Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I'm at the beach this week and have that "I'm fat and look like crap" attitude going on. Nothing lets you know how much you're failing at weight loss than seeing yourself in a bathing suit.

I really hate myself over this and have been making a list of what I need to do in order to do better. I found the 4 week challenge on FB.

I don't believe I can do everything all at once, HOWEVER, I am going to aim for:  No chips or french fries, and the No cake, donuts, cookies or candy. 

I figure if I do it in steps, I won't get overwhelmed. I'll just work it with Freestyle, which will be easy because it fits perfectly.

So I have a plan.....that's a start.




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Sunday, July 8, 2018

FREESTYLE

So we've discussed Classic Points, Points Plus and Smart Points.  Now it's time to discuss the current Weight Watcher plan - FREESTYLE.

First, anything you need to count a point for is calculated the Smart Point way; so there's not new points to learn.

Weight Watchers took a look at what everyone was eating, took note of the filling options and created FREESTYLE.

Freestyle is a step between points and their Simply Filling plan.  Freestyle is an AWESOME plan and despite my dislike of Smart Points; I can overlook that part.

Freestyle gives you a list of 200 foods that you do not have to count points for; that list consists of vegetables, fruit, beans, chicken & turkey breast, seafood and eggs with a few exceptions.  Weight Watchers says to eat these foods until you are full, not stuffed and you don't have to weigh, measure and track them.

Wait? What?
Right, you don't have to weigh, measure or track them.

Let's back up here......just because you don't have to, doesn't mean you can't.  If you don't trust yourself, by all means weigh, measure and track.  Also remember, just because you don't have to count it (or count it as 0 pts) doesn't mean the food doesn't have calories, carbs, fat, sugar, etc...
Don't confuse 0 pts as 0 calories - it doesn't work that way.

The biggest complaint I hear about FREESTYLE - is that "if I knew how to stop eating when I am full, I wouldn't need Weight Watchers".  You are just like me!  So knowing that....you need to weigh, measure and track it.  Yes the tracker will show 0 and that's fine; but at least you'll know serving sizes.  Sometimes you have to do what you know you need to do and stop blaming the program.

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Side Note:   I once saw a post where a WW member was complaining about just this.  I offered the advice above to weigh, measure and track.  They thanked me and said they'd give that a try.  A few hours later (yep, just hours) they posted again complaining that if they had to weigh, measure and track then they really aren't doing Freestyle.....why can't they have the choice to go back to Smart Points.

Yeah, I shook my head and laughed too!  You were given advice...and without even giving it a try..you came up with another excuse of why the program won't work for you.  First the excuse was you needed more structure, then when you were told well you can do that, you came back with well that's not really doing the program is it?  Actually, yes it is!  Notice the name FREE in the program - you're free to make it your own!

Obviously this was a person who just wanted Smart Points back but was failing to realize that on Smart Points they'd be weighing, measuring and tracking........so why can't they do it on Freestyle?
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Don't get hung up on only eating the 0 pt foods either.  The next biggest complaint?  I am so sick of eating eggs and chicken.   Ummm.....why are you eating so much of it?  Why aren't you using those points?

If you only eat off that list, you are depriving yourself and will get bored very easily with this plan.  You need to use those points.  Plan ahead....if you want burgers or pasta one night; fill that into the tracker and then work the rest of the day around it.  The points are there to be used....use them.

This is also in line with the people who accuse WW of forcing them to only eat certain foods - "they're trying to tell me what to eat"......again, you do not only have to eat the zero foods - use the points!  And no WW isn't forcing you to eat certain foods......they are nudging you towards healthy choices.  There's a huge difference.


Still Here and Still Moving Forward

Hi there....yeah I know, I've been away for a while.

Sometimes I just don't know what to write about.

Weight wise, I'm maintaining...which is good but I know I could be so much better.
Yesterday was a bad point day.  I managed to use  (are you ready for this?) 94 POINTS!  Yikes!

You read that right, 94......I'm now 31 points in the hole for the week.  How'd that happen?
Easy actually...I started the day with Funfetti Pancake Muffins from Drizzle Me Skinny.  I then had corn on the cob and watermelon for lunch.  Later in the afternoon as I felt like I was starving....I ended up at McDonald's for a McDouble no cheese, small fry and a large Caramel Frappe.......yep.....not good.  I then ended my day at Rutter's for fried chicken wings and mozzarella sticks.

Sigh........

So today, I'm starting out better.  Sundays mean a big meal at my parent's house so I opted for a bigger more filling breakfast to hopefully hold off eating too much there.  This is where you get a real eye opener:

Yesterday for breakfast, as I mentioned above, I had the Funfetti Pancake Muffins (which are awesome by the way) for 5 pts.

Today I had, a 1/2 batch of the pancake muffins (3 pts) along with 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon (2 pts) and a banana.  All for the same amount of points that yesterday was!  And much more filling!

Now I just need to get some walking in to get some of those weekly points back...it would be nice to not be in the hole at weigh-in!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Products

Every once in a while I have to give a product review, especially if it's something that I think you may like.  Take note that these opinions are totally my own and the company isn't asking me to give a review at all.

I've heard of Walden Farms but never really paid attention to it mostly because when I saw it in the grocery store it was rather pricey.

Last week at our WW meetings, one of our struggling returnees stated that she was having a hard time because she had to give up all her favorite foods.  We advised that you didn't, but you do need to make some healthier choices or finds something new to eat.  She said she just wanted a banana split.

This got me to thinking....how can I make a banana split point worthy?  It was rather easy!

First you start with a banana!  That's 0 points, so we're off to a good start.  Ice cream was the next step.....you could use frozen cool whip (as I did with my brownie a few posts back) but I decided on Halo ice cream.  There are lots of low point options in this area and you just have to pick what you like; in my case I chose the Halo Birthday Cake - I added 3/4 cups to my split for 4 points.  Now it was time for topping!  That's where Walden Farms came in.  I chose their Caramel syrup:


This stuff is AWESOME and 1 tbsp is 0 pts!  It's not overly thick, so one tablespoon is plenty. (You can actually use a lot of this for 0 pts).  Along with it I got this:


This is really thick (thicker than the regular) and 2 tbsp will run you 0 pts.  Taste wise?  It's so-so, it's doable and point worthy but I don't know if I'd like it alone or as the only topping.  For future reference:  Walden Farms makes a chocolate syrup as well; had I not already of bought this one at the first store, I'd of just paid the extra dollar for theirs(as I'm sure it's as AWESOME as the caramel one).

What about toppings?  I added blueberries (0 pts) and 3 marachino cherries (1 pts) and got a total of 5 pts for a banana split!!


And it tasted WONDERFUL!!!  So see........ you can have a banana split on Weight Watchers!

You should check out the Walden Farms website.  Don't rely on their store locator as it says no store within a 20 mile radius of where I'm at has their products and that wasn't true, lol!  They have all types of products to help you with your journey.  Pricey?  Yes, but sometimes you get what you pay for.

My Mojo

Motivation is the one key to successful weight loss.  If your head is in the right place, the rest will follow.

When I started WW back in 2010, my head was in the right place.  I don't know why it was, as I had thought of joining WW for sometime but always talked myself out of it, but one day it just clicked.

After I made lifetime and the weight came back, I can't tell you how many times I rejoined WW.  I knew I needed to do it, I knew I could do it, but the motivation just wasn't there.

That's where I've been since I rejoined WW this last time in 2015 (2-1/2 years ago).  I pay, go to meetings and don't do the program.  I've lost and relost the same 5-10 lbs over and over.  I'm not the only one struggling with this.

Last week was the first time in ions that I've had any true motivation.  Again, I can't really tell you where it came from but this meme put it in motion:


I saw it and saw myself in it.  Maybe, just maybe....motivation wasn't the issue, maybe just maybe all the excuses were.  I can relate to every excuse on this page, EVERY SINGLE ONE.   "I'm all alone" is probably at the bottom because I have very good family, friend and WW group support, so I'm not alone......but weight loss is an individual thing and you can feel alone because I know I do at times.

I printed this meme out and have hung it on my bulletin board at work and on the refrigerator at home; I'll probably hang it a few more places.  There isn't a day that one of these thoughts does not go through my head.....but I see this and tell myself it's nothing more than an excuse - I CAN DO THIS!

Friday, June 8, 2018

TA-DA

I am happy to say that my staying on plan paid off - I was down 2.8 lbs at weigh-in HURRAY!

I am also happy that some of the people who have left our meetings are starting to come back!  It makes it nice to be able to re-start my journey with the people I did my last journey with.

Trying to stay on plan this week, our meeting set a goal to lose at least 1 lb each week in June...so I want to be there!  Movie tonight will kill me with popcorn and jujy fruits - BUT, I'm working on earning fitpoints to cover it.

Onward I go......

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Weight Watcher Recipe Even Lighter Without Losing Flavor

If you haven't visited the website Drizzle Me Skinny, you really should.  No fancy recipes here - normal everyday food made to fit the Weight Watchers program.

Tonight I made her Chicken Rice Crescent Topped Casserole with a few changes to make it even more point friendly than I thought I was capable of doing.  Her recipe comes to 8 sp per serving and is perfect as is!

The first thing I looked at was where could I make cuts without losing flavor?
The recipe called for white rice and I replaced that with riced cauliflower.  For the record, I am not a cauliflower person, however, in this recipe you never taste the cauliflower...so this was a good change and dropped the points to 7 sp.  Entering everything into the Weight Watcher recipe builder, I discovered the crescent rolls were very pointy.....how could I cut points there?

Fortunately, CC decided to try the 2 ingredient dough made with 1 cup self rising flour and 1 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt.  She had made bagels.  Hmmmmmm.........that dough is used for all kinds of things!  Could I replace those crescents with this dough?  Yep, you bet you can!

I made some changes just for my own taste that didn't make a difference.  I ended up with some awesome goodness!



The dough actually didn't have a lot of taste and was rather doughy, HOWEVER, this dish was so tasty it didn't matter and they ended up being more like dumplings!

My Recipe?

1 cup Fat Free Chicken Broth
10.5 oz can of Cream of Chicken Soup (98% fat free)
1/2 cup Fat Free Milk
10 oz of shredded chicken breast, cooked
2 cups Steamable mixed vegetables
2 cups Steamable Riced Cauliflower
2/3 cup Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese (I don't do Fat Free cheese)
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
2 ingredient dough

And the final point count?  5 sp

And Hubby gave it a thumbs up!!

A Meal Share

I want to share my meals with you.....


Thursday (Total Points used: 21)

Breakfast:
1 container of Oikos Plain Greek nonfat yogurt with the following added to it - 1 tbsp of sugar free fat free chocolate pudding mix and a 1/4 cup honey nut cheerios.  Banana on the side.
Total:  2 sp

Lunch:
1 cup watermelon
WW Oven baked cheddar twists
Sandwich - 1 slice 647 white bread with 2 oz Virginia ham and 1 slice Sargento thin sliced swiss cheese
Total: 5 sp

Dinner:
5 oz. pork chop
1 medium baked potato with spray butter
Total: 10 sp

Snack:
Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish
Total: 4 sp

Friday (Total Points used:  21)

Breakfast:
Same as Thursday
Total:  2 sp

Lunch:
Whole Wheat Chili Mac
1 cup Grapes
Total: 4 sp

Dinner:
Baked Chicken Breast with skin ***I did count points for the skin
1 cup potatoes air fried
Total:  7 sp

Snack:
Fiber One Brownie with 1/4 cup frozen Cool Whip and berries on the side
Total:  5 sp

Saturday (Total Points used:  27)

Breakfast:
1 serving of Drizzle Me Skinny's Funfetti Pancake Pie
1 tbsp sugar free syrup
3/4 cup of milk
1 banana
Total:  5 sp

Lunch:
BLT:  2 slices 647 White Bread, 1 tbsp light mayo, 4 slices center cut bacon, lettuce & tomato
19 Reduced Fat Potato Chips
Total:  10 sp

Dinner:
Haddock filet
Mixed Vegetables
Total:  0 sp

Snack:
Snacks
Total:  12 sp

I share these not only to keep myself honest, but to show you that Yes - you can eat more than just the zero point foods.  As a matter of fact, you should be eating more than zero point foods.

Also notice I had days that I didn't use all my dailies, and a time when I went over.  Don't restrict yourself too much - it may be trial and error but you'll find what works best for you without it feeling like a diet.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

WW Smart Points

After about 5 years of Points Plus.....WW decided to make their "Biggest Change Ever".

I remember seeing the "Biggest Change Ever" signs at the meetings.  At that time I was rather "pointed out" and totally off track and thought a big change is what I needed.  I assumed that "Biggest Change Ever" meant that points were about to go away.

I couldn't of been more wrong......it really wasn't a big change....it was just another point program that for the first time in WW points history that the logo "eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight" could no longer be used.

Smart Points gave sugar a big hit.  And I mean a BIG hit.  A sugar treat could take all of your daily or weekly points and leave you with no points.  For the first time WW felt like a diet.

I've never been a fan of Smart Points (and I have no issue with anyone that loves it), and being a person already "pointed out" and kind of in limbo - it didn't help.  I found myself binging.....and if I ate something that was way too high in points - I just didn't track it. 

Smart Points was a huge fail for me. 

Smart Points is calculated with Calories, Sat. Fat, Sugar and Protein.  There are no Good Health Guidelines to follow as the program forces you to eat the healthy stuff to stay within your allotted points.  For the first time ever.......not everyone had the same number of weekly points AND as you lost weight, you lost weekly points as well.  On the plus side, Protein was encouraged and went down in points.

Though I know many that have Smart Points success stories; it really wasn't for me and it doesn't mean it was because I didn't want to eat healthy (the normal response you get from the SP Lovers); it just wasn't the program for me. 


Friday, June 1, 2018

Ahhhhh......Dessert.....

I had a sweet tooth today and went back to an "oldie" from my Weight Watchers past.


What you are looking at is strawberries and blueberries (obviously), a Fiber One Brownie (4 sp) and 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) of Fat Free Cool Whip (1 sp).  It's tasty and satisfies that sweet tooth!  Oh and pop the brownie into the microwave for about 10 seconds - makes it like it just came out of the oven and the Cool Whip was frozen to give it that ice cream taste.

I've done really well the past few days and I'm not just eating chicken and eggs (which so many of the Freestyle complainers seem to think you have to do).

Tomorrow morning for breakfast I'm making Berry Funfetti Pancake Pie from Drizzle Me Skinny.  I've always wanted to try the Kodiak Pancake/Waffle mix and was thrilled to find it on sale at my local grocery store.  I'm pretty bad when it comes to "flipping" anything while cooking, so making it in a pie dish makes it "Laura" friendly.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ahem.......



I've been extremely bad lately and just all over the place.  I found the above meme on FB and thought, yep, that's me!!

But today was a new day and I've had myself on track, so hopefully I can continue on.  If I could just get one full week in, totally on plan....I think I could continue on!

So here's to the next week!

Monday, May 21, 2018

WW Points Plus

In December 2010, Weight Watchers retired their classic point program and presented Points Plus.
Points Plus (pp) is my very favorite Weight Watchers plan.

Points Plus took the point plan to the next step and attacked those bad carbs!  Snacky items went up 2-3 points and fruit dropped to zero.  Weight Watchers wanted you to choose fruit over the snack and as long as you didn't go hog wild with fruit, the program worked.

Of course, when it comes to zero point food, the majority of people just don't get it.  The foods do have calories and you're never to stuff yourselves with them.  But people do and then blame Weight Watchers for it.

Points Plus actually is a good plan, it's calculation for points used Fat, Carbs, Fiber & Protein.  You also had Good Health Guidelines to follow:  2 healthy oils, 3-5 servings fruit/veggies, 2 dairy, 1 multi-vitamin and 6 - 8 oz servings of water.  I think Weight Watchers should still have these guidelines as you could just build your menus around them.

Points Plus gave you daily points and everyone got 49 weeklies.  It worked!

Monday Motivation


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Goals

So after much diagnosis, it seems the fan on my video card in my desktop is what is making the clacking noise.  After much compressed air spraying with no real result, I found a matching video card on ebay.  Hopefully, once I popped the new one in everything will be perfect!  Even though my desktop is old, it still has great specs and still has much life left in her.

Anyhow....let's review my goals for the week:

A one mile walk daily

64 oz. water daily

Breakfast daily.

A point friendly lunch daily.

A multi-vitamin daily.

That should all be doable!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sorry....

Sorry there is no motivation post today....I'm not sure I'm going to do them forever or even everyday, right now my desktop is sort of on the blitz....it works but has an annoying clicking noise (and no it isn't the hard drive or the fans).  Currently I'm on a laptop that I had forgotten I had but I've needed to do some updating and of course load the necessary programs.  Though I use Back Blaze as a back up, I still want to be able to use something if the computer goes kaput!  The absolutely worse thing that could happen to me, lol!

Weekends are my "hard to stay on plan" days.....I'll add them as a goal at some point but right now I want to get things in order for the days that I can stay on plan!  The work week normally makes that possible.

So in addition to staying with my last week goals of a one mile walk daily (by the way, I did do that this week, in the rain) eating breakfast and drinking 64 oz of water a day; this week I'm going to work on lunches and a multi-vitamin.  May not seem like much but it is baby steps that move you on!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WW Classic Points Plan

I want to go over the Weight Watcher plans; so today we're going to discuss the original point plan that we'll refer to as Classic Points (cp).

Classic Points was the big one - the one that brought points to Weight Watchers and what they've been forever known for.  Classic had a few different varieties over time - sometimes you had a certain number of points, other times you had a range of points to stay within.  You also could bank unused points to use on another day.  When I joined Weight Watchers in September 2010, Classic gave you a daily point target and everyone got 35 weekly points, there was no banking of unused points anymore.

Classic was pretty straight forward, to get a point value you used a calculation of Calories, Fat & Fiber.  Don't have your cardboard slider or hand calculator available?  It was still easy - 1 point for every 50 calories.

I liked Classic and lost my first 20 lbs. on it.  I think Classic really works well for the person that wants and needs to lose weight but doesn't want to give up all their favorite foods.  When Weight Watchers would say "Eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight" - Classic was the plan they were talking about.

You can still do Classic "unofficially".  There's all types of information on the internet to get you started and going and there are apps available. 

I highly recommend the app itrackbites, you are able to do ANY of the plans on this app.  For obvious reasons they can't use "points" so they call them "bites".  On this app the Classic plan is known simply as "bites classic".


****Watch recipes when it comes to Weight Watchers.  WW has had 3 different point programs which gives an item a different point value depending on the program.  If you come across a recipe online and it doesn't specifically say what program the point value is for, it is best to calculate from the nutritional values or run the recipe thru the recipe builder to get the correct points for your program.****


Wednesday Motivation


Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Update

Quick Update on how my weekly goals are coming along:

I have been drinking 64 oz of water a day.

I have walked 1 mile each day.

I have been having a smoothie for breakfast.

I realize it has only been 2 days, but hey - I'm on track!

Tuesday Motivation


Monday, May 14, 2018

Weight Watchers

Let's discuss Weight Watchers (WW) a bit.

If you're a current Weight Watcher you are probably using the plan "Freestyle" which is a step between their Smart Points plan and their Simply Filling Plan.  I've no doubt in a year or two everyone will be doing Simply Filling - it's just where it is headed.

I think "Freestyle" is a very good plan and I do think that Simply Filling is excellent.  However, both plans rely on you to know your body well and know when to stop eating those "zero" point foods (which by the way aren't really zero points nor zero calories).  That may be easy for some but not for many.

Having difficulty with Freestyle?  I see the complaints on the boards all the time.  Just so you know, that no matter how much you whine and complain....the old plan(s) aren't coming back nor are you going to get to choose the plan you prefer.  How do I know that?  Because every time the plan changes there are whiner and complainers (I've been one) and it doesn't change anything.  Some of you even like to post how much money WW is losing by not giving choices or by changing the plan.  Guess what?  WW is not losing money.  For every person that has quit, they've gained one or two new ones.  Doesn't seem fair does it?

My favorite comments are the ones that say "this isn't the plan I signed up for" and "this is a breach of contract" - Yeah, well....no.....  Y'all are just too funny!

And don't even get me started on the ones who complain that their "paid period" is up and WW has continued to charge them at the monthly rate  OR  that they haven't been to a meeting in ions and WW is still charging them.  READ WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING!  Just because you signed the contract without reading doesn't make WW in the wrong - pay attention to what you are doing.  One - it clearly states that the membership will continue until YOU cancel it.  Not the receptionists at the meetings job, not even WW's job - it's YOURS.  Let's be adults here.  Now if you cancelled, got a cancellation number and they still charge - you do have a legitimate complaint...but it shouldn't take you a year or two to notice they are still charging you (yep, I've seen that on comments as well).

And remember......the next charge will come out 2 weeks before the due date!  Another thing listed in the contract that seems to get missed.

We got the specifics out of the way.....next time we'll look at all the different plans!




Monday Motivation


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Setting Weekly Goals On Sunday

I want to set some weekly goals for myself on Sundays.  Some may be something new or some may be to just continue on.  For this week I want to:

1.   Walk a mile each day.  I'm not talking about all my steps in a day adding up to a mile.  I want to physically walk a mile each day.  Hopefully I can increase that at some point, but for now a mile will do.

2.   Eat breakfast.  I'm not a huge breakfast eater when I first get up, but I need to eat something to get myself going.

3.   Drink water.  I have no issue drinking plain old water and when I put my mind to it, I can drink the "eight 8 oz servings or more".  I need to get back to that.

What goals do you have for yourself?

In The Beginning

It always seems to come down to weight loss.  I did it once, back in September 2010 I joined Weight Watchers under their original point program and dropped 20 lbs. in 3 months.  They then changed the plan to Point Plus and I lost 20 more and by August of 2011, I was a lifetime member.

And, of course, life took over and the weight came back.

I've joined and rejoined Weight Watchers a numerous amount of time but could never get the motivation that I had the first time.  Right now I'm a WW member and have been for 2-1/2 years but all I've done is lose and re-lose the same 10 lbs. over and over.  It's depressing, I don't blame the program - I know it's me....but I need to get my butt in gear and get things done!

This blog isn't about Weight Watchers or any other specific plan.  You'll find lots of information on Weight Watchers because I know so much about it.  This blog is about finding me....weight does have something to do with that, but I know there's a whole lot more to "me" than just weight loss and we need to get that girl in gear.

You may have a "me" to find too.  Let's do it together!