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

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?

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  1. 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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    1. re: valerie

      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?

      1. re: roxlet

        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.

        1. re: valerie

          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.

          1. re: roxlet

            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!

            1. re: valerie

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

              1. re: valerie

                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!

                1. re: ziggylu

                  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.

      2. 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

          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...

          1. re: roxlet

            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

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

            2. re: roxlet

              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.

          2. 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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            1. 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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              1. 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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                1. re: ziggylu

                  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.

                  1. re: roxlet

                    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

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

                  2. re: ziggylu

                    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