Holding Your Body Weight

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My daughter is a petite young woman. She can put one hand on each of the Body Rock Challenger Bars, bring both legs up to a mid-air squatting position, hold it, and then lower both legs. I tried that…and…um…well…let’s say my feet left the floor about an inch for a sliver of a second. I decided to work on that. Of course, I weigh significantly more than my daughter, so I’m lifting a lot more body weight. I’ve been attempting this exercise five times each day. Today, I actually lifted both legs and held them up for about two seconds. Progress. Whatever, I’m getting a little muscle definition in my upper arms.

The problem here is that my core is not strong enough to lift my legs. With the exercises I’m doing with the Body Rock Challenger Bars, my core is getting stronger. I’m just going to keep on keeping on.

The Weight Watchers Freestyle plan is going well. I haven’t had a single craving or been hungry since I started on December 31st. Yep, I started on New Year’s Eve instead of New Year’s Day. I couldn’t wait to start moving forward with my healthier plan.

I’ve been trying to get more steps in. I track them with my FitBit. I’m trying to make 10,000 steps more days each week. So far, so good. I’m seeing improvement. My clothes are starting to fit better.

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Zero-Point Instant Pot Chili

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Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey, 99% lean

1 14-oz can pinto beans

1 14-oz can kidney beans

1 onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1-1/2 cups chicken broth (I use Kitchen Basics unsalted)

1 6-oz can tomato sauce

1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chilis

1 Tbsp cumin

2 Tbsp chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Spray Instant Pot with Pam spray. Brown ground turkey. Add all other ingredients. Cook 35 minutes on manual setting.

My whole family loves this, and it’s zero points on Weight Watchers Freestyle.

 

Is This Right?

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The Weight Watchers Freestyle program allows a lot of daily and weekly points, in addition to all the zero-point items. Since starting on December 31st, I’ve been eating a lot of the free items, so I have a lot of leftover and weekly points. I’ve been completely satisfied each day and have had no cravings whatsoever.

Since eggs are zero points now, I decided to make myself a special sandwich. It reminds me of the Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast sandwich. I used a whole-wheat sandwich round spread with one tablespoon of light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I cooked three slices of bacon on my indoor grill and two eggs cooked with Pam spray and a little salt and pepper.

Now don’t get me wrong…this is a high-point meal. I counted three points for the bread, five for the bacon, and two for the Light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. That’s a grand total of ten points…ten extremely delicious points.

Here’s the thing…today is the point where I would normally be hungry, craving all kinds of things, and likely to cheat. That sandwich tasted like heaven. I’m completely satisfied, have no cravings, and as far as I can tell this is completely on the Weight Watchers Freestyle plan. I guess we’ll find out at weigh-in time Saturday.

Truly, if I can eat like I have been this week and see one to two pounds a week weight loss then this is something I can maintain for life. I had turkey breast and gravy last night. I’ve never had gravy on a diet before.

Is there a retro dietary shift going on?

When I was younger, I ate like this and weighed 115 pounds. Sure, things are different at my age, but I’m starting to think there’s a dietary shift back to the way we ate in the early 1960s. My parents always had a garden, and my mom worked in a grocery store produce department, so we had fresh fruits and vegetables all the time.

Am I misinterpreting the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program? Only time will tell. I can always readjust if I’m wrong.

Taco Chicken Tenders

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Ingredients:

2 lbs chicken tenders

1 pkg Mrs Dash Taco Seasoning

1 T olive oil

Lime juice from 1 lime

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine taco seasoning, olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl. Toss the chicken tenders in the mixture. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn over and bake for 10 additional minutes. Serve with yogurt dip, if desired.

6 ounces of tenders = 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle point

Chicken Pozole

IMG_4096My daughter loves pozole. It’s usually made with pork, but she doesn’t eat pork, so I made some last night with chicken. It was out of this world delicious! I got the recipe from a friend, but tweaked it a little bit.

Since I’m gearing up for the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program starting January 1st, the good news is that this pozole is only two points. Those points are for the hominy and chicken broth. The chicken broth actually has zero points if you only eat one or two cups, so I’m a little iffy on whether this is one or two points…but it’s not much. I would have thought since hominy is corn that it would be free, but apparently it’s not.

This is good old comfort food. I would imagine it’s great for cold and flu season. I hear it’s also great for hangovers.

This recipe only makes about four servings. Next time I make it I will double the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Ingredients:

2 T pure ancho or Padilla chili powder
1 1/2 t salt
2 t dried Mexican oregano, crumbled
8 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb chicken – I used breast meat, but you can use whatever you want
1 (14 oz) can white or yellow hominy, rinsed and drained
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
5 cups unsalted chicken broth
1/8 t crushed red pepper
2 green onions, including 2 inches of green, chopped
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges

Instructions:

1. Bring chicken broth, chili powder, salt, oregano, and garlic to a boil. Add chicken, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1-1/2 hours

2. Remove chicken and shred.

3. Put shredded chicken into soup. Add the hominy, onion, and crushed pepper. Cook about 15 minutes to blend the flavored. Serve hot, sprinkled with green onions and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Zero-Point Lunch

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I’m giving this new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan a test drive before my official start date of January 1st.  This is the dish I mentioned in my previous post, An Unexpected Use.

I just open a can of black beans and rinsed them, threw in a package of thawed, frozen corn and a can of Ro-tel tomatoes. I sprayed a pan with Pam and cooked a couple of eggs with a little salt and pepper. I’m not much of an egg fan, but I must say this was good. If I’m going to eat an egg, it has to be cooked solid all the way through. I had a cup and a half of the bean/corn/tomato concoction and the two eggs for lunch. The whole thing was zero Weight Watchers points.

My worst vice when dieting is not going to the store. That’s what always throws me off. I’m a hermit, and I hate going to the store. Before January 1st, I’m going to plan my meals for the week and go to the store.

I’ve been working from home since Hurricane Harvey. Our building took in eight feet of water in the basement and knocked out our power. It has been over four months since I’ve been to the office. We’re supposed to go back the week of the 1st, so I’ll begin the new Weight Watchers Freestyle program the week I get back to the office. That could be a good thing since I won’t be sitting at home with a fridge downstairs. I work in a large, beautiful office complex on a lake where I can take walks at lunch time. I can also walk up and down the stairs since I’m on the 8th floor.

I’m looking forward to figuring out how to make the most of all the new zero points foods. I live with my daughter. We are both pretty great cooks, so I’m going to look at this as an adventure. I currently take several medications and supplements. It would be great to be able to reduce the meds. I’ll keep the supplements.

Dinner tonight will be rotisserie chicken, Instant Pot potatoes, and veggies.  I haven’t used any points yet today, so potatoes it will be.

An Unexpected Use

CaptureRemember the little under-the-desk cycle I talked about yesterday? Last night, I was watching an episode of My 600-lb Life. The lady the show was about was bed-ridden, and she was using one of these little cycles with her arms. Go figure! I tried it this morning and it works fabulously. It not only works the arms and shoulders, but the back and waist get a really good workout too. I’m not even a third of 600 pounds, but this is my new favorite overall body exerciser.

Today, I’m making one of my favorite recipes of rinsed, canned black beans, frozen corn, and Ro-tel tomatoes. It’s one of my favorites, and on the new Weight Watchers Freestyle plan it’s zero points. I can add a little boneless, skinless chicken breast, and it’s still zero points.

Instant Pot Pear Compote

I can’t even begin to tell you what a wonderful recipe this is. Since I’m on Weight Watchers, I wanted something that’s zero points. This recipe has no sugar or artificial sweetener, but it’s sweet and tastes exactly like pie filling. This recipe makes one quart. I’m going to put it on phyllo. One serving on phyllo is two Weight Watchers points. My daughter spread whipped cream cheese and pear compote onto a rice cake. She said it was delicious.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 Pears, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Instructions:

Just throw everything into the Instant Pot, and set on manual for 5 minutes. Natural release. Give it a stir and smash it up a bit until it’s the consistency you like.

Easy Instant Pot Meatballs and Elbows

I was feeling lazy, and hungry, this evening and not really wanting to cook. I just happened to have the perfect ingredients for a lazy dinner.

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Ingredients:

  • Turkey meatballs, 1 bag
  • 8 ounces whole wheat elbows – I used Silver Palate Low-Sodium Marinara
  • 25-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 25 ounces chicken broth, no sodium added

Instructions:

Throw everything into the Instant Pot, put the lid on, seal, and set on 20 minutes manual setting.

Weight Watchers Points:

6 meatballs – 4

1/2 cup sauce – 3

1 cup pasta – 5

Salmon Avocado Power Salad

Recently, I read somewhere that you should eat the following five foods every day:

  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Dark leafy greens

With that thought in mind, I made this salad:

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This salad is amazing.  I mashed up one large avocado, gave it a generous squirt of lemon juice, and a dash of sea salt, coarse black pepper, and Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil and Garlic seasoning. Then, I added sliced grape tomatoes (about 10), a bit of chopped onion, and a small amount of shredded cabbage. I mixed in a 5 oz package of salmon. It was delicious and healthy, and it included four of the five foods we should eat every day, according to the unknown article I read.

The entire salad – which is a lot – is 11 Weight Watchers points if you eat it all.