Well, I'm officially over the one month mark of doing WW (aka Weight Watchers)! I should add, this is my 2nd time doing it. I was super successful with the program in 2019, but after I got my wisdom teeth out I fell off the wagon so to speak. My surgery was difficult and I had a very long recovery due to a fluke infection. I found myself just trying to eat as much as possible because the medicine was making me so sick! And, 2019 rolled into 2020 and we all know how that went.

The pandemic brought on a lot of boredom eating and drinking for us! Irritatingly, Blake used the pandemic to lose 25ish pounds and I gained a good amount of his loss. Now, 2 years later I find myself mad that none of my clothes fit. 🙄 

I know I've matured when it comes to body image because I don't feel ugly or whatever - I just want to wear the great clothes I have in my closet! 😂 And, on top of that I got a 'well that isn't good' from my doctor when we did bloodwork earlier this year in regards to my cholesterol. Rude. 

Might I add that I've been running 3 times a week or more this whole time, but haven't lost an ounce. I've always had to lose weight in the kitchen!

I tried MyFitnessPal because that's what Blake has done well with - he's on a 600 day streak!! But, I just wasn't motivated and would forget to track. WW works for me because I feel very aligned with the fundamentals. No deprivation, no entire food groups cut out, and flexibility for fun nights out with friends. 

There has been a few program changes since I did it in 2019 and I am IN LOVE with them! You get points back for eating non starchy vegetables, drinking all your water, and of course exercise. 

So here I am 4 weeks in and...drumroll!....I've lost 8 pounds. That's 2 pounds a week, and for me that's crazy good! My goal is to lose 10 more. Or maybe 12 just so I can say I lost 20 pounds, haha. 

I've got a vacation coming up in 3 weeks, so I'm hoping to get closer to the goal before that, but if not, I'm still happy with any progress! 

This time I'm joined by 2 friends, and I think that's going to help so much! It'll be easy to go out to eat or have people over who are also counting points, ya know. I've always done better when I had a buddy! 

Speaking of which: the more the merrier! I have a referral link  that get's you a whole month free. Think about it, if you lose 8 pounds your first month too, that'll be 8 free pounds! 

Here's a few recipe ideas, that are delish whether you are doing WW or not.

Fake Out Take Out
I made some delicious cauliflower rice like you do traditional fried rice. I added peas, carrots, scallions, and a scrambled egg. Plus, I found this fried rice seasoning packet that really took it to the next level! Then I made some shrimp, and a peanut sauce. The peanut sauce is made with PB2 powder and a low point sweet chili sauce. Plus points back for broccoli! This meal was just 4 points. (I get 21 or 23 a day, I can't remember) 



Greek Salad
This is a favorite lunch! I grill up some chicken in my cast iron skillet, and place it on a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and a few Kalamata olives. To make the dressing you use non fat Greek yogurt and a bit of feta mashed up. So yummy and fresh! Should be about 4 points. 


Breakfast for Dinner
Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner?! We've been making scrambled eggs, fruit, shredded hash browns and avocado toast. Avocado is one of my zero point foods, so you better believe I'm eating it all the time! Also only about 4 points. But, I have to add ketchup to my hash browns so it's a little more for me. 


My Go-To Wrap
For lunch, this is a really easy thing to make at home or take on the go. It's an Extreme Wellness tortilla wrap. I spread a Laughing Cow cheese wedge and mashed avocado on it. Then add lettuce, deli turkey, and the bacon pieces you can find in the salad section of the grocery store. Then it's a bacon avocado turkey wrap! SO good and filling. 3 points!


Queso Quesadilla
I love finding the accidentally low point foods. The Tostito queso blanco dip is just 1 point per serving which I'm pretty sure is 2 tablespoons. So again, I use an Extreme Wellness wrap for the tortilla. I cook some chicken in the crockpot with a jar of salsa all day and then shred it. Then avocado, cilantro, and that queso dip and you've got yourself a delish quesadilla! 2 points, but more if you want sour cream. Which I do.


-Kristen

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