Good morning! Thank you guys so much for all your responses on yesterday’s post about possibly rejoining Weight Watchers. It sounds like everyone who is following the new plan really likes it, and that it is much more in line with my current way of eating than the old plan was. I’m not gonna lie – it makes me a little nervous starting a brand new plan that I know relatively nothing about, when currently I can tell you the number of points in anything and calculate point values with a nutrition label in my head. But, people do best on a plan when its new to them, so maybe a revamped WW is exactly the thing I need.
I know this goes against every theory on healthy living (why wait until tomorrow – start today!) but I’m highly leaning towards joining a week from today because I’m taking Wil to New Orleans for his birthday, and honestly I don’t want to think about points or limiting myself too much while I’m there – I just want to have fun and indulge. I found a really awesome post about the new WW plan here after a comment saying that Ms. Bitchcakes having a great post about it, in case you are curious yourself.
Yesterday, I had a super clean day of eats and I’m happy to report that I’m also feeling a lot better and less bloated today. I stepped on the scale again this morning and was down another 3 pounds from yesterday. To clarify – I didn’t lose 3 pounds in one day, it was just bloat from eating fried foods/overindulging over the weekend. So with my weight from this morning, I’d still like to lose another 14 pounds or so to be at my goal. If anyone is in the DC area and is interested in joining WW at the 1411 K St location, email me at bethklein at gmail dot com so we can set up a meeting. I think a support group could be so beneficial.
Last night I got in an awesome workout and then made a delicious and quick dinner.
For the workout, here’s what I did:
- 10 minute warmup on the elliptical at Level 10
- This circuit of 6 moves 3 times:
- 15 bicep curls with a static lunge (12 lb free weight in each hand)
- 15 tripcep curls with a 15 lb free weight
- 25 second plank
- 15 shoulder presses at 15 lbs (on a machine) – up 5 lbs for the first time!!!
- 15 chest presses at 30 lbs (on a machine) – also up 5 lbs for the first time!
- 15 pulldowns at 55 lbs (on a machine)
- 35 minutes running on the treadmill – going from 6.0 to 7.0 mph for a total of 3.63 miles
- 5 minute walking cooldown on the treadmill
Then came the star of the evening – a Cheesy Veggie Orzo Bake. I started out by getting my veggies chopped and steamed. I used carrots, green peppers, red onions, mushrooms, and frozen artichoke hearts. When steaming veggies, start with the ones that take the longest to cook first (carrots).
Once those started to get a little soft, I added in some green bell pepper and red onion.
And ended with some mushrooms and artichoke hearts (that were frozen).
I love this steamer tool by the way – its so easy to use and awesome.
Once your veggies are steamed, roughly chop them and mix them together.
While your veggies are steaming, cook 2 servings of orzo to al dente (7 minutes), or any grain of choice.
Heat 2 garlic cloves in a touch of olive oil.
Then add in your veggies and your cooked orzo.
Mix it all together, and then add 1/4 cup of ricotta plus 1/4 cup marinara sauce combined.
Once stirred together, divide evenly between individual casserole dishes.
Top each with a sprinkle of panko bread crumbs.
And then some shredded mozzarella.
Bake at 375º for 20 minutes until hot and the cheese gets melted and a little brown and crispy.
I showered while these were baking and timing worked perfectly. One for dinner, one for lunch, and seriously delicious. The best part about this dish is that its totally customizable to what you have on hand. If you want to add a protein boost, you can throw in some cooked chicken or beans. You can easily change up the veggies based on what you have in stock, and the grain is changeable too. Don’t have orzo? Use whole wheat pasta, quinoa, or brown rice. Enjoy!
Tell me about your typical workout. Do you normally do cardio, strength training, flexibility, or a combo? What type of cardio do you prefer?