Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Day After Christmas!

I had a wonderful Christmas!  However, I have eaten waaaay too much yummy food!  Will have to get back on track this week.  But I have company coming and we eat out a lot, which can derail my efforts.  I will do the best I can to make good choices.

How about you?  Did you make good choices during the Christmas festivities?  Or are you like me and trying to get back into the swing of being healthy this week?

Don't give up and hold off until the new year!  You can start making those good choices right now!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Lisa  :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Same = Good In December

I finally made it to Weight Watchers to weigh in today!  The last time I was there was right before Thanksgiving.  Had intended to go before now, but missed due to illness, busyness, etc.  My weight was EXACTLY the same!

That is actually a very good thing this time of year!  That means I don't have a weight gain after all the Thanksgiving food, sampling of homemade Christmas goodies, party food, etc!  Now I just need to stay strong for the rest of the month!

If I'm not trying to be healthy, I usually gain at least 5 pounds from Thanksgiving to January.  So to have no gain right now is excellent!

How are you doing?  How about trying to do just one good thing each day - like some exercise, drinking some water, not taking a second helping of something, refusing a cookie?  That's it - just one thing each day until we get to January.  I think we can at least do that!

I will be joining up with a food blogger for a 10-week program with other bloggers to try and lose weight.  It will start in January.  I'll give you more info on that when we get closer and maybe you can join up with me!

Hope you are enjoying your week!

Lisa  :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Potato Chowder

Winter is alway a great time for soup and I do enjoy trying new soup recipes, especially healthy ones!  This recipe was in a booklet I received at a Weight Watchers meeting.  I did have to make some substitutions according to what I had on hand, but I liked it.  It's a good hearty soup.

Potato Chowder

4 Yukon Gold potatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 pieces cooked corn on the cob, kernels removed with knife (I used a combination of frozen and canned corn instead)
1 cup diced red bell pepper
4 oz. diced Canadian-style bacon
2 cups fat-free milk
Salt, pepper, and hot pepper to taste

Pierce potatoes in several places with fork; microwave on high until tender, turning over once, about 10-12 minutes or so.  Allow to cool; peel and mash.  Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray.  Add celery, onion, corn kernels and red pepper; saute over med-high heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well.  Season with salt, pepper, and hot pepper; stir to combine.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil).

Makes 4 servings, 6 WW pts per serving
If you try it out, let me know what you think!

Have a healthy day!

Lisa  :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Are You Surviving December So Far?

Wow - can't believe it's been so long since I posted!  Thanksgiving kept me very busy and then my family was sick last week.  With all that, I have not begun to get ready for Christmas!  How about you?

As far as weight loss efforts go, I haven't been to a WW meeting in a couple weeks.  My weight was definitely up after Thanksgiving.  It was down after being sick, but I'm not sure now.  I plan to go to a meeting and weigh in this Saturday.  I had really hoped to lose some weight during December, but that isn't seeming very realistic.  At this point - I think I'll just try to maintain.  That would be good too!  When I am not focusing on weight loss/healthy eating at all, I typically gain at least 5 pounds from Thanksgiving to January.  So my goal shall be to keep that from happening this year!

How are you doing this month?  Have you made plans to survive all the holiday treats and dinners?  You can even go with small goals, like drinking more water and getting some activity each day.

I'd love to hear what successes or struggles you're having this month!  We can make it through!

Lisa  :)