To my credit, I did get up early yesterday morning and did some yoga and I started back to my bellydancing class this week as well.
I am much more confident in my abilities to fill up my chart this month and I'm committing to posting a picture of my chart on March 31st.
What does this have to do with snacks?
Well... I had to take my Flagyl with food 3 times per day. I had to take the probiotic with food 2 times per day, 2-3 hours apart from when I was taking the other pill.
Yah, it hurt my brain too.
As a result of this mess I learned to plan my snacks. I've found that this initiative has really helped me to plan my day and it ensures that I'm not going hungry! In the past I've been really good about planning my meals, but not so great about snacks. Incorporating them into my plan has really helped me. Here is a list of my favourite snacks:
- organic fruit (oranges, pears, cantaloupe, berries, apples)
- hummus with carrots or ryvita crackers
- dried apricots or cranberries
- gluten free sugar free cereal bars
- larabars (higher in Points, but so tasty and very filling and only a few ingredients)
- plain yogurt with agave nectar (and sometimes almond butter)
- No Pudge single brownies (with plain yogurt)
- almond butter on toast
- baked chips
- homemade muffins
What are some of your favourite snacks? Do you find planning your snacks helpful?
Today I started off my day with one of the muffins I made following our burrito supper last night. I used a recipe from Refresh for banana muffins. I made a few substitutions (used spelt instead of durum flour, adding a bit more water and blueberries and made 36 instead of 24 to give them a lower Points value) There is no added sugar in the muffins - they get their sweetness from a date puree and the bananas. I enjoyed one of the muffins with a glass of orange juice and it kept me nice and full until lunch!
This weekend I read "Gluten Free Girl" by Shauna James Ahern. I came across Shauna's blog a few months ago while adding a variety of gluten-free to my Google Reader account. While I am not employing a Gluten Free diet (yet), I am awaiting the test results from my food sensitivity testing. The gluten free blogs that I read have wonderful ideas for cooking and the authors have an amazing passion for food. They inspire me and I am actually excited to get the results for my tests because I feel like it will open the doors for a variety of foods that I can eat without worrying about the effects they have on my system.
I love this quote and will probably use it in the meeting room some day.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
It has happened several times now, and I'm always thankful when it does happen. Even though I am a WW Leader, I will always be a member first. It's easy to forget sometimes, but it's so important to my journey.
Tomorrow we're talking about the 8 Helpful Habits and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'll write more about this later this weekend and I'll share with the meeting room tomorrow exactly what I needed to work on this week and why it was so important.
If you're reading this now (and want to be a keener for tomorrow's meeting), read through your Week 4 book - Habits of Successful Members --or-- peruse the list of habits below:
Ask for Help
Learn from Experience
Manage Your Environment
Manage Your Feelings
Manage Your Thoughts
Take Care of Yourself
and start to think about....
the Habit(s) you're already good at
the Habit(s) you find challenging
the Habit(s) you are focused on getting better at
and I'll see you bright and early tomorrow morning!
I have a lot to tell you about but don't have the time right now but in the next couple weeks there will be:
- Weekly menu recap for the last two weeks
- Weekly Menu Plans
- Book reviews (for this, this and this)
- Culinary experiments including making my own tortillas (I can't wait to try this!)
And much more. Life will be a bit easier once the show is open. Rehearsals are a pretty hectic time, especially once we're up at the theatre, but I'm confident that I'll be able to get my act together soon. I also start back at belly dancing class next week which makes me really happy because I feel like I've been lacking a whole lotta shimmying in my life as of late. You'll note that I've updated my Daily Reads and Links to include the things I've been reading lately. Check them out!
And if you're one of my members, I'm sorry that I wasn't there last week! I missed you guys a lot, but was physically unable to be in two places at once. I hope you had fun with Lindsay and you learned a lot about SetPoints. I'll be back on Saturday!
Until then, I hope to see you at the theatre!! The show begins tonight and runs until March 7. (For those of you who can't make it, I'll be sure to post some pictures very soon!!)
Last week I discovered Ryvita high fibre snackbreads. With only 120 calories, 1 gram of fat and 5 grams of fibre per 6 slices, this is a great snack with incredible bang for your Points buck! I enjoyed mine with hummus, but they would be great with anything spreadable, cheese, with soup or just on their own. I also like that they only contain 3 ingredients - whole wheat flour, wheat bran and salt. I will definitely buy these again and I am looking forward to trying some more of the Ryvita product line.
I have a number of bloggers to thank for my introduction to the Larabar. These are amazing. They are full of fruits nuts and spices with no additional preservatives or sweeteners. They come in more than 10 flavors and range from 4 to 5 Points each. That's a little bit more than your average granola bar, but they're full of good stuff like a serving a fruit, fibre and omegas. I usually try to avoid whole nuts, but the larabars don't seem to irritate my tummy (so far - fingers crossed) These have been a great go-to snack for rehearsals as they are portable, have substance and leave me feeling satisified. I went nuts over the cherry pie flavor on Saturday and was actually sad when it was over. I look forward to trying some of the other flavors in the future!!
Monday - whole wheat pasta with pesto, eggplant and red peppers
Tuesday - Ladle in Red Chili
Wednesday - Polynesian Slow Cooker Chicken
Thursday - Salsa Chicken w/ brown rice
Friday - Take out
Saturday - All you Need is Loaf w/ mashed sweet potatoes and baby carrots
I'll also be making Black Bean soup and chocolate spelt muffins from ReFresh for lunches
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Slow Cooker Curry from WW Magazine
This recipe was really easy and really tasty. I couldn't find the lemongrass but I think it would have made a great addition. It's in the current edition of the magazine which can be found on news stands or in WW Meeting rooms.
Pork chops, acorn squash and quinoa
I came home on Monday night to discover that the acorn squash that was in my fridge had gone to squash-y heaven and needed to put it in the green bin. I also found out that a friend of ours was coming over to work on some music with Joey. She's a vegetarian so the pork chops weren't going to cut it for her. So I made the pork chops for Joey and I (fast fry on the stove with 2 tsp of oil, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. I made Quinoa pilaf from Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health which was very simple, but very yummy. I also steamed some carrots and mixed in some Becel & a bit of honey. To make sure that Lori didn't go hungry I also microwaved a bit of corn. It was a good meal and everyone left happy and satisfied.
Indian Curry with brown rice
So far I have not been disappointed with anything I've made from A Year of Crockpotting and this was no exception! Both Joey and I really enjoyed this dish and it tasted even better the next day for lunch.
This was not a hit. It was gross and bland and just a big pile of mush. Joey tolerated it a little better than I did, but most of it went in the green bin. More spices could have made it better, but I really wasn't a fan.
The thai curry and the lentil sloppy joes didn't happen. Rehearsals got the best of me this week and on Thursday I had leftovers and Friday I went out for dinner.
This meal was great! We went to Pan for their Winterlicious-type menu. It was a great night out and I truly enjoyed everything. I started with a selection of dips, followed by the chicken breast and then had the Galaktoboureko for dessert. Dessert sort of went against my no-sugar crucade, but I've been really good with that the last few weeks so I thought I would treat myself!
This was taken in April 2006. This was taken at a fundraiser for the show I was doing at the time. It was around this time that a director had asked me to lose 15 lbs for a role. I was pretty upset about the request and wasn't in the frame of mind to lose weight - nor did I want to lose weight because someone had told me I should. I had wanted to buy that dress forever (had seen it in a showroom months before it was to come out) and I remember finally buying it and being concerned that I looked pregnant.
Those first couple weekends I spend a lot of my WPA on alcohol... but they were some extremely fun times!!
Getting to goal was an amazing moment for me. There was another woman in the cast who was a Lifetime WW member and it was awesome to share my "moment" with her. She brought me a card and a gift the night I got to goal. It was really special.
This is me after I got to goal! I got really sick after I got to my WW goal (knowing what I know now, I think that was my first Crohn's flare-up) so I lost a bit more weight. I put a bit of it back on, but remained under my goal weight. I never would have set my goal at 127, but felt really good once I maintained it for awhile.
We can call them many things, but regardless of their name, it's incredibly important that you have goals. At my meetings on Saturday we talked about the importance of having goals, both long term and short term. You need to know what you're working towards and goals are a great way to do that.
Like I said on Saturday, your goals can be as simple as "I'm going to track everything today" or "I'm going to get up early and do my workout 3 times this week" or they can be bigger more long term goals like "I'm going to lose 40 lbs by my wedding" or "I want to be two dress sizes smaller by November".
Whatever your goals, make them specific, attainable, realistic and a good fit for your life. How are you going to achieve your goals? What are some strategies that are going to help you get there?
Here are my goals at the moment:
- Once my show is on, get back to bellydancing once per week and working out in other ways at least 2 times per week (I've already signed up for my new class and will start the last week of February. I'm also going to have my activity chart on the fridge and will work towards getting some stickers on there)
- I want to do a fitness bootcamp in the spring (I recieve the emails monthly and will sign up for the new session when it comes!)
- Cut out as much refined sugar as possible (I've been working on this goal this week. It involves a lot of label reading and unfortunately cutting out some of my favourite go-to foods, but I've been feeling really good lately!! I am going to continue with this and will be exploring the world of baking with agave nectar and stevia in the coming weeks)
Now that you know mine, what are your goals and how are you working on achieving them?
And if you're one of my meetings members get ready to answer this question on Saturday!
The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination;
it is essentially a part of it. ~Charles DeLint
Steak Fajitas on WW wraps - I used a new fajita seasoning mix that I got at The Big Carrot. I'll have to get the name of it, but I really liked it! It was much less salty than the usual commercial fajita seasonings. Very good! I had some corn and avocado on the side and made for a great tasting meal.
Slow Cooker Pork Teriyaki - this was a slow cooker failure. I think it just needed some more liquid. I didn't eat it. Joey had a bit, but later ordered pizza. It smelled good, but didn't work.
Cheesy White Chili w/ cauliflower (Slow Cooker) - This was from the Vegetarian Slow cooker book I mentioned last week. It was great! I cooked it overnight so it was ready for lunch in the morning. It was easy and very tasty. I used fat free cream cheese from my last trip to the US and it made it really creamy and delicious. Lots of cauliflower and beans made for a filling meal.
Slow Cooker Curry - After my last two Weight Watchers slow cooker recipes didn't turn out as planned, I was a little bit hesitant to try this one. But after having another look at the recipe it seemed like it would be a success and it was! Very easy to make and lots of flavor. I didn't use the lemongrass as I had trouble finding it, but overall really tasty and a great meal for a Sunday. We had some Fred's bread on the side with becel and it was a great meal. This recipe can be found in the latest edition of Weight Watchers magazine
Another week, another meal plan. It's curry week this week. Don't ask me why, but I'm just in the mood for trying a variety of curries. Lots of slow cooker goodness again this week because my show is opening in 15 days! Be sure to get your tickets soon! This week I picked up The Healthy Slow Cooker at the library this weekend and I'm looking forward to trying some of those recipes this week
Sunday - Slow Cooker Curry from WW Magazine (didn't get to it on Saturday)
Monday - Pork chops, acorn squash and quinoa
Tuesday - Indian Curry with brown rice
Wednesday - Mushroom Cholent from Vegetarian Slow Cooker book
Thursday - Thai Curry with brown rice
Friday - Lentil Sloppy Joes from Vegetarian Slow Cooker book
Saturday - Winterlicious!
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