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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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  1. WARNING: LONG RAMBLE AHEAD

    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
                          http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                          Turnip Salad
                          http://greenearthinstitute.org/index....