Friday, June 25, 2010

Fitness Friday Update #7

** 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!

Starting weight: 171
3/19/10: 168
4/1/10: 166
4/16/10: 164
4/23/10: 162
5/14/10: 161
5/28/10: 159
6/11/10: 155
6/25/10: 153
Goal weight: 140-145


  1. Good for you, Tootsie! You're doing great. That zucchini packet sounds yum. Have a wonderful week and happy walking.

  2. The squash recipe sounds delicious. I'm making a note of it. You're doing so well, Staci and I think that listening to an audiobook as you walk will be fun. It has helped me in the past.

    I'm pleased because I made it to yoga 4 days this week, which was my goal. I'm a little sore, but I am progressing. Stronger each time.

  3. You are just doing fantastically! Remember that slow and steady wins the race! Yay, you!!!!

  4. Sounds like you're doing great! :) I love the hungry girl website, it's sooo useful!

  5. Almost 20 pounds! I am so proud of you!

  6. That squash recipe sounds delicious. I'm going to buy squash this weekend to try it.
    I made it to Zumba 3 times this week. And I plan to head to the gym on Sunday. I figure 4 out of 7 ain't bad :)

  7. You are doing great and I can really see the difference in you! Keep it up. I am not doing a friday fitness update today. I haven't really been eating good, but I have been walking!

  8. Mmmm, this recipe sounds yummy. I love summer squash, especially Zephyrs, and I always keep some of that Laughing Cow cheese in the fridge.

  9. Yea for another great weight loss week(s)!!
    I am gaining at such an alarming rate that I told Jason I wanted him to get me a WW membership for Christmas :)

  10. You're doing so well! I need to get back on track...

  11. You should write an article to WW magazine. Good job sweetie and keep it up! YOu will walk next week. I know you will :)

  12. Wow, that's impressive! I love zucchini, so I might just have to try that one.

    I see that you changed your blog header're getting as bad as I am (lol).

    Beautiful dog...

  13. I'm twirling my computer chair round and round with joy at your achievement so far (with or without those walks)!

    So far I've only been thinking about doing some changes...... does that count?

    Take no prisoners...... tie up that guilt and stuff a hanky in his mouth when you sit on your front porch......... and enjoy that book in peace!

    Hugs and blisses........

  14. Woooooooooo Hooooooooooooooo Staci!! I am soooooooooooo proud of U! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  15. You're almost there! Keep it up! Since I need to finish listening to Breath of Snow and Ashes, I am going to try to walk my daily requirement instead of sitting!

  16. Work on girl! :)

    I should be walking too, my back is so stiff after this schoolyear, but those books keep calling me ;)

  17. Wow, you are more than halfway to your goal. Good for you. The zucchini recipe sounds very good as well as the idea of listening to an audio book. Make it a "page turner" so you'll be all wrapped up in the story and won't want to stop.

  18. You are doing great! I, also have no excuse for not walking other than it's just so hot outside! I just bought some squash from the produce market yesterday and wanted to try something new with it. Thanks for sharing the recipe! And continued good luck with your weight loss! By the way, I've stalled out at 10 pds. But getting back to it now that I'm back from my trip!

  19. Staci, you're doing awesome! The squash recipe sounds great, I'm going to try it. I've found WW to be a healthy way to loose weight, it's keeping it off that is hard for me.

  20. Oh my gosh, Staci---you're almost there!!!! Way to go, girl!!!! (You're making me feel like I should be out exercising, not sitting here on my ample behind.)

  21. You will be at that 20 pounds lighter mark in no time! And then your ultimate goal is just around the corner. You are doing it right and that is exciting.

    I tried this squash dish my mom prepared over the weekend that I actually enjoyed. So much so that when I ordered some pasta with grilled veggies I got all daring and told them to toss in some squash! I can't believe I actually liked them! I hate veggies much to my diet's chagrin. So that was a nice surprise. Enjoy your tasty squash.

  22. Staci, you're doing fantastic! I found out the other day I now have high blood pressure so I'm on a mission to get healthy now-I don't want pills if I don't have to. Anyhow in the last week I've drastically changed my diet so I should be seeing some pounds come down too. I'm so proud of you for doing so well!

  23. Whoo-hoo, you go girl! You're doing great!


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