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It’s a GOAL!!

Week#14 (2 weeks back) when I weighed in I was status-quo,no loss no gain. This to me was a surprise since I had already modified the plan as discussed in my last post. But then again I hadnt given myself enough time I think. I really,really wanted to reach my 10% goal before the BIG vacation.Not that it matters much,but its a huge boost of self-esteem and your ego. Plus,I was only  1.2 lbs away,thats not huge.

That weekend I was craving seafood, so we had scrumptous dinner at Joes Crab Shack,one of our favorite. What a way to start a week,I thought.Come Monday I was back on my gym plan change and a new salad and soup lunch.Middle of the week I couldn’t make it to the gym for some reason or other.  In addition to that I enjoyed slices of a nice banana nut bread and sweet sheera on couple of nights. There was no way this week was going to work.

Oh well, I never miss my weigh-ins. I havent in the past 16 weeks. And I was not going to miss out this weeks one just because I slacked. So I weigh in and holy-canoli- I am down 3 lbs!!! That 10% and more. I was ecstatic to have made my 10% goal. I wanted to shout at the top of my lungs and dance around town.At WW they treat you with a neat key chain as your prize. And your name is up on the wall-of-fame.:))

For those reading (and my future reference).Here is the summary

Weeks: 16
Total Loss: 17.8 lbs
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DH was surprised too.Because in his books, I had been “bad” this week. But hey you never know,when or how your body works. How it gets out of that plateau. One thing I have realized is, if you think you are workig hard on weight loss but the dont see the numbers , SHAKE IT UP!! Make whatever changes you can to shake it up, be it lifestyle,activity,food,mood,stress.

For me this is not the end though. I think I am only half way there. When I get back from my vacation, hopefully not with a major weight gain, I am plan to set up new goals for myself. This vacation will be a huge test for me. No regular gym. No pre planned lunch and dinner. It worries me, but I know I will be fine, I have tremendous support from my family.I couldnt have done this without the sacrifice and support of my dearest husband.

Okie so this week’s recipe is a typical American meal we had one weekend nights. Oven-Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes,Grilled Asparagus and Biscuits. Simply southern. Here’s the twist, the chicken is  oven fried  instead of deep friend aka HEALTHY!! I modified the recipe I found in a weight watchers booklet. (The mashed potatoes and biscuits were store bought)

Southern-Style Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

2 chicken breasts
1/2 cup buttermilk or yogurt(thinned down with water)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp cayenne pepper or red chilli powder or sriracha sauce)
1tsp garlic powder
1 cup breadcrumbs (store bought)(I used italian style)
1 cup any crispy cereal (ground coarse)

  1. Trim the fat from the chicken breasts and pound the breasts thin.
  2. Next marinate  the chicken  in buttermilk, dijon mustard, chilli powder,salt and pepper .Let it sit int he refrigerator for an hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 365ºF. Lightly coat an 8 X 8 X 2-inch baking dish with olive oil cooking spray; set aside.
  4. Combine ground cereal flakes, breadcrumbs, red chilli powder and salt in a shallow dish.
  5. One at a time, dip the chicken pieces in the crumbs mixture, packing crumbs onto chicken.
  6. Arrange the chicken onto the baking sheet and spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
  7. Bake until chicken is tender and no longer pink, about 30 to 45 minute.
  8. Enjoy with a side of mashed potatoes,grilled veggies and warm biscuits!

Servings: 4 (half of chicken breast=4 oz pieces)
Points :  5 per serving (approx.)

Note:

  • I  defrost the chicken in ziploc bags so they are easier to pound and thin down. Then I marinate them in the same bag.
  • You could use egg subsitute or eggs if you prefer as a binding agent. Just dip the chicken in the egg subsititue first and then dredge in the crumbs.
  • I used Fiber One Honey Clusters and they lended a sweet flavor.It wasnt bad,DH liked it too.But I would prefer to just use regular bran or corn flakes next time.
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Alive and kicking

My post title rightly describes how I feel this very moment,after my first kickboxing class today at the gym. I have aches in muscles I didn’t know existed. Just glad to be alive,I say.

I know I have been very lazy about updating my blog.The past few weeks have been down and up.After the 2.2lbs loss with the new gym routine,I  was  -1.2lbs in Week#11. Week #12 I was  -0.8 lbs but week#13 I was back up a +0.6 lbs. So the net loss in 3 weeks was 1.4lbs not noteworthy at all I feel for 3 weeks. But I think I can list a few reasons for this.

One, I think I have started to tone up a little. And when you build muscles, you don’t see it on the scale. How you ask? Well 5 lbs of fat = 5 lbs of lean muscle. Its just that its lean, toned up and better for ya.

Two, I know for sure that the reason for the gain in Week#13 was because of bad eating habits. DH was out of town for 2 weeks. And with my guinea pig/ pig out, I  was being lazy with cooking. No,I did not raid the chips and cookies, what I did wrong though,was pick up some “healthy choice” frozen entrees. Bad idea. One, they didn’t fill me up and two, they didn’t taste good. I feel sorry for the people who eat them everyday, morning,noon,night.And when you exercise but don’t eat right or enough, you don’t see results. That just how the body works. You feed it to lose it. I know it sounds stranger than what we are used to but believe me it works. Its the crux of weightwatchers.Forget the starve to lose philosophy.

So my immediate goal is to reach my goal weight at least by the end of this month. Thats 1.2 lbs in 2 weeks. For that I have decided to do a few things different.

  1. Change my exercise routine more, which I did today starting the kickboxing class
  2. Change my lunch. For a long time for my lunch I have been carrying a deli sandwich on wheat bread, ww zero-point soup and broccoli. I think I need to spice things up a bit. So salad-soup comb it is for the next 2 weeks.

As a note, I have to mention that I have an extended vacation coming up next month. So its good to lose as much as I can in the next two weeks, so I can indulge in some home cooked food,guilt free.

P.S. Sorry I dont have a recipe today.Blame it on my laziness to take pictures right after stirring up a meal. But I promise something next time.

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