Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ordering Out

I'm really not sure how much of the #TheGoal30 I'm going to get complete....I get excited when I can mark off but when I look at the list, whew!  There's still a lot to do!

I have done well eating out at work (#8).  We have a local bar that does this awesome Hot Roast Beef Sandwich once a month - the beef tastes just like my mother's!  The special was this week, so on Wednesday we called the order in; since we do "to go" we get the gravy on the side.  To lighten things up a bit, I took my own bread to work (2 slices for 2 sp).  So I ditched their bread and used my own! With gravy on the side, I only used half of it and instead of french fries, I got mashed potatoes instead!  I figured lunch at about 13 sp; that still seems like a lot but had I used their bread and fries, I was looking at probably 20 or more sp.

On Tuesday, I opted to go to Panera Bread, but I got online and figured everything out ahead of time.  If you go to their online ordering area (I wasn't ordering online but it was the only place I could find this feature), it would let me customize any sandwich.  I chose the Frontego Chicken Panini.  As is, this sandwich will cost you 21 sp - yep, you read that right!  I lightened it up by changing the Focaccia bread to Whole Grain Bread; opted no mayo and went with spicy mustard instead; traded the mozzarella cheese for swiss and made the swiss cheese a "light" portion.  So what point value did I end up with?  7 sp!  Just those few changes took off 14 points!  I then wrote down what I wanted and went to the restaurant and ordered!  I even went with the chips (4 sp) instead of an apple since I saved so many points.

One thing I did learn from their customizer; if you switch out the bread on any sandwich to Whole Grain Bread, it knocks the calories nearly in half!  Still want your mayo?  Order it on the side (yes they'll do that) and control how much goes on.  And order your cheese "light"; you aren't getting a reduced fat cheese, just the amount they put on it.  You'll find this customizer at:  Panera Bread.

On Thursday, I went to Wendy's where 1 small chili, a side salad with light ranch dressing and 1/2 pack of croutons and 4 chicken nuggets cost me 13 pts.  This one was the most left me hungry!  I do love their chili though and maybe a large portion (7 sp) will be the way to go next time!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Pumpkin Brownie Dilemma

At our Weight Watchers picnic, one of the desserts were these awesome brownie (made in a pan that made them individually and gave a well in the middle) filled with sugar free Cool Whip and drizzled with sugar free chocolate syrup.  They were wonderful and only 4 smart we thought.

While out and about Saturday, CC bought the ingredients for these brownies - which only consist of a family size brownie mix (use only the mix) and a 15 oz. can of pumpkin.  She even tracked down the closest baking pan she could find which were individual little bundt cakes.  But over the weekend as I plugged this into the WW recipe builder, I could not get anywhere close to 4 sp; it was much much more!  I pulled out the recipe we had gotten at the meeting and relooked at it, it was then I first noticed that it was a points plus recipe - not a smart points one; but at second glance I realized the servings for this recipe was 24!  TWENTY-FOUR....that meant something very very tiny; what we were served was at the least a double serving!  When I changed the serving size on the builder to 24, I got 5 sp.

I texted the sad news to CC who was very depressed since she loved these and had been eating them all weekend - she was able to make 8 mini bundt cakes and well....that was pretty high points.  I told her to shake it off and if she loses this week, well then continue eating them and counting them as 4 sp, lol!

None-the-less, I did some research and came across a homemade brownie recipe at I Am Baker.  There's lots of brownie recipes there, but I chose the Homemade Brownie Mix one.  You can make this up and keep in the cupboard and just add the wet ingredients when you're ready to bake!  The recipe makes 9 brownies and if made exactly as is comes to 11 sp each - YIKES!!!!

So I opted to "lighten" it up.  I've come up with three variations, all of them start with these basic ingredients:

1/2 cup of baking Stevia
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour ( I used white)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

With recipe #1, I added a 1/2 cup eggbeaters, 1/4 cup butter (melted) and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. 4 sp  SECOND PLACE

With recipe #2, I added 1/2 cup eggbeaters and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. 2 sp  WINNER

With recipe #3, I added a 15 oz. can of pumpkin  2 sp   FAIL

As a reminder - none of these will taste like the store bought brownies, however, if you have a sweet tooth - they'll definitely do.  As far as the taste test - #1 and #2 both are tasty, but I'm partial to #2 because it has the less points.  At present #3 is still in the oven, I'm thinking a full can of pumpkin was way too much; perhaps 1/2 a can would be better.  Anyhow, hubby chose #2 as his favorite also. If 3 ever gets done, I'll let you know!!

Anyway, with this I was able to take off #16 on the #The Goal 30; and I realized #20 was exactly the same as #16 - so I changed it to "Lighten a recipe" I was able to mark both off!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Goal 30 So Far

So #TheGoal30 day challenge is off to a start and I've knocked off No. 30 due to blogging/tweeting/instagraming about the challenge; last night I knocked off No. 22 which was to watch a documentary on health/food.

I chose "Hungry for Change" on Netflix.  It dealt with how pre-packaged meals make you crave more therefore addicting you to it and thus causing weight gain and such with sugar being the biggest evil.  It was an interesting watch and eye opening in many areas.  It kind of lost me though when the people in it started saying you need to eat whole organic foods only and when at all possible go to a farm to buy your milk and vegetables.  Yeah, I get that but that isn't doable for a lot of people.  But there is some good info in this documentary, I learned a lot.

I also hit 1/2 of my No. 1 - to walk 10,000 steps twice in 30 days.  Yesterday I managed 13,597!  Mostly thanks to going to yard sales, shopping and dog walks.

I know my fitness goals may not seem like a lot.  Most people already walk 10,000 or more a day.  I'm just not an active person, so these smaller types things are actually a big stepping stone to me!

We did eat out at work on Friday which put my No. 8 to work.  I got the crab cake sandwich and it came with fries (yikes!).  I ditched the roll and ate just the crab cake (I always eat them plain so there's never a worry about tartar or cocktail sauce), I ate 1/4 of the fries then ditched the rest and ate the grapes that I had brought.  So I did very well!

Yesterday while shopping I bought a notebook for my prayer journal (No. 14) and today I get to put No. 24 to work at my Parent's house for Sunday Dinner!  My Mother is an awesome cook and it's hard to stay under control there - wish me luck!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Goal 30 Challenge

It was brought to my attention through Brooke Not On A Diet's FB page, who heard it from No Thanks To Cake.....etc..... about the #TheGoal30 Challenge.

What you do is set up 30 goals for yourself to do in 30 days!  The goals can be whatever you want really, but it should be things that move you forward and to the better!

I decided to give this challenge a try as it seemed doable - it's not a competition and no type of goals are set for me to achieve.  IT'S ALL ABOUT ME!!  Here are my goals:

I don't plan to do them in order and though some may just be a one time least it's something to work on doing!  As of right now, I've completed #30 - I've blogged (you're reading it), tweeted and posted on Instagram about the challenge!  So I get to mark that one off!  It will be interesting to see how things are 30 days from now.  Plus this will give me some things to blog about!

I tried to make my goals simple and easy; setting a goal like "lose 10 lbs in 30 days" would stress me out which in turn would make the goal unachievable.  However, the goals in there (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 25, and 26) should help with the Weight Watchers diet.  Others are just for my own personal growth including spiritual.  They are things I've been wanting to do and this challenge gives me the push forward. 

If you go to Instagram and put in the hash tag #TheGoal30, you'll find other on the challenge and be able to see what goals they've set.

There's no set dates for this challenge - so start your days anytime!!  Come join the challenge!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Weight Watchers Picnic!

Last night we had a Weight Watchers picnic!

One of the lovely ladies at our meeting opened up her home to us and we each brought something "Weight Watchers friendly".  My contribution was steamed shrimp.  We also had chicken, veggies, fruit, salads, potatoes, salsa & chips and a few other things that I can't remember off hand.  CC made some chocolate pb balls that were to die for and our hostess had made this individual 4 sp cakes that were awesome!  Once I have those recipes in hand, I will share.  The party ended in the pool, but CC and I just sat on the side; though it was nice seeing people who were very comfortable in their skins - I hope to be there someday.

All and all it was a great night.  We discovered that there are several who used to attend our original meeting - we all just don't remember each other for some reason.  But we've all reconnected now.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Three Pound Loss!

So my first week doing Smart Points correctly and completely resulted in a 3 pound loss - I was thrilled!

I'm still not loving it entirely; when I hear people say: 

"I've done all the point plans and this is the only one I never felt hungry on."

"All my sweet cravings went away and I could care less if I had them anymore."

I could just gag - neither of these are true to me!

It wasn't until the meeting this week that I realized most people aren't aware that the points plan changed.  CC and I were telling everyone we were doing Smart Points and the new lady next to me asked me what we were talking about; what was meant by Smart Points.  She apparently did the program 14 years ago - I explained to her that she did the original Point plan and that there had been another Point plan between that one and Smart Points and the nutritional values to calculate the points are entirely different.  She seemed surprised.

Anyway, I normally don't crave sugar, I crave salt.  So my sugar cravings aren't going away....and sometimes I'm just hungry for something more sustainable - pizza for instant.  Yes, I can have pizza but the points are rather high so I often rethink having it; but there are some days I just want that "I'm stuffed and can't eat another thing" - I know that seems silly, but it is there, lol!

I'm really really hoping I can continue and get back to losing this weight AGAIN.

Also one of my favorited blogs is back - Beth's Journey - Beth has one of those famous weight loss blogs, glad to see her back!

And my lunch today:

It totaled 9 sp, but only ended up being 6 as I didn't eat the yogurt - I was just too full!  But in the event you are wondering what you're looking at:  3 oz. albacore tuna (1 sp); 16 reduced fat wheat thins (4 sp); 1 light babybel cheese (1 sp); cucumber (0 sp), 2 clementine oranges (0 sp), 1 cup of grapes (0 sp) and of course the yogurt (3 sp).  I get rather bored with sandwiches, so this is a nice alternative.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


I'm revamping Stratcat Online and all the old posts are gone - yep, I did that intentionally!  New start for me, so I want the blog to be new.

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