Missing in Action

Hello all,

Well it has been a while since I blogged. I won’t bore you with a thousand excuses as to why I haven’t been here, but I am ready to come back to this blog and finish what was started months ago. Unfortunately, I haven’t actually lost any additional weight but I haven’t gained the few pounds that I lost so I guess that is something. I have not been to WW meetings but now that my life is slowing returning to some form of normalcy, I will be updating next week with a weight update and new recipes.

See you soon…

Red Lentil and Chicken Chili

I was vegan for a whole year back in 2012. Yes, I was a fat vegan. One of my favorite recipes was this chili that replaces beans with red lentils. Since I now eat meat, I decided to add ground chicken. This recipe is delicious, healthy, and filling. This is a slow cooker recipe and I have only ever made this using a crock pot.
 

Red Lentil and Chicken Chili
A twist on traditional chili
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr 30 min
Total Time
7 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr 30 min
Total Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs olive oil
  2. 2 Cups Red lentils
  3. 1 White onion
  4. 1 Red Pepper
  5. 1 Orange pepper
  6. 1 can tomato paste
  7. 1 bulb garlic
  8. 1 bag red lentils (16 ounces)
  9. 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  10. 2 quarts chicken broth
  11. 2 tbs chili powder
  12. 2 tbs cumin
  13. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  14. 1 12 oz package of sweet corn
  15. 1 package ground chicken
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet with olive oil. Put ground chicken in hot pan and cook thoroughly.
  2. Coarsely chop onion and peppers, then finely chop garlic.
  3. Add cooked ground chicken to crock pot. Combine all ingredients except corn into crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on low for six hours. After 6 hours, add frozen corn and cook an additional 30 minutes.
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Weekly Update 3 – Lose 100 lbs

Staying Accountable – Weekly Update 3

Since part of losing weight is staying accountable, I will be posting weekly updates. Saturdays are my weigh in day with Weight Watchers. For those of you on WW, you know that weekly points reset on weigh in day. I chose Saturday for my weigh in day because I figured I would rather have my weekly points available for the whole weekend. I currently get 42 weekly points and 35 daily points.

Sorry for not updating last week, but  honestly I didn’t lose anything and I was busy with the Easter festivities. I am back this week for my weekly update and this week’s news is better than last week. I am down 1.4 lbs bringing my current weight to 251.4. Hopefully I can be out of the 250’s by the end of the week. 

What I did right this week

I have been continuing to walk from my job to the car lot after work. While I didn’t track as much, I have been paying closer attention to my portion size. I have been leaving food on the plate and passing on seconds. 

What I need to improve

No I have not returned to the gym as I said I would. There is no excuse for this. I just haven’t done it yet. So this week I am going back to gym! I have penciled it into my calendar for Monday night. 

I also want to do better about planning fitness activities and meals. 

Goals for this week

Lose 1-2 lbs

Go back to gym

Meal plan

Weekly Update 2 – Lose 100 lbs

Staying Accountable – Weekly Update 2

Since part of losing weight is staying accountable, I will be posting weekly updates. Saturdays are my weigh in day with Weight Watchers. For those of you on WW, you know that weekly points reset on weigh in day. I chose Saturday for my weigh in day because I figured I would rather have my weekly points available for the whole weekend. I currently get 42 weekly points and 36 daily points.

Yesterday, the scale had me down by .4 lbs. This brings my current weight to 252.8. I am glad for any loss and I know there were certainly some bad moments this week. I won’t make excuses, it is what it is!

What I did right this week

I park-and-ride to my job. I decided to start walking from my job to the lot to pick up my car in the evening. The walk is about 20 minutes, and I did took the walk 4 days this week. I tracked my eating about 75% of the time this week.

What I need to improve

I need to get back into the gym. This is very important going forward.

Goals for this week

Lose 1-2 lbs

Join gym

Track food

Mini Egg White Frittatas

I am always looking for low point breakfasts and these mini frittatas are perfect! Low in points and filling at the same time. I will usually eat this with a sausage patty or fruit and still keep the points low. This allows for a larger dinner in the evening. You can also use cheese to up the flavor and still manage to keep the points low. This is hands down my favorite weekday breakfast right now. I make them on the weekend and freeze in bags for the rest of the week! This yields 12 minis and I can have three for four points.

Mini Frittatas
Serves 4
Egg white frittatas
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cp. Egg Whites
  2. 1/2 cup Spinach
  3. 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Using muffin tin, use cooking spray to lightly coat each section of pan. Chop raw spinach and evenly distribute into each tin. Chop cherry tomatoes and evenly distribute into each tin. Pour salt and pepper into bowl with egg whites and mix. Then pour egg whites into each tin until half full. Bake for 20 minutes.
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Recipes: Oven Baked French Fries

 
I love French fries. I ate a lot of fast food growing up so fries have become one of those foods that actually makes me nostalgic. Anyone else have a birthday party at McDonald’s as a kid? I did. I don’t think they do that anymore so I probably just dated myself. Even in high school, we would actually make our own fries at home. Cut the potatoes and deep fry them in vegetable oil while talking to friends on the phone or listening to music.

I still need to get my fry fix so I decided alter that deep frying part by baking them instead. Here a recipe for oven baked fries I found on the Weight Watchers website.

Oven Baked Fries
Serves 3
Crispy, golden, and delicious French fries.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Russet Potatos
  2. 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  4. 1 tbsp Garlic Salt with Parsley or to taste (I like things a little salty, but you should alter to your taste.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash potatoes and dry. I generally leave the skin on but you can certainly peel the potato at this point. Cut the potato into 1/4-inch size pieces and rinse. Drain potatoes and pat dry. Pour olive oil into bowl and place dried potatoes inside. Coat well. Mix seasoning with potatoes. Place fries on baking sheet in a single layer and pop in the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes then flip fries. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Notes
  1. My recipe is based on one I found on the WW website but I have come across other recipes that advise soaking potatoes for 30 minutes in cold water after cutting them. I did not do this but may try it next time. I also turned on the broiler for the last minute.
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Staying Accountable – Weekly Update 1

Since part of losing weight is staying accountable, I will be posting weekly updates. Saturdays are my weigh in day with Weight Watchers. For those of you on WW, you know that weekly points reset on weigh in day. I chose Saturday for my weigh in day because I figured I would rather have my weekly points available for the whole weekend. I currently get 42 weekly points and 36 daily points.

In my first post I talked about how much weight I wanted to lose but never actually told you my current weight. When I first started going back to WW meetings last week, I weighed in at 256.8. Yesterday was Saturday and I weighed in at 253.2.

What I did right this week
Tracking: I didn’t track every single day, but I tracked most days. I would say I tracked about 75% of what I ate and it made me aware of how much I was consuming.

Walking: I have not yet joined a gym but I did increase the amount of walking I did. I volunteered to run errands at work, took the dog for longer walks, and got out of the house more.

What I need to improve
Aerobic Activity: I did not actually do strenuous activity. While I increased my steps, I didn’t work up a sweat or do anything that accelerated my heart rate. Now I know that weight loss is more about food than exercise, but exercise actually maximizes results so I need to make it a part of my life.

Eating out: I work 8-5, M-F. I bought breakfast almost every day and bought lunch at least two days. As a matter of fact, I actually bought breakfast on Friday without looking up the points for the item ahead of time. It wasn’t until after I had eaten it that I realized the item was 20 points! A twenty point breakfast?!? I don’t want that to happen again.

Weekly Goals:
1. Track
2. Join gym
3. Start wearing pedometer
4. Bring breakfast and lunch to work.

Goals for this month

Since this is the beginning of the month I would like to share a my of goals for April.
1. Lose at least 10lb by April 30
2. Exercise 3-4X per week
3. Meal prep on Saturdays

So there you have it. Going forward, I will post an update every Sunday detailing my progress and goals for the upcoming week. Feel free to share your progress and goals in the comments section as well.

Have a great week!
Ty

Quick and Easy Weeknight Chicken Burgers

Easy Weeknight Chicken Burgers
Serves 4
Delicious and quick chicken burgers
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Ground Chicken Breast
  2. 1 Tsp Fresh Garlic
  3. 1 Tbsp. Salt
  4. 1 Tsp Pepper
  5. 1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
  6. 4 Buns
Instructions
  1. Place ground chicken in bowl and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and form into four patties. Use cooking spray to coat a frying pan and cook on medium heat until cooked through (about 4-5 minutes on each side).
Notes
  1. Ground Chicken Pattie 4 Points
  2. Brioche Bun 5 Points
  3. Horse Radish Sauce 1 Point
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I have been looking for quick and easy recipes to help with my goal to lose 100 lbs. I recently discovered ground chicken breast and have been enjoying substituting it in my recipes. I started using it to make lettuce wraps and decided I’d give it a try with making burgers. The results have been pretty good. Ground chicken tends to be lighter than ground beef and ground turkey. So here’s a weeknight super easy and simple chicken burger recipe for about 10 points. I used a Brioche bun from Aldi’s which was 5 points but you can certainly cut the points value by using a different bun. Also, I used horse radish sauce as a condiment for an additional 1 point and since I was out of lettuce, I used spinach. This particular evening I had 18 points left for dinner so I also made baked fries to go along with my burger for a total of 15 points.

Introduction – My Goal to Lose 100 lbs.

Lose 100 lbs?

I have been struggling with starting this blog for a while. My fear has been that I will actually fail to lose the weight. That is nothing new really, I have been trying to lose weight since I was a kid. The difference is that by having a blog, I would actually have an audience to witness it. It’s one thing to fail in the privacy of your own life, it’s a whole different ball game to fail with an audience. But I need to lose the weight.

I have been obese my whole life really. In every picture I have of myself, I am obese. I started wearing junior size clothing when I was around 9. By 13 I was wearing misses’ size clothing, and by 16 I wore plus size clothing. As a kid, my mom and her sister would go school shopping for me, my sister, and my first cousin. They would actually buy matching outfits for my sister and cousin so much that people actually thought the two of them were sisters. Despite both of them being older than me, I was several sizes larger than both of them.

I won’t even go into life as an overweight high school/college student. As an adult, I have reached the point where I am tired of hating the way I look. I am tired of feeling out of control when it comes to eating. Most importantly, I am tired of feeling like a failure. So here is another attempt in a long line of attempts to lose the weight.

The Plan

I have been paying for Weight Watchers for months without attending meetings. My job ran a promotional and I signed up and they have been faithfully taking the fee out on the 13 of the month ever since. I just started going back to meetings. I am allowed 36 daily points and 42 weekly points. I will stick with meetings no matter what!

Exercise

I hate exercise. I hate everything about it. I hate sweating and…moving. All of it! But I know this is needed so I am going to join they gym around the corner from my apartment. I know losing weight is all about motivating yourself to follow through. That is why it is necessary for me to use WW and the gym because I have found those things have helped motivate me in the past.

So, I hope to talk more with people who are in my same predicament. Please feel free to share your struggles and successes in the comments and hopefully we will all find motivation to reach our goals.

Ty