Wednesday, September 28, 2011
One is a Hungry Girl recipe and the other from my TOH cookbook. I'm taking the cupcakes to work tomorrow, if they survive the night with husband and kid- apparently they haven't realized it's a diet recipe. Heh.
Caramel Pumpkin Pudding Cupcakes
2 cups moist-style yellow cake mix (I use sugar free)
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp Splenda
1/8 tsp salt
3 cubes chewy caramel (about 1 oz)
2 tsp light vanilla soy milk (I used skim instead)
Preheat the oven to 350.
Combine all cupcake ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whip with a whisk or fork for 2 minutes until well blended. Spray muffin pan or line with baking cups. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cupcakes will puff up but still appear a little gooey on top. Centers will also be gooey (thus the pudding cupcake thing).
While cupcakes cool, place caramel and milk in microwaveable dish. Milk will bubble up, so make sure the bowl is large enough. Microwave at medium power for 1-1/2 minutes. Stir vigorously until smooth. Immediately drizzle over cupcakes.
Makes 12 servings at 108 calories each or 3 points plus.
1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
1 pkg sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1 cup fat-free whipped topping
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice; fold into pudding. Fold in 1/2 cup whipped topping.
Transfer to individual serving dishes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with remaining whipped topping.
Makes 4 servings at 96 calories or 2 points plus.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
This is week 2 for our BL contest at work, and I'm sort of regretting it already. It's the third time we've done this, and the first round was great. Second round was not. People were skipping weigh-ins since they knew they were going to gain (and pay in to the pot). Some just happened to be absent from work on Friday, but a few just flat out said they weren't weighing because they didn't want to weigh-in. Eventually, most of us dropped out (myself included) because it just wasn't fun like that. When boss friend asked if we could do a third round, I wasn't sure I wanted to. A bunch of coworkers were excited about it though, so we did. AFTER adding some new rules in. Apparently, I was not the only one a little frustrated over how the last round went. One rule that a few people demanded: No skipping weigh-ins! If you skip one, you're out of the game. If you're sick, you have to weigh-in the first day you're back. Period.
Technically, no one is asking to skip a weigh-in yet, but I'm still frustrated. We have a coworker leaving the company and Thursday is her last day. We talked about having a little thing for her and all bringing snacks. Great idea, I like her. I plan to bring my low-cal pumpkin caramel cupcakes (I think they're 3-4 points on new ww). And then someone asked if we could move the weigh-in to Thursday. The same someone that was so adamant about having all these new rules. My vote to just bring healthier snacks was in the minority. The majority was in favor of weighing Thursday so they can eat junk later.
I'll still be weighing in Friday morning.
I don't think it's changing the rules that's actually bothering me. It's the fact that everyone was so excited about a new round, and then half gained during the first week. Now we're in the second week, and they're rearranging the weigh-in so they can eat shit and not face the scale the next day. At least half of the people participating are making no effort at all. THAT is what's really bothering me. Actually keeping up with the contest takes very little time on my part, but a few of us are trying really hard and taking this seriously. As we ALL should.
This week has been great, and easy actually. Monday was a rest day, and today was another date with Jillian. I've got my weights and ball out to use while I watch BL tonight. I'm already getting a little sore from earlier, but that just reassures me I didn't waste my time! I definitely don't "phone it in" with 30 Day Shred!
Ooooo! I found canned pumpkin at the grocery store this weekend! FINALLY. I made pumpkin mousse last night, and I forgot how awesome it was. It's pumpkin pie in pudding form. And only 2 points. Epic.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Memphis weather was awesome today, so we had a picnic at the park and planned a walk. Unfortunately, our local weather man was wrong about the no rain thing, and it started raining about 5 minutes after we finished eating. Guess no walk!
Obviously, today turned into a rest day. My legs needed it. I still want to do the 30 Day Shred for the entire 30 days, but I'm settling for every other day for a week first.
My kiddo is with his dad this weekend, and Mr. D worked all weekend long, so I pretty much hung out with bff and her family all day. Her husband (Mr. D's bff) made me salmon! I mentioned wanting to try making it, so we all loaded up and headed to the store to get some. He kept it simple, and pan-fried it (he suggested grilling instead but his tank was empty) in a tsp of olive oil with carribean jerk seasoning. I actually liked it :))
Tomorrow.. please pray for my diet. Taking the kiddo to a birthday at Incredible Pizza. For those not familiar with it, it's like Chuck E Cheese for big kids with a buffet of everything kids love- pizza, tacos, pastas and junk in general. I think there's a salad bar, but that's the only healthy option.
Honestly, most of that doesn't even sound good. Workout is planned early in the morning, the pain in my legs should be an amazing reminder not to eat junk!
Friday, September 23, 2011
First BL weigh in at work, and it was crazy! Half gained, half lost. I'm happy to report that I was in the half that lost (1 lb). Even with that small loss, I'm still tied for first right now. Hopefully there's a boost in morale soon!
My legs didn't feel too bad when I got up this morning.. until I had to go downstairs. Ouch! They've gotten worse as the day progressed, but nothing unbearable. Just a little zombie shuffling.
I'm meeting the BFF for dinner tonight, and she wants pizza. Oy vey. Salad and veggie pizza is my plan, but I've got 17 daily points and 42 weekly points left to work with, should something else catch my eye. I did cheat nights in the beginning, and ate whatever I wanted. I was a dumbass. Nothing wrong with splurging a little, but it will be within my points. Period.
My stipulation to pizza for dinner was hitting the gym together afterwards, so that's the plan. Knowing I'll be sweating soon after should help keep me in check! Maybe the elliptical will help loosen my legs up!
Hope everyone has a wonderful night!!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
HOW IN THE WORLD DID JILLIAN HURT ME THAT MUCH THAT FAST?!?
I'm just sayin' guys.. 45 minutes of weights at the gym, and I don't wimp out there, but I never get sore until AT LEAST a few hours later!
Jillian's like a platypus.. small, and cute, but full of poison that will KILL your buns and thighs!
Someone that's actually made it through all 30 days, does it get easier?
That is all.
Biggest Loser started up this week, and it looks like it might be more interesting than the last few seasons. I love the show, but haven't really followed it as closely the past few seasons. Partially because I have ADD, and watching a 2 hour show every week is just asking too much. We did watch the weigh-ins, though. Is anyone else watching this season?
In other news, I'm cooking salmon tomorrow night. Mostly because I have it in the freezer and neither of the boys will be home to complain about it. I am not a fish person, unless it's fried. I found 2 tilapia recipes that weren't bad, but that's the best I can say. I'm stubborn though, and determined to find fish recipes I can enjoy simply for the health benefits. So any awesome fish recipes you have (doesn't have to be salmon- just whatever), lay it on me :))
**I've been commenting this week on blogs via a new app on my phone, and JUST saw that they aren't showing up apparently. I'm not being an ass, honest, just faulty technology :(