Weight Loss

Weigh-In Week 147: Meh

Meh. I’m up 0.1lbs this week. New weight is 149.0lbs and a total loss of 102.6lbs. I get it. If I’m totally honest with myself and all of you I’d tell you that I’ve eaten things this week where I didn’t know the accurate number of points. I also got the opportunity to work out a lot – I ran 4 times and did 2 weight-training sessions. That’s more than I’ve been able to do in the last couple months so I’m sure that didn’t help. I have noticed that on the weeks I exercise more I tend to lose less – usually the loss only comes out a little while later.

I also made cookies this past week for a friend’s birthday. I ate icing. I’m sure that didn’t help matters this week, so I guess only a 0.1lb gain is pretty good. Check out the cookies – I tried my hand at a plaid pattern!

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I’m not sure if I’m in another up-down pattern. Last time this happened (if you’re new to my blog!) is last year where I played with the same 5lbs for almost a year and then in December my body gave up 10lbs without me changing my patterns. I’m not sure where this will take me, but I will try to be a bit more careful about what I’m eating, guesstimating points, and keeping track of it.

I will say I have noticed some wonderful changes in my habits since starting this job at the beginning of January:

1. The morning pastries are not actually tempting me!  I will say that when I start eating them, I find it very difficult to stop, however, the temptation is actually pretty minor. As long as I don’t start, I’m good 🙂

2. The soda, juices, etc. are not tempting me either! Yay! Still to this day I am not tempted by anything other than water, tea, and my weakness…COFFEE.

3. I find it easy to eat healthy snacks like fruit. However, I can’t spend a whole day eating fruit, so I need to focus on the ones that fill me up like bananas and apples.

4. I still like to exercise at night. The last 2 weeks I’ve stopped fighting it. I wake up in time for work and go to the gym after work at 9:30pm at night or go for an evening run if the weather is warm enough. I’m not going to try to become something I’m not. I’m still working out so that’s all that’s important.

So that’s where I’m at. We’ll see what next week brings as I’ll try to be more conscious of how much I’m eating and what I’m eating. I have a fondue birthday party coming up and an Oscar party to deal with, but I am optimistic that I can stay on track.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!  May this coming year be filled with joy and love for you all.

No weigh-in today, but I will on Thursday – here’s hoping the week hasn’t been too disastrous scale-wise, and even if it has – I can and will get back on track. The important part is time spent with family, friends, and loved ones.

To go with my baking obsession, check  out this fabulous gingerbread house version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Now this is an xmas project!

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Recipe: Individual Peach Pies

Okay, so I’m loving these! I tried them out on my friends and they seem to have gone over well. There’s a few things I would change for  next time, but it’ll up the points+ value for them. The way I made them originally they are 5 points+.

First things first. I did NOT make this recipe up. I totally found it on Pinterest and here is the original source: Yummy Mummy Kitchen.

I made some changes in that I used the Joy of Baking Pate Brisee recipe as the pastry. I made half the recipe – which you can easily halve.  I divided the pastry into eights to minimize the points value, but in retrospect I would probably just quarter the dough, but that will raise the points+ value to 9.

For the Pate Brisee:

  • 1 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup ice water

If you have a food processor you can do this in it, but I don’t so I do everything by hand! Combine flour, salt, and sugar. I do it in a bowl with a whisk. Add chilled butter and cut in until it looks like coarse meal. I use my fingers to do this, you can do this with the processor or a pastry cutter. Add water. Start with 1/8 of a cup and add more if needed. Gather the dough into a ball and flatten to be a disk. Wrap it up in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30mins-hour before using. When ready, roll it out on a lightly floured surface.

I divided the dough into eights and rolled out one circle-ish shape from each section. I froze the unused dough for future use.

For the Pies:

  • Pie crust dough (store-bought or homemade, you can also use your favourite recipe)
  • 4 small to medium ripe peaches (double check they fit in your muffin tin)
  • 4 teaspoons of honey (I used creamed honey, but you can use honeycomb or regular honey)
  • Sugar for sprinkling (I used some violet sugar I got from Fuchsia here in Montreal, but any sugar will do)
  • 1 egg & 2 tbsp water for egg wash

Preheat oven to 425F and coat 4 wells of of your muffin tin with a spray. Cut the peaches in half and remove the stone.

Place one teaspoon honey in the centre (where the stone was) and put the peach back together. Roll out the dough and wrap the peach in the dough. Place each one in a muffin well. If the dough reaches the top of the peach and encloses it, add air vents with a sharp knife. (You’ll see in the picture – I made 5…one was a tester!)

Whisk the egg and water together and brush each pie (I’ll be honest – I forgot to do this!) and sprinkle with some sugar before baking. Bake for 13-15 mins until crust is golden brown. Let sit 5 mins before removing. Carefully!

Serve with some delicious vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!

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Happy Canada Day!

Woohoo! Today is Canada Day! Had a great picnic with friends, ate mostly fruits and vegetables without over doing it 🙂

But of course I couldn’t resist making these guys:

They are about 3 points each. But I’d have to double check. The sugar cookie recipie is from the cookie book I love called One Smart Cookie and the Royal Icing recipie is from the Joy of Baking.

Delicious! Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. If you’re in Canada let me know how you’re celebrating! Yippee!

 

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One Year Blogiversary! A Giveaway!

Woohoo! I have officially been blogging for one full year. My first post was July 31st, 2010 and was called …and the Journey Begins! At that time I’d been on WW since May 4th and had only lost 6.8lbs. That mean’s I’ve lost 73.5lbs with YOU! 

Thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog! I never thought I’d get any regular readers at all and really just started blogging to keep myself accountable, but you are all wonderful and I look forward each post to reading your comments 🙂

And so to thank you all, and also in hopes of bringing the lurkers out (I am guilty of this too on many a blog!) to comment I am going to do my very first GIVEAWAY!!!  I have decided to merge my two main interests: weight loss and baking (as you can tell by my blog rolls) into one and my giveaway will be a brand new copy of my favourite cookbook: One Smart Cookie byJulie Van Rosendaal! (Canadian shout-out in process: she’s a baker from Calgary)

This book is awesome! It has tons of recipies from cookies to brownies to bars to sweet breads to squares to truffles all low-fat but still DELICIOUS!  I use this book all the time and it has one of my favourite quick and easy to make cookies that I love to make for parties or bring to pot-lucks: the CHOCOLAVA cookies. They are like wonderful brownie cookies but only have 1/4 cup of butter in them!  Because I am in a sharing mood here is the recipe. The glorious thing is that they are only 2 pts per cookie (yes, even on points plus!) – isn’t it great that she includes the NI for each cookie as well?! I love it.

I’d like to point out on this scan of the recipe that it includes the requisite chocolate/baking stains, but also the ubiquitous coffee mug stain.

Now, back to the cookbook giveaway. I should point out that I did not get a free copy or anything like that – either from the publisher, author, or Amazon or Chapters Indigo. I am buying this book myself to give to one reader – THAT’S how much I love this book. I’m going to say that the giveaway is only open to citizens (or addresses) in the USA or Canada as I’m going to buy it either through Amazon.com or Chapters.indigo.ca  (click on the links if you’d like more info about the cookbook)

Here’s how you enter: Leave me a comment on this post and tell me what is your favourite cookie (or baked dessert if you’re not a cookie fan)! The giveaway is open from now until Tuesday August 2nd at 6pm Eastern Time and I’ll post the winner that night with my weigh-in results!

Happy Day! Have a great Sunday all, and a great long weekend to everyone in Canada celebrating the August long weekend  🙂