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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!

                                3. Thanks for creating this!

                                  1. we have friends coming for dinner tomorrow night... I am going to make the white pumpkin chilli recipe from skinnytaste. perfect for fall and oh so good! AND, I can toss it in the slow cooker and go about my day! :)

                                    ETA: thank goodness we have a good salad bar in our building. Today's lunch will be soup and salad. I brought my own dressing so that I'm not tempted by the full fat thousand island (again). I'm hoping for some roasted veggies today - they usually have some a couple times a week.

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                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                      Love Skinnytaste! Please let us know how the pumpkin chili turns out, it sounds great! A good salad bar in your building at work is a wonderful thing. I work near about 20 different chain restaurants, and other than occasionally Panera, and Ruby Tuesdays, there are just not a lot of low point options in any of them. So I bring my lunch almost every day, because I can save both points and money that way. BTW, I have a couple of reduced fat dressings that I like, but sometimes I do use the full fat versions, although my full fat dressings of choice are usually viniagrette types, not mayo based like Thousand Island. I have figured out though, that if using a couple of exrta points for the full fat dressing will help me to keep eating salad, and be satisfied, it is well worth it!

                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                        actually the white pumpkin chili is one of our go-to winter recipes now. it is fantastic. you don't taste the pumpkin, it just adds a nice creaminess and of course the extra fiber helps keep the points low.

                                        that's exactly why I indulge in the full fat version sometimes Sun, if I want a salad and the only way I'm going to eat it is with full fat dressing... by god I'd rather eat the salad than go for a higher points option! :)

                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                          Thanks, the white pumpkin chili sounds great, and I will definttely be trying it. And yeah, exactly what you said about the salad dressing. One of my favorite salads is Cobb salad, and I make my own viniagrette, which adds points, but if I can eat the cobb salad with just my dressing and only a tiny taste of bacon, it saves points in the long run!

                                        2. re: sunflwrsdh

                                          panera 1/2 asiago roast beef with a cup of chicken noodle and an apple is 11 points. it's my go to when i'm there.

                                      2. Having more of a breakfast for lunch today:
                                        2pts worth of fage 0%
                                        3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
                                        1/2 cup blackberries
                                        5 points worth of Ezekiel 4:9 Golden flax mixed with brown sugar and cinnamon

                                        1. Does anyone have any good, lite bread machine bread recipes? I really miss using mine, especially now that the weather is getting colder, I'm going to want bread with my soups.

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                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                            I want bread with my soup year round :)

                                          2. Chocolate Special K with skim milk for breakfast.
                                            2 shaved slices of reduced fat deli ham and one thin slice of deli Finladia lite swiss with mustard on a sandwich thin and a cup of my husband's home made tomato orzo soup ( which he made with home made chicken stock and replaced the cream in the recipe with greek yogurt, and it is delicious!)
                                            Granddaughter's dance night and out for supper= McDonald's chicken selects and a diet pepsi. Not good, not worth the points, and next time I will talk the girls into someplace else. If only there was a good restaurant with healthy food options AND a play area!

                                            1. Thanks for starting this thread. Much like Mitt Romney I'm hoping for a reboot this Fall (hopefully mine goes a little better than his!). I really need to get back on the wagon but most important, I need to start working out more. I've been plateaued at the same weight for about a month and a half (if not more). It's certainly better than gaining, but I really want to be losing.

                                              I've looked at my calendar through November and scheduled at least 2 work outs a week at the gym for the next few months. Hopefully I stick to it. In general I've been fairly good about the eating (I haven't been tracking points for the past month, but except when on vacation I've done fairly well with what I've been eating and make WW/Skinnytaste recipes most nights). I just need to get moving, which is reallly realllllly hard when I a)Hate going to the gym and b) have a crazy schedule which includes working full time, going to grad school at night, planning a wedding, and attempting to have some form of a life and/or just sitting on the couch staring at the wall so I can relax. haha

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                                              1. re: Elyssa

                                                Wow, Elyssa, that is a crazy schedule! I'm also having a hard time getting motivated to work out and getting to the gym ( which I joined 5 months ago, and haven't been yet!) because I hate the gym too, and can find a million excuses not to go. But I do know that I would do better if I could get myself to work out. See, I've done all this before, and I do know what it takes. as well as how hard it can be sometimes...best wishes to all of us who keep trying!

                                              2. I've started taking raw eggs to work and microwaving them! I have glass jars with lids that I transport them with. Yesterday I had two eggs on a light english muffin. This morning - at home - I microwaved one egg and one egg white and had it on a light EM with 50% reduced fat cabbot cheddar - it was excellent.

                                                This is a great option for someone not wanting a carby meal - just zap them and top with a little cheese or salsa...it would be a great meal. I warmed them for 30 seconds, stirred, and 30 more seconds - done!

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                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                  That sounds a little like mad science :)

                                                  1. re: sasha1

                                                    I was totally skeptical, too - but I had been thinking about doing it for a few months and was finally like JUST DO IT.
                                                    So I did.
                                                    First time, I overcooked them by about 15 seconds but they were still OK. This morning, they were great.

                                                    Don't knock it til you try it - I did, and was proven wrong. Very healthy option for those of us who work where there's really nothing healthy to eat

                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                      I love this idea. I am lucky in that, if I'm not home in the mornings, my work is usually at one kitchen or another, so I can make an egg white scramble if I'm sick of yogurt and fruit, but a microwave doesn't do such terrible things to eggs, in a pinch at least.
                                                      I love the combo of eggs with whites. I really don't miss the extra yolks. I wish it was easier to get out. Most places will do whites, or eggs, not a combo.

                                                  2. re: Jeserf

                                                    I never even knew that would work. How does it come out? Scrambled egg like? It's not rubbery?

                                                    1. re: Elyssa

                                                      No - They are not as light and fluffy as you'd make at home, but they are definitely not bad and the more I do it, the better they taste.

                                                      I have a glass jar, I crack the eggs in the jar...add some S&P and either wisk with a fork or shake in the jar (I have lids). I zap for 30 seconds...stir, do it for 15 seconds, then stir and depending on how well you like them, 5-10-15 more seconds, It takes me a total of a minute. They are the perfect size for an english muffin or one of those sandwich flats. Not rubbery to me.

                                                    2. re: Jeserf

                                                      Sounds good, nd I do a similar thing with eggbeaters, although I usually actually put it together at home and just reheat the whole thing in the microwave at work. 1/4 - 1/2 cup of eggbeaters, i cook in a non stick pan, till sort of solid, then sprinkle 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese and fold over, like an omelette, cook for a few seconds, till the cheese melts, put in plastic container, take to work with another little plastic ontainer of salsa. Reheat omelette in microwave at work, top with salsa/ It really is satisfying and only 3 points.

                                                      1. re: sunflwrsdh

                                                        yeah I thought about buying egg beaters to keep at work to microwave. Just haven't done it since I often go for a one egg-two egg white ratio

                                                      2. re: Jeserf

                                                        you know that a light and regular english muffin have the same amount of points? i was floored by that.

                                                        1. re: eLizard

                                                          It doesn't surprise me. Light and regular peanut butter are the same way. But in the end, even though WW doesn't on the surface count calories, I figure that 2 things, same point value, 1 fewer calories, that is the one I should be eating to help in the weight loss journey.

                                                          1. re: eLizard

                                                            yes, but the fiber in the light ones is higher, which is why I pick them. 3 points! :) I currently count calories.

                                                        2. We had another couple over for dinner the other night - I'm so happy to live where I can entertain! I made the butternut squash lasagna from this month's Bon Appetite. Definitely NOT light. Woah! We had that, a salad with oranges and beets and toasted walnuts...some roasted asparagus and Ina's pesto roasted tomatoes. Finished with chocolate brownie ice cream with a salted caramel swirl. Nothing light about it! lol

                                                          Leftovers yesterday, and tonight we're hitting a boot camp class at the gym and we'll see what I make. I might just have my husband make himself mac and cheese and have soup (I bought TJ's pumpkin soup...have to test it!) since it'll be a late evening today.

                                                          I'm going to make cauliflower tacos tomorrow - so love them!

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                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                            tell me about these cauliflower tacos!

                                                            1. re: eLizard

                                                              I just sautee cauliflower in EVOO with some onion, peppers (including hot), and whatever veggie I have - usually zucchini. It would be good with winter squash, too, I think. Sometimes I add black beans, and toss in a bit of TJ's frozen roasted corn. I use the Frontera New Mexico taco sauce in the pouch - it's REALLY good - and that's it. It's just a really good combo. I like to spread the jalapeno yogurt dip from Costco on the tortilla (Skotidakis?) - it's really good! You can chop all the veggies before hand and it would take you 15 minutes to make the dish after work.

                                                            2. re: Jeserf

                                                              I bought the Trader Joe's pumpkin soup as well! That display must be very profitable. :) The points for that soup is actually not bad.

                                                              1. re: Elyssa

                                                                ...have you tried it? I haven't, but my husband's away all weekend and I thought it would be a nice dinner tomorrow, post-barre class

                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                  I haven't actually tried it yet. I'm saving it for a cold weeknight when I have class and want something easy and comforting. I did make this soup the other day though and it was really good...my friend who I had over for lunch even liked it and she didn't realize it was a "diet soup": http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/ro...

                                                                  I'm also very proud that we both bought the pumpkin soup at Trader Joe's as opposed to all the other pumpkin items they had there like the pumpkin butter, the pumpkin cheese cake etc etc. :)

                                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                                    uh, in case you missed FB I definitely bought that stuff yesterday!

                                                                    I got pumpkin tea, pumpkin chai (which I'm going to add a little bit to my coffee), pumpkin macarons, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin greek yogurt, pumpkin oatmeal, and pumpkin butter :) Yeah, YOU didn't buy anything else!

                                                                    The pumpkin butter is actually not bad - add it to plain oatmeal or on a grilled cheese - I usually get one jar every fall.

                                                            3. last night I made teriyaki pork chops - browned boneless loin chops with some onions, threw in some seasoning and lite teriyaki sauce. not bad. Tonight's dinner is at Panera for a meeting. tomorrow, leftover pork chops or something with ground turkey - it was on sale two packages for $6. If I can save the turkey until Saturday I'll make a big batch of the white turkey pumpkin chili. :) YUM.

                                                              1. Last night I made Vegetarian Times' Chickpea and Date Tagine - it was very, very good
                                                                Recipe: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe... You could easily figure out the points value (the magazine I got it from has the nutritional value, but I don't have that at work).
                                                                It would make a great recipe for leftovers, though I halved it so there was none left last night after my husband ate two bowls of it

                                                                1. I am set for a healthy OP week! Yesterday I made white turkey pumpkin chili in the crock pot while I shopped for fall clothes... today it was a crazy day of cooking - cool weather makes me want to cook. I had the oven on for about 3 hours making
                                                                  baked apple cinnamon raisin oatmeal
                                                                  roasted butternut squash
                                                                  then a roasted chicken and a pan of roasted carrots with onions
                                                                  rice to go with the chili for lunches tomorrow
                                                                  boiled potatoes to go with the chicken for dinner
                                                                  steamed broccoli
                                                                  hard boiled eggs
                                                                  then we put the chicken carcass in the crock pot with some veggies to make a stock. phew - my fridge is going to be BURSTING with good stuff. I think tomorrow I"ll use the stock to make some chicken noodle soup. mmmmm. :)

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                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                    what time is dinner?!?! :)

                                                                    I REALLY need a couple of good stick-to-your-ribs vegetarian crock pot recipes if anyone has them. I'd love to use it for a meal my husband and I can enjoy (instead of just me, who has to eat the same thing for daaaays if I make a me-friendly crock pot recipe!)

                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                      I agree with Jeserf. Juju when can we come over? Your day reminds me a little of Thanksgiving (and probably the day before) when I am in the kitchen all day, harried, tired, but happy because I have my hands in 10 different dishes and the smells are unbelievable and there is no other place I'd rather be.

                                                                      1. re: sasha1

                                                                        it was an exhausting but fulfilling afternoon. I have to run to the grocery store today to pick up celery and onions for the chicken noodle soup. that's for dinner tonight!

                                                                        in other news, have any of you WW foodies tried Penzey's hot cocoa mix? it's REALLY good. it has a very different flavor from the standard hot chocolate, and it's very low calorie. it also has no dairy in the mix - which is great for me - so you make it with the dairy-type product of your choice. I had some last night made with vanilla soymilk. very very tasty.

                                                                  2. On tap for tonight. Going to make a "creamed" spinach except with skim milk (still a roux though) and swiss chard. Serve a piece of broiled or sauteed tilapia on top. I haven't yet figured out how to season the fish. Maybe just a squeeze of lemon. There is something about any roux based sauce (gravy, bechamel) that I can't say no to.

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                                                                    1. re: sasha1

                                                                      Lately I've been seasoning my fish with salt, pepper and paprika. It's delicious! Sometimes I'll sprinkle on some fresh herbs from the garden--thyme and chives. It's such a simple, fast fish dish and it taste delicious. If you use some olive oil cooking spray before you put on the spices, it creates a little sauce on top. Works with all types of fish.

                                                                    2. Back from New England and I am also ready for an OP week. We celebrated with good food and drink, didn't exercise for one minute and in the end, had a great time with friends and family. And now, it is time.
                                                                      This morning I made an egg/egg white scramble with the last remaining veggies still in the garden(a teeny zuke, an early girl tomato, and three padrons) and some cottage cheese and basil. Was very satisfying after my morning exercise class (which hurt, after ten days of limited movement).
                                                                      Tonight I need to figure out something to use up some lobster claws I brought home from work. I am thinking of a stew, maybe with mussels and clams, but nothing too heavy. It is chilly here today, so I still want it hearty.
                                                                      Soup is definitely on the menu for Thursday. I can't wait to make a batch of chicken-something, with lots of veggies and bulgur. It's been too long, and I am super jazzed that fall seems to be really here in northern california. -as long as I keep moving and keeping it healthy, I love the cooler weather. It's when I start to cocoon in the rain that I lose my motivation.
                                                                      Skinny taste has some apple scones on her website that look like something we would eat, and I have a bag of very ripe pears waiting to be turned into crisp. Now I need to go search for a ww friendly recipe for crisp!
                                                                      Good luck all, for a healthy week. Stay strong!

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                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                        Mmm those lobster claws wouldn't last 5 minutes in my kitchen. I'd scarf them right down.

                                                                        1. re: sasha1

                                                                          That certainly seems like an easier dinner to prep than the stew I'd planned on!

                                                                      2. My WW group is passing a 3 Month tracker around to anyone who wants to track in it for a week. Everyone who has used it has lost weight that week. One woman lost 4.4 lb.
                                                                        Even though I diligently use etools, I took it home this week to see if it helped me stay within my points better...and yes, it did. Weigh in is Thursday, so it will be interesting to see how I've done.
                                                                        It's fun to read what the other people have eaten and what activities they've done.

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                                                                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                          What is the 3 month tracker exactly? Is it a meal plan?

                                                                          1. re: Elyssa

                                                                            It's the WW book you track your food in every day. I normally do it online (WW etools), but those who don't subscribe to the online program track everything in a little weekly, monthly or 3 month tracker.
                                                                            You just fill in everything you eat, calculate the Points Plus values as you go along, and subtract all day from your daily allowance of points.
                                                                            Taking the traveling Tracker home means that other people see what you ate and whether you exercised (when it's passed on to the next WW member who wants to take it for the week), so it's kind of an incentive to stay on the straight and narrow (excuse the pun!)

                                                                            1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                              Results of using the Traveling Tracker for a week...got weighed in at my WW meeting tonight, and I am down 4.8 lb for the week! Woohoo!

                                                                              After that, I went to a pot luck, but hey, lunch was a zero point salad, so I had some points to spare.

                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                    Thank you! I feel thinner already ;-).

                                                                                  2. re: jmcarthur8


                                                                                    We have a "Magic Tracker" in our meeting, too. It's very motivating because people don't want to bring in an emptry tracker OR post a lot of unfriendly treats, so it sort of makes you more accountable since it will be shared with everyone ;o)

                                                                                  3. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                    Interesting. I do all my tracking online and haven't attended meetings...thanks for filling me in :)

                                                                              1. I've been diligently tracking all week, which feels good, and I am on my third day of exercise as well, which helps me feel inspired.
                                                                                My breakfast this morning was a three ounce piece of leftover pork loin, but I tracked it and at 5 points, not such a bad choice.
                                                                                It's grey and chilly here, and I drove home from work last night in the rain (early for us, we can usually count on the first rain coinciding with Halloween) so tonight it's got to be warm nd comforting.
                                                                                I have two beautiful heritage pork chops (hey, we like our pork product) to either grill or throw in a cast iron pan. To go with, butternut squash (0 point food!) roasted with fennel and onions, and probably some braised green cabbage on the side, as we have a head languishing in the fridge.
                                                                                Still have plans for pear crisp, and I brought home some nice cornmeal-almond crumble from work to make it easy. It's loaded with butter though, so I will sprinkle LIGHTLY.
                                                                                I should make applesauce to go with the pork, too. We shall see.
                                                                                I'd really like some fish soon, but I'm fresh out of wintery ideas for fish...have to get back into the rhythm of cooler weather, I guess.

                                                                                1. didn't feel like cooking or eating leftovers last night so we ordered from our favorite Asian place. He had steamed veggies and chicken, I had their steamed Thai style fish. it's a lovely big hunk of white fish steamed with scallions and ginger. with a side of steamed veggies and a very lite sauce. i.ate.it.all. and I don't feel bad about it! went lite on the white rice, had a little egg drop soup.

                                                                                  tonight is pirogi and ham. one of DH's favorite, and a super easy dinner. I'll steam myself some broccoli, and make us some nice salads. yum!

                                                                                  1. Not doing WW currently, but trying to eat v healthy and exercise 4x a week. I put some sweet potatoes and eggplant in the toaster oven with a drizzle of oil. And then I added some chopped smoked tofu and smeared it all with miso, mirin and some sesame oil. And roasted for a little longer. Very delicate, filling, and healthy.

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                                                                                    1. re: relizabeth

                                                                                      I just put together a soup with butternut squash, onions, pasilla peppers, sweet potatoes, and fat free chicken broth. I plan to blend. Right now a half gallon of soup comes in at 3 points. I may add some milk before I blend it up. Maybe some miso, too.

                                                                                      1. re: docfood

                                                                                        sounds delicious! sounds like light coconut milk might be a lovely addition...or even yogurt on top!

                                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                          great idea. I think I will consider that next time.

                                                                                    2. Thanks for starting this thread.

                                                                                      I'm relatively new to the Skinny Taste recipes and am having for lunch right now her zucchini lasagna (basically using strips of zucchini instead of lasagna noodles). If you live near a Wegmans, just buy their frozen grilled veggies and pull out the zucchini and use that. Makes it 1000x easier ;o)

                                                                                      1. I stepped away from this for a while, but tonight is mussels for dinner. Steamed with a little wine, fennel, and maybe baby spinach leaves, over a bit of whole wheat pasta. I haven't figured the points yet, but it will probably be low.

                                                                                        Question for all, if you cook w/wine, and the alcohol evaporates, how do you determine the points? Is it the same as for a glass you would drink?

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                                                                                        1. re: sasha1

                                                                                          Gosh, I hope not!
                                                                                          I wouldn't count it that way, but I'm sure someone here knows better.

                                                                                          1. re: sasha1

                                                                                            If I am making a recipe with wine, even if it gets burned off, I still add the entire amount of the wine into the recipe builder when calculating points per serving. If a glass of wine is 5 and you are making something with 6 servings, it doesn't add more than a point to the dish, if it adds the point at all (usually it's only 1/'3 or 2/3 of a cup of wine for the recipes I use.

                                                                                            1. re: Manassas64

                                                                                              The calories in wine are mostly in the alcohol. When it gets burned off, you burn off most of the calories. I would cut the points by at least half.

                                                                                              1. re: silverstarfish

                                                                                                I like these answers better :)
                                                                                                I was mad yesterday when I looked up points for mussels. I believe it said 6 points per 12 oz of raw mussels in shell. You know that is only yielding maybe 2 oz of actual meat, which would put it at 3 pts per oz of meat. They don't even "charge" you that much for untrimmed steak! Grrr. So much for my thinking it was a healthy option. Pound for pound, apparently not.

                                                                                                1. re: sasha1

                                                                                                  I use the USDA database for stuff. I don't have etools (I'm a paper tracker). USDA is where WW gets their stuff and then just puts the points in instead of calories.

                                                                                                  Look up "Mollusks" and you'll see there are very little points in a ton of those puppies. I buy steamers all the time from Wegmans and they are a very low point meal.

                                                                                                  You can change the weight as well. I like it for things like potatoes and other foods that WW has no clue about. And then I can nail down exactly how many points my potato is by weighing it in grams instead of the inexact "medium" entry.


                                                                                                  1. re: Manassas64

                                                                                                    Thank you - that is a very sensible response! I should know better than to think mussels are on par with a fatty steak.

                                                                                                    1. re: sasha1

                                                                                                      Hmm I stopped eating mussels based on the ridiculous number of ww points in them. Perhaps I should rethink?

                                                                                                      1. re: waver

                                                                                                        Yes, mussels are low points. 1 cup of of mussel meat is only 129 calories. That's like 3 points.

                                                                                                        The USDA database also makes sure to state on there that nutrient values and weights are for edible portion. So you aren't left wondering if it's "as cooked" or "as eaten."

                                                                                          2. I need pack and carry breakfast ideas - I've got the microwaved eggs, but I got soft of sick of them! Anyone...?

                                                                                            Last night I made maple chipotle delicata squash that I served with homemade black beans (that I sauteed with onions/peppers/a little corn) on top of brown rice. I tossed the sliced delicata squash, skin on (washed!), with a little EVOO, a little maple syrup, salt, pepper, and a good amount of chopped canned chipotle peppers. It was REALLY good - this would be a lovely side for pork loin or turkey if you eat meat, and it went very well with the beans!

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                                                                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                              DH is still taking a square of baked oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I try to switch up the flavors so he doesn't get bored. this week I made him peach raspberry, made myself pumpkin craisin. he puts a piece in a 1 c container with a bit of lite pancake syrup, then nukes it for 30-40 seconds at work.

                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                I'm making something similar tonight, with chicken thighs and legs, that I found on the NYTimes website. It's not a WW recipe, but seems fairly healthy, if I use less oil and control the portion size. It's raining here, so we are enjoying some comfort food, but still trying to be good.

                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                  I realize this recipe does not seem point friendly at all, but I made it with half the butter, and actually was full on one chicken thigh, with lots of the squash and onions (I added slices of white onion from the beginning). It was comforting and delicious, and I've been meaning to plug the recipe into the points calculator. I will post the results here when I do. We had it over steamed spinach, and the leftovers were even better.

                                                                                                2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                  Speaking of squash, I don't know if you'd like this - it is a Russian thing I grew up on. Butternut squash, peeled and cubed, cooked with some milk, sugar, and a little rice. Pretty good breakfast, and the squash is "free." So if you don't add much rice, not many points. Then again, I wouldn't bank on this to take me through till lunch.

                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                    You should check out the various breakfasts in a jar that Skinny Taste has been doing lately. I haven't tried any of them because I'm not a big breakfast eater (I usually just have an apple sauce or a yogurt), but they look really tasty and are adorable.

                                                                                                    Here are her pumpkin overnight oats in a jar that you might like: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/09/sk.... It's 6 points...which is more than I would ever use for breakfast, but that's just me. She has a few others on the site.

                                                                                                    1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                      yeah, the whole "overnight oats" thing doesn't appeal to me at all - cold mushy oats? I have oatmeal at work, but I need to kick it up. Maybe I'll buy some of trader joes pumpkin pie spice and put it on the oatmeal.

                                                                                                  2. i've fallen and i can't get up!

                                                                                                    thanks for keeping this going - i'm still going to check in to get remotivated!

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                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                      you and me both. There have been some health issues on our side that have sort of taken up my efforts as of late, but I know I have to get back on the horse. I'm still doing ok - tracking on My Fitness Pal. I really should get back to WW. It's just the cost that turns me off, and I know the online isn't any different than using MFP, it's the meetings that are the helpful part. But, we'll see....

                                                                                                    2. My new favorite breakfast:
                                                                                                      A Smart and Delicious low carb tortilla - 1pt
                                                                                                      2oz Cacique soy chorizo - 2pts
                                                                                                      1/4 cup egg whites - 1pt

                                                                                                      I've always liked the Trader Joes soyrizo but it was too high in points. The Cacique one is much less. I just spray a pan with Pam, sauté the soy chorizo, add the egg whites and cook. Sometimes I add a little 2% shredded cheddar cheese for an extra point. So good, and very filling!

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                                                                                                      1. re: boogiebaby

                                                                                                        that sounds tasty boogiebaby! I really like those low carb tortillas also - great for breakfast burritos.

                                                                                                        the cafeteria here at work started putting nutritional information next to the soups - they usually have 3 varieties per day. the chicken rice is very points friendly - wish they'd put the NI for the curried acorn squash soup I ate yesterday. it was divine, i'm sure it had heavy cream or somethign decadent in it. :)

                                                                                                      2. Well, I officially rejoined....so, tomorrow...I confess my sins, weigh in, and restart the journey - though I know how to do it and I am both excited and sad that I have to be back there. But, I know it works and there's a reason it works.

                                                                                                        I shared this with Elyssa, but the Skinny Taste biscuit recipe - cheddar garlic biscuits - are amazing. 3 PP each. SO worth it, but it is hard to eat one - I would make half a recipe next time.

                                                                                                        1. Hi All! It seems I sort of forgot about these threads. I made it to my goal weight about a month ago, and then lost 2 more after that, for a total of 40lbs lost this year. Not using weight watchers, just calorie counting. I also joined sparkpeople.com in mid-July to help out with meal tracking, and it's been awesome. Their recipe builder is very easy to use too. Now I'm in "maintenance mode" and it's actually been hard some days to eat enough! I'm supposed to have 1700-1800 calories a day and after eating 1300-1500 for so long, it's tough! I'm now toying with the idea of starting up a food blog to cover healthy cooking, meal planning, and grocery shopping, especially since the latter two seem to be where a lot of folks struggle. I'm also still a HUGE skinnytaste fan! Tonight I am making her lemon cheesecake cups!

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                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez


                                                                                                            And I love the recipe builder on Sparkpeople, too.

                                                                                                            I was sick for a few days 2 years ago, so I have some quality time to spend loading up my regular foods in Sparkpeople to get myself set up initially. It really helps to make sure to put your own food in because people use Spark for all kinds of crazy tracking and you can choose an item and realize it only has cholesterol or carbs.

                                                                                                            Plus, Canadians have a different NI than the US for some products, so it messes up your tracking.

                                                                                                            1. re: Manassas64

                                                                                                              Oh yeah, there's some really wacky member inputted stuff in there, I do have to check every entry before I use it. Thankfully I don't use too many "boxed" foods so the general database provided by Spark from the USDA database usually works well enough for me. The most confusing thing for me was figuring out which stuff was cooked and which stuff was raw. Like meats in the tracker are cooked weights, but stuff like pasta is uncooked. A bit confusing until you get the hang of it.

                                                                                                          2. Hi everyone, I need to get back on track! I've gained back 4 pounds over the last 3 months after going off plan. I maintained for about a month then started gaining again. I don't feel like actually tracking again, I just have to make better choices. I hadn't posted yet in this fall thread so I haven't been seeing all of your updates. Now I'll see them!

                                                                                                            1. Hi all! Can anyone post here even if not on WW? I decided to stop tracking my food as it messes with my head, but I'm trying to get back to eating much healthier. I don't eat very many carbs - don't often eat bread/pasta/potatoes, etc. Tho after this past week eating what was leftover from our Halloween Party (ziti, cupcakes!) I need to get back on track as I'm feeling the effects and I'd prefer fitting into my clothes!

                                                                                                              So tomorrow begins again my regular workouts at 5am - I do weights/cardio or some combination thereof M-F. I also have a home gym of sorts, so don't have to leave the house & can watch TV. Did 45 mins on the Elliptical this morning.

                                                                                                              Food prep for tomorrow:
                                                                                                              Overnight oats mixed with water, vanilla protein power & blueberries.
                                                                                                              Omelet (4 egg - 1 yolk, 4 whites) with veggies & salsa
                                                                                                              Chicken over salad
                                                                                                              Broccoli soup (onion, broccoli, chix broth & coconut milk cooked in crockpot then pureed)

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                                                                                                              1. re: jenscats5

                                                                                                                I eat LCHF, which is pretty contrary to WW but I still find these threads helpful (I'm more interested in body recomposition than just weight loss... though I still have a few to go from the weight I gained.)

                                                                                                                There is a lot here I don't eat but occasionally come across some great ideas- and a lot of inspiration and support!

                                                                                                              2. Hi all:
                                                                                                                Last night I made some rice pilaf, roasted asparagus and chicken for me, salmon for my hubby (that I rubbed with mustard and bread crumbs). It was a nice comfort meal.

                                                                                                                I think tonight I am going to make chili with some butternut squash in it - black beans, canned tomatoes, hot peppers, some veggies, and spices. we have some tortilla chips and avocado to top it off. I'm also making a test batch of cannoli ice cream, but that's easy to get rid of (here, husband...eat it all NOW!). I'm making ice cream for thanksgiving, so I need to pick two flavors. Even if the cannoli is good, I still think I might do pumpkin whoopie pie and cranberry sorbet - at least the sorbet can be healthier.

                                                                                                                I'm also going to prep for tomorrow's election night dinner - I'm going to do the root veggie pot pie soup with biscuits. Whole Foods was so empty yesterday, so no turnips - just rutabagas and potatoes. I'll add frozen veggies. If I cut everything up it makes the soup come together really quickly tomorrow. It's delicious and I need comfort food on election night. My husband bought a costco red velvet cake for "election night emergency food". I already cut it in quarters and froze all but one - he is in charge of eating it all!

                                                                                                                Am happy to share pot pie recipe if interested.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                  All of those ice cream and sorbet flavors sound amazing!!!!

                                                                                                                2. made pumpkin black bean chili last night - for some reason, my husband doesn't like chili, but I made it anyway. It's cheap, easy, and healthy.
                                                                                                                  I added most of a can of pumpkin to the chili and it was thick and flavorful. Black beans, zucchini, onions, garlic, and some roasted hatch chilis from the hatch chili festival at Wegmans - topped with some onion, avocado, and the jalapeno greek yogurt dip on top. With the toppings, 9 points. Of course, I had some tortilla chips, too....but it would have been good without. Highly recommend! That yogurt dip is awesome - 1 PP per 2TBSP serving - it's great on burgers, as a dip, probably good in chicken salad. Yum!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                    Is there a recipe for the pumpkin chili?

                                                                                                                    I use to love chili and it in the winter would make turkey white bean chili a few times a month. Then I took a Food Stamp Challenge (where you live on the average food stamp allotment for a week to gain a better understanding of what food insecure households are dealing with each month) and wanted to make the challenge as healthy as possible so I ate chili every night for a week. That was a year ago! I haven't made it since haha. But I'm thinking I should get my appetite for it back again because the fiance loves chili in the wintertime and when we move in together he is going to want it.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                      Well, I just used my regular chili recipe and added 3/4 a can of pumpkin!

                                                                                                                      I use some black beans, diced peppers (incl hot), onions, garlic, oregano, cumin, canned roasted Muir Glen tomatoes (sometimes with the chili or garlic) and if I have it, zuchinni and mushrooms. I also add TJ'd frozen roasted corn. I added the pumpkin at the end and warmed it through. It definitely made it more filling.

                                                                                                                      I've also added diced butternut squash (or sweet potato) to chili and it's delicious if you let it caramelize for a few minutes before adding the liquid.

                                                                                                                      Lastly, I think the pumpkin chili would be delicious with some beer added! maybe half a bottle of pumpkin ale.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                      that sounds wonderful! I made the skinny taste white bean turkey pumpkin chili on Sunday, that's been our lunches this week. YUM

                                                                                                                    3. Hi friends: how's everyone doing?!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                        omg. thanksgiving was a disaster of a food fest, but oh so good.

                                                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                          exactly how i feel. i never got off the sofa. unless it was to get more food.

                                                                                                                        2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                          I mentioned before I hit my goal weight about 2 months ago. I've since lost 4 more lbs :-P I'm struggling now with eating ENOUGH. I eat like 1700-1800 calories a day, with splurges when I eat out or on Thanksgiving, but that isn't enough apparently. I'm just not hungry so it's hard to eat MORE. Never thought I'd have that problem :-P

                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                            That is great! I don't have that problem...although I did go to a buffet for the first time in a long time recently. An old friend and I got together and our tradition was always to go to Indian buffets. I could barely eat anything on the second plate, and before I'd finish a whole second plate. So there has been some progress regarding my stomach capacity it seems :-) I gained 4 lbs over my goal weight and now I'm working on getting back down. 0.8 to go, although I want to lose a bit extra so I can relax and pig out on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

                                                                                                                        3. I made a delicious polenta lasagna inspired by this: http://www.everydaymaven.com/2011/com...

                                                                                                                          I used my small all clad roaster (love gifts with purchase!), lined it with a little sauce (the TJs basic pomodoro), thinly sliced ready to go polenta (another LOVE), some parm, pepper, and parsley, then layered thinly sliced zucchini, topped that with a little parm and a little grated skim mozz and then repeated that another layer - two layers, total (but I think you could do three, I just ran out of polenta becuase I should have sliced it more thinly).

                                                                                                                          I topped it with a mix of the mozz, parm, red pepper flaked and parsley and then baked it for about 40 minutes at 375. It was DELICIOUS. My husband at 2/3 of the whole dish. I didn't calculate points because I didn't have measurements or anything, I just made it...but polenta is low and there wasn't that much cheese - I might estimate 5-6 points but when I redo it, I'll input it and share.

                                                                                                                          Great comfort dish and can easily be made ahead

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                            this polenta lasagne recipe sounds fantastic.

                                                                                                                            has anyone ever tried this? it's from the ww website:

                                                                                                                            Ice cream maker. When an ice cream craving strikes, being armed with one if these can keep you from diving in to the pint of Chunky Monkey. Puree your favorite fruits, and then add them and a cup of fat free yogurt to an ice cream maker for a low PointsPlus dessert. Or let the ice cream maker magically turn a frozen chopped banana into a rich and creamy treat.

                                                                                                                            1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                                              you don't need an ice cream maker for the banana - just use your food processor - I use a mini chopper and it works. I add a tsp of mini chocolate chips. It does the trick.

                                                                                                                              frozen yogurt and fruit isn't easy to make delicious - you need sugar and fat to keep it from getting hard. This can be in many forms, so it might make more sense to use Fage 2% and a tbsp of liquor or something with the fruit to make it more professional-like (taste and consistency). Just a thought. I made froyo and it was so bad my dog barely wanted it (but she did!)

                                                                                                                          2. Not sure how many points this is since I'm not tracking anymore, but if you use whole wheat or Smart Taste Ronzoni that helps, and I used turkey sausage rather than regular. I also omitted the butter and I forget if I also totally left out the olive oil and just used Smart Balance spray? I might've used a tiny bit of olive oil. Anyway, it was very filling and yummy! Pasta with mushrooms, kale, and sausage.


                                                                                                                            1. I'm glad there's a new edition of this thread. I've been making a big pot of Greek style green beans about once a week. Two lbs fresh greenbeans, 2 cans stewed tomatoes, 2 large potatoes cubed, 1 chopped onion, 3-4 cloves chopped garlic. For seasonings I use mint, oregano or, sometimes, a great Greek blend with marjoram that is from Spice House. Sautee aromatics, stir in everything else... simmer until tender. Good cold, hot or room temperature.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                that sounds really good! Do you serve it as a side? Do you know the points? Seems like it would be a good lunch to bring, but needs protein. Maybe white beans?

                                                                                                                                1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                  That sounds really good! A quick & easy side!

                                                                                                                                2. Just re-read the initial post in this thread - YES! Fish is the way to go! I've been eating fish with either a whole zucchini chopped up and sauteed, or a bunch of roasted brussels sprouts...fish and a vegetable, and sometimes a grain. Definitely a good way to lose weight. I get various kinds of fish...I usually get pre-seasoned fresh filets. Tilapia is one of my favorites, and the store has different kinds like chile and lime, and coconut crusted. I want to try making something with scallops at some point but I've never cooked them so I'm afraid of ruining them.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                    my husband likes the ready to go tilapia (I limit him to fish one night a week, and a couple tuna sandwiches for lunch because he needs the protein). It's really convenient - I just bake it and that's it. He likes the pesto crusted type!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                                                      I have been in bed for the past few days with a nasty cold and my dear spouse made a huge pot of tomato and veggie soup with four oz or beef, a quart of chicken broth, and all the extra veggies in the house, onions, celery, carrots, etc. I have been feeling so nurtured. I've go him cooking like a WW for me. :-).

                                                                                                                                      When I am feeling better I like to save 4 pts for an ounce of chocolate chips to savor in the evening. With these chips I feel decadent and like I am not depriving myself. Kirkland (Costco) brand chips are excellent and savorable. I have lost 22 lb so far with chocolate most days. Amazing.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: docfood

                                                                                                                                        your spouse's soup sounds great. I hear ya on the chocolate. I keep Dove Milk Chocolate bites in the house, they are 1 point (Old points) each.

                                                                                                                                    2. In other news... two friends who said that my weight loss inspired them have gotten to their goal weights! One via WW! I'm soooo proud of them!

                                                                                                                                      1. yesterday I made chicken taco soup in the crock pot. DH has been complaining that my cooking is not spicy enough. So I added 2 Tbsp of home made taco seasoning and 1 can of chopped chilis. Well, he's happy - it's HOT. I barely got through the bowl I brought for lunch!!

                                                                                                                                        DH got me the Penzey's Curry spice collection for my birthday, so last nigh for dinner I made a chicken curry. it was ok, not bad for my first foray into the world of cooking indian food. I want to try the lamb keema on the skinnytaste site next - and her coconut curry butternut squash soup. I just need to pick up an onion for that one.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                          I've been wanting to try her lamb kheema - let me know how it turns out!

                                                                                                                                        2. Speaking of skinnytaste, I'm making her Pepper Steak recipe tonight, I'm tripling it so hopefully it's good!

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                            I've made that a couple of times and enjoyed it!

                                                                                                                                          2. Soooo.... I weighed myself this morning. THAT was depressing! I'm determined to get back.on.track. today. Breakfast was egg beaters with a Tb of turkey sausage crumble, a TB of fake cheese and a couple broccoli florets cut up. lunch will be a lean cuisine and some roasted veggies. dinner is leftovers... last night I grilled some chicken, my stomach has been bothering me the last couple days when I eat anything spicy and Sundays recipes were both quite hot.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                              tell me about it - saturday was my first meeting in months and I feel like I'm completely starting over, only with less discipline! hehe

                                                                                                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                Doctor's appt. for me last Monday & they weighed me......not as bad as I thought, but still not where I want to me. Dr. did mention my BMI puts me at "overweight" tho I'm not a believer in the accuracy of BMI.

                                                                                                                                                Did my Holiday baking yesterday & am proud to say I didn't nibble on much. Did do some taste testing for quality but really have no desire to eat ANY of the treats I made!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                  it has not been a perfect WW week so far... lots of holiday work stuff with more to come... but I lost 3 pounds as of this morning. so it's been decent. going out to hear an 80s band tonight, plan to eat light, drink even lighter (water please) and DANCE! :-D

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                    Good luck juju and great news on the 3 lb loss. I was sick last week and lost 3 lbs, but I think this will be a week of maintaining or gaining. I just shoveled snow today, and for 40 minutes it was only 4 pts, It sure felt like more.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: docfood

                                                                                                                                                      I always got so frustrated tracking activity points - it never seemed like "enough" and then I'd eat more than what I'd worked off so I had to stop tracking them. not that i ever get many... hahaha.

                                                                                                                                                      I drank more last night than I intended, but did work up a good sweat with about 15 minutes of dancing! it was a FUN night.

                                                                                                                                                2. First week back to include a full week with a meeting - down 1.4 which was nice, and I planned a GREAT week. However, derailed slightly by going to the deeelicious Indian buffet yesterday, but we were so full we didn't really have dinner (I had a WW english muffin with hummus because I didn't want to get hungry at 9PM, so ate preemptively).

                                                                                                                                                  I forgot part of my lunch at home - but that's ok. It'll be an over my daily PP target today, but I'll earn APs in step class. I also bought an Active Link which, while sort of annoying to wear, should prove interesting.

                                                                                                                                                  Today I brought in a sweet potato - we were going to have them last night for dinner, but didn't so I preemptively cooked them and brought it to work with some black beans, a little 50% RF cabot cheddar and some salsa - warmed up, it was FABULOUS. 7 points (7oz sweet potato = 4PP). I measured everything. Hummus and veggies left before the gym.

                                                                                                                                                  I have two sweet potatoes cooked and left, so I might not have one tonight and bring another tomorrow - warmed up, it was such a nice treat.

                                                                                                                                                  1. My friend who is a WW devotee gave me this lighter but still amazing version of Kung Pao Shrimp and a side of Sichuan Asparagus . It was so darn good. I don't have the points value but I know that there are ways to find that out. I have been enjoying several recipes off the WW website but this was beyond. Here it is and here is the full details with pics as well.
                                                                                                                                                    Link with photos - http://www.neurotickitchen.com/2012/1...

                                                                                                                                                    How to time this meal:
                                                                                                                                                    Preheat the Oven to 400
                                                                                                                                                    Clean the Shrimp
                                                                                                                                                    Cut up the Lemons and put the Asparagus in the Oven.
                                                                                                                                                    Chop all the Shrimp and Sichuan Sauce Ingredients, and pull out all the bottles you'll need.
                                                                                                                                                    Cook the Kung Pao Shrimp, preparing the Sichuan Sauce during inactive time.
                                                                                                                                                    ~Everything should be done around the same time this way.

                                                                                                                                                    Mo's Sichuan Asparagus
                                                                                                                                                    Serves 2-3

                                                                                                                                                    Sichuan Sauce Ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                    3 Tablespoons Chicken Broth
                                                                                                                                                    1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
                                                                                                                                                    2 teaspoons Chinkiang Vinegar (learn about it HERE.) or 2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
                                                                                                                                                    Sichuan Sauce Coming Together, Photo: NK
                                                                                                                                                    1/2 teaspoon Sugar
                                                                                                                                                    1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
                                                                                                                                                    1/4 teaspoon Cornstarch
                                                                                                                                                    1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, or more to taste

                                                                                                                                                    Additional Ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                    2 Lemons, sliced into rounds
                                                                                                                                                    1 Bunch of Asparagus
                                                                                                                                                    1 pinch of Oil, for pan
                                                                                                                                                    Optional - 1 package Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - Brown Rice that microwaves in only 90 seconds.

                                                                                                                                                    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
                                                                                                                                                    Lightly oil a pan and place the Asparagus in a row.
                                                                                                                                                    Lay Lemon Slices over the Asparagus until completely covered.
                                                                                                                                                    Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                    To prepare Sichuan Sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
                                                                                                                                                    Warm the Sichuan Sauce in a pan.
                                                                                                                                                    Once the Asparagus is done add it to the pan and toss together with the Sichuan Sauce.
                                                                                                                                                    If you are preparing the rice, place it in the microwave now.
                                                                                                                                                    Serve with Brown Rice on the side.

                                                                                                                                                    Mo's Lighter Kung Pao Shrimp
                                                                                                                                                    Serves 2

                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon Canola Oil
                                                                                                                                                    5-8 Dried Chili Peppers - I used 8, because Sam likes her Kung Pao spicy...
                                                                                                                                                    1 Tablespoon Dry Sherry, Cooking Sherry, or Shaoxing Wine
                                                                                                                                                    1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
                                                                                                                                                    2 Cloves Garlic, minced
                                                                                                                                                    1 teaspoon Minced Ginger or 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder
                                                                                                                                                    1 Lb Peeled Raw Shrimp, tail on, deveined
                                                                                                                                                    1/2 teaspoon Sugar
                                                                                                                                                    2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
                                                                                                                                                    1 Chopped Scallion (we didn't have Scallion so I used Celery and it was just fine
                                                                                                                                                    )1 Tablespoon Chopped Peanuts

                                                                                                                                                    In a bowl, combine Sherry, Cornstarch, Garlic, Ginger, and Shrimp together.

                                                                                                                                                    In a wok or large skillet, heat the Canola Oil over medium heat.
                                                                                                                                                    Add Dried Chili Peppers and stir. Cook until slightly blackened.

                                                                                                                                                    Next, add the contents of the Shrimp Bowl to the wok.
                                                                                                                                                    Cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
                                                                                                                                                    Reduce the heat to low.

                                                                                                                                                    Add Sugar and Soy Sauce.
                                                                                                                                                    Cook, stirring occasionally, another 5 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                    Remove the wok from the heat.

                                                                                                                                                    Stir in Sesame Oil, Scallion, and Peanuts.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Samurai Sam

                                                                                                                                                      oooh, i have most of these ingredients, will have to try this!

                                                                                                                                                    2. Hey all - i took the liberty of starting a new thread for the new year - join us here? i'm hoping starting the new thread will help motivate me, reading all your posts! Mods, will you please rename this post as (Old)? thanks.