Category: Dieting
February 16th, 2016 by Lisa

Week 2 was easier than week 1.

This week I had a good idea about some good go-to low points snack food.  Or quick grab food for meals on the go.

Some things I found myself eating frequently were:

  • Berries and 0% Greek Yogurt (2 SP)
  • Berries and Low Fat Cool Whip (1 SP)
  • Cocktail Shrimp and Sugar Free Fresh Salsa (1 SP)
  • Cheese String and an Apple (2 SP)
  • Steamed Almond Milk (vanilla unsweetened) with a 1/2 shot of sugar free caramel. (1 SP)

I’m still hungrier than I was used to being, likely still thanks to more carbs than a Primal Blueprint diet would allow.  But I’m getting used to the feeling.  It’s not hunger pangs or hangry, it’s just a general sense of hunger.

I think it would be interesting to see how each of my days ranked up in total nutrition.  The app doesn’t tell me that information readily, but I could calculate it food by food…. That sounds like work.

I did use less of my Weekly Points this week than last, only 1. But I still had a few indulgences like: Triscuit Crackers (13 snack size ones) 1tsp Nutella, Breaded chicken with cheese and broccoli.  Baked Lays, a tiny cupcake, Sweet Potato Fries, Fried scallops, a Lindor Chocolate ball (I actually ate that without thinking since the people at the store offered it to me!) 3 sticks of Lindt milk chocolate (it was Valentine’s Day,) eggs benny (with the hollandaise on the side, deep fried hash brown potatoes, home made cookies and 2 Maple Leaf cookies.  That sure doesn’t sound like I’m on a diet does it?  It really is a lifestyle of balancing treats with good choices.

So, here we are at the end of week 2.  And officially I am down 2.7 more pounds for a total of 5.7.  (I got a 5 lbs star in the meeting today.  Yay me!)



Posted in Weight Watchers

berries and cream
February 11th, 2016 by Lisa

This was quite an experience. I tracked every single thing I ate.  I stayed within the allotted points for the week which for me is 30 points per day, plus 28 weekly points (which can be used if you go over 30.)  I didn’t use all of the 28.  I think I used 18.

I ate lots of fruit and veg, and had my usual yogurt for breakfast.  I had soup or salad for lunch most days, with either shrimp or chicken as protein.
But I also snacked a lot; on berries mostly with either yogurt or coolwhip on top.
berries and cream
And everyday I ate something that felt like I was “cheating:”  and I even drank alcohol* (vodka soda, and rum and diet.)
Wed:  a blueberry tart (11 points) and beef with broccoli (no rice)
Thurs*: Broccoli stuffed chicken breast (pre-prepared from the freezer. 7 points)
Friday: Pizza  and chocolate chip cookies (20 points+ 6 points) used 8 weekly points that day.
Saturday*:  Cashews, Popcorn, Chips and Cheese – nibbles of each
Sunday I was under only and only used 25 points but didn’t have any splurge food.
Monday: Homemade squares (8 points) and about 20 potato chips (8 points)
Tuesday: The last square(4) from Monday 13 chips(4) and 1 serving of icecream(6)
Wednesday*: Calamari (shared order) (4) 3 small lindt milk chocolate pieces (7 points)
I went to the Thursday meeting since there was snow on Tuesday morning.  So, it was 9 days.
All that indulgence, I was sure I had gained weight.  I wore the same clothes as the previous week, and I had the same breakfast and drank the same amount of water and after all food that I had lost 3 pounds. I was honestly shocked.
My weight went from 152 (on their scale, late in the day) to 149.  I’m 5’7″.
However, I was hungry a lot.  Carbs do that to me, and since I was not metering the carb intake, I was eating more than I usually might.  Plus,I had lots of sugar cravings, again thanks to the carbs.
Anyway, that’s my weight watchers week experience.
We’ll see if it’s a fluke or if next week sees me with more loss.
Fingers crossed!



Posted in Weight Watchers

February 6th, 2016 by Lisa

So, in my continual battle to maintain a svelte and fit physique I have resigned myself to needing external motivators for weight loss.  Weight maintenance is not usually a problem for me, however in the past 18 months a series of minor health issues has caused me to slip into some poor eating habits and resulted in my gaining about 10 pounds.  This makes me unhappy.  My goal weight is 135.  Right now I’m sitting at 146.

I know for many people, 10 pounds is not really a big deal.  But for me, it is.  My skin is not happy when I have excess body fat, and my mind is not either.  Plus I will be attending a latin dancing congress at the end of March and wearing tiny dresses.  This is not the time to have extra jiggle!  And then at the end of April, it’s off to Cuba, and bathing suits are even more revealing than dresses!

And so, here I go!  Join me on this new adventure in weight loss.  I started on Tuesday, and will report back after my weekly meeting and weigh-in.

I’ve been logging everything I eat and am staying within my daily and weekly points allotment (So far, it looks like I might be up one pound.  Yes, you read that correctly.)



Posted in Dieting, Health and Lifestyle, Weight Watchers

intro to paleo
December 28th, 2013 by Lisa

And so the battle begins.

Christmas Day was my last day of indulgence.  The holidays were a very distracting time with temptations abounding. And now it’s time to take up the battle for real.

During the holidays I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with my timing . The holidays are a very hard time to  convert to clean, sugar free eating. It was simply NOT a good time to be expecting to start a revolution of healthful habits.  And so I threw in the towel, vowing to fight the battle on a more fair playing field.  The post-holiday one.

So here we are.  On the battle front.  I must equip myself with the tools of the warrior.

1. Support.  The first thing I did was seek out some online support.  I have leaned on local friends for support in the past, but this time I decided to join an online support group.  Are you interested in finding like-minded people who are trying to lose weight?  Why not try a discussion forum like  Whole30 or Whole9 or Mark’sDailyApple.

2.  Preparing the Battleplan.  The next thing to do was decide on a food and exercise plan that was reasonable.  For me “all or nothing” is what works.  So, I decided to go cold turkey on diet.  Which means: NO Sugar, NO Wheat, NO white carbs, very little Dairy. Lots of Vegetables, Healthy Fat, Protien, and Water.  A little reading materials is always good, and a book like Intro to Paleo is a good reminder of the game plan.intro to paleo book

3.  Clearing the Path.  The hardest thing to do was purge my pantry.  I had to give away and throw away all of the potential temptation in my kitchen.  This meant giving away nearly a kilgram of Chipits that I didn’t use up when baking Christmas gifts for my SAD (standard american diet) friends.   I hadn’t used them up, but I was certainly enjoying eating them by the handful with a spoonful of peanut butter…oh the temptation.

4.  Enlist a Positive Mental Attitude.  I had to decide that I would be successful and believe it.  This was a matter of reminding myself that I have done this before, that I WANT to do it , and that I will be feeling and looking much better in as little as 10 days.

5.  Commit.  The last ingredient was actually starting to follow the plan.  So on Boxing Day I began.

So far I am victorious!  I now have 2 full days of clean eating under my belt.  I am committed to 30 days for now. By the end of today, day 3, I will be 10% of the way there.  Baby steps.

My overall goal is not to do this for 30 days, but rather to resume doing it as a lifestyle.  But making changes for a lifetime can seem daunting.  30 days is much more manageable.  At the end of the 30 I will be in a better position to see the next 30 and the next year, and then on from there!


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paleo desserts cook book
December 20th, 2013 by Lisa

It’s a funny thing, sugar addiction.

It’s very real.  And very hard to control.  Everywhere you look there is an opportunity to eat sugar.  Especially this time of year.

And it’s funny how pushy people are about food.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever noticed it or not, but people want you to eat with them, and they want you to eat the same kinds and amounts of things that they are eating.  So, when friends are eating sweet treats, they want you to eat them too.

If someone says they are a diabetic, no one tries to make them eat the pie.  If someone says they have celiac disease, no one tries to make them eat bread.  If someone is lactose intolerant no one tries to push dairy on them.

But if you tell them you’re addicted to sugar, do you know what they do?

They laugh.

And then they say, ” just have a little bit, it will be fine.”

And it will not be fine. It will just open up the flood gates.  And if you try to explain that to them, they look at you like you’ve taken a crazy pill.

“Come on, you eat sugar all the time, I’ve seen you!  And you just told me that you’ve been eating it ever since Halloween, so why not just have this little brownie?”

And so, I politely declined.   And then later at home, I had 3 shortbread cookies and some cookie bark.  (sigh, I did some Christmas baking to give as gifts and it is still at my house.)


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December 19th, 2013 by Lisa

Admittedly I am a sugar addict.

This is no joke.  For a good amount of time I had control over my relationship with sugar.

…And then it was Halloween.  And there was sugar in my house.  Tiny little sweet delicious bits of sugar wrapped in attractive wrapping with things like “Wunderbar,”  “Caramilk,” and “Snickers” written on them.  Do I have a favorite kind of chocolate bar?  No.  I have about 10 favorites.  Those are the top 3.

I live with 2 small people who enjoy the tradition of dressing up in costume and canvassing the neighborhood for delicious treats.  And they brought in a very suitable haul this year.

These small people are not sugar addicts.  How do I know this?  I know because they can eat a tiny snack size chocolate bar and then stop.

If I eat chocolate, it simply wakes up the voice in my head that directs my hands to find more sugar and ingest it.

Well, now it’s December 19th.  And I have not been in control of that voice since November 1st.  I am sorry to report that I have tried on at least 4 occasions to break the cycle and have been unsuccessful each time.

I was able to stop eating sugar for a day or 2, but then:  boom.  Sugar in my mouth again.

So, I’m going to pull out all the stops now, starting by publicly admitting that I have this problem.

Can any of you make suggestions about how I can conquer this problem?  Please, please offer them to me!



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August 2nd, 2013 by Lisa
I fell off the wagon with clean eating.  It happened around a family birthday and a vacation.  There were 6 cakes in my house during 5 days, and once I got on the roller coaster of eating sugar, I lost all control and will-power. And my addiction took over.


It took a while for me to admit that I’m a sugar addict.  But there’s absolutely no denying it.  I have a physical addiction to sugar.


It’s been 5 days since I started trying to remove it from my diet again.  Each day I start off believing that I will have a clean sugar-free day.  And then something happens where the sugar demon wins the arm wrestle with my will power, and I blow it.  And once I’ve blown it the arm wrestle turns into an all out slaughter where I can wind up eating marshmallows and ice cream.  Seriously, this is not good.


But, I’m on to you now Sugar, and I am determined to make TODAY “Day One” of clean eating.  I owe it to myself to defeat the cravings and clean up my bloodstream.


Today, things were going ok.  I had breakfast (greek yogourt and berries) and I had a snack (tea with mixed nuts) and then I had some pesto tomato chicken with mozza for lunch, and now my body thinks that if it craves sugar that it can make mel go eat some of that too…after all I just ate… something… so now is a perfect time to get me to eat… SUGAR!!…my body is even pretending to be hungry, sending me all the hungry signals … but I know it’s the sugar talking, I can’t possibly be hungry.  I just ate.


What a manipulative, controlling, jerk sugar is!  Once I break up with it, remind me never to start another relationship with sugar again.


I will not eat sugar today! I will not eat sugar today! I will not eat sugar today…

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May 16th, 2013 by Lisa

This recipe suggests serving it with rice or pasta to make it complete, but I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s just fabulous all on it’s own with a side of salad or asparagus!

Adding variety to your meals, and having healthy food prepared for hungry times is one of the key secrets to maintaining your nutrition goals.

This is a super easy recipe.

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Slice tomatoes and cheese. Fillet the chicken breasts so they cook quickly.
  • Spread pesto on the chicken and bake for about 12 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and cover with sliced tomatoes and cheese.
  • Bake for 3-5 more minutes until cheese has melted.



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