Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Very Thankful Menu Post

It is that time of year, Thanksgiving! I know it is a little early to be celebrating, but next weekend both my sisters will be coming to town. It is a tradition we started when the Bear and I moved into our home. There is shopping, lots of girly-girl time, decorating for the upcoming holiday season, and I usually serve a Thanksgiving meal to celebrate.

While I am thinking ahead to next weekend, we have one busy, busy week to get through before my sisters arrive. You could call it the week of never ending evening meetings for us both. I am using a lot of supplies I already have stockpiled, so there will not be a grocery list this week. It might overwhelm some of you anyway because it was a pretty expensive grocery week; but, something you might like to know is I joined Weight Watchers. Thus, I have to be more than prepared or my newly started Weight Watchers plan will end up being a week of never ending take out dinners.

Weight Watchers you ask? Yes. This may confuse you a little if you are a regular reader. To catch you up on a few things, here's the story. All the talk about fertility over the summer, my absence from regular postings, and the talk about healing has to do with some success on the fertility front and a major disappointment. We did in fact conceive in August and I was pregnant. All was going well until our 6 week appointment with the specialist. We were so very excited and hopeful to see that little flicker of a heart beat. Tragically, however, that was not the case. The baby was not developing and was a mass of cells that would eventually lead up to some pretty serious health problems for me if we did not get things taken care of. I had to have a D & C about a month ago. So, all the talk about healing has been about us working through some major disappointment. We still can have children. Good news we did conceive. I am grateful for that. It just did not work out and was due to natural causes that many people have when a pregnancy just isn't meant to be. We are coming to grips and are still hopeful, but for now we are taking a break on trying to have a baby. Long story short, I now would like to lose some of the weight I gained from the fertility drugs and actually getting pregnant. This is not out of vanity. I am doing this for my health and well being. I am overweight and when we do start seeing the specialist again, I need to be in tip top health. Being overweight does not increase your chances. I thought long and hard about how to go about all of this. I knew Weight Watchers is safe and effective. Low and behold a friend from work sent me a 50% off deal for a three month subscription, so I made my decision.

If you are on the Weight Watchers plan and are on a gluten-free diet, you are reading the right blog. I am going to try and start posting points values including portion sizes. I'm doing the online program which has a lot of really nice features such as recipe builder. I'm also excited because nothing is off limits. It's all about balance, something in which I believe. Here is the rundown:

Sunday 11/10            Light White Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Soup

Monday 11/11           Spinach and Tomato Quinoa Bake with Chopped Salad

Tuesday 11/12           Leftovers

Wednesday 11/13      Leftovers

Thursday 11/14          Gluten-Free Deep Dish Cheeseburger Pizza

Friday 11/15              Leftovers

Saturday 11/16          The Very Thankful Thanksgiving- Smoked Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
                                  Corn, Gluten-Free Stuffing, and Mini Pumpkin Pecan Tarts

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any tips or suggestions for starting Weight Watchers. I formally used the old Points system many years ago and noticed there are a lot of changes. I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks for your support and continued reading! Have a super Sunday! I'll see you later tonight for my Sunday Soup recipe.

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