Why not to “wing it” + My Weekly Menu

by DanicasDaily on January 30, 2011

Happy Sunday all!  I LOVE it when I go to my Weight Watcher meeting and I feel like the topic was 110% what I needed to hear.  Today’s meeting was all about “Sticking To It” through the good and not so good weeks.  One week doesn’t determine your success, it’s whether you come back again and again that gets you to your goal. 

I LOVE my Sunday morning group because everyone in their inspires me with their stories and what they share. I really NEEDED to hear them today because I was feeling a little down.

When I got home, my conversation with The Husband went something like this.

Him ~ “So, how did your meeting go?”

Me ~ “ Oh, you know…..I pretty much earned the 2 lb gain the scale said. I think I dined out at least once or twice each day this past week ~ didn’t plan out any of my days and just sorta “winged it”.

Him ~ He just smiles and says nothing…..

Me ~ “I really don’t know what I should do…I usually tweet and Facebook my weigh in but I am just not feeling it.  It’s easy to “brag” about your results when you have a successful weigh in, but, not so much when you don’t”

Him ~ “It happens, just post about it tonight”

Me ~ “I don’t know if I should post. I mean, I know I should, but, I guess part of me “fears” the skeptics who will say negative things because I don’t lose weight every week.  Some weeks I just don’t make as smart of choices as I KNOW I can….my weigh in was no surprise”

Him ~ “Nobody loses weight every week ~ it shows you are real.  Besides, any weight you gained this week, you can just lose next week.”

<3 I LOVE him ~ and totally let him pick dinner for that!

Last week doesn’t matter now ~ Lesson learned on why planning and tracking 100% IS important Open-mouthed smile ……Moving on…..

It’s a new day, a new week and a new chance for success!

We chatted over Starbuck’s and I sipped on a Grande Dirty Latte (4 points+)


Then, whipped us up a super “fancy” breakfast….Not really LOL.  Egg (2 points+)


I wasn’t going to “share” my Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon because The Husband said it was just “ok” yesterday.  But, as soon as he smelled it cooking, he wanted it.  Funny thing is….He LOVES it now (clown!) (1 point+)




3 points+ for all of this ~ it’s the little things that make everything better in life Winking smile


After breakfast, I headed out to Trader Joe’s to stock up for the week.  I had to pick up a few NEW things you all suggested when I posted my Trader Joe’s Favorite’s last week.

Andrea mentioned that she LOVED the Cheddar with Jalapenos Pub Cheese.


1 Point+ per Tablespoon is pretty darn awesome!


The Husband busted it open as he helped me unpack and I got pretty excited seeing all the peppers in it.


So much so that I joined in on the fun.  After 1 cracker, I decided I NEEDED more.

OMG, Andrea you are right!!! This stuff is amazing ~ slightly spicy, whipped, creamy cheese!  I can’t wait to add it to sandwiches, quesadillas, eggs…..like everything!

I had 8 TJ’s Social crackers with 2 Tbsp Jalapeno Cheese (5 points+).


Lunch part 2 was a BIG Batch of Chicken Cilantro Potsticker Vegetable Soup.  I used the veggies I had on hand (Swiss Chard, red bell pepper and mushrooms).


1 BIG BOWL with 9 Mini Potstickers for only 4 points!


The perfect ending……2 Biscoff Cookies for dessert (2 points+).


I couldn’t wait to dig into my afternoon snack ~ a Nectarine and Cheese (2 points+).


Then, some pineapple shared with The Husband since I “snacky” while we watched The Pro Bowl.  It’s kinda weird and cool to think we were there 5 years ago.


I will be the first to admit that when I think of and when I want to eat BBQ, I want it to be on GRILLED and SMOKED.  Maybe it’s because I am from California or maybe it’s because I LOVE that there are no dishes when I grill, but, I often do not cook my BBQ inside.

Sometimes you come across a recipe with a picture that makes you DROOL and wish you could just grab it right off the screen…..


Zesty Cook does that to me often ~ his pictures ALWAYS make me want whatever he is making….but, then, he had to go and make it EVEN better by saying he whipped up a delicious, pulled pork recipe in his Slow Cooker! 


The fact that I could use my Slow Cooker made me HAVE to try it and buy the BIGGEST piece of pork shoulder I’ve ever used in my life (4 lbs!)


The only changes I made were to add 1 Tbsp of LIQUID SMOKE to give it that smoky/grilled flavor, probably more Hot Sauce than he did and skimmed the “oil” off the top of the sauce.

WOW!!! Seriously…WOW!  The Husband and I were both making a lot of “noises” while eating this LOL.  The pork was so tender it literally fell off the bone and melted in your mouth.

It was slightly sweet, tangy, spicy and smoky…..I bet it is even better tomorrow!


I like to have a little cole slaw crunch on my Barbecue Pork Sliders so I whipped up a batch of my 0 Points+ Healthy Asian Slaw.


MMMMMMMMM ~ this recipe is seriously OFF THE HOOK good! (8 points+)


Side # 1 Included some homemade Parsnip Chips.  These are pretty easy to make.

1 Parsnip, peeled and thinly sliced tossed with 1 Tbsp Olive Oil. 

Sprinkle with Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste.

Cook at 400 for 30 minutes (flipping half way through). 1 point+ for half the pan.


Crispy, crunchy, peppery…..and a lot less points+ than the real deal.


Side #2….I could honestly probably eat the entire batch of this Asian Slaw for a meal and be happy!


Since I couldn’t fit my entire 1/2 cup pulled pork on the bun, I made up a few of these.

“Parsnip Chip BBQ Pork Sliders”! LOVE!!!!!


Thanks Zesty!  The Husband told me I NEED to make more of your recipes LOL…..You rock, but, so do your recipes and pictures too!


* CHIPOTLE NIGHT!! I am going to test out the recipes they have online!

* Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Lasagna

* CEiMB ~ 4 Cheese Baked Penne

* Crunchy Buffalo Chicken Salads with Homemade Ranch

* Honey & Lime Shrimp Tacos

I was also pondering Crockpot Taco Junk over salads with all the fixin’s and Pizza Pasta, but, maybe I’ll save those for next week.


What’s on your menu this week?  Are you trying anything new?

Everything on our menu is 100% NEW!  The Husband is already teasing me saying I am making him my “science project” this week Winking smile

Night all!

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