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The other day…

The other day I did what some people think is sort of a strange thing (but I don’t). I signed up for Weight Watchers. Over this winter I have put on a few pounds, and I decided to take control of the situation and WW helped me several years ago – so I decided to give it a try again.

I have been tracking my food the WW way for 12 days and I have lost just over 2 pounds, so I am pretty pleased. Sometimes I am annoyed that some of my favorite foods are not favored on the program. A serving of peanut butter is five points. 1/4 cup of almonds is six points. I can eat dinner for six points! A few of my friends are also doing Weight Watchers, and we are having a lot of fun teaching each other the little tricks that we have picked up. Two tablespoons of peanut butter might be five points, but one teaspoon of peanut butter is just one point. The other day I made a great snack, thanks to my friend Karen. 7 almonds, one piece of dark chocolate and a banana – the entire snack was just two points.

Today for breakfast I really wanted an English muffin with peanut butter and Nutella. (Which is a little strange because I never really crave Nutella – especially in the morning!) But I figured I could get a better breakfast with an egg, a little bit of cheese, etc. So here is what I made for breakfast:

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This breakfast was six points. My normal week day breakfast of oatmeal and berries is 3 points. But I figured, it’s Saturday morning – so I went for it! The egg sandwich was really great – I was able to cook the egg without breaking the yolk (until I took a bite) and it was really wonderful. I added .4 ounces (I did weigh it because i have a hard time figuring out what an ounce of cheese might be) of Cabot reduced fat cheddar cheese to the sandwich (1 point). The cantaloupe was a great side for breakfast.

Last night night I made an Asian vegetable soup that my friend Jenny told me about. This recipe was a Hungry Girl recipe and mom and I really loved it! A lot of vegetables and a great flavor. I had a fun time cooking in the kitchen and did a lot of chopping.

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Mom and I both had two bowls of this soup for dinner last night. Although I could not find the Tofu noodles the recipe called for, I made a cup of whole wheat pasta and we added that into the soup. I have heard that these tofu noodles are available at Market Basket. I might look for them next week, but I had no luck at Stop & Shop yesterday.

This soup was so good:

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We had another snow day from work yesterday, and had a horrible snow storm for the last three days!! But the good news is that this weekend it is supposed to be warm and I hope a lot of the snow melts today and tomorrow. I am so done with this winter and these snow storms – enough is enough. (But I heard a horrible rumor that yet another storm is heading our way.) Spring is just around the corner, right?

I hope you are having a great weekend so far. See you soon!

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