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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The Oktober Non-fest Edition - October 2013

roxlet Oct 1, 2013 04:16 AM

So here we go! A new month, and new resolutions for those of us who have had disappointing results last month (my hand is in the air).

We're all in this together, so what have you cooked to make this journey more delicious?

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    Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 1, 2013 04:45 AM

    I finally took the leap and tried spaghetti squash last week. I've been working for a local produce company for two and half years, so this is my third autumn with easy access to it.... Everyone raves about it (both at work and at WW meetings) but I've always been terrified. "It's a SQUASH! How can it compete with my beloved pasta?!"

    Well, I made Skinnytaste's spaghetti squash lasagna, and I approved. And so did my skeptical boyfriend, so bonus! He wants me to put meat it in next time, though.

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      herby RE: Kontxesi Oct 1, 2013 04:52 PM

      Thank you for reminding me of Skinnytaste! Lots of good recipes there and I need to re-visit it soon.

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      momoftwo RE: roxlet Oct 1, 2013 05:06 AM

      thanks for this section of the HC board. I am just starting back at WW after 5+ years away. I have a couple old tried and true WW recipes (sesame chix is a fave) but find I need more inspiration....where to find it? here I hope!
      Thanks again!

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        roxlet RE: momoftwo Oct 1, 2013 06:03 AM

        Can you give us the sesame chicken recipe? That's sounds as if it would be a good addition to the WW repertory. There are many great ideas on past months too, if you have the time to go back to the old threads.

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          momoftwo RE: roxlet Oct 1, 2013 07:12 AM

          sure, I'll post later, its at home...

      2. eLizard RE: roxlet Oct 1, 2013 06:54 AM

        turkey meatballs have been on the menu lately. italian-ish and vietnamese-ish.

        tonight is a takeout tonight recipe. chicken stirfry of sorts.

        soon will be turkey chili

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          valerie RE: roxlet Oct 1, 2013 04:03 PM

          I made this Honey BBQ Turkey Meatloaf tonight but I used ground chicken breast instead of turkey; we just prefer ground chicken.

          http://www.traceysculinaryadventures....

          I doubled the recipe and while it was cooking I used the "recipe builder" tool on the WW site to see how many points it was. The way I figured it out, it came out to 7 pts. per piece. A bit high, I thought, because I was having a baked potato with it too so it sort of came out to more total points than I like to use for dinner. I think I will make it again at some point but cut back on certain things to take it down a little in points (less panko and bbq sauce). Every point counts!

          Anyway, much to my surprise, my picky, picky 7 year old son and my husband both liked it....and I have to admit that for a moment as I was making it I even thought that we might have to order a pizza!

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            roxlet RE: valerie Oct 1, 2013 04:13 PM

            Well, that's a complete win, IMO!

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              herby RE: valerie Oct 1, 2013 04:50 PM

              Sounds like a keeper - tweak it a bit to lighten the points and into the rotation it goes :) I am not a huge fan of meatloaf but will take a close look at the recipe you posted.

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                valerie RE: herby Oct 1, 2013 07:07 PM

                I am certainly not trying to convince you to make this, but I will say that my husband has always run away screaming at any mention of the word meatloaf! But for some reason he was open to trying this one (I think because he loves BBQ sauce). There is (almost) nothing more irritating than when I make dinner for my family and it gets rejected, so I ran it by my husband before I made it and he was willing to give it a try. I was actually quite surprised when he asked for more.

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                  herby RE: valerie Oct 1, 2013 07:54 PM

                  Valerie, any good tasting recipe that is low in points (or at least reasonable!) is worth trying and I am glad that you brought it to my attention.

                  I have a friend over for lunch tomorrow; making honey-baked chicken and quinoa with zucchini and onions from River Cottage Veg book; maybe some fresh cut-up veggies as a side - she is not a salad lover. Not too points friendly but it could be - I have not yet counted them up.

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                    roxlet RE: herby Oct 2, 2013 04:00 AM

                    Anything can be points friendly if you control the portions...

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                      Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 2, 2013 04:16 AM

                      That's the hard part, though! ;)

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                        roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 2, 2013 04:27 AM

                        Yes, you're right. I have problems with this when my husband cooks. Sometimes you just want to eat a bit more, but when things are points heavy, you can't. That's when I get into trouble!

                        I also think that if you can control things like the carbs and fats in a dish, then you can make it more points friendly.

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                          valerie RE: roxlet Oct 2, 2013 06:43 AM

                          Portion control is the biggest problem, particularly for me when something isn't a definitive portion, like 1 piece of chicken or 1 hamburger. I wouldn't have a second hamburger.

                          One thing that I have learned is that I like to eat a decent size portion of something which is why I prefer to have something low in points so I can eat more of it. I am not good at eating something indulgent (eggplant parmesan comes to mind!) and only having tiny piece. I'd rather not have it at all...

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              ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 2, 2013 06:02 AM

              With the exception of our party Saturday night I haven't eaten at home since my weigh-in last Thursday. So no cooking. And a difficult week overall(i've been at a conference this week). I've been trying to rack up the activity points to balance all the non home cooked food...but will be happy to maintain Thursday night.

              If I were going to cook tonight I'd really want some fish and braised greens. I eat a lot of braised greens - they go iwth everything, taste great, are high in nutrients and low in points.

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                roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 2, 2013 06:44 AM

                I wish I liked braised greens :(

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                  ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 2, 2013 10:50 AM

                  My DH didn't like greens when I met him. He loves them now, probably by osmosis. At first he only liked chard and I'd make it with raisins, almonds and paprika. Now he loves the really bitter ones including dandelions too. I do them several different ways - sometimes spicy, sometimes with chicken broth, sometimes in tomatoes....

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                    roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 2, 2013 12:39 PM

                    I grew up on all manners of greens, which were the bane of my childhood. I seem to have very developed taste buds for bitter tastes, and even mildly bitter things can really get to me. I don't mind a little kale in a soup or uncooked in a salad, but I could never eat a whole dish of braised kale, or spinach, or broccoli rabe, or escarole, or, or, or...

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                      juliejulez RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 09:27 AM

                      Roxlet, I'm the same way. It's also a texture thing for me. I don't like any kind of cooked greens, lettuce, or cabbage.

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                Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 3, 2013 04:15 AM

                Down 0.6 last night. I was worried that I'd be up, though, so I'm not sweating it. 0.2 away from 30 now.

                I seem to have completely lost any motivation to cook, though. I just want to get take-out every night.... I need to figure out a way to curb that quick.

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                  ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Oct 3, 2013 09:01 AM

                  I go through periods where I don't want to cook either. I've found a couple ways to adapt through those...

                  My husband makes great omelettes so I'll put him charge for a bit and have him crank out veggie omelettes a couple nights a week when I"m in those phases. With a green salad it's a good low point meal. It's quick and easy and doesn't make a huge mess either(i'm like a tryant when I don't want to cook, I don't want anyone else making a mess in the kitchen either on those nights! LOL)

                  I also keep cans and cans of refried beans in the cupboard. I'm not above heating one up with some salsa and just a bit of cheese and calling that dinner when I don't want to cook.

                  Didn't want to cook last night...so dinner was...ice cream. blackberry. Oh yeah. And it was good. LOL

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                    Kontxesi RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 10:22 AM

                    Refried beans are always good! I used to eat them plain when I was a kid.

                    I just remembered I've got some veggie burgers in the freezer, so that solves tonight. I planned out two weeks of meals starting on Sunday. Hopefully I'll get my mojo back over the weekend!

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                      ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Oct 3, 2013 01:36 PM

                      You remind me I have some Dr. Praeger burgers in the freezer. I always forget they are in there! I like to put either green chile sauce or a little marinara on them for a quick dinner. Might have to have some soon!

                      I'm off now after my conference until Tuesday so am glad to get in just a quiet routine at home. It's so much easier why I'm home a lot - oatmeal and some pineapple (separate!) for breakfast, an apple, hardboiled egg and string cheese for lunch. I do so much better when I just keep things really simple and mostly whole foods. I stay satisfied and just find everything so much easier!

                2. roxlet RE: roxlet Oct 3, 2013 04:31 AM

                  "What should we have for dinner?" my husband asked me last night.
                  "Something light. I have my weigh-in tomorrow morning," I said.
                  "Why don't we just have some boiled scallops?" he asked, sarcastically.

                  We decided on a frisee salad with seared scallops and shrimp. He and my son would have a fried egg on top. I decided to skip that figuring that those 2 extra points would go towards the dressing he was making.

                  "How about some pasta with herbs, a cream sauce and truffle oil," my husband calls up to our son.

                  The son is thrilled with that addition to the menu, and so my husband starts making homemade tagliatelle.

                  I tasted a forkful. It was sublime.

                  This is how it goes in my house-- a constant battle as my husband flexes his culinary muscles. It's not that he doesn't want me to lose weight -- he's been so complimentary as I have been -- but his tendency is to make high fat, high calorie meals. I do resist, but after a while, you sort of get exhausted from constantly having to say no.

                  He's planning on lighting the big BBQ this weekend and making ribs. Sigh.

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                    Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 3, 2013 05:37 AM

                    I think I'd be in deep trouble if my boyfriend made dinner very often. When we first moved in together, I would come home to venison steaks. ONLY venison steaks. He loves salads, but the idea of cooking vegetables has always eluded him. (Except corn. He loves some corn, but I don't really count that as a veg anymore.)

                    Luckily, I'm almost 100% in control of the kitchen now. I think my weight loss efforts would suffer greatly if that were not the case.

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                      valerie RE: Kontxesi Oct 3, 2013 07:28 AM

                      I agree. I, too, am in charge of the kitchen and I make dinners for my family that are mostly WW friendly. Not that my husband cooks but it definitely helps being the one preparing the meals.

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                        roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 3, 2013 10:35 AM

                        -.6 today, but at least it wasn't a gain. I really want next week to be a good one, so I'm really putting my head down this week.

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                          roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 3, 2013 10:37 AM

                          It's much easier when my husband isn't home for dinner or traveling. He will be away starting next week for 6 days, but the week ends with me driving to Philadelphia to take my son to a tournament. And the challenge of 3 days of all meals out will begin on a week from Saturday.

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                          ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 3, 2013 09:06 AM

                          I'm glad my husband has been on WW with me. He lost 25 lbs and hit goal a couple weeks ago. He's a runner and planning to do some half marathons over the next several month so that will help keep him on track too. He does get over 10 pts more than me a day which can be a challenge in the evenings. He's learned to eat heavier at breakfast and lunch so we're closer in budget points for the evening.

                          However, I got a call yesterday that the boss at my old job left and they offered me her job. It's a substantial pay increase for me so I agreed to go back starting in a couple weeks. That's all well and good...except it's working with the food service provider at a major university. i've lost 30lbs total since leaving my old job(25 on WW) and now it will be a challenge to keep it off. I think i've built enough good habits to make better choices at lunch but the campus baker is wonderful and she's always been my undoing. LOL Also, I'm going from a 30 hour a week job 10 minutes from my house to a full time job with a nearly hour commute so that's going to cut into the workouts I've been so diligent about.

                          This is where I findout how well I've built my new lifestyle habits and really up the ante on the progress so far!

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                            Kontxesi RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 10:20 AM

                            Good luck adjusting to a new routine and facing old trigger foods. I am SO BAD with baked goods. I can't resist them.

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                              valerie RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 10:38 AM

                              Just curious, what is it that you do? Are you directly involved with the food itself as part of your new job?

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                                ziggylu RE: valerie Oct 3, 2013 01:31 PM

                                valerie, no I'm not in food production. I am the Sustainabilty Manager for the account. But I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with the production teams and get a free meal everyday as well. My plan is to stick to salads with some grilled chicken on top. And to make use of the campus fitness center this time around.

                                Weigh in tonight. I used all of my weeklies for the first time ever this week...and another 7 activity points. I've always wondered what happened if I used all those weekly points up...guess I'll find out!

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                                  roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 04:17 PM

                                  Let us know how it worked out!

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                                    ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 3, 2013 08:50 PM

                                    Well...color me surprised by -2lbs this week. Wonder how often I can get away with that many points in a week? LOL

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                                      weezieduzzit RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 08:57 PM

                                      Probably occasionally. Are you familiar with the concept of calorie cycling? The overly simplified version is that because our bodies are so good at keeping us alive they adjust and adapt to whatever amount of calories we eat regularly the best they can. If you maintain the same low calorie intake for a long time it will try to hold onto fat the best it can for self preservation's sake. A "plateau" if you will. When you *occasionally* eat higher calorie like you did your body sees that it is not going to starve to death and is more willing to open the fat loss pathways again. However, if you cycle high too often it doesn't work because you don't have enough of a deficit.

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                                    valerie RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 04:22 PM

                                    Got it. The free meal would be difficult for me as well. Very hard to say no but I swear I walk around saying to myself "just say no!".

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                                  roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 3, 2013 10:39 AM

                                  Yes, good luck ziggylu! That will be a challenge, but be sure to budget points to try some of those amazing baked goods! Maybe you should plan on one day a week when you save points up to have a treat. That way, you won't feel deprived and resentful.

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                                  juliejulez RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 09:45 AM

                                  That is kind of the reason why I don't mind that my SO doesn't cook. He has only done it 1 time since we were together. The stuff he makes is not low calorie. So as long as I cook, I can make sure it's something I can eat and be satisfied (vs a tiny portion of what he would make).

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                                  Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 09:24 AM

                                  Everyone went so quiet! Maybe you're all having bad weeks like me.... I'm just hoping for staying the same this week, but probably up.

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                                    juliejulez RE: Kontxesi Oct 9, 2013 09:48 AM

                                    I've been having a bad couple weeks for sure. Super busy at work means everything else falls by the wayside... stuff like my diligent meal planning and having the energy to cook a decent dinner. And a lot of people in my new office have lots of candy and treats laying around. Oh and hockey season started and we have season tickets, so it's more arena food for me. But things are quieting down and I'm getting used to the new normal. I have decent meals planned for most of this week, and I'm now leaving room in my plan for about 200 calories worth of candy and treats each day, since it's not realistic for me to say I'm not going to eat them at all. As long as my calories stay below a certain amount most days, I can eat the arena food a couple times a week (and watch the beer consumption!) with no problem (figured that out last season). I was up to 142 (from 138-139) but this morning I was back down to 140 (which was my original goal weight back when), so as long as I keep my planning up I should be OK.

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                                      ziggylu RE: juliejulez Oct 9, 2013 08:17 PM

                                      We are season ticket holders for our local NBA team...pre-season games just started. I"m trying to convince myself that carrots make an excellent snack during the games! LOL

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                                      roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 9, 2013 10:00 AM

                                      I will have my weigh-in tomorrow, and I am sure the news will not be good. I'm only hoping I won't be up too much. My husband lit the big smoker this weekend, and I had ribs twice this week, though I didn't have too many. It's just been one thing after another, and I have been having problems resisting anything that is around. I hope I can make it to my meeting tomorrow morning since I have someone coming over to repair my front door at 9AM and my meeting is at 10AM. Despite being sure that the news won't be great, I keep thinking about what my leader says: If you had a bad week, you need your meeting, and if you had a good week, your meeting needs you. I need my meeting!!

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                                        Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 10:04 AM

                                        Oh, ribs. My boyfriend picked some up at the store on Monday and tried to put them in the cart.... I begged him to wait until his birthday later this month. Or at least a week when I haven't been terrible!

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                                          roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 9, 2013 10:11 AM

                                          My husband lights the big smoker, and then asks neighbors what they would like smoked. I asked for some salmon, but he forgot to buy some for us. He also forgot to do a chicken for us, but threw a bunch of thighs in the smoker at the last minute, but they wound up getting eaten by everyone who had stopped by to pick up their food. And there was only a small amount of prime rib left for us after he divvied up the side of beef between the two neighbors who had ordered it. But there were ribs for us. Oh, yes. Ribs for us. They were fabulous, as his ribs always are, but I didn't need to be eating them. And I can't blame him for the eating I did once he went out of town on Monday, but it's like I get set off, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I'm mad at myself this week. :(

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                                            ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 07:58 PM

                                            Mmmm....my DH makes fantastic ribs too....I haven't had any in ages. my mouth is watering. LOL

                                            Don't be mad at yourself! If you're anything like me, that will only lead to more bad choices! Ribs are tasty, you ate them....and now have some carrots. LOL

                                            Maybe you can get your husband to plan the indulgent meals on a twice a month basis or something along those lines...that way you can both be satisfied and those meals can be balanced with your more daily diet?

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                                              roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 10, 2013 04:21 AM

                                              I wish it were that easy with my husband. He is an excellent cook, and my 17 year-old athlete son could eat a horse every night, and it wouldn't matter. The night after the ribs, I said, "Maybe some fish tonight?" And his first idea? Fish and chips! Aargh!

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                                                ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                That's really tough! I'm so impressed by your progress with all that temptation around! I don't think I could do it!

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                                        valerie RE: Kontxesi Oct 9, 2013 12:22 PM

                                        I didn't go last week and I am weighing in tomorrow. I had a rough start to the week but I feel like I have had 4 good days in a row which makes me want to have more good days. I am going out for sushi tonight and I usually do okay there, but sometimes the soy sauce is not great the night before I get on the scale. We shall see....

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                                        Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 03:26 PM

                                        Up 0.2, so essentially flat. I'm okay with that. I've been really bad at tracking lately. :-( I really need to get on the ball.

                                        1. herby RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 04:09 PM

                                          Bad week for me too and weigh-in is on Thu. Like many of you I am hoping that the gain is small :( I live alone and can't even blame it on SO. Just lots of small events - a burger there, date squares here, tomorrow is lunch at a Turkish restaurant that I can't miss; and it is right before the weigh-in - sigh... And I can't imagine that next week will be better because our Canadian T-Day is on Monday and I am hosting my single friends. Everyone loves to eat and contributes to the feast and so there will be two kinds of potatoes, and gravy, and stuffing...

                                          I need to start meal planning but somehow can't get into it or rather figure out how to do it. Is anyone planning meals on a weekly basis? How do you do it?

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                                            ziggylu RE: herby Oct 9, 2013 08:09 PM

                                            I"m a terribly meal planner. I never know what I'm going to be in the mood for and I really loathe leftovers. So I'm probably not much help....I go to the market and pick up tons and tons of produce and use that up during the week. We eat a lot of eggs, typically for breakfast but sometimes for dinner too. I braise a lot of greens and put a lean protein with that frequently. Once a week, I'll make some sort of main course salad depending on what's on hand and once a week we seem to be eating "mexican pizza" on 1pt tortillas for a quick dinner.

                                            I've really simplified what I cook since starting WW. This has helped with both prep and planning. I moved away from carbs as a side so don't make much pasta, rice or potatoes anymore. I also pick up the same staples at the market and that also helps as they are things we eat frequently and are easy to incorporate in different types of items. I keep a lot of fish, chicken and lean pork in the freezer for protein(along with eggs and beans that are always on hand).

                                            Here's some of our typical staples. I find with this base of ingredients I can rotate and mix and match for different hot and cold entrees.

                                            Breakfast
                                            FF cottage cheese
                                            FF greek yogurt
                                            LF ricotta
                                            Eggs
                                            Fruit(these days pineapple strawberries and bananas)

                                            Lunch
                                            Mixed greens
                                            carrots
                                            cucumbers
                                            red bell peppers
                                            LF string cheese
                                            FF refried beans
                                            chicken and turkey breast
                                            hard boiled eggs
                                            Fruit(apples, oranges, strawberries, pears, grapes)

                                            Dinners
                                            Along with the lunch veggies:
                                            Greens for braising
                                            grape tomatoes
                                            onions, garlic, shallots
                                            green onions
                                            avocado
                                            1 pt tortillas
                                            shredded cheddar
                                            feta cheese
                                            Lean proteins(chicken, turkey, pork, eggs, beans)
                                            pico de gallo
                                            broccoli
                                            cauliflower

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                                              Kontxesi RE: herby Oct 10, 2013 03:33 AM

                                              I plan meals as much as I can, using Pepperplate. I work for a local produce company, so I base my meals on what I can plan on bringing home on any given week.

                                              I'm not sure I have any good tips, though. I just try to keep a mental inventory of what's in my fridge/freezer and work from there. I'm currently including one vegetarian meal every week, but I think I'm going to try to bump that up to two. (Hard in autumn when you're not crazy about squash!)

                                              I've seen fancy little things on Pinterest where you write the names of dishes on different colored cards, and you can't have too many of the same color in any given week....

                                              http://www.pinterest.com/pin/14397451...

                                              It was something like this, but the cards were color-coded by cuisine or meat content or whatever. I think it makes the whole thing a little more complicated than it needs to be for me, but maybe this would work for you?

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                                                Kontxesi RE: Kontxesi Oct 10, 2013 05:07 AM

                                                Just for giggles, here is my plan for the next two weeks. (My meal week starts on Wednesday, which is when I bring home produce and also my weigh-in day.)

                                                TH: Rustic garlic chicken (roasted broccoli, egg noodles)

                                                FR: <brother's birthday party>

                                                SA: Baked pork chops w/ white wine-mustard sauce (roasted broccoli, egg noodles)

                                                SU: Spaghetti squash lasagna (salad, garlic bread)
                                                <<Make-ahead: White cheddar and spinach chicken burgers, for lunches>>

                                                MO: Vegetable lo mein
                                                <<Make-ahead: Black bean and chorizo chili, cornbread>>

                                                TU: Chili and cornbread made day before

                                                WE: <leftovers or eat out>

                                                TH: Polla alla valdostana (braised greens)

                                                FR: Brussels Sprouts and Steak Stir-fry (rice)

                                                SA: Pork chops with roasted apples and onions (sauteed cabbage)

                                                SU: Garlicky pot roast (roasted broccoli, maybe egg noodles)

                                                MO: Butternut squash and spinach lasagna rolls
                                                <<Make-ahead: White chicken chili and cornbread>>

                                                TU: Chili and cornbread made day before

                                                WED: <left overs or eat out>

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                                              ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 9, 2013 08:12 PM

                                              My weigh in is tomorrow. We'll see how it goes, I'm coming off two good weeks that were combined over a 5lb loss. So I"m due for a slow week...plus I went out with a neighbor for dinner tonight and will be holding a bunch of water from the salt...and my dinner had tons more points than I expected!

                                              I've been tracking everything and haven't used all my weeklies and have been keeping up on my running and other exercise so whatever it will be will be. I did go buy 4 new pair of pants earlire this week and they were a size I haven't bought in over 10 years. So...whatever the scale says tomorrow there was a small victory still this week....

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                                                Kontxesi RE: ziggylu Oct 10, 2013 03:36 AM

                                                Yay! Buying smaller clothes always feels great. :)

                                                I have yet to buy any new clothes since starting. I did go try some on a while back, but I was still fitting into the size I was buying before.... But that just means I was squeezing into old, stretched-out pants and I was really a size or two above that! I can't wait to buy a pair of 18s. I've been a 20 (and 22 and maybe even 24 a few months ago) probably since I WAS 20, so five years or so.

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                                                  roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 10, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                  I've been buying some new clothes, and going through what I call the inventory -- all the clothes I still have from thinner days. I will be donating my 3rd huge black plastic clothes that are too large to Goodwill. Get 'em out of the house, I say! I'm currently wearing some pants that I bought to wear to visit my in-laws in San Diego over Thanksgiving. I didn't think I would be in them this soon, so I bought a smaller size that I have in my closet hoping to fit in them by the end of November. That feels really good! Better than ribs, and I have to remember that!

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                                                    Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 05:02 AM

                                                    I'd love to be able to donate my old stuff to Goodwill.... Unfortunately, I've had a lot of my clothes since high school. I wear them to DEATH. My jeans blow out from "chub rub" all the time.... I might be able to donate some of my dressier shirts at some point. My tees always end up with little unidentifiable stains that render them undonatable.

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                                                      roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 10, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                      I hope you're trashing them then!

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                                                        Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                        I save the stained ones for the days I have to help with the truck at work, wearing to the lake, helping my boyfriend work on the cars, gardening, etc. I do need to thin them out a bit, though....

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                                                          ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Oct 10, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                          Recycle the ones that can't be donated....if htey don't get sent overseas they should get sent to somewhere that will use them for fiber insulation and the like(Sorry, this is what I do for a living so always have to put my $0.02 in! LOL)

                                                          I have no smaller clothes...I'd been heavy for over ten years and all the small stuff is long gone...so I'm having to buy. All my dress pants for work are too big and falling off so I had to give in and buy some stuff....I tried to buy as inexpensively as possible so when this stuff is too big(cuz that's the plan!) I won't be out too much money! It did feel good to put on sizes I hadn't worn in years and have them be loose on me. That's more satisfying ot me actually than anything the scale says.

                                                          Looked up my dinner from lsat night and just about fainted....35 points! LOL Went out and ran 5 miles this morning to work some of that off. Tons of salt in it too...we'll see what weigh in looks like tonight!

                                              2. roxlet RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                Well, despite the ribs and margaritas of this past weekend, I was down 1.6! Go know.

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                                                  ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                  Excellent! Maybe ribs are a magic food??

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                                                    roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 10, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                    Haha. If only! Recently, my husband taught a cooking class locally (I helped out), and after my WW meeting, a woman came up to me saying she had seen me at the class, and wanted to know if she could get a proper recipe for his seafood sausage. My first thought was, "Sure," and my second was, "Hey, what are you doing coming to WW and going to a cooking class to learn how to cook all the foods that are the bane of my existence," lol!

                                                2. herby RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                  Weigh-in today was +0.4lbs - not as bad as I thought but disappointing all the same.

                                                  Thank you all for sharing your meal planning experience. I think I need to adopt ingredient planning and not dishes. Just like Zuggily I get bored with eating the same meals and do not care for leftovers, and it has always been a challenge. But planning to have certain ingredients on hand every week and changing ingredients weekly is a plan that might work well for me.

                                                  Would love to explore this further - anyone wishes to join in?

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                                                    ziggylu RE: herby Oct 10, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                    Under the heading of being a bad meal planner and never knowing what I'll be in the mood to eat or cook...I give you dinner tonight:

                                                    A bowl of frozen broccoli followed by a bowl of popcorn.

                                                    LOL

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                                                    ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                    -.2 this week. I expected a pretty flat week so it's OK.

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                                                      valerie RE: roxlet Oct 10, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                      I lost .2 this week. Barely a loss but better than a gain, I suppose.

                                                      Since I have 2 youngish kids, I am always planning dinners. I have a whole ever-growing Excel list of dishes and the source (mostly blogs or websites). I peruse the list every weekend and pick out some dishes to make for dinner for at least Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I work from home a few days a week and in an office the other days. So I go shopping usually twice a week. I figure out what I am going to make early in the week and get whatever I need over the weekend. Then, depending on my work schedule, I will go shopping again mid-week. I rarely make dinner on Saturday or Sunday.

                                                      I like to keep my points low during the day so for lunches, I usually have a salad or a veggie burger. I'm a creature of habit with breakfast and lunch but I definitely like to mix it up at dinner.

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                                                        Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 11, 2013 03:05 AM

                                                        How interesting that we ALL had flat weeks.

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                                                          roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 11, 2013 03:59 AM

                                                          Not me! Down 1.6

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                                                            herby RE: roxlet Oct 11, 2013 04:13 AM

                                                            Congratulations!

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                                                              roxlet RE: herby Oct 11, 2013 04:23 AM

                                                              I have no idea how I accomplished that, but I'm going with the idea that ribs are occasionally good for your diet...as are frozen margaritas. I think (or hope) that the BBQing might be done for the year.

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                                                                herby RE: roxlet Oct 11, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                I think it proves that calorie variation theory (what's the name?!) works but I won't test it too often :)

                                                                At my meeting yesterday many people got 5lbs stars and it was very inspirational to hear how well we did as a group. Meetings definitely help.

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                                                              Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 11, 2013 04:46 AM

                                                              Oops, forgot about yours. Everyone but you, then! :D

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                                                                roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 11, 2013 05:06 AM

                                                                This is one time I don't mind being alone!

                                                          2. herby RE: roxlet Oct 11, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                            Thank you all for your meal planning suggestions!

                                                            I am negotiating a coupe of back to back contracts and if all goes well I'll be back in an office environment full time very soon. Next week I'll start prepping lunches to take to work. Incidentally made roasted tomato-pepper soup this morning and will portion it for future lunches. The only points to count for the soup come from oil but I didn't measure - will count as 3P just to be on the safe side. Making more carrot-ginger soup for T-G than we need and will freeze for more lunches. Also thinking of making a couple of different dips (new Donna Hay book has several very good sounding ones) each week and taking a baggies of cut-up veggies with alternating dip for snacks.

                                                            I would like to buy nice looking but practical lunch bag - anyone knows of any sources?

                                                            I am also considering taking bus to work just because it will get me moving much more than driving will. I do not remember when I took the bus last time (aside from NYC - I always use public transit there - why is that?) and it is a bit scary for me but I am going to try.

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                                                              roxlet RE: herby Oct 11, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                              Why don't you get something like this with herby written on it. :)

                                                              http://www.personalizationmall.com/Tr...

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                                                                herby RE: roxlet Oct 11, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                Oh, so cute :) Was thinking more urban and structured, playful but not too...

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                                                                  roxlet RE: herby Oct 12, 2013 04:49 AM

                                                                  Yes, I'd think so too. Great for a little girl, though!

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                                                                juliejulez RE: herby Oct 11, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                I have a cute lunch bag that I got at Target. It is "Embark" brand. I didn't see it on their website but I purchased it in the store and I remember they had a good selection to choose from. It's cute with a modern grey and white pattern geometric pattern on it. It zips on the top which is important when taking public transit.

                                                                HomeGoods usually has a good selection too. I got my mom one from there for Christmas.

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                                                                  herby RE: juliejulez Oct 12, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                  Thank you JJ! I am in Canada and we do not have Home Goods but Target is just opening up here this fall. I think one or two have opened already and I'll stop by on the weekend.

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                                                                  toopie28 RE: herby Oct 18, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                  I bought a lunch and backpack combo thingy - the bottom part unzips from the top. Now I just use the whole backpack and don't need a purse anymore - love it!

                                                                  I bought it here - these guys have a lot of other bags too: www.keepyourcooler.com

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                                                                    herby RE: toopie28 Oct 19, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                                    Thanks Toopie! Love the concept. Which bag did you buy - everyday or the detachable?

                                                                3. roxlet RE: roxlet Oct 13, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                  Wear at a tournament in Philly, but so far, so good in sticking to plan. After a 10AM breakfast yesterday, I didn't get a chance -- literally! Not a chance -- to eat again until 6PM. Then all I was able to get quickly was some roast turkey and pickles at a place near the hotel. This morning there was the ubiquitous hotel breakfast buffet, and I went for Cheerios, a s all fruit plate, an 80 calorie yogurt and a hard boiled egg. I think that those might be the best choices I ever made at a breakfast buffet! Lunch won't likely be until 3, and maybe 9 for dinner, so we'll see how the rest go the day goes, bu so far I'm happy with my choices.

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                                                                    valerie RE: roxlet Oct 13, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                    That's great. I always feel good at least getting through most of the day making good choices. And breakfast buffets are definitely difficult!

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                                                                      ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 13, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                      Nice, roxlet! Hard to stay focus when out of routine!

                                                                      Which I wish I were in one! We spent the weekend at our friends' weekend house and enjoyed a fall art fair. I might have enjoyed a large amount of kettle korn for lunch yesterday. LOL Then we had a restaurant opening last night for a chef friend that just moved down to the area where friends' house was. Dinner was wonderful but definitely not routine. I've been running and exercising trying to keep up...but there are only so many miles in my legs! LOL

                                                                      Heading out of town Wed for a family memorial service so will be out of routine again...and then back on the weekend to start the new(old) job on next Monday. So...time to buckle down and make new routines. I'm a total creature of habit so not being in routine is really messing me up! I can really do well when it's just me and the hubby but it's so hard when others are around and they aren't into an egg and piece of fruit for breakfast!

                                                                      Frozen broccoli for dinner tonight again....!

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                                                                      Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 15, 2013 03:09 AM

                                                                      Ugh. This week's weigh in will be another ugly one. My dogs got out of the yard yesterday morning after I left for work, and then my new dog got into an altercation with a lady walking her dogs. :( Everyone's okay, but I had to rush home from work to take her to the vet, etc....

                                                                      Long story short, I stress-ate like CRAZY yesterday. Half a bag of these weird Starburst candy corn things, a ton of pasta, even had a Mountain Dew. (But can I say... I really missed pasta with butter and salt. It's beautiful.)

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                                                                        ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Oct 15, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                        Hope the pups are all ok. how stressful!

                                                                        Pasta with butter and parmesan has always been one of my favorite things to eat!

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                                                                          Kontxesi RE: Kontxesi Oct 17, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                          Up 0.8, as expected. Lots of stress-eating, little sleep....

                                                                        2. roxlet RE: roxlet Oct 15, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                          Similarly, I had a tough weekend. We were in Philadelphia, and meals are completely based on my son's match schedule and what he wants to eat. Meal times are very irregular, and, for me, eating on a fairly regular schedule helps me stick to plan. Anyway, one day's lunch was a Shake Shack burger (my first ever - 15 points+) and then there was a Chipotle bowl for dinner. I did make better choices on the bowl by nixing the rice, cheese, and sour cream, and getting vegetables along with the chicken. Yesterday was really tough though since there were no real meals and lots of drama with my car not starting (note to the files: don't let valet parkers park your car and leave the lights on). The day started out well with an egg white frittata, and then declined from there with a mini can of Pringles, and a piece of lemon pound cake from Starbucks for lunch. By the time I got home (I had sent my son ahead with another family not knowing how long the car drama would take), my son, who was starving, had ordered a pizza, and I had two slices for dinner.

                                                                          I have two and a half days until weigh-in, so I'm hoping to make up some ground and not have a gain this week. Back to my routine!

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                                                                            ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 15, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                            I went to weigh in yesterday for this week because we are leaving tomorrow for a family memorial service out of state and my regular leader also does a meeting on Monday. It had only been a few days but I was down 3.8 lbs. Some of this was because I went in the morning...but it put me at over 30lbs total so far so I happily accepted the ribbon anyhow. LOL

                                                                            Last night a I made some orzo with roasted grape tomatoes and braised greens. They really are a mealtime staple in our house. LOL

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                                                                              Kontxesi RE: ziggylu Oct 15, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                              Wow! Congratulations. I haven't had a loss like that since my first few weeks.

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                                                                                ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Oct 15, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                I actually didn't have big losses at the beginning. I started really slowly. The last month was a big one for me...but honestly I think it's more the exercise than anything else. I follow the plan but I have such a slow metabolism I think that until my fitness improved enough for me to really be able to burn some calories I wasn't seeing much. I'm averaging about 15+ miles per week running now along with yoga and my rowing machine on non-running days. When I started back in May two flights of stairs had me out of breath so this is a big (and welcome) change for me.

                                                                                I'm having a riduculously hungry day today. Only 10AM and I've had a PB&J sandwich, two apples, and a handful of pretzel crisps. I feel like I could honestly eat an entire cow today....!

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                                                                                  Kontxesi RE: ziggylu Oct 15, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                  That makes me feel so lazy. I'm lucky if I get out to walk for 20 minutes a week. :/

                                                                                  My mom and I talked about it a few months ago and decided that if I'm not really committed to making it a part of my lifestyle long-term, starting a vigorous exercise routine might be counter productive. If my body gets used to a certain amount of activity and the extra points that come with it, when I inevitably get tired of said routine, I'd start gaining all of that weight right back.... So I haven't done anything yet.

                                                                                  My boyfriend and I have discussed joining Anytime Fitness, though. We drive right by it on the way home from work.

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                                                                                    ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Oct 15, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                    Honestly, the only times I haven't been overweight in my life was when I had a regular fitness routine. When I was younger I showed horses so it made it much easier....constantly on and off horses, busy around the barns, etc. Working out was easier and a way to stay fitter and more effective in the saddle.

                                                                                    Middle aged, no horses and not a lover of group fitness or just lifting weights it's harder. I do feel better when I"m active though so that will make it easier to stay this way. I'm hoping to run a half marathon next year just to take it off the bucket list...not sure after that. Somehow I"ll have to find a way to stay active for life...even if it just walking. Diet alone won't do it for me.

                                                                                    We went hiking over the weekend on a trail I hadn' tbeen on in about six months. The hills were so much easier and I was out in front instead of huffing and puffing at the back. Made me really realize how much less weight 30 lbs is to lug around.

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                                                                                roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 15, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                Congratulations!

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                                                                                ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 17, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                Spent yesterday sitting around my sister's kitchen island in Chicago...eating brie and other cheeses. And pizza for lunch and dinner(it is Chicago! LOL). and baked goods from the neighbors....I didn't even try tracking for the day. LOL

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                                                                                  roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 17, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                  I didn't track all weekend in Philadelphia, but somehow, maybe through the magic of food poisoning that kept me in the bathroom much of Sunday, I was down 1.6 this week. I think it's a gift, and I am really, really buckling down this week. Too many nail biters getting on the scale. I'm aiming for 10-15 more pounds off by Christmas, so here's where the rubber meets the road!

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                                                                                  valerie RE: roxlet Oct 17, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                  I didn't go to my regular meeting today but I wanted to weigh in since I knew I had a good week. Down 2.4 lbs. I've been having trouble getting back on track after my late August vacation so I feel very good and motivated again. My total is now 21 lbs. and even if I only lost 4 more pounds before the end of the year, I'd be happy.

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                                                                                    roxlet RE: valerie Oct 17, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                    That's great! Congratulations on getting back on track!!

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                                                                                      valerie RE: roxlet Oct 18, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                      Thanks!

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                                                                                      ziggylu RE: valerie Oct 20, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                      That's great! Congrats!

                                                                                    3. roxlet RE: roxlet Oct 18, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                      One of my real triggers is bread of any type, and bread and butter? Whoa, boy. My husband asked me to stop by the bagel store today, and I knew it would be hard to resist. It was, but I did buy a mini bagel, and had that instead of the big one I would have had in the past. Now, that's behavior change that could actually work!

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                                                                                        valerie RE: roxlet Oct 18, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                        That's great that you did that! It makes me feel good when I don't give in to temptation and remain in control.

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                                                                                        relizabeth RE: roxlet Oct 18, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                        Hopefully I'll get the go ahead from dr today to start diet & exercise as I had baby 6 weeks ago.

                                                                                        Does WW online tracker still ask if you are breastfeeding?

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                                                                                          roxlet RE: relizabeth Oct 18, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                          I don't know for a fact, but I'm pretty sure that it does.

                                                                                          Congratulations on the baby, and on your resolve to get right at it!

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                                                                                            rabaja RE: relizabeth Oct 21, 2013 02:20 AM

                                                                                            They do indeed allow for breast feeding. You get lots of extra points for it. Right now I get 40 points, which seems ridiculous but I do manage to eat them up most days.
                                                                                            Congrats on the new baby. I have a four month old ( how'd THAT happen? He was just six weeks!) and I'm still figuring out how to re-incorporate exercise and WW back into my life. I'm determined to gain control before the holidays though.
                                                                                            It's great to see this thread is still going, and strong!

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                                                                                            ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 20, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                            Whew...back from Chicago. I don't normally weigh myself at home but in the interest of knowing how much damage I need to undo I did get on the scale this morning. Up 1.5 lbs.

                                                                                            That was a bad four days full of snacking and eating foods like I haven't eaten in months. Too much family time combined with a family funeral made it too easy to fall into old bad habits.

                                                                                            I did sit down and track it all this morning to see where the damage came from. I also put in the running I did. I'm out of weeklies and have used up my activity points to date but weigh in is Thursday so it'll be the straight and narrow til then.

                                                                                            To get things going right again breakfast was steel cut oatmeal and an apple.

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                                                                                              herby RE: ziggylu Oct 20, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                              I am also thinking oatmeal and was searching this morning for baked steel cut oatmeal. Skinnytaste has a recipe - might try it; 6 points though, must me from sugar and milk. Maybe I'll sub water since I actually like oatmeal cooked with water.

                                                                                              It finally donned on me that instead of stressing out over high points for my morning kefir I could just have 1/2 cup instead of full - LOL.

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                                                                                                ziggylu RE: herby Oct 20, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                I eat steel cut...but I do it boring...on the stovetop with just water. I like to cook it with a chopped up date to add sweetness. today I had none on hand so I just added a teaspoon of jam. I don't like it real sweet.

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                                                                                                roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 20, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                Sorry to hear about your trip to Chicago under those conditions. I actually think that being up 1.5 is not a lot, and that you could easily do that at home on a bad weekend (hmmmm. Maybe like mine??) But sitting down and tracking is really smart, and a great way to figure out where you did the damage. My bet is that you'll have most of it off before your next weigh-in!

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                                                                                                  ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 20, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks, my BIL was only 59. It's rough on my sister.

                                                                                                  I don't know about all of it but at least some of hopefully gone before Thursday night. I ran five miles this morning to burn some more off. LOL It will take a lot of miles to burn off Saturday's lunch at Frontera Grill and yesterday's italian beef sandwich!

                                                                                                  I head back to the old/new job tomorrow morning so another challenge ahead. Have a pot of beans cooking and a bone-in turkey breast going as well so we have ingredients for easy healthy meals in the evenings. Stocked up on fruit and vegs and some kashi bars to take to work for healthier snacks to try and avoid the fresh made every day chips and cookies....!

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                                                                                                    roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 20, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                    Oooh, Frontera! I would have gone off for that too!

                                                                                                    It looks like you're completely back on track. Thursday will be good, I'll bet.

                                                                                                    And yes, 59 is way too young. :(

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                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: ziggylu Oct 20, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                  1.5 pounds= 5250 EXTRA calories. Even worst case scenario is unlikely you've gained 1.5 pounds of fat. It's more that likely at least half water weight from the snack foods/ eating out and will be gone as soon as you get back to normal. If you want it gone fast, skip the non-veggie carbs for a couple of days and your body will let go of it.

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                                                                                                    ziggylu RE: weezieduzzit Oct 20, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                    I dunno...there were an awful lot of greek pastries and those yummy italian bakery cookies involved too! LOL

                                                                                                    But yes, hopefully a lot was from salt and water. Lunch was some roasted veggies.

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                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: ziggylu Oct 20, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                                                      Also if you traveled there by plane, that could cause some issues too. I'm almost always up a little bit after a plane trip, and it goes away in a few days.

                                                                                                      And, like weezie said, 1.5lbs is 5250 calories ABOVE what you need to MAINTAIN. So, not just above what you've been eating to lose.

                                                                                                      When I was in weight loss mode I never had an issue with one "off" weekend causing any permanent damage. I would be up because of sodium or stuff like the aforementioned plane travel, but then I was back to normal in a few days.

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                                                                                                        roxlet RE: juliejulez Oct 21, 2013 04:09 AM

                                                                                                        That's a very good point you both have made about the sodium. Even if I go off a bit on the weekends, I find that I maintain or even lose if I get right back to it before my Thursday weigh-in.

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                                                                                                  Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 24, 2013 03:18 AM

                                                                                                  Down 0.4 last night. I'm at the exact weight I was four weeks ago. :( This has not been a good month.

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                                                                                                    roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 24, 2013 05:00 AM

                                                                                                    I have had that kind of month. In fact, I've had more than one. I'm off this morning for my meeting, and I think the results will not be good. Though my husband cooked scallops last night in deference to this morning's weigh-in, there was quite a bit of fat in the preparation, and the risotto he served with them was on the salty side. I off-loaded quite a bit of it to my son, who is a bottomless pit.

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                                                                                                    Well, bad news for me at the scale this week: up 1 and I wasn't too surprised. Back to the drawing board, and I am determined to be very exact in my tracking this week.

                                                                                                    I thought that it was very interesting in my meeting to find so many people who actually get up and out of bed at night to eat. I have never done that, and can't imagine it! Once I'm in bed, I'm not getting up for anything, short of an emergency.

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                                                                                                      Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 24, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                      Yeah... that's me. :/ It's been a problem for me most of my life. I used to get up and sneak four pieces of bread and take them to bed with me. I'd eat them really slowly, peeling off the crusts and eating them first.... >.> Anyway. I stopped doing that when the crumbs started keeping me up at night. I was a weird kid.

                                                                                                      I was really good about it for the first four months or so, but this month I've been BAD. I usually wake up at about 1AM to use the bathroom, and lately I've been hitting the kitchen too. I feel out of control.

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                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Oct 24, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                        You might have sabotaged your weigh in... I looked at your other post about your dinner. For every gram of carbs you store as glucose your body stores 3 grams of water. This is in addition to water weight from salt and the weight of the food itself. Water weighs 8 pounds a gallon. Its nothing for your body to store a couple of pounds of water weight from a single meal. (That's why people who low carb get that initial huge whoosh of "weight loss" the first couple of weeks- if you're not eating the carbs your body doesn't need to store the excess water.) If you're up for experimenting you could try not eating something starchy before a couple of weigh ins and see if your numbers are different.

                                                                                                        Don't let it get you down- look at your overall charting. As long as there is an overall downward trend you're doing great.

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                                                                                                          roxlet RE: weezieduzzit Oct 24, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                          Yes, I know. The risotto my husband made last night was pretty salty. I gave half of mine to my son along with a couple of the scallops, which were cooked in butter. My husband said, "why don't I make some scallops. I know you have your weigh-in tomorrow," lol. He really has no idea..,

                                                                                                      2. herby RE: roxlet Oct 24, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                        Down 2.2 - finally, after creeping + 0.4 twice. So relieved to see the weight come down - was wondering if I'll be forever stuck with the weight I am at now :) Seriously!

                                                                                                        Night eating is the theme this week and I was as surprised as roxlet at a number of hands that went up. I do not have a sweet tooth and do not eat at night but I have other issues that I need to address. My main one is sedentary lifestyle - whatever I do and like to do require almost no physical activity; the second one is portions and the third is carbs - working on both of these and hope to start an exercise program once I am down 20lbs or so.

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                                                                                                          roxlet RE: herby Oct 24, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                          Congrats! And I hear you!

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                                                                                                            valerie RE: herby Oct 24, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                            That's great!

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                                                                                                              herby RE: valerie Oct 25, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                                              Thank you both!

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                                                                                                              ziggylu RE: herby Oct 25, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                                              Congrats!

                                                                                                              When I started I was really sedentary...climbing the stairs at work had me out of breath I was so out of shape. I'd dread walking across campus because it was such a slog for me.

                                                                                                              I didn't want to wait to start being more active but knew my limitations so set really small goals to get going. Walking the dog around the block after dinner for instance. For the first few weeks, I considered anything small activity a victory as it was better than what I had been doing for the last several years. I've built up from that. Even in the very eary days I felt so much better just moving just that little bit each day.

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                                                                                                                herby RE: ziggylu Oct 25, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                Thank you! I am trying to up my activity level too - taking stairs, walking when I can and such. Once my new (also old) job starts plan to take bus and walk more.

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                                                                                                              ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 24, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                                              Well...I may have set a record. I was up five lbs tonight! Lol. I mean you really have to work to gain five lbs in ten days! I felt like I should have got a Bravo star for it.

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                                                                                                                roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 25, 2013 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                Water weight, I'm sure. Cut back on the sodium and see what happens.

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                                                                                                                  ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 25, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                  Yeah, I'm not worried or upset about the number. I laughed about it actually since clearly it wasn't all real gain. My last weigh in was a morning one so I knew then this would easily be higher,though not that high, and I can feel that I"m carrying a lot of water for some reason.

                                                                                                                  I will say I struggle with the WW tracking methods in a way. It's a bit ambiguous and I've been struggling the last month or so with how much to eat with my more ramped up activity level. I am currently earning 45-55 activity points per weeks and expect that to go up some more as my mileage continues to increase. Additionally, with my new(old) job I'm more active as I don't sit at a desk the entire day(yesterday due to an event we had, without running I had 17,000 steps in by 4PM). I do like the My Fitness Pal tracking more for this reason....it's much clearer giving you a net calorie each day that takes your activity into account. I might switch over and use that instead. I used it one week to see how it compared with my WW tracking and founded it much easier to understand if a little more cumbersome to use.

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                                                                                                                    herby RE: ziggylu Oct 25, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                    17,000 steps - wow! And I average 3,000 per day -lol.

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                                                                                                                      ziggylu RE: herby Oct 25, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                      To be fair, it was event so I was on my feet all day, and involved in set up and breakdown.

                                                                                                                      Work though, probably is at least 7000 steps a day just being in out out of locations all over the campus. I won't lie, it's a heck of a lot easier this time around with 30 less lbs to lug with me. I need to buy a fitbit so I can see how much ground we really cover in a day!

                                                                                                                      Lunches are a challenge. I know that's where most of the salt is coming from. I have made good choices points-wise all week but there's a lot more salt in the food than when I cook myself...and my water consumption is down this week.

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                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 25, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                        You're smart to not let the number discourage you. I try not to, and I try to remember that slow and steady -- even with occasional up weeks -- is ultimately more healthy and better for your body than a quick fix.

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                                                                                                                  herby RE: ziggylu Oct 25, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                  Ziggylu, I am with roxlet - it is not possible to gain or loose 5 lbs of fat in 10 days! Try to drink lots of water to flush out your system and stay away from extra salt. You'll see big difference next week!

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                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: roxlet Oct 25, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                  I wanted to share this recipe that I also shared on the WFD thread. It's for a Moroccan chickpea chili, and man, it's GOOD. I upped some of the seasoning because that's just the way i roll. Not sure how many points it is, but at 215 calories and 5.5 grams of fat for a huge serving, I'm pretty happy with it!

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                                                                                                                    ziggylu RE: ludmilasdaughter Oct 25, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                    Thanks, ludmilasdaughter! I'm planning to make a vegetarian chili for Halloween and this sounds like it will be great. I'll check the WFD thread for the recipe!

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                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: ziggylu Oct 25, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                      Whoops! Sorry, I meant to post a link to it. Here you go:
                                                                                                                      http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/moroc...

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                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: ludmilasdaughter Oct 25, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                        Looks very interesting! I ran it through the points+ calculator, and it comes out to 5 pts+ per serving.

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                                                                                                                    valerie RE: roxlet Oct 26, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                    I just took my dog on a 3 1/2 mile walk and when I returned I wasn't in the mood for my usual breakfast. We had a container of egg whites (I am not a fan but my husband likes them) and some leftover cooked spinach. So I made a microwave omelet with egg whites, spinach and Laughing Cow cheese...a pretty big portion all for 3 points. After it was cooked, I said to my husband "this looks disgusting" but I have to say, it was actually pretty good and very filling.

                                                                                                                    1. roxlet RE: roxlet Oct 26, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                      Does anyone else receive postcards from her leader? The one that came from mine today cracked me up. She wrote, "SMARTER snacks lead to SMALLER slacks! Is it worth it? Stop, rest, and assess."

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                                                                                                                        ziggylu RE: roxlet Oct 29, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                        That's cool that she does that! We have a great leader but haven't received any mail from her.

                                                                                                                        Ugh, I've been sick with the crud since Saturday. Haven't bothered tracking. Haven't worked out since last Wed. Haven't been much interested in eating yesterday and today other than tea and chicken soup so I think it'll be fine in the long run but hate getting out of routine!

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                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: ziggylu Oct 29, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                          Hope you're feeling better soon, and I know what you mean by getting out of the routine. I've been having a tough time this week, and with many approaching birthdays and holidays, it's bound to be tough going forward.

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                                                                                                                        Kontxesi RE: roxlet Oct 31, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                        Down 2.2 yesterday, FINALLY! I was basically flat for 7 weeks. Now I just need to keep it up. Hit the 30 mark.

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                                                                                                                          herby RE: Kontxesi Oct 31, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                          Way to go! Congrats :)

                                                                                                                          I am due to weigh-in today but hosting bookclub and taking bus from work - not going to happen. Planning to switch to Sat morning meeting and hopefully the leader will be more inspiring. My current one is OK but will not win any awards. I feel that I am doing well this week but the prove is in the scale :)

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                                                                                                                            Kontxesi RE: herby Oct 31, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                            I'd really like to move to Tuesdays, but we don't have any meetings here that day. :(

                                                                                                                            My leader is okay too, but I've noticed that she doesn't seem to fit in "celebrations" as well as they did when I did it before, about 7 years ago. Whenever I've hit a milestone, it takes me 1-3 weeks to actually be able to mention it. (I'm super shy and can only speak up when she specifically ask if anyone has anything to share.)

                                                                                                                            That's honestly the only complaint I have about her. She's a substitute, though. The normal leader has been out for a while, but the two times she was there I found her really overwhelming. Really bubbly, wants to know everything about you, likes to be really close when talking.... It made me unbelievably nervous.

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                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: Kontxesi Oct 31, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                            Wow! Good for you! I was up again this week, but only a little. I had a dream about weighing-in last night, of all things, and in the dream I was up .6, and I said, "OK, I'm happy with that." That was precisely how I felt this AM. I can't blame my leader, or anyone else. I seem to be out of my routine, I'm trying hard to get back to it this week.

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                                                                                                                              ziggylu RE: Kontxesi Nov 1, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                              Wow, great! Did you change anything up this week to change through the plateau?

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                                                                                                                              ziggylu RE: roxlet Nov 1, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                              We didn't go to our weigh in last night as we had a neighborhood thing in our cul de sac for trick or treaters. I did go to the doctor yesterday afternoon though and in my work clothes I was 1lb up from my weigh in two and a half weeks ago. I figure that puts me flat since that was a morning weigh in and i was in shorts and a tshirt that day.

                                                                                                                              Given the last few weeks of travel, family stuff, new job, and now illness I'm ok with being flat right now. Hopefully this cough will go away soon and I can work out again.

                                                                                                                              With the cooler weather, has everyone been changing up what they eat? Breakfast has been challenging for me as the great summer fruit is gone. I've been eating lots of apples but haven't found anything for my cottage cheese, yogurt and ricotta in the morning. The berries and pineapple I added weren't that great this morning unfortunately.

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                                                                                                                                herby RE: ziggylu Nov 1, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                My favourite breakfast is eggs anything. Yesterday I had two whites left over and added one whole egg, beat them up and made an omlette. Put fresh tomatoe chopped with 1/4 avocado and jalapeno inside and had that with a toast. I like oatmeal when it starts to get cold outside. I like it savoury and add salt and a teaspoon of butter to the bowl; sometimes have it sweet with maple syrup and banana. Yogurt I like in smoothie - anything can go in there: not the best or frozen berries, a piece of red bell pepper, some spinach or kale (not too much), a few nuts for protein (brazil nut is great) and maybe a spoonful of honey or date syrup.

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                                                                                                                                  ziggylu RE: herby Nov 1, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                  I love eggs for breakfast. I'm having to leave a lot earlier for work now and 1) often don't have time to cook them and 2) don't like eating so early so I haven't been eating them since I changed jobs.

                                                                                                                                  I used to eat a lot of smoothies but quit them when I started WW due to the ambiguity of trackign them point wise. They are easy to get down in the car early in the morning though so good idea I should go back to them. Do you score the fruit in them?

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                                                                                                                                    herby RE: ziggylu Nov 1, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                    I do not but wonder if I am to put all the ingredients into recipe builder if it will count fruit or not. I'll try it this weekend. Also should go back to smooties myself - there is a good recipe I have that helps balance hormones. You are probably too young for it but I do need it and should start again, maybe with kefir instead of yougurt. It is very nutritious - I'll post recipe this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                      ziggylu RE: herby Nov 1, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                      The recipe builder will count the fruit and the answers from WW and its leader are very ambiguous about this issue. Because the body metabolizes the blended fruit different from whole fruit they are unclear about whether to count the points or not. Smoothies can be really high in calories, using more fruit and sugar than you'd be likely to sit down and eat as whole fruit, so it's a really hard thing to track really.

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                                                                                                                                        herby RE: ziggylu Nov 1, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                        We'll see what the recipe builder says - I have the recipe with quantities and will use it to calculate. I imagine the absorbtion rate will be slower for fruit in smooth than alone but how would the points differe is not clear to me. I am not clear on how points are established either...

                                                                                                                              2. herby RE: roxlet Nov 1, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                FYI: Roxlet started November thread here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922514

                                                                                                                                1. perk RE: roxlet Nov 1, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                  I just made the sweet potato soup on the cover of the latest Cooking Light. Very nice.

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