Haystack Cookies & Weight Loss Stuff

I have, for several weeks, tried to lose some weight. I have been the perpetual yo-yoer…is that even a word? I lose two, gain two. I lose five, gain five. And so forth. It’s been *sigh* very frustrating, to say the least. I had started writing about my weight loss on a private blog, so as to be open about some of my frustrations with life, and thus, my motivation for eating badly. BUT…only a few folks read it, and I found I’m a people person. I need people. 
So, I’ve decided to start sharing about my efforts right here! Why not, right? I am not able to join Weight Watchers in real life at this time. I have tried WW online, and, while it worked for me in the past I gave it a whirl immediately following Matt’s birth. Fail. It did not work for me. I am not at a point in my life where I can regularly post what I’m eating online. 
I think I’ve found a happy medium. I dug out my old WW materials (not the new points system, but the old one), and have started tracking my points on a plain ol’ piece of white paper. (Fancy, huh?) I need some sort of accountability. I need convenience. This method seems to be the best way. I will not be posting a weekly weight gain or loss here…I tried that, too, and, once again, fail. I didn’t like the pressure. You guys don’t need to know if I’m succeeding or failing, do ya? Nah! I just want a place to blog about new weight loss helps and ideas, and to hear yours…I hope! 🙂
The ministry has been a big reason for my emotional eating. We’ve been facing some tough situations lately, and food has been my ally, my comfort, my retreat (emphasis on “treat”! lol!). I’m doing better at acknowledging that food will not solve my problems or transport me to a safe haven. Yes, it does make me feel good for a moment, but I know deep down that that moment is far too brief, and truly not worth it. 
At the same time, I know that saying “No more desserts EVER” is totally ridiculous! I want to make life changes, not temporary crash diet attempts. And, let’s face it, I like dessert! 
So, I’ve been surfing the ‘net to find some things that will help me in my journey. I wanted to share a few with you. 🙂
Haystack Cookies

Ingredients: 
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Fiber One cereal
Directions:
Heat peanut butter and chocolate chips in microwave for about a minute, until melted. (chips will look the same, but they are very soft and “stirable”. )
Add cereal and stir gently until each bit is covered in the mixture.
Place dollups of mixture on a piece of foil, a tray, or something. You might want to spray it first with Pam.
You should have nine little mounds of sweet goodness. Each cookie is one point each (old points system).
Refrigerate for about 20 minutes until firm.
Store in fridge. 

I’ve made these this week and can personally testify to their goodness! They are also very filling since they are made with a high fiber cereal.

One more thing before you go. 🙂 Here are a couple of links that are really great! Check them out!


Hungry Girl (sign up for her helpful weight loss tips & tricks emails! I love ’em!)
Gina’s Skinny Recipes

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