Undoing My 20's

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Recommitment

Wow… I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog in the last few days after my friend Kate and I talked about it.  I made some excuse when she asked about it about not having enough time.  But seriously who does have enough time.  I just need to make time!  

A lot has changed since my last post in July, just a day before my younger sisters wedding.  Which by the way was an amazing time.  She was absolutely beautiful and we had a blast!  I was so glad how much hard work that I had put in that year to prepare!  

Here is my amazing family!  

After the wedding I started to slip a little… It was so amazing to how easily I could slip right back into my old habits.  My Mom and I talked the other day about how disciplined I was.  I would plan out and prepare a weeks worth of meals.  I would also have great snacks packed in my car & in my bag so that I didn’t give into temptation.  

In August I found out that my Dad’s heath was getting worse.  My amazing Dad had been battling Colon Cancer for the last 7 years.  He let us know that he had about 6 months left to live.  I was devastated and began talking to a friend about the prospect of moving jobs so that I can spend more time with my family.  At that time I quit my membership to the YMCA and to Weight Watchers since it wasn’t convenient any longer.   Well and who are we kidding, I wasn’t going to the gym.  haha

I began my new job about a month ago, I’m now working at a family owned Child Care center.  The kids keep me so busy running around.  So maybe that’s my new gym.  Last Thursday and I was at work I received a call from my brother, Nick letting me know that my Dad was doing much worse and that I should come say my final goodbyes.  

My family spent an amazing weekend together, saying our goodbyes to my Dad and sharing memories. Ohh yes and our amazing friends and family sent all of my favorite foods.  It was so nice not to cook and plus I began stress eating again.  On Sunday, October 6th at 5:31pm my Dad, Tom passed away peacefully at home.  

He was such an amazing Dad.  He would help anyone, he taught us so much about caring for others, having a strong work ethic, what it meant to love and care for a family.  I’m so grateful for all of the years that I had with him and that he had a chance to know my husband, Adam and son, Gavin Thomas.  

I woke up this morning again thinking about this blog.  I want to recommit to my health.  Not for an upcoming event but for my life.  But to help prevent any chance of getting Colon Cancer as well.  While there is no guarantee that you won’t get it, your chance increase with diet and exercise!  

I went to the store today to get a few items to get me started and I will be starting to run again.  This time I’m going to use loseit.com to track with my Weight Watchers books and magazines to help me out.  

I promise that I’m back now!  : ) 

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My sister is getting married tomorrow! Yay!  Hotel living can be a little scary.  So I brought some great options that didn’t need to be refrigerated.  Also the continental breakfast has some healthy choices.  
Egg whites - 0 WW ptsplus 
Yogurt - 1 WW ptsplus
Banana - WW ptsplus
I also brought oatmeal that I brought at Weight Watchers.  Plus I’ll have my milk at that time! 
I’ll post my food options later for hotel living!

My sister is getting married tomorrow! Yay! Hotel living can be a little scary. So I brought some great options that didn’t need to be refrigerated. Also the continental breakfast has some healthy choices.
Egg whites - 0 WW ptsplus
Yogurt - 1 WW ptsplus
Banana - WW ptsplus
I also brought oatmeal that I brought at Weight Watchers. Plus I’ll have my milk at that time!
I’ll post my food options later for hotel living!

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It’s been a bit since I’ve posted.  But I’ve been eating way too many leftovers and Lean Cuisines!   Tonight when I got home, the boys were making a frozen pizza.  So I took my cut up chicken to make a chicken salad sandwich & made some Sweet Potato fries! (The Olive Oil I cooked with doesn’t count as my daily healthy oil.  I ate popcorn instead sprinkled with Olive Oil! 

Ohh and bonus… My son ate my healthy dinner and left the pizza! 

Shredded Chicken (no skin or bone) - 1 point 

1 Tbsp Mayo, Olive Oil - 1 Point

Sandwich Round - 3 points 

Piece of WW Cheese - 1 Point 

Pickle & Apple - 0 Points 

1/2 Cup Sweet Potato - 2 Points

Sprinkle Italian Seasoning 

Bake the Potatoes at 450 Degrees F for 15 minutes, flip potatoes and cook another 15 minutes.  

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Yummy new breakfast recipe

I was at Target the other night and decided I wanted to try a new refrigerator oatmeal meal. I found this yummy raspberry recipe.

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon raspberry jam, preserves, or spread
1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberries (cut each berry in half), or enough to fill jar

Combine all of the ingredients into a 8 ounce mason jar. Refrigerate overnight. Keeps up to 3 days.

I got this recipe from http://www.theyummylife.com/

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My Lunch today! 
1 Weight Watchers Chicken Burger - 3 WW PtsPlus
1/4 cup Spinach - 0 WW PtsPlus
1 Tbsp Feta - 1 WW PtsPlus
2 Strawberries - 0 WW PtsPlus

My Lunch today! 

1 Weight Watchers Chicken Burger - 3 WW PtsPlus

1/4 cup Spinach - 0 WW PtsPlus

1 Tbsp Feta - 1 WW PtsPlus

2 Strawberries - 0 WW PtsPlus

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My Husband and son love eating cupcakes and chips… so I have a few “No Temptation” shelves in my kitchen. 

My Husband and son love eating cupcakes and chips… so I have a few “No Temptation” shelves in my kitchen. 

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Salad in a Jar 

I found this idea from Pintrest.  Here’s my recipe but you can add your own favorites! 

Start with dressing on the bottom, top with other ingredients and add lettuce on top! 

2 Tbsp Litehouse Ranch - 2 WW PtsPlus

1 chopped Hardboiled Egg - 2 WW PtsPlus

1 Mushroom, chopped - 0 WW PtsPlus

Sliced Avocado - 1 WW PtsPlus

Cubed Chicken - 2 WW PtsPlus

Diced Red Onion - 0 WW PtsPlus

Feta Cheese - 1 WW PtsPlus

Chopped Lettuce - 0 WW PtsPlus

Too keep my salad fresh, I use a Foodsaver with a FoodSaver Regular Jar Sealer 

http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=9067

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Easy Chimichangas - Weight Watchers Recipe

I made this delicious recipe from The Weight Watchers “Ready, Set, Go! Cookbook. 

Easy Chimichangas

Serves 4

1/2 pound ground lean turkey (or ground lean beef) 

1 onion, finely chopped 

1 garlic clove, minced 

2 teaspoon chili powder 

1 teaspoon dried oregano 

1 (8-ounce) can no-salt added tomato sauce 

1/3 shredded reduced-fat cheese 

4 (8-inch whole wheat tortillas, warmed 

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray nonstick baking sheet with a nonstick spray. 

2. To make filling, spray medium nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat.  Add turkey, onion, garlic, chili powder, and oregano; cook, breaking turkey (or beef) apart with a wooden spoon. until brown about 6 minutes.  Reduce heat and simmer until flavors are blended and mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.  Remove skillet from heat and stir in cheese.  

3. Spoon about 1/2 cup filling down center of each tortilla.  Fold in sides and roll up to enclose filling.  Place chimichangas, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet.  Lightly spray tops with nonstick spray.  Bake until crisp and golden, about 20 minutes.  

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Breakfast

Since breakfast is one of the most important meals… I have a few quick and easy things that I make!  

Yoplait Greek Yogurt

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Yoplait Greek Yogurt - 2 WW PtsPlus

2 Tsp Olive Oil -  2 WW PtsPlus

Creamy Chocolate Smoothie 

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1 Weight Watchers Smoothie Packet - 2 WW PtsPlus

1 Cup Skim Milk - 2 WW PtsPlus 

2 tsp Olive Oil - 2 WW PtsPlus

Banana Peanut Butter Refrigerator Oatmeal 

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1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup skim milk

1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds

1 tablespoon PB2 powdered peanut butter

1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)

Directions
In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds and PB2. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled. 

WW PtsPlus: 5

http://www.theyummylife.com/recipes/223/Banana+Peanut+Butter+Refrigerator+Oatmeal