Thursday, April 30, 2009

Filling, Inexpensive,Low Point Lunch

This is a picture of my lunch today. It was just what I needed. My veggie soup that I made yesterday and two slices of regular bread (I don't buy the light bread because of the cost) with a little spray butter. I figure my meal was about 4 P's. Not bad! It was so filling and really hit the spot. It is a little dreary here today which makes it a perfect day for a bowl of soup.

I ended up changing my soup a little last night because my husband thought it was to tangy. I added about a 1/3 cup of Splenda and about 4 cups of water. I think it tasted perfect now. It is different then your normal veggie soup because it has a little bit of a sweet flavor. I really like it. I might have another bowl for dinner.

This recipe is definitely a keeper for me. I think it is going to be great for those days when I am hungry but don't have many points left.
Click here to go to the recipe.

And The Number Is ... Week 17 Weigh In

I wish I could say I had a great week like last week but I didn't. It has been a crazy week around here. My baby has a stomach virus and I am trying to get over another sinus infection. When will this sickness end?

When I got on the scale this morning I was not surprised by the number I saw. It was 192. That is a 2.4 pound gain from last week. The late nights up with the baby have really not helped with my weight loss. I have eaten way to many chips, m&m's and peanuts. I feel like crap. Not just because of my head cold/sinus infection but because I know I am not eating like I should be. It is an awful feeling.

I know that things like this happen. It's life right? It is just so disappointing to go from the 180's back up to the 190's. I actually contemplated not posting my weight today because I was embarrassed but then I realized that I want everything in my blog to be honest. This is real life and in real life people have struggles and gain weight. Also, I knew that if I didn't post my weight I would have a harder time getting back on track.

I really need to get back to the gym. I really wish this nasty stomach bug will go away quickly. Not just so I can go to the gym but so my baby doesn't have to suffer with it anymore. I am hoping that tomorrow I will be able to go back. I also need to get my eating back under control. I just need to stop eating at night. Hopefully my baby will start sleeping tonight and I won't have to worry about this. My daytime eating has been good it is the nights where I have been having trouble. My body just can't handle 5-6 hours of sleep.

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: I exercised on Friday and Monday. That's it. I need to get back to the gym and do some major exercising.

2. Track My Points Every Day: I tracked my points maybe 3 days. On the other days I tried but usually only did it for part of the day. Just not enough time. I have to track my points this week. It is the only way I am going to lose.

3. Exercise Points: I ate them plus some.

4. Water: I did not drink the amount of water that I should have. It could have something to do with the fact that I always have a cough drop in my mouth.

5. Late night eating: Way too much!

6. Snacking: I don't remember

7. Eating more fruits and veggies: I really have to buy some lettuce.

I'm sorry about my post being kind of down this week. That is the way I am feeling . I really need to change my attitude so that I can get back on track. It's just been a rough week.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Way To Stretch The Budget and 1 point Soup

Update: I added about 1/3 of a cup of Splenda and about 3-4 more cups of water to my soup to make it less tangy.

I just threw some soup together with some veggies that I had in the freezer and cupboard to come up with this really great tasting low cal soup. I will post the recipe below. If you are on a budget I would suggest doing this every once in a while just to get you through a rough week money wise or just as a way to stretch your budget. I just went through my freezer and cupboards and came up with an experiment. I ended up with 13 cups of great tasting soup by just using what I had around the house. This will definitely save me some money this week.

Veggie Soup:

1 bag of frozen mixed veggies
1 can of fat free chicken broth
4 bouillon cubes
4 cups of water
2 cans of whole cut green beans
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups of ketchup
1 TBSP of chopped bay leaves
2 Boca Burgers grilled and chopped into bite size pieces(I had the veggie kind that have corn and peppers in them. You could substitute with any meat you have on hand).

Put everything in a large pot except canned veggies and boca burgers. Let boil until the soup gets a little thick and veggies are cooked. Then put canned veggies and boco burgers in and cook until heated.

How do you stretch your budget when it comes to food? Do you have any great money stretching recipes?

Making Your Water Special

I just found a new blog today called Mom Getting Fit. It caught my attention because of course I am a Mom trying to get fit. I am loving her blog already and I just started reading it.
She has so many great ideas and I just saw her before and after pics and all I can say is Wow. What an inspiration! she started about where I am at now and she looks like what I would like to look like when I am done losing weight. I can't wait to read more.

The point I was trying to get to is that she has this really cute idea that I think you all should check out. She show how she makes drinking water more interesting. Click here to check out her site and see what I am talking about. It is a great idea for the summer and I think it will help all of us who have trouble drinking our water. She also has some great pictures that make me want to jump through the computer and drink the water.

Let me know if you like the idea and if you think it will work for you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I Just Finished Binging :(

So it is about 11:30 at night and I have been up since before 6am. My baby is still sick with a stomach bug and throwing up everywhere. It has not been a fun 2 days. She has thrown up about 13 times in the past 48 hours.

I was so tired around 10pm that I put the baby up to bed (I tried around 8 but she just cried)and by the time I got done taking my contacts out she had thrown up in her crib. So back down the stairs we go and on the way to the living room what do I grab. Peanuts and M&M's of course. I wanted some Ruffles potato chips and ranch dip to go along with it but we don't have any (it's a good thing).

My baby wouldn't stop crying so I ate about 1/3 of a can of peanuts and probably 1/3 of a bag of M&M's. I swear the second I get stressed or tired I go for chocolate. I have been doing so good lately and then it seems like I can't control myself when I am this tired and the baby is crying. It is so hard when you don't know what to do to make your child feel better.

Luckily my binging was stopped when she threw up everywhere. At least it made her feel better. She drank a little water and then fell asleep on the floor as I was cleaning the mess up. My poor little baby. She is so pitiful.

I am definitely not looking forward to weigh in day on Thursday. I think I need one of those passes that they give out at weight watchers so that you don't have to weigh in one week if you don't want to. I am seriously scared to see the scale. I have eaten way more then I should have the past two days and I didn't get any exercise today and I probably won't get any tomorrow.

I definitely won't be going to the gym tomorrow. Did I tell you that she threw up all over the poor woman who was doing the child care. I felt so bad. It was pretty embarrassing. It is bad enough when your own child throws up on you I can't imagine how bad it must be when it is not your child. I'm so sorry Miss Barbie.

On top of all of that my car is in the shop and I just started a new antibiotic for another sinus infection. It feels like my house is infested with germs. I can't wait until tomorrow when it cools off a little and I can open the windows and air the house out and spray lots of Lysol.

I Just Had To Share This One

I just read this post over at Kelly's blog, Happy Texans and she posted this recipe that sounds absolutely amazing. I love to read Kelly's blog because she is always sharing new ideas. If you haven't been to her blog you should check it out. You all know that I am on a fish kick so I have to try this recipe out.

Tuna Croquettes (4 for 3 pts)

1 6-oz can albacore tuna in water, drained

3/4 cup Fiber One original cereal

1/2 cup Eggbeaters

2 green onions

2 tsp dijonnaise

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

additional salt, pepper, onion powder and any other seasonings you like

Place fiber One in blender along with any seasonings you like such as black pepper, onion powder, salt, etc. Grind to breadcrumb consistency. Place half of crumbs in dish and other half in mixing bowl.

Shred tuna and add to crumbs in mixing bowl along with other ingredients. Stir until mixed.

Line baking sheet with wax paper and form tuna into 8 mounds on paper. Let it sit at room temp for 15 minutes.

Coat the mounds in the dish of Fiber One crumbs and cook in skillet heated over medium heat and coated with olive oil spray. Cook for about 3 minutes and flip. I cooked mine on a griddle so I could do them all at once.

Makes 2 servings of 4 croquettes each

170 calories; 2 g fat; 22g carbs; 10.5 g fiber; 25.5 g protein (3 WW points)

recipe from Hungry Girl's new cookbook

Monday, April 27, 2009

What A Great Dinner

Update: I didn't add butter to my potato like I stated below. I meant to type fat free sour cream. Sorry.

Just a quick post today. My baby has been throwing up all day so it has been pretty hectic.

Anyway, I had the best dinner tonight. I followed some advice from Rachel from the blog Coffee and Curls. Rachel said that she marinates her Salmon in Soy Sauce, Cumin and Brown Sugar. I changed it a little and marinated mine in everything but the brown sugar. I substituted with some Splenda. It turned out to be amazing.

I'm not really sure how much of each ingredient I added but I really don't think you can mess it up. I used 16 oz of salmon, about 1 TBSP of Cumin, about a 1/3 cup of Splenda and enough Soy Sauce to make a marinade (I used quite a bit. Maybe a 1/3 of a cup). I just let it marinade in the fridge for a few hours and then threw it on the grill for a few minutes on each side. I did lay foil on the grill that I generously sprayed with Pam.

I also made my favorite baked potato on the grill. I slice the potato almost all the way through diagonally several times along the potato. Then I stuff the openings with onion slices and spray with spray butter. Wrap with foil and throw on the grill until it is soft. I did add about 2 TBSP of butter to mine after I took the picture.

It was definitely a great day for a great meal. It was in the 90's today. I hope you all had a great day.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Great Food Find At Walmart!

I am so excited about this food find. I found these in fresh fish section at Walmart. They were actually in a large freezer next to the fresh fish. The Salmon and the Haddock cost about $4.00. It was actually a little less but I can't remember the exact price. Each package comes with 4 (4 oz) fillets that are individually wrapped. I hope they taste as good as they look.

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to some of the other fatty meats fish is the way to go. It tastes so great and is very low in fat. At this price there is no reason not to buy it.

I think I am going to spray the Haddock with some spray butter, sprinkle with some bread crumbs and then bake. I will probably make my own tarter sauce (low fat mayo and relish). This is where I am going to have to be careful. I love tons of tarter sauce with my fish. Luckily the low fat mayo is very low in points.

I would love to cook the Salmon on the grill but I am so afraid it will stick or burn. I think I will probably look for a new recipe for the Salmon. Just to try something new. I can't wait!

What is your favorite type of fish or healthy fish recipe?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Adventures Of Pulling A Trailer With A Bike

Yesterday I hooked the girls trailer up to my bike for a bike ride. I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull it because it weighs 25 pounds and then the girls combined weigh almost 60 pounds. I was kind of worried that I would get a couple of minutes from my house and realize that I couldn't do it. That could have been embarrassing.

So I decided to be brave and try it out. I have to say it took me about 3 minutes to hook it to my bike, put the kids in and put my diaper bag and purse in the back. It was so easy.

As soon as I started pedaling I was thinking this is ridiculously easy. No, I didn't leave the kids sitting in front of the house. :) It really is that easy. On a flat surface anyway. I really didn't feel like I was pulling anything. It was really cool. It was a little tough going up little hills but doable. I am not ready for any big hills just yet but with time I think I will make it.

I am so excited that I can do this on my own while my husband is at work. I have been putting it off because of fear of failure. It is now my new favorite form of exercise. It is so nice to exercise and take the girls with me.

I was very nervous at first about going on roads with cars but after a few times I am no longer as nervous. Don't get me wrong I still pray that God protects us on our ride. I really feel much better then I thought I would. The trailer isn't as bulky as I thought and we go on roads that our less traveled.

If anyone is considering getting one of these I would highly recommend it. It is a great form of exercise (I was really feeling it in my legs when we got home. I think it was all of the stopping at stop signs and starting again.) and the girls enjoy it as much as I do. Click here to check it out at We got it a little cheaper then this but it is still at a great price.

There is just something about being outside on a bike with the wind blowing in your face. It reminds me of when I was younger riding my bike on my Grandparents farm. I just can't get enough of it.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fridge Front Friday

Posting your list of goals and motivations on the front of your fridge is the perfect way to remind yourself to stay on track.

Please post your Fridge Front Friday List on your site and fill in the Mr. Linky below so we can visit each others sites to get some new ideas. If do not have a blog you can post your list in the comments or just post it on your fridge.

I will start us off with my Fridge Front Friday List for the week. I plan to print my list and put it on my fridge and read a few of these if not all of them each time I look at the fridge.

Jessica's Fridge Front Friday List

1. I'm in the 180's!!! Yippee!!!
2. You have to wear a bathing suit in a little more than a month.
3. Size 14 here I come.

1. You don't want to go back.
2. Are you tracking your points today? How many do you have left?
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
4. Every bite counts. You need to take points for every single bite.
5. Don't give up. You can do it!
6. Stay away from the chocolate.


1. Are you really hungry?
2. Drink your water

Goals for the week:
1. Exercise at least 5 days this week.
2. Eat lots of veggie's.
3. Track my points every day.
4. Don't go over my points.
5. Drink lots of water.
6. Stay within budget.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

And The Number Is ... Week 16 Weigh In

It's called determination baby! As you all know I was determined to be in the 180's this week. It feels so weird to be typing that number or even thinking that number. If you have been following me since the beginning or have read my prior posts you know that I started at two hundred and sixteen pounds. So three and a half months later 180's seems so unbelievable.

Well guess what. I did it! I'm in the 180's. Can you believe it? I can't. If someone would have told me three months ago that I would be in the 180's in the middle of April I would have said yeah right. But I am here. It feels great!

It has definitely been a lot of work but not as hard as you would think to lose 27 pounds in less then four months. If you can't tell I am super excited. :) I love that I set these little mini goals in my head. I think that is what keeps me going. Like my next mini goal is to hit a 30 pound loss and then my next mini goal will be to be in the 170's. Crazy! I try to set these little goals to keep myself excited and make it feel like a small enough loss that I feel like I can do it. I don't like to let myself look at the big picture to much. I like to look at the small goals (like five pounds or less) so that I do get discouraged. It seems to be working. Three pounds until my next goal. :)

I'm sure you have figured it out by now but the number on my scale this morning was 189.6. I know. It's seems crazy. I am just so, so excited. I haven't been in the 180's in so long. I forgot how good it feels. I am feeling so much more comfortable with the way I look. I just feel so good all around. I definitely feel a difference in my confidence level.

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: I exercised five days this week. I spent 4 days at the gym where I did between 45-55 minutes on the elliptical each time. I burned between 450 and 550 calories each time. I also took a long bike ride one day with my family. I'm not going to the gym today because I really need to clean my house. I am actually disappointed by this. I am loving the gym and working out. I can't wait to go back tomorrow. It really helps that I am seeing the results. :)

2. Track My Points Every Day: I tracked my points every day. I know this is what helped me to lose so much this week. When I track my points I always seem to have a good loss. I wish I wouldn't be so lazy and not track some weeks.

3. Exercise Points: I didn't eat any of my exercise points this week. I find that if I eat them I lose a lot less.

4. Water: I drank lots and lots of water. When I exercise I always seem to drink more.

5. Late night eating: No late night snacking. Yippee!!!

6. Snacking: I snacked on my usual Fiber One and Nature's Valley Chewy granola bars.

7. Eating more fruits and veggies: I ate tons of salad and grapes this week. I also ate pita sandwich's three days and I stuffed them with tons of Romain lettuce. I heart veggies!

I was just reading what I typed above and realized that it sounds like I am saying "Wow, look what I did all by myself". I just wanted to clarify. I didn't do this by myself. Only by the grace of God was I able to lose this weight. I am not doing it alone. He has helped me every step of the way. I can't tell you how many times I have prayed to God to give me strength throughout this journey and he has. I just wanted to share this with all of you and say "Thank you Lord!".

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Favorite Snacks!

I thought this might be fun and helpful. Feel free to list your favorite snacks in the comments for all of us to get some new ideas.

My 5 Favorite Low Fat/ Inexpensive Snacks:

1. Fiber One Bars/Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars (I only buy these when I have coupons and match them to sales. Otherwise they are to expensive. These are my #1 favorite because I can eat them on the run. I feel like I am always on the run so I find them very handy.)
2. Grapes - (I only buy when they are .99 cents a pound or less. Usually one of the stores in my area will have them at this price every week.)
3. Hard Boiled Eggs - (This is one of my favorite snacks. I usually have 1 egg and 2 eggs whites for a snack. Of course with a little salt. :)
4. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait from McDonald's - (I love these things. I actually had one today. They cost $1.06 after tax. I only have these occasionally but it is definitely a healthy choice when you are out.)
5. 100 Calorie Bagel with 2TBSP of Weight Watchers cream cheese. (You might think this is a little pricey but the bagels and cream cheese cost about $6.00 and there are 12 bagels. This is approx. .50 cents a serving. Not bad for a 2 P snack.)

What are your Top 5 Snacks?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Recipe Review: Sweet Mustard Glazed Salmon Fillets

I finally got past my fear of cooking Salmon. For some reason I have always been afraid of it. Yesterday my In-Laws were visiting so I decided to get some Salmon to make for dinner. It was on sale for $5.99 a pound so I picked some up and found this recipe at the little recipe machine at my grocery store. The machine is pretty cool. You put in your ingredients and it gives you tons of recipes to choose from.

I was looking for a recipe that seemed healthy and included only ingredients that I already had around the house. This is what I found. Sweet Mustard Glazed Salmon Fillets. I altered the recipe to make it less points. It originally called for 2 TBSP of Brown Sugar but I used Splenda instead and it turned out great.

As you all know I am a huge Salmon fan. I have only ever had it at restaurants so it was a new experience cooking it. The only part that I found gross was cutting the skin off (I don't even know if you call it skin. Maybe scales?). It was gross but really easy. Once I got that off I threw it in my marinade that took about 30 seconds to make and then mix it around, put it in the dish and bake. It was so simple. Now it didn't taste like Red Lobster's Salmon but I still thought it was excellent and very healthy.

I am definitely not afraid of cooking salmon anymore. Anytime I find fresh Salmon at a good price I am going to buy it. I can't wait to find more recipes. :)

Sorry about the picture. Half of it was missing before I took the picture. It looked and tasted better then it looks in this picture.

Sweet Mustard Glazed Salmon Fillets:

Servings: 4
Cook time: 15 min.

2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP Dijon Mustard
2 TBSP Brown Sugar (I used 2 TBSP of Splenda)
1 tsp ground cumin
4 salmon fillets, 6oz each


1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. In a shallow baking dish, mix together the lemon juice, mustard, brown sugar and cumin.
2. Season both sides of the salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste; place the salmon in the baking dish, turning to coat with the mustard mixture.
3. Bake 10-15 minutes or until the fish flakeseasily with fork.

Nutrition Info: (This includes the brown sugar not the Splenda)
Calories 210, Total Fat 6 g, Fiber 0g, Protien 34 g.

Low Point Breakfast

I thought I would share with you what I have been eating for breakfast almost everyday. It's my new favorite.

This a Peperidge Farm Mini Bagel with Weight Watchers cream cheese. I usually buy the 100 Calorie mini bagels but my store was out of them this week. I love these things. They are the perfect size and I love to eat them before I go to the gym. It is a very low point breakfast. The bagel is 2 P's and the cream cheese is 1 P. If you can find the 100 calorie bagels they are only 1 P and just as big.

I thought it would be neat if we all share our favorite breakfasts so that we can get some new ideas/options.

What is your favorite breakfast?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Awesome Lunch

Today I had an awesome lunch. I just had to share it with you. It turned out to be only 10 Points and I could barely finish it all.

I had a Weight Watchers pita with 1 TBSP of light mayo, 1 slice of american cheese, 2 slices of lean deli ham, 2 slices (1/4) of an avocado and a big handful of romain lettuce. I also had a half of a Klosan pickle, 14 baked Lay's scoops and salsa and about a cup of grapes.

It was such a great lunch and it kept me full until 6:00pm. This was really good because I usually snack before dinner but I didn't need to today.

I am really into avocado right now. I think it is my favorite food. I love to eat it plain with baked scoops or pretty much on everything. It is kind of high in points but it is a healthy fat so I enjoy it in moderation. I think that is the key to everything. You can enjoy anything just in moderation.

What is your favorite healthy food?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Pics I Promised

Tonight my husband, myself an the girls went on a bike ride. I was so nice to get some fun family exercise. It is such a beautiful day here. It was in the 70's today and it was just so nice to be outside.

I also went to my sisters today for a Silpada jewelry party. It was so much fun. Mostly because I only had to take one child with me. Much easier then taking two. :) Actually the jewelry was gorgeous and I wanted it all. I ended up getting a necklace that is really pretty. I will post a pic when I get it. It is more of an everyday piece of jewelry. It cost more then I wanted to spend but I decided to get it anyway. I think it was $44.00. It just looked so nice when I tried it on that I had to have it.

I actually think I am going to start selling Silpada Jewelry. I just love it so much and I think I would really enjoy doing the parties. I love parties and people and I just think it will be so much fun. It will also be a good way to bring in a little extra money. My husband and I are looking to buy a used mini van (ours is getting really old and we are not sure how long it will last) and the extra money would really help to make that payment.

It is so hard to live off of one income. It would be really nice if I could find a way to bring in just a little money. I tried the babysitting thing and it just was not right for me. Maybe if my girls were older or if I was babysitting older kids. It was just to hard to watch my own 4yr. old, my baby, and a 2 year old and another less then a year old. Let's just say it was way to many diapers too change and kids to dress. Maybe this Silpada thing will work for me.

Do any of you do little things on the side to make a little extra money? I'm just looking for some ideas.

Favorite Things Swap

I am so excited to be joining Mamarazzi's Favorite Things Swap!!! I have seen many other blogs that have done this and I am so excited to join in. I will be sending a package of my favorite things to someone and someone will be sending me a package of their favorite things. Pretty cool! Can't wait for my package. I love mail.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Look What Came In The Mail Yesterday

I just had to share this with you guys. I got the necklace that I won from Carrie's blog, Newlywed Girl, contest yesterday and I fell in love with it. I just think it is the most perfect everyday necklace.

I want to send a big thank you to Georgia Jewels. You really did a great job on the necklace and I will always treasure it because it has my girls names and birthstones on it. Thank You, Thank You , Thank You!

If you haven't checked out Georgia Jewels click here to head over. She has some beautiful jewelery and of course the beautiful necklace that she sent me.

I also wanted to show you the beautiful packaging. I was shocked when I opened my packaged and found this beautiful box. This would definitely make a perfect gift and with this box you wouldn't even have to wrap it. So cute! I think I might order these necklaces for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day. How cute would that be?

Only A Month Until I Wear A Bathing Suit?

I am just getting ready to go to the gym and while making my Fridge Front Friday list I realized that I have to wear a bathing suit at the end of May. Yikes!

Were did the time go? I was really hoping to be in the 170's by then and I'm not sure if I can do it in a month. That's about 13 pounds in 5 weeks. But wouldn't it feel great to be in the 170's?

That also means that I have to go bathing suit shopping. I really did not want to go shopping for a bathing suit until I'm in the 160's. Oh well. I guess that's life.

It's just that those stupid things are so expensive. To get one that is flattering and that I like it usually costs me about $100.00. I just don't think I can afford that this year. I usually get a Land's End suit because they fit so nice. Does anyone know of any other flattering type bathing suits at a decent price?

Well I'm off to the gym. I am going to use the bathing suit thing as motivation for my workout today. Yesterday I really had trouble getting through it and I only did 35 minutes - 350 calories. We were running a little late so I didn't get much time in before I had to pick up the girls. I hope today's workout will be a little easier.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Fridge Front Friday

Posting your a list of goals and motivations on the front of your fridge is the perfect way to remind yourself to stay on track.

Please post your Fridge Front Friday List on your site and link it back to mine, post it in the comment section below or just post it on your fridge (or all three if you would like :)).

I will start us off with my Fridge Front Friday List for the week. I plan to print my list and put it on my fridge and read a few of these if not all of them each time I look at the fridge.

Jessica's Fridge Front Friday List

1. Size 14 here I come.
2. You have to wear a bathing suit in a little more than a month.
3. You are so close to the 180's!

1. Don't give up. You can do it!
2. Are you tracking your points today? How many do you have left?
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
4. Every bite counts. You need to take points for every single bite.
5. You don't want to go back.

1. Are you really hungry?
2. Drink your water

Goals for the week:
1. Exercise at least 5 days this week.
2. Eat lots of veggie's.
3. Track my points every day.
4. Don't go over my points.
5. Drink lots of water.
6. Stay within budget.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

And The Number Is ... Week 15 Weigh In

Well, I got what I deserved this week. A Gain. I am a little sad because this is the first gain in a while. I think it has been about 9 weeks since I have gained. I am just glad that I didn't gain as much as I thought I was going to. I was expecting at least two pounds. I guess going to the gym the past two days really helped.

The number on the scale this morning was 192.8. So that means I gained .4 of a pound. Not to bad but I really want to be in the 180's. I am determined this week to do it. That means I need to lose 2.8 pounds this week. I know I can do it but it is going to be tough. Especially since I have two jewelry parties to go to this week. You know how they are. Lots and lots of snacking. Would it be weird if I brought my own snack? I was thinking about bringing a bag of Pirate's Booty. Both parties are at my sisters houses so I don't think they will care. Maybe I will bring a bag to share if they don't mind.

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: I exercised at the gym on Tuesday and Wednesday. We went from being sick straight to Easter. Talk about crazy. This week I want to go five days. That is the only way I am going to lose almost 3 pounds.

2. Track My Points Every Day: Well, I didn't track my points like I had planned to last week and I was right. I ate lots of cupcakes that I probably wouldn't have if I would have tracked my points. This week i am going to track every single thing I eat. Sometimes it feels so time consuming to track points but in the end it is well worth it. I definitely lose more weight on the weeks that I track my points.

3. Exercise Points: I'm sure I ate every point I earned. Not Good.

4. Water: I didn't drink enough water until Monday. By then I was craving it.

5. Late night eating: Monday night I was up late with the baby and ate two Snickers Easter Eggs. Those things should be banned from my house. I sent the other four with my husband to work. I am kind of proud that I only ate two. The old me would have eaten all six. Last night I woke up at midnight and was so hungry but I was able to make myself go back to sleep. I was so close to coming down stairs and binging on chocolate.

6. Snacking: Seriously all I did was snack this week. Now I am really having trouble getting back into my old routine. Why do I do this to myself?

7. Eating more fruits and veggies: I didn't do great this past week. I have to go to the store and buy some salad mix and spinach. I am so hungry for spinach.

OK. Next week I am going to be in the 180's. I can't handle hoovering in the low 190's anymore. I am going to do it! I am heading off to the gym right now and I am going to use this as my motivation. No more 190's.

I hope you all had a better we then I did. Easter is such a hard Holiday to lose weight during. I hope you were all able to pull it off. Good luck this week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chocolate, Chocolate & Yes More Chocolate!

This is the Easter Chocolate that I didn't eat. You should have seen the pile a few days ago.

Just kidding. I did eat more then I should have but not as much as I just made it sound.

OK, seriously who needs this much chocolate? I don't know what to do with it. I don't want my girls to eat all of it and I surely don't want to eat it. So what do I do with it all? I know what I want to do with it. I want to have a nice little chocolate binge. :) Sorry but it is true. I'm not going to but I think I need to get rid of it before I have a week moment.

Maybe I will freeze what I can and then pull it out when my daughter wants some. The sad part is that both of the girls have another basket coming. We haven't seen my husbands parents yet and they always go overboard with the candy. We only got the girls a few pieces of chocolate this year because I know how much everyone else get them.

This is crazy. I really should be able to control myself around chocolate but I can't. It drives me nuts that I can't control this. Does anyone else have this problem?

I am so dreading weighing in tomorrow. I never should have had that first piece. Once I start it is so hard for me to stop. I just keep telling myself just one more piece. Yeah right! You know how that goes. Well I am making a conscious effort to not eat anymore chocolate. I am just not the type that can say OK I am just going to eat one piece a day. I either eat one or eat it all.

Sorry if I made you all hungry for chocolate with this post. Hope you are all having a great week.

My baby's 1st Easter. She was enjoying her first Chocolate Easter Bunny.

I Made It and A Great Food Find

Yep, I made it to the gym yesterday and it felt so good. I hate all of the time and energy it takes to get myself and the kids around and the bags packed to go but once I am there I love it. It is so nice to have a little break and do something for myself.

The best part is that when I pick my girls up from the gym's child care they don't want to go home. My four year old says "Mommy, I don't want to go yet" and the baby doesn't even notice that I returned. Some parents may be saddened by this but to tell you the truth it makes me so happy to know that my girls are having fun when I am gone.

The end result:
50 minutes on the elliptical
450 calories

Off to the gym again today!


Last night for dinner I didn't feel like cooking because my husband wasn't home so I found a frozen meal to eat. Let me first say that I don't usually keep individual meals in my freezer because of the price and I don't usually like them. But about two weeks ago I got a coupon for a free Kashi frozen entree. I picked it up at the grocery store last week and decided to eat it last night. The one I choose was Sweet and Sour Chicken. It had chicken breast with sweet and sour sauce, roasted green beans and yellow peppers with edamane and Kashi 7 whole grains and Sesame Pilaf.

To be honest when I was done microwaving I was grossed out. It looked like a plate full of weird looking grains. I figured I would at least taste it before I threw it in the garbage. I am so glad I did because it was wonderful. So don't let the look of it scare you away. I guess I am not used to eating lots of grains like that so it looked odd at first. The flavor was awesome! I am graving one right now.

I usually hate frozen meals because the chicken is usually chewy and they never fill me up.
That is if I like the taste enough to finish it. Yeah, I'm kind of picky about my frozen meals. This one filled me up like no frozen meal has ever before. I ate it for dinner and I was full for the rest of the night. The nutrition info is 320 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 6 grams of fiber. That's a 6 Point dinner!

This meal is definitely something that I want to purchase again. I think they were on sale at my local store for $3.19 so I am going to check at Walmart to see how much they cost their. I don't think $3.19 is bad for a frozen dinner that I enjoy. Don't get me wrong I wouldn't eat it every night because the price could add up but I will definitely use it as a treat when I don't feel like cooking.

What's your favorite frozen meal?

Monday, April 13, 2009

It Feels Good To Exercise

Tonight my husband and I took a bike ride with the girls. We used the trailer for the first time and the girls loved it. We rode to the grocery store to get some milk and back. Probably only a half an hour trip but it was a lot of fun. We would have rode longer but it got dark so quickly. I can't wait to go again.

I wasn't able to make it to the gym today so it was nice to get some exercise in. Next time I will take a picture of the girls in their trailer so you can see what it looks like. They are a little squished in it but they don't mind. The best part is that there is storage room in the back. We were able to get three bags of groceries and stick them in the back and ride home. I have to figure out how to convert it to a stroller so I can ride to the store by myself and make it a stroller to go into the store.

Tomorrow morning I am going to the gym. No excuses. I am packing my bag and the diaper bag tonight so that everything is ready to go. I am excited to get back into the swing of things. It's hard when life throws you for a loop. Everything gets off track and it is so hard to get back to where you were. I hope none of us get sick for a very long time.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Easter Eats

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. I definitely did. The only problem is that I ate everything in sight.

My day started at 6 am when I woke up to prepare food and get the girls ready for Church. We went to church at 9:00am for a wonderful Easter breakfast. We had breakfast burritos, cheese danishes, donuts and fruit salad. Guess which one I didn't eat. If you guessed the fruit salad you are right. Yep, I ate everything else. I think I lost my mind for the few minutes that it took me to eat a cheese danish, 3 burritos and my daughters donut. It all tasted great and the sad part is that I didn't even feel full after I was done I just stopped because I already felt like a pig for eating that much. :)

Then we move onto lunch which was at my sisters an hour away. We got there around 1:30pm and probably didn't eat until 2:30 so I was really glad I ate a big breakfast. Our lunch consisted of ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac & cheese, baked corn, candied carrots, coleslaw, pineapple stuffing and pickled eggs and beets. And of course we had food for snacking. We had crackers and some really awesome dips, homemade salsa and chips, cupcakes, apple pie and rice krispie treats dipped in chocolate. Way too much food! Luckily I didn't pig out. I ate a little of almost everything but didn't over do it. Unfortunately everything was fattening. The best part of the day was that I had a really great time with my family.

Well, tomorrow I am back to the usual healthy eating. I am actually pretty excited about it. I feel so much better when I am eating healthy, drinking lots of water and counting my points. I want to go to the gym tomorrow but not sure if I will make it. I have to take the baby back to the Doctor's. Maybe I can make it to the gym before or after. I am hoping that I will be able to get myself back on track and still lose some weight this week. Although I will be happy as long as I don't gain.

I hope you all had a great Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

And The Number Is ... Week 14 Weigh In

I wanted to apologize. I have had comments asking where I have been lately and it has just been too crazy around my house to post as often as I would like. I am still sick. I seem to be slowly getting better. Maybe? I may call the Doctor today to get a different antibiotic. I'm not sure if this one is going to do the trick. Also, my baby and my husband are still sick but they seem to be improving each day. I am really hoping to be germ free by Easter :).

That being said I had an alright week. I was feeling a little better then last week so I actually tried to watch what I ate. I didn't track my points on but I tried to keep track in my head when I was feeling up to it. I didn't exercise at all unless you consider the huge amounts of laundry and cleaning I have been doing. I week sick can really set you back a lot cleaning wise. The only thing I hate worse then cleaning is cleaning when I am sick.

I hope to get back to the gym tomorrow but I'm not going to go if my nose is too stuffy or if the kids are sick. So I am really praying that we are all pretty good by tomorrow. It seems like such a waste to pay for a gym membership and not be able to go. It's killing me.

In the mean time I am going to be spending the next few days with my girls making dyed Easter Eggs, Cupcakes decorated for Easter and Rice Krispie Easter Eggs dipped half in chocolate and then decorated with sprinkles. My oldest daughter is so excited. The only problem I am going to have is resisting the cupcakes. Cupcakes are my weakness. I can just pop one after the other in my mouth without thinking about it. My best bet is to not have the first one because if I do I won't be able to stop. If anyone has any advice on how to stay away from the cupcakes I would love to hear about it.

And what you have all been waiting for. When I stepped on the scale this morning the number I saw was 192.4. I am pretty happy with this number because I know I didn't do my best this week so I am just happy that I lost. 1.2 pounds isn't bad. I really want to get to the 180's. I hope I have enough energy this week to keep myself motivated to get there. When I get tired my motivation flies out the window. I guess I just have to keep reminding myself how close I am to the 180's. I am enjoying typing those numbers :).

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: Zero.

2. Track My Points Every Day: I tried to track them in my head. I really need to get back to tracking. Especially with Easter coming up. Maybe it will help me stay away from the cupcakes.

3. Exercise Points: I didn't earn many and I'm not sure if I used them.

4. Water: I did ok with the water this week.

5. Late night eating: I did eat a bunch of mini chips ahoy but it wasn't at night. :)

6. Snacking: I only snacked a few times but when I snacked it was not the usual snacks that I grab. I just grabbed anything sugary. For some reason I really crave sugar when I am sick. Maybe because of the lack of sleep.

7. Eating more fruits and veggies: I did ok in this area. I ate lots of veggies but not many fruits.

I hope next week I will be telling you that I am in the 180's. I am going to try to get back to the gym tomorrow and start tracking my points as of today. If I am not tracking my points on Easter I could get into some trouble. I have a feeling I am going to be using all of my flex points on Easter day. That's what they are for. Right? :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week and a wonderful Easter. I know I am going to be enjoying spending lots of time with my family. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Look What I Won!

I am so excited! I just received an email from Carrie at Newlywed Girl. I won her giveaway. I love reading Carrie's blog and I was so excited when I heard that she was giving away a Georgia Jewels , Silver Stamped Necklace.

I have seen these necklaces on other blogs before and loved them. Let me just tell you I was thrilled when I got this email this morning telling me that I won and I get to design my own necklace. Of course I am having my daughters names and birthstones put on it. It's going to be so cute. I can't wait to see it!

This is a picture of the necklace that Carrie had made with her daughters name on.

Thanks Carrie!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Have A Healthy Easter!

I found this recipe yesterday on Sisterhood Of The Shrinking Jeans. It is called Easter Pork Tenderloin. It would make a great substitution for that usual fattening Easter Ham. I think it sounds wonderful so I wanted to share the recipe with all of you.

I won't be making it for Easter because I am not in charge of the meat this year (we are having ham and turkey)but I will definitely be making it the next time I find a good deal on pork tenderloin. Let me know if you try it. I would love to hear how it tastes.

Easter Pork Tenderloin from Weight Watchers
main meals

POINTS® Value: 4
Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 12 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Who needs a fattening Easter ham? The spices in this low-fat pork tenderloin make it taste even better. Marinate overnight for deeper flavor.


1/2 cup(s) reduced-calorie pancake syrup
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 1/2 pound(s) lean pork tenderloin, use two 1 1/4-pound pieces

In a large zip-close plastic bag, combine syrup, dry mustard, cloves, ginger, salt, cinnamon and pepper. Trim pork of all visible fat and cut each tenderloin in half width wise. Add tenderloins to plastic bag, squeeze out air and seal bag; turn to coat tenderloins. Place bag on a plate and refrigerate on bottom shelf, turning bag occasionally, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat broiler. Place tenderloins in a roasting pan and pour marinade over them. Broil 5 inches from heat until pork reaches an internal temperature of 160°F, about 6 minutes per side. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing. Yields about 4 ounces of meat per serving.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hobo Burgers

If you have never had these before you really have to try them. They are so simple to make, really low fat and inexpensive. I buy all of my ingredients at Aldi and I usually pair it up with a nice salad.

When I was growing up we made them every summer when we were camping. After I got married I was hungry for them one day and decided to try to make them in the oven. They turned out just as good. I think I enjoy them a little more when camping just because of the good old out doors. :)

Hobo Burgers:


5 (1/4) pound lean hamburger patties
2 cans of sliced carrots (I like to use no salt carrots)
2-3 cans of little potatoes (I think I usually use the cans that have whole little potatoes. I didn't have any so I just peeled and cut 4 potatoes into large cubes and boiled until a little bit soft.)
1 large onion sliced.
Worcester sauce


Lay 5 good size pieces of foil on the counter. On each piece lay your hamburger patty down and salt and pepper. Fold the edges of foil up a little on all sides to hold sauce in. Then put a few slices of onion and some carrots and potato. I usually put lots of carrots and about the amount of a whole potato on top. Put a little salt and pepper on top of each and then shake a good amount of Worcester sauce on (probably about 1-2 TBSP). Fold up edges of foil and roll in the middle and then on both ends. Put all five on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. I usually put more Worcester sauce, salt and pepper on at the end but my husband likes them better just the way they are.

I Need To Get Back On Track

I really need to get myself back on track. It seems so much harder to eat healthy and exercise when you haven't been doing it for a few days.

I have been very busy this past week and a half taking care of myself and my sick family. I got an antibiotic on Friday for a sinus infection, my oldest daughter is on an antibiotic for an ear infection and steroids for croup, my baby just got an antibiotic today for an ear infection and sinus infection and my husband is at the doctor's as I type because he definitely has a sinus infection and maybe bronchitis.

It has not been a fun week and a half around here. I have been puked on and sneezed on way too many times. I just hope that we will all be better by Easter.

It is so hard to eat healthy when you feel so sick and tired. I can't remember the last time I ate a salad. It just sounds disgusting and normally I love salads. Luckily I haven't been very hungry but when I do get hungry the only things that sound good are fattening foods. So I decided to allow myself to just eat what I want (in moderation) until we all start feeling a little better. I am not expecting to lose any weight this week but hopefully I won't gain any either. We'll see.

I also haven't been able to exercise in over a week. I don't really have the energy or the time and I don't think my lungs can handle it right now. I seem to be coughing constantly. I hope by Friday I will be able to go back to the gym. I don't want to take the girls out until I know they are feeling better and I know with my asthma I have to wait until the cough is gone before I get back on the elliptical.

It's funny how a little cold can really set you back. Not only am I behind on losing weight but I am behind on exercising, cleaning, cooking and getting everything ready for Easter. So if I am not posting as much this week it is because I am trying to catch up on everything else. Hopefully everything will be back to normal by next week.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Guest Post: Saving Money By Freezing

Guest Post By Clair at Mummy Deals

Ever stood looking at the cupboards wondering what to cook that night only to end up with MacNCheese? In the busy world we live in who has time to take the kids to school, work a part-time job, shop, do laundry and then have a healthy meal on the table that didn’t cost the earth?

Freezing is an excellent way to save money by buying produce that’s on sale and then freezing it for later. You can also pick a day and have a cooking day where you cook a bunch of meals that you can freeze for later. That way when you get home after a long day, you’re options aren’t just frozen pizza or cereal. You can offer much healthier fare.

Here are a few ways to freeze.

So you doubled your recipe and made two casseroles - 1 for now and 1 to freeze. But, you don't want all your casserole dishes in the freezer so what do you do?
Line the casserole dish with clear plastic wrap and then spray with cooking spray. Place your casserole in the dish, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for a few hours until completely frozen. Remove from the freezer and take it out of the dish. Then tightly wrap the food in more plastic wrap/foil, label and place back in the freezer.
When you're ready to eat it take all the plastic wrap off, place back in the original dish, defrost and cook.

I love to have fresh produce around and buy it on sale but I know we can't eat that much before it goes bad so I chop it the way I’ll use it, put them on a baking tray and then in the freezer for about 2 hours. This is called, “Flash Freezing.” Once frozen put them in a ziploc bag and put back in the freezer.

Ice Cubes
Want to make fun ice cubes for drinks? Add a small piece of fruit (strawberry, cranberry, blueberry etc) to an ice-cube tray and then add water. Freeze and then serve in drinks!

Clair Boone is originally from England but now resides in Chicago with her hubby and one year old busy little boy. She's a stay at home Mum who's a frugal queen and loves scoping out bargains and saving money. Catch all her deals and more posts on how to freeze over on her blog. Her family lives on $50/week for groceries and she blogs all about it over at where you can save money too.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

And The Number Is... Week 13 Weigh In

It has been a pretty rough week around my house. On Sunday my oldest daughter got sick and then Monday the rest of us got sick. We all have nasty head colds and my oldest daughter has croup and an ear infection. It is one of those virus's that just doesn't want to go away. I hope we are all feeling better by the weekend.

I did not eat like I should have this week. I tried to watch what I ate but it is so hard when you feel so sick. Nothing healthy sounded appetizing to me. Yesterday I had a bagel and cream cheese and two donuts. I haven't had either of these in months. They tasted great. I told myself it was OK because it was my Birthday and the baby was up all night and I was feeling very miserable and I knew that I would be taking care of two miserable kids all day. Not fun but I survived.

When I stepped on the scale this morning I was a little shocked. The number on the scale was 193.6. Crazy!!! This brings me to a total loss of 23 pounds! I say a little shocked because I didn't think I did great this week (it's hard to judge when you don't track your points) but my pants were getting very loose. I am so excited! I am almost in the 180's. I haven't been there in a while. I can't wait. My goal is to be there in the next to weeks. That will really be an exciting moment for me.

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: I only made it to the gym two days this week.

2. Track My Points Every Day: I was only able to track my points until Saturday. After that we were all to sick.

3. Exercise Points: I didn't earn many and I'm not sure if I used them.

4. Water: I drank a lot of water this week because I had such a sore throat.

5. Late night eating: Honestly I can't remember but I don't think I ate in the middle of the night. Lack of sleep = Lack of memory.

6. Snacking:
I snacked more then I should a few days this week. I think it was because I felt so lousy with being sick.

7. Eating more fruits and veggies: I did pretty good on Thursday and Friday then I had my birthday meal at Red Lobster on Sat. and the sickness started on Sunday. I ate as many veggies as I could but it's hard when you are not feeling good. Nothing healthy sounds very appetizing.

I plan to get back on track with my eating and exercise as soon as we are feeling a little better. Right now I am at the point of barely functioning (combination of lack of sleep and being sick). I hope to be telling you next week that I am even closer to the 180's. Yippee!!!!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Check It Out!

I am so excited. Click here to see my first guest post over at Mummy Deals. If you haven't been to Clair's site, Mummy Deals, before you really should check it out. She is always posting about the best deals around and different ways to save money. I really love her site and have found it so helpful since I am on such a tight budget.

I actually met Clair last week through the Ultimate Blog Party. She really liked my post on ways to lose weight on a budget and asked if I would like to do a guest post. How exciting is that? You will also get to meet Clair later in the week right here on Pudget. Clair has graciously agreed to do a guest post for us. I can't wait!

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