How I lost 35 pounds in my weight loss journey
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My 35 Pound Weight-loss Journey (Breakfast Foods)

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In the Beginning There Was Me, Trying to Lose Weight

My 35 pound weight-loss journey began almost a year ago. At that time, with my health issues, along with work and home responsibilities, losing any amount of weight seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. However, I stuck with it, and though I have certainly struggled to stay the course (there has been lots of blood (well, maybe not so much blood), but lots of sweat and tears…oh, and pain, too), I have finally lost over 35 pounds and I feel great! I’m still a ways away from my ultimate goal (yep, more sweat, tears, and pain), but I am determined to get there! In this series of posts, I am going to summarize for you the foods and methods I used that have allowed me to reach this plateau in hopes that I can inspire you to continue on your weight-loss journey.

Beginning My Weight-Loss Journey

After trying to lose weight on my own and dropping the same 3-4 pounds over and over, only to gain them back again, I decided to join Weight Watchers (WW). It’s also at this time that I began documenting and sharing my journey with you all on my blog. Doing this has really helped hold me accountable and kept me motivated to continue when times have gotten tough.

If you’re not familiar with WW, they use a points system called SmartPoints (SP) which all foods fit into. With this system, you’re allowed so many points per day and per week, but all of your snacks, meals, and drinks must fit within your points range. It was a little tough just starting out, because I was so used to eating whenever and whatever I wanted and there were many times I would have to endure stomach pangs as my body adjusted to the system. That is one reason I am so glad that WW has weekly weigh-ins and meetings. Being able to have shared my struggles when I was just starting out and receiving feedback and encouragement was incredibly helpful to me!

I knew that I needed a strategy if I was going to succeed and I also knew that just dieting alone wasn’t going to cut it. So I decided to couple the WW program with 1) meal planning, and 2) (here comes that dirty word) EXERCISE (please pardon my French). I signed up for 5 Dinners 1 Hour meal planning service (you can check out the 5 Dinners 1 Hour website HERE), and I joined a gym and eventually began working with a personal trainer.

my 35 pound weight loss comparison photo
Me, 35 pounds thinner
My Breakfasts for a Champion (Well...sort of)

Breakfast has been a very important meal for meal in my battle with the bulge (or bulges). It jumpstarts my metabolism and helps me get focused to start my day – I don’t dare skip it. Part of my breakfast meal planning involves working in foods that are low in SP’s which will keep me full until lunch and allow me to conserve points to use later on in the day.

Here is a list of the breakfast foods I’ve used and their associated point values:

  • Bananas – 0 SP
  • Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt – 0 SP
  • Strawberries (1 cup) – 0 SP
  • *Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos – 2 SP
  • Oatmeal (¼ cup, uncooked) – 2 SP

*The recipe for the Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burrito recipe is an adaptation of Crystal Paine’s recipe from www.moneysavingmom.com. It can be found HERE. I used Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles instead of ham and Ole Xtreme Wellness Tortillas. I also used Kraft Fat Free Cheddar Cheese. I’m sure there are many other adjustments you can make to suit your tastes and diet.

  • Eggs with fat free cheese (0 SP), Al Fresco Chicken Bacon – 2 slices (1 SP), potatoes (2 SP) – 3 SP total
  • Egg & Sausage Burritos- 3 SP
  • Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole – 4 SP
  • Breakfast Biscuits – 4 SP
  • Breakfast Bowl (eggs, roasted potatoes, and smoked turkey sausage) – 5 SP
  • Ham, Egg, & Cheese on English Muffin – 5 SP
  • Peanut Butter Pita (using Joseph’s Pitas and ½ package of Jif to Go) – 5 SP
  • Bacon Quiche – 6 SP
  • Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Biscuits – 7 SP
  • Bacon and Cheese Biscuits (consisting of Bacon – 2 SP; Pillsbury Honey Butter biscuits – 6 SP; and Great Value Fat Free Cheese – 1 SP) – 9 SP total
breakfast bowl with eggs and turkey sausage
Breakfast Bowl (eggs with rosted potatoes and smoked turkey sausage - 5 SP)

I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of fruit, turkey bacon, and eggs in the above list. The reason being is that on the WW SP scale, in most cases, these carry 0 SP’s. Oh, and I’m also kind of a picky eater, which doesn’t add much to the list.

In my next post, I will detail the lunches I’ve used that have helped me reach my 35 pound weight loss goal.

What breakfast foods have you used to lose weight? Are there any of the above foods/meals that you would like to know more about? Please post in the comments section below.

Here are some more of my posts documenting the beginning of my weight-loss journey:

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