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Mar 10, 2012 09:02 AM


The least I can do is start a new thread, even though I've been not so good of late - hurt my foot running, can't run, and instead of finding alternate exercise I've taken it as a sign that i can just eat a little more! but I'm still lurking here and at least trying to control portion size. You all sound like you're doing GREAT! Keep inspiring us!

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  1. Thank you for the new thread, mariacarmen! Sorry to hear about your hurt foot; and hope it is on the mend!
    I was up .6 today...I don't know why....weigh in lady said maybe I need to eat more of my activity points, so I'll try that next week.
    Sometimes it can be so discouraging.....but
    I am eating better than I ever have in my life, and am eating more mindfully, and even on my "worst" Weight Watcher's week, still doing better than I have most of my adult life.
    It is a process, and I will get to my goals, eventually:)
    Tonight was very lean (trimmed by my husband) sirloin steaks on the grill. Twice baked potatoes, stuffed with broccoli and topped with WW mexican cheese. Green salad, with reduced fat bleu cheese dressing. A glass of Shiraz.

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    1. re: sunflwrsdh

      Do you have a good homemade bleu cheese dressing that's not 100 points? I've tried various recipes, and I haven't found a good one yet.

      Next month will be my 6th anniversary at goal. It's still not exactly easy, but I've learned how to at least stay within my goal weight, even tho' I'm hardly an exerciser. Good luck to all!

      1. re: pine time

        I actually don't have such a recipe...we buy either Marie's or Marzetti light. My husband tried making it with fat free Greek yogurt, but not successfully.

        1. re: pine time

          Congrats, that's a great accomplishment!

          1. re: pine time

            I copied and pasted this WW-friendly bleu cheese dressing into my recipe file from an earlier thread. Sorry that I don't know who to give credit to. Maybe she/he will chime in.

            1/2 cup buttermilk
            1/4 cup greek yogurt
            1 cup (5 oz) blue cheese, crumbled
            2 small garlic cloves (I microplaned them)
            couple of grinds of black pepper
            Right there in the mixing bowl it tasted delicious! And only 1 PP per tablespoon. I can finally have blue cheese dressing again!
            My favorite mainstay blue cheese dressing recipe has mayo and sour cream in it, and it is wonderful, but I refuse to use fat free mayo or fat free sour cream. There are too many ingredients in those. So, I dithered around the internet for ideas on a blue cheese / yogurt dressing, and cobbled this together from a couple of other recipes. Two tablespoons will do me nicely, I think.
            And … it was an OMG dressing. I am so glad I made it. I've really missed my high fat zillion calorie blue cheese dressing, and this is a great sub.
            Oh...after it sat in the fridge for a couple of hours, I tasted it and thought it needed something, so I added about 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar right before serving. Perfecto!

            1. re: GretchenS

              I've been making blue cheese dressing with yogurt, a tad bit of mayo and half & half (white wine vinegar & a good amount of fresh ground black pepper, too, of course). With the blue cheese, it's definitely rich enough.

        2. I haven't been posting much of anywhere lately, just trying to get settled in to my new job. week 4 coming up, and it's going well. I have been cooking quite a bit, mostly on Sunday so that we have good options thru the week. I've been craving comfort food as I've been fighting a cold AND allergies! wtf. ;)
          Last Sunday was a crock pot beef stew from my Fix it and Forget it Lightly cookbook. SO many great recipes in there - I need to use it more.
          Yesterday it was our favorite chicken w/ black beans and salsa in the crock. ended up placing an order on Penzey's because we were out of several spices after making taco seasoning for our recipe.
          Today I'm making an old family favorite - hamburger soup. it's basically a veggie soup with ground meat. these days I use ground turkey instead of beef, and cajun seasoning to kick it up a bit. I found a low fat corn muffin recipe on to go with it.
          I'm planning to make a chicken parm meatloaf this week that my sister found on pinterest. So many good ideas there - and SO many terrible ones, lol!
          I need to drop about 6 pounds (AGAIN) so I can fit into my spring clothes, so I'm tracking, tracking tracking! thank goodness the candy jar @ work doesn't hold much I want to eat. :)

          1. I made this tonight:

            It got two big thumbs up from the hubby - I'll need to make more next time because he was asking for it!

            I used splenda brown sugar mix, actually, because I already had it open. It was really easy to make, too.

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            1. re: Jeserf

              that looks wonderful. i only recently discovered the joys of home-fried tofu.

              1. re: mariacarmen

                I really pressed it and it worked well - I would PROBABLY bake it in the future if I planned ahead enough, but it was really, really good.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  because of points or because of taste?

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Baked tofu is good, you just have to cook it for a while and on weeknights, I rarely have time to do that!

              2. re: Jeserf

                if you live near a Trader Joe's, you can cut the cooking time in half.
                1)TJ's sells their own brand Trader Joe's Organic, High Protein, Extra Firm Tofu.
                the stuff can be found in their refrigerator case.
                it does NOT come in a plastic tub.
                it is so firm that it needs NO pressing before frying/sauteeing
                (also contains about 14 grams of protein per serving)

                2) in their freezer case, in a green box, Tader Joe's sells already prepared frozen organic brown rice.
                you just pour out the exact amount you need and nuke it until it's warm.
                it always comes out perfectly and there is no waste and very little clean up.

              3. Tonight, spaghetti squash, skinnytaste meatballs and sauce. good old standby, which everyone eats!
                Last night, grilled boneless skinless chicken breast, skinntyaste's coconut brown rice ( very good!) and brusells sprouts.
                Feeling a little discouraged and disheartened, and thinking about taking a ( very short ) break from the plan. Maybe a weekend getaway, and then right back to it:)

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                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                  you are doing SO WELL. it's so hard to be good for so long (I certainly haven't been) and to sometimes not see the results. could you change it up by making a totally new dish, one that would normally not even tempt you? a different cuisine? or maybe eating all protein for a day, but still trying to stick to points?

                  but by all means, take a break, and come right back. you're too inspiring and heartening to the rest of us to lose you!

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Thanks mariacarmen. I haven't given up yet, and I will keep trying. We are thinking about a weekend in Boston, where I absolutely love the North End, and no way I will count points there! But we will do a lot of walking, so the damage shouldn't be that bad.
                    I also joined a gym (Planet fitness) that is in the perfect location for me...right on the way home from work....but it doesn't open till May. So still doing my morning 15-30 minute Walk at Home DVD's and progress has been slow and erratic. But I know I will get to my goal....someday. It really is a process.

                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                      one day at a time....don't despair....find some inspiration as maria suggested by making some totally new recipes. Let me know if you want suggestions!

                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                        and remember, it's really not a goal, per se, (tho we have a goal weight in mind) but like you said, a process, a continuum. we have to think like this forever! and that's a good thing. you guys are a total inspiration to me, as i keep falling (way off) the wagon, but i keep coming back here to see how good everyone is and it motivates me again!

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          I've been on WW for a year now, lost 45 pounds, so far. Now, I figure that it took me a lot longer than one year to put on that 45 pounds, so I am way ahead of the game already. I have another 45+ to go, and plan to be a lifer with WW. I love the support, and there is no way I can keep off the pounds without tracking.

                          All of you have been a great inspiration to me!

                    2. found on pinterest:
                      of course modified slightly - I used whole wheat breadcrumbs, 1/4 c egg substitute and soy parmesan. we both really liked it - DH liked my half w/o the mozzerella better than his half with. With my modifications, I calculated it at 4.25 points per serving - 5 servings for the loaf. Served it with some tiny potatoes roasted in a spritz of EVOO and the same seasonings as in the meatloaf.

                      I am working really hard on tracking, still adjusting to going back to the old points system and getting my day worked out right. Yesterday after counting up all my snacks, breakfast and lunch I had 6 points left for dinner. Fortunately, we had some healthy leftovers, so I saved the meatloaf recipe for tonight. Today was better. :)

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                      1. re: jujuthomas

                        that looks yummy!

                        Not tracking here this week - it's just been a mess since my husband returned.

                        While I'm COMPLETELY happy beyond all possible expression that he's out of Afghanistan, learning to cook for 2, and not overeat is not easy. He hasn't been home a week - and I've given myself a week to just try my best and get used to living as a couple again - before I go back to tracking and all that. I've also had off work until tomorrow, and having a work day actually makes WWing easier for me - I pack my food and that's that!

                        Tonight was veggie tacos - used soy crumbles instead of meat and I turned it in to a salad for me, and regular tacos for him.

                        Hope you are all well!

                        1. re: Jeserf

                          congratulations on getting your hubby back safe and sound, Jeserf!!!