** Remember when you see my weight loss that it is over a 2-week period, not one week!
What I've been doing:
I haven't been walking. What is my problem??? Could it be that I've been spending too much time on my front porch reading?? Guilty as charged. I've been inspired by Jen's (Devourer of Books) week dedicated to Audio Books, and I'm going to check out a classic on a playaway. I so need something to listen to while I'm walking. But I promise you that I will no longer try to find an excuse NOT to walk and will get active again!
Weight Watchers and Me:
Since I've lost enough weight to qualify going from 22 points per day to 21 points, I feel that I've been doing a great job of eating within my point limit. I stopped adding my extra 5 points to my total points for about a month now and I attribute my 4 pound weight loss to that. Surprisingly, I haven't found myself being really hungry. I keep a lot of turkey and WW string cheese around so that when I need a quick filling snack this is what I usually grab. I did purchase some soy noodles to use in a Hungry Girl recipe, but I haven't gathered up enough nerve to make it yet...I'm scared of the texture!! But I did open up my email today to find a very cool recipe for squash...I have some sitting on my counter but was lost as to a great way to prepare it. Well, this sounds yummy so I want to share it with you!
|Steamy Creamy Squash Packet|
PER SERVING (1/2 of recipe, about 1 cup): 80 calories, 3g fat, 233mg sodium, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g sugars, 3.5g protein -- POINTS® value 1*
Avoiding heavy starches? Not in the mood for Tofu Shirataki noodles? Check out a new way to squash (har har!) your cream-sauce cravings...
2 zucchini or yellow summer squash, stem ends removed
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1/8 tsp. dried oregano
Dash each salt and black pepper, or more to taste
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Thinly slice each zucchini/squash lengthwise, forming wide, flat strips. Cut strips in half widthwise and set aside.
Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray. Place sliced zucchini/squash and onion in the center of the foil. Top veggies with two evenly spaced dollops of butter. Sprinkle with oregano, salt, and pepper. Top with garlic.
Place another large piece of foil over the veggies. Fold together and seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until veggies are soft and tender.
Let cool slightly. Cut packet to release steam before opening it entirely. (Careful -- steam will be hot.) Empty into a bowl and set aside.
Place cheese wedge in a small microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir until smooth, add to veggies, and toss gently to coat. If you like, season to taste with additional salt and pepper. EAT!
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Starting weight: 171
Goal weight: 140-145