Disneyland 40 lbs lighter

Well, I can’t say I did great diet-wise… but I’m hoping the 12+ hours of walking we did each day will counteract some of those calories I ingested (hello caramel apples)!  I refuse to get on the scale until Friday (my real weigh-in day) because I know for sure I got dehydrated while we were there and I’m carrying around some water weight.  I brought my bobble but didn’t do a stellar job at keeping it full.   I’ll let you know the real damage on Friday.

It’s not all bad news, though.  Going to Disneyland 40 pounds lighter than I was last time (and in a lot better shape) was really motivating.  Here are some things I noticed:

I didn’t have to worry about fitting into any seats!  If you’re overweight, you know how terrible it is to worry if you’re going to be able to get a seat belt snapped or a safety harness on.  It was amazing to not even have to think twice about it.  I felt like a “normal” person!

Getting in and out of rides was a whole lot easier than it used to be.  Even the tricky ones weren’t as tricky any more!

Walking for four days straight was a whole lot easier than it used to be.  I think anyone who tells you they aren’t hurting a little after 4 days at Disneyland is a big fat liar.  Even my 10 year old was complaining after day 2.  But compared to years past… I had a ton more energy and I never felt like I needed to sit down and rest.  YES.

Taking pictures wasn’t quite as painful as it used to be.  I’m still working on that one — definitely not 100% happy with where I’m at, but I’m getting there!

And to prove it, here’s a picture of me and my little one in the new CarsLand at California Adventure.  (No laughing at my hair — it rained all day ok??!)

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What a fun place!  It felt like we stepped right into the movie!

Anyway… I’m posting all of these things as a reminder that although the scale is really frustrating me right now, I can’t give up.  There are things to celebrate now, and even more things to celebrate on the horizon.

And on that note — I need to run to get to my 7:00 step class!  Later!

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Disneyland – my plan of action

Disneyland is one of my very favorite places and I’m soooo excited that we’re going to be there for the next four days!!  Yahooo!!

I’m not even going to pretend I’m going to eat “on-plan” the whole time, but I am going to at least try to make the best choices I can while I’m there.  There are actually quite a few places to eat that won’t break the bank diet-wise.  My favorite is the Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland, which serves grilled meat on skewers, and my favorite — bacon-wrapped asparagus.  Yum!  I’ll definitely be hitting that place up. There are also lots of places that serve good salads, and snack carts with plenty of fresh fruit… so although I know I’m going to indulge in a churro or two… I’ll try and make up for it with good choices at meal time.  And of course I’ll be walking 10-12 hours a day too. That should help a bit.  🙂

Oh and I always make sure I drink a lot of water while we’re there.  Have you heard of a Bobble? It’s such a great invention and I couldn’t live without it at Disneyland.

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Basically, it’s a water bottle that has a filter built in to the cap.  So you can refill it at the drinking fountains and have clean water all day long… FOR FREE!  Love my Bobble!  I can’t imagine how much money we would spend on bottled water if we didn’t bring ours.

Anyway!  I’m going to do my best to stay on track.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

So Easy to Pack it On — So Hard to Get it Off.

I keep getting on the scale every morning with hope in my heart that I’m finally going to see the scale move.  I’ve been working SO hard… it just has to move one of these days!! I still believe it will, but dang it’s frustrating watching it move so slowly.

I’m so mad at myself for going crazy over the holidays and putting 10 pounds back on.  What was I thinking???  Ten pounds!!   Even when my body isn’t being stubborn it takes me a long time to lose 10 pounds.  And now it seems my body has gone on strike so who knows how long it’s going to take!  Oh how I wish I could turn back time and make better decisions.  *sigh*

I hope I remember what this feels like when the holidays roll around again this year.  It was SO not worth it.

Update: Quality vs. Quantity

Last week I made a goal to do a couple new things:
1) “Front-load” my points — eating the most points for breakfast, a few less for lunch, and a fairly small dinner.
2) Stop eating only fat-free, low-point foods and eat some real full-fat (and full nutrition) foods instead.

Well, it’s been over a week now since I’ve been concentrating on these goals and although the scale still hasn’t dropped an enormous amount of weight, I feel better overall.  Cutting out the processed foods has made me feel better physically and mentally …. but best of all, my hunger has been a lot more under control, which is amazing!

I’m not exaggerating when I say I was pretty much hungry all day long before.  My 4-5 point breakfasts were so low in calories, they really only kept me full for about an hour max.  Then I’d spend the next 3 hours miserable, waiting until the next time I could eat. Now I’ve bumped my breakfasts up to 9-10 points and I stay full all morning.  It still freaks me out a little to see that many points vanish at the start of the day, but I’m getting over it.

My lunches are 8-9 points too, and I’ve made sure to include things like peanut butter and avocados …. things that have enough fat to fill me up and keep me satisfied for a long time.  It is slightly rough to only have 5-6 points left for dinner at the end of the day, but again… I’m getting over it.  I pretty much limit my dinner to a protein and veggies and call it a day.  I won’t lie …. I definitely covet my husband and daughter’s pasta and rice at times, but I survive.

Anyway… that’s the update!  Hopefully I’ll have a good loss this week so I can feel like I’m doing the right thing.  Either way, I’m just happy to not be hungry all the time.  That’s a victory in itself.

Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken – A Pinterest FAIL

I love Pinterest, and I really love trying new recipes I find on Pinterest.  I have come across some real gems on that site, but I’ve also come across quite a few stinkers, too.  This one would go into the “stinkers” folder.

It’s actually not a recipe… it’s more of a cooking “technique.”  According to this link, you can use your bundt pan to roast a chicken vertically.  Like this:

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It looked kinda fun and my bundt pan doesn’t get much use so why the heck not?  Well… I’ll tell ya why not.  Because although the top part of the chicken that’s sticking up out of the confines of the pan comes out nice and crispy and yummy, the part that sits down in the pan stays limp and chewy and pretty darned gross.

Ah well.  The meat inside was still good because I made sure I rubbed it down with lots of olive oil and rosemary and garlic and some fresh lemons… so it wasn’t a complete failure. And now I have lots of roasted chicken meat to use in my lunches this week! You win some, you lose some.

Quality vs. Quantity

This has been my goal this week — to stop thinking “quantity” and start thinking “quality.”  Geez it’s really a struggle for me.  I love food.  I reallllllly love food.  So as soon as someone tells me I have to cut back on my portions, I immediately start to freak out.

I’ve heard people say things like “I’d rather have one spoonful of rich, full-fat ice cream than a bowl full of fat free frozen yogurt.”  NOT ME!!!  I’m all about the quantity!  I’d rather eat 28 baked chips that taste pretty much like salty cardboard than only get to eat 5 or 6 real chips.  Stupid?  Yes.  But it’s me!

And for someone like me, following Weight Watchers can get you in a little bit of trouble if you don’t check yourself.  The new Points Plus plan has helped slightly by making veggies and fruits 0 points, but I still find myself trying to eat the most low-point foods I can possibly squeeze into my 29-point day… instead of focusing on smaller portions of healthy, FILLING food.  I’m totally a point hoarder.

For instance, I’ll eat a tiny 1-point tortilla with one measly egg white and a couple slices of turkey or ham for breakfast, because then I’ll still have 27 points to use the rest of the day.  Yay I can eat more later on!!!  Then for a snack I’ll have a low fat string cheese and an apple so I’ll still have 26 points to use later.  Then at lunch I’ll nuke a Lean Cuisine and add a giant bowl of veggies to it… again to keep my points super low.  You get the idea.

Was any of that stuff filling?  Absolutely not. So I spend most of my day feeling very hungry.  And then I wonder why when I get home from work I could seriously eat the hind end off a buffalo. Not to mention I often have a headache and by the late afternoon I’m not exactly the nicest person to be around.  How stupid is that???

And it’s all because I’m afraid to eat my points!  Would one slice of real whole wheat bread and 1 tbs of real full-fat peanut butter, eaten with a whole egg and an apple fill me up and give my body lots of nutrients?  Yes.  Would it keep me feeling full until lunch time?  That’s the question that scares me — because I don’t know!  And I’m afraid to find out.  I have these stupid worries… What if it doesn’t?  What if I just used 8 or 9 points and I’m hungry later??  What if I’ve used up all of my points by 5:30 in the evening??

Well as you know I’ve been struggling with being “stuck” on my weight loss, so I know obviously something needs to change.  I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and there are several things I’m working on changing up…. but this week I decided to focus mainly on getting over this stupid fear and changing this “quantity vs. quality” thinking.  I decided to start front-loading my days — eating the most points at breakfast, then a few less at lunch, and a much smaller dinner.  I also decided to stop relying on fat-free, low-point foods and eat some real full-fat (and full nutrition) foods instead. I’m sure it sounds ridiculous, but it was very scary for me.

Somehow I survived, though.  I even lost a pound.  And if it wasn’t “that time” (sorry to any male readers), I really think I would have lost more.  It actually was pretty easy! Physically, that is.  I did stay pretty full from breakfast all the way to lunch, and I didn’t come home starving like I usually do, which made eating a smaller dinner much easier than I thought it would be.  But I’m not gonna lie….  Mentally it was really tough.  I still had this stupid irrational fear that I was going to starve or die or something just because I “ran out” of points by 5:30PM.

But I did it!  And as hard as it is mentally, I believe the physical benefits will show soon.  I’m going to keep my experiment running through the rest of next week and I’ll let you know.  Wish this point hoarder good luck!  I’m gonna need it!

My Favorite Protein Shake

I don’t drink protein shakes every day, but I do usually have one a few times a week.  They’re quick to make and pretty filling, so they make a good after-workout snack or  breakfast on-the-go.

Here’s how I make my very favorite.  I call it the “Coconut Cream Milkshake.” (I’ve found that giving something a fancy name, and calling it a milkshake makes it taste a lot better! 😉 )

First fill your Magic Bullet cup about halfway with some crushed ice. If you don’t have a Magic Bullet (you should get one), I’d say it’s about a cup of ice.

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Anyway…. after you put the ice in your cup, add a cup of Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk (only 1 WW Point+).

ImageThen add your vanilla flavored protein powder.  I like Designer Whey because it’s only 90 calories (or 2 WW Points+) and it tastes pretty good for a protein shake.

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Now here’s where the magic comes in.  Add a big heaping spoonful of fat-free, sugar-free vanilla pudding mix AND a few drops of coconut extract.

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I usually add a little water at this point so it’s not too thick.  Then I whirl it all up for about 30 seconds and voila!  Yummy yummy thick and creamy cold and delicious coconut yumminess for just a few points!

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Let me know if you give it a try!