Only +1.6! And Sweet Potato Toast

My sister and I vowed that good or bad, we’d show up every week to Weight Watchers.  I’ve already talked about how my eating was this last week – 35 weekly points spent on Sunday and Monday night alone, and my 56 point day on Hannah’s birthday, so I honestly thought that I would have a gain of at least 3 pounds.  I just woke up yesterday morning feeling. . .fatter.  

I think I can equate that to the beer – it’s only the fourth or fifth time I’ve had alcohol all year, and my drink of choice is usually wine, but the place we went to for Hannah’s birthday had Stella on tap, and that’s one of my favorite beers.  

In any event, I met my sister there, and she got there first and was disappointed to find out she gained 2.2, and SHE was the one that stayed on track this week!   While I was happy with only a 1.6 pound gain, she was obviously upset that she was up.  But we both know this is our lifestyle, not a diet, and being up one week over the course of months really isn’t going to matter in the whole grand scheme of things.


I’ve seen on Pinterest and our WW weekly handout about sweet potato toast.  Huh.  I wasn’t actually sure what it was, but check out this post that has step by step instructions and topping suggestions.

I made this at home last Saturday and it took me about 4 times through my toaster at home to cook it through.  It won’t be crunchy like toast, but I really loved this.  When the sweet potato comes out of the toaster its obviously warm so the peanut butter got all nice and melty.  I like having a sweet and savory side.  It’s 4 ounces of sweet potato for 3, 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and strawberries on the left (1) and an egg with 1/3 ounce of pepper jack cheese, salsa verde and romaine (3).   7 points for both and this kept me full for the longest time.

My sister and I met back up at the Weight Watchers meeting.  I did grab my 10% bling from last week even though I had a gain this week, because I’ll know I’ll be back down there next week 😀  

Our leader just got back from a trip to Vegas and guess what?  She had an awesome time.  She was up on the scale when she got back, but she decided what she was going to indulge in when she was there, and is now back and watching what she eats.  No regrets at all, and just another reminder that you CAN have indulgences every once in a while and if that results in an uptick on the scale, it doesn’t matter.

When I got back I heated up this quick lunch.  More cucumber taco bites!  I did eat an ounce of tortilla chips, not just the ones that I crumbled on top (4) because the rest of the lunch was only 3 points for the beef.  Growing up I used to hate bell peppers, but now I love them – red peppers are my favorite.

Once again, I haven’t followed my meal plan all that much, but I had to use up the rest of a rotisserie chicken, and Gimme Some Oven’s 20 minute chicken enchilada soup is so quick and easy.  I didn’t have harisa so I used just 1/2 cup fat free refried beans to thicken the soup.  My 1.5 cups I guestimated to be about 7 points – mainly because 1/2 a cup of corn is 3 points.  I also just top the soup with the cheese, I don’t put it in the soup, but this is hearty and delicious.  I had 16 points going into dinner, so had 3/4 ounce of tortilla chips for dipping, and with the cheese, this bowl of soup was 13 points.  I’ll be having just the soup for lunch today, because I am not sure Mother Nature got the memo that it’s March, and this morning it’s 24 degrees but because it’s so windy, it feels like 10 degrees.

My one boss is out today, but I have a lot of work to do, so the day will go by fast.  Hoping my sister still can meet for a walk – it may get up to 32 degrees today – balmy!

I plan on doing a group workout at the Y tomorrow and maybe even go swimming, I haven’t done that in a long time.   I am also going to be carb cycling my weight watcher meal plan this week starting tomorrow.   It’s going to be cold so I’ll be doing indoor projects.  My basement still needs attention – the rest of the house is pretty much “company” ready all the time, but the basement has become a hot mess and pretty much gets all the overflow.  I am confident a lot of it is just junk, but plan to put some time into that this weekend.  I also have a ton of old computer monitors and need to find a place to drop those off, because I don’t think you can throw those away, right?

I hope you all have a great weekend – and try the sweet potato toast and let me know what you think!  

Make it a great day!

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  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    March 10, 2017 at 8:14 am Yes I can walk ???
    • Biz319
      March 10, 2017 at 8:15 am Whoop! ?????
  • Kym
    March 10, 2017 at 9:33 am My daughter and I were so excited when I saw the sweet potato post on Instagram. We both thought you had discovered a new bread or created one of your marvels. Then I read it was an actual sweet potato and she lost interest. She loves sweet potatoes but she says that is too much work for toast. (this is my kadult who thinks it is too much work to eat an apple) :) It sounds like you have a productive weekend planned. I had the same plan to get my cleaning/organizing pants on but my daughter informed me we have a 40 food truck war going on downtown tomorrow. So food trucks it will be.
    • Biz319
      March 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm Um, food trucks should always win over food trucks! :D Nope, just plain old sweet potatoes - sorry she lost interest, but I think you would love it!
  • Beth Sher
    March 10, 2017 at 10:43 am So tell me about this carb cycling you speak of. Not points cycling, right? I was up this week too. Wasn't really expecting it because I am an A+ tracker and used about half of my weeklies. However - I had Chinese food, sushi and lots of other goodies. Yes I tracked them - but upon reflection I know it's not only about the quantity of points but the quality of food. This week I'm trying to just eat cleaner. We go out a lot -- that's not changing anytime soon because of our busy schedules -- so I just need to be ordering smarter - sauce on side, etc. Have a great weekend!
    • Biz319
      March 10, 2017 at 8:03 pm What I basically do is eat a lower carb day one day, then a higher carb day the next - the only exception is breakfast because even being diabetic, you need carbs to start your day. So one day I'll do a grilled chicken salad and maybe steak and roasted broccoli for lunch and dinner, then the next day I'll do grilled chicken on a pita and maybe add sweet potato fries to a pork chop. I'll still be counting points, but it keeps my body guessing eating different types of food. You could be up for the sodium - I remember one day I ate dill pickles and sauerkraut on a grilled cheese with ham and realized I'd had over 6000 mg of sodium that day :P Enjoy your weekend - still going to be cold for a while :(
  • Shelley B
    March 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm Computer monitors and older TVs are hard to get rid of - we've taken ours to a household hazardous waste event that our town holds once a year, but otherwise, it's leave them on the curb and hope a picker drives by and takes them. Have a great weekend cleaning out the basement - sounds like a lot of work but it will be so satisfying in the end! We recently cleaned out our junk room and it is really nice to walk into now.
  • Brooke
    March 11, 2017 at 7:13 am But we both know this is our lifestyle, not a diet, and being up one week over the course of months really isn’t going to matter in the whole grand scheme of things. <-----This is SUCH a great mindset to have! It's something I try to stress in my meetings often. I also tell them don't do anything to lose the weight that you're not willing to do the rest of your life. I've done sweet potato toast and it is tasty! I love doing it when I'm following Simply Filling. Which I need to get my ass back on because I was up this week due to not following any sort of plan.
  • Fran
    March 13, 2017 at 5:06 am That's funny, I read a lot of Dutch food blogs and just this morning I saw a recipe for sweet potato toast. It doesn't really attract me though but I looked it up how she prepared it. She prepared it in a grill pan and grilled it in 10 minutes. She also put peanut butter on it with slices of apple , some cranberries, pecan nuts and cinnamon.
  • Pam
    March 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm Is there really a difference between 24 degrees and 10 degrees? Cause I'm thinking once you're below freezing, it is freaking COLD. I might have to try that sweet potato toast. I'm still using several recipes you've shared over the last couple years. :)
  • Sue
    March 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm Where are you Biz?? Now weds and no posts this week? Hope you are ok, Sue
    • Biz319
      March 15, 2017 at 5:14 pm Gah, not sure why browsers are not updating my posts - I need to ask my brother, you aren't the only one, yet some people have no problem - Here is today's post to let you know I am in fact alive and well, and am still writing M-F -thanks for checking in on me though! Hugs!