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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Another month, and another chance to start anew! My ability to stay on program has been spotty, to say the least, but as I've said before, I'm in it for the long haul. And what a haul it's been! All I can say is that I'm trying, I'm trying, though often not succeeding as well as I'd like.

Do you have a delicious meal to inspire us? What WW trick or tools are helping you?

Good luck this month to one and all!

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    Well, April was a total bust. I gained every single week, for a grand total of 6 lbs. I wasn’t doing so hot before that, but at least my roller coaster was trending in the right direction. I’ve undone all of the progress I made since Thanksgiving/Christmas.

    I’m not sure what set it off. I canceled my wedding mid-March, but I feel like that lifted stress from me instead of adding it. Maybe it’s coming from work? Buying a bag of sour Starburst jelly beans might have started the slide back into junk food, but I HAVE to get at least one bag of jellies at Easter. I wish I’d gone for the Sweetart ones, though. (Sour Starburst ones aren’t really that sour, if that’s what you’re looking for!)

    Well, it’s a new month. And hopefully the start of something new for me! I had a sleep study done two weeks ago, and had my follow-up with the doctor yesterday. I’ve officially been diagnosed with narcolepsy. I was terrified going in, because I didn’t think I had slept at all during my timed nap periods…. Apparently it took an average of two minutes for me to fall asleep each time, and I didn’t wake up at all after going out. (the requirement for a narcolepsy diagnosis is eight minutes or less). I almost cried when he told me. It’s so good to have a diagnosis, and know that I’m not just lazy! It’s actually a little creepy, because I SWEAR I was awake and thinking most of the time. It makes me wonder how often I fall asleep without even knowing? My brother said that I fell asleep in a chair while we were hanging out at my dad’s on Saturday, and I said naaaah. My boyfriend accuses me of falling asleep when he’s trying to talk to me in bed, and I am adamant that he rolled over and fell asleep first. My life has revealed some Inception-level shit.

    Doc sent me home with a sample of Nuvigil, and I started on it today. I’ve been at work for 2.5 hours and haven’t had a Monster yet. I don’t feel perfect, but I think this is about how I would feel if I’d had one. Without it, I’d be struggling to keep my eyes open at best, hunched over my desk sleeping at worst.

    Anyway! I’m really hoping that this helps with my constant exhaustion. It should affect my activity levels, and hopefully cut down on snacking, if I’ve been doing that in a subconscious effort to keep myself awake. So it does tie in to weight loss, I promise! ;) Sorry for the ridiculously long post, but I haven’t been this excited about anything in a long time.

    (Of course, I’ve been down with a cold since Monday night…. I’ve passed through the sneezing phase and the congestion/runny nose/sinus pressure phase, and am now in the sore throat/painful cough/gravelly-man-voice phase. I’m vowing to not let that affect my food choices today! No cheetos, no honey buns, no root beer.)

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    1. re: Kontxesi

      I feel your pain, but the narcolepsy diagnosis must be really stressful.

      I've had so many up weeks that I refuse to look at my book to see how much weight I've gained back. I really have no excuses.

      I was up again today, but there was a young woman there who really inspired me. I think that one of my problems is getting hungry in the afternoons, so I'm thinking that my lunch should be more satisfying. This young woman, who looked very thin to me, had just reached goal and had just lost all of her baby weight. One older woman there was talking about how she has a half glass of juice and vitamins for breakfast, and then has fruit and a rice cake for lunch (she has reached goal). The young woman said that she couldn't survive like that, and that she has to have lots of food. One of her favorite lunches is two of the original garden burgers (for 4 points total -- she buys them at Costco), that she has on toasted WW bread with a laughing cow light on top, and lots of lettuce and tomatoes. She said it makes a huge lunch. She does a similar thing for breakfast with 1/2 cup of oatmeal and a huge amount of frozen mixed berries, also from Costco. I think one of my problems is that I am bored. I am going to try to eat different, more interesting things for lunch too. I'm satisfied with my breakfast, which is usually a cup of Cheerios, a banana and berries, and if I could find a lunch that satisfied me, I'd have it frequently. The market I stopped in didn't have garden burgers, of course, so I got a package of 3p+ spicy black bean burgers, which I will have today for lunch, and I will try to hit Costco later this afternoon.

      I also bought vegetables to make my roasted ratatouille, which I made all the time last year when I was successful, and I would often have it in a frittata made with 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg. It occurs to me that I could put this in regular rotation for lunch too.

      Gotta get off this plateau and start climbing the mountain! Come with me Kontxesi!

      1. re: roxlet

        Let's do this thing! I haven't gone next door to the taqueria or across the street to the convenience store. I even brought a nice breakfast! I used to have a slice of toast with Nutella and sliced banana on top, and I was losing consistently back then. So I brought that in today. And I didn't eat an extra spoonful of Nutella to back it up!

        I did cave and have a Monster earlier.... BIG mistake. My chest is killing me, so the meds+energy drink must have been hell on my BP. :X

        1. re: Kontxesi

          Kontxesi, is it the energy that you get from Monster (I have not seen them in Canada) or caffeine? If caffeine, did you ever tried green tea? I find that with a small spoon of honey it is very pleasant and perks me up. We also have old and inefficient air system in the building and by lunch time I could be falling asleep. Now that the weather is warmer i could go for a short walk and it makes big difference.

          I have not done over the winter. Dropped WW but didn't join Sparks or whatever either. Have not been tracking and however hard I tried to be vigilant, it has not worked. I am probably 5-6 lbs up :( So, I am with you and Roxlet - lets clime this mountain! Good news (kind of) is that my contract ends next Friday and I'll have time to do things that I am not doing now, i.e. exercise. I really want to start yoga, continue walking, and hopefully do some strength training.

          Take good care of you!

          1. re: herby

            Consumer Reports tested Monster and found it to have, on average, 184mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz. can. Green tea has about 50 mg per 16oz.

            1. re: weezieduzzit

              I wonder what that would do to a person since a mug of green tea, probably 12oz max, perks me up nicely.

                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                    Very funny :)

                    But seriously speaking and responding to Kontxesi "my chest is killing me.." I am wondering how much harm that amount of caffeine will cause.

                    1. re: herby

                      The man and I actually know/ knew someone that died from drinking energy drinks, he worked for one of the estate companies who's sales we attend. He was around 20 years old (totally healthy, normal weight, active and a seriously nice kid,) and drank a couple of them a day/ night while he stayed up gaming. He was found dead on the floor, apparently reaching for his bedroom door to get out, having choked on a thick goo of energy drink coming out of his mouth. Possibly a stroke having caused it.

                      I do indulge in them occasionally but do so mindfully. They're definitely not for every day.

                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                        What a terrible story, Wee! Glad these kinds of things have no appeal for me.

                        1. re: herby

                          I definitely wouldn't say that energy drinks "appeal" to me at all. Until a year ago, I was firmly in the "they will kill you" camp. I only picked them up when I started to lay on the floor in the back of my office to take an hour long nap, and much more seriously, fall asleep at the wheel. It was a matter of necessity.

                          Monsters and things packing a similar punch are the only things that worked for me, caffeine-wise. A Mountain Dew wouldn't cut it, so I'm sure green tea just wouldn't do it.

                          I have mild hypertension anyway, so I'm definitely mindful of my blood pressure. I learned today that my meds + Monster are an absolute no go and I'll hopefully be cutting caffeine completely, if this stuff works. My heart just can't handle it.

                          1. re: Kontxesi

                            Sounds like you are taking care of yourself.

                            1. re: roxlet

                              I'm trying! I'm going to be 26 next month, so I've still got a loooooong way to go. I need my body to take me there.

                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                Whoa! You're a young 'un, and yes, it's something I had wished I had done a better job of doing when I was younger and had good joints and a better metabolism!

                        2. re: weezieduzzit

                          That's so terrible. As I mentioned below, I am definitely mindful of how dangerous they are and actually do think about it every time I drink one. I only drink them on work days, and NEVER EVER more than one a day. I hurts my heart (literally) to think of him drinking 2/3/4+ of those things a day....

                          I had a friend in college who drank a lot of Rockstars (similar drink), but I am glad to say he is still among the living. (He DID have to have all of his teeth pulled a few years ago, but... I think it was the meth that did that. : /)

            2. re: Kontxesi

              Well, I'm not sure if this is from a) a good breakfast, b) the meds, or c) being sick (or some mixture of the above) but my munchie level was down SIGNIFICANTLY today. I didn't eat my breakfast until 9:00, and then didn't eat again until 7:00. Normally I'd being dying of stomach cramps and cravings by lunch time, but I wasn't ever peckish or in pain.

              Something good happened today! I just need to make sure to replicate it. :)

          2. re: Kontxesi

            The good thing is you got a diagnosis, so you can now start getting treatment. Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel!

          3. I have a question for all of you. How many points/calories in spray oils? Both Trader Joe's and Pam products says zero but it doesn't make sense. I've been using it alot to saute veggies, egg white omelets and Boca Burgers. It's a great tool but I may be abusing it.

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            1. re: Berheenia

              It depends on what you're using, I think. My leader said that the kind you pump yourself and fill will olive oil will give you a teaspoon when it's fully pumped, so that will be 1 point.

              1. re: roxlet

                Ooooh, this is good info. I never really knew how much I was spraying and just kind of guesstimated. Thanks for this! (I have a Misto that I pump myself... when it's not gunked up and not working, that is!)

                1. re: saturngrrl

                  They're always gunked up, aren't they?

                  1. re: roxlet

                    Pretty much! But usually a quick blast of hot water from the kitchen faucet takes care of it.

            2. I just had Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean burgers for lunch (cooked in the microwave), and I have to say that they are pretty good and decently filling. I had two as open face sandwiches on toasted WW whole wheat bread with sliced tomatoes and some ketchup for a total of 9 points. It's higher than my usual lunches, but since I get hungry in the afternoons, I'm hoping having a higher points lunch helps. Still have a slight spicy tingle from eating them.

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              1. re: roxlet

                I had the Morningstar lasagna @270 calories and I think they are delicious and satisfying! I bought a few of these on special and then read some bad reviews....not sure why because they are great!

                1. re: chewbacca

                  Hmmm. 270 calories. I must take a look.

                  1. re: chewbacca

                    Lasagna? <perk> Must go find this in my local grocery! Sounds good. I'm a fan of Morningstar Farms veggie burgers and faux sausage. I also love Boca Burgers, but pretty much stick with the All American Flame Grilled version of those.

                    1. re: saturngrrl

                      All American Flame Grilled Bocas are my favorite.

                  2. re: roxlet

                    Those sound good ... I bet they'd be good crumbled on a salad as well

                    1. re: aimeekm

                      I don't think the texture of these would be appealing in a salad -- at least not to me!

                  3. I was down 1.4 today which was for 2 weeks. So I'm at a total of 21.2.

                    I've been mixing it up with my food choices lately since I was getting bored. I had been eating the same salad dressing for like 2 years and I couldn't even stand the thought of it anymore. And on days I work from home, I have been having breakfast for lunch...egg beaters with spinach, mushrooms, onions, cheese and WW whole wheat toast. Very filling for low amount of points.

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                    1. re: valerie

                      Yes, I've decided to add vegetable frittatas to my lunch. Just finished cooking the vegetables!

                      1. re: roxlet

                        I am not a big dinner eater and usually get hungry earlier in the day. I like dinner for lunch. Made Ottolenghi's chicken with cardamom rice yesterday and brought that for lunch today, followed by teas and a piece of dark chocolate :)

                        BTW, how many points regular beef party (4 oz) has?

                        1. re: herby

                          The points vary widely according to the percentage of fat -- from 3-6 points.

                          1. re: roxlet

                            Thank you! I am thinking a burger sans bun with mushroom and green salad on the side could be very satisfying for 7-9 points. I think my enemy is carby food which I basically have at every meal - toast with breakfast, rice, pasta, potato later in the day... I like beans but they do not love me, the same with lentils. Always feel bloated and as if they sit in my stomach heavy and sluggish.

                            1. re: herby

                              I try to have carbs at just 2 meals. Usually at breakfast, even if it's cereal or WW toast and then lunch or dinner. But if I do have carbs at lunch, it's usually a 2 point light hamburger roll with a veggie burger or a 2 point wrap with various fillings.

                          2. re: herby

                            Carbs have really been my downfall the last month. I had been so good about making the carbs I ate quality ones over the past year. The past month has been bread, pasta, sweets. I'm lucky to not be up more actually!

                            I have really learned to like burgers wihtout buns. I never liked the big bready buns on most burgers anyhow so it's been easy to move away from them. I actually enjoy burgers more now. LOL

                            I do love beans and lentils. I know when I kick up the fiber after realizing I haven't been getting enough I feel "off" for a couple days until my body gets used to it. That said, my mom can't eat beans either, herby! Makes her sad as she loves them.

                            1. re: ziggylu

                              I just put some small white beans to soak - LOL! I have a small group of friends over for lunch tomorrow and making asparagus soup and a spin off salad Nicoise. I bought the tiniest ever Yukon Golds, have a couple of jars of Italian tuna in oil and the other usual suspects, will cook some shrimp to supplement and have a dish of warm white beans on the table for those so inclined. People are bringing Prosecco, bread, cheese and the cardamom cake (from current COTM). I'll send leftover cake and cheese back and the rest of leftovers should be good enough for the weekend noshing :)

                              1. re: herby

                                Beans turned out great. I cooked them this morning with some dried herbs and salt - they cooked very quickly and came out almost silky - soft, creamy with strong herby flavour. I stirred in a bit of chilly flavoured oil and everyone had at least two helpings.

                        2. re: valerie

                          Congrats on the 20+ lbs valerie, that's awesome!

                        3. Our CSA just started which is great bc it means we have a ton of delicious veggies to eat up each week. And, I'm more likely to cook than to go out. On the downside, baby is eating more and more solids and nursing less and less.

                          So far this week, I've made:
                          Quinoa Patties

                          Turnip Salad

                          1. I'm not on Weight watchers, but have been debating joining for a while. But love these threads for ideas!

                            Last weekend I made a pork loin beer cooler sous vide, (see Kenji at serious eats beer cooler sous vide for details) and it was so tender and amazingly juicy for such a lean cut of meat. I did a 18 hour salt/sugar/garlic/cardamom cure, then 5 hours in a 140 degree or so bath, with a sear in a hot pan with butter for color to finish. Served with roasted radishes and new potatoes in a butter lemon horseradish sauce. With a lovely Riesling. On the surface not very friendly, but I was so satisfied with a small portion of everything.

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                            1. re: autumm

                              I am not on WW either but agree this thread and the posters are very helpful. Someone in Chowhound pointed me to SparkPeople, a free diet support website and that has worked well for me. I started in the beginning of March and I enter everything I eat and it gives me a calorie/nutrition count. I also enter any exercise. So far I have lost a pound a week and plan to continue until I reach goal. Your menu sounds delicious and I know if I entered it into the program I would probably have to eliminate the butter in order to achieve the range of calories for the day but I am happier without all the fat. I no longer have acid reflux which used to spoil many a fancy meal for me and I still get to enjoy wine when I feel like it. Good luck with whatever support group you choose!

                            2. Hi all... Congrats to those who are down and empathy to those who are up. I'd been losing well for several weeks but was up a lb last week. Having more trouble resisting unexpected temptations. And expected ones (like my co-workers giant jar of roasted salted nuts). For a while after coming back to work from my hip replacement I was able to ignore them completely.
                              I'm going to try the Morningstar burgers. I have been on a kick with the Veggie Patch spinach chickpea patties in the fridge section at Costco. Three points each and somewhat reminiscent of falafel. Love them with Sriraccha or chopped on top of a cucumber and tomato salad.
                              I need breakfast help. I am officially sick of egg white omelets. Not a smoothie person. I like cereal but it doesn't keep me feeling full all morning. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
                              Best to all for a successful May.

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                              1. re: debbypo

                                Breakfast is always tough because people vary so widely on what satisfies them. I like to have cereal with a lot of fruit in the morning, which I do find satisfying. I cup of Cheerios is 2 points, and then the milk is one. I pile on the fruit, making it essentially a fruit salad with a little crunch from the Cheerios -- a small banana and lots of raspberries and blueberries feels like a huge treat. However, if you don't find cereal satisfying, how about a high protein yogurt with lots of fruit. Find a combo that works for you, and of course, we are about to enter the good summer fruit season making that even more tantalizing.

                                1. re: roxlet

                                  I second the Cheerios. One cup of cereal, half a cup of milk, one sliced banana. I still find berries to be a little too tart without some sugar, so I leave those out of breakfast generally. My mom really likes peak season peaches and/or nectarines on her cereal.

                                  1. re: roxlet

                                    Yay for the summer fruit. The berries have been really good the last couple weeks and hopefully will stay that way through summer. I can berries endlessly when they are good ones!

                                  2. re: debbypo

                                    I am not a yogurt lover but I sometimes have a Chobani Bites coffee flavored yogurt (2 points) with a 1/2 cup of Fiber One 80 Calorie chocolate cereal (2 points) and a banana. I layer it in a cup so it makes a parfait kind of thing. It feels bulkier than just cereal with milk and a banana.

                                    1. re: debbypo

                                      I like eggs for breakfast but rarely have tie on weekdays to make them before work. And i don't like to eat that early.

                                      I eat a lot of cottage cheese with fruit. I don't love plain yogurt for breakfast but am learning to like it so I'll have that with fruit and some kashi for crunch. I also like oatmeal a lot.

                                      Sometimes i'll take some Trader Joe's Black bean and corn enchiladas to work and have those for breakfast. They are vegan and 2 of them are only 260 calories. I like savory food in the morning and these hold me well until lunch.

                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                        Those enchiladas sound like my kind of breakfast. I've been toying with the idea of making and freezing a bunch of breakfast burritos that I could reheat eat morning, but I might check those out first. I don't like to eat when I first get up, either, so I need something that I can take to work with me and then eat at about 9:00.

                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                          I also relaly like leftover braised greens or braised green beans for breakfast. At home I'll poach an egg over them but for work I'll ad some feta cheese for a hit or protein. Again, definitely holds me through the morning and is a nice change from fruit with cottage cheese or yogurt.

                                      2. re: debbypo

                                        I struggle with breakfast, too, as I've mentioned before, esp since I don't like eggs or yogurt :/. My very favorite is a toasted sandwich thin, with a laughing cow chipotle wedge, sliced radish, and some herb salad mix. It's delicious and feels satisfying-lots of texture and crunch and flavor. On my travel days, it's often a string cheese and an apple, though :/

                                        Also love the Kashi Go Lean crunch and TJ's sells a similar high protein, crunchy cereal. Both fill me up for about 5 points.

                                        1. re: debbypo

                                          For breakfast, if I'm not smoothie making, my go to for work days, I do a cup of plain 1% yogurt, with about a cup or so of frozen fruit, with a quarter cup of oats and a tablespoon or so of chia seeds. That tiny amount of chia is enough extra fat and fiber to keep me full till lunch time.

                                          I love cheerios, but I'm hungry 2 hours later.

                                          1. re: debbypo

                                            Oooh, those patties sound tasty. I'm putting them on my Costco list! :-)

                                            Speaking of Costco, I buy the container of pre-cut mango there and often eat (a lot) of that for breakfast.

                                            I've also been doing ham and cheese "sandwiches" for breakfast - I buy Russer light ham or whatever lower-fat/lower sodium ham the grocery deli has and put that with some Alpine Lace swiss or another reduced-fat cheese (the Laughing Cow wedges work, too, but I'm kind of burned out on those) on a Flatout FoldIt flat bread, lightly toasted. I looooove the Rosemary and Olive Oil flavor of those.

                                            1. re: debbypo

                                              Hey, thanks for the tip on the Costco veggie patties. I had never noticed them before, but I picked up a container last weekend and I've already eaten three of them (not in one sitting! LOL!). They're tasty. I'm going to try heating one in a skillet instead of a microwave next time, just out of curiosity, because they are a little soggy-ish out of the microwave. But they have a good flavor nonetheless!

                                              1. re: saturngrrl

                                                And I haven't been able to find them at my Costco!

                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  I had to hunt for them. But I just realized that the ones my Costco carries, or at least the ones I purchased (Don Lee Farms is the brand name) are NOT the same as the ones originally recommended (Veggie Patch spinach chickpea patties)! LOL! I feel like an idiot for not catching that until now... and I apologize for my error! I still like them, but I should also point out that these are 4 PP each, not 3 like the Veggie Patch Spinach and Chickpea ones, which I'm still going to try to find and try.

                                                  The Don Lee patties are only good in the fridge for a few days, but can be frozen.

                                                2. re: saturngrrl

                                                  I found some of these Veggie Patch spinach and chickpea patties lurking in our freezer last night when I was looking for something to pack for lunch today. I had no idea they were in there! (My poor DH does almost all the shopping and cooking since I came back to this job in October, so I never know what he might have bought on impulse at Costco!)

                                                  Anyway, I brought one for lunch today. didn't do anything exciting with it. Put a couple dabs of homemade marinara and a little light jarlsberg on top(Only cheese in the house right now!) and nuked it. Actually the flavor of these is pretty darn good. I like the Dr. Praeger burgers a lot and their texture is really different from these but the flavor on these is good. I also packed some frozen broccoli and nuked that up as well. Together they made a pretty good lunch today with an apple for dessert.

                                                  Still feeling really good this week - both in terms of being over being sick and mentally. Two days back in the tracking habit. Not a huge accomplishment but two days more than I did in the last month.

                                                  Thanks to all of you for keeping these threads going. Going back and rereading some of what's here has helped me get over the hump I've been on.

                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                    Sounds like you're making great choices!

                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                      Thsnks for your inspiring posts, too!
                                                      This thread keeps pulling me back on board, hopefully in time for summer!

                                                3. Lots of ups and downs for everyone the last couple months. I guess that's normal and part of the overall journey, yes?

                                                  Kontxesi, I'm glad you finally got a diagnosis and hope that puts you on a road to feeling bettter really soon!

                                                  I had gotten back on track the week before last. Ran my first half marathon last weekend(yay!). Was a little sore aftewards so took the week off from running. Husband came down with a bad cold. Gave it to me and then left town. It's been a crazy busy week for me and between not exercising, feeling crummy, and being buried in work and evnets,...well...it's been an off track week entirely again.

                                                  I'm signed up for a 5k tomorrow. That will get the exercise going again. Hubby comes home tonight. I am leaving myself for a business trip Monday but am travelng alone for most of the week so anticipate not too many temptations.

                                                  I've held steady at being up 3 the last month. I'm glad it's only been 3 lbs but am planning to really work hard in May to get back on a downward trend. The dining halls close next week and while I still get free meals over the summer don't care for Subway, Qdoba, etc. I'll have to bring my lunch which should help me a lot actually.

                                                  I opted not to go to my meeting last night. That's a first for me - missign when I'm not tied up with work, out of town, etc. Just choosing not to go. I was so exhausted from the week. I'm know I'm flat from two weeks ago the last time I went(I was out of town last Thurs night). And it was the only night this week I wasn't tied up with work. So I decided to stay home on the couch, watch NBA playoffs and have popcorn for dinner.

                                                  My biggest failure has been tracking over the last month. It makes so much difference.

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                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                    Yes, you're right about the tracking, and I just went back and finished tracking yesterday and today so far.

                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                      Yep. They drill it into you at the meetings, but you really don't notice what a difference it makes until you stop. I almost ALWAYS lose at least something on the weeks when I track 5+ days.

                                                      EDIT: And thanks! I'm still down with a cold - and now what feels like an ear infection? - so it's hard to tell just how well the meds are working, but I've definitely noticed a difference.

                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                        i consistently lost until I stopped tracking about a month ago. It definitely is the key.

                                                      2. re: ziggylu

                                                        Wow! Great job on the 1/2!!!! I'm so impressed. I need to get back on tracking, too. I'm down .4 this week, so not awful, but think I really need to track to get back on it. My teenager and I will join my husband for London and Paris this summer-my goal is to go into that trip with a good loss on the books so I don't have to stress about food while I'm there!

                                                        1. re: girlwonder88

                                                          I always walk so so much in Europe that no matter what I eat I seem to lose weight. A year in Europe is probably just what I need to get these last 25-30lbs off actually!

                                                        2. re: ziggylu

                                                          Congrats on the 1/2 marathon, that's amazing!

                                                          Funny thing about traveling alone, I rarely get to do so. My boss actually sat down with me yesterday and talked to me about in the future I'd be traveling alone more, and how it's hard, I probably won't like it, etc.. I was thinking how much easier it will be to stay on track!

                                                        3. I did the points on the Smitten Kitchen bran muffin recipe, and they're 4 points each, if anyone is interested in a muffin for breakfast.


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                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                              That's not bad! The oat-flax muffins I've been making have six points (a really good food 52 recipe), but four points would shake out so much better.
                                                              This recipe looks really good too, it's on my short list.

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                Much healthier than I would have thought.. probably can safely cut the oil in half as well. I've actually been to that bakery, but assumed that the muffins be extremely caloric (most commercial ones are!)

                                                              2. So last week I made no attempt at staying on plan. I didn't even track, which is the first time since I started. I was up 2 lbs, wiping out my loss from last week.

                                                                Over 2 months I'm down 12.6. But that was 10 the first month but only 2.6 the second.

                                                                Feeling super unmotivated right now. Wish I could my enthusiasm back I had at the beginning!

                                                                Ideally I'd like to be back on track this weekend, and early in the week. The back half of the week has travel, and then I'm hosting a Mother's Day BBQ next Sat. So Wednesday onward will be harder, especially without any motivation

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                                                                1. re: aimeekm

                                                                  6 lbs a month is a great average though!

                                                                2. I guess my trick this weekend is missing the Derby Day Party I usually attend. (We moved last summer so it's many miles away but we facebook) I usually blow about 2000 calories with grazing while enjoying the host's famous Juleps and barbeque and then the hostess is known for her pecan pie. We will celebrate with a glass of white wine and some low cal frozen chinese.

                                                                  1. We actually cooked a dinner and ate at home (together) tonight. It'd been a long time since that happened.

                                                                    It was far from fancy and nothing special: yogurt marinated chicken breast with some ras al-hanout in the yogurt, half a baked potato with greek yogurt and a bit of green salsa in it and a salad made from roasted tomatoes tossed with some sherry vinegar and mixed greens.

                                                                    Really basic but we both really enjoyed it. Bowls of fresh mixed berries for dessert tonight....and the basketball playoffs.

                                                                    A good day indeed.

                                                                    1. I am doing a much better job of tracking, and pretty much staying on plan. How is everyone doing with tracking?

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                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                        Terrible :( and have no idea how to get myself motivated.

                                                                        Great going, Roxlet!

                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                          I've tracked the last 2 days so just getting back to it. Hard after being out of the habit. I've also started weighing and measuring again to be sure of portions as I realized there was some "portion creep" going on the last month too.

                                                                          We bought a new home scale this morning that is in .1 lb increments as well. This will help as the last one was .5 and was so old we didn't know how it rounded. With the new scale I'm up 1.5 from the lowest I've been, so less to re-lose than I thought.

                                                                          1. This seems to be my month for long rambles about things no one cares about.

                                                                            So, I broke up with my boyfriend on Tuesday night. We've been together for 4 1/2 years, and have lived together for a little over 2 1/2. (We were supposed to get married next weekend, but we called that off in the middle of March.) I've been on the "I've finally done the right thing/I've made a huge mistake" roller coaster since then, but it's not really that different from how I've felt for the past two months.

                                                                            The only reason I'm bringing this up is because I want to talk about the existential crisis I had in the grocery store yesterday. He dropped me off (he's not moving out until tomorrow afternoon and we're still carpooling) and I left a very important prescription in his truck, so that started the trip off on the wrong foot anyway....

                                                                            So, I get my apples, look at the vegetables and decide not to get anything (my stove is broken and I'm not sure if it will get fixed this weekend), then went to get some bananas. I headed towards the peanut butter, but then my mind just kind of went blank and I walked past it. I was trying so hard to remember what else I needed. Surely there was more on my list than apples, bananas, and peanut butter. Doesn't he need something? What am I supposed to be buying for him?

                                                                            After finding my way to the peanut butter, I spent the next 20 minutes or so shakily wandering around the store, trying to think of SOMETHING else I needed to buy.

                                                                            I made it out of the store without freaking out and walked to the other end of the shopping center where the WW office is. I quietly said hi to the leader, put my groceries next to my chair, and went to the bathroom. While I was trying to text my friend to explain my really weird feelings, they just exploded and I lost my mind. I cried in the bathroom for a few minutes, calmed down enough to go weigh in, and then cried quietly throughout the whole meeting.

                                                                            I couldn't understand why, of all things, a trip to the grocery store was what set me off. As I thought about it, though, it started to make sense. Even though "I do everything for you, you lazy bum" was a major part of the failure of the relationship, I really ENJOY taking care of people. It's just part of how I show someone that I care about them. And cooking is definitely the main part of that for me. All of the sudden, the person who I've been cooking for over the past two and a half years was no longer a part of my life. Who do I have to cook for? Why even cook? I just suddenly felt... pointless. I couldn't figure out where my place was.

                                                                            I ended up talking/crying to my brother (who lives with me until August, so I DO have someone to cook for) for about two hours before Ex finally came home and we went to bed.

                                                                            Anyway! Good news: down 3.2. I've been up four weeks straight, so that was nice. I went to the gym on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but I stopped tracking sometime on Saturday. I was not expecting this big of a loss, but I'm not complaining. I just need to not eat my feelings for the next few weeks!

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                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                              OMG. What an existential crisis, indeed. And it is good news that you're down 3.2, which is huge.

                                                                              I can imagine how difficult the situation must be for you, and I urge you to now "eat your feelings" during this difficult time. I always wished that I was one of those people who lost their appetite when things were bad, but I always had potato chips to console me I guess.

                                                                              You're lucky that your brother is there for you during this time, and between now and August is a good time to double down on the program and make changes that are good for you, not bad for you. Clearly this is a decision that is beneficial to you in the long run, but it's always hard not to feel sorry for yourself in the interim.

                                                                              We're here for you K, so we can be another shoulder to cry on.

                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                That's a whole lot on your plate, K. I don't mean that in a flip way at all. To call off a wedding, end a relationship and still continue to live under the same roof for ANY amount of time is rough. All three things combined? Oof.

                                                                                I know what you mean about wanting to take care of your partner. Even being motivated to nurture on a day to day basis. The trick is to find someone who nurtures back. That makes it all worthwhile.
                                                                                I called off a wedding six weeks before the big day five years ago. It was awful and messy and I ate and drank my fears and tears away until I could gain some perspective and pull my shit together.
                                                                                Give yourself time to heal, but listen to your gut. There are better fish out there.
                                                                                I know. -I eventually found my happy place, then met my husband. Today we've been married two years and have an almost one-year old. I couldn't be happier and I'm so glad I cut and ran with the first engagement. That would have been a holy mess, I know that now.
                                                                                It's good that he's moving out tomorrow, it's great that your brothers there and it's REALLY good that you are in touch with, identifying and talking about your feelings and emotions.
                                                                                The gym and taking care of myself was my (eventual) path to freedom from the pain and unhappiness. Be strong. You can do this. Plus, your a catch for someone just as worthy down the road.

                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                  "The trick is to find someone who nurtures back."

                                                                                  Yep, the trick indeed. I mean, he's not a terrible person. He can be incredibly thoughtful. But... gosh. So many things. No motivation to care for his health unless I'm prodding him, thinks I should do all of the housework even though we both work 40 hours a week, a bit of a pathological liar.... And I pretty much hate his family.

                                                                                  Blah. What it really comes down to? I can barely hold myself up sometimes, much less completely support someone else. I need someone I can lean on, and they can lean on me. I need a partner.

                                                                                  I need to work on building a new self identity, but all I can really think about is eating chocolate. :p

                                                                                2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                  Sounds like a great opportunity to make yourself your priority.

                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                    Kontxesi, you've got a lot going on. A whole heck of a lot.

                                                                                    But...despite it all, you're doing lots of healthy things for yourself! You're on the way to better health with your nacolepsy diagnosis. Calling off a wedding is big stuff, but also healthy if it wasn't right for you. The existential crisis...you successfully looked inward to understand what was going on!

                                                                                    Girl, you are on a path to success! Don't let yourself believe otherwise!

                                                                                    You enjoy taking care of people. Don't stop! This is your time to take care of YOU!!

                                                                                    I am not trying to make light and I know how hard it all must be to go through. Yet despite it all, you are making so many good changes for yourself.

                                                                                    You have a big cheering squad here! Everyone of us is on your side and here anytime you need to sort through something,

                                                                                    Really, you rock. :-)

                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                      Oh, gosh! My heart aches for you. What a difficult time you're going through... I frequently find myself in "do I stay or do I go" loops in my own relationship of more than 7 years. Lately, though, it's been good, so I'm staying. Actually, it's MY house, so I'm staying regardless! But I don't think I could actually go through with kicking him out, even if I got to that point that I wanted to! I don't have the heart... and things are good now. But enough about ME.

                                                                                      Sending you good, healing, self-care vibes for all of it, especially the health stuff you're dealing with. Definitely don't eat your feelings! Or if you MUST, eat vegetables. If I feel like a "need" a binge (really, though, who NEEDS a binge? LOL!), I binge on kimchi or mango or pickles. Something low-fat and flavorful.

                                                                                      Hang in there and take good care of YOU.

                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                        Wow. Sorry to hear about all that. But, like others said, it's time to take care of you. Whether it's staying on program or not, give yourself some time to just do what you want.

                                                                                        Things have a way of working themselves out for the best. Calling off your wedding must have been difficult, but better now than later....feel better!

                                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                          I really appreciate all of your kind words. Right now I'm in the really angry part of my emotional roller coaster.... It's like he's taking all of the very worst things about himself and trying to make them very obvious. At least he's helping to hold back any feelings of regret I might be having! I'm so ready for him to be gone.

                                                                                          In good news, the gym was beyond reasonable when I canceled his membership. (He's gone with me like twice in two months. Such a bum! He promised.) I thought it was a $100 fee to cancel, but apparently that's only for canceling an entire account. Since he's just being removed from my "family" plan, no fee! And I was charged yesterday for May, but they are going to credit me for his half, so I just won't pay in June. It was all a very pleasant surprise, as I'd heard that canceling with a gym is normally a nightmare.

                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                              He is showing you who he really is and even though it doesn't feel like it now, he's actually giving you a gift. It took me many years of anger and bitterness toward my ex-husband, who dropped the D-word on me out of (I thought then) the clear blue sky, before I realized he was really giving me the gift of a MUCH better life without him dragging me down. I did not see it at the time, but in hindsight, it's all so crystal clear! :-)

                                                                                              You will get through this ordeal, and come out the better for it. Feel those feelings, as opposed to eating (or worse) to suppress/numb them, because that's really the only way to get past them.

                                                                                              Great news about the gym. You can go there and channel your anger into burning fat and calories! :-)

                                                                                          1. Miraculously down 1.4 this week. I was convinced that it would be an up week, but I did do some good things at the start of last week.

                                                                                            This week is Mother's Day, and we always go to the buffet at our club. I am planning on concentrating on the raw bar, the sushi bar, the smoked salmon, and salad. I'll skip the carving board this time.

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                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                              Sounds like a good plan to me! You can do it!! Enjoy!

                                                                                              And congrats on the loss, too! :-)

                                                                                            2. I seem to have plateaued for 2 weeks in spite of staying on the path after a small gain on my trip to Manhattan. This happened to me both times I was on WW too. The first 10 pounds go down and then nothing. I even ran my BMI and I am "overweight" but just a little. My joints are acting up also so I got a few xrays and a test for RA - ugh. Find out Monday but today's trip to the gym produced a good 300 calorie burn and so far so good with little aches and pains.
                                                                                              I have access to a pool at the gym but swimming has always made me hungry so I'm not sure if I want to pursue this. Tonight is a 300 calorie low glycemic pasta with veggies. I think I need a white wine patch.

                                                                                              1. I haven't yet had a chance to read through the thread, but wanted to pop in and say hi. It looks like we may be losing our WW@Work meeting, which makes me uber sad. If that's the case, I may or may not go to meetings at a local WW center, which I'm dreading.

                                                                                                I weighed in this week (at what could be our last in-office meeting... sniffle...) and am about a half pound under goal, so still maintaining and still Lifetime. I was up more than four pounds over goal a couple of weeks ago because I'd been slacking on the tracking and overindulging in treats, sweets and WINE. So I reigned myself in, tracked and was careful for a couple of weeks and it's all good. I think I've finally got the hang of this maintenance thing!

                                                                                                I hope everyone is doing well... but I'll read on and find out.

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                                                                                                1. re: saturngrrl

                                                                                                  Don't not go to a meeting because you think you won't like it. Keep trying different ones. It took me a very long time to find a meeting that I actually enjoyed, and it has definitely kept me going.

                                                                                                  1. re: saturngrrl

                                                                                                    Another reason to go to a meeting is the scale works! My WW scale that I bought at Target is not all that reliable after all. I finally got annoyed enough at seeing the exact same number for 2 weeks and gave it a little shake and now I'm down 1.

                                                                                                  2. Flat yesterday after missing weigh in the last two weeks. I've been stuck now for two months.

                                                                                                    Grilled fish, sweet potato and salad planned for dinner tonight. The dining halls close tomorrow. HOpefully the summer will get me unstuck.

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                                                                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                      I've been stuck much longer and net net am up. Fittingly, the topic this week was plateaus.

                                                                                                    2. So I had been avoiding this thread because since my birthday weekend 3 weeks ago I've been off plan/traveling/drinking etc. I actually had lost most of my motivation to get back on track.

                                                                                                      But then yesterday 2 things happened, I weighed in and am inexplicably down 2 lbs, so yay! And then last night my boyfriend of 7+ years broke up with me, so boo! So it is ironic that I read today Kontxesi's similar situation.

                                                                                                      So I'm feeling all mixed up and sad about the breakup. I'm not sure if it is a good thing or bad thing in the long run. Interestingly one of the reasons sighted for the breakup was my weight, which has never been mentioned in all these years. Over the years I've gained about 50+ putting me about 100 over my ideal weight. He has lost about 50, he's at his ideal weight currently. I never told him I was dieting, nor did he notice the 15 lbs I lost ... sigh.

                                                                                                      I'm going to try to focus the emotions into motivation for weight loss. So far so good, I have lentil soup in the crock and ate a sauteed spinach for lunch. I'm concerned about dinners. I tended to cook quite healthily for my bf, who's mostly pescaterian and loves veggies. So a couple night a week I was guaranteed a low cal meal. I know myself and I never ever cook a proper dinner after work just for myself. It's really about the dishes, since I don't have a dishwasher! So I need to make sure I have low cal heat and eat options available to me in order to avoid fast food.

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                                                                                                      1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                        Sorry. That must be very difficult.

                                                                                                        Oh, definitely put that into weight loss! Not just because you're hurt and pissed off, but because it's the best thing that you can do for YOU.

                                                                                                        1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                          My snap judgment is that if one of his "reasons" is you've gained weight, this is DEFINITELY a good thing for you in the long run. After seven years? Please.

                                                                                                          It's been a week now since we broke up, and I think I'm out of the flip-flopping phase. I alternate between sad and brave, but I don't feel like I've made the wrong decision anymore. I guess it all depends on how unexpected the break up was, but I'm sure you'll start to feel better soon. You don't need someone who is going to drag you down! (And if he can't love you at 100 lbs over, he doesn't deserve you when you're down.)

                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                              Thanks Kontxesi ... I like that, he doesn't deserve me when I'm down ... it's true.

                                                                                                              I would categorize it as pretty unexpected. We had some long standing incompatibilities, but generally get along really well, especially as of late. Mostly what's upsetting is just this big hole in my life right now. I know I'll fill it in, but after 7 years, now this person is just gone.

                                                                                                              So today is the bad combo of having a really upset tummy and being hungry at the same time. Really glad I chose to work from home today!

                                                                                                              Kontxesi ... I've had some relationships that after they are over I look back with regret that we couldn't make things work (this will be one of those for me). Others I look back and realized I dodged a bullet. From what you've said, I definitely think it will be the latter for you!

                                                                                                              1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                Yeah, the hole-in-your-life part is the worst. :( I hope you have some hobbies you can jump in to. I've been catching up on my computer games, myself. (Or, better than hobbies, I hope you have some good friends to hang out with! I don't have friends, so I just conquer the galaxy instead. ;) )

                                                                                                                And... right this second, I think it's an equal mix of "too bad it didn't work" and "oh my God what was I even thinking". I'm sure that will change drastically if I ever get into a healthy relationship and see what it's supposed to be like.

                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                  Hobbies hmmm ... well I work a lot, probably doesn't count.

                                                                                                                  I have friends, but w everyone having busy lives, it's not really practical to rely on them to fill my time. They'd probably like me to cook for them though, lol! Also hanging out with friends usually centers around alcohol, so not great for the diet. Wish you were local, then we could trade bad bf stories!

                                                                                                                  I do have a vacation in 10 days, so that is definitely a good thing. But I lost my ride to the airport!

                                                                                                                  If you are even feeling a little "oh my God what was I even thinking" ... then give it some time, pretty soon it will be all there is.

                                                                                                              2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                I have a great album for you. Or should I say CD or something to put in your cloud? Anyway try Fitz and the Tantrums Songs For a Break-up. My favorite music to work out to or listen to in the car and I'm currently in a relationship as they say on Facebook.

                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                  Thanks, I'll definitely check it out. Days when I go into the office I have a long commute, so it will definitely get listened to!

                                                                                                            2. Does anyone else get motivational sayings from her leader? I do, and I thought it might be beneficial to post them here. I just received this:

                                                                                                              If you don't go after
                                                                                                              what you really want,
                                                                                                              you will never
                                                                                                              have it.

                                                                                                              Don't let a lapse
                                                                                                              turn into a

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                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                I like that...don't let a lapse turn into a collapse.

                                                                                                              2. I do have a delicious meal. Last night we revisited CI baked ratatouille for 2 which feeds two plus. They don't break down the calories as it is part of a fish plus veg recipe but we skipped the fish. I chopped a medium zucchini, an equal amount of peeled eggplant into a small dice (less than an inch) and tossed them with 2 sliced shallots and 2 minced cloves of garlic and one tablespoon of olive oil. Then I mixed in s&p and a 15 oz can of petite diced tomatoes. I spread it in an 8x8 baking dish and it baked for 50 minutes at 375 F. It need a stir mid baking. I kind of shot myself in the foot adding a new shaved cheese from Trader Joe's at the very end. It was 110 calories which is almost double the calories in my serving of ratatouille. This is why tracking is good. I would have never checked out the nutritional panel on a Shaved Cheese blend before. The older blend I had in the back of our fridge is 20 calories a tablespoon 10 of them fat. Annoyingly the non- dieting spouse said no thanks to cheese as he proceeded to slather butter on his bread.
                                                                                                                We had some yellow rice on the side but if non-dieting spouse was more open to new things I think quinoa would have been the perfect accompaniment.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                    I forgot to add a generous pinch of dried herbs- they wanted thyme but we subbed Penzey's Italian Herb Blend, a staple in our kitchen.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                    I make a similar thing all the time, and it's good hot, cold, or at room temperature, and it's particularly good in a frittata. Basically, the only thing that has points is the olive oil, which is part of the good health guidelines anyway, so it's a great plan-friendly recipe. Since I like the ratatouille less soupy, I add halved cherry tomatoes instead of the canned ones.

                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      I would love it in a frittata. Do you use whole eggs or whites or some of each? I have leftover to use.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                        I use one whole egg and 2 whites. Less than 3 p+ and very satisfying.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                      That does sound good ... and I have all the ingredients except the eggplant

                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                        Berheenia, I totally feel you on the non-dieting spouse front. Just last night I tried to tempt him into quinoa by making what he loves and calls "fancy rice" but with quinoa (really just my take on mexican rice - olive oil, garlic, caldo de tomate bouillon, chopped tomato, sprinkle of cumin, couple pinches of red chili flakes). I was met with a sarcastic "yaaaay." I was happy though. :) Ever consider making a few cups of quinoa for yourself and leaving it in the fridge? Leftovers steam up well in the microwave and I do it because I get annoyed with having to wash quinoa, but don't mind throwing a 1/2 c. of rice in the cooker for him.

                                                                                                                      2. So.... I get on the scale, Rosie looks at the screen... and then looks a little harder. And then tilts her head and mutters something under her breath. "Uh-oh... what?" I say.

                                                                                                                        She prints my sticker out, peels it off, stares at it, and then turns to me.

                                                                                                                        "What did you DO?"

                                                                                                                        *Oh God*, I think. "What?!"

                                                                                                                        "You lost 8.8 pounds this week!" She's got a very concerned look on her face at this point.

                                                                                                                        "Oh.... Well, all I ate yesterday was four Reese's cups and a bottle of Mountain Dew, and today I've only had a pack of crackers and a handful of fries...."

                                                                                                                        *narrowed eyes*

                                                                                                                        "They just upped my meds, and I think it's affecting my appetite. I'm not doing it on purpose, I promise. Plus I just kicked out my boyfriend, so I don't have as much junk food in the house.... Well, this explains why my pants are so loose."

                                                                                                                        Well, whatever is causing it, I've FINALLY gotten down past my previous low weight (November 23, 2013). 9 lbs until my 15% and a new outfit! (My last pair of jeans blew out today, though, so I'm going to have to break my rules and buy a pair next week....)

                                                                                                                        EDIT: Also, I my leader has really grown on me. After the meeting today, we chatted for a little bit. She said that they were all really worried about me last week, and that if I hadn't shown up tonight she was going to call me. It's nice to know that there are people care. :)

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                          Oh. My. God. Who do I have to pay to get a weight loss like that?

                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                            A sleep specialist, apparently! I'm going all day without eating and never feeling hungry. I only realize I haven't taken in a single calorie when I start dragging really bad around 3:00. It's actually a little worrisome. I mean NO hunger response all day yesterday or today. (Wasn't taking the pills over the weekend, and I think my appetite was a little more normal.)

                                                                                                                          2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                            OMG ... OK ... probably not super healthy, but awesome motivation!

                                                                                                                            It's really nice to have that positive when other things are bleak.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                              I've been chatting with some people on a narcolepsy site this morning, and apparently several have experienced extreme weight loss when they were put on stimulants or vigils. Weight loss/decreased appetite aren't listed as side effects for my drug, so I had no idea to expect it.
                                                                                                                              One lady I talked to has been on the sister drug for a year now, and she still has to make a conscious effort to make sure she's eating enough.

                                                                                                                              I might suddenly been a really weird anti-WW situation. I'll be counting points and healthy checks to make sure I'm getting ENOUGH of things, instead of trying to limit myself. At first that sounded awesome, but I'm worried about getting all of the protein/fats/various nutrients that I need. This could actually take more planning than I needed on the other side of the coin.

                                                                                                                              Who knows. My body might compensate for it after a few weeks, but I guess it's a good idea to pay more attention to protein anyway. MAN this has been a crazy month for me! So much change!

                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                You might try the Sparks website for tracking fat, carbs and protein. I get a nifty pie chart every day when I track my food on this site. No commitment or dues either so you could still maintain your WW membership which is probably the way to go for the support you need.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                  That makes sense, many take stimulants for weight loss. I know you've been dealing with a lot recently and I wish you the best!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                    I would probably take advantage of the lack of cravings. Maybe just keep some protein bars and protein drinks handy. So you can be sure you're body is getting what it needs, but keep your points/cals low.

                                                                                                                                2. The woman who weighs me in, Jo, just handed me back my book this morning. I'm afraid to look. I rode home in my car cursing a blue streak.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                      :( I hate those weeks. I hope you at least ate something that was maybe worth it?

                                                                                                                                      I don't want to detract from your frustration here, but you've touched on something that bothers me a bit. My ladies have never handed me my book without saying anything, but when I'm up they tend to look uneasy about giving me the news at best, or disappointed/almost judgmental at worst. Like I should be ashamed.

                                                                                                                                      I'm hoping this is just a matter of them not really knowing how to give information they know we don't want to hear, but sometimes their faces make me feel worse than the number! Weight loss is a journey, and up weeks happen. Heck, sometimes four up weeks in a row happen! I don't need your judgy face to tell me I'm going the wrong way.

                                                                                                                                      I don't know. I'm feeling a little weird today, and I've been jumping around the internet commenting on all kinds of things.... I don't even know what kind of sense I'm making. I probably need to get off the internet. I just think it's okay to say "You're up a pound this week" and not do it in a tone that you would use if someone's dog died.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                        I've been struggling, and I think it's a good thing she didn't say. I wanted to get weighed in because if I do lose this week, it won't be obviated by last week's gain.

                                                                                                                                    2. Down 3.6 ... Yay!

                                                                                                                                      So this week was easy. I guess having you bf dump you because you're too fat will make it easy, right?

                                                                                                                                      How does everyone stay motivated? I feel like I have enough roadblocks with business travel and socializing, if I could just stay motivated to be on track the rest of the time!

                                                                                                                                      So what's the key when you just want to drive through McDonalds or order in Thai instead of cooking a healthy meal or snacking on carrots?

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                        Decide what's most important to you-long term goal or the quick "pleasure" of a meal from McDonalds. We all have days that the less optimal decision seems best but once you choose the better decision often enough it can become habit. Think past the actual moment-how will the McDonalds vs carrots make you feel both physically and emotionally? Is it facilitating your long term goals?

                                                                                                                                        I'm sort of a masochist and quite disciplined and regimented person likely due to growing up with a father in the military. Sometimes the answer is just "no" or just "do it" both in terms of eating and working out. Usually pushing myself to make what I know is the better decision makes me feel better in the long run.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                          Completely agree with you. At times when I feel like driving through McDonald's or whatever the temptation may be at that moment, I say to myself "just say no". It's all about choices and do I really want that McDonald's or do I want to have a good day and save the splurge for when I really want it, like on a weekend when I go out to dinner.

                                                                                                                                          Trust me, as I sit here eating my WW-friendly lunch at work, would I rather be eating a cheeseburger? Yes, no doubt. But, I also know that if I ate fewer cheeseburgers in my life, perhaps I wouldn't have needed to lose 30 lbs!

                                                                                                                                          I also know that it's okay to eat a cheeseburger...once in a while...and still stay committed to losing weight.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                            "Sometimes the answer is just "no" or just "do it" both in terms of eating and working out. Usually pushing myself to make what I know is the better decision makes me feel better in the long run."

                                                                                                                                            This. Totally and completely this.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                              Yup. I agree.

                                                                                                                                              Keep your eye on the "PRIZE." I find that reminding myself WHY I wanted to lose the weight helped me stay motivated and make better choices. Not perfect all the time, but better.

                                                                                                                                              And now that I've lost the weight and bought an entire new wardrobe in a previously unfathomable single digit size (and GAVE AWAY the fat clothes), I kind of have no choice but to be disciplined enough to keep fitting into the smaller stuff. Because I look way better IN clothes than out of 'em, and it's far more acceptable to come to work dressed than undressed! I've been lax the last couple of weeks (too many Burger King Satisfries than necessary, LOL!), so I'm up a couple of pounds and my mind is already made up to fix that. It's going to be tough to stay focused over a holiday long weekend, but I'm determined.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                            The question our leader asks us to ask is, "Is it worth it?" Most of the time the answer is no.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                              I am mostly a lurker on this thread, because I reached my goal weight in December and just struggle with finding the balance of maintaining without gaining or losing more. But I find motivation to stay eating healthy through planning and being cheap. I save so much money not going out to eat--and if I've packed a nice lunch or have dinner waiting at home I would feel wasteful if I went out to eat. I do still go out sometimes--work or socializing, but when I go out to eat it has to be for a reason other then food. Because I want to see someone, because we are having a meeting, to celebrate.

                                                                                                                                              I've been reading about people who maintain weight loss, and the things they do to keep it off, and many of them continue to keep careful track all through their lives of what they eat. For me, I need to always eat at the same times of day and have a plan for what I will eat.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                Congrats on the loss! And break ups do tend to do that, don't they?

                                                                                                                                                I know this isn't very helpful, but what keeps me out of drive-thru lanes is being a cheapskate. Whenever I want something from Wendy's or Arby's, I think "Spend ten dollars, or eat the food at home that I've already paid for?" There's usually no contest there.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                  The cheapskate thinking definitely helped me this week. As I was driving around tempted by fast food, or feeling lazy about packing a lunch, I told myself don't spend the money and let the food I had made go to waste.

                                                                                                                                                  I will be able to use this as a strategy for the next few months at least. I'm about to go on vacation and am in the process of refi-ing my mortgage into a higher payment. So the truth is a I really shouldn't be spending the money OR eating the calories!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                    ha! the cheapskate thing is actually a challenge for me since i can eat free all day at work and bringing lunch costs me money! I've got bringing breakfast and a few snacks down pat but need to work on bringing lunch. I only succeeded once this week.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                      I feel you there! A month ago, it was just a good idea to not buy fast food. Now it's kind of a necessity. I got paid on Wednesday, and now it's mostly gone. :/

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                        We are very cash strapped at the moment, but I feel like it helps me cook interestingly and healthily to cook from the pantry. We have tons of heads of lettuce from our CSA, so plenty of salads in our future. I am roasting tomatoes right now to make our salads and lunch sandwiches more interesting. For dinner we had salad with hearts of palm and a chickpea and bulgur wheat pilaf with some hallumi on top.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for all the replies. I guess it is just a matter of determination. Picturing each lapse as a step backwards from the goal ....

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                      Well, I look at it as part of the journey--I'm going to have a piece of cake every so often because i like cake, I'm just going to keep moving forward and weighing each decision. We've had pizza all week at work, and cake--I like pizza and I love cake, so I've eaten cake every day, but no pizza. It is balance

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                                                                        You said it. Balance. Every day we have choices to make... not just about what we eat and drink, either. There are some foods that, to me, really ARE worth the extra points/calories/fat grams, and plenty that aren't. Like the potato chips fried in lard I recently discovered and can't undiscover now. But I don't have to buy them, and I certainly don't have to eat them. But I want to. So, I'll allow myself a splurge now and then, but not as often as I'd like. As my leader says: You can certainly continue to enjoy your favorite foods, but it's going to have to either be less of it, less often, or a less caloric version of it. That works for me.

                                                                                                                                                  3. Didn't make it to weigh in last night due to work obligations again. Home scale says I'm basically still flat. Up a couple ounces today, down a couple ounces yesterday. Rinse and repeat for the last several weeks. Holding steady at 46lbs total on WW, 50 is so close! LOL(I am down over 50 as I'd lost some before starting but that stupid blue ribbon just isn't makign its way to my fridge!)

                                                                                                                                                    I think I finally hit rock bottom on my recent misadventures this week. It's been an interesting couple of months. I knocked two major bucket list items off by running my first half marathon and finally finishing my graduate degree. I would never have accomplished these things if I hadn't spent the last 12 mos making myself healthier and feeling better about myself.

                                                                                                                                                    Simultaneously I'm struggling a lot in my professional life. This has only gotten worse with each month and with having finally, after 3 years of derailment, finishing my degree. That side mentally seems to have been winning lately as I've been stuck for nearly 8 weeks now. While I'm still exercising my eating choices have been poor, and this week abysmal. I felt so terribly the last two days and I"m sure is from the poor choices and lack of quality nutrition lately(hello entire portion of pad thai...i'm looking right at you).

                                                                                                                                                    I'd forgotten how horrible it feels when you eat so poorly. No energy, the headaches, the constant desire to take a nap. And this week my runs have been abysmal. Slow, painful and just no fun for the first time in months.

                                                                                                                                                    I haven't felt like this since the week before I started WW. Feeling crummy about work or not...it's time to stop letting the mental part of that take over my physical needs.

                                                                                                                                                    Everyone is doing so well recently and making so many great changes for themselves. You are inspiring me!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                      Not everyone is doing well(hand in the air here). At least you've got the exercise part down, which is great. Can you go to another meeting just to get into the groove? And track.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                        You haven't given up, so you are doing well! It's so easy to just give up but you keep on going to meetings, participaing here. We'll all break through our challenges in the long run if we just. don't. give. up.

                                                                                                                                                        There's so much I need to do right again! On the bright side I've gotten to the poitn I feel so terrible physically there's no other option than to seriously get on track. I've been too exhausted to even walk the dogs the last couple days so I'm ont even burning the calories at this point

                                                                                                                                                        I"ve been reading about anti-inflammatory foods. My asthma has really kicked up this week too with all the dust in the air. It hasn't bothered me all winter so again, I think all my poor choices are really catching up in some serious ways.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                        I think all those accomplishments, 46 lbs, half marathon & graduate degree are HUGE. Congratulations!

                                                                                                                                                        It's a positive that your body tells you the food it needs. It helps reinforce healthy eating. My body seems indifferent rather it be carrots or chocolate cake!

                                                                                                                                                      3. Today's motivational email"

                                                                                                                                                        A snack attack
                                                                                                                                                        During Glee?
                                                                                                                                                        Get busy hands
                                                                                                                                                        then watch TV

                                                                                                                                                        String some beads
                                                                                                                                                        Knit a hat
                                                                                                                                                        Fill a crossword
                                                                                                                                                        Pat the cat

                                                                                                                                                        Lift a weight
                                                                                                                                                        Stretch a band
                                                                                                                                                        Touch your toes
                                                                                                                                                        Push up and stand

                                                                                                                                                        Iron clothes
                                                                                                                                                        Fold the shirts
                                                                                                                                                        Sew on buttons
                                                                                                                                                        Hem a skirt

                                                                                                                                                        Cut and paste
                                                                                                                                                        Sort your pics
                                                                                                                                                        Play solitaire
                                                                                                                                                        Teach Fido tricks

                                                                                                                                                        Access apps
                                                                                                                                                        Check E-tools
                                                                                                                                                        Text your friends
                                                                                                                                                        Run football pools

                                                                                                                                                        Busy hands
                                                                                                                                                        A good health tip
                                                                                                                                                        Distracts you from
                                                                                                                                                        The chips and dip

                                                                                                                                                        1. Here I am back again with the latest Weight Watchers videos and recipes from Grace Young, the Wok Guru. Here's what Grace said about the experience:
                                                                                                                                                          "When you watch the latest Weight Watchers Stir-Fry Guru videos you'd never imagine the mess in my apartment as we're filming it. This shoot was so much fun. Kudos to the amazing crew for a great job."


                                                                                                                                                          (If anyone is interested in seeing the photograph or just what else she's up to if you're on FB search for Wok Wednesdays)

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Gio. I have to try some of these!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, these are always great recipes!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                Thanks both of you. I hope I'm not overstepping here, but I think these recipes are just too good to pass up. I have absolutely no interest what so ever in the WW or Grace Young other than I like her recipes. Since they are WW focused I though you'd like to see them as well.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                  I never look at the WW recipes Gio so I always appreciate when you point these grace young recipes out!! Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                    Gio, you never overstep, and always glad to see you here!

                                                                                                                                                              2. Trying to set myself up for a week of healthy meals.

                                                                                                                                                                On the grill a whole chicken. Plan to split it for 2 dishes, Chicken Salad & Chicken Tinga. I plan to eat them both w lettuce cups.

                                                                                                                                                                Chicken Salad
                                                                                                                                                                shredded chicken
                                                                                                                                                                light mayo
                                                                                                                                                                ff greek yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                finely diced onions and celery
                                                                                                                                                                slivered almonds
                                                                                                                                                                water chestnuts

                                                                                                                                                                Chicken Tinga
                                                                                                                                                                In slow cooker, fire roasted tomatoes, onions, garlic, chipotle in adodo, chicken stock. Cook down and make smooth in blender or w an immersion blender. Add cooked chicken & heat through or add raw chicken and cook until shreddable

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                                                                                                                                                                1. Here's today's motivational email from my leader:

                                                                                                                                                                  All things are difficult before they become easy.

                                                                                                                                                                  Success depends on our back bone, not
                                                                                                                                                                  our wish bone.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                    I am not sure this will ever be easy but it is definitely easier!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                      Really interesting article ... Thank you for posting

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I thought this article from this week's NY Times about hunger and dieting well-worth reading.


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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for the link, Roxlet! Very interesting article that makes a lot of sense. Years ago, when I was a skinny-minny, I read a book about glycemic index of foods and effect of those foods on metabolism, fat storage, etc. It was science based and not a mainstream diet book - wish I remember its name or authors.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                        What this boils down to for me: My grandmother was right. Pasta truly IS fattening. Whoa.

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the article. Very interesting! I also just read this blog post/article, which is also somewhat fascinating, but I'll wait until they see how female hormones affect the results before I try it (plus, my hips would not let me walk that long anyway)!


                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: saturngrrl

                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting. Liquid protein diets using shakes were a thing about 25 years ago, as I recall. I don't think the long-term effects were good though.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Having spent the last two days with a very high maintenance toddler I have to give Kudo's to all of you on WW who parent small kids. I haven't had fat cravings like this in years! Now I remember the bag of chips or McDonalds fries lunches that tempt the harried parent and I wanted one! Also it was hard schedule the adult meal so we were starved when I got it on the table and ate more. Maybe all the chasing them around burns calories but all I got was a stiff neck.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Another disappointing weigh-in. I almost didn't go today since I was at a party last night with cheese, BBQ, chips. Well, you know the drill. And the next couple of weeks are bound to be super challenging. Although today is our anniversary, we are going to have dinner for the graduating seniors at my son's school tonight. Then, there are at least 4 more graduation/anniversary-related events coming up. My resistance is at such a low point, and this isn't making things better.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                            I know the feeling, it's rough when all you see is obstacles ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                            My strategy, which admittedly doesn't always work, is to try to compensate the rest of the day/week when I know there will be plan blowing meals. And at those meals try to make better choices than I otherwise would have. Also if possible I try to fill up before hand on veggies, so hunger doesn't add to the temptation.

                                                                                                                                                                            Motivation really is the key to me. It's so much easier to make good choices when I'm seeing success on the scale, in my clothes etc. It's also easy for me to think, "oh I'm going to blow it at dinner tonight, so what's the point of eating oatmeal for breakfast, a McGriddle would be so much tastier". I just have to tell myself that I need to try to counteract that splurge, instead of compound it, and I'll be happier at the end for exercising self control.

                                                                                                                                                                            Do you have anything to motivate you, to be a goal? For me my clothes are getting looser, and getting comments at work. Also I want my ex to see me all skinny in a few (quite a few) months and be sick with regret. (only sort of kidding!)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                              Eat before you go and make your focus the people and the occasion instead of the food.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                Hang in there! Just take one day (one meal) at a time and move on.

                                                                                                                                                                                I find that on days when I have a party or event in the evening, I try especially hard to keep it together during the day. And this way, when I go to the party, if I go a bit over, at least the whole day wasn't a loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                We went to a big celebration a few weeks ago and there was a buffet dinner....buffets are not my friend. So I got a plate of food and ate it. And I wanted more. Not because I was hungry but because it was there and it was good. But before I went back for seconds, my husband said "I am so full, I can't eat another thing" (which is actually rare for him).

                                                                                                                                                                                So I thought to myself, how can I go back for more by myself? And I didn't go back. And I was glad. Because I didn't need another plate of food and I didn't go home feeling like a whale.

                                                                                                                                                                                I guess my point is to go to the parties and enjoy yourself and then move on.

                                                                                                                                                                                And happy anniversary!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                  I just graduated last week and everyone, very kindly, wants to take me out to celebrate so I understand the challenge. One day at at time and all that!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, I've actually been sick for over a week now. Seems I picked up kind of virus that just really wiped me out entirely and now settled as a respiratory infection and since the beginning of last week was only feeling worse and worse each day.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Today is the first day I'm not completely exhausted since early last week. The good side is I felt so horrible last week it did really make me start eating well again. Now I need to start tracking again.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations!!! Wonderful news about your graduation and finally feeling better.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy anniversary, Roxlet! This is a big year from you with your son graduating and moving out to go to college. You'll have more time on your hands come fall and less baking. Maybe it is OK to maintain until then and focus on loosing once things settle down. I remember when my eldest went to college and how worried and depressed I was until she came back for the winter break in one piece and apparently doing just fine - I was OK after that :) It was much easier the second time around.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                      Maintaining would be ok, but I've been gaining. So angry, but it is motivating me to stay on program. Particularly motivating was discovering that my white jeans from last summer were not going to fit, no way no how. Arrrg! And I had planned to wear them to a couple of things in the next few weeks. I HATE having to buy a size up.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                        Take motivation in whatever form it comes in, even too tight white jeans!

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Big milestone for me today .... I'm down a total of 20 lbs!

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm down 1.4 this week, so 20 over a total of ten weeks. Even though it seems slow going, I realize that is a very good pace.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The only bump in the road ahead, and it's a good bump, is I leave for a 2 week vacation tomorrow. There will be fish & chips, there will be Guinness. I hope there won't be too much weight gained!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aimeekm

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yayyyyy! And that sounds like the perfect pace to me! Go have a great vacation. Enjoy the fish and chips. I could skip the Guinness, myself, but if you love it, have it and revel in it. Even if you go up a tiny bit (maybe you won't, if you do a lot of sight-seeing by foot!), it'll have been worth it. At least that's how I look at enjoying special occasion food or specific dishes or desserts that I particularly love. But if I'm out at a party or restaurant and take a bite of something I don't love, I don't finish it. Not worth the points to me... And I am super careful before and after - mostly steamed veggies or some fruit or other low-point foods so I'm sure to have extras for splurging. Not that I'm actually counting and tracking any more, but I guess I really have learned how "normal" people eat... FINALLY.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Motivational email from my leader:

                                                                                                                                                                                        You can't change how you feel, but you can change what you do about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Back from a badly needed long weekend and getaway. We spent the weekend at our friend's house down south of here and really were able to relax.

                                                                                                                                                                                          For the first time in weeks I feel really under control today. I'm finely feeling healthy again, got a couple enjoyable runs in this weekend, we ate pretty healthy. I packed my breakfast (oatmeal and a bowl of berries), lunch(broccoli, chicken sausage and brown rice) and snacks (apple, almonds, currants, some dried apple snack) this morning and have pre-tracked all my points for the first time in months.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've even pre-tracked my planned run for tonight with our running group to keep myself committed to it(not looking forward to it since it's going to be at least 106 today and will still be very hot when we start at 7...hopefully tracking the activity and planning my afternoon snacks based on needing to run tonight keeps me committed!)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Now if only I could quit my job and keep the stressed out exhausted pattern from returning I'll be in good shape! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds really good, ziggylu! Congrats on getting back on track!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Motivational thought from my leader today:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you about all the reasons you want to lose weight lately?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Weeeelllllll... I set a record. Up 6.4. I didn't do anything this week to justify that, so we're not sure what happened. Hoping it's my body holding water to protest my molar extraction? Obviously, bouncing up and down in 5+ lb increments isn't normal, so SOMETHING is happening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, that's disappointing, I'm sure. Have you been tracking?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                  No, I kind of used my tooth as an excuse not to. I'm not saying that I expected to be down. I really did expect a gain, but more along the lines of one pound, MAYBE two. I did eat more than I should have this weekend, just to kind of prove to myself that I was capable of eating solid food and drinking my milkshake - okay, milkshakeS - through a straw, dentist's orders be damned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I know for a FACT that I didn't do anything to gain that much weight. I mean, I would have had to have eaten an entire bowl of brownie batter, 2 pizzas, and 3 lbs of pasta, and had like 4 liters of soda for that kind of gain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's whatever, I guess. Even with this gain, I'm down for the month of May. I'll just really focus this week, and I should be getting back to the gym tomorrow. I thought that the exertion/high blood pressure might make dry socket more likely somehow, so I haven't been since early last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Taking care of your health is more important than anything! Now, that you've given yourself time to heal, you'll focus on tracking (maybe even pre-tracking!) and surprise everyone at your next weigh-in :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am visiting my children in NYC right now and tonight saw a friend for the first time since the fall. She is a WW lifer and last time was saying that she doesn't like the way her body has become. I thought that she looked great (maybe compared to me but still...) and tonight she looked amazing - lost a few pounds for sure but the most attractive was her fit and toned body! I am super jealous, in a good way, and very motivated to get home next week and start back on WW and some kind of body toning!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                                                      you said it, it's just not possible to gain that much in one week. Remember the weekly weigh in is one moment in time and only over time will it give you what your trend is up or down. Hard to not be bummed though of course but focus on the overall downward trend for the month which is fantastic, particularly given all you've had going on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Keep on keeping on! THe results will show in the end!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. First meeting in a couple weeks. Down 3, which is the extra three I put on at the end of April/beginning of May. Hopefully it's gone for good this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Celebrated with a boring chicken breast and a baked potato with greek yogurt and salsa on it. Banana for dessert. My choices haven't been exciting this week but I sure feel a heck of a lot better eating the way I was last summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That should help the motivation!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have you ever tried freezing a banana. Eating it frozen is like eating a popsicle -- with zero points. I peel them and wrap tightly in plastic wrap so they don't brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a lot of frozen bananas in my freezer but i use them for smoothies. I'll have to try eating one popsicle style!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I keep saying i'm going to roll some of the chunks in melted dark chocoate before freezing and haven't gotten around to doing that either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those are excellent, but much higher in points! Here is a recipe for making 1 ingredient ice cream -- from frozen bananas!


                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for the recipe, Roxlet! Will definitely try it soon. Curious about adding a bit of peanut butter or even a tablespoon of jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I'd just try it the regular way first! I'll bet a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips would be good too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The banana soft serve is delicious! It's a rare treat for me since I live in low carb land but on my carb up days I always have a bowl before my workout. I never thought it'd work but it does.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is a great "recipe" (shared it with a friend who keeps kosher, another bonus).. you can have it after a meat meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've heard it also works with mangos, since they are still soft when frozen. I think I'd like it better with mangos, since bananas make my mouth swell. But you could do both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Down .4 today. It should have been more, but we went out to dinner last night -- never a good idea the night before weigh-in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great! Down is down, never mind by how much - it is the direction that counts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am going to try the home scale route for now since money is short. It is WW scale and if I do not move it, it stays pretty accurate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My main issues are carbs, wine and savory things. I can happily live without desserts. I need to sit down and make WW- style menus. This is not easy for me either; the challenge is cooking fresh without leftovers which is pretty impossible to do since I live alone. I also really do not like leftover and frozen food for the most part. Maybe I should figure out economical way to eat out :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                            You certainly wouldn't save money eating out! My beef with most of the WW recipes is that they have too many servings, particularly when I am cooking just for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately you are right... Maybe we all could share point friendly recipes for 1-2 servings that we like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps you could do things like buying a pack of chicken breasts and freezing them as individual pieces. This way you could thaw and cook just one piece at a time. Baked potatoes are easy to make just one and you could have a salad or some vegetables with it and it's a pretty WW friendly dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or you could always buy a single piece of fish or an appropriate amount of shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When I lived alone, I used to buy single servings of Uncle Ben's rice. It may not be the most economical, but it still better than eating out and you can't eat more than the portion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you, Valery! Good suggestion about baked potato. I always take chickens apart and freeze individual portions but do not like the taste :( Just a couple of days ago I took lemon grass marinated chicken out that I froze some time ago at my kids' and baked it. Everyone liked it but me... I have no issue with frozen shrimp, frozen steaks from the farm, etc. It must be the home freezing that gets my taste buds creaming in protest :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I, too, was down .4 today. I thought I would have lost more, but hey, it's down!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, let's celebrate... but not too much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. My new favorite condiment is an oldie- Heinz 57 Sauce. A tablespoon is 20 calories, 0 fat and it is zippy but not hot. I just laid a line of it down my egg white - onion- spinach- feta omelet made in a non stick pan using cooking spray and it made a big difference. I don't know the points.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I use a dash of sriracha the same way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just discovered Weight Watchers string cheese, which is only one point+. A couple are a pretty satisfying snack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                String cheese has been a staple of my WW life! LOL My husband likes the smoked WW ones. I'm not particularly brand loyal, most of the low fat ones seem to be 1 pt. I never thought so much string cheese would go through our house! LOL(two on my desk right now for later this morning)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salsa is my condiment of choice. I put pico de gallo on just about anything. And I love green salsa. Like string cheese we go through buckets of both around our house!(I like greek yogurt and pico on my baked potatoes!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I never have baked potatoes, but I like your idea. My husband usually buys sacks of enormous ones, so I never think to have one. I should pick up some small ones, and try this. What is it? 3 oz for a serving?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    depends on the size. 5 oz is 3 pts. I like the big russets so we'll usually split one as they can get really large. The other night I did splurge on a whole one for myself though. It was 10oz and was 6 pts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love baked potatoes. I don't eat them as much anymore but do like them the nights before a long run with a steak. The greek yogurt and the salsa are both free and tasty on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another great potato idea! I do not know how many point are per oz of baked potato but it probably is not as bad as I think. Little yogurt and spicy pico on a hot potato sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: herby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      if you have a trader joe's by you the kale yogurt spinach dip is also really good on baked potatoes and very low in points.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't have TJ's near me but there is one near my daughter's - I'll try it next time I visit. Could probably make it without too much trouble - thank you for the suggestion!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't really care for the WW string cheese but I buy the Trader Joe's Light String Cheese and it's only 1 point. It's better than the WW ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The ones I have today are the Frigo Natural llight ones. 50 calories/1pt. They are pretty good.