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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
4:13 pm
Sweet moments
So, sharing here the non-caloric sweets that can come from dieting and exercise:

I bought two new pairs of work trousers this Sunday and I dropped down a size!
( After what feels like a million years in 12s and 14s my butt is, literally, in a 10 again!)

I bought a pair of boots, simply because they zipped up to the knee in one quick zip!

(I had truly despaired of anything going over my calves again!)

Stay strong around all of the food this week!

Thankful for all of you.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
2:03 pm
KFC still rocks for WW-friendly fast food
When I first started doing WW, I thought it would mean I'd never be able to eat at my favorite fast food places again... then I discovered that I'd actually chosen some good ones to be hooked on. Taco Bell and KFC are pretty reasonable places to eat while on WW... by changing the specific items I was ordering, I was able to get the tastes I was after, without totally breaking the bank. Even after the switchover to PointsPlus, it still wasn't too bad (my standard meal at Taco Bell went from 5 Points to 8 and my standard meal at KFC stayed at 5 Points).

Lately, I've been seeing ads for the new Chicken Bites at KFC... and, well, I have a weakness for things like popcorn chicken. I very occasionally indulge in them at KFC, just as a treat, but usually I'll just order an Original Recipe Leg instead of a grilled one and call it good (a grilled leg is 2 Points, while the Original Recipe Leg is 3). So, I headed to KFC's website and looked up the nutritional info on the new Bites... and was delighted to see that the small portion size is only 5 Points!! Woot! So, for lunch today I grabbed a small Chicken Bites, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans... for a whopping 8 Points. Not bad at all and VERY satisfying. I somehow don't think I'll be ordering that 11 Point Popcorn Chicken again any time soon, even as a treat!

Current Mood: happy
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
9:43 am
strategy, tactics, help?
So, anyone have any particular strategies, tactics, lessons learned, or advice when it comes to hanging in there with WW while heading into PMS and fighting chocolate/sugar cravings?

I read a couple of articles on-line regarding the PMS/chocolate issue. Lots of interesting stuff about how it affects serotonin in the brain, and how most all sugars (with the exception of fruit) will increase serotonin. In a way, it's reassuring to know there really is stuff going on in the body during such times that make you want to eat certain foods. It's not merely in your head. ;)

All that being said, it looks like it's going to be a struggle of a week ahead. So any help here would be hot. ;)
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
10:15 am
weekly report
Well, after the points overload due to working at camp last week, when I got on the scale this morning for the weekly weigh I was relieved to see I had not gained. However, I was quite surprised to see I'd even lost a wee bit. So, I'm not sure if this is some sign that my body has sort of kicked into overdrive simply because of the new lifestyle of eating, or if the program simply works well enough that even given a couple days of bad choices, being good in tracking the rest of the time helps even it out. But overall, I'm taking it as encouragement that this system works for me, and that's all the more reason to continue tracking and making the good food choices. As N. reminded me, this is a lifestyle choice - not a diet. So true. :)

Still struggling with getting back in a regular exercise routine. But that's always a tricky one for me during the summer, because my schedule is all over the place. I'm trying to teach myself that it's more important to try and work in what activity I can, even if it's just taking stairs or walking that extra bit.

So, how is everyone else doing?

And quick question. Those of you on WW, do you know if cooking fruit changes the point value of it? Well, other than anything you might add to it while cooking, of course. I have some fresh plums that were given to us, and I was thinking of cooking them with some pork for supper one night. So I was curious if cooking a fruit changes the nutritional value enough to add any points.
Saturday, June 16th, 2012
12:33 pm
well, that's discouraging
So I survived my half a week at Middle School camp. But it was horrid in terms of food choices. Thankfully I had made some healthy snacks of dried fruit and nuts to have with me, so I wasn't as tempted by the options from the snack shack as I could have been. I also tried to eat as much salad as I could during meals, but I knew I had to eat some of the other items - which were, unfortunately, very heavy in the carbs department and bulk processed foods - so I'd have energy to keep going for the long days. And I managed to work in a few activity points just walking back and forth around the campground (our cabin was uphill!). But even as "good" as I tried to be, it was very frustrating for me in terms of trying to stay on track with the limited options. And yes, it meant I was also hungry (especially late at night), so I did make poor choices a couple at times. I just did some tracking to assess my point values - and I had to do a lot of estimating, so I'm not even sure if I'm on target. Could be a little better, but could also be a lot worse than what's showing in the total tally. The result is that I not only went over my daily allowances, I also used up more than my weekly "splurge" allowance.


I know now that the key to fighting this disappointing assessment is to not give in and make poor food choices the remainder of my week. (My tracking week runs Wed-Tues.) I can work toward staying within my daily limit for the days I have left. And I can work in some extra activity points before the week ends as well. If I'm lucky, perhaps I won't have gained back anything lost during my first two weeks. But even if I have, I know I can't let that get me down - it just means opportunity to make good choices the next week in order to reclaim any lost ground.

I also learned it was a mistake to not keep up the habit of tracking my points while I was at camp. (I had my iPhone, and although coverage was sparse, I could have managed it.) If I'd had a better idea at the time of how many points I was actually using up, I might have had more willpower to say "no" to some of those items I gave in with. So, I know better now the value of keeping up with my points regularly - that accountability is good for me.

Okay. Pep talk over. Thanks for listening, everyone. :)
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
10:19 am
On the right track
And further proof that I made the right decision when I stopped using my daily inhaler... this last week, we went to Disneyland for our anniversary and, I'll admit it, I didn't bother keeping track of anything. Not to say that I went hogwild, because I didn't... but in amongst trying to still make the right choices, I did indulge in treats more than I normally would. And I ended up still losing 1.2 pounds. Squee!!!

Current Mood: pleased
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
4:20 pm
AMC Theaters "Smart Movie Snacks"
We're heading to the movies tonight and I was planning on just getting popcorn and water again (and simply not eating too much of it), but figured I'd look into the "Smart Movie Snacks" package that they're offering at AMC these days: http://www.amctheatres.com/smartmoviesnacks/

It comes with Chiquita Fruit Chips, Odwalla Trail Mix Bar, POPCorners Popped Corn and a 20 oz. DASANI® water. It looks really good on the screen, but then I started checking into it. If you were to eat all of that, it would be 12 friggin' Points! TWELVE. You would have to eat nine cups of popcorn in order to reach that same number. Sheesh.

I think I'll just stick with the popcorn I actually want... I'm guessing it will be much more satisfying and odds are good, it'll use fewer Points.

Current Mood: indescribable
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
1:15 am
WW Article about Plateaus
I know some of us are plateauing and some of these tips helped and gave me a bit of perspective.

Powering Through Plateaus
Why the scale is at a standstill and how to get it started again.
Article By: Laurie Greenwald Saloman
Powering Through Plateaus
It's a phenomenon familiar to most people who've tried to shed excess pounds: You're close to your weight-loss goal, and suddenly the numbers on the scale refuse to budge.
You've hit a weight-loss plateau, and you're wondering what's causing the stall. Is there something you're doing (possibly unwittingly) to sabotage your own efforts? Or is it an inevitable physiological part of the weight-loss process?

The answer probably lies somewhere in between.

Ain't misbehavin'?
As much as we may not like to believe it, our actions are probably at the root of most weight-loss plateaus. "Probably about 90 percent of our plateaus are due to 'loosening up,' meaning the half-hour walk, seven days a week becomes a 20-minute walk, four days a week," says Weight Watchers chief scientist, Karen Miller-Kovach, MS, RD. "It's the little relaxing that does people in."

Before you start berating yourself, give yourself a break. Recognize that you may have gotten a little too comfortable with aspects of the program. But you can still keep moving toward your weight goal. Simply reaffirm your commitment to your weight-loss plan, and move forward. Try a new recipe, go back to weighing and measuring your "eyeballed" portions, or add some jogging intervals to your daily walk. By mixing up your routine, eating and exercise will be fresh and enjoyable again.

The body at work
Although less-than-faithful adherence to an eating and exercise plan is usually the culprit of a plateau, there are times when something going on within the body is causing the pounds to hang on.

According to Michael Lowe, PhD, professor of clinical and health psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, about one-quarter of the weight you lose is actually lean tissue. Lean-tissue loss means you burn fewer calories. "This effect is relatively minor, but combined with other factors, it can contribute to a plateau," Lowe says.

Lowe also points out that because pounds shed in the first few weeks of weight loss tend to be made up of about half water, people are often fooled into thinking they are reaching a plateau when, in fact, they're really just approaching a normal (read: slower) rate of weight loss.

Five ways to tip the scale
The good news: Whether the cause is behavioral, physiological or both, there are steps you can take to move past a plateau. First, strengthen your resolve to keep losing, then:

1. Increase your physical activity
This may be the best way to get the weight off, according to experts. Look for simple ways to get more activity in: Take the family (or the dog) for an afternoon walk. Park the car farther away, or get off the bus a stop or two away from your destination.

2. Eat right and write
Research has shown that people routinely underestimate the number of calories they consume daily. Keep track of what you eat. Enjoy seeing that you've stayed within your PointsPlus® Target.

3. Eat fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals and are typically low in calories. Including them at meal time will help keep you satisfied and contribute to your health.

4. Spice things up
Forgo your usual turkey on rye for a more exotic water-packed tuna with dill and lemon juice on toasted pita bread. This might stimulate your taste buds enough to keep you satisfied.

5. Get busy
Join an after-work volleyball league, attend art openings or just chase your kids around outside. The less you're in the kitchen, the less tempted you'll be to eat.

Current Mood: exhausted
Sunday, January 29th, 2012
1:03 pm
I thought I looked weird....
I am wearing jeans. I am in my Christmas sweater with kitties. I do have on a bra. Why is this all important?

Because today I went to the doctor for my yearly preventative exam (YAY HMO!!!). They weighed me. My favorite pasttime...not so much. Now according to their scale I am 243.2 lbs. Last week I was 247.5 lb with just my lightest PJs on. I am hoping I keep up with this weight for the official weigh in tomorrow for WW.

Crossing my fingers....and yes I did hug that scale. I was thinking of stealing it.

Current Mood: sleepy
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