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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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.

Aug 11, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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!

Aug 10, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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.

Aug 06, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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

Aug 06, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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!

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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.

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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...!

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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!

Aug 04, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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!

Aug 03, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

Spot on, Kontxesi!

Aug 03, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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

Aug 03, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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.

Aug 03, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition!

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! :)

Aug 03, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

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

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

Jun 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

Jun 18, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

Jun 18, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

Jun 16, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

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

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Jun 05, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

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

Jun 03, 2014
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Everyday dinner ware

I've had the Sur La Table branded white wear for seven years now and been really happy with it. It doesn't chip and I don' thave any silverware scratches. What I have is made in Turkey, don't know if that's still the case. Price was great on it. I looked at both Revol and Apilco but decided to try this. I haven't been sorry.

Jun 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

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

Jun 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

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

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

Jun 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

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

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

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

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

Jun 01, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

The ones I have today are the Frigo Natural llight ones. 50 calories/1pt. They are pretty good.

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

if you have a trader joe's by you the kale yogurt spinach dip is also really good on baked potatoes and very low in points.

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

depends on the size. 5 oz is 3 pts. I like the big russets so we'll usually split one as they can get really large. The other night I did splurge on a whole one for myself though. It was 10oz and was 6 pts.

I love baked potatoes. I don't eat them as much anymore but do like them the nights before a long run with a steak. The greek yogurt and the salsa are both free and tasty on it.

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

String cheese has been a staple of my WW life! LOL My husband likes the smoked WW ones. I'm not particularly brand loyal, most of the low fat ones seem to be 1 pt. I never thought so much string cheese would go through our house! LOL(two on my desk right now for later this morning)

Salsa is my condiment of choice. I put pico de gallo on just about anything. And I love green salsa. Like string cheese we go through buckets of both around our house!(I like greek yogurt and pico on my baked potatoes!)

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I have a lot of frozen bananas in my freezer but i use them for smoothies. I'll have to try eating one popsicle style!

I keep saying i'm going to roll some of the chunks in melted dark chocoate before freezing and haven't gotten around to doing that either.

May 29, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

you said it, it's just not possible to gain that much in one week. Remember the weekly weigh in is one moment in time and only over time will it give you what your trend is up or down. Hard to not be bummed though of course but focus on the overall downward trend for the month which is fantastic, particularly given all you've had going on.

Keep on keeping on! THe results will show in the end!

May 28, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

First meeting in a couple weeks. Down 3, which is the extra three I put on at the end of April/beginning of May. Hopefully it's gone for good this time.

Celebrated with a boring chicken breast and a baked potato with greek yogurt and salsa on it. Banana for dessert. My choices haven't been exciting this week but I sure feel a heck of a lot better eating the way I was last summer.

May 28, 2014
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