Wednesday, March 26

Aimee's 10th & 11th Week Update

Alright, so I've been a little laxed on my posts this month! Sorry to my one reader (Holly :)) I'll try to be better! Thankfully I wrote the numbers down on my weigh in day or I'd never be able to recall them! Week 10: I lost .6 of a pound and Week 11: I lost .4 of a pound! Surprisingly the results continue going in the right direction! So as of the end of my 11th week dieting, I am down a total of 14.1 pounds!

I was asked if at this point I can tell a difference and the answer is an astounding YES! I have dropped two sizes in pants/shorts...and my shirts seem to be fitting much better (I think I was wearing things a bit too tight before...oops)! My underclothes have required changes as well...panties down a size and bra down a size--- in the rib size (I think that I should be wearing a smaller cup, too but the lady at GAP body swore this the right size!?!?!--- Ali was fitted at Nordstroms a while back and was totally impressed so someday when I'm without three curious children, I may venture that way!) Anyone available to join me?!!? Needless to say, weight loss is expensive, not because of the plan, but because of the need to recycle to new clothes.

Last night as Lonnie and I were hitting the sack, I told him that a drawer in my dresser was being loaded with clothes that are a bit big in case I put the weight back on. To which he replied...I don't think you'll need them again. And I said, I just hear that people often put their fat back on after the diet ends. To that...Lonnie told me that he doesn't think I'll get fat again. I flashed a look! Oops, double oops! He knew he'd stepped in it! All he could do was laugh and say that's not what he meant! It wasn't, neither of us think that I was "fat" before, just not as healthy as I am right now. Anyways I thought you'd appreciate that one so I figured I'd share!

As this point I'm continue to eat much less than I did a few months back (most people that diet say they didn't eat all that much before, I'm totally the opposite, I really did use to eat a lot--- way too much), and the snacks that I indulge in are things like, fat-free & sugar-free JELLO and Pudding (often topped with light Cool Whip), fruit, wheat thins with laughing cow, low point popcorn, and other low point/healthy alternatives. I am still hoping to coast down at least 1 more pound, but my vain girlish side would LOVE to loose 4 more pounds!?!? We'll see! I think I'll have to refocus and recommit to the fine print of the weight watchers diet if I am going to loose that much more!

I'll continue to post and update...I'll try to be more consistent!

Wednesday, March 19

Mexican Soup

makes 12 cups / zero points
6 cups vegetable broth (I used 6 cups water and Better Than Bouillon)
14 ounces canned diced tomato, Mexican-style preferred
2 cups fresh green beans (start with 8 ounces, then trim and snap into bite-size pieces)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 small zucchini (about 8 ounces before trimming)
1 cup tomatillo, cubed (start with about 4 ounces or 2 medium tomatillos)
1 medium jalapeƱo, membranes and seeds removed, minced
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
1 teaspoon salt to taste
2 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

OPTIONAL BUT TIME-SAVING TIP Bring the vegetable broth (or water for bouillon) to a boil in an electric tea kettle or in the microwave while prepping the vegetables.

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the vegetables and spices (canned tomatoes through as oregano) as they're prepped. Add the broth when it's ready. Cover and bring to a boil. (Because I used boiling water, the soup was just starting to boil when I added the last ingredients.) Once at a boil, partly uncover the soup, reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in salt, lime juice and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, March 12

Aimee's 8th & 9th Week Update

So, if you check out my other blog~ then you know that March 4th was my anniversary! No, I did not take my scale on our overnight date! I did stick to my plan for the most part while away, but truthfully, weight loss/maintenance wasn't much of my focus! Lonnie and I were all about having FUN together! So this Wednesday, March 12th ~ after two weeks without a checkup, I stepped on the scale again! Once again not expecting a loss, I was treated to a 1.2 pound weight loss! So here are the stats...Bennett's 5 pound prego weight lost---CHECK! ...Brady's 5 pound prego weight lost---CHECK! ...Belle's 5 pound prego weight lost---ALMOST...2.0 pounds left to reach my first goal! I'll check again next week and see where my weight is, but I definitely can tell the weight loss has slowed a lot! I think for the most part, the weight watcher food opts are still simple to follow! Once I reach the point I haven't loss, I think I'll go back to writing down my points to make sure I'm really following the plan to the tee...until then, I'm enjoying a more laxed approach!