Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I used to eat 2 packets of oatmeal for breakfast with coffee. Doesn't sound too bad right? The Oatmeal is 8 points (not terrible, but really not a good choice). I had a little coffee with my creamer, about 6 TBS. I get 26 points for my day, this is pretty average for a woman. So spending 14 points on my breakfast was not going to work. I realized quickly that I needed to make my points count and the best way to do that is to focus on meat, veggies and fruit. I didn't have a bunch of extra time on my hands in the morning, but I decided scrambled eggs would be the best bang for my buck. 1 egg white is 0 points and you can have several egg whites for 1 point. I didn't really like the taste of just egg whites so I decided to do 2 whole eggs and 1 white to start off, then I weaned myself down to 1 whole egg and 2 whites. I'm not sure why I decided to try zucchini in my eggs, but I've eaten them for breakfast for the last 7 months and I love it! I slice it up spray in some pam non-stick spray to saute it. Once the zucchini is brown I put my eggs in and scramble them up. If I have other veggies I throw them in too, but most of the time I just throw a whole zucchini in there. The reason for the whole zucchini is to trick myself into thinking I'm eating a big portion.

Some days I just really don't have time to make anything, so I love the Special K breakfast sandwiches for those days. My favorite ones have eggs and peppers and pepper jack cheese. I've been known to put thinly sliced zucchini on the sandwich too. (I really like zucchini haha) When I'm away from home, omelets are the bomb! Restaurants are great about making them the way you want (egg wise), so I just ask for one whole egg and 2 whites then load it up with veggies and no cheese. I found that I didn't really miss the cheese that much it just made all the other flavors really stand out.

 There was no way I was going without coffee either or drinking it black. I weaned myself down to 3 tablespoons instead of 6. So my breakfast is 6 points. A few months into our diet my husband found Dunkin' Donuts creamer 3 TBS for 1 point! Sounds great, but it doesn't taste anything like my coffee mate. I came to the compromise of 3 TBS of Dunkin' doughnuts and 1 TBS of Coffee Mate. I have one cup in the morning and one cup at night with my dessert.. yep dessert, pretty much every night.

All these changes add up and make a huge difference!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Turning Point

First things first! I have lost 35 pounds doing Weight Watchers. Awesome right!?!? Let me tell you why I decided to lose weight.

Long story short, I gave birth to twin girls who were very premature. Might I also add, two weeks after I gave birth to my girls I was below my pre-pregnancy weight. Sounds great, right? We spent 2 1/2 months in the NICU. That's right I spent 2 1/2 months away from home eating whatever I wanted. ehhhh.. And once I got home it was a grab whatever you can when you have a minute.

Finally we got to go home. While at home one day, I bent over to get some clothes out of a dresser, lost my balance and ripped the butt of my FAVORITE jeans. Yep, blew them out. I was so upset. I found other people making excuses for me about why I couldn't lose weight. Excuses included:  I was stressed, just had twins, I just wasn't a naturally thin person. 

I just couldn't handle it anymore; after seeing a few really terrible pictures of myself, I felt I didn't even look like me anymore. I told my husband I had to do something about it and I wanted him to do it with me. I still laugh when I think back about his reaction. He didn't say anything, just gave me a look that said why do I have to diet because you're fat? Now, he would never say something like that, because he's not stupid, haha! He halfheartedly agreed that he would give it a week. 

We looked into a few different programs, but finally landed on Weight Watchers. We know a few people who have done really well with it. So we signed up and got the app on both phones. The scanner is pretty cool, but we quickly realized that our favorite snacks were making us fat.  So the husband went to the store and loaded up on good for us food. He also got us a bunch of dessert items. This is a must, helps curb the desire to cheat. 

Did I tell you all along this journey we were also raising twin infants and 8 and 5 year old boys?..... okay just checking. 
So what was making us fat? No portion control, carbs and coffee creamer. The coffee creamer sounds ridiculous right? Not when you use as much as I did. I'm going to share with you the changes I made, that made all the difference!