Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I lost 5.4lbs last week bringing my total weight loss to 10.8lbs!! Before you get all excited, I was sick from Thursday and I'm still recuperating. I had temp on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, spending the whole day Saturday in bed. I still ate but not a lot. I'm on my way to recovering so hopefully I can at least keep what I lost off this week.
Question of the Week: What is your favorite healthy snack? I love chips and salsa so I make pita chips (one pita is 1 point, salsa free). I love nuts but they are very high in points because of all the (good) fat. Popcorn is great! I think the main thing is only having a snack size portion. If I was to take a bowl of salsa and a bag of chips to the couch I would eat half the bag! So I make sure to only dish out the portion I am allotted to eat.
My shopping Tip of the week is to always take your slide to the store with you. Don't be afraid to pull it out and figure out the points value of something you're going to buy. You might be surprised at how many or how little points something may have! It will also help you only bring food into your home that are low points so you won't be tempted to "just have a little" of that high point food!
I'm not much for copying down recipes this week but I will share an easy, low point way to make pizza.
1 Pita Bread- I find a 1point per piece at Wal*Mart. It has flax seed in it.
2T Pizza sauce
Topping- bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, anything "free" of points!
Low Fat mozzarella
Put your pita bread on a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray to make the edges crisp. Coat with pizza sauce and any spices. Top with free toppings and add a little cheese. If I don't put any toppings that have points in them I count this as 4 points. If you put any meat you will need to add points.
These are so much better then the frozen diet pizzas! The pita's are also good to tear up and crisp in the oven for chips to use with your favorite dip, salsa or beans.
Run over to Mama Notes and see how everyone else did this week!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday-Mustard Crusted Salmon, roasted new pototes with rosmary, brocclli made by Eli. We didn't do this on Saturday because Eli had been taking care of the baby all day and I could tell he was too tired to do a lot of cooking!
All the rest of the meals will be cooked in the slow cooker and all come from Make it fast, Cook it slow.
Monday- Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Tuesday- Hickory-Smoked Brisket, Baked Potatoes, veg
Weds- Peking Pork Chops
Thurs- Chicken Tacos
Saturday- Sweet and Spicy Salmon
And because it's the end of the month and I won't go to the store before next Monday, I'll go ahead and add:
Sunday- Cajun Pulled Pork Roast
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
As of 1/15/10-
And to chew all that food up he has 8 teeth! His 1 year molars are coming in very slowly. They've been right under the gums for at least a month now. I'm hoping they push their way through any day now.
He is going to sleep around 7pm, waking around midnight and again around 5am. I nurse him back to sleep both times and he wakes for the day around 7am. On some days he takes two naps, around 10 and again around 2. He has started moving to one nap, anywhere between 11 and 1. It just depends on the day and what we are doing.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Last week went much better for me. I lost 1.8lbs bringing my total for the BAB Challenge to 5.4lbs!! I think it helped that Eli went back to work and I had all my meals planned out. Oh, and he didn't make a Chocolate Cream Pie this week. He made Blackberry Cream Cheese Tarts! And I might have eaten a few.....
It was a no go on last weeks Challenge: How many sit ups can you do? I did: 0. I just kept forgetting ;) Really, I would remember after I had already got into bed at night and I was not getting out of bed to do sit ups. But I did go to yoga on Saturday. I'm still not drinking enough water but I am trying. Now that I'm sick, I don't feel like doing any exercise but I will try to go to yoga again on Saturday and we are going to meet up with a friend to go to the park.
This weeks question: Why do you want to lose weight and/or get healthier? What is your motivation? I could go real deep with this question or real light. Right now I want to be at my goal weight before Eli and I start TTC (We are going to start after March to avoid another December baby! I don't want them all to be born in the same month:). It will make things easier on my body and easier to lose the weight after the baby is born. I also want to follow the WW plan while pregnant to avoid gaining too much weight. In the long run, I want to not obsess about my weight so I don't pass that bad habit along to my kids. I want to be able to undress in front of my husband and not be ashamed (totally not his doing, all me). I want to be able to enjoy food in reasonable amounts without over indulging and gaining weight; that only comes with practice and willpower.
I made a really great soup last week:
Broccoli and Potato Soup
1 Onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1lb potatoes, cubed
1 bag broccoli (I also used some cauliflower)
3c chicken broth
1/2 low fat milk
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper (white if you've got it)
Heat butter in a pot big enough for all your ingredients. Cook onion and garlic until transparent. Add potatoes, broccoli, broth and water. Cook until vegs are soft. Blend until smooth ( I used my immersion blender). Add milK and cheese. Cook until melted. You could leave out some of the broccoli until after you blended it up, just add it in and cook a bit longer before adding milk and cheese.
This soup was yummy!! I guessed it at 2 points per 1/2 cup and my Mom agreed that sounded about right.
Fiber 1 just came out with a new 90 cal bar that is only 1 point! It is smaller than the regular Fiber 1 bar (3 points). You can get the full size Target brand Fiber bar and it is only 2 points.
I hope you all had a great week and can't wait to read about it! Go to Mama Notes for more BAB.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday- Chicken Strips for lunch, Stuffed Peppers for dinner.
Monday- Meatless Cowboy Beans in crock pot
Tuesday- Lentil Rice Casserole (from our Family Cookbook)
Weds- Beef Stew
Thurs- Pita Pizza's (Low Fat, directions on Weds)
Saturday- Mustard crusted Salmon w/vegs, Eli is cooking at my request. I love it when he cooks this because this is the first thing he ever cooked for me and it is wonderful!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
One of my favorite blogs "Mama Dweeb" is having a Daddy Cloth Diaper Event! Her husband is vloging his reviews of all the cloth diapers. There's no greater review then that of a Cloth Diapering Husband! Jump over to Mama Dweeb and check it out! It starts February 1.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
My Midwife wanted me nursing as soon as possible to help my uterus contract and stop the bleeding. We tried several times to get Ethan to latch but he was so small that his mouth didn't open real wide and my nipples would go flat every time we would get started. My Midwife pretty much insisted we us the nipple shield. She showed me how to put it on and Ethan was nursing happily soon after. Looking back on it now, I'm glad she got us nursing because the bleeding did stop soon after. If it wasn't for the bleeding, I'm sure we would have taken our time and learned how to nurse without the shield.
For those of you who do not know what a nipple shield is: It is a piece of plastic that is elongated nipple. It sort of suctions to your real nipple and allows the baby to nurse easier. In short, it's like turning your nipple into a bottle. It is helpful for the baby to latch on and also to help with nipple pain and soreness. It is clear and hard to find in the middle of the night. It will make you worry your baby is going to suffocate on it if you fall asleep. I was also very bad at putting it on. For the first 2 weeks Eli had to do it. Then he went back to work and I had to do it my self. I told my midwife later that it should be made in bright colors or glow in the dark so you can find it easier!
Over the next 3 days we tried to get Ethan to nurse without the shield. There was a lot of crying from all 3 of us! On our 3 day appointment I told the midwife my worries of using the shield and she told me not to worry, that she had never seen any baby use a shield for more than 1 month. So I didn't worry and we continued to use it. I think it was for the best because there were so many things to worry about I didn't have the energy to put into that.
During the next 2 months we would go through times when I would try to nurse him without the shield. He would get upset and cry and I would give in and put the shield back on. Every now and then he would latch on and nurse! So I knew he could do it. After his 2 month appointment I thought "kid, it's time you learned to nurse right!" I couldn't use the excuse that his mouth was "too small" anymore; He was 10lbs 6oz, bigger then most babies when they are born. Plus, I was tired of carrying around the shield everywhere we went. So every single feeding I would start by offering the breast first. I would open my mouth really wide and wait until he would open his and then push his face into my breast. After awhile he caught on and we had success! No more shield!!! It was so much nicer at night to just roll over and nurse instead of having to fined the shield, wash the shield put it on several times before we got the right suction. And try not to fall asleep because who knew where the shield would end up.. I found it stuck in Ethan's neck rolls one morning!!!
The first week I was off the shield (that sounds like I was addicted to some sort of drug!) the pain got bad. Really bad. The only way I could nurse Ethan was laying down in bed. I remember Eli coming in the room to see if I needed anything (isn't he sweet?) and I would yell at him even if he just wanted to kiss me. I couldn't be touched while nursing the pain was so intense. I began to dread every nursing session and tried to prolong the time in between. I first thought it was just because we had to "start over" because we had been using the shield for so long.
Eli talked to his Mother (a former La Leche League leader) at my request and she suggested I go to a meeting. I found a meeting and showed up early so I could talk to the leader. She took one look at my nipples and told me I had thrush-prolonged or sudden onset of sore nipples during or after the newborn period (the nipples may be pink, flaky, crusty, and itchy, or red and burning). Sounds fun, doesn't it? She said she could help me with my latch but my nipples were so sore I couldn't stand to nurse sitting up or in public without crying. She told me to go to my midwife as soon as I could to get some medicine.
The Birthing Center got me in as the last patient of the day. The midwife gave me a prescription for a cream, told me to start using the nipple shield again and make an appointment to see the Lactation Consultant. Oh, I was so sad! We had just gotten off of it and I had to go back on it. I must admit, it was quite a relief of the pain and once I got my cream I was in heaven. I called the LC and she suggested I wait a day until my nipples could heal a little. When I went to see her we spent around an hour latching Ethan and moving him in different positions. She showed me how to correctly hold him and position his face for the proper latch. After my appointment she called every other day to make sure things were going well. Several times she called I had a few questions for her and she was able to answer them an guide me in the right direction. After seeing the LC we have never had to go back to the nipple shield.
As a first time Mother I wish I would have done things a bit different. I would have gone to LLL meeting while pregnant. While attending my monthly meetings now, I see pregnant women at them all the time. They will not know what a blessing that support and knowledge is until after they have their baby. I would have contacted the LC soon after Ethan's birth. One reason why I didn't was because of the money. A good LC does not come cheap but they are so worth it! (And formula is even more expensive then that hour session!) I ended up spending the money and going anyway and could have saved my self (and my husband and baby) so many crying and stressful nights.
I never once thought about giving up breastfeeding. This was all I ever wanted to do and there was no other option. When I had thrush I knew that there was something wrong and I needed help. The help is there if you look for it.
Ethan is now 12 months old and we have never had to supplement with formula. When I was tired or sore, I would pump and Eli would feed him from a bottle. After the first few months, that only happened a few times. I wish the birthing center would have encouraged me more to see the LC sooner but I can not blame anyone but myself.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Well, this week didn't go as well as last. The start of the week went well but Eli got home on Thursday night and it was pretty much all down hill from there. We ate at Dairy Queen one day and Eli cooked a Chocolate Cream Pie another day. Need I say more?
But I did manage to loose .8lbs! That brings my total weight loss to 3.6lbs. It's better then gaining, right?
I went to yoga 3 times: twice with Ethan and once by myself. I also worked the floor change at Express and that's a work out on it's own.
I have a good menu planned for this week. I'm going to be walking the mall with a friend on Tuesday and yoga on Friday and Saturday. I gotta keep moving!
Samantha at Mama Notes, our fearless leader, has posted a challenge and a question for us this week.
Challenge: How many sit ups can you do? When I was in high school I would do 200 every night. Ha!! After abdominal surgery and carrying a baby I'm pretty sure that number is way down.
Question: What is your favorite part of your work out? I would have to say the end! It takes me some effort to get motivated to exercise. Depending on what the work out is, I enjoy the act but the at the end I aways feel so good and glad that I took time for myself.
Here are some more tips on how to stay on points:
Sometimes I get pretty tired of just regular old potatoes. I love to cut them up, with the skin still on them, and bake them. Oven fries are great because you can spray them with nonstick cooking spray, add some seasonings and they aren't any more points then a regular old baked potatoes! I like to add chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
I wanted to find a recipe for chicken nuggets for Ethan so I looked in one of the cook books my Mother-In-Law gave me for Christmas. (She bought me 2 that I really wanted! The Pioneer Woman Cooks and Make it Fast, Cook it Slow. I love them! Thanks Vicki!) I made these nuggets in the slow cooker and they are so good! Ethan loves them and I love that I know what I'm feeding my baby.
For the crust I used ground up Cheerios and wheat germ. I used a smaller slow cooker and halved the recipe. After about 2 hours I checked on them and some of them were done and some I had to turn and cook longer in order to get the crust crispy.
While I was making them it reminded me of some chicken fingers I made from a low fat recipe book my Mom gave me a long time ago. Secrets of Fat-Free Cooking is a great book with low fat recipes and tips. I think the chicken fingers are the only thing I have made out of this cook book so I'm excited to try some other recipes out.
Chicken Fingers w/Honey Mustard Sauce
3c corn flakes
1/2 t poultry seasoning
1/4t black pepper
3 T fat-free egg substitute (you can also use 1 egg+2 egg whites)
3 T skim milk
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (4 breast halves)
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4c +2T nonfat or reduced fat mayo (I just skip the mayo all together)
3T spicy mustard
2T lemon juice
Blend the corn flakes in a food processor until crumbs. (Before I got a food processor I put them in a ziploc bag and smashed them up!) Combine the crumbs with seasonings. Combine the egg and milk and whisk together. Cut each chicken breast into 5 long strips. Dip the strips first in the egg and then the crumb mixture, coating all sides well. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, and arrange the strips in a single layer. Spray the tops of the strips lightly with the cooking spray, and bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until the strips are golden brown and no longer pink inside. For the sauce, just stir all ingredients together. These are 1 point per strip with 2t of sauce.
Put those together with some oven fries and a salad and you have yourself a meal!
Here's another Low Fat recipe we had last night with our Turkey burgers:
Tex Mex Sweet and Red Potato Salad (From Weight Watchers Turn Around Program Cookbook)
1lb each of Sweet and Red Potatoes
4 tsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
6T fat free mayonnaise
3T chopped fresh cilantro
1tsp grated lemon zest
1/4tsp ground coriander
Cut potatoes into cubes. Toss with 2tsp olive oil and roast at 425 for 35-40 minutes. Meanwhile, cook onions in oil in skillet. Combine mayo, cilantro, lemon zest, and seasonings in small bowl. Combine potatoes, onions and sauce, mix well. Serve warm or at room temp. 2 points for 1/2 cup.
When Eli got home from work I was putting Ethan to bed so he cooked the Turkey burgers on the grill. When they were finished he asked me what kind of meat it was. He said "It almost seems like they are turkey burgers." LOL!!! I never even thought of telling him so he could make sure they were cooked all the way through. They were and with the seasoning I put in them they tasted just like hamburger meat.
I hope you all had a great week and I look forward to this one being even better! Hop over to Mama Notes to read about all the fun.
Monday, January 11, 2010
But here I am with my first Meal Plan and I think it's going to be pretty good.
Sunday- Crock-pot Roast, potatoes and carrots
Monday- Pot Pie from my new cookbook (thanks Vicki!) The Pioneer Woman Cooks (Not Low Fat but Very Tasty!)
Tuesday- Turkey Burgers w/Tex Mex Sweet and Red Potatoes, Salad (Low Fat, recipe coming soon!)
Wednesday- Spaghetti Bolognese (Low Fat, recipe coming soon!)
Thursday- Chicken Fingers w/ Honey Mustard Sauce, oven Potatoes (Low Fat, recipe coming soon!)
Saturday- Stuffed Peppers (Low Fat w/Chicken and brown rice) + some sort of side?
Now, if I can just keep Eli from making another Chocolate Cream Pie.......
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I started the Challenge on Friday 1/1. Even though it's only been 5 days (I only weigh in once a week) I went ahead and weighed this morning for our weekly update.
I lost 2.8lbs in 5 days!!!!
The first few days were hard because I always seemed to be hungry even though I had just eaten. Then I decided I was eating the wrong things. I was eating what I would normally eat, just less of it because of the points value. So on Sunday I started looking for more filling foods and things with low point value so I could eat small "snack" meals throughout the day.
Here are a few things I have found that have helped me stay on my points:
Canned Chicken. The first time I saw it on the shelf I thought "Yuck! That can't be good!". But it is if you buy a good name brand and not the Wal*mart brand! Don't get me wrong. I love Wal*mart brand stuff, just not their canned chicken. I use Canned Chicken in many ways including Chicken Salad (2oz for 3 points because of the mayo) for sandwiches or on top of lettuce and many different Chicken Soups.
Bread. I buy Nature's Own Honey Wheat Lite. It's on the cheaper side for bread and it's only 1 point for 2 pieces!!! Ethan likes it too and that's one way I can get some wheat gran into his diet. I eat it sometimes for breakfast with 1T of low fat peanut butter (2 points).
Salads. Weather I have a salad as my main meal or as a side, I try to eat it at least once a day. I use a regular iceberg lettuce with some shredded cabbage added to it for filler and fiber. Elizabeth over at Baby Signs just wrote a post Top 10 Ways to get Fit after the Holidays and #9 is Focus on Fiber. Fiber does all kinds of thing good for your body including speeding up the transit time for food to go through your body. GoAskAlice goes into more detail about the benefits of fiber. The Weight Watcher Plan is based on getting lots of fiber in your diet. I use regular dressing because I hate most of the low fat stuff. I just put a little on and count it as 2 points.
Water. I have a hard time getting in all my water. I only drank one glass on the first day and two on the second. On the 3rd, I decided when I started getting hungry, I would grab a glass of water and drink it all before getting a snack. Most of the time when you feel hungry you are really just thirsty. It's not that I'm drinking other things besides water, I'm just not drinking anything.
Beans. Did you know that 1/2 cup of cooked beans is only 2 points? They are a filling food because of all the fiber. I made a bean chili (just beans and seasonings) in the crock pot and ate on these all week. I smushed them up and made bean burritos with salsa, ate them as dip with pita chip (homemade) and even ate them on top of my baked potatoes. You could use canned but it's so easy to make beans in the crock pot.
One of the soups I made was a Low Fat Chicken Tortilla Soup. I'm not sure where I found this at but I kinda made it up as I went along.
Low Fat Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 cans Chicken Broth
1 can of water
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1 can 12.5oz Chicken
1 can corn (I used frozen. Remember all that corn I cooked and froze (here and here)? I still have it, a lot of it! I don't think I'll have to buy corn until the summer when I can get the good deals on fresh corn again.)
1 can Black Beans (I cooked my own.)
1/2tsp chili powder
1/2tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp onion powder
salt and pepper
I was just thinking about it and you could also add a can of Rotel (tomatoes and chilies) to it.
Bring the chicken broth and water to a boil. Add the rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover until rice is done. Add everything else and boil on med with lid off until the liquid has reduced a bit. This is really yummy! I counted it as 3 points for 1 1/2 cups.
The best thing about WW is that you don't have to deprive yourself of anything. Eli and I went to Sonic on Saturday and I got a Peppermint Blast and ate 1 cup (4 points) of it every day for 3 days! As long as you have the points you can eat what ever you want.
I hope you all had a good week on your Body After Baby Challenge! Don't forget to check out all the other Mama's @ Mama Notes.