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Coupon Abbreviations
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  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Weekly Weigh In

Can I just say that whether you read these posts or not you are truly helping me accountable.  Knowing that every Monday I have to type out my successes (or failures) for the week is a large motivator for me throughout the week.  This week I needed that extra motivation!

I did lose this week, another 2.5 lbs!  That brings my total loss up to 12.5 lbs.  I’m still 18 lbs away from the goal, but it’s great to see it getting slowly closer.

My trial period with Nutrisystem came to an end this week.  I decided to not renew for another month and instead stick to portion and calorie sizes that were very similar.

My goal each day:

200 Calories – Breakfast
100-200 calories – mid morning snack
300 calories – lunch
100-200 calories – afternoon snack
400-500 calories – dinner
100 calories – night snack
1500 calories total

That was roughly what Nutrisystem meals had me doing, though sometimes it was a lot less and at the end of the day I would have only eaten 1100 calories.  To be healthy most of us need a a minimum diet of 1500 calories.

Breakfast Foods this week:

Kellogg’s Special K Protein Bar – 170 calories
Thomas’ Bagel Thins with fat free cream cheese – 150 calories
VitaTop Muffin – 100 calories
Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal – 160 calories

Snack Options this week:

Halo Mandarin Oranges – 50 calories
Bumble Fat Free Tuna Salad to-go kit – 130 calories
Pop Corn – 100 calories
Special K Chocolate Covered Pretzels – 100 calories
Pistachios, 40-50 nuts, 160 calories
Bai5 Bubbles – 5 calories

Lunch Options this week:

Bistro Salad Bowls, 210-280 calories depending on type
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Frozen Dinners
left overs (portioned out already)

Dinner Plan this Week:

Grilled Chicken Breast 4 oz with grilled Asparagus – 200 calories
Broiled Salmon with Roasted Veggies – 200 calories
Homemade Pizza with veggies (no meat and super light cheese) – 170 calories per slice
Taco Salad with 1/2 shell – 250 calories
Lentil Pasta and Roasted Veggies – 300 calories

We tend to do rice as a starch, if calories allows I do 1/2 cup cooked white rice plus 1/4 tablespoon of butter for 140 calories.  Many nights I have the calories to spare and it’s great to have something I love and still be right on track.

I have a sweet tooth so my late night treat has been a cup of Lemon Italian Ice that are on sale BOGO all the time.  They are 100 calories each and are perfect for kicking the late night munchies.

Do you have any snacks or meals that you love?  I’d love some ideas of other things to add into the rotations!!

    • Tiffani

      I have been using the MyFitnessPal app and losing some weight too! I love Arnold’s sandwich thins or flatout wraps with some deli turkey and a Mini Babybel Light cheese for lunch. I eat the Special K packaged snacks (usually 60-100 calories) or Emerald 100 calorie packs or light yogurt for snacks. Orville Redenbacher’s makes 100 calorie snack size popcorn bags that are great as well. Also, turkey bacon and eggs are a fave in our house! Good luck!

    • Melanie

      Jenny, I do not know the calorie count, but I put some chocolate chips in a cup or bowl and heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the chips some. Then I add a little almond butter. I call it Liquid Reese’s.

    • Cameron Palma

      Good going Jenny! Woot woot :)

    • SmoochTheCook

      I pan fried some asparagus, onions, and carrots in a tiny bit of smart balance butter and served it over quinoa that I cooked in chicken broth. I paired it with some garlic grilled chicken breasts and my family LOVED it! I’m trying to cook healthier for them and I think this fit the bill!

    • vickisfloyd

      You go girl! We have been on a healthy eating plan since the beginning of January and I have lost 25.5 pounds. I have a Rice Krispy Treat every single night! (The store bought ones.) They’re only 90 calories each and I feel like I’m having a great treat. I also have a recipe that I call ‘egg muffins’. We have two of these every morning!

      Mix up a dozen eggs as though you are scrambling them.

      Spray one dozen muffin tin cups with cooking spray.

      Pour the eggs into the 12 muffin cups.

      Add 1/3 wedge Laughing Cow cheese (any flavor you like) to each cup.

      Add 1/3 slice lunch meat ham (thin sliced kind, like Oscar Meyer – 60 calories per serving). I take about 1/3 of the slice and just tear it and put it in the muffin cup. Or you can use about 1 TBS of cubed hame.

      Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the tops are set. Let them sit for about five minutes.

      You can also add fresh spinach, mushrooms, garlic, whatever you like.

      Enjoy! These are only about 90 calories each and full of protein!

      Refrigerate the leftovers (if there are any!) and just pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

      • http://www.southernsavers.com/ Jenny

        That sounds delicious and we have a ton of eggs…

      • Melissa

        Skinnytaste online has an omelet cup recipe that I use – half whole eggs and half egg whites with bacon, cheese, tomatoes and green onions. The portions are very good.

        Her site has alot of light recipes that feel hardy – love the turkey meatballs – and that’s saying alot since I don’t care for ground turkey all that much.

        • vickisfloyd

          I am not familiar with that website – thanks so much! I will check it out!!!

    • annette

      congrats! i’m using my fitness pal lost 5lbs so far. for a snack i like baby carrots or pretzel sticks with hummus

    • Georgi Carter

      Congratulations!!! You’re doing great! I love sunflower seeds for afternoon snack or while watching a movie. I get my salty crunchy fix but in a healthy way. A $0.50 bag takes a while to eat which is a bonus. I use EAS carb control or Atkins shakes for breakfast because I’m a lazy bum. Microwavable meals are too dinky to me by themselves so I add a can of French style green beans and mix them in. I’ve been doing Atkins for 12 years for my blood sugar. I don’t look at it as a diet or think I can’t have certain foods. I think that’s the biggest way we sabotage ourselves by focusing on what we “can’t have”. I can eat sugar but I choose not to because I pass out if I do. Perception is key I think. Cheering for you!!!! You totally can reach your goal!!!

      • Georgi Carter

        Oh and Waldon Farms dressing. Their jam, chocolate sauce, and Apple butter are OK too.

    • Melissa

      Congrats! And on a holiday weekend no less!
      We had company on Saturday night and family on Sunday – which equaled a .2 gain for me. Even though I didn’t feel like I ate a ton.
      Trying to get back into my routine this week and hoping for a lose next Monday.

      Dry roasted sunflower seeds or pepitas are a real good snack. Tried a new cracker call Good Thins by nabisco – potato, sweet potato or veggie flavors. On sale last week at Publix. Even my kids thought they were good. My old standby is sesame melba toast with a laughing cow cheese wedge. I also eat alot of fruit. The navel oranges from Sam’s were great wtih a nice flavor.

      A nighttime snack we like is 1/2 cup pineapple sherbet with any kind of berries – blueberries are especially good.

      I have to portion out snacks to keep me in line so I buy a regular bag and portion in containers to take to work.