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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

Although that title is one of the great numbers from Carousel, I have always associated it with poor June, who just had too much to eat with unfortunate results.

I'm slogging onward and trying to have the scale move in the right direction, but with so many celebrations it's been hard. However, here is something to ponder: think of a plateau not as not losing, but rather as not gaining!

Now that the weather is inviting grilling, what healthful meals are you creating to help that scale move ever downward?

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  1. Not exactly grilling but I just had pretty filling and WW friendly lunch that has become part of my rotation...An omelette with egg beaters, mushrooms, onions and some shredded cheddar cheese. With 2 slices of WW whole wheat bread. 6 points.

    I was going to grill burgers for dinner (veggie burger for me) but my husband took my kids out to lunch and they went to Smashburger, so no burgers for dinner.

    The weather is so glorious today and it would be a shame not to grill, so now I'm thinking of getting some shrimp, corn and other assorted vegetables. Tasty and WW friendly.

    I've been on a good roll since my weigh-in on Thursday so I'm giving it my best effort to stay on track.

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    1. re: valerie

      Good for you. I love it when people are feeling positive! Unfortunately for me, we're having fried chicken for dinner since our visiting house guest who is leaving on Wednesday asked my husband to make it. One piece for me. I hope I have resistance!

      1. re: roxlet

        You've got to pick your battles. Fried chicken made by your husband would be high on my list based on his rep on WFD..

        1. re: Berheenia

          It was excellent, but I had more than one piece. :( No willpower when it comes to his fried chicken.

    2. I've been cooking from the PointsPlus book, What to Cook Now, and I've been pleased with the results. I was doubtful about WW at first, fearing it would push a lot of processed no-fat and sugar-free foods, but this book is geared at the Fresh Ingredients crowd. Yesterday I made mint-lemon grilled chicken breast. For lunch, I had a turkey wrap on a whole wheat tortilla. Tomorrow I will try the maple-glazed pork chops.

      I joined WW four weeks ago, and this is my first WW post here. I'll look forward to exchanging ideas and encouragement with other WW Foodies. At my weigh-in yesterday I was the same as the week before, but considering the week included DD's birthday, Memorial Day, and dinner with a niece who makes great falafel, a zero-gain was not bad.

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      1. re: MrsBridges

        Welcome to the thread. I'm not sure that I know that book, so I'm glad to hear about it. How many portions does each recipe provide would you say?

        1. re: MrsBridges

          The mint-lemon chicken sounds great. I bet it would be great on a salad too. Mind sharing the ingredients of the seasonings?

        2. I've always been a fan of June since my birthday falls mid-month. That said, it's the hottest month of the year here in our part of Arizona and I don't enjoy it as much as I used to!

          We grilled a bison tritip on Friday night. When I stopped at the market on the way home they had first of the season Copper River salmon so I bought a very small fillet of that as well. So we had that with the tritip, an arugla and tomato salad and split a baked potato with yogurt and salsa. It was a delicious dinner, not too high in points, and fueled us well for our long run yesterday morning.

          Last night our dinner club went for crab boil so that wasn't so bad either. I had a dungeness crab with a small piece of corn and a small potato.

          June was a good month for me last year as I was in my first 6 weeks. Hoping it's another good month again this year....

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          1. So I ended up grilling chicken satay, corn and vidalia onion and made peanut sauce on the side. I never made this specific recipe and it was very good. My husband and both of my kids really liked it too (so nice when everyone likes a new recipe and nobody complains!).


            I pointed it and I came up with about 9 points for chicken and a bit of peanut sauce. Plus I had a corn on the cob and some onion with a bit of olive oil for grilling. Good dinner!

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            1. re: valerie

              I really like Ellie Krieger's recipes in general-healthy and flavorful-and her chicken with peanut sauce is great. Feeling inspired now :).


            2. Discovered these ready to go salads at the local food club- Ready Pac bistro bowl Chicken caesar. Really good and only 230 calories. The thing even comes with a fork. I had planned to bring these on a mini road trip but sell by date was today. Perfect lunch with a hard boiled egg. Will pack these for trips to the lake when the beach opens.
              Down 2 on my trusty WW scale.

              1. Did I mention June is the worst month in Phoenix? We are off with a bang...111 forecast for today. Ugh. Silver lining is that it kills any craving for heavy food! LOL

                Still doing well with a solid week of tracking and better choices. So far today a banana pre-working out, cottage cheese and berries for breakfast. Brought a tasty salad of arugula, greens, tomatoes, leftover tritip, and a a bit of feta for lunch. Apples and string cheese for snacks. We'll make eggplant parm tongiht with some frozen eggplant cutlets from Trader joes and homemade marinara sauce and a nice salad to go along.

                My husband picked up some Kirkland Signature beef jerky from Costco on Friday. I was surprised it was only 1 pt per ounce so am going to start bring that for an afternoon snack. I like almonds a lot but they are "expensive" so would prefer to only have that on afternoons where I've run in the morning. This is a good alternative for the other afternoons as it's still high in protein but not the same 5 points for a snack.

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                  1. re: ziggylu

                    I am still with you on having a good week for the most part.

                    Except that last night I made stuffed shells for my kids for tonight's dinner (I will be home late so they will eat before I get home from work). This was at about 9:30-10:00 last night (I do some of my best cooking at night!).

                    So I boil the shells, make the cheese mixture, stuff the shells, and arrange it all in a casserole dish and put it in the oven. But then I was faced with a bunch of shells that were torn and couldn't really be stuffed. And there was leftover ricotta cheese. And it was there in front of me. And I managed to stuff them...into my mouth :)

                    But hey, I woke up today and got back on board. Don't let a lapse turn into a collapse (thank you roxlet!).

                    1. re: valerie

                      snacking when cookiing is a big problem for me. Back when I was home more and made us dinner every night i twas not uncommon for me to be full when we sat down for dinner from all the picking i'd do while preparing the meal. Sad but true.

                      It's not as bad now because I rarely cook anymore. Also, sad but true. i don't like to chew gum so that strategy doesn't work for me. If I'm thinking about it I will cut up some carrots and keep those on the counter to snack on while I'm making something so at least the snacking isn't detrimental.

                      1. re: ziggylu

                        Yes, snacking while cooking is terrible, especially when I already had dinner and I wasn't even hungry! But, I have made progress. Sometimes I do snack while cooking dinner but then I don't sit down and eat a whole other dinner. I will serve my husband and kids and just eat some vegetables or a few bites of something....baby steps....

                        1. re: valerie

                          Ha! I thought of this discussion as I putting the cheese on top of the eggplant cutlets last night and slipped a half a slice into my mouth as I was doing.

                          I did track it to keep myself honest but that snacking thing is never going to go away! LOL

                          1. re: ziggylu

                            Ha! And I thought of it last night too. At about 9:30 I was preparing dinner for tonight, a shrimp curry, and rice in the rice cooker. I had a few spoonfuls of rice dipped in the sauce...it was good! But I was under my points for the day so I sorta felt like it wasn't toooo bad. Even though it was after I ate dinner :)

                  2. sigh. up a pound. So tired of this cycle and plateau.

                    Nothign to do but keep on tracking and packing good lunches and snacks. Now that I'm back on track something will have to give eventually...

                    Hope everyone is having a good week.

                    1. Somehow down 3/4, which is a miracle, but we have 6 separate graduation events in the next 7 day.

                      1. Back from a 2 week vacation ... and up 7.4 lbs ....uggh!!

                        I expected to be up, but not 7.4! I had hoped the additional walking and stair climbing would counteract some of the calories, but obviously not enough! I'm sure the tipping point was at least 2 pints of beers every night for 14 nights straight.

                        But I'm back on track today, so that's the good news!

                        1. Down 5.4 .... so I'm only 2 above my pre-vacation weight.

                          I'm a little discouraged though. Only down a total of 18 over 3 months. Three months of hard work for only 18 lbs, when I have so far to go.

                          Traveling is my biggest challenge. It's hard to keep the calories down when eating out and entertaining. I'm traveling almost every week over the next 3 months, and probably beyond that. So I feel I'm fighting an uphill battle.

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                          1. re: aimeekm

                            18 lbs. over 3 months is great! I have been doing this for over a year and I am down 22 lbs. I have about another 10 lbs. to go.

                            I think that the reason I have been successful with it this time and actually stuck with it is that I stopped focusing on what I didn't do or what didn't happen and I started focusing on what I did do...I lost 22 lbs. If I hadn't gone back to WW and stuck with it, I would have gained that much (or close to it).

                            18 lbs. is great! Don't give up!

                          2. Finally, all the celebrations and excuses are done. Graduation, and the numerous parties, lunches and dinners are behind me (and if you saw my behind...), and it's time to focus on ME.

                            So, today is the first day that I have been on track and have felt a commitment to the program in a long time. I didn't get a chance to go to my meeting on Thursday since I was making a humongous cake for my neighbor's son's graduation (and my son's best friend), so I need to keep focused between now and Thursday in order to have a good result.

                            For lunch today, I had a great omelet -- two whole eggs and 3 egg whites. First I sauteed some mushrooms and serranos, then filled the omelet with those and two slices of WW american cheese. It was spicy, and very filling. So, I hope to keep it up now for the rest of the week. My son leaves for his post-graduation European trip on Monday, so I will have even fewer excuses to eat things I shouldn't. Now, if I could only keep my husband from making BBQ...

                            1. I held steady this week-I have been vaguely paying attention, and I sure feel like I eat less than I used to-but I'm kind of at a plateau. Better than gaining, right? My teenaged daughter and I leave in about ten days for London and Paris, and one of my motivators for joining WW was to lose weight before this trip, and to be able to not feel guilty if I splurge while on vacation, especially in Paris :). Going to try and focus on my rule about not eating it if I don't think it's worth it, but on this trip I'm guessing a lot more will be worth it than my day to day life!

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                              1. re: girlwonder88

                                We are going to London and Paris in August! We were talking about vacations the other day in my WW meeting and I said that when I go on vacation I at least try and keep it together for breakfast and lunch and then if I fall apart at dinner, at least breakfast and lunch were okay. That worked when we were in California but Paris, not so sure...the croissants are so good!

                                1. re: valerie

                                  Try doing a fabulous meal at midday, then splurge on summer fruit, Find a fresh market or specialty greengrocer and take whatever is in season and looks fabulous (peaches, gooseberries) back to your room instead of having supper.

                                  Snack, breakfast and lunch on fresh, ripe fruit.

                                2. re: girlwonder88

                                  I've found I walk so much more on a Europe vacation that it does help to cancel things out.

                                  We would do a "happy hour" in our hotel room with a bottle of local vino (just a glass each. . .till it was night cap time), cheese, fruit, crackers, to take the edge off for dinner. So we were satisfied with less, and saved some cash. We would nibble while watching BBC World and planning the next days adventure.

                                3. Seriously lapsed lifetime member here. (Just how lapsed? The first time I reached goal you were required to eat a serving of liver at least once a week. Ah, the good old days.)

                                  Anyway, I signed up online about a week-and-a-half ago and have been following Smart Start which, living alone, I find quite easy to do—as long as I save all daily 7 points for a nightly glass of wine ;-).

                                  Perhaps this is common knowledge here, but I just made what to me was a surprising discovery. Looking through the power foods, I saw that tenderloin of grass-fed Australian beef is on the power foods list. And yesterday I discovered that Fairway carries it already ground for a not totally-unreasonable $7.99/lb. I made myself a ragu with garlic, oregano, and Pomi tomatoes and served it over whole-wheat pasta. Super filling, and super satisfying. Marcella’s Bolognese it ain’t, but a dish like that every once in a while is going to make it easier to stick to plan.

                                  1. I was down 3.4 last week, but I'm pretty sure I'll be up again this week. -.- Saturday was my birthday, and my family came over on Friday. We had Chinese, my mom made a cake, I made a cheesecake.... Ugh. I had a few pieces of cake and three slices of cheesecake the next day alone. Two slices of cheesecake yesterday.

                                    I shouldn't have any other weird weekends until the end of August, though. Hopefully.

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                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                      Happy Birthday, Kontxesi! May your lucky stars shine all year for you!

                                    2. So, two weeks now on Smart Start. Down 1.5 the first, down 1.5 the second. Not as good as I’d hoped, but I can live with that. I’ve been enjoying the challenge of making interesting meals on program. This was one of the best: steamed salmon with lemon, ginger, and scallions from “Breath of a Wok” and garlic-infused black lentils from “660 Curries.” And I roasted a turkey breast and use that not only for meals but for nibbling when it seems as though nothing but protein is going to make me feel satisfied. Anyway, I think I’ll stay on Smart Start for at least another week and see how it goes.

                                      Time to buy a new scale, though, as mine only measures in .5 increments and I want one that measures in .2. Any recommendations? I’m reading good things about the EatSmart Precision Digital. Anyone have any experience with that one?

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                                      1. re: JoanN

                                        I got this one from Soehnle since it's unobtrusive on the counter, and doesn't take up a lot of space. Not the easiest to toggle between ounces and grams, but I like it a lot.


                                        1. re: roxlet

                                          Thanks, but that's a kitchen scale, right? I'm looking for a bathroom scale.

                                          1. re: JoanN

                                            I think I just made a decision. The EatSmart gets lots of rave reviews on Amazon. Was debating between the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale ( http://www.amazon.com/EatSmart-Precis... ) and the EatSmart Precision Premium model ( http://www.amazon.com/EatSmart-Precis... ). Just wrote to the company and got an immediate reply saying the Premium uses better sensors and is a bit more accurate. So for a difference of just $6, I think I’ll go with the Premium.

                                        2. re: JoanN

                                          That looks wonderful. Are lentils one of the Simply Start foods? I love lentils so much!

                                          1. re: ziggylu

                                            Yes, lentils are a "power food" and I've been enjoying them tremendously. Such a great affinity with so many fish recipes especially.

                                            1. re: JoanN

                                              yes! with the wild salmon in season now we've been eating it every friday night. will have to put some lentils with it this week!

                                          2. re: JoanN

                                            Wow, THIS LOOKS AMAZING! And it sounds delicious, too. I wish my SO would eat salmon. I hate cooking it JUST for me! :-/

                                            Sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the amazing progress! Yay!

                                            1. re: saturngrrl

                                              Thanks, saturngirl. Must say I was a little disappointed that after two weeks on Simple Start I was down only 3 pounds, but your post is making me feel a little better about it. :-)

                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                A loss is a loss. And there are other things to celebrate, like finding yummy on-plan meals and recipes, etc.! Don't be so hard on yourself. Averaging 1.5 lbs a week is terrific. It all adds up and we have to focus on the good stuff not the "woulda shoulda coulda" things. You know? It's a journey. We didn't gain our extra weight overnight, and we're not going to lose it that fast, either! Keep on keepin' on. And don't give up if you have a bad day or a bad week!!

                                          3. Up again this week, but I completely expected it. We had no fewer than 7 events related to my son's graduation, and many days with no proper dinner, and no tracking. I'm trying to get back on track, but we have a dinner out tonight as well as a birthday dinner out for me on Monday. After that, I think I am going to go on simple start for a while, and challenge my husband to do the same!

                                            1. Deliciousness alert! I was just in Trader Joe's and was checking out the Indian Veggie Masala burgers that had been talked about on the TJ's thread. Wow, are those tasty, and only 4 points! Someone described them as being like the inside of a samosa, and that's just about a perfect description. I just had mine with a fried egg on top and some sliced tomatoes on the side, and I'm a happy camper for a total of 6 p+.

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                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                I've been wanting to try some of their frozen offerings, but my drive home is 45+ minutes during rush hour, plus I stop at Kroger after I leave there. :( I have one of their blue insulated bags, but I don't think it will cut it. Someone mentioned that they might have ice packs?

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    In summer, throw a cooler in the car when planning to stop for groceries. The fish counter will give you ice. but you can also buy a couple of bags of frozen fruit or veggies to help keep perishables cool.

                                                    Collapsible, insulated shopping/picnic coolers exist. You can keep one in the boot of the car.

                                                  2. re: Kontxesi

                                                    I rarely drive anywhere with groceries more than 20-30 minutes...but I live in Phoenix...so in the summer even that amount of time can be an issue. The cooler bags from Costco, Trader Joe's and the like are effective with ice packs. Most shops will also pack ice if you ask which is good for fish, ice cream, etc.

                                                    I used to keep a hard side cooer in the trunk. It's more of a challenge in my current trunk due to space but that's a good option as well.

                                                    I also go straight home with groceries(always always always the last stop in a list of errands out here in the summer). but somewhere where it isn't 110 outside and 130 in the trunk, 45 minutes in a cooled bag shouldn't be a problem. Give it a try!

                                                1. Uh-oh. My new scale arrived and it's 1.4 pounds up from the old one. Weigh in and posting next week is gonna be a bit of a bitch. Guess I just hafta put on my big girl pants and deal with it. ;-)

                                                  1. When I start to fall off the wagon at lunch I cook up a Boca Burger with TJ's Sliced Light Cheddar on one of those 100 calorie Flats. The whole thing is under 300 calories even with a dab of Hellman's Light Mayo and some Ketchup. I had forgotten how much I like these- when my son came home from college as a fledgling vegetarian he lived on these. I used to take the leftovers to work and stick them in the microwave. They are much better cooked in a non-stick pan sprayed with Pam.

                                                    1. Down .5 this morning. Considering that this was on my new scale, which registers 1.4 pounds more than my old scale did, I’m both happy and relieved. Nonsensical or no, it would have been a little depressing to have to have logged in a gain.

                                                      Been on Simple Start for three weeks now and only just discovered that Simply Filling is Simple Start with the option to track on any day you want to. Still finding satisfying meals to make sticking with power foods, but I may try tracking a couple of days this week just to get back into practice. This week’s winner was a steamed black sea bass fillet with ginger and scallions served with stir-fried sugar snap peas with shiitake mushrooms.

                                                      What I’ve learned so far: I can make a perfectly decent vinaigrette, enough to dress a really large salad, with two teaspoons of oil. If I heat my wok, pour in some oil, swirl it around and spill it out, I can make a lot of stir-fried Asian recipes without any additional oil and still have a teaspoon left to season the dish with sesame oil. Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Air-Popped Popcorn is a power food. I can be satisfied with just one glass of wine a night.

                                                      1. Finally, a successful week! Down almost 2lbs, and I was really focusing on what I ate this week. And this despite having gone out for a birthday dinner on Monday. But it's hard to quiet the voice that says, "Ooh. Time for a bagel! How about pizza for lunch?" I'mm doing my best to shut it off!

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                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                          That's great!! And happy birthday!