Monday, March 23, 2009

Recoginizing What Works And What Doesn't

My focus today is on getting in more filling foods. Weight Watchers classifies these foods as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. They are foods that keep you feeling satisfied for longer and keep hunger in control. I think it will also help with my cravings and munching in the afternoon. We'll see! I will keep tweaking and rearranging to get me to goal. I'm looking forward to get to my Lifetime status!



Breakfast was an open-faced omelette. I used 3 egg whites and topped them with canadian bacon, chopped green pepper and a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge. Leaving it open-faced made it look like more food than it was; a great trick! It was suprisingly filling for 3 POINTS and left me full for hours...







After breakfast, I did a 45 minute weighted walk on the treadmill. I have a weighted vest that can hold up to 20 lbs. and I used to use it all the time when I was walking. Since, I have progressed to running, I haven't been wearing it. My Mom reminded me of it yesterday, so I decided to suit up today! I put in 12 lbs. (so heavy!) and did brisk walking while watching TV. I really enjoyed it. It was nice to do something different. Not sure if I burned as many calories as running, but it was still a good workout. I also realized I have been chintzing out on the workout time lately. I have only been doing 30 ish minutes running and I think I need to keep it at least 45 min. for weight loss.



More filling foods were on the menu for lunch. I went with some Stuffed Pepper Soup that I had in the freezer topped with 1 oz. Cabot's 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar, carrot sticks with 2 tbsp. homemade hummus and a Golden Corn Vitatop. A big lunch for 6 POINTS...



I started feeling a little hungry around 3:30, so I made a Strawberry Smoothie with 1/2 c. skim milk, 4 oz. container of Activia Strawberry yogurt and 1 c. fresh strawberries. Very yummy and very filling for 3 POINTS...


The daughters had dentist appointments (no cavities!) and we got home right around dinner time. They were starving! I fixed them a quick chicken, mac n cheese and peas. I had planned on salmon for myself and also, wanted to try this Shibolim Whole Spelt Couscous for my side dish...


These are the size of Israeli couscous which is more like a pasta. I was interested to try this because it was made with spelt which I have never tried. The nutritionals were impressive with 195 cal., 0.5 gr. fat, 7 gr. protein and 9 gr. fiber for a 2 oz. serving. That's a huge serving for 3 POINTS!


It was the perfect side for my Salmon Roulette and green beans. A wonderful 8 POINT dinner...



The husband and daughters were having leftover birthday cake for dessert, but I had enough yesterday! Well, not really, but I'm telling myself that!!! I did have a Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich as a sweet 2 POINT treat...



Another realization that I came to today was that I am getting lax with my bites, licks and tastes. I recognized this when I was making the daughters' lunches, cutting off crusts and about to pop them in my mouth. And then again, when I was scraping the peanut butter off the knife and about to lick it off my finger. Yet again, when I was throwing away their plates and about to nibble on what they left on it. I used to not do any of that, but somewhere along the line, I got myself into this pattern of mindless nibbling. I became very conscious of that today and made it a point to stop myself before I ate those things.


Overall, I felt happy and satisfied with the changes made today. I'll try again tomorrow to incorporate the filling foods. I'm taking it one day at a time and I know the changes that I'm hoping for with the scale will come!!!


Oh, by the way, I am way overdue in updating my blogroll! I have so many blogs that I love to read and haven't listed yet. I hope to get to it this weekend; if you would like me to add you, let me know and I'd appreciate if you would add me to yours, too!


Have a great night!!

15 comments:

Manderz said...

Good eats!!

I am horrible with the Bites, licks & tastes!

Kelly said...

Oh I am guilty of the bites and licks. They really do add up though.

I would love to be added to your blog roll. I already have you on mine. I love to read yours daily. :)

Did you make that salmon or was it something you bought? It looks so good.

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Dutch said...

I have a problem also with taking the last bite off my daughter plate or licking the peanut butter off the knife. Everything you had today looks really good. I do love salmon and it looked yummy. Have a good evening.

Vickie said...

I think you made great changes today! Your food looks so good. I'd love to be added to your blogroll. I'm going to go add you to mine right now! i read your blog every day. I just haven't updated my roll for a long time.

Oh, by the way, I ordered my case of PB2 today :)

theskinnyplate said...

I finally got me some of those TJ Salmon Rounds. Can't wait to try them out!! As always, keep up the good work and just do whatever works for you.

C.G. the Foodie said...

Your menu today looked great! I am TERRIBLE with the BLTs as well :-)

Melissa said...

I think I need to work on getting more filling foods too!!

A weighted vest sounds like a great thing to add to your walking workout!!

Don't be surprised if you see a strawberry smoothie in my blog soon!! And that couscous looks great, I love couscous!!

I'm already in your blog roll, YAY!!!

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

that omlet looks good! i bet it would seem more filling eating it open like that just because it would take longer to eat (I do this with sandwiches sometimes)

I have you on my blogroll... would love to be added to yours :)

Angie All The Way said...

It's easy to turn a blind all to all of the little BLT's throughout the day. It's good that you're paying attention to the more filling foods and being more mindful of it. If you do that, you'll inevitably be eating less processed foods :-)

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Spelt pasta is a new one on me, and one that intruges me. I wonder where I could find this in my area to give it a try. Another really tasty whole grain option is something called farro. It cooks like your standard whole grain but resembles wheat berries. Our produce market carries it , and it is very tasty, but kind of pricey.

With BLT's, the best thing that ever happened to me was a food allergy.All I had to do was tell myself that everything besides my plate contained some kind of fish and the habit ws broke cold turkey.

katecooks said...

great job on noticing those extra nibbles! it's easy to forget these...i try to make myself take a picture of every bite, at least for now, and it seems to keep me from eating just one cracker, or an extra this or that LOL.

breakfast looks DEEEELISH!!! and you're right -- open faced makes it seem huge!

Jennifer said...

I've seen a woman in my neighborhood walk with a weighted vest.

That's a great idea.

Great job getting almost to lifetime. As a lifetime member of weight watchers, the only advice to you is keep doing what you did to get there, DO NOT fall back into old habits like I did and gain all if it back!! Ughh!!

Heather said...

Those BLTs sneak up on us all! Congrats on catching yourself before they got horribly out of control! So many people don't & then spiral out of control. :) I am a true believer in those filling foods! I learned pretty early on in the WW game that they are the key for me. I'm also pretty big on protein and fiber together each snack and meal time (which is not a WW thing....just a nutrition thing). Fiber is filling, protein takes a while to digest. The two together make for filling meals that last longer.

Heather said...

PS...is that a new profile pic of you, skinny lady? Looks great!