Weigh-in Week 143: Downward Trend

Hello all! Well today’s weigh-in wasn’t bad. I was down 0.7lbs for a new weight of 149.7lbs with a total loss of 101.9lbs. Not bad. It’s going in the right direction. Quite frankly if this kept up over the next few months I’d be very, very happy.

So I’ve started a new contract that has tons of its own challenges – like 12 hour work days that leave little/no time for regular exercise or sleep, lots of free food, and take out options for lunch every single day. I’ve only been at it for a little over  a week so I haven’t gotten into a new pattern yet, but since I don’t work until 10am, I’d like to teach myself to wake up early to get to the gym. However, I’m not a morning person at all so this is actually more difficult than you’d think!

On the food front, I am doing well I think. I haven’t given in to the snacks at work other than the fruit and some 2 snack-sized packages of cheese over the last week. I also haven’t ordered out except the day we ordered from a specialty salad place. I’ve been making large batches of food on the weekend to last me for the week and so far so good! I just need to get the sleeping well and exercising back and I’ll be on track again.

I’m also making some of my snacks. Like these flourless oatmeal banana/strawberry muffins:

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They were so yummy I ate two right away! But they are only 3 pts per muffin. I found the recipe through Pinterest but then mixed the original recipe with the new one. Here are the links: Banana Oatmeal Muffins & Strawberry Shortcake Muffins. [EDIT: First link went down, but you can use 2 bananas in place of the strawberries for banana oatmeal muffins] I split the difference and used one mushy banana and a cup of strawberries to bulk it up and also used stevia to sweeten them rather than sugar to keep my sugar intake down and to keep the points low.  To limit my temptations after they cooled I put them in the freezer so I only take out one at a time. So far so good.

I’m happy that I’m still able to weigh-in on Tuesdays and I hope this will keep me moving in the right direction. Just have to get into the swing of things with this new job. Challenges ahead, but rewards also.

Have you ever had to adjust your whole schedule to a new job? Any tips and advice for me?

Here is the recipe from Dashing Dish in case it goes down:

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup Oats (old fashioned kind, not quick cooking)
1 cup Plain low fat greek yogurt
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Baking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 1/2 cup Strawberries, diced, and patted dry + (optional 1/2 cup strawberries, diced to place on top of muffins)
Optional 1 tsp lemon juice
*Note The paper liners don’t work well when baking with a base that does not include flour (which is the case with this recipe), they always seem to stick to the paper. If you don’t have a silicone muffin tin or liners, I recommend buying the foil cupcake liners at the store, and removing the paper inserts so you are only using the foil part of the liner! That way no sticking will occur!

Method

THE ESTIMATED TOTAL TIME TO MAKE THIS RECIPE IS 30-35 MINUTES.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners, (or just use a silicone muffin pan).
2. Place all of the ingredients (except the strawberries) in a blender or food processor, and blend until oats are smooth. Pour mixture into a medium sized bowl, and stir in strawberries. Divide remaining 1/2 cup diced strawberries over the top of each muffin. (This step is optional, but it really makes the strawberries burst with color and flavor on top of each muffin!)
3. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
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4 thoughts on “Weigh-in Week 143: Downward Trend

  1. Congrats on the loss this week and also on staying on plan despite the many new temptations!
    The muffins look fabulous!
    Unfortunately, I have no advice to offer on the change in schedule. I’m a morning person, mostly, so I’ve never really had an issue. I hope you find winning strategies!

  2. That’s great! Sounds like you’re working a plan for dealing with the food-at-work thing. Long hours + easy access to unhealthy food is totally a problem for me. So easy to grab some sugar in an attempt to get an energy boost!

    • Thanks! So far so good! I hope I can maintain it. I think the key really is that when it comes time to order out my lunches because of the crazy schedule I’ll be able to make good choices. Being tired is never good for making good choices!

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