The delve into Weight Watchers is going well. This is my third official weekly weigh in and I’m down 6 pounds. I know, it really isn’t that much weight in the grand scheme of things – I have a long way to go. But on the positive side, if I continue loosing 2 pounds a week for the year of free membership I will loose the equivalent of an average third grader and be down to the same weight as high school and the Army times. That would be kind of a nice change for me.
Friday, February 1st was Go Red for Women day. This is an effort to make women more aware of heart risk and symptoms they may experience when having a heart attack. It was a good reminder for me on the reason I am making this effort with Weight Watchers and not smoking. By quitting smoking, after one year I will have reduced my risk of heart attack by 50%. Reducing my weight by JUST 10% also significantly reduces my risk for heart attacks. For 15 years I’ve been on high-blood pressure medication and although that probably won’t change, getting my waist under 42″ and my BMI into the average range will also significantly reduce my risk for co-morbidities such as heart disease and diabetes.
All this helps strengthen my resolve to stick with it. I’ve been testing out some new recipes too which helps a lot. Finding great food that doesn’t make you feel like your sacrificing everything can make a big difference in sticking with healthy eating habits that you can continue with rather than a diet. Below is the recipe our WW team leader shared with us as one of her favorite snacks.
Sweet Potato Fries
9 points for the entire recipe
- 1 Medium to Large Sweet Potatoe
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 pkg Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch mix
Pre-heat oven to 350. Use the olive oil to grease a baking sheet.
Cut sweet potato into desired french fry size, I prefer mine in thin strips. Put packet of fiesta ranch mix into a baggy. Add cut sweet potatoes to baggy and shake until coated.
Put sweet potatoes in a layer on the baking sheet. Cook for 30 minutes in oven.