Healthy Habits & Family: One Girl’s Take on Dieting Sabotage

     It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I might be 19 days late (I did make a resolution and all), but here I am! Really, I would have to thank Cassey Ho, over at for spurring my post today. While surfing Facebook, I saw a link to her post How to Start Healthy Habits When Your Family is Not Supportive. Ever the weight-loss warrior, of course I clicked the link. Boy could I relate!

     Now, don’t get me wrong, I have some super supportive family members. Of course, it helps a lot when your twin sister is also on the Healthy Habit Bandwagon. It helps even more when your husband is, too. The problems arise when you have to return home. My grandmother, bless her heart, is one of the sweetest people I know. But, she doesn’t know what being supportive means when it comes to life choices…especially if they involve food.

     For those of you that don’t know it, my roots are Southern Baptist. We grew up showing people, and one another, how we felt with food. Somebody in the church have a baby? Send them some fried chicken. Someone’s grandfather pass away? Hurry up, make up a casserole! And God forbid having to attend the dreaded Covered Dish dinner. (Don’t even get me started!) I swear, every time I hear that someone is out of work with the flu, or might have any other ailment or celebration of any kind going on, I have this knee-jerk reaction to cook or bake something, anything,  to take to them. It’s so bad, it’s even a running joke between me and my husband.

     It’s difficult enough to make any changes to your routine, but when my husband and I return home and have to eat, it isn’t any easier. We both have to really struggle to lose, then keep off the weight. (We Endomorphs got the short end of the stick on that one.) Returning for a visit home is a mine field of lifestyle pitfalls and arguments waiting to happen. And it starts when you walk in the door. There’s always a cake or some sort of dessert waiting. (Of course, we love it, who wouldn’t?) We try the good ol’ “Oh, we just ate before getting here, maybe later!” stand by first. That might help until actual meal time…then it’s no holds barred.

     And it starts with breakfast. I don’t know if she just wants to make him happy, or if she thinks he’s heading out to hand-plow rows all day in a field somewhere, but she starts the morning plying my husband with unholy amounts of slab bacon or fatty sausage for breakfast. Not to mention eggs, and toast, and grits and, and,and…

     She’s even gone so far as to wake up super early and cook it all before we get up so she can then say, “Don’t let this go to waste now,” when we won’t eat her outrageous portions. If, by chance, it isn’t already cooked, she stands close by hovering and saying “You’re going to eat more than that, aren’t you?” or “Remember, you can have as much as you want!” Even worse? I’ve had more food magically appear on my plate as I sit there!

     It doesn’t stop at portions either. I don’t think she even hears things like “I can’t have gluten,” or “Nanny, I can’t eat corn anymore, for reasons I can’t discuss at the table.” Really, telling her No Wheat No Corn translated immediately to I Choose to No Longer Eat Fiber in her brain. I spent the rest of the day explaining the amount of varied vegetables I love and deflecting taking home large bottles of those nasty chewable fiber tablets she swore I needed. I thought I was home free until I caught her stuffing the bottle in my over night bag.

     Like Cassey mentions in her article, sometimes saying no equals getting served bigger portions. Telling my grandmother no over food isn’t easy. She takes it very personally, and of course that gets to me. I’d never want to purposely hurt her feelings, but sometimes, you just can’t help it. Suddenly, a simple No Thank-you turns into a question and answer session, and usually I end up wondering out loud why in the world it’s so damn hard to respect my personal decisions. I think anyone with a Diet Saboteur in their midst has put up with any or all of the following…

“How can you eat that? I couldn’t live like that!”
“Stop being such a fanatic.”
“You’re restricting yourself too much.”
“Well, eat it just this once, for me.”
“It’s {insert occasion here}, live a little.”
“Don’t let this go to waste, there are hungry people that’d be happy to have it.”
Yeah…not fun, is it? I admit, it was comforting to know someone else has a family like that. I’m glad Cassey decided to share her story, because it’s actually a really important topic. Most people I know are concerned, in some way, about their health or weight and, in my opinion, there are three types of players in the game: the Habit Changers, the Supporters, and the Saboteurs. And that extends to any situation, not just dietary changes. I have learned again and again how important it is to surround yourself with supportive, encouraging people, especially when it comes to things like this. Negativity just doesn’t help anyone. Reading Cassey’s story made me even more grateful for the Supporters in my life. How about you?

Weight Watchers & Homemade Goodness…

January and 2011 has started out pretty good around here, and that makes me feel…well, awesome! The hubs and I are doing well with our renewed commitment to healthy and long lasting weight loss. Ok, back up a second…I guess I should mention my Christmas gift! All I could think of when Rob asked me what I might want for Christmas was the new kit from Weight Watchers.
This was more difficult than it sounds. Neither of us are members, nor do we have the money to join. (Yeah, yeah. We’d love to, but the whole pay-your-bills thing was more important.) Anywho…we have a few friends at work that are members that we were talking with and were totally willing to pick up a kit for us. Of course, we never got around to coordinating it all. So, I told my hubby all I really wanted was the new PointsPlus kit. I even looked up a local store, but I figured we’d either have to go to a meeting, or have a member get it for us. Those of you who know me know one thing…I don’t do meetings. It’s the whole public speaking/ fear of groups thing, and frankly, it’s a huge problem I’ll talk about at some point. Just not now… So Christmas came and I get the most beautiful card from my hubby promising to commit to being healthy and growing old together. And the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus Kit!

We officially started our journey on New Year’s Day, and I have to say it’s great! It was easy the first time, but I tended to crave things. This time around, I have to remind myself to eat! I think my favorite part if that fruit is now “free”. I’m much more likely to reach for a banana or grapes as a snack now instead of a granola bar. The wonderful thing is, this new program helps me to manage my protein to carbs ratio and I feel so much better! The first week’s weigh in was January 8th and I’d lost nearly 3 pounds, and Rob lost 7.2 pounds. Needless to say, we are two pretty happy campers.
Because it’s easier, and more affordable, to eat at home, I’ve been cooking even more, so I’ve been a recipe hound. Also, I’m a sucker for homemade anything! Well, I found this recipe posted on Weight Watcher’s Facebook page and stopped cold.
I love chicken pot pie. No, seriously… I LOVE it. Alas, most all of them are so loaded with fat and calories that they are a huge no no. I was skeptical…Weight Watchers or not, is a light pot pie recipe worth the trouble? Well, I’m here to tell you it absolutely is! I was so excited, I decided to document making it, so get your napkin, it’s time for tempting to begin! Here’s the recipe link, but I’ll list it here for you too. Complete with my advice of course!

The result…I can’t tell you how happy I am. That’s one more photogenic pot pie!
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
from Weight Watchers

Cooking Spray (I like Pam)

1 tsp butter

1 small onion chopped

2 cups mushrooms, sliced (I cut this…not too big on mushrooms)

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

2 cups frozen mixed veggies

1 cup chicken broth (I like Swanson’s)

3 cups roasted chicken, chopped (again, I used Swanson’s White Meat canned chicken)

2 TBsp all purpose flour

1/2 cup fat free evaporated milk, divided

4 reduced fat crescent rolls (8 come in a can, I used 6…more on this later)


  • Preheat your oven to 375° and find a 9 to 10″ pie plate. The recipe calls for a 10″ but I used a 9″ and it came out just find. Spray the pie plate with your cooking spray and set it aside.
  • In a large sauce pot, melt your butter over medium heat then add your onion and mushrooms. Sauté  for about 5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Stir in your spices, veggies, broth, and chicken. Cover and simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup evaporated milk and your 2 TBsp flour in a small bowl. Pour into your sauce pot and mix over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. ( about 2 minutes)
  • Stir in remaining evaporated milk and cook to slightly thickened. (2 or 3 minutes more)
  • Remove from heat and pour into your prepared pie plate.
  • Unroll the crescent rolls and arrange on top (I put four around the edge, corners touching, then covered the hole with two more. That makes six.)
  • Brush top lightly with a small amount of egg white. (I used a teaspoon or so of Egg Beaters)
  • Bake in your preheated oven until the crescents are golden brown, and filling is bubbly. Enjoy!


This recipe makes six servings, and they are huge. Huge! Seriously, it’s not a skimpy portion at all, and it is totally worth the Points! Just to put it in perspective…my favorite store bought pie is something like 18 Points…for half the small pie. It’s a measly amount of food for the Points, believe me. I get 29 daily Points total. This recipe is 6 Points per serving as they posted it. Adding the two extra crescent squares makes each serving 8 Points, according to some of the comments on their website. Yeah, I was super excited about that…Chicken Pot Pie is my favorite comfort food! I must say, I had one happy hubby on my hands as well, which is always a bonus.
As you can tell, I love this recipe and I will definitely be making it regularly. I can’t wait to try different takes on it, and play around with it a little. I think this would be amazing as a beef dish…I’ll let you know when that happens! I’d love to know if you take this recipe for a test drive, too! I’m all about sharing a good thing! For now though, I need to put the leftovers away….in the fridge.