"I've found that when life's brush obscures my view with gloomy strokes that seem to mar the scene, God's hand appears and gives to sunless hue and dreary skies a more majestic sheen." Gustafson

30 April 2010

WW Journal 4/30

So thankful it's Friday! It's been a fun family day. We registered Brit for Kindergarten this afternoon and then had a nice family dinner at Jason's Deli and of course, ended up at Sweet Cece's again!

I got in about 15 minutes of strength training doing Dustin's Fit Moms for Life DVD (that you can get for FREE!) and then walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill.

It was such a gorgeous day here in Middle TN but the storms are coming! It's supposed to be nasty the rest of the weekend. Really hoping to get to the Farmer's Market tomorrow morning if it isn't pouring.

Hope you all had a great start to your weekend!

WW Journal 4/30:
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Peanut granola bar - 4 pts
Lunch: 1 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffin - 2 pts
Snack: pack of Fruit Snacks - 2 pts
Dinner: Jason's Deli Club Lite sandwich - 11.5 pts, strawberries - 1 pt, 4 wheat crackers - 2 pts, water, Sweet Cece's vanilla yogurt w/strawberries - 4 pts
TOTAL:30.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 10 cups
WORKOUT: 15 min strength, 20 min treadmill
CRUNCHES: 50 on the exercise ball

29 April 2010

WW Journal 4/29

Little man (aka Thunder) woke up in the middle of the night with a bloody nose...poor baby gets them once or twice a month. I settled him back down after a few minutes and then overslept and didn't make it to boot camp. I did, however, just come in from a 30 minute walk/jog around our hilly neighborhood. Whew! It was super windy but the cool breeze felt so good.

My other blog FRUGALadee is finally up! It's really fun sharing stories, recipes, coupons, store deals, etc.!

I'm on day 4 back on WW and feel pretty good. Now that I'm eating less, I'm feeling hunger pains I haven't felt in years! :) It's good pain and so worth.

WW Journal 4/29:
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Cascadian Vanilla Chip granola bar - 3 pts
Lunch: WW Sloppy Joes - 6 pts, hamburger bun - 2 pts
Snack: none
Dinner: 2 soft tacos (cheese, queso, salsa, lettuce) - 9 pts, grapes - 1pt, 1 cup of Sweet Cece's no sugar vanilla yogurt & strawberry slices - 4 pts
TOTAL: 29 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 9 cups
WORKOUT: 30 minute walk/jog

28 April 2010

WW Journal 4/28

It's amazing how productive you can be when you get up early! I had a sweet quiet time, hit Harris Teeter at 6AM for their triple coupon deals, came back home and folded laundry and packed lunches all before 8AM. Even though I went to bed with a headache and it was still going strong when I woke up, I'm so thankful I didn't let it hold me back from getting up early! Normally, I would've used that as an excuse to stay in bed. Grateful for God's provisions and His timely healing.

I've really been tapping into my Flex points since I started back on WW Monday because I'm used to eating so much more during the day. Portion sizes are my struggle! Baby steps....

Off to work on my new blog...more details to come tomorrow!

WW Journal 4/28:
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Cascadian Vanilla Chip granola bar - 3 pts
Lunch: Pure protein bar - 4pts
Snack: Banana - 1.5 pts, cheese stick - 2pts, Dr. Pepper - 3 pts (still nursing a headache; I've cut out sodas and have only had 2 in the last month since the caffeine seems to help my migraines, otherwise I stay away from them!)
Dinner: Trader Joe's Blueberry Waffles (2) - 5 pts, syrup - 1pt, 3 slices of turkey bacon - 3 pts, 3 apple slices - 0 pts, Zucchini Choc Chip muffin (for dessert!) - 2 pts
TOTAL: 28.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 8 cups

27 April 2010

WW Journal 4/27

It was an extra EARLY morning because Brit crawled into bed with us at 3:45AM!!! Which NEVER happens!! Then my alarm when off shortly after at 4:20AM. I could've made excuses and stayed in bed, but I chose to get my booty going! On my drive home, I heard a Tobymac song with this lyric, "If you gotta start somewhere, why not here? If you gotta start sometime, why not now?" I feel like this TOTALLY applies to where I am right now spiritually and physically. Love it!

And I read these verses a few weeks ago and they hit me hard! Proverbs 13:4 "the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied."
Vs. 18 "He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame." Very convicting and motivating.

WW Journal 4/27:

Pre-workout food at 4:30AM: Banana - 1.5 pts
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Fruit & nut trail mix bar - 3pts
Lunch: String cheese - 2pts; strawberries & grapes - 1 pts; salad w/almonds & oil & balsalmic vinegar - 6pts
Snack: Peanut Gran Bar - 4pts and Starbucks Coffee Lite Frap - 2pts (Migraine!)
Dinner: WW Sloppy Joes - 6pts; Strawberries & grapes - 2pts; Hamb bun - 2pts; WW Roasted Potatoes - 1pt; 2 TBSP Ketchup - 1pt; Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffin - 2pt
TOTAL: 37.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 10 cups
WORKOUT: 50 min @ boot camp
CRUNCHES: 50 Russian twists

*SIDE NOTE: I'm still floored that I earned 7 activity points today. I thought it was TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE but according to the WW method, this is correct. SO EXCITED!

Here are the two WW recipes I used tonight for dinner (Sloppy Joes & Roasted Potatoes).

Gonna hit Harris Teeter at 6AM tomorrow for triples!

Sweet dreams!

Sloppy Joes

Makes 5 servings


1 1/2 lbs ground turkey breast (I used 1 lb lean all natural beef)
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
8 oz can, no salt added, tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tsp low-salt Worcestire sauce
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp dark brown sugar

Coat a non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium high heat
until hot. Add turkey breast, onion, and bell pepper. Cook until turkey is
browned, stirring to crumble. Drain in a colander and set aside. Wipe drippings
from skillet with a paper towel. Return turkey to skillet, add tomato sauce
and the rest of the ingredients. Cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until slightly thick.


Roasted Potatoes with Garlic

**I omitted the garlic!

Makes 8 servings.

1 pound tiny red potatoes, halved
1 head garlic, cloves separated but not peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Arrange potatoes and garlic cloves in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and garlic is soft. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the peels onto the potatoes. Mix together.

Points: 1 - Serving size: 1 cup - Per serving: 64 Calories, 3.4 g Fat, 0.7 g Fiber, 7.8 g Carbohydrates, 0.9 g Protein, 136 mg Sodium

26 April 2010

It's been a great day! My sis gave me a beautiful black & white flowered journal on vacation last week so it's now officially my WW journal so I can keep track of my points, workouts, and water intake. Brit and I made a batch of delicious Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip muffins (2 pts per muffin). So yummy! And dinner was especially yummy tonight and I didn't go overboard! For my weight & height, my target points per day is 22. Plus, 35 flex points per week to use whenever I want!

Sadly, I let the kids play with my WW calculator so much that it's broken now! URGH! No worries, I found an online website that calculates points for me. I'll just have to be extra prepared ahead of time before eating out so I can calculate the points before hand. I also love Dottis Weight Loss Zone website. She has tons of WW recipes and restaurants with points values.

A friend just told me about the Women's Half Marathon coming up on September 25th and I've already started thinking about training for the Country Music Half Marathon next April. I said I'd NEVER run another Half but I might just change my mind!

Chris had another looooonnnnnggg day at work so I didn't get on the treadmill until 9:45. Just now wrapping up my workout. I'm off to bed so I can get up at 4:25AM and scoot over to D-1 for 5AM boot camp.

Thankful for an encouraging start back on Weight Watchers!

WW Journal 4/26:
Breakfast: Pure Protein Bar (20 grams of protein) - 4 pts
Snack: Banana - 1.5 pts
Lunch: 2 mini bags of popcorn - 2 pts; cheese stick - 2pts; apple - 1 pt
Snack: Trader Joe's all natural strawberry nutrigrain bar - 3 pts
Dinner: Turkey sausage - 7.5 pts; 1/3 c. Trader Joe's Mac & Cheese - 2 pts; 1/4 cup Trader Joe's organic baked beans - 1 pt; strawberry & grape slices - 2pts; 1 TBSP Trader Joe's organic ketchup - 1 pt; Whole Wheat Zucc Choc Chip muffin - 2 pts
TOTAL: 28.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
TOTAL POINTS USED: 27.5 (5.5 pts are Flex Pts)
WATER: 10 cups
WORKOUT: 40 min brisk walking on treadmill
CRUNCHES: 100 on the exercise ball

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

1/3 c sugar
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c quick oats
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c shredded zucchini
2 TBSP oil
1 egg, beaten (I used a FF Egg Substitute)
3/4 c skim milk
1/2 c chocolate chips

*Preheat over to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with cups or spray with cooking spray.
*In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
*In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, oil, egg and milk.
*Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until moist.
*Add chocolate chips.
*Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.
*Cool on cooling rack and serve.

Calories: 78 cal
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Fat: 3 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 8 grams
Sodium: 40 mg
Potassium: 95 mg

25 April 2010

New journey

I'm quite sure most of my friends and faithful readers have given up on my blogging journals. I've really struggled the past few months with my journey spiritually and physically. Disney was AMAZING and our recent trip to the lake was incredible!

You'll probably roll your eyes when you read this (because it's only the trillionth time I've started over on my weight loss journey) but tomorrow is a NEW day! Thank God His mercies are NEW every day!

I'm recommitting to Weight Watchers starting April 26th. I don't want to bore you but most of my daily blogs will consist of my food journal for that day (God knows I need the accountability!), I'll list WW recipes, give updates on my spiritual journey in addition to my workouts. The numbers on the scale keep rising and it's getting out of control! I desperately need God's strength to stay committed.

When I did WW and walked 4-5 times a week back in 2007, I lost 30 lbs in 3 months. I'm praying for the same commitment and dedication to shed the pounds so I can be healthier and happier with who God is creating me to be.

Thank you for standing by me on my roller coaster rides!