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

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