Friday, July 15, 2011

Weigh-In #25

Previous Weight: 199
Current Weight: 199.4
Difference: +0.4lbs

I guess it takes a while for your body to get back in the swing of things. I expected a loss, but a gain of 0.4 is not much of a gain. I know that I am doing all the right things at the moment and it will only get better from here on out.

I'll tell you all about this week and how I got back on track on Sunday. But right now, I want to share with you how to eat pasta while on a diet.

Once and a while I get a craving for some heavy carbs. I love cooking pasta because it is so easy and always looks like you spent a lot of time on it. I tend to use a bottled marinara sauce and add all my own veggies (onions, garlic, basil, zucchini, bell peppers, etc) and spices to it. By bulking up the sauce with veggies I don't need to add meat to it- shaving off a considerable amount of calories.

While watching my calories, I measure out my pasta carefully with one of these below. It's a pasta measure- giving you the sizes of 1-4 servings. This is for long pastas like spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, etc. For other types of pastas I use a scale. Pasta is so calorie dense, you really need to watch your serving size. The servings at Olive Garden are enough to feed 2 people. That's why you always have leftovers for the next day.

Another trick I use- make enough servings for the amount of people dining. It is usually just me and my Mister- so I make 2. No leftovers or going back for seconds.

Here is a dish I made myself the other day when I was dying for a little gnocchi.

There is about 1/4 cup of marinara with 2 TBSP of light ricotta for the sauce, 1/2 cup of gnocchi, mozzarella on top and some basil. For a grand total of....

270 calories!

Pretty good. Add a big side salad and you meal is filling and complete. I was totally satisfied.

Eating low calorie or low points doesn't mean that you have to eat bland food. You just have to get yourself into the kitchen and get creative.


  1. oh man that looks so good ^_^ I need to pick up a pasta measure! I will often times get the shirataki noodles if i'm just having some for myself but my boyfriend is scared to taste them so occasionally I use regular pasta!

  2. Yep, I'm hungry now!!! WTG on your attitude tward your weigh in. I agree, sometimes you're body takes a bit of time to get back into the swing of things. For me, it's like two weeks later, and I see a HUGE drop.