Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 5 - Smoothie In A Bowl

Breakfast time for me is a make or break time of the day. I know two things to be true for the first meal of the day for me:
  1. If I put off eating till, say, afternoon, I don't get the hunger pangs and cravings.
  2. If I don't just buck up and eat a breakfast featuring fiber and protein I'll be in binge mode by nightfall.
To help focus on number two and avoid number one, I make SIABs...Or 'smoothie in a bowl'.  I first got this idea from a cool blogger named Kathy. She writes a great healthy food blog called KERF- Kath Eats Real Food. Many of my best breakfasts are thanks to her.

This mornings smoothie was fantabulous! Let me show you :)

I'm such a perfectionist... That little bit running down the inside of the bowl at 5 o'clock in the picture is driving me CRAZY!!! And I already ate it, so I can't snap another shot. Please forgive me.

What's in it? Well there's a base that I always star with, but I improvise to suit my cravings.

  • 1/3 cup raw rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds*
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups frozen fruit (this is also changeable, which makes tailoring it so easy and fun!)
The frozen fruit were strawberries and peaches. My typical toppings (which are shown here):
  • 1 whole sliced banana
  • 14 grams shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter** softened in the microwave to make it drizzle-able
How do I prepare it? Well, the oats need to be softened with the milk. You can do this overnight by just placing both of them in the bowl of your food processor or blender, or heat them together gently over a low flame just before blending. I also add the Chia seeds at the same time to soak up some of the milk and get soft. After the oats and Chia have softened, I scoop it all into the food processor with the fruit and yogurt and blend away. You could put the banana in, too, but I prefer slices atop my bowl. More chewing action. Drizzle/sprinkle your toppings and then omnomnomnomnom!

For weight watchers this bowl provided: 1 serving low-fat/fat free dairy and 5 serving of fruit (wow!). Also, with the Chia seeds you get tons of wonderful Omega-3's and lots of fiber. They keep you feeling fuller longer. Yum...

Tomorrow: The results of the sushi making evening.

*Chia seeds... I use Bob's Red Mill. I met Bob (yes, the real Bob) last Fall and toured his facilities. I was impressed by his genuine nature, good heart, and commitment to wholesome, healthy, delicious foods. He's kinda the Grandpa everyone would want to have ;) Find this in your local grocery store's health food/natural food section, or specialty stores. He has TONS of gluten free products too.

 ** Justin's Chocolate Almond Nut Butter... Yum. Just yum. Find this also in the health foods/natural foods section of your local grocer. He has quite a variety of nut butters and flavors of them. And they also come in individual squeeze packs. Traveling packages of deliciousness. Oh my.

And just an FYI-- I'm not paid by any of the companies whose products I review or drool publicly over. They don't send sample or anything like that. I find good tips from others online or see them in my grocery store and like anyone else I figure, "Eh, what the hay... If I don't like it, I'll give it to the kids." :)  But if anyone wants to send me free yummy sample I would gladly review them. But I'm brutally honest. So it better be good. LOL

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 4 - Sushi-ish Issues

I've been craving sushi. Not seafood sushi, veggie roll style.

When I was pregnant with my last little one (that cute munchkin over there ------>) I went out for sushi with a bunch of friends. Even if I liked seafood, I wouldn't have been able to eat it raw, so I ordered some veggie rolls to "fit in", hoping that I would be able to stomach them. You know- just being social.

I ordered sweet potato rolls and peanut-avocado rolls. O.M.G. I never knew I liked Asian cuisine this much!

So I got a hankering for it today walking through my local and beloved Wegman's*. I picked up some sweet potato sushi made fresh by their in-house sushi chefs. Also, I've convinced myself that my culinary background has given me enough backbone to try to make it myself... So tomorrow I'll be making the peanut-avocado. I'll post pics. It'll be epic. Either epic great, or epic fail. I'll let you know : )

These are my rolls that I bought. But they're the same thing. This I found on

*Don't know what Wegman's is? Check out this awesome video of Alec Baldwin talking about his mom refusing to leave her home due to Wegman's : )   It's a funny clip, but long. Watch from 2:15-3:45ish. It's so funny! He actually did a series of commercials for them after this... And I've included those here too! LOL

Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 3 - Successful Aches

Well, my first 2.45 days restarting my journey have been good and successful. I've already seen results on the evil numerical monitor that resides in my bathroom, though nothing is official till Wednesday's weigh-in.

I do have one complaint, however. My knees are killing me again! They last hurt like this when I originally started my weight-loss journey April 3rd, 2011. But now I'm 20 pounds less than I was then. So what gives? I figured it out this morning...

Though I'm no longer at that original weight, I still carry it around in the form of an ever-growing munchkin. :)  even more reason to get back to healthy, to keep up with him!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 2 - Motivation from the Boobs

Reason Number... oh I don't know... I want to again lose weight:

Once again my body doesn't match my boobs. They look much happier on a healthy sized me. (I never said all of reasons for wanting to lose weigh were altruistic!)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day 1 (Decmber 26th, 2012)

New Info (as of December 26th, 2012)

Since my last regular posting we have had many, many things changed in our lives. New baby. No more working for me. Move across NY state from NYC area to Buffalo. It's been an adjustment and I have to wrap my head around weight loss differently now. As of this day, I am recommitting and starting over. This is no longer an extenuation of my original 100 pound, 365 day journey. It's different because life is different. Time to adjust and get back to healthy. It won't be the same and I can't expect to succeed in the same way now as I have in the past.

So let's get on with it!

My current (and scary) stats:
  • Weight: 230.4 lbs. I was 207 a month ago. This was the lowest I got after baby #3 and before beginning to gain again. Still not my highest weight ever, but scares the ever-loving bejeezus out of me.
  • Eating habits until today: any and everything without thought, but always in response to boredom, stress and lack of energy to make anything healthy.
  • My hubby is along for the ride intentionally this time, which will be a huge help for me. He came along last time because I gave him no choice with being the food buyer/preparer in the house. This time he is going to face this challenge and revamp of lifestyle head on. Thank you my Love :)
So today I start over at Day 1. New lifestyle, new challenges ahead, new commitment.   

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 260 - Weigh In, Humor, and Thai Peanut Chicken

Hi! : )

I'm a much happier Kara this Sunday morning. I lost 3 lbs last week! Bringing my current weight to 207.8. This a good start to the new week. I would like to thank the water that I was better about drinking and my GHGs that (mostly) got in every day. Working the plan!

So... I promised a recipe for the amazing Thai Peanut Chicken that I posted yesterday. Here you go:

Thai Peanut Chicken


- 1 large chicken breast or 2 small
- 1 box SnapDragon Roasted Peanut Chow Mein Noodles (see pic below)
- I small jar of Thai peanut sauce (Asian section of the supermarket)
- 1 large red bell pepperm sliced to 1/4"
- 4 cups fresh snow peas, packed
- baby corn (sometimes you can find them fresh in the produce section (holla to Wegman's supermarkets for having these fresh always!) or you can find canned ones, again Asian section- and they aren't that bad!)

To make it:

1. Saute over medium-high heat the chicken breasts till golden on both sides. Finish cooking to 165 degrees in a 350 degree oven.
2. Prepare the Roasted Peanut noodles according to the package. Do not over boil the noodles or they become gross and sticky. While the noodles are boiling prep your veggies!
3. Place peppers in a Zip 'n' Steam bag. Microwave for 2.5 minutes.
4. The baby corn should be fully ready to cook/eat. Prepare the same as your peppers.
5. Wash the snow peas in cool water. No need to steam them, they'll become too soft and limp. Yup, I said limp. No one wants limp peas.
6. Finish preparing the noodles with the chopped peanut and spice package 
7. Toss all ingredients, including teh Thai Peanut Sauce, into the pot with the prepared chow mein noodles and toss to coat. Place the lid on and add a touch of chicken stock to keep moist, allow all ingredients to come to the same temp.

This recipe makes 5-6 servings with amount of veggies I specified at 11 Points Plus. Add more veggies to cut the PP values for Weight Watchers. I love baby corn and could even take out the chicken for more peppers and baby corn : ) This is fantastic and is easy and quick to prepare.

I found these in the Asian section of the supermarket. Walmart also sells them as well as many on-line sellers.

 Oh! The humor! I mentioned Kat (from a board on WW) yesterday and how she helped me put some things in perspective. I posted a new profile pic there to keep my mind and attitude light. I thought I would share it with you too.
Curious about this scary and odd image? Click here!
Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 259 - Ok... I'm over it.

So I finally got past my chubby girl temper tantrum. It took another couple days after I declared it was over though. But this time it's over. I've tracked my foods and kept within my plan. ***Special shout out to Kat on the boards over at WW. She helped me to put my "minimal loss" into perspective. I lost the equivalent of a stick of butter... So I kept a stick of butter on my counter all week to remind me that I'm glad to not be carrying that around anymore. Thanks Kat!***

Eating has been tough this week. My hubby is working all nights which gives me time in the morning to accomplish things, so instead of taking time to eat, I chip away at my to-do list. Then he leaves and I get nothing much accomplished outside of baby and boys and again fail to eat. I get cranky when I don't eat until 8 at night. But, BUT, I have been getting my water in and most of my GHGs (Good Healthy Guidelines), so there are some silver linings to the cloudy start to my week. We'll see what tomorrow's weigh-in brings.

Oh! I have been forgetting to share this deliciousness with you! Check out my new love! Made this last weekend for my family and my sister and nephew-it's sooooooo good! For WW buddies, it's a little high on points, but the more veggies you add the better it gets (best to recalculate it with the amounts you use).

I'll post the recipe tomorrow morning with my weigh-in results. (I know, such a tease!) 

Thai Peanut Chicken

And who doesn't love baby corn?
Tomorrow: Weigh-in and the recipe for this amazingly easy and delicious meal.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Day 254 - Confessions of Cranky Chubby Girl

Ok. So yesterday's weight in was technically a success-- I did lose. But I was so used to losing 2 or more pounds per week, especially at the beginning of the program in the past. So yesterday's -0.2 lbs. was not what I had hoped for. So how did I respond?

Yup. That's me. Pigtails, brown hair and pink shirt, who else could it be?

Uh huh. All day long.

Yeah. I had a grown up temper tantrum all day long. Because the number on the scale didn't change as much as I wanted it to. I know I said I was going to just move on and get on with my week despite my mild disappointment, but clearly I was lying to myself. Just ask them fam, I was not much fun to be around. And it has carried over to today. 

Part of my actually getting past it is understanding what is really happening. I know me. I know that I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person which is a good quality in specific situations... But not here. I was soooooooo off my rocker yesterday that I was just about to give up and let the re-fatting begin. At least I'd enjoy the food. Then I kind of woke up.

Truer words have never been uttered.
I realized what I was doing and that I need to just give myself a chance to succeed. And realize that yesterday's weigh in WAS NOT A FAILURE. I've got a bit of a perfectionist complex. And I need to let it exist where it belongs, like with cakes and baking. Not here. Not where my self-esteem resides. Because I know I can do this--I've already done it once.

Maybe that's what I should focus on this week. And drinking my water.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 253 - Weigh In : /

Hmph. Grrrr. Grumblegrumblegrumble.

I lost this week again... but barely. -0.2 lbs. And I know it's my fault. Even though I started the C25K program I failed at my hydration goal. I barely drank my water this week and I ate most of my points later in the days. I had a hard time getting my breakfasts in by a reasonable time and got busy during the afternoons and didn't do dinner until 7pm or later. I also ate too much processed stuff. : (

O.K. Pity party over and on to another week. I've learned my lesson and am ready to get back to it! Tonight's dinner... Thai Peanut Chicken with noodles, red pepper and baby corn. YUM!

Oh! Coming up this week, lots of food ideas! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 249 - Nonni's THINaddictives

Did you see the new addition(s) to my Product Review page? There's actually two there, my favorite steel-cut oats and the AH-MAZE-ING Nonni's THINaddictives. Don't know what these are? Click on the tab above and have look-see!

Running again today with my sister, my body has recovered from the first day and I'm ready to go again! So, who's decided to join me???

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 248 - Couch To 5K (C25K)


I started the Couch To 5 K program yesterday with my sister. It felt great to take another step towards regaining my healthier lifestyle and figure. It was a manageable amount of walking/jogging and was completely doable. I challenge all of you to join me if you've ever wanted to run, but felt silly (like me) starting it. Oh! And did I mention that there are podcasts you can download for FREE to help time and coach you so it's pretty much a no brainer while you're out there? Yup. She and I run again again tomorrow afternoon.

If you want to see the generals of the program, click here to go to Cool Running, the website I used to get me started. The podcast is slightly different, but the website is a great reference point to begin.

Also, this week I need to begin to pull myself away from sugar. Not completely, but in the highly condensed versions I get easily addicted to. Like Caramel Creme candies *drool*. I have found another treat, lower in sugar but a great little not-to-sweet treat when you just need something to get you past your craving without causing a sugar crash. I'll share tomorrow on my Product Reviews tab!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Day 246 - Back To Weighing In

Well, it feels good  to be back to my Sunday morning routine. I actually missed doing this, it centers me and focuses me. I get re-motivated for the week ahead and make decisions about what I need to improve upon versus the previous week. Oh! You want to know how I did this last week, huh?

I lost 2.6 lbs. : )  So my current weight is 211.0. I may re-weigh in an hour or so...

My husband hasn't been counting points, just eating the foods I have been all week, staying away from restaurant foods and soda, and paying attention to portions and he lost 4 lbs.! (Men. Honestly. I look at a Twinkie and put on 5 lbs., they eat 10 Twinkies and nothing happens.)

My goals for this week? Get in all of my GHGs (Good Healthy Guidelines) each day, including water and vitamins, and starting the Couch 2 5K program with my sister. I've always wanted to like to run, but I've always hated it. I'm determined to like it. So, off I go to get started!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 245 - Autumn Sweet Vegetarian Chili

So I LOVE chili.

Here you can find my usual go-to fall favorite made a bit healthier. Today's yumminess is brought to you by my lovely boardies over at Weight Watchers : )  It's also brought to you because I tend to over-buy. I get excited about odd things, and the sweet potatoes and squash got me on one particular shopping trip... I digress.

So my lovelies at WW suggested a few good uses for my overabundance and this is what I did for dinner last night. Well, I did a slight variation on it. My variation is below, this link takes you to the original at Eating Well magazine.

Sweet and Spicy Vegetarian Chili
Served over a bed of brown rice.

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 small acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  •  2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato, both squash and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften for about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
Yields 10 - 1 cup servings (approximately) at 2 Points Plus for Weight Watchers (I build my recipes without the veggies added into the builder... It adds points that it shouldn't. Feel free to ask me more about this.)

I would easily count this as 2 servings of veggies, and I would add a teaspoon of safflower oil when serving to get in a heart healthy oil. I'm serving this over a bed of brown rice (left overs from the previous night) and perhaps having a cup and a half : ) Yay Autumn flavors!


Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeƱo peppers. Ground chipotle chile pepper can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets (I got mine at Wegman's... McCormick Spice Islands line) or online at 

Tomorrow- Weigh In number 2. Let's see how well I've readjusted to eating well again. I did have a few cookies this week. Not good with cold turkey type behavior.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 244 - Hydration

I'm sooooo bad at drinking anything, least of all--water.

 But it is so crucial to weight loss. I know this from my journey thus far. I fell off the boat during my pregnancy hiatus, though. (Hahaha! Fell off the boat. Like into water : ) Pun intended.)

It's boring to me. But I also think that because I have been so used to NOT taking in liquids for most of my life (like since I can remember) that I don't get to the point of feeling parched or dehydrated. Perhaps I do though and I'm accustomed to it that I don't even know what it really is anymore.

So today's focus--drink all my water/liquids. This is 8 cups. And I can't use wine as a "liquid"... *sigh*

Any hints or tips to getting in all this water? Leave your suggestions below. I promise I'll try them!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 243 - The Mess Monster Strikes Again

All proud of myself this morning for getting and getting my steel-cut oats with peanut butter made. I had to eat them on the go since I was meeting someone at the local mall. I thought it was brilliant to just take the bowl in the car with me to get in my whole grains AND get an errand run.

Two birds, one stone.

Then I decided to forget my half eaten bowl of heart healthy steel-cut oats was in my passenger seat awaiting my return--and I threw my lovely fuchsia handbag into the bowl.


If I'm not spilling food on myself during a meal, I'm finding creative ways to get my other possessions into the action. : /   Healthy food fail.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Day 240 - Peanut Butter Chocolate Apple Bowl

I'm into bowls. I'm also NOT into meals right now. This is mostly due to lack of time and energy caused by newest love (Baby). So I'm thinking outside the plate.

I needed to get some fruit in for the day and I was craving protein of some kind. So this is what I created, and it made a great mid-afternoon snack/meal-thing. Check it out...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Apple Bowl

Hmmmm.... just noticed that gigantic chip in my bowl. Time to head to Pier One : )

Here's the recipe and Weight Watcher's Healthy Checks breakdown:

  • 1 small/medium apple (I like Granny Smith)
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Bear Naked Heavenly Chocolate granola
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
This provides:
  • 9 Points Plus
  • 1-2 servings fruit
  • 1 serving heart healthy oil
  • delicious whole grains and satisfying protein
It may seem like a lot of points, but when you have to squeeze in meals in the form of snacks, feel satisfied, and demand yummy things in your mouth... this works perfectly! The peanut butter adds the heftiest portion of points and I'm thinking of changing it up slightly for tomorrow using fat-free Greek yogurt instead. I'll let you know how it goes : )

How would you compose your snack bowl? I would love to hear your thoughts below!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Day 239... I think

My Math may be off. No one ever accused me of being good with numbers... Should have the hubby help. Oh well. I digress.

Current restart weight: 213.6
New goal date (calculated by the average loss I used to maintain): January 20, 2013
Current mood: In control, but nervous. And needing coffee.

I ate with wild abandon for the last few months. I always knew I would come back to WW as soon as I could post-baby, but now I wish I had been a little more rational and reasonable about what I was eating. I used pregnancy as an excuse to be irresponsible. Fruit? Vegetable? What's that? : /

Well, now is not the time to get down on myself and beat myself up emotionally for what happened in the past. Now is the time to get back into my good habits and start seeing the results I was so able to count on by following the program!

I'm also going to commit to getting exercise into my daily habits this time around. It'll be necessary as I was beginning to plateau last time around without it. I'm thinking Couch to 5K.

It's good to be back! Follow me again?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tomorrow's the day!

Tomorrow is like day 1 all over again!

Except it's not. Not really.

I've done this before and my last pregnancy was just a short hiatus in my weight-loss journey. I'm ready to get back into the swing of things again though! So I'm going to spend today reviewing where I was when I left off, update all of my stats for the world to once again see, and get ready for tomorrow morning's early weigh-in and measure session.

Oh! By the way! Not only did I have a baby since I last updated here, but I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, second in my class and elected graduation speaker, and we moved back to Buffalo, New York, my very missed hometown. This in and of itself will pose a challenge for me, the food here is different and I've missed it. I've only been back 3 weeks now and I'm trying to get all of my trigger foods out of my system so that I'm more ready to get back into healthful mode. I'll still enjoy those foods at times, but not with the wild abandon that I've been enjoying them recently *blushes bashfully*.

Tune in tomorrow for the low down on where I'm at now... Still the same goal though, 150 lbs. and feeling great!

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Baby Days

He's here! 
Alessandro "Alex" Anthony Andretta

Born Wednesday August 8th, 8lbs. 13oz, 21.5 inches long

He is happy, healthy, a great sleeper and a fantastic eater (but he's Italian, it's in his blood).

...and in other news, the scale is slowly responding to my baby-free figure. Once it seems to have stabilized, I will resume Weight Watchers. In the meantime, I'm working on restoring normal eating patterns (like not polishing off a pint of Ben and Jerry's at 1am).

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

One Last Day (pregnant)

Ok. So I've been gone. And I feel like a horribly negligent blogster.

For these iTransgressions I apologize.

But I now have less than 24 hours till I have baby number 3!!! I can't get over it! My weight has spiked and I'm trying to be ok with that, because I lost it before and I WILL do it again...

Starting 2 weeks postpartum, I will be rejoining Weight Watchers and getting back in the swing of my weight goals. I felt out of control without them and I really enjoyed having such an awesome goal of personal well-being to work towards. So back on the horse it will be!

Current stats:
  • Current pregnant weight: 232.6 lbs. (much of it pregnancy related, but I'm not in denial... McD's and Dunkin' were all too common for the last 3 months)
  • 39 weeks and 1 day pregnant giving birth to...
  • 3rd son! Alessandro Anthony  : )
  • Updated goal-weight date: December 31st, 2012 (I CAN do this!!! And I'm excited to.)
 I'm very excited to be getting close to what my new and lifelong 'normal' will be. I'm looking even more forward to feeling in control. I would love love LOVE to do well enough to be on one of their awesome commercials! I truly believe in what they teach about food, energy, movement and individual bodies. It is NOT one size fits all (that idea is a lie) and you have to learn to be in tune with your body.

Stay tuned over the next few days... I'll post day-before-baby pics, baby pics, and post-baby pics of me and my new little love.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

12 Weeks and 4 days (pregnant)


I tracked my food for the first time since January 2nd and made conscious food choices this morning.

It. Feels. Wonderful.

I like the 'in control' feeling. I signed back up with Weight Watcher's this morning and before I get any rightfully concerned comments about trying to lose weight while pregnant, that is not what I am doing. I am in maintenance mode where you eat to maintain your weight, not lose, until baby joins us in August.

I simply need to be aware of what I'm eating all the time, because I have gained weight since leaving WW. I know the difference between pregnancy weight and fat. This is fat. I see my body daily and I know what's been happening. I haven't left Onederland yet, which is good.

I won't be publicly tracking my weight because it isn't a weight loss thing and my general weight will increase as the baby gets bigger and my body's blood supply increase (and as my boobs continue to grow--which is happening for the FIRST TIME!!!!! It's wonderful that my boobs have filled out this time aroud : ) )

So I'm back. And it feels great.

Friday, February 3, 2012

12 Weeks and 3 days (pregnant)

I'm going back to Weight Watcher's tomorrow morning. I can't stand that I've gained weight. And no, it's not pregnancy weight. It's fat. Ugly, never-wanted-to-see-it-again fat. So we're putting and end to it. I'll have myself in maintenance mode until August, but at least it'll help curb the additional non-baby pounds that I tend to put on.

I've felt out of control, and I have been eating awfully. It stops now. I worked too hard to watch it just creep back up. So we're taking control of it...I'M taking control of it.

So there : )

Saturday, January 28, 2012

11 Weeks 4 Days (pregnant)

I've been craving oatmeal raisin cookies since last weekend. Someone mentioned them on facebook and I must have them.

But I'm pretty picky about my cookies (I should be, I'm a pastry buff) and they have to be super thick and chewy. And they have to have lots of moist, juicy raisins.

So last weekend, I tried a recipe from a cookbook I was given 14 years ago. I like many of the recipes in the book so I figured there was a pretty good shot that I would also enjoy the oatmeal raisin recipe. Nope. In professional terms, the ratios were off, with too many liquifiers--mostly sugar--and they spread way too much and caramelized like crazy. Crispy. Blech.

So I've decided to work at a couple different formulas for the  this weekend in order satisfy my picky craving for oatmeal raisin cookies. I'll gladly share my findings this evening : )

Thursday, January 26, 2012

11 Weeks 2 Days (Pregnant)

Cadbury Creme Eggs.

They're already in some stores. It's kinda cruel.

And delicious.

My hubby had to tell me that I need to start behaving again. He does not want to see me throw away all of my hard work. And I appreciate it. And after one more Cadbury Egg, I'll listen to him.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

11 weeks (into pregnancy)

My sense of smell is sooooooo severely acute.  I smell things that are probably 8 miles away.

I should be a blood hound for then next few months.

Monday, January 23, 2012

10 weeks and 6 days (Pregnant)

I'm sorry. (repeat 1,000 times in heart broken voice)

I'm an awful blogger. I feel like I've abandon all that was my weight loss life, and I'm completely lost without it.

This time around pregnancy has not been so kind to me. I've never had such harsh reactions to removing my medicines--after almost 10 years of taking them, I'm lost without them. And it shows in my everyday.

I'm exhausted constantly, by 10 am I'm ready for a nap. Mentally, I'm napping most of the day anyway.

My eating is horrid. HORRID. And I can't wait to get back to my weightloss program in August.

Everything is so off right now...

But so far as we know, baby is healthy and growing just right. Right now, baby is the size of a fig and is starting to make fists with his/her hands. : )  Hopefully the second trimester (just around the corner) will be better to me.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

7 weeks, 6 days (into pregnancy)

I just canceled my online subscription to Weight Watcher's. I feel very uneasy about this. I actually am quite nervous and verging on tears. How ridiculous is that???

It's been my sanity and my guiding star for the last 8 months, and has been the key to learning how to fuel my body properly. I know I will be back there in 9 months (almost exactly) but I'll miss the little browser tab that I used to have for it. And the apps on my phone. And all the boardies on the 100+ board (if you're out there please stop by and see me here!!! I will miss you all terribly!).

Literally about to cry.

(On the plus side, I turned down S'mores this evening because I just didn't need them added to my diet today. Small victories.)

Day 268 - Halt

I'm pregnant. My body needs different things right now. I feel anemic a lot, and have find ways to get in extra iron and vitamin C. And to be honest, I'm finding it counter productive to be stressing myself about counting points right now-- to the point where I'm binging on junk. So...

I'm going to drop the Weight Watcher's plan for now (they don't allow pregnant women to be on plan anyway) and take my knowledge and good habits and adapt them to a healthy pregnancy. 

You may have noticed in my recipes and in my diatribes I refer to the 'Points Plus' or 'point' value of foods that I eat: Weight Watcher's has a secondary, lesser used method called Simply Filling Technique. You eat power foods and pay close attention to your hunger cues. You learn to listen to your body, and when you are no longer hungry, you stop. I'm going to use my better understanding of how my body processes whole vs. processed foods and pay attention to my body's cues for hunger and need for specific nutrients to guide my eating through the birth of baby number 3.

And because being accountable has been a HUGE part of my success, I will continue to blog, I will continue to weight myself (mostly out of curiosity) and I will still be here daily until I am back on my 365 track at the end of August. I'm going to ficus on a good ways to get in certain vitamins and minerals and recipes and food pairings that help. And it'll all still be yummy : )

As always, I appreciate your support and following more than you'll ever know--you've been the single biggest driving force in my daily commitment to continue. Thank you all!

Stay tuned for baby bump pics, too!
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