Yesterday was the first time since Monday that I’ve ventured out beyond the front porch. It felt sooo good to “blow the stink off.” I think Peanut enjoyed being out too because she was an absolute angel. We went to the bank, Hobby Lobby, the grocery, my Weight Watchers meeting and then to exchange something for my husband at Tractor Supply Company. She loves to shop which is good because so do I. LOL
It was a sad, sad day at the grocery. First, they were out of the microwave sweet potatoes that my husband has fallen in love with. They’re individually wrapped. You just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and voila! Sweet potatoes are one of those foods I just can’t stand (I know. I’m strange.) so being able to make one potato without turning on the oven is nice.
Then came the real grocery disaster. My grocery is no longer carrying steel cut oats. I’m horrified. I couldn’t find them on the shelf so I asked the stockboy. He couldn’t find them either so he asked a manager who delivered the bad news to me. He said they “just don’t sell well.” Our grocery store choices are extremely limited so I was very sad. Looks like I’ll likely be switching to old-fashioned oats. They’re good, but not *quite* as good as steel cut.
My Weight Watchers meeting was the perfect pick-me-up after my grocery disappointment. To start, I was down 1.4lbs. Woo hoo! That makes my first 5lbs (5.8lbs to be exact) lost since going back to meetings. It’s a small part of what I have to lose, but that milestone made me super motivated to stay on track with the program because it’s clearly working this time around, too. To make it even better, the meeting topic was “Making Yourself a Priority.” I felt like the leader was talking directly to me when she addressed things like feeling guilty and asking for help, both of which are things I struggle with on a regular basis. I overcame these things when I lost weight the first time around and I really think that was my key to success.
This time around I have a husband and a child so the feelings of guilt are multiplied and it’s harder to ask for help. I feel guilty asking someone to watch Peanut so I can grocery shop or go to the gym solo every once in a while. Even if it’s just an hour or two, I don’t want people to think that I “dump” my kiddo to do things I want to do or that I don’t want to spend time with her. The truth of the matter is that my mother-in-law or sister-in-law are thrilled to get to spend time with her when I ask them to pitch in. I feel guilty if I go to the gym alone and leave Peanut with her daddy. The truth of the matter is that he doesn’t get to spend as much time with her as I do and they both enjoy the bonding. I’m not sure why I create so much guilt for myself, but it’s something I’m really going to work on.
Swenyway, on to my eats from yesterday. Breakfast was a repeat PB&J english muffin & Oikos so no photo.
I worked up quite the appetite while we were out. Lunch was an attempt to clear some leftovers out of the refrigerator.
~1 cup Annie’s Organic Macaroni & Cheese
~3/4 cup black beans
~1/2 cup diced chicken
I stirred it all together, microwaved it and then topped it with some Mexican seasoning and dried cilantro. It turned out better than I expected and refueled me for the rest of my day.
My workout was another transFIRMer video, Supercharged Sculpting. 35 minutes and I burned 256 calories although it felt a lot tougher than that. LOL
I could smell dinner in the crockpot the whole time I was working out and it made me soooo hungry. I managed to hold off until my husband got home to eat although I did “sample” a taste…or 2…or 3 before the meal. The original recipe came from a friend, but I didn’t have a few of the ingredients so I made some substitutions.
Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken
~1lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
~1 can cream of chicken soup (I used 98% fat free)
~1 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
~2 cloves garlic, minced
~1/2 cup milk
~1 package Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix
~6 pieces turkey bacon, cooked and crunched into small pieces
Dump it all in the crockpot and cook on high 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice or pasta.
It was pretty good for a quick and easy weeknight supper. I thought it was a little too salty. We served it over whole wheat penne with asparagus on the side. I used too much lemon juice and overcooked it a bit so it was pretty nasty. I ate it anyway because I was low on veggies for the day, but I gave my husband permission to toss his. He did. LOL
If you eat oats, what type do you prefer?