KnittNutt: Before, During, After, And Forever!

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First WW Weigh-In of 2018

Once again, I went to a meeting in Olathe today because my location was closed yesterday for the holiday.  Woot! I was down 2.4 pounds.  That's all of the weight I had gained Christmas week and 2 tenths of a pound more.  So for the month of December I lost 3.2 pounds.  Not too bad.

After the meeting last week I decided I "needed" and Instant Pot and ordered the Duo Plus 60 (6 quart):from Amazon and got it on Saturday.  I love it and have used it everyday except today since I got.  I'm slowly figuring out everything and it will make batch cooking for freezing much easier and quicker. Then I decided on Sunday that I needed an air fryer so I went on Amazon and ordered that.  It will be here Thursday.

And today I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to get the meat grinding attachment and the veggie slicer/cheese grating attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer and they were out of both of them.  So they ordered them for me and let me use my two 20% off coupons and I got free shipping.  They'll be here in 3-7 business days. 

Cooking is fun again.  I don't have any commercially prepared frozen meals in the house.  I also discovered that many of the Progresso soups that were high in WW Smart Points now have a very reasonable to low Smart Points value because of all the foods in them that are now 0 FSP.  I bought 6 different varieties.  Good for quick, lazy meals.

Well, that's all for this week, next week's update will be back to Monday as normal.  Onward and downward!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

And the news is in and it wasn't good!

So I went to the meeting in Olathe today and weighed in.  As expected, I gained 2.2 pounds but I still weigh less than I did when I walked back into a meeting on December 4.

After the meeting I drove around looking for an Instant Pot.  Nobody had them, so after a lot of thought I ordered an Instant Pot Duo Plus 6qt.  I'll have it by January 2 and can't wait to learn how to use it.  Now I need an air fryer so I'm researching different brands.

Tonight I joined two new Facebook groups for Instant Pot WW recipes and I looking for more.

I also joined Copy Me That and added the extension to Chrome and installed it on my phone and tablet to keep track of my WW recipes, especially Instant Pot and Air Fryer ones.

I am back on plan as of this morning and right now I still have 7 FSP left. Next week back to Olathe on Tuesday and then the following Monday I'll be back to my meetings in Overland Park.  Onward and downward.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Loving FreeStyle!!!

Today was my second weigh in and I'm down another 1.2 pounds for a total of 3 pounds so far this month.  It is so easy to follow this plan.  Most of the foods I eat come off of the zero points list so I have plenty of points for bread, condiments cheese, treats and etc,  Next Monday is Christmas so I won't weigh in until Tuesday and will be going to a meeting in Olathe at noon.Onward and downward.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Back in the Saddle Again!

Well I changed my WW subscription back to meetings on December 3 because I saw on Facebook that they were updating the program like they about every 2 years. I also think I need the accountability and support of the meetings.

I love FreeStyle.  So many new zero Smart Points foods.  So much more flexibility.  Even without completely following the program the first week I posted a 1.8 pound loss at today's meeting.  Promising. I left the meeting today and went to Aldi and bought 2 dozen eggs, turkey lunchmeat (98% fat free), nonfat Greek yogurt, veggies(fresh, canned and frozen), apples, canned chicken breast and canned tuna in water. Then I went to Hy-Vee and got pico de gallo, turkey bacon, fresh salmon filets and some Kemps nonfat sherbet. 

When I got home I made a turkey sandwich with reduced fat provolone cheese on a sandwich thin. I boiled a dozen eggs so I have them ready for breakfast tomorrow (zero FSP) and had one as a snack. I also peeled 7 clementines and put them in a Rubbermaid container in the fridge for those middle of the night snacks I can't break away from.  At least those trips will be zero FSP now. 

Tomorrow I will portion out the ground turkey into recipe size amounts and make a batch of Thug Kitchen Pumpkin Chili and add a half pound.

More later.... I hope I keep losing at this rate but as long I'm losing......

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


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
Whole wheat, unbleached Flour
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.