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.

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