Throwing Down the Gauntlet

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So my crazy busy work schedule is hopefully behind me for awhile, so I’m back, and not a moment to soon.  I actually missed my monthly weigh-in for June, something I swore would never happen.

That’s not real life though.  Real life is messy and unpredictable.  Real life seldom presents you with the best possible circumstances to maintain your health, and you have to learn to roll with it.

One month will not make or break me.  I’m going to admit to you all, I was nervous as hell when I stepped on that scale.  Sure there are habits that are ingrained now, but the habit, the most important one, had disappeared since the advent of the Freestyle program.

Tracking.

For over a year and a half I religiously tracked my food.  Even if I had to guess I still guessed and put it in my Weight Watcher app.  I started out with the best intentions.  So many of the now free foods were my daily staples.  Tracking all those zeros seemed like a big waste of time, so I started to relax with it until tracking was non-existent.

How could I go from being so disciplined to a free for all in such a short amount of time is truly terrifying.  I was pleasantly surprised when I hit my goal number on the nose when I stepped on that scale a couple of weeks ago.  Obviously some of those habits still do a body good.

The problem is at one time I was five pounds under that number.  It may not seem like much, but I know that it starts as a little snowball and grows bigger as it rolls down the hill.  Maybe it’s silly, but I felt better, stronger with those five pounds gone.

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A 25 Point Day – At the Movies!

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I love the movies.  I don’t go near as much as I used to, but there are certain movies that just must been seen at the theater.

The Avengers being one of them.

There are certain things that when I see the Smartpoint values I say no way.

Movie popcorn is not one of them.  It is my ultimate guilty treat.  At least I don’t do the buttery topping, so there’s that.  A medium popcorn without the topping is a whopping 15 Smartpoints.

So what’s a Weight Watcher to do?

PLAN.

Breakfast:  2 Smartpoints

2 Hard Boiled Eggs:  0 Smartpoints
Premier Protein drink (for coffee):  2 Smartpoints

Snack: 1 Smartpointsnack

Apple:  0 Smartpoints

Mini Babybell Light Cheese Round:  1 Smartpoint

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Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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I love me some Blueberry and Lemon, and when I’m craving something sweet this is it for me!  You can make this in the oven or the Instant Pot and it’s super easy!  It is dense and very filling.

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
1 1/2 Cup Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1Cup Stevia Baking Blend (I use Aldi’s zero calorie)
1 1/2 Frozen Blueberries

Optional (for oven preparation) 1 beaten egg for egg wash

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A 25 Point Day – On the Nose!

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So I didn’t do a weigh in post this week, but the holiday grand total?

1.8 pound gain.

I will take it considering most folks gain at least 5 during the holidays.

I am curious to see how I will drift back with the new Freestyle program.  I was still losing tiny amounts with the old program, so we’ll see what happens!

Breakfast:  5 Smartpoints

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A 25 Point Day – Get Into the Groove

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So this whole #WeightWatchersFreestyle thing is taking some getting used to, but I’m digging it.  I still have to find my sweet spot – where I don’t gain or lose, but it’s an adventure.  Right now I get 25 Smartpoints on maintenance.

I really like healthy food.  Like if I had someone to prepare all my food for me probably 90% of the time I would ask for vegetables.  I LOVE THEM.  I realize this makes things easier for me, but I’m finding that with all the free food it is easy to overeat, and you can overeat on healthy stuff too.

I’m getting into the groove of it though, and I’ll figure it out!

Breakfast – 0 Smartpoints

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2 hard boiled eggs

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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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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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