Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Joined Weight Watchers plus a Recipe

Ok, you may know that I am a bit fluffy. :) My husband has recently come across some health issues that the doctor said that he would benefit from if he lost weight. So my man is GUNG-HO to lose weight. He of course is dropping the pounds like there is nothing to it.

Honestly, I didn't work too hard at it the first week. But did end up with a half of a pound loss. Better than a gain! :) My first goal is to lose 10 pounds. I am starting out small, because I have struggled A LOT the past 2 years in losing weight and if I keep looking at the BIG number, I will get overwhelmed.

My friend Carrie is a HUGE inspiration to me and has a GREAT website on healthy living! You would not know it anymore by looking at her now, but she used to struggle with her weight too!

I will be checking in periodically with an update about my weight loss. If you want to join me in a little support group for weight loss, I have one started but have not done anything with it in quite some time! Let me know by posting here and we can get it going again. I will give away some BLOG CANDY each time I make a goal!

I will share an assortment of our family's favorite recipes here - some healthy, maybe some not
Here is a healthy recipe for this week!

I love apples!!!! This one comes from the Weight Watchers website today and I will be making it...
Apple-Pear Crisp
POINTS® Value: 4
Servings: 9
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 50 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

1 sprays cooking spray
1 pound apple(s), Granny Smith, cored, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1 pound pear(s), Bosc and/or Bartlett, cored, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
4 Tbsp dark brown sugar, unpackedTopping
1 large egg(s)
6 Tbsp dark brown sugar, unpacked
1/4 tsp table salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
6 Tbsp light butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a 9- X 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Place apple and pear slices in a medium bowl. Toss with lemon juice and sugar; set aside.
To make topping, in another medium bowl, beat egg. Add sugar, salt and cinnamon; mix to combine. Add oats; mix well.

Spoon fruit into prepared baking dish and evenly sprinkle oat mixture on top; drizzle with melted butter. Bake until fruit starts to bubble and topping starts to brown, about 45 to 50 minutes. Allow crisp to cool for a minimum of 2 hours. Cut into 9 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.

Peeling the fruit is optional. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for a more robust spice flavor.The longer the crisp is cooled, the more the fruit juices will be absorbed. If the crisp is cut after two hours, the fruit will be a compote-consistency. If the crisp is chilled overnight, it will be much more firm. Try this recipe with other types of fruit: three pounds of pitted, quartered Italian plums make a lovely crisp.

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fitncrafty said...

Chris.. I am SO happy for you to make this commitment. You know I am here for you whenever!
Your recipe sounds pretty good. Take a look for sucanat, it's a less refined sugar, brown in color and still has retained SOME of its nutrients. I use it one for one in recipes.. I am just very careful about what I put sugar in...
Cheers and hugs!!!

Courtney said...

Oh girl. I LOVE WW. look here:

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm "fluffy" right along with you, girlfriend! Congrats on making this healthy commitment. That recipe sounds really yummy!

Joan Ervin said...

I am sooo proud of you, Chrissy...I know you will do well with this commitment!! George and I are working at this, too...he has lost 10 lbs and I have lost 0...oh, well, tomorrow is another day!! I guess it would help if I stayed out of the Halloween candy..heehehe!!!

laurie said...

Congrats on joining WW. I am a lifetime member, and love the program. When I start gaining again I always know I can get back on the program and take it off. It works! Thanks for the recipe,sounds good!

Jenny said...

We are going to de-fluff together. I can't wait to post a new picture with less of me! Never mind that the guys take off weight even thinking about cutting back. Women are so different and having all those babies did me in I know! Remind me to copy my recipies I have come up with that are freezer friendly! Will I see you Sat am?

Anonymous said...

I have just started WW too and am planning on doing core since all those points are too complicating in my life. I will love to watch both of us make this journey a successful one. Kristine in WI