Friday, April 23, 2010

Product Review:: Ronzoni Smart Taste Thin Spaghetti

Recently I discovered Ronzoni's Smart Taste Thin Spaghetti and was VERY pleased. I had been buying whole wheat spaghetti and was satisfied, but decided to try this since I had a coupon for $1.00 off and that made it only $0.58 - what a deal! Turns out, nutritionally, this pasta is a lot better for you than the whole wheat pasta I had been buying. It has the calcium equal to an 8oz glass of milk! I think this is a great pasta for kids to be eating as well.
It's very filling, has a nice texture to eat and the flavor is good as well. I will continue to buy it!

Points value:: 3 (for 1 cup)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What happened?

I'm not exactly sure what happened the past few days. I have been feeling pretty crappy with some chest/throat thing so I haven't been working out, but I have been sticking to my points. Yesterday was the first day I have felt like myself and not like crap so I worked out to one of my old faves - Crunch Fat Burning Pilates and followed it up with W2D1 of the C25k (which I had to stop after 18 minutes because I couldn't breathe very well) I weighed myself this morning and I am only down 0.1 pounds from last week. I know it's 1/10 of a pound, but still. I have been 100% on with my points and then even got 2 sorts of workouts in last night. Hmmmm... Could it be because I haven't even be doing my normal activity of walking around, cleaning house, taking care of kids? I've pretty much been stuck in bed or just lounging around with a little tiny bit of activity in here and there. Is that my problem? Any insight?

Recipe Review:: MY Weight Watchers friendly pizza

If you're on Weight Watchers or just want a low-cal/low-fat pizza I have a recipe for you!!

I've made this pizza one time before and it wasn't as good, but I made it again last night and have now learned how to make it better. I'll list the ingredients I used, but obviously you can make it to suit your likes!

-For sauce:
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • Italian seasonings
  • Garlic powder
  • Minced garlic
  • Garlic salt

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat the flat out on a non-stick cookie sheet for 7 minutes
  • While the flat out is heating, chop your veggies and create your sauce!
  • Remove flat out from oven, spread sauce and pile on toppings!
  • Cook in oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven, cut and enjoy (THE WHOLE THING!)
Points value: 7

Recipe Review:: Hungry Girl's Sassy Veggie Egg Rolls

Have you heard of Hungry Girl? Well, if you haven't, you should go check her out here! She's a girl that likes food and doesn't want to feel deprived of her nummy food so she has found ways to make super delish recipes in a low-fat/low-cal way.

I sure love me some egg rolls so you can bet when I saw this recipe in HG's book I HAD to make them. They took a while to make, but I pretty much expected that with all of the chopped and shredded veggies that were included. They were super yummy worth my time! The only modification I made was leaving out the pineapple. 
As a side note: These egg rolls don't get crunchy like your regular egg rolls since you don't fry them. Because of this, when you reheat them you should heat them up in the oven instead of the microwave otherwise you'll get soggy egg rolls. :-(
Oh! And don't blame me if you're upset and confused with trying to figure out what the crap I'm talking about with rolling the egg rolls, that was the direction from the book, not mine! Good luck.

Hungry Girl's Sassy Veggie Egg Rolls

  • 12 large sqaure egg roll wrappers
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup pineapple in juice, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup light or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablesppons minced garlic
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place cabbage in a microwave-safe dish with 2 tablesppons of water and microwave for 3 minutes. Drain water and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients to the bowl, except for the warppers, and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Place two egg roll wrappers on a clean, dry surface. Evenly place 2 heaping spoonfuls of the veggie mixture (1/12th of the mixture) onto each wrapper, in rwos a little below the center of each square. Moisten all four edges of each wrapper with watter by dabbing your fingers in water and going over the edges smoothly.
  • Fold the sides of each wrapper about three-quarters of an inch toward the middle to keep the mixture from falling out of the sides. The roll the bottome of each wrapper up arounf the mixture and continue rolling until you reach the top. Seal the outside edge once more witha dab of water.
  • Repeat process with all other wrappers, making sure you have a clean, dry surface each time. Place all of the egg rolls onto a large baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • Lightly spray the tops of the egg rolls with nonstick spray. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and then cut each egg roll in half.
Per serving (2 pieces): 82 calories, 0.5g fat, 1.5g fiber.

Points Value:: 1 (4 pieces equal 3)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recipe Review:: Hungry Girl's Crazy-Good Turkey Taco Meatloaf

Have you heard of Hungry Girl? Well, if you haven't, you should go check her out here! She's a girl that likes food and doesn't want to feel deprived of her nummy food so she has found ways to make super delish recipes in a low-fat/low-cal way.

I'll tell you straight out: I am an odd one - I LOVE meatloaf. I came across this HG recipe for a taco meatloaf and decided to give it a shot. It was really easy to make, didn't take a million years and tasted nummy. The only downfall I found was in reheating it. It was pretty dry in that area. My mother in law recommended I put some water in with it and cover with aluminum foil (I reheated in the oven) to help prevent that. I will certainly make it again!

I will say, I did stretch it and served myself 2 pieces and found that I was overly full since I also steamed some asparagus and ate that along with it. So 1 piece is sufficient as long as you eat something with it.

Hungry Girl's Crazy-Good Turkey Taco Meatloaf

  • 1 pound raw extra-lean ground turkey
  • 2 slices fat-free cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup canned sweet corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 packet of taco seasoning mix, dry

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook peppers and onions for 3 minutes over medium heat in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • In a largw bowl, combine onions and peppers with turkey, corn and seasoning mix. Spread half the mixture evenly into the bottom of a loaf pan sprayed with nonstick spray.
  • Layer the two slices of fat-free cheese on top of the mixture (try to keep if away from the pan's edges) Evenly top with the remaining meat mixture.
  • Pour the salsa over the top of the load. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Top loaf with shredded cheese. Return loaf to the oven and cook for another 15 minutes.

Per serving (1/6th of loaf): 127 calories, 1g fat, 0.5g fiber

Points Value:: 3

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Recipe Review:: Hungry Girl's Creamy Hot Apple B-fast with Brown Sugar Crunch

Have you heard of Hungry Girl? Well, if you haven't, you should go check her out here! She's a girl that likes food and doesn't want to feel deprived of her nummy food so she has found ways to make super delish recipes in a low-fat/low-cal way.

One morning I wanted apple oatmeal for breakfast but wasn't willing to sacrifice 2 points for one measly little packet of oatmeal that would only leaving me feeling hungry in a while. Thankfully, I have the Hungry Girl books and remembered there was something in there that I had bought the ingredients for. I wasn't looking forward to the prep time (cutting the apples up and crumbling the granola bar) since I was ready to eat NOW! Surprisingly it all went fast. It was maybe a 5-6 minute timeframe between prep and cooking. Not bad.

I'm so glad I tried this recipe. The apple/cinnamon flavor is perfect and the crunchiness that you get from the granola bar is great. This recipe lef tme feeling satisfied. I did need to drink some milk with it though, since it is on the sweet side. I think this could even make a wonderful dessert with a little fat-free cool whip!

Hungry Girl's Creamy Hot Apple B-fast with Brown Sugar Crunch

  • 1 cup peeled apple chunks (any sweet, not tart, variety)
  • 1 Nature Valley Maple Brown Sugar Crunchy Granola Bar (half a 2-bar package)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar-free fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 no-calorie sweetener packets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstrach
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of salt

  • in a medium-large microwave-safe bowl, place pudding mix, sweetener, cornstrach, cinnmon and salt. Add 1/3 cup cols water and mix until blended.
  • Add apple chunks and toss them in the liquid mixture. Cover bow and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Allow mixture to thicken and cool for a few minutes before removing from microwave.
  • While waiting for it cool some, place the granola bar in a sealable plastic bag. Place on a flat surface and use can or rolling pin to crush the bar until you have small crumbles.
  • Once apple mix is cool enough to handle, stir in granola pieces. Eat it up before it gets cold!
Per serving (entire recipe) 189 calories, 3g fat, 3g fiber.

**Points Value:: 3

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's been a little bit..

I'ts been a couple of weeks since I have weighed in. That's because I was in Vegas from the 5th to the 9th (just missing weigh-in by one day) and then I didn't have a weigh-in again at Weight Watchers until the 15th. When I went in I was expecting the scales to be up quite a bit, but to my surprise, I was only up 1.6lbs. The receptionist asked if I had a really hard week and I explained I had been in Vegas but I started right back up the day after we came home and she cheered me on!
I've been sticking to my guns with my points (not in Vegas, of course) and I got a couple workouts in as well as my 3 - C25K runs in and even a couple of family walks. So I've gotten my fitness in. I'm now happy to say I am actually .6lbs lighter than I was the day we left for Vegas! Woooooo-hooooo! I weighed in at 201.1lbs - sooo close to getting out of the two hundreds FOR GOOD! I don't think it will happen by Thursday, but I sure will try!

Couch to 5k - Week 1

Alright, I finished the first week of C25K and let me tell you, it was a lot easier than I expected it to be. Don't get me wrong, it was hard, but easier than I thought.
My goal for the week was to finish week 1 without giving up. Sadly, I finished BUT I did give up (at the end of my 3rd run) I did my first run on Monday, my second on Wednesday and then my 3rd actually didn't happen until last night. I know, I had 3 days in between runs 1 and 3, but I seriously couldn't breathe well enough to do it on Friday or Saturday. Oh well, I got it done and that's all that matters.
You see, somewhere around day (run) 2 I developed some sort of respiratory issue. My chest has been tight, I have a cough, can't breathe very well - it's not cute. I ran despite it last night and told myself I would stop if it got to be too hard. Well, it got to be too hard and I stopped. I actually lasted almost 21 of the 29 minutes the first week is and I even beat my personal best for pace! Yay me. Here's my progress for the week - reported by Nike+. You can be my friend or see my profile by clicking here.
My goals for this week:
  • Totally conquer week 2! 
  • Keep or beat my pace from week 1.
Want to join in on the fun? Head over to Liz's blog and write up your own post! You can do it!

Monday, April 12, 2010

And we're off!

Ok, if I didn't lose you over the last week or so then you should know what I'm talking about when I ask if you remember me talking about starting the Couch to 5K (C25K) with Liz and a bunch of other cool people. Well, do you remember me talking about that? Would you believe that I kept my word and actually started today as I had planned?! I can't!
Now let me tell you - I have had the (old) podcasts for the C25K in my iPod for quite some time now (and when I say quite some time, I mean like 6+ months) with every intention of starting it and just never did. I had a newfound motivation to get my butt in gear when my friend Liz said she was going to start this and she was challenging other people to start it as well. I used to be a runner. Liz never has been. She is on a journey to do this, to accomplish this, to DEMOLISH this! She can do it and I think she knows that with all of us other bloggers behind her, she can push herself to do it too. Well Liz, I, too, accept your challenge!

Here is my first post about it.
  • Goal for the week: Finish week 1 without giving up. 
  • I have to say - this was easier than I expected it to be, but still a butt kicker. I honestly thought I would have stopped running before the minute of running was up, but I DID NOT!
  • I ran on an actual track and I found that when it was time to run and knowing that my run would end when I was about halfway around the track (from wherever I started) helped me to keep on running.
  • My butt hurts - a lot.
  •  I need help with knowing what to do about these damn shin splints. I've heard about them in running and coincidentally, I didn't get them while running, only while doing the walking in between.
  • My end goal is to also run the Liz Logelin Foundation 5k along with Liz and I'm sure many more!
I have to say - with the recommendation from my friend Missy to check out Carli's podcast, I am so happy I did. I LOVE IT! Thanks girl!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A day late, 5% body weight short!

So I'm a day late in posting my weigh-in, but that's ok. Since rejoining WW 4 weeks ago I am down 5%! Last week I lost 2.1 pounds, which put me at 201.7 and bringing my total weight loss to 11.1 pounds. Yay me!

I was in a funk the week before last and I think the reason I only dropped 0.2 pounds was because I wasn't being 100% honest with myself in measuring, etc. I stuck to my guns and got a few workouts in. I attempted a 1 mile run, but the wind and cold were so bad that my lungs were burning and my ears were popping. It sucked. I made it a half of a mile in 6'59" and was bummed that I just couldn't continue. BUT I plan on starting the Couch to 5K (C25K) program along with Liz and many more bloggers the week after next (they're all starting next week, but we'll be in Vegas). I'm pretty excited. David is going to start it with me.  I've been wanting to start it and I actually have had the podcasts on the iPod for quite some time now, I just haven't done it. This should be fun!

I'm so close to being under 200 pounds and am worried about what next week will bring for me with being on vacation in Vegas. Yikes! I won't aimlessly eat, but I sure as heck won't deny myself. Maybe I'll see what it's like to live in the "real world" and not measure everything exactly, but instead making better choices and stopping when I'm full. We'll see. I really don't know how it will go, but the best I can do is try.