Week 1 of Holiday 2011 Challenge

You can check out all our participants here for our fall/winter challenge.  I don’t know about you but I am seeing Halloween candy everywhere!  I don’t normally gravitate to sweets, I am more of a pretzel girl, but after seeing mini snickers and milky ways, my resolve starts to waiver.

But I had a good week.  I didn’t work out as much as I wanted, but I plan to change that this week.  Since yesterday was my lazy rest day, today I plan on doing some exercise on demand and if the rain stops, go for a long walk.

My other goals for the week?  No wine, in bed by 11:00, drink my water.  😀

Hannah and I stopped by some garage sales and went to Goodwill yesterday afternoon.  I scored on a couple really old cookbooks:

That one is from the Borden company that makes evaporated milk, so every recipe has evaporated milk in it.  Everything from scalloped potatoes to lemon sponge pie.  I kinda threw up at the idea of jellied chicken though!  The part I found fascinating though is that the recipe club members gave suggestions such as this:

Few people seem to know that the flavor of steak smothered with onions is greatly improved by squeezing over it the jucie of a lemon.

And some members needed help:

Miss Kimble of Bimfield Indiana wants recipes for mangoes.  Also she inquires whether alligator pears are used in any way except for salad.  Perhaps some of our California or Southern members can send us the information, which we will pass on to Miss K.

I also found a Halloween snowman!  New readers might not know about my small obsession with snowmen. 😀

I haven’t done my full grocery shop, but plan on doing that today, so I just picked up a couple steaks and shrimp for dinner.  I had an idea to make cheddar drop biscuits, but when I made this recipe, the dough was a lot stiffer than I am used to, so I was able to use my biscuit cutter so they looked really pretty.

Only one teeny tiny problem.  Their recipe said it made 15-17 biscuits.  Um, mine made six!  I don’t even want to know what the points are (probably 10) but these were amazing – a little crunch on the bottom, but tender and flakey on the inside.

One secret I have when I make biscuits or scones is to put my butter in the freezer for 30 minutes before using it, and then I use my box grater and grate the cheese into the flour.  I think my biscuits are more tender that way because the butter stays really cold.  Here’s a crappy picture, but it does look like shredded cheese!

Here is our shrimp cocktail – if you haven’t made shrimp cocktail at home, this is the perfect recipe – it comes out great each and every time.

Tony manned the grill for me 😀  I had about 2 ounces of each steak – one was a New York strip and the other was a ribeye.  The ribeye was kinda fatty, so the dog got a lot of that one. 😦

If you made it down this far (thanks!) I’ll leave you with one last recipe.  I’ve been making lunches for my SIL since she started WW.  I am proud to say she’s down nearly 18 pounds!  You are doing great Jody!

Well, I decided to make her a dish that I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, but I know she loves tuna.  Sorry Jody, I forgot to buy an onion this week, so your meals are onionless this week. 😀

Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole for One (11 points plus)

  • 2 ounces dry whole wheat penne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canned peas
  • 1/2 cup canned tuna (packed in water)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon whole wheat breadcrumbs

Cook the noodles according to package directions and drain.  In a pot, add butter and when melted, add the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Stir in tuna, peas and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, remove from heat, then stir in cooked noodles.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Put in an ovensafe dish and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs, and put under the broiler until nice and bubbly.

This is half a serving below, so it’s a pretty generous serving for 11 points.

Hope you like it Jody!  Keep up the great work!

My holiday challenge goal was to lose 23 pounds.  I lost 1.2 this week, so I have 21.8 pounds to go. 😀

How did your first week go?  Anybody need some cheerleaders or did you want to share what a great week you had?

Alright, I am waiting for the Sandwich King to come on before going to the store – I usually want to make whatever he’s making!  Enjoy your Sunday!


17 thoughts on “Week 1 of Holiday 2011 Challenge

  1. I LOVE my snowmen too. Pooldad gifts me one a day for the month of December 🙂 It’s our tradition. heehee Plus I received one for my birthday from my MIL. He is staying out until I pull all his buddies out in November. I have never seen a halloween snowman, but now I must find one. lol

    Good luck this week. I know what you mean about halloween candy. I don’t like chocolate as a rule, but fill up a big bowl of it to hand out to the kiddies and I am in a corner tearing open the wrappers on mini snickers and kit kats. That is why we stopped buying it until the 31st. We kept having to replenish the supply.

  2. The Sandwich King is the best! Just hope JImmy’s Place doesn’t get too crowded now 🙂 We love their pizza and their chicken vesuvio. I made his Italian beef for dinner tonight. Great job on the lose this week!

  3. HI Vat. I’m been a TERRIBLE challenge participant!!! I didn’t check in with you. I’m hanging my head!!! For the record, I tracked 5 of the 7 days (yesterday was our anniversary so treated ourselves alot and Friday, I was good until lunch, then ran out of tracking steam.) I’m also doing well on my water drinking. LOVE the snowman!!! Hope you are having a good rest of the weekend.

  4. My husband hates anything with tuna, but I’ve been craving tuna noodle casserole, so I will be making this one many times during his months gone I’m sure 🙂

    I’ve actually had a great week, I don’t weigh in until Tuesday, but I’m pretty sure there will be a decent loss. I’ve stayed on point, even when going out for Mexican and drinks with the girls, and a luncheon with fabulous food and desserts. I need to work on getting in more exercise, but besides that it’s going great!

  5. I used to not like biscuits. Now that i live in the south-loveee them. I want to try the freezer technique. Love that you make meals for others! You should open a business!!

  6. I accomplished my goal of 5 work outs this week. Yay! My eats were good and bad, but sometimes being bad is fun right? Bahahaha! I tried a new to me class Friday-kickboxing. It kicked my bootay. I’m just proud of myself for getting off my bum and getting to the gym. Holler.

    This week, I WILL get in 5 workouts. I WILL drink more water. I WILL eat more fruit and veggies.

  7. Can I be a late joiner of your Holiday 2011 Challenge? I am new to your blog this week–hence the lateness.

    Goals:1) I personally would like to be 1 jean size smaller or more (goal: size 12) by Christmas. 2) I want to add more vegetarian meals into my diet, meaning that I would need to learn how to plan food and grocery shopping as well as cook differently. 3) I also want to get through all of the 3 big scary holidays and surrounding days/weeks with a sense of pride in my food choices. 4) And, of course, I want to be a girl monster in the gym!

    🙂 Marion

  8. Heehee – I laughed at that note because my last name is Kimble!

  9. Old cookbooks are the best! And used ones too! Sometimes I find a couple of handwritten recipes tucked into a cookbook at the Goodwill. It’s like finding treasure!

    Um, in my next life I’d like to come back as your dog. Ribeye is my favorite cut!

    I had a great week 1! I worked out officially 3 times this week and spent one day walking around the fair as my unofficial 4th workout. I had a lovely cheat day while I was there too! (Hooray for elephant ears, scones and burgers the size of my head!) AND the best part is that I haven’t stepped on or have been tempted to step onto the scale at all!

  10. I had a great week 1! Even though I didn’t hit my target for working out 5 times this week I did manage to squeak out 4 & spend the entire day Monday working a bridal show so lots of miles were made on my legs! I tackled my one recipe of the week today & eh, not so impressed, so I won’t be posting the link to the recipe on my blog for sure. 😛

    GREAT loss this week!

  11. I am down one pound but I seem to keep losing and regaining the same 5lbs! So frustrating. I have been “stuck” at 194 (191-195) for the last month! I was at this weight for quite some time 9 years ago, so I don’t know if it is a fat memory thing or what. But I need to kick it in high gear this week and the next few to see if I can get to the 180’s. Some cheering would be good!

  12. It was a good week and a busy week. I broke my toe the Friday before last and I thought that was really going to put a damper on marathon training. By Thursday swelling was down, pain was pretty much gone, I had it wrapped and I was ready to run. I started out slowly, but I was pain free while running. Weight wise I’m down .2 (yes that’s a point in front of the 2!). Better than nothing after a weekend away and a brief running hiatus.

    Goals for Week 2:
    -keep a food journal
    -drink water more often (with the cooler weather here I am less likely to reach for a cold water)

    Good luck everyone!!

  13. I am having an issue with keeping my Curves routine. I will go good until the weekend, but then they’re only open 9-12 on Saturday and closed on Sunday. It gets me out of the routine. Boooo
    I really need to work on that. And doing my shake weight at night with the DVD.
    I’ve been tracking my exercises and bike rides in Daily Mile for accountability. I like seeing the calendar each day have something!

  14. I didn’t do very well last week but I’m all over it this week being on vacation!! Very little guilt here! YAY!

  15. As of today 9-24, I am doing pretty well, I have lost 4 pounds, so well on my way to my goal. I have been writting down every bite I eat, even the leftovers from my daughter’s plate (She is 16 months and I never know how much she will eat at one meal, some days she is the bottomless pit, others I am happy if she eats anything, oh well at least she likes her fruits and veggies). But, I didn’t use to count those calories and I have started this week.

    I need to get better about my workouts, only 2 this week. I will get better at this during the next week.

    Good luck to everyone on another great week, Ann

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