Reaching a Milestone

I’ve lost 50 POUNDS!!

I’d say that’s worth a post of it’s own, right?  It seems like I’ve slowly been inching towards this goal, but goodgollygosh I finally made it!  I still have 100 lbs to lose, but here I am a third of the way through and I know I’ll make it to where I want to be.  And now I finally get to spend $200 on new clothes!  Well, my reward is listed as $150 on new clothes in my Milestones and Rewards post, but I got $200 in giftcards at Christmas that I’ve been holding on to for exactly this purpose (and now I can save that other $150 for new clothes in the winter since I’ll need them!)

First off, THANK YOU to everyone who “liked” my FB milestones yesterday on my RWWF page and my personal page.  It is extremely touching to know I have so many people in my support system.  And a very special THANK YOU to my wonderful fiancee who instigated the conversations which led me to deal with the fact that I needed to make some changes in my life.  She’s been there right next to me at every victory and every disappointment.  She’s been a wonderful motivator for exercise and her squeals of delight at all my tasty dishes (and willingness to photograph many of them) have made cooking and creating healthy recipes an amazingly fun and inspiring experience.  And another special THANK YOU to my wonderful parents who have always supported me in all my endeavors and even joined Weight Watchers together this year.  In fact, they’ve lost over 60 lbs combined and my skinny-minny dad even reached his Lifetime Goal a couple weeks ago!  How amazing is that?!?!  They keep me on my toes.

This hasn’t been a smooth journey, though.  It’s taken me a little over a year and a half to get off these first 50 lbs.  I’ve fallen off track with both exercise and tracking my points, but I always got back on.  That’s the important part.  I keep getting back on plan.  Weight Watchers (as reluctant as I was to start it) is really the right plan for me.  It fits my life.  I don’t even go to the meetings or subscribe to WW Online right now, but I use a free app on my phone called WWDiary to do all of my tracking.  It’s been a lifesaver.

Okay, I’m done with the thank yous and general life blah blah blah now.  I thought it might be fun to list out 50 things that have changed in my life during this first 1/3 of the journey.  Then I’ll be able to come back and look at it whenever I lose my motivation and reaffirm why I need to get back on track again.

1. I can shop in the plus size section of regular stores like Old Navy, Target and JC Penney.
2. My back is finally healthy!
3. My “front butt” is almost gone!
4. Smiles come with one chin, not two.
5. I have more energy.
6. Bedroom antics are waaay more fun (TMI?)
7. Sleep comes more easily.
8. I can run around with our dog and not get exhausted so fast.
9. Looking at myself in the mirror is a much happier experience.
10. I fit into chairs with arms more easily.
11. My skin is clearer and brighter.
12. My knees don’t creak much anymore when I go up stairs.
13. I can stand on my feet for much longer periods of time (important for when I actually DO go to culinary school!)
14. Clothes shopping gets more and more fun.
15. I actually WANT to do things like ride a bike and walk more than 3 miles in a day.
16. I can jump and dance around like a crazy person without worrying about pulling a back muscle (keep those abs tight!)
17. I am stronger physically.
18. I am stronger mentally.
19. I feel more satisfied by the food that I choose to eat.
20. I barely ever experience an “uncomfortable” fullness after a meal because I know how to stop myself from eating too much.
21. I chew more gum.
22. I am looking forward to swimming this summer.
23. I am generally more satisfied with life.
24. I have done two 5Ks with my baybsie and plan on doing at least 48 more!
25. I feel more accomplished.
26. Long trips in cars and trains aren’t as uncomfortable.
27. I found my passion in life: cooking!
28. I’ve learned how to reward myself with non-food things.
29. I feel less stinky.
30. Parks are much more enjoyable.
31. Losing 100 pounds feels like a POSSIBLE goal.
32. I’ve made great blogger friends with wonderful, inspiring people!
33. I can keep a bar of chocolate in my fridge for more than a day.
34. Going to the gym isn’t nearly as intimidating.
35. Other people in my life have started changing theirs for the better which continues to motivate me every day.
36. I’m looking forward to wearing my wedding dress!
37. I am not nearly as worried about how our wedding pictures will turn out.
38. I can reach all the places I need to wash in the shower without extra straining!
39. General check ups at the doctor aren’t as scary.
40. I eat a lot more fruit and vegetables and I love it!
41. I pee a lot more which helps to flush out all sorts of toxins.
42. I am more sociable with people in general.
43. Sweating isn’t such an uncomfortable experience anymore.
44. My body doesn’t have random aches and pains as much.
45. Moving into our new apartment was much easier since I’m stronger overall.
46. I’m more aware of the food I put in my body.
47. I’ve discovered so many delicious and creative ways to make food fun and exciting.
48. When I hug people, I feel closer to them because I literally AM closer to them.
49. I don’t get winded going up and down the stairs at work (since only take the elevator up in the mornings)
50. Life is exponentially more beautiful and full of hope because this is the right journey for ME.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Wonton Cups and some Exciting News!

Guess who dropped 2.5 lbs this week?  ME!  Annnddddd, that means I’ve officially hit (and passed) my 10% mark!  33.2 lbs down.  If you recall, I came up with a list of milestones and rewards a while back and the reward for hitting my 10% mark was purchasing my blog domain.  DONE AND DONE!  This blog is officially housed at now!  I have always wanted a website of my own and now it’s official.  It’s been a great morning :)  Snuggles with my baybsie (who lost a pound too!), goetta breakfast bagel sandwiches, good weigh-ins and a newly purchased official blog domain!  Now, onto the foods….

O. M. G.

How could I have not ever cooked with these before!!??!?!  These being the incredibly versatile wonton wrappers that I found in the freezer section of my local Asian food mart.  For $1.99 I got a package of 60 wonton wrappers, and after doing the math, I figured out that they are only 1 PP for two wrappers!  Awesome.  Whether you get the round ones or the square ones, they have the same PP value.

Click here for this similar recipe by the Eat Drink Repeat blog!

Bacon Egg and Cheese Wonton Cups
Servings: 5
PointsPlus Per Serving: 3


  • 10 wonton wrappers, 5 PP
  • 1 eggs, 2 PP
  • 3 egg whites, 1 PP
  • 3 slices cooked low-sodium bacon, chopped, 3 PP
  • 2 oz low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, 2 PP
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic, chili, tamarind powders (optional)
  • sriracha sauce (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. If you haven’t cooked up the bacon and chopped it up yet, do this now.

3. Get out a cupcake pan and lay your wonton wrappers inside, 2 in each, forming a little cup. IMPORTANT – do not use non-stick spray. You don’t need to use ANY spray as long as the cupcake pan is non-stick. The wonton wrappers will cook perfectly and come right out.

4. Mix together all eggs and season with salt, pepper and other spices if using. Divide egg amongst wonton cups, making sure not to get any egg on the actual pan. Keep it inside the wonton wrappers (otherwise it will stick to the pan while cooking). Put chopped bacon into each egg cup and then top each cup off with shredded cheese.

5. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Take out of oven, put on a plate and top off with a little sriracha sauce if you want a little extra kick (that was my fiancee’s idea!) and enjoy!

I have a picture of the ones we made, but they are on my other computer!  Pictures of OUR delicious wonton cups will be up later.  And after searching all over the internet, it seems that this is possibly the first recipe posted of this kind on the internets!  How crazy is that?  I CLAIM THIS ONE, PEOPLE!

Weekly Weigh-In and a Popchips Giveaway! CLOSED

Thumbs up for another loss!

Minus 1 pound. Yay!  I’ll totally take it.  the pattern is usually that I lose a big amount and then I gain some the following week, but not this time!  I’ve been very careful to make sure to drink lots of water, exercise and not go over my daily points for at least two days leading up to my weigh-in.  Granted, I’m also doing those things, plus tracking on a regular basis, but the water consumption especially is monitored more during those two days.  Helps to cleanse my system, ya know?

So that makes me only 1.4 lbs away from 30 lbs lost and 4 lbs away from my 10% goal!  Slow and steady wins the race, right?  A few weeks ago, I had this “moment” where I was really thinking about just how impossible it seems to get to where I want to be.  I have to lose HALF of the weight that I started with.  HALF OF MY BODY WEIGHT.  And in that moment, it felt almost impossible.  It wasn’t that I had gained weight that week and was feeling bad about it.  It was just one of those moments like when you’re sitting at work and you think to yourself that is feels like the day will NEVER END.  But, of course, it does end and you feel better when you’re back at home in your pjs.  I know I’ll get there, it just felt overwhelming for a minute. I mean, shoot, I’m almost 1/5th of the way there!  That’s waaaay better than where I was eight months ago, but I know that it’ll be more than just a couple of years before I reach my goal.  Probably more like 4.  But I’m okay with that.  Every day I get closer and every day I feel better.

So!  Enough with that.  Now for something fun!  Recently I tweeted to Popchips about how I was interested in a “taste and tell” about their product and whaddaya know… they sent me samples!  Actually, they sent me TWO sampler boxes, both with invites to “pop it forward” so that my lucky readers could share in the poppin!

I have to say, I’m a fan of the Popchips!!  Each serving is only 3 PP, although it’s a good idea to count them out (you get 20 chips per serving compared to the average 10-13 you get for another chip) because you’ll just keep on eating them.  My favorites were Salt and Vinegar (of course.  i’m obsessed with that flavor), Barbeque and surprisingly, Salt and Pepper!  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Salt and Pepper, but I was pleasantly surprised!  And for those of you that are watching your sodium, the flavors with the lowest sodium content is actually Salt and Vinegar and Barbeque with only 210mg of sodium per serving.  The others were like 240mg and 260mg.  You’d think that SALT and Vinegar would contain more sodium…. I’m glad to see that it’s not the case!  I definitely recommend these for anyone who’s trying to eat healthier but doesn’t want to give up their chips.  Not the same texture as a potato chip, but the flavor is still the same.  The texture is more like… cereal puffs, only shaped like a larger circle rather than a small ball.

Photo Courtesy of:

TWO winners will receive a sampler pack in the mail. Each sampler pack includes one snack sized bag of each of the flavors shown in the picture above, along with some coupons and a chip clip! (At least that’s what I believe….)  There are a bunch of different ways to enter, but make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!  The winner will be chosen on Friday, July 29th using, so all entries MUST be received by THURSDAY, July 28th at MIDNIGHT!

1. “Like” Popchips on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall telling them how you found their page and what product you’re trying to win and then leave a comment on this blog post telling me that you did.

2. Follow @ReluctantFoodie on Twitter and leave a comment on this blog telling me that you did or already do.

3. Subscribe to my blog through RSS feed or through email and leave a comment telling me that you did or already do.

4. Share my blog post link on Facebook with the following in the comment box, “Win a free sampler pack of Popchips on The Reluctant WW Foodie blog!” and leave a comment on this blog telling me that you did.

5. Tweet the following message “Win a sampler pack of @Popchips from @ReluctantFoodie! Enter here –” and leave a comment on this blog telling me that you did.

6. Leave a comment on this blog telling me what flavor you are super excited to try!

And who knows, maybe a few of you will win some coupons for a free bag or buy one/get one free!  The only way to find out is to enter!!  Each person may only win one prize per giveaway (ie. if you win the sampler pack, you can’t win the coupons too).  GOOD LUCK!

Two Weekly Weigh-Ins and More!

This is from last week's weigh in. My "Switzerland" face.

I didn’t have a chance to put up a weigh-in post from last week, so the above picture shows what the results were – stayed the same.  No loss, but no gain.  I hadn’t been tracking my points very well, so I’m pretty sure that was the cause.  I’ve been keeping up with my exercise, but lately I’ve been ravenously hungry!  It’s all this exercising!  So, now my challenge is remembering to bring in healthy snacks to work so I’m not left lunging towards the free bottles of Starbucks Frappaccinos at work.

It’s hard work staying on track.  I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve looked at my point balance and said “Oh, an extra 4 points won’t matter.  I’m hungry!”  This week, I tried eating more salads (strawberries, feta cheese and sliced almonds.  YUM!), changed up my exercise routines to include some pilates and yoga instead of walking each time and I lost 2.5 pounds!

Another 2.5 lbs gone! I like this face better :)

I’m so close to my 10% loss! I’ll be purchasing my blog domain soon :) VERY EXCITING!  25.9 lbs all together so far and it feels great.

Some other exciting things are happening too.  Remember how I gave in to Twitter Fever?  Well, one of the advantages is being able to have direct contact with different people AND companies.  In the past couple months I’d tried multiple times to win a free case of Chobani Greek Yogurt from different people who had been chosen by Chobani to be their bloggers of the week.  I never won.  So I posted a tweet telling them if they made me their blogger of the week that I’d go crazy with recipes!  And they responded :)  So, the week of July 13th, I’ll officially be Chobani’s Featured Blogger of the Week!!  They’ll be sending me a free case of their yogurt to go nuts over and I’ll get to give away a free case to one lucky reader!

I plan on making a few different things with the ‘gurt.  Popsicles are definitely in my future.  So are parfaits, a bread or cake of some kind, and something a little savory too.  I bought a pineapple one from Meijer the other day and it was heaven in my mouth.  Very satisfying!  I’m so excited to be able to try all sorts of new recipes, but especially to be able to give away a free case of the stuff!  WOOT WOOT!!

There’s also another giveaway coming this summer, but the details are being worked out right now.  Let’s just say… if you aren’t vegetarian, then you’ll be excited about this one!  Speaking of non-vegetarian activities, I’ll be doing more grilling this weekend!  We’re having a little party at our place this weekend since my beautiful girlfriend is turning 25!  Chicken and burgers are on the menu.  Saucy Italian Chicken and special BBQ burgers, to be exact.  I’ve made these special BBQ burgers twice now and each time they’ve been AMAZING.  Recipe will be coming soon!  After the party, we’re doing karaoke korean-style at a local place.  80s and 90s power ballads will be sung after drinks have been served and I’m guessing we’ll be sleeping off boozy love songs on Sunday!  Have I mentioned how much I’m loving this summer?

Weekly Weigh-In

Woot Woot! Crazy face.

minus 3.6 lbs!! Whoa. Wasn’t expecting that! I’m sure it has more to do with my water retention being lower this week (Aunt Flo’s packing up to leave) whereas it was much higher last week. But hey, I’ll take it! It brings my total weight lost so far to 23.8 lbs!

I have a few random things to mention in this post.  I’ve been so busy posting delicious recipes that I haven’t been able to update you all on some new thingamajiggs!

In case you haven’t noticed on the page, I gave in to Twitter Fever.  I had to see what all the fuss was about.  Basically, if the best part of your Facebook experience is looking at people’s statuses, then you’ll love twitter.  It’s status updates ALL THE TIME.  I have to admit… I kinda like it ;)  So, if you have Twitter and you feel like following my crazy updates and this blog, follow @ReluctantFoodie!

My awesome group of Reluctant Losers has been working so hard!  If you haven’t checked it out, you definitely should.  In 14 weeks, we’ve lost a total of 166.8 lbs!!  How incredible is that?!?!  We’ve reached all sorts of goals that we set for ourselves and rewarded ourselves too.  Check out the Stats Page to see all of those goals and rewards.  I thank God for all these women who inspire me and keep me accountable each week!  I doubt I would have stuck to this healthy routine if I didn’t have to post a weigh-in each week.

Another random tidbit… I’ve reached over 10,000 post views!!  WHOA!  Part of that success is owed to my lovely girlfriend (her business is called Beautiful Orange Productions) who took a most fantastic photo of the banana bread I made a couple weeks ago.  I submitted the photo to Foodgawker and it was ACCEPTED!  That next day, I had 700 post views.  almost 500 of them were from Foodgawker.  I’ve submitted 20 photos to that site, many of which I thought were wonderful photos, but they were always declined for whatever reason.  It is VERY hard to get published on there.  Basic point-and-shoot skills don’t cut it.  So, I was very proud of us for that accomplishment!

One last thing… if you find yourself inspired by this blog or really enjoying a recipe and you feel like you want to give back, please consider donating to help with things like blog maintenance, blogger conferences and athletic event registrations!  All money spent will be posted on the blog so that all my readers can see what it’s helping to fund!  None of it goes into my pockets!  There’s a link at the top of the page to click on or you can just click on the blue link in this paragraph.

Now…. back to the grind!

Skinny Fried Perch and a Weekly Weigh-In

Plus 1.1 lbs. I can deal. You know what’s interesting? Last week, I weighed myself on Friday because I missed it on Thursday. I was shocked that I lost weight. So, when I weighed myself on Thursday and saw a small gain, I wasn’t surprised…. but then I weighed myself the next day (after a long walk, 2 glasses of water and a big bowl of cereal) and I weighed two pounds less than the morning before! Hot damn. Bodies are weird. I guess that’s why they say to be consistent with your weigh-ins. My weight fluctuates from day to day, but day-of-the-week to day-of-the-week seems to be pretty consistent. Anyone else notice this?

Photo Courtesy of: Jess Costantini from Beautiful Orange Productions

Anyway…. I finally bought my two new cookbooks! They were my reward for losing 20 lbs and I happened to find two AWESOME ones at Sam’s Club! The first is the Hungry Girl 300 under 300 cookbook. It has some awesome recipes that I’m excited to try out! The other one was the beautifully illustrated Cooking Light 500 Best Recipes. I have to say, Cooking Light has some really great stuff. They always have fantastic, mouthwatering pictures, and they have all the nutrition facts listed for each recipe. Gotta love that! I’m excited to share some of those recipes with you.

When my parents came up for the 5K, they brought with them a whole bunch of frozen fish from my Aunt Jodi who was cleaning out her fridge (since she was packing for her recent move to Maryland). She brought salmon, mahi mahi and perch! We usually don’t eat a lot of flaky fish because of our own taste preferences, but who turns down free food?? I was happy to pack it into my freezer (thanks, Aunt Jodi!) So what do you do when half your freezer is packed with frozen fishies? You thaw some out and cook em. Duh.

I took some of that perch, breaded it with cornmeal and spices and skinny-fried it (which means I baked it)! It was quick, easy, and quite tasty. I didn’t have any pickle relish in the house to make tartar sauce with, but I did mix together some light Hidden Valley Ranch, a little light sour cream and some Adobo spice to make a yummy dipping sauce.

Photo Courtesy of: Jess Costantini from Beautiful Orange Productions

Skinny Fried Perch
Servings: 2
PointsPlus Per Serving: 5


  • 12 oz raw perch (I used six 2oz fillets), 7 PP
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal, 3 PP
  • 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1/2 tsp cajun spice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg (no PP since you end up discarding most of it)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Take a piece of wax paper and mix together your cornmeal, parsley, cajun spice, salt and pepper on it. Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk in the lemon juice. Then pull out one baking sheet and coat with canola spray.

3. Make sure your perch is all thawed out (if not, run it under cold water for about 5-7 minutes) and then pat each piece dry with a paper towel. Dip one fillet at a time into the egg and then place onto cornmeal mixture. Pat down for cornmeal to mix and then flip and do the same to the other side. Use a spoon or your fingers to make sure the sides are coated too. Then place onto baking sheet.

4. Once all fish are breaded, lightly coat fish with canola spray and stick pan into oven for 10 minutes. Fish should be perfectly cooked at this point. If you want it just a little bit crispier, leave in for another two minutes (just be careful not to dry it out!). Serve immediately.

Photo Courtesy of: Jess Costantini from Beautiful Orange Productions

Perch is just one fish. You can also try flounder, mahi mahi, catfish, or another white fish. Try mixing up the spices that you put in the cornmeal too. This was my first attempt, so I kept it pretty simple. If you come up with some awesome ideas, please leave a comment! I’ll be sure to try out some other combinations when I make this again.

Weekly Menu and a Weigh-In!

One Happy Hot Dog!

Minus 2.6 lbs!  WOOT WOOT.  You know, when I started this journey and saw my numbers at my weekly WW weigh-ins, I NEVER saw numbers like this (well, besides the first water-weight-loss of 7 lbs).  It’s still a pleasant surprise when it happens!

What did I do to help this weight loss along?  Walked/Ran a 5K for starters!  I did eat a lot more this past week, though, so I was dreading stepping on the scale.  I even had a little mini breakdown because we had all this yummy non-WWF food in the house and I just kept eating it.  I put the girlfriend through a bit of a whirlwind, but she loves me, so she stuck by me!  I was just craving carbs….  Probably from all the exercise I was getting in!  I’ve definitely been more active this Spring than I have in the past!  Softball, walks, time just spent outside (on our rockin’ patio!), picnics at the park – it’s just been so lovely!

Trying not to be such a Hot Doggy

This last weekend was just amazing, weather-wise.  We spent an afternoon at the park on Sunday.  The girlfriend was taking photos for a family (because she has an awesome business called “Beautiful Orange Productions“) and she suggested I come over to the park with Maxwell after she was done shooting.  So, I was about to drive over and she called to say she’s picking up Sandwiches from one of our favorite local cafes because we’re going to have a picnic!  I ran back in the house to get our nifty picnic blanket and then drove on over.  I walked Maxwell around the beautiful park while we waited for her to get back with the sandwiches and then we met on a nice sunny patch of grass.  Sandwiches were eaten, sun was bathed in and snuggles were had with Maxwell.  And THEN, we packed everything up, drove one car home, dropped off Maxwell, and walked all the way back to the park (2 miles) to pick up the other car!  It worked out perfectly.  It was a wonderful day.  (And I haven’t even told you about the vanilla amber bath salts, the softball game or the grilled BBQ turkey burgers!  Er… heh.)

Hot Dog: Uncovered.... He's so freaking cute!

But there’s more to this post than cute doggy photos and a recap of a wonderful Sunday.  I actually planned out another menu for the week!  I looked through a cookbook that I’ve had for a while, but haven’t used much.  It’s all about CHICKEN.  I lurve chicken.  I’m also one of those weird people that actually likes working with raw chicken.  I’m a texture nut.  Anyway, before I gross you out with my love of weird textures, here’s the menu!

Monday: Chicken and Bell Pepper Fajitas, Salad
Tuesday: Chicken and Couscous Soup, Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Wednesday: WILDCARD
Thursday: Lightened Green Chicken Curry
Friday: Soyaki Pork Roast, Roasted Vegetables
Saturday: “Fried” Perch and Flounder Fillets, Green Beans
Sunday: Garlicky Chicken Stew

Does this not sound like a tasty week?  I’m quite excited to try out some new recipes, especially the curry!  I’ve made curry so many times, even posted my original curry recipe, but I found some AWESOME Silk Coconut Milk that is insanely delicious!  It’s only 2 PP per cup, and the flavor is exactly what I’d want as a base for a curry.  You can definitely look forward to some tasty recipes in the coming weeks.  HUZZAH!

The End.

100th Post! And a Weigh-In… how appropriate.

Okay, people.  I gained 1.4 lbs.  And you know what?  I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the past month and a half that I’m actually not concerned about this weight gain.  I haven’t been tracking, but I’m back on that wagon as of TODAY.  Life has been a bit crazy lately, but things have calmed down.  I did more emotional eating than usual (sending more good vibes to Bethie-Poo.  You know who you are!).  I promise to do better next week!  The 5K is TOMORROW!!!  I also have a softball game on Sunday, so I’m getting my exercise this weekend!  Now, no more about the weigh-in.

This is my 100th post!  Um wow.  I don’t think I’ve done this much writing since college.  It’s really been quite a trip so far.  100 posts, 20 pounds, 5 months, 1 dress size.  That’s a good breakdown so far!  And I feel like I should do something a little special for this entry, so I’m going to do TEN lists of TEN things, because, you know… 10 x 10 = 100.  See?  I is smrt.  Plus it’s just way too time-consuming and boring to come up with ONE list of 100 things (although I have one of those… it’s called my Bucket List!)  These lists will be fun!  And will include some pictures!  I hope you all enjoy my randomness =D

1. General Tso’s Chicken
2. Nutter Butter Bars
3. Rock Candy
4. Curly Fries
5. GS Samoas
6. Butter Caramels
7. Moo Shu Pork with Chinese Pancakes
8. Reese’s Big PB Cups
9. Full-Fat Homemade Chicken Alfredo
10. TGIFriday’s Sesame Jack Chicken Strips

1. Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Turkey Bacon
2. Savory Marinade
3. Cocoa Fudge Cookies
4. Mexican Meatloaf
5. Island Spice Pork Tenderloin
6. Parmesan Crusted Asparagus
7. Five Ingredient Cookies
8. Savory Breaded Shrimp
9. Butternut Squash Risotto
10. Meat and Spinach Ravioli

1. Ride every single rollercoaster I meet without worrying about bringing the whole thing down.
2. Comfortably sitting in any cushioned seat I want at the movies and concerts.
3. Ingest enough vinegar to turn my bones into rubber so I can be a human pretzel.
4. Swim at the beach and local pools without feeling self-conscious about my fat rolls.
5. Take belly-dancing lessons.
6. Take a European vacation
7. Spend lots of money on new clothes that don’t come from Lane Bryant.
9. Have lots of babies without issues from being overweight
10. Write about it in my blog… :)

1. Ireland
2. Italy
3. Thailand
4. Japan
5. Australia
6. China
7. Brazil
8. India
9. Netherlands
10. American Samoa

1. She makes the best pancakes ever.
2. She is beautiful.
3. She inspires me and motivates me every day.
4. She can shake her booty on the dance floor better than me!
5. She cracks me up with her crazy humor
6. She gets my butt out of bed when my alarm mysteriously gets snoozed 17 times….
7. She has fanTAStic taste in music!
8. She is one of the strongest women I know
9. She is the mommy to the best dog in the whole world
10. She puts up with all my blogging!

1. See above list of Top Ten Favorite Junk Foods of the Past.
2. Sometimes back pain seems like a better alternative than sweaty armpits.
3. My bed is more comfortable than a yoga mat.
4. My cats make fun of me when I exercise and it makes me cry.
5. I want my cookies!!
6. There’s nothing wrong with being a BBW!
7. Junk food is cheaper than healthy food (especially organic).
8. There’s so much TV out there to watch and I can’t when I’m exercising and cooking!
9. A quick “tuck and roll” sounds better than a long journey on a squeaky, bumpy wagon.
10. I hate stepping on the scale each week.

1. Glee
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Medium
4. Iron Chef America
5. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
6. 3rd Rock from the Sun
7. The L Word
8. Bones
9. Law and Order: SVU
10. LOST

1. Monkeys are awesome.
2. They like fruit and so do I.
3. You can put a diaper on them.
4. With all the loud screeching, it would fit into my family perfectly.
5. Essentially, we’re related.  Gotta take care of our own, right?
6. They make crazy faces.
7. I could train it and then it would be in movies.
8. It would be good at finding shiny things.
9. They give good hugs
10. I’d always feel better about myself because I shower more often than it does.
(just for the record, I’d never actually own a monkey.  they belong out in the wild, lol.)

1. Potato Masher
2. Charcoal Chimney!
3. Coffee Grinder
4. Mesh Colander
5. Really sharp knives
6. Bundt Pan
7. Rice Cooker
8. Crockpot
9. Wok
10. Wine bottle opener!

Weekly Weigh-In, Weekly Menu and a Final Goodbye

minus 1/10th.

Okay, that’s not the worst weigh in I’ve ever had, so I’ll take it.  I tried not tracking this week to see how I would do and I guess I haven’t mastered it.  Although I did end up sticking to my menu for the most part, there were still a couple of big meals and desserts that I ate too much of (like the Summer Pineapple Bundt Cake)!

This week is going to be pretty busy, although not as busy as last week.  And in case you forgot, the 5K is on FRIDAY!  The parentals and my godmother and her family are coming up to cheer us on, so I’m super excited!  I promised good cooking, so I’m gonna grill a bunch of chicken with my two awesome marinades, the Savory Marinade and the Saucy Italian Marinade.  I’ll also do some burgers and make a huge batch of the Southwestern Black Bean Salad!  There will be other goodies too.  I’m sure of it :)

Anyway, here’s the menu for the week!

Monday: Shrimp & Sauteed Veggies over Spaghetti and Salad
Tuesday: Wild Rice-Squash Risotto, Everyday Adobo Chicken and Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts
Wednesday: Spicy Peanut Noodle with Shrimp and Bokchoy Salad
Thursday: Grilled Cheese Naan and Tomato Soup
Friday: all the chicken, burgers and black bean salad i can possibly make!
Saturday: Parent’s Choice!
Sunday: Seasoned Shrimp Skewers and Teriyaki Broccoli

On another note, I realized this weekend that one of my most favorite foods of the past and I have to bid a sweet and spicy goodbye.

Photo Courtesy of: the Webnesia blog

Dear General Tsao’s Chicken,

I have always loved you, my friend. I cannot begin to count the number of times that your savoriness has filled every last remaining open space in my heart stomach. You’ve comforted me when I’ve been sad and lonely, celebrated with me when I’ve accomplished small goals and stayed by my side at parties where everyone else is dancing the stir-fried noodle.

I thought we could be friends forever, but this past weekend you proved to me that it just isn’t possible. I can’t trust your deep-fried nature and neither can my stomach. The sticky sweetness you’ve shown me so often has become too dangerous to “take out”.  Saturday night, as I met with Mr. John, I felt so much distress and unease at the fact that I really have no idea where you come from. You appear to be real chicken, but I just don’t know anymore!  The true essence of you has disappeared; deep-fried and sauced into oblivion.

This is our goodbye. I can only look at you from a distance now. I have decided to move onto more wholesome, tasty dishes that aren’t afraid to show me who they really are.  In my life, I need all white-meat chicken and lots of veggies with a bit more spice, but who aren’t as saucy. I need honesty in my relationship with food. I cannot play this ridiculous guessing game anymore! So, goodbye. I will most certainly miss you, but I know that there are better things waiting for me in the future. There could be better things in YOUR future too. Oh, and get rid of Ms.G. She treats you like crap, but you just keep going back for more.


Weekly Weigh-In and Southwestern Black Bean Salad

minus 2 lbs!  Dude.  I just reached my third goal of losing 20 lbs!  You know what that means?  I get to buy myself two new cookbooks!  Soooo excited.

This is me after a good workout. See why I’d rather do it at home?

I haven’t been tracking as much lately, but I’ve been very careful about what I put in my mouth. My snacking has gone WAY down. Keeping busy on the weekends really helps with that. Yesterday I only had two big meals and a snack and I was perfectly content (mostly because I didn’t wake up until 10!)  So far the lack of tracking hasn’t stopped me from losing weight, so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing! I’m taking a page from the Prior Fat Girl book and just being very aware of my eating, making good choices and getting in that exercise!

One of the tasty dishes that we had last week was definitely a good choice! Wednesday’s meal of Steak Fajitas and Southwestern Black Bean Salad was DELICIOUS. I found the recipe in my WW Cookbook, altered it a little according to our preferences and dug in. We actually added it right on top of our fillings before wrapping up the tortillas. It added great flavor and texture! So, I’m definitely sharing this recipe with you all!

Photo Courtesy of: the Skinny Taste blog

Southwestern Black Bean Salad
Servings: 4 (1 1/2 cups each)
PointsPlus Per Serving: 4
Calories Per Serving: 163


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained, 8 PP
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red pepper (I used a little less than 1/2 a cup of jarred ones), 2 PP
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen corn kernels, 2 PP
  • 1/2 cup shopped fresh cilantro (I used only 1 tbsp of a cilantro paste)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced (I used only the white part)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • 4 tsp olive oil, 5 PP
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch black pepper

1. Toss together all ingredients in serving bowl until well mixed. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate up to two days.

Oh, and we had our first softball game of the season yesterday!  We lost to a really great team, but we still had fun playing!  I played first base and did pretty well!  Got a couple outs.  Yay for being able to catch a ball!  I only got to bat once, but I didn’t get to base soon enough.  Time to work on sprinting!  Ah well, it was a lot of fun!  And the girlfriend came out to cheer us on, along with Maxwell (although he had to go wait in the car after the game started because he was going crazy with all the excitement).  Then we all went out to Buffalo Wild Wings for beer!  One Woodchuck and half a serving of popcorn shrimp later we finally got home and nuzzled into bed.  It was the perfect end to a great weekend :)