Sunday, September 20, 2009

The battle of the bulge...

... has been a struggle these past three weeks, and it shouldn't be... After all, Weight Watchers has taught me to make wise choices and to make portion control my friend....


However, knowing it and doing it are two different things!! But this week I vow to get back on track because I've worked too hard to lose 30+ pounds, with many more still to go!!... (Don't you love the little Weight Watcher Weather Forecaster I found at Fairground Antiques last week? I'll share more about that little trip in a future post) ...

Getting off track began when the girls moved out September 1st. One was heading back to college and one was heading off to her first apartment... I told them I'd make whatever they wanted for our last meal as a family at home before they moved out...

One wanted a mediterranean/hummus/feta tossed salad, one wanted an avocado/mozzarella/kalamata olive tossed salad... both wanted bread dipped in olive oil...


One wanted a vegetarian lasagna....


... the other wanted sausage lasagna...


We had strawberry shortcake for dessert (but I forgot to take a photo of the finished product!!)...


Then the following weekend we headed to The Cape for a get-together with family members...


...and of course that meant more food....


Here we are crossing the Cape Cod Canal via the Bourne Bridge...


Even though it was Labor Day weekend, traffic was light, for which we were very grateful!


If you ever visit the New England area and are not familiar with rotaries, just keep in mind that the traffic already IN the rotary has the right of way... If you remember that, you'll have no problems (my GPS, Delilah, refers to rotaries as "roundabouts"... is that what they are called in other parts of the country?)


Anyhow, for our trip to the Cape I made a crabmeat mold appetizer (of course I couldn't find my mold at the last minute so I just put it together in a bowl! Not quite the 'ooooohhh/aaaaahhhh' affect of the mold, but it tasted just as good!) Served on crackers it is to-die-for! (Here's the Crab Mold recipe I used, and I always use imitation crabmeat.)

I also made a variation of my usual layered salad...

This particular version called for a combination of mayo/sour cream on the top (as opposed to just mayo)... Court definitely prefers my plain mayo version although everyone else thought it was good with the sour cream/mayo mixture. (Here's the Layered Pea Salad recipe I used, although I omitted bacon and added tomato, and just used shredded cheddar on top)...
More lasagna... What can I say... They're quick and easy to make and my family likes them! ha ha Again, one vegetarian, one with sausage... just variations of the basic recipes on the lasagna box.

I thought some of the kids at the family get-together might like mac & cheese... I happend to come across "Marilyn's Mac and Cheese" recipe and it sounded really good so I doubled (or tripled?) the recipe and gave it a go...


I'm happy to report that everyone loved it! So thank you, Marilyn Gabler of Fort Worth, TX!!! (You can find her recipe on page 136 of the October 2009 Country Living, or just click here).

Of course the piece de resistance was the layered pudding cake (a variation of the Kahlua cake I make... I wanted the kids to be able to eat it so I used coffee flavored syrup instead of Kahlua)...


It is generously topped with crushed Heath bars (I may have gone overboard with the topping, but it was yummy!)
Here is the basic pudding cake recipe I used/altered! For the pudding, I used 2 large boxes of instant fat free. And rather than cutting the cake into 1" squares, I just poked holes all over the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon and then poured the coffee syrup (which I used instead of Kahlua) over the cake (I probably used more than a cup, too!); and I definitely used more Cool Whip (probably closer to 2 tubs) ... and 8 candy bars rather than 4! ha ha - hardly the same recipe, huh?)


So we had those special events, and as I mentioned in a previous post, with the girls being moved into the city we were grabbing quick bites here and there and everywhere, including here, Uno's in Cambridge....


... and then both girls were home last weekend so we took a drive up to Portsmouth, NH, which included breakfast at The Friendly Toast... I also had a birthday, so that was more food and another cake...
So as you can see, it's been food, food, and more food for almost 3 weeks... But now it's time to get back on track, start cooking healthy meals, start making make wiser choices, put portion control to work, and get back to the business of losing the extra pounds that are weighing me down... because the older I get, the more important it is to get rid of this excess weight and get healthy!
Wishing you all a wonderful week...
Comment Update: Well, guys, my family is in stitches with all the wonderful comments you've left about what a good cook I must be because that is the furthest thing from the truth! I am absolutely dismal in the kitchen! That's why when things turn out half decent I grab the camera, so I'll always remember when the (insert name of any recipe here) actually turned out good!!" But thank you for your kind, kind words!!!
Donna

13 comments:

Dawn said...

Hi Donna,
First, let me say the little figurine is just adorable.

Your post couldn't have come at a better time. The only period I have succeeded with weight loss was when I joined Weight Watchers. I lost weight, but thought it was too easy and figured I could fudge a little. Not a good idea. I've gained it back then some. I've been thinking of starting again as I feel it more now.

Your wt. loss log on your sidebar is so inspiring. Best wishes on your journey and thanks for being brave enough to share it.

Dawn

Sue said...

Oh yuuummm! Youve made my mouth water, no wonder you are struggling!! It is hard once they leave.Although my two girls are still living here, they are out all the time with their boyfriends, so our meals are for just my son and I most of the time(hubby goes away alot).
We call them roundabouts here, and I dont mind them, saves sitting at lights, but alot of people get easily confused!
I love layered salad, though have never made one, must try it, and I skipped past the dessert, I dont dare go back to look, evil, just evil!!
Sue

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh yum! How in the world would anyone be able to stay on WW with all that great food around.

However, good for you for getting back on the band wagon. Now that is the way to make WW a life long way of life.

Sometimes we don't follow the plan 100% but as long as we don't give up and get back on track then you are doing good.

Big hugs.
Joanne

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You are a fabulous cook!! Everything looks so yummy. I love that little weight watchers gal, so cute and charming. Cindy

The Curious Cat said...

ooo you truly have been getting creative in the kitchen - your daughters are very lucky girls! :)

As for the waistline - I'm trying to cut down myself but it is so hard! I get really peckish all the time! I eat something healthy for lunch but then spoil it with snacks!! :(

Do you live near Cape Cod? That is near where I used to live as a child..xxx

Claudia said...

You are making me very hungry, my friend! Oh my gosh, you must be a fabulous cook. I am not. But I am a great baker. Husband is the cook, and I thank him daily!

I absolutely love that figurine - what a find!

xo
Claudia

Diva Kreszl said...

I so get it...it's so hard to stay on track with family and now the season of special occassions is upon us, how shall we get through to January???

Brenda said...

When you're on the go, it's very difficult to maintain a diet. And you may just be too good a cook! Looks yummy!
Brenda

Wendy said...

I know how difficult getting back on track can be! But it's definitely going to be worth it. Let's be each other's inspiration!
Wendy

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Love the little figurine! It certainly made me chuckle. ; )
~Michele

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Donna, I just wanted to let you know that I am having my 100th post giveaway and I wanted you to join in on the fun! I know you will love the stuff that I've chosen, so come over and see what it's all about.

the undomesticated wife said...

I just had supper, but that food makes me want more...yum! Veggie lasagna!

Building a house said...

The foods look mouth-watering. I want to have a taste of that lasagna. Thank you for posting!