Dog food.

We realized after eating dinner that our puppy had run out of food, so we made a quick trip to the Mart of the Wal to pick some up. I realized as we were looking through the big bags that they actually weighed LESS than my total weight loss so far. So naturally I took a triumphant picture of me holding a 40 lb bag of dog food. (Before you freak out, no we don’t feed Mishka Iams.) I can’t even imagine now walking around with this much weight on me! No wonder I got tired just going up the stairs.

Also, here are some pictures of the chicken recipe I posted before. We ended up having it for dinner tonight.

Omnomnomnomnom!

Never go through your old photos…

I was looking through my old photos and found something scary… me pre-diet! I’m really baring my soul here by showing this. I almost just deleted it:

Holy guacamole. Forget deleting it, I think I’m going to print this sucker out just so I can burn it. NEVER again!

 

Grocery Shopping!

I had to go pick up some things today, so I took the opportunity to take pictures of some of my go-to foods that I usually take home. (Yes, I was that weird chick walking around Wal-Mart taking pictures of the food.) Some of the things I bought were the ingredients for Anne’s Fruit Dip… ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I licked the spoon clean after mixing it together. I did end up cutting all the ingredients in half because I felt like 32 oz. was a heck of a lot of fruit dip.

I can tell this is going to become a staple dessert in my diet.

Here are some other things that I thought I’d share with y’all:

If you don’t know about Laughing Cow cheese, you should probably go to the store right now and buy some. They come in a bunch of different flavors, but my favorite is the jalapeno pepper flavor. All of them are quite good though, and they’re super low in calories. The Weight Watchers version of this cheese is also super yummy!

Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 1 per slice (they are prepackaged inside).

These veggie straws are what I automatically go to whenever I feel the mood to just eat something crunchy (they’re the closest thing to potato chips I’ll ever eat). They are actually REALLY good, especially when you load them up with some laughing cow cheese πŸ™‚ The best part about these chips is that the serving size is huge compared to other chips.

Weight Watchers Pointplus value: 38 chips for about 3 points.

Next up are the Wal-Mart brand egg rolls. Yep, you read me right. The shrimp and chicken egg rolls are an astounding two points per egg roll. Two egg rolls are pretty filling, let me tell you. A meal for 4 points? Can’t beat that!

Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 2 per roll

*Disclaimer: The pork egg rolls are higher, I don’t touch them. And this isn’t to say ALL egg rolls are so low in points, just these!

For those of you who have a sweet tooth, there are actual Weight Watcher candies available to buy. I am not a huge fan of buying Weight Watcher brand foods, because I feel like most of the time I can get the same thing but for less money, but these guys are pretty good at making some yummy desserts. Also very good are the sugar free candies for those people that have insulin problems, but they actually tend to be about a point higher.

Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 1 point per candy

Greek Yogurt! Absolutely amazing and incredibly good for you! I favor this brand because I like having a little crunch in my yogurt, but most brands are pretty good. The points values tend to fluctuate a bit depending on the brand you buy.

Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 3 per yogurt cup.

Okay, these guys defy all logic. They’re chocolate fudge popsicles that are only ONE POINT. I could eat these all day. They don’t taste like diet popsicles at ALL. I have no clue how they did this, but to whatever genius out there that made this happen, you have my thanks.

Okay, as a whole I don’t tend to eat all that many nuts, despite the fact that they’re so good for you. They tend to be high in fat, which jumps up the points on their value, and I usually just decide to eat something else. These little duders are actually really good though; they’re dusted with cocoa powder. Almonds are absolutely great for your body, and my mother tells me that eating six a day will make your hair healthier. I’m all about my hair, so I’m gonna try eating these a little more often.

If you’re actually on this diet and have a problem with remembering how many points each item is, try this little trick:

Grab a sharpie marker and write those numbers down so you have a quick reference, instead of having to dig through your pocket to find your calculator/smart phone to puzzle out the point values.

Anyway, I know this was a long post, but I had a lot to say! I have to get all my ideas down before I forget to show them to y’all. I hope this has helped some of you!

Food Reviews!

I lost a pound today! Which sounds great until I remember that I had accidentally gained two… but we wont talk about that. The only thing more depressing than gaining weight is giving up because of it, because then the alien baby wins. And no one wants that.

Anyways, today I thought I’d put up a review on some of the foods I have laying around the house that I eat almost daily.

The first item on the list is this:

Now there are two different types of Fiber One bars as far as points go. This type is the more lightweight one, and the one I eat the most. The one pictured is the peanut butter flavor, but I also really like the strawberry and oats. I eat these EVERY DAY. Fiber is a GREAT addition to your diet, and helps you lose weight faster. These guys taste just like rice crispy treats to me, and I absolutely love them. I even stick one in my purse when I’m going on errands just in case I get the munchies along the way.

Total Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 2 (4 for the bigger versions). 35% of your daily fiber!

Next up we have:

Now I’m a fan of soups just in general; I eat them even when it’s hot as hell outside. So I might be a little biased. But from a completely non biased standpoint, light soups are a great way to help you lose weight. I eat them for lunch when I’m at work or for dinner when I can’t think of anything else to eat. The best brands are shown above, but there are a whole slew of other brands that you can try. Try to stay away from the “Chunky” soups though, they’re really not doing you any favors. One can will go upwards of 10 points. (My favorites are the Italian Style Wedding and the Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo).

Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 4 to 6 depending on the soup you buy.

This cheese is AMAZING. The Light String Cheese from Sargento tastes delicious and comes down to a grand total of 1 point per serving. ONE POINT. It’s great for when you want to munch on something but don’t really want to invest the points into something more substantial. I take one with me every time I go to lunch to have with one of my Healthy Choice soups. Also remember, virtually all vegetables and fruit are zero points, so go ahead and throw some carrots and whatever fruit you like into your lunch menu; it helps round out your meal and keep you fuller longer.

Later on today I will be making Anne’s fruit dip, so I’ll try to make a post about how that ends up.

 

 

 

Anne’s Fruit Dip!

I might be spamming some recipes these first few days so I can get them down before I forget. My friend Anne gave me a really awesome recipe for some fruit dip that she swears is the best thing since sliced bread.

Here’s what you need:

16 oz. of fat free cool whip

16 oz. of fat free sour cream

1 large packet of sugar free vanilla pudding

Mix them all together and start dipping your favorite fruits! I can’t attest to how good this actually tastes because I haven’t actually Β made it myself, but I plan on going to the store tomorrow and remedying this situation. I’ll let y’all know how it turns out πŸ™‚

 

Total Weight Watcher Pointsplus Value: Approximately 3 for the entire thing. It’s ridiculously low on points. I’ll get a precise value tomorrow when I go to the store and plug in the numbers to my calculator.

Recipe of the week!

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law and I’ve eaten it almost every night this week. It is absolutely delicious and so simple I could smack myself for not having thought of it first. If you aren’t a fan of vegetables (sans the cheesy goodness that I used to slather them up with) this is your new best friend.

Bake chicken thighs in the oven at 350 BUT throw your veggies in there with the chicken. Sprinkle it all with garlic salt and whatever else you feel like throwing on there (we tend to put lemon pepper on the chicken as well). The yummy juices from the chicken soaks into the vegetables and gives them an awesome flavor. If your broccoli and green beans come out a little brown, it’s okay because they’re DELISH this way. We also throw in some brussels sprouts because they’re so dang good for you.

Total Weight Watcher Pointsplus Value: 4 per chicken thigh. Vegetables and fruit are virtually ALL zero points! (There are some exceptions. Avocado, for example, is extremely high in fats and therefore high in points.)

I hope y’all give this a try! Tell me what you think πŸ™‚

Background story

If you’re wondering where the name “Myalienbaby” comes from, it refers to my stomach. Yep, that’s right. My stomach. Every day on my diet I check to see if my tummy has gotten smaller, and my husband and I began affectionately (okay, he does it affectionately. I do it huffily) calling it my alien baby.

One day that alien baby will disappear!

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