Weigh In Week 4 & Good Eats – A Quick Post!

Office Biggest Loser – Week 4 Weigh In:

Week 4 Weigh-In of the office challenge (which started a bit after I started my weight loss journey mid-August) was today. I was very worried I’d not lost much and that my own scale at home was deceiving me (which, along with my chiropractor’s scale, typically shows me 2-3 pounds lighter than the office scale). Last Monday my weight on the office scale was 232.5…

TODAY my weight was… *drumroll please* … 229lbs! This means a 3.5lb weight loss AND I’ve oficially cracked the 220’s on both my home and office weigh-ins! In fact, my morning weight at home, which I believe is more accurate since it matches my chiropractor’s scale, was 225.5lbs!!! This places my total weight loss since mid-August at 20.5 lbs!!!

Now, I am exhausted and just finished an intense, but brief (25 minutes… but something is better than nothing!) workout on my elliptical with a 5 lb weight in each hand! Yikes! INTENSE! I’ll give a quick rundown of recent eats, then it’s off to sleepyland for Dee!

Good Eats:

Sunday Night Dinner:

  • Chicken breast baked with Salba Hot Salsa and topped with a pre-sliced slice of Monterey Jack
  • President’s Choice Peaches & Cream frozen corn from Atlantic Superstore (sooo good), with a bit of ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light’ … interesting stuff.
  • Carrots, mushrooms, cucumber, cheddar and green pepper chopped and tossed with just a light coating of Renee’s Wellness Yogurt Dressing – Peppercorn Ranch
  • I COULD NOT eat all of this. Yikes I was full and there was still a tonne on the plate. I tried to make my husband eat it but he only wanted the chicken, and ignored the veggies. *sad* Too much cheese too, so I ended up picking out the cheese in the veggies and setting aside. Bad Dee. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, thank goodness.
Dinner....

Dinner....

Monday Morning Snack:

  • 100 Calorie No Sugar Added Jello Chocolate Pudding, topped with a crumbled piece of Nature’s Valley cocoa nib granola, and 2 sliced strawberries. This was SUCH a treat!
Chocolate, Strawberries and Granola

Chocolate, Strawberries and Granola

Monday Dinner:

  • I decided to whip together fajitas with whatever we had in the fridge
  • We ended up with: zucchini, onion, green pepper, mushroom, corn, seasoned with some leftover taco seasoning in a packet, and some medium salsa
  • Served on the small size whole wheat tortillas (90 calories each), with some grated cheddar, diced tomatoes, lettuce, and salsa – depending on what each of us wanted. I ate TWO of these. Gosh they were good!
The innards of our fajitas.

The innards of our fajitas.

Time to chow down!

Time to chow down!

And a close-up of the tastiness for good measure!

And a close-up of the tastiness for good measure!

GOOD NIGHT ALL!

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Product Comparison: Special K Red Berry VS. President’s Choice On Track – Vanilla Strawberry

So while wandering the grocery aisles to pick up a new box of cereal, I was pleasantly surprised to see a box of cereal that looked suspiciously similar to my all time favorite, Special K Red Berry. This was President’s Choice On Track – Vanilla Strawberry, found at the Atlantic Superstore under their President’s Choice store brand.

SpecialKRedBerryVSPCVanillaStrawberry

Since the cost was cheaper and the box larger, I thought I may as well read the nutritional info to compare.  WELL… let me tell you, the two seemed very similar, with calories almost on par (110 for 3/4 c. of the PC, and 120 for 1 c. of the Special K), but even better is the fact that the PC brand is LOWER in carbs/sugars, matches in dietary fiber, LOWER in sodium, and HIGHER in protein. Special K has extras of other vitamins and nutritional items, so depending on your needs, you’ll have to check out what nutrients are missing or lower for the PC brand.

I purchased a box and tried some this morning, and I have to say the two taste almost identical, and oddly enough the PC brand seems to have more BERRIES! YUM! Totally delicious, has kept me full so far today.

The Verdict: I completely and totally recommend anyone with access to these stores/this brand try this product if they like Special K Red Berry – and even if you don’t, try it anyway!

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Pizza Pizza! Whole Wheat Pizza Dough From Scratch!

So yesterday we had pizza and more pizza. Yipes!

...read on below to learn more about this delicious looking whole wheat pizza!

...read on below to learn more about this delicious looking whole wheat pizza!

First, for lunch, I made a quick pita pizza with:

  • Classico Pesto
  • Rosemary Deli Ham (Sobeys Grocery Store)
  • Organic Baby Spinach
  • Whole Wheat Pita
  • Sliced Mushroom
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
Pita Pizza!

Pita Pizza!

I actually couldn’t eat it all, so gave almost half to my husband. He liked it so much he wanted to make his own pita pizza last night, but I stopped him because I’d decided I was going to experiment with a whole wheat pizza dough FROM SCRATCH!

So, for dinner (the pizza in the photo at the top of this post):

I used this recipe, ‘Amazing Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, submitted by Marla at Allrecipes.com.

The only changes I made were to use 2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (I use Speerville’s Flour Mill Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat) instead of 2 c., and only 3/4 c. white flour instead of 1 c. I found that the flour it called for, all together, was too much, and dropped 1/4 c. off the full recipe.

I meant to take pictures during the process, but entirely forgot, so perhaps next time. I had never made dough of any sort with yeast before, so this was very new to me – quite an experience!

Once I had everything mixed and kneaded together per the recipe, I let sit for about 1 hour. It rose SO MUCH! I then split it into two dough balls, firmed up, and let sit to rise again 45 minutes. Again, rose up SO much. Only problem was that my husband was cooking Kaiden chicken strips in the oven, and I had my bowls sitting on top of the stove to rise, so the heat from the oven made the dough form a light crust over the top, almost like it was rising. Didn’t hurt anything though.

I used two large non-stick pizzas pans, and sprayed lightly with a vegetable oil spray just to be save. I then pressed the dough right on to the pan and spread from there like I normally do, rather than following the recipes directions to roll out on another surface, etc.

On my pizza went:

  • Kraft Pizza Sauce
  • Light Mozzarella
  • Oregano
  • Light Parmesan
  • Pieces of turkey bacon and Cherry wood smoked deli ham
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Pepper

On my husband’s pizza went:

  • Turkey Bacon, Ham, Pepperoni
  • Mushrooms, Green Peppers
  • Catelli Spicy Onion & Garlic Pizza Sauce
  • Parmesan, Oregano and Mozzarella

I didn’t get a picture of his, but did get pictures of mine. I only managed to eat 2 pieces, and put the rest into baggies after cooling and threw in the fridge to see how well they’ll reheat in the oven today for me and the kiddo.

Just after going into the oven - had forgotten to take a raw picture.

Just after going into the oven - had forgotten to take a raw picture.

Crunchy Whole Wheat Crust Tastiness!

Crunchy Whole Wheat Crust Tastiness!

Check out that crunchy crust!

Check out that crunchy crust!

The Verdict: It took a few bites to get used to, but this crust was REALLY good. The edges were super crunchy, though the middle was a bit sofy from sweating when we let it cool on the counter. I cooked at 425 degrees for about 22 minutes.

The husband said it tasted like Brown Bread at first, but then decided he liked it too after getting into his own pizza.

The dough takes a long time to make, but seems almost fool proof and is VERY well worth the wait! Much better than the pre-made store-bought whole wheat doughs that look like frisbees. Yuck!

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Breakfast Bonanza – Treated Myself!

So I got up this morning and thought, ‘It’s Saturday – I can take some time to make breakfast!

I felt like an egg sandwich, but of course, wanting to keep the calories down, got creative with my grocery shopping yesterday. I picked up a carton of egg whites, some turkey bacon, and some Monterey Jack cheese, for a change, since the slices were on sale. I also bought a tonne of English muffins, as they were on buy one package, get two packages free. For this week’s snacks, I bought 1% cottage cheese, and strawberries (Dole brand) which were on sale for $3.99 for a giant carton.

SO, this morning the logical choice was – and egg sandwich, made with (more) healthy ingredients, with a side of cottage cheese and strawberries. The end result was this:

Healthy Egg Sandwich & Cottage Cheese with Strawbrries - YUM!

Healthy Egg Sandwich & Cottage Cheese with Strawberries - YUM!

This included:

  • One toasted English muffin (140 calories)
  • Few pieces of green pepper and 1 mushroom sliced (to which the egg white mixture was added)
  • 1/4 c. egg whites with sea salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of 2% milk. I only actually used half of this on my muffin, and gave the rest to my son. (Alone maybe 20 calories, but with above veggies, I’ll say 25 calories per half of the amount made)
  • One slice Monterey Jack cheese (90 calories)
  • 1.5 pieces of butterball turkey bacon (53 calories)
  • 1/4 c. of 1% Cottage Cheese (55 Calories)
  • 3 large strawberries (20 calories)

Total Calorie Consumption: 383 Calories

The awesomely awesome egg white, turkey bacon & Monterey Jack breakfast sandwich!

The awesomely awesome egg white, turkey bacon & Monterey Jack breakfast sandwich!

1% Cottage Cheese and Sliced Strawberries! Delicious!

1% Cottage Cheese and Sliced Strawberries! Delicious!

Today’s Plans:

Today is my best friend’s little boy’s first birthday party, so when my husband gets home from work, I am off to pick out a gift for him, and then later today we will head to the party. 🙂 My boy is VERY excited. He loves birthday parties. 🙂

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19 Pounds Down, and Today’s Eats!

Weight Update:

So, this morning I weighed myself, and my morning weight was… *drumroll please* … 227 pounds!! This is 19 pounds down from my past morning weight!HURRAY!

This evening, after eating all day, I weighed myself again, out of curiosity, and my evening weight was 228.5 pounds! This is down from my previous average evening weight of 26-249 pounds! HURRAY SOME MORE!

I was having trouble believing the weight loss had made any difference, despite my husband’s protests, until I put together my ‘before’ pictures and my ‘weight loss to date (as of today)’ pictures. I can REALLY see a difference. Unfortunately, I’m not quite comfortable sharing these photos with the world yet, but I will hang on to them and continue adding new photos along the way, and when I am where I am comfortable, I will show you all the progress! 🙂

My stomach has flattened, and my massage therapist friend noted in the pictures that she can see my abdominal muscles coming forward… from the front view, I’ve lost the round pregnant firm belly look, and while it is looking less firm, it is also decidedly narrower at the waste, and showing some shape. VERY COOL for me to see! Totally makes this worth while!

Today’s Eats – Breakfast:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Yogurt:

I cooked some rolled oats, and added pureed pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar toward the end. In the bowl I added a drizzle of maple syrup and some vanilla yogurt. SO tasty!

Just in time for Fall - Pumpkin Oats!

Just in time for Fall - Pumpkin Oats!

Today’s Eats – Snacks & Lunch:

  • A Deep Chocolate VitaMuffin for my morning snack
  • A Dempster’s BodyWise Whole Wheat sandwich with cheese, spinach and turkey (tomato basil deli) and ham (rosemary deli)
  • Some goldfish crackers – I know, bad, but in the scheme of crackers, they’re not all that bad
  • A bite of a Chocolate Almond Fudge Clif Bar, to see if I liked it – I LOVED it – but gave the rest to my munchkin, who thoroughly believed it was a cookie
  • A bite of the Pecan Pie Larabar, just to taste. I was very unimpressed – I’ll be honest. Even the munchkin wouldn’t eat it. That’s a bad sign. He eats anything perceived as a ‘treat.’ I bought a couple of others to try though, and am hoping for more luck. We don’t have any of the chocolate flavored ones here for some reason (Jocolat).
Clif Bar - Chocolate Almond Fudge

Clif Bar - Chocolate Almond Fudge

LaraBar - Pecan Pie

LaraBar - Pecan Pie

Todays Eats – Dinner:

  • One proper portion (possibly less) of steak, sliced and cooked in a frying pan (no oil or grease) with Worcestershire sauce
  • Raw carrot, green pepper and mushroom dipped in Renee’s Wellness Yogurt Peppercorn Dressing (SO DELICIOUS!) – I couldn’t finish all of the veggies, and my munchkin was more than happy to finish them off for me!
  • One bottle of POMx Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea. This tasted absolutely fabulous, but after realizing pomegranates are apparently a growing allergen, and knowing my own issues with mango and kiwi, I panicked and put it away in the fridge after drinking a bit. Gosh it was SOOOOO good though.
Suppertime - YUM YUM!

Suppertime - YUM YUM!

Well, that’s it for now! Hope everyone else is doing well!

I’m off to bed for a good night’s rest now!

Tomorrow I’m planning to try a nice whole wheat pizza dough recipe I found – I didn’t tackle it tonight because it takes and hour or two to make/let rise. Can’t wait to share with you all how THAT goes – I’m not known for my pizza doough-making skills….

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Breaking News! VitaMuffins…. are AMAZING!

So, before I go to bed…. I have to share this. I was wondering through the organics section of the Atlantic Superstore today, and there I spied this little box of four double chocolate frozen muffins in the organics/natural products freezer section.

VitamMuffin

I though, MMMMMMM…. muffins. And then I though NOOOOOO, BAD DEE!

Until I saw the little square that said ‘100 calories, 6g fibre’ …. and I thought, we’ll, why not try it. They’re regular $4.99, on sale for $4.49. I usually only buy things to try when they’re on sale.

You’re supposed to keep these frozen, and sit out for 1.5 hours to thaw, or thaw in the microwave.

Mine actually only took about 30 minutes to thaw.

Now the best part – when I went to eat this little muffin, I expected some sort of weird taste, due to the high level of nutrients, fibre, vitamins, etc.

I WAS WRONG!!!

This is the most moist, soft, decadent little mufifn I’ve ever tasted.

I.kid.you.not!

It totally hit the spot, for only 100 calories, and much healthier than any other 1090 calorie treat I could put into my body!

If you can find these in your local grocery store, TOTALLY TRY THEM! They’re SOOOOO good! A weight-conscious chocolate lover’s dream!

They also had a blueberry bran version, and apparently they make baking mixes and such as well – though I didn’t see the mixes anywhere. If anyone knows where to find them in Atlantic Canada – please do share! 🙂

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Whew! Busy week… a rundown of the week’s eats!!

So, I’ve been pretty busy, and alternately exhausted this week, so I’d not managed to post much.First, weigh-in was Monday for the office’s Biggest Loser – I was down another 3 pounds for 10lbs total since the competition started 3 weeks ago.

Per my scale, I’ve now cracked the 220’s and am down to 228 – so that’s 18 pounds so far! WOW! In just under one month! I can totally do this!

I’m just getting back into my exercise routine after taking it easy due to an injury to a muscle in the back of my leg (calf).  Boy I missed it!

I DID however, take as many pictures of what I was eating as possible, and here is an update!

Dinner, Monday Night:

I caved and decided to have a bit of red meat. I took a proper portion (about the size of a deck of cards), and sliced it up thin. I then chucked it into a frying pan with Worcestershire sauce, no oil. I cooked covered on medium-low for a few minutes, then cranked up the heat and took the cover off to fast fry it and soak up the worcestershire. I actually burnt mine a bit because I wasn’t paying attention – definitely DON’T do that. Hehe.

As a side, I threw a bag of frozen veggies and some corn in a pot, along with a bit of water and some oriental spices and soy sauce. Basically a heat and serve type of deal.

YUM! A nice mess of tasty goodness!

YUM! A nice mess of tasty goodness!

Breakfast Tuesday:

  • Rolled oats, topped with pumpkin puree mashed with some brown sugar and cinnamon, and some vanilla yogurt
Mmmmmmm. I LOVE oats - and I LOVE pumpkin pie. These flavors work so well together!

Mmmmmmm. I LOVE oats - and I LOVE pumpkin pie. These flavors work so well together!

Dinner Tuesday Night:

  • Butternut Squash, diced up and baked with sea salt for about 1/2 hour on 425 degrees
  • Some sliced cheddar and green pepper
  • Chicken breast stuffed with rosemary deli ham (just a few cut squares out of a slice for flavor), brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with rosemary and baked – and of course served on spinach – because I LOVE spinach!
This was my lazy cooking... turned out quite all right though!

This was my lazy cooking... turned out quite all right though!

Tuesday Eats, no pictures:

  • Breakfast – Rolled Oats with blueberries & yogurt
  • Frozen serving of the chicken soup I made a couple of weeks ago, plus two pieces of Dempster’s Bodywise whole wheat bread with local honey
  • Snack – Vanilla yogurt, Blueberries w/ Kashi Go Lean sprinkled on top – I served this to my coworkers at the office actually
  • Snack – A pear diced up and baked with cinnamon

Dinner, Wednesday Night:

I was craving something different, so I picked up some salmon, cut into chuncks, and baked in a casserole dish with some maple syrup, soy sauce, and garlic. DELICIOUS!

I also wanted to try asparagus. The aspragus I tossed in a tbsp. of olive oil, garlic, and black pepper, and baked ina casserole dish. When it was almost done, I sprinkled on some parmesan cheese as well. Again, great dish, and SO easy!

I had also picked up some tri-color chickpea salad from Sobeys grocery store – the fresh foods/deli aisle. It was betwene this or the 12 grain salad, but they had hte 12-grain loaded with curry, and this was more a sweet tangy dressing, so I chose this one.

Salmon, Asparagus and Tri-Color Chickpea Salad (Sobeys)

Salmon, Asparagus and Tri-Color Chickpea Salad (Sobeys)

Other Wednesday Eats, no pictures:

  • Snack – I made pita pizzas and divied up small chip sizes pieces to my coworkers. On the pita pizza was some pesto, spinach, rosemary deli ham slices, and light mozzarella. It was a hit! Wish I had taken a picture!
  • Lunch – Serving (1 c.) of the leftover chicken soup I froze a couple of weeks ago, with some green pepper and chedder on the side.

Thursday Breakfast:

  • I bought Speerville’s Certified Organic Buckwheat Pancake Mix, so tried it this morning. Three small pancakes – one with maple syrup, one with E.D. Smith (no sugar added) raspberry jam and vanilla yogurt, and one with pumpkin puree, cinnamon and vanilla yogurt.
  • The pancakes are quite heavy, so take some getting used too – but very good.
Sweetness in the morning...

Sweetness in the morning...

Thursday Lunch:

I had a light lunch. I was making white meat chicken fingers for Kaiden, as they were on sale at Superstore this week. So I baked myself two as well, and threw them in a whole wheat tortilla smeared with pesto and rolled in with spinach. I added the rest of my chickpea salad to the plate as my side as well.

Short and sweet.

Short and sweet.

Thursday Supper:

  • My new favorites – my chicken with Classic Red Wine & Herb Sauce on a bed of spinach, and homemade zucchinni sticks from one baby zucchini and served with the same red sauce.
Loving the zucchini sticks!

Loving the zucchini sticks!

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