“Focus on the Effort and NOT the Number”- My Weight Watchers Mantra
Why I chose Weight Watchers?
I have been through my share of diets. I am always searching and falling for the next best thing. Whether it is gluten free, Paleo, South Beach Diet, or the 17-Day Diet, nothing has stuck. After some deep soul searching and a brief reality check I have returned to a place that I found comfort and support. A place that I am not feeling deprived and is able to be used for the whole family. Having a plan that is family friendly is key to my healthy eating success. My kids are healthy eaters, but that does not mean that they are not picky. They are not huge meat eaters (do love beans), so Paleo was not a great fit for them. I have found a a program that solves my need for a healthy living lifestyle and it extremely family friendly, Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers is a plan that I have been on before too many times to count. When I do it right (actually follow plan, weigh and measure, track food, and attend meetings) it works for me. The plan is easy to follow and offers a ton of support and guidance. I feel empowered and in control when I track using the points plus system. Joining Weight Watchers was actually a spontaneous decision back in October. I knew I had gained some weight from beginning of school due to lack of planning and stress. The holidays were right around the corner. If I didn’t take control at that point I knew my weight would only spiral more out of control. I saw the sign at my local Weight Watchers center and signed right up. I had lost 15 pounds in 12 weeks. Not bad for the holiday season.
Then I let life get in they way and I quit. Now that the summer is here and I have had made the time to recommit to staying focused with both eating and exercise. There are a few things I have done differently this time around. The one major change has been attending meetings regularly. I found a great support group in my 8 AM Saturday morning meeting group. Our leader Betsy is amazing guide and weight loss cheerleader. She is the reason why I have stuck with it and make time for me on Saturday mornings. The meetings always have a positive focus and times for us to set personal weekly goals for ourselves. It is nice to have a like minded group of people to share ideas with. I look forward to celebrating others successes and hearing that I am not alone in my journey. Now that I have recommitted to Weight Watchers, it has been easy to post recipes that have great point plus values. I want to use my blog to keep myself accountable and may inspire others to try a new recipe. A prepared Weight Watcher is a successful Weight Watcher. Here is a great Simple Start recipe that is great to eat on salad or freeze for a later occasion. This is even husband approved!
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into ½ inch cubes
- 1½ cups reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 envelope Taco seasoning
- 1¼ cups canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 oz can of chili beans
- Spray large saucepan with nonstick spray; set over medium heat.
- Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until onion softens, about 4 minutes.
- Add taco seasoning and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add steak and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Stir in beans and simmer, covered, until beef is tender and chili thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
* PointsPlus® calculated by Mom on the Run; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.