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Weighing In: A Family Affair

Today was my third weigh-in on the Weight Watchers Online program and I didn't lose so much as an ounce. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

And I'm okay with it.

The way I see it, I saw some pretty big drops those first two weeks (7.6 pounds total!), and now that I have a zipperoo kind of week, this gives me a chance to go back and reevaluate what I did differently and make a game plan for next week.

Besides, I think I know what the main problem was:

Don't challenge me. I'm not above proving myself.

Even though this week wasn't a weight loss week for me, two very exciting things did happen.

{ 1 } Sean decided to take the plunge and join me, using the Weight Watchers for Men program, so I'll be blogging about his progress as well. I think having us do this together will be a really good team-building thing for our marriage, and will give me some really good content to write about. :) It's so easy to talk about dieting from a woman's perspective, but what happens when a woman is trying to feed herself and her husband...and they both have very different POINTS allowances...and they have crazy opposite schedules? Time (and this blog) will tell.

{ 2 } In case you missed the announcement from yesterday, this week I also partnered up with Weight Watchers and am now an official freelancer for them (for at least the next three months)! They are providing Sean's membership for him and I am getting the chance to read their newest book, Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play!: A Parent's Guide for Raising Healthy, Happy Kids, and will be sure to tell you all about it.

As promised, here are our "before" shots. Mine was taken 2 1/2 weeks in, but you get the picture. I'll list our goals under the picture as well. Please ignore the terrible photography. It was late, we were cranky, and there was a pizza sitting just out of frame that we were itching to get to.

There, I said it. Pizza.

We were also going for that "miserable-before-shot-radiant-and-happy-after-shot" look.

Starting weight: 151.4  ...  Goal weight: 130-135

Starting weight: 215  ...  Goal weight: 195

In my next post, I'll start to include some recipe and meal ideas we've come up with. And if you have some good ones to share (especially snacks for picky eaters), definitely be sure to leave me some comment happiness.

For now, here's a cheapie and quickie, courtesy of my friend Missy and the Weight Watchers for Men site:

Roasted Chickpeas

2 cans of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry Salt and spices Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet or stone. Spread chickpeas in a single layer. Sprinkle with desired spices and shake it up. The original recipe calls for red pepper flakes and garlic powder. I opted for sea salt and Greek Seasoning from Penzey's.

Cook for about 45-60 minutes or until lightly browned and crunchy. Then cook a few minutes longer. Mine got soft quickly and I attribute that to not cooking long enough. While they're cooking, give those little babies a shake now and then too, to help them cook evenly.

this isn't the news, but aren't they yummy anyway?

This recipe makes 4 servings at only 2 POINTS each. I noshed on a bunch at work today and they were so satisfying. Yum-O!

Enjoy, till the next time!

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