I actually used that title because I had that song playing in my head...anyone know who sang it? OK...no...not Beck...The Beatles! ;) I guess the title fits what I am going for anyway though, right? In fact, I think it's GOOD to be a loser in my case!
That brings me to week 9! Wow...has it been that long already? This week, I lost 4 pounds! That brings my total to 26.4! "Cel-e-brate good times, come on!" ;) I have been thinking about what I have been doing - the good and bad - so far in this journey to healthy living and here is what I came up with:
I am eating AT LEAST 3 servings of fruits and veggies everyday - really!
Most of my grains are whole grains...I eat very little "white" foods (white bread, white rice, pasta, potatoes - I do eat and love sweet potatoes though)
As a family our consumption of processed food has decreased dramatically (I would guess we are about 75% raw/fresh and 25% processed)
I eat out less and plan ahead when I do
I cook more and enjoy cooking more!
I track like a crazy person - I take time to enter recipes in and try to be very honest and accurate
I drink water or Vitamin Water Zero - that's it - pop is gone forever and I am not a big coffee drinker, so that doesn't really bother me - I will have a Starbucks one of these days though! I do like tea, but have been too lazy to make it!
I use measuring cups and spoons, my food scale, and my points calculator EVERY day (I am slightly obsessive - in a good way)
I still love chocolate and my one guilty pleasure is Snickers Ice Cream Bars (they are in the freezer right now). However, I used to want to eat three at a time...now I cut them in half and give the other half to my hubby. And...I only indulge in them once a week.
I am not exercising as much as I want to be - no excuse - just haven't made that a priority or habit yet :(
I still pick at my kids' food (sometimes I don't even realize I do it) - I'll eat a goldfish here and an animal cracker there, but I do track it and try my best to account for those "extra" points
I ate M&Ms the other day...but I only ate 4...
The worst thing in my fridge right now? Hmmm...probably all of the full-fat cheeses. I have a confession...I love cheese and I am pretty picky when it comes to what I like. I do not like fat-free cheeses and really I would rather "spend" the extra points and use a little less of a cheese that I love rather than a lot of a cheese that tastes like cardboard. Same with yogurt and such. I cannot stand aspartame, so I hate the light yogurts that are out there...but I love yogurt...I just have to control how much I eat of it and make sure I account for the points. You all know what my fav yogurt is, I don't even have to go there. ;)
My friend Kristin gave me a recipe the other day that my whole family LOVED (did I say loved?). I want to share it with everyone. It has veggies, whole grains, lean meat and healthy oils in it...and it tastes fantastic! :) My hubby ate squash, people!
Kristin's Turkey Quinoa Casserole
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 T olive oil
5-6 mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 c. acorn squash, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning (or dried sage)
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 1/2 c. chicken broth (I used stock b/c I like it better)
1 c. quinoa, rinsed
1/4 c. parsley, chopped
6 oz. reduced-fat Monterey-Jack cheese, shredded (I used mild cheddar)
To cook the acorn squash: Cut in half, scoop out seeds, and place cut-side down onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, saute onion in olive oil on med-high heat for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add mushrooms, squash, and garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add turkey, breaking it into small pieces as it browns, about 3-5 minutes. Add poultry seasoning, s&p, stock, and quinoa, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer ingredients from pan into a 9X9 casserole dish. Mix in parsley and half of cheese. Sprinkle remaining 3 ounces of cheese on top of casserole. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. I cut this into 6 servings and each serving is 8 points. YUM!