Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Better Me, Week 30

First, let me wish everyone a very Hoppy Easter!  Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, I hope you're enjoying the beautiful long weekend.

I'm back!  Yesterday's weigh in was better than I had hoped.  My wish was that I would lose at least the .8 I gained, and maybe a pound or two more.  I lost 4.3 lbs!  That makes my total to date 62 lbs!!!

I have had so many people congratulate me and tell me how well I'm doing and I love you all for your support.  But, I have had several people tell me I have inspired them to become healthier themselves. Some have joined Weight Watchers; others are just getting more active and making healthier choices. Either way, I'm glad I've been able to share my journey and show others that it's really not that hard; and the rewards are beyond anything I ever dreamed.  It's not just the physical rewards of looking and feeling better; it's the emotional rewards too.

I still have a long way to go; but, I'll get there.  

Happy Easter,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Twist on Taco Night

I think my new favourite website is

We tried another of the recipes found on her website last night; the taco casserole bake.  We changed it up a little bit though as some items come in different sizes in the States than they do here in Canada.

I'm going to share the recipe with you as everyone loved it.  The twingles like it; but found it a little too spicy, so next time we'll cut back on the chili oil.

Taco Casserole Bake

yield: 6 SERVINGS (ours: 8 servings)


  • 24 Baked Tostitos Scoops (We used 40)
  • 1 T Chili Oil (I found this in the Asian foods aisle) - if you are considering replacing this with regular oil please note the chili oil adds a lot of spice and flavor to this dish, so replacing it will affect the flavor profile
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¼ lbs extra lean ground turkey (I used Jennie-O which comes in a 1.25 lb package)
  • 2 T taco seasoning (I used my homemade recipe, not store bought)
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained (We used a 19 oz can)
  • 1 c salsa (I used medium) (We used 2 cups)
  • 1 c reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese (we used regular shredded Mexican blend)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, warm the chili oil and sauté onions and garlic until softened. Add ground turkey and taco seasoning, break up into pieces and cook until meat is browned. Mix in salsa and beans and cook for a few more minutes until salsa thickens.
  3. Break up the tortilla chips into bite sized pieces and use them to line the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Evenly spread the meat mixture over the chips and then sprinkle cheese over the top*. Bake for 20 minutes.
WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS:7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on
OUR VERSION = 8 P+ per serving

adapted from Healthy-Delicious and Emily Bites

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Better Me, Week 29

The streak has ended.

I'm up .8 lbs this week; and you know what?  I'm okay with it.

I had my 30 second pity party; but I own it and I move one.  Today is a new day and it's a new week.

I fully expected a gain this week and .8 is nothing in the grand scheme of things.  I'm still down 57.7 lbs in 6.5 months.  It was really hard to get my usual workouts in this week.  After my tattoo last Saturday, I haven't been able to put on shoes; which means walking or running on the treadmill are out.  I did pull out the WiiFit and did some yoga and hula hooping; but much exercise can one really get playing Wii?

I tried walking in flip-flops, the only shoes I can really wear at the moment that won't rub/chafe the tattoo, and there's just no support in them.  My poor arches were screaming at me.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get shoes on at some point this week.  If not, I'm going to have to find other ways to be active. I don't plan on having another gain.

I'm looking forward to a four-day work week and some quality family time.  I'll be bringing my scale along on Sunday for Easter dinner to ensure I'm staying on plan.

Wish me luck and I'll see you all Saturday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mom Ink

I did it; and I'm SO happy with how it turned out!

Yesterday, my sister-in-law and I went to get tattoos.  She was having a butterfly on her back covered up with a gorgeous tropical flower scene.  I got the twingles' names on my left foot; yup "mom ink"!

It's been more than 17 years since I got my first tattoo and I got myself all worked up leading up to yesterday.  I made the mistake of googling foot tattoos and aftercare.  Most of what I found said I was going to have to keep it elevated and iced and I wouldn't be able to walk well for at least a week.  So I was starting to second guess my decision; but, I'd already put down a non-refundable deposit, no way was I going to back out.

All the way to Kitchener, I had those nervous/excited butterflies fluttering in my stomach.  I made a point of eating before the appointment as I remembered the tattoo parlour telling me to do so when I got my first tat.

When SIL and I finally got to Perfect Image, the butterflies disappeared and I became totally excited. I wasn't even really afraid to begin with; I think it was just the adrenaline leading up to the big moment.  

I went first and it took about 30 minutes.  It wasn't long at all and it wasn't even really that painful.  It was like a cat scratch; a constant, annoying one...but nothing more.  The only spot that was really tender was right under my ankle bone toward the heel.  Even then it wasn't unbearable.  The scratchy irritating feeling lasted about 3 hours or so, and then my foot felt fine.  I cleaned it last night when I got home as per my instructions and I've been keeping it moisturized.  I even went for a walk with the girls today without any trouble.  

I'm so happy with how it turned out.  It was definitely worth the anticipation and scratchiness.  

I got Pretty to take a pic this morning; so just over 12 hours old; it looks pretty good if I do say so myself :)

I think everyone needs to have a reward in mind when they reach a goal.  I have my next goal set; but haven't yet decided what my reward will be.  I'd love to say more ink; but, that's not going to happen. Maybe it'll be a trip somewhere fabulous.  I'm going to have to think a bit more on that one and I'll post when I've got it sorted out.

Till then...stay can do whatever you set your mind to.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Better Me, Week 28

Another week's weigh in and the streak continues!  1.8 lbs lost this week.  I had a great week.  I got four work outs in, tried some fantastic new recipes and I just feel good!

Today is tattoo day.  If you've been following, you'll know that my reward for reaching the 50 lbs lost mark is a tattoo.  My sister-in-law and I are bonding over it.

Can't wait to see how it turns out.  It's been a while since I got my first tattoo, and I'm a little nervous about today; but, I'll get through it like I always do.  A little pep talk and a whole lot of determination will have me loving the end result.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Baked Chicken Recipe

Over the past six months we have tried a lot of different recipes.  Most of these have come from the Weight Watchers community; but not all.

I wanted to share one that has quickly become a favourite in the Twingle household.  We all love chicken, but this recipe is YUMMY!

Baked Chicken
Yield:  serves 4


1 spray cooking spray
4 - 4oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts 
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup canned chicken broth (I use low-sodium)
1/2 medium lemon, quartered, for garnish


1.  Preheat oven to 400°F.  Coat a shallow roasting pan with cooking spray.
2.  Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.  Transfer chicken to prepared pan and drizzle with oil; sprinkle with lemon juice, rosemary and parsley.  Pour broth around chicken to coat bottom of pan.
3.  Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 30-40 minutes.  Garnish with fresh lemon.

Yields 1 chicken breast per serving.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:  4 per serving.

Taken from

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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