Here I am five years later and starting over...again...luckily I'm not starting ALL the way back where I was then, but starting over is still hard and disappointing, and frustrating...but I am using all the motivation and excitement I can possible wrangle to get off on the right foot and make this happen.
Turns out, eating addiction is pretty much like any alcohol or drug addiction, you may THINK you are all better because you stopped drinking or reached a healthy weight, but as soon as you stop putting the work into it, you will fall off the wagon. I was tired of counting points, I felt good, looked good and thought I could just manage life in a healthy way on my own. Maybe I can someday, but it just might have been a tad too soon.
So here we are again, on this journey. This time I am going to track it online and check it frequently to make sure I stay focused and on track. I will post my dinner meals on here, with links, pictures and pp values. I am not including my breakfasts which are usually fruit/protein powder smoothies, lunches which are usually leftovers of dinners which I freeze and rotate or salad, or snacks which range from fruit to nuts to bars to popcorn etc.
Black Bean Enchiladas
6pp per enchilada
For the sauce I used hot sauce and salsa and a little FF sour cream and I used black beans in sauce(from a pouch), Spanish rice (from a pouch), I also added corn
Image from http://www.
Chicken and Rice Casserole
1/4 of recipe 9pp
I did not put the cheese on top, the cheese mixed in was enough, I added two cups of wilted spinach, used frozen broccoli chopped up, and brown rice and quinoa mix
Image from http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2009/11/brown-rice-casserole-recipe-with.html
1/4 of recipe 12pp
I did not totally follow this recipe, as I was inspired to be lazy from Progresso recipe starters, I used the creamy portabella mushroom sauce (mushrooms filtered out of course) and kept the steak meat separate from the noodles/sauce.
Image from http://www.heathersbytes.com/beef-stroganoff/
Baked Ranch Chicken
7pp for 1/2 recipe
15pp for the whole meal
I took two 6 pp servings of chicken breast no skin, no bone, dipped them in egg white, then coated them in whole wheat bread crumbs mixed with powdered ranch dressing mix, bake at 425* for 30-35 minutes
I also made a pack of instant mashed potatoes and frozen green beans, along with salad it was a delish meal
Tonight was date night with bf, I took a night off of cooking and we also had to run to the hardware store, oh the joys of being a homeowner. He got a Chipotle burrito bowl and I got a chicken gyro and greek side salad. Yay for not having to cook or clean :D I forgot to take a picture of dinner but it tasted better than it looked anyways.
I found a recipe online for pancakes that are 5pp. You get six fluffy and filling pancakes for 5 points plus 1 point of lite syrup, not too shabby. Although they aren't AMAZING they are good enough and I like the ingredients and stats.
Lunch: Tortilla Pinwheels
I don't have a link for these, we just saw pinwheels at Costco one day and the nutrition stats were horrible, so I thought I could make a better version and I did! I got whole wheat tortillas at Trader Joe's, with light laughing cow herb and garlic cheese, turkey, lettuce and cucumber. All for 5pp, that is a nice little lunch, even though they weren't as pretty as Costco's. Pair it with a clementine orange and I'm sold.
Dinner: Flatout Pizzas
This is another meal I didn't have any recipe for, I read online you can buy these Flatout tortilla type things and use them for crispy thin pizza crust. Since the bf and I *love* pizza and are sad it doesn't work well with being healthy and losing weight, we were thrilled at the idea. For 2pp per "crust" with a little sauce, mozzarella, turkey pepperoni and green peppers, I got to eat two whole pizzas for 16pp. Lucky I had a light breakfast and lunch but these were totally worth every point.
I still have some points left and I should eat more fruit so I will likely have a honeycrisp and peanut butter for my evening snack. :D good day!
Last day of the week and I knew it would be a busy project day. I started out with a fiber bran muffin from Trader Joe's and a banana for 3pp total. The muffins are better if you microwave them for about 30 seconds, otherwise they are sort of chewy.
I made the mistake of not having a substantial snack before we headed out to the hardware store, thinking it would be a "quick" trip...well two hours later, three stores I was VERY hungry, we got home and I heated up a cup of Trader Joe's chicken fried rice mix, it is a decent quick meal. I forgot to take a picture but here is the bag.
So I had a LOT of points left to eat after my small breakfast and lunch and spending most of the day doing projects and chores around the house. BF requested taco dinner so I knew it would be a great chance to get in wholesome real ingredients but still high in points. I got three tacos on high fiber/low carb 1pp tortillas, plus a little extra lean meat on the side. I also had some re-fried vegetarian beans and some baked blue chips from Trader Joe's with smokey salsa. (Yes I did thoroughly enjoy 6pp of cheddar cheese with this meal.) Great end to a full week of cooking and following WW PP. How was your week?