October 20, 2011

One Pot Beefy Cabbage Creation

After a disappointing .2 lb. weight loss last week, I'm happy to report that I lost 1.6 lbs. this week! I was a little nervous to step on the scale, but pleasantly surprised once I did. I blame last week on "woman issues" because I really didn't do anything different. So crazy how a woman's body works, huh? Regardless, I know I need to start adding exercise into the mix. I haven't started doing any activity yet. I'm just to lazy tired. So, all in all, a very successful week!
I wanted to share another recipe tonight. It's my Mom's creation. She's the queen of throwing things together and creating deliciousness. She doesn't have an official name for this dish so I made one up (hehe). At first glance, you may not seem tempted to try this, but, trust me, once you make it, you wont regret it! It's so yummy! And SoooooooooOOOoo easy!

One Pot Beefy Cabbage Creation

1 Pound of Lean Ground Beef
1 Head of Cabbage
1 Cup of Shredded Carrots (I use the food processor to "shred" mine)
2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
1 Tablespoon of Season All


Toss ground meat into a large pot and let it start browning (about medium-high heat). Chop up cabbage. Throw into pot. Stir. Shred carrots. Throw into pot. Stir. Open cans of diced tomatoes. Throw into pot. Stir. Toss in 1 Tablespoon of Season All. Stir. Cover the pot and let everything cook down for about 30-45 minutes on medium heat. Stir every now and again just to make sure nothing sticks. Clean up any messes from all that tossing and throwing *wink* Serve alone or over rice.

Makes about 7-8, 1-Cup servings. 
2 Points Plus Values per cup.


September 14, 2011

I'm in a New Relationship...

...with FOOD! Two pregnancies over the course of three years has definitely taken it's toll on my body. It was time to make a change. And not just for the purpose of losing weight, but even more importantly for my health's sake. I know most Mom's would agree having small children can be physically draining. And it's hard to maintain lasting stamina when you're grabbing a bag of chips here and a coke there. I had gotten into the terrible habit of snacking throughout the day instead of eating healthy meals. And my body was paying the consequences. No matter how much coffee I pumped into my body, I still felt tired and weak all the time. 
Now don't get me wrong, the fact that I have some cute pants in my closet that I can't button is also part of the motivation to make a change. It's no secret that I have more than a couple of pounds to shed to get back into those.
Can I just mention here that I hate the word diet? It's like anytime someone mentions the "D" word I wanna run to the nearest bag of chips and devour the whole thing. Maybe it's my personality or maybe it's just human nature, but if you tell me I can't, that's what I want. Lord, have mercy!
So a few of my friends have been on the Weight Watchers diet, and I've seen some great results. And what I kept hearing was, "You can eat whatever you want, you just have to watch your portions." Ok. Nothing is off-limits. Sounds doable, right? So last Thursday Kevin agreed to keep the boys so that I could try out a local Weight Watchers meeting. And can I tell ya'? I absolutely loved it. The speaker was so motivational and encouraging. I left the meeting all pumped up and ready to start. Do I realize this excitement may not last forever? Yes, I do. But week 1 has been great! Haha! 
I'm blogging about this in part to possibly inspire others, but for the most part to keep myself accountable. It's my goal to write about my progress in the weeks to come, but no promises about how often those posts will be. Did I mention I have 2 small children?
Anyway, so far so good. This week has mostly been a learning week. I spent way too much time at the grocery store yesterday with my calculator figuring out points, but it was (and will be) well-worth it. (Thanks, Mom, for watching the babes!) 
And just to show you that eating healthy doesn't have to be boring, here are some of our dinners this past week:
1. Delish Turkey Burgers
2. Yummy Asian style meal:
One thing that I'm really lovin' about Weight Watchers is that I can do everything from my phone (track points, calculate points, find recipes, etc.). It makes it so easy for me. Instead of having to write everything down or keep track of numerous calculators and guides and books, I just have to pull out my phone and everything is there. I would definitely say that it's "Mom-friendly."
So, anyway, food and I are in a new relationship, and I'm already reaping the benefits! Hoping the relationship lasts!