Speecy Spicy Edamame (3 PP+)

Speecy Spicy Edamame
Recipe adapted from Food Network

Makes 3 servings

CB’s changes in red = 3 PP+ per serving

INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I used 1/2 tsp for MORE spicy!)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (16 0z) bag frozen edamame, in the pod, aka green soy beans (I used Trader Joe’s frozen edamame)

In a small skillet, heat the salt, chili powder, and pepper flakes over medium heat, stirring until hot and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and crumble the oregano into the chili powder-salt mixture.

Boil the edamame pods in salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and pat dry. (Mine were Trader Joe’s precooked so I just nuked them in the microwave per bag instructions.)

Toss the edamame pods with the chili-salt and serve warm.

Enjoy!

Husband rating: N/A

Wifey rating: A+
I L.O.V.E edamame. I’m definitely a salty snacker so adding some spice to edamame was gonna be a hit with me. And this recipe did not disappoint. Just make sure you have some water nearby! You’ll want it. lol

[FOOT NOTE: Can I just tell you guys the day I learned that edamame wasn’t a 0 point vegetable, I was SO disappointed, I literally cried. Nooooooo!! Whew. Ok just had to get that off my chest…]

Shamrock Shake Green Monster (5 PP+)

I know I am a TAD late (ok ok a month late!) on posting St. Patrick’s Day recipes but today I was craving a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I have no idea why? I haven’t had one of those evil things in 2 years. It just wasn’t worth it after I figured out it was 540 calories for one measy little shake. For all my WW peeps… that’s a whopping 13 PP+ for a gimic-y green colored drink. That’s half my daily points for the day. That wouldn’t cut it. I’d be hungry in an hour.

But when the craving hits, there’s no thinking of anything else. Am I right? So I decided to see if I could make one at home. Sorry if now you are craving a shamrock shake too but I think you’ll forgive me when you try my healthier version!

Shamrock Shake Green Monster
Recipe adapted from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Makes 1 serving

CB’s changes in red = 5PP+ per serving (without toppings) | 6PP+ per serving (with toppings)

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup coconut milk, light, unsweetened (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk) (1)
1 tbsp chia seeds, optional (1)
3 drops green food coloring (I used 1 handful of spinach) (0)
1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain (I used 6 oz of Fage 0% greek yogurt) (2)
2 drops mint extract (I used 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract) (0)
1 banana, peeled and frozen (0)
1 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie, frozen is better (1)
1 packet Equal, optional (0)

Toppings
1/4 cup whipped cream, fat free (1)

1. Place all ingredients (in the order listed) in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Husband rating: N/A

Wifey rating: A/A-
If you are craving a healthier version of a shamrock shake this is a yummy alternative. It really hit the spot for me! The only thing I might change next time is to omit the mint extract b/c I think the Thin Mint cookie would be enough of the mint flavor for me. I’m also thinking about adding a little agave nectar to sweeten it up a little bit too. I’ll have to try coconut milk per the original recipe sometime and see if there’s a big difference in taste.

Putting it all out there

WARNING: This post is extremely whiny and contains cuss words.
This is my mindset right now. You’ve been warned.

I knew when I started this journey that it would be hard. But I kept reminding myself throughout the last 13 months that it would be worth it. Seeing my goal weight on the scale would be worth the frustration, the cravings, the binging, the getting-back-on-the-wagon, the exercising, the doubts, the highs, the lows etc. Don’t get me wrong! I think it still is. I’m proud of the 50+ lbs I’ve lost already. I NEVER wanna go back to FAT CLARA. Slightly overweight-almost-normal-BMI Clara is WAY better.

But I’d be lying if I said that this past week has made me start to doubt it… just a little.

I feel so close yet so far.

One of my Weight Watcher friends, Liz, posted a link to an article, How Can I Stop My Weight Loss Self-Sabotage, and 2 days later I’m still thinking about how to answer the first question.

“What has to be true in your life in order for you to sabotage your weight loss efforts?”

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

– When I see a new low on the scale, I subconsciously give myself permission to slack. It’s almost like if I see a gain next time I’ll know why. Something safe in guaranteed failure??

– The negative voice in my head keeps telling me that it’s been SO long that I’ll just never get there so my attitude changes from “IT’S WORTH IT!” to “EFF.THIS.SH*T”.

– I compare my weight loss journey to others and my success doesn’t measure up to their success and my “failure” turns into me eating comfort food.

– I’m a time frame girl. At first I thought I could reach my goal in 6 months, then it changed to 9 months and now 13 months later I’m still not there. If my weight loss journey was a credit card bill, I’d be paying late fees by now.

– I’m scared to reach my goal. But I really don’t know why… I want to be skinny! I want to be “normal” and not “obese”. I want to feel confident wearing everything in my closet. I want to look good naked. So why am I scared?? Right now this is a rhetorical question.

I talked with my WW leader this morning about my frustration and we decided that I should try to eat only 29DPs per day this week (no WPs or APs) to see if it gives my weight loss a jump start. I have another WW friend that only ate her DPs and lost 60 lbs in 6 months! If it worked for her, maybe it would work for these last 10 lbs for me.

But I just tracked my points for today and I went over by 13 points. *smacks head*

#FAIL.

I need a swift kick in the arse. Any takers?

*bending over*

In doggy-on-a-diet news. Dorra has lost 5 lbs!

Motivational Monday

Sorry I’ve been MIA readers.

It’s been a rough WW week. Total meltdown and binge-fest ensued. Give me another day to get my head in the right space and I’ll give you more details in the next blog post.

In the mean time… I made this poster.

Both quotes resonate for me and where I am in my WL journey right now.

Maybe it will resonate with you too.

Doggy On A Diet

I’m a bad doggy mom. *hangs head*

You know how when you have kids and they don’t eat all their food so as a parent YOU eat it and gain weight? Well reverse it for my dog. She’s been eating my pepperonis and crust from my pizza. She’s been eating 1/2 of my uneaten burger. She’s been eating the meatballs from my spaghetti. Get the picture? She became the parent eating my leftovers and… got fat.

Yesterday, during her check up vet gave me some TOUGH LOVE about Dorra needing to lose 15-20lbs or risk shortening her life. It was a wake up call for me. I remember that moment when I realized if I didn’t do something about MY weight soon, it would detrimentally affect my lifespan too. So I promised Dorra in the exam room that I would take control of her diet b/c I loved her.

So I created a page on the side menu bar and will be updating HER weight loss journal. —->

Weigh-in #57 and Trackity track track

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been pretty disappointed when I step on the scale for the last 2 months.

The weight loss has been so up and down. It’s literally like a roller coaster. Roller coasters make me nauseous. It’s not a good feeling. What’s even more frustrating is that in the beginning of my weight loss journey, I was averaging a 5lb/month loss but in the last 2 months I haven’t lost 5 lbs.

So I decided to keep doing the Wendie Plan for another week to get my head back in the right frame of mind. My personality needs to see the numbers to keep the eating under control. And I know that having a set WW daily point schedule to follow will get me back to tracking my food.

WI#57 = -1.2 lbs
Total = -52.4 lbs

You’d think after this long, I’d know that tracking IS key.

I guess sometimes I need the scale to remind me. Thanks Scale.

Playing Catch Up

So sorry Readers.

It’s been a crazy week.

My husband is sick. My nieces have pneumonia. My students are dripping snot. It’s a miracle I’m not sick. *knock on wood*

So here’s my catch up post.

Weigh-In:
WI #56 = +0.6 lbs. Ugh. I want my free etools already!! I know I’m losing inches but… Even after this long it still sucks to see a gain but it sucks even more when it’s time to update my picture+stats and I weigh more than I did 4 weeks previous. Optimistic muscle gain? *shrugs* You can see my new picture on my sidebar and in my weight loss journey.

VAB Shamrock 8K:
Better late than never right? Basically here’s the gist. I’ve been a part of a Weight Watchers online running support group for more than a year now and some of us crazy girls decided to meet up in real life in Virgina Beach and celebrate all our accomplishments by running together. We’re from all over the USA: California (representing!), North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, DC, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. How fun is that?! It was my first non-5K and I came in under my goal of 1 hour. Go me! Special thanks to Elise, of Team Sparkle, for our cutesie green sparkle skirts and argyle leggings.

WARNING: This part is picture heavy!

There were over 9000 people running the VAB Shamrock 8K with us!

Me hamming it up as I ran by with my friend, Nique. Her sister, Shannon, was our official race photographer

My running group. The War Turtles! All these ladies are FREAKING amazing!

Admiring our medals. I think this is when someone realized it could double as a bottle opener. lol

I left Virginia with a renewed sense of determination. How could you not after spending time with all these women marveling at their own weight loss stories. I miss them all. It was a weekend I’ll never forget.

So screw you “gain”. I’m more than a number on the scale.

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” ~Anne of Green Gables