Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WW steals, Brazilian Blowout and Wine Tasting

First things first...after one week on Weight Watchers, I lost four pounds.  Kind of scary to realize how much I had to be eating before, huh?  Since then we've had a major holiday weekend (including a wine tasting trip), and because I didn't have to go into work on Monday, I didn't get a chance to weigh myself.  This past week could have been detrimental, but hopefully it was more like a maintenance week. 
For those of you who made sweet Weight Watchers comments, thank you!  BUT I will show you exACTLY why i'm back on the WW:
the gut!!!!!
that did not used to be there, and now it's out of control, even when i'm sucking in! 
off topic break: speaking of which, that's an example of some post Brazilian Blowout hair...the significant part about the BB is that I expected to have Nicole Richie/Lindsay Lohan loose ringlets in shiny hair when I was all done [just air dried], and that is NOT the case.  The good part about it [that I'm extremely glad about] is that it takes SO much less time to blow dry and I don't need to flat iron it anymore.  I still can, and then it looks just amazing, but i can also spend just 15-20 minutes blowing it out and look like I spent my normal hour flat-ironing and blow drying! //end of off topic break
The good thing is, at my new job, there aren't a lot of opportunities to snack unless you bring your own food.  when I was on the ship, the vending machines were always stocked, I had drawers of granola bars and popcorn, and there was always cereal, donuts and other snackies down in the Wardroom (kind of like a communal kitchen/dining area for Officers).  Here, I get to experiment with my own bring snackies with no alternative temptations!  hence, i give you:
Alanna's Greatest Weight Watchers Finds
(so far)

  • Flatout Multigrain Wraps = 1 point.  Amazing microwaved, toasted, room temperature, wrapped around lettuce, spread with a Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge, filled with roasted peppers...pick your favorites and fill it, or broil it in the oven, coat with spray butter and crushed garlic and enjoy your pita chips!  With 8 grams of fiber, it's crazy filling, too!

  • Kraft Singles 2% Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese = 1 point.  I know I've already told y'all about this, but I am OBSESSED with this stupid cheese!  It is so incredibly flavorful!

  • Gardenburger Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Veggie Burgers = 1 point.  Just as good as they sound, and there's cheese pieces inside that melt out and keep the patty from getting too dry in the microwave.
i combined all of the above with romaine lettuce and spring mix, two roasted yellow pepper slices (they're ~5-15 calories each depending on the brand, I get mine from Trader Joe's) and a few spritzes of Balsamic Vinagrette spray salad dressing for a THREE POINT MEAL that was INCREDIBLY filling! 
now, back to the list:
  • Raita.  At 25 calories for a 2 tbsp. serving, it is one of the best dips/dressings/spreads I've found, especially because it is creamy and delicious, not runny and gross like some of those other low calorie dips.  I get mine at Trader Joe's and love to dip baby carrots and sugar snap peas in it!
  • Thomas's 100 calorie English Muffins = 1 point.  Once again, I've already extolled their virtues and you know it, but really, seriously?  Get the cheese from 3 bullets up, split the muffin, spray with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and nuke for 20 seconds.  You. Will. Die.
Alanna's Most Disappointing Weight Watchers Find:
(thus far)
  • Pirate's Booty = 3 points for a 1 oz. serving!  So disappointing, because 1 oz. is only 140 calories, so i thought I was fine until I entered the nutrition facts into my handy little point calculator.  No luck, my friends - because of it's relatively high fat content and zero grams of fiber, Pirate's Booty is a Weight Watchers letdown.
I'll leave y'all with a group photo of us wine tasting - I'm standing [bending over] in front of Trip (we think he may have been tickling/grabbing me, or that I was trying to get out of the way of Barnyard, the guy in the wig behind me).  I'm in the Lilly Bowen I told y'all I wanted - I know, I know, I haven't lost the ten pounds, but what other opportunity to legitimately wear intense Lilly's in public is better than wine tasting?  I'll probably be wearing one to Opening Day at Del Mar as well!
ETA: here's my submission for pink and green thursday!!
over on pink preppy lilly lover!  i know it's supposed to be pastels but...i couldn't resist!



Ashley Kate said...

Whats a brazilian blowout? I'm a hairdresser, is this something new I don't know about?! Is it a chemical treatment or just a styling thing?

Annie said...

4 lbs in one week?!!? that is awesome!!! I am a big WW fan....I lost LOTS of weight on eating within your points just makes you feel better!!

Mr and Mrs. Stoneking said...

I LOVE your hair, color and all! You look amazing with your man! Great job on the weight loss! That is pretty impressive. Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

Peachy Keen said...

I've been toying with the idea of a BB, thanks so much for the info!

You all look adorable, hope the wine tasting was amazing!

Jordana Lorraine said...

You look great! Congrats on the WW loss!

I'm a hairdresser and Brazilian Blowout Specialist. So glad to hear the Brazilian Blowout has helped you get ready faster! It should be soft and shiny whether you blowdry or not, but saving you time each day is definitely a big deal.

Please remember that while Nicole and Lindsay do have Brazilian Blowouts, they also have professional styling teams. No treatment will give you that tousled-curl look, except for making curls and then tousling them. But the good news is, Brazilian Blowout does protect your hair from heat, so when you do that kind of style, it's not as damaging :)

Ashley Kate said...

Really?! I am getting certified on the 19th to do Keratin treatments at my salon. But I've never heard it called Brazilian Blowout. Perhaps Oklahoma is behind on that? lol! Good to know you like it!

Juliana said...

Your BB looks great. It's harder when we have a lot of hair. I am able to wear mine curly or straight now without the cuts the style time down a lot. Did you get the conditioning masque? It is incredible!!!

Gut? What are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Screen Door Prep said...

You are beautiful, & I LOVE your blog! Thank you for playing along with Pink&Green Thursday during my guest host week! Would you believe I JUST saw one of those watermelon sherbet bombs for the first time on Monday? I didn't eat any because it had raspberry inside, which I hate, but I am going to try to make it with a different pink center!

I did Weight Watchers with a good friend after college to get rid of our frat party beer guts. ;) It worked, & I've been a lifetimer weighing in once a month ever since - helped me get the baby weight off quickly after my little girl was born, too. I know you will do well! (You look like an itty bitty thing already!)

Can't wait to follow this fabulous blog!

Emily said...

YAY for getting back to WW! You should check out my blog- I do a "WW Wednesday" and put different recipes and what not. Keep up the good work! :)

Emily said...

Hey girl! Thanks for following! Just wanted to let you know that the "un-identified" dresses have been discovered! LOL YAY! Get ready... because this collection is to die for!!!

Laur said...

So interested in finding out more about this BB! Love finding out new beauty tricks/tips!

PS..>I left you something on my blog today!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I will have to try the Gardenburger Sun-Dried Tomato Veggie Burgers! xx

prepfection said...

No gut, you're a stunner!