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To quote TS Eliot:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire...

For me, it's the memory of what I ate at Easter, battling with my desire to continue this weight loss journey. I'm back on track and hoping keep up my creative low-points cooking.

What are you making to help you stay on track?

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  1. Exercising 5 days a week.

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    1. re: LizGW

      Good for you! Is that what you're currently doing, or what you hope to be doing?

      1. re: roxlet

        I'm doing it. I have been for the past 3 months and it helps me maintain my weight.

    2. Hopefully this week I plan to roast a turkey which I have recently decided is a lovely economical idea which only occurred to me when I roasted a turkey for 2 and had tons of leftovers. It's simple and easy to do and then we package up the leftovers into individual servings and can have a good supply of lean meat ready to go for quite a few weeks for simple throw together dinners.

      1. leftovers! I cooked a 7lb bone in ham yesterday for the two of us. I want to try making panini, something resembling a cuban sandwich... I don't have a press but I believe I've seen instructions for doing a toasted sandwich with a weight on it to approximate a panini. any recommendations on a good light roll to use?

        1. April is a cruel month for sure, it's always colder than you had hoped in my experience which doesn't help when it comes to avoiding comfort foods!

          I'm not a Weight Watcher person but we've been celebrating Easter in a slightly odd way by going nuts for Greek mezes rather than the traditional Easter fare, and it's been so great we're keeping it up happily! Going Greek for the spring is a really good way to keep healthy because you're getting loads of pulses and vegetables into every meal and everything is very herby, savoury and highly-flavoured. Plus, the fun of eating lots of small dishes makes it all even more enjoyable. I recommend something like baked falafel, homemade tzaziki, gigantes (butter beans in tomato sauce), greek salad and little spiced meatballs for a casual dinner meze. Even with all those components it doesn't take long to make and you have delicious leftovers for lunch!

          1. I visited family and friends this weekend and I was terrible!!! Although, we all had a great time.Back in the saddle today and dreading weighing in on Wednesday.

            Thankfully, I'm working a couple of weekends in April. This will help me stay on track. I just struggle though the weekends. My life has always revolved around food, fun, friends, drinks. I'm searching for ways to change these habits, but haven't had much luck thus far.

            Tonight I will make steak tacos with leftover grilled flat iron steak, a 1p+ high fiber tortilla, avacado, Fage 0% yogurt, and salsa. That is after the evening spin class!

            Cheers to April!

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            1. re: pagesinthesun

              What brand is your 1 Point+ tortilla? The WW ones are 2P+, and those are the lowest I've found...

              1. re: roxlet

                I'm not sure what brand pagesinthesun is referring to but I love the Tortilla Factory low carb, high fiber tortillas which come in small and medium/large sizes. I'm not sure how many points they are but are 50 and 80 calories respectively and work if you want a low carb tortilla option.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  we really like those as well. they have a new one, which is 80 or 90 calories, taste more like a "regular" tortilla.

                  1. re: jujuthomas

                    Yes, the LaTortilla Factory Smart and Delicious Tortillas. 50 cal 2g fat 10 carb 7 fiber 5 protein. They are pretty good. We were very satisfied with our meal, didn't feel like we had missed out on anything.

                    1. re: pagesinthesun

                      Thanks. I just saw that they are carried by a supermarket in our area that I don't usually frequent, but I'll have to stop in to check these out!

            2. Extra mileage on the tread mill. The more I run, the less I need to diet.

              1. I don't really eat any differently on holidays, just meat and fresh veggies/fruit like I usually do so tonight's lamb, roasted cauliflower and green salad is right on plan.

                Since I stopped eating grains I don't have to eat less and the weight just keeps dropping off. Smaller jeans were purchased this morning. :) I'm getting closer and closer to the size I was before that damned medication screwed up my hormones and the weight was gained.

                1. http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/0...

                  This looks yummy. I did a rough draft in the recipe builder. If it yields 6 servings it is 7 p+

                  I think I'll plan on making this on Thursday. I'll report back

                  1. I've become flat out obsessed with this recipe for honey-mustard turkey cutlets. I made them last week for my fiance (using chicken cutlets instead of turkey because his local grocery store doesn't carry turkey outside of Thanksgiving.....). It was delicious.

                    I'm thinking of using the sauce for a fish dish as well. The added curry makes it extra special. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/hon...

                    Despite traveling for the past week and a half, eating out way more often than I'm use to and Passover I've managed to not gain a pound (maybe the whole no leavened bread thing has helped).

                    I am 1 pound away from losing 10 pounds, which is kind of amazing. And all of a sudden I am noticing a big difference. I had my bridal shower this past weekend and I felt great (under the multiple layers of control top panty hose and Spanx of course haha).

                    I have set a new goal for myself. I would like to lose an additional 5 pounds before the wedding in October (making it a 15 pound weight loss total) and I would like to be able to wear a bikini this summer. That will be a big one! My stomach hasn't seen the light of day since I was 20 years old.

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                    1. re: Elyssa

                      This recipe seems great. As a chicken fan I'm always looking for new recipes. Congratulations on the weight loss!!!

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        Sounds like you're well on the way! 5lbs by October seems like an exceedingly doable goal. Good luck!

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          Thanks for posting this recipe - it sounds good. Did you calculate the points+ value by any chance?

                          1. re: EM23

                            I am planning to make these turkey cutlets for dinner on Monday. With the potatoes, it's 9 points.

                            1. re: valerie

                              Thanks, Valerie!

                              1. re: valerie

                                So I made the Honey-Mustard Turkey Cutlets & Potatoes tonight for dinner. Everyone liked it (well, except for my picky, picky 6 year old son but that's another story!). I made some thin sliced potatoes on the side on a separate baking sheet just because I wasn't sure if everyone would like how the sauce flavored the potatoes. My husband liked the plain potatoes better but everyone really liked the overall flavor of the dish. I liked the leeks.

                                The honey, mustard and curry combination sort of reminded me of this chicken dish.

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

                            2. re: Elyssa

                              congrats, elyssa! i'm sure you can do 5 lbs between now and October - you'll just keep feeling better and better each day and more and more motivated. isn't it wonderful when you start feeling the difference?

                            3. Easter definitely threw me for a loop, and I've had a difficult time getting back on track this week. All of a sudden, I'm hungry again, and it's been hard to ignore the Easter goodies still hanging around the house. Tomorrow is my weigh-in, and I am just hoping that I didn't gain...but that may be too much to hope for. For some reason, I have been hungry again this week, after having lost my hunger for a while. Meals haven't been the problem as much as snacking between meals. Tonight will be a salad, followed by grilled tri-tip, though the guys will have some of the scalloped potatoes and mac and cheese lurking in the fridge. Since tomorrow is garbage pick up day, I am going to encourage my husband to toss these remains of these high calorie foods!

                              1. Roxlet,
                                Great quote. So true. Easter brought with it for me a strong and inexplicable desire to cook traditional, retro foods that were not at all points friendly. It started out with baked ham with a bourbon brown sugar glaze, and pineapple slices and cherries, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli casserole, and spinach. Banana cream pie for dessert. To use up leftovers, au gratin potatoes, with ham on the side, and more spinach, pineapple upside down cake. And a huge pot of split pea soup, which is not all that points unfriendly. But...the Easter foods are gone now, and tonight I bought lots of boneless skinless chicken breasts, and salad fixings, to get back on track. Thinking about a green salad with grilled chicken and raspberries.

                                1. So, On the days I work (3 days per week), I don't get home until 8pm. I struggle with what to eat. I usually have 8-10 points left. I'm tired, I can't come up with any ideas. Tonight I made a pretty plain green salad and it just wasn't satisfying at all! I do like leftovers, but the fam finished them off before I got home tonight.

                                  Do y'all have any super quick, yet warm and satisfying meals that you keep on hand. I'm not a big fan of canned soup, but tonight that might have been better than yet another green salad.

                                  One of my favorites is Amy's spinach feta pockets (unfortunately, the grocery store was out of them).

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                                  1. re: pagesinthesun

                                    With 8-10 points left, you could make yourself a pretty substantial omelet with veggies and cheese. I usually have some turkey burgers tucked in the freezer, and those are good on a whole grain English Muffin with a sliced up Baby Bonbel on top, plus sliced onion and tomato. How about just tucking a frozen entree into the freezer. I found the Healthy Choice ones to be pretty tasty for frozen diet food. Or make yourself a spaghetti sauce with tuna, garlic, olives, capers (sort of a beefed up putanesca), over some pasta. (8 points for 4 oz., plus two for the tuna).

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      All wonderful ideas, Thank you. I was so tired last night and I just couldn't think! I will make a list of these things and add to it as I go along. This way I can pull it out and not have to figure out what to make...that was the hardest part last night. sigh

                                      1. re: pagesinthesun

                                        quick and satisfying to me can mean fry up a couple of eggs in Pam (4 points) and a slice of toast (2 pts) with some lite laughing cow cheese or the baby bonbel roxlet suggested (2 pts. hearty!

                                    2. re: pagesinthesun

                                      Some of my go-to quick meals are:

                                      *Baby spinach or arugula w/ a baked protein (chicken breast, salmon etc). I will season the fish/chicken with some paprika, lemon juice, dried oregano (or whatever spices you like), and some olive oil spray. Throw it in a 375 oven for 12-20 minutes. Also throw in some veggies to roast---maybe broccoli, peppers, onion and Brussel sprouts. I then throw it all together for a filling salad. You can put dressing or just red wine vinegar. Throw in some cheese if the points allow.

                                      *Polenta with roast veggies. Either make your own polenta or you can get the premade type (which I then heat up in an oven with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce). I'll pour the roasted veggies on top of the polenta. Makes for a nice, filling veggie meal. You can always add some grilled chicken sliced up if you need more of a boost.

                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                        I love the protein on greens. I do it a lot and it's so great as you can change up the protein and the dressing, I generally use a vinaigrette.

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Also very point-friendly (but takes longer to make---can always make ahead of time though) is protein on spaghetti squash. It's delicious and you can put any type of sauce on it from a vinaigrette to tomato or pesto.

                                    3. Quinoa Egg Bake

                                      http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recip...

                                      I adapted the recipe slightly. I use 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites, instead of 8 whole eggs. I also exchange the 1 c Parmesan for 1 c shredded 2% cheddar (you could use less than this). Use any greens you have on hand (I'm using swiss chard today). I haven't tried broccoli (thinly sliced might work, or it might need to be blanched). I've thought it would be yummy with some caramelized onions, too. I haven't tried this either though.

                                      I entered it into the recipe builder with the above substitutions and it was 5 p+. The recipe makes 6 servings. Very satisfying, reheats well. Add a dollop of greek yogurt and some hot sauce!

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                                      1. re: pagesinthesun

                                        after making this dish this morning...

                                        I weighed the finely shredded cheddar (I used my microplane) and it came out to 1 oz. This decreased the points to 4 p+

                                        1. re: pagesinthesun

                                          I use finely shredded cheddar on the microplane a lot. 1 oz looks like a ton!

                                      2. After my first GAINING week (grrrrr. Easter), I am determined to take that off and more, so back on track. I will be making this for me for dinner tonight
                                        http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/03/li...

                                        And a more amped up version for my son and husband.

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                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          I love scallops, however I'm the only one in the house who will eat shellfish of any kind. Sound yummy, maybe a dish I can whip up when I eat after work!

                                          Keep your chin up and stay determined!

                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            Let me know how it is. I've pinned that recipe. It looks delicious---plus scallops are practically no points!

                                            1. re: Elyssa

                                              It was very good, but I changed the recipe slightly to make it more like aglio olio. I seared the scallops, and cooked the pasta. I saved some of the pasta water, and drained the pasta. I sauteed some garlic in a little oil, added red pepper flakes and salt, then put the pasta back in with some of the pasta water and the frozen peas. I let that all cook together and then topped it with the seared scallops. Very quick, and quite delicious!

                                            2. re: roxlet

                                              take heart, roxlet, it happens to everyone, and your determination will get you back on track. you'll be fine.

                                            3. Growing up, my best friend's family were Jews from Long Island and every time we spent the night at her house, breakfast the next morning was bagels, cream cheese, lox, and sliced tomatoes. I have a MAJOR soft spot for "bagels and lox," but of course bagels are super unfriendly, points-wise (7-11 P+ a piece!). I learned to gut my bagels before toasting them, but that still didn't get the points low enough. Lately, I've been doing a toasted sandwich or bagel thin, a light Laughing Cow, 1 ounce of smoked salmon, and a med. tomato (TJ's Kumato tomatoes are surprisingly good!) and it's been hitting the spot. 5 P+

                                              Lunches... Roasted Carrot Soup w/ Ginger - organic carrots and one small sweet potato roasted w/ olive oil until a bit caramelized, caramelized onion (I actually sliced up the onion and then swished them around in the pan after roasting and removing the carrots to sop up the leftover oil/caramel bits/sugar from the carrots and then caramelized in a soup pot), chicken broth, grated ginger, herbes de provence, an extra sprig of thyme, a bay leaf, s&p, greek yogurt. Blend. Ridiculously good. 1 c. is 3 P+.

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                                              1. re: adrienne156

                                                that toasted sandwich sounds great. i could do breakfast with half a bagel.

                                                1. re: adrienne156

                                                  I use ine slice of hearty Eli's bread toasted (3p+), one tablespoon of cream cheese (1p+), and 3 oz smoked salmon (2p+) for a delicious and satisfying open-faced sandwich that's 6p+ for lunch. You could also use a mini bagel and take the guts out of that, and I believe it's only 4p+.

                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                    The Eli's bread is a really good idea - thanks! Have you guys tried Thomas' Bagel Thins? They are actually not bad when toasted and have a bit of chew to them. I have to toast the Oroweat Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins to tolerate them. I've noticed that a lot of the "thin" breads have weird chemical tastes to them... Almost bitter. I tried the Flatouts that Hungry Girl is always yammering about and the Light "Italian Herb" was truly terrible.

                                                    On the carb-front - do you guys know if WW changed the values of foods with 360? I gained back 9 lbs. over the holidays (my birthday is in early January, so that only added to the debauchery), and it is not coming off as easily as before. I'm thinking about doing the lower carb thing within WW, but I feel like this is something that WW should already account for... Maybe I really do need to go back to the 1 pt soup. baaahhh

                                                    1. re: adrienne156

                                                      Yes, I believe that when they went to P+, carbs had higher values than they did before, making them a less desirable option.

                                                      1. re: adrienne156

                                                        No points change with 360 - if you were doing points+, you are still in business.

                                                        1. re: EM23

                                                          Thank you both for your responses. After posting this, I realized I could just go look at the reports - doh. My breakfast points have gone down, but the dinners up with a significant number of weekly points coming from alcohol. I apparently wasn't using much of my extra points before. Hrm. Do any of you have go-to's as far as lower calorie drinks? I'm generally a bourbon and branch drinker...

                                                          1. re: adrienne156

                                                            I have no idea what the points value would be, but I like just vodka soda... sometimes w/ cherry vodka if the bar I'm at has a decent one (like effen black cherry). If there's no good cherry vodka I'll just squeeze in a few limes. Plain diet 7-up/sprite/sierra mist works too, it's just that most bars don't have it. At home, I use diet cherry 7-up with the vodka.

                                                            1. re: adrienne156

                                                              What are your mixers? Like Julie, I drink vodka and seltzers with a squirt of lemon or lime, a big drop in calories from the screwdrivers that I used to favor.

                                                              1. re: EM23

                                                                In the rare occasion that I don't go the water or soda route, I'll do ginger ale. I don't like sweet.

                                                    2. well after 5 days in the PNW cooking and eating with a couple of wonderful CHer friends, i needed to make a drastic change before the BF and i eat Chicago out of house and home. We have been non-carbing it since Monday - all salads with potein, all week long. i have 18 days more before our trip, and i just want to see how this works. i'll eventually go back to WW and some form of this (i originally lost my 24 lbs. by doing WW but trying to keep the carbs down, but not completely gone.) right now i'm surprised at how easy it's been (ok, it's only been 5 nights) although if you were to put some fries in front of me i'd probably have to leave the room.

                                                      not sure how this will work out - i ate SO MUCH over the 5 days that I'm sure my body is still registering that - next week maybe i'll feel different - but at least i don't feel as puffy or bloated like i kind of did.

                                                      i also came back determined to start back with zumba - which i did one night - then came down with a cold. really don't feel like dancing right now. maybe tomorrow.

                                                      i'll be checking in though, and rooting everyone on.

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                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                        I keep my WW carbs very low, with the exception of fruit and vegetables, which seems to be working better for me that strictly no carbs. I had tried South Beach for a while, and I think I just ate too much when I went all carbs. WW just works better for me, so I will be interested to see how this works for you...

                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                          roxlet, do you mean you ate to much when you went BACK to carbs, or that you ate to much when you were trying to cut carbs, as in too much protein, fat, etc.?

                                                          sometimes i feel like that, this week, but i also don't feel as bloated as i usually do. but i am eating a LOT of protein. and salad and fat, mostly in the form of olive oil, or cheese (as in blue cheese in the dressings)

                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                            Sorry, I misspoke. What I meant was that I ate too much non-carb food. I gave myself too much of a license to chow down since the food I was eating wasn't carbs. I do low carb now within the context of WW, using points for things other than bread or crackers, etc. For snacks, I used to eat cheese and meat, which are huge calorie bombs. For me, South Beach didn't work at all, and I'm the first to admit that I probably didn't do it right anyway. I think I even gained weight! I think that the portion control I'm using on WW is helping me take it off. Before this week, I was averaging about 2 lbs a week, which is extremely good for me since I always lose slowly.

                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                              i'm afraid that this is going to be my story as well. a co-worker didn't follow any plan but just ate mostly spinach and bacon and salmon - mostly bacon - and he lost 25 lbs. in about 6 months. he's kept most of it off. but he's a guy! i just think men lose it easier. i'm afraid that all this low-carb eating i'm doing (it's only been a week) will in the end leave me no pounds lighter, even though as i said i feel less bloaty. and you're right, i'm not following anything to the letter, so.... there's that.

                                                              as i said above, my last big weight loss was achieved through WW using less carbs. i just thought i'd try this for our three weeks before our trip - i kind of wanted a quick fix - which, duh, i know never works. but again, my co-worker! i'll be the first to tell you if it fails! we'll see.

                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                I will say, every time I wanted to lose weight fast, low carbing it was the way I would go.... starting in high school when too many bagels my senior year resulted in me not being able to fit into my prom dress I bought right after Christmas. Low carbed it for 3 weeks and the dress fit by prom night! :)

                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                  ok, you've given me hope! just need to not overdo the meat/cheese.

                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                    Why don't you do low carb within the strictures of WW? That should take it off really fast, I'd think.

                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                      i should have, but i'm afraid i've "wasted" an entire week doing this, so i should stick it out. but i think i'll just make sure and do more portion control.

                                                                      really, i've not gone crazy with the bacon - if i have something with bacon in it, it's two slices, not 5 or 6. if i eat cheese for a snack it's those bon bels, not a wheel of brie. but i probably haven't stuck to 3 oz of meat per serving - nowhere near. i just think that it's like anything with weight-watching - you're usually a week behind. i went on vacation for 5 days, where we cooked and ate up a storm. i think my body/scale is still showing the effects of that, and that last week's efforts (low carb) will show next week. fingers crossed. but yes, i agree, low carb within WW is the best. i'll aim for that this week.

                                                                      plus, there's also the real fear that when i get to Chicago i'm just going to balloon out at the first bite of deep-dish pizza!

                                                                      thanks.

                                                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                  It sounds like your co-workers diet was likely ketogenic (even if he didn't mean it to be, he trained his body to run on fat- that's how I eat and those are super typical foods for people who eat this way) and yours isn't, based on what you've listed you're eating, so you're comparing apples and oranges when you compare your eating to his. You're just calorie restricting (which is an important part of weight loss,) but being ketogenic (burning fat,) requires certain levels of fat/protein/carbs, roughly 80/15/5 to trigger the fat burning mechanism. It isn't as simple as just carb cutting so don't be disappointed that you aren't seeing the same results.

                                                                  You're not feeling bloated because your body has to store more water for carb grams than it does for protein or fat grams, you are carrying less water weight.

                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                    weezie, i just looked up ketogenic, and i don't see what i'm doing different. today i ate an avocado, a piece of cheese, my leftover kale with the bacon, and a small amount of almonds. tonight's dinner was crustless quiche with cheese and bacon, leftover pork made into pork salad with mayo, and salsa. and a salad of zukes and arugula, in olive oil. i don't know exactly what my co-worker ate, but i don't think he ate any less carbs than i did. that said, it's been a week, and he did tell me it took about 2-3 to kick in for him. i know this is not the place for this, so would you mind, please, talking to me a little about it offline? my email address is in my profile (i checked yours, yours isn't.) i promise i won't bug you or take up too much of your time! if you don't want to, that's ok too, i'll understand. just thought it would be easier coming from a "real person" than a wikipedia entry. or if you're too busy, maybe you can link me to some articles that are good for the lay person? thanks much. : )

                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                      I'll email ya tomorrow, I'm headed to bed now. :) If you don't already track your food in a program like FitDay it's a necessary first step, though.

                                                          2. re: mariacarmen

                                                            mariacarmen, I eat low-ish carb (still do stuff like rice and potatoes in small amounts but avoid bread, chips etc.)... I'm the type that needs a decent amount of protein to get and stay full. But, if you're looking for new low carb recipes or just inspiration, www.kalynskitchen.com is pretty much my favorite site. She's a South Beacher, and has recipes for all phases of it. Phase 1 is the strictest no carb one, and there's a link on the left to get to the index of her phase 1 recipes. Everything I've made from her site has been super delicious. Her pesto chicken dishes (I believe there's two, both a stuffed one and a baked one) are a staple over here.

                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                              thanks, jj! i'll check it out!

                                                          3. Last night I made pasta with sweet Italian chicken sausage, zucchini, and sauce. Didn't make the sauce but a good brand of sauce was on sale for half price! Normally it's too expensive to justify buying it, but it tastes great.

                                                            My local supermarket makes their own chicken and turkey sausage and it's so good. I don't really have a good reason to buy regular sausage anymore, knowing that the healthier versions are yummy. And the hot turkey sausage pretty much tastes exactly like hot pork sausage.

                                                            1. Almost halfway to my goal weight, and always looking for new fresh ideas to keep it interesting. Tried a steamed salmon and asparagus in parchment paper packet yesterday, from Real Simple online magazine: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe.... It was so flavourful, and a perfect way to cook salmon (and I'm sure any fish) to moist perfection. I didn't bother with the potatoes part of the recipe; had some leftover brown rice with it instead. The salmon and asparagus part of the recipe is 6 points if you use 3 oz. portions of salmon, otherwise it's 9 points with a 6 oz. fillet.

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                                                              1. re: JasperBrown

                                                                Wow, congratulations on being halfway to your goal, and it's a very good idea to seek out new recipes and new tastes to keep things fresh and interesting. The recipe looks delicious, but did you cut down on the amount of butter you used?

                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                  I just made the salmon packages, so there was no butter involved, just olive oil. It was the tarragon that made the magic, which I'd never used with fish. I used dried tarragon by the way - had no fresh - but it was fragrant and fabulous, and so easy to do. Good luck with your WW journey!

                                                              2. My husband did a big BBQ yesterday, cooking lots of ribs, chicken, salmon and sausage for the neighbors and us. Ugh. What temptations! I had 2 ribs and a couple of bites of sausage (he made the sausage, so I had to try it!), but I made him grill me a pork chop over the wood for dinner. Still and all, I had gone very light on points the rest of the day, so I was only about 3 points over at the end. In the fridge right now are two racks of ribs, a smoked chicken, and two small sides of salmon, which he didn't cook. And he's going out of town on Wednesday. Truly, I don't know what on earth I'm going to do with all this food! I'm going for the chicken tonight.

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                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                  The chicken and salmon are probably good options for dinners and lunches. Just slices them up and throw them in a salad with lots of fresh veggies!

                                                                2. It's been a tough month for me so far...haven't lost any weight, but haven't gained any, either. I spent the weekend preparing meals for this week, so that should help whenever I feel the urge to reach for something in the fridge that I shouldn't!

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                                                                  1. re: DelishDi

                                                                    Sometimes staying the same is a real victory. We're all expert dieters, and we have most of us probably lost a significant amount of weight at one time or another, and if we had been able to not gain weight, we would be back here now!

                                                                  2. I'm trying out this Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joe's from skinnytaste: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/01/cr...

                                                                    I'm not usually a crock pot person, in fact the only reason we have one is because SO had it when I moved in. I feel like it's cheating, but this at least involves some cooking first so it's not so bad LOL But, we'll see how they turn out, I'm serving them with some buns I made on Sunday.

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                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                      Julie - let me know how that recipe turns out. I've tried a number of healthier sloppy joe recipes, but none of them manage to live up to the memories of the manwich deliciousness of my youth!

                                                                      1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                        Will do! I must confess, I've never had manwich and the idea of that sort of grosses me out, but this looked like a lighter version that I'd probably like... it looks more just like a meat-heavy red sauce than anything :)

                                                                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                          i made one recently that incorporated chopped mushrooms into the meat. it was a skillet recipe. and it was quite tasty. dh horked it down, and he's not a ww...... i can see if i can find it. hmmm. it might be from skinny taste now that i'm thinking about it.

                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                          So, this was just OK. I'm guessing it would be better as written with turkey sausage. I used ground turkey and added my own seasonings. Like, there was nothing WRONG with it but I don't think I'd make it again. SO said "it's not as good as manwich" LOL. Usually when I try to sub turkey in for something that he's used to eating with ground beef, it doesn't go over well. The only time it has was with skinnytastes turkey meatloaf w/ bacon.

                                                                          Also I still don't get the big deal about crockpotting. Maybe if I had small kids and didn't want to have to keep an eye on the stove it would hold more appeal. On most days (worked from home today) I'm away from home for 11 hours so crockpotting doesn't work for me on those days either. I do like the idea of doing "overnight oats" in one though.

                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                            i've cooked things overnight in a crockpot, jj, while we sleep, so the next dinner's already ready. or if i'm out and about on a weekend day, i'll put something in around 11 and dinner's ready by 6-ish. i don't have kids and really find it handy. but i still only use it maybe 1-2 times a month.

                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                              What kinds of things do you like to make in it? My other problem is ours is only a 3 quart, so large recipes don't work. I did think about doing chicken in it, just to have plain shredded chicken to use in other recipes on hand.

                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                i do pork shoulder a lot - 2-3 pounders. i've done corned beef - those only take a couple hours - i guess that's no different than using any other pot, but if you're not home, i feel safer leaving the crockpot on than leaving a burner on.

                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                  I use my crockpot to make stock all the time, toss the bones in, cover with water and check it the next day. Its nice to not have to watch it or have it taking up space on the stovetop when I'm making dinner.

                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                    agreed.

                                                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                      Absolutely to that. Once I discovered crockpot stock I've never gone back. So easy.

                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                        i always forget to do that!

                                                                                  2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                    Thanks for the feedback. That's too bad. I've felt the same way about other slimmed down versions of sloppy Joe, like it's ok, but I wouldn't make it again.

                                                                                    Oh, and I agree about the skinnytaste turkey meatloaf with bacon. I though my poor husband was going to cry with delight!

                                                                                    I'm with Maricarmen regarding the crockpot. I'm also gone from home too long on weekdays for most recipes, but I do use mine a few times a month on weekends so that I can free up my day to do chores, run errands, pop down to the pub for a daytime drink. :)

                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                      I just had more of this for lunch and it was wayyy better than when it was fresh out of the pot. Must be because it sat for 2 days in the fridge so the flavors could "meld" or whatever it is that makes stuff like chili and lasagna taste so much better the next day.

                                                                                  3. I made this bean/avocado/tomato salad from skinny taste to go with a latin style rotisserie chicken I picked up at Fairway. I plan on serving the salad over lettuce. I added a chopped serrano to the mixture instead of the red pepper flakes.

                                                                                    http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/04/fi...

                                                                                    1. Is anyone else having trouble signing into the Weight Watchers website? This is the second day where it just won't let me sign in. It keeps bumping me back to the main page.

                                                                                      Really, really annoying!

                                                                                      Yesterday I was tracking on my iPhone app (it's much easier to do it online in front of a regular computer if I can). I emailed the help desk but they said it could take over 24 hours to get back to me. Really annoying!

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                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                        Annnnnd now the iPhone app isn't working (keeps saying I need to connect to an internet source when I clearly already am). Looking at the app reviews a bunch of other people are having the same problem. If the site is down it would be nice for WW to send around an email or something. Anyone else having issue?

                                                                                        1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                          It is not working properly on my iphone but the WW website works fine on my computer.

                                                                                          1. re: valerie

                                                                                            They told me on Twitter to reinstall the app.

                                                                                        2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                          I did, and changed my password, and now it seems ok.

                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                            Yes seems to be working again---phew!

                                                                                        3. Are you still having trouble getting online? I didn't get to log my day yesterday....the OCD is kicking in! aaahhhhhhh

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                                                                                          1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                            I did get online finally. But, app still down.

                                                                                          2. Do those of you who follow WW points+ enter in your fruits and veggies to your daily log?

                                                                                            I do wish that p+ counted fruits, as I feel guilty when eating them for "free".

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                                                                                            1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                              I enter everything I eat into my daily log--including fruits and vegetables. I think it's just a good practice to get into.

                                                                                              1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                I allow myself 2 'free' fruits a day and then count points beyond that. It has really encouraged me to move more to snacking on cukes and suchlike.

                                                                                              2. After a post-Easter gain, I was happy to be down 2.4 this week, so am feeling inspired to keep on track. Tonight I'm making this recipe from the NY Times that others on WFD have raved about, instead I'm baking instead of frying. Also, I have bought the Bolthouse yogurt salad dressing, which I like a lot, and will have a salad with that tonight. 2 tablespoons are 1 p+, and I usually mix those 2 tablespoons with some red wine vinegar to stretch it and tart it up.
                                                                                                http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101463...

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                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                  wow! 2.4 is huge!! congrats!

                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                    I decided to buy the Activelink this week, which is on sale. I think it will be a good motivator to move more. My plan is to earn enough points to have a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. Cheese: 3, bacon 4, eggs 4, roll 4. 15 points for a sandwich that I used to eat without batting an eye -- and then be hungry again about 3 hours later!

                                                                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                    I LOVE the Bolthouse yogurt dressings!!

                                                                                                    1. re: Solstice444

                                                                                                      I am currently working on a bottle of Caesar, which is really tremendously improved by a shot of red wine vinegar!

                                                                                                  3. With my husband away until Monday, I feel like I have a weekend where I can make some real progress. Both Saturday and Sunday's meals last week involved fried food, but I still managed to carve off a pound this week. I am excited to try some WW recipes.

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                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                      Weekends are always so difficult for me. Sometimes I wonder if I should move my weigh in to Friday...that would give me the whole week to "recover". Enjoy your weekend of healthful eating!

                                                                                                      1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                        pages, I always record my weight on Fridays for the exact reason you mention... gives me the rest of the week to recover from the prior weekend :) We eat out a lot on weekends and even if I don't go over my ranges, the sodium usually kills me on the scale. And if I have alcohol? Even worse.

                                                                                                    2. I made Skinnytaste's Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce last night. (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/04/br...) This recipe was fantastic! Just as good as anything I can get from a take out Thai restaurant. I served it with 1/2 a cup of brown rice and sauteed snow peas (1 tsp olive oil, garlic and sesame seeds). The whole meal was 10 points.

                                                                                                      It was a delicious dinner and I have enough left over sauce for the next day or so. I'm sure this will be equally delicious on some baked or grilled chicken.

                                                                                                      I've been slowing down on my gym visits because I'm in crunch time for my final thesis chapter---I only went twice last week and really only did the treadmill. I know I really need to up my work outs if I want to start seeing more results...this is clearly the key to my weight loss since I've more or less got the eating thing under control. I'm hoping once the next 2 weeks pass and I'm finished with the bulk of my thesis I'll be able to get back to more intense workouts 4 days a week.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                        I've been wanting to make that recipe but have just been too lazy!

                                                                                                        1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                          I love the way this sounds. Since my husband hates tilapia, I guess you could use most any white fish.

                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                            My fiance doesn't like Tilapia either so when I make it for him I'll use cod or white fish. Any fish will work---although salmon might be too strong. I bet it would be good with sword fish as well.

                                                                                                        2. I just found a "bagel" called Better Bagel at Fairway, and the whole wheat version is only two points. Since I was craving an egg sandwich today, I made one on the bagel using 1 egg and one egg white and two slices of crisp bacon. It was delicious, but unfortunately, I'm still hungry! There's a honeydew on the counter that's winking at me, and I think I'll have to have at it next!!

                                                                                                          1. I just want to shout out Bolthouse salad dressings. I think they are the best low calorie/points ones out there. For lunch today I had a big salad with lettuce, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes and a can of tuna with two points worth of Bolthouse Ceasar Dressing thinned out a bit with some wine vinegar. For 4 points it was really tasty and filling. I think I need to find more 4-5 point lunches!

                                                                                                            1. I think I've been "snacking" a little too much since my weight loss has s-l-o-w-e-d down a lot since my Easter debacle. I can't believe it's taken so long for me to get back on track. So I am resolved to stay strictly on plan this week and to track everything. For lunch today I had tuna over mixed lettuces, beets, cucumbers and tomatoes with a thinned out Bolthouse salad dressing. Only 4 points and quite filling!

                                                                                                              1. so after 18 months OFF WW (and gaining it all back) im back on and have lost 2.5 lbs this week...
                                                                                                                im thinking of making a thai chicken skewers with a cucumber salad one night this week...it just seems incomplete suggestions?? also im starving at dinner...or maybe i just think i am. im so used to having have a carb with my dinner...and its a downfall, i cannot control myself. so perhaps another veggie.
                                                                                                                i thought id post it here, sorry if its not the right thread....

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                                                                                                                1. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                  It's the right thread! How about a big filling salad with dinner? Or mariacarmen's trick of eating a big bowl of steamed broccoli first? Or maybe making a "noodle" salad out of tofu shirataki, which I think are zero points (comes in small bags in the produce section where I shop). If you have never used shirataki before, it smells absolutely vile when it comes out of the bag, you have to rinse the heck out of it and then dry it on paper towels but after that it just absorbs whatever favors you put on it, like maybe soy, lemon, garlic and ginger.

                                                                                                                  1. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                    Welcome back! It's a lifestyle change, for sure, and the beginning is the hardest! I like all of Gretchen's suggestions. I've been using Bolthouse yogurt salad dressings, which are only 1 point for 2 tablespoons. I like to cut them with some vinegar to make them flow more over the salad greens. Add cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes and beets, and you'll have a very filling salad. For 2 points more, you could add a can of water packed tuna, and that will fill you up!

                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      thanks chowhounders. i did buy a bag of the shiritaki noodle...and im going to try and get past the smell, i couldnt last time.
                                                                                                                      i lost 2.2 lbs this week so im feeling motivated again!
                                                                                                                      i love the bolthouse yogurt dressings-i love the trick about the vineger ill have to remember that!
                                                                                                                      i need to remember to check these posts more often, everyone has great suggestions.
                                                                                                                      :)

                                                                                                                    2. re: cookfood

                                                                                                                      why can't you have a carb at dinner? what does the rest of your day look like?

                                                                                                                      i also find a glass of v8 helps before a meal. and when i'm really hard up for a carb and i don't have the points, mashed cauliflower or spaghetti squash helps.

                                                                                                                      1. re: eLizard

                                                                                                                        I have really reduced my carb intake dramatically (with the exception of fruit and vegetables), and that, along with the portion control of points+, has really helped the process for me. My main carb meal is cereal in the morning, and maybe 2P+ of bread at lunch or occasionally 1/2 cup of rice at dinner. Other than that, I try to avoid bread, pasta and rice as much as I can. And I've always been a carb queen.

                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                          Carbs raise your insulin more than any other foods. That rise in insulin not only tells your body to store fat, it tells it not to let go of it and raises hunger. So.... fewer carbs=steady blood sugar/ less hunger, which leads to calorie restriction =both the ability to lose fat and the need to dip into fat reserves= more consistent fat loss.

                                                                                                                    3. I shared this recipe over in the WFD thread but then I realized it probably would apply here too. I made this Asian BBQ chicken last night: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/eatin... A 5oz portion was only 236 calories. And, it was super delicious.

                                                                                                                      I had rice, and I used this recipe for a stir fry veggie: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/02/... I've done this with a few different veggies... snap peas, snow peas, carrots, green beans, this time I did green beans since they were on sale this week. The flavor is great, and like she mentions in the recipe, it's even good cold the next day.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                        Hoisin is *LOADED* with sugar, do you think this recipe would suffer from the amount being cut in half? What about losing the honey all together? Would you increase something else instead? (13g is half a day's carbs for me and more than your body can process in an hour without an insulin spike.)

                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                          I'm not a low carber so I didn't really pay attention to how much sugar was in the hoisin (my entry in my tracker says it's 1.1g per tbsp). I was using the generic entry though, vs the actual brand, so maybe the sugar/carbs is higher than I thought. I'm looking at other branded entries now and you're right, it ranges anywhere from 7-16 grams of sugar depending on brand for 1tbsp, I'll take out the part about the carbs in my post above :)

                                                                                                                          I think you could do without the honey because it's such a small amount but with the hoisin being the main ingredient in the sauce at 6 tbsp, it might be hard to reduce it. It's also the only thicker ingredient so I think reducing it would make the sauce even more watery, it was on the watery side to begin with. Sorry :(

                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                            Gotcha. :) I'll look for (or experiment,) with similar flavors and see what happens- it really looks yummy.

                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                              Good luck! Let us know if you figure out a good alternative :)

                                                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                          I actually just made a note of this recipe called Oven Barbecued Asian Chicken which sounds similar. One serving is 9 pts. but with chicken breast, I suppose it's a bit less.

                                                                                                                          http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bar...