You guys rock. Seriously. I don’t think I say it enough.
After yesterday’s post about my decision to end my membership with Weight Watchers, I was a little nervous as to how people would take it because I really think its important to remember where you came from (Jenny from the Block, anyone?) ha. But, like I said, and it seems you all agree, I’ve outgrown it. I still want to post points values so that people who are still following the plan can see that you can eat clean with wholesome, real food, and still stay within your points values.
Also, side note, I have seriously been on and off Weight Watchers since I was probably 12. My mom took me for the first time, I went during high school for a summer, during college several times, and then the final time in March 2009. The points system is SO ingrained in my head that its going to take me a long, LONG time to move past it. (If ever)
I’ve gotten several questions from readers about what my plan is now in terms of whether I still plan to track calories/keep track of my food, and the honest answer is, I don’t know! In an ideal world, I would love to just be able to listen to my hunger cues and eat when I am hungry and stop when I’m satisfied. However, I know me, and I think I will have to keep track to some extent because I still struggle with eating and wanting to eat even when I’m not hungry.
I think the process of learning to trust your body is a long one, especially after years and years of mistreating your body like I have. I allowed my weight to get so far out of hand and for such a disconnect between my mind and body, and I have just begun step one of the process of bringing the two together again. I promise to keep you guys posted as I continue on my journey and I hope you will stay along for the ride. 🙂
So last night after I got home from work, I cooked for almost 4 hours. It was kind of crazy but I had a lot of stuff to use up and wanted to make a nice dinner since most of them have been really quick lately (read sandwiches and leftover soup). I also had a ton of apples from my CSA and wanted to make some apple sauce since I was getting more apples this morning in my CSA, and then wanted to make lunch for today. Next thing I knew it was almost 10pm and I was just sitting down on the couch to relax… I’ll post the apple sauce recipe another day but all it had was apples, cinnamon, and water! Can’t beat that.
Dinner last night was simple but for some reason took me a LONG time to prepare. I made acorn squash for the first time this season!
I cut it in half…
Removed the seeds and put it in a pie pan (only one I had!) with some water so it didn’t burn.
I baked it at 400º for 45 minutes, then added 1 tbsp of maple syrup to each half and put it back in for 15 more minutes.
For the shrimp, I just sauteed them with a little garlic gold until they turned pink.
Then I sautéed half a bell pepper to add some green to my plate and dinner was done!
So simple but totally delicious.
Do you like squash? What is your favorite kind? I loooooove it. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of fall/winter! I love butternut and spaghetti squash pretty evenly, and acorn too because its fun to stuff.