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Weight Watchers Foodies - Fall 2012 edition [old]

Hi all,

I started a new thread because the other one was getting unwieldy. I did read it though, and it seems I wasn't the only one to fall off the wagon over the summer, huh? I started WW at home in November last year, went down by 24 lbs by Memorial Day. So happy, but towards the end I was sick w/no appetite for a month (I hate to say, but being sick is great for losing weight). Then, got healthy, started eating, stopped keeping a diary, and voila, 10 lbs back, just like that. So this week has been the re-start week, true journaling, every day. Planning what I eat before I eat it so I know I'm on target.

My dinner today was outstanding and at 7 pts, I'm feeling like a genius. 6oz of mahi, cooked in pam w/s&p until a nice crust formed. Sprinkled with lime juice at the last moment. Served on 2 tbps of bulgur cooked in 1/2 of broth I used to deglaze the fish pan, with FIVE carrots that I roasted for an hour at 300 until the were candy sweet and caramelized. I should really eat more fish. The recipe builder called it 3pts for 6oz of mahi.

Other good stuff that I've had this week for dinner. 1. 1.5 cups angel hair tossed with about 1/2 sauteed onion and sliced garlic, 1/2 lb of spinach leaves, and 1/2 can of chunk tomatoes. Yum, big, and about 10 pts. Scrambled 2 eggs w/okra, green onions, fresh tomatoes, and a chunk of brie. Also yum, about 9 pts.

This weekend is the farmers market. I think I'll look for baby artichokes to snack on. Anyone like me who just eats to keep busy will keep busy scraping these leaves, with negligble calories (don't dip in butter!). Also want to get a cabbage, some squash, kale, and whatever else might make a nice veggie soup. I can add beans to that and have it for dinners for low points.

B'fast at work - pretty much a rotation of oatmeal, greek yogurt, and an egg on a skinny english muffin (i.e. 100 cal).

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    1. Hi Sasha
      Nope, you are not the only one who fell off the wagon this summer. I for sure did, and am struggling to climb back on. Started back going to meetings (or at least weekly weigh ins) 5 weeks ago, and am down a total of 3 pounds over the 5 weeks. The weight goes on so very easily and comes off so hard!!! But I know I can do it....because I've lost these pounds before..lol. Your mahi sounds great, and wow...very low in points!
      I do a similar rotation of breakfasts at work, only my Greek yogurt goes in a smoothie with almond milk, frozen berries and a banana.
      Tonight I'm making an overn beef stew, haven't calculated the points yet, but should be low.

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      1. re: sunflwrsdh

        Amen to your statement. I wish it came off as easily as it came on. The beef stew sounds good. I have a steak in my freezer that I'm debating how to cook. Sometimes a nice marinade, grill, and then over a green salad. But I don't know if you can beat fish for points in the protein category. I believe it's the only thing where each oz is less than 1 pt.

        1. re: sasha1

          For sure, on the fish. I appreciate your description of how you ccoked the mahi. Fish is one of those things I'm not great a cooking (except for pan fried, which is definitely not less than 1 pt/oz.!) I will definitely try it your way.
          I eat a lot of salads topped with 2 oz of meat (usually chicken, but sometimes beef) and fat free feta or some other reduced fat cheese. I bought the Weight Watcher's salad container, and its great for bringing salad to work. Has an ice ring, and a little container for the dressing.
          Getting into soups this time of year too:)
          Making a lightened up (sort of) I think about 5 points per serving...apple crisp for dessert, along with the beef stew and will also probably have a green salad.

          1. re: sunflwrsdh

            Re the fish, I did "fry" it in a pan. One of those little allclad stainless steel. A hit of cooking spray, a hot pan, dried off the fish, salt and pepper. Put it in for about 2 minute and turned it over, another 2. When it was basically cooked, squeezed a 1/2 lime over it. Really tasty, and the only points were the fish itself.

            1. re: sasha1

              I know...panfried:) But way healthier and less points than the way I usually pan fry! Which involves egg wash and flour/cornmeal/seasonings, and is great, but adds a lot of points.

              1. re: sunflwrsdh

                Well, if I didn't like to eat the same way, I wouldn't need WW now. So, I totally sympathize.

                1. re: sasha1

                  :) So true! Anyway, thanks for your description! I will definitely try that!

            2. re: sunflwrsdh

              Fish is my go to protein because it's so low in points. Also the Skinnytaste chicken recipes tend to be shockingly low (she uses chicken cutlets usually and then stuffs them full of delicious stuff.)

              1. re: Elyssa

                Yeah, she does amazing things with chicken! Keeps the points low, and delicious!

              2. re: sunflwrsdh

                The easiest way I cook fish is just take any type of fish, put it in a baking dish with a little Pam spray (I like the olive oil spray) and sprinkle some salt, pepper and paprika. Then roast in a 375-400 oven for about 12-14 minutes (depending on the fish). It's simple and delicious. I usually will throw in a pan of mixed veggies as well to roast at the same time (brussel sprouts, onions, squash, broccoli etc with olive oil spray and salt and pepper), that way everything is done at the same time. It's really low points, simple and delicious. Hit the fish with some lemon juice or maybe a teaspoon of parmesan cheese when it comes out and you are good to go with a side salad.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  I do practically the same thing, except my tool of choice is a saute pan. I like the brown crust it imparts that the oven can't do unless you burn your fish to a crisp.

                  I'm totally on board with fish and veg though. All they need is a little hit of something and they are super tasty, super low in pts!

                  1. re: sasha1

                    Trying this next week. Other than the Mahi you posted about upthread, s
                    Sasha, any ideas for what kind of fish to buy? I cook whatever my husband catches when we are on vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, but here in upstae NY, we are pretty limited. Ideas?

                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                      Personally I love most fish (except salmon for whatever reason). Cod is good, sole, tilapia. You can also mix it up with seafood. I'll reach for shrimp, scallops, and mussels personally. I think a firm, lean white flesh fish gives you the most options for seasonings and sauces.

          2. Tonight, a Cooking Light Recipe for lemon rosemary roast chicken with potaoes. Tossed green salad with 3 ounces of cheddar for 6 servings, 2 diced apples and a tiny sprinkle of glazed walnuts. Mashed butternut squash and steamed broccoli. Yummy fall comfort dinner. And I tried recipe builder for the chicken recipe, but I am not too crazy about Recipe Builder. So I just did the points for the chicken (1 point per oz, and one extra point for skin on a 3 oz piece)...and the only other thing that had points in the recipe was 2 teaspoons of olive oil...so I don't know...maybe 1 point for the olive oil, plus you cook the potato slices under the chicken, so probably some chicken fat drips down on them...so maybe7 points for a whole serving of chicken
            and potatoes. Probably 3 points for the salad. None for the squash or broccoli.

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            1. re: sunflwrsdh

              I'm not crazy about the recipe builder either, but mostly because it takes ingredients that would be 0 pts if you just put them on a plate, and "charges" you for them when they're in a pot. I guess that's truer to life, but it makes me sad anyway.

              Your meal sounds good - and so elaborate! I got lots of goodies at the farmers market over the weekend, so I think today will be beef and broccoli. Maybe no rice, just the meat and veg. I went out for 3 meals this weekend, so I need to rein it in.

              Do you feel like you and I are the only ones on this thread? I think the other thread with the 200 entries is still going strong apparently.

              1. re: sasha1

                Yeah, that is part of the problem I had with it, plus, it was impossilbe to enter a whole roasting chicken, which is what the recipe started with. It really was very good, and I've been eating leftovers for the past two days for lunch. And, bonus....my husband made wonderful chicken stock from the carcass. Which I will be using this coming weekend (if it ever comes...seems like its been a long week already and its only Tuesday!) I'm planning a buffet lunch birthday party for my mom, and there will be so many of us, we will be at the local fire house ( which has a kitchen and banquet area) . Trying to keep things fairly light as well as not break the bank, I am going to make 3 or 4 kinds of soup, and have appropriate accompaniements with them. Not sure what kinds yet, but definitely a black bean with tortilla chips, salsa, shredded mexican cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and chopped scallions and cilantro. Probably use some of the last of the season sweet corn for a corn chowder. Defintely a tomato... we just made Ina Garten's tomato soup that's on the cover of I think Food Nerwork Magazine, only we lightened it up by using plain greek yogurt instead of the heavy cream, and we didn't do the grilled cheese panini croutons that she served with it. I think I cut the olive oil by at least half too. I may actually do the croutons for the party. And maybe one other kind...thinking about a pasta fagioli or minestrone....I'll let you know.
                Yeah, it does feel like we're the only ones on this thread, and I will check out the old one, and remind people about this one.

                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                  Yum - I love soup!

                  Today's dinner also tasty. Mixed baby greens, some heirloom tomatoes, about 2 oz point reyes blue, crumbled, 3 oz lean steak pan seared and finished in the oven, all topped with a homemade miso dressing from epicurious (adjustments for oil). I'm finally learning how to eat without being superdependent on carbs.

                  Then again, I'm planning tomorrow's dinner to be pasta, but at least 1/2 the volume of the dish will consist of a grilled portabello mushroom, and sauteed tomatoes and onions.

                  I've been nuking WW dinners for lunch at work. Not ideal, but you can't beat it for convenience. I tell myself that between that and how fresh my dinners are lately, it averages out ok.

                  1. re: sasha1

                    Your dinner sounds delicious! We had leftover meatloaf that my husband made yesterday, with mashed potaotes and cauliflower, about half and half, and a greek salad, My daughter does the WW microwave lunches for work too. I agree, they are convenient, but I usually find myself very disappointed at lunch time if I try to do that. We usually have enough leftovers for me to bring, and if not, I will throw together a salad, or for really desperate days, I keep a couple of cans of Progresso Light soup at work.
                    I am still struggling with missing the carbs...although I have cut way way down on them. I have either potatoes or bread at a meal, very seldom both. Same with pasta. And I am learning and liking some of the swaps for carbs, like spaghetti squash marinara or with meatballs. Cuts way back on the points. I started by mising it 1/2 and 1/2 with angel hair and have mostly completely switched over now to just the squash.
                    Same with the cauliflower and mashed potatoes...tastes really good, and the texture is there as well. Still at 1/2 and 1/2 mixture with that.

                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                      I like potatoes well enough, but I wouldn't miss them terribly if I just went cold turkey. Probably because I don't have them often. But take my bread and pasta away, and I am just super sad. I don't think there is any replacement. I am making myself eat the 100 cal english muffins and the whole wheat Orowheat because at least I can measure points and portion control. I would 100% rather be tearing off chunks of artisan loaf from some local bakery.

                      Leftovers would be ideal for lunches, except recently I've only been cooking enough dinner for a single portion. If I made more, there is a real risk I might eat my "lunch" as my second helping of dinner. At the moment, I am cooking for 1, so it's pretty easy to portion things in advance, and then just cook enough.

                      BUT, then I have to eat those frozen meals. You know, they taste ok. It's just that I like to really bulk things up with veggies and trick myself into thinking I'm getting a big portion. But WW doesn't seem up to the challenge. Or maybe their box is too small. So I always end up a little hungry - probably a psychological reaction to the small volume of food. I just had the turkey dinner one the other day, which was drowned in gravy. And I thought, take most of this gravy away and just give me a little lump of stuffing :) !

                      1. re: sasha1

                        I agree that the boxes are too small. and I like to bulk things up with veggies too. I've been taking salads with about 2 ounces of protein at least 2 or 3 days a week. With colder weather ( and leftovers from the soup party!) I will probably be switching over to and/or adding soups for lunches. I also usually take some kind of fruit....in the summer, it was a lot of melon.

                      2. re: sunflwrsdh

                        Carbs are my downfall as well. I love all things potato and I really miss having a starch in my dinners--rice, pasta, potato etc. Sometimes I do a little Israeli couscous or mini roasted fingerling potatoes. But carbs are my down fall.

                        I've been very good about avoiding the bread basket at restaurants. But I miss having sandwiches for lunch, and will treat myself every now and then. But really if I have a sandwich, instead of a salad for lunch then I have to have an all veggie dinner for the most part.

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          I feel the same way, Elyssa. And I try to do the same thing. If I skip carbs at lunch and have salad,, then I can have pasta or potatoes at dinner. Or bread. And I really love and miss bread!

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            I had a hard time for lunch for a long time. Now I make a turkey or ham on low cal WW bread with one wedge of laughing cow cheese, lettuce and tomato. Once in a while I add mustard or hot sauce. With a 100 cal. bag of chips, I can almost fool myself into thinking I am eating in a deli.

                        2. re: sasha1

                          I'm definitely reading this thread, but I did respond to someone on the last thread and then went off on a crazy tangent...whoops.
                          I'm glad people are posting again. I am trying to get serious with my breakfast and lunches so I can relax a little bit when dinner time comes and my husband is home. -although we are both trying to lose a little weight, I want us to look forward to the meal as well.
                          Watching my wine consumption for the second week now, and it is amazing how much better I feel. Damn alcohol calories go straight to my mid-section.

                          1. re: rabaja

                            I'm glad people are posting again too!
                            I also try to be really careful and low points with breakfasts and lunches, and save points for dinner.
                            I took an eggbeater/reduced fat Mexican cheese/salsa omelet today for breakfast, and also had a 1 point smoothie.
                            Lunch was a Greek salad with about 2 oz leftover roast chicken, kalmata olives and 1/4 cup fat free feta. It was good and satisfying at the time, but I was hungry again around 3, so I had one of those 90 calorie hi fiber peanut butter chocolate brownie bars. Not great, but sustained me till supper, which I just ate a few minutes ago, between 7 and 7:30. Homemade tomato soup with orzo, and a slice of my husband;s homemade whole wheat baguette, with a tiny bit of Brummel and Brown spread. I didn't figure out points, but pretty low, I imagine. And I completely agree about the wine, although I don't want to give it up. I've been really trying to only have one glass (or two!) per night, and some nights not at all. I'm sure it really does help.

                            1. re: sunflwrsdh

                              I had such a yummy breakfast today, I could almost eat it for dessert. 1/2 cup of quaker oats is 4 pts. Bananas are free :) So I mushed a banana and sauteed it for a bit in a dry saucepot. Added 1tbsp of pb (2.5 pts), cooked that some, then my oats, water, and salt. I'm counting it for 6.5 pts and it was so satisfying!

                              1. re: sasha1

                                That does sound yummy! I often peel and dice an apple in my steel cut oats, and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top...also tastes like dessert for breakfast. And Skinnytaste has a bunch of pumpkin recipes ...I think she has a baked pumpkin oatmeal, which I haven't tried yet, but sounds good.

                                1. re: sasha1

                                  Sasha, are you doing the old points program? The new/current program doesn't do half points... just curious as 1 tbsp of PB on Points Plus is 3 points.

                                  I did WW last year and lost 22 lbs, but gained back 17 due to a lot of stress eating recently. I just started back on WW 3 weeks ago. I do the monthly pass, and track online and via the barcode scanner on my phone (Android). I'm down 3 lbs, but I will admit I don't track as diligently as I could. This week, I'm tracking every bite to see how I do.

                                  Last night's dinner was sauteed cabbage, a cup of white rice, and 1/2 cup of homemade chicken curry. 12 PP.

                                  Tonight we're doing chili dogs (kids' night to choose dinner). My meal will be:
                                  2 Trader Joe turkey hot dogs (4Pts)
                                  2 hot dog buns (6pts)
                                  1/2 cup canned chili, no beans (4pts)
                                  onion, mustard (0pts)
                                  10 baked french fries (2pts)
                                  2 tbsp ketchup (1pt)
                                  Total points - 17. It's my splurge meal for today. Lunch was a can of Chunky chicken and wild rice soup (6 pts) and breakfast was a cup of WW oatmeal. Snack was some cucumber slices. I'm out of veggies, so I need to go to the market tonight and stock up for tomorrow!

                                  1. re: boogiebaby

                                    I'm doing the new program, but on my own. So I count in half points. I end up estimating so many things anyway (if I'm eating out), that I figure it all balances out in the end. If it doesn't, and I see that on the scale, I tweak.

                                    1. re: boogiebaby

                                      I'm on the new Points Plus program, with absolutely no familiarity with the old points program.

                                      I absolutely divide my points if only eating a half or third of an easily dividable portion.

                                      No good??

                              2. re: sasha1

                                A lot of other microwave dinners have similar points values to WW versions. You just have to do the quick calculations, but it opens up your choices to non-WW products, instead of relying solely on WW brand.

                              3. re: sunflwrsdh

                                I love your soup party idea! I would be one excited guest to arrive and find a menu like that!

                                1. re: rabaja

                                  Thanks, and I think it will be pretty easy to pull off on Saturday...making four soups is really not all that hands-on difficult. And there won't be any last minute fussing, other than the toppers, and condiments,

                              4. re: sasha1

                                I am following this thread and really appreciate the inspiration from everyone as I try to get geared up again, but not posting because I am not tracking right now and haven't been serving up anything WW Foodie-worthy. Lost 25 lbs on WW over a year or so, but 10 have crept back on in the last couple months (combo of a medication that makes me retain water and a couple injuries that have severely limited my exercising, plus the aforementioned lack of tracking). But you guys are inspiring, so thank you!

                                And I hate the recipe builder too -- I wish it distinguished between cooked and uncooked for example -- I get that an apple baked in a pie is sweeter and goes down more easily than a whole raw apple, but I hate when you get penalized for the exact same things you get for free if you just enter them separately in the tracker.

                                1. re: mebby

                                  My other objection to the Recipe Builder is the way you have to select ingredients, and for example, I couldn't enter a whole chicken as an ingredient. I find it very frustrating, and prefer to figure out the points from the book.

                                2. re: sasha1

                                  I just discovered Calorie Counter. You can use this and then use the Points calculator to figure out how many points it is. http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/reci....

                                  I've only cross-referenced one dish but it was pretty close in points to the WW Recipe Builder. I just like the Calorie Counter better since I find so many recipes online I can cut and paste the ingredients instead of individually having to write everything in to the Recipe Builder.

                                  Also has anyone seen the new WW Scanner app for the iPhone? I haven't used it but I'm totally obsessed with the idea of it! I spend so much time standing in the aisle while food shopping calculating the points on the calculator and blocking people. If I can just scan an item and get the points right away, it's so much easier.

                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                    Elyssa, I have the WW scanner app for my Android phone, and I use it at the store and at home. After it scans, you just click and it sends the item over to your etools tracker if you want. I really like having it to compare products at the store, too.

                              5. So I lost 2 lbs since last week, which seems a minor miracle after Friday night's out of control dinner at the local Thai restaurant! I'm really working to get back in the water drinking habit. Unfortunately I haven't had a lot of time this week yet to cook. Hopefully I'll get time today to do something quick with the ground turkey in the fridge and tomorrow with the chicken, before I have to run back out for appointments or meetings! I really have to get back ont his, my pants feel VERY tight today and I am not happy about it.

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                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                  Thank goodness for miracles! I lost 1.5 in my first week of diary-ing again. And that with a trip to Cheesecake Factory, one to Souplantation, and one to some local burger and wing sportsbar, all in the same weekend. My trick: CF got an omelette with veg and ham, asked them to use cooking spray. Didn't eat the bread or potatoes that came with it. Souplantation: big salad with all nonstarch veg save a tbsp or 2 each of chick peas and eggs, vinagrette; 2 taste sizes of low cal soup, splurge on the cornbread. Finally, at the sportsbar - I hamburger with veg, heinz and frenchs, no cheese, no top bun. Dieting sucks :)

                                  1. re: sasha1

                                    Dieting does suck, especially when you are eating out. You did really well! I admire your discipline and good choices! I know all the tricks, but sometimes just being around all that food makes me want to say the heck with it and have whatever I want! We take my granddaughter, who is 6, to her dance and gymnastic lessons on Thursdays, and out for supper after, and I often have a hard time staying within my points that day. That (and wine!) is what the weekly points are for, I guess.
                                    As for the tracking, I have not done well with that this week, I don't know why, but I think I have pretty much stayed on track. I do know, however that it is important to do, and although I can probably maintain or lose for one week without tracking, for me, it doesn't last unless I track. So.....back on track next week!

                                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                      Discipline is easier in week 1 than week 10. Maybe it also helps that I have my weigh in day on Tuesday am. So on the weekend, I didn't want to blow 4 really good disciplined days. If I'm going to work that hard to stay within pts, I want to see a payout in the end!

                                  2. re: jujuthomas

                                    Good for you, jujuthomas! 2 pounds would make me happy! I sometimes struggle with the water thing too, and I know it really does help. I just need to get myself to think about it. I usually drink water with my lunch, and have done pretty well with it in the past if I carry like three 24-oz bottles to work with me, then I know I need to drink them all.

                                    1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                      2 lbs does make me happy...i need to get my eating out and portions under control, and then hopefully those two will be followed by several of their friends!

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