Saturday, November 29, 2008

3 In A Row!!!!

YAHOO! A loss!!! One pound even for a total of 210.4 -- leaving 17.6 to go!

This marks three Thanksgiving weeks in a row with a loss. Rare? Probably, but I work hard to make sure that I stay on program as much as possible so that I can enjoy the one day and not think too deeply about it. I find that even on the one day, I don't gorge myself but I enjoy the foods in moderation. I also noticed that this year, I ate more veggies than anything else -- broccoli, green beans, and corn, with turkey and only a little bit of dressing. And I am a dressing junkie!

Because my usual WW center was closed this morning, I went to the one nearest home. Oddly enough, I had forgotten all about weigh-in. I woke at 7:45, fixed my cereal and banana, got ready to go to the table and said, "CRAP!!!! WEIGH-IN!!!!!!" So I very hurriedly freshened up, changed into weigh-in clothes, and off I went. Normally, I would have driven to hit the 8:30 over at my usual center (nearest work), but I figured, heck, closer is closer. I got there about 8:15 (missing the first part of the meeting, but....) I'm so glad I went -- Mrs. Crowe was the receptionist who weighed me in. She's also mom to one of my brother's friends, so she's known me for a very long time. She stopped the leader and said, "I'm sorry to interrupt, but this lady has lost 210 pounds and lost again this week!" Elaine (the leader) said, "OH!!! You're the one I've heard so much about from Debbie!" Holy cow. I'm becoming a phenom! :D

Plus, I got to see some people I hadn't seen in ages -- Trina from the Y, Patty from my old church, Jane whose sons are near both my age and my brother's. I even got to see my cousin (who came to weigh in but didn't stay for the meeting). That was cool!


Right now, the weather is chilly and drizzly and yucky-gray. And since 8:00 last night, I have had a good, healthy chili simmering in the crockpot. Here's my recipe!

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
12 servings, 3 pts each (1.5 c per serving)

  • 20 oz lean ground turkey (at least 93/7 blend)
  • 2 bell peppers (one red, one green), chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 8-oz package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 cans canned diced tomatoes (14-15 oz cans)
  • 2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (one light, one dark)
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can yellow corn (15 oz)
  • 2 Tbsp Tabasco
  • spices to taste
In 6-quart slow cooker, put half the ground turkey. Chop pepper, onion, zucchini, and mushrooms, and add to slow cooker. Add diced tomatoes (with juice) and tomato sauce. Rinse and drain beans, then add. Drain corn and add. Then add remaining ground turkey. Add hot sauce, and any spices (cumin, rosemary, basil, cilantro, etc.) Cook for 8-12 hours on low heat, or 4-6 hours on high. If at all possible, stir occasionally. YUM!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Last week, I needed to lose 1.2 pounds to get below a certain threshold. And I am there at last -- I lost 2.4 this week! I said that I needed to lose 20 oz -- and I lost 40 oz. Two Diet Cokes out of the vending machine GONE!!!!

But I am not resting on my laurels at all. It's just additional incentive to keep it up and to keep going! I cannot stop now, nor can I rest easy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The hovering continues....

AAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!!!!! I gained 0.8 so I'm back at 207 gone. The hovering continues, and I am almost at my wits' end. Except for one thing........ I am stubborn as hell and am determined that this is NOT going to get the best of me. I have only 1.2 pounds to go -- a measly 20 oz!! -- to get below a certain threshold. I am NOT, NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT, letting this get me down or get the better of me. By God, I am stronger and tougher than 20 stupid little ounces.

So I spoke to Tisha (my leader) and we have come up with a game plan: in addition to walking Maddox for my exercise, I'm going to get on the stationary bike 3 times this week at 10 minutes a pop, AND use some hand weights for my arms while I'm working the legs. Plus, I'm going to do one points-free meal a week -- one where I don't worry and just enjoy. Hey, it worked two weeks ago with the barbecue!!!

I am stronger than those twenty ounces. Bring it on.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sliding downward....

WHEW!!!! I lost 2.0 this week, for a total of 207.8...... and I'm only 0.4 from going under a milestone number. MAN! I can't wait.

The splurge meal must have worked: I had some barbeque (STILL had to put some back because it was just way too much), some sweet potato casserole (omg, SO divine) and definitely dipped into the flex points this week. My experiment for this week: use 10 FP's at one meal. I can do that!

Oh, and here's an appetite suppressant I hope you don't have to use: sugar-free cough drops. Yeah, my scratchy throat turned into laryngitis, and now into a nice cold. I have my voice back but I sound like a cross between Johnny Cash and Barry White.

Until next time.............