Friday, August 26, 2016

Two New Recipe's I Tried

I wish I was better at taking pictures during the process of the whole thing but I'm not.   I either forget until I'm halfway through or they look like crap. 

The first recipe I tried was a bubble up breakfast bake.  It calls for a 7.5 oz can of biscuits and I thought I wasn't going to find them.  Well they are available, but in a 4 pack.  Now I have 3 cans of biscuits I'm not sure what I'm going to do with.  It was extremely easy (which is nice for when I get off work and I don't feel like cooking dinner).  I did change the recipe with one small little thing.  I'm not much of a ham person with breakfast foods so I did make Wright's bacon instead.  I went and put the recipe in on My Fitness Pal to get all of the nutritional facts for it and then went to my Weight Watcher ap and entered it in to find the point value.  This recipe is a serving of 6.  It's made in a 9 X 13 pan.  The portions are hefty to say the least. For the original version of this is 6 points per serving and the version I made was 9.  I would totally suggest making this.  And if you did in fact make it for breakfast, again it's a quick make so your family won't have to wait long.

The 2nd recipe I kinda made on my own.  I took a spaghetti squash and I sliced it in half then removed the seeds.  I brushed some extra virgin olive oil from Trader Joe's on it then put garlic salt, pepper, and McCormick's Italian Seasoning on top.  Then I put them face down on a cookie sheet.  I cooked it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  While the squash cooked I browned 1 lb of ground elk and diced up onion.  When the meat was finished I measured out 3 oz.  I then measured out 1 cup of sauce.  A serving is half a cup but it just didn't look right so I did 1 cup.  I mixed those together.  About the time I was done with that the squash was done as well.  I took a fork and shredded the squash into the bowl with the elk and sauce.  After I did that I mixed them together then poured it back into the spaghetti squash shell.  I sprinkled it with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella on top.  Put it back in the oven for 4-5 minutes to get the cheese melted.  After that it was complete I just let it cool for a few minutes and then had an awesome dinner!  With the left over elk and more sauce I made Travis' with the other half of the squash.  He really enjoyed it.  He ate his bowl clean!  I kinda worried about him not liking it but he did.  Yea!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

God blessed me & punished me....

He blessed me by losing 2.8 lbs! But then he punished me because I didn't stay for the meeting :)

I had every intention of staying for the meeting when I got there. I went to the noon meeting today and if I had thoughts of changing my day, it has now changed. I got there and waited for a minute or so to weigh in. When it was my turn I got on the scale and found out I had a loss. I was so excited. I'll be honest I was scared that I didn't lose anything or gained a pound. I did what I was supposed to over the weekend in Denver but there was something still in the back of my mind that made me nervous. After I weighed in I got me a name tag & then I sat down and waited. When it hit 5 after and she hadn't started the meeting I knew she was going to start late. Usually they are very prompt. Then I turned around. That's when I saw the long line of people needing to still weigh in. I then knew for sure it was going to be a late start. I decided to go ahead and leave because I was on my lunch break and I still needed to go to Walgreen's and get a few things. While at Walgreens I went and got some things I needed and then went to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. I told the woman working the counter that I'd pay for the other items at the front because I needed to get a few other things and change out a few things. So I walked around the store again for about another 10 minutes before I finally made it to the front check out. When I got to the register that's when I realized something. I still had my name tag on from the meeting!! Underneath where you write your name it says Weight Watchers on it....

I was embarrassed and thought it was the most comical thing all at once.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tomorrow is the big day!  My 2nd weigh in!  I had to change weigh in day this week to Wednesday because of my trip and work was really crazy this past Monday.  After last week I decided that I shouldn't weigh in the Monday following a road trip.  No it's not because I ate stuff I'm not supposed to but that I retain water and need a day to get rid of it.  In Midland they don't hold meetings at lunch on Tuesday's so that's why Wednesday is the day. 

I'm really looking forward to my meeting.  I love being with the other members and learning and getting idea's off of them.  And I love sharing what knowledge I have.  I'm also anxious to see how I did.  If it's just one pound again I will be ok with that.  It still means I'm making process.  I'm still better than where I was. 

Tonight for dinner I'm making this bubble up breakfast casserole that I found from a woman I follow on Facebook and her blog Drizzle Me Skinny .  Instead of ham though I am going to use bacon.  It looks so good and I can't wait to try it!  I'll let you know how it is! 

Do you have any new recipe's you are going to try?  If so let me know which ones and how they are!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Answer to WWOD

Oprah would have weighed in and went with it (or that's what I'm telling myself). 

I am actually sitting in my meeting waiting on it to start. I weighed....I LOST 1.8! So it seems like not that much but they told me I am probably still retaining water from the road trip yesterday.  At least it's -1.8 and not +1.8! 

We are going on a big trip this weekend to Colorado. I'm going to stay on program and not let the devil influence any bad behavior in the eating department.

Now on to week 2.....


Wwod.....What would Oprah do?

I know it's early for a blog but needed to let this out somewhere (other than my head and Travis has already left for work lol). 

Before we left I weighed myself to see where I was. Just to see what the difference would be over the weekend. While on my trip I counted points for EVERYTHING.  I drank a ton of water & walked a lot. I sweat a lot too lol. At the game I even made it a point to walk the slope on the 3 flights that went to level 2 just so I could get some extra steps in. 

When I weighed a few minutes ago it said I had GAINED a pound! A whole pound since Friday!?! Seriously? So here's my question. So I wait until Wednesday to do my weigh in? Maybe I'm retaining some fluid from the car ride? And if that's the case I need to make Wednesday's my weigh in day because we travel a lot. I don't want to go through this every Monday. 

I'm going to think it over this morning and I'll post what I decided to do. If you have any thoughts feel free to comment. Only positive comments though. Negative will be deleted 😬

Sunday, August 14, 2016

My First Date With Meatloaf....

The food.....not the musician 😂

I have never made meatloaf. You see, I am not a fan. My mom would make it when I was a kid and I just did not like it. I'm not sure if it was the taste or the texture but it was not my cup of tea.

I have found a few recipe's on Pintrest that look really tasty.  Travis likes meatloaf and he's watching his carbs so I figured this was a great time to try one of them.  I decided to do a Spinich Mozzarella Meatloaf.

And am I the only one that turns the oven light on anytime their is something in the oven? I just love to be able to see it go through the transitions of cooking

 It smelt amazing while I was cooking it and in the end I liked it but there was still something about the texture. I'm going to give it a try again and see if I can fix it to where I really like it.  Here's the recipe . I did however tweak the recipe when I was putting the recipe in my Weight Watcher recipe builder. I used Weight Watchers mozzarella, Pregresso Italian Bread Crumbs, and ground elk.  Those that don't know Travis is a hunter and goes on an elk hunt every year. We have a freezer full of it so if my recipe calls for red meat 99% of the time it will be elk. Unless I forget to thaw it out and then I run to the grocery store and get beef.  

Let me know if you try it, if you liked it, or made a new tweak you think I'd like! 

PS it was only 7 WW points and I put that it had 8 servings so you get a decent amount for a serving 😊

Friday, August 12, 2016

I Heart Five on Friday


I'm doing my 5 on Friday link up today on the top 5 recipes I'm dying to try from Pinterest! It'll probably be about 2 weeks before I can fix any of these (gone this weekend and leaving Wednesday for another trip :) ) but I will make them :)  


Ok so this last one may not be Weight Watcher friendly but hey I can still have it :) I love pistachio pudding so I'm almost positive I will love this! 


Monday, August 8, 2016


I went a to my first meeting in a really long time and I have to say, I was a little nervous.  I'm not sure why exactly but I was. Like I said in my previous post, I started with Weight Watchers when I was in the 8th grade in Odessa. The last time I did WW and was successful with it was when I was going to the Midland meetings. I just felt more comfortable. That was in 2006.  They have sense moved their meetings to a church and when I walked into the church I felt like this is where I need to be. The ladies at this particular meeting were so nice and so inviting! The leader of the meeting was very inviting and didn't make me uncomfortable (which is always something you want in your WW leader).  

I had my first official weigh in. I was kinda sad that they wouldn't take the number I had on the scale on Wednesday when I started lol but I understood. Even though I will have a different start number I have lost 3 lbs since Wednesday! I have really been watching what I eat and making sure I didn't go over on points. I don't want to even dip in to my extra weekly points but at least if I need to I know they are there. 

We are going to Arlington this weekend for baseball games so I'm going to see if I can do a little research before I get there. I really think there is side work you have to do in order to have a successful eating plan. Even here in the Permian basin, if we are going out to eat I will look at the menu before hand, see if they have their nutritional info on their website and work point value before I get there. Even when I was doing calorie counting I did the same thing. I don't want to get there and be stressed out about trying to figure out what I'm going to eat. Notice I didn't say what I CAN eat,but what I was going to eat. Whether you're doing WW or counting calories you can still eat anything you want. You just have to make sure that it's with in your point value/calorie allowance. And you have to be mature on sticking to your guns and not just blowing everything once you're there.  

It is so crazy to see how my mind frame has changed in 3 1/2 years.  I mean.....I ate lasagna Florentine today for lunch that was loaded with veggies and not a ton of pasta and meat. Don't get me wrong, I still love that kind but sometimes you just gotta put your big girl panties on and pass on it :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The sleeve and Weight Watchers are Joining Forces

I decided the two should meet and they hit it off....

I've always stressed that my sleeve is a tool.  It was by no means the "easy way out".  In October I will celebrate 4 years since my life was changed.  Yes, I have gained some weight back but nothing and I mean NOTHING like where I started.  I am still so blessed and happy everyday that I made the decision I did.  But here's what happened.  I got comfortable.  I got a little to comfortable.  I am still eating less but the choices I made were not the best.  Unfortuantly I had picked back up the Dr. Pepper habit.  Then after I quit smoking (was 2 years in April) I started getting the biggest sweet tooth.  Those two right there are not a match made in heaven.  I decided I had to take control of my life again like I did 3 1/2 years ago.

I had tried counting calories but for some reason it just did not work for me.  I don't know if I wasn't eating enough or the wrong things or to much of one thing, but it was not working.  So I decided to go back to something I knew had worked for me and has worked for so many different people.  I joined Weight Watchers.  I signed up online and I opted for the meetings and online.  I'm planning on going and visiting a meeting in Midland and probably in Odessa as well to get a feel for both.  The first time I did WW I was in the 8th grade.  Every Saturday my Nana, Dad Dad, and I would load up and drive to Odessa for mine and Nan's meetings.  If I had a tennis match I would go before my match and weigh in and then leave.  The woman that led those meetings was still there about 6 years ago when I went.  I don't care for the way she does the meetings so if she is still the only leader I will either opt to go to Midland meetings or just do it online.  One of the great new things with WW is that you can choose to do the online plan with a coach and not have to attend any meetings.  Now, you can do it just online but I have to have someone to be accountable to.  It makes me work harder and pushes me.  In the meetings they use to recognize the members for every 5 lbs that they had lost.  That was a big motivation for me too.  Yes I revert back to being 8 and being bragged on by the teacher lol.  I'll also be blogging about it because it makes me be accountable to ya'll as well!  I'm going to go to my first meeting in Midland Monday.  I hope I enjoy them.

I've started making low carb meals for Travis and of course they don't hurt me either.  After my surgery my taste buds changed towards certain things.  Things like vegetables.  I had already started eating roasted zucchini and asparagus but wanted to branch out a little.  I decided to try spaghetti squash.  And guess what!  I liked it!  I made a chicken enchilada bake with it.  I had found it on the Tasty pintrest page.  It has 3 others with it and I can't wait to try those.  I really can't wait to try it out in place of pasta.  I love me some pasta.  It won't take the place of bow tie but it should work for spaghetti and angel hair.  I had heard that spaghetti squash took on the flavor of whatever you put with it and it's true.  Click HERE for the recipe

Tonight I made a caprese style chicken breast and oven baked "fried" green beans.  I use to HATE green beans.  My mom would always make me eat them and I would have to wash them down with milk as fast as I could.  I think because they were canned green beans is why I didn't like them.  I love fresh green beans now.  I still can't stand the smell of canned lol.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the chicken but I didn't.  All I did was take a boneless skinless chicken breast and cut 5 slits on top.  I then sliced a Roma tomato and put a slice in every other slit.  Then I took a slice of  fresh mozzarella and a couple of basil leaves and put then in the other slits.  I then took McCormick's Italian seasoning and sprinkled it on top.  Put it in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes and man oh man!  It was delicious!!  WW point wise it was only 5 points!  I will definitely be making this again!  The baked "fried" green beans were 5 points as well.  Click HERE for that amazing recipe.  I'll be trying a few more new recipe's out this weekend so I will definitely keep you informed on how they were. 

Can't to blog about my WW journey!  Hope you'll stay along for the ride :)  It's gonna be a fun one!