Monday, August 31, 2009

Hungry Girl's Big Bowl of Breakfast

Hungry Girl's Big Bowl of Breakfast

1 tray Green Giant Just for One Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
3/4 cup frozen potatoes O'Brien (like the kind by Ore-Ida)
3/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 slice Canadian bacon, chopped
2 tbsp. shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

Prepare broccoli & cheese sauce according to package instructions. Set aside.

Bring a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add egg substitute and scramble for 2 - 3 minutes, until fully cooked. Place scrambled egg substitute in a microwave-safe bowl and set aside.

Remove pan from heat, re-spray with nonstick spray, and return pan to the stove. Raise heat to medium-high and add potatoes. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thawed and lightly browned.

Add Canadian bacon and cook until hot and a little crispy, about 1 - 2 minutes.

Add potato/bacon mixture to the bowl with the egg scramble. Add broccoli & cheese sauce and mix to combine.

Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the bowl, and microwave for 30 - 45 seconds, until cheese has melted. Grab a sturdy fork and dig in!

Serving Size: entire bowl
Calories: 262
Fat: 3.5g
Sodium: 1,306mg
Carbs: 23.5g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 31g

6 PointsPlus+, 5 Points

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

12 1/2 oz canned chicken
8 oz Dole canned Pineapple Tidbits in Juice
1/4 cup(s) slivered almonds
1/2 cup(s) fat-free Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp table salt

Drain chicken and shred. Add pineapple tidbits and some of the juice. Add slivered almonds and salt. Stir in the mayonnaise until mixture is thoroughly blended.

Makes 10 - 1/4 cup servings - 2 Points per serving

Friday, August 28, 2009

Slow Cookin' Pulled Chicken

This recipes is from Hungry Girl. She says, "shredded BBQ chicken is FANTASTIC over salads, piled onto light buns, stuffed inside high-fiber tortillas with (rinsed) cole slaw, or eaten all by itself. Yummmmmm!". I hope you enjoy!

Slow Cookin' Pulled Chicken

1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breasts, halved
1 cup canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. garlic powder
Optional: red pepper flakes, to taste

Place all ingredients except the chicken in the crock pot. Stir until mixed. Add chicken and coat well with the sauce.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours OR on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.

Remove all the chicken and place it in a bowl. Shred each piece using two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across the meat and shred it. Return the shredded chicken to the crock pot, and mix well with the sauce.

If you're serving a group, keep the crock pot on its lowest setting, so the chicken stays warm. If you like, season to taste with red pepper flakes. Eat up!

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 149 calories, 1g fat, 462mg sodium, 10g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 22.5g protein -- POINTS® value 3*


Thursday, August 27, 2009

In His Image

One of my Weight Watchers leaders, Linda, emailed me a very interesting article from Spark People. You can check it out if you want, Improve Your Self Esteem With Journaling.

It made me think a lot about how I have a really hard time being positive when it comes to myself. I could encourage someone else in what they are doing, but when it comes to myself I am not so gracious.

I hope that you will read this article, maybe you do not need to work on this. For those people, that's awesome! I wish I were more like you. But for those of you who are more like me. Maybe we should take sometime to ask God to help us to be more positive with ourselves. After all we were created in His image!!God knew what He was doing when He created us and we have to trust Him to change us.

"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them...God saw all that He has made, and behold, it was very good." - Genesis 1:27&32

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weight Watchers Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Weight Watchers Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 tbsp butter, softened
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar, dark-variety
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp table salt
1 large egg white
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine.

In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda; stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter; stir to distribute evenly throughout.

Drop rounded half-teaspoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. Bake cookies until golden around edges, about 4 to 6 minutes; cool on a wire rack. Yields 2 cookies per serving.

1 cookie = 1 Point

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

South Beach Diet's Vegetable Quiche Cups

This is a great breakfast item. You can freeze and reheat them later.

South Beach Diet's Vegetable Quiche Cups

3/4 cup fat-free egg substitute, liquid
10 oz chopped frozen spinach, 1 package
3/4 cup shredded fat-free Cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup green pepper, diced, can use red pepper as well
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 tsp table salt, to taste
1 tbsp salsa, put on top if desired

Heat oven to 350F

Line 12 cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, spray the cups with the cooking spray.
Thaw and drain spinach - I wring it out well in my hand.
Mix the spinach, egg substitute, cheese, peppers, onions, hot pepper sauce, salt in a bowl.

Fill the foil cups with the mixture.

Bake at 350F or 20 minutes, testing so that a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove from cups to serve.

* Quiche cups can be frozen and reheated in the microwave. Any combination of appropriate vegetables and reduced-fat cheeses may be used.

Serving Size – 2 cups
PointsPlus+ Value - 1 pointsplus+ for 2 cups
Points Value - 1 point for 2 cups

Broccoli-Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Broccoli-Cauliflower Cheese Soup

3 cans of Fat Free Chicken Broth
2 lbs frozen Broccoli-Cauliflower Mix
1 can Rotel Tomatoes
8 oz lite (2%) Velveeta Cheese
Boil veggies in chicken broth. When veggies get soft, mash them up. Add rotel tomatoes and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.

Makes A Lot! (I added garlic and pepper for flavoring)

Serves 8; 2 pointsplus per serving (serving is approx. 1 cup)

For Recipe Review, click here

A Healthy Weight

I have been on Weight Watchers since October 2008. I am finally in a healthy weight range!! Praise the Lord!! As of August 3, 2009 I had lost 70 pounds and I now weigh 155!! I am in a healthy weight range according to Weight Watchers for my height (125-155). It is really very exciting. This is the main goal that I have been working towards since mid-October. Now, according to the doctor and Weight Watchers I can keep losing weight until I am comfortable in my own skin. The lowest I can go is 125 pounds, but I don?t want to go that low. Right now I have set my goal at 145, but I might work towards 135. I will just have to see what I feel like when I get to 145.

This has been such a long road that it is really amazing to reach such an important milestone like this one. I never thought that I would actually lose all my weight. I hoped that I would, I longed for it, but I was never confident in my ability to change my life. Please don?t be impressed with me, I have not done this on my own and it is only by God?s grace that I am able to say that I am healthy. He is the one who has changed my life and continues to do so on a daily basis.

Here are some things that have changed about me in the last 70 pounds:

1. I went from a size 18 to a size 8! As a result I have had to get rid of my wardrobe, because everything I own is too big for me. This is not a bad problem to have, but it means that I wear the same things over and over again. I can?t wait to be at goal and be able to build up a new wardrobe!

2. Over this process that is something else I have really come to love and that is running. Can you believe it? I was told that after my 5K I would become addicted to running races?well they were right! I am not signed up for another race yet, I think that there is a half-marathon in my future. I will bring you more details on the half-marathon when I have more information about it. For now I run on a regular basis so that I can lose the last 8 to 18 pounds that I have left before I reach my goal weight.

3. I am much more honest and open about my weight. I am sure that now-a-days I am too honest about my weight. I have become much more aware of my body and where I am at. When I have a bad week and don't exercise, I can feel it.

4. People are jealous of me. This is very weird for me to have people call me skinny, tiny, and some even say I have model legs.

I look forward to the day when I can post that I have reached my goal. That day is not today, but I can't wait for it to come. My perspective has changed, because now I know that I will reach my goal!

Change is good.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hit a Plateau?

Here is a summary of my Weight Watchers meeting on August 18, 2009.

So often in our weight loss journeys we hit brick walls (plateaus) But never fear...plateau rescue is here. Below are a few things that may be causing this plateau. Don’t give up you deserve to be skinny.


10 Common hang-ups we all fall in to:

1. ATTITUDE – Who struggles with this? Attitude is everything-Be Positive

2. DAILY POINTS Range – Are you remembering to retake the quiz on page 15 of Book 1 as the pounds drop? This is very important for your journey! A changing body’s needs are different, a smaller body needs less calories.

3. GOOD HEALTH GUIDELINES - Revisit these and incorporate each one of them into your plan. The scales and your clothing size will move downward if you do this.

4. PORTIONS - look at these with a fresh eye. After following the plan for a while, it’s not uncommon to begin relaxing our portion sizes. Who’s guilty of this? So pull out those measuring cups, spoons, and scales. Who does do this regularly? How are they helping you stay on track? (plug in featured products)

5. TRACKING. Again, this step is commonly relaxed after being on the program for awhile. Commit to completing your Journal/tracker -plan ahead and stick to it. Who’s using the 3-month journal, e-tools, or the points calculator to track? How does this help you?

6. TOO MUCH TOO QUICK - A half pound to 2 pounds per week AVERAGE is a healthy pace, so don’t rush it. By losing too much too quickly, you risk the chance of burning muscle tissue instead of fat, which can reduce your metabolism and slow your weight loss.

7. MOVE MORE – If you answered yes to this you need to understand that you CANNOT lose weight by modifying your eating but NOT exercising, nor can you lose weight by exercising without modifying your eating. The two MUST go hand in hand. So get up off your toosh and move more!

8. VARY ACTIVITY – Unfortunately, over time, our bodies adapt to the same regimen, so consider switching it up and do something different. How can we do this?

9. BEWARE OF ZERO point foods. How many of you get tempted to do this? Remember, zero point foods still have calories and they can add up when put together! So reevaluate those 0 point choices. (Ketchup, diet soda, green beans, carrots, fat free cool whip, etc)

10. MEDICATIONS can affect weight by causing water retention and weight gain, so if you think this is the case, talk to your doctor about some healthy alternatives and solutions.

And this is just for fun…but oh how true it can be. One little slip up and we want to quit!
10 little Weight Watchers joining in a line,
One hates vegetables, and then there were nine.
9 little Weight Watchers say I’ve lost weight
One has a gain and then there were eight.
8 little Weight Watchers think this is heaven
One has a birthday, and then there were seven.
7 little Weight Watchers, enjoying the mix,
One isn’t having any fun and then there were six.
6 little Weight Watchers see how they thrive.
One said, "I don’t need to track", and then there were five.
5 little Weight Watchers beating at the door.
One weighed and left each week, and then there were four.
4 little Weight Watchers feeling young and free.
One didn’t want to exercise, and then there were three.
3 little Weight Watchers see how well they do.
One went on vacation, and then there were two.
2 little Weight Watchers, life has just begun.
One fell off the wagon, and then there was one.
1 little Weight Watcher standing all alone,
The body is so healthy and how the pride has grown.
1 little Weight Watcher, at goal and feels divine.
Each of us can be that ONE - and not the other nine!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Controlling the Cravings

Here is a summary of my Weight Watchers meeting on August 11, 2009.

97% of women and 68% of men have admitted to having cravings. A craving is a strong desire to eat certain foods. Now this can easily be confused with an urge or a temptation. Cravings are the kind of things that eat away at your brain and all you can think about is eating that particular food.

Cravings can very easily get the best of us so…. here are a few techniques to help you bust down those obnoxious, relentless cravings.

• Distract it: If you think you’re having a craving, do something else for a while. The desire to eat may go away after 10—15 minutes. If it doesn’t, try another
strategy. A great example given was to give yourself a manicure…ha feels great and you can’t eat with wet fingernails.

• Fake it: You may want to eat a version of the food you’re craving that’s lower in POINTS® values.Instead of the chocolate cake try a weight watchers brownie.

• Feed it: If distracting yourselves and faking it doesn’t work, eat a controlled
portion of the food in a controlled setting. Try to avoid going to the restaurant because you will tend to eat a lot more…control it by eating at home.

• Dig deeper: If you become aware of why you’re craving a certain food, your desire for it may subside. For example, you may find it helpful to figure out if you’ve been too restrictive in your eating or if emotions are behind the craving. If feelings are the cause, realize that it’s usually better to face the issue head on.

• Ask what the craving implies: If you mainly crave a particular type of food (sweet, salty, crunchy), you may find it helpful to include foods of that type in your daily eating.A great example given was to eat carrots instead of potato chips to satisfy the crunch.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Granola Bars

Granola Bars
By, Alton Brown

8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Gospel

I never want there to be any confusion about why I blog. I want to be honest with you. This is the point where I tell you that God designed you to be in relationship with Him, to love God with your whole heart and to worship and trust Him. Because of our nature, we are separated from God; we disobey God and go our own way. We fail at loving God with our whole heart. But, the good news is that God sent Jesus Christ to pay the punishment for our crime and raised Him from the dead so that we could be reconciled to God. In Jesus we have the free gift of God's grace, we're set free from slavery to sin, and we're given a new heart to love God like we should. We joyfully await the return of our King Jesus, when we will finally live in His presence face to face. Why the wait? Because God is patient and kind and wants many to come to salvation.

We must repent and trust Jesus. How do you Receive Jesus Christ?
1. Admit your need for forgiveness and peace.
2. Be willing to turn from your sins, believing that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
3. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to forgive your sins & be your Savior.

If you're already trusting in Him, that’s awesome!! Do not waste your life, go out and live each moment on mission to spread the good news of His grace and His soon coming return.


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