Monday, December 13, 2010

Week One is Done

Early last week, I called my sister at work and told her I was going to the gym.  Always the voice of reason, she convinced me that perhaps that wasn't the best idea when I was still limping around because of my stupid hip injury.  I can walk about half a block before pain kicks in and I start dragging my leg, and for some reason, Annie thought it might be a bad idea for me to get on a treadmill.

I believe her exact words were, "Don't expect me to push you around in a wheelchair, dummy."

(Dummy is a term of affection in my family)

So I'm still waiting for my marvelous health insurance to announce if they'll be paying the hospital bill for this last foray into feebleness.  I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor and he'll hopefully get me into some kind of physical therapy.  I'd really like to get all this behind me, as it's not fun being 32 and having to turn down invites to concerts because I can't stand for two hours.

Yes, Mom, I know there are people out there a lot less fortunate than me.  (Excuse the snark.  My parents and sister are in California right now, where Kerry complained that she was bored.  We have blizzard conditions and it's currently 9 degrees outside with a wind chill of -6.  I hate them all right now).

Anyway, I didn't have high hopes for my first week of Weight Watchers Online, because to me, exercise equals weight loss, so I was happily surprised this morning to get on the scale and see I lost five pounds!  Hip hip hurray!

I attribute a lot of this to cooking at home.  Here comes the food photography.

This was Cooking Light Turkey Jambalaya.  It s super easy to make, looks impressive and is delicious.  It also freezes really well.  I feel like Billy Mays here, but it was very good.

I love this recipe for turkey burgers.  They're fast and scrumptious and I love squishing raw meat up with my hands.  I paired it with sweet potatoes cut up, sprinkled with olive oil and baked in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or so.  Flip them over halfway.  I don't like sweet potatoes at all but I like these.  Go figure.

Finally, this is Cooking Light Chili Pasta with Beans.  It's an old family favorite, meaning my mom calls me once a month and asks for me to read her the recipe again or she calls from the grocery store asking what spices are in it.  It is seriously ridiculously quick to make.  I am not one for spending hours slaving away in the kitchen.

So yeah, I'm thrilled and feeling pretty motivated.  This week my goal is to start drinking less Diet Coke, shudder.  Expect Coca Cola stock shares to fall sharply upon the release of this news.


  1. Congrats!! Maybe the key is NOT exercising? (haha, just kidding)

  2. Dammit I typed out a whole comment and it got erased. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS on a great first week! I am going to try to make that Chili Pasta with looks yummy. And so does that turkey burger. Mmmmm. Perhaps I'm hungry as I type this.

  3. Becca, it is really good. I add hot sauce to mine, and I've made it with turkey too. Plus, if my mother can make it without screwing it up, you know it's easy! ;)

    Melisa, wouldn't that be the discovery of the century?

  4. AWESOME!!! Keep up the good work and good posts. Its amazing what cooking at home can do. Living in WI-I shovled for 4 hours total yesterday, total cardio work so I figured I could have Dominos pizza which haven't had in years, hoped on the scale this am, now i remember why i don't eat out much, hoping its from all the salt and I can get the two pounds off asap :) just me and water bottle today!
    PS hope that monkey stays off your back lol

  5. Oh, my favorite, food porn! I am going to try amd make these receipes this week. They look great. I have rarely had a Cooking Light recipe that I didn't like.

    Congratulations on the weightloss! I think I found your 5lbs on my scale this morning, but what can you do? It was my birthday weekend.

  6. Way to go!!! I have not checked your blog for awhile I had been out of the office. Keep up the good work! I am going to try and give up DC (the monkey) next year.