February 2011


I survived another week!

Actually this week was pretty easy as my weeks go. Monday I had off  from school for President’s Day, and the Tuesday we had the world’s lamest snow day. We got like 3 inches of snow and the roads were fine, but someone decided that we couldn’t have school so we didn’t! So I had a 3 day week! The icing in the cake is that on Friday my school had a blood drive, there are 2 every year one in December and one in February. At any given time half of my class was gone either because they were giving blood or because they were in student council and so were working at the blood drive. I actually love giving blood, well I don’t love the needles, or the blood, or the pain (I’m kinda a wuss when it comes to pain) but how awesome is it that by giving blood I just saved 3 people’s lives! And also the t-shirts are always awesome! This time they were Jersey Shore (like the MTV show) themed:

Clever, no? This picture does not capture the crazy brightness of it though, its NEON in real life.

Other than that really not much happened this week. WW went well and I am still feeling really good about eating and tracking. I feel like I’m losing weight so that is nice! It’s so nice to eat fruit again!!

With cottage cheese!

And on its own, this is pear mango, banana, pineapple, and grapes *drooling*

Here was last Sunday’s dinner:

Hawaiian Chicken without the rice, with some kale sautéed with some garlic and some teriyaki sauce.

Thanks to a grill pan it had really nice grill marks, but it the chicken was pretty thick and just wouldn’t cook in the middle so we had to finish it up the microwave. Regardless, it tasted awesome!

Tomorrow I am going up to NYC to see a friend of my mom’s who she hasn’t seen in 12 years!!! It will be nice to get out of the normal routine for a day and take a little trip.

I hope everyone has an awesome week! March is so close and the days here are starting to warm up a little!! I can’t wait for spring!

❤ Elli

Hellooo!!

My mom and I went to the Weight Watchers meeting last Monday, and we really liked it. The leader, Kathleen, had great energy as did the group, which was quite big! I really liked Kathleen, she lost 80 pounds and has kept it off for 6 years so far so I feel like she will be not only a great leader but a great resource! I weighed in at 166, but as it was 5:30 at night, I had just worked out and drunk a ton of water, and I was fully dressed that number didn’t bother me much.

I really found that I could still eat plenty and feel satisfied (which I wasn’t too concerned about honestly) but since WW has this new set up I get 29 points a day so I really just had to cut my portions a little bit. Plus I get extra points for working out which I do pretty much every day so I have anywhere from 3 to 11 extra points depending on if I do yoga or strength or kickboxing.

As it often is I knew I felt good but I had no idea if I lost weight. But I weighed myself yesterday morning as always and I was 158… which means I lost 2 pounds!!! Thank god!!! I won’t be totally happy until I see 150 but the scale is going in the right direction again so I am very pleased.

There were 2 meals worth mentioning this week…

First this beautiful work of art my mom and I made last week

Eggplant Lasagna, with homemade meat sauce (made with ground turkey). WE didn’t really have a recipe for this baby we just roasted some eggplant and then made a basic lasagna. And let me tell you it was TO DIE FOR!! And 1/6 was only 9 points! On the side we had roasted brussels sprouts which are only 1 point because of the oil and were also delish!

The second meal was another Cooking Light chicken recipe (don’t worry I got a new issue so there will be less chicken and more variety soon, this last issue was all about using chicken :P)

This time it was Tandoori Spiced Chicken (it might just look like yellow chicken but it tasted like sunshine! :P)

with my mom’s famous (at least to me) roasted cauliflower.

It’s just cauliflower roasted in a little bit of oil and some other stuff  (what I don’t know) but it tastes so yummy, like only something you mom makes can!

Today we made more of the lasagna and after WW we will have that (how can you not have fresh out of the oven lasagna!) I know I could show you what we had for dinner last night from CL (I lied  you’ll have to suffer through read about one more chicken recipe) but I’ll save it for next blog so I have something to talk about 😛

I hope that everyone had a great weekend and President’s day if you live in the US. I ❤ random holidays I get off from school for!

Peace!

Elli 🙂

I really wanted the Nutritionista’s plan for me to work, but I gave it 2 weeks and I have gained almost 4 pounds in those 2 weeks. And while there are many parts of her plan that I do agree with and that I will keep around I am off to try new things!

What are those new things? Weight Watchers. My mom has done WW many times and lost about 110 pounds with them. she has gained a bunch if it back, but since she is a lifetime member she is going to come with me at least sometimes.

I am going to keep a lot of what I’ve learned from the Nutritionista and use it with WW. For example, I have learned that my life is a lot easier if I just avoid carbs that don’t come from fruits and veggies. I also know that I feel much more satisfied if I eat fat.

So using WW as a guideline to keep below a certain amount of calories I am going to keep eating lower carb (but I am bringing my beloved fruit back!!) and higher in fat. Also still not “diet” foods. If I want a cheese stick I am going to have a real cheese stick, is it more points? yeah. But I know it will satisfy me way more than fake “diet” cheese. Another change is my dessert. I used to have a chocolate Vitamuffin for dessert. I really liked it, but I always craved more food after it. Lately I have been having “ice cream” for dessert. 

A mix of frozen raspberries, cream cheese, sour cream, and some chocolate. I mix it all up and leave it in the freezer for a few hours and it is about as close to ice cream as I can get without buying an ice cream machine. And even better when I finish it I don’t crave more I just feel satisfied. On WW I will probably replace the cream cheese with low-fat cottage cheese, but I will keep the sour cream for the fat, which I really believe makes all the difference.

Some other things I ate in the past few weeks that I am going to keep in some shape or form are:

My breakfast: omelette with spinach and cheese with chicken sausage (excuse the Winnie the Pooh plate :P). But on WW I will use a mix of whole eggs and egg whites, less cheese, and turkey bacon rather than sausage. Also fruit!!

My morning snack: Heather Eat’s Almond Butter’s Kermit muffins

My lunch: salad with cheese and turkey and a cheese stick. But I’ll use less cheese in the salad.

Afternoon snack: chicken salad with spinach

But now with a mix of mayo and 0% greek yogurt and red pepper instead of dried cranberries.

Some of my dinners: like snack plates which are super fast and easy

This one has tuna salad, cheese with prosciutto, a hard-boiled egg, avocado, carrots, red pepper, and cheese.

These can really be as WW friendly as I want depending on what I use.

So I am really keeping a lot the same just modifying it. I really think that If I do WW right there should be no reason why I shouldn’t lose weight.

I weighed myself this morning and I gained almost 2 pounds, which brought me to 160.5. Which sucked to see. Since just a few months ago I was 151. But as sad as I am to have gained so much it only motivates me more. I am registering at WW on Monday night and I am going to do everything I can to see 159 a week from now.

So that’s the status of my weight loss… how about another delicious Sunday dinner!!

Chicken with Mushroom Sauce from CL as always (I ❤ that mag!!) This is definitely one of my absolute favs! It was super easy and soooooo delicious I can’t even describe it! We had some frozen veggies from Trader Joe’s on the side.

I hope that everyone has a very happy Valentine’s Day and a great week!

<3<3<3<3 Elli 🙂

Hellooo!!!

So in my travels through the interwebs I have come across many a nutrition/health blog as you can see from the list of blogs I love you can find here on my blog. Well in one of theses internet adventures I came across Leah a.k.a. YourNutritionista. I couldn’t help but notice that she did consulting and that intrigued me considering I have been epically failing struggling to lose weight (I should mention now that I gained another pound and a little extra last week… yeah I’m 157 and it SUCKS!!!). Instead of paying and rather large sum for months of help (which I may still do :P) I got a one time 40 min consult with her over the phone. So where I am going with this?

Well Leah’s suggestions/ideas/perspective on how I should eat and workout to lose these last #$%$#@ 15s pounds were interesting but DIFFERENT (and that’s even a bit of an understatement). To show you what I mean here are the guidelines she sent me to follow:

– Every meal and snack should focus on protein and fat.

-Grains, starches, fruit, and sugar should be treated like condiments. Really watch your fruit intake!

-Try to eliminate as many processed carbs from your diet as you can, including Vitamuffins, soy milk, diet snack bars, and cereal.

-No “light,” “100-calorie,” or “diet” foods. Real food only!

-Don’t fear the fat –- It WON’T make you fat.

-Don’t worry about portions or calories. Instead, be more concerned with watching processed carb/sugar intake.

-Swap out cardio in favor of strength. Too much cardio can work against you. Try circuit workouts that alternate 1-2 minutes of cardio and then strength.

-Get pre-cooked proteins (chicken sausage, canned tuna or salmon, etc.) so you can easily build meals.

-Consider Snack Plates (2 fats, 2 proteins, 2 veggies, and 1 fruit) for lunch or dinner .

-For dinners, try finding recipes for high-protein/fat casseroles instead of soups for more variety.

(I should probably say now that I am not saying that this is the only way to lose weight or be healthy and that I think there are lots of healthy ways to eat so if you don’t agree with any of her suggestions that’s fine you don’t have to, but how you live is for you to decide and how I live is for me to decide :))

So notice anything about that list?? How about that it is like the opposite of basically everything I used to do!!!! Yeah I’m not going to lie at first the idea of not caring about calories really freaked me out. But I told myself I would give it 2 weeks to see what happened. My mom has a friend who has lost a lot of weight eating low-carb and a lot of the things that Leah explained to me over the phone made a lot of sense. Plus I figured that worst case is that I gain weight which I am doing anyway so what did I have to lose?

So yeah my breakfast went from oatmeal with pumpkin and like 3 different fruits to an omelette (with 3 whole eggs :0) with cheese and spinach and either turkey bacon or chicken breakfast sausage and half a piece of fruit (apple or pear normally). Filling? hell yes!! Low-calorie?? Are you kidding?

Lunch is still salad but with way more turkey, cheese, and more oil and a cheese stick or something on the side.

My afternoon snack is a low carb wrap with chicken salad inside and maybe some cottage cheese with the other half of breakfast’s fruit. And let me tell you I am not hungry again until dinner. My extra snacking has almost disappeared!

Dinner has been a few snack plates (which are crazy huge and crazy good!) For example: 1/2 an apple or pear with some PB, tuna salad, carrots, red pepper, cheese, and dip made of sour cream and sweet and hot mustard. Also for dinner we made a casserole with chicken and pork sausage and cabbage you top it with the same sour cream and mustard I used as a dip above (this stuff is so amazing I don’t understand why any other dip even exists!) we’ll have some kale with it because while it tastes like angels singing its a little lacking in color (try yellow with some brown :P)

I also only went kickboxing 2 times this week (can you imagine?!?) Instead I did some circuit style strength workouts using 2 routines from glamour (1 & 2) I’ll do 5 minutes of cardio (high knees, jumping jacks, running up and down my stairs, etc.) to warm up, the 3 strength moves, then 30 seconds of cardio, then repeat the 1st 3 moves, then another 30 seconds of cardio, then I repeat that process with more sets of 3 moves for about 45 mins. Let me tell you people I have been sore from this!! Its pretty awesome!

So we’ll see how the weigh-in tomorrow goes. I’m sad to say that my jeans have still been a little tight but I’m not giving up yet. No matter what I weigh tomorrow morning I will stick with this for at least another week, and then I’ll decide if I want to stick with it (and maybe pay for 3 months or her consulting which would be really awesome if it works!) or try something else (my mom and I were considering Weight Watchers).

Ok so I know that this post has been a little light on the pictures (I will try to take some pictures of the things I have been eating with this new “plan” if I remember) so to add some color to this post lets talk about last Sunday’s dinner.

We made another CL recipe, this time it was Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken. And yes it tasted just as creamy, rich, and awesome as it sounds.

With it we had some roasted potatoes and broccoli rabe  which to be honest we failed at cooking it was over cooked and bitter… but at least there was some green on the plate.

 

That red stuff on the chicken is just roasted red pepper pureed with raw garlic and olive oil. This stuff is really yummy, and seriously is good with anything. Next time we are going to roast the garlic with the pepper.

Alright I have to face the music and get back to doing my #$%#$ homework… I hope the your February is going well!!

Au Revoir!!

Elli 🙂