Monday, July 2, 2018

Weight for It...

A couple of months ago, I mentioned I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to "obsess smarter" and make healthy changes that would lead to lasting results. Tara was like-minded, so we decided we'd make our goals public and band together to get smart about out weight and our health. Tara checked in last week with her update and some great tips, now it's my turn! 

Since we started, I've lost 6 pounds. That's not exactly an impressive amount of weight to lose in two months, but as a friend said, it's 6 pounds down, not up. So that's a good thing!

After that post, I got wonderful feedback from you guys. Some great ideas I wanted to share.

Sandy suggested buying ready-made rotisserie baked chickens from the grocery store deli for quick snack and meal fixes. My son loved this idea. Ever since I told him, he's been bringing home chickens for himself. Tasty, win.

One of my favorite snacks to make with the chicken comes from my sister who told me to use a lettuce leaf as a wrap. Fill the inside with chicken and a bit of low-fat cheese, roll, and eat.
Another quick and tasty recipe, also from Sandy, is chocolate oatmeal. When boiling the cook and serve oats, add a little cocoa powder. This is actually tasty, even without adding sugar, but a bit added wouldn't hurt...unless you want to lose more than a few pounds a month. LOL

Fellow blogger, Jo Wake, was kind enough to share a healthy recipe with us. Jo  posts tasty recipes and life anecdotes on her blog, which you can read here.

Chicken and Broccoli Rice Bowl
Do not cook broccoli too soon, difficult to reheat
3 cups small broccoli florets
1 (8.8-ounce) pouch precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's) I cooked 1/2 cup basmati up for both of us
1 Tbs olive oil
8 oz skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 oz light processed cheese (such as Velveeta Light), cut into 1-inch pieces, I used a regular cheese which was spicy.
2 Tbs sliced almonds, toasted
1. Steam broccoli 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
2. Heat rice according to directions.
3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally. Add onions and cheese, stirring until cheese begins to melt. Stir in rice; fold in broccoli. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with almonds.
Servings: 3
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/3 of a recipe (1 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 4 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79.89
Calories From Fat (82%) 65.5
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7.58g 12%
Saturated Fat 0.85g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 159.6mg 7%
Potassium 91.14mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2.45g <1%
Fiber 1.16g 5%
Sugar 0.67g
Protein 1.59g 3%
Source: Cooking Light


  1. I would mention that the Tzatziki Chicken Salad i posted today (Monday) is also a good way to use rotisserie chicken and low cal too. I am impressed that the two of you are doing well. Writing everything down that you eat or drink is also a good thing to do.

    1. I'll have to check out the salad. I think I may have seen it and earmarked it, but I can't remember.

      I have been writing down what I eat and drink like you suggested. And the days that I get too busy to keep a log are always days of falling back on crappy food. That's another benefit to the journal- noticing the pitfall areas.

    2. Liz, get yourself some Hershey's Kisses. They are 22 calories each. When seriously dieting, I allowed myself 2 a day in the evening.

  2. Congratulations on the weightloss. Slow and steady weightloss is better, I think. I'm trying to lose weight too, and the ideas and recipes on your blog gave me some great new options, thank you. I sometimes wish the fat could fall off as easy as it was to pack it on 😋. Good-luck. I hope you lose lots of weight.

    1. Best of luck on your own weight loss. Maybe we can all do it together.

      If only chocolate and cheeseburgers were diet food. That would make it easier to lose weight!

  3. Well done Elizabeth - it's good you've started and generally the slower the better - so you'll do it ... take care - cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks, Hilary. Some days I wish it was a quick drop, but that's mostly on swimsuit days. LOL

  4. I really appreciate your professional approach.These are pieces of very useful information that will be of great use for me in future.



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