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Jan 1, 2014 05:47 AM

Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Time for Action is Now! January 2014 [Old]

Greetings WW foodies! Happy New Year to you all, and I hope to see less of you in 2014!

Today is our annual New Year's Day Open House, so there is one more challenge ahead of me. Tomorrow is my meeting, and I plan to begin the 2 week program beginning Thursday after my meeting. I feel like it will be just the kick in the butt I need to get losing again.

What about you? Sticking with points+ or trying the new plan for a couple of weeks?

Here's to success in 2014!

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  1. Happy New Year everyone!! WIshing everyone a happy and healthy 2014!

    We are starting the New Year off with some yoga before breakfast of hard boiled eggs and bananas. We're meeting some friends later this morning for a New Year Day trying to start the new year off "right."

    Weigh in tomorrow so will see where the year ended up...somewhere close to 40lbs lost since May. I was heaviest this time last year so unofficially somewhere around 47 lbs less than last New Year. I feel so much better than a year ago - losing weight and changing my lifestyle was the very best thing I did for myself last year or any year over the last 15+.

    Still have a fair amount to go...need to stay the course. I think I might try the Simple Start thing as while we didn't do too badly over the holidays I've definitely fallen back in a bit of a carb habit and I'd like to break that and lose some of the cravings I"ve been having lately.

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    1. re: ziggylu

      That's fantastic! I'm down about 40+ as well (I refuse to look at my totals), and I do feel better as well. I am envious of your being able to run. I have really crappy knees, which limits my mobility, but I am thinking about trying Pilates this year to see if that helps.

      1. re: roxlet

        Roxlet, I have been doing Pilates for about 10 years, and I would really recommend it. I really only started it because everyone else in my family has bad backs and I wanted to avoid it! It's not aerobic exercise, but really helps with strength, flexibility, and balance..

        1. re: roxlet

          You'll have to report back on the Pilates, roxlet! I've added yoga back in to my routine recently(I did it daily at one point but quit 5 years ago) but have never done much Pilates. My husband mentioned to me yesterday about trying a Pilates class at the local community college but the time doesn't work for my commute. I'll be curious to also see how he likes it. I need a stronger core and hate all core work! LOL

          I don't particularly love to run but I like to be outside and I don't feel inferior to others when I do it because I'm on my own. (Pathetic aren't I? LOL) I also find it to be the best bang for my time buck in terms of losing weight and gaining least I don't hate it anymore either. It felt good to be the motivator this morning while running with a girlfriend of mine. Usually I'm the one everyone tries to keep going but for once in my life I was in the better condition.

          I do need to add swimming in....I need to protect my feet as I've had plantar fascitis issues in both over the years. I have a (crazy) goal to run a half marathon in San Fran next summer so need to stay uninjured while I work up to the distance and find some hills to work on to get ready...!

          I like too eat too much! I can't survive on what my calorie intake would be if I didn't do some serious cardio work regularly. LOL

          1. re: roxlet

            I screwed up my knees years ago and have really enjoyed spin classes. Its an awesome cardio and strength workout that you can customize to your ability. Many gyms offer classes as part of the membership and i've also seen classes offered at the ymca or other cummunity sports centers

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Does the seat ever get comfortable in spin class? I've tried it a few times and just can't get past how uncomfortable I am in the saddle!

              1. re: ziggylu

                You have to buy your own padded seat, that helps a lot. But I hate spin, it makes me feel sick; the teacher said I'm just dehydrated but I don't know about that.

                I love weight training and cardio/step the best, you have to find what you like to make it work. Pilates would be next on my list, except ours is an hour and a half and I don't have the extra time to spare.

                1. re: ziggylu

                  Ah, just now seeing this! You can either get the padded bike seat or after just a few classes i got used to it- a good part of the class is spent out of the saddle anyhow.

            2. re: ziggylu

              Ziggylu - tell me more about breaking away from carbs. I really have a rough time with them and I am not certain I can get away, even on plan. I still manage to work them into my points until I fall off plan and stray. :-( I would like to break the cycle. Congrats on 47 pounds (and more congrats for changing the cycle). That is exactly what I need to do.

              1. re: vstock

                Weight watchers really helped me learn to live off less empty carbs. I was a real starch girl. I loved starch and sauce and bread. Didn't eat much protein. As I navigated my way through the point system I really learned to focus on lean protein and give up a lot of the carbs I was used to eating due to the points involved in so many of the carbs. As I did this I realized how much better I was feeling after meals, not sleepy anymore, less bloated, etc.

                It took some time but I really didn't look much at bread or sweets by the end of hte summer. Over the past few weeks I've been eating a bit more bread and slipping in a small dessert more often. I'm finding myself craving these things again so it's time to focus back on the lean proteins, vegs, and fruits instead.

                It wasn't too hard for me to do. Honestly, I was really ready to eat better and get rid of the weight I was carrying when I started Weight Watchers in May. My parents have health issues, my dad's as a result of diabetes and it scares the crap out of me to think about dealing with similar as I get older. I didn't want to live the same reality my dad does now in his 80s and being in my 40s it was time before I faced any irreversible health issues(I had about 75-80 lbs to lose total so was signficantly overweight)

                Anytime I think about falling hard off the bandwagon I remind myself what the alternative is. Yesterday I was at the foot doctor...the majority of their patients are also diabetic and it was another harsh reminder of why I need to continue this journey for hte rest of my life. No piece of bread is worth it!

                1. re: ziggylu

                  Thank you. I really appreciate your answer and making time to respond. I am in the same boat. Will be 40 in 2014 with 65 lbs to lose. I have gotten down to within 15 lbs in the past, with exercise twice per day, but working FT and a 2 year old and DH just doesn't allow me that flexibility anymore. I have to do it by diet. I don't do a lot of sweets, but bread and cheese (and wine)are my weaknesses. I will work to take your lead and focus in how I feel without food groups in my diet and see if I can't break by cycle.

                  1. re: vstock

                    Try to make small changes slowly...that's how I did it. I will add a fruit to each meal this week. I will not eat dessert any day this week except Sunday when we have dinner with my whole family. I will not eat bread this week. things like that. Start with the easiest ones first. Having fought weight issues my whole life I think that was one fo the differences this tiem around...I didn't try changing everything at once.

                    My DH did WW with me. He wasn't really very overweight but has lost 25lbs as well(and loves being called skinny now LOL!). This made things easier for me as he supported me when we got started and we were make the same diet changes together. Together we've taken the focus off foods in our lives. Food has always been central in mine and changing my relationship with it has been an interesting journey!

                    (And I hate to say this but I've pretty much cut alcohol out...Between May and Dec I only had 4-5 glasses of wine total. I've had more over the Christmas holidays, maybe 2/week but that's going to get cut again. I just can't give up the points...again I like to eat too much that it ends up not being worth it to me! LOL)

                    1. re: ziggylu

                      Thank you. I appreciate the insights and will put it to practice.

            3. Final number for 2013 is -27. Not quite what I was hoping for, but the last three months have been rough.... Ready to redouble my efforts! 143 days till the wedding.

              My fiance said that starting today, I'm supposed to let him eat only one plate of food per meal. He's never really expressed any interest in losing weight before, so this is a good step. We'll see if he sticks to it. :) (I think his mom told him he needed to get on it so he didn't look huge in his tux. Not exactly my style of motivation.)

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              1. re: Kontxesi

                Yes, I definitely started more strongly than I ended. I'm with you!

                1. re: Kontxesi

                  -27 is awesome! that's three bowling balls! Congrats and Happy New Year, Kontexsi!

                2. While I've been at goal for 7+ years, I've been gaining for the past year (had to raise my goal weight to stay "legal"). This year: back to basics, may try the kick-start program, and generally, just move more.

                  1. I hit my goal weight around last March, and then lost 2 more lbs after that. But now, as of the other day, I was up 7 lbs from my goal weight (so 9 total). A bit of a bummer but I have been eating absolute crap so I'm not really surprised. I get a bit bummed out when I can't eat whatever I want and not gain anything, but such is life. So, starting on Sunday, I'm back to my old ways... planning, pre-tracking, etc. Here are a few of the meals I have planned for next week:

           serve on top of 1 cup whole wheat egg noodles (this will make 3 lunches plus 1 dinner


           serve with brown rice, and whatever veggie looks good at the store this weekend


           Serve w/ broccoli

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                      1. re: juliejulez

                        "I get a bit bummed out when I can't eat whatever I want and not gain anything, but such is life."

                        THIS!!! It IS life. And it's what I think I've finally learned to accept! :-)

                        And thanks for the recipe links! They look flavorful and AWESOME. :-)

                      2. I just got back from my meeting, and up again, but only .4, which is a victory given the way the last week went. Anyway, I'm starting in on the new program, and will try to make the first week of the New Year a losing one.

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                        1. re: roxlet

                          Roxlet, talk a bit about the new program. I am very interested in it and not sure it will be offered in Canada and even if it is would love to hear your thoughts. I am going to the meeting on Sat and it will not be pretty... Anyway, I am determined to get going and think that something restrictive where I do not have to track (always an issue for me!) might give me a boost that I need.

                          1. re: herby

                            The new 2 week program, called Simple Start, seems very, well, simple. It is based on the power foods lists, and you are supposed to be able to eat from those lists without weighing and measuring for the first two weeks. The program gives you suggested meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack, but it also allows you to build your own meal from the lists of power foods. You are allowed 7 points+ a day to use on other foods like cheese that is not non-fat, plus other treats. You may not carry those 7 points over to the next day, however. Use them or lose them. That's basically it -- it's not very complicated. I believe that there had been a previous program that allowed you the option of eating these foods instead of counting points.

                            1. re: roxlet

                              Simple Start is definitely not for me. And yes, it is essentially identical to Simply Filling, but repackaged with some extra support and meal plans. A fine idea, but one I'm not too interested in.

                              I’ve done very well with WW precisely because I can eat "my food". And I have no intention of straying from tracking.

                              I actually love tracking. I am very detail oriented so tracking works very well for my personality.

                              Don’t interpret my insane 8.8lb gain as a sign that I’m need of a shake-up. Holiday aberration aside I’ve done very well in 2013 thanks to WW and I hope to seal the deal and become lifetime in 2014 for sure. Still very much on track, maybe delayed by a few weeks or a month.

                              But thanks roxlet, I do appreciate it :)

                              1. re: magic

                                And you can ignore this entire post, roxlet.

                                Sorry, I misread and thought you were addressing me. I see now you're addressing herby.


                              2. re: roxlet

                                Thank you very much, Roxlet, for the overview! I hope Simple Start will be offered here on Saturday. I love "simple" concept and suggested meals would make it simple to me. I need to "start" again since I did not do too well last year - under 10lbs since the end of September is not what I was hoping for and that was then, before the new weigh-in this Saturday. But determined to face the reality and get going; there is no turning back for me however slow this trip might be.

                                New year, new beginnings, and new us - cheers everyone :)

                                1. re: herby

                                  According to the many in my meeting who are lifetime members, sticking with it is the key to success. My leader always says that if you had a bad week, you need the meeting. If you had a good week, the meeting needs you. Despite whatever ups and downs, and despite whatever roadblocks I manage to strew in my path, I'm sticking with it.

                                  1. re: roxlet

                                    I am sticking with it too :)

                                    BTW, how was your open house on Wednesday? What did you serve? Did you bake anything spectacular? I am still thinking about that cake you made from Momofuku and bought a ring and strips and glucose sometime in December. Really want to make it :)

                                    1. re: herby

                                      The open house was wonderful, and surprisingly I was only up .4 for my weigh in the next day, which I attribute to having a diet Coke in my hand for most of the party. The meal is pretty much the same every year -- cassoulet, stuffed shells, home smoked turkey, ham, homemade rosemary rolls, homemade sausage and biscuit. I make a cheese cake, pecan tassies, and a selection of cookies each year. Not that creative since it's so much work to put together. I stick with things I can do on autopilot!

                                      1. re: roxlet

                                        That is quite a spread! No reason to vary; I have no doubt that people look forward to it just the way they remember the meal from the previous year - I know I would :)

                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          Gosh that sounds wonderful roxlet. I've had cassoulet so few times since I lived in France about 20 years ago and love it so much. What recipe do you use...and for non holidays do you have a lighter version you could share?

                                          1. re: ziggylu

                                            Menu and photos are on the What's for New Years Day thread.

                                            1. re: ziggylu

                                              My husband, rjbh20, makes the cassoulet from Paula Wolfret's classic, The Cooking of Southwest France. It is not lightened up at all, so I just tasted a spoonful. The process begins in early December when he makes the duck confit for it.

                                        2. re: roxlet

                                          I'm a lifer, and I heartily 2nd the "stick with it" as the key to success. Once before, I was at goal nearly 10 years, thought I was "cured"--quit attending. Of course, I gradually added back all the weight. This time, at goal over 7 years, and it's still an adventure. Even if I get off course for awhile, I still do my mandatory weigh-in at least once a month (no more than 2 lbs over goal is allowed to keep "legal")--if I quit going, I know I'd re-gain. Tiny steps, forgive yourself when you goof up, keep working the program, and keep attending! All the best for a lighter 2014!

                                          1. re: pine time

                                            So that once a month weigh-in is key, it seems, to maintaining...

                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                Thanks, Roxlet--it's a change of mindset from losing weight to changing a lifestyle. Did weigh in at goal today, so I'm in my 8th year. Whew.

                                                A friend, who's still in the losing mode, has been struggling mightily this past year. Today I said "but if you hadn't been coming all year, where would you be today?" and we both said she'd have gained a whole bunch, rather than had a slow loss, over the year. It's a roller-coaster, to be sure, but I'm better off going to meetings than not going to meetings--simple enough!

                                                1. re: pine time

                                                  Wise words.

                                                  I feel there is much to learn from those like yourself who've been successful on WW for such an amazingly long time.

                                                  1. re: pine time

                                                    Wow, your 8th year? Now, THAT is inspirational!

                                        3. re: roxlet

                                          Roxlet, I'm anxious to hear how the new start works for you! Can you post some of the lunch and dinner things you put together with it along the way? If I remember the Simple Start is essentially the same as eating only the Power Foods with 49 points for other items during the week?(Our brochure got lost in the holiday hubbub so I'll have to get another one...)

                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            Up 8.8 lbs in a week and a half!

                                            Haha, I gave myself a planned holidays free-for-all since I've had a really good introductory year at WW. Fully expected to go up and own it. But not that much!

                                            8.8 is insane. Some of that has GOT to be water, no way could that be all fat in such a short timespan.

                                            So don't feel bad everyone. I'm sure none of you can claim a holiday increase of 8.8.


                                            1. re: magic

                                              I read somewhere that sugar and carbs cause water retention so hopefully that should drop away fast! Don't panic and just stay the course!

                                              I once has a 5+ lb gain in a week and asked if I could have a Bravo star for it as surely that had to be some sort of weekly record well deserving of recognition! (it dropped away fast the following week and was mostly water retention from hormones it seemed)

                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                I heard the same thing, that carbs and sugar (or was it carbs and salt?) promote water retention. So I am hoping to God that's the case. I am a guy btw.

                                                I had a horrific gain about a month and half ago of 4.2lbs. But by the next week it was all gone and then some. So that must have been largely water as I'd had some carb/sugar/salt explosions a few days prior to that horrific weigh-in.

                                                I would be absolutely shocked if I dropped all the 8.8lbs in one week as I did with last month's 4.2lb gain. Still, some of that 8.8 has got to be water. So am staying the course, back on track (as I knew I would be) and hopefully a good chunk of that 8.8 will be gone over the next couple of weeks.

                                                Hopefully. Deep breath.

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  Definitely salt. I know if I eat even a slice of pizza (usually with pepperoni, ie very salty), I'll be up a few pounds the next day. Last night I had pasta and store-bought garlic bread (lots of salt!), so that didn't help.

                                                  I'm up even more today than I was yesterday. But, I've been at it long enough to know it's virtually impossible for a normal person to gain 2 real pounds of fat in a day!

                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                    That's what I'm saying. It's gotta be close to impossible. Same happens to me when I have pizza and salty cured meats and fishes near weigh-in days.

                                                    But 8.8 in a week and a half.... jeez. That was truly jaw-dropping. I was quite bad (again, planned), to be sure. But that bad?!

                                                    It'll be very interesting to see how much of that was water.

                                                    1. re: magic

                                                      You would have to work really hard to eat an EXTRA 30,000 calories in one week, even at Christmas!

                                                      That said, I know I often see delayed results at weigh in, both good and bad. Weeks where I run a lot of extra miles and really burn a lot of calories, or weeks where I may have splurged a it more on what I'm eating, might not be reflected until two weeks later. So some of it is likely water and some of it cumulative holiday goodies.

                                                      Drink lots of water, exercise and cut back on'll likely see some of it drop away next week!

                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                        I find I often see delayed results, both good and bad, as well.

                                                        Thanks, I am crossing my fingers it doesn't get worse (delayed results and all).

                                                        But yeah, I think I'll be ok. Huge gain notwithstanding I feel great about what I've accomplished via WW this year and I know I'll be able to undo this holdiday season damage (holidays aside I'm normally super focused about tracking food and water and I excersize regularly).

                                                      2. re: magic

                                                        By the way, between yesterday morning and this morning, I lost 2lbs. So drastic increases like that are definitely due to outside factors, not actual fat gain.

                                                2. re: magic

                                                  Update: 2 weeks later and I'm down 9.4.

                                                  Thank. God.

                                                    1. re: magic

                                                      Seeee? :) I like to look at my monthly averages instead of the daily or even weekly... so many outside factors can affect your weight on any given day.

                                                      1. re: magic

                                                        Nice! I"m sure that felt good!

                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                          I felt like crying I was so relieved. Thanks all!! :-)

                                                      2. re: roxlet

                                                        Since my normal Wednesday meeting fell on a holiday (again), I hit tonight's meeting, where they went over Simple Start. And let me tell you, some of those ladies looked like their worlds were crumbling! They just couldn't get a handle on it. "I don't understand. What am I supposed to do this week? Are we getting rid of points? Do we have to do it this way?" Some really panicked responses.

                                                        I didn't think it was that complicated. :-/ Then again, since this isn't my normal day, I have no idea if these are new people who were just getting used to the points system or if they were veterans.... Either way, I was surprised by the reactions.

                                                        Up 0.6, for a total of 5.8 over the holidays. I'm not ashamed. I ate what I wanted to and I enjoyed it. Ready to buckle down and trim it off, though.

                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                          I don't think it's complicated either!