- cleaned up kitchen
- cleaned bathroom
- did school with kids
- watered lawn
- cleaned out water fountain on front porch
I've decided to do something a little different this week. I'm going to keep track of my points AND my calories. I have the bodybugg and it tells me how many calories I burn. I would like to know what my calorie deficit is each day and I've always been curious how points compare to calories. It's the geeky scientist coming out in me. I can't help myself. :)
Breakfast: Carb Check Bagel with I Can't Believe You Call This Butter spray (2 pts) and a Carb Free Rock Star (o pts) Calories= 160
Lunch: grilled cheese (2 pts) and Amy's Alphabet Soup (2 pts per can) Calories=270 I eat all of the green beans first because I don't like them but I know they're good for me. Then I can just enjoy my little alphabet noodles which I love. :) More cleaning. My house is such a disaster right now. I really let things get away from me while I was doing school this semester. Shame on me!
I love mashed potatoes but I really hate peeling the taters. I'm lazy in the kitchen, what can I say? I was so very happy to find these peeled and cubed potatoes at Kroger. You just steam the entire bag in the microwave and then add milk and whatever else you want and squish them. I just added 1/4 cup milk and a few squirts of the butter spray and some garlic powder and salt. Was freakin awesome! And the potatoes are only 80 calories per 3/4 cup PLUS whatever you add to them.Dinner: Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Gravy (5 pts); broccoli (o pt); mashed taters (2 pts) calories for whole meal= 325 Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Gravy (5 pts)
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 lean boneless pork loin chops trimmed of all fat
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed chicken broth (I couldn't find condensed so I just got a can of regular)
Combine 1st four ingredients in a shallow dish.
Dredge chops in flour mixture and set aside.
Combine what is left of the flour mixture w/ the chicken broth and pour into your crock pot.
Spray olive oil into a large skillet and cook the chops in hot oil until browned on both sides.
Place chops in crock pot and cook covered on High for about 2 to 5 hours or until tender.
Serve w/ hot rice and/or mashed potatoes.
++If the gravy becomes too thick just add a little water. If you accidentally add too much water then add a little more flour.
Season w/ salt and pepper too your taste.
4 servings at 5 pts each or approx 203 calories
I got calorie info from calorieking.com
And now dessert!!! I had received an email from Weight Watchers a few days ago and it had a recipe for Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake Pie that was worth 3 pts per slice and used the WW brand chocolate muffins. I figured I could make it even lighter with the Vitamuffin chocolate muffins. And here is the result: (yes, it's 1 pt)I have run this through the recipe builder on the WW site several times and compared it with the nutritional info on the packages and it really does equal 1 pt (117 calories) for 1/6th of the pie. That's a big piece! Of course, I drizzled it with a little sugar free chocolate sauce. You'll have to add points for any of your drizzles. :)
I don't want you to be disappointed: this does not taste like cheesecake. I'm really not sure why WW named it that. You can choose to call it anything you like but don't think you are going to get a cheesecake out of this. Just enjoy it for what it is: a 1 pt dessert. :)
Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake Pie (1 pt) or 117 calories per slice
3 Vitamuffin Deep Chocolate muffins
3 Tbs cold water
1/8 oz unflavored gelatin (about 1 1/2 tsps)
6 oz Weight Watchers Amaretto Cheesecake yogurt
1 1/2 cups Fat Free Cool Whip
1 cup strawberries, sliced
To make crust, slice the vitamuffins into 4 slices and place in a pie pan. You'll have to kind of press them down after they're all in there to make them cover the bottom. It should look like this: Put water in microwavable bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and let it set for 2 minutes. Then microwave at medium high power for 20 seconds. It should be dissolved. If not, microwave for another 5 seconds and stir.
Put yogurt in medium bowl and stir in gelatin mixture. Fold in Cool Whip gently. Spread over chocolate muffins evenly.
Top with sliced strawberries. I used this mushroom slicer contraption that I got from Pampered Chef years ago but I'm sure you can get them at any kitchen supply place. Let pie set in refrigerator for at least an our and then serve. Each serving is 1/6th of pie. 1 pt each or 117 calories
I did NOT want to do our scheduled run today. I got the whole family out there so we could all suffer together. Why should I be the only one feeling like I'm dying out there?
Today we started a new ratio of 2 minutes running and 2 minutes walking. It sucked so badly. Rachel was barely making it and even little Charlie was sweating. Chuck, of course, was way ahead of us but I think it even worked him out. :) Total was 34 minutes: 5 minute walking warm up; 2 minutes run, 2 minutes walk, repeat 6 times; 5 minute cool down walk Distance: 2.3 miles
Today my calories are way too low. 964 calories is not enough and I know it. But I'm just not hungry. I'm going to go force myself to eat some yogurt and/or grapes or something. I don't want to though. What would you do? Would you eat to make sure you get a minimum of calories or would you listen to your body even if the calories are too low?
Points: 19/24 Calories=1220
Calories burned per bodybugg: 2693
Calorie deficit: 1473 (3500 calorie deficit should equal 1 pound lost)
Activity: run walk 34 minutes at 2:2 ratio +3 AP according to WW site.
**UPDATE: It probably wouldn't have hurt to have one low calorie day but I went ahead and had a cup of grapes (1 pt) 105 calories and a chocolate coconut energy bar (3 pts) 140 calories. I've changed the stats above to reflect it.