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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition! [Old]

There was a lot of conversation in last month's thread about a weight loss challenge (one I feel every day, lol!), so this month, whether we decide to challenge each other or to challenge ourselves, let's get with it!

How will you meet the weight loss challenge this month?

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  1. I'm setting three goals for August:

    - don't buy lunch (because it's always like 25 pts, at least)
    - only buy a treat at TJ's ONCE instead of each week
    - dress nicely for work at least once a week, in an attempt to feel better about myself and hopefully make better decisions as a result.

    Weight loss goal for August: 3 lbs

    (Okay, for goals. I want to go to the gym 4 times a week, at least 2.5 hrs total.)

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    1. re: Kontxesi

      Very reasonable goals for August! I'm still formulating mine...

      1. re: Kontxesi

        Ugh. That last part should say FOUR goals. Wrote it on my phone, and now it's too late to edit.

        Also... I just walked around my house for 40 minutes to get more activity points. It made me feel like my loony-toons aunt who paces constantly, but when you pig out at a Star Wars marathon, you've gotta do something!

        1. re: Kontxesi

          There's a woman at my meeting who says that she gets up and starts walking around her house as soon as she gets on the phone.

          1. re: roxlet

            I do that at work when it's a conversation that doesn't require me to be at my computer.

        2. re: Kontxesi

          Well you inspired me to go to the gym today (and be there when they opened at 7 A.M.) and make it 4 times this week instead of 3. I just ate my usual Saturday morning cheat breakfast, an egg and cheese english muffin sandwich but I had the 300 + calories free! Thanks! I feel so virtuous!

        3. This isn’t the best time for me to be setting specific monthly goals with so much company coming and the attendant parties and meals out. But after my disappointing weigh-in last Wednesday (I know; down .2 is better than up .2, but I was still disappointed), I decided I was probably kidding myself staying on Simple Start and it was time to start tracking. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that, faithfully weighing and recording everything, building recipes so I know exactly how many points are in that meal I’m eating. And WW has changed since my last experience with it. Didn’t you used to be able to hold over points from one day to the next during the week? And I kept looking at that 49 weekly points number and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t change. Then just last night I realized that those were extra points you get to use for goodies throughout the week. I jumped right up and poured myself a second glass of wine. ;-) Anyway, my only goal is to keep on tracking, before and, as much as possible, after my guests arrive to see if that makes a difference in my progress.

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          1. re: JoanN

            I was 19 the last time I did WW, so I don't remember it very well, but I do think the points carried over from day to day. I don't remember having the 49 weekly points though, so I think that's what changed.

          2. OK, I know the challenge was kind of my idea (it started as a joke and blossomed from there), but I expect August to be a very difficult month. The last two days have already been a problem!

            Out of town visitors and some really gnarly work stuff will make the rest of the month impossible. Oh, and state fair! So, it's going to be a struggle, making it difficult for me to make any progress, but also perhaps making it even more important that I set some goals so I don't undo my recent progress.

            1. Make sure I drink my water daily.
            2. Walk 3 times per week minimum.
            3. Write down everything I eat.
            4. Try at least ONE new recipe this month. I hope to do more, but I'm trying to make these goals achievable.
            5. Wear my pedometer every day.

            ~TDQ

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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              The goals don't have to be big. :) Just having them is what counts.

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Great goals! I know for myself tracking is vital. So even if you decide to just maintain and not focus on losing during this more challenging period, trackign everything you eat will likely help encourage better choices. Enjoy your time with your visitors!

              2. Why hello WW chowhounders! Glad to see these threads still going. I dropped out for a couple months as life has been really busy. Holding steady at +3 above my lowest weight but still down 43 overall since last year. Time to really start workign on getting another 20 or so off...

                The last couple months I was training for another half while nursing a delicate hip flexor. Changed jobs. Family hospital stays. A two week California vacation, including 6 delicious days in San Francisco. Enough activity that I could go off program and not really worry about gaining a lot back. But we're home now and it's time to make getting back on track with weight loss the priority.

                I am no longer workign at the university and no longer getting free lunches and daily walk through the bakeries. On the flip side I am no longer walking 2500 steps to my car each way or getting another few thousand steps a day ebtween the kitchens on campus. I sit all day on my new job. Don't really care for that. In the first couple weeks I was going otu to lunch just to get away from my desk...but that's expensive, both calorically and financially.

                And so, i've started tracking again this weekend and stocked my house up with all the items we were successful with last summer. I started swimming about six weeks ago and am going to do more of that and cut my weekly running mileage for august. a

                I made a huge batch of braised summer veggies yesterday to use this week in lots of applications. I'd like to lose 10lbs by Halloween. For August my challenge is to track correctly for the entire month. Here's to a successful challenge for everyone! :)

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                1. re: ziggylu

                  Nice to see you back here, ziggylu. Sounds like you've behaved very responsibly! Would you be able to use a standing desk?

                  1. re: roxlet

                    Not sure what they will say about a stand up desk though I'd love one. My hips really hate sitting all day. I'm with a very small company now, very different than my last position and in a big bull pen of people(one thing I really miss from my old job is my private office!). I only worked a couple weeks before we went on vacation so we'll see how things shake out now that I can settle in. I'm hoping I can make a few tours of the warehouse daily to get some steps in.

                    Made it through the weekend well. Breakfast, lunch and snacks all packed for tomorrow with the points all pre-logged. Tomorrow nights dinner will be fish baked with some of the braised vegs.

                    1. re: ziggylu

                      Would your hips let you sit on a ball? I think it is even better than a stand up desk because you move most of the time.

                      1. re: herby

                        Hmmm...I'll have to try that. We have one my husband got for his desk and ended up not using. It's just sitting in the corner of the office these days...!

                        1. re: herby

                          I've always read that. Has anyone ever tried it and seen any kind of results?

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            People I know that use a ball instead of a chair do not need to be on WW - could that be a reason? :) A couple of years ago there was a discussion about stand-up desks on our public radio (CBC) that mentioned research that was not favourable - something to do with poor blood circulation in legs. I do not remember exactly, just stored it as "not good, do not do it" piece of information.

                          2. re: herby

                            My chiropractor keeps nudging me to get one at least for my home (gaming) desk, if not for the office. I'm probably going to cave and get one soon. I can't afford to see him often enough to counteract 10 hours a day at a computer.

                            1. re: Kontxesi

                              If you get a ball be sure to get the right size. Back when I was an adventurous exercise class person I learned this the hard way. OTH pregnant women are often advisd to get a ball to sit in- it strengthens the core.

                              1. re: Berheenia

                                What's stopping me is that a ball that's the right size for my height might be too tall for my desk. It'll probably compress enough that I'll fit, but... I have big thighs. Surely I'm not the only one here with that problem. :p

                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                  Put the desk on 4 bricks. Or whatever it takes to make it taller.

                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                    Go to a good sports store not necessarily to buy if it is too expensive but for an advise. And if the ball is too big for your desk follow Berheenia's advise - raise the desk to accommodate.

                        2. re: ziggylu

                          Sitting all day is awful. It takes so much more work to make my activity goals on workdays because 9-10 hours of the day is spent on my butt in a chair.

                          1. re: Kontxesi

                            It's been 15 years since I had a job where I actually sat for 8 hours straight on a daily basis. This is going to be a hard adjustment for me! I"m hoping once the weather cools during the midday(at least 8 more weeks in Phoenix!) that a lunchtime walk will at least be an option

                          2. re: ziggylu

                            Wow! ziggylu. 43 pounds? Seriously impressed. You will be my guiding light. And my inspiration to keep on tracking.

                            1. re: JoanN

                              Thanks! I've been stuck a long time but I keep reminding myself there's a lot less of me than last year so being stuck isn't really failure. It's hard to keep that perspective some days!

                              We can track together. I've recommitted to this important element. I really haven't been tracking since the end of April!

                          3. This is something I've been thinking about for a while, and it's okay if you all think I'm crazy....

                            I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their eTools graph. I go to my meetings and it seems like my mom and I are the only ones who hit serious stumbling blocks. Everyone seems to be losing pretty consistently, and if they have a gain week, it's small.

                            Now, I know as people who take food seriously, we have a bit of an extra hurdle when it comes to losing weight, but... my path frustrates me. I know I'm not alone, because several of you are also trying to get back on the wagon, as it were.

                            Anyway! I was just thinking we could all take screenshots of our graphs and share them. You can edit out the numbers if you want, as that's not what's important. I thought it might be helpful for all of us to see that most journeys aren't a loss every week and then easy maintenance.

                            Like I said, it's okay if you think I'm crazy and no one wants to. Just an idea I've been mulling over.

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                            1. re: Kontxesi

                              Once I fix my scale and start weighing and charting, I'd be happy to share my chart.

                              I was talking to someone who lost weight and has been maintaining a beautiful healthy and fit body. Her weight loss formula is weight x 15 = calories (150lbs weight x 15 = 2250 cal); from that number subtract 600 cal and this is your weight loss daily calorie consumption (2250cal - 600 = 1650cal per day). To make sure you are not loosing muscle, in addition to training consume amount of protein quantity that equals your weight in grams (150lbs weight = 150g protein = 5oz). I am going to try this since healthy eating is not an issue for me but the amount sure is.

                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                If I can figure out how, I can share mine with you. It's been flat since the end of January. At this point it's been flat for a longer period of time than it was trending downward last year.

                                It is a journey though. I've tried hard to not let it get me down that I've been stuck now for so many months. I'm not sure where you are these days, Kontxesi. I remember you had some major life challenges come your way a few months ago. Just the fact you haven't given up is forward progress, no matter what the scales and the graphs say. Not all victories are reflected in the numbers. It's a hard thing to remember, since the number really is the focuse of the program!

                              2. So Day 3 of my august commitment...and!

                                Office birthday, everyone going to lunch including the owner. New girl can't really say no so the lovely salad I packed remains in the fridge for me to have tomorrow. Lunch ended up being more points than I originally planned but I tracked it, went to the gym after work to swim and earn some extra activity points, and held myself to a 5 point dinner(6 oz cod with some braised veg on top). Ended up with 29 points for the day(my budget being 26) so all in all despite the unplanned lunch out not too terrible.

                                The salad will be tasty for lunch tomorrow. Still have more braised vegs in the fridge so we'll do something with them and eggs for dinner tomorrow night.

                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    TDQ,
                                    Did you edit your earlier post? For what it's worth, it sounded to me like you made the best choices in a lot of difficult situations. You are trying to track and stay on plan as best you can. And you didn't let yourself think about one disappointing day -- you got up and made even better choices today. That's what it's all about!

                                  2. weighed in my third week- lost the second week 1.4 lbs, stayed exactly the same this weigh in- no loss, no gain. have been religiously tracking my points....and seeing I need to exercise! I can't seem to stay within 26 points! so I have been increasing my exercise. Lots of lifestyle changes! Hopefully tracking and increasing my exercise will have a positive effect on the scale!

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                                    1. re: karenfinan

                                      You can go over 26 points. You get the additional 49 points for the week so you can use a few each day or save them for a big splurge. I try not to rely on the 49 points but I won't give up regular half & half in my coffee in the morning so I count a few points each day towards that.

                                      Stick with it! It can be slow but it works.

                                    2. Down 3.6 this morning. I feel like a poster child for tracking. I know this has to be an anomaly, but I’ll take it. It also, coincidentally, took me past my first 5% weight loss goal so I set a new one of 10% more.

                                      I haven’t tracked in years, so I was doing it religiously this past week, as much to get into the habit as to make sure I wasn’t kidding myself. I’m allowed 26 points a day. Except for one night out, I either kept to that number of points or was one or two below. The night out was 40 points (not so much the grilled octopus appetizer or the bouillabaise main course as the two glasses of wine with dinner and the 1½ martinis at the jazz club after). So at the end of the week I still had 31 of my 49 weekly points remaining and had used none of my 5 activity points.

                                      Houseful of guests arrive on Tuesday (and the flow continues until the end of the month) and baking starts in earnest this weekend. I’ll do the best I can. This was certainly an encouraging way to start.

                                      Best meal of the week: Scallops with Ginger, Soy, and Scallions (4 points) from this month’s COTM, “A Change of Appetite” served with stir-fried lettuce and pea shoots (1 point).

                                       
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                                      1. re: JoanN

                                        That's great!! And while I don't love scallops, those look so nice!

                                      2. Well, four days at the gym paid off. Knocked out my 3 lbs for the month in one week! Down 3.2 today, even with my brother's Star Wars party. There were cookies again, and tortilla chips, and soda.... But I got in 32 activity points to make up for it.

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                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                          32 activity points?!? How do you do that? That's about 6 weeks of activity points for me.

                                          1. re: JoanN

                                            30-40 minutes on the elliptical (high intensity) - 4 days
                                            walked the dogs for 20 minutes - 1 day
                                            crazy active day at work - 1 day
                                            pacing my house for 30 minutes - 2 (or 3?) days
                                            plus other everyday stuff

                                            You're the second person to be shocked at how many activity points I get, so.... I don't know. My Activelink baseline might be pretty low, as I was fairly sedentary when I first started. Also, I weigh (as of today) 263 pounds, so maybe I'm just a lot heavier than the rest of you and it's more work to move myself around? :/

                                            I don't think they're being miscalculated, because I definitely would have been up this week without them.

                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                              Wasn't in the least questioning the accuracy of the numbers. You've already proved it's close enough, if not absolutely correct. Just impressed as hell that you can do 30-40 minutes on an elliptical. High intensity, no less. I figure I'm doing well if I make it to two yoga classes a week. Yes, you weigh more than I do. I'm also guessing you're considerably younger. I'm 70. I walk quite a bit, just because I live in NYC. But I don't go to a gym, even though there is one in my apartment building. Dare I admit I've never even seen it? Maybe I need to add that to my list of goals. Go take a look at the gym. (Still can't promise to use it, though.)

                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                Sorry, I wasn't being defensive. It's just that people asking about it has made me wonder why they seem so high in comparison. And yes, I'm 26. My knees feel like they are about 50, though! The first 15 minutes on the elliptical are always awful, but then they stop crying and it's not bad.

                                                Sounds like a great goal to me! ;) Having a gym is the only thing that makes me wish I lived in an apartment. As it is, I pay $40 a month and it's 9 miles away. If I don't stop on my way home from work, there's a good chance I won't go at all. It's pretty hard to get motivated to leave my house just to get sweaty....

                                                1. re: JoanN

                                                  Joan you and I are the same age! I only do the elliptical at the gym but have worked up to the same level as Kontxesi but it took me 3 months to get there. I used to be there 5 years ago but got way off the path. Both muscle memory and The Big Chill soundtrack make me feel like I'm still in my 30's and I doubt if I could have lost 18 pounds with diet alone. Recently read a higher intensity activity is key to getting the most out of your workouts. Don't mean to sound preachy. :)

                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                    Please, Berheenia, preach. I need preachy. I've never even been on an elliptical. I used to use a treadmill. Maybe I could start there. But first, I need to go take a look at the gym. One goal at a time. Even if it is set pretty low.

                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                      I got frisky on a treadmill and my knees stopped working. I had to take the elevator at work and my office was on the second floor. The physical therapy guy said forget the treadmill- try the elliptical.

                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                        Noted. No guarantees, or goals, but noted. Thanks.

                                                2. re: Kontxesi

                                                  Great job, Kontxesi! I remember when you joined the gym back a few months ago! You're doing great!

                                            2. My first weigh in for two months. Sad but true...I really just kind of took summer off...no tracking, no weighing. I think after a year on the plan, and three months of being stuck, I was a little weary around Memorial Day. According to the WW scale I'm up 4 from my lowest, though my home scale still says 3. I put on a pair of pants and shirt today that I hadn't worn in over a month and both were looser than the last time I had them on so some inches are moving around, or I gained more than I thought and have managed to lose some of it the last couple weeksc(if that's the case, glad i never saw those numbers!).

                                              Anyway, getting back to a meeting gives me a new baseline to start. With the month's focus on activity, I'm setting my own goals for the month so glad we have that topic here on this board! Activity hasn't been my issue, instead I really need to stay committed to tracking and making smart choices to start losing again.

                                              For a quick dinner tonight we grilled some salmon burgers from Costco. I would have never bought these on my own but a friend of ours made some last month and we were all surprised that they were pretty tasty. We picked some up for our freezer last time we were at Costco. Only 4 points. Over some greens and fresh sliced tomatoes it went down well with a small ear of corn.

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                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                I think up 4 is pretty good for a summer of not tracking! My mom stopped weighing in for a while (I think maybe back in March, when the end-of-year testing pressure started to kick in) and she finally weighed in last week. Up 14, which puts her 6 pounds away from her starting weight. She plays things pretty close to the vest, so it's hard to tell how discouraged she is.

                                                Honestly, though, I don't see how she can stay on plan at her house. My step-dad and -brother are take-out and fast food junkies. There's always pizza or Chinese or Chik-fil-a or McDonald's.... And they aren't big on vegetables, so if she tried to cook on plan, they probably wouldn't eat it.

                                                Sorry. I started this post off as a "you did pretty good" and then it spiraled into complaining about my step-family.

                                                Anyway! Sometimes you just need a break. I haven't been taking things too seriously for a few months myself, due to plateau discouragement. I still weighed in every week, so I could keep track of the damage, but I wasn't tracking and ate a lot of junk. I think sometimes you need to go up a little (or a lot...) to jumpstart things and start heading down again.

                                                (PS - I don't think I've eaten corn on the cob at ALL since I joined last May. I had some two weeks ago and man was it delicious. I'm not sure why I cut it out of my diet over 2 measly points. Maybe I thought I put more butter on it than I actually do, so I was trying to avoid that.)

                                              2. Anyone want to help me estimate points?

                                                http://site.burtonsgrill.com/about-bu...

                                                A burger that size, with bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce, potato chips, tomato, and slaw (might ask for it without slaw).

                                                I don't eat burgers often, so it's not something I have experience pointing. I was guessing 20?

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                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                  I’m seeing ranges from 20 to 35 points (Friendly’s Ultimate) for a bacon cheeseburger. If you want to be on the safe side, I’d start with 25 for the burger, add probably 1 point for the BBQ sauce, 4 points for each ounce of potato chips, and at least 2 points if you add the cole slaw (assuming about ¼ cup).

                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                    Without really knowing what in there and assuming they are not using low fat cheese or lean ground beef, I get:

                                                    3 slices of bacon -- 4 points
                                                    6 oz. of 80/20 ground beef -- 12 points
                                                    Roll -- 4 points
                                                    2 oz. of cheddar -- 6 points

                                                    That's 26 points not including bbq sauce or chips or slaw.

                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                      Ugh. Now I remember why I don't eat burgers. :p Thanks, guys! Maybe I'll have to go for the chicken sandwich....

                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                        Two suggestions...only have a burger when it will be worth it. No point in splurging on a mediocre burger.

                                                        Or, make it at home. Use a 3 point roll, lean beef, low fat cheese and perhaps turkey bacon. Still pretty tasty and satisfying.

                                                        1. re: valerie

                                                          I usually do make them at home (and rarely eat out at all), but I had a date. I was trying to figure out somewhere to eat near the movie theatre.... We ended up just getting frozen yogurt instead.

                                                          1. re: Kontxesi

                                                            Burton's Grille used to be my favorite place to go before a Red Sox game because they took reservations! Sadly they closed that location but I was always happy with an appetizer there. Still lots of points but smaller size. We would get two and split them.

                                                  2. This is a probably a "duh" to all of you but....

                                                    I don't eat a lot of dairy so always make my oatmeal in water. Right before going to bed last night, it crossed my mind that oatmeal might be pretty darn tasty in almond milk though. So this morning I made some steel cut oatmeal in unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I chopped a couple dates and put in there with while it was cooking.

                                                    Very tasty and very satisfying for 4 points!

                                                    1. I have a question about grilled vegetables as we are doing this a lot. Do I have to worry about the amount of oil I use basting? It does burn off or doesn't it?

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                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                        A very small amount of oil may become airborne. Think of the grease that accumulates under the exhaust fan. But that’s a really small amount. And some may stick to the grill. Again, a very small amount. Most of the oil you baste with is going to be absorbed into the food.

                                                      2. I've been eyeballing the recipes on Pinterest for a while now, but I finally made a batch of refrigerator oats before getting in bed tonight. 8 points is a little more than I normally set aside for breakfast, but all of that protein will be an interesting experiment. I also built myself a nice little salad, so I'll just need to grab a peach and some grapes and I'll be good to go! Getting my work food ready the night before is the routine I'm going to work on next month.

                                                        I know we talk about breakfast here every so often, but I'm wondering what percentage of your points y'all generally allot for breakfast. Besides yogurt and fruit, what are some of your favourites?

                                                        (Please pardon my typos. I found one already, but it's so hard to type on my phone....)

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                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                          I work at home a few days a week and at my office the other days. On days that I go into the office, I always prepare my breakfast and lunch the night before. There is no way I'd bring it if I had to get it ready in the morning.

                                                          I like to keep breakfast low in points...usually 4 points at the most. Some cereal with skim milk and a banana. Or yogurt, cereal and a banana.

                                                          On days that I work from home, I have 2 slices of WW bread toasted, 2 laughing cow cheese wedges, sliced tomato. Or egg beaters with spinach, mushrooms, laughing cow cheese.

                                                          1. re: valerie

                                                            Cereal (TJ's version of Cheerios lately) or toast with Nutella and banana have been my go-to breakfasts for a while. It just got to the point where the cereal wasn't satisfying (and I didn't take the time to sit down and eat it before I left), and having the Nutella in the house was too much temptation. I usually get 2-3 breakfasts out of a jar, and the rest is eaten by the spoonful.... >.>

                                                            The other breakfasts on my list to try are: egg and tomato melt (with mozzarella on a sandwich thin), baked eggs florentine (minus the delicious bread I used to fix with it T.T), chorizo and egg white breakfast burrito, and tomato-mozzarella egg white omelet. Obviously, these all require work in the morning, though....

                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                              I do Cheerios and fruit too. It's the one meal that's brainless for me. Occasionally, I will do some sort of frittata if I have some appropriate cooked vegetables around. But knowing it's a 4 point start to the day is very helpful. I used to crave bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast, and I still love them, but now I will sometimes make that for dinner.

                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                I just had one of my favorite post work out breakfasts: a hard boiled egg, a light baby bel cheese (http://mini-babybel.com/products/light/) and a High Protein Banana Muffin (http://www.mensfitness.com/banana-oat...) that I had in the freezer. It's great dipped in coffee. I usually start the day with a glass of Tropicana 50 calcium enriched OJ and eat breakfast an hour or two later. I like the egg and cheese combo for lunch too.

                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                    I don't have the point chart but with the OJ it's 240 calories, 21g carbs, 9g fat and 20g protein.
                                                                    And I feel full until lunch. I used to reach for the bag of chips around 11 when I worked in an office and didn't eat enough for breakfast.

                                                            2. re: Kontxesi

                                                              I"ve been working hard since vacation to pack my breakfast and lunch before i go to bed. Like valerie, if it's not done the night before it doesn't get done. I've been getting in the habit of either doing it as soon as I get home from work or while my husband does the dishes after dinner. If I sit down for the evening without doing this, game over. (same with organizing all my workout clothes for the next day).

                                                              My breakfast points will vary depending on what my pre-work workout is. I have a trainer I've been working with the last six weeks and those aren't very cardio oriented so I generally just eat a banana on my way there and then a 4-5 breakfast once I get to work. If I run before work, depending on how far I"m going, I'll eat an average of 2 points before I run(usually a hard boiled egg), eat a piece of fruit as soon as I get home, then eat a 4-5 point breakfast at work.

                                                              My work breakfasts aren't very exciting. I alternate between plain nonfat greek yogurt and plain fat free cottage cheese with mixed berries. I'll add 1/4 kashi when I take yogurt for the texture. They bore me to be honest as that's what I've been eating since day one. But I really try to avoid toast, bagels and the like on weekday mornings and that doesn't leave much else that's easy to pack and eat at my desk. I want to start having smoothies in the morning again but never go straight from home to work. I"m trying to decide what they'd say if I dropped my VitaMix in the break room. LOL

                                                              Weekend mornings I get out of my rut with things like oatmeal and egg dishes, especially on Sunday when I try to stay home all morning and (finally) enjoy some leisurely morning time before we head to church.

                                                              1. re: ziggylu

                                                                I was doing smoothies for a while, but they weren't really filling me up. I treated them more like drinks than meals.

                                                                Anyway, it sounds like my usual breakfast point allowance is about normal. If this oatmeal ends up being good (I'm scared to open it!) I'll have to cut the batch in half and bring a banana with it or something.

                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                  Wow, this feels like a LOT of oatmeal. And it's more sour than I expected.... Maybe mashed banana instead of yogurt next time? And cutting it in half definitely wouldn't hurt my feelings.

                                                                2. re: ziggylu

                                                                  I do smoothies for breakfast, blend them up at home, then into my insulated Contego coffee mug with an ice cube. They are still cold several hours later, and half the time there is still a bit of the ice cube left when I rinse the cup out in the evening.

                                                                  Right now I've been doing home made kefir, baby greens, cucumber, bell pepper if I have some cut, and frozen berries. Sometimes some chia seeds if I'm going to be drinking it right away, I don't like the texture if it sits.

                                                                3. re: Kontxesi

                                                                  Since I’m retired, preparing breakfast really isn’t a problem for me; eating it is. I’m just not hungry first thing in the morning. Not after two or three cups of coffee with fat free milk and Splenda. Later in the morning I’ll have either Cheerios or yogurt with fruit, so a typical “breakfast” for me is 4 points. I also keep hard boiled eggs on hand, so if I have a get-up-and-go morning and won’t be back until early afternoon, the protein will keep me more satisfied than the fruit and cereal. Or the egg might be a late morning snack if I’m feeling really hungry. I got out of the habit of eating bread, and can’t find WW or even lower-calorie bread anywhere in the places I usually shop, so haven’t explored options that include it. I know it’s empty calories and not the best choice, but I want those extra points so I can have wine or a cocktail with my evening meal. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

                                                                  1. re: JoanN

                                                                    I don't eat breakfast before I leave for work...I bring it with me. I like to sit down at my desk, drink my coffee and eat my breakfast around 9:30 or 10. I don't need a huge breakfast and eating it a little later makes it so that I'm not quite as hungry for lunch around 1.

                                                                    And when I work from home, I also eat breakfast around 10.

                                                                    1. re: JoanN

                                                                      Fairway has ww bread and wraps.

                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                        I've never seen WW bread at the UWS Fairway. Maybe they have it somewhere other than in the regular bread section? I'll take a closer look next time I go, which may be this afternoon if the thunderstorms hold off.

                                                                        1. re: JoanN

                                                                          They have it in the one I go to in the regular packaged bread section. In the specialized bread section, they also sell a low carb wheat bread that is 1 p+ per slice. It's the only non-ww bread that I've found that points out to 1 p+ per slice. It's a bit more substantial than the ww breads, which tend to be a little flabby. The do the trick though. I use the ww rye bread for the roll when having the Hebrew National 97% fat free hot dogs. Each hot dog and roll with lots of kraut and mustard is 2 points.

                                                                        2. re: roxlet

                                                                          I made the mistake of putting back the WW bread because I picked up a loaf of Pepperidge Farm Light Whole Wheat Bread and the nutrition facts lined up but it was 50 cents less. When I got home I noticed it has High Fructose Corn Syrup as the 4th ingredient. Pissed me off as the 'regular' Pepperidge Farm Whole Wheat that my husband buys does not contain this crap and I trust neither does WW. Anyway I have enjoyed making tiny sandwiches in the sandwich press. They remind me of Rome where every corner store makes these thrifty little treats. I only use a spray of canola oil and the filling can be a slice of tomato and a half a slice of low fat cheese so I will spring for WW next time I am in the Big Y or any of the chains that dominate out here.

                                                                    2. I have just been eavesdropping. I am not on weight-watchers, but I am trying to get back to working-out an hour a day. And today I had almost a full morning and afternoon of intense climbing and hiking.. and a Atkins Triple Chocolate bar was a godsend every few hours.

                                                                      I am not sure if people on WW can have these Atkins bars, but it had 160 calories, with 12 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. I am not supposed to have a lot of sugar.. that's why I bought Atkins over regular energy bars, but it tasted as good as a brownie. I was blown away. It was very filling too for only 160 calories. Also, I have had issues with sugar-alcohols in the past and this bar does contain sugar-alcohols, but my stomach did not hurt at all.

                                                                      Anyway, in case anyone is trying to workout and get protein in quick, I recommend it. I have also found that the days that I cut back on protein (especially for breakfast) are the days that I get off track. Don't skimp on your eggs at breakfast! And also if I can just stick to as much protein as possible (even if you want some crazy indulgent item instead), then you feel too full to want it for real. --Good luck.

                                                                      1. Down 1.6 this week. I'm pleasantly surprised, as I thought I'd stayed about the same or maybe even bounced back up a bit. If I manage to lose again next week, it will be the first time I've lost 4 weeks straight since my first 4 weeks on the program. (And, excluding the medication weirdness in May, this is only the third time I've lost 3 weeks in a row.)

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                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                          That's truly excellent! Job well done!

                                                                        2. Up .4 this morning. And it wasn’t the food, it was the booze. Goodbye to the neighbors of 27 years: prosecco. Happy 21st birthday to grandson: more prosecco, and lots of it. Welcome to guests who were supposed to arrive at 6:30, got caught in the thunderstorms, and didn’t arrive until after midnight: tequila cocktails with aperol and grapefruit juice. And I suspect this week will be more of the same. Oh, well.

                                                                          I also did a lot of baking. Didn’t try any of the goodies, but you should see my tracking pages: licked beaters: 2 points. Scraped bowl: 3 points.

                                                                          Best meal before arrival of guests: Crunchy Crumbed Cod with Frozen Peas from “Radically Simple.” Couldn’t be easier; tasty and filling and a definite repeat at only 9 points (using just two teaspoons of oil).

                                                                           
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                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                            Hey, .4 isn't so bad. And very impressive that you tracked the licking of the beaters and the the bowl!

                                                                            Your dinner looks delicious!

                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                              Man. We go over the BLTS in the meetings all the time, but I still haven't gotten myself to ever track them. I'm going to be making brownies all day tomorrow and I really, really should, but.... Yeesh.

                                                                              Good on you for doing that.

                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                I hadn't heard of the BLT rule before. (At least, not that I recall. It's been years since I've been to an actual meeting.) Had to scroll through an awful lot of sandwich recipes before I finally found it. Makes a lot of sense, and good to know.

                                                                            2. Breakfast review:

                                                                              http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/07/eg...

                                                                              I made this on TJ's whole wheat sandwich thins, which made it more like 3-3.5 points per melt. This is also the first time I've worked with egg whites on their own.... The squeaky sound they make in the frying pan stressed me out. :p

                                                                              I ended up eating two, but one was quite filling. If I'd eaten it with a cup of grapes and a bottle of water, I think it would easily hold me to lunch. (Granted, Thursday is the day I get to sleep in, so breakfast and lunch are closer together than usual.

                                                                              )

                                                                              Anyway! Just an idea for anyone who likes a 4 point breakfast but is tired of yogurt and fruit. :)

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                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                Looks very good! Particularly since I have some lovely grape tomatoes that I need to pick!

                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                  I don't care for egg whites so I use Egg Beaters when I make something like this. You get a lot of bang for your buck..good amount of eggs and low points.

                                                                                2. I flat lined in August with a dip for one day to under 150 (it's been years since I saw that number- very exciting but it didn't last). Sometimes I think my WW scale is haunted but then I get on the one in the gym to double check and it's not. Have been baking for a family visit and also organized a Pot Luck at church. I can hardly not try people's dishes or not eat my family meals so it should be challenging. Hope to hold the flat line in August. I've decided that September will be my break through month. I love getting back into my old clothes and there are lots of winter favorites waiting for me in the closet.

                                                                                  1. Down 1.4, which brings me back to my 10% (for like the 8th time). I've also tied my longest downward streak of four weeks. Going for five!

                                                                                    I hope my blood pressure meds come in the mail soon, though. It's really hard to work out when I'm maxing out my heart rate within 10 minutes.

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                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                      Be careful with that, K! But congrats on continuing the downward momentum. I plan on missing my meeting tomorrow since I know the news will be poor. I will begin again next week once my son is ensconced in college and life takes on a more predictable rhythm.

                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                        You should get that talented husband of yours to compete in the next WW Chef contest (assuming they do it again). A man won the last one. You could be his taster and lose weight!

                                                                                        http://www.weightwatchers.com/about/p...

                                                                                        http://centeredchef.com/2014/02/march...

                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                          Great idea! I'd love to challenge him to make some WW friendly meals!

                                                                                    2. -4 and back down to the lowest I've been. Tracking again has really helped me get back on track.

                                                                                      Packing breakfast,lunch and all my anacka for workmhas also really helped. It's time consuming in the evening but has totally been worth the effort. I miss my free meals on my old job because it was so convenient though!

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                                                                                      1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                        I know it's the key, but I've had a difficult time keeping up with it. Must do.

                                                                                        1. re: ziggylu

                                                                                          Awesome! Packing work meals the night before is critical for me. If I don't do it, I'll just grab fruit on the way out the door. Sometimes that works, other times I cave and get a sandwich and fries. It's much safer if I just prep my salad the night before.

                                                                                        2. Yesterday we bid adieu to my son at college, and today I made a concerted effort to stay on program. I tracked my meals and snacks for the first time in a long time, made easier by not eating so much. Funny how that works! The less you eat, the easier it is to track!

                                                                                          Since it's just me and my husband now, and he likes to eat so late, today I made myself a very nice and filling first course to have about an hour before dinner. I sliced up an heirloom tomato, one of those "Love Beets," sprinkled them with some crumbled feta and about a tablespoon of vinaigrette. It was really delicious and kept me from turning to the ever-available mixed nuts.

                                                                                          So I am happy with the day, and hoping to have some very good days ahead.

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                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                            Sometimes it takes a major change in your life to give you the jolt that you need. I hope you are able to keep it up!

                                                                                          2. I guess this is the good and the bad of losing weight. I had my son and his family for a visit and he said how great I looked (almost down 20) but his MIL made me feel like I was a porker at the wedding three years ago and I was only maybe 12 pounds heavier than I am now and I had spent a lot of time and money on hair and outfits. Plus I was three years younger! So tell me why I'm feeling bitchy about what was probably meant as a compliment, however left handed. And BTW she has lost about 30 pounds since then due to a medical condition. But that was two years ago. Thanks for listening!

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                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                              I know the feeling, and it's hard not to make weight loss feel like a competition, but it really should only be a competition with yourself. This is the one time you can honestly say, "It's all about ME." Don't let this derail you!!

                                                                                            2. Hope there is another challenge in September. I am going on a low fiber diet as part of a prep for a minor procedure and I can't stand to track white bread and overcooked green beans so I'm taking a break. I'm flatlining on the scale these days so hope to stay there until September 3 but today I'm piling on the grains and veggies. Loved JoanN's rec for Virginia Willis' coleslaw with buttermilk dressing. Ate a large bowl for lunch with two small cheddar and tomato paninis... mmm.

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                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                I was thinking that we should make a group challege and/or personal goals part of every month's thread.

                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                  OK, but how do you propose to structure that when some participants are more casual than others...

                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                    I'm just taking it one month at a time. Any encouragement is appreciated as this board is very supportive of everyone's goals IMHO.

                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                      I hadn't thought that far into it, to be honest. Obviously they wouldn't be mandatory or anything. We would come up with a challenge/goal for that month, and anyone who wanted to participate would just report on their progress....

                                                                                                      I don't know. I just kinda thought that posting my goals here at the beginning of the month has helped me take them seriously.

                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                        Maybe we could do a meal challenge - 6P breakfast or 10P lunch or 15P dinner (just numbers to illustrate my point)? One meal per month and people will share recipes, foods, etc. This will definitely help me with ideas on what to eat without being stuck in a rut and also how to change recipes to make them point-friendly.

                                                                                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                    Happy to hear you liked that cole slaw. I got a request for it again a couple of days later and made a double batch so the boys could load it onto their pulled pork sandwiches. Good stuff.

                                                                                                  3. We just came back from vacation tonight. Eating 3 meals out for 8 days is not a good way to lose weight! But it's vacation. And I tried when I could.

                                                                                                    For the first part of the week (London), for breakfast I had a "skinny" blueberry muffin and something kind of light for lunch. Dinners were harder. Then we moved onto Paris. Croissants are not my friend! So good...and so buttery.

                                                                                                    Tomorrow I will go food shopping (after picking up my dog from the place where she stays when we are away!). And I will try to get back on track. I have a feeling it will take me a few days and with the holiday weekend looming, that will be a challenge too.

                                                                                                    But we went, we ate, we came home...and, truth be told, I feel kinda gross! So I really do want to get back on track asap.

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                                                                                                    1. re: valerie

                                                                                                      You wouldn't be a Chowhound if you went to Paris and didn't eat a croissant. Seriously.

                                                                                                    2. Welp, up .4 this week, so I didn't get my 5 week record. I've been assuming that I'd do better if I use my weeklies over the weekend and then don't go over my daily target on Monday and Tuesday, and this seems to prove it. I still had 23 activity points left for the week, and I'm pretty sure I tracked everything.

                                                                                                      Plus, I was super tired yesterday, so that plus the gain made me not care about much. When we picked up my grandparents from the airport, I got a cheeseburger and a Blizzard at DQ, then a smoothie on the way home.... This after having the traditional Arby's sandwich after my meeting. I gave zero $%!#s, as they say. It wouldn't be a problem if I wasn't going to a wedding on Saturday and will probably be eating out with the grandparents some over the weekend....

                                                                                                      Ugh. Guess I need to put in some extra gym time this week.

                                                                                                      1. Well, I am exceedingly pleased! Despite the fact that I've been eating like a stevedore, I didn't go last week, and I only buckled down on Sunday, I was down 1.8 this morning. Yaahooooo! I was back to tracking on Sunday, and I have really kept the lid on since then. I figure that I am really down more like 5 since last weigh-in. Back on track!

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                                                                                                        1. Down 1.1 in spite of being on 5 day low fiber aka white bread and mushy carrot diet for my test Tueasday. I'm looking forward to September 3 when I can get back on track. Have a great Labor Day Weekend.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                            Any down week is a fabulous week as far as I'm concerned. Good going, Berheenia!

                                                                                                          2. Weight Watchers? What’s weight watchers? The only thing I’ve been watching is my pants getting tighter and the only thing I’ve been tracking is the level of the bottles in the liquor cabinet going down. Three weeks of guests. Three weeks of dinner parties and cocktail parties and restaurant dining. I started out well, but succumbed slowly, day by day, to the salted nuts on the coffee table, a piece or three of the bacon I was making the boys for breakfast, the cheese platter served with cocktails before dinner. Only one left now. He moves into his apartment in Brooklyn on Monday and starts his fourth (out of five) year of architecture school on Monday. Big, blowout steak dinner tonight at one of the few Manhattan steak houses I haven’t been to before to celebrate all that plus his 21st birthday, then a by-request fried chicken dinner tomorrow night, then a wedding in NJ on Monday, and then Tuesday. Summer will be over, I’ll have six weeks until I leave for Hawaii. Only goal: suck it up, find out how much damage I’ve done, throw out all the leftover chips and baked goods, and get back on track. I suspect it will take me those six weeks to undo the damage done in the past three, but so be it. Sure had fun while it lasted!

                                                                                                            1. I am definitely down at least 1.5 pounds this week--despite eating way too many almonds and peanuts yesterday. Honestly, though I went to the gym every night so I would have expected to more of a change following weeks of no physical-activity in the summer, but I will take what I can get.

                                                                                                              Also I was trying on dresses for an occasion yesterday and a woman at the store came over to help and said "You must be a __"--which was actually two sizes larger than my usual size. So I tried not to let that get to me, but it will definitely motivate me to know that I look that large.

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                                                                                                              1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                Exercising will not necessarily speed weight loss...on the scale. However, it will tighten things up, so don't forget that there is a tape measure to use for the other sign that things are going in the right direction!

                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                  Thanks. I need to buy a tape measure--for now I used a ribbon and then measured the ribbon. My 'pooch' or the lower tummy area appears smaller, but it is still always going to be my problem area (since I was 12 or 13). --I had promised myself a new workout top if I went everyday this week.. and I did, but while shopping, I couldn't find anything. So I think I'm just going to make the same deal with myself for next week.

                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                    A much better reward than food!

                                                                                                                2. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                  Exercise can cause water retention. Its a temporary thing that has to do with protecting your muscles from damage caused by exercise but continuing to exercise will continue the need to retain it.

                                                                                                                3. I just realized it's the last day of the month! I did pretty well iwth my trackign commitment tracking about 80% of the month. I've been weighing in every other week instead of every week so I don't know how much i'm done total for the month. I decided to switch to every other week to 1) not focus too much on the just the number on the scale and 2) not let hte constant ups and downs get to me. Plus, since I weigh in at night this means I can keep my weekly commitments after work down a bit. I"m really trying to get myself less overscheduled than I have been the past year.

                                                                                                                  One more day in the long weekend. Despite attending an International Bacon Day party yesterday AND having our own dinner party featuring my husband's pulled pork we've done well so far. I tried made the Virginia Willis cole slaw mentioned above. It's delicious so thank you for bringing that to my attention. I used light mayo to lower the points a bit and it still was great.

                                                                                                                  Looking forward to a good September with all you WW chowhounds!