Monday, March 28, 2011


Sorry everyone, I have been so busy the last few weeks that I haven't had time to post an update. My husband and I just bought a house and we have been moving/decorating like crazy. We still aren't done but we are getting close. We will probably start painting once it is nicer out so we can open the windows and let the breeze in.

Anyway, I recently had an appointment with my family doctor just as a regular checkup/more refills on my thyroid medicine. He noticed that my blood pressure was a tad high (140/70 ) so he added more tests to do with my regular tsh level blood work. Yay. I had to fast the night before and they took 3 vials of blood. They are checking my cholesterol, sugars, and of course my thyroid.

Even though I have been eating pretty well and have lost plenty of weight I could still have some problems with what I eat. I was watching Ellen last week and she had the author of "Veganist" on. She said something that blew me away, that 1 egg has as much cholesterol as big mac! I usually don't pay too much attention to those sort of things but I was trying to figure out why I eat eggs in the first place. I mean, I love omelets and scrambled eggs with cheese but really any egg substitute could do the trick. I really don't even like the taste of eggs but they are an easy breakfast so I would eat them. I went into the fridge and was looking at my skim milk and it too has cholesterol. Really?! So off to Whole Foods I went. I was a woman on a mission. I bought some of my favorite almond milk and some meatless chicken nuggets and other delicious-ness-es. I once tried to become a vegan and was unsuccessful. I feel like I jumped into it way to fast instead of letting myself slowly acclimate to the new lifestyle. I am starting out with a few small changes ,like the milk for instance, so I don't get overwhelmed by the newness of it all. I don't know if I can do a complete switch to a vegan lifestyle, but I feel like I can do pretty well at eating more meatless options. I am in LOVE with Quorn chik'n nuggets. Chace likes them too! They are the closest to a real chicken nugget(in my opinion).

I started my small changes today and was excited at how well my body reacted. I feel more energetic and not so blah. I switched out my skim milk for vanilla almond milk (so good!) and had chik'n nuggets for lunch. I have a few more products in my freezer to test out, but so far so good. Oh and I found a dairy free yogurt I like that doesn't taste like mush, Whole Soy yogurt was the best so far. Only a small soy aftertaste but from the rice yogurt I tried it was a MAJOR improvement.

It has been over a week since I have weighed myself(no scale!!) but I will update with my last weigh in info.

Current Weight(ish) - 346
Next Goal - 339

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Still going strong!

I just thought I would give you all a short update of my weight loss. We are moving into our new house today and we don't have our internet hooked up yet (eeks!).

I have been really pleased with the results that I am getting from Weight Watchers. I lose about 3 pounds/week and get so excited when I watch the numbers drop. I have been slacking on the exercise part of the plan so I'm sure I would lose more weight/week if I started doing that again. Lucky for me, the new house is only, maybe, a block from where I go to Zumba! Hopefully I will start going again.

If there are any of you that are wanting to try Weight Watchers but are skeptical I would recommend trying it anyway. They have a plan where you get so many weeks free and you can cancel at any time. Just try it!!

Current Weight - 348
Next Goal - 339 (I love seeing my goal weight go lower and lower!!) 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

D-Licious Chicken Parmesan Tenders

I thought for an update I would give you all a recipe that I tried out recently that I thought was amazing. I was really in the mood for chicken parmesan, you know, breaded chicken covered in sauce and mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Anyway, I went searching on the Weight Watchers site and found this beauty.

Chicken Parmesan Tenders


1 spray(s) cooking spray   
1/2 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs, Italian-style   
3/4 oz reduced fat parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup)   
1 tsp garlic powder   
  3 large egg white(s)   
  1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 24 thin strips   
1 cup(s) marinara sauce, heated   


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9 X 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine bread crumbs, cheese and garlic powder in a small, shallow bowl. Whip egg whites until foamy and place in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken first into egg whites and then into bread crumb mixture to coat thoroughly. (Note: You may use boneless, skinless chicken tenders instead of chicken breasts, if desired.)
  • Place chicken tenders on prepared pan and bake until crispy, about 25 minutes. Serve chicken with warmed sauce. Yields about 6 chicken tenders and 1/4 cup of sauce per serving. 

 I also cooked up so whole wheat penne pasta and put some of the marinara(ragu) on that as well. So simple. So delicious.

With Weight Watchers they only have you weigh in once a week, but I weigh myself daily and was pleased to see that the number went down! Last week I lost one pound, kind of a downer but being a girl will mess with water retention and what not especially when mother nature loves you. Anyway, I just want to keep positive and celebrate every single success, even the 1 pound-ers. That is 1 more pound closer to being healthy!

Weight Today : 352
Next goal: 349