My Favorite WW Meal


This is my newest obsession. Chicken parm sandwiches are one of my most favorite meals, but they’re not really WW friendly. I fell back on an old favorite from my strict vegetarian days: Morningstar “chicken” patties!

Fake chicken patty: 4 PP
One deli flat: 2 PP
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese: 2 PP
2 tbsp spaghetti sauce: 0 PP

Add a side of green beans (0 PP) and some Trader Joe’s sweet potato fries (5 PP) and you’re all set! Only 13 PP for a filling dinner.

Some of my other go-to food are Chobani yogurt, bananas, Kashi granola bars, tea, and the WW smoked mozzarella string cheese. Yum.


Weight Watchers Update

So far I’ve lost 5.4 pounds on Weight Watchers after 4 weeks. Although I know this is a healthy pace, I’m also disappointed that number isn’t larger. I’m disappointed in myself because I haven’t worked out at all, with the exception of getting on the elliptical a couple of times. I haven’t been able to do any type of exercise the past couple of weeks because of my stupid infected leg, and I’m starting to get antsy. I thought being forced to lie on the couch and be a lump would be great, but I find myself wishing I could get up and just go for a walk outside. It was so nice last week, and I couldn’t even enjoy it. Although my leg seems to be getting somewhat better, I think I’ll probably be stuck lying around for at least another week until it’s completely healed.

On top of that, the antibiotics are kicking my ass. I’m on day 9 and although I’ve definitely had worse reactions in the past, I just don’t feel well. They exaggerate my stomach issues and make me feel generally yucky all over. I have 2 more days to go with this prescription, but I have a feeling I’ll be given another round when I go back to the doctor on Thursday morning. As long as I don’t have to go to the hospital, I’ll deal with it and be thankful, I just wish this was over already.

I’ve been eating horribly the past few days, too. On Friday, we ordered Chinese food and I got General Tso’s Shrimp, which I ate for dinner and for lunch on Saturday. Saturday night we didn’t feel like going out, but we also didn’t have much in the house so we had an “appetizer night” and made a bunch of Trader Joe’s stuff: mac and cheese bites, mini chicken tacos, sweet potato fries. Sunday, we went to my in-laws’ after church and I had two rolls with cheese, then we ordered pepperoni pizza for dinner. Today I didn’t have anything for lunch so I came home and had two chicken tamales. Dinner? Leftover pizza. Seriously, what is wrong with me? I need to do a better job of keeping healthy stuff in the house so I’m not tempted to eat so badly. I’ve run out of veggies, except for a bag of green beans, and just stocked back up on yogurt and bananas today. If I can’t do any type of exercise, I need to at least eat better. I’m pretty sure I’m going to see a gain on Wednesday morning and I have no one to blame but myself.

Unintentional hiatus

I don’t know why I stop writing when I actually have stuff to write about. I get overwhelmed and then just walk away instead of trying to sort things out and get them out of my head.

Also, I’ve been less motivated to write much since I made my blog password protected. I got really paranoid when I saw a huge jump in visits after the articles about Christina came out and I didn’t want a bunch of people rummaging through my life trying to find bits and pieces about her here. I also didn’t want them judging me on anything I’ve posted, so I thought it was better to make it all private except for a select few people whom I actually trust.

SO. Here is what has been going on:

1) I went to the doctor a week and a half ago about a small pimply looking thing on my leg. It had been there for quite some time, but it looked infected because the center was dark. My doctor said he thought it was a cyst that would need to be removed, so he sent me to the dermatologist. She said that it didn’t look like a cyst, just an infection, so she squeezed all the gunk out of it (and dug around with what felt like a needle) and wrote me a prescription for a topical antibiotic. If it didn’t improve in a couple of days, she said, go fill the second prescription for an oral antibiotic.

It didn’t work. By Sunday night, my leg was so swollen and red and painful that I was debating sawing it off just to make it stop. We drove down the street to the ER (literally, we can see the hospital from our back door) at midnight and were the only ones so they saw me right away. The nurse said he thought it was a boil, but the discharge papers say cellulitis, which as far as I can tell is a fancy name for what could be a very scary skin infection. They gave me a second antibiotic and told me to go see my dermatologist in the morning.

She drained it again, with anesthesia thank the Lord, and told me to forget the other antibiotics, and gave me a third prescription. She drew marks on my leg and said if the redness spreads beyond them, I have to call her. If these meds don’t work, I’m looking at being admitted to the hospital, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

2) Our second wedding was this past weekend. It was very nice and I did ok with it even though there was a part during the ceremony where I had to bite the inside of my lip to keep from crying. The priest read an Irish marriage blessing which I thought was so fitting and something my mom would have loved. I decided to wear one of Christina’s bracelets and a necklace my mom gave me in order to have them both with me. After the ceremony, we picked up a bunch of pizza and wine and had the family over. It was fun and relaxed and perfect.

3) My in-laws bought us living room furniture, which I love. It’s almost exactly the same as our old set. We moved the old hand-me-down furniture into the living room, and the new comfy stuff into the family room. We’re going to be moving the computer desk out of here and into a corner of the living room, and then I want to get a rug for in here as well. Right now it’s tiled, which is cold and hard and awful. Then the room that we spend 95% of our time in will be furnished, and all we’ll have left to do is hang pictures and decorate. It’ll be nice to have one room that is completely done and OURS.

4) I need to find a new job. We’re not getting raises this year, but we are getting more responsibility, and I’m just tired of working somewhere I hate and being talked down to by stupid travel agents for very little money. If I’m not going to enjoy my job, I should at least be making more money to make it worth my time and unhappiness. As soon as the husband gets a contract for next year, I’m sprucing up my resume and throwing it out into the world.

I’m sure there’s more. I have a bunch of pictures to post, but I have to find time to edit them first. I’m hoping to practice more now that it’s getting nicer out.