Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Set My Standards High

Since my husband started his diet, he has inspired me to start a diet as well. No, I don't shoot up every morning like he does, I have enough PMS as it is! I'm keepin it simple and doing weight watchers.

I've always associated diet with guilt.

Usually what happens when I say I'm dieting is I continue to eat the same things I always do, I just feel guilty about it. But not this time, I'm determined to shed the unwanted pounds!

Alot of you have asked what the HCG diet is that I mentioned in my last post. My husband has lost 30 pounds on this diet! I'm definately not the expert but I'll give you a little info and if you want to learn more just go here.

HCG stands for Human Choriogonadotropin, the hormone produced by pregnant women in the early stages of pregnancy. Research suggests a small, daily hCG injection results in a weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs per day, and often more, when accompanied by a very low calorie diet of apprx 500 calories.

HCG works to mobilize fat for utilization by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. A starvation state must exist for HCG to work. For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to trigger HCG to help rid the body of fat. Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces appetite. So, even though, you are taking in fewer calories, your body is able to access the energy you have stored. Most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program.

Now I want to thank Angie for sharing some of her Weight Watcher secrets with me and now I want to share one with you! I found a great Weight Watchers recipe for Potato & Canadian Bacon Chowder. It is really yummy and keeps you full and it's only 3 points!

Potato and Canadian Bacon Slow Cooker Chowder


2 cup(s) potato(es), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large carrot(s), diced
1 cup(s) leek(s), chopped, white part only
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
4 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup(s) uncooked barley
1 piece(s) bay leaf
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 oz Canadian-style bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk
2 oz fat-free half-and-half

In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, leek, garlic, broth, barley, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and bacon; cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Stir in evaporated milk and half-and-half; heat through, uncovered, about 10 minutes. Yields about 1 2/3 cups per serving.

POINTS® Value: 3
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 360 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

This is one serving:

It passes by my standards:

It's easy
It's yummy
It's healthy
and most importantly,

It doesn't give you gas!


Ben and Ash said...

Unwanted pounds-WHERE? On your pinky?
Nice try.

Kathy B! said...

Wow, that DOES sound good. I'm going to have to give that a try. Try sucking on a peppermint when you're hungry. For me, it makes whatever I was hungry for not sound good because of the strong peppermint flavor in my mouth...

Kristina P. said...

Where do you think that Oreo ice cream for breakfast fits on this diet. Hypothetically.

Suzi said...

Unwanted pounds? Are you kidding? You are very fit!

angi_b72 said...

I will have to try this! I go get weighed in tonight!

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh my - if you feel the need to be on Weight Watchers... I need to just consider myself Jabba the Hut!!!!

Lindsey said...

oooohhh I love that recipe!! I can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!!

Staci said...

i agree with someof the other posts...what unwanted pounds...never the less i must say if you eat 500 calories a day....your gonna loose that really all he is eating?? cause if it is...THATS why he's cranky giiirl!! if i misunderstood...please set me straight!!! lol

Jamie said...

All those unwanted pounds are in your big toe on your left foot right?! Cause you look GREAT!

missy said...

sounds great and looks great!!!!
we will have to give it a try!!
thanks for sharing!!!

Nana said...

Well look at you! I must say from the pics I have seen of you on this very blog you don't need to lose weight.

I think the recipe looks great. I'll have to give it a whirl. Heaven knows I could drop a few pounds. Only 30 or so.

Erin Taylor said...

your are beautiful and you dont need one!!!

Kristen said...

HCG diet. Hell no! I am not gonna do starvation mode. Now your soup, that I can handle.

Lee said...

500 calories?
Jesus christ. That's like one donut.
I can't do that!

Donnetta said...

I have a friend who did the HCG injections and lost a RIDICULOUS amount of weight.

Me - since 1 hot wing is probably over 500 calories - SO not gonna happen!

Vodka Mom said...

OMG that is one of my FAVORITE soups!!!!!!

Nothing says diet like potatoes and bacon. NOTHIN.

oh, and vodka.

angie said...

That soup looks so good! I think I could get rid of these extra 10 pounds if I wouldn't splurge so much on the weekends. It's so hard to snack healthy sitting on the couch watching movies!

Rhea said...

hahaha It's so true, no one warns you how starting a diet produces mega gas.

Marsdinis said...

And your reason for dieting is....?

Melissa said...

That looks really good, but there is no way I would get shots to lose weight!

But good luck to you and your husband!

Julia said...

I'm totally a soup-a-holic so I love this one! But I have not crock pot...I probably could just do it on low heat in the big pot on my stove I guess. But the sad thing is I just ate dinner about 15 minutes ago and I am now hungry again.

Anonymous said...

Oh mama, you're freakin' my freak with that! I'm on it.

TMI Tara said...

Hmmmm I feel very confident that you don't need to lose weight. Trust me. I've seen the pictures.

Xazmin said...

I've never heard of this HCG diet. Hmmm. The food looks and sounds delish!

Bee and Rose said...

I love that soup! That is something I could drag my behind into the kitchen and actually attempt to make!

Thanks for sharing the HCG info...I have a few friends who recently began it..I'll send them over to read this:)

Lovin' your blog!!

Hernandez Family said...

I agree with everyone! You look great, you don't need to lose any weight. I am going to try that recipe it sounds good. No gas what a plus!

Marissa said...

First of all, I'll add to everyone else's comments by saying you look amazing now, you always have, and I'm SURE you always will! You should post before/after pics of Al! Let him share in his glory with everyone! 50 pounds is awesome!!

heathersister said...

Never heard of that diet. Does it make his body think its pregnant and therefore burns up the fat thinking it is needing it for the baby?? (Sorry, couldn't resist) No wonder he had PMS. lol