KnittNutt: Before, During, After, And Forever!

My weightloss journey (WLJ) and other musings, links and RANTS!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE!

I started working at an Amazon Fulfillment Center on 28 Oct. It is a VERY physically demanding job! I wear my Fitbit every work day and I work 4 ten hour days. Most days I get more than 17,000 steps and last Saturday I got more than 24,000. I weighed 145.5 when I started and today I weigh 129.4. I need to post an updated picture.

I was wearing size 10 jeans when I started working there and now I am in size 8 jeans. I can wear most of my size small button up shirts and am wearing a smaller size bra.

I have to eat more food than I was to keep up my energy but am eating wizely.  I'm not vegetarian anymore. I found that I was being lazy and eating too many WHITE carbs and was actually gaining weight instead of losing it. My first weight goal is 120, the top of my healthy range and my final goal is 105.

Oh! I want an air fryer so I can eat healthy fried foods.

I'll keep posting updates

Pantry Staples, Small Appliances and Gadgets, OH MY!

In the past I was really bad about buying kitchen things because they looked cool. I'd get them home, put them away and never use them  My daughter, Kenten, came over in May and helped me declutter my kitchen.  Thanks, Kenten.

Here are the small I appliances I consider essential:

1. Rice cooker - I use mine at least 3 times a week
2. Slow cooker - mine is 3 1/2 quarts and programmable, I cook for 1 person most of the time
3. Blender - buy the best one you can afford
4. Food processor
5. Stand mixer - I am fortunate to have a Kitchenaid.

Here are the gadets I use:

1. Mandoline/food slicer - really cuts down veggie prep time.  I want a Calphalon Precision Series.
2. Spiralizer - Veggetie or similar.  I have the low end version Veggetie and it does the job.
3.Vegetable peeler
4. Garlic press
5. Potato ricer.

Here is the beginning of my staples:

Beans - dried and canned
Brown rice - not the quick cook kind
Quinoa
Whole wheat, unbleached Flour
Yeast
All purpose flour
Agave syrup
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
Apple cider vinegar


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Being Vegetarian Is Exciting!

I went Ovo-lacto vegetarian on September and restarted WW the same day.  WW had a 50% off deal that made the cost much better.

What I found out about the cost of being vegetarian:

1.  It can be very economical.  (Not this month!  I made some big boo boos.)
2.  I love shopping at ALDI for staples.
3. Hy-Vee has most of what I need. Much of it is less expensive at ALDI.
4. Good quality knives and blender are essential.  (I need to replace both.)
5. I need to be realistic about what I cook based on my income.
6. Brown rice, quinoa, and dried beans are very important to your budget.

I also changed the recipe/menu planner that I use.  I had found Food Planner and its premise is very good .  It is very quirky, takes a lot to set up and doesn't import recipes from the web very well.  Another plus is that its free.  So I went in search of a different app and found Plan to Eat.  It isn't free but isn't expensive at $40/year or $4.95/month.  And there's a 30 day free trial.  It does an excellent job of importing recipes from the web and I love the freezer and queue options.  Check it out!

I plan to try at least one new recipe a week at dinner.  Breakfast and lunch are a work in progress.  Most of the time breakfast is 1 cup of steel cut oatmeal and a half cup of fruit. Lunch is 1 cup of some kind of beans over a cup of brown rice with a serving of green veggies or a sandwich and brown rice and serving of veggies.

For me, having a rice cooker has been a tremendous help.  I make my brown rice, steel cut oats, and quinoa in it.  Simple and it lets me do other things while it cooks.  I can also steam veggies in it. I use it several times a week. I cook dried beans in my slow cooker.

I learned that I can't make all of the recipes that I want with fresh veggies so I'll be using frozen one to replace a lot of the fresh ones.  Another good reason to use frozen veggies is that they keep longer. Thank goodness that I have an upright freezer in the basement.

On the first of every month I'l be making a trip to ALDI for staples: This will be $30 -
$50.  A trip to Hy-Vee to fill in what I can't get at ALDI and a trip to Whole Foods for things like tofu, seitan, tempeh, vegan cheese and margarine.....

I should be able to eat very well for $150 or less a month.  

In my next post I will list the staples I keep and the small appliances and kitchen tools I think are essential.





Saturday, August 22, 2015

Back on Track, Again.....

It's obviously been a long time since I posted but here's what's happening in my life:

In December I bought a 2 bedroom duplex with a loft and full basement in Lenexa, KS.  It needs some minor repairs and updating inside.  I'm so happy to have the basement for storage, no more storage unit fees and everything is here when I need it. And a garage, OMG!  I can load/unload the SUV when it's raining or snowing.

I've decided to go vegan or almost vegan for my diet and am going back to WW.  I found the Vegan Weight Watchers site and it's great.  It's written by a WW employee but the views are expressly her own.  It has lots of tasty recipes with the Points Plus already calculated.  To help me with meal planning I found Food Planner.  It's a great app for saving recipes and planning meals.  It takes a while to set it up (I'm still doing that) but will be worth it.  There's a Chrome extension for importing recipes that's a great time save.  You can save your meal plans to use again and they're editable.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm Not in Florida anymore, Toto!

I moved to the Kansas City metro area last September.  By Christmas last year my weight was back up to 150lbs.  On a 4ft 10 1/2 inch frame.  Yuk!

Since April of this year I have lost 12.1lbs and able to wear a size 8. So right now I'm wearing size 8 and size 10 jeans.

I have my first appointment with my new primary care doctor on October 3.

Next post will be my weekly weigh-in for WW Online on Saturday.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I haven't been very good at keeping up with this lately.  I haven't been very "on plan" with Weight Watchers, either. So I'm going to do a little catching up today.

I have an iPad, Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and a laptop.  I live a "connected" life .

With that being said, here are some time management, organizational, food sites and apps that I love:

ZipList
Food on the Table
Pinterest

ZipList is amazing!  There are many food blogs and websites with direct integration to ZipList.  It has meal planning and shopping list integration. I love having all of my recipes in one place.  And they're available when I travel, too.  (Here I come, Vakara!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Catching Up and Being Honest

I have been terrible about staying with my weight loss journey this summer.  I have a diagnostic test scheduled for Tuesday and after that I will jump back on the Weight Watchers' wagon with vigor.  I want to have lost at least 25 pounds by the time I go to Kansas for Christmas and I know that I can still accomplish that.

On the knitting front: I have finished John's and Cindy's Christmas presents and one present for Ian with two more on the needles. I have one on the needles for Rheonna and one that is complete.  One complete for Kenten and two on the needles.  I have Mom's Christmas present done and her birthday present is less than 40 rows from being complete.  Vakara's birthday present is half done and I have her Christmas present planned.

Stay tuned for pictures.