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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Salisbury Steak – Instant Pot or Stovetop

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I’ve been playing around with this recipe for awhile now, and I finally got it.  I wanted to lower the Smarpoints without compromising the taste, and I think this turned out delicious.  The steak is 4 Smartpoints and depending how much mushroom sauce you use it can be 0 Smartpoints.  I’ve added a point for it for all the strict strict people out there (like me).

This recipe doubles well, and also freezes well.  I doubled it and formed 8 patties.  I took 4 of them and wrapped them in parchment paper and placed them in a ziptop freezer bag.  They are all ready for when I am running late and don’t know what to cook.

If you are using the Instant Pot to make this you can also make a starch using the Pot – in – Pot method.

Recipe for 4 servings (can be doubled)

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What Kelly Does

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2017 has definitely been a great year for me.  I’ve lost and maintained a 65 pound loss, putting me in a healthy weight range for the first time in a long time.  Here’s how I did it.

I wish I could tell you it was easy.  I wish I could tell you that I found this pill, this diet, this wrap that made it all go away and let me eat as much as I want.

That’s not real life.  It actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, especially as I got close to my goal, but believe me there were challenging things along the way.

There are still challenging things. There always will be, and I’ve come to terms with that.

So for the official first day of 2018 I’ve decided to do a round up of my blog and answer the most asked questions I get about my weight loss.

Now I know some of you may be doing a great big eye roll and thinking “she does Weight Watchers”.  Yes I do, but that is just my method of controlling my portion sizes.  I think I have a lot of valuable information for anyone trying to lose weight, you diet snob. 🙂

What is your number one piece of advice to someone who is trying to lose weight?

Clean your kitchen.  Seriously.  If you dirty a dish, wash the dish. Dry the dish.  Put the dish away.

How many times have you come home, set to cook dinner, but the kitchen is a wreck and you say screw it?  I know it used to happen to me all the time. I’m not a hoarder or anything, but I’m busy.  And tired.  I used to slack, for sure.

Not anymore.  It is so much easier to cook when I get off work when I don’t have to pick up clutter or empty the dish washer.  It is amazing how fast 15 minutes of extra work can derail all your plans and send you to calling for pizza.

How much water do you drink?

I’m really lucky on this one.  I do not like pop, or soda, or coke,or whatever you call it where you live.  I pretty much drink two things – water and coffee.  Do I drink like half my body weight in water?  No.  I simply drink when I’m thirsty.

One thing I do try to always do is drink a glass before I eat.  Every. Time.

Are you low carb/gluten free/only eat red food on Mondays?

I do follow the Weight Watcher plan.  It works for me, and you need to find what works for you.  I’m not so arrogant that I think WW is THE diet plan.  Not all people will like it.

It is the plan that my Doctor recommends, and that’s good enough for me.

One thing I do know:  You best pick one that you can do forever, that you can live with.  It doesn’t just “end”.  You don’t get to be done and go back to what you did before.

I mean I went low carb once.  It was the worst 7 hours of my life.

I need choices.  I need a cookie once in awhile.  Ice cream, for the love of GOD I need to have ice cream.

I’ve downloaded meal plans.  I’ve taken pills that made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack.  I’ve Pinned 9 million healthy meals that someone else ate to lose weight.

If you aren’t going to do it, it’s not going to work.  Find what works for you, and will work for you in the long haul.

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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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