A 30 Point Errr 25 Smartpoint Day

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So Weight Watchers has started this whole Freestyle program and completely screwed up my blog name.  I’m sure they contemplated hard the ramifications for my blog before they did this, right?

Anyway….So being that I’m on maintenance I now have 25 Smartpoints a day instead of the previous 36.  Let me tell you, I’m diggin’ it.

You see with the previous program I felt like I was eating even if I wasn’t hungry, which is what brought my fat ass to Weight Watchers to begin with!  I am more in tune with my body then I have ever been in my life, and I know when I’m eating just to eat.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that – Every body does it.  It’s when it becomes a habit that problems develop.  To be in your healthy eating zone before you had to be within 3 points of your target, so I needed to eat 33 points a day to meet that goal.

With the new program you are allowed a range of 10, which is freakin’ awesome.  If you are a healthy food fan and cook most of your food you’ll find a lot of the things you eat are now 0 Smartpoints.  You might not need all those extras, and finally they aren’t making us eat them!

Breakfast 3 Smartpoints:

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PB&J Overnight Oats

1 Cup Greek Non-Fat Yogurt (Fage is my favorite) 0 Smartpoints
1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats 2 Smartpoints
2 Tablespoons PB2 1 Smartpoint
1 Stevia packet 0 Smartpoints
1/2 cup frozen wild Blueberries 0 Smartpoints

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Bulgar Wheat Stir Fry

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So with this new Freestyle program I think I’ll be using a lot more bulgar wheat.  In my post  A Love Letter to Bulgar Wheat I wax poetic about how much I love the stuff.

And I mean I seriously love it.

For those of you Instant Pot “Potheads” out there I have found what I consider to be the perfect way to cook it.

So 1 cup of bulgar is going to give you 4 cups cooked.  You double your water.

So if you are doing 1 cup dry then use 2 cups of water/broth.

My perfect all purpose Bulgar recipe in the Instant Pot is:

1 Cup Bulgar Wheat
2 Cups water prepared with Better than Bullion Chicken
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoon Wildtree California Garlic and Pepper Blend  (sub 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper)

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It’s my Birthday today and this year I have myself the best gift ever – 65 pounds of fat loss!  Well there I am, in all my 47 years of glory!  Hey I made it!  I’m sure there are people out there betting that I wouldn’t 🙂

I am grateful for so many things this year.  This is the first year since I was in my 30’s that I didn’t suffer a devastating loss.  This is the year when I said ENOUGH and got off my butt and did something about my weight problem.

It hasn’t been easy though.  My last post about how I am struggling right now really hit a nerve with people.  I get a lot more messages through Facebook or Insta than I get comments on my blog – maybe because that is what people are used to doing, or maybe because they don’t want there comment to be seen by everyone.

The running theme of my messages seemed to be:  Forgive yourself and move on.

It really started this weird brain of mine thinking.

Forgive myself?  Why the hell should I forgive myself?

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Weigh In 12-17-17: The Struggle is Real

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So my weigh in this week was decent.  I stayed the same, which is my goal now, but it was a miracle for sure.

You see, I have been struggling, and I mean struggling hard core this week.  With the holidays comes holiday baking, which is one of my favorite things to do in the world.  I have been at it for a couple of weeks now and was actually doing pretty decent.  You have to do quality control and try at least one from a batch to make sure you didn’t like put salt in instead of sugar.

I tracked it all.  Then I started a slippery slope this week known as “Oh I’ll track that in a little bit” and ended up with “Well I’ve fell right through the outhouse floor so I might as well enjoy myself”.

I know better, but it happened anyway.

It’s probably going to happen again.

And again.

No matter how bullet-proof we may feel life is a constant struggle.  It’s how we react to those struggles that define who we are and how successful we will be.  The slide was subtle and I didn’t even notice it was happening until I was at the bottom sitting in a pile of sugar cookie dough and chocolate chips.

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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.

Bastards.

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!

Ingredients:

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.

What?

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.

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