Tag: weight loss

Spaghetti squash with chicken sausage

spaghetti squash with chicken sausage

I finally finished my Isagenix diet and cleanse and although it was tough, I was pleased with my results. In 11 days I lost 9.4 pounds and a number of inches all over my body, mostly from my chest (not a good thing) and stomach (a very good thing). All the hard work paid off in the end. You can read about my personal experience in this blog post.

Returning back to normal food and normal life hasn’t been so easy. I’ve had to go out to eat 4 times and it’s only been 5 days since I’ve finished the diet. I’ve been faced with temptations over and over again in just 5 days. For someone who loves food, I think I’ve done pretty well considering all the eating out and Mother’s Day celebrations, but nonetheless, I stepped on the scale this morning and I am up 1 pound. Frustrating to say the least. In the past, I’ve let these frustrations get the best of me, thrown myself a pity party, convinced that I would never be able to lose weight and quickly given up whatever diet I happened to be on. Not this time. (more…)

Quinoa with lemon and herbs

quinoa with lemon and herbs

Sorry I’ve been MIA this past week. Things have been pretty hectic lately but the main reason for my lack of posts is that I’ve been on this crazy 11 day diet / cleanse. Now, I know there are a lot of opinions out there about dieting and cleansing, especially diets that only last 11 days, but the truth is I’ve wanted to lose weight for a while now and it just hasn’t been happening. I’ve lacked the motivation to do it on my own. Plus, the scale can be frustrating. It takes days, sometimes even a week for any evidence of a diet to show up on the scale, at least for me. That always discourages me and I quickly resort to my old eating habits. So, when a friend at work lost 22 pounds in 30 days, I was quick to listen in on how she did it. She told me she used a program called Isagenix. After listening to her explain the Isagenix system, I thought the 30 day program sounded a bit grueling for me but when she mentioned there was a 9 day program (it’s really 11 days), I decided to try it. (more…)

Thai chicken and green bean stir fry

thai chicken and green bean

As part of my effort to stick to my New Year’s resolution to lose weight, eat more veggies, etc., I was browsing through the Weight Watcher’s website the other day looking through some recipes. I didn’t have any good ideas for dinner that night so I was looking for anything healthy that would spark my interest. I came across a chicken and green bean stir fry. The recipe sounded really good but I decided to change quite a few things. I made it spicier and I also put some crunchy peanuts on the top at the end. This makes it slightly higher calorie but it’s still very healthy. Plus, like most things, peanuts are good for you in moderation. (more…)

Fish tacos with chipotle broccoli slaw

fish tacos

Like thousands of other people in the world, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and eat healthier. These fish tacos are part of that effort. Many studies suggest everyone should try and eat fish twice a week. It’s low in saturated fat and high in protein and eating it regularly offers many health benefits. Fish is also fairly simple to cook. Some of my go to fish purchases include cod, tilapia, and halibut depending on what is on sale and what is fresh that day. I also buy salmon regularly but salmon has a really strong flavor and isn’t as versatile as the other white fish I just named. Cod, tilapia and halibut are blank canvases because they are so mild in flavor. In this recipe I happened to use cod. It’s fairly inexpensive and holds up really well in these tacos. (more…)

Things I’d like to improve upon in 2014

Christmas tree

I’m going to be cliche and go ahead and share some of my New Year’s resolutions with you, although I like to look at them as ongoing goals. 2014 is right around the corner and although I’m not being too hard on myself, there are things that I want to change and improve upon in this new year. I have some short & long term goals that I’d really like to make happen. Many of my short term goals are a means to reaching my long term goals. (more…)

Eating light before turkey day with Asian flavored cod

cod 1

I started following weight watchers again about 2 weeks ago. I did it once before and lost about 20 pounds. Unfortunately, I’ve put all that weight back on in the last few years. I probably couldn’t have picked a worse time to start trying to lose weight. I mean Thanksgiving is two days away and there are often pre Thanksgiving events, like Friendsgiving, that are just as calorie heavy as turkey day itself. But there is always an excuse to NOT lose weight. In the summer there are barbecues and cookouts. In the winter, when it’s cold, it’s easy to load up on carbs and comfort foods like mac and cheese. Each season brings with it a number of holidays where food is involved. You have to learn how to navigate those holidays with moderation, balance, and eating well beforehand. This is one of the reasons why I love the Weight Watcher’s program so much. It’s not a “diet” in the traditional sense. It’s more of a lifestyle change. (more…)

Labor Day Potato Salad (without the Mayo)

potato salad 1

Hopefully everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. I enjoyed a blissful 5 days off from work and spent 3 of those days at the beach. It was a good way to offically end summer, although I’m pretending summer isn’t really over yet. I love the warm days and if I’m being honest, I’m never really ready for fall.

Yesterday (Labor Day) we spent the day at my parents house. My mom and I both are trying to lose a few pounds, especially after the extra few we picked up vacationing at the beach so our Labor Day spread was actually very healthy. We had pork tenderloin, hot dogs and sausages for those that wanted them, and TONS of vegetable side dishes including grilled yellow squash, zucchini two different ways (grilled and sauteed in a creamy sauce), salad with homemade croutons, cucumbers in sour cream and vinegar, a cucumber and tomato salad with cilantro, my signature guacamole, and last but not least, a mayo-free potato salad. (more…)

The inevitable weight loss road block

Taunting me at work!
Taunting me at work!

I’ve been a Weight Watcher’s member since I got engaged in 2009. Prior to my engagement I had always been pretty thin and in good shape, thanks to high school sports and working in the Rutgers Recreation office all through college (easy access to gyms, classes, and activities). However, after I graduated college, the pounds slowly started to creep up and by the time I got engaged I was the heaviest I’d ever been. So, I decided maybe I needed a little help. (more…)

Top your collard greens with a fried egg

I got this idea from watching Paula Deen on Food Network. Normally her dishes are full of butter and cream, but this one was actually really healthy. I didn’t follow her recipe for the collard greens, but I did use her idea of topping the greens with a fried egg. The combination of the runny yoke and the bitter greens is devine. Plus it’s a great way to get your veggies and your protein in. It may sound strange, but give it a try. This would work well with any leafy green veggie, especially with kale I would think. (more…)

Diet Food

I am, by no means, an expert when it comes to dieting. I am not a health guru, personal trainer, or dietician. I’m just someone who tries to eat in moderation and also happens to enjoy indulging in not-so-good-for-you-foods on occasion. I’m also a Weight Watcher’s member. The reason I like the Weight Watcher program is because it doesn’t restrict any foods. The program is not so much a diet, as it is a healthy lifestyle, based on eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising, and smaller portions. It’s a more realistic approach to weight loss, which is what I like about it so much. In addition to this, the point system and weekly weigh-ins keep me accountable. (more…)

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