Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Weight Watchers Wednesday, Week 21

It is Weight Watchers Wednesday, Week 21, and for the first time in months I am excited to post about it! This week I lost 3 pounds for a running total of 28.7!!! It has taken real effort to get back on the bandwagon, but I am so glad I have. I feel more energetic and know I am doing what is right for my body. Journaling my points again has been a big eye opener and made a difference in my choices. It is amazing how those little 1 and 2 pt. things add up. I also planned the menu for the week as opposed to winging it, and grocery shopped ahead of time.
Another big change I made this week, is that I have started drinking a protein shake for breakfast everyday, as opposed to my typical oatmeal. I was getting hungry again within an hour or so of eating my breakfast, so I decided a protein shake might curb my appetite longer. I use skim milk, and add 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries to the mix. It makes the shake 5 points, but it fills me up until lunch and even then I am not starving.
In the exercise arena, I spent Saturday at the river and my MIL had me doing all kinds of things like running in the water and swimming. It was so funny, but I'm sure it burned calories. Other than that, I have worked in the yard and done my typical puttering around and staying busy. I did manage to get in one day of walking. I have a walking date set up with a friend for this evening, so I'm getting there.
This week's recipe is for Asian Burgers. They were in my Weight Watchers Magazine this month and I made the recipe and enjoyed it for lunch a couple times.

Asian Burgers
1 lb. ground skinless chicken
6 Tbsp. Lowfat Asian Sesame Salad dressing
3 Tbsp. plain breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 scallions, diced
broccoli coleslaw mix (already bagged in your produce dept.)

Combine chicken, 3 Tbsp. of the dressing, half of the salt, the bread crumbs, and the scallions. Patty into 4 burgers. Broil 5 inches from the top for 5 mins. on each side (10 mins. total) or until done. Mine took about 12 mins. While that cooks, put slaw mix in a bowl with 1 Tbsp. of water and cover. Microwave for 3 mins. or until crisp tender. Drain and add 3 Tbsp. of remaining dressing in slaw and toss together. Drizzle remaining 1 Tbsp. of dressing over the burgers.

3/4 cup of slaw and one burger are 5 pts. I ended up using a little more dressing, so it upped my point count to 6, but I am a saucy kind of gal.
I also wanted to share a link this week to Dottie's Weightloss Zone. I am sure there are few people who do not already know about this site, but her restaurant points list is the best of any I have ever seen. If you are on Weight Watcher's, bookmark this link!!
Thanks to all you gal pals who were so encouraging after last week's post. Your sweet words meant the world to me and y'all are such a constant source of support. I hope all of you had a wonderful week and did something really great for yourselves!


Kelli said...

Go Mandi!!!! How fun of your MIL to help you out and be supportive. I might have to try the protein shakes.

Christy said...

3 pounds is exciting!! I am proud of you for hoisting yourself back on the is a long road that takes persistence but our health is worth it!! Love ya!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

You go girl and hang in there. Im wanting a sonic coke so bad about now im going crazy..hehe.
I know all about those "popcorn" ceilings. My friend just scraped hers and it looks like a new house. It was not that bad just made a Lil mess. Good day to ya!

Stacie said...

Yeah, Mandi!! I was so hoping that your honesty and openness last week would be rewarded. Way to go and keep it up! When you get a chance and if you don't mind, would you email me ( your mailing address? I have a little encouragement gift that I want to send you!

Linda said...

Congrats! I found your blog over at A Soft Place To Land. I, too, am trying to do Weight Watchers once again. Things are going slow for me, but at least they're in the right direction!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Yeah girl!!! So happy for you!!!! Way to kick the weight's butt!!

I just wanted to let you know that I read on another blog that Dottie's points may be a little off. I think it was because they had not been updated in awhile. I'm not sure though!! Just something I read on another blog. But there are so many great resources on her website! What a collection!

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