Saturday, November 28, 2009

And The Number Is....Week 47 Weigh In

I had a great week! I got myself back on track and feel so much better. I didn't make it back to the gym because unfortunately my family and I got a nasty head cold. I actually still have it. It is miserable. My head has felt foggy for days. I am hoping I will feel good enough to go to the gym next week.

I am so excited because my sister is joining the gym next week. This means I will have a workout buddy. I am hoping that I can convince her to go to some of the cool classes with me. For some reason I am afraid to go by myself. I think this will give me the push I need to go back to the gym and start exercising again.

Last week when I weighed in I was at 181.4. On Thursday when I stepped on the scale I weighed 180. That is a 1.4 pound loss. I was very excited. I am going back in the right direction.


My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: No

2. Water: yes

3. Late night eating: No

4. Snacking: I did pretty good with snacking. I ate low fat snacks like 2% cheese and crackers, light string cheese or low fat ice cream bars.

5. Eating more fruits and veggies: Yes. I bought two watermelons this past week and ate almost all of them myself. They were wonderful! I also ate lots of salad and other veggies with my meals.


What do I need to work on for next week:

Get back to the gym and lose any weight I gained during Thanksgiving.





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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Product Review: Herbalife Herbal Tea Concentrate



A few weeks ago I was asked to review some products from the comany HERBALIFE. Emmett, who runs Herbalife Las Vegas was very generous and sent me some tea, nutritional shake mixes, Total Control and Fuel good. All of which are to be used to promote weight loss.

So far I have only tried the Herbal Tea Concentrate. It is wonderful! I mixed a packet of the concentrate in my big Silpada water bottle and drank it all afternoon. I love the taste of it. It reminds me of my Grandmother's version of iced tea. It isn't very sweet at all but that is just the way I like my tea. It really does have great flavor and it kept me energized throughout the whole day.




This is the description given on the Herbalife website "Delicious instant tea with the antioxidant and thermogenic benefits of green tea and fast-acting botanicals for energy and weight-management support. Herbalife Herbal Tea is a great alternative to coffee and soda. ". I am actually considering ordering it because I really do feel like it helped me feel more energized. When I feel energized I am less likely to snack or eat unhealthy. It is when I am overly tired that I tend to eat to much. I really think this product could be a big help to many people.








Low-Fat Pretzel Chicken Cordon Bleu













A few nights ago I was hungry for chicken Cordon Bleu but I knew that I didn't have the ingredients I needed to make it. So I decided to come up with a healthy version of chicken cordon blue with the food I had in the house. It seems like these crazy creative meals always turn out the best. I love to be creative in the kitchen. I have had it backfire a few times (like nutmeg in Chili - granted I was only 14 or 15 and my Dad pretended to like it so my mom wouldn't get mad at me for ruining it. :) ) but most of the time the food turns tasting way better then I expected.










This recipe is one of my good creative moments. The chicken was amazing. My husband loved it an so did I. The best part was eating it without feeling guilty. It tasted so fattening but it really wasn't. I also served it with my $ .25 a pound sweet potatoes. I bought almost twenty pounds of them at this price. My family loves sweet potatoes. I put the sweet potatoes in one of my Baked Potato Bags and put them in the microwave. They turned out awesome. I cut them open and put some Splenda (store brand), Cinnamon and I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray on them. This is our favorite way to eat them. They taste like candy. I could eat them at every meal. I also served them with a nice salad with 2% cheese and fat free sweet and sour dressing. It was a great meal!












Low-Fat Pretzel Chicken Cordon Bleu:






Ingredients:
2 sandwich bags filled with pretzels and then crushed - I used a rolling pin
4 chicken breasts pound out
8 slices of Oscar Myer Turkey Bologna
1 cup of 2% mozzarella cheese
1 egg beaten
salt and pepper

Pound out chicken breasts. Crush Pretzels and put in bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay out chicken breasts and fill with two slices of Bologna and 1/4 cup of cheese. Roll up chicken and put toothpicks in to hold it together. Roll chicken in egg and then in pretzels. Spray baking pan and place chicken in. Poor a little water (or chicken broth) in the bottom of the pan (I used water because I didn't have any broth). Cover with foil and bake for about 15 -20 minutes covered and then bake a little longer uncovered until the chicken is fully cooked and crispy.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Pudget Reader's Top 60 Weight Loss Staples

Pudget Reader's Top 60 Weight Loss Staples:
This list is definitely worth reading. Thanks to all who responded to my post a few days ago. You all have great ideas. I can't wait to try some of them. Thanks so much for sharing your staples list with us.


1. Fat Free Hot Dogs
2. Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls (to wrap around the hot dogs).
3. 100 calorie Rice Krispie treats (I even found Christmas colors).
4. 4 Weight Watchers Meals that I will cook up when I am in a hurry and make some extra veggies or a salad to go along with it. I tried the chicken enchilada yesterday and it was so awful I couldn't finish it.
5. 2 lean gourmet snack packs. One is buffalo chicken bites and the other is pepperoni pizza bites. I can't wait to try them. They only cost around a dollar a piece.
6. eggs (0f course - hard boiled, scrambled, you can't go wrong)
7. baking potatoes- my mom actually picked these up for me at Giant (I think). They cost $4.00 for 15 pounds.
8. baked Cheetos - probably not a good idea
9. Oscar Meyer 95% fat free Turkey Bologna - I love fried Bologna sandwiches (you can't even tell that they are healthy).
10. Kellogg's Special K Crackers - Italian Tomato & Herb (90 calories for 17 crackers. Yum!!!
11. Cracker Barrel 2% sharp cheddar cheese. Ridiculously expensive ($3.99) but it was the only 2% block that I could find and I was hungry at the time.
12. Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts - 3 pounds for $6.00. What and awesome buy!!!
13. 2% shredded cheese for on salads
14. pickles
15. light bread
16. mustard
17. eggs
18. 2% cheese
19. salad mix
20. fat free/sugar free pudding
21. Kale (bake them until crispy w/ salt and pepper and a little garlic powder)
22. Spinach
23. Skim Milk
24. A real strong cheese (like asiago or fresh parm. A little goes a long way)
Bananas
25. Honey Crisp Apples
26. Greek yogurt
27. salad
28. hummus
29. sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes, cut up and baked in the oven with rosemary, are heavenly!
30. smart pop popcorn in butter or kettle corn
31. Special K cereal
32. 100 calorie packs.
33. reduced fat cheese sticks
34. whole wheat mini bagels
35. peanut butter
36. high fiber cereal (trader joe's)
37. whole wheat bread
38. salad mix
40. shredded carrots (go Salad Shooter!)
41. clementines and apples
42. Delicata and Carnival squash
43. plain kifer
44. edamame
45. Mushrooms. Fresh and canned (no salt).
Add them to everything to fill it out. Especially the Lean Cuisine entrees. I add an entire can to the chicken fettuccine, and that will then fill me up. I add them to the Lean Cuisine pizza. Add fresh to salads.
Of course, you have to like mushrooms!

46. Sandwich Thins, or Sarah Lee Delightful bread
47. 94% fat-free popcorn - 100 calorie packs
48. low fat cheese (lately Sargento sliced)
49. peanut butter (on toast in the morning)
50. diet rootbeer
51. boneless skinless chicken breast
52. 1% milk
53. frozen veggies - esp broccoli
54. Steam in a bag veggies
55. Black beans
56. Laughing cow cheese
57. Apples
58. Popcorn mini bags
59. Morningstar Farms "Chik patties"
60. Squash (various kinds)


I Caved!



I don't know about you but breakfast is my hardest meal of the day. I am not a breakfast eater so I find it very hard to find something healthy and something that tastes good. My idea of breakfast is pizza or a donut or pretty much anything else that is unhealthy.

It has taken me ten months to realize that maybe I need to spend the extra couple dollars on breakfast since it is so hard for me to find anything appetizing. So when I was at the grocery store I caved. I saw some Weight Watchers bagels that were two points a piece but they cost $4 or $5 dollars. I decided to go for it. Then when I got to the cream cheese I saw these cute little individual Weight Watchers cream cheese. They were also $4 (I think). I decided to give it a try. I thought it might make breakfast a little more exciting and also a lot easier.






This morning I was very happy that I decided to spend the extra money on the bagels and cream cheese. It was so easy to toast and spread and it tasted so good. The best part is that I know that I ate exactly 3 Points for breakfast without doing any measuring. I know that I can't do buy this type of convenient food all of the time because I can't afford it but I think it was a good decision for me because now I am starting my days off right. A three point breakfast and I feel very satisfied.




The little cream cheese cups are so much fun. I feel like I am eating at a restaurant. :)





My 3 Point Breakfast - Yum!!!



Friday, November 20, 2009

And The Number Is....Week 46 Weigh In

Ok, so the moment you have all been waiting for. Last time I weighed in I weighed 176.8 pounds. Yesterday when I weighed myself I weighed 181.4 pounds. Yep, I gained 4.6 pounds. Wow! I knew it was going to be bad but I didn't know it was going to be that bad. Gaining almost five pounds really stinks!

I am so not happy with myself right now. How did I let that happen. You can see how easy it is to do. Life gets crazy and you relax on your eating and three weeks later you have gained almost five pounds. I guess this is just part of life. I have to make myself realize that I am not a failure. Yes I gained almost five pounds but in the long run I am still down about 35 pounds. I have two Young children and I work from home. At times my life can be very busy and stressful.

What I need to work on is figuring out a better way to handle my busy lifestyle. When I feel stressed I need to stop grabbing food. I need to figure something else out. I'm not sure what that something is yet but if I figure it out I will let you know. :)


My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: No

2. Water: Not really.

3. Late night eating: yes - the past couple days I have been overeating on low fat snacks. It is so hard getting back into this.

4. Snacking: way too much!

5. Eating more fruits and veggies: No



What do I need to work on for next week:

I need to get back to the basics. I need to eat less! I need to eat healthier! And I need to exercise!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Life Happens!

I bet you all thought I fell off the face of the earth or at least off of the weight loss train. Well if you voted for number two you are partially right. :)


The past two weeks have been absolutely crazy for me. To the point where I couldn't and didn't want to think about what I was putting in my mouth. I just didn't care. Well it was a good two weeks of eating everything and anything in sight and not exercising an ounce. I bet you can't guess what I have felt like the past few days. That's right, I feel like crap. I am craving exercise (that and chocolate :)). I want to go outside and run until I can't run any further. It might not take me long to get to that point but that's ok. I just want to be active again.



I want to be active and I want to eat healthy. I feel so much better when I do. So after having one last pig out session at the Chinese Buffet on Monday I decided I was in this for the long haul. I didn't work this hard that past 8 months just to give up. My one year anniversary is coming up and I want to be about to say I lost at least 45 pounds this year.




Yesterday I went to Wal-mart and picked up a few staples that I could think of that where cheap and low fat. I will list them below. I also need to go through some of my old posts to find some things that I used to eat when I was really losing fast (working hard). When I have a chance I will write a post to include all of my old ideas.



My shopping list:
1. Fat Free Hot Dogs
2. Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls (to wrap around the hot dogs).
3. 100 calorie Rice Krispie treats (I even found Christmas colors).
4. 4 Weight Watchers Meals that I will cook up when I am in a hurry and make some extra veggies or a salad to go along with it. I tried the chicken enchilada yesterday and it was so awful I couldn't finish it.
5. 2 lean gourmet snack packs. One is buffalo chicken bites and the other is pepperoni pizza bites. I can't wait to try them. They only cost around a dollar a piece.
6. eggs (0f course - hard boiled, scrambled, you can't go wrong)
7. baking potatoes- my mom actually picked these up for me at Giant (I think). They cost $4.00 for 15 pounds.
8. baked Cheetos - probably not a good idea
9. Oscar Meyer 95% fat free Turkey Bologna - I love fried Bologna sandwiches (you can't even tell that they are healthy).
10. Kellogg's Special K Crackers - Italian Tomato & Herb (90 calories for 17 crackers. Yum!!!
11. Cracker Barrel 2% sharp cheddar cheese. Ridiculously expensive ($3.99) but it was the only 2% block that I could find and I was hungry at the time.
12. Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts - 3 pounds for $6.00. What and awesome buy!!!
13. 2% shredded cheese for on salads


Now I have to prepare myself for tomorrow. The dreaded weigh in day! I haven't weighed myself in quite a while and I am not looking forward to it. Well, tomorrow myself and the rest of the world will know how badly I really did get off track the past two weeks. I hope it isn't too depressing.



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I would like to make a list of staples that we all keep in the house when we are trying to lose weight and eat healthy. I would love if all of you would join me in making the list. I will start us off in the comments section. I think this list will be helpful for all of us to get some new ideas.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Turkey's For $.40 A Pound!

Can you believe that I just bought three Turkeys at $.40 a pound? That's insane!

If anyone lives near the Wal-Mart in Buckhorn Pa you should get there as soon as possible. They received them on Monday and they still have some left. There is a limit of two per person but my sister only wanted one so I took her other one. I was so excited.

I can't wait to decide on what to do with them. I got three of them and they are each around 15 Pounds. I think I can feed my family for a week on one of those. I will probably make some casseroles and other creative things just so week don't get sick of it. Although I don't think I could ever get sick of Turkey. :)

I don't know if other Wal-Mart's are offering this deal but it might be worth your time to call your local Wal-Mart and check it out.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Potato Bag






I have gotten such a large response on the potato bags that I wrote about a few days ago (click here to read) that I thought I would just write a post with all of the information and pictures that everyone is looking for.

I don't make these bags myself so I don't take orders for different types of fabric. I am given an assortment and I just mail them out from the ones that I have at that time.

These bags are an awesome idea and they work wonderfully. You will love them. They also make perfect Christmas gifts. They really are worth every penny.



Potato Bag with Directions:

1 bag - $8.50 - including shipping and handling
each additional bag - $5.95 - This also includes shipping and handling.






If you are interested in placing an order please email me at pudgetlosingweightonabudget@yahoo.com . I will then send you a PayPal invoice.






I'm Really Back!

That's right. I have decided that I haven't been eating as healthy as I should for way to long (maybe the past 2 months). I am ready to get back into it and lose some more weight.

I know that some people say that their body hits a plateau but for me my mind hit a Plataea. It wasn't that I was trying and my body wasn't responding. I have only been half trying and I am lucky that I didn't gain a ton of weight the past two months. My heart just hasn't been into it. I think I feel so much better since I lost all of this weight and I just kind of got lazy. I started feeling so good that I forgot that I wanted more. Don't get me wrong. I don't think their is anything wrong with being happy and content with where you are.

For the past two months I have been happy with how far I came. I have felt happy with the way I look and feel and that is just awesome to feel that way. Now I am at the point where I am realizing that I really don't have that much further to go before I hit my goal. I am feeling like I really do want to lose more, get healthier and wear a smaller size.

It's going to be hard because I have let some of my old habits sneak back in and now I have to get rid of them. I have been eating what I want and only half trying. I really haven't been restricting what I eat as much as I should have been.

So today I just wanted to tell the World that I Am Back!!! Out with the old and in with the new. Habits that is. It is going to be even harder with the Holidays coming up but I am determined to do it. I hope that if any of you are in the same in between stage that you will join me in getting back into it. To making the commitment to keep pushing and keep losing. My new goal is to be in the 160's by Christmas. That would just be Awesome!







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Monday, November 2, 2009

Sirloin Tips On A Budget!

This recipe is a request from a good friend. Tonight I made Sirloin Tips with peppers and onions, baked potatoes with fat free sour cream and green beans that we froze from the garden. My friend Nyky thought that it sounded so good that I should post my meal and the recipe. So here goes...

Sirloin Tips On A Budget:

My mom gave me a London broil the other day and she told me that she usually cuts it in half and makes two meals out of it. She then cuts each half into steak tips. So I did that and then put them in freezer bags and froze them.

Today I pulled a bag out and let it defrost. Then I put it in a fry pan with a little EVOO and fried on medium/low for a few minutes. After a few minutes I added peppers and onions (I cut them about the same size as the meat) and some salt and pepper. I fried it until the veggies were slightly tender and the meat was fully cooked.

I served it with A-1 steak sauce.


Baked Potato Bag Potatoes:

While the meat was cooking I put four medium potatoes in my potato bag and put them in the microwave for 20 minutes. If you don't have a potato bag you should really consider getting one. They are a life saver. It is just a little cloth bag that you put your potato/sweet potato in and then place in the microwave and cook. It is awesome. It is one of those things that you can just stick in in the microwave and forget about it. These bags make the most perfect potatoes. I really can't say enough about them.

If anyone is interested in getting a potato bag please let me know. I can get them from a man who makes them at a very reasonable price and I can ship it to you. They only cost a few dollars and they are worth every penny and then some. I am going to be using them as stocking stuffer this year.

Green Beans:

After I got the potatoes in the microwave I started boiling my green beans that we froze from the garden this summer. They are always so much better then the ones you get in a can. :)


Homemade Bread:

My sister has been saving me some money for the past couple weeks. She has been making me a loaf or two of homemade bread every week. My family loves it. She said that she got the bread machine at Walmart for around $60 or $70. She loves it. At some point in time I would like to buy one for myself. ***If any of my family are reading this. I think it would make an awesome Christmas present . Hint. Hint.***

We really enjoyed our homemade bread with our dinner tonight. We usually eat it with jelly (in my case Sugar free Jelly).


This Holiday Should Be Illegal

Seriously, does anyone else think that Halloween should be illegal?


My kids came home with tons of Halloween candy on Saturday. I bet you can't guess what I have been doing ever since then (even as I type). That's right! I have been binging on Chocolate. Lots and Lots of Chocolate!

I haven't binged like this since last Easter. It's ridiculous. It's like I can't control myself when there is chocolate in my house. I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to give all of my kids candy away because that isn't fair to them but if it is sitting here all I do is eat it. Don't they have medication for something like this? Just kidding (kind of).

Kit Kat's are definitely my weakness. On an up note I think I ate all of them already so I don't have to worry about them anymore. :)

Why is it that my husband can walk past the candy bowl a hundred times and not be tempted but I have to eat the entire thing before I am satisfied? It stinks. I hate this addiction I have to chocolate. I am an all or nothing type of girl. Either I don't have any in the house and I am fine or I have it in the house and I eat it all. I wish I could keep it in the house and just grab maybe one piece a week and be satisfied with that.

Sorry to share all of my Halloween frustrations with you. Part of me just wishes this Holiday didn't exist.


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What do you do with your children's chocolate to keep yourself from eating it?

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