Monday, January 15, 2018

Weight Watcher Connect

I haven't messed too much with Weight Watcher Connect.  It reminds me a lot of Instagram.  I have an Instagram account that I rarely use; I kind of forget about it.

None-the-less I've decided to give WW Connect a go.  I signed up again for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge and am on Day 3; so I've been posting those there.

I'm not an exerciser and I've tried just about everything.  Walking is the only thing I can do.

The challenge helps getting a walk in during those cold winter months and boy has it every been cold here!  But I'm determined and with one of my 3 dogs beside me, we get it done!

A Step Back From Weight Loss

Though most of my posts will be about my weight loss journey, I do have a life outside of Weight Watchers!  If you've followed any of my previous blogs, you know that I have been a HUGE fan of Kevin Spacey.

I've seen Kevin in person many times:  plays, interviews, talks, stage door.....and I've made some lifelong friendships through this.

Like most of the other fans, I've been somewhat quiet about the recent happenings and rather perplexed that the man I've met and has done so much to help others achieve.....ended up in this Hollywood mess.  It's an entirely different person.

I was not surprised that Kevin was gay, that was somehow always suspected anyway.  I didn't like that he chose to come out the way he did.  It was either an attempt to cloud over that he may have hit on a minor or he was saying that I did this because I'm gay.  It angers me that he did that.

I believe all people live 3 lives:  a public life, a private life and a secret life.  Kevin's secret life is no longer a secret.  I don't know if that's a good or bad thing or how it really affects me.

I still think he's a great actor, I still think he's done a lot of good, I still think he adores his fans....I don't know the Kevin the media has displayed and I don't want to.

It's very confusing.....

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Useful Tools

With the new diet, I decided I needed to update with some new cookware! 

I had the original Weight Watchers skillets that I had bought several years ago at a discount store at a very discounted rate.  Over time they got ugly and well just weren't non-stick anymore for some reason.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money so I did some online research and these came up with good results:

They're made by a company called Tramontina and it was only $20 for a set of three!  I also got them in red as that's my color of choice!

Though they weren't expensive, I wanted to keep them in good shape and got online to see the best way to care for them.  I was certainly in for an eye opener from the web and from the instructions that came with them!  Non-stick pans need special care:

1.  They may say dishwasher safe but it's best not to wash them in one.  Let the pan cool completely and then wash in warm water.  Never put a hot pan into cold water or fill the hot pan with cold water.

2.  Don't use the spray oil (like Pam) on them.  It leaves a coating over time and makes the food stick.

3.  Don't use high heat, heat over medium or low only.

4.  Prepare them for use by first washing them in warm water, drying and then seasoning them with oil (not spray).  Just add a little oil and use a paper towel to wipe it around.  Heat the pan over medium heat for 2 minutes, let cool completely, then wash in warm water. 

Wow!  I've been doing it all wrong for YEARS.  Anyway, now when I use one I wipe oil onto the pan (very very little) and only use medium heat.  It works great! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Menu Share

Wanted to share today's menus.  I got up late, so breakfast was late and therefore I didn't eat lunch but I did go to a movie:

So I ended up going over by 2 pts for the day but still have 33 weeklies and for the first 3 days of my week - I have 3 blue dots, YAY ME!

Oh and for all you Freestyle haters - notice that I ate no chicken, seafood or beans; and nope I'm not hungry at all!

Yeah, I Know....

Some of posts may come off a bit harsh when it comes to Freestyle.  I don't mean to down anyone that doesn't like it; I just feel so passionate about it and I want others to feel that way too!

It may not be for everyone, but I just wish the ones it isn't for would just move on and find the thing that is!  And again, I have a post on here showing how to set your WW app to accommodate the old smartpoints plan.  You'll never lose the weight, if you just stand around and complain.  The classic point lovers - had to move on; the points plus lovers-had to move's now time for the smart point lovers to do the same.  Let Freestyle do it's thing.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Day or Two

So I have gained over the holidays but put myself back in gear today, which is the start of my week.

Here's how I ate:

Breakfast:  banana, 2 eggs = 0 pts

Lunch:  3 oz. chicken breast, orange and carrots = 0 pts

Dinner:  3 oz. pork chop, peas and sweet potato fries = 10 pts

Snack:  unsweetened applesauce and WW protein bar = 2 pts

Right now I still have 11 pts left!!  If I was doing the old Smartpoints, my total would be 20 and I'd have 10 pts left.


Breakfast:  2 eggs & mushrooms = 0 pts

Lunch:  5 oz. tuna = 0 pts

Dinner:  Spaghetti with meat sauce and one breadstick = 13 pts

Snack:  Chicken tenderloin, orange, 5 saltines, laughing cow wedge = 3 pts

Total:  16 pts with 7 remaining.  On the old plan it would be 23 pts with 7 remaining.

I don't really like tracking both ways, but I just want you to see the comparison.  Don't overthink it!

So What Have We Learned About Freestyle So Far?

My posts have hopefully been informative to you and as I continue with Freestyle, I'll post about it here.

A summary:

1.   You CAN still weigh, measure and track the zero foods.  If you need portion control - DO IT!

2.   You CAN eat more than just the zero foods.  Plan the zeros around them.

3.   You CAN still do the old Smartpoints program on the WW app.  Yep....just go here to learn how:

4.   After your initial sign-up period with WW your membership will continue at the monthly rate until YOU cancel it.  Also, after cancelling check your statements to make sure nothing comes out.

5.   Stop thinking about the points you lost and work with the ones you have!

And that's a wrap!!