Thanks to Roni for offering so many great tools to help me through this process. I also use her page for points calculators, exciting and unique recipes that are still good for you, and great motivational posts. I track my food on Twitter here.
January 4, 2010
I typed 2008, then 2009 before finally getting the year right… I posted on Facebook and Twitter this morning that for whatever reason this whole process feels really easy right now. It’s just sort of working and I don’t feel like I am struggling or even really having to think about it. Of course, that’s only the eating portion of it. So far I haven’t come anywhere near what I want to do in terms of exercise. I am just trying to keep this as easy on me as possible so I’ll stick with it. I don’t know if it’s the right way to do things, but so far it’s working!
January 6, 2010
I’ve surpassed my mini-goal for this week and exercised two days! Ideally I’d like to get in one more day this week, but if I don’t I am still thrilled with my progress! I am SO out of shape right now, so I get tired and sore easily, but I feel good after working out so it’s worth some soreness for now. I’m excited for Saturday’s weigh in!
January 13, 2010
I am still feeling really good about all of this. I am making healthy choices, cooking a lot, and finding some great recipes to help me out. I am working out more than I thought I would, and I feel better. I am drinking my water… This is just going really WELL! I feel so proud of me.
I wanted to take the time to review some recipes I’ve tried lately. Everyone RAVED about these black bean brownies, so we made them last week. And then we threw them out this week. Every single comment about them talked about how they were amazing and awesome, and how even the most critical taste-testers couldn’t tell them difference. Right out of the oven (once cooled) they tasted great, but the texture was off. Not fudge, not fudgy brownie…. more like super dense, soggy cake. You can’t taste the beans at all, but the bizarre texture along with the occasional bean husk makes the experience odd. As the brownies got older, the texture got worse and the taste of the bean began to come through, so after a couple of days we found them awful and threw them out. They are worth a try in case you love them, but we really didn’t. Some commenters suggested I didn’t puree the beans and/or mix the batter well, but I put the beans in the blender on puree for several minutes, and I used an electric mixer, so I don’t know how I could have done more. I think these just aren’t for me.
The diet soda cake, on the other hand? AMAZING. I want to make this EVERY DAY. We made it the first time with devil’s food cake and diet orange soda, and it was very good with just a hint of orange flavor. We loved it and happily ate every piece. We tried it again with french vanilla cake and diet cherry coke zero and I liked it even better. The recipe calls for ten ounces of soda, which I used for the chocolate cake, but some recipes out there call for twelve. Just to see what would happen, I used 11 ounces for the vanilla cake and it didn’t seem to make much difference. I used the “super moist” cake mixes for both, and they seemed to turn out well, so I don’t think the soda amount makes much difference. The vanilla cake is a little more moist on top, but both were great. We will be making this one over and over, and I am excited to try every possible combination.
Next up was a recipe I made myself. The turkey chili-stew was something I totally made up after looking at a ton of chili recipes and then improvised based on what we had in the house. It turned out SO well. I guess it isn’t technically a WW recipe, but it’s only five points per serving for a really filling serving… so I think it qualifies. SO GOOD.
I also spent way too much time yesterday downloading Cooking Light recipes and then deleted every non Weight Watchers or Cooking Light recipe I had in my files. So hopefully there will be some more recipe reviews soon!
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