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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Hope you are feelign better today! Be sure to rehydrate!

1 day ago
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Thanks, ladies.

We're all in this together and I hope everyone is still doing well. Challenges are part of life in everythign we do, right? :)

I've discovered a snack that surprisingly keeps me really happy. Salted cucumber slices. I can eat these all day long!

1 day ago
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

This! yes!

A pound a week is nothing at all to sneeze at...that's a healthy but substantial loss!

1 day ago
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Seems like it's been a tough month for everyone. I hope everyone is doing OK. And not giving up!

I had a good weigh in this week, down 3+. That said, I've had challenges lately. I finally realized it was work related....lots of self doubt creeping in was sending me back into mindless eating and food for comfort. It took a couple weeks for me to identify but once I did, verbalized it and owned it, I"ve been more back on track.

The one thing I did do through the bad weeks was keep tracking. If you're struggling...if you do nothing else, keep on tracking. Even if it's tons of points and calories...try and keep tracking.

Apr 11, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

I was actually home for dinner tonight. Hubby was out so I kept it simple. Baked a piece of mahi mahi i'd seasoned with a rub of cumin, oregano, garlic, hatch chile powder and S&P. Mixed some of the same rub into some greek yogurt. Put the fish on a bed of spinach. Topped with the yogurt sauce and some tomatillo fresh salsa. It was a tasty, fresh, low in calories/points, and really satisifying.

Apr 07, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

I never buy salad dressing(likely because my mom didn't ot be honest...)

Anyway, that said, I was at a friend's house a few weeks ago and they used Annie's Artichoke Parmesan. It was actually pretty tasty. Not sure how it is points wise, 90 calories in 2 tablespoons. It had a lot of flavor so a little would go a long way...

Apr 07, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Well, while in the desert we aren't climbing out of the cold, we are about to hibernate and this is a season of transition here too. Spring does bring renewal and here in the desert we also do our spring cleaning and other spring rituals.

With this in mind, given my last few week of temptations and challenges, I'm renewing my spirit towards more healthy choices. Renewed focus on fruits and vegs as the center of my plate, Renewed focus away from bread and ice cream which have been my temptations in recent weeks. Renewed focus on healthy activity seeking to find an activity I enjoy as a counterpoint to running.

This blog entry from MFP came across my Facebook feed yesterday. http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/03/...

It caught my eye and resonated a bit with me after the last month so I took the time to read . Reading it I think it actually had a lot a value, even it wasn't saying anything new. I really like item #3 which refers to the Buddhist saying that "the obstacles are the path." Isn't that the truth?

Apr 01, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Un-impressed with Vitamix

I've had my VitaMix for five years now. It's the 5200. I've had no issues with it and no regrets over purchasing it. It's definitely an investment though, no argument about that.

Personally, I like it's more basic. The new low profile container, the presets now available? Eh, adds cost and I haven't found any of that necessary.

Once upon a time I worked at one of the major cookware stores. Sold a lot of Vitamix...as well as other blenders. I never felt wrong recommending the Vitamix to anyone that wanted to blend a lot, particularly with a lot of ice. I did always recommend people start out watching the DVD and using recipes from the cookbook to learn the techniques to get the most out of the blender(liquid and soft foods first, etc).

OP it doesn't work for you. Good luck finding somethign that does. Have to say though that not meeting your needs does not make the VitaMix a bad machine.

Mar 30, 2014
ziggylu in Cookware

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Hang in there...and remember even if it's very small it's moving in the right direction.

We're all human. I just got up from a lunch where my good choice of a tasty salad with half a chicken breast was followed by... tater tots and gelato. I honestly don't know what's wrong with me the last two weeks as this has been a recurrent theme! LOL All I want to do is sleep and eat tons of sugar, bread, and potatoes.

Mar 28, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Sorry about the knee. Hope it heals up well!

It's hard to not focus on the scale...it's actually the thing I like least about weigth watchers as it's the metric used and focused on. Yet the scale is often the last place things we do for ourselves and our health is reflected.

Going down the stairs IS somethign to rave about! It might seem like a small step but everything has to start somewhere and even if it doesn't show on the scale it's still a reflection of choices you make to improve your health..one day at a time, one step at a time. It's all got to start somewhere!

Take it easy coming back from your injury!

Mar 28, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

And in the desert we are preparing to hibernate!

Mar 28, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

A 200-300% increase in activity is AWESOME herby!

Success is about habit building. Slowly but surely changing small habits can make such a difference.

Mar 28, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

-1.4 tonight. I missed last week so that's over two weeks.

I've been more challenged lately than at any time since I started last year, moreso than the holidays even. I've also been really exhausted this week which hasn't helped. ....and making less nutritious choices hasn't helped the worn out/tired factor.

Mar 27, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Whew...glad that is over! I forgot my fitbit Saturday and was bummed..would have been curious to know how many steps as I was on my feet for about 15 hours.

Didn't do squat yesterday. Gave myself a total cheat day with not so authentic eggs benny for breakfast(potato cakes instead of english muffins) and a big plate of baked spaghetti last night with tons and tons of bread. mmm...

Lots of carbs last week eating on the run. I had more bagels in the last week than I've had in the last year! Hopefully there won't be too much set back from it!

Back to business today. Cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast a salad with chicken breast for lunch. Looking forward to a home cooked meal of stir fry bok choy and chicken tonight!

Mar 24, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

I was 40 when I started grad school. No easy feat at that point in life! Congrats on taking on such a challenge!

Mar 21, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

I use a Fitbit and have been really happy with it.

26,000+ steps today and no time to eat all day meant no guilt over a waffle for dinner when I finally got home tonight and a bit of buttered popcorn for dessert! LOL

Mar 21, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

All these great recipes you've all been posting! I just want a night at home so I can try some of them. Ugh.

I couldn't get to a meeting this week with my work schedule and the big events we are hosting this weekend. Home scale says I'm down some though I'm not really sure how much. I need to get a new scale as it only shows half pound increments and I'm not actually sure how it rounds(always up? always down? both ways depending on math rules?).

Given I've been eating on the run for nearly two weeks now, and we had a lot of socializing last weekend I'm happy to not be heading the wrong way. I am glad my job has me on my feet a lot...I've been tracking 20,000+ steps/day this week which certainly doesn't hurt.

I just really would like a home cooked meal.

Mar 21, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Grad school! I packed on an additional 20 to my already overweight self while I was in grad school and became completey sedentary. I wasn't young when I did it though.

I should have joined back then and you're smart to think about your health while you are working on your academic
program! You will only do better in school for it.

Welcome and good luck!

Mar 21, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Toss somethign in your gym bag to eat as soon as you are done? That way you can curb the hunger a bit before you get home. Apples travel really well. Kind and Clif both make mini bars too that aren't too high in calories and have decent nutritional content(Don't taste bad either). I think the Clif bars are labeled "Clif Kids."

I keep chocolate in the freezer, with the cookies. I'm not much of a chocoholic actually but if it's around I'll eat it. Same as the cookies, I'll take one or two out in the evening and thaw it and have with tea or coffee if I'm wanting something sweet after dinner.

Really the key for me is to just not keep stuff around and easy to get too. I'm a notorious snacker and can get myself in real trouble otherwise!

Are you enjoying your gym workouts? I admire anyone that can get in a gym regularly! I keep telling myeslf I need to join the one here on campus and do some cross training and haven't been able to bring myeslf to do it!

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Chips and salsa have always been my thing. I could eat a Costco sized whole bag in a day back when I was young and not really worry about repercussions. Oh to have a 20 year old metabolism again. LOL

I have to admit I was really disappointed by the pretzel M&Ms when they came out. I was hopign this would be a great combination of cruchy, salty and sweet...but they're terrible! LOL

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Me too. I just can't keep anything salty in the house. I wander into the pantry and look for a snack. And if there's nothing salty I can wander right out.

Even stuff that is'nt that great, like a gluten free pretzel? (they gave these away at a run we did a couple weeks ago). Crunchy? Check. Salty? Check? Downed both mine and my husband's. Didn't care that they tasted like cardboard. LOL

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

It won't let me read your post, roxlet but I do see in the preview the down .8! yay!

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Problem expanding threads, previously read posts, or creating new threads

I am having the same issue using Explorer on my work laptop.

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Site Talk

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Hmmm...I'm having trouble with this thread, won't expand responses for me. Anyone experiencing similar?

Anyway, I did want to reply to Kontxesi...salty snack are totally the bane of my existence too! My advice is not to keep them on hand. Too hard to resist!

I am also typically hungry after a run or workout. It's important to eat after you exercise to replenish your body of needed nutrients! I've started to think of food as fuel and that really helps me make good choice around my workouts, before and after. Before a typical run I'll eat some dates or half a banana. Quick boost of energy, high in potassium. Afterwards, I'll eat somethign with carbs and protein. Half a KIND bar, some cottage cheese, a piece of cheese, a hard boiled egg. Just something small and fast before I jump in the shower and head to work.

The runners in the group I run with love chocolate milk as a replenisher after a run. I'm afraid start that due to the high calories, etc. (plus my body doens't like a lot of dairy) I'm not yet at the point where I run enough and in the kind of condition where I can eat everythig in sight. LOL I envy them....they brought in pizza after our track workout last night and wow, those marathon running folks could put it away while I saw in the corner and worked slowly on two small pieces and felt guilty about the second! LOL

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Salty snacks are my trigger as well. I can't keep them in the house. Especially tortilla chips. I really just don't eat them anymore, unless I have a small package of them I buy as a treat once in a while. As much as I love mexican food we don't go out for that really anymore either as I will eat basket after basket. We make it at home to satisfy mexican cravings(fortunately not hard ot do in Phoenix where we have access to all kinds of great and fresh mexican ingredients)

Sometimes it's also about knowing and accepting your weaknesses. LOL

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Socializing makes things difficult. Typically we have some sort of engagement every weekend...plus we have season tickets for our local NBA team. If I know I have a party coming up - either one I'm throwing or one I'm attending, I eat very simple in the days ahead and after. This has become a pretty basic pattern for me....I just don't eat a lot of fancy stuff, heavy, or complex stuff day to day anymore. Sure, it's different than how I used to eat but I have come to realize that the good stuff is still out there, I just don't need to eat it everyday. There will be more good stuff down the road if I turn it down today.

I don't feel deprived day to day focussing on fruits, vegetables, eggs and salads because I know I still get plenty of variety and more interesting thigns on a regular basis. Staying simple most days helps me budget those thigns in though. (I have a couple days of big events at work starting tomorrow. Meals will mostly likely be on the fly and stolen off hte catering tables. Dinner last night was a veggie patty, some frozen broccoli, and an orange. Breakfast today was an apple and 2 string cheese. Lunch will be a very boring basic salad...this way I won't feel badly about the goodies I might enjoy while working the next couple days)

I also find now, nearly a year down the road, I don't feel good if I eat too much indulgent food or just overeat in general. It's become a good aversive technique when I'm faced with lots of tempting choices. I remember how I'll feel if I eat more than I should and it helps me make better choices and eat less.

I don't know what to say about the alcohol. I've always enjoyed wine but have pretty much given it up. Not worth the calories to me any more. I drink club soda and sparkling water when I'm out or at nice dinners. I also have begun running a lot and I avoid alcohol as it really affects how I feel the next day if I'm running, even with only one glass. Again, aversive but it works for me to remember that. There are folks in my group that still enjoy social alcohol. They budget it in and opt for less eaten calories.

1650 calories isn't a huge amount. Do you know what your daily allowance is? I eat 1400-1600 daily, am 5'2" and lose just under a lb a week on avearge. With the beers included it doesn't sound like you did so badly really. If your allowance is 1400 or so, you could burn a couple hundred calories fairly easily over the course a day or two with strolls that won't feel like exercise.

Mar 20, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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TJ's Kale & Spinach Greek Yogurt Dip

I love this stuff. I love it in sandwiches, in potatoes, with veggies, on a spoon. LOL

Mixing it with tuna is a great idea. Definitely going to try that.

Mar 18, 2014
ziggylu in Chains

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Awesome, Kontxesi! Good luck this week!

Mar 18, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Fantastic! Thanks for bringnig attention to these, Gio!

Mar 18, 2014
ziggylu in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Our dining halls promote Meatless Mondays and feature all vegetarian entrees on Monday. I went to lunch planning on a salad but today they were offering lentil stuffed peppers. Had a bit of Morrocan spicing in it. Quite tasty. I've never used lentils for stuffing actually....going to have to do this at home.

Mar 17, 2014
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