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Parsnip and Cauliflower Purée

Dec 20, 2014
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So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

this morning w put a couple spoonfuls of pumpkin pie in the cooking liquid for our aotmeal. mmm

Nov 30, 2014
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So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

Stuffing in the waffle maker for breakfast

Dolma recipe from Arabesque?

I lent my copy of the book out....would anyone be willing to paraphrase this recipe for me? Would like to make for a dinner party tonight...
Thanks

Nov 28, 2014
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Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

i made the pumpkin pie the night before...doped on on a pain pill I took for my leg injury. I was also hurrying ebcause I wanted to get off my feet. Put the pie in the oven, took it out, and then my husband who had done the other night before prep and was cleaning up, realized I'd used sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated(without cutting any sugar) and grabbed ground mustard instead of ground ginger out of the pantry.

Worst pumpkin pie ever. LOL

Nov 28, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies - Return to the Bermuda Triangle Edition! November 2014 [old]

Hey valerie...I'm in the same spot! Been stuck there since spring. Not gaining not losing but would like to lose 20 more.

I was getting down on myself for being stuck for so long and then saw a picture of myself from a year and a half ago and realized just how far I"ve come despite being stuck all these months. Keeping it off is almost a bigger victory than taking it off I think.

That said, I'd still like to get those last 20 off at some point. My issue remains tracking. I can'at seem to stick with it more than 10 days at a time!

Nov 06, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The Falling Leaves Edition, October 2014 [OLD]

Still stuck here in Arizona! I dropped my WW membership for now. For October I'm using My Fitness Pal again for my tracking. I'm still unclear how many calories I should be eating a day for my activity level(I'm back up to 30+ miles/week plus 3-4 training sessions and 2-3 30 min swims so I'm pretty active when I'm not sitting at my desk). MFP give me 1200/day based on weight and height before exercise. I'm considering paying a nutritionist or a dietician to help me dial this in since I've been stuck for so long now as well as helping me dial how those calories should be spread across protein,carbs, and fat. I lose well on veyr low carb but that wasn't working out so well for higher mileage weeks and I"m going to try to push mileage up to 40/week over the next 12 months. I really want to get another 20lbs off as my weight is the only thing holding my running progress back now, I just missed an age group award at a race last week.

Anyway, I ordered the Skinnytaste cookbook mentioned here and should have it Tuesday. I"m looking forward to thumbing through it for inspiration and ideas. Definitely been bored eating lately and could use some new ideas for quick, healthy meals.

we make this sweet potato dish a lot lately. I've actually served it at a few dinner parties over the summer too and it's always been received well. It's simple fast and tasty: http://www.marthastewart.com/336994/g...

Oct 05, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Back to School Edition! September 2014 [OLD]

Last month, along with getting back to tracking, I stayed away from bread and pasta. I did go the whole month without any pasta. As for bread, I had a couple pieces during the month but overall did OK. I did this because I was really trying to cut back on these types of carbs and get back out of the habit of eating them. For the most part it worked, as I'm not really tempted either at home or in a restaurant.

Trying to think what I should challenge myself with next as small change to build a habit. Would love to hear what others have in mind if anyone wants to share.

To start the month and wind down the weekend, we had salmon burgers with mango salsa on them(no buns), some tomatoes tossed with a bit of mint, red wine vinegar and olive oil, and a veggie melange with broccolini, baby zucchini and patty pan squash, mushrooms, and spinach. Very simple and satisfying.

Sep 01, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Back to School Edition! September 2014 [OLD]

I haven't had a game hen in years! I could see where the points would be low though, so small and not a ton of meat on a half of one. Easy portion control! `

Sep 01, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition! [Old]

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!

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

-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!

Aug 21, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition! [Old]

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

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.

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

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

Spot on, Kontxesi!

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

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! [Old]

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! [Old]

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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