food, glorious food

Tomorrow’s weigh in day, but I was in the bathroom with the scale yesterday morning to take a bath, and so stood on the scale. It put me down at 156 again. I did think 160 was probably an unusually high flux, and don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but one way or another it’s the right trend.

I haven’t really been counting points this week; Easter weekend and being at Mom & Dad’s kinda threw it out the window and I guess I haven’t cared enough to try really hard since. OTOH, I’ve been at least trying to be aware of how much I’m putting in my mouth, even when I know it’s too much, which is better than I’ve been doing.

I have also recruited my husband the chef to help. He and I have gone through the WW cookbook and found two weeks worth of dinner recipes to make, and have shopped for the sorts of ingredients we don’t usually have at home (tons o’ veggies, basically, not that we don’t eat vegetables, but like peppers and celery and other things we don’t typically have on hand but which many WW recipes call for). They’re interesting enough recipes for Ted to enjoy making them, it seems (quiche for dinner tonight, for example), and they’re good, and they’re *predictable*.

I have observed pretty much across the board that aside from occasionally substituting low fat mayo or margarine instead of butter, what seems to be important about the WW cookbook is 1. you are cooking at home, and 2. you are controlling your portion sizes. The easy thing about it, versus, say, my fantastic 1950s cookbook, is that it tells you everything you need to know right off the bat for calorie/points values. Ted’s got another cookbook, the name of which is escaping me right now (Healthy Eating, I think), which also has calories/fat/fibre information, so we have lots of recipes to choose from, but mostly right now I just need a few weeks of being very strict about dinnertime, because it’s easiest of all to fall off the wagon then. I need a dinner that ranges from about 7-12 points; I can usually get through the day with that many left (when I include the weekly point allowance. it gets easier, obviously, if I exercise at all.), but unless I’m really focused, because I’m usually pretty damned hungry by dinner, I will just eat until I’m not hungry anymore.

There may be a point to this, but I’m no longer certain what it is. , how do you prepare your oatmeal and how many points and stuff is it? Oatmeal is good stick-to-your-ribs food and anything I can use to get me through a little longer in the morning is worth looking at. :)

Right. This is me, trying not to go in search of food. :)

ETA: I have just added a list on my links, over at the bottom: purchases. These are rewards for weight goals reached. 150 is a big one for me, which is why it has 3 things at it (and those don’t include hiring a personal trainer, which I’d like to do if I can find a gym, or buying a guitar and lessons, maybe). I have _no clue_ what I would do with one of those corsets, but dammit, I want one. I have for years. So if I get to 150 I’m *buying* one. So *there*. And I know what I want for 145, but it’s a custom coat (hell, if you’re reading this you’re probably on the Chance filter, too: I want Chance’s trench coat, the sleeveless one), so I can’t put it on the purchases list.

Yeah. I have a thing for coats.

*gleaming eyes* Maybe I could get *boots* too…


  1. tersa

    You hit the nail on the head. The thing about eating at home is that you know what’s going into your food. :)

    tersa, how do you prepare your oatmeal and how many points and stuff is it? Oatmeal is good stick-to-your-ribs food and anything I can use to get me through a little longer in the morning is worth looking at. :)

    I use Alton Brown’s crockpot oatmeal method of preparing mine, and load it up with froot. :) It’s 6 POINTS, counts as three servings of fruits/vegetables, and lasts me through until lunch. As a note, I generally eat it on my High POINTS day (doing the Wendie Plan).

    Tersa’s Crockpot Oatmeal
    (Single serving)
    1/4 c. steel-cut oatmeal
    1/4 c. dried apples, diced
    1/4 c. dried cranberries
    1 1/2 c. water

    1/4 c. thompson seedless raisins
    1 package SPLENDA
    ~1/4 tsp. Butter Buds (I eyeball it)
    ~1/2 tsp. maple syrup flavoring (I eyeball it)
    3 generous pinches of kosher salt
    ~1/2-1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I eyeball it)

    I mix the first four ingredients in a small, 1-quart crockpot just before going to bed, then cook it on low (or in my case, it’s one setting) overnight.

    The next morning, I scrape it out of the crockpot into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.

    Eat. Yum.
    The original recipe called for 4 servings in a ‘normal’ 4 quart crockpot. You could probably do this and either refrigerate or freeze the leftover portions since there are two of you, and a normal crockpot has the low setting option.

    That’s slightly more water than the original recipe called for, per serving, but I found that in my crockpot model, it runs pretty hot and the extra water is needed to keep it from turning into a brick.

    * As tempting as it might be, don’t add the raisins in while cooking. Rehydrated raisins turn into grapes, and for some reason, I found that although I love raisins in my oatmeal, I do not like grapes in it. :)

    * About any other dried fruit would work for this. If you add a 3rd froot in while cooking, add another 2 Tbsp of water in. I ran out of dried apples this week so substituted 1/4 c. dried figs. It bumps the POINTS up to 7/serving, but it works, if a little sweeter. From personal tastes, I would avoid dried pears, because the oatmeal became a sickly sweet mess and was just nasty.

  2. tersa

    Dude, there are so many things I wanna buy if/when I make goal. Including either Zoe or one of Inara’s outfits to do cosplay. Get my Victorian dress tailored to fit. Toying with the idea of a ‘small of the back’ tattoo.

    We gotta have dreams to get us there… :)

  3. mizkit

    Hm. Perhaps I’ll try this! I have never really had oatmeal except of the instant variety, and I use milk in mine, so I have no idea if I’d like this or not, but heck, anything’s worth trying!

  4. mizkit

    Yes we do. :) And that’s part of why I put this list of purchases up on my site: so I could see it more or less daily. (I should probably move it to the top, really. I’ll think about doing that.)

  5. aberdeen

    This year I have pretty well been stable at about 10 pounds above where I’d ideally like to be, and about 5 pounds above where I’ll be satisfied. (Although, apparently, I’m satisfied enough with where I am that I’m not doing something about it. o.O ) Perhaps I need to find out what my reward is for getting to where I really want to be. Hmmmm.

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