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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

As far as I know, March is the only month that has a date that commands you, which is March 4th. So that should be our cue this month to march forth towards healthy eating and weight loss.

For those of us who have struggled, the arrival of spring this month should remind us of a new beginning and a fresh start each and every day.

Let's continue to inspire each other in the kitchen and on the scale, Weight Watchers Foodies!

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  1. So my brother came home from California on Monday night and has moved in with me and my fiance. I was a little concerned about how his presence would affect our routine and the food that is present in our home.

    I was at the store and texted him to see if he needed anything. Greek yogurt, he said. Well, that's not bad. Then he says that he's trying to avoid all processed/added sugars. Awesome!

    So apparently Cali (or growing up a little) had a good influence on him, so he won't be having a bad influence on me. :)

    And I'm hoping that having him here will cause me to a little more diligent with cooking dinner. "Oh, we'll just have pasta" won't come so easily when I know there is someone else trying to be healthy.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Kontxesi

      That's great. Wonderful to have someone who also wants to eat healthy food.

      1. re: Kontxesi

        That's really great! Staying on track is so much easier when you have more people to keep you accountable.

        1. re: Kontxesi

          That's great! Having like- minded dining companions makes things much easier!

        2. It was restaurant week here, and last Thursday was a 70 point day. Ooops... On the bright side, I tracked everything, I still have 2 WPs left, and I have a 10 mile run tomorrow, so it should even out.
          Wins and great finds from last month that are definitely keepers:
          -cauliflower rice (does not taste like rice, but very tasty, and great with curry)
          -Wegman's honey mustard chicken and turkey breasts
          - banana ice cream
          - Emily bites pumpkin sausage pasta
          - my "random soup" made with veg broth, tofu, ginger, garlic, bok choy, and whatever vegetables I have on hand
          - roasted butternut squash. A bit high in carbs, but still a nice alternative to potatoes. I've experimented with all kinds of glazes and seasonings, and it is consistently good.

          Fails that I want to keep revisiting because I love the idea but just can't get them right:
          - egg cups/ mini crustless quiches. No matter what I do, they stick or get gummy
          - cauliflower pizza crust

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          1. re: nerdette

            Well, done, nerdette, tracking it all!

            AND I love the idea of your "mini" month in review.

            What's the texture of the cauliflower rice like? Does it reheat well?

            I can't wait for you to get the egg cups right!

            Wow, cauliflower pizza crust is a fascinating idea.

            As for me, I'm trying something new today. I usually do all of my cooking for the week on Sunday, but I still feel rushed on Mondays. So, I'm trying to get some cooking done today, instead. Pork chops in the crock right now, zero point soup (with barley) is on, wild rice is on, and I've got some pumpkin steel cut oats ready to go in the slow cooker for tonight.

            We'll see!

            And thank you, roxlet, for getting us started. Have you ever tried doing one of the WW workbooks like "Find your fingerprint" (comes in the current kit) or "Success Handbook"--they talk a lot about finding your motivation again. Just wondered if something like that might help you through your current difficult patch.

            ~TDQ

            1. re: nerdette

              Cauliflower pizza crust takes some practice, must be far drier than you ever thought you could get it and I recommend using parmesan for some of the cheese since it will kept crisper than mozzarella, which helps the stability.

            2. Hi, gang! I realized tonight I hadn't checked in here in several weeks. Still on maintenance and on track. I don't track religiously, and I adore myself more indulging than before, but I mostly still eat very WW-ish. It's become ingrained, I guess. And I'm happy about that. I was nervous about maintenance, but I've got this! Lifetime here I come! 10 more days... hope you're all doing well!

              1. I'm saving weekly points for champagne and oscar snacks tomorrow. Had a good dinner: thai beet soup, thai tofu apple salad and spicy eggplant pizza. It worked out to 15pts and was quite filling. Baby is starting solids so my points will soon be diminished. I'm very sad about that.

                4 Replies
                1. re: relizabeth

                  Join us here in the real WW world!

                  1. re: roxlet

                    I'll have to start, ugh, working out!

                  2. re: relizabeth

                    I hadn't even considered that our baby is now on solids and thus nursing less, thank you for the reminder!
                    How do you adjust for this?
                    Pre-pregnancy I got 28 points, have been at 40 since nursing. -40 seems ridiculously high, but I managed to adjust and eat them up. :/
                    Do you split the difference or just go back down to pre-nursing points?

                    1. re: rabaja

                      I think there is an option for nursing but augmenting with solids or formula. + 7 pts instead of +14. I'm going to stick with the +14 pts for the moment, but when my weight loss stalls, I'll bump it down to +7 pts.

                  3. OK, this pointsplus wine glass makes me laugh: http://www.amazon.com/Points-Glass-St...

                    ~TDQ

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                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      That. Is. Awesome.

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        Wow. Just wow!

                      2. Goodness March already! I can't believe it. I hope you all get spring soon but that means hot weather will be here soon in the desert...sigh....!

                        Anyway, March started with a...bust! LOL We had our monthly gathering of our dinner club and went to a Hue vietnamese place last night. I have no idea how to score what I ate...i did my best and then added 5 extra points just because. LOL Also between working yesterday and unusual desert rain I haven't got my long run in yet this weekend. We'll see this afternoon how the weather is and how I feel...gotta burn off some Mi Quang and Bun Ho Hue!

                        I meant to try that cauliflower pizza crust and haven't had a chance to. Hopefully this month, though March is looking pretty darn busy already. I'm dreading hot weather but really looking forward to the downtime that comes with it...!

                        Here's to a successful March for everyone!

                        1. Last night was, well, can you say WW disaster? The day started OK, but then we had what we call our annual fried chicken dinner party. We've been doing it for 15-16 years with the same folks every year. And just because fried chicken is not point-y enough, my husband added fried okra and macaroni and cheese. I added too the point confusion by making three (3, that's right) pies for dessert. All in all, I have not the first clue how to point everything since I can't even remember all I ate. Today is, as they say, a new day, and I'm going from there!

                          4 Replies
                          1. re: roxlet

                            Today is a new day! I wouldn't try to figure out the points for all of that, but write it down and move on. And speaking of moving on, see if you can't get a little extra activity in today. Which reminds me, I need to go get the pedometer out of the drawer asap. I've been meaning to do that for about a week now.

                            I've got this in the slow cooker right now. 4 hours on high. I skinned the bird, of course. I'll let you know how it turns out.

                            http://www.npr.org/2014/01/09/2605548...

                            ~TDQ

                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              Ok, wow, yuck. How disappointing. Slow cooker chicken in the crock pot is as flavorless as most everything else in the crock pot. It looks pretty, but as you may be able to see from the photo of the chicken while still in the crock, it's sitting in an inch or two of its own juice (easy 3-4 cups). That's where the flavor is, I'm guessing. And I skinned it before I cooked it, so little of that is fat from the skin (except for the wings.)

                              My husband thought it tasted okay, "like chicken," he said. It's moist, for sure, but then again, why wouldn't it be. It was boiling in its own liquid when I removed the lid.

                              I cooked it for four hours on high. The recipe says 3-4 hours. That's a pretty wide variation on cooking time, with an entire other third that is optional. I suppose it's possible that it's just overcooked, but I was nervous to cook it for any less time than that. But the temp of the meat on the thigh was almost 200 degrees when I checked it. It was definitely more than done.

                              And, yeah, there's nothing you can do with this chicken but shred it. The meat is "falling off the bone," which I know people mean is a good thing when they say it, but what I mean is, "the meat has no texture, it is practically disintegrating."

                              I picked the meat off the bones, and put it in a container with a lot of salt and some of the juices. Maybe it will be good later.

                              But, really, there's no point in going to the effort to measure out and rub spices on this bird. You can't tell.

                              http://www.npr.org/2014/01/09/2605548...

                              I don't know if I'll try this again. It's obvious it needs less cooking time, but I hate to experiment with poultry. I'll reserve judgment for later, until after we've eaten the chicken I've put in the fridge.

                              What a disappointing waste of a nice free range bird.

                              ~TDQ

                               
                               
                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                I haven't had any luck w/ chicken in the crockpot... even when cooked in broth or tomatoes or whatever. Just comes out rather blah like you described.

                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  I've never been happy with a slow cooker chicken recipe. They are always greasy and bland. :( I hate it when I'm really excited about something, thinking "This will be the one!" and then it's just as bad as the rest.

                            2. This thread is so quiet this morning. For dinner last night, I turned my crock pot chicken into a salad with fresh spinach, blueberries, wild rice, sunflower seeds and vinaigrette. It was pretty good.

                              So far, my zero point soup and pumpkin steel cut oats with sunflower nut butter and yogurt have gotten me off to a good start.

                              ~TDQ

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                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                Sounds good. I've been dealing with computer issues all afternoon, and wound up eating leftovers from Saturday's feast when I came home, starving, from the Apple store. Ugh. Not happy with myself -- or my computer knowledge -- right now.

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  Frustrating! Go for a walk or something and get all of that frustration out!

                                  ~TDQ

                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  Busy day at work. I had cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast. Ham and Swiss sandwich with fruit for lunch. Starting to think about mid-afternoon munchies, likely an apple.

                                  Not a very exciting day so far food wise but week days tend to be that way after weekend indulgences.

                                  Hubby picked up some spicy chicken italian sausage on his way home. He's going to make some sauce with that and we'll have it over broccoli slaw for dinner.

                                3. Ugh. Went to work, and then left an hour later because they shut my fiance's job site down.... And I slid down a hill and took out a road sign on my way to pick him up. :|

                                  Anyway. I've been "working" from home, snacking, playing Dominion... snacking.... >.> Snow days. Bluh.

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                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                    Wow! What a day! Make some popcorn. It's a good snow day snack.

                                    ~TDQ

                                  2. Sure got quiet in here!

                                    Up 2 this week. I just can't keep it steady. :( I'm hoping some of that is water weight, because I made Chinese on Tuesday.... I seem to make that mistake a lot.

                                    I got to the meeting almost half an hour early yesterday, so I actually talked to people. I can handle it when it's just the leader and 3-4 other people in the room, but once it gets full I get nervous.

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                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                      I feel your pain.

                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                        I think that's why I have had more success in the past year than I ever had. The meeting that I attend is a WW at Work meeting and it's literally in a conference room in my office building. It's a small group and I talk more than I ever did in the past when I attended WW meetings. And I know the leader and she knows me, and somehow, that personal relationship helps to keep me going.

                                        That being said, I haven't weighed in for a few weeks (vacation, conflicts) and I think (hope!) I kept it together. Going at noon...we shall see.

                                        1. re: valerie

                                          I also attend a WW at Work meeting... very friendly bunch of mostly women (we almost always have at least ONE token male each session) from six different buildings on our firm's "campus." The leader comes to us from a local WW center and she is one of the very best I've ever had/seen. Love love love her and I agree having that "relationship" with her and my coworkers helps with motivation and accountability. I should make Lifetime (FINALLY!) next week, but I plan to continue attending meetings at least once a month so I can keep my weight off, although I don't think I'll have much trouble now that I've completely altered my eating habits!

                                          1. re: saturngrrl

                                            Could you share with us what habits you developed and which ones you gotten rid of? I think my biggest problem is doing just that and hearing how other people did it is very valuable and helpful.

                                            TIA!

                                            1. re: herby

                                              Well, I think that just following the program as close to perfectly as I could essentially did its job. In other words, over time, after months of weighing and measuring and calculating and tracking (and trial and error), I re-learned how to eat like a "normal" person. I was fairly disciplined with myself and because of that, saw some early success, which was motivating... and so on. It's a non-vicious cycle, I guess! LOL! If I had a bad day, or allowed myself a once a month "no tracking" cheat day, I did that but then just got right back on program the next day with no remorse, guilt or self-flagellation. I still weigh and measure a lot, but even if I don't - or in situations where I can't - because I have been doing that, it's a lot easier for me to guess the size/weight of stuff. Sometimes you get a happy surprise, like what I thought was one ounce of shredded parm cheese turned out to really only be a half ounce! :-) (it's the little things that thrill me, what can I say?)

                                              I was also VERY diligent about checking all the boxes for healthy oils, lowfat dairy, water, vitamins, fruits and veggies, etc. I try to incorporate at least one fruit/veg into every meal, usually a lot more. I've more or less abandoned junk, or replaced it with healthier versions, but I'm actually one of those people who can reach for an apple or an orange instead of a candy bar. This is new for me, and I'm still not sure HOW or why this transformation has occurred, but it has.

                                              However, I don't want to mislead you into thinking I am a "perfect" healthy eater. I'm not. I indulge in my favorite Lindt Lindor Truffles almost every day - but I'm good with one or two, not six or seven. I have Ben & Jerry's ice cream in my freezer that's been there a few weeks and is still 3/4 full. Just a spoonful can satisfy my sweet tooth. I realize not everyone can do that, especially if ice cream is a "trigger" that leads to a full on binge. Whenever I can, I buy things in individual portion sizes, and when I can't, I divide things up into individual portions right away - yes, I spend a fortune on ziplock baggies! LOL! - and mark the PP on the bag.

                                              I have been indulging more, now that I'm on maintenance, but honestly, if I overdo it, or eat something far richer/fattier than I'm used to, I get sick. Literally. Ugh.

                                              As far as habits I've gotten rid of, well, I guess not eating a whole pizza in one sitting counts, right? ;-)

                                              I wish I had the magic formula/prescription, but it's really just like a switch flipped inside my head and it all came together. Not overnight. Not without some struggles. But once I started seeing results, they kept me moving forward and trying really hard not to slip backwards.

                                              It's tough to love food as much as I (and I'm guessing all of you) do, and control your weight. Really tough. It's not like smoking or drinking. You could stop doing those things and probably not die. But you gotta EAT. I just try to be mindful of nutrition AND taste. I will never COMPLETELY give up foods I love (chocolate, pizza, fries, cheese, ice cream), but lucky for me, I also love veggies and fruit and lean, low-PP seafood, and brown rice and nonfat greek yogurt, etc. So making healthier choices is not a huge sacrifice for me, and I know it is for some people (one of my friends is doing WW and has lost about 12 lbs since the beginning of the year (WHICH IS FANTASTIC!) but has hated the program every single day. I keep challenging her to try new foods/recipes until she finds things she likes, because if you don't like what you're eating, you're not going to keep doing it...

                                              OK, that's enough of my blathering for one day. I gotta get back to work. But I'll be happy to answer any questions... I just may take a little while to respond.

                                              1. re: saturngrrl

                                                Great points made here. Thank you so much!
                                                I totally agree on the wine thing. I think it's almost the reason I gain weight. I have to use a measured pour so I can track points or far too much will be consumed and thwart every effort I've made to exercise and eat right.

                                                Eta: ha, not sure what that says about my drinking!

                                              2. re: herby

                                                Oh, one more habit I gave up/changed that has made a big difference: WINE. I cut waaaaay back (but not all the way back) on my wine consumption. I'm gonna get that PP wine glass posted upthread. That is cool!

                                                As my leader says, in addition to the PPs you spend on drinking wine, it's like "liquid shrug" - you are less likely to give a damn about eating crap/high-calorie food (and lots of it) after a few glasses of wine, and that can really add up!

                                          2. re: Kontxesi

                                            I can't go tonight as we have basketball tickets tongiht and my husband wants the jersey giveaway so we need to be there well before tipoff. Kind of bummed, don't like missing our meeting.

                                            It's been a busy week again and only one dinner at home. Lots of events at work too so out of routine all the way around and lots of eating on the run. Getting better at not making horrible choices in those situation but still tough.(Our baker made some killer Kings Cakes for all the residence halls on Tuesday...with almond paste iin the, I couldn't resist a big ol' piece of one running through the kitchens!)

                                            I wish I had some exciting recipes or ideas to share. I mostly try to get through the day without doing too much damage right now!

                                            I bought a skirt in a size I haven't worn for over 16 years last weekend though. King Cake or not...I'm calling that a victory!

                                            1. re: ziggylu

                                              Victory indeed!

                                              And nothing wrong with a little, er a lot, of king cake as long as you track points! Maybe you can do a little extra activity to make up for it?

                                              ~TDQ

                                            2. re: Kontxesi

                                              Kontxesi
                                              Have you tried looking at your overall trends? It's taken sometime for me to see it...but I do finally see a pattern for myself...Big loss, small loss, flat, gain, Big loss. It's been consistent like this for the most part from the beginning and it seems to follow my cycles as well. For the week I invariably show a gain(sometimes as much as 4-5 lbs!) it's helped me to not freak out too much.

                                              You've had some really nice losses lately! 2lbs up will disappear quickly! I'm glad you're getting to know some folks at your meeting!

                                            3. This week has been a disaster for me, and I am thinking that I will not go to my meeting since I have a very busy Thursday and I know I will be depressed by the scale. I need to get myself back on track, but it seems so hard! I have to keep looking at a beautiful summer dress in my closet that I would like to wear to a friend's daughter's wedding in July. I think I will move it to a different place so I can see it and it can remind me of where I want to be. Meanwhile, I have to do a lot of baking today for a bake sale and for a friend's son who is in for some pretty major surgery soon.

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                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                Baking is bad news for me. Wishing some strength your way!

                                                If you're honestly too busy, that's one thing, but I wouldn't skip just because of a bad week. For me, at least, that would be the first step down a very slippery slope. :(

                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                  Yes, it would have been in the past, but I really want to try to get myself back on track this week. I'm pretty committed to going (this is only the 2nd time I've missed in over a year), so I think this is the best thing for me mentally.

                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                    Fair enough.

                                              2. I resigned from WW after struggling for a couple of months. I attend less meetings than I miss and finally decided that it is a waste of money right now. I have not done well either which is discouraging... However, I will continue on my own using WW home scale and clothes fit as a guide. I think for me calorie counting is more meaningful and easier to comprehend than points and I'll start doing it; just need to find suitable program. I remember looking at Sparkpeople awhile back - maybe try this. Do any of you know of any other tools for counting calories?

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                                                1. re: herby

                                                  I use Fitday, I believe Julie uses My Fitness Pal.

                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                    Thank you! I'll check both.

                                                    1. re: herby

                                                      Good luck herby! It's so hard (for me anyway) to do it on your own, but I know you can do it!

                                                      ~TDQ

                                                    2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                      I actually use sparkpeople.com :) I liked that you could put in your height, weight, current weight, goal weight, and time frame, and it would tell you a calorie RANGE to eat in. Meaning, if you ate at the bottom of the range you'd lose faster, and at the top of the range, you'd lose slower but you'd still lose. I liked having that flexibility.

                                                      I don't participate in the message boards over there that much anymore but I did back when I was in active weight loss mode (now I'm just trying to lose a few that I put on in the past few months). They also have lots of "teams" which are smaller groups you can join based on outside interests, diet types (low carb etc), or just on location.

                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                        I like Sparkpeople a lot, except for the enormous amount of emails I got from them.

                                                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                          Ha yeah, I went in and adjusted my settings so I don't get those anymore.

                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                          Hmmmm... someone here way talking about MFP I know because I checked it out (but ended up liking Fitday better for my needs,) ... wonder who it was!

                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                            I might have mentioned it before, a lot of my friends use MFP.

                                                      2. re: herby

                                                        I use My Fitness Pal and like it a lot. I was struggling with understanding beyond the basics of the points system for a bit and switched over. I like the straightforwardness of calorie counting and it really helped me get a gauge on how much to eat overall each day, including the fruits and vegs. It can be easy to slip away from focusing on healthier choices with the calorie counting though...I foudn myself going carb heavy for a bit and just last week refocused away from carbs and back onto lean proteins and fruits and vegs.

                                                        I also like that the MFP site links to both Fitbit and RunKeeper so all that infomration combines with my food diary. Additionally, my company has all of our recipes in the MFP data base so it's really easy for me to track my lunches no matter what I eat.

                                                        After a few months of MFP I found that 1400-1600 calories a day, with my current activity was just about right to maintain a .5-1lb loss per week. I was never really able with the poitns system to understand how many weekly points to eat or not eat.

                                                        Really though...with both systems, I've found as long as I track regularly I see results. Since last May, I've averaged just less than a lb a week and the results have been pretty consistent with both systems.

                                                        Good luck, herby!

                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                          I love MFP. It lets you track real food, has a huge DB with almost everything at the grocery store (and if it doesn't, I can add it). I find with MFP I don't have as many guessing games with how to track points. I also find that WW rewards for using 'low fat' options for dairy, etc, and I just don't eat things I can't pronounce. MFP is more supportive of a 'real' food environment.

                                                          Tracking is the most important thing of all, though. Stay accountable, regardless of which method you choose. I have MFP on my Iphone and computer, and I log everything, even those 3 glass of wine dinners, etc.... It gives me a great picture of how I am really doing.

                                                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                            The tracking is key.

                                                            I'm reading a book for my book club called "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. The book talks about "keystone habits" which lead to other transformations. The section that I read last night talked about an NIH study where they asked overweight people to track their food on a daily basis. They didn't ask them to change their eating habits ... just to write down what they ate. Here is what the book said about tracking ...

                                                            "But this keystone habit -- food journaling -- created a structure that helped other habits to flourish. Six months into the study, people who kept daily food records had lost twice as much weight as everyone else."

                                                            1. re: stockholm28

                                                              Fascinating!

                                                              I've been very curious about that book! Worth reading?

                                                              ~TDQ

                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                I'm finding it interesting, but some parts are a bit repetitive. I'm hoping I can figure out how to use a little of the science of the "habit loop" to get into the habit of exercising :).

                                                          2. re: ziggylu

                                                            As a MFP member, do you have access to a more comprehensive MFP foods database than what's available through a regular Google search?

                                                            Or do non-members using Google see the same database you see?

                                                            1. re: magic

                                                              I'm not sure I understand your question. I don't pay to use MFP(i'm not sure there is a paid option? I know there is for MapMyFitness but I don't use that app).

                                                              Not sure what comes up on Google. I go onto the MFP site, type in what I'm looking for, tell it the serving size and ti logs it. The database is much more extensive than the WW site and gives you the full nutrient values if you want to look at that particularly.

                                                              Again, it's really not different than logging on WW. Personally I prefer it due to the what I found the to be the lack of clarity from WW regarding what my baseline should be daily on the amount of points I should be eating. YMMV

                                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                                No, that's good, thanks ziggylu. :)

                                                                1. re: ziggylu

                                                                  I don't pay for MyFitnessPal, either. I have found pretty much everything I've eaten in the DB already, but the couple items I haven't found, I have entered. I like MFP because it fits a more 'real' lifestyle. Try traveling internationally, and using WW. That's when I looked to alternative sites. I started with SparkPeople, about 5 years ago but it just got to be too much spam mail for me (I have heard it's much easier to suppress that now), and eventually switched to MFP. I like the support of WW, but found the full switch to a points system to be disappointing. And the insistence on low/no fat substitutions for real food is not how I eat.

                                                            2. re: herby

                                                              Big "THANK YOU"all of you! Your the most supportive non-judgemental bunch and I love you for it :)

                                                              I briefly looked today at Fitday and MFP; will check Sparkpeople tomorrow but kind of leaning towards SP. Will give it a try. In the end it is the ease of use and the size of calorie database plus tracking ability that counts. I am also tracking my pedometer Mon-Fri but do not bother on the weekend. This will hopefully change as the weather warms up and walks become a possibility.

                                                              I am still going to hang around here and hope to learn from you and cheer and loose!

                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                A few of us here don't WW, it's still a great thread to check in on- totally supportive!

                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                  Absolutely!

                                                                2. re: herby

                                                                  I still consult the SP database from time to time when I'm having a hard time finding NI elsewhere. It's pretty awesome!

                                                                3. re: herby

                                                                  I started with SparkPeople for about a month or so before I rejoined WW for (hopefully) the last time. I thought it was great, and easy to use, if over-saturated with ads. :-) But I was able to ignore them eventually. I think it's a good alternative to WW. I realize WW just isn't for everyone, but since I have found success, I'm actually considering working for them part time... that's how strongly I believe in the program. I hope something different does the trick for you! Good luck! :-)

                                                                4. Well, I did it. My raise finally came through, so my fiance went down and signed up at the gym today. Now I just need to make it worth it!

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                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                    Congrats on the raise -- and on the new gym membership, or, as I like to call it, another reason to feel guilty!!

                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                      Congrats, and may you and Gym live happily ever after! ;-) Seriously, though... think of it as an investment in YOU!

                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                        I know this thread is about food, but.... I just need to laugh at myself a little.

                                                                        So I was doing a fitness analysis, which includes 5 minutes of cardio to test aerobic ability. Immediately upon getting on the elliptical, my heartrate jumped to the 150s, which is what it always is when I'm on the machine. The trainer looked at my screen and said, "Do you have high blood pressure...?"

                                                                        "Just a little," I said. "Like 130/80 is my highest."

                                                                        The machine shut me down at 3 minutes because my BP got too high. Guess I need to take two pills like my doctor wants instead of just one.

                                                                      2. I had asked last month about some ideas for somethign to add to yogurt in the morning for a bit of texture without getting into all the sugar and fat often involved with granola.

                                                                        I wanted to report back I've been adding a 1/4 cup Kashi Go Lean. It's only 40 calories for a 1/4 and adds another 3 grams of protein and no fat. I looked at a box of Grape Nuts and was suprised how calorie dense it is...420 calories per cup! I've been happy with the Kashi. I pack it separate and put it on when I get to work so it stays crunchy.

                                                                        Also my husband made a very quick and easy soup in the crock pot last week. It was an idea I picked up years and years ago at the Trader Joe's demo counter. It's embarassingly simple and Sandra Lee-ish but we've always liked it: One box of low sodium Chicken Stock(or homemade if you have some in the freezer); a container of your favorite fresh salsa, and some of your favorite meatballs(we used the Trader Joe Meatless ones last week). Simmer. This time he added some greens we had in the fridge as well.

                                                                        When ready to eat garnish with some lime juice and avocado. He also cut up some corn tortillas, brushed them with a bit of olive oil and salted them before baking to a crisp and used those as garnish.

                                                                        Far from gourmet, but it's a tasty, healthy fast dinner.

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                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                          Yes, I know that Grape Nuts is pretty calorie dense, which is why I was adding only a tablespoon! But I will have to check out the Kashi Go Lean.

                                                                          1. re: ziggylu

                                                                            I, too, was surprised at the high point value of Grape Nuts. I actually like to add them to salad to give it some extra crunch, almost like croutons.

                                                                            On days when I go to my office, I often bring a big 0 point salad, add 1 or 2 points of Newman's Lite Sesame Ginger Dressing and then 1/4 cup of Grape Nuts (3 points). So all in, it's between 4 and 5 points. I don't add the Grape Nuts until I'm ready to eat the salad so they stay crunchy.

                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                              Sounds tasty! I eat a lot of salad at lunch. I get really bored by it but it's a such a good lunchtime option and I can easily get a half chicken breast off our grill so it ends up being something that can hold me in the afternoon today.

                                                                              I was really surprised by the Grape Nuts. I just assumed they' d be fairly equivalent to the Kashi so glad I checked the label before I tossed them in the cart! 400+ calories in a cup...no wonder it's so popular with hikers!

                                                                          2. Hello ... joining this thread. It's been at least 10 years since I have focused an eating healthy, and my scale shows it. I finally became fed up with how heavy I am.

                                                                            I'm a little over a week in and doing a hybrid calorie counting & WW thing. Mostly calorie counting while focusing on whole grains and veggies being "free". So far so good, because I'm highly motivated, and I want this weight to be gone, now! But I know I will have struggles.

                                                                            My biggest challenge will be traveling for work. Eating out 3 meals a day and trying to stick to 1,200 calories seems impossible. Ok, well, at least while trying not to make it too obvious to co-workers and clients I'm dieting.

                                                                            Looking forward to participating here.

                                                                            As my first contribution, here's what I made for dinner last night:

                                                                            Baked Mahi Mahi in Salsa Verde
                                                                            Super simple just bake Mahi in a casserole covered with canned Salsa Verde (I like the kick of Herdez)

                                                                            Cilantro Brown Rice
                                                                            Brown rice cooked in chicken broth with lots of chopped cilantro

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                                                                            1. re: aimeekm

                                                                              Traveling for work is a big challenge - I am halfway through a 12 day trip, and here's my survival menu for the week.

                                                                              Breakfast - 1 oz cheese (easily available from convenience store) and 1 piece of fruit - dream big here, and alternate. I am not a coffee drinker.

                                                                              Lunch - grilled fish or chicken with greens and lean veg and flavored olive oil/ and vinegar (brought from home in containers). I was starving and added a whole wheat pita round on my cardio days.

                                                                              Snack - greek yogurt

                                                                              Dinner - if I want something carb-y, I'll add it here - but I've been double veg + protein most nights (or sushi! sushi is good, too). Add a chocolate bite. No alcohol (hardest, saddest part!!).... I am down 1.5 lbs last week (with 400 cardio calories burned 4 of 6 mornings).

                                                                              I make my expense account work for me - my lunch is expensive - close to $20. But I am satisfied til dinner 6 hours later.

                                                                              Let me know what you are eating - I love talking to fellow travelers. My most successful dieting co-worker traveler lost almost 100lbs in the past 18 months. She eats pretty much what she wants at dinner, but sticks to a protein shake for lunch, and cheese/ hard boiled eggs and fruit for breakfast. I haven't found a shake I like. But I am willing to try them.

                                                                              I am down about 24 in the past 5 months. But I refuse to count everything that goes into my mouth when I am on vacation, etc. This is a lifestyle change for me. So I am going slow and steady. If I am really good til Friday, I may have a piece of pizza on Friday. After I weigh in for the week!!

                                                                              1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                Welcome to the thread, and maybe you can inspire us as we might inspire you!

                                                                                1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                  Welcome!

                                                                                  Eating out is a challenge. What works for me when eating out:

                                                                                  - Look at the menu online in advance before you go, if possible, and decide what you're going to order.
                                                                                  - Try to put the bread basket (or, heaven forbid, the basket of tortilla chips) far away from you.
                                                                                  - Try not to drink your calories, if possible. First of all, booze, beer, wine is all very pointy. Second of all, it can weaken your resolve. Iced tea is my stand-by.
                                                                                  - Seafood, as long as it's not fried, is usually a good option. (In fact, when I'm serious about being on plan, I almost always order seafood out. I just don't cook it enough at home.)
                                                                                  - If they allow substitutions, ask if they'll replace whatever starch on your plate with a second helping of vegetables.

                                                                                  ETA: For snacks: you can bring some turkey jerky, hundred calorie packs of almonds (for your briefcase), and lite popcorn (for the hotel room) for snacks. Also, those oatmeal packets or mini boxes of cereal are good to have on hand. Even some of those bean soups you can just add boiling water to. Along the way, fresh fruit, yogurt, string cheese, and hard boiled eggs are usually available at various convenience stores, etc.

                                                                                  Welcome and good luck. And remember, bring some sneakers and swimsuit so you can workout in the hotel gym or pool or go for a walk.
                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                  1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                    I'm in the same boat; currently out of town one or two nights a week. I've only been doing WW this go around for about 3 weeks, and am losing steadily (not a ton, but steady, so yay!)-my travel days are the toughest. Coworkers of mine always bring frozen meals to eat in their hotel room, but I hate that-if I have to be away from home and family, I want to do something that is enjoyable, not sad :). I've been trying to eat a nice meal out, but focus on good fish or steak at dinner with veggies and a salad, rather than pasta and cream sauces. Skip dessert, but have a nice glass of wine. I am usually able to be more active on my travel days, so that helps (no kids and kid activities to juggle those nights). Sushi is a great idea-though fairly slim pickings in Southern Oregon! Toughest travel times are meals out with coworkers-I'm a fan of finding the top-reviewed local restaurant and getting something smaller and wonderful, but some of them would rather go to the big chain restaurants and indulge. Not many healthy options at the Black Bear Diner :/.

                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                      Given my work, I pretty much 'eat out" daily. I really focus on lunch on a salad with some sort of lean protein. I also love eggs and if the omelette station is up will have a cheese free omelette with lots of veggies.

                                                                                      When I eat out for dinner, I've really simplified how I eat...I never used to eat steak but more often than not that's what I order in a restaurant now - something lean like a filet or a basic sirloin and I'll have veggies with it no starch. Alternatively I'll have some fish instead of the steak but it's hard to find good fish in Phoenix so more often than not I opt for the steak.

                                                                                      1200 calories is really tough. That's my calorie allowance for losing 1lb/week. I can't stay that low day after day...I really can't. It's good motivation for me to stay active so I can get just a little more calories per day and still lose.

                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                        Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. It's good to know a lot of you have the same eating out & traveling challenges. It's encouraging knowing that you've lost weight while being away from home, eating out, etc..

                                                                                        Thank you for all the tips. I just need to let go of the idea of eating "perfectly" on the road. I just need to make the best choices of the options available to me and leave it at that.

                                                                                        I rarely travel independently. All my co-workers I travel with are men, and my company really values meals as client entertainment and co-worker / associate bonding. So when I travel, I eat all 3 meals with other people. Oh yeah, and drinking as well ...

                                                                                        I'm also self conscience to appear to be dieting ... don't want people to be thinking "about time", not that they would, but you know. So I'd like to avoid skipping out on meals, drinking shakes etc.. Maybe after I start showing some significant weight loss I'll feel differently.

                                                                                        So here's my travel strategy:

                                                                                        Breakfast: Marriott Concierge Lounge
                                                                                        Oatmeal or dry cereal
                                                                                        Fruit
                                                                                        Bonus if they have cheese and deli meats out in the morning

                                                                                        Lunch: Casual non chain restaurant
                                                                                        Salad with some protein or a sandwich I can order dry with lean protein
                                                                                        (I tried a salad with no protein last week and I was starving 2 hrs later)

                                                                                        Dinner: Upscale Steakhouse or Italian
                                                                                        Seafood, double veggies

                                                                                        Dinner is in some way the easiest and the hardest. My company is pretty generous and we get to eat at pretty nice restaurants. So there is always fish available, or if I get bored of that, other lean proteins. But the bread basket is a challenge, meals tend to be longish, and it just sits there staring at me. Drinks are also a part of dinner, I'm not one to nurse a drink, so these unfortunately add up! Silver lining, no one ever orders dessert!

                                                                                        It was shocking to me counting my calories last week on the road. I was eating far less, and far better, but was still at 1,800 calories some days. Scary how many calories I was eating!

                                                                                        Thanks again for the encouragement!

                                                                                        1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                          You know, looking at your plan, the only thing I'll add is that I've noticed I personally feel a lot more satisfied if I can have a grain, protein, fruit/vegetables, and maybe just a tiny amount of fat at each meal, but at breakfast in particular.

                                                                                          So, with your oatmeal and fruit in the morning, see if you have have just a tsp or two of nuts (from your personal almond stash if needed) or just a tsp of peanut butter (sometimes they have little single serving packets of pb out) . If they've got sliced Canadian bacon, HB egg, or yogurt out, that's great, too.

                                                                                          And I totally agree about not trying to be perfect. Really, when I'm in a situation where my food options are a little out of my control, my mantra is to make the best choices I can.

                                                                                          As far as nursing your drinks, can you try to alternate with water? Maybe sparkling water with a twist of lemon or something to make it more appealing?

                                                                                          I'll bet the average woman can lose weight at 1800 calories a day, so that's still very good. Especially if you can work in some exercise. It may take you a little longer 1800 vs. 1200, but progress is progress and you should feel good about it!

                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                            I just wanted to add about those "single serving" packets of pb they often have out at hotel breakfast buffets, I wouldn't consider that a "single" WW serving, but take just a tsp or two out of it and toss the rest.

                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                          2. re: aimeekm

                                                                                            Cheese and deli meats are terrifically high in points. To get additional protein, how about a hardboiled egg instead? Or a nonfat yogurt?

                                                                                            Also, could you do broiled fish --like salmon or tuna for lunch? In any event, definitely add a protein to help you get through the afternoon, and have a snack at the ready, like pre-portioned almonds or yogurt, for the late afternoon energy slump.

                                                                                            As far as drinks with dinner, how about that old dieter's stand-by, the spritzer? It is a taller drink, thus may take more time to finish.

                                                                                            Good luck on the road!

                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                              Hard boiled eggs are my friend!!!! I boil some up on Sunday when I am home, and they travel well in my lidded Tervis tumbler. I swipe salt packs when I can, so I always have a snack available. Hampton Inns always have HB eggs on their breakfast buffet, and two fit perfectly in the oatmeal bowls, or coffee cups (look for the lids). I swear by cheese sticks, too. They really keep me full.

                                                                                              1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                Cheese sticks can be 3 or more points+ each, so proceed with caution. I used to snack on cheese; not any more.

                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                  Clearly not an option when in a hotel but Trader Joe's Light cheese sticks are 1 point.

                                                                                                  1. re: valerie

                                                                                                    As are the Weight Watcher's ones. I used to get those, but my fiance kept eating them before I could.... So I started buying him the cheaper ones.

                                                                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                    The light string cheese sticks I've been eating only have 50 calories and 1 WW pt.

                                                                                              2. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                Most of the "light" string cheeses seem to b 1 pt/50 calorie. I keep a bunch in the fridge at work for a quick late morning or mid day snack. I don't mind these...though the laughing cow stuff I don't like to eat.

                                                                                                I'm a big fan of hard boiled eggs too. I'll eat one before I run on longer mornings and like them as a snack.

                                                                                                When I'm in a hurry for breakfast I'll have a Kind bar, a piece of fruit and a light string cheese. I can eat this while I"m on the move for work and it'll keep me til lunch on days when I'm really busy and know I won't get a snack in. I really like the KIND bars, especially the cranberry almond ones. real ingredients, a good amount of protein and tasty. I don't travel a lot but if I did, I'd defintely toss a bunch in my bag. I keep a box in my desk at work

                                                                                                If I sit down to order breakfast, I tend to order eggs with a slice of ham. I usually ask them to hold whatever potatoes comes with it. I'll also order egg white omelettes and hold any cheese in them.

                                                                                                I've pretty much quit drinking wine in the last year. I enjoyed it over the holidays a bit and maybe once a month might splurge on a glass but on the whole I leave it alone. Personally I'd rather eat my calories. I have always loved sparkling water and drink a lot of that. In a restaurant I'll order a club soda sometimes with a splash of cranberry or orange juice for just a bit of something different. I also like iced tea. Admittedly, I've been married to a non-drinker for the last 15 years so I've long ago gotten over ordering something non-alcoholic when out socially with imbibing friends as he's always ordered iced tea, soda or sparkling water when we go out.

                                                                                                1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                  How many points are the Kind Bars?

                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                    They vary. The cranberry ones I like are 6pts/190 calories. This is why I use them for breakfats and not for snacks. With a fruit and a light string cheese it's 7 pts total and seems to be the perfect combo of stuff to get me through a busy morning when I either didn't have time to pack something for breakfast or time to sit down and eat one.

                                                                                                    Some of them can really get up there with the chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, etc. Definitely need to check the labels. There's a couple 4pt ones too I think, but I can't remember which ones those are.

                                                                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                      I'm so used to my 4p+ breakfast -- 1 ounce of Cheerios with a small sliced banana, some blueberries and some raspberries with a cup of skim milk divided between a couple of cups of coffee and my cereal. I don't know why I'm so into it, but I look forward to it every day. And I can't go without milk in my morning coffee. For a while I used to make a frittata with one whole eggs and two whites with roasted vegetables. That came in at 5 points with 1/2 cup of milk for coffee, and counting whatever little bit of oil I used on the vegetables as 1p+. My challenges come later in the day, so I like to keep my breakfast as light as I can.

                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                        My breakfast is more typically 4-5 points. Work days it's usually yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit. If I"m home I'll make some eggs but on weekdays it's what I can pack and take to work. I've gotten really used to a lot of protein in the morning so cereal doesn't cut it for me...and if I have oatmeal on weekends I usually have an egg iwth it for that reason.

                                                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                          Thanks again for all the support!

                                                                                                          Today was pretty successful ... I'm estimating 1400 calories or so. The best part, I wasn't ever hungry, well except when I was staring down the bread basket!

                                                                                                          Breakfast:
                                                                                                          Oatmeal w almonds & dried cranberries
                                                                                                          Strawberries

                                                                                                          Lunch:
                                                                                                          Salad w turkey & balsamic dressing

                                                                                                          Dinner:
                                                                                                          Scallops
                                                                                                          Grain salad
                                                                                                          Brussels sprouts
                                                                                                          2 glasses wine

                                                                                                          Long term I know I will struggle with breakfast. I'm not a big breakfast food person, so I'll burnout on the healthful options in the lounge. I will need to figure out if I can pack something appealing and filling to bring with me. I love the idea, and taste of bars, but they're usually so calorie dense, and I haven't in the past, found them filling. But maybe when my stomach's meal size expectation shrinks, I will. I might end up with some cheese, because I do find that satisfying, even if it's pointy (I love that word!).

                                                                                                          1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                            Excellent day!

                                                                                                            1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                              You did great! The grain salad at dinner is a terrific choice. If they have an actual whole grain on the menu, I order it instead of the double veg. It just seems so rare to find it.

                                                                                                              I was thinking about your breakfast dilemma. I wouldn't suppose you have the option of actually going out for breakfast --at least once in awhile to mix it up-- where you have more choices?

                                                                                                              The other thing I like if you have access to an actual, higher-end grocery store (or if you can pack your own cooler to bring along and put in the hotel fridge) is smoked salmon or lox. It comes prepackaged in 4 oz packs and keep awhile as long as you have access to refrigeration. I have that with ak-mak crackers and laughing cow cheese. I also put onions and capers on it when I'm at home.

                                                                                                              Also, I really like these oatmeal packets: http://www.betteroats.com/ So much better than the Quaker or Weight Watchers instant oatmeal.

                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                My problem with the WW oatmeal, and all of their sweet stuff, is that it smells so fake to me, a bit like packaged cake mix. The one exception is this little coconut bites they have at my center. Their salty snacks are better.

                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                  It's been a long time since I've eaten WW anything, but I remember they had these cheesy snacks I liked.

                                                                                                                  I like the chocolate Vitamuffin tops. They used to be 1 point under the old points system.Don't know how many pointsplus they are They aren't as good as anything that is real chocolate, but if you heat them for about 35 seconds you get a taste of chocolate and a snack that is a little more substantial. I also will eat Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches in a pinch. That's all of the fakey food I can think of at the moment. Well, laughing cow wedges.

                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                    The Fiber One brownies are pretty good, and I adore their cinnamon coffee cakes! Yum.

                                                                                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                  What varieties of the Better Oats do you like? I'd like to keep something appealing in my desk at work.

                                                                                                                  Going out to breakfast is not a realistic option, unfortunately, except on the rare occasions I travel alone. The travel pattern of my company is set in stone. I could rock the boat, but I'd rather find a way to make it work within the routine But I can pack some food to eat for breakfast, eat in my room and then just have a little fruit in the lounge w my coworkers.

                                                                                                                  So today was a good day ... right at about 1,200 calories. But I'm starving! Really the first time I've been really hungry in the 2 weeks since I started. I made a higher calorie salad choice at lunch than I anticipated. So dinner was too light, and I'm regretting it! I changed into my PJ's so I'm not tempted to leave my hotel room. But I keep flipping through the room service menu!

                                                                                                                  1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                    Oh dear! Hungry is not good! Maybe have some tea? Have them bring you cut fruit and yogurt? A bowl of cereal with berries? Eggs and ham?

                                                                                                                    I always get Bare (BetterOats) and then add in fruit or whatever. I've never tried any other flavor that I remember! But, they taste like real oats to me with real texture.

                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                      The life of a road warrior is really tough. You have my total sympathy. My days on the road are (hopefully) long behind me but it can be so tough to always be in hotels and at business focused meals. As hard as it was I made myself plan a workout in the morning before starting the day and meeting others for coffee and breakfast. (For this reason, I think it's not completely coincidental when I left my old career I gained a lot of weight. I also married at the same time and the complete change of lifestyle had a lot to do with it, notably becoming a lot less active)

                                                                                                                      Anyway, is getting some sort of activity in an option? be it in the hotel room(so many online videos now available for free to play on laptops and ipads), in the hotel gym or a walk somewhere. I know, exercise aside, I couldn't survive on the road without a bit of quiet, private time built into my day so why not take a walk to get some "you" time?

                                                                                                                      With activity you can eat a few more calories and still lose. I mentioned above I, personally, cannot subside on the minimum day in and day out. It's too restrictive for me so along with all the great benefits from a bit of activity, the ability to have a little more flex in my daily calorie budget is good motivation. I don't use these calories to eat junk but a couple hundred more calories of good food helps keep me sated through the day.

                                                                                                                      As for late night snacks...I've learned to really love small(less than 100g) apples. I always have some in my purse, my laptop bag, the fridge at work, the fridge at home. Easy to carry around. Don't go bad. Tasty, crunchy, and juicy. I find apples to be really satisfying too. It takes some time to eat them and they have more holding power for than a lot of other fruit options. Not particularly high in calories either.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                        The apples are a great idea. Had I thought about it the lounge had a basket of small apples.

                                                                                                                        I know I SHOULD exercise, but I really hate it. I know, most people don't love it, but it's a necessity. I'm intimidated by the hotel gym ... so the online videos would be a good option. Now it's nice, most hotels I stay at you can hook the computer up to the TV. An exercise video is probably better for me than netflix,, lol!

                                                                                                                        So I'm home for 2 weeks now. I can be better prepared w breakfast items and snacks for next time!

                                                                                                                        1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                          I also hate exercise. And I know how important it is. But I can't make myself. I had to be verrry careful with my food, but I lost 72 pounds without exercise... it is possible. Though I don't travel much for my job.

                                                                                                                          1. re: saturngrrl

                                                                                                                            I love sports, not exercise, but I have such crappy joints, I can't play anything anymore...

                                                                                                                            1. re: saturngrrl

                                                                                                                              Good to know it is possible!

                                                                                                                              It's funny the way everyone prioritizes thing differently. As much as I love food, I hate exercise more. I have a co-worker who's trying to lose weight. She's doing it through all exercise, no diet modifications, and I'm the opposite.

                                                                                                        2. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                          I have the same travel schedule as you aimee. A few tips:
                                                                                                          Marriott Breakfast: Skip the yogurt - it is full of sugar/fat. Stick with the hot oatmeal and add a few nuts and fruits to eat. No cheese or meats unless they have smoked salmon. Skip the cereal - processed and yucky. I always take a few apples or pieces or fruit with me for the road. If they have hard boiled eggs, I stick a couple in a cup with lid and I have them on a salad for lunch.
                                                                                                          Lunch - veggs/protein or salad/protein. Learn to eat salad without dressing.
                                                                                                          Dinner - either have one piece of bread or a glass of wine. No dessert unless you can steal a bite from your coworker. I try to go for sushi however we tend to stick to steak houses. I order shrimp cocktail with a salad or steamed veggies. Most places dump so much oil and butter on fish, steak, and veggies...you think you are ordering healthy but the kitchen is added way more calories than you would count. Stick to "fresh as possible" and learn how to order wisely. Spend some time in a kitchen at a steakhouse and you will be amazed at what goes in/on your "healthy" dinner.
                                                                                                          It is very hard having that damn breadbasket stare at you along with the butter and oil. It is so tempting but at the end of the day, not worth it!
                                                                                                          Goodluck

                                                                                                          1. re: six dower

                                                                                                            Thanks for the advice six downer!

                                                                                                            For breakfast I'm going to have to bring something with me, because Marriott oatmeal every is going to burn me out. So I'm thinking maybe my own dry cereal, hard cheese, jerky. For hardboiled eggs, I only like the whites, so that's definitely low cal & filling.

                                                                                                            Salad without dressing sounds rough! Maybe I can buy some packets of low cal dressing and bring along .... I'll have to look into this.

                                                                                                            Dinner ... wine > bread, everytime! Sad but true I'm sure the steak house meals are drenched in butter. I'm thinking Ahi seared rare is less likely to get the butter/oil treatment. So I can choose that if it's offered. Unfortunately all the co-workers I regularly travel with are sushi haters. Ironic, we work for a Japanese company!

                                                                                                        3. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                          Big travel week again for me too...down .2 of a pound, but I'd expected to gain with three dinners out in a row. I did OK traveling-but had three nice dinners out in a row and wasn't completely on my plan. I find it almost impossible to track points when eating out (esp since I'm not at chain restaurants) so just do the best I can with ordering and go from there. This week, the biggest problem was activity-I'd been really active earlier this week, but then drove 13 hours in a few days and worked those days too-so just didn't get much movement in at all. Fortunately, sunny weekend and hopefully I'll get moving today (although today is both high tea for my 8 year old's birthday and our annual St. paddy's day progressive dinner-I'm really gonna have to move to make up those calories!)

                                                                                                          1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                                                            Any time I'm even a little down it's a victory, so I think .2 is worth celebrating especially under the circumstances!

                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                            1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                                                              Down is good!

                                                                                                              I agree with doing the best while ordering. It's easy when it's a hunk of protein to get a good estimate. But the sides and composed dishes are hard to decipher. I type the item into MFP & look at the range of calories. I tend to error on the high side, because restaurants don't tend to skimp on butter and such.

                                                                                                        4. HELP! Alone in the house with 4 boxes of girl scout cookies, two of which (thin mints and trefoils) are open. I don't even like thin mints. Why am I tempted????

                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                            Resist, resist!

                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                              So far, so good. I did have two trefoils before I posted this,m but no thin mints, and none of either since. So, I'm hanging in there. If my husband and children didn't love them so much, I'd just dump them.

                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                Did you point them out?

                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                  No, I'm too tired right now. But I wrote them down and will point them out in the morning when I'm at my work computer. Since I follow SFT the cookies are going to go against my WPA. My week starts on Tues and I didn't eat anything else today or yesterday that wasn't a power food, so I have an entire WPA to dip into.

                                                                                                                  But, good reminder, thank you. Sometimes, when you're on a binge, calc'ing the points can sometimes help you slow down. Well, me anyway.

                                                                                                                  P.S. I only have one child. Weird that I wrote "children" above.

                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                    Thin mints freeze so well! I have a box buried in the freezer.

                                                                                                                    I"m a total cookie monster. I love cookies. All cookies. It's a habit I've had to break.

                                                                                                                    I still eat cookies but I keep them all in the freezer. (homemade or store bought) This way they are out of my sight and I'm not going to munch down a lot of frozen cookies in one go.

                                                                                                                    At night I take out one or two and thaw while doing the dishes and then enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. I still get my cookie fix but don't overdo. It's worked, we just actually finished the last of the gingerbread men from christmas! LOL

                                                                                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                      Keeping gs cookies in the freezer works really well for me most of the time until I go on a binge and "remember" them. But, even worse is that we've got these two open packs of gs cookies sitting out--one in the basket on the counter where we keep my toddlers snacks and one up on top of the cupboard. The latter I told my husband he could open them but then he had to hide them. That worked well until I found them accidentally. Now they call to me.

                                                                                                                      And the problem is, my husband is the type of person who can make a box of cookies last 100 years. I may have to make them rehide them, like a barn cat who realizes her kittens have been discovered.

                                                                                                                      Actually, I think I did pretty well warding off the binge last night. Two cookies isn't bad at all as I have the points for them. I should have had some zero point soup. I forgot I had some in the downstairs fridge.

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                        We solved the problem this year since all our friends' children who were girl scouts no longer are. Not complaining, but my son is. He loves him some thin mints, and he likes them frozen! So much for "hiding" them in the freezer!

                                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

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                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                Feel your pain. We are selling GS cookies this year and still have cases in the house! It has helped that I've decided to only put things in my mouth that are really worth the calories...not always successful, but makes me more able to ignore the cookies when I know there's sticky toffee pudding tonight.

                                                                                                              2. Down 2.6 this week. Now I just need to break the roller coaster cycle and be down next week, too! Every time I have a significant loss like this, I almost completely erase it the next week. :/

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                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                  That's great! But I know what you mean. It's almost like a nice loss is a reason to celebrate...which it is...but not for the whole next week!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                    That's great! Good for you!

                                                                                                                  2. I went to my meeting this week, and I decided to exercise my option of not getting on the scale. I didn't want to get depressed, so I just sat and listened to all the exercise things that were discussed. Most of them are pretty much out for me with my crappy joints. It would help if I could find something that worked for me. I used to be very active -- tennis, golf, horseback riding, running -- but then my joints started deteriorating. Not fun, and I miss all those things!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      Congrats for getting to a meeting, even if it wasn't a total upper for you. Hauling yourself there when you've been feeling less-than-motivated is a big win, I think.

                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                        If you want to do something indoors, the arc trainer is not too hard on the joints and I find it much better angle than the elliptical and also a better workout. Do you swim?

                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                          Good on you for going!

                                                                                                                          I have never liked exeercise for exercise sake. I used to play a lot of tennis and had dressage horses. I'd go to the gym at lunch but just to stay in shape for the horses and tennis.

                                                                                                                          I like to be outside. Don't know about you, roxlet? With the weather warming up...what about just walking or swimming? Or a bike ride around the neighborhood? My sister in chicago is a lifetime member. She lost 35 lbs and rides her beach cruiser around the neighborhood five miles a day. She's not fast, isn't into cycling as a sport, but enjoys getting out the house on her cruiser during the non wintery months.

                                                                                                                          I know you've mentioned an erg before. Do you have room at home for one? I get bored on the rower but keep it in front of the tv and do use it for cross training as I do need to watch my knees and feet and not run too much. I've also been doing yoga videos at home and enjoying those. I just ordered a pilates one to see what that's about.

                                                                                                                        2. OK WW peeps! I'm on the hook for bringing snacks to a couple of meetings over the next couple of weeks. This is a mixed group men/women. Some vegetarians, so some, but not necessarily all of the options, need to be vegetarian-friendly. Most of the time people bring cookies, chips, dips, pretzels, cheese and crackers, sliced salami, etc. as their snacks. The idea behind the snacks is that people should get to indulge a little in things they might not usually eat.

                                                                                                                          Any ideas of simple but delicious and plan-friendly snacks I can bring?

                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

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                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                            Maybe hoummos and vegetables. Or you can make green goddess dressing with lo/no fat sour cream and mayo and serve the crudites with those. Fruit kabobs with a yogurt dip are good with strawberries and pineapples or any other fruit. Pretzels aren't too bad. Basically, I would just make a couple of things that you can have, and since most people are not doing WW, I would just do the usual indulgences for them.

                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                              Good ideas. I think I have two boxes of thin mints I can donate to the cause. ;-)

                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                Lol!

                                                                                                                            2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                              This might be heavier than a snack, but meatballs in a crockpot is one of my potluck go to's.

                                                                                                                              A plan friendly version would be:
                                                                                                                              Turkey Meatballs (purchased or homemade, the ones from Costco are about 50 calories per meatball) with Onion Gravy (caramelized onions, chicken stock, thickened with flour, except for the flour, point free I think)

                                                                                                                              Togarashi Edamame is addictive
                                                                                                                              http://www.tasteterminal.com/2012/01/...

                                                                                                                              Would the group be up for Ceviche?

                                                                                                                              1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                Great ideas, thank you! I don't mind a "heavy" snack. I think the men especially appreciate something substantial. The women too.

                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                What time of day are the meetings?

                                                                                                                                1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                  Great question, evening, but we assume everyone eats a light dinner before coming.

                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                  Seasoned popcorn?

                                                                                                                                  Deviled eggs(easy on the mayo)

                                                                                                                                  Cucumber rounds iwth smoked salmon

                                                                                                                                  Expensive but..shrimp with cocktail sauce

                                                                                                                                  Guacamole with crudite instead of chips

                                                                                                                                  Vegetarian dolmades

                                                                                                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                    Awesome, thank you! So many of my favs are on this list, why didn't I think of them. Popcorn, deviled eggs, guac.

                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                3. -.6 tonight.

                                                                                                                                  I'm in a stretch of a couple tough weeks schedule wise with a very high profile international event coming the university next week which we are providing all the catering. Lots of really long days, constant meetings,tastings, lots of walk throughs and operational logistics to sort out. I"m getting really good at scarfing down sandwiches while running cross campus.

                                                                                                                                  I've eaten a lot of things I wouldn't normally eat but tracking, getting my runs in, wearing my fitbit, and lugging my bag with apples around I'm hopeful there won't be any damage done.

                                                                                                                                  I"m enjoying this month's theme of exercise actually. It's been good to hear some inspiring stories and hear the creative ways people work activity into their days.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                    Good for you for making the plan work for you even while busy!

                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                  2. Weighed myself this morning ... -2.8

                                                                                                                                    I know that's great, but I'm a little disappointed. I was hoping to be down more. I have about 100 lbs to lose and I know it comes off much faster at the beginning ... so I was hoping for more

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                      It only comes off fast in the beginning if you are retaining a lot of water- maybe you aren't. It has to start somewhere and the scale is moving the right direction for you, that's awesome. Congratulations and keep on keepin on!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                        Awesome! Really that's AWESOME!!

                                                                                                                                        I had 75+ to lose when I first started and didn't have the quick burst so many have seen. So it's great you got a nice little jump start.

                                                                                                                                        It's hard when there's so much to lose. You just have to somehow lose sight of that and set small goals for yourself along the way. Look at things in 5lb increments and forget the big number. For each 5lbs you lose you're feel so much better and feel more motivated to keep going. You are more than halfway to your first five lbs! In just a week!

                                                                                                                                        I like to add in non weight related goals to keep me going too. For me they've often been exercise related(do something active everyday this week, build to running a mile without stopping, run my first 10 k ever, etc). This has helped me stay motivated and feel good about myself when the scale has been slow to move. Sometimes I use food related goals too....eat a piece of fruit with every meal this week for example. Eat something green with lunch and dinner everyday this week. Etc...it all builds great habits that eventually will show on the scale.

                                                                                                                                        There's 2.8lbs less of you than there was last week. That's almost three packages of butter. That's so so awesome! In a week, that's more than a lb every other day. Looking at it that way, you have to admit, that's pretty fantastic and you rock!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                          2.8 is a fantastic loss! Congratulations!

                                                                                                                                          Keep going!

                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                          1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                            Thanks everyone ... I really did need that encouragement!

                                                                                                                                            I agree, I need mini goals, instead of looking the the big overwhelming number!

                                                                                                                                          2. We're away at a tournament, and it's kind of a disaster. It's 4PM, and I still haven't had lunch. Just cereal this morning, a banana, an apple, and I grabbed a small bag of chips at the venue. Waiting for my husband to pick up lunch at Chipotle. I asked for a burrito bowl, lettuce, chicken, black beans, a little cheese, a little guacamole, and hot sauce. Same as dinner last night.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                              How frustrating. How many more days of this do you have? Can you get yourself to a grocery store for staples you can bring along? Jerky? An apple? String cheese?

                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                Dinner was at Ruth's Chris, and I had a salad and the crab cake appetizer. Should have gone for the shrimp cocktail, but I wanted to try the crab cakes.

                                                                                                                                            2. Work has been insane (both DH and I worked 80+ hours/week in the past 2 weeks). On the bright side, we were so tired that we ended up getting some kind of grilled chicken + salad for dinner every single night, so I stayed on plan. I will pass on grilled chicken salad for the next month or two.

                                                                                                                                              What does everybody like having for breakfast? I'm looking for high-protein, lower carb options. I'm a big breakfast eater, and I budget 7-10 points for breakfast. I like oatmeal, but eating carbs in the morning leaves me ravenous later on, even if I pair it with a protein. Eggs and egg dishes are getting really boring, despite my best efforts to prepare them differently.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                                You don't have to eat "breakfast food" for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                                  I like smoothies with silken tofu. Or fruit and yogurt with TBSP of nuts. Or lox with laughing cow cheese on ak-mak crackers. Or pumpkin steel cut oats with yogurt or nuts.

                                                                                                                                                  P.S. Good job staying on plan while so crazy busy!

                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                                    Here's kind of an interesting WW breakfast builder. http://www.weightwatchers.com/images/...

                                                                                                                                                    I just re-read your comment about how even oatmeal paired with protein leaves you ravenous. Me too. Try adding just a little heathy fat into the mix. Like a TBSP of walnuts or even just a bit of olive oil or something. Makes a huge difference to me in feeling satisfied.

                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nerdette

                                                                                                                                                      I'm never hungry when I leave for work, so I've been doing smoothies. I've been doing home made kefir (around 1% fat, keeps me a bit fuller) with a cup of frozen berries, some greens, and some ground flax, all buzzed up in the blender, It goes in a contego coffee mug, so nobody knows what color beverage I have that morning. One ice cube, and cold till it's gone.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Greetings all...
                                                                                                                                                      I've been lurking for a couple of weeks on your thread... posted on an earlier one a couple of times last year.
                                                                                                                                                      I've been doing WW for 4 years. Lost about 60 lbs in first two years and basically see-sawed and was down only 5 in the last two years. Part of my problem was chronic pain from an arthritic hip which I just finally had replaced six weeks ago. Since then I've lost another 5 (should hit 70 total this week or next) and am doing physical therapy with a goal of getting back to activity. I work 3 days/week and bring my lunch. My husband is supportive (mostly) but reserves the right to a 'goodies stash' which I very seldom mess with.
                                                                                                                                                      Here's one of my issues. I cooked for a family for 30 years and although I'm a pretty good cook and collect cookbooks (mostly ethnic) I no longer want to cook every night. Nor am I a big fan of the crockpot. I would like to get in the habit of making two large dishes (in my Le Creuset) over the weekend or on one of my days off. What suggestions do you have for low point (or power food) dishes that would keep well during the week and be good for several dinners or lunches?
                                                                                                                                                      Another question: does anyone else get sick of salad? Suggestions for changing it up and any advance prep would be appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                        Soups are always good--they are better over time. I made a really good carrot ginger soup this past week that reheated well. Another thing I like to do is roast a bunch of veggies and a protein--like chicken, and eat it in various ways. I'll put some in eggs for breakfast, have some cold for lunch, reheat them for dinner. I usually cook once or twice a week and eat leftovers the rest of the time. I don't like green salads much, so will do chopped salads--shredded carrots, shredded and roasted brussels sprouts. I've made a couple of spinach salads lately that were really good--one was a wilted Spinach salad with preserved lemon and olives (I left out the oil) and one was a chicken salad with roasted veggies and spinach.

                                                                                                                                                        Congrats on the weight loss and new hip! I've lost around the same, but have yet to get my joint issues resolved. I'm visiting a surgeon this next week to discuss options, but I'm not optimistic it would help.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                          Welcome! (I'm newish to the thread, too). Awesome weight loss. And good for you for hanging in there during the see saw phase.

                                                                                                                                                          Frittatas
                                                                                                                                                          Chiles, soups, stews
                                                                                                                                                          I like this casserole: http://www.twincities.com/ci_11528141

                                                                                                                                                          As far as salad, I don't eat green salads often as I really prefer grain or legume salads, but when I do I like to add sunflower seeds. Or, avocado. Or hard boiled eggs. Sometimes a tiny bit of bacon can go a long way.

                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                            I also do not like to cook a whole meal on a weeknight. I agree with the other suggestion of soups or stews improve over the week. You can also keep it interesting by serving it over small amounts of different starches, baked potato, brown rice, etc. I also stretch soup/stew recipes by adding additional veggies, turnips, rutabaga, carrots, onions, spinach, kale, etc. to lower the cal/points.

                                                                                                                                                            If I get burned out on what I cooked on the weekend (I'm eating it for lunch & dinner usually), I'll do a small sandwich & roasted veggies, asparagus or brussel sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                            As a salad alternative, I like a heavily vinegar-ed slaw. It also gets better in the fridge. My current one is shredded red cabbage, apple cider vinegar & whole grain mustard. Also, japanese cucumber salad is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                              I did an investment cooking day with a couple friends a week or so ago, and one thing we did was a ton of poached chicken, which I then shredded in my Kitchenaid and we froze in one pound portions. I love beans and lentils, so those are easy to cook in advance, filling and healthy. My favorite crockpot recipe is a jar of pepperoncini poured over a boneless pork roast-shred the meat and make the most fabulous little tacos or put on shredded cabbage with a little cotija or feta for a really flavorful salad. I also roast a ton of veggies at a time and then put them in meal sized containers-my fridge has been freezing everything in the produce drawers, so this helps me not waste stuff and also have filling food to grab.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                                I feel your pain. I had a double hip replacement about ten years ago, and now my knees are starting to go . I haven't found an exercise that doesn't cause pain, and I hate it when people say, " Oh, everyone can walk." Really? I have arthritis in my back and in one ankle from a bad tennis injury. Essentially, I'm a mess. Losing weight will help.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Yesterday ... not a good day. Was a busy busy day, ate breakfast and then just carrots the rest of the day. Went shopping and then dinner with my mom. Restaurant was busy, sat at the bar and drank beer ... uggh .... I wish I had realized how much lighter lite beer really is! Then we split a BBQ platter. How on earth do you count the calories in a beer battered corn on the cob?! But today is a new day!

                                                                                                                                                                On a positive note, I cleaned out my pantry to make room for more healthful items. Sent the white pasta, rice, cake mix etc. to my starving student loan paying cousin (he can burn it off!). I also made carrot ginger soup in the crockpot & have Moroccan Chickpea Stew in there today for lunches and dinners during the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                  Fantastic rebound from a rough day. They key is to learn from your mistakes and then keep on going!

                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                2. Thanks for the warm welcome and the good suggestions. I'm delighted to be reminded of the various kinds of slaw I can make. I love one with red cabbage, rice wine vinegar and a bit of sesame oil topped with a small amount of toasted sesame seeds. Saw another thread with a feature on kohlrabi that mentioned a couple of slaws/salads with that too.
                                                                                                                                                                  Today I ate very indulgently (some dim sum for brunch and a sopa de mariscos in a Mexican place tonight) to celebrate that I hit my 70 lbs at w.i. today. Kind of a silly reaction but, it's tracked and I'm back on plan and okay with it. The best thing I'm learning (gradually) is that every day is a new opportunity to do the right thing food and health wise.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                                    That is reason to celebrate. How fabulous, and keep on going!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                                      Every day is a new opportunity and, in fact, every meal and every snack is a new opportunity. I have sort of a mantra which is, "I'm just trying to make the best choices I can." So, at every meal or snack or whatever I ask myself, "Is this my best choice?" And, of course, it's totally okay to indulge, just as long as you're in control of it, instead of letting it control you. But, even if it temporarily takes control of you, you can make a better choice at the very next opportunity and get back on track. And do a little extra activity to help compensate.

                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I just returned from Fairway with some items to revisit what I was doing early in in WW when I was much more successful. I got a bottle of Bolt House 45 calorie salad dressing, which I liked very much. It's sort of creamy, and What I did was to extend it with some wine and/or balsamic vinegar. I ate lots of salads with that dressing last year this time. I also found a low carb bread that it is only 1p+ per slice, and the slices are more substantial than the WW bread or the super skinny Pepridge Farms bread. There was a granola there that was only 2p+ per 1/3 cup. I just had some with some 0% Fage, and that was a really good tide-me-over-until-lunch snack. Really good, and the brand of granola is Ola. And kosher sour dill pickles. I know they're high in sodium, but they can't be beat for their crunch and their big flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                        Excellent. I think this is one of the great values of journaling, too, is being able to remind yourself of what worked for you when it worked!

                                                                                                                                                                        ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                          I love pickles when I need somethign salty and crunchy. Not the same as a tortilla chip but still a tasty treat!

                                                                                                                                                                          Another TJ's item we've been buying is the Greek Yogurt Kale and Spinach dip. this is good stuff and very low in fat and calories. Makes a good dip with carrots for a snack and a great spread. It's pretty good in a baked potato too!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                            I love pickles as well. In fact I have this pickle maker http://www.amazon.com/Pickle-Maker-Ts...

                                                                                                                                                                            I have hot & spicy carrots pickling away right now!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                              I love the hot and spicy carrot pickles we always get in a Mexican restaurant when we are in San Diego. One of my favorite things!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                The carrots are VERY easy to make. (I love them, too!)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. We had a really social weekend - dinner with friends on Friday night, our dinner club on Saturday night and dinner with my family on Sunday. While it was an indulgent weekend we did find that we made choices differently than a year ago and that "eating too much" is much different now than it was last year. Now "eating too much" more resembles "just eating" as we functioned last year. Also stayed away from teh wine all weekend so that helped mitigate things.

                                                                                                                                                                          That said, it's probably still more calories in than calories burnt so this week is a really straight and narrow week. Yogurt and fruit for breakfast this morning. Some sort of salad for lunch and leftover rotisserie chicken on some sort of salad for dinner as well. No cookies from the freezer. No Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints for "just a little somethign sweet" in the evening. (if you haven't tried those and you 1) have a TJ in your area and like mint...try them out...only 42 calories each and a very cool mint that allows just one to be satisfying, like a peppermint patty).

                                                                                                                                                                          And no corned beef today. We decided that could wait a week or two given our weekend indulgences. Delayed gratification and all that!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I was having a good week and then I got hit with a dreaded stomach virus on Friday night. The good news was that when I woke up on Saturday, I felt better (and lighter too!). I ate very lightly on Saturday and all was good.

                                                                                                                                                                            But then Sunday rolled around and while I started off the day with a good breakfast and even just some of the leftover soup for lunch, I decided to make baked ziti for my kids for tonight's dinner and I kept picking at it as I was making it. Then, when it was done and cooling, I kept picking pieces from it too. And then, to make matters worse, we had an au pair living with us and she is leaving for good today so we took her to Cheesecake Factory for dinner (her choice). I could have made some decent choices but didn't. I got some kind of thai stir fry dish which was huge, and I ate a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                            So now I have today, tomorrow and Wednesday to recover before my weigh in on Thursday. Brought my breakfast and lunch to work today. Not exactly sure what's for dinner. I made a batch of roasted vegetables yesterday, so perhaps just a cup of pasta with the roasted vegetables and some parmesan cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                              Cheesecake factory is the worst! Everything is so incredibly rich. For example, their fire roasted artichokes have over 1500 calories! And they fool you by telling you it's a vegetable and that it's roasted!

                                                                                                                                                                              Good luck for the rest of the week. I had a challenging weekend too, but also did my best to rein it in.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                They have the calories listed on the menu and it is unbelievable the amount of calories in some of the dishes. They have the lighter menu, and I could have gone for that, just didn't feel like it!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                We had an exchange student from Norway about ten years ago. Her favorite place was the Cheescake Factory . She still loves to go there when she comes back to visit!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                  We've had numerous Egyptian squash players stay with us, and they'll do anything to go to Cheesecake Factory. Of course, they're young and they're athletes, so it doesn't matter for them, but I'm afraid of the place. I've never stepped a foot in.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. Our dining halls promote Meatless Mondays and feature all vegetarian entrees on Monday. I went to lunch planning on a salad but today they were offering lentil stuffed peppers. Had a bit of Morrocan spicing in it. Quite tasty. I've never used lentils for stuffing actually....going to have to do this at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds like a terrific idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. As long as I don't mess up tomorrow, this will be the first week that I have tracked like I'm supposed to in a very long time. I figure if I'm spending the money to go to the gym, I really need to make sure I'm doing everything I can. Hopefully it will show on the scale!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                    That is fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                      Good luck, K!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                        Awesome, Kontxesi! Good luck this week!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Here I am again with 3 more recipes written by Grace Young, the wok guru:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Indian Curried Lamb with Vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rc...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Beef Stroganoff Stir-Fry
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rc...

                                                                                                                                                                                        Spicy Chicken Cacciatore Stir-Fry
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                          Fantastic! Thanks for bringnig attention to these, Gio!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                            You beat me to it, Gio! With a lonely chicken breast in the refrigerator, and just me for dinner, I was thinking of adapting the chicken cacciatore stir fry to make with yellow squash

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                              That does look inviting Roxlet. I was looking at the beef stroganoff with the intent of subbing organic lean pork loin for the beef because we just don't eat beef. Or could even use chicken, I just found out.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Down 1.2! Only 1.2 pounds left until I'm back where I was before Thanksgiving blew my world up. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                              Woohoo! Congrats! You took it off once, you most surely can do it again!

                                                                                                                                                                                              ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                Great news! That's wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That is great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congrats on the loss... Sounds as if you're on a roll. I am too and it definitely feels great. It's the first time in over a year that I've lost 3 weeks in a row although week 4 is shaping up as more problematic. I've already had an unplanned glass of wine and slice of pizza and a Mexican meal out (ordered seafood soup but did have chips/salsa). I'm really trying to readjust my food when I have something unplanned... after 2 unplanned slices of Irish soda bread on Monday, I baked some fish and roasted veggies for dinner instead of the pasta dish I had budgeted for. When I can recoup, it leaves me feeling in control in a good way. Doing this seriously is a lot of work. Roasted a ton of veggies tonight and am working on some minestrone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Best wishes to all of you in this struggle to eat well and within points.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: debbypo

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chips and salsa are the bane of my existence. I used to sit down with a (party size!) bag of Tostitios and the next thing I knew, poof! And don't even get me started on restaurant chips....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had bit of a slip-up yesterday, too. I was feeling so accomplished from the loss and my time at the gym.... I polished off some butter cookies and then a bar of chocolate from TJ's. :/ I'm noticing that I have the munchies BAD after the gym, so I'm going to have to come up with a away to combat that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Does anyone else avoid or not look forward to social engagements due to counting cals/points?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I regularly have happy hours, weddings, birthday parties etc. several times a week. I've started to avoid them or dread them. I feel like when I'm traveling it's nearly impossible to keep within the cals I want. So when I'm home I want to be as good as possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As an example 2 nights ago I went out for Happy Hour w a friend. Good day up until that point, oatmeal, chickpea stew, well within cals. I had an edamame app, few bites of coleslaw and 2 - 22 oz light beers. Ended up at 1650 cals for the day ... uggh! Oh and I was still hungry. It took all the willpower I had not to stop for fast food on my way home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The biggest challenge for me is alcohol. I'm a purely social drinker. I rarely drink at home unless I have people over. But when I'm out, I can't resist always having a drink in my hand, that's a big part of my enjoyment in being out w friends. I actually bailed on a concert I was going to with some friends last weekend because I knew I'd drink more than a days worth of cals when there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm just bummed that when I look at my calendar instead of anticipating these events, I see them as obstacles to my weight loss instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, it's certainly much more difficult to resist temptation when you are out and faced with some really delicious choices. I think that I'm much more likely to slide back into old patterns when I get into social situations. Planning is the key. Instead of a more high calorie cocktail, could you order a spritzer instead? I know it's not exciting when everyone else is drinking margaritas or martinis, which would be OK if they were an occasional thing and budgeted for. When looking at your calendar, perhaps you can decide where you will allow yourself a little splurge. This way, you won't feel deprived. If Mexican is your downfall, then make that your splurge. If you do allow yourself some leeway, it won't feel as if you're NEVER allowed a day off or a treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Socializing makes things difficult. Typically we have some sort of engagement every weekend...plus we have season tickets for our local NBA team. If I know I have a party coming up - either one I'm throwing or one I'm attending, I eat very simple in the days ahead and after. This has become a pretty basic pattern for me....I just don't eat a lot of fancy stuff, heavy, or complex stuff day to day anymore. Sure, it's different than how I used to eat but I have come to realize that the good stuff is still out there, I just don't need to eat it everyday. There will be more good stuff down the road if I turn it down today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't feel deprived day to day focussing on fruits, vegetables, eggs and salads because I know I still get plenty of variety and more interesting thigns on a regular basis. Staying simple most days helps me budget those thigns in though. (I have a couple days of big events at work starting tomorrow. Meals will mostly likely be on the fly and stolen off hte catering tables. Dinner last night was a veggie patty, some frozen broccoli, and an orange. Breakfast today was an apple and 2 string cheese. Lunch will be a very boring basic salad...this way I won't feel badly about the goodies I might enjoy while working the next couple days)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also find now, nearly a year down the road, I don't feel good if I eat too much indulgent food or just overeat in general. It's become a good aversive technique when I'm faced with lots of tempting choices. I remember how I'll feel if I eat more than I should and it helps me make better choices and eat less.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know what to say about the alcohol. I've always enjoyed wine but have pretty much given it up. Not worth the calories to me any more. I drink club soda and sparkling water when I'm out or at nice dinners. I also have begun running a lot and I avoid alcohol as it really affects how I feel the next day if I'm running, even with only one glass. Again, aversive but it works for me to remember that. There are folks in my group that still enjoy social alcohol. They budget it in and opt for less eaten calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1650 calories isn't a huge amount. Do you know what your daily allowance is? I eat 1400-1600 daily, am 5'2" and lose just under a lb a week on avearge. With the beers included it doesn't sound like you did so badly really. If your allowance is 1400 or so, you could burn a couple hundred calories fairly easily over the course a day or two with strolls that won't feel like exercise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I feel the same way about alcohol--it's just not worth the points and the hit my willpower takes. I'd much rather spend my points on something sweet or cheese or something. Of course, that's the flexibility the whole WW programs gives us with points.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's possible also for alcohol to be a trigger food. Trigger foods for me are crunchy, salty things (potato chips anyone?). As the commercial says, I can't just eat one. So, really, unless I know I'm going to be in a very controlled setting, I don't have them at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Salty snacks are my trigger as well. I can't keep them in the house. Especially tortilla chips. I really just don't eat them anymore, unless I have a small package of them I buy as a treat once in a while. As much as I love mexican food we don't go out for that really anymore either as I will eat basket after basket. We make it at home to satisfy mexican cravings(fortunately not hard ot do in Phoenix where we have access to all kinds of great and fresh mexican ingredients)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes it's also about knowing and accepting your weaknesses. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salty snacks are a trigger for me too, and they don't only have to be chips. Saltines and nuts will do the trick in a pinch. It's the crunchy salty nexus that really creates problems for me. I'd go for chips over candy any day of the week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too. I just can't keep anything salty in the house. I wander into the pantry and look for a snack. And if there's nothing salty I can wander right out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Even stuff that is'nt that great, like a gluten free pretzel? (they gave these away at a run we did a couple weeks ago). Crunchy? Check. Salty? Check? Downed both mine and my husband's. Didn't care that they tasted like cardboard. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember that back in the day as a single young woman living alone, my break-up or heartbreak foods of choice were potato chips with onion dip, and peanut M&Ms. I'd have those for dinner if I was really upset about something. Even with the sweet food, I have to get that crunch in there. And guess what? Yes, it's true. I was skinny!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chips and salsa have always been my thing. I could eat a Costco sized whole bag in a day back when I was young and not really worry about repercussions. Oh to have a 20 year old metabolism again. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have to admit I was really disappointed by the pretzel M&Ms when they came out. I was hopign this would be a great combination of cruchy, salty and sweet...but they're terrible! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good thing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for all the advice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think what I really need to learn is just to let go a little, to not focus on everyday being perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Day to day I'm doing well, not hungry, lots of variety, not really feeling deprived at 1,200 calories. What I'm frustrated with is how caloric restaurant food seems to be. I was blown away looking at the nutritional info at my regular happy hour place. I can't even imagine the calories at my local mexican or thai! I just feel a little defeated eating way better than previously and drinking significantly less and still blowing past my caloric goals. So I'm feeling like I can't fit in a social life and the weight loss at the rate I'd like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              At this point, I'm able to resist the bread basket, chips, fries etc. It's the damn alcohol! I can push the chips out of the way, but when the waitress asking if I want another beer, whole 'nother story!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Wow! I want to make these egg rolls! Only 1 p+ each!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.slenderkitchen.com/baked-v...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Well, down .8 today, which I am very happy with given that we were away for 3 days this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring, y'all. Let's do it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's great! I'm going to my meeting shortly but considering not weighing in. I don't need the scale to tell me I was careless the past few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                By the way, those egg rolls sound good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well done!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Hmmm...I'm having trouble with this thread, won't expand responses for me. Anyone experiencing similar?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, I did want to reply to Kontxesi...salty snack are totally the bane of my existence too! My advice is not to keep them on hand. Too hard to resist!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am also typically hungry after a run or workout. It's important to eat after you exercise to replenish your body of needed nutrients! I've started to think of food as fuel and that really helps me make good choice around my workouts, before and after. Before a typical run I'll eat some dates or half a banana. Quick boost of energy, high in potassium. Afterwards, I'll eat somethign with carbs and protein. Half a KIND bar, some cottage cheese, a piece of cheese, a hard boiled egg. Just something small and fast before I jump in the shower and head to work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The runners in the group I run with love chocolate milk as a replenisher after a run. I'm afraid start that due to the high calories, etc. (plus my body doens't like a lot of dairy) I'm not yet at the point where I run enough and in the kind of condition where I can eat everythig in sight. LOL I envy them....they brought in pizza after our track workout last night and wow, those marathon running folks could put it away while I saw in the corner and worked slowly on two small pieces and felt guilty about the second! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My son does fat free chocolate milk after training.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I definitely can't keep chips in the house. They stare at me from the shelf, beckoning.... My boyfriend will buy them one night, and then come home from work the next day and yell, "What the hell happened to all of my chips?!" Pffft. He knows I can't control it, so he's bringing it on himself. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The problem yesterday was that I had chocolate in the house when I got home from the gym. Chocolate is my other weak point. I'll just start eating and not stop until there is no more. I need to make sure that I have fruit or something within easy reach when I first walk in the door on gym days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Toss somethign in your gym bag to eat as soon as you are done? That way you can curb the hunger a bit before you get home. Apples travel really well. Kind and Clif both make mini bars too that aren't too high in calories and have decent nutritional content(Don't taste bad either). I think the Clif bars are labeled "Clif Kids."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I keep chocolate in the freezer, with the cookies. I'm not much of a chocoholic actually but if it's around I'll eat it. Same as the cookies, I'll take one or two out in the evening and thaw it and have with tea or coffee if I'm wanting something sweet after dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Really the key for me is to just not keep stuff around and easy to get too. I'm a notorious snacker and can get myself in real trouble otherwise!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are you enjoying your gym workouts? I admire anyone that can get in a gym regularly! I keep telling myeslf I need to join the one here on campus and do some cross training and haven't been able to bring myeslf to do it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. It won't let me read your post, roxlet but I do see in the preview the down .8! yay!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Ok, WW friends. I just rejoined after a few month hiatus. I started grad school in January and have never sat in a chair for so many hours in my life! I'm up 5 pounds (and not any where near my goal weight) and I have a trip to Hawaii coming at the end of April...yikes! :( Obviously, I'm looking forward to the trip, but pictures of myself enjoying the trip...not so much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm a lifer with diet, nutrition, and exercise, yet my body likes the weight. If I ignore what I'm eating or how much I'm working out, I'm right back where I started.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, flipping through my favorite relaxation, Chowhound, I came across this thread and decided this is where I need to be. So, sign up I have done and will start tracking tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for the inspiration (wish me luck with my few short weeks til Hawaii). I'm not expecting miracles, but hoping for 10 pounds. The rest will have to come over the next year, I hope.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Welcome back. I'm just starting after a 10+ year hiatus from watching what I eat. But one of my motivations is an upcoming vacation. Also tired of hating pictures and being winded easily!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pictures say a thousand words! Even if those words are painful. I had family in town this past weekend and WOW (or yikes!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome back to you, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For some reason (going to grad school, maybe?), I'm guessing that you are on the youngish side, and I know that when I was in graduate school, I could easily lose 10 pounds in that short period of time. Stick to the program, and track rigorously, and you'll get there. The hard part will be going on vacation and then coming back again. For me, it has been very difficult to go off program and to get back on track after my disappearance in what my leader calls the Bermuda Triangle of Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Just make sure you get up and move every hour while you are studying. That will make a difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you, Roxlet. I knew I could come back here to kind words and understanding (and from a smart, cooking perspective). I've been mostly on the upswing weight-wise for the last three years or so, it's not going to be quick or easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grad school! I packed on an additional 20 to my already overweight self while I was in grad school and became completey sedentary. I wasn't young when I did it though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I should have joined back then and you're smart to think about your health while you are working on your academic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              program! You will only do better in school for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome and good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, you never know a persons definition of young. I am a young 40 something! Thank you for your kind words. It is really going to take focus and support of this group. Luckily, I have a supportive family, as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was 40 when I started grad school. No easy feat at that point in life! Congrats on taking on such a challenge!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    40 is young!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Sooo excited .... -4.2 this week! So that is -7 over 2 weeks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yay!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Excellent! Some people can really peel it off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know losing this much every week isn't sustainable, but it feels good and is a great motivation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I don't know if any of you have been on the Slender Kitchen web site. You can find some really great recipes there, and I kind of remember that someone on this board was subscribing to their service. I'm considering it, although given my husband's passion for cooking (non-WW meals, I assure you), it might be difficult to put the meal plans into effect. Anyway, they are offering a one year subscription to their meal plans for $25. For that, you get recipes and shopping lists. For those of us who are struggling, this might be the thing to help get us back on track. She includes WW points for all her recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.slenderkitchen.com/slender...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for sharing this info, Roxlet! I just printed two of their sample menus - regular and low carb. I'll try a couple of recipes to see how I like them and how actually satisfying they are. I know, as an example, that if I have just oatmeal for breakfast, I'll be starved by 10:30am but if I add an egg and a bit of butter, I'll be fine till lunch. If it works for me, it would be a great resource. Since I am a household of one, I love that all breakfast and lunch recipes are for one and dinner is either for two or four as you choose. Nutritional info is great! Calories, points, carbs, protein, etc. - all listed for every recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please report on your experience!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do get emails regularly. The "program" is pretty new. I haven't tried it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Her recipes are very good, satisfying and thoughtful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please share more info re: her program if anyone has/does join.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. All these great recipes you've all been posting! I just want a night at home so I can try some of them. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I couldn't get to a meeting this week with my work schedule and the big events we are hosting this weekend. Home scale says I'm down some though I'm not really sure how much. I need to get a new scale as it only shows half pound increments and I'm not actually sure how it rounds(always up? always down? both ways depending on math rules?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Given I've been eating on the run for nearly two weeks now, and we had a lot of socializing last weekend I'm happy to not be heading the wrong way. I am glad my job has me on my feet a lot...I've been tracking 20,000+ steps/day this week which certainly doesn't hurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just really would like a home cooked meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's tough, but good for you for keeping it together through this difficult time! That' you haven't gained weight is a triumph in and of itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a lot of steps! I'm curious what pedometer you use?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pagesinthesun

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use a Fitbit and have been really happy with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            26,000+ steps today and no time to eat all day meant no guilt over a waffle for dinner when I finally got home tonight and a bit of buttered popcorn for dessert! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just unsubscribed from the ActiveLink. I thought it was wonky, and I would get very different results on different days doing more or less the same thing. Maybe I'll look into a Fitbit or some other monitor, though with my crappy joints, I'm never going to achieve what some of you do!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make the best choices you can for yourself. This journey is different for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Whew...glad that is over! I forgot my fitbit Saturday and was bummed..would have been curious to know how many steps as I was on my feet for about 15 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Didn't do squat yesterday. Gave myself a total cheat day with not so authentic eggs benny for breakfast(potato cakes instead of english muffins) and a big plate of baked spaghetti last night with tons and tons of bread. mmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of carbs last week eating on the run. I had more bagels in the last week than I've had in the last year! Hopefully there won't be too much set back from it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back to business today. Cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast a salad with chicken breast for lunch. Looking forward to a home cooked meal of stir fry bok choy and chicken tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Potato cakes are ALWAYS better than English muffins. I approve of your substitution.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I had a pleasant - 1.5 lb surprise after not tracking for a week (on vacation)! I ate ok, but not great. I think what made a really difference was going for an exercise walk every morning and a stroll into town every afternoon. And am now back on track with tracking (although not much time to work out).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today for lunch: Smitten kitchen kale & quinoa salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner: Kimchi fried rice with fried egg and steamed asparagus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: relizabeth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I have been sick of my regular lunches so yesterday I had a omelet, sort of. 1/2 cup of Better N' Eggs, which is like Egg Beaters, spinach, and 2 Laughing Cow light wedges. Mixed it up in a bowl and microwaved for about 2 minutes, maybe a little more. It was actually pretty tasty and very filling and only 2 points for the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ziggy... I'm so with you on the pretzel m & m's. They were (thankfully) a real disappointment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm 5'4 and eat about 1700 calories per day and am losing. It's when I 'fudge' that I don't lose. If I track my points, I'm fine as long as I keep it to about 20 of my weeklies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                According to family tradition my younger daughter makes us each an elaborate birthday feast of our choice. Mine was dim sum. She made 6 varieties and we went at it Saturday night. Up 6 lbs Sunday a.m. so I decided not to go to my meeting. Down 5 of them already. Sodium, my enemy and my true love. Hmmn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I too cannot keep salty snacks in the house. My evaluation of 'points-worthiness' is fine in relation to fast food, to cookies and to most fried food. Onion rings, calamari, chips... good judgment flees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Congrats to the losers... hang in their to the strugglers. I really like the quote 'perfection is the enemy of good'. I'm aiming for long haul good. 70 lbs and 4 years down the road, I still have 35 to go but, at least it's moving in the right direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. This week has been very good and very bad. Not looking forward to Thursday. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The only good thing about my WW meeting today, is that I went. Up again, but no surprise. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry to hear about the uptick, but kudos for going. Your persistence will pay off eventually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trying to stay positive and regain my motivation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am in same situation and wonder what is hindering the weight loss that I so much want to happen.... Hormones? Maybe... but than I think that I am doing the same things expecting a different result. Very frustrated and not sure how to get out of this situation....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is what my leader says, and what I am currently repeating to myself frequently"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's it in a nutshell. Change is so difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Very true! So, how to know what to change? For me, one thing for sure is my sedentary lifestyle. I've been working on it with a help of pedometer and increased my steps 2-3 times the original pathetic number. Still not at 10K per day but much closer than before. And once this cruel weather goes away and it is not treachery to walk, I'll do even better. But it is not helping...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm hoping now that the weather's getting nicer and the days are getting longer, we'll all be motivated to move more. Also, it's just easier to eat lighter when all of those glorious spring and summer produce is available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can't wait for the snow to melt and winter cloths to be put away - was snowing yesterday and freezing rain overnight - enough already!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is going to be WELL above freezing for us this weekend for the first time in months and months. In the upper 50's/low 60'sF apparently! We're planning a day outdoors with picnic and everything. And we'll do the ceremonial putting away of the industrial-sized snow blower and put the grill in its place. I even have some nice steaks ready lined up for grilling. YAY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And in the desert we are preparing to hibernate!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A 200-300% increase in activity is AWESOME herby!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Success is about habit building. Slowly but surely changing small habits can make such a difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you! Unfortunately it is not showing on the scale, so, obviously not enough :( I was also using stairs going down instead of elevator - nothing to rave about but I have not done it before and started to find it much easier to do but slipped on ice a couple of weeks ago and twisted a knee... getting better and i think next week I can use the stairs again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry about the knee. Hope it heals up well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's hard to not focus on the scale...it's actually the thing I like least about weigth watchers as it's the metric used and focused on. Yet the scale is often the last place things we do for ourselves and our health is reflected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Going down the stairs IS somethign to rave about! It might seem like a small step but everything has to start somewhere and even if it doesn't show on the scale it's still a reflection of choices you make to improve your health..one day at a time, one step at a time. It's all got to start somewhere!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Take it easy coming back from your injury!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! Difficult not to throw in the proverbial towel when nothing is moving in the right direction. But we shall overcome :) This weekend is going to be difficult with a friend's birthday party and a dim sum with a group I have not seen in weeks. But Monday will start another week and I'll do my best to be prepared for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hang in there...and remember even if it's very small it's moving in the right direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We're all human. I just got up from a lunch where my good choice of a tasty salad with half a chicken breast was followed by... tater tots and gelato. I honestly don't know what's wrong with me the last two weeks as this has been a recurrent theme! LOL All I want to do is sleep and eat tons of sugar, bread, and potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. -1.4 tonight. I missed last week so that's over two weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been more challenged lately than at any time since I started last year, moreso than the holidays even. I've also been really exhausted this week which hasn't helped. ....and making less nutritious choices hasn't helped the worn out/tired factor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wonderful anyway!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Used to be on WW, but switched to My Fitness Pal to save money. I made Chicken Creole with brown rice the other night, used the Shrimp Creole recipe from www.skinnytaste.com, but used chicken thighs since they were on sale, baked in the oven while I made the sauce and then shredded the meat afterwards. VERY spicy and tasty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Making The Pioneer Woman's Chicken and Noodles tomorrow. Made the chicken in the crockpot tonight, so it'll be a quick prep tomorrow night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Oboegal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome! MMMMM I love spicy. Must check out that Shrimp Creole recipe, thanks for the tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm glad MFP is working for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I was so mad on Wednesday that I couldn't even come here to post about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was up 3.6. It COMPLETELY erased the losses I'd had the last two weeks. I've been pigging out and being upset ever since the meeting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I went to the gym today, and was the exact same weight that I was last Wednesday. So... it's looking like Wednesday was a water weight problem. But I won't be completely satisfied unless I get a loss of at least 3.8 lbs next week. :-|

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was up 3, but I'm hoping it was mostly the Chinese food I had the Wednesday before the Thursday weigh-in. Ugh. This journey is so difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Let's continue here:

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