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Jan 3, 2013 09:46 PM

Weight Watcher Foodies - Into the New Year! January 2013 [old]

Hey all you WW and other health-conscious devotees... i took the liberty of starting a new thread to get a fresh start on the new year. some of us have new resolutions, some are continuing with their successes, others are struggling but still at it. What are you making that is helping your cause?

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  1. As for me, the BF is aiding me in my newly re-found endeavors. two leg/foot injuries last year set me back a lot, and i'm still not able to work out like i had been, but i'm getting back up on the better-eating horse!

    tonight, the BF made for me, from a WW cookbook (Comfort Classics 150), smothered pork chops (lightened up), pan grilled sweet potato wedges, and some really delicious steamed chard with a ton of lemon zest, chili flakes and kosher salt. i told him to make a lot of that chard from now on, because i could eat that every day.

    1. thanks for starting a new thread mariacarmen!

      I'm still struggling to get back on track. my pants are getting tight and I'm frustrated. I can't seem to stop nibbling, especially in the evenings. We're thinking about going back to meetings to check out this new 360 program. I haven't heard anything about it yet really. I got the new WW magazine, will have to see if there are details in there.

      For NYE, I did make most of my appetizers from the skinny taste site, the spinach artichoke dip was very popular!

      your BF's chard sounds terrific!

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      1. re: jujuthomas

        you're welcome! i'm curious about the new program too - i think i will go back to meetings in the next couple of weeks.

        and thanks re the chard - easiest thing on earth! brought some today for lunch, which i'm mixing with some piquillo peppers (already cooked/jarred) and chopped hearts of palm.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          i did some research online, it seems that 360 still uses the points plus system, but is focusing also on behaviors that get us in to trouble. I'm torn. I gained 12 lbs the few months I was on points plus - but I realize that I have stress eating issues! I'm going to discuss with DH, if we work together maybe we can recommit to the points program which worked well for both of us.

          1. re: jujuthomas

            hmmmm...i am not sure stress eating is my problem, but it will still be interesting to hear. plus, i've been paying on the membership for months, just not going. no reason for me not to go! except i'm afraid of being weighed! but, time to face the music.

        2. re: jujuthomas

          I'm in the same place...I still haven't gotten back on track and my pants are also pretty tight. :-/ I'm bummed because I was doing so well before the holidays.

          I purchased leeks, chicken, salmon and cod yesterday at the grocery store to try and force myself back on the WW wagon.

          I'm impressed you made low-fat recipes on new years! I ate a huge portion of pate. :-/ Fail.

          1. re: jujuthomas

            How does 360 compare to Points Plus?

            1. re: Elyssa


              its truly the same eating plan. In my opinion its marketing for the new year. What it includes are some behavioral changes on the website and a focus on behavior changes in meeting.

          2. I pretty much make whatever I feel like having, but I have promised myself to Use The Food Scale!
            And to use my half cup and cup size ladles so I can track better. I've been lazy about portion control.
            The weight is staying off, but I have another 45 pounds that have to go *this year*, come hell or high water!

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            1. re: jmcarthur8

              jmcarthur, 45 in a year is totally doable, that's basically what I did!

              I use my measuring cups as serving utensils all the time, even now when I'm trying not to be so OCD about it since I'm below goal weight.

              1. re: juliejulez

                Congratulations on getting below your goal weight, Julie! That's not easy.

                Several in this thread have mentioned the 360 program - it involves some tools and routines to use to help you stay on track, and looks like it has support features that I can use. Hubby and I go to all our meetings - we love the camaraderie of our group...and not being weighed scares me more than being weighed! I need it to keep in line.

              2. re: jmcarthur8

                this is a really good note - always make sure to measure and weigh, and not cut everything out. you can do it jm!

              3. thanks for starting this thread.

                1. So happy to see this thread, thank you!
                  I probably put back on ten pounds over the summer, and then discovered I was pregnant this fall. I wasn't sure how to approach WW's as an expectant person, but I think it's a healthy enough lifestyle that I can just gradually add 300 or so calories as I go through trimesters, loosely speaking.
                  I am almost done clearing out the house of holiday candy and treats, and my husband is on-board for weight loss in anticipation of being more active (and exhausted) with a newborn.
                  Lots of fruit and good dairy, but damn if I can't look at most vegetables right now. So weird.
                  I would normally be all over that chard, mc, and any spinach or greens but just cannot do it right now.
                  Anyone try to lose weight while pregnant? I'm not super worried about losing really, I just want my gaining to be in accord with what my total weight should be in the end. Then I can come back to ww and do the real work, I guess.

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                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      congrats again rabaja! i am sure WW has tips about being pregnant and not gaining too much (as opposed to losing) while you're growing that baby. maybe go to a meeting early, and see if they can answer questions?

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        WW won't let you participate if you're pregnant.

                        However, I've heard of people using the "breast feeding" daily values to stay on track.

                        I think only your doctor can tell you what is recommended in terms of weight gain, so I'd start there and maybe stick to WW online for tracking purposes?

                        But they definitely won't let you weigh in and all that if you're pregnant. Maybe if your spot knows you well and you want to just attend meetings, they'll accomodate?


                        1. re: Jeserf

                          I'm a strictly on-line WWer, so I just track my points in a pretty careless fashion at this point. Probably why I gained ten lbs. before the fall, lol.
                          I intend to just try to follow the PP model, but add in a good snack each day.
                          Truly, I'm not so worried about losing right now, I just don't want six months to pass only for me to realize I've put on twenty pounds more than this pregnancy warranted.

                          I'm really glad this thread was revived. Making healthful meals is something I'd like to make a habit again, with the more indulgent recipes only an occasional treat. It's all about finding that balance, which you guys help with tremendously.

                          Tonight I have a whole lamb shoulder thats been staring at me from the fridge since New Years. Not so point friendly, but we will have lots of veggies along with it, and bulgur, not pasta or potatoes. Oh, and I can weigh out our meat portion so I don't serve up a half pound worth of lamb to each of us. -something I fear I almost do sometimes.

                          1. re: rabaja

                            i think that's the biggest thing we do too, rabaja, is just serve up too much on our plates. the BF has been weighing and measuring for me the last few nights, and i find i'm completely satisfied. oh it's not that i won't go pick a bite here or there of the leftovers in the kitchen after dinner, but i would probably do that anyway, AFTER consuming a pound of meat at the table.

                    2. re: rabaja

                      Congrats on your new addition :) I'm a member on, and they have a separate site dedicated to expectant moms and new moms, might be worth it to check out: Also once baby comes, if you breast feed, you'll be burning a TON of calories so keep that in mind too, might actually help your weight loss once baby is here.

                      1. re: juliejulez

                        Thank you, juliej!
                        I checked out that link and it looks like a great site!

                      2. re: rabaja

                        A belated congratulations, rabaja! I'm mostly a lurker on Chowhound these days, but I wanted to say how fun it has been to see you go through so many great changes over the last couple years. Enjoy this amazing time!

                        Re: weight gain, my two cents as a mom of two is to monitor your weight, make healthy choices and stay active, but not worry about weight loss at all right now. I will also say that in my experience different pregnancies can be very different -- with my son I think I gained almost twice as much weight as my daughter, but it came off twice as fast as well :)

                        1. re: mebby

                          Thank you so much, mebby. What a sweet note to find!
                          I really am not stressing about my weight gain too much. I'm back to my workouts, now that the holidays are over and we are back in our routine, and I eat as healthy as possible, along with a treat whenever i feel the need.
                          One thing that goes down very well, is fruit and yogurt, so there's always a good breakfast available. And, I credit my egg/egg white scrambles for breakfast/lunch with helping me to lose those 28 pounds in 2011.
                          It is what it is though, and I know WW will be here waiting for me if I turn back into a moose.
                          I really hope breastfeeding helps with weight loss, but I realize it's different for everyone, so no guarantees.
                          My bff always says (she's a doctor's assistant), "That child is not a diet-aide, stop breastfeeding, already!" when woman come into her office breastfeeding older children. Makes me laugh every time I think about it.

                          1. re: rabaja

                            Haha on the breastfeeding! I couldn't breastfeed myself with either one, but I remember being out to lunch with friends from a preschool mommy and me and one 2.5 year old girl turning down a burger and fries in favor of the boob and all of our jaws dropping.

                            Your bff may also have told you this, but I have heard that women often still keep that last 5 lbs on when breastfeeding (nature's way of ensuring a food supply), so don't be alarmed if so.

                            I will also say that FWIW, I reached my initial WW goal and was then aiming for 5 lbs less, but decided I didn't want to lose my curves. Even now, 7 lbs heavier (from 25 lbs lost), I feel pretty damn good.