Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This week was on Tracking. Our leader started off showing us her calendar for March. It is already filled in for almost everyday. She said she had to write down what she had to do or she would never remember. That's kind of like what tracking our food is for us. We track our food for several reasons or advantages.
Advantages for tracking food
1. Limits amounts of food you eat.
2. Increases awareness of both eating and activity.
3. Helps you stay accountable.
4. Gives you valuable feedback.
5. Helps explain what happens at the scale.
6. Gives you a history of success.
We then talked about the different ways to track. Weight Watchers provides us with a lot of them including the paper tracker you get at meetings, the 3 month journal, the points calculator, the new points clicker, and e-tools. All of these track in different ways. I favor tracking what I ate by writing it down. Some prefer to just use the calculator or the new clicker.
We then talked about alternatives to tracking. Personally, I never tried the CORE program, so I can't give any advice about it, but the new Simply Filling Technique is suppose to be a lot like that program.
Simply Filling Technique in 3 Simple Steps
1. Eat simply filling foods.
2. Eat portions that feel right.
3. Use your weekly points allowance.
Keeps you feeling satisfied longer between meals.
Prevents you from overeating.
Helps you lose weight.
Someone also gave the pumpkin fluff recipe. I have had this and it is really good. I like it with gingersnap cookies.
15oz can pumpkin
1 pkg. fat-free sugar-free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 c. skim milk
8 oz. container Cool Whip Free, thawed
2 tsp. pumpkin spice
Using a mixer, blend pumpkin with dry pudding mix and milk. Fold in Cool Whip. Chill.
Nutrition Information: 116 cal., 0.3 fat, 2.9 fiber
Our leader ended with these quotes: "The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
Goals for this week
1. Stay on points
3. Be positive.
4. Try to get out of the slump that I am in!!!!
Caramel Apple Cake
1 1/2 Cups Reduced Fat Bisquick
1/2 Cup Splenda Granular
1/2 Cup Skim Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups peeled and diced Apples
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 Ounce Finely Chopped Pecans
1 Cup Boiling Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the Bisquick, Splenda, milk and vanilla. Spray a 9x9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, and place the dough mixture into the pan. Spray your hand with non-stick cooking spray and pat the dough evenly into the pan. Combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans in a bowl. Spread on top of the dough mixture. Pour the boiling water over the top. Bake for 50-60 minutes. A caramel sauce will form at the bottom. Let the cake cool for about 5 minutes, loosen the sides, and flip the cake upside down onto a plate. Cut into 8 pieces. This is good served warm with fat free cool whip or fat free vanilla ice cream for additional points.
Per Serving: 181 Calories; 2g Fat (11.9% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 38g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; trace Cholesterol; 298mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I tried to get on here yesterday, but my computer would not let me log in to any site. I finally found that the problem was K9, a program that helps us protect my son when he is on the computer.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
1 Twin pack of Little Debbie's Zebra Cake 8 points!
2 pieces light whole wheat bread
5 cups Fat Free Microwave Popcorn
You can have all of that food for 8 points. That's a lot of food. I think I'd be pretty full. On the new Momentum Plan, that is what you try to do eat more foods for your points. Usually those foods are going to be filling foods. All of those listed above, except the zebra cake, are filling foods. Filling Foods are foods that will keep you fuller longer. And get this, you can even eat that zebra cake if you want! Weight Watchers gives you the freedom to eat some "extras" with your 35 Weekly Points Allowance. I used to be scared to use those points, but they are built in the program. I still have a good weight loss when I use them and I don't feel deprived of my favorite foods. In fact, those points let me LIVE! This weekend is Valentine's Day, so that would be a perfect opportunity to use those points. I have a birthday party that I plan to use them at. I always cringe when people say you can't use those points and still lose weight. I know a lot of people who use all their WPA and lose better than they were when they were not using the points. If you watched Biggest Loser last night, Bob was getting one of his teams to eat more. Some people have a hard time with trying to lose weight and eating more, but your body needs the points you are given for a reason. Some people who exercise a lot tend to not lose a lot. There could be many reasons for it, but one is that they are not eating enough. Sometimes you need to eat your activity points to keep up with what your body is burning. I know it sounds crazy, but it really does work. So, don't be scared to use WPA and activity points!
Part 2: Liquids
Our meeting was about liquids. A lot of people have a big concern with what Weight Watchers has done with this Healthy Guideline. On the Momentum Plan you just have to have 6 cups of liquids. Although book 1 states that, Water is best," any liquid now counts toward this healthy guideline. Some things that count now are beer, wine, (neither of which I drink), colas, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soup to name a few. The soup one kind of threw me for a loop! I think water does help in metabolism and is important for weight loss, but many dietitians will tell you that you can have weight loss without water intake. I also watched the show, The Doctors, while I was in the hospital and they said that there is a lot of new research out about water since a girl was in a water drinking contest and died because she drank too much. They said that your body will tell you how much water you need and you should listen to your body. I trust Weight Watchers and I know that they change their programs based on new research, so there has to be a reason for it. I also know that people seem to be losing more weight with the Momentum Plan than they were with the old Flex Plan so something must be right about it. I plan to still drink my water as part of my weight loss program.
Weight In Results: -1.2 pounds (After the week I had, I'm happy with that!)
Goals For this week:
1. Drink the recommended liquids for the week.
2. Exercise at least 5 days.
3. Use my meal plan as a way to stay on track this week.
Hope everyone has a great on point week! :)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Spaghetti Casserole, salad, toast, Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake
mmmmmmeatloaf, mashed potatoes, guilt free gravy, green beans
Breakfast for dinner
Creamy Potato and Ham Bake, salad, Easy Peach Cobbler
Pork with Apples and Stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, Caramel Apple Cake
Neil's Birthday Party (probably pizza)
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, salad
Cinnamon French Toast, fruit, hot herbal tea
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, fruit, hot herbal tea
Omelet with added onions and mushrooms on light English muffin, fruit, hot herbal tea (3 days)
Low fat waffles and fruit, hot herbal tea (2 days)
Cheesy Vegetable Soup (2 days)
Salad with tuna
Boca Burger, baked chips
Wendy's No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
94% Fat Free Popcorn
Jell-o pudding, sugar free
Fiber One Bars
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
See something you want to make but there is no recipe? As I make the recipes this week I will post them with a picture. Hope everyone has a great week.
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1 cup finely chopped minced celery (I did not add this)
1/4 cup diced sweet onion
1 (8 pack) Ballpark Fat Free Hot Dogs
14 oz Hormel Turkey Chili, no beans
1 (8.5 oz.) Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg white
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray skillet with butter flavor cooking spray. Saute celery and onion for 5 minutes. Slice hot dogs into thin discs and add to skillet. Cook over med-high heat for 5-7 minutes. Add turkey chili and heat through. Spray 11 X 7 pan with cooking spray. Pour skillet contents into pan. Top with cheese. Combine muffin mix, egg white, milk, water, and pepper; pour over hot dog mixture. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
Makes 6 servings
349 Calories, 11g fat, 3g fiber
I've made this several times and my kids love it with mac and cheese. I did not eat any mac and cheese though, I served mine with salead and most of my kids ate salad too. After eating out a lot from being in the hospital, my family was ready for a comfort foods meal and this is pure comfort!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I got some stuff to post, but I'll be back later. I'm a little busy.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Habit is what keeps you going.
I really like this quote. So many people ask me, "What keeps you motivated." I guess this quote explains it all. You have to turn motivation into habit. I have changed my lifestyle and the way I eat to become more of a habit in my life and I think that people who have true weight loss do make it a habit! Weight Watchers is one of the few weight loss programs that try to make it a habit. That's why they say it is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. So, get some motivation and then turn it into a habit and that's what makes you continue in the weight loss journey. That sentence makes it sound easy, but really it is hard work!