Thursday, September 26, 2013

It Was A Long and Rainy Wedding

My stepson got married this past Saturday.  The wedding was planned for outside and the reception under a big tent.  As it turned out everything was under the big tent due to torrential downpours.  But everything came off beautifully and it gave us an opportunity to get some family photos:

Of course, between eating at rehearsal, wedding, and birthday party on Sunday let me with a weight gain, but not as much as I expected. Still good!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ho Hum

So I was up .6 in weight at weigh in this evening.  I know that isn't a whole lot but it would be nice to see some significant loss.

I enjoyed the meeting this week, another lady was there and I really liked her.  At one point in the meeting she asked how many were repeaters as she did it twice.  I reluctantly raised my hand only to realize that practically everyone there raised their hands.  I made that comment that I felt much better now and they welcomed me back.

That does make things a little better and more encouraging.  It's nice to be with people who are struggling with the same issue, rather than newbies looking at you to be the example.  It helps.

So my week starts over tomorrow...we'll see how weigh in goes next week.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Start To The Weekend

CC bought a HUGE bag of raw spinach and happily gave me some.  It's really the only way I like spinach, raw.  Have never been able to stomach frozen or canned spinach.

Anyway this morning, I used some in a 2 egg omelet along with a little bit of reduced fat cheese and some bacon.  It was very YUMMY!  A little higher in points than my usual breakfast, but it is keeping me full longer.  I know what you're thinking - isn't it cooked in the omelet?  Yes it is but the flavor is just different, I can't explain it!

Lunch is going to consist of spinach again!  I'm going to make a salad consisting of spinach, cucumber and tomato topped with a vinaigrette dressing.  I like to use the Good Seasons Italian Dressing.  Each tablespoon comes to 2 pt+; however, I've discovered that if you use just 1 tablespoon and shake it and the salad all together and leave it sit for a little bit; 1 tablespoon is plenty-so it falls in line with the low cal/low fat versions out there.  I'm also having some leftover roasted chicken with my salad.  Because I make the dressing with oil, when I use it, I count it as one of my healthy oils.  That may not be the correct way to do the oil; but at least I try - some people skip over that entirely.

Dinner will consist of a chicken and dumpling casserole.  I made it the other week and it was quite tasty and the leftovers heat well.  Hubby will be attending his son's bachelor party this evening, so he'll eat there so I'm hoping this casserole will give me 2-3 lunches as well.

Re-reading my second paragraph I'm now thinking pasta salad - whole wheat noodles, spinach, cucumber, tomato and Good Seasons.  Not for today, but may work well for a lunch later in the week!

I'm really trying my best this time around.  Last week I used all my weeklies in addition to the dailies - I'm trying to avoid that this week but I have used some already.  It's hard to find your "place"...some people can use all points and lose consistently; others can't.  I'm afraid I'm in the group that can't.  However, healthier eating provides the option to eat more!  So I'm always looking for the healthier option!  I don't want to be one of those people who using all their points on the snacky crap!

Despite what my weigh-in is; I'm thinking of making my daily point target 29.  That was the original lowest points you could go when points plus came out and I lost on that.  26 just doesn't seem enough and when 2 of those 26 is used for healthy oils that leaves you with 24.  I always feel like I'm starving.  So I need to make some adjustments for me.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Apparently, I Have Issues In My Life That I'm Not Aware Of.......

CC and I attended our second Weight Watchers meeting last night.  I was down 1.4 lbs. which would be worth jumping up and down for if it weren't for the fact that I was wearing lighter clothes than I did the week before.  So I either had ounces in loss or stayed the same.  Either way though is better than a gain.

Last night's meeting involved sharing weight loss stories and hearing other people going through what I go through.  These are always helpful and inspiring.

The leader for this meeting wasn't the usual one (she won't be back until next month); so they've had fill-ins. This week was the same lady from last week whom I'll refer to as "B".  Anyway.......

After the meeting CC approached her and asked for help with Weight Watchers.  We both explained our stories of being Lifetime, how we felt about WW's attitude towards lifetimers (and it isn't just us, there are blogs/message boards all over the net of lifetimers complaining of the lost support) and basically how we should approach things this time around; after all we don't have the "hype" we had the first time around.

At first she explained that we aren't going to feel how we did the first time so don't expect it.  She seemed oblivious over the fact that WW's doesn't support their lifetimers; and reminded us that the weight gains are not an over night thing, it is actions we've been doing for some time.

Neither of us were denying the fact that we've been off program or have only been half doing it for sometime - we weren't complaining about the program; we just needed that push that maybe this time will be "the" time; you know-words of encouragement, helpful hints.  For some reason "B", without me saying any more than how my journey was, decided that I had some underlying issue going on in my life now that had me reverting to food.  Oh wait, what??????

She said this more than once and stated that she wished we had time to sit down and talk so she could help me through it.  CC spoke up immediately "She has me to talk to." Which I replied "And I tell her everything." CC continued "And she's told me of nothing going on."  This didn't deter "B", she knows there is an issue there.

I walked away to the counter to pay for items I wanted to purchase.  I am so glad she won't be there next week and if for some reason she is, I'm not staying for the meeting.  I'll go another day.

I can't even begin to explain how this has made me feel - I didn't have an issue, but I have one now!!  How could she in less than a 5 minute conversation analyze me to that degree?  Hubby was not pleased at all-he wants to know when WW Leaders became certified therapists.  I'm still debating writing a letter to the main office.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Two Yummy Recipes

Getting back in track with Weight Watchers.....

I pulled two recipes from the Weight Watchers "Cook It Quick" Cookbook.  It's an older cookbook but all the nutritional information was there, plus I also ran it through the recipe builder on the website for the point values.

The first was Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Pears (you may have to be a member of the WW site to access this recipe; recipe is also available here:  Spark Recipes).  This one came in at 9 points plus.  It was very very good but I will make a few changes next time:  One, I will use a fresh sweet potato as the canned yams got too mushy and Two, I may try pineapple in place of the pears.

The next recipe was Maple-Glazed Chicken with Apples.  I made some minor changes so the recipe is here:

1 cup apple juice
1 apple, cored and cut into 8 wedges
1/3 cup molasses
4 (4-oz.) thin-sliced skinless chicken breasts

In a medium sauce pan mix the apple juice, molasses and apple wedges; bring to boil over medium heat.  Cook until the apple is tender about 8 minutes.  Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Place chicken under broiler and brush on both sides with the apple juice mixture; continue broil and basting chicken until cooked through.  Serve with the apple wedges on the side.  Use leftover mixture over chicken and/or a side of rice.

This one even got a 5 star from hubby!!!  What you are seeing is apple slices, chicken and 1/2 cup rice.  Without the rice the total is 7 points plus; with the rice it is 10 points plus.  YUMMY and POINT WORTHY!!  Don't let the black on the chicken scare you, that's how the glaze gets so close to the broiler, it is still very tasty!

NOTE:  You can join the Weight Watchers site without being a Weight Watchers will have access to the message boards, limited recipes and other things.


I can't believe my vacation is over and I'm already back to work...BLAH!!

The hotel we've stayed at year after year is the Mystic Sea.  We started staying there on our first trip as it was recommended by friends we went with.  It's nothing fancy.  Just a small oceanfront beach hotel.  We liked it, it suited our needs and we've never tried anywhere else; why take the chance?  Over the years it became a little run down but was still clean.  The past few years they've been doing upgrades as money allows.  This year the place looked FABULOUS!!  They still do there Thursday night hot dog grill for the guests; and on Tuesday there was a DJ in the afternoon.  It's normally the same guests that return year after year; so it's like a huge big family!!

Some photos:

In the last 2 photos you can see a building across the street - that is also part of the hotel and there is a pool behind that as well.  In the last photo, the building across the street to the right is their convenience store.

So all in all the vacation went great and we chose to go ahead and book for next year before we left!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To Weight Watchers

CC and I started back at Weight Watchers tonight.  We chose to go a different evening than last time and have a different leader.  Nothing was wrong with our old leader but we wanted to make a complete change in order to shake things up a bit.

The regular leader wasn't there unfortunately; but the one that was we really enjoyed.  Too bad she is not a regular one at our location.

When I started Weight Watchers back in September 2010, I weighed 184 lbs.  Within a year I was at my goal weight of 146.  Today I weighed in at 171.6 lbs.  Totally unhappy with that!!  So it is time to get my butt back in gear!

I did my grocery shopping yesterday and am pretty much prepared.  Lunch is my biggest issue, I fail so often there; however this month's topic at WW is LUNCH!!  What are the chances?? It's a sign, I'm sure.

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Blog

I've started a new blog to journal my second journey with Weight Watchers which CC and I will be starting tomorrow.

This blog will still remain active and will include the majority of the postings at the new site.  I just wanted a place just for the weight loss postings.  You can join me there if you'd like:

The Good, The Bad and The Weigh

Stop The Weight Watchers Bashing Please!!!

I was quite distressed while reading the boards over on My Fitness Pal.  I was looking for the thread to get a Weight Watchers point column to show up in the menus and came across some really harsh Weight Watcher bashing:

I'll never go back to WW and I'm a free lifetime member.  I really didn't feel any support and all it did was teach me to eat processed "diet" food.

i've done ww twice before and with much success, but being that its based on points, you really don't learn anything from them. 

I can only echo what others have said re WW. I decided not to do it this time as it just doesn't work in the long term goal. I am definitely a firm believer now of eating how you will for the rest of your life, sadly counting weight watchers points forever is not the one. In reality that is exactly what you would have to do. 

These are some of the NICE examples.  The amazing ones are those that start with "I never did Weight Watchers but...."  Don't give an opinion of something you know nothing about.  

Let's look at the above quotes:

"I'll never go back to WW and I'm a free lifetime member.  I really didn't feel any support..."

This part I totally agree with, and I've said it before more than once.

"and all it did was teach me to eat processed "diet" food"

Really?  Were we on the same program?  I eat healthier now than I ever have as a matter of fact I much prefer not to eat the processed foods (tv dinners, etc..) as they are so bland compared to my own cooked healthier meals.  Weight Watchers didn't teach you to eat processed foods, you chose to eat processed rather than make your own.  That's your choice not a WW learning tool.

"I've done WW twice before with much success"

So the program works if you've been successful right?

"but being that its base on points, you really don't learn anything from them."

You were successful, but learned nothing?  Isn't this contradicting yourself?  What I really think they are saying here was that at My Fitness Pal they are seeing the calories, carbs, etc.. where when you're looking at a point you don't really know what it is.  In other words, it is more helpful to them to see where they need to make adjustments - whether it's sugar, sodium, carbs, etc..
I'll give them that - but some people don't need to see that; I didn't have to be a rocket scientist to know that eating a bag of chips daily was something I needed to eliminate - didn't need to see the nutritional information for that one!

"I can only echo what others have said re WW.  I decided not to do it this time as it just doesn't work in the long term goal."

Oh, yes it does...the program works - you didn't do it for a lifetime.

"I am definitely a firm believer now of eating how you will for the rest of your life, sadly counting weight watchers points forever is not the one.  In reality that is exactly what you would have to do."

So the food journal at My Fitness Pal to count calories is not a forever thing?  Whatever program you choose will have to be done FOREVER.  Yes, some choose calories, some choose carbs, some choose points.  And actually there are some very successful Weight Watchers bloggers out there that no longer count points but have maintained their losses - so depending on the person, point counting doesn't have to last forever.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A "Just Roni" Post

One of the first Weight Watcher's type blogs I came across was Just Roni.  She also has a recipe site called Green Lite Bites - love her recipes.  And there's a cookbook:  Favorites From The First 3 Years.

Roni lost 70 lbs. on Weight Watchers and started her blog to log her journey - it has pretty much expanded into a business for her.  She's maintained and is now running marathons.  She's a real inspiration!

So imagine the horror to find her before and after photos with a fake name claiming the weight loss occurred in 30 days by using a weight loss product.  Yep - they were falsely selling their  using her photos that they stole from her site! Yikes!!  You can read the story here:  How I Lost 70 lbs. In 30 Days.

Needless to say, she was NOT happy and did not like that her face was being used to rip people out of their money.  She wrote a blog posting warning readers of these companies:  10 Signs That A Weight Loss Company/Product/Device Plan Is Lying.  "Good Morning America" picked up her story and interviewed her: Good Morning America Appearance.  After that appearance "Inside Addition" picked up the story: Inside Addition Report.  Her job was to get the story out there and protect the public from wasting their money on these scams.

On a happier note with her:

She and 2 other bloggers won a local recipe contest:  Food Lion Contest

AND.....a healthy burger recipe she submitted on the "The Today Show" won her a finalist spot and she appeared on that show:  The Today Show.

So as she can see, Roni is a very active person and you should visit her site frequently!!