Hello, Onederland!

I had a pretty craptastic day today. I had envisioned going home and enjoying some (ok, an entire bottle of) wine and possibly buying a deluxe piece of yummy chocolate cake with buttercream frosting with LOTS of frosting flowers…or forgetting the cake and just buying a tub of frosting. You know, one of THOSE days. Walking to my 5:00pm weigh in, I wasn’t even sure I had lost the weight I gained last week. I was feeling pretty bummed… until.

“You are down 3.4 pounds! Welcome to a new ‘century’!” Wait. Did I hear that correctly? New century…does that mean…could it be? The magical, mythical, never-in-my-life-did-I-think-I-would-every-possibly-see-it Onederland? The 9 week goal I had set had been reached?

Not reached. Crushed! 198! I am officially, and for the first time since high school (early high school like freshman year), out of the 200s.

It took 3 years and almost 7 months, but who is counting anyways?? -101 pounds.

And I have a lot of people to thank for that. I could not have made it this far without my mom always asking how the weigh-ins went; my bf hiding the dessert menus from me; my fitness pals keeping me running, biking, swimming, and sweating; my friends asking me how its going; and everyone who has been following my journey! Thank you! πŸ˜€

I may have reached my birthday goal 2 weeks ahead of schedule, but I still have work to do! Now that I have reached what I thought was an impossible feat, my new goal is to get to a healthy weight for my height and age (number TBD).

Happy 30th Birthday to me! πŸ˜€

Note: The WeWa weight tracker shows 98.6 pounds instead of 101 pounds removed because I had lost weight between the time I signed up for WeWa (299 lbs) and I had talked myself into attending my first meeting (296.6). The tracker shows my weight at my first meeting, though I consider my true starting weight to be 299 pounds. Either way, thats a lot of weight to say goodbye too! πŸ˜€

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Tita-Would-Approve-Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Backstory: I hated zucchini and squash growing up. (My views on the summer vegetable have changed since joining WeWa, but as a kid it grossed me out). My grandmother (Tita) would make this delicious chocolate zucchini cake, and I am pretty sure that was the only way I willingly consumed zucchini. I got Tita’s recipe from my mom, and I have made it several times. Since I am trying to be much healthier, having a cup of oil and chocolate chips in the cake seemed a bit much…so I have adapted Tita’s recipe to make it WeWa-friendlier. (Not 100% healthy, but its better than it was before!) To my surprise, it worked! πŸ˜€Β 

Tita-Would-Approve-Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Source: Adapted from Tita

Ingredients:

3 c shredded zucchini

1 snack-sized cup of unsweetened applesauce (4 oz)

2 large eggs

1 and 1/2 c sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 c flour

1 tsp each baking soda and baking powder

1 Tbs cinnamon

1/2 c cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

Sugar free chocolate syrup (to drizzle)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cupcake pan with non-stick spray.

Mix zucchini, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and applesauce in one bowl. In a separable bowl combine dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients. Mix well.

Pour into cupcake pan. Back 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cook. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and enjoy!

 

WeWa Lemon-Mint Roasted Carrots

 

Weight Watcher’s Lemon – Mint Roasted Carrots

Source: Weight Watchers online

Ingredients:

2 tsp lemon zest and 1/4 c fresh lemon juice

2 Tbs honey

3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper

12 medium uncooked carrots, peeled

3 Tbs fresh mint leaves, chopped

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cooking sheet with cooking spray and lay out carrots.

Mix lemon zest, juice, honey, salt and pepper. Drizzle over carrots. Roast carrots for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Sprinkle mint over the carrots!

Review: I saw this recipe featured on the WeWa website, and I just HAD to try them. I immediately went to the farmer’s market to buy carrots so I could make this recipe that night, and I wasn’t disappointed. They rocked! The tradeoff for some zippy carrots? High Points+ values for a side/veggie. Each carrot equals 1 P+, which is pretty expensive, but I thought it was worth it. The carrots are shown above with zucchini boats and grilled balsamic pork loin.

Week 4 Update

So… All those minus signs I was seeing, yeah, they stopped on Tuesday. I went up .8.

For the record, I had been doing really well again with tracking and working out. I could have made smarter food choices, but even with the choices I made, I wrote it all down and I stayed within my weekly allowance. What I think is the evil culprit for my gain? The heat. I have just been feeling bloated and icky and with the temps being so high, I think my body is hoarding water.

That being said, I am still only 1.4 pounds away from my goal, so this week, I am hoping to have another successful minus sign. πŸ˜€

I had a healthy 4th of July cookout – making homemade burgers with lean meat, all beef hot dogs (sadly, I think I like the pork ones taste better), grilled shrimp and veggies, a better-for-you pasta salad compliments of my friend, andΒ s’mores for dessert. I went for a walk, and today I went for a run. So, I am feeling pretty good and confident that this week will be the week!

Come on, goal, I can see the finish line!