Weight Watchers Thread -- Week of 1-28-2013
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sara b
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Posted: 1/29/2013 5:24:32 AM
Hello! Just checking in to see how everyone is doing?

Some of the best weeks I've had on WW are when I try new things. So let's all share a recipe this week.

Here's what I'm having for breakfast:

1 egg
3 tablespoons egg white substitute
sliced fresh mushrooms
chopped spinach
tad bit of onion
2 tablespoons of low-fat Feta cheese

Mix it up, pour into a ramekan (sp?) that was sprayed with Pam & pop in the microwave for 90 seconds.

So good for breakfast & a definite change of pace. I can't claim it as my recipe though. It came from Slenderkitchen.com. There are a ton of good recipes there.

Not sure if I'm allowed to post points? Let's say it's more than 2 but less than 4.



Sara B

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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:48:21 PM
Where are all my WW buddies??


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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:42:41 PM
This week I tried an egg salad recipe that substitutes lowfat cottage cheese for most of the Mayo. Loved it!


Totallyscrappy!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:43:45 PM
Sara, I might be over for breakfast! That sounds yummy!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 10:51:22 PM
Sounds yummy. I really like the egg mug recipes Hungry Girl has on her site. My favorite is the one that uses a Boca Burger. Fast and easy.

I made this last week and have been having it every morning:

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Pumpkin

I used canned pumpkin, and cut the water down. I slice bananas and eat it up. Very filling.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 11:03:16 PM
I'm here! I've tried several new recipes this week (in a week where I'm really struggling to keep my head above water, where my eating is concerned).

On Saturday I went to WW meeting, and I won a copy of a cookbook in a drawing. The cookbook is "I Love Leftovers". I've made a couple of main dishes, a vegetable side, and a salad. Honestly, I don't love the cookbook and probably would not have bought it on my own. I don't feel the recipes are particularly family-friendly, there are some odd ingredients and flavors, and the recipes are too time-intensive and require too much prep for weeknights.

Here's what I tried:

BBQ Brisket with carmelized onion jam: didn't like it at all, didn't turn out tender even in the crock pot.

Mushroom bolognese polenta casserole: it was good, but nothing special.

Zuchhini with lemon viniagrette, dill, & feta: I sliced the zuchhini super thin on my mandolin and tossed it with a lemon vinagrette, fresh dill, & feta. It was delicious. It would be a great summer side dish.

Roasted brussels sprouts with lemon & walnuts: I've never been a brussels sprouts fan, but this was delicious. I'd make it again.

But the crown jewel... tonight I made the cheesy spaghetti squash and spinach bake from Skinnytaste.com. So delicious! It took a little work on my part (I roasted the squash on Sunday so it would take less time tonight), but this was amazing and well-worth the effort. Think 'macaroni and cheese' with no pasta. I loved it and am glad there are leftovers! This is a must try. It would work as a main dish or a side.

Your breakfast sounds delicious, sara.

Kristan-- I've tried a couple of those egg mug recipes. Thanks for reminding me about them. It's been awhile.


Jill

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Posted: 1/30/2013 6:30:06 AM
I keep forgetting about Skinnytaste.com. That dish sounds good!

Actually everything you mentioned sounds good. Last week in our meeting we did an exercise where we planned several meals. One group came up with grilled chicken breast, salad and steamed broccoli. Our leader said that sounded like "something a person on a diet would eat". Her point was to follow this plan for the long-term you gotta learn to eat like you aren't on a diet. So I've been trying to mix things up & eat "real" this week.

One thing I did that you all may say "ew!!!" about is I bought a pan of frozen lasagne. My DH was hungry for it but I wasn't in the mood to make it so I thought I'd try it. I calculated the points out (10) for 1/12 of the pan, tracked it, ate it & moved forward. It fit into my daily allowance. It might not have been my most wisest choice of food but it worked and I felt like a "normal" person.

And honestly? It was amazing to only fix 1 meal instead of 2 for dinner (something for DH that isn't points friendly & something different for me that is).

I think that's how I'm going to be able to follow this long-term!


Sara B

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:54:39 AM
Hello ladies!

Jill, I have that cheesy spaghetti squash planned for this week, too. I hope it's good! I have found that I really do like spaghetti squash. Actually, all kinds of cooked squash! Yellow, zucchini, butternut to name a few more! I'm so glad I've branched out and tried new things.

Sara, Do the eggs get tough or rubbery cooking them in the microwave that way? I'm always nervous about microwaving eggs, although I have never tried it.

I made a new soup this week that was delicious! Spicy Italian Minestrone. It made a huge pot and I ate leftovers for lunch for several days. Very filling and flavorful.

Another recipe I am loving lately is "pancakes" made with one very ripe, mashed banana mixed with a whole egg. It isn't exactly like pancakes but it's a very close substitution! I don't think my kids would like them because it's not the fluffy pancakes they are used to but I enjoy them a lot. Any time I make pancakes for dh and the kids, I mix myself up a batch of these. The key for me is to make sure the banana is really, really ripe.

I'm finally below that number I have been bouncing around since Nov. 23rd! It's only 0.2 below, but it's below! I hope this is the beginning of a series of great losses.



-Angela

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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:18:52 AM
Some great recipeis here. I am definitely going to try the spagetti squash one. I have some on my home computer and will post tonight.

Weigh in was yesterday and I was down another 1.4 for a total of 8lbs in 3 weeks. The lossses definitely help with the motivation. This weekend will be a tough one as we are at a hockey tournament and will be eating out several times. I have looked at the menus and calculated points so as long as I order what I am planning on and not get tempted by something else I should be fine.


Kelli


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:25:25 AM
Hello fellow WW's!

Weigh in was yesterday (Tuesday) and I was down 4 lbs, for a total of 13 pounds lost since starting WW. DH is doing the WW Online and has lost 11 lbs.

Still having trouble coming up with dinners that we like. I am just not a huge veggie/salad lover so that makes it hard. We did have fish the other night though which is a huge step for us!

I am going to have to try the egg mug ideas.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:50:42 PM
Hey ladies, I have a question. I've been doing WW online since August and have lost about 40 pounds, and as I lose weight my points lower. How low will they end up going? At first, there were many days I was eating at the end of the day to get my points in, now I tend to be hungrier, and I'm not sure if it's psychological or if I'm really hungry! I've got at least 60 more pounds to go, I'm currently getting 29 points per day plus 40 something extra for the week.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:53:50 PM
The leader at our WW meeting said the absolute minimum points are 26.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:01:42 PM
Congrats, kmk, on the weight loss! Awesome amount to lose in that time span.

I am looking for a "tried and true" appetizer for a party I'm attending after work in a week. Need something that is quick to prepare, or will keep in the fridge for a day and not need reheating. Oh, and low PP+ value, please!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:22:10 PM
Hi everyone! Congratulations to all those who have lost weight this week. You can do this!

Just a quick note about the spaghetti squash dish: I roasted my spaghetti squash on Sunday and made the casserole on Tuesday. I stored the squash in the refrigerator. It was quite watery when I went to prepare it, so I drained it in a colander and then actually squeezed out as much water as I could. I think this is important so the final result isn't soupy. It's kind of a lot of work to make this, but it is worth it, I think.

Here's an appetizer suggestion: I buy small skewers and make antipasto kebabs. I put a small mozzarella ball, a piece of roasted red pepper, a piece of salami folded up, and an olive onto the skewer. You can use a reduced fat salami or even turkey pepperoni to make the final result a little lower in points. Then I put them in a dish and drizzle vinaigrette over the kebabs. Let them sit in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. You can make your own vinaigrette with olive oil & vinegar and fresh herbs, or you can use a bottled dressing. You don't need very much at all. This is one of my go-to appetizers.


Jill

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:43:06 PM
Thanks Lilyloams! 26 is a reassuring number, I can do that!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:57:16 PM
Yeah, 26 is very doable. I remember when my Mom reached her goal weight on the old points plan, her points for the day were 18. Add in the three milk servings (she was over 60), and the two healthy oils, she was already out 8 points for the day! One of the reasons we switched to Core at the time.



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Posted: 1/30/2013 5:18:46 PM
Thanks Jill. That's the sort of thing I was looking for.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:34:07 AM

Sara, Do the eggs get tough or rubbery cooking them in the microwave that way? I'm always nervous about microwaving eggs, although I have never tried it.

No, the eggs turn out really good. I think the trick is to not overcook them.

I have a new dilemma -- I weigh in tonight but when I weighed at home this morning it looks like I'm more than 2 pounds below goal. Not sure what will happen if that's how I weigh tonight. I do tend to weigh less in the morning so let's hope that holds true today too. I can't believe I'm saying I hope I weigh MORE tonight!!


Sara B

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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:27:24 PM
I think I'm ready to try a Zumba class. I know Brandy loved her Zumba class so I hope I can coax her to post to see if she has any advice like what to wear, is it hard to get the hang of it, etc. If anyone else wants to chime in I'd be interested in your thoughts.

BTW -- I maintained this week! Yay! 3 weeks down 3 to go.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:13:07 AM
Down another pound at my weigh in today. I've lost 9 since the week before Thanksgiving. ANd "this close" to my first goal. Yay.

I will be having a short week this week, I am switching from Thursdays to Mondays. I've been on a LOA due to surgery and I am finally going back to work on Tuesday. I like to go to my meeting on my day off. Thankfully, my amazing leader does a Monday morning meeting.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 5:10:35 AM

my amazing leader does a Monday morning meeting.

My leader makes a difference to me too. We had a sub for several weeks while our regular leader was gone & I liked the sub but was excited when Patti came back. I didn't realize how much I relied on Patti until we had a sub. She makes us keep it "real" if that makes any sense.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:22:03 AM
Hi everyone!

I fell off the wagon last week and I don't mean a little bit I mean fell off, stayed on the ground, didn't even call for the wagon to stop, and just stayed where I landed. I felt like crap and continued to eat like crap for the week. I didn't weigh in last night because I didn't want to see what damage I had done. I know from my home scale but I didn't want to see it on the WW scale.

I am back on plan as of yesterday but could use some advice/insight from those that may have been in the same position. The way I felt physically should help (in theory) with that next time but I have to believe there will be a next time and I want to be better prepared.

I am definitely going to try the egg thing. It sounds really good and I need some variety in my breakfast.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:57:06 AM
I have been so good with my tracker this week but I a. Going to our local Mexican restaurant and I usually get a beef burrito no cheese poco de gallo on top with either a side of rice or beans! Anyone know where I could find the values for this?


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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:32:25 AM

I am back on plan as of yesterday but could use some advice/insight from those that may have been in the same position.

Ssame thing happened to me a few weeks back and I did not want to weigh in either. But I did and I hated what I saw. But..it motivated me to get the weight I gained back off. Which I did. Last night I weighed in and not only had I lost that weight but an additional 2.2 pounds.
Tracking this past week was hard but after my WI last night, I am so happy.

My fav recipe from this past week was the Baked Turkey and Jack Cheese Chimichangas. I'm not a big Chimichanga fan but this was pretty darn good. My DH even liked it..

Will be trying some new recipes this week. My big issue will be Sunday with the Super Bowl. Luckily, the group I will be with are also doing WW so we are planning our low point menu.

Good luck to everyone....

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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:45:49 PM

Anyone know where I could find the values for this?

Well, I'm no expert but there are a couple of ways you might figure it out. Either do a search to see if you can find something that is most of the ingredients in the burrito & then search how many points are in the items that aren't in the first search. Then add them together.

Or you could use the recipe builder in eTools. At any rate get as close as you can & go from there. It's one meal.

Not sure if that helps or not?

Falling off the wagon? It may be blunt but I'll say it -- you gotta go weigh in. Face the music. Pick up the pieces & move on. No matter the number is on that scale you're a human being so forgive yourself. If you keep beating yourself up you'll never get past it.

My leader would say "So what did you learn from the experience? How can you use that to have a better week this week?" So I'll ask you the same thing.

But hey! I never said I was an expert, nor do I play one on TV!


Sara B

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:02:53 PM

I am back on plan as of yesterday but could use some advice/insight from those that may have been in the same position.


Been there, done that.

Truthfully, for me, in your case, I would have made myself weigh in. I've had weeks when I think I've eaten everything in sight, only to have an amazing loss! But, on those weeks, I skip a weigh in it leads me to skip the next weigh in and so on. Once I'm in that mental state, I've sabotaged myself big time. And then the cycle starts again.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:04:57 PM
I should add, I don't have a scale at home (other than a food scale). Actually we do have a scale, but my DH has it in such a place where it is hard for me to get to -- at my request.

I know that if I weigh myself every day, or after every meal, I will obsess and that is not healthy.



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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:20:24 AM
Thanks for the kick in the butt Sara, Polly and Krispin41. I know that I should have gone and weighed in. I should have faced the music. I also realized that if I don't go face the music then I'll never get to where I want to be.

Thanks!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:04:42 AM

Falling off the wagon? It may be blunt but I'll say it -- you gotta go weigh in. Face the music. Pick up the pieces & move on. No matter the number is on that scale you're a human being so forgive yourself. If you keep beating yourself up you'll never get past it.

My leader would say "So what did you learn from the experience? How can you use that to have a better week this week?" So I'll ask you the same thing.
I completely agree. We've got to face the music, learn from it and move on. EVERYONE falls every now and then.

Sara, As far as what to wear to Zumba, just whatever you normally wear to exercise. I wear yoga pants or capris and a t-shirt.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:35:49 AM

I think I'm ready to try a Zumba class. I know Brandy loved her Zumba class so I hope I can coax her to post to see if she has any advice like what to wear, is it hard to get the hang of it, etc. If anyone else wants to chime in I'd be interested in your thoughts.



Speaking of Brandy, I'm friends with her on Facebook and she posted a new photo the other day and she looks fantastic! She said she's at her lowest weight in a long time, so she's still doing her thing. I told her we missed her.

I do yoga too, and love it! I usually just wear yoga pants and a workout top. It is FAST, but truthfully, everybody is concentrating on trying to figure out the moves themselves that they don't pay attention to anyone else. I promise! The only people I look at are people that are really good, if they are easier for me to see than the instructor. But my classes generally have 60+ people in them. We bump into each other, laugh, and keep going!


I was up 1.2 at WI this week, BUT I was down 3.4 after a stomach virus, so I expected I would gain some back. I still netted down, so I'm good with that.

I'm about to go on my longest work trip of the year - 22 days. I will be between a state fair and 2 NASCAR races -- not exactly the hot bed of healthy food. I will be wearing my Active Link (that thing is an eye opener!), and I decided to drive this year, so I'm packing healthy snacks, and some of my workout equipment. It's worth it for that long of a trip! If anybody else has any suggestions, I'm open to them! My hotel for the first week will have a full kitchen. But my other 3 hotels will not. I think just a small fridge. Truth be told, I won't cook full meals, but I can get healthy snacks, fruit, stuff to make a salad for lunch, etc.


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