Having decided mid-week that I was switching back to the Weight Watchers program in the middle of last week, I can’t tell you how many messages I got telling me there is a Facebook Group called Return to 30 that is 8000 members strong of people going back to the program before Freestyle.
I am not knocking the freestyle program at all. If it works for you, that’s awesome. I only knew that it wasn’t working for me, after giving it nearly six weeks, so if that means tweaking my program so be it.
I also received several comments telling me that I should stop worrying about my weight, and if I am happy with my life, why don’t I just focus on the positives. Which I do, but I know I will feel better at least 25 pounds less – then I can happily maintain that weight.
Having switched on Tuesday, I didn’t know what my weigh in would be, but was thrilled to see -1.2! I love more in the last four days of the week than I did the previous three weeks! So this week will be the true test after going back to 30 for a full week.
Saturday I spent part of my day cooking for my friend MaryBeth and her family – they just adopted their fourth baby (4 kids now under the age of 6!) so I signed up for their meal train to provide a meal for them tonight. Um, turns out I like to cook, so I may have made them a lot of food – I figure if they don’t have freezer space they can keep the food outside since it’s still so cold here.
Saturday night we had a memorial party for Jacob’s grandma. If you remember, she passed away on December 2 (the same day Tony died) but Saturday was her birthday so we had a nice buffet dinner and closet to 80 people fought the snow and cold to make it. She was rich with friends and some of the stories I heard wished I had known her long enough to know her better.
Below is a picture of her when she was I think 17, right before she got pregnant with Jacob’s Mom. Jacob’s Mom also had kids young, and I believe she had her first grandchild when she was 39?! I don’t know if it’s because his grandparents, parents, and brother had kids so young, that Jacob vowed that would never happen to him. I am not sure Hannah and Jacob even want kids, but who knows?
It was a fun night, and I think I ended up with 53 points for the day on Saturday – good thing my weekly points started over on Saturday!
One of the dishes I made for MaryBeth and her family is chicken tikka masala – which is a dish I know she and her husband love. You can’t really have chicken tikka masala without naan bread, right?!
I took a Jamie Oliver recipe and tweaked it a bit – I still think yeast adds to the flavor, even if this is not a dough that has to rise. I also added baking powder, which I don’t think I’ve added to naan bread recipes I’ve done in the past.
The dough is so light!!
Simple Naan BreadPrint Recipe
- 12 ounces self-rising flour (I used Gold Medal)
- 10 ounces plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- up to 1/4 cup water (optional)*
Mix the flour, yeast, salt, and baking powder together. Stir in the Greek yogurt. Mix together with a fork until it starts to form a dough ball - if the mixture is a bit dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water, starting with 2 tablespoons.
Form the dough into 12 balls (each of mine were about 2.3 ounces each)
Brush a non-stick pan with a bit of grape seed oil, roll out the dough into a 5 inch circle, brush the top of the naan with a bit more oil, add any seasonings you want (I did dried onion on a few and everything but the bagel seasoning) and once you see bubbles start to form on the top of the dough - its time to flip. Cook an additional 1-2 minutes on the second side.
These will store in the fridge for a week, or they freeze well.
I added this to the WW recipe builder and even if you are doing #freestyle or #backto30, they are each 3 points each.
I made a bit extra tikka masala to have for my lunch – so good! I tweaked my marinade recipe a bit and will post this recipe later this week – best one yet!
Hannah’s friend Mel and her son came over and spent the afternoon with us. They have these sushi making parties about once a month, they are both in love with sushi. My sister bought her sushi knives for Christmas and it’s the first time she used them – the sushi cut like buttah.
As a thank you for the party on Saturday night, Jacob’s grandpa took us out to dinner last night, which was sweet. I got a Stella on tap (5) and ate half of a swiss mushroom burger (10) and a bit of saganaki (3),
Hannah wanted to know if my burger was cooked – ha – love a medium rare/rare burger!
And I still have 11 weeklies left for the week – so no problem staying on track this week.
We have more deep freeze today, but hope to warm up to 40 by the middle of the week, then temps in the 30s – I’ll take that. Hopefully it will melt all our snow. All told, I think my town got about 14 inches of snow from Thursday through Sunday morning.
I know today will be busy with the snow day on Friday so I’ll just keep my head down and power through.
Happy Monday – make it a great day friends!