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

mariacarmen Jan 3, 2013 09:46 PM

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?

  1. mariacarmen Jan 3, 2013 09:54 PM

    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.

     
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      jujuthomas Jan 4, 2013 04:25 AM

      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
        mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 10:09 AM

        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.

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          jujuthomas Jan 4, 2013 10:14 AM

          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.

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            mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 11:20 AM

            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
          eviemichael Jan 11, 2013 01:30 AM

          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.

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            Elyssa Jan 13, 2013 03:01 PM

            How does 360 compare to Points Plus?

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              docfood Jan 13, 2013 07:13 PM

              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. jmcarthur8 Jan 4, 2013 05:20 AM

            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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              juliejulez Jan 4, 2013 09:31 AM

              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
                jmcarthur8 Jan 4, 2013 07:24 PM

                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
                mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 10:10 AM

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

              3. eLizard Jan 4, 2013 06:12 AM

                thanks for starting this thread.

                1. rabaja Jan 4, 2013 08:57 AM

                  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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                    jujuthomas Jan 4, 2013 09:22 AM

                    congrats!

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                      mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 10:12 AM

                      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?

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                        Jeserf Jan 7, 2013 09:46 AM

                        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?

                        Congrats!

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                          rabaja Jan 7, 2013 11:50 AM

                          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
                            mariacarmen Jan 7, 2013 02:11 PM

                            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
                      juliejulez Jan 4, 2013 09:27 AM

                      Congrats on your new addition :) I'm a member on sparkpeople.com, and they have a separate site dedicated to expectant moms and new moms, might be worth it to check out: http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/ 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.

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                        rabaja Jan 10, 2013 01:02 PM

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

                      2. re: rabaja
                        mebby Jan 10, 2013 11:38 AM

                        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
                          rabaja Jan 10, 2013 01:01 PM

                          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
                            mebby Jan 10, 2013 02:15 PM

                            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.

                      3. juliejulez Jan 4, 2013 09:26 AM

                        I made these pork chops the other night. I was sort of wary of them, it just sounded too simple to be good, but it was REALLY good. It would be great with chicken too to make it even more healthy. It also took next to no time to put together, with hardly any prep at all aside from slicing the onion...perfect for a weeknight. http://traceysculinaryadventures.blog...

                        I used 5oz thin cut chops instead of the monsters she mentions in the recipe, and because of that, the sauce was easily enough for 4 servings instead of just 2. Also only used 1tbsp of olive oil, 2 seemed excessive for my small chops. I had it worked out to 380 calories for the chop & sauce, not sure on points. I had with baked potato and was supposed to have some steamed squash, but that turned out badly so it was just the potato.

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                          treb Jan 4, 2013 09:28 AM

                          For the past 3 years both of us have made H2O our main beverage. Also, we eat between 20-25 pounds of fruit a week and are both heathier and lighter.

                          1. mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 10:22 AM

                            for lunches, i've been buying no-fat or low-fat cottage cheese and mixing it with hot chili/sesame oil and a very liberal sprinkling of furikake, then mixing well. it's delicious! i don't know if a lot of people can get this (Asian food stores will carry it) but if you like savory, Japanese-type flavors, it's really quite incredible how fulfilling it is. and it's 4 points for an 8 oz. serving, i just looked it up!

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                              docfood Jan 4, 2013 07:12 PM

                              Thanks for setting up this site. I have been on points plus since September and have lost 32 lbs. I'm eating lots of fruit and vegetables and make certain to save points for chocolate each evening.

                              I love the creativity of finding wonderful combinations for veggies. Tonight I steamed broccoli and sprinkled it with rice vinegar and fish sauce. That and a lox and avocado sandwich were wonderful.

                              I made shrimp, crawfish and oyster gumbo for NY's eve with a baked roux (no oil), 4 points a bowl before the rice. What a treat!

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                                jmcarthur8 Jan 4, 2013 07:27 PM

                                Docfood, that's wonderful that you've lost 32 pounds! Good job!

                                Hearing of successes like yours helps me be more determined to stick with the plan.

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                                  prima Jan 4, 2013 07:36 PM

                                  Good for you, docfood.
                                  Glad it's working for you. Makes me want to give WW another try.

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                                    mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 08:03 PM

                                    wow, congrats on that weight loss! that dinner tonight does sound fabulous. and i agree, WW forces you to be creative! thanks for sharing!

                                    p.s. and you are welcome, but just so i don't take credit where it's not due, i didn't actually start the thread, i just updated it - after it gets to be about 200 posts long, it gets a little unwieldy. i started this one even tho the last one was actually under 200 posts, but since it was the new year i thought it was fitting. glad people are enjoying!

                                  2. mariacarmen Jan 4, 2013 08:12 PM

                                    Tonight the BF prepared a spice-rubbed ribeye steak and potato wedges (both from WW Comfort Classics 150), some piquillo peppers, and more of the lemony chard from last night. Total about 9 points! enough for me to treat myself to a glass of vino, AND i'll probably have a cocktail as a nightcap tonight. whoooo! livin' large. (but hopefully not for long hahaha.)

                                     
                                    1. jmcarthur8 Jan 4, 2013 09:26 PM

                                      I thought I'd overdone it on the pasta tonight...it was bucatini, which is awfully hard to measure in a cup. I weighed it instead. Cooked pasta is 1 PP per ounce, and bucatini takes up way more space per ounce than small pasta like orzo or elbows, even.
                                      So a bowlful ended up at 7 points, which I can live with. Pasta has been the hardest food to measure by the cup or half-cup, and I finally realized that weighing it would give me a more accurate point value.

                                      I've found that even though my weight loss has stalled, I've kept off the 50 pounds that I lost last year by tracking and going to the meetings every week. I can guarantee you that if I'd given up on WW, I would have a whole lot more than 45 pounds to lose this year!

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                                        juliejulez Jan 5, 2013 10:47 AM

                                        Weighing pasta precooked is definitely the way to go. Not sure on points, but the calorie info on the box (usually 200-220 per 2oz serving) is for precooked. A lot of people measure post cooked and doing it that way short changes you! Also, measuring by volume doesn't account for pasta size like you mentioned.

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                                          jmcarthur8 Jan 5, 2013 12:34 PM

                                          julie, I just can't figure out how to use the precooked weight compared to what's on my plate. I always cook an entire package of pasta, so we can have leftovers to make pasta salad, mac & cheese, whatever. I would need to divide the cooked pasta into equal portions (according to number of servings on the package) before finishing up making the pasta dish, correct?
                                          There is a 'cooked pasta' serving in etools at 1 PP per ounce, so I figured if I weigh it cooked, that would work.

                                          If you have any hints on how you do it, please do tell!

                                          1. re: jmcarthur8
                                            juliejulez Jan 5, 2013 04:18 PM

                                            Well since I don't use points, it's a bit different, but to be honest, I just eyeball it after the whole dish is done. Like if I'm making 4 servings (8oz) I just divide it into 4 parts as best I can. I do know some people will weigh the whole amount, and then divide that by 4 and then weigh individual parts. But, I didn't feel the need to go that far with it. But if you do go that route, make a note of the measurements so you don't have to do it every time.

                                            Also this guide to pasta yields might be helpful: http://www.thekitchn.com/ounces-to-cu...

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                                              junescook Jan 7, 2013 12:03 PM

                                              I have always weighed our pasta dry, and two ounces of pasta (I usually use the whole grain types) equals five points plus. So for two of us I cook four ounces of pasta = 10 PP.

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                                                jujuthomas Jan 7, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                this is something I need to start doing. I swear, DH could eat a pound of pasta in a sitting, if I didn't keep after him!

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                                                  Jeserf Jan 7, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                  and this is when you realize that 2oz of pasta is basically nothing and it's really depressing!!

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                                                    juliejulez Jan 7, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                    I think when the pasta is mixed with veggies and meat etc, 2oz is plenty! When it's by itself though... yup pretty sad...that's why I rarely will eat spaghetti.

                                          2. Jetgirly Jan 4, 2013 09:50 PM

                                            I'm doing my standard January "detox" (yes I know it doesn't actually "detoxify" me but it makes me feel really good!). It's rare for me to find a recipe that works with my "detox" without needing modifications, but this was great with some brown basmati rice! (I used the greens I had on hand: half kale, half baby spinach.)

                                            http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-crisp...

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                                              Jetgirly Jan 10, 2013 09:27 PM

                                              Lunch this week: http://www.healthandlifestyle.ca/Nutrition/Recipe/Salads/Mediterranean_Breeze_Bowl.aspx

                                              Dinner today: http://blog.fatimaleitekusch.com/post... (from Eat Clean Vegetarian Cookbook)

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                                              Solstice444 Jan 5, 2013 09:04 AM

                                              I'm not doing WW at the moment but I'm trying to maintain my weight using what I've learned. I had gained 4 lbs over my goal weight and wanted to take it off before the holidays, so I lost 4 lbs in a month by eating fish and veggies 2-3 times a week and not eating anything horrible for me. Now I've gained 2.5 lbs back over the holidays. Aside from eating better, I also want to focus on exercising more this year, but I can't stand the gym, so I'm going to try to hike more. I've also gone to a yoga class and a Zumba class recently and hope to continue.

                                              I enjoy seeing the recipes and meals people post here for inspiration. Happy New Year!

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                                                jujuthomas Jan 5, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                tonight I made the Beef Barley soup from Skinny taste. Oh my oh my, that recipe is going in the regular rotation! with a simple salad and a 1 pt potato roll, it was a terrific dinner!

                                                1. mariacarmen Jan 5, 2013 11:26 PM

                                                  tonight we had an old WW standby - Italian fennel and basil chicken burgers - without the bun they were about 6 points each, and with some more of those spiced potato wedges and a salad, the whole meal was maybe 9 points total.

                                                   
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                                                    weezieduzzit Jan 23, 2013 10:13 PM

                                                    Recipe, MC? I'm not a WW but I love fennel and am always looking for more ways to fit it in the menu.

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                                                      mariacarmen Jan 23, 2013 10:52 PM

                                                      here you go - (we used ground chicken):

                                                      http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rc...

                                                  2. The Dairy Queen Jan 6, 2013 06:19 AM

                                                    Well, it's January and here I am. Way, way (or is that weigh, weigh?) above goal weight. I know you all will have some wonderful ideas. I've been experimenting with this Make Ahead Chilled Oatmeal from the Union Square Cafe book (COTM in, I think, Nov, of 2012?) http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ch... So far, I've been using steel cut oats and frozen fruit. It's really bland with just milk, even with a pinch of salt. Would probably be better with fresh fruit (so the juices could flavor the oatmeal a little). Need to up the spice, I think.

                                                    Happy New Year everyone!

                                                    ~TDQ

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                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                      jmcarthur8 Jan 6, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                      I made this oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk, raisins and dried cranberries, pecans, and thick rolled oats. It was excellent. The almond milk has a natural richness that makes for a more full flavor.

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                                                      docfood Jan 6, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                      i just made the most wonderful Capenata. For 1 point per cup serving, it was a flavorful accompaniment.
                                                      Recipe:
                                                      I sauteed an onion, 8 cloves chopped garlic, and three stalks sliced celery in 1 t olive oil in a pam sprayed cast iron pan. Cook until wilted and lightly brown. Then add one eggplant cut into 1/2 inch dice, add salt and continued to saute. Then add a can of diced tomatoes, a handful of capers and 7 huge thinly sliced stuffed olives. To that I added a squirt of harissa, some red pepper flakes and let simmer covered for 1/2 an hour stirring occasionally.

                                                      Very yummy, full of veggies, and will make you smile.

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                                                        mariacarmen Jan 6, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                        that does sound wonderful.

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                                                        jujuthomas Jan 6, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                        simple roasted chicken tonight, with baked potatoes. I think I'm going to lightly steam some frozen haricot vert, then saute with evoo and garlic. YUM

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                                                          pine time Jan 6, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                          I'm a Lifer, at goal for the past 6 1/2 years. This past year has been difficult, however (steroids, hormones, yada, yada), and I'm struggling to keep my "at goal" status. Still, without WW, I'd be gaining pounds and pounds every month, I know.

                                                          I'm getting back to basics: weighing, measuring, pulling out the old WW cookbooks. Here's to 7 years at goal, this spring!

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                                                            docfood Jan 6, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                            Best of luck to you Pine time. Steroids will certainly pack the pounds on. I think that your plan of action sounds good. It would be amazing to be at goal sometime in my life.

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                                                              jujuthomas Jan 6, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                              Wow, congrats on the 6.5 years!!! I've been "at lifetime" for the past 3 (next month) but as of today I'm 30 lbs over goal. I lost my mind and stopped tracking a while back. I'm gonna get back there tho!!!!

                                                              1. re: pine time
                                                                mariacarmen Jan 6, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                that is so impressive, and i'm envious of your resolve!

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                                                                  pine time Jan 7, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                  I've always said I'm good at losing weight, but bad at keeping it off. Even though I'm at my WW goal, I'm over my personal goal, and it's a struggle. With some health challenges, I'm trying hard to up my physical activity (refuse to use the "e" word!). If I ate even 1/2 as much as Mr. Pine, I'd gain weight instantly. Sigh.

                                                              2. juliejulez Jan 10, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                Tonight I'm making the cajun chicken pasta from skinnytaste.com: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/ca... I'll let y'all know how it is, it seems to get rave reviews. Mine won't be as pretty as hers either, I hate yellow bell peppers so I'm using two red instead.

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                                                                  juliejulez Jan 10, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                  So this pasta was just OK. I think I have the wrong kind of cajun seasoning because the site says it will "have a kick" but I got nothin. The idea of mixing low fat cream cheese with milk (I used whole but recipe called for skim) and some flour to create a cream sauce is a good one though. The sauce was nice and creamy.

                                                                2. roxlet Jan 10, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                  Well, went back and joined WW today, but at a meeting this time, so I am hoping to find more inspiration.

                                                                  First thing I am making is my baked ratatouille. My favorite WW breakfast with very few points is an egg white frittata with ratatouille. I usually throw in a couple of jalapeños into my ratatouille, which is completely untraditional, but I like the little bite.

                                                                  Since I am also feeding a teenaged athlete and an adult male, I have to make food that is going to be satisfying for them too. I think that tonight I will make my grilled chicken parm with a side of pasta. Everyone can have as much as they'd like, and I can practice portion control.

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                                                                    pine time Jan 10, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                    Congrats on joining today! Hope you find a really good leader and group of fellow WWs--I've found that can make a lot of difference.

                                                                    Best wishes on a lighter New Year!

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                                                                      jujuthomas Jan 10, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                      isn't that the truth, PineTime! if we hadn't had a great leader and group right from the start, we wouldn't have stayed in WW! My sister's tried a couple times but her options are so limited, since she lives in a smaller town, the only leader she could get to was just awful.

                                                                      i acutally saw one of my former co-wwers last night, who went on to become a leader. she's so inspiring!

                                                                    2. re: roxlet
                                                                      mebby Jan 10, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                      That baked ratatouille sounds great, roxlet -- would you mind sharing rough guidelines?

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                                                                        roxlet Jan 10, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                        Sure. I just had a bowl of it for a snack, and virtually no points!

                                                                        I cut up eggplant, red peppers, tomatoes, and onions into roughly the same size pieces. This time, I had some pretty hot Thai peppers, and I cut those into rings. I put everything -- and it's a lot -- piled up on a half sheet pan with a piece of parchment on the bottom, sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and strewn with some fresh thyme leaves. Into a 425 degree oven, and let cook until you start to smell it. Toss the vegetable around (they should be starting to get soft) and put back into the oven. Do this again in about another 20 minutes, but this time scatter finely chopped garlic (I used 2 cloves), and kosher salt, stir, and let cook until the vegetables are soft. When it's done, test for seasonings, and eat hot, room temperature, or cold. It's really delicious, and not as gloopy as regular ratatouille can be.

                                                                        1. re: roxlet
                                                                          mebby Jan 10, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                          Thank you -- sounds delicious! And also very excited to have you here, as I always love to see what you are serving every night.

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                                                                            roxlet Jan 10, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                            I think that perhaps you like to see what my husband is cooking every night, and for me, the real challenge will be reining him in. Like right now, he is eating some of his pork and rabbit terrine and it just smells fabulous. I'm about to take my son off to train, so we ate already.

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                                                                            mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 02:36 PM

                                                                            that sounds amazing.

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                                                                              roxlet Jan 10, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                              It is particularly delicious with those Thai chilies. Man, what a kick!

                                                                        2. re: roxlet
                                                                          rabaja Jan 10, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                          Nice to see you here, roxlet!
                                                                          If you can cook the way you do and participate here with WW friendly meals, it's a bonus to all of us.
                                                                          I love that kind of breakfast, too. I ate ratatouille and egg whites almost every morning after my workouts one summer. Very filling and total fuel food.

                                                                          1. re: rabaja
                                                                            roxlet Jan 10, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                            Thanks for the welcome everyone. I figure that this is going to be a long term project, and I plan on cooking some good food!

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                                                                              mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                              absolutely my take on seeing roxlet here!

                                                                          2. mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                            homemade soup for lunch! i made a black-eyed pea soup with leftover stock made from our Christmas ham bone. i didn't have carrots or celery, so my "mirepoix" consisted of sauteed onions, garlic and piquillo peppers. sliced kielbasa, diced spanish chorizo, the stock, thinly sliced curly chard, parsley a little smokey paprika, a bay leaf, some onion powder, cayenne, and, of course, the BEPs. it's nice & smokey, and the beans got a little creamy sitting in the hot broth last night. it's, i must say, fantastic. there is maybe a teaspoon of oil for the whole pot, and by my accounting, a cup is worth about 6 points. totally happy with the results of this, as i don't very often a) make soups, and b) make soups i like.

                                                                            ETA: Oh, plus, i made those wonderful veggie chips with the extra curly chard - make sure leaves are dry, spray with Pam, sprinkle with course salt, garlic & onion powders (or whatever you like), on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes at 450 degrees. i like these with this curly chard better than the kale.

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                                                                              mebby Jan 10, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                              Wow, that sounds incredible! Definitely stealing that idea...

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                                                                                mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                thanks mebby, long time no see! good to know you're still lurking!

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                                                                                  mebby Jan 10, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                  Thanks, MC! I have had a crazy year and had to scale back on distractions...getting divorced after 20 years together and also underemployed, so the focus on food is unfortunately a bit of a luxury right now :( But I have been intermittently reading along with all your great reports and feel inspired for when I get back to a better place!

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                                                                                    mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                    oh man, mebby, really feel for you... sorry you're going through that, and hopefully we'll all be a good distraction for you - you've got a lot on your plate (haha not just food!) and you deserve to pamper yourself now and then. anyway, good luck, we're all here!

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                                                                                jujuthomas Jan 10, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                that sounds great. I have a gallon size freezer bag of turkey stock in my freezer, I've been trying to figure out what I can do with it! Maybe I'll see if DH wants soup tomorrow or this weekend...

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                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                  it would be really good with turkey stock.

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                                                                                    jujuthomas Jan 11, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                                                    I also noticed a ham steak and some smoked turkey in there... starting to formulate an idea...

                                                                              3. roxlet Jan 10, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                So for my first dinner on this journey, I made one of my son's favorite meals, lightened up for me. I had a good sized container of marinara in the freezer, so I took it out to defrost. I took some chicken breasts, sliced them into filets, and briefly marinated them in garlic, oregano, a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. I flash grilled them on a very hot grill pan sprayed with pam. I cooked up some Dreamfields, put them in the sauce to finish cooking, threw in some cubed mozzarella, some chicken, and let everything get hot. I dodged most of the mozzarella and had a small filet and about 2 oz of pasta. I'm counting it at about 15 points, including some parm grated over the whole thing.

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                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 10, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                  i think you might be overestimating on points there...of course i don't know how big of a piece of chicken it was.

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                                                                                    roxlet Jan 11, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                    It was pretty small. Maybe half of a decent sized chicken breast. But I'm pretty sure I underestimated the points for the ham I had at lunch. I came home from the WW meeting at 1:30, and I was starving, so I just grabbed. I'm going to have to plan this better!

                                                                                    We had a friend stop by last night unexpectedly to spend the night, and my husband served her pasta and ALL the rest of the chicken I had grilled! Bummer!

                                                                                2. roxlet Jan 11, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                  I'll count this as my first full day back at WW, and so far, I'm pretty hungry! I always find that it takes a while to adjust to a lesser amount of food when you first start a diet. After a while, it seems easier.

                                                                                  For breakfast, I had the spicy ratatouille frittata, and it was super good. I used two egg whites and one whole egg for a total of 3 points counting 1 point for the teaspoon or so of olive oil, and 2 for the egg. Counting the 1/2 or so of milk in my coffee, that makes a pretty nice 4 point breakfast.

                                                                                  My snack was a Fage 0% yogurt with blueberries and Splenda, but all I can think about now is what I am going to make for lunch!!!

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                                                                                    juliejulez Jan 11, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                    You might find it easier to meal plan ahead of time, at least during the initial phases. That's what I did (and still do) so even if I still feel a bit hungry after a meal, I know what I have to expect later on in the day. I try to make dinner my biggest meal too so I really have something tasty to look forward to.

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                                                                                      mariacarmen Jan 11, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                      have a banana, snack or some more blueberries - they're FREE. i mean, you don't want to eat 10 bananas a day, but fruit has helped me out of a crisis many times. and i was not a big fruit person.

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                                                                                        roxlet Jan 11, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                        Yes, I had an apple, and then had to make chocolate chip cookies to bring to my son's matches tonight. I didn't even lick my fingers :)

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                                                                                      jujuthomas Jan 11, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                      because we have plans with friends for dinner either tonight or tomorrow, and I don't yet know where we're going, I had a big healthy salad for lunch today, with chicken rice soup. I even brought my own light dressing from home. :)

                                                                                      1. roxlet Jan 11, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                        OK, here is something that really surprised me -- I had a can of Genova tuna in olive oil, and I decided to to add it to the rest of the ratatouille (boy, did I go through that fast). I drained it, and figured that out of the 8 grams of fat the can specified, I'd count 5. I put all the values into the calculator, and the whole can of tuna (Net wt. 7 oz) turned out to be only 2 points! How is that even possible?? I'm counting my lunch as 5 points with any of the remaining olive oil I might have eaten with the ratatouille. It was a very satisfying lunch!

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                                                                                          mariacarmen Jan 11, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                          fish is amazingly low in points! but that is surprising. a happy surprise. love genoa tuna.

                                                                                        2. roxlet Jan 12, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                          Dinner last night was ramen noodles with shrimp and mushrooms. Not a lot of points, but very satisfying on a cold, rainy night!

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                                                                                            jujuthomas Jan 13, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                            slow cooking some black eyed peas today! can't wait, they smell good!

                                                                                            1. roxlet Jan 13, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                              Tonight's dinner is somewhat more WW friendly since the main course is roast turkey. Of course, there is stuffing and mashed potatoes to deal with, to say nothing about turkey. What's worse, is that two of my guests have birthdays, so I have a cake and a pumpkin pie cooling on the counter, and will probably make a ganache for the icing.

                                                                                              Today was tough! I was hungry all day, even though I seemed to be eating enough. I have 17 points left for dinner, so I went through quite a few today. For breakfast, I did a low-calorie English Muffin with turkey bacon and an egg. Late morning, I had a Fage 0% with raspberries and a sprinkling of Grape Nuts to add some crunch. Lunch was smoked salmon on Eli's Bread (two slices is 3 points) and an apple. Later I had tuna with tomatoes and some balsamic vinegar. It seems like I ate a lot, but somehow I am still hungry! I'm trying to console myself with the idea that being hungry means I'm losing weight! It's been a tough day!

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                                                                                                LizGW Jan 13, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                I lost over 70 pounds in the past 14 months. Everyday was and still is a challenge (I made lifetime a few months ago).

                                                                                                What I found is eating plenty of protein and lots of fruits and veggies help. Exercise also helps.

                                                                                                Roxlet, some days you will just be hungrier than others. You seem to be eating well!(and deliciously).

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                                                                                                Elyssa Jan 13, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                Back on the wagon! T-9 months until my wedding so I need to get serious about a healthy eating and exercise plan (the exercise has always been the most difficult for me...but I really am trying to make time for it).

                                                                                                Made an awesome dinner the other night. Ellie Kriger's Sloppy Joe's. With the bun they are only 7 points. The recipe seriously reduces the amount of meat and adds beans and bell peppers. It's delicious.

                                                                                                I served it with zucchini chips---a very simple recipe. Dip zucchini rounds into olive oil and then in a bread crumb and Parmesan cheese mixture. Bake in a 425 oven for 25-30 minutes.

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                                                                                                  juliejulez Jan 13, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                  I've made those zucchini chips, they really are good! I really like Ellie Krieger's recipes. I make her turkey meatballs often.

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                                                                                                    Elyssa Jan 14, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                    I have her comfort food cookbook and it's great. Plus I had a question about replacing a certain ingredient and she answered my question on Twitter!!!

                                                                                                    Have you tried any of her other recipes?

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                                                                                                      juliejulez Jan 14, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                      I got my mom "Food You Want to Eat" and I lived w/ them for awhile so we made a few things from it, all of which were very good. My stepdad is not a salad/veggie person so we didn't do any of those, but we did make the turkey meatballs (I've made them 4-5 times including a mini version for a baby shower, they are the best turkey meatballs I've had, here's the online recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/turkey-meatballs-with-quick-and-spicy-tomato-sauce-and-whole-wheat-spaghetti-recipe/index.html), chicken with mango bbq sauce, maple mustard chicken thighs, and the fish tacos with chipotle cream. The zucchini parmesan crisps are also from this book, but I originally found the recipe online... the food network site has a pretty good selection of her recipes. Here's the recipe, and my notes for it say to "add more pepper next time": http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/el...

                                                                                                      I also think she said she made the beef tenderloin with rosemary and chocolate and really liked it.

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                                                                                                        Elyssa Jan 14, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                        I think this is the same cookbook I have because I recognize some of the recipes. The chicken with mango bbq is on my short list because there is a food truck in DC that has a mango bbq dipping sauce which I'm obsessed with.

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                                                                                                      Elyssa Jan 14, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                      Yes they get very crispy. You have to watch them--mine burned a little on the bottom but it actually added a nice charred taste which I didn't mind. Super satisfying and delicious. I think it was 3 points for 1/2 a cup. I also served it with a few pickles and felt very satisfied.

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                                                                                                        Elyssa Jan 14, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                        Thank you!

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                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jan 13, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                        those zuke chips sound awesome - do they get very crispy? and how many points are they, do you know?

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                                                                                                        Elyssa Jan 13, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                                                        I'm interested in starting to make some sort of smoothie---I have a few issues on this front though. The first big one is I don't eat bananas.....I despise bananas so even if they are hidden in the smoothie I can't drink it. And it seems like every smoothie recipe has bananas in it.

                                                                                                        I'm kind of picky about fruit in general---but I do like citrus (oranges, grapefruits etc). I like mangos, pineapple, raspberries. I'm interested in trying a green shake if they taste good.

                                                                                                        Anyway, anyone have any good low point smoothie recipes??

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                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jan 13, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                          Hi Elyssa - i'm not a smoothie person but here's a link to a few of them, with their point plus values: http://www.laaloosh.com/ct/health-and...

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                                                                                                            modthyrth Jan 15, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                            I haven't done WW for several years, so you'll have to figure out the points, but I, like you, can't stand bananas, and can always taste them in smoothies. I don't have any recipes, but have some basic guidelines I use when throwing them together for myself.

                                                                                                            Cold brew coffee/unsweetened almond milk/ice cubes/protein powder/splash of Monin brand sugar free syrup

                                                                                                            Frozen berries/protein powder/low cal fruit juice (I don't find the flavor fruity enough without the juice). I sometimes throw in some frozen kale or spinach (I toss it in the freezer if it looks like I'm not going to use it in time fresh). You really can't taste it.

                                                                                                            Cocoa powder/almond milk/protein powder/ice/PB2 (powdered low cal awesome peanut butter product)/splenda to taste. Makes you think you've died and gone to Dairy Queen.

                                                                                                            If you haven't tried almond milk yet, definitely do. It has a creamy richness to it that is just amazing. And the unsweetened variety is only 35 calories a cup!

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                                                                                                              Elyssa Jan 15, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                              Thanks! I can't wait to try some of these out.

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                                                                                                                jmcarthur8 Jan 15, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                I love almond milk, and these sound delicious - especially the cocoa & PB2 smoothie . I bought some PB2 a few weeks ago and didn't know what to do with it. Thanks!

                                                                                                            2. GretchenS Jan 14, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                              I made an awesome raw kale salad from the kale thread with a buttermilk dressing (used 1/2% buttermilk and no reason why you couldn't use lite mayo although I didn't) and pickled veggies. Thought I would post that here because (a) it was yummy, (b) it's good for a few days in the fridge and can be bulked out with romaine which I did one night, and (c) the pickled veggies were FABULOUS and a great thing to have around when the snack bug bites. I think kale is best cut into ribbons for raw kale salad rather than larger pieces. Oh, and I did not use anything like all the dressing and "ranched up" some of the leftover with dill and garlic for a lettuce salad. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8849...

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                                                                                                                mariacarmen Jan 14, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                that sounds great GS - saved it!

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                                                                                                                dkennedy Jan 14, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                Just read through all the great ideas. Back on the wagon, put on 5 during my recent vacation. I've never read through any of the WW threads, so I am looking forward to devouring them starting tomorrow. Will be back with my favorite point friendly suggestions soon.

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                                                                                                                  jujuthomas Jan 14, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                  welcome!

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                                                                                                                    dkennedy Jan 14, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                    Thank you.

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                                                                                                                  docfood Jan 14, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                  Another week, one more lb down. 32 since September.

                                                                                                                  I made a great soup this evening with beef chunks, carrots, celery, chicken stock, jalapenos, and stirred in a bit of leftover quinoa. Plentiful, 3 bowls full equaled 6 points. I love to have a filling meal full of veggies in the evening. I am internally warmed even though the weather in MN is now about 2 above zero.

                                                                                                                  Stay warm.

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                                                                                                                    roxlet Jan 15, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                    Wow! Congratulations. That's terrific!

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                                                                                                                      pine time Jan 15, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                      Just curious: why chicken stock for a beef dish?

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                                                                                                                        docfood Jan 15, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                        Its what I had in the pantry. That is the only reason.

                                                                                                                    2. juliejulez Jan 14, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                      I made these pork skewers tonight... I don't have the points value but I worked it out to 380 calories for 5oz of meat... which is probably on the high end. I usually just cut marinade ingredients in half when figuring out the nutrition but the meat definitely didn't soak up half of the marinade. Anyway, these had great flavor and cooked up real quick... I used the Foreman Grill. I cubed up the meat and mixed up the marinade last night, and combined them this morning before I left for work.

                                                                                                                      http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/09/chile-mustard-pork-kabobs.html

                                                                                                                      Had w/ a stir fry of snap peas, carrots, and a light sauce of soy sauce and a bit of sriracha... sort of a play on this: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/02/...

                                                                                                                      Oh and some rice (half cup cooked), but it would have been totally filling without it.

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                                                                                                                        roxlet Jan 15, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                        That looks really good. I'll bet you could make this with boneless chicken breasts, which is what I usually have on hand in the freezer.

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                                                                                                                          juliejulez Jan 15, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                          Oh yes, I meant to mention that I think it would be very good with chicken too. I usually have that on hand versus the pork, just this time I had 2 chops hanging out in the freezer :)

                                                                                                                      2. roxlet Jan 15, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                        Last night's dinner was grilled tri-tip on a lemony arugula salad. It was very good, and I figured about 15 points for the whole dinner.

                                                                                                                        Yesterday was another tough day. I was hungry the whole day, and I also realized what a bad choice cheese is. I started the day with a 1 egg+egg whites cheese omelet. Those 3 points for the cheese did not help to fill me up, and I would have been better off sautéing some mushrooms am making a frittata. For lunch, I had a can of Progresso Chickarina soup, which was 7 points. I sprinkled some parmesan on it, and while the wedge was out, I carved off a couple of pieces. Whoops! There went 3 points with no loss of hunger pay off. It just seems like the points add up to quickly when you add in cheese.

                                                                                                                        This morning I will make a frittata with some spicy ratatouille I made yesterday. I really should go to Costco and pick up some more tuna, since we are all out. I find the Costco tuna in water to be the best that's out there, and they also sell multi-packs of Genova tuna for a bigger taste.

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                                                                                                                          rabaja Jan 15, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                          When I want cheese on something I usually will use baby bell light balls. Not the soft ones that come in a cardboard round, but the ones wrapped in wax that are sold in white mesh.
                                                                                                                          Each ball is one point, it melts nicely and to me the taste is fine for melting in a frittata, on a quesadilla or sliced with crudités.

                                                                                                                          WF sells sliced mozzarella that is two points per slice, much better point wise than some of the other cheeses, and again it melts well.

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                                                                                                                            roxlet Jan 15, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                            Yes, you're right! I forgot about those, which I used to always have in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                            docfood Jan 15, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                            Cheese will kill you on points. I need to always think of it as beef fat or congealed cream, tasty but dense and deadly.

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                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jan 16, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                              roxlet, i'm sure you know this, but the points always add up - but they always did. the point is, you are shaving off so many points now from what you used to eat (i know i am) that if you are a little over here and there, i wouldn't sweat it. the way i look at it, it has to be for the long term, and if i have to worry about every flake of parm, i'll never make it.

                                                                                                                              here's a little trick i used to do for myself - before every dinner, i'd steam myself a crown of broccoli and eat it all up before i even touched my food. i would get home hungry, gobble that up (just a litte s&p and a drizzle of evoo) and then calmly be able to eat my dinner and be satisfied. never counted it (even tho there was that bit of olive oil. i lost 24 lbs. doing this (well, not just that, but you know what i mean.) you'll find your own tricks that make you feel satisfied and don't leave you feeling like you're counting every scant teaspoon.

                                                                                                                            2. mariacarmen Jan 16, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                              what with being sick the last 2 weeks and a fire in our apartment bldg., leaving me to stay at my dad's for a few days, and the still-lingering hip injury that hasn't allowed me to go back to the gym, i've not been measuring/weighing everything, and cooking very little, but i've been maintaining a relatively sane point tally all the same. can't wait to get back to "normal" - whatever that is! reading what you guys are all doing is very encouraging.

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                                                                                                                                jujuthomas Jan 17, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                I'm going to TRY not to go completely nuts this weekend - leaving for OC, MD today for a retreat. I'm the organizer, so it's been a nutso last couple weeks. I've made a chocolate ww diet coke cake, but I know there will be tons of other tempting treats... I'm also ordering veggie and fruit trays for nibbles. I'm going to try to stick to the healthy stuff!!! :-D

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                                                                                                                                  pine time Jan 19, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                  Can you share your diet Coke chocolate cake recipe? BTW, if you want it, I have a killer WW Chocolate Amaretto cheesecake recipe. Would those go here or on the Home Cooking board?

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                                                                                                                                    jujuthomas Jan 21, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                    I usually post within the WW threads, just to make things simpler.
                                                                                                                                    a diet coke cake is:
                                                                                                                                    1 cake mix and 1 can diet soda mixed together. I add about 1/2 a bag of Nestle's mint/dark chocolate chips. Bake according to package directions.
                                                                                                                                    If you google "diet coke cake" you can find lists of possible combinations. I like lemon cake and diet sprite also.

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                                                                                                                                      pine time Jan 21, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                      Thanks! Was kinda hoping it was a diet version of the Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Cake! :)

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                                                                                                                                        jujuthomas Jan 22, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                        I'm not familiar with the cracker barrel cake... probably for the best, right? :-D

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                                                                                                                                          pine time Jan 23, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                          Yup, count your lucky stars (or points). :)

                                                                                                                                2. roxlet Jan 18, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                  I am completely solo for dinner tonight -- the house guests are out, and my husband and son are on a plane to San Francisco for a squash tournament, so it's just me and the doodle, and I did not feel like cooking. I ordered the steamed giant prawns and broccoli from my local Chinese take out joint, and it came with a very tasty garlic/soy dipping sauce. The sauce had no oil, but looked like it had been thickened with some corn starch. It was really pretty good, but even better when I spiked it with a really hefty squirt of Sriracha. I'd do it again, for sure. I'm hoping I'm not hungry again in a couple of hours! :)

                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen Jan 18, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                    i just rediscovered sunchokes - they are ZERO POINTS. i tossed them in a little olive oil and salt, with a couple of cut garlic cloves, and roasted them at 420 degrees for 20 minutes. fantastic - so artichokey, yet potatoey, yet no carbs! i am going to keep buying these until the season's over.

                                                                                                                                    besides that, tho, today was not a super great WW day, as i'm sick and decided to feed myself whatever. back on the horse tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                      rabaja Jan 18, 2013 11:49 PM

                                                                                                                                      I love sun chokes too, mc. But beware, they have certain cleansing properties. You may want to watch how many you eat at one sitting just to see how your system reacts.

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                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jan 19, 2013 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                                        THAT'S what that was! thank god for Ch-ers to help explain what's going on in me. hahaha, still want to eat more... a little cleansing can be good, no? wow, tho, the BF did not have the same reaction and i gave him most of them....

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                                                                                                                                        Berheenia Jan 19, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                        What is a sunchoke and do they sell them in New England? Anyone know?

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                                                                                                                                          dkennedy Jan 19, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                          A sunchoke (aka Jerusalem artichoke) is a root veggie that grows in warm places like Israel and California. It resembles a gingeroot, but the skin on the choke is edible. It can be shaved into thin slices and eaten raw or roasted/steamed and eaten in soups, stir fries, etc. They are very easy to grow too.

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                                                                                                                                            Berheenia Jan 19, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                            Aha! I have heard of Jerusalem artichokes but have never eaten one. I'll look for them at the speciality veggie place.

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                                                                                                                                          pine time Jan 19, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                          Don't know why your sunchockes reminded me of parsnips, but...today our leader said parsnips are now 0 points. Yippee!

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                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jan 19, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                            they do look turnip-y, and yeah, it's so great that they are also O pts. what i love about the sunchokes is that really strong artichoke heart flavor....

                                                                                                                                        3. Berheenia Jan 19, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                                          I made these polenta rounds for an app without the cream cheese and water part (I used a squirt of tomato paste) and much less garlic. Very happy with the results.

                                                                                                                                          http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rc...

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                                                                                                                                            roxlet Jan 19, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                            Those look lovely.

                                                                                                                                          2. Jetgirly Jan 19, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            On my menu this week:

                                                                                                                                            http://www.theppk.com/2013/01/chickpea-rice-soup-with-a-little-kale/ with wild rice, spinach instead of kale and pureed silken tofu in place of the cashew cream.

                                                                                                                                            http://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/13/our-... on a bed of salad greens topped with cilantro pesto and red onions. On Thursday my detox will be over and I'll also top with some roasted red peppers, tomato slices and crumbled sheep feta. (I will adapt the recipe by using a real egg, Braggs instead of tamari and gluten-free breadcrumbs that I'll make from g/f bread.)

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                                                                                                                                              Elyssa Jan 19, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              Ok....I joined a big fancy schmancy expensive gym. I'm hoping this is the missing piece to the puzzle. I've been eating really well off and on for the past few months---back 100% on the bandwagon now. And while I've seen some results---I would like to see more. I think its the exercise thing that has been missing from my WW plan. Now that my school schedule has eased up a bit (and I have my wedding breathing down my neck) I'm hoping I can truly commit. And of course there is the added guilt of how expensive this damn gym is that if I don't go I'll feel like I'm just burning dollar bills.

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                                                                                                                                                dkennedy Jan 19, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                Never feel guilty for taking care of yourself! I used to feel the same way you do - I couldn't rationalize or even come up with money every month to spend on a yoga or pilates membership. But as you age you realize that if you are not spending it on the gym, you will be spending it on the Doctor! So now I spend it, happily, and am so grateful for how much better I feel.

                                                                                                                                                It has been three years since I started exercising again. I'd taken a long, long break after having kids and when I went back I was only able to get through 1/2 a short yoga class before stopping. I bought every kind of prop out there to support my hands, etc. My husband even bought me a book for modifying yoga after 50 (I am not 50, btw). After 1 year of yoga I sought out pilates. After 1 more year of doing pilates I can now honestly say am in best shape of my adult life. I now work out at least 4 days a week, incorporating pilates reformer classes, yoga, zumba and spin. And with doing all that, WW Activelink still classifies me as a beginner.

                                                                                                                                                So, no matter where you are starting from, start. Moving is moving. The more you go the more you will want to go. And as they say, being skinny tastes delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 19, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                  wow, that is really an inspirational story, dkennedy. totally agree, and yes, elyssa - exercise is key. i started running 5 years ago along with starting to eat better/less, and then turning to WW. i lost 24 lbs., and kept most of it off for a good 3 years. these last two have been rough (mom died, and then in the last 11 months i've had two foot/leg injuries. i am itching to get back on the exercise wagon, because it really, really helps - in every way.

                                                                                                                                                  thanks for posting this, dk, really great points - moving is moving is right.

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                                                                                                                                                    Elyssa Jan 20, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the pep talk. I'm thinking about checking out pilates. I've tried yoga few times and I didn't love it. I do really like Zumba though and I'm glad this gym has Zumba almost every day. I'm hoping they might add a few more dance-style classes, since that's what I prefer. They do have a very fun looking Indian-style dance class---unfortunately it is at 2pm on Saturdays, which might be a tough time, but I'll make the effort.

                                                                                                                                                    Woke up early today and did a 30 minutes workout on the elliptical. Just glad I got up and did it!

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                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Jan 20, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                      The Indian dance class sounds so fun. Let us know how it goes.

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                                                                                                                                                        Solstice444 Jan 20, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                        It's definitely all about finding what works for you, as I'm learning. I'm just not a gym person; I will probably never be motivated to regularly go and run on the treadmill. I've gone maybe twice in the past year. I am a member at Planet Fitness which doesn't have classes, and classes will motivate me. I just started yoga classes. I'm not in love with it, but I like it and I hope to go a couple of times each month. I didn't realize how much strength was required! I also went to a Zumba class and will go back at some point. I love hiking so I'm trying to hike more as well. I've never really exercised regularly but I need to start and it's been making me feel good over the past couple of weeks to go to these classes or out on a hike.

                                                                                                                                                        I've gained 4-5 lbs over the past 2 months and I need to work on losing it again.

                                                                                                                                                  2. roxlet Jan 20, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Tonight's dinner is the perfect WW dinner for me. Yesterday I made some spice rubbed chicken breasts in the cast iron skillet, and today I cut a little under 6 ounces of one into chunks, and added it into a pan of black beans cooked with cilantro, onion, garlic, and diced jalapenos. It's sort of a Chipotle Burrito bowl without the rice and guacamole. It's really tasty and I'm loving how low the points are for beans.

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                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas Jan 21, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm back from a nuts-o weekend of eating. No excuses, it's over and done. my guts are not pleased with all the junk I ate, all I want for dinner is a bowl of rice and some veggies.

                                                                                                                                                      I did have some O.M.G. to die for crabcakes - almost all crab - we were in OC, MD after all. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                        adrienne156 Jan 21, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Mariacarmen, thank you for posting a new thread. I've been lurking on the CH WW threads since I joined WW back in September and after finding some pretty great recipes on Pinterest lately, thought I'd share.

                                                                                                                                                        Back story: For the first few months, during the week I pretty much exclusively ate overnight oatmeal in the am or the Yummy Life McMuffins, WW soup and a bagel thin w/ laughing cow for lunch, and a baked potatoe w/ steamed broccoli/WW cheese/a small amount of ground turkey/spicy salsa for dinner. Or, SkinnyTaste's tuna noodles casserole which I found out about here. Snacks were wasabi peas, a few almonds, fruit, crunchy veggies, or Triscuits (the newish black pepper flavor is SO good). It was boring, but I was never hungry, I got to be bad with my extra points on the weekends, and the weight loss was a steady 1-2 lbs. a week. I also set my weigh-in for Monday which helped me not totally lose it on the weekends.

                                                                                                                                                        Nowadays, I cannot even look at that soup. Lunches have been sushi, giant bowls of spinach w/ miso dressing (I was shocked at how high the points are for miso dressing, but I love the stuff so if that's where all the points are - oh well), or mixed veggie "stir-fries." My greatest recent find is this: http://www.eatliverun.com/spicy-lentils-with-sweet-potatoes-and-kale/ I used 1 tbsp. of olive oil, tuscan kale, Trader Joe's refrigerated lentils, knocked out a cup of broth, and reduced the cooking time by 15 min. 1/5 of this is 6 pts+. Really good stuff.

                                                                                                                                                        Another thing I struggle with is breakfast. I'm a grab-and-go person and this recipe has been great: http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/09/12/baked-oatmeal-with-fruit/ I switched the melted butter for Brummel & Brown yogurt spread, the blueberries for mixed fruit, and 1% milk. 1/6 of the recipe (a decent size, too) is 6 pts+. I heat it up when I get to work and if at home, this plus a small scoop of banana "ice cream" (http://www.tastespotting.com/features...) is almost sinful.

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                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jan 21, 2013 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          wow adrienne - you've got some great tips here! and yes, i think that happens to a lot of us - you get started eating something that really works but eventually you get sick of it. i can't say i'm sick of broccoli but i am not doing my small crown of steamed brocc before each dinner like i used to. sushi is a great WW meal - so little points, always feels decadent.

                                                                                                                                                          that lentil dish sounds great - i love using those TJ lentils. AND thanks for chiming in about the black pepper Triscuits! i'll check those out. Welcome!

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                                                                                                                                                            pine time Jan 23, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                            There's also a new (to me anyway) Triscuit Crispy Thins, triangular shaped, and 15 are only 3 points+. Original flavor, plus others that I haven't tried. Good with some Laughing Cow cheese smeared on top.

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                                                                                                                                                              adrienne156 Jan 23, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! Heads up about the Triscuits - they are really salty. 6 crackers is 3P+.

                                                                                                                                                              Made this "Skinny Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet" by Iowa Girl Eats tonight: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/12/05/sk.... Used 18 oz. of chicken, added 4 c. broccoli, doubled the sauce and pasta to feed SO and have leftovers. I've never used Lawry's quick marinades before, but thought the chicken was worth making again. The sauce made me miss real vodka sauce, but the texture was good. 10 P+.

                                                                                                                                                              Breakfast has been the WW Pumpkin muffins. Betty Crocker yellow cake mix (BC works best), can of pumpkin, 1/4 c. toasted walnuts, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1 c. water. 1 muffin (1/14 of recipe) is 5 P+.

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                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez Jan 23, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I love using greek yogurt in the place of cream or whatever to make a red sauce into a cream sauce :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  eLizard Jan 24, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  those pumpkin muffins can be made with 1 cup pumpkin, 1 cup water, and just plain old spice cake mix.....

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                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Jan 24, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know of a recipe for muffins that are NOT made with a mix and have WW points+?

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                                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas Jan 24, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      there are several from scratch muffin recipes on SkinnyTaste. I've made her banana peanut butter muffins as well as a chocolate muffin. both were very good. I think the banana PB ones had a dollop of PB in the center of each muffin.

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                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Jan 24, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm going to look there, thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                        rstuart Jan 24, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Roxlet.. these recipes from Eating Well don't have points, but are filling and fairly healthy.. they do have calorie counts
                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/banana_bran_muffins.html
                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/spiced_apple_cider_muffins.html
                                                                                                                                                                        Also like this Ellie Krieger recipe:
                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/go...
                                                                                                                                                                        her recipes are pretty good and healthy.. worth checking out her cookbooks!

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                                                                                                                                                                        adrienne156 Jan 24, 2013 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I have read that before, I just always seem to have yellow cake mix on hand. :) And I know, I know - cake mix, eww. The big draw with these muffins for me really is the ease.

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                                                                                                                                                                          jujuthomas Jan 25, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          cake mixes definitely have their place! I wish I had time and energy to make from-scratch cakes but usually I need something NOW after a long day of work. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                          I love the spice cake mix pumpkin muffins, even tho they are fall-apart delicate. they are tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                2. roxlet Jan 21, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I picked up some ground turkey yesterday, and was searching for a way to make it interesting. I found a recipe in Eat This Now, Melissa Clarke's book, that fit the bill. It's a Thai inspired dish that I would make again with some alterations. First you chop up some garlic, ginger, scallion and jalapenos. Next, you mix some fish sauce with soy sauce, lime juice and finely grated rind. You saute the chopped aromatics in a little peanut oil, and add in the turkey, cooking until it is no longer pink. Throw in the sauce mixture, let the flavors come together, and serve with rice. My complaints were twofold: it should have been a bit saucier, and it should have been a bit spicier, so I would definitely make it again and make those adjustments. It's a good one to add to the repertory, but I have no idea how 1 pound could serve 4 people-- even 4 people on WW!

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                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jan 21, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I always end up modifying the serving sizes on "healthy" recipes. I use the recipe builder on sparkrecipes.com (part of the site I use, sparkpeople.com) to redo all the nutrition values. I think they make them so small that people will be attracted to the calorie/points amounts without noticing that they are getting basically a snack! I know for me, I need AT LEAST 5oz of protein for it to be remotely satisfying, more if it's something like ground turkey. Plus I think if I put a plate with 4oz or less of meat on it in front of my SO, he would get up and go order a pizza LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Jan 21, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Plus I have a teenaged son who's an athlete. I think he would like this dish (he and my husband are out of town at a tournament so I ate this by myself), but he would be foraging before the last forkful was in his mouth!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Solstice444 Jan 22, 2013 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds good - I love Thai inspired dishes and stir fries! I also like Skinnytaste's turkey meatloaf, if you're looking for different uses of ground turkey.The serving size is really big for few points. It's a bit bland but if you top it with a little bbq sauce or ketchup, it's great.

                                                                                                                                                                      I agree about serving sizes - often times I would eat double the serving size for a recipe. If it was 6 points per serving size, well, 12 for dinner is fine with me!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Solstice444 Jan 22, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I usually just slice up zucchini into rounds and saute it with garlic powder and onion powder - it's become my favorite veggie to cook. I will have to try this to add a bit more flavor!

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                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Jan 22, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Try it with some fresh, finely chopped garlic. The taste difference is large for the little extra time it takes.

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                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jan 22, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            i also love zucchini and mint. delish.

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                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Jan 24, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Roxlet, to you like laab/larb? It makes for a nice, low-cal main dish if made with lean ground chicken or turkey. I've used these recipes as a guide and was pleased with the results (think I cut down on the amount of roasted rice called for in #1):

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.thaifoodtonight.com/thaifoodtonight/recipes-YOUTUBESpicyGroundBeef.htm

                                                                                                                                                                          http://importfood.com/recipes/spicych...

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                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet Jan 24, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I love larb! Checking it out!

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                                                                                                                                                                              FlyerFan Jan 24, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Here's another great larb recipe I've made often.

                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                                                                                                                        3. juliejulez Jan 22, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Just thought I'd share an easy side dish veggie "recipe" from here on Chow. I made it last night but I've made it a half dozen times or so before last night. It's so easy, after you make it a time or two you don't need the recipe http://www.chow.com/recipes/29698-sau... I make it often, usually cutting it in half since there's only 2 of us. I can't wait to try it once zucchini is actually in season.

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                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet Jan 22, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Easy and delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Jan 22, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Very much so. I forgot to add that I worked out each serving to be 90 calories, assuming I use 2 zucchinis. Not sure on points but I'm sure it's not much since I think the only thing there that would have points is the olive oil, and the cheese if you opt to top with that... I sometimes skip it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jan 22, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              that looks delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Have you ever used julienned zucchini as a sub for pasta? I started doing it last year and it came out really well. ou just barely steam it or duk in boiling water for less time than a shock. So good and burns right through the zucchini pile mid summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 26, 2013 09:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  yes, i've done that, it's great!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. mariacarmen Jan 22, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                i had some good news this a.m. - went to a dr. appt. for this dratted cold, and found i had not gained any weight since my last time there - May of 2012. made me happy, since i have not been that good, and working out has been spotty at best. so, if i can keep off weight gain that long with minimal effort, think how easy it will be to lose? hahahah famous last words....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Jan 22, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Congratulations! That is good news, and something to be proud of. Good luck going forward. Excelsior!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Jan 22, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Grazie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Elyssa Jan 23, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Congrats (and feel better!)!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Elyssa Jan 23, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Want to know what really bugs me!? How many points avocado is! I love avocado and know it is a healthy fat, which can be a good snack or a filling addition to a salad. But I find myself having to cut back because 1/2 of an avocado is 5 points!! Seems like a lot considering how healthy it is. If you eat an entire medium sized avocado it is 10 points---that is basically the same as a slice of cake with icing.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I feel like there should be difference between the two. I know that there are other annoying high point foods that really are healthy, but this is the big one I've come across and it makes me sad haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jan 23, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        it IS very sad. sometimes, tho, i find a quarter of an avo on a sandwich is all i need, and you know what? sometimes i don't even count it! so there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeserf Jan 25, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          ugh I agree. t's super annoying - I'd rather have a cupcake than an avocado, but the avocado is healthy!

                                                                                                                                                                                          When I use it, I try to smush it up so it goes further...or COVER it in lime and salt so I can really taste the flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                          That said, I also like the 100 calorie packs of Wholly Guacamole when I make tex-mex at home. It's instant portion control and is actually pretty good for non-homemade guac

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. roxlet Jan 22, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        For lunch today, I had a bowl of pasta fagioli that was simple to make. I sauteed a little chopped garlic with some red pepper flakes, threw in a can of beans, some chopped tomatoes, and boiled up some whole wheat pasta. Added that, salt to taste, and shared it with one of my house guests. About 7 points and very satisfying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          pine time Jan 23, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Can you recommend a whole wheat pasta? I've tried a few, and maybe I'm not cooking it correctly, 'cause it was either mushy or just an odd texture. Ideas?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Jan 23, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I just buy plain ol' Barilla most of the time and I like it pretty well. I used to buy the Trader Joe's brand that comes in the bag, and I really liked that, but alas, I do not have a Trader Joe's anywhere in my state now... they're building two though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet Jan 23, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to say that I've yet to find a whole wheat pasta that I'm 100% happy with. I used BioNature, an Italian "organic" brand that someone recommended to me, and it was just meh. I have some Barilla in the house, as jj recommends, but that's just ok for me too. I think Dreamfields might be the way to go. I haven't run the numbers on it, but since it's low carb, it might be the same as ww.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Solstice444 Jan 23, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've used whole wheat Barilla and I'm not crazy about it, the texture of most whole wheat pasta is going to be a bit chewier, I think, than regular pasta. But it's not bad. However, I've used Barilla Plus and Ronzoni Smart Taste and I like both of those. Not whole wheat, but high fiber. I think they are maybe 1 PP less per serving than regular pasta but don't quote me on that because I've been off plan since last July.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  jujuthomas Jan 23, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also use the Ronzoni Smart Taste. more fiber than regular, but so much tastier than whole wheat pasta. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ronzoni makes probably the most disgusting wheat pasta. I think it is called harvest grains or something like that. The box that it comes in including the glue - is probably tastier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    DeBoles makes an angel hair with wheat and all sorts of other healthy goodies in it that is pretty passable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas Jan 27, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      yeah, i think we tried the harvest grains, and it was gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jan 23, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've found it helps to cook whole wheat pasta a bit longer, maybe a minute or two, than the instructions say... helps it be less chewy, but not mushy.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Klary Jan 23, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi all! Have been following these threads for a while. Am not on WW or any other plan, but there is definitely a little too much of me lately, and I am going to be more serious about using my trusted method to become slimmer and healthier - eat less, drink less, no snacking. Portion control, cooking without too much butter or cream or fatty cheeses, eating lots of vegetables, and excercise more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The first major step was yesterday - I had brought a box of fabulous macarons back from my trip to Paris. My husband ate two, and I had the tiniest bite - like an 8th of a macaron, really - of each, just to taste. And it really was enough, to just have the exquisite taste, I did not even feel deprived. Which confirms my theory that if you eat something really really good, you need less of it to be satisfied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway, will follow this thread and hope to be inspired!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 23, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  i sooooo find that true - a little of something great does go a long way, and makes you feel like you indulged but doesn't make you feel like a loser for giving in. welcome, Klary! (and i'm very jealous of your recent trip to Paris....)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Elyssa Jan 23, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The avocado can be as much as the turkey on a sandwich sometimes. Less than a slice of bacon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Elyssa Jan 23, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The avocado can be as much as the turkey on a sandwich sometimes. A slice of bacon is less!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also I've been struggling with storing the leftover avocado. It turns brown and gross and then I don't want to eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jan 23, 2013 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        a quarter of an avocado is 2 points and i still think that can be more than enough on a sandwich. 2 slices of bacon is 3 points. a teaspoon of mayo, a couple slices of toast.... 9 points for a BLAT. maybe not for everyday, but for a splurge? why not!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        but you're right about storing the avo. luckily i have the bottomless pit BF.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Klary Jan 24, 2013 12:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I use half an avocado I leave the pit in the half I'm not eating, and wrap the whole thing (well, half thing) tightly in aluminium foil and store in the fridge. It's perfectly fine the next day. Sometimes the cut surface has browned a little, but if you scrape that off the rest is okay!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elyssa Jan 24, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's probably what I've been doing wrong: taking out the pit. Thanks for the trick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeserf Jan 25, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              leave the pit in and you can also squeeze lime/lemon juice on the exposed part to help with oxidation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I commend your iron will! I usually have to hide the goody from myself or make my husband hide it and then I go around threatening him if he refuses to divulge the hiding place. Poor fella.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      pine time Jan 23, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I finally harvest my Meyer lemons last weekend, so I made the WW recipe Lemon Bars (from an old Weekly, maybe last year). Very good, especially since I grated in quite a bit more lemon zest than called for. I have to be so careful, however, of portion sizes--I'm definitely a volume eater, so when I see a recipe calling for an 8x8 pan that yields 16 servings, I laugh crazily and find another recipe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Jan 23, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oooh. Could you paraphrase that recipe? I bought some Meyer lemons this week, and a ww recipe is more than I could hope for! How many points is it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          pine time Jan 23, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sure, roxlet--enjoy!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          paraphrased from WW Weekly

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lemon Bars

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 1/3 c all purpose flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                          5 Tbl packed brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                          8 Tbl cold butter, in 1/2" pieces
                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 large eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 tsp vanilla
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 1/2 c powdered sugar, div.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3/4 c fresh lemon juice, about 3 lemons. (see my note, below)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 tsp lemon zest (I use at least another tsp)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oven to 350
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crust: In food processor,mix flour & brown sugar. Toss butter in & pulse till butter is pea-sized.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sprinkle crust on ungreased 13x9" pan. Press to pack (may not thickly cover the pan--do your best!).
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Put crust in middle of oven, about 20" until light golden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Filling:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          beat eggs until blended; add vanilla and 3/4 c of powdered sugar, mix. Add lemon juice & rest of powdered sugar (save a few Tbl for on decorating after baked), until sugar is dissolved. Add zest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Remove crust from oven, reduce oven to 300; quickly pour lemon mix over hot crust. Bake about 30" till firm. Cool. Sprinkle w/ powdered sugar. Cut into 24 bars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 p+ per bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since I use Meyer lemons, turns out not quite as tart as regular lemons, which I like. Could sub regular lemon for part of the Meyers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            pine time Jan 25, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meant to edit the above to add a note: recipe says 13x9" pan, which I say is too darn big. I often use a 8x11 pan for thicker bars (still the same baking time).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. juliejulez Jan 23, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm making this from Skinnytaste tonight. I'll let you all know how it turns out. I'm actually making it for a cooking challenge through my weight loss site, Sparkpeople, so I'll have some pictures too (although I doubt mine will look as pretty as it does on the site). http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/11/pa... I'll be making it as 4 servings instead of 5, since I have 8oz of cellentani pasta to use up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez Jan 23, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This turned out really tasty... pictures included!

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jan 23, 2013 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            that looks and sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. roxlet Jan 24, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night's dinner was easy and fast. No one wanted to cook, and although I had plans to make a variety of soups, I wound up not having the ingredients for everything I wanted to make. What I did have the ingredients for was shrimp fajitas made with black beans, corn, and weight watchers tortilla wraps. It was good, satisfying, and very low points.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Jan 24, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds tasty! Shrimp, as long as it's not fried or done in butter, is super low calorie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elyssa Jan 24, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight I made a delicious dinner---mostly because of this INCREDIBLE cauliflower puree from Skinnytast. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/03/cr...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seriously, this recipe is delicious and only 2 points for 3/4 cup. It's also very easy to make (I used a regular blender btw even though the recipe calls for a hand blender).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I served it with 4 ounces roasted salmon (sprinkled with paprika, salt, pepper, and dried oregano) on a bed of sauteed garlic spinach and oven roasted brussel sprouts and broccoli (which I make almost every night). It was a very filling dinner (I fill about 1/2 the plate with the vegetables) and looked elegant because of the puree.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jan 24, 2013 11:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              that does sound great, especially with all that garlic. i've made cauli puree but only added milk and parm (which is pretty good too.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elyssa Jan 25, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes the garlic made the dish. And it's just so darn easy. I boiled everything for about 12 minutes and then you just toss it in the blender with the milk, salt, and pepper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                jujuthomas Jan 25, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                hmm... wonder if DH would eat that. he has an aversion to cauliflower, but in our house garlic rules. I'll have to run it past him and see.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elyssa Jan 25, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The garlic taste is strong (in a good way) but it certainly tastes like cauliflower. If you don't like cauliflower you might not like this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Jan 25, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He might not even notice---the cauliflower flavor is not very strong this way. We make ours by steaming cauliflower (from frozen is fine), then popping it in the food processor (S blade) and blending until very creamy with some sour cream and maybe a little buttermilk, milk, or butter. You can even add a few cubes of peeled, cooked rutabaga for a slightly different flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Jan 26, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i just made the cauli puree for our dinner, and can't stop tasting it!! the chicken better hurry or it'll be all gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's an incredibly creamy prep, putting it in the blender. i usually just mash them with a hand masher, like mashed potatoes. but blending them makes them ethereal. i forgot to steam my garlic with the eggplant, so instead i steeped the milk with 6 crushed garlic cloves. i used whole milk, but it's so little for two servings, and a tiny pat of regular butter. this really is a low-points side dish. thanks Elyssa!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Jan 26, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pics of our dinner. this is the BF's serving, i only had a thigh. the chicken had no oil, just rubbed with cumin, thyme, aleppo, oregano, smokey paprika, s&p and roasted over leeks (a little olive oil in the leeks), and preserved lemons. also glazed with a bit of a dear CH friend's homemade marmalade (apricots & cardamom) on each whole leg/thigh piece. a salad of butter lettuce and strawberries macerated in a little pom syrup, raspberry vinegar, and fennel fronds, and toasted pine nuts and goat cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but that cauliflower was divine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elyssa Jan 27, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Isn't it addictive! I had to immediately put the leftovers in the fridge, otherwise I knew I would eat more the 3/4 cup serving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeserf Jan 29, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I made it with Sunday dinner - I didn't have buttermilk so I used a little skim milk and greek yogurt. It was fine. Definitely not mashed potatoes! However, it was quick and easy. I don't think the garlic really added anything because it has a raw flavor. Maybe I'd use roasted garlic next time? But I think just the cauliflower would be great. I added a little parm to thicken it up and add a salty flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Served with roasted brussles sprouts and fish/chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elyssa Jan 29, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think its more of a pomme puree than a mashed potato. I used skim milk and a tablespoon or so of low-fat Greek yogurt as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did you boil the garlic with the cauliflower? If so, it shouldn't have a raw taste to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jan 29, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i agree - i boiled the garlic with the milk, not the cauliflower, and it did not have a raw taste to it. and for me it made the dish. and I agree it's more of a puree - a very light puree - than a mash.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elyssa Jan 26, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm having trouble figuring out how to calculate various exercise routines. I was able to google to figure out how to calculate a 60-minute Zumba class.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But for example, I met with a personal trainer today and he taught me a 45 minutes routine that works on my abs and core. I have NO idea how to calculate something like this. I ended up just saying it was a 45 minutes, medium impact workout. Anyone have any better suggestions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also in other news---I made another great dinner last night. I made this roasted eggplant spread from the Barefoot Contessa: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I imagine technically it should be used as a dip but instead I roasted a piece of salmon and put it on top of the eggplant spread, using it more as a thick sauce. It was very delicious and healthy---only 2 points for the eggplant and 5 points for 5 ounces of salmon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jetgirly Jan 26, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I use the calorie counter on SparkPeople.com to track the calories I burn through exercise as well as though I take in through food and drink. For many years and many pounds lost I didn't count the calories I burned through strength-training, or I would do a minimal count (like, 25-50 calories per half hour of strength training) if I did strength post-cardio. There is some information here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeserf Jan 29, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A session with a trainer of vigorous weight lifting is only 5 PP according to WW.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have an active link, which sucks if you do anything but cardio. I don't really like it, but I'm on restricted working out these days, so it definitely helps me walk more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Often I would just not count non-cardio based activities....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. juliejulez Jan 26, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just thought I'd share my dinner tonight. It was this recipe: http://ellysaysopa.com/2010/08/13/bra... I used boneless skinless thighs and just braised for less time, and 4 slices of center cut bacon (because it's cut pretty thin), and 1/2 cup of beef broth instead of a 50/50 beef/chicken split. It was so ridiculously good, and I was shocked to find that 6.5 ounces of chicken with everything was only 303 calories. I served it on top of Skinnytaste's garlic mashed potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet Jan 26, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That looks really good, jj!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love skinnytaste! That chicken only came to 303 cals? Hmmm. Yummy. I never think of mashing canneli beans as a starch. I wonder why. It looks satisfying in the pic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Jan 26, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah I couldn't believe it either. I rechecked my calculations like 3 times, and sure enough, 303. Using center cut bacon helps, since 2 slices is only 50 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. roxlet Jan 26, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today I had a somewhat challenging day. First, I made myself a ratatouille frittata for breakfast, and managed to burn it. Then I made myself a tasty little egg McMuffin type thing instead, and I managed to NOT burn that, although I somehow managed to char one side of my son's grilled cheese and bacon sandwich for lunch. I never got a chance to have lunch myself since we had a memorial service to go to, and didn't get home for over 2 hours. By then it was time to take my son to his squash training, but I managed to grab a banana on the way out. It was nearly 7 when we got home, but my husband was engrossed in a car race on TV and hadn't managed to start dinner. But he did rouse himself, and I demurred on the frisee salad with duck confit, and had just a frisee and tomato salad. Dinner was mussels in a garlicky broth, but I might have had too much crusty baguette, but I was so hungry I didn't care! How to count up the points on this??? I'm completely unsure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 26, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  count it as the max for the day and move on. give yourself a break. you PASSED ON DUCK CONFIT!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am a health-conscious foodie! What a good idea! I decided to do a pinterest board filled with healthy things I like to make. If others are doing the same I would love to see it and get some good ideas for my cookins!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  https://pinterest.com/munchberry/droo... It is MOSTLY healthy so if you cannot bear the site of anything slightly health disruptive...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like to tinker with fattening and unhealthyish things and widdle down the calories without damaging the taste/texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I saw chow was doing a slide show on healthy soups. Healthy should be in quotes for some of those soups, but they looked terrific. Esp one that involved kimchi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jan 26, 2013 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sal, here's my Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/julieanneco/ As you can see I have A LOT of boards. I would say 75% of it is stuff that's healthy, or that I at least hope is healthy or can be tweaked to be made healthy. I live with a "meat and potatoes" type guy so I often have to tweak things that he will like, in order to be healthy enough for me. And, once a week usually I will make something unhealthy, both for him, and for me because it's fun :) I try to list the calorie counts for things I've actually made on the "Tried and Liked" board. I also have boards for my meal plans, although this next week's meals are a little "off", as we will have company in town so it's not as organized as I usually have it. Usually I list what day it's for and what I'm serving with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay! I will go have a look. I should do a calorie count too. What a good idea. We do a down day too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sal Vanilla Jan 26, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOL oh my word you are pinarific! I saw you were making Kaylins chicken. I love that chicken and also do it with Ital breadcrumbs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        50 pounds! That is terrific! Looking forward to browsing you boards for ideas!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez Jan 27, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yes, that pesto chicken from Kalyn is a staple here. After the first time I made it my SO said it was the best thing I've ever made for him. I was a bit annoyed since it's like, the easiest thing ever and I often make things that are more involved than that, but whatever works I guess. I like it too because it's very easy to have for 2 (plus I freeze my pesto in 2tbsp cubes!), or multiply up for many people, or cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise if I want to cut the calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And thanks! I freaking love Pinterest. My job is boring so I do my meal planning at work so it's been great to have everything accessible at work, home, and on my phone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        adrienne156 Jan 27, 2013 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for sharing your board! I'm DEFINITELY a tinker-er, too. http://pinterest.com/adriahmed/everyd...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The non-WW stuff is just under "Food."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elyssa Jan 28, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a Pinterest board but it is almost all wedding-related stuff. But these are all great so I might start re-pinning your recipes for good ideas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            adrienne156 Jan 28, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've got a ton of wedding pins, too. lol Start a WW board! I did a board search for "WW" or "weight watchers" and starting following the boards that looked good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sal Vanilla Jan 28, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh you have some good things on there. I had to let my eyes glaze over some of the goodies ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for starring the ones you loved. I have been sorta batting around the skinny taste tuna casserole, but now will try it. Love the ranch recipe too. Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              adrienne156 Jan 28, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks and you're very welcome! :o) I do like the tuna casserole quite a bit, but the type of cheese you use really does make a difference. Also, I nix the peas and add 4 cups of broccoli a la Jesserf (I think).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sal Vanilla Jan 28, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I will go brocco too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeserf Jan 29, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the broccoli is great in it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use 50% rf Cabot cheddar - it's a great, great dish. Don't skip the wine/sherry. It makes the difference to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sal Vanilla Jan 29, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jujuthomas Jan 27, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            today I've got chicken breasts in the crock pot - it's a riff on a pork chop recipe I've been making for years with ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, onions in the sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. jmcarthur8 Jan 28, 2013 01:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For a light dinner last night, I roasted a spaghetti squash, then sauteed diced onion, mushrooms, orange and yellow peppers, broccoli and cabbage from our garden, then mixed in the spaghetti squash. I added some red pepper flakes and a bit of Penzey's Forward spice blend. Served it with a good sprinkling of Pecorino Romano and some garlic bread. I figured 5 PP for the main dish, and another 5 PP for the garlic bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It really was tasty, and the only real points in the vegetable dish came from the olive oil and butter I sauteed them in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. eLizard Jan 28, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i made a bbq glazed turkey meatloaf in the crock. it's very good. and a quarter of the recipe is ~6 pts, i think. with some roasted veg and some brown rice, very good meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tonight i'm making a chicken and stuffing casserole, which isn't ww (or particularly clean or high brow, but dh loves it), and i pointed it out to 9 a portion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jujuthomas Jan 28, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've never made meatloaf in the crock pot. how long do you cook it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eLizard Jan 28, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i think i cooked it 4 1/2 hours (til it registered ~165 plus a half an hour on high with the glaze). which is pretty much as long as i cook anything in the crock. i never go 6-8 even if i put things in frozen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas Jan 28, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll have to try that. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. roxlet Jan 28, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I believe I mentioned somewhere that I like to do a kind of roasted ratatouille, that strictly speaking is not a rat at all. It has eggplant, red peppers, onions, tomatoes and spicy Thai chilies all roasted together at a high temperature. Before I roast, I sprinkle some olive oil, thyme and salt on the vegetables, and when it's almost done, I sprinkle some finely chopped garlic on it. I have many different ways to use these roasted vegetables, but none that is so decadent and seemingly so un-diet-ish as using the vegetables as an underlayment for 2 fried eggs. Wow, that was good, and I'm thinking it's only about 6 points including the olive oil on the ratatouille.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sal Vanilla Jan 28, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love not rat at all. I never think of it even though I generally have the goods waiting in the fridge during the summer months. I wonder if it freezes well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is there nothing savory that is not improved with an egg atop it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Elyssa Jan 28, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A couple of interesting developments that I've noticed the past 2 days:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I think my stomach is starting to shrink a little bit because the past 2 days when I've maybe ate too much I've felt uncomfortable. It's likely the amount I've eaten before, but since I've been doing WW for 2-3 weeks maybe my stomach has shrunk. Now I just need to learn to stop before I eat too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Today I ordered a salad that I thought had just a sprinkling of prosciutto. It turns out the thing was covered in it! After eating about 1/2 of it I felt gross and my first thought was "I wish I could go to the gym...that would make me feel better." BREAK THROUGH! Never in a million years did I think I would want to go to the gym. Unfortunately I had class tonight so I couldn't go, but I'm actually looking forward to going on Wednesday (perhaps it has something to do with the gorgeous 22 year old personal trainer I just hired for once a month haha).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez Jan 29, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's awesome, on both points, Elyssa. Your stomach definitely does start adapting to the smaller portions. When I first started attempting to lose weight a year ago, I relied heavily on Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers, and No Guilt Frozen Meals from Trader Joe's (back when I lived by one *sniff sniff*). Not the best options, but I was working full time and going to school at night so I didn't have much time for cooking. But, they taught me how to get used to smaller portions. About a month and a half after I started getting my act together, my SO and I decided to go to Five Guys to get some cheeseburgers and fries. I ordered what I did in the past, the double cheeseburger and we split the bag of fries. I felt ill after eating about half the cheeseburger and some of the fries. It wasn't the restaurant's fault, I had just trained my body to not like stuff like that anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have fun w/ that trainer! A few years back I had a HOT trainer too. He was gay, but it still made my workouts a lot more enjoyable!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elyssa Jan 29, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mine is gay as well, which makes it even better. I can just look at him and smile and he doesn't even notice me. Everyone at my gym is gay---it's like I'm a ghost! haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jan 29, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hah - nice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Jan 29, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's exactly how my old gym was too, along with a few soccer moms. I loved it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeserf Jan 30, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              did they ever improve their lighting there? I remember it being really dark....like a gay dance club. Awesome that you're loving zumba!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sal Vanilla Jan 29, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That is a breakthrough. Yay! A terrific idea to hire a trainer. Get used to going and doing what works to make you healthier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 days of good news!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jan 29, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and whatever motivation you can get your hands on, so to speak!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elyssa Jan 30, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With all these changes I've been making I've had my third weigh day today where nothing has changed at all. A little frustrating but I'm just hoping once I get a real work out reutine down I'll start seeing results.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jan 30, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as i'm sure you know, sometimes you hit a plateau and your body holds on for all it's worth! then whooosh! it all comes off. hoping that you'll have that experience next time you go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Jan 30, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm hoping for some good news tomorrow after last week was just .6 pound. In my house, you need a lot of motivation to stay on track, and not losing anything would definitely make it harder. I am glad your motivation is intact, Elyssa!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Jan 30, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet, .6 is GREAT, don't be hard on yourself! you know some weeks will be a pound, some none, some a .2. even staying the same rather than gaining is good. motivation is a hard thing to maintain. if i beat myself up about a .6 loss i would have given up way too many times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Jan 30, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I went and looked at a half a pound of butter, and I felt better :).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jan 30, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ahahaha! that's great. i need to use that visual myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rabaja Jan 31, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's a great way to look at it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to visualize 15 pounds of butter when I had that much to lose. It really does help put it into perspective. Two sticks of butter is a substantial amount OFF your body!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason Jan 30, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            +1 on this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elyssa Jan 31, 2013 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's what I've hard. Hopefully that's whats going on with me. I'm waiting for my whoosh moment haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Jan 29, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have definitely noticed a reduction in my hunger. I'm closing in on three weeks this Thursday, and I am simply not as hungry as I used to be. Generally, I get up at about 6:45 and in the past, I started getting hungry at about 7:30. Then I'd be starving again by 11AM. Now, I eat much more lightly at about 9AM, and I am not hungry again until well into the afternoon. I am also not tempted to snack before dinner (also, I've been making a lot of dinners, and we eat earlier than we do when my husband cooks), and I think that also helps. Whether or not I have a great week on the scale, I think that I am definitely getting back in control of my eating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez Jan 29, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Woohoo, I love it when people hit the "wow I'm not that hungry" breakthrough. I always had a big fear of being hungry (basically because I turn into a royal bitch when I am), so when I hit that point, it was huge for me. So exciting to see others hitting it too :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eLizard Jan 30, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the reason points plus works for me so much is i never have to get to the wow, i'm not hungry point. as a matter of fact, as bad as it sounds, i like feeling full. very very full. and with this plan, i can round out a meal such that i can reach that point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Solstice444 Feb 1, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same here - I didn't really experience any stomach shrinkage after losing 20 lbs, maybe a bit, but I am hungry often. I just tend to be a hungry person!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Feb 1, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But, do you really think you're learning healthy eating habits by always getting to the "very very full" point? As humans, we don't need to be "very very full" all the time, just satisfied. I think maybe learning how to be satisfied without stuffing yourself is something good to learn. Besides, all those extra things you consume that are little to no points are still calories, and you can still overeat even on healthy things like vegetables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eLizard Feb 1, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i don't know. but i do know what works for me. i've maintained a ~42 lb loss for 2 years now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i know that you *should* eat breakfast. i don't. never have. never will. and i like to be full. it may be wrong, but it's me. and maybe some day i will change but not today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ww works for me because i can make it work with how i live. and if i decide to change ww will still work. that is why i think it's great. also because i was able to eat pizza and oreos while losing......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i eat a lot of fruits and veg. like pounds of it. and i know it's calories in/calories out, but i don't think fruits and veg made me fat. and i can still enjoy real food. smaller portions, but real. just got my labs back, too, and they're a ok.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Feb 1, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the end that's what it's all about....figuring out what works for you as an individual, I didn't mean to sound like one way or another is wrong. I just knew it was huge for me when I realized I didn't need to eat to the point of being stuffed at every meal, and I could be satisfied with less. But I was coming from a place of downing 2 cheeseburgers plus large fries in one meal, or eating enough raviolis in cream sauce for 3 people for lunch. I didn't do WW but lost about 50 by calorie counting this past year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW, I don't eat breakfast either, unless you count a 120 calorie fiber granola bar 2 hours after I wake up as breakfast :) I found when I tried to eat breakfast like "they" say you should, I was way more hungry all day long. I also had a cheeseburger (just one, and shared the fries with SO!) for lunch today LOL It definitely wasn't about deprivation for me either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jan 29, 2013 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that is so excellent. i fell off the wagon quite a bit being sick - but i am coming back! you are all totally inspiring me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Klary Jan 29, 2013 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been pretty good the past few days, well except for the handful of peanuts I had yesterday before dinner and the slices of cured sausage I had after dinner to go with the glasses of red wine. Ah well. Many healthy vegetarian dinners, and light lunches (rye or whole wheat crackers withonly a thin slice of cheese, some fruit, and large glasses of icy cold tomato/vegetable juice).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I weighed myself for the first time in months, and the number that came up was actually lower than I expected. Which was not a good thing I guess, because then I went out for wine and peanuts and sausage :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jujuthomas Jan 30, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made this sweet fiery pork tenderloin recipe last night from skinny taste. it was fantastic! We had it with some jasmine rice and steamed sugar snap peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/sw...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Samurai Sam Jan 30, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's an awesome thai style mango salad with no fats. It's super tasty so you wont miss a thing. For the full post go to:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.neurotickitchen.com/2012/0...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The recipe follows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Super Healthy Thai-Style Mango Salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Adapted from Veggie Wedgie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Serves 2-3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Juice of One Lime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 teaspoon Agave Syrup or Honey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 teaspoon Orange Juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 teaspoon Fish Sauce (optional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              )1 dash Sriracha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 Cup Cilantro, chopped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 Hot House Cucumber, unpeeled, or 1 regular Cucumber, peeled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Zucchini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 Lb Sugar Snap Peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Yellow Thai Mango or underripe regular Mango

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Method:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In a small bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients to make the dressing. Set aside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next, peel and cut Mango into matchsticks (julienne them) and chop Snow Peas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Using a spiralizer, mandoline set on the thinnest setting, or sharp chef's knife, cut zucchini lengthwise as thin as you possible can, to create ribbons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chop Cucumber by hand into 1/4 inch thick slices and then roughly chop them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Combine chopped Cucumbers, Sugar Snap Peas, and Cilantro together. Pour half the dressing over and toss, the add in half the Mango matchsticks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next, Spread the Zucchini Ribbons on a flat surface and gently toss them in the remainder of the dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To assemble the salad, pile the Snow Pea, Cucumber, and Mango mixture onto a plate. Place Zucchini Ribbons on top or on the side (whatever you prefer presentation-wise!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Finally, top with the reserved Mango matchsticks. Serve and enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Solstice444 Feb 1, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Made a sesame quinoa stir fry last night with spinach, bean sprouts, and shiitake mushrooms. It was good, but I ate both servings instead of just one...oops!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jujuthomas Feb 1, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roxlet started a new post for Groundhog day...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888808

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