Date Night

January 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm (Food, Recipes) (, , )

Last night hubby and I decided to take advantage of cheap Tuesday at the movie theatre and go see Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. I knew that it was going to be a somewhat cheesy movie, so I decided our night would get a theme and Cheesy Date Night was born!

I was so excited by this plan that I took to Pinterest to find cheesy recipes for our dinner. Now I know that Pinterest does not always have the best WW friendly recipes (and a quick look at my profile would indicate that most of those recipes catch my eye…) but I searched through my pins and found three recipes that I would use for our cheese filled night.

First up was Tomato Cheddar Basil Soup. It uses Greek yoghurt to make it super creamy and I used light cheddar so it actually worked out to be only 2 ppts per serving! That’s insane!!! Every great soup deserves a good biscuit, doesn’t it? So I found Low-Fat Cheddar Chive Biscuits. I needed green onion for another dinner I’m planning and I didn’t want to get chives as well (was so nice when my parents had chives in the front yard that we could pick) so I swapped them out green onion tops and they went just perfectly with the soup. Here’s a picture of the two together!

Cheesy Soup and Biscuit

Soup: check. Biscuit: check. Cheese: everywhere!

Oh right, the biscuits were 4 ppts each so creamy tomato soup and cheddar biscuits together were 6 ppts! That’s what I call an awesome dinner deal.

We realised that it was getting close to movie time, so we headed over to the movie theatre. Once there we found out that unless we wanted to see the Imax (which I have issues with sometimes, but braved for The Hobbit just so that I could see the Star Trek trailer, another story) we had to see it in 3D AVX which added $5 to the cost of each ticket because of the better seats and assigned seating 😦 Luckily it was cheap Tuesday so we ended up paying what we would normally pay for a regular movie (and how many movies are general price these days? You almost always have to pay the extra for 3D, they shouldn’t even have a general admission IMO.) I also found a movie night out ticket it my wallet so we were able to get popcorn and drinks for $0.50 (upgrade to a large popcorn) and I brought along some White Cheddar popcorn seasoning to make it cheesy 🙂 This was by far the worst food I ate all night, and I wouldn’t normally eat popcorn at the theatre, but it was fun and date night should be fun!

Popcorn

Cheesy popcorn makings

We got to our seats just in time to watch the “pre-show” or as like to think of it, the product placement adds before the commercials. I went out for my usual pre-movie pee break and on the way back one of the ladies I had to pass got up so I had more room to pass. I said thanks, but that I was used to squeezing past people, and she made the comment that of course, I was skinny, I’d have no problems. I was secretly thrilled at this sudo compliment as I remember being as big as that lady was! I find it strange now that I was so thrilled to hear some stranger say that, but I am so bad at accepting compliments from people I know (something I really have to work on this year as I get to goal.)

After the movie, we came home and had some cheesy dessert: individual Cookies & Cream Cheesecakes. I found this recipe and pinned it for two reasons, 1. individual portions of things are SOOOO much easier to indulge in and 2. Hubby likes cookies and cream almost as much as I do 🙂 I debated taking the idea of the recipe, using a whole oreo as the bottom crust (which do fit perfectly in a muffin tin!) and then making a WW recipe for the cheesecake, but ricotta cheese was too expensive so I opted just to use light cream cheese and light sour cream instead so each cheesecake ended up being 6 ppts. I’m not sure that the WW modification would have saved me that much, considering 2 ppts of that was just for the oreo cookie, so I’m totally happy with the recipe as is.

Individula Cheesecake

Oreo cheesecake deliciousness!

All in all it was a fabulously fun and cheesy night AND in total the food damage was 25 ppts! Not too shabby for a date night, I mean if we’d gone out to dinner that total would have been much, much, much higher.

Hubby posing with the movie poster

Hubby posing with the movie poster

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Struggling

January 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm (Food, Weight) (, , , , )

This past week as been surprisingly difficult. I’ve been struggling with hunger, even a few minutes/hours after eating what should have been a filling meal, chocolate cravings, emotional roller coastering (yay for that time of the month!), weird dreams and not enough sleep. It’s been really hard to stick with the program and I’m frustrated more so because I was so hoping that I’d be able to jump on the 2013 bandwagon and ride it to the finish line without any huge bumps. Not that I ever expect an easy ride, but with all my previous experience with this kind of stuff, I was hoping for a little bit of a smoother trip. Life does have a way of playing out differently than you plan.

I guess it all kind of started with last Monday, it had snowed overnight without warning so roads had not been salted. I had not slept well, but had decided to go to Bootcamp anyway, hoping that the workout would make me feel better (cuz yeah, I’m that far gone with the exercise bug!) Well halfway down the block my car was sliding so much I freaked out, pulled over to the side of the road and walked back home. The rest of the day I spent inside, inactive, although I did refrain from overeating, yay! This event did reinforce the incredible need to replace my tires, something about hearing recommendations from others vs. actually experiencing something personally.

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty unremarkable, although Tuesday was a bit disappointing because SIL and I again had to postpone our snowshoe date, this time indefinitely until I get new tires. Well that and I seemed to always be hungry, nothing I ate helped. Ok, and my daily weigh-in on Wednesday was my lowest yet during this round.

Thursday was crap. I was looking forward to an awesome weigh-in due to Wednesday’s weight, but it’s like my body knew Thursday was weigh-in and so I unexpectedly had a 1lb gain. Then I was forced to forgo lunch because I had to visit my in-laws before I got the chance (and anybody who has ever done Weight Watchers will tell you that they have a food cut-off time on weigh-in day, it’s tradition.) By the time I got home from my meeting I was better (yay for Fiber One Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie snacks and an Awake Tea Latte from Starbucks) but not really caring about food choices. FYI, Thai food is really not a great option when you are hungry and trying to count points after the fact. Random happiness for the day was that I was chatting with a lady at WW before the meeting and she made a comment to the center coordinator (aka. my old leader) saying that I should be at the scales every week with encouragement and understanding 🙂 And the reply was that I would be behind the counter and in front of the meetings soon enough (if, of course, I was willing.)

Friday I was all set to start a fresh week keeping within my daily points, but somehow that took a turn. Maybe it was due to all the Thai food forcing me to go up in weight again. Or maybe it was because of all the cookies I was making to share with a couple from church and the baking was getting to me (cookies don’t usually tempt me these days) or maybe the lack of sleep, who knows? I did manage to go to bootcamp AND for a walk later with my SIL, so that made the day go better.

On the weekend I was actually pretty proud of myself. I went to a wine and food tasting/pairing with some girl friends and I didn’t totally overeat/drink (helps that I was driving) and then when I got home a realised how many points I did have left I made some soup, hooray! Sadly I followed it up with some chocolate peanut butter mug cake. Those things are sneaky, so easy to make, single serve, relatively ok points-wise (5-8 depending on additions) and great to curb cravings. Apparently it just wasn’t exactly what I was craving this weekend. And then Sunday we went out for lunch/brunch with BIL and SIL at a fantastic breakfast joint that specializes in “healthy” options so side dishes most often are gorgeous displays of fruit, and not just the cheap melon/orange/random grapes fruit, I’m talking kiwi, strawberry, banana, orange, apple, melon, awesome! Afterwards, we went for another walk (they have a dog, walking is good) for more activity points! Dinner was more of the low-point soup, so that I didn’t get tempted by pub food while bowling with more lovely ladies. I tried to satiate my chocolate craving again with some hot chocolate and cookies, but unfortunately it wasn’t working either, so I finally broke down after bowling and make chocolate fudge sauce to put on some ice cream and banana (this conquers all chocolate cravings and has a banana, so it’s healthy, yes? Please?)

So overall I guess it wasn’t a horrible fail this week. I had some tough spots and I had some small victories. This week I just need a small miracle, I hit that new low last Wednesday then shot up 3.5lbs since. I’d really love it to all melt away in the next 3 days so that I can have an overall loss at WW. Historically, once I’ve reached 188 I will go up significantly the following week and take many weeks (or months) to recover. Must get to the low 180’s. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. Heck, I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!

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Oh February

February 10, 2009 at 4:07 am (Food) (, , )

February is a fabulous month. It consists of two of my favourite days of the year, my birthday and Valentine’s. Definite cause for celebration, unfortunately celebrations that cause weight gain (usually) but also convenient because they are two days apart and so only affect weigh in once. Last night, Mom made a fantastic meal in honour of my birthday. First course was tomato and artichoke bruschetta on olive baguette. Following was a spinach salad with corn and lobster (I LOVE lobster, it is my favourite food and so is a staple in birthday or special dinners for me.) Main course was a bacon wrapped beef steak (not sure if Mom got the filet mignon or the tenderloin or something else), garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. For dessert, we had homemade turtle cheesecake. My dad was the genius behind dessert, Mom apparently doesn’t make cheesecake because she believed that since it was her favourite, Dad should learn to make the most wonderful cheesecake to impress her. And Dad did not disappoint with this one. Chocolate cookie and pecan crust, rich cheesecake with toffee bits, chocolate chips and pecans mixed in and topped with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and whole Turtle chocolates. So yummy! Good thing that weigh in is on Friday 🙂

Speaking of which, being sick last week really helped me melt pounds, check the loss page, I’m back down to 25lbs gone!

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Need for an update

January 15, 2009 at 3:48 am (Undefined) (, , )

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted and much has happened, so here goes!

The last week and a bit I’ve been getting back into running with my best friend. Is it ever nice to have a running buddy! Last Tuesday was our first night out and it was POURING rain. We were absolutely soaked when we got home but we drove to Timmy’s and had nice steaming bowls of soup and a donut 🙂 We also decided to meet again on Thursday, rain or shine. Thursday was so cold (for the climate) and my legs were sore from lack of stretching (oops, we learned our lesson) but we went out for another hour. Tuesday I decided it’s about time I got some outdoor running pants, so I’m now the proud owner of reflective running tights! I feel like such a pro 😉 Since it was Tuesday, I even got to try them out and they are so comfy! It also seems that Tuesday is our Timmy’s night, cuz after our run we walked around the corner for another bowl of soup and donut. It feels so good to be out exercising and spending time with my best friend.

This week has been a little more challenging food wise. Friday night, we did movie night because my bf had bought my parents everything they needed, gift certificates for pizza and movies, beer, orange soda (for my sister), caramel popcorn and chocolates! I petitioned for beef taco thin crust pizza (3pts a slice) and got some low-fat kettle corn (3pts for 3.5 cups) but I still gained a pound the next day 😦 Saturday I hopped on the ferry home for a quick visit and got to have sushi lunch (yum) and then unexpectedly dim sum in the morning. Not the best meal to have on a diet, but I managed to get some gai lan for most of my meal and splurged on a sesame ball and a bbq pork steam bun (two of my fav chinese foods!) I was really good and had a salad for dinner while I waited for the ferry back to school. Monday I’d gained another pound, which I thought was good, but I really wanted to be down 2 lbs this week. Monday and Tuesday went well, I made turkey stroganoff (with whole wheat, yolk free egg noodles!!) and was back down to Friday’s weight but Mom decided to get fish and chips tonight. I told her that I would just have one piece of fish and some chips (15 pts, just what I had left!), but of course, she decided to get zucchini sticks for me (which I think are worse than chips sometimes!) I made myself some steamed broccoli and took one piece of fish, a small stack of chips and, because I have a weakness, an oyster. I was really happy to have the broccoli because it really filled out my plate, but I’m worried that I’m going back up tomorrow and won’t be able to work it off by WI Friday morning 😦 But I’m going to get right back on track tomorrow with my whole wheat banana bread and soy milk breakfast and fruit and veggie snacks throughout the day!

School is also getting crazy. I’ve got an assignment and two reports due next week! It’s been a challenge finding time to work on them at since my parents’ house is not well designed for multi-adult living. The living room is the only real work place and the only room with decent heat, the farther down the hall you go (towards my bedroom) the colder it gets. I feel like I’m living in a fridge sometimes! Luckily the school is decent to work at during the day and there are people that are able to help, yay!

So that’s me in a nutshell for the last week.

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So Slowly…

January 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm (Food, Undefined) (, , )

I don’t know if it’s just me, but this week is going so slowly! I am constantly thinking that it’s Wednesday or Thursday but alas, it’s only Tuesday. How did Monday feel so long?? Am I crazy?

I’m feeling much better this week since getting back on track with counting my points. I’d like to feel great accomplishment with this thought, but I still think it’s Thursday and over half the week is gone, so I’ve only really been back on track for two days. But the last two days were great, I took over the kitchen last night and made greek food! Spanikopitas (the frozen ones from Costco), lamb patties (ground lamb with mint, paprika and oregano), greek rice risotto (it was supposed to be pilaf but I put in a bit too much stock to counter the carrot and onion I added) and greek salad. It was delish and only 10 points for the meal! Yay!

I’m also down 4lbs on the home scale since Sunday, so I’m really happy for that too. Got to keep up the motivation and I’ll be back down to the 180’s by WI Friday!

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October is Here!!

October 3, 2008 at 5:13 pm (Undefined) (, , )

It is finally October, I love this time of year! I am such a fall fanatic. I love the colours of the trees as they change from spring green to reds and oranges and browns. I really should break out the camera again and go for a walk in the neighbourhood before all the leaves fall and it starts to rain continously. I love the rain and the cold weather. Call me crazy but bundling up in a warm blanket and reading a good book on the couch or just sitting and watching the rain fall with a cup of warm tea or apple cider is one of my favourite things to do. I love that I can finally start wearing cozy sweaters and long sleeve shirts and jackets and hoodies and scarfs and hats without people thinking that I’m crazy. Fall is wonderful!

But my most favourite thing about fall is the food. I love all the fresh apples and pumpkins and butternut squashes. It means that I can make fresh apple pie, pumpking pie (a specialty of mine I’m told), apple-cranberry cider, chai tea, beef stew with biscuits, oatmeal with raisins and apples, gingerbread cake, pumpkin loaf, chili, chicken and mushroom casserole, mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, all the yummy “stick to your ribs and warm you from the inside” foods. I think my project for this weekend is going to be to make slow-cooker beef stew and a soup of some kind (bring on the ReBar cookbook!) It is so nice to be able to heat up a bowl of soup when you’re tired and cold and hungry. I’m also going to have to make something yummy to bring to work for treats on Monday. Hmmm, baking weekend, can’t wait to find recipes and share!

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