Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Well despite the fact that I have been following a healthy lifestyle for almost three years now, this will be my first somewhat healthy thanksgiving. Why have I never attempted it before? Family. Everyone gets really touchy when you start messing with traditions, some of which the seinor members in my family have been doing for longer than I have been in this world. They all need a healthy change as much as I need it, or more. My inlaws are coming for dinner tomorrow as well as my sisters. I normally have my husbands family for thanksgiving and my family sometime durring the Christmas part of the year.
My mother in law wanted to bring something so I told her she could make the pumpkin pie again and a veggie side dish. I gave her a weight watchers recipe for the pie and told her to
only make one, instead of two like last year. I hear my father in law was not happy about that and she actually made him individual size full fat pies so he would not have to partake in my "diet" pie. lol.
I'm hoping her veggie is not too bad, I'm sure it will be very buttery though. I made sure I am
making a few really low calorie veggies though so I can fill up on them.
Cheese & crackers - inlaws are expecting munchies before dinner. I was not going to do any
this year, but I talked to mother inlaw this morning and she mentioned they would come early and we can sit around and munch & drink till dinner. So I ran out last minute and picked these up. Gotta keep everyone somewhat happy.
Sangria - lots of fruit, wine, splenda & diet soda. .... Shhh don't tell and maybe the wine will throw everyone off lol
Turkey - apparently they make mini turkeys that are hormon free ... The one I got is almost 10
lbs & called a lil' butterball. Its so cute. Hoping to reduce the amount of left overs this year.
Gravy - not much to lighten this, I prob won't have much though
Cranberry stuffing - lightening up the sausage cranberry stuffing recipe I used last year. No sausage( to lighten & because sister is a vegetarian) still has all the veggies and cranberries though. Excited to see how it turns out.
Reduced fat crescent rolls - none for me, I can have rolls anytime
Green bean casserole made with double green beans and reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
Cranberry sauce - canned - none for me
Roasted spaghetti squash
Baked sweet potatoes - bought them small to control portions
Brussles sprouts - mother in law bringing
Pumpkin pie - weight watchers recipe - mother in law making
I'm looking forward to tomorrow. My goal is to have everyone enjoy the lighter versions of the
dishes the are use to just as much as the higher fat versions. I feel good about it though. I am sick of feeling sick durring every holiday just because it's a tradition. Seems silly to me.
Hope everyone has a happy & at least semi-healthy Thanksgiving tomorrow.
& if you do over eat, move on, send the leftovers home with everyone else and get right back on track. Don't let it snow ball into new years day.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I had a great birthday. I woke up at 5am this morning, and even though my plans were to sleep in, I woke up feeling well rested and just did not need to sleep anymore. I got up and made myself a cup of sugar free hot cocoa and played some
World of Warcraft, since no one was up and I never get a chance to play anymore. I use to play all the time but since Lyra was born 3 years ago I play maybe once a week and I just started playing that (for the past few years I have had my account turned off most of the time because I just have had no time to play). It was relaxing and quite, well besides the sound of wow monsters being killed through my head set. lol.
The family got up about an hour and a half later and my husband Andrew surprised me by making me breakfast. He made me two English muffins, topped with 1 fried egg a peice and 1 slice of turkey bacon each. Way too much food so I told him to eat one of them and I would eat the other. 6 points for that and it was really good. It was special too, because he never cooks for me.
I got to open my presents this morning because I we had discussed it earlier and we knew we were not going for a cake. I have eaten enough cake to last me all year. We got a quarter sheet cake for Lyras birthday on Thursday and I ended up eating 3 pieces of it. I don't even like birthday cake, cheese cake is my lover. After this week I don't even want cheesecake though.lol.
My gifts were a set of hot curlers, an exercise ball & a set of two anodized non-stick pans (drewl!).... I love my pans, I have been cooking on two ikea non-stick pans that I got for $5.00 for the set. They suck so bad... needless to say... you would expect nothing less from 5 buck pans. Anyway, very happy. I ended up taking the hot curlers back though because I would rather have something I'm gonna use more. Not sure if that's gonna be shoes or clothes or something else yet, but the money is back on the card and waiting for me.
I decided to try on a pair of jeans that have been hanging in my closet waiting for me to get small enough to wear them and I got them on... they are really tight but after slapping on my shapewear I felt comfortable enough in them to wear them out. Size 8!!! whoo hoo! This gives me a little incentive to lose a few more pounds so they actually fit me right. I felt great about myself today though.
We ate lunch - smart ones.... and then we went to the mall to return the hot curlers. I got a sinless sweet cream with blueberries mixed in at coldstone creamery (had a buy one get one coupon for my birthday) and ate half of a like it size cup (only 2 points!).
Then we went to the park and I watched the kids play. I would have played too but I was wearing heels.
Went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday (another buy one get one coupon!) and me and hubby split one of the fit and trim meals and each got the salad bar. I did great during dinner and hubby surprised me by getting them to bring out a cupcake for my birthday. I split it 4 ways and we and both kids each had a bite. :-)
Went to Sams club to buy eggs and did not feel the need to eat even one sample!
Now I am home. I have eaten 35 points today... my max is 29 so I only went 6 points into my weekly budget ... on my birthday I think that's damn good.
We are going to put the kids in bed in a bit and then my sister is coming over to watch them while we go out and see the new twilight movie.
Did I mention that I got so many wonderful birthday wishes and goodies from my spark friends. I feel so loved!
I had a great birthday. I feel good about myself, I feel like I look great (which feeling like you look great is more important than actually looking great), I ate great and I know that the next 30 years of my life will be better than the last. I have everything that I wished for when I was 20. I am thin and healthy, I have a loving husband, I have two wonderful children ( I was told I could not have kids because I was too heavy), I am living on my own (was with my parents at 20), I drive now (I just got my license last year, next month makes one year), I don't make the most money in the world but we get by and that's something that I never had growing up, I have wonderful friends who support me when times are good and bad (you guys!) and.... I'm really really happy... the kind of happy that you cant buy in a store or wrap in wrapping paper. I'm very lucky.
Hoping that my mood stays at least 90% this good throughout my 30th year of life. lol.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Well happy 30th bday Jess!
Again I am on my iPod so this will be short. I just wanted to tell everyone I am feeling much better. I was just hormonal & munchie durring the last blog. I had a good weigh in despite feeling like I was eating like a pig and I felt much more in control of my food yesterday. I spent all day in the kitchen, cooking & freezing healthy dinners for the next two weeks. Each dinner has exactly 4 servings so I hope to nip the over eating in the bud.
Today is my 1 year anniversary of maintaining my goal weight. I hit 160 last year on my birthday and as of this morning I am 157.0 !
I have maintained a weight some said I would never be able to reach for an entire year, that is worth celebrating. You know it's been a year and it's still just as exciting. I am so freakin happy!
Hope this mood stays for the entire day because I feel awesome.
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