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Healthy Lifestyle Changes June 15, 2011

Filed under: family,Weight Watchers — Jamie Payne @ 1:10 pm

The last five weeks have been quite an adventure for our family since I joined Weight Watchers.  At the very beginning my biggest fear was how to cook for myself and for my family….as in separate meals…to keep them satisfied.  I barely have time to cook one meal, let alone two, so the answer was simple.  They’re eating what I eat.  I’ve been working very had to find recipes that are not only WW friendly, but also something that the entire family will eat and enjoy.

Here are a few changes we’ve made so far that have gone over well:

1. Whole wheat pasta – The kids are clueless.  They have no idea that I’ve switched to whole wheat pasta and therefore don’t realize that I’m packing their little bodies with more fiber and less sodium.

2. Brown rice – The advantages of switching to brown rice are numerous!  When I found that white rice is basically brown rice that has had essential nutrient removed during processing in order to make it easier and faster to cook, I knew that we were going to switch.  Another advantage is that rice bran oil (which is only present in brown rice) contains gammaoryzanol, a compound with the ability to lower cholesterol. Yeah!

3. Water, water and more water – I’m finally drinking more water and less Diet Pepsi.  I still allow myself one 20oz bottle every morning for the caffeine but then I switch .  I bought an Embark water bottle at Target which has the measurements along one side so that I know how much I’m drinking each day.  I try to drink 28oz before noon and then another 28oz before I leave at 4pm.  Besides that fact that I’m about to float away and go to the bathroom every 10 minutes, I feel better about

4. Fruit for dessert – Our kids had gotten used to having something sweet for dessert each night as long as they finished their dinner.  This would consist of anything from fruit snacks to a Twinkie.  Not exactly good for them, I know.  We made the switch to fresh fruit for dessert and it’s gone over pretty well.  All three enjoy apples, watermelon and pineapple the most.  Every once in a while we throw in a Twinkie if they’ve been especially good:)

5. Lots of veggies and fresh herbs – Recently I’ve cooked with more fresh veggies and herbs than I thought I ever would.  The kids have been good about trying everything at least once and the only things that Ayden is adamant about not eating are peas, carrots and mushrooms.  I’ve learned though that if the carrots and mushrooms are small enough and disguised well, they still get consumed. 

6. Exercise – I’m back to working out 4-5 days a week like I was before getting pregnant with Miss Ava.  Mondays and Wednesday are treadmill days.  I do 30 minutes at a rate of 4 and incline of 1.5.  Tuesdays and Thursdays are toning days.  I do the full round of weight machines which work my legs and arms and then a lap of lunges around the running track.  All four days I do an abdominal workout to help lose my muffin top as well.  We encourage the kids to get their exercise as well.  The kids love to play outside and the boys are both taking karate and swim lessons.  During every karate lesson they include lots of stretching, push ups, sit ups and squats.  Ayden is also interested in taking tennis lessons so we’re looking into that when swim lessons are done for the summer. 

I still have a way to go before I reach my weight loss goal, but I’m already feeling better about myself.  If I have a weak moment, I don’t beat myself up about it.  Each day is a new day and another chance to make healthier choices.  As we try more new recipes I’ll be sure to post the ones we like here on the blog. 



Weight Watchers Recipe Updates! June 3, 2011

Filed under: Weight Watchers — Jamie Payne @ 8:30 am

This week I added a lot of new recipes to the blog that we’ve tried during the past couple of weeks.  Jason and the kids are starting to get used to our new “healthy eating” and really look forward to their fresh fruit for dessert.  They still get macaroni and cheese on Tuesdays and fast food on Fridays when we have karate at night.  I think this keeps them from getting too angry with me over the wheat pasta, brown rice, fresh veggies and general lack of carbs and cheese:)  I’m excited to weight in this Saturday and report back what a month of counting points has done for me and my parents!


Weight Watchers – Week #1 May 8, 2011

Filed under: Weight Watchers — Jamie Payne @ 8:55 pm

I finally took the plunge and started Weight Watchers last week Tuesday.  I’m very lucky to have both my mom and Peter going through this journey with me along with several close friends.  Originally, I thought keeping track of how many “points” I eat every day was going to be a royal pain in the rear but I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy this is.  I’m fully committed to eating healthier and getting back to my pre-AydenJamesonAva weight. 

While I’m not courageous enough to admit my starting weight, I will say that my goal is to lose 32 lbs.  After only one week on WW, I’ve already lost 6 pounds!!  I think it helps that during the past 6 weeks I’ve been working out at least 4 days per week.  While I didn’t see any weight drop from the scale, I could tell I was starting to tone my body by the way my clothes were fitting.  Making a change in my diet was the second step in Operation – Lose the Baby Weight. 

Along with eating healthier, I’m obviously making a lot of new WW friendly recipes.  If you’re interested in cooking healthier for you and your family, check out the Weight Watchers recipe section on the right.  As we try new things at home, I’ll post the recipes there.  For starters check out the following:

Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta
White Bean and Turkey Chipotle Chili 

Keep reading as I “weigh in” every Saturday!