort of thing it is easily added.

I’m in maintenance so I get more points than most, so what I’m saying is you can make this your own!

I was inspired by this recipe to use cauliflower as the base.

Let me tell you I was probably more skeptical than you are right now, but it was GOOD.

My usual chicken pot pie takes hours and hours to make but I wanted to do this simple.  You could probably modify this for the stove top too, but you’ll have to babysit and it’ll take a lot longer.

A serving is one “dumpling” + 1 1/2 Cups of soup.  You’ll get about 6 and a half servings with this recipe.

Ingredients:

2 Pounds Chicken Breasts, cut into strips
3 Cups Chicken Stock, divided
9 Ounces Potatoes, chopped into 1/2″ Cubes
1 Bag Mixed Vegetables (16 ounces)
1 head of Cauliflower, cut into 4 pieces
3 Garlic cloves, diced
1 Cup yellow onion
2 Teaspoons Grapeseed Oil (or your favorite high smoke point oil)
1 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground if you can)
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

6 servings Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescents (8 come in a can and I did them all, there was room)

Method of Preparation:

Turn your Instant Pot to Saute mode and add oil.  Once it reads hot add your onions, cooking for about 2 minutes while stirring frequently.  Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes. stirring as you go to make sure nothing sticks.

Turn your Instant Pot off and add 2 Cups of Chicken Stock and mix well, getting anything that might be stuck on the bottom incorporated with the liquid.  Layer your chicken strips in the liquid, and season with Thyme,and Pepper.  Add the potatoes on top, and add the salt.

Using a steamer basket place your cauliflower on top.  Secure the lid and set to manual for 9 minutes.  Once done do a natural release for 10 minutes, and then let the pressure out.

Remove your steamer basket with the cauliflower and set to the side.  Using a slotted spoon remove the chicken and potatoes.  Check several chicken strips to be sure they have reached a safe temperature.

Return cauliflower to the pot and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.  You can also do this with a food processor.

Turn pot back to saute mode, and adjust the heat to the low setting.  Add frozen mixed vegetables and stir well and last cup of chicken stock.  Add the potatoes back to the pot and shred your chicken.

Give it a taste and add more salt and pepper depending on your personal preference.

Take your crescent rolls and roll each individual piece into a ball. Add back to pot once it is back to a boil.  Use a heat proof lid or set your Instant Pot lid back on, venting slightly.

Cook for 25 minutes. or until rolls are cooked through.

Enjoy!

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Food Find: Enlighten Me

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So I’ve heard about these broad beans in my meeting for awhile now.

Why haven’t I tried them?

Weeellll I’ll admit I don’t always trust the opinions of my fellow Weight Watchers.  There seems to be a Smartpoint-to-amount-of-food ratio that comes into play, meaning that if it is low in Smartpoints some Weight Watchers think it’s delicious.

Or maybe I’m just a food snob, which is probably very true.

Take for instance that nastiness that is Arctic Zone Ice Cream.  At one of my meetings this lady was going on and on about how great it was and you could have the whole pint of ice cream for like 8 Smartpoints of something.

That should have been my first clue.  I took one bite of the flavorless frozen water and threw it away.

So I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to recommendations, more so when they are low in points.

I mean I don’t like Halo Top but I don’t say that out loud because I’m afraid they’ll kick my butt in the Weight Watcher parking lot.

When I saw these broad bean things at Costco I decided to take a leap of faith and get them.  People go on and on about them at my meeting, and they were all happy as hell that they were back in stock last week.

They are good.  Like really good.  And only 2 Smartpoints!

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They are gluten free and packed with protein and fiber.  These would be delicious on a salad.  I wish I would have got them earlier!

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Weigh In 9-30-17: On My Oooown…

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Once again…

Anybody older than dirt like me and remember that song?  Loves me some Patti…

Anyway, so my weigh in was a little different this week because I didn’t go to weigh in.

What?

I’ve missed three of my regular meetings since I went back.  They were all at the end of a financial quarter because my life becomes a living hell and I live at work the last few days of the month.

What I did do was weigh in at home, and I was half a pound less than last week, which means I stayed the same because my scale always weighs lighter at home.

Now I knew I wasn’t going to the next meeting.  I knew I was going to work and probably wouldn’t get back to a meeting for a week, maybe two.

And I stayed on track.  I followed the program.  You do not (or maybe you do) realize how big of an achievement this is for a serial Weight Watcher.

Let me break it down for those that don’t understand what I’m putting out there……

It’s my nephew Dominic’s birthday this week, and I have a tradition where I take my nieces and nephews shopping and out to eat for their birthday each year.  I never wanted to be the Aunt that bought them socks or something.

So we went to a burger place and then to get ice cream.  I had a cheeseburger and a small chocolate sundae.

Not the healthiest of food, but it is not realistic to believe you will never have these kinds of things again ever.  I knew I was going, I pointed out my food, and I enjoyed having dinner with a rambunctious soon to be 4 year old.

Now if this would have been me when I did the program previously I would have been all “Hot Damn!  I’m not weighing in so I can have what I want and have two weeks to make it up!”

Oh that small sundae would have been a big one….With whipped cream and nuts to boot.  The cheeseburger would have had double cheese and probably some onion rings to go with it.

And I would have felt miserable the whole rest of the day and more than likely night.

Instead I still made good choices and had a great time.  I wasn’t counting down the minutes in the store because I felt like total and utter crap, but enjoyed spending time with my nephew.

I didn’t feel deprived at all.  In fact, I should have felt deprived before because I wasn’t putting my best foot forward.  I wasn’t enjoying the experience, just the food.

The experience is so much better.

It gives me hope that I have really changed my mindset this time.  I always strove to do that, but in previous versions I was so focused on the scale and the little charms and all that junk that it was more of a competition with that damn scale instead of a program I was going to use to get myself good and healthy.

I’ve turned that corner.  I’m sure of it.

A 36 Point Day – Yum!

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This was a good food day 🙂  I was satisfied without feeling hungry or stuffed.  Winning!

Breakfast:  6 Smartpoints

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PB & J Overnight Oats – Yes, I know you see this constantly, but I LOVE it.  At the beginning of this whole weight loss adventure I would feel deprived because I couldn’t just eat chocolate.  Now I feel deprived if I don’t have my blueberries and Greek Yogurt.  Who’da thunk it?

1 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons PB Fit
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Sweetener of choice (I use stevia)

At least 2 hours before eating ( the night before even better) mix yogurt, PB Fit, Oats and sweetener in a container and refrigerate. Add frozen blueberries 10 minutes before you eat. Enjoy!

 

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