What, I lost weight… Are you sure?!

Date: May 10th, 2016
Weight: 136.4 Lbs (-3.6 in two weeks, -39.6 overall)
Left-over points from last week: -19 active points left over (I blame it on the new job… makes an easy out LOL)

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No Bake Fig and Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan)

It’s Sunday evening. The boyfriend and the cat are sitting on the couch. The sound of the San Francisco symphony plays in the background. I’m in the kitchen hand rolling energy balls. 😊 

If you know me IRL or have been following my previous posts, you know that I love food and I love to eat. And if I do not get fed, I get hangry. That’s not good for anyone. 😂 Yet somehow, I forget to eat breakfast on work days. So, I decided to make energy balls to help correct this bad habit.

Many energy ball recipes can be found on my Pinterest board, yet I’ve never made them before. I read a few recipes to get inspired, then raided my pantry and picked up a few things from the market.

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Servings: ~16 bite sized balls
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 15 mission figs (pitted)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted sweetened coconut (3/4 cup divided if you want to coat the outside with coconut too)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup

Directions

    1. Put figs in a food processor and pulsate until they are broken down. (My Magic Bullet worked great).
    2. Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until evenly blended. (Set aside 1/4 coconut if you’re coating the outside.)

      Pro Tip
      When measuring peanut butter, spray the measuring cup and spatula with cooking spray (PAM). This makes it easy to get all the peanut butter out.

  1. Roll into ~16 balls.
  2. Roll the balls in the extra coconut to coat the outside.

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How to toast coconut

Toasting coconut is very simple, but it’s also easy to ruin.

Here’s what I do

  1. Set broiler to 400-degrees.
  2. Evenly spread coconut on to a cookie sheet.
  3. Place on top or middle rack. DO NOT WALK AWAY! If you have an oven light, turn it on and watch it.
  4. When it starts to brown (~2-3 minutes), use a spatula to spread it around / flip it over. Once the browning process it starts, it goes quickly!
  5. Give it another 30 second to 1 minute, then remove from the oven to cool.

Every oven is different, so make sure to keep and eye on the coconut because it burns very quickly. And believe me it does not smell like Hawaiian Tropic! lol.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and I encourage you to look in your pantry and see what you can make.

Do you have a go-to breakfast or afternoon snack? Leave a comment, I’d love to try it!

Week 0: Am I in over my head?

Date: April 27th, 2016
Weight: 140 Lbs (+1 from last week)
Left-over points from last week: -35 (not proud of it, but trying to stay honest)

Now if you have been read my last post, you would think that since this is my fourth time on Weight Watchers it would make it a lot easier for me to get in the swing of things.  LIES!! In reality, this is completely false and I have no one to blame but myself!!  Once you lose the swing of a good habit that you have created whether it be a workout routine, meal plan, writing a blog post a week, reading a book a month or anything else you can imagine – it turns out to be a lot harder to jump back on the bandwagon.

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Almond Flour Pasta (Gluten Free)

Servings: 8
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute 
Total time: 31 minutes
WeightWatchers SmartPoints Value: 5

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My Journey to a New Lifestyle… Attempt #4

Since I was very young, I had always struggled with my weight.  I may have been a junior national diver, but my eating habits caused me to continue to stay just a little heavier than the norm.  Although it may sound cliche, I told myself time after time that today is the day that I am going to change and become healthy – but that day never came.  I kept starting a fad diet, doing it for about a week and then finding an excuse to cheat.

I told myself time after time that today is the day that I am going to change and become healthy

In 2005, I started my first go at Weight Watchers but only online.  It was only my second year at college and I was surrounded by people who didn’t care in the slightest what they ate, how much they drank or going to the gym.  I found myself paying for months of a program that I hadn’t even opened yet (see how I purposely didn’t say ‘app’… don’t forget it was 2005).  Eventually I got my lazy ass around to cancelling my subscription and moved on with my life.

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