Do you ever have those days where you are starving all day and nothing seems to fill you up? I am having one today. I am so hungry and all I want to do is graze. I could do nothing but eat all day…only I can’t because the pressure is on to lose weight. I need to really apply myself and lose 10 pds by the end of December. If I don’t come close, I have told the Bull I will spend two weeks at a fat farm. I do not want to leave the calves for 2 weeks…I do not want to leave My Mother Bovine in charge for 2 weeks (not good for my marriage)…and I don’t want to spend money I don’t really have on a fat farm.
The problem is I HAVE to lose weight. It is effecting my health, both physically and emotionally. I am having knee issues and am in constant pain. I feel fat and ugly and really I don’t want to go out or do too much because I am embarrassed with how I look. I have nothing cute to wear. I have known a few people who have done the fat farm thing and it really jump started their weight loss. I am feeling desperate. I don’t know what else to do and I am once again not being a very successful Weight Watcher.
So, I have decided that I have to stick to the Weight Watchers plan like my life depends on it…because in a way, it really does. If I lose 10 pds (or reasonably close to it) I will push off the fat farm for one more month. If not…fat farm prepare yourself for My Inner Bovine.
M O O,
My Inner Bovine
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Preparation Time: 10 min
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|8 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature|
|4 oz feta cheese, crumbled|
|1 1/2 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped, or 2 tsp dried|
|1 1/2 tsp lemon zest, finely shredded|
- Using a food processor or blender, mix ingredients together. Blend until smooth and transfer to a small bowl. Yields about 2 tablespoons per serving.
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I survived Thanksgiving with a total 3 pd gain (this includes the 2 pds I gained before Thanksgiving that caused me to skip my Weight Watchers meeting before Thanksgiving so technically I only gained 1 pd over the Thanksgiving). For many this would be a bad thing but for me, it’s pretty good. My Thanksgiving includes two 12 hour roadtrips with the Bull and the Calves…that’s right 12 hours in the car with those I love the most yet can drive me the craziest.
And what does this Bovine do when driving cross country? Well, typically, I eat. Snacking keeps me awake, it gives me something to do to whittle away the long, long hours…have I mentioned that Indiana is the longest state in the entire world? On top of that, you know what they have along all of the highways that we traverse…Dairy Queens…many, many Dairy Queens….a stop at a Dairy Queen is a Bovine family tradition. And stop we did. The calves got treats, the Bull got a mini treat, I got a Diet Coke. I felt proud…my mouth was watering… but my heart was proud that I didn’t cave.
I was also prepared. I brought Fuji apples, Special K cracker chips and Laughing Cow cheese (a happy coincidence)….and I ate lots of that stuff and I managed to survive. I even only brought healthy car treats for the calves, much to their chagrin. And the good news? I have already lost 1 pd of the weight I gained and am cautiously optimistic that the other 2 will be gone by my Friday weigh-in. Yay me!
My Thanksgiving wish for you!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Thanks to all of my Bovine friends who have been so supportive as I attempt my 247th diet. Have a wonderful and tasty Thanksgiving!
M O O,
My Inner Bovine
You may have noticed I’ve been a bit mooless for a few days. You may also notice that there was no major weightloss announcement last Friday. I am embarrassed to admit this but I skipped the meeting on Friday. I could say it was because I had to go to two Thanksgiving Feasts at the calves school. I could say that it was because I had to work and clean the house and pack all of us up for our 12 hour “Over the River and Thru the Woods” road trip to Grandma Bovine’s house. I could even say I overslept.
But you know what? It was none of those things. I skipped the meeting and haven’t blogged because I am embarrassed. I got on my own scale and I gained weight last week. 2 pounds. I did it because I ate too much. There was no big party, no major event, not even emotional trauma (unless you count the anticipation of being surrounded by my extended herd for the holiday as emotional trauma which in all honesty it just may be). It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I just ate like the bovine that I am.
I didn’t want to go to the meeting and face my Miraculously Melting neighbor (who is still miraculously melting). I didn’t want the gain recorded in my weight loss booklet. I didn’t want to write about it because it’s humiliating. I have no one to blame but My Inner Bovine.
I have not given up the weightloss bandwagon and I was even back on plan on Saturday and Sunday. During the 12 hour drive I ate apples and Special K cracker chips and didn’t even cheat at Dairy Queen (and if there is any place that is compelling to me, it’s Dairy Queen). And if I have to be completely honest, I figure if I have to record a weight gain at the next meeting, I can always blame Thanksgiving….
M O O.
My Inner Bovine
My Inner Bovine has a serious sweet tooth so I have really been searching for something sweet and satisfying that will shut her up so I can go about my day without her constant mooing. I remembered a low cal shake recipe that my Mama Bovine used to make back in the day. I looked it up on the Weight Watchers recipe builder thingamajig and what do you know, it only has 2 pts! Yahoo! This makes both me and My Inner Bovine very happy indeed.
I just made one and not only is it delicious, it couldn’t be simplier to make so I felt compelled to share it.
Ima Bovine’s Seriously Delicious and Simple Weight Watcher’s Milk Shake or IBSDSWWMS for short
1 big banana (from previous posts you should know how I feel about big bananas)
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Put in a blender and blend until it is smooth and frothy about 2 minutes.
I may be having one of these after every meal….Let me know what you think.
My Inner Bovine,
I finally got my 5 pd sticker. I have actually lost 5.6 pounds to be exact. Not a major accomplishment for most, but for me pretty significant. Not just because they announced it at the meeting, and everyone clapped (which made me feel good) and I got to put a pretty sticker on my weight tracker thing, but because I have actually been meeting my 1 pd a week goal. And if there is one thing I am most definitely not used to, it’s meeting any sort of weight loss goal.
I decided when I started this that I fail on every diet because my goals are unrealistic, then I get frustrated and then I quit. So, I set myself up with a simple goal of 1 pd a week and you know what? I have met that goal without any sort of dietary suffering. With the exception of having to use tremendous will power over Halloween, I have not suffered much at all. When I get hungry, I eat…okay I’m eating fruit…lots and lots of fuji apples and bananas…and not crap… so there is a little bit of suffering but I’m not starving and most importantly I’m not miserable. Which bodes well for the Bull and the Calves who usually suffer as much as I do when I attempt to lose weight.
So, thus far, I am quite happy with my Weight Watchers progress. And if I want to feel real proud, I think about all the things that weigh 5 pds that I am no longer carrying around on my body:
5 pound bag of sugar
Cute fuzzy puppy
5 lbs of potatoes
My personal favorite; a half gallon of milk (which is actually only 4+ pds but I’d be remiss not to include dairy)
and lets just take a look at what 5 pds of fat looks like – EEEK!
So there you have it…5 pds is actually quite a bit when you look at it this way. I can’t wait until I can post what 10 pds looks like!
M O O,
My Inner Bovine