Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day everyone!

Things seem to be turning up this week, but I guess we’ll see tomorrow on the scale (as long as I don’t blow it today!! I do have a bbq today) I made these cookies for work – shortbread cut-outs – and only 3 points per cookie (2 for the cookie and 1 for the icing) using this shortbread recipe here on Sweetopia. Be sure to double-check the points based on how many cookies you make. I halved the recipe and with my cutter I they came out 2 points each.



Recipe: Fish Tacos

Okay, so I think I’ve been out of the loop but I only just heard about fish tacos this summer! Where have they been my whole life? I like fish, I like tacos – why didn’t I think of this!

Well I tried my hand at it the other night and it turned out really well so I thought I’d share with you.

Makes 5 tacos

WW Points Plus value per taco: 4

(or 9 for two, depending on what kind of tortilla/shells you’re using)

I used:

  • 400g sole (defrosted)
  • Oil, spray
  • Old El Paso reduced sodium taco seasoning (used half a packet – 17g)
  • Whole wheat tortillas, small
  • Reduced-fat cheese (if using, add 15g to each taco and 1 pp+ extra)
  • Salsa
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Red & Green bell peppers

Firstly, I used a bit of spray oil on a non-stick skillet and cooked the defrosted fish fillets. Once they fillets start to cook, break them apart with the spatula. Here’s a pic where you can see the raw fillet on the right, the cooked fillet on top and the crumbled fillet on the left.

This is the seasoning I used. I only used half of it because it seemed a bit strong for the mild fish. Yes, I am trying to cut out processed foods, but to be honest I don’t eat tacos often enough to have my own taco seasoning recipe. But if anyone does have one and feels like sharing I’m all for it! I do however, try to be sensible about it all and use the reduced sodium one. It’s already salty as is, no need for more.

Once the fish is all cooked, add the seasoning and 1/2 cup of water. It should look like this:

Mix to incorporate all the seasoning and liquid. Let it cook on medium until all the liquid is absorbed and it looks like this:

Yum! And that’s kinda it! Now create your tacos. I used 1/4 cup fish filling per small tortilla.

I used whole wheat tortillas because I prefer them over the hard shells. I added 15g of reduced fat cheddar cheese, a few slices of green and red bell peppers, 1 tbsp of salsa and 1 tbsp of plain yoghurt.

My tortillas are 2pp+ for one or 5 for two, but you might be using a different brand so be sure to calculate your tortillas accurately. For the fish, I got five 1/4 cup servings out of the initial 400g.

And Enjoy! Easy peasy.

Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 121: Oooph!

Ouch. Well that hurts. Today at WI I was up 2.9lbs for a new weight of 163.7lbs and a total loss of 87.9lbs.


Well that’s not good. So what have I learned this week?

  1. My head still isn’t back in the game
  2. I am almost back to where I was before New York
  3. I have only lost 0.7lbs this YEAR!
  4. This is getting ridiculous

I’ll be honest. I’m amazing I’ve still lasted.  This is testing both my patience and my resolve. But I can do it. I can get back on track. I just hope that when I get back on track I can STAY on track. That seems to be the difficult thing. I can do this for a few weeks and then just lose sight of everything again.

I think it doesn’t help that I’m feeling pretty good about my body now. I still want to make progress with my running and at the gym, but in general, I feel good in my body. I guess this time I’ve had at this weight has been really good for that – it’s allowed me to get used to this body. I feel comfortable in the world – I’m not squished in seats, I don’t get out of breath doing day-to-day tasks. I wonder if all these things are making me complacent. If I don’t feel that need to lose weight at acutely as I did before.

I think what irks me the most about what’s been going on the last couple weeks is that I haven’t even been ENJOYING the food. I waste (and yes, I do think it’s a waste) my points (or calories, whatever you want to call them) on silly late night snacking that’s bordering on binge eating. I’d much rather have a couple drinks with friends on a night out or indulge in a dessert on the weekend. If I was doing this I’d understand. I’d need to cut back. But what’s happening is less exciting. I’ll feel out of control and indulge in useless food that does nothing but make me feel uncomfortably full the next morning.

So what am I going to do about this? Well I’ve decided to play around with my daily points. In general and in the past I’ve set up my tracker to eat my 26 daily points (the minimum at WW) and about half my weekly points (25). I’ve changed it so that my daily points target is 28 and dropped my weekly points to 15. It’s almost the same (4 more points this way for the whole week) but I wonder if just the psychology will help me get back on track and over this hump. I feel like I’m in a food-rut so time to shake things around.

My other plan is to eat more during the day so I’m less hungry at night. Usually I tend to save my points for the evening as I’m a night owl and this keeps me from worrying about not having enough food at night. I’ll try it out this week and see how it goes. I’ll try to keep up my not eating in front of the computer (failed on that one today, but I also ate while I was on the phone…double fail). So that’s it. Let’s change this around and see how it goes. The alternative is not an option.

Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 90: Hat Trick!

Wow! Three straight losses in a row! Today at weigh in I was down 1.2lbs for a new weight of 158.7lbs with a total loss of 92.9lbs.

I double checked my weekly weigh-ins and I haven’t had three losses in a row since June – and that doesn’t really count as one of them was only 0.1lbs.  WOW! I’m loving the new changes to the Points Plus plan – I really think that what I needed was the drop in daily points. I’m still exercising as I was before, but being more creative with my points and generally eating less. I have to say, I don’t feel deprived at all. This is great.

Okay, still working on a post detailing my activity and exercise history and how I got to where I am today. It will be up soon…but after the SOPA strike!

Also, here’s my canadiana coming out…if you don’t know what a Hat Trick is click here, but only until midnight or on Thursday!

Short and sweet to get in before midnight. Have a great week all and see you soon!

Weight Loss

Weigh-In Week 85: Take that holiday parties!

That’s right. Today I was down 2lbs! New weight: 162lbs for a total loss of 89.6lbs (wow…so close!!). I’m not sure how it happened as I had to negotiate my way through one large christmas party on Friday night and a big turkey dinner on Saturday night! But lo and behold. The lower daily points target worked!

This post is short and sweet as I have to run off, but I wanted to send a quick update as I’ve noticed lots of hits on Tuesdays to my blog. Thank you all for stopping by! It means so much to me 🙂

I’ll post more about this and my thoughts on the “new” WW program in the next few days…maybe Saturday most likely.

Have a great week everyone!

Weight Loss

Weigh-In Week 84: Weight Watchers Program Changes

Well, here we go again with the up and down. Today I was up 0.2lbs. New weight is a round 164lbs and total loss is 87.6lbs. You know, if that extra slice of pizza I had last night only amounted to a 0.2lb gain then I’ll take it!  But in all seriousness…it’s 0.2! Quite frankly I could probably pee that out (!) Yeah, that’s right – I said it. But yes, not upset, not surprised given my week and looking forward to a MUCH better week ahead. I’d REALLY love to get to 161 so I can post new progress photos. Soon I hope!

Although, this coming week holds some special challenges namely a big xmas party on Friday night and a big, annual xmas dinner on Saturday night – TURKEY and all the fixins will be had! I must plan well and get in enough activity.

Life remains horribly busy with my days and evenings filled to the brim. I have some wonderful (I think at least!) blog post drafts and ideas, but none have come to fruition yet. Soon I hope, but perhaps it’ll have to wait until the xmas season is over? I also have to update my exercise logs and measurements…eeee…so much to do!

BUT, what I wanted to mention is that today at my meeting we started getting the information about the new Weight Watchers program for 2012. Those familiar with WW will know that every now and then they change the program – usually in the form of a name change and a few small elements. The Points to PointsPlus was by far the biggest change I’ve seen since it actually changed the value of the foods. Well this new change – called PointsPlus 2012 – is one of the smaller changes.

The biggest change is that they’ve lowered the minimum number of points per day. I used to have the minimum – 29 points – but now the lowest is 26 points. That is my new daily points target. As of when? I don’t know, it hasn’t changed online yet – perhaps January? We’re spending the next 3 weeks going over the changes to the program at our meetings. To be honest I’m really happy about this.  There’s nothing like a change to help shake things up and secondly I  always wondered how I would continue to lose without my points going down. If any of you recall, the old WW points plans all lost daily points once you got below 175lbs and again below 150lbs. Well I’ve been at 29 daily points since about 180-190lbs. Even with that I’ve noticed that to lose I have to only eat about half my weekly points. So I’m looking forward to the drop as I think it will force me to keep track of things more accurately…we all slack from time to time don’t we!…and it will diminish my total calorie intake.

We got a bunch of new readings about the program and I’ll be reading them through cover to cover. Hopefully I’ll be able to post my thoughts on the changes this weekend. In the meantime off I go. Have a great week all and if your holiday engagements are starting this early as well – keep strong but enjoy yourself! It only comes along but once a year for a reason!!

Exercise · Food · Weight Loss

Food Log: Saturday April 16 & RACE DAY!

Today is RACE DAY!!!

I’ll let you all know how it goes when I get home 🙂 Have a great Sunday!

Regarding yesterday’s food: argh. I inhaled a whole bag of Crispy minis. Why? I don’t know. It was mindless.  I ate and suddenly the whole bag was gone. Blah. I don’t have control. This is not shaping up to be a great week so far.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

1  cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1  large banana(s)
Oatmeal Breakfast
Subtotal 6
5  serving(s) Crispy Minis
1  small apple(s)
1  serving(s) Bun, No Name
1  serving(s) Chicken Burger
7  oz sweet potato(es)
1  tsp olive oil
Subtotal 22
1  serving(s) Turkey Sausage – Butterball
1/2 large cantaloupe
1/2 serving(s) Greek Yoghurt – 3/4 cup
2  serving(s) Tuna – 1/2 can
1  medium whole wheat tortilla(s)
Subtotal 9
No entries for this meal time.  
Subtotal 0
Food PointsPlus values total used 37
Food PointsPlus values remaining 0
No entries for exercise.  
Activity PointsPlus values earned 0
Water: 8