I was just your average overweight, fast food, candy, pizza-loving, non-active girl. A few years, a lot of determination & 130 lbs down later, I feel like I'm finally alive! If I can do this anyone can.
These are a great breakfast esp. if you’re on the go in the AM (and really who isn’t!?) This will let you say “See ya never McDonalds breakfast!” Everything in these is free except the egg which is 2 points plus on Weight Watchers. You could also add cheese for additional PP value!
What you need:
This is kind of up to you as far as veggies go…The ones in the photograph have:
eggs (1 per muffin)
How to make them:
Chop up veggies and sauté until veggies are soft (about 5 min)
So I went shopping this weekend. Didn’t really plan on it, but when your mom says hey want to go shopping and look around? YOU DON’T SAY NO. Rule of life. This shopping trip was different, and here’s why:
I remembered that earlier in the week I realized my size 10 jeans were baggy. Not falling off, but I was showing signs of diaper butt. So, when I saw a pair of size 8s on the sale rack, I had a bit of a panic. It was as if the weight loss Gods and the bargain Gods got together and led me to this pair of jeans, haha! My panic came from “if I go try these on and they don’t fit, how will this make me feel? Will I feel defeated and run for the closest cookies I could find? Will I cry? Will it empower me? So many thoughts racing through my mind. But I decided to go for it.
What happened next is a moment that will live on in my mind for the rest of my life. I got into the dressing room, locked the door, pep talked myself and put one leg in. Ok, that feels fine let’s go for leg number 2. Ok legs are in and jeans are to my knees. That feeling I’ve experienced so many times…You know the one, where you try on pants that are too tight and you start sweating a bit and fear you will be stuck in the most uncomfortable straight jacket pants forever, wasn’t there! They went over my thighs with ease to my waist…ZIPPED…and regular breathing ensued! Holy shit, I was a freaking size 8! I haven’t worn single digit pants since ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, people.
I didn’t plan on buying anything this day. But another rule of life…When you try on pants that are a size smaller than you wore last time you went shopping…and they fit…YOU BUY THEM. They’re hanging in my closet now, almost with a bright aura around them putting all of the size 10 pants they are next to, to shame. Just waiting to be worn. It won’t be tmrw (Mondays are weigh-in days and you must be crazy to think I’ll wear jeans and step on the scale!) But look out world…I’ll be conquering you this week…wearing size 8 pants!
Preheat oven to 350°. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and fibers with a spoon. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast about an hour or until the skin gives easily under pressure and the inside is tender.
Meanwhile, while the squash is roasting, season chickencutlets with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Heat a grill pan (or a George formal grill) over medium-high heat, when hot grill chicken on both sides until cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside on a dish.
Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven or microwave and carefully fluff the spaghetti-like strands on each half with a fork, leaving the squash in the shell. Seasonwith salt and pepper, then spoon about 1/4 cup marinara in each boat.
Slice the chicken on the diagonal and place each piece on top of each squash half.Top the chicken with 1/4 cup each of remaining marinara sauce, then top with cheese and place back into the hot oven and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is hot, about 12 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with parmesan cheese on the side if desired.
The holidays have come and gone (Thank God!) and all of the tempting sweet treats have disappeared with the turn of the new year. Now comes that oh so overused question “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” I am all for looking at myself and seeing what I can do better this year that I did last year…But for me, setting an actual resolution feels like I am just setting myself up to resent the change I am trying to make.
One major thing I have learned with weight loss (that actually applies to many things in life) is the way you look at something makes all of the difference. So for me, looking at these small goals/things to work on as a “New Year’s Resolution” does not work. That being said I have some big and some small goals, some weight related and some not I’d like to work on in 2013. Here it goes:
To hit my goal weight of 150.
To drink more water everyday.
To do at least 1-60 second front plank everyday. (Any takers to do this one too?? C’mon it takes 1 minute!)
To accept I can’t be in control of every aspect of life all of the time. I very much try to live life knowing what is meant to be will be…but sometimes I forget =)
To update my blog more!
To run faster.
To run longer.
To get stronger.
And most importantly to wake up thankful, every. single. day. Even on days I wake up sick. tired. sad. mad. annoyed. etc. Because no matter what is going on in my days…I get to wake up and go to a wonderful job, in my healthy body, and talk to people who I love and am inspired by everyday. One of my most favorite quotes of all time sums this idea up perfectly to me…It’s a Buddha quote that says, “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
Now it’s your turn!! What are you going to try to do better in 2013 than you did in 2012?
Ok so I LOVE gyros. There is a place in Kansas City that makes a pretty damn good one. I literally looked at the menu to get the ingredients and made this great alternative to what I’m sure is a very high PP gyro from the restaurant at home.
These are 6 or 8 (with cheese) Points Plus
What you need:
Chicken Breast (I used the frozen breasts that WW now has) They are 5 oz breasts for 3 PP
Pita (the kind that has a pocket) you only need 1 or what would be 1/2 of a full pita
Onion (I love onion so I use a lot, but just as much as you like is fine!)
Tomato slices (again, up to you on how much)
1 slice Reduced fat swiss cheese (I actually totally forgot to put this on the gyro pictured and it was still delicious!)
2 Tbsp Tzatziki sauce (I’m sure you can get fancy and make your own…I bought some already made at Trader Joes and it was really good…It even had cucumbers sliced up in it!! Also, if you have a Harris Teeter grocery store where you live, they make a really good one too!)
How to make it:
Cook chicken (I did mine on a grill pan inside) I always pound mine out until it is pretty flat so it cooks more evenly.
Chop up onion and tomato
Microwave pita for 15-20 seconds
Put all ingredients inside pita pocket, add 2 tbsp tzatziki and enjoy! This really is so easy and really really good!
Ok guys…I cannot believe how busy I have been lately!! Since my last post, I’ve run ANOTHER half marathon, done some traveling, made it through Halloween AND Thanksgiving, and have lost 7 lbs!
I had a come to Jesus meeting with myself. I looked back at where I was weight-wise 1 year ago…guess what…ABOUT THE SAME. That wasn’t so much fun to realize…but I will say, although my weight has stayed the same, my clothing size has gone DOWN and I am feeling great. That being said, I am in the zone, have lost 7 lbs and can officially say I am 21 lbs away from my goal weight! Me, Grace Goodman is ONLY 21 lbs over weight! That’s like a regular person who just needs to lose 20 lbs. Very surreal.
Running is going very well. I finished my THIRD half marathon! Although my time isn’t where I want it to be…I didn’t feel like death was approaching me during this one so I will take that as a victory! Crossing those finish lines just never gets old. Around mile 8 I always think to myself ”Self, why did you do this? Never again.” And then I cross and am filled with happiness and all of the pain and tiredness leaves my body and I start planning for the next one!
Another great thing happened since we last spoke…My mommy joined Weight Watchers! She doesn’t have much to lose (she has lost 100 lbs too!) but wants to get about 20-30 off. It has been so awesome having her on plan. We are always asking each other what we are eating and comparing activity points. She has the same leader as me, but goes at a different time. I really think her joining will be my final push to 150. I cannot wait!! I am trying to be at goal by March 1. I know I have always said don’t set dates…but I’m using winter to get these 20 lbs off, so when spring and warm weather are here…I can feel confident in less clothing =) For any of you struggling to get motivated…this spring goal really helped me. Everyone is covered up and staying inside during the winter…So I am using this time to get this last bit of weight off!
I think those are the major things going on with me. I promise to get better about posting regularly! Lots of fun stuff coming up!!!