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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The time to get serious edition -- September 2013 [OLD]

roxlet Sep 1, 2013 06:34 AM

My Weight Watcher's leader was complimenting our group last week saying that she gave major props to all the people who kept coming -- and losing -- through the temptations of summer. She promised that next week, there would be hoards lining up, whining unhappily about the weight they'd gained since June. Since she's been at this for about 20 years, I have no doubt she's correct!

I, for one, am treating this as the start of a new year. Though I lost weight this summer, it was not quite as much as I'd hoped, but at least I am in a new size and the scale is moving -- albeit slowly -- in the right direction! With my husband, and his temptations, out of town for a much of the next two months, I'm hoping to do well with more control over my diet and meals.

With the markets full of summer's bounty, what are you cooking to stay on track?

  1. roxlet Oct 1, 2013 04:16 AM

    Let's continue here:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918746

    1. herby Sep 27, 2013 05:51 AM

      I am down 3.8 at yesterday's weigh-in! My first week on WW and I was over allowable points even counting extras everyday - did not expect to loose. Well, this is beginners' luck and won't happen again if I am not super careful. It was great experience and I am a bit clearer on what I need to do but still foggy :)

      Thank you Roxlet for the wonderful thread and all of you WW Foodies for your support!

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      1. re: herby
        roxlet Sep 27, 2013 06:52 AM

        You're certainly welcome, and congrats on a terrific start!! I keep telling myself that it is a life change, and not a diet.

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          herby Sep 27, 2013 09:59 AM

          Absolutely! It has to be a life change otherwise what's the point! It sure is hard like anything else worth doing, right?:)

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            roxlet Sep 27, 2013 03:16 PM

            As they say, it's not losing the weight--it's not finding it again!

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        Kontxesi Sep 27, 2013 04:39 AM

        Man, all of the 3s you guys hit this week are killing my buzz! :p

        I lost 1.8 this week and finally REALLY hit my 10%. Less than a pound away from 30 now.

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        1. re: Kontxesi
          roxlet Sep 27, 2013 06:51 AM

          I was up one this week, so I'm no buzz killer!

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            valerie Sep 27, 2013 06:58 AM

            I was up .8. I was kind of careless. No big blowout meals but it was the BLT's that got me...every day. And we had a neighborhood party and there were leftover potato chips which ended up in my house, and potato chips are a major weakness for me, so it was not pretty!

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              Kontxesi Sep 27, 2013 09:10 AM

              I think chips are the reason I wasn't down more. My boyfriend went and bought two bags of Doritos because his parents were coming over to play cards. Not many got eaten, and they were staring me in the face the next morning.

              I ate them for breakfast. :-[

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          ziggylu Sep 26, 2013 08:35 PM

          Quiet in here this week! Hope everyone is doing well! Weigh in tonight...down 3.2 which likely included the water I was surely holding onto last week at weigh in. Down 25 now.

          Just blended up some frozen bananas with some Silk brand dark chocolate almond milk for a yummy 2 pt evening treat.

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            roxlet Sep 27, 2013 03:54 AM

            Wow! Congratulations! That's fantastic. I was down 3 last week, then up one this week, but I went out the night before weigh-in, and my meal was very salty. Anyway, I'm trying to make next week a good one!

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              melpy Sep 27, 2013 04:37 AM

              Finally had a big success! Down 3.6. Really made better choices overall with a few minor hiccups. Wedding is only two weeks away. Can't lose too much because the dress fits but maybe my face will look a little thinner in pictures.

            2. herby Sep 20, 2013 04:49 PM

              Well, I went to WW meeting yesterday and got all info, bought points calculator and pedometer, and started tracking points this morning. By 5pm I had 3 points left :( Sigh... I really need a food plan. Thinking to develop three each - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and try it for a couple of weeks and than expand. I like to have a cup of kefir that I make with 2% milk in the morning and this is already 4 points before I even have "real" food! My daily points are 27 - you'd think that is a lot but not really. I also like to have hormone balancing shake every day, possibly for lunch. Wonder how many points that will work out to be - probably more than I'd like because it keeps me full for a few hours.

              Any suggestions on the meals you like to eat that are point friendly would be really helpful. I'll start a binder divided into sections (B,L,D) with recipes and points. Skinny Taste has points for her recipes, right?

              Thanks everyone and sorry for whining. My local wine store has a sign: "Wine a bit, it will make you feel better" :)

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                valerie Sep 20, 2013 05:16 PM

                Keep in mind that you also have 49 "bonus" points in a week. So if you divide that up in a week, it's an extra 7 points per day.

                For me, I like to use those points almost as "insurance". For example, I had 10 points left for dinner today. But I probably had more pasta than I should have, so if I went over by a point or 2, it's not a tragedy.

                It works best to plan out your day ahead of time so that you don't end up with only 3 points for dinner. As I mentioned earlier, I like a substantial dinner so I plan the rest of my day around leaving 10-13 points for dinner. And I like dessert after my kids go to bed. So I always put in a 3 point WW ice cream bar so I know that I have the points for it.

                Also, I like real half & half in my coffee. I will eat a 3-4 point salad for lunch, but I won't give up my half & half! So it's just a matter of figuring out what is "worth it" and what is negotiable.

                Stick with it...it will get easier!

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                  herby Sep 20, 2013 05:38 PM

                  Thank you! Very helpful.

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                  roxlet Sep 20, 2013 07:12 PM

                  I love Italian tuna, which I buy at Costco. When you drain it, a whole can it 3 points. A large can of water pack tuna (I love the Costco brand) is only two points. If you serve the Italian tuna with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, you can dress it with balsamic vinegar, and it's a filling lunch. I mash up a can of water packed tuna with half an avocado, and with some hot sauce and vegetables, that's only 6 points. The Hebrew National 97% fat free hot dogs are only one point each. I have them with WeightnWatchers bread for the roll, plus sauerkraut and mustard. Three of those are six points. The Progresso light soups are very low in points, and quite satisfying.

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                    dmjordan Sep 22, 2013 11:38 AM

                    skinnytaste.com and laaloosh.com have Weight Watchers recipes.

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                    harryharry Sep 20, 2013 04:39 AM

                    Hi All, I've been reading this thread for a week or so - I've been thinking about joining WW - actually, I did join online and then spent two hours on the website looking for the information I wanted, couldn't find it and then had a hissy fit on the phone w/ customer service and cancelled my membership!
                    So, I hear that maybe the meetings are more up my alley - though I'm not usually good at group stuff - Here's what I really want from WW - the point calculator and also some guidelines as to what to eat - when I put in my first morning breakfast on the calculator - what I thought was a healthy breakfast took more than half my daily points away.... huh?- I want to find a list of foods that have low points - what's recommended, what's worse, etc.... on the phone they kept telling me to download the bar scanner - (which sounds great by the way) and check the points of the different options - for example - scan the whole wheat bread, the white bread and the tortilla - who the heck has time for that with every single decision to be made!
                    I am a chef so will be cooking most of my own food - I'm not interested in pre made stuff. I would love to know if WW meetings has all this. Thanks for your input!

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                    1. re: harryharry
                      roxlet Sep 20, 2013 04:56 AM

                      At your first WW meeting, the leader will go over the program with you at the end of the meeting. I think it's really important to find a leader with whom you feel compatible. Until I found my current leader, I was joining and dropping out, joining and dropping out. I did the online WW when I lived abroad, but stopped when I got home. I think that for me, the meeting makes it so that I really feel accountable. Once you figure out the points for a food item, write the points on the wrapper with a sharpie, and you won't have to do it again. You will be surprised by how many points+ your usual foods are, and you will quickly figure out what's truly "worth it" for you. I was a chip-o-holic, and I quickly realized that eating chips meant that I could eat much less real food. Ditto with alcohol and wine. It's up to you, and you can make choices as to what's important to you. You get a bunch of extra points per week, and there is a woman in my group who uses her points for cream to put in her coffee. There is another person who uses his for a weekly blow out. You can choose, but you have to stay within your points. And don't expect miracles. You have to realize that this is a life-long commitment, and not a quick fix. If you can deal with that, you can lose a lot of weight. There are several people in my group who have lost 100+ lbs, but it took a couple of years. Nonetheless, they stuck with it, and they are now very happy, but they keep with it and practice mindful eating.

                      Good luck, and it's great that you cook your own food. It makes things much, much easier if you do!

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                        valerie Sep 20, 2013 07:06 AM

                        It is time consuming, you are right. But after "following" WW for years off and on (and I put that is quotes because I never truly followed it), I finally started devoting the time and I have seen results.

                        The thing about WW is that what works for some, doesn't work for others. You mention that your breakfast was high in points. I have a friend who loves a big breakfast and then eats a tiny dinner. I am the opposite. I stick to low point foods all day because I like a substantial dinner.

                        So the point is finding what works for you. Meetings help with that and though I tried the on-line thing at one point as well, it's not the same.

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                          ziggylu Sep 20, 2013 10:23 AM

                          Roxlet and Valerie have given you some great input! I did WW many years ago and did OK...then put the weight back on plus another 35lbs. I gave it a go a few times ove rthe years but never lasted more than a month. This time around I was "ready" and it hasn't been as hard...though admittedly being familiar with how it works made it easier to get started...the beginning can be tough as you try to figure out how the system works and start making changes.

                          Make small changes a little at a time. If you're in it for the long haul, the results will come so don't overwhelm trying to change everything up front.

                          I don't eat much processed food on a normal basis. You will learn over time your typical foods and the point values and become familiar with how to build recipes in your head to calculate the points(i'm not a fan of the WW recipe builder myself, nor the bar scanner for that matter as it never seems to work on my phone).

                          I really like the meeting we go to. We have a very dynamic leader who is very committed to all the individuals in her group and really seems to care. MANY people have lost 50+ in this group and since I've been going in May 5 people have made lifetime as well. I've had to go to other meetings on weeks I couldn't make my regular one and those meetings have been terrible....so, keep trying different meetings til you find one that works. I like knowing I'm not in this alone, sharing in everyone's success and the fun atmosphere our leader creates in our meetings.

                          I was a big empty carb eater at breakfast so that was a big change I made...upped the protein, cut the carbs and added some fruit. This mornign I had some cottage cheese and mixed berries and a half a banana before I went out for my run. It will hold me a long time and I"m way more satisfied eating this than I every was with toast, a bagel or a bowl of cereal. I eat a lot more eggs than I used to as well and have found that's been a great breakfast change for me. I don't like to eat a lot of points in the morning so this has worked for me. YMMV! :-)

                          Good luck!

                          1. re: ziggylu
                            roxlet Sep 20, 2013 11:30 AM

                            Before I went back to WW 9 months ago, I was craving bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in the morning, and I gave in to the craving far too often. Strange to say, I would be hungry again within a couple of hours. Now my breakfast is usually 1 oz of Cheerios with a sliced banana, some raspberries and some blueberries, and it seems to hold me pretty well. Sometimes I do a vegetable frittata, but that is more of a winter breakfast for me.

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                          Kontxesi Sep 20, 2013 04:18 AM

                          Total bomb week for me. I woke up with a splitting headache on Thursday morning that didn't go away until Saturday afternoon. When I don't feel well, I don't eat well....

                          Up 1.2, which is my highest gain so far. I'm not sweating it, though. I felt truly horrible and there was no way I was going to cook. I was hoping to hit my 10% this week, but there's always next week.

                          Also, has anyone else noticed that WW rounds their percentage goals? I was told LAST week that I hit my 10%, even though I was .2 away. Then my mom was told this week that she hit hers, even though she's a few decimals away as well. I realized that they rounded mine from 259.2 to 260 and my mom's from 197.2 to 198.

                          So, according to WW, we've both reached it. But she's a math teacher, and I'm very detail oriented.... We are celebrating until we hit it for real. :p

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                            valerie Sep 19, 2013 08:15 PM

                            I've gotten somewhat back on track. Weighed in today and lost .8. I'm not making excuses but it might have been a little more but we went out for dinner last night for my son's birthday so I ate a bit more than usual.

                            I already have my breakfast and lunch prepared for tomorrow to bring to work. This weekend we have a big dinner out on Saturday but other than that, I want to have a good week to get over that 20 lb. mark.

                            I don't love Fall fruits (apples, pears etc) and the fruit really helped me in the Summer. I will miss the watermelon!

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                            1. re: valerie
                              roxlet Sep 20, 2013 04:03 AM

                              I know what you mean about the summer fruit (especially the watermelon!), but we got some fabulous Pink Lady apples at Costco, and I think that eating them really helped me this week. They're a lot more filling than summer fruit.

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                              ziggylu Sep 13, 2013 05:12 PM

                              Small loss this week. -.4. but better than a small gain! :-)

                              Ahead is the first really challenging week I've had since starting. We went out for friends bday last night, are having a paella party tonight, another friend over tomorrow night. My DH is leaving Mon for the week and without realizing my whole week booked up with dinners with girlfriends. I typically don't eat out a lot so this will be hard!

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                              1. re: ziggylu
                                roxlet Sep 13, 2013 06:02 PM

                                Yes, it sounds like a tough week, but try to plan ahead when you eat out by looking at menus on line. You can handle it!

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                                  ziggylu Sep 19, 2013 07:51 PM

                                  Well....a week of dining out and a few glasses of wine last weekend took it's toll despite tracking it all and pushing the workouts. +1 tonight. I'm OK with it...I took in a lot of salt this week and can feel it...and it's actually the first gain I've had since starting in May and a reminder that eating out daily just doesn't work for me. Time to put the head down and get back to what's been working up til this week.

                                  DH comes back tonight so we'll enjoy some healthy home cooked meals this weekend.

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                                    roxlet Sep 20, 2013 04:01 AM

                                    I was up 2 last week, then buckled down, and I was surprised by being down 3 at weigh-in yesterday. It works, but you really can't lose focus, I've found. Back to weighing and measuring for all I'm not sure of!

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                                      ziggylu Sep 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                                      Yes for sure. I went out and ran four miles and then came home to do some yoga this mornign hoping to burn some off. Thank goodness for three day weekends that allow lots of exercise time! LOL

                                      Has anyone tried tracking on My Fitness Pal as well? I also ate a lot of fruit this past week, especially grapes and I think those calories caught up with me too. For this week I'm going to try tracking both on the WW tracker and the MFP tracker to see just how many calories in fruit I'm eating...( I was surprised by how many calories were in my morning berries for instance - 250! i love berries but maybe need to love them a little less)

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                                        roxlet Sep 20, 2013 11:26 AM

                                        How is that possible??? I always thought that berries were extremely low in calories....not that I'm counting those!

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                                          ziggylu Sep 20, 2013 12:30 PM

                                          I put in 1 1/2 cups of mixed berries and it came up at 250 calories! I had already eaten them so couldn't weigh or measure by type(by weight for better accuracy). I'll try and do that tomorrow to see if the number changes.

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                                            herby Sep 20, 2013 12:33 PM

                                            Something is wrong with calculations - two English muffins are 260 cal!

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                                              ziggylu Sep 20, 2013 12:39 PM

                                              I'll weigh them tomorrow by type. I had already mixed together a bunch of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries and eaten them when I did this so had to pick the "mixed berries" option from the MFP database. I just looked again and it's actually 210 not 250 but still higher than I expected! I weighed the plum I just ate and it came to 69 calories in their database based on weight. I bought some really good ones at costco and have been having two for lunch all week...so that's another 140 calories that haven't been counted. And then the couple lbs of grapes that might ahve gotten eaten this week along with a banana before my morning runs.

                                              Better than eating tons of candy and chips for sure...but I"m not sure all that fruit is really " free"when it's more than a couple servings per day.

                                              1. re: ziggylu
                                                roxlet Sep 20, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                The plums I got at costco were terrible! Anyway, don't make yourself crazy -- count points or count calories, but don't do both!!

                                              2. re: herby
                                                juliejulez Sep 21, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                Many fruits are not very low calorie since they do have a lot of (natural) sugar. Now, eating 260 calories of berries is probably better for you than 260 calories of english muffins, but still...

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                                                  valerie Sep 21, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                  As one WW leader said to my group years ago when someone was complaining about measuring carrots:

                                                  "Don't worry so much about the carrots. Nobody is here because they are eating too many carrots!"

                                                  1. re: valerie
                                                    roxlet Sep 21, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                    Similarly, my leader always says, "Fruit didn't bring you here."

                                  2. roxlet Sep 12, 2013 12:45 PM

                                    Very disappointing day weighing in today since I was up. I should have expected it since there was definitely a bit too much uncounted noshing going on. I am definitely refocusing, and I will be more rigorous in counting all the BLTs (bites, licks and tastes). I have a big goal for my son's HS graduation in June, and an even bigger one for his first parents' visiting day. So no feeling bad-- just redo bulking my efforts.

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                                      Kontxesi Sep 12, 2013 04:49 AM

                                      Last night's weigh-in was good, but just a little frustrating: Down 1.6 lbs, which was just .2 away from my 10%. REALLY?! Let me go outside for a few minutes and sweat that off and then re-weigh.

                                      And then... we got pizza.

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                                      1. re: Kontxesi
                                        roxlet Sep 12, 2013 04:54 AM

                                        My weigh in is on Thursdays, and I will frequently allow myself a little leeway on Thursday or Friday nights.

                                        1.6 is fabulous. Go look at a pound and a half of butter. That's what you're not carrying around!

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                                          Kontxesi Sep 12, 2013 05:01 AM

                                          When I hit 25 lbs, my leader asked how I felt. I sheepishly replied that I wasn't feeling much different, honestly. I've been able to stop wearing my fiance's shorts and fit into my own clothes again, but when I look in the mirror I don't see a difference. I don't sleep any better. I haven't noticed less joint pain. My back problems have actually worsened. I don't feel HEALTHIER.

                                          One of the ladies in the meeting said something about picking up a bag of dog food and realizing that's how much I'd shed. I had actually thought about a few days earlier when buying food for the pups, but it almost feels like a sham. I pick up the bag and I'm just like "no way I've lost this much. The scales are lying."

                                          I keep going, though. I just hope someday soon I'll start to feel better.

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                                            herby Sep 12, 2013 06:18 AM

                                            Kontxesi, I am sure there is a change in your image that you can't see. You are probably down a size or more, your body has more energy for repair and other cell level functions. That you can't see and it takes time to start feeling the difference. You do not feel healthier yet but you are, it just takes long time to replace cells and heal inflammation for you to start noticing the difference.

                                            Losing 25lbs is amazing! I am planning to start WW next week when I am back at home after spending summer with the family. And when I loose 25lbs I am going to pat myself on the back, pick up that bag of dog food and celebrate :) Congratulations on your achievement and your resolve to keep on going!

                                            1. re: Kontxesi
                                              juliejulez Sep 12, 2013 07:51 AM

                                              I agree w/ herby's sentiments. After I lost 25lbs, I didn't feel like I looked much different, even though my size 16 pants were too big, and people who hadn't seen me in awhile commented. Even now, after 60lbs lost, when I look in the mirror, I don't see a huge difference (probably because when I was bigger, I didn't notice that either). But, when I look at the picture of me when I was at my heaviest, and compare to pictures now, I see the big difference. Perhaps starting to do pictures might help you out. I wish I had done progress pictures.

                                              And, also agree that 25lbs is a huge accomplishment. My mom has been trying to lose 25lbs for YEARS. The changes will hit you eventually, and you will start feeling better.

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                                                valerie Sep 12, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                60 lbs....wow! That is amazing!

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                                                  herby Sep 13, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                  Wow, JJ !!! You are amazing and very inspiring :) I need to loose at least 50lbs and 60 will be much-much better. Planning my first WW for Thursday and trying to plan meals... will see how it all goes but I have faith that with all you inspiring and encouraging people around, even if virtually, I might succeed.

                                                  1. re: herby
                                                    juliejulez Sep 13, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                    You can totally do it! The biggest key for me was planning planning planning. For a long time I planned everything in my food tracker (I didn't do WW, just calorie counting on sparkpeople.com) a week ahead of time. I also ate slightly less on weekdays to accommodate weekends when we would go out to eat, go out of town etc. Also having the plan in place helped me avoid things like opening the fridge and having to figure out what I was making that night. I just followed my plan. Sometimes I didn't feel like eating what I planned, but told myself "too bad!" and ate it anyway! Even now that I'm maintaining, I still plan most of my weekday meals.

                                            2. re: Kontxesi
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                                              valerie Sep 12, 2013 07:18 AM

                                              I feel your frustration! Before I went on vacation, I was down 19.8 lbs. Though I was happy, I would have been a tad bit happier with that extra .2 to make it 20 lbs!

                                              But then we went away. I only put on 1.4 lbs. but I have been having trouble getting back on track. I thought I was doing okay this week and got on the scale at home this morning and it moved in the wrong direction! So I felt like going and eating a big old bagel with a ton of cream cheese for breakfast but instead, had a moderate bowl of Fiber 1 cereal and I will keep going forward.

                                              Losing 25 lbs. is great! Keep up the good work...

                                              1. re: valerie
                                                rabaja Sep 12, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                Going forward. That's totally what it's all about. Looking at the whole, big picture of most anything is overwhelming.
                                                Today, for example, I hate to think of the jeans I'll need to squeeze back into when I start working again next week, but I can face my 30 minute workout right now. And even look forward to an Asian chicken salad for lunch.
                                                The rest? I'll face in bits and pieces, thanks!

                                              2. re: Kontxesi
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                                                ziggylu Sep 13, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                Congrats on the nice loss this week. We always go out the night of weigh in to(typically for steak actually!)

                                                25lbs is fantastic!!

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                                                ziggylu Sep 9, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                So for tonight's dinner I made something a former coworker of mine that has lost over 100lbs taught me. I've never been a fan of spaghetti squash but she mentioned to me one day she bought broccoli slaw and used that in place of pasta when she was craving it. So i've been doing that fairly frequently. I make a sauce with hot italian chicken sausage and fire roast tomatoes and put over it. Sometimes I sautee the slaw with a bit of broccoli otherwise I just steam it a bit. My husband loves it which has worked out well as he's more of a pasta lover than I am.

                                                What do you all like for quick weeknight meals?

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                                                1. re: ziggylu
                                                  roxlet Sep 10, 2013 05:14 AM

                                                  Is there a typo above? I didn't understand this:

                                                  "Sometimes I sautee the slaw with a bit of broccoli otherwise I just steam it a bit."

                                                  Isn't the slaw broccoli?

                                                  1. re: roxlet
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                                                    Kontxesi Sep 10, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                    The slaw is shredded broccoli stems, carrots, and I think red cabbage. I'm assuming we're talking about adding some broccoli florets to that.

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                                                      ziggylu Sep 10, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                      Oops, yes it's supposed to say "garlic." sorry!

                                                      There's no cabbage in the one I've been buying. Mostly broccoli with just a little carrot.

                                                    2. re: ziggylu
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                                                      Kontxesi Sep 10, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                      My usual go-to meal is a stir-fry and rice. Sometimes it's just veggies, sometimes beef or venison, chicken, pork.... I usually use some combination of: broccoli, snap or snow peas, carrots, bean sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, spinach. Whatever is in my fridge at the moment, really. The only veggies I really don't like in there are tomatoes [no business in a stir-fry, in my opinion], mushrooms, and bell peppers.

                                                      Last night I discovered a new one. It's not exactly quick because of the cooking time, but not a lot of work. Roasted vegetable tacos. Dice zucchini/yellow squash, onion, bell pepper, tomato, corn, garlic, toss with olive oil and cumin and roast. Then toss on your tortilla with some cheese and go! (The original recipe also involved an avocado crema, but my 'cado wasn't RIPE.... >.< )

                                                      1. re: ziggylu
                                                        roxlet Sep 12, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                        I'm making one of my favorite quick weeknight meals tonight. I buy an Indian simmer sauce by Maya Kamail at either Whole Foods or Fairway. It's a vindaloo sauce and it's sold in the refrigerator case. I take about a two lb pack of ground turkey, and add lots of chopped cilantro and chopped green onion and mix it with a little salt. I put the sauce in a shallow pan, and form small meatballs and drop them directly into the sauce to cook. Add some string beans, and serve with basmati rice. Everyone in my house loves it -- and I'm the only one on WW. Each meatball is about a point, the sauce is very low in points, beans are nothing, and about 3 points for the rice.

                                                        1. re: roxlet
                                                          rabaja Sep 12, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                          That sounds so good to me right now! In going to look for that sauce tomorrow, thanks.

                                                          I wonder if my husband would notice its turkey....

                                                          1. re: roxlet
                                                            juliejulez Sep 12, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                            I think we've talked about this, but I've seen the vindaloo sauce at Costco too.

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                                                              roxlet Sep 13, 2013 03:54 AM

                                                              Yes, we have, but my Costco doesn't carry it, unfortunately!

                                                              1. re: roxlet
                                                                juliejulez Sep 13, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                Boo! I still haven't tried it yet. I'm thinking I need to make a trip there though to pick up some things to have on hand for when I work late which will happen more now.

                                                                1. re: juliejulez
                                                                  roxlet Sep 13, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                  If you make this ahead, it freezes very well in dinner sized portions!

                                                                  1. re: roxlet
                                                                    juliejulez Sep 13, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                    Yup I was planning on making a batch or two of those Asian Turkey meatballs from SkinnyTaste and freezing them. I think they'd be very good with a vindaloo sauce and some brown rice.

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                                                              mebby Sep 16, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                              Thanks, roxlet, for the reminder about the Maya Kamali simmer sauce, which I've been meaning to try ever since Nancy Silverton recommended it in her book Twist of the Wrist (the book focused on using packaged foods to create great, chef-worthy weeknight meals). Saw it on sale this week at my local upscale grocery (Gelson's in L.A.). I got the tikka misala version and went with cubes of chicken breast vs. the meatballs, but it was delicious and my kids lapped it up, so a double win!

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                                                                roxlet Sep 16, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                Yes, it's great stuff and the ultimate in quick week night dinners. Was the tikka masala a refrigerated sauce or a shelf stable sauce? I've tried both kinds, and I think I prefer the refrigerated ones.

                                                                How is that Nancy Silvertonbook? I like that idea a lot!

                                                                1. re: roxlet
                                                                  mebby Sep 17, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                  Mine was the refrigerated sauce -- I haven't seen a shelf-stable sauce from her. Went back and bought a couple more tubs of it to stock up since it was on sale. So happy my kids liked it too -- it was their first Indian food (even though my daughter's name is India!) and they're totally sold.

                                                                  I have only made one thing from the Nancy Silverton book (pappardelle with bagna cauda, radicchio and a fried egg on top, which was delicious, but kind of a cheat as I made my bagna cauda instead of using jarred). But dkennedy did a review of the book on one of the Cookbook of the Week Challenge threads:
                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8673...

                                                                  1. re: mebby
                                                                    roxlet Sep 17, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                    I looked again at my Costco, and it definitely isn't there since I checked all the places where refrigerated foods would be. :(

                                                                    And I ordered the Silverton book...it was a penny plus shipping, so worth a shot for sure!

                                                                    1. re: roxlet
                                                                      herby Sep 18, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                      I have Nancy Silverton Sandwich book and it is very good if you like sandwiches. I am not a big fan but she has open face ones which I like and lots of unusual tasty ones. I've playing with the sourdough and just about ready to make bread. Made sourdough-banana pancakes yesterday and they were delicious. My first batch of bread will be made with regular flour and if it works, I'll start baking with local heritage flour to avoid GM wheat.

                                                                      Going to my first (not ever!) WW meeting on Thursday....

                                                          2. z
                                                            ziggylu Sep 7, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                            I finally came up with a plan for my eggplant last night. I sauteed it with some onion, garlic and red bell pepper, deglazed with some white wine, tossed in a can of fire roasted tomatoes, some oregano, mint and a cinnamon stick and let it simmer a bit. Didn't really have a plan for it from there but we put it over a little orzo last night with a bit of feta on it and then put some in some omelets this morning. Turned out very tasty for just a few points....!

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                                                              roxlet Sep 7, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                              That sounds great!

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                                                              valerie Sep 6, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                              I only went up 1.4 lbs, which I thought was acceptable after being on vacation. So I enjoyed my holiday dinner last night and today is a new day and a new week and time to focus.

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                                                                roxlet Sep 6, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                Congrats! That's great!

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                                                                  ziggylu Sep 7, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                  That is good....and I bet it'll come off easy!

                                                                2. eLizard Sep 6, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                  vacation weight gone. now to lose that pesky free food in the breakroom weight.

                                                                  1. Gio Sep 6, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                    Just in case anyone is interested, Weight Watchers has posted a new Grace Young recipe specifically for their program: "Lemon Pork Piccata Stir-Fry". We cooked it last night and it's quite tasty, in a comfort food kind of way. The recipe is on the WW web site:

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

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                                                                      Kontxesi Sep 6, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                      Interesting. A Grace Young recipe with white wine and lemon? I'll probably give it a try, but I have a feeling I'm going to stick to Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge.

                                                                      I hope they do some other stuff from her, too; she's awesome. I've only made one recipe from Sky's Edge I didn't like.

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                                                                        roxlet Sep 6, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                        Oh, that looks great! Thanks for pointing that out!

                                                                        1. re: Gio
                                                                          juliejulez Sep 6, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                          This looks delicious, thanks for the link. I saved to my Pinterest. I'm always looking for light ways to use pork.

                                                                          1. re: Gio
                                                                            mebby Sep 6, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                            Thanks, Gio. She also did several 5-ingredient recipes in the current issue of Fitness magazine (ya know, I can read about working out even when I don't do it!), none of which are really Asian. Haven't tried them, but interesting to see that she may be carving out a new niche for herself. Recipes if interested:
                                                                            http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe...

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                                                                              z
                                                                              ziggylu Sep 6, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                              This looks great! I'm going to make it soon! THanks!

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                                                                                z
                                                                                ziggylu Sep 7, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                I had my husband make this for dinner tonight(Since both the wok and our copy of Breath of a Wok belong to him!). We used chicken breast since that's what we had in the freezer.

                                                                                We loved this. I love piccata and this was such a great way to enjoy the flavor. I"m going to try adapting a marsala recipe similarly

                                                                                Thanks again for posting the link, Gio

                                                                                1. re: ziggylu
                                                                                  roxlet Sep 7, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                  I love the idea of using chicken breast for this since I always have some in tune freezer.

                                                                                2. re: Gio
                                                                                  saturngrrl Dec 5, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                                  I made this recipe last night - holy moly, was it ever delicious!! Thanks for pointing it out. I'm going to try some more Grace Young stir fries soon! I may need a better wok.

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                                                                                    ziggylu Dec 5, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                    It is yummy! I love her recipes. We had her Breath of a Wok cook book and he has made several delicious things out of there so I was delighted to see her doing Weight Watchers recipes.

                                                                                    My DH is in charge of the wok...we have a basic carbon steel one that he seasoned according to her instructions in the book. IT's a couple years old now and works really well!

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                                                                                      herby Dec 5, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                      Ziggylu, do you cook on gas or electric stove? I can't get the wok hot enough on my electric stove :( For some dishes a fry pan is OK but not for everything.

                                                                                      1. re: herby
                                                                                        juliejulez Dec 5, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                        I can't either on my electric. So I usually just end up using a flat bottom skillet and my "stir frys" are more like "sautes"

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                                                                                          herby Dec 5, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                          Exactly! Wonder if induction gets hot enough. Thinking about kitchen remodel...

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                                                                                          z
                                                                                          ziggylu Dec 5, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                          We do have a gas stove that's fairly high BTU and the burners flip over to accomodate a round wok also.

                                                                                          My old house had electric. I never tried using a wok on it. Maybe a flat bottom one that you let get screaming hot before doing anything with?

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                                                                                            herby Dec 5, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                            Oh, you are so lucky :)

                                                                                            I made a beef recipe from the latest Dunlop a couple of weeks ago using cast iron pan and it turned out well but I had to cook a small batch at a time.

                                                                                  2. roxlet Sep 5, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                    Somehow, despite the duck ravioli with porcini cream sauce and the Thai spiced chicken wings with salted mango that my husband made this week, I'm down 2.4 lbs! Don't ask me how, except I will say that I was pretty rigorous when I wasn't eating his amazing food. Now he'll be away for a couple of weeks, and I will really be able to hunker down with my WW books and create some delicious low-point meals!

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                                                                                      Kontxesi Sep 5, 2013 04:27 AM

                                                                                      I finally broke my cycle! After two months of a "one down, one (or two) up" roller coaster, I've finally lost two weeks in a row. I'm now at -27 lbs, which puts me 1.8 away from my 10%.

                                                                                      And this after a three-day weekend full of tacos and soda.

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                                                                                        roxlet Sep 5, 2013 04:32 AM

                                                                                        Congratulations! That's great progress.

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                                                                                          valerie Sep 5, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                          That's great!

                                                                                          I am going today after not going for 2 weeks and being on vacation. I'm not expecting it to be pretty but not beating myself up over it either. It's a new week and time to get focused again.

                                                                                          1. re: valerie
                                                                                            roxlet Sep 5, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                                                            Treat yourself, don't beat yourself! :)

                                                                                          2. re: Kontxesi
                                                                                            herby Sep 5, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                            Cheers, Kontxesi! I will be back at home in about 10 days and plan my first weigh-in on 19th.It is not going to be good but posts like yours inspire me to face the truth and to do something positive about it.

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                                                                                              ziggylu Sep 5, 2013 08:45 PM

                                                                                              Lots of great news this week! Congrats to all!

                                                                                              I was pleasantly surprised to find myself down 2.2 tonight which earned me my 10% award. Maybe more vacation is in order?? :-)

                                                                                              Looking forward to a quiet weekend at home without many challenges. Trying to decide what to make for a nice Friday night dinner.

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                                                                                                roxlet Sep 6, 2013 04:02 AM

                                                                                                Congratulations! It's easy to be inspired when the news is good! Of course, more difficult when it's not, but what did you make for your Friday dinner? I just went with leftovers, but tonight I'm eating out with a friend, which I am really looking forward to!

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                                                                                                  z
                                                                                                  ziggylu Sep 6, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                                                  We went out last night after weigh in. One of our weekly routines, which I guess is kind of funny really.

                                                                                                  A couple hardboiled eggs and some berries for breakfast this morning. I've got a day on the run so need to plan well as I can run into trouble on these types of days

                                                                                                  Haven't settled on anything for tonight. I've got some eggplant I should use but haven't been inspired yet. I think I'll thumb through Arabesque and see what eggplant recipes are in there.

                                                                                                  Happy Friday everyone

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                                                                                                    Kontxesi Sep 6, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                    We were doing the same thing for a while. I'm a tightwad and not willing to make two trips into town, so my fiance had to hang out in town with me from 3:00 when we get off work and 6:30 when I get out of my meeting. I figured it was only fair to take him out to eat afterwards.

                                                                                                    Now we go home and I ride back in with my mom, while he stays home and (maybe) grills something.

                                                                                            2. roxlet Sep 4, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                              I'm having the best 6 point lunch for when you're feeling lazy and you're very hungry, which I am today for some reason: 3 Hebrew National 97% fat free hot dogs (1 pt+ each), three slices of WW bread (1p+ each), with sauerkraut (0) and mustard (0). It's my secret weapon lunch. Satisfying and low points! I have some veggies and a peach too...

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                                                                                                k
                                                                                                Kontxesi Sep 4, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                Those hot dogs are a lifesaver for me. I meant to pick some up this weekend, but they got missed.... I need to hit the store today and stock up.

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                                                                                                  roxlet Sep 4, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                  Yes, I bought two packs. I scarfed them right down, but I'm still hungry. Maybe I'll make some yogurt onion dip and have some vegetables with that.

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                                                                                                    herby Sep 4, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                    Roxlet, how do you make onion dip? Mix dry onion soup with yogurt?

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                                                                                                      roxlet Sep 4, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                      Yes, I use the Fage 0% Greek yogurt, and I add just enough of the dip to get the intensity I like. I find it gets stronger in taste the longer it sits, so I go easy on the amount of dip.

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                                                                                                        herby Sep 5, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                                        I'll try it - thanks!

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                                                                                                      k
                                                                                                      Kontxesi Sep 5, 2013 04:23 AM

                                                                                                      So I went to the store where I thought I bought them last time... and they weren't there. :-/ They did have an Oscar Mayer turkey dog that is 1 point, so I grabbed some of those.

                                                                                                      I chopped two of them up and mixed them in with leftover baked beans for my lunch today. (I've been jonesing for Beanie Weenies for months, but it's like 7 points for that little can....) I'm thinking they won't be as good as the HN ones, but we'll see. :)

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                                                                                                    z
                                                                                                    ziggylu Sep 4, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                    I've never tried these hot dogs. I"ll have to try them, sounds like a good option for a quick weekend lunch.

                                                                                                    Grilled fish tonight with some pico de gallo and avocado on it. I buy the kale salad mix at Costco and like it a lot, we have some left from the weekend so I'll put that out too....there's a ton of dressing in the package but I use just a bit of it. I need to come up with an alternative dressing for it(it's a poppyseed dressing) next time around.

                                                                                                    I haven't been able to work out the last few days due to vertigo. Weigh in tomorrow night, hoping the vacation won't show up as very damaging!

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                                                                                                      roxlet Sep 4, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                      Good luck! My weigh in is tomorrow too, but after a good start to the week, I had some fairly rich dinners prepared by my husband. He's going out of town tomorrow, so tonight will be the last rich meal in a while.

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                                                                                                        g
                                                                                                        girlwonder88 Sep 10, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                        That kale salad is fabulous. I only u se a bite of the dressing, too-have to admit I like the sweetness so haven't been tempted to substitute.

                                                                                                    2. The Dairy Queen Sep 3, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                      Count me among the hoards lining up, alas. You know, for me it's not the temptations of summer as much as it's the difficulty of locking in on a routine. Everything seems to settle into a rhythm in fall, which I am most grateful for. I handle routine very well. Freeform chaos, not so much.

                                                                                                      Congrats to roxlet and the rest of you who really buckled down this summer.

                                                                                                      So, I packed my childs lunch for school for the first time today (the details of which have been much discussed in another thread), but I used this lunchbox called a yumbox for him. It seems so tiny, but it has compartments for proteins, grains, fruit, vegetable, dairy, then a tiny compartment for a dip or for a small sweet. What boggled my mind is that all of the compartments, except the dip/sweets one, are 4 oz. Which is 20 oz of food. Almost a pound. A ton of food! I think I might consider getting a yumbox for myself to help with portion control. Since I'll be packing one for my child each morning, it wouldn't be that hard to pack one for myself, too.

                                                                                                      http://www.yumboxlunch.com/

                                                                                                      ~TDQ

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                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                        herby Sep 3, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                        What a great idea, TDQ - I want one now and they are sold out! BTW, a pound is 16oz - yumbox is more than a pound :)

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                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Sep 3, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                          You're right! 16oz is a pound and a quarter! Although, I guess these are fluid oz not weight ounces and I'm not even sure how to get my mind around that. I'm a little dippy this morning.

                                                                                                          Yes, they are sold out, unfortunately. I bought mine maybe six weeks ago, then went to buy a second one, and they were sold out. Then, on Thursday of last week, I decided I should get a back-up one, and checked, and they were in stock again.

                                                                                                          But, I dragged my feet thinking, maybe I should see how the first couple of days work out with the new lunchbox before investing in a second one. (They aren't super cheap.)

                                                                                                          I figured they'd probably been out of stock before due to the back to school rush, which, I guessed (incorrectly as it turns out), was over.

                                                                                                          And then the next day (Friday) I thought, "Oh heck, I'm just going to buy a second one." And they were sold out again. :(

                                                                                                          They say on their website they will get more in stock but I guess the moral of the story is, if you see them in stock, don't delay!

                                                                                                          Hopefully "back to school" really will be over soon!

                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                          1. re: herby
                                                                                                            melpy Sep 27, 2013 04:24 AM

                                                                                                            The yum box looks great! I really also like my laptop lunches box.

                                                                                                          2. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                                                            roxlet Sep 3, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                            You're absolutely right about the routine thing, TDQ. I was just thinking about it this morning and how sliding off program isn't so much about what you've eaten in any single day, but it's about the interruption of the routine. For me, that's where meetings come in this time. In the past, I did the online thing, and was sort of successful, but I feel that facing the music in person is far more effective for me in terms of staying with the routine-- or getting back to it. The Yum Box is very cute, but I have my trusty old scale on the counter, and my measuring cups nearby.

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                                                                                                              juliejulez Sep 3, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                              I'm also very much a routine person, and that's why I've been struggling this month. I started a new job so that threw some things off, and with us going out of town, having family in town etc etc etc, it just really throws off my routine and I end up resorting to old habits like eating cookies, getting fast food, etc. That's why I'm really hoping now that summer is coming to a close and I'm getting settled into the new gig, I can get back to my old routines.

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                                                                                                                ziggylu Sep 3, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                Routine can be so important. I think one of the reasons I've been successful is I started WW right when I was changing jobs. I had been working for a contract foodservice company at a major university. I didn't have a cooking job but had free meals that were very carb heavy and our campus baker made delicious stuff. I tried so hard to break habits like fresh baked cookies at lunch and just couldn't...so I started WW right before I started the new job and then tried to build new habits at my new job so that those became my routine. It's helped a lot....I went back to work today after ten days off and it was so easy to slip back into my work habit of a lunch full of vegetables and a couple pieces of fruit and put the vacation indulgence behind for now. I'm not sure it would have been as easy to get back on track if I'd had more days at home after the vacation.

                                                                                                                I put a bone-in breast of turkey in the slow cooker on sunday and shredded the meat. That's come in handy so far this week for salads and other quick items. I had some carb balance tortillas in the fridge and made some mexican pizzas with it....with a scale we were able to make 5 point pizzas and still enjoy some refried beans, turkey, cheese and avocado on them along with the veggies and salsa. The tortillas taste like cardboard on their own but for a flavor delivery vehicle we've found they work well, particularly for only 1 point!

                                                                                                              2. eLizard Sep 3, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                ugh. 11 days at the cape. much wine, seafood, and parties. and added weight. highest i've been since starting WW (the tippy top of my range). I did workout 7 out of those 11 days. Hard core cardio, step and spin.... i assume some of the weight is water and booze bloat. day one of eating clean today!

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                                                                                                                  roxlet Sep 3, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                  You'll recover quickly, and welcome back!

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                                                                                                                  ziggylu Sep 2, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                  Anyone planning any special WW foods for their Labor Day picnics? I'm going to my sister's and she's grilling up burgers. Fortunately I've always liked mine without buns even before WW. Some corn and some slaw and it hopefully won't be too hard to stay on track. Trying to get through the morning on low low points - a hard boiled egg and some fruit. The protein hit from the egg is good, but I ran this morning and did some yoga so the hungries are starting to hit!

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                                                                                                                    roxlet Sep 2, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                    Can you bring some crudetés and a low cal dip? You can use the Lipton Onion soup mix with 0 fat Greek yogurt. It's a great dip, and almost no points, as are the vegetables.

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                                                                                                                      ziggylu Sep 2, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                      I could but I'm too lazy! LOL My family has been very supportive of our WW efforts so I'm not too worried actually about her having things out to tempt us.

                                                                                                                      I've made that yogurt and onion soup dip and it's quite good! I use it for my snacks at lunch. I also like to mix up some tzatziki with the green yogurt and use that.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu
                                                                                                                        roxlet Sep 2, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                        Tzatziki is also great for a dip. You're right!

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                                                                                                                      momoftwo Sep 13, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                      I always find a grill tender is more than willing to throw on a portabello mushroom cap or two, marinate them is you like or I just pour a little olive oil, to keep it from sticking, season with salt, perpper and garlic powder. when it comes off, a little balsamic really hits the taste buds. If I have one or two of these, I do not miss the fatty burger. Another delicious grilled item is scallions, same technique as above but they go quickly, grab them just before they turn black and they are delicious....alsmost like a mello onion ring flavor

                                                                                                                    3. juliejulez Sep 2, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                      As soon as this week is over, I need to get back on it. I did pretty good all summer til August rolled around, then we had back to back to back weekends of family commitments, BBQs etc, so I need to get back on track. Transitioning to working in an office with people that have candy and bring in treats has been tough too, since I have a huge sweet tooth. I don't really know if I've gained much, hard to really tell because I've been drinking alcohol and eating a lot more salt, but I don't feel as good as I did before. Haven't been eating nearly enough fruits and veggies so that's probably why I feel pretty blah.

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                                                                                                                        roxlet Sep 2, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                        Come back, come back!

                                                                                                                      2. herby Sep 1, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                        I signed up on WW in June with the best of intentions but wasn't around much and ended up doing nothing; obviously has not lost any weight either. I am coming home mid-Sep and plan to start on WW the week I am back on Thursday. Also going to have a session with a personal trainer to figure out an exercise routine and will add one yoga class a week to that. This thread has been great inspiration for me and no doubt will motivate me and help to overcome obstacles once I start!

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                                                                                                                          roxlet Sep 1, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                          Good luck on your return!

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                                                                                                                            herby Sep 1, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                            Thank you!

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                                                                                                                          ziggylu Sep 1, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                          We started on WW in May so summer was when we started. We are just back from a week at Disney with our friends and their young kids. We did pretty well for the most part, even getting a few runs in on top of all the walking. This si the first time since starting we didn't track, it was just getting too complicated with all the restaurant meals and shared dishes. We did find we ate better than we would have on previous vacations. Meeting is Thursday night so we'll see how we did. I'll be happy to have maintained.

                                                                                                                          We are grilling shrimp and having a kale salad tonight. We got home Friday and it is nice to be eating at home again. I ate a lot more bread (including pizza) than I have been eating since started WW and by the end of the week it was no longer a treat and I'm happy to make it a rare thing again.

                                                                                                                          I am going to miss those Mickey waffles though!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: ziggylu
                                                                                                                            roxlet Sep 1, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                            How do you make your kale salad. I've been considering a version of this one...lightened up of course!:

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

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                                                                                                                              ziggylu Sep 1, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                              I make mine similar to the one in the case at Whole Foods....Kale, dried cranberries, toasted sliced almonds, lemon juice and salt....toss and let sit at least a half hour before dinner. ( I leave out the tomatoes whole foods puts in to add weight to the salad!)

                                                                                                                              I also like this one but make it less often as I don't always have mangoes on hand: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aa...

                                                                                                                              The smitten kitchen one looks pretty good. might have to try that!

                                                                                                                              1. re: ziggylu
                                                                                                                                roxlet Sep 1, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                Yes, that one looks good too. I like the idea of the breadcrumbs in the Smitten Kitchen one.

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                                                                                                                                herby Sep 1, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                Thank you for the recipe, Roxlet - looks delicious!.

                                                                                                                                My favourite kale salad has the following ingredients:
                                                                                                                                1 bunch Kale
                                                                                                                                3 cloves of garlic, pressed (or chopped really small)
                                                                                                                                2 T Tahini
                                                                                                                                1 T Bragg's Liquid Aminos
                                                                                                                                1 T Nutritional Yeast
                                                                                                                                1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
                                                                                                                                1 Lemon (juiced)
                                                                                                                                Water (to adjust for consistency if needed)

                                                                                                                                I find that making kale chiffonade and then massaging it with a bit of salt makes huge difference in taste and texture.

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                                                                                                                              valerie Sep 1, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                              I actually did pretty well over the summer. I find it easier with all the delicious fruit that is available. But we have been on vacation for the past week and as much as I tried to stay on track, it's hard when you are eating out 3 meals a day for 8 days.

                                                                                                                              We are returning home tonight. First thing tomorrow morning I will go food shopping and get back on track. And I am gong to my meeting on Thursday and facing the scale! Hopefully it won't be too bad...

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                                                                                                                                roxlet Sep 1, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                Well, you may be eating 3 meals out, but at least you're far from the temptations of home-based snacking! Good luck on Thursday! Which center do you go to?

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                                                                                                                                  valerie Sep 1, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  I work in the city a few days a week and we have an "at work" meeting in my office building. It has been great for me because if I have to leave the building, I find a million excuses not to go. It is a small group, which I also like because in the larger meetings I never spoke up.

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                                                                                                                                    roxlet Sep 2, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                    Oh, I was wondering if you went to Denise's meeting at Highbridge Shopping Center. To some extent, she's the reason I keep going.

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                                                                                                                                      valerie Sep 2, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      I have stopped in there occasionally to weigh in but never stayed for a meeting. Maybe I will try it one time. The leader is so important. I almost gave up late last year/early this year and my leader emailed me and said "hey, is everything okay" and I almost felt guilted into going back. But, since that time (end of February) I have lost almost 20 lbs, so I am forever grateful that she sent me that note!

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                                                                                                                                        roxlet Sep 2, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                        That's great. It's really easy to fall off the wagon if you don't keep going.

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                                                                                                                                          ziggylu Sep 2, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                          We found a good leader and it makes such a huge difference. A couple weeks I've had to go to other meetings...and nearly walked out they were so bad(I especially hate the meetings that focus on food substitutions and "fake" food(processed, fake sugars, etc). The meeting we go to regularly is great and there's lot of 50+ lbs losses in the group which is very motivating to stay on track. Last week was the first week I've missed a weigh in and I wish I hadn't. We typically weign in Thursday night and it turns out Thurs, Fri were my "worst" days on vacation...a weigh in might have helped stay more on track those two days!

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                                                                                                                                            roxlet Sep 2, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                            I felt the same way when our leader was on vacation. As soon as the sub said, "take out a pen," I was up and out the door! It just felt so puerile.

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