Name that movie! Well, since I didn't win the "kitchen vacation" giveaway and didn't demand a recount--I must initiate Plan B: start cooking my own darned dinner! If you're a Facebook friend, you may have been able to piece together my thought-provoking (read: whiny) status updates regarding my weight. About 4 weeks ago, I was a good 23 lbs. over my fighting weight--much to the chagrin of my endocrinologist. Actually, she shrieked , "23lbs in ONE YEAR!?!?!?" and I went ahead and took that as "chagrin."
I've fallen into the very bad habit of using junky sweets and McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese meals to cope with stress and/or boredom. Changes need to be made! I'm a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers, having lost nearly 30lbs with them once upon a time. My mom and I returned a couple of months ago and started attending meetings, but the only time I could attend was Saturday mornings, and I began to REALLY resent the fact that I had to give up my sleep in day to go and weigh-in in front of people. Nice, friendly, GOOD people, but still. Missing that accountability factor, I haven't done so well when left to my own devices.
Enter, my dad:
While not an actual drill sergeant, my dad HAS made me kick of my shoes and exercise when I come pick up the girls after school. I know.
My dad has issued a weight loss challenge--we will each hit our weight-loss goal before our pool opens (the end of May) So far, he's down over 12lbs. Me, about 6.
I managed to lose the first 6 by replacing some meals with Cinch, which I really do like, and really suppresses appetite.
However, I'm the type of girl who just REALLY likes FOOD. Meal-replacements serve me well when I'm in a pinch--but I just don't think I'm the kind of gal who can hang her hat on meal replacements alone. I've decided to continue to follow the WW Points Plus plan, as I already have all of the literature. And hey, fruit is FREE (until sated) on the new program!
I've begun a love affair with clementines and bananas.
So, I've been cookbook shopping/browsing, and here are some recent faves:
I picked this one up at Target quite a while ago, and actually plan on OPENING it!
Yes, she's EVERYWHERE. Yes, her mouth annoys me when she talks. But this cookbook has some really great recipies. It focuses more on whole and organic (when possible) foods. That's a good thing, right?
I browsed this book, along with The Food You Crave, at Barnes and Noble last night. It all looked so scrumptious. I plan on checking these out of the library. And really, how cute is she???
Another library checkout. Looking forward to it.
I recently snagged a free subscription to Cooking Light through freebizmag.com and I'm anxiously awaiting my first issue!
I've also found that stalking weight loss/food blogs has helped motivate me. They're also a great resource for recipes and ideas. Some of my favorites:
This week, my goal is to cook something healthy and wholesome every night! Wish me luck!