Weight Watchers Two-Week Weigh-In!

Today I had my second weigh-in with Weight Watchers and to my surprise – I actually lost another 2.8 pounds!  I’m officially down 6.2 pounds  since I first began on January 3rd and I’m feeling more confident than ever that this time around, I’ll be able to get ALL THE WAY TO GOAL!

I worked out a lot more this week and tried really hard to make sure I was eating every couple of hours.  I feel like I was snacking on vegetables non-stop!  Being back in school is definitely going to help me maintaining a decent eating schedule.  I was excited because I bought a cute little lunch container that fits a small sandwich or salad, and three compartments for other foods.  I’ve already used it twice and think it’ll become a permanent addition to what I bring to school every day.

I’ve also been drinking SO MUCH TEA.

My Redbull replacement

My Redbull replacement

I’m hopeful for next week as I’ll be more settled into my new schedule.  I’m also participating in an online Facebook challenge with my friend Corrine.  It’s free, five days, and comes with a grocery list and meal plan… But the best part is the daily accountability check-in that I’ll be doing to list off the amount of water I drank, exercise I did, what I ate, and how I’m feeling.  I did it a few months ago and loved the support from all the other people on the challenge.  If you’re interested, it starts MONDAY JANUARY 20th.

For more information, click on the picture below and it will bring you to Corrine’s page where you can ask her to add you to our group.

Click the pic to find out how to join!

Until then, what are all of you doing  this weekend to show off your healthy ways?!?!

Lots of love,

AprilSignatur

What’s in April’s fridge?

Happy half-of-the-week is over, everyone!

I’m back with another update on how my Weight Watchers has been going, leading off from my post last Friday.   After the meeting my friend Laura and I made a trip to Trader Joe’s and picked up groceries to get us by for the next few days.  Feeling motivated to get EVERYTHING, I went by our local produce stand and supplemented my stash with even more greens.  All of my groceries were pretty inexpensive and even though it’s been a few days, I still have a bunch of food.  I made a chicken vegetable soup and got stuff to make another batch of my ground turkey with tomato sauce that I had over cooked broccoli slaw last week.Besides a few meals outside of the house, I’ve been adapting to my new lifestyle of crunching on an apple mid-day or sucking down 100+ ounces of water.

April's stash of food for the week  ~$45

April’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack foods for the week!  (around $45)

 

I mentioned in my post from Friday that my friend Laura lost eleven pounds on her first week of being back at Weight Watchers and watched to share some tips she had.

She went from the typical holiday habits many of us shared and worked hard to stick to the Weight Watcher’s Simple Start Plan.  Unlike me in my first week, she tracked nothing (part of the plan) and “always had a cup of hot tea in her hand” ready to drink.

Here are Laura’s top three tips:

1) Drink water ALL THE TIME.  She was pulling in more than 100 oz of water a day!  With all those trips to the bathroom, Laura was really flushing out her system!

2) Avoid SUGAR!  If you can resist the urge to binge on the sweets, you can have some pretty strong success!

3) Don’t eat after seven pm!  I personally suck at this since night time just seems like the right time to sit and stuff.  I’ve been snacking with 4oz Trader Joe yogurts that I stick in the freezer.  I’ll see if I can follow this tip of hers!

unnamed5I’m two days away from another meeting and I haven’t been obsessively stepping on the scale like I did last week.  I’m giving the “Simple Start” another chance and not tracking my points and just eating balanced and light meals so we’ll see how that works out for me.  Traditionally I always lose, gain, lose, gain, lose, lose, gain, lose… But who knows!  There is always room for a change!  Maybe I’ll be surprised on Friday with a loss.

Speaking of that,  one of my random meals out was at my friend Natalie’s house!  I’ve never been a fan of eating anything that swims in the water but I am looking to expand my eating habits.  A few years ago I had an amazing serving of salmon, compliments of a talented Dad I babysit for, and since then was too threatened that no one else’s salmon would be as good as his.  However when Natalie said she was going to make us some I was excited for the opportunity to try it again!  Of course, I loved it… much to my Mother’s disbelief.

Have you found there any foods that you like now that you didn’t like when you were younger?  Maybe something you’ve discovered while on the road to better health?  Share with us!

Lots of love and healthy greens,

AprilSignatur

What I Ate Wednesday!


Hello everybody! Today I’m participating in the “What I ate Wednesday: Summer Staples” version. I’m traveling for work so my eating has been a little wacky -thankfully as I prepared for this post though I realized it hasn’t been too bad!

What I ate today!

I started the morning with my “Summer Staple” of yogurt. I’ve been obsessed with Greek yogurt for awhile, but since I’m back in the North bay, I treated myself to some organic Clover Stornetta cream top. Clover Stornetta is a local creamery from my hometown of Petaluma, so I always love to support their dairy when I’m in the area. It’s so tasty and that little bit of extra cream is super decadent and feels like a nice morning treat. I also had some English breakfast tea and a plum (not pictured).

One of the benefits of working for a techy company is free lunch! Today I ordered traditional curried chicken tenders with grilled vegetables over basmati rice. The flavors were amazing – simple yet exotic, and the little bit of spice was great for this cold I have that just won’t go away. (Any tips for me?! I’ve tried Emergen-C, sleep, dayquil, tea, honey and lemon, rain dancing…)

I had a cup of fresh mixed berries as a snack – perfect fuel for energy without being too heavy or sugar-dense.

I worked late and came back to my studio searching high and low for delivery since I was too lazy to walk anywhere (truth). I finally found a highly-rated Chinese place and ordered spicy green beans with chicken and vegetable chowmein. I was too stuffed to hack into the chow mein after my spicy green beans, but I did eat two fortune cookies with some Oolong tea.

It was a yummy day of food, and if there’s anything I can thank this cold for, it’s that my appetite is not its usual guns-a-blazing. I’m still eating plenty, but I’m focusing on the right portion sizes and trying to remember to balance out protein, vegetable and starch. High 5 for healthy eating while out of town! How’s your week going, food wise?

 

2012′s Summer Garden

It’s that time of year – when I spend lots of time watering and digging in the dirt! Here’s this year’s vegetable garden:

Garden!

Currently we have six types of tomatoes growing: San Marzano Roma, Tomatillos, Golden Peach, Black Krim, Beefsteak and Cherry. We also have four different types of peppers: bell peppers and a couple varieties of hot peppers. We have zuchinni, squash, cucumber, beans, basil, pumpkins and mint.

San Marzano Roma

We’re starting to get big clusters of tomatoes on all of our plants – these San Marzano Roma’s are an italian heirloom tomato that will be fantastic made into a sweet marinara sauce or dried in the sun.

Straight Eight Cucumbers

We have “Burpless” Straight Eight cucumbers, that I’m training to grow up a trellis rather than spread out on the ground. Does anyone know why cucumbers and some types of tomatoes are called burpless? It’s weird. I’ve never know cucumbers or tomatoes to make me burp but maybe I’m in the minority…? Strange.

Yellow Squash

I only planted ONE squash plant this year, because you know I’ll still be having to leave them on people’s porch at night to get rid of them. Last year I made the mistake of planting three zucchini plants, and I got so sick of them I let them grow until they were as big as baseball bats and could be used as battering rams. I’ll clip these little guys much sooner, and enjoy the sweet and light flavor in stir fries and on the grill.

Tomatillos

Tomatillos are a new addition to my garden. I love tomatillo salsa, and when I saw a tomatillo plant at Home Depot, I jumped at the chance. Aren’t they weird looking?! They’re like alien seed pods, but the plant makes such pretty yellow flowers that eventually turn into the alien seed pod. I’ll be making a lot of salsa this year.

Gardening is one of my very favorite things because it’s relaxing, and rewarding! What other hard work rewards you with delicious, homegrown and organic food? A tiny red tomato plucked off the vibe is amazing on a sunny day, just like a slice of sweet, garden grown cucumber.

Are you growing any vegetables this year? What are they?

Weekend Wrap Up

**Before we get started, did ya notice my cool new header?! Isn’t it awesome?! Special thanks to Amy Adams Studios for the darling illustration and to Nathan G. for the help setting it up!

I had a really good weekend! On Saturday morning, Matt and our friend Jason ran together at the Balboa Lake Path… and I went along! Don’t get too excited, I wasn’t running (maybe one day soon), but I did bring my music and pedometer and walked a good mile and a half around the park. It was a beautiful day and I clocked in 5,000 steps!

Balboa Path

On Saturday evening, we had pizza at our friend Matt’s house (he was my Matt’s best man!) with our other dear friend Julie. Julie and I met in grad school, and we had an immediate bond due to our awkward sense of humor, sharp wits and fondness of all things delicious. (She’s a frequent commenter here on the blog – everybody say HI JULIE!) While the boys made pizza, Julie and I enjoyed our buzz and sang songs as she strummed the guitar. (FYI, WW Peeps: Widmer’s Raspberry Hard Cider is only 4 points for the whole big bottle! Boozy score!)

Julie rocks out

My officemate Sacha says “Manishewitz” when she’s frustrated, and I’ve taken to the same habit. Julie and I got in a conversation about Manishewitz the other day (she’s Jewish, I’m not, so I had no knowledge of the grapey sugar water), and I told her I wanted to try it. Julie gifted me with my very own bottle. The verdict? Tastes like grape flavored hummingbird nectar. I’m told it’s the most sneaky hangover ever, folks.

Me trying Manishewitz

The first pizza Matt F. made was a delicious pesto, potato, garlic and bacon pizza. It was perfectly delicious, with savory hints of basil and crunchy pork. I ate two pieces.

Pesto Potato Pizza

The second pizza was spicy italian sausage, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, chevre, garlic and mozzerella. I was too stuffed to have a piece of this one, and I’m not much of a goat cheese person, so I watched as the others enjoyed it.

Thumbs up for Pizza Pies

We then played Apples to Apples (husband Matt won! Go Matt!) and then stuffed our bellies once more with the amazing Popcorn CakeI found on Pinterest. I used a bag of Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn instead of buttered popcorn, and I also omitted the pretzel sticks. I used two bags of M&M’s and about 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. This dessert was very rich, but super yummy because of the saltiness and sweetness. It came out to about 8 points plus per serving, but I’d say it was worth it. Nom. Definitely making this again for a party.

Popcorn Cake

It was a challenging weekend in terms of healthy eating, but I tracked everything and used some flex points. I also had a good workout in there, so that should help even things out a bit. If I can keep drinking lots of water and fit in a few more workouts this week, hopefully I’ll see the loss I was expecting last week, this week. Moderation when I’m around delicious things is always the HARDEST thing for me, but I think I did okay this weekend!

So – you heard about my weekend – how was YOUR weekend?

 

 

 

Low Cost Bounty

  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale
  • 2 leeks
  • 8 turnips
  • 2 beets (my new obsession – for some reason i thought i didn’t like them. They’re so tasty!)
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 pounds of apples (for juicing)
  • 5 pounds of satsumas (these are like candy!)
  • 2 pounds brussel sprouts (roasted with lemon and evoo -yum)
  • 1/4 pound dried peaches (a delicious snack)
  • 2 pounds broccoli
  • 1 cluster of ginger

That’s a lot of food, right? For $25, Matt and I strolled out of the Farmer’s Market with stuffed bags and hungry bellies. Did I mention it’s all organic? One of my favorite community activities is going to the farmer’s market. I think it’s an amazing way to support local businesses and operations, and you really score awesome savings on produce. (And we saw Gwyneth Paltrow and her mom there this week!)

This food would have easily cost me double what it had if I had gotten it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Tonight I was in Trader Joes and their trimmed leeks were $2.89 for two of them. I paid $1.50 at the farmer’s market. TJ’s beets were $2.50 for two. I paid $2 for two. Their ginger was $1.89 for a tiny little cluster – we paid $1.

When I first started eating healthy, I used to complain that it cost way more money to eat healthy. Today I realize I’m wrong. It only costs more money in that when you buy healthy things, like fruit and vegetables, you eat more of it because it goes bad faster. In that regards, yes, healthy food can add up because you’re buying more of it. But when I think about how much better I feel after eating a clementine compared to a candy bar? So worth the tiny bump in price.

To save on things like lettuce that last a little bit longer, I buy the jumbo pack of romaine hearts from Costco. It’s $2.89 for six romaine hearts. I chop them up and spin and dry them and then I have tons of salad ready to go for the week. I buy some perishables at the 99c store, because often times, they’ve got overstocked organic mushrooms or bell peppers waiting for someone to take them home. Sure, they might be lopsided or have a little ding in them, but who cares? It all ends up in my belly anyways.

How do you save money when you’re eating healthy? Do you think it’s more expensive to eat healthy? Why or why not?