Friday, September 26, 2008

Fat Ticker Friday - Week 3

Week 3 - done. Not done well, but done. I lost another .5 lb! I really would like more, but also haven't been as "good" as I should be, which makes it harder. I really want to get to 5 lbs and get a button for my sidebar from !

I need to keep better track of what I'm eating and I will be less tempted to have the bad stuff. But, I have a challenge this week. My Dad may be coming to visit and when I was visiting him last month, I put on 4-5 pounds in 2 weeks. I really need to plan ahead and be strong! We both have a sweet tooth.

Keep me in your prayers for the week! I will post another healthy recipe next week, too.

Have a blessed weekend!

P.S. Stop over to see Mel at A Box of Chocolates - she has 5 point Fridays with Weight Watchers foods with 5 points or less. Good stuff!

Lisa :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Healthy Recipe: Baked pumpkin Bread

In honor of Pumpkin Potpourri Week on my other blog, I thought I would post a healthy pumpkin bread recipe here. The recipe came from the internet a few years ago.

Baked Pumpkin Bread
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5 in. loaf pan.

2. Sift (I just whisk it) the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl. Mix in the pumpkin, brown sugar, buttermilk, egg and butter until well blended. Pour into loaf pan and smooth the top.

3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

12 servings, approximately 3 pts per slice

Try it out and see what you think! Good for snacking or for breakfast.

Lisa :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fat Ticker Friday - Week 2

Another week done! I barely managed to squeak out a loss: .5 lb!! That makes 3 lbs total. Anything that isn't a gain makes me really happy right now! And I feel more encouraged to not just let the weekend go.

Go check out how everybody else is doing for Fat Ticker Friday. Christie at Baby Tea Leaves asked us to talk about what's on our life's to-do list. Then I realized that I don't really have one, so I'm just thinking about it now. Here are a few things:

1. Lose weight and keep it off!!
2. Be consistent with Bible reading and time for the Lord.
3. Learn to play the piano better.
4. Take cake decorating classes.
5. Write articles for magazines and/or write a book.
6. Take a trip to Europe.
7. Visit Alaska.
8. Visit Hawaii.
9. Write (create) a cookbook.
10. Finish all my unfinished projects!
11. See my son grow up, get married to a wonderful girl, and have grandkids!
12. Go on a cruise.
13. Own a cabin.

Those are the things that come to mind right away. Nothing too out there - a fairly doable list, I think.

What's on your list? And how did your weight-loss efforts go this week?

We're just starting, so keep on plugging away - we can do it!!

Lisa :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Healthy Recipe: Mini-Cinnamon Rolls

I got this recipe from Weight Watchers magazine a few years ago. It's a great alternative to a huge, really-bad-for-you cinnamon roll.

Mini-Cinnamon Rolls
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
1 (11-oz) tube refrigerated breadsticks
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 9x13 baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter in a small bowl; set aside.

3. Separate the breadsticks into 12 strips. Sprinkle the tops with the brown sugar mixture and roll each one into a spiral, pressing to seal the ends. Arrange in the baking pan about 1 inch apart and bake until lightly golden, 15-18 minutes. Cool on a rack 10 minutes.

4. To prepare the frosting, combine the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla in a small bowl, adding a few drops of water if needed to make a smooth, spreadable glaze. Drizzle over the tops of the warm rolls and let stand a few minutes to set. Serve warm.

Per roll: 94 cal, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 pts

OK, now I'll have to have some of these. Sounds like a plan for Saturday morning!

See you back here on Friday for my weigh-in! It was a bad weekend, but the week is OK. Don't know if I'll actually lose anything this week though.

Lisa :)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fat Ticker Friday - Week 1

It's Fat Ticker Friday at Baby Tea Leaves with several bloggers talking about their weigh-ins.

I started on Monday and joined WW Online at the same time. I weighed this morning and was shocked to discover that I had lost 2.5 lbs !! Woo-Hoo!! A good start!

I didn't do anything drastic, just watched my points and cut back (I do not like to be deprived of anything, so it's more about moderation for me). I am excited to see what happens this next week.

We were asked what we wanted our legacy to be. First, I want to be a good example of a Christian wife, mother, and servant. I want to honor God in the things I do and do it all joyfully! Part of that is developing healthy eating and exercise habits and passing them along to my family. It's much easier to be joyful when you feel healthy, and you can get so many more things accomplished when you are fit. I pray that the Lord will give me strength and perseverance to continue on my weight-loss journey and help me to be an encouragement to others.

I am so excited for all of you that have lost weight this week, but also happy for those of you that didn't lose or gained and still posted! No matter what the scale says, you have started and you can focus on having a better week next week. Good job everybody!!

Lisa :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fresh Start

I didn't mean to go so long without posting! It was a crazy week and I did not really follow my plan. But I have started the new things I wanted to do.

I officially signed up for Weight Watchers online and will do my weigh-ins on Fridays. We'll see how it works for me.

I also started with Hot for the Holidays at Baby Tea Leaves, which involves weight loss with a group effort. They will have weigh-ins on Fridays.

Doing both of those plus blogging about it here should help me. I plan to post more regularly here again and offer healthy recipes each week.

Let's see what happens by December!

Are you with me? What are you working on?

Monday, September 1, 2008


Happy labor Day!

Well, for my week of transition and following the 7 steps, I struggled over the weekend to eat my fruit, drink water, and exercise. I weighed myself this morning and my weight is down - .5 lb. No, that's not 5 lbs, but Point 5 lbs - a half. I guess it's better than gaining, right?

I'll continue with the same program this week as I just try to adjust to being a little healthier. Then I will start keeping track of everything I'm eating. I think I will join another group on a blog that is trying to lose weight by Christmas - they are starting next Monday. I'll post that info later this week.

Hope you had a good weekend and have a great week of being healthy!

Lisa :)