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01 October 2006 @ 07:31 pm
I am close to goal (only 6 pounds more to lose). I feel great about my accomplishments and feel like I look so much better with all the weight off of me.

However, some people at my job are constantly telling me to stop losing weight, because I am starting to look sick and unhealthy.

I don't agree with them at all, because I don't look sick or unhealthy. My weight watchers leader said that I shouldn't listen to them, that its not true.

Has anyone ever had this happen to them? What did you do to deal with this mentally (because this is starting to weigh on me mentally)? HELP!!
 
 
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25 September 2006 @ 08:49 pm
Found this on a myspace support group and just had to share.

You know you are on WW when:
You accidentally swallow toothpaste and wonder how many POINTS it had in it.
You stand in the aisles at the grocery store with your WW Points Finder figuring POINTS before you buy.
You feel your collar bone/ribs/hip bones and think you need to call 911 because something must be broken.
Everyone at your lunch table is asking you to figure the POINTS on their lunch.
You threaten to put your cat on WW.
You figure the POINTS on cough syrup.
Your child says there are too many POINTS in something s/he doesn't want to eat!
You don't want to share ANY of your food with anyone because you've measured it and know exactly how many POINTS are in it.
You know where every public restroom is wherever you go . . . you need it after drinking all that water!
You realize "gram" is a four letter word.
You weigh yourself before and after the bathroom just to see how much of a difference it makes.
You don't mind "seeing stars."
You ask your WW leader to bring in a curtain so you can weigh-in naked.
Your child gets an "A" in English for turning your journal in as a book report.
You convince the grocery store owner to organize the food aisles according to POINTS values.
You hang your 5 pound book markers from your car antenna.
You replace your college diploma with your 50 lb. magnet (now which one is actually tougher to achieve?).
You Calculate Activity points for Sex!
You not only weigh food on your food scale, but your clothes, keys, HAIR, socks, etc

People at work know when your weigh in day is because you have the same outfit on that day EVERY WEEK
You call your family to the dinner table and instead of "what's for dinner?" they ask "how many points are we having for dinner?"
You take a bite and then spit it out because you realize it wasn't worth the points!
You mark all the food boxes in the house with points per serving
You carry your journal with you wherever you go
You take Molly McCheese with you to the restaurant so you don't waste your points on butter
You ask your family to hide the cookies and chips so you won't be tempted
Kashi becomes your favorite snack food
"On The Side" become the 3 most uttered words in your vocabulary
You start parking in the back of the parking lot for the extra exercise
You start wondering why restaurant servings of any meal are large enough to feed 3 grown me n
You start wondering how many points are in bubble gum
You look down at the backs of your hands and get freaked out by how skinny they look
You weigh every pair of shoes you own
You spend 10 minutes in Staples looking for the prettiest paper clips for your paper clip chain
You want to drive to Ben & Jerry's individual houses and drown them in a vat of Chunky Monkey
You take up knitting/crocheting/tatting/rug hooking/paintbynumbers to keep your mind off food

The thought of having a bran muffin for breakfast gets you so excited you can't fall asleep.
You dance a little jig in front of the frozen foods case in the grocery store because you finally found Skinny Cows!
You stop licking postage stamps when you realize they are 1 tenth of a calorie each.
You know in advance, by heart, what you can eat at each and every restraint that DH may want to go to.
Instead of carrying an armful of things threw the house, you intentionally made several trips to get in that extra 20 steps of walking.
You smile and gaze adoringly at the produce aisle.
Your junk drawer at work has been revamped to include Milky Way Lites, LF granola bars, FF Pringles and lite peach cups instead of Cheetos and snickers bars.
You take a big black permanent marker and not only mark the points but also write your name and "DO NOT TOUCH OR ELSE".
Everywhere you go, you take along two 'purses'. Your regular purse, and your Weight Watcher's Black Bag, with the point guides, Slider, and all other 'stuff' in there!
You dont wear any makeup to get weighed in , fearing it will weigh too much
You see really overweight people and want to tell them they can do something to change their lives!
You hold up your snacks next to your kids' and warn them that eating the wrong ones will result in their demise.
The jeans that you would have never dared to put in the dryer for fear that they would not make it back over your hips... are in there right now, as you hope to shrink them enough that they won't fall straight off!
 
 
16 September 2006 @ 11:01 am
Not sure about anyone else in here, but before WW, I was addicted to the Panera Bread Pumpkin muffins & muffies. I thought I would die without them this fall. That was until I found this recipe and tried it. This is absolutely delicious and tastes JUST LIKE the Panera Bread version.

I highly recommend this to all. (and if you decide to try it - let me know what you think please?)

recipes & picture of the finished product under the cutCollapse )
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07 September 2006 @ 06:51 pm
Has anyone picked up the new Weight Watchers cookbook, "Simply Bueno" yet?

I got at my weekly meeting on Tuesday and am very excited to try a recipe.

Has anyone tried any recipes yet?

What did you think?
 
 
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Recipes

Purple Power Blackberry Peach Smoothie



POINTS® Value |  2
Servings | 1
Preparation Time | 8 min
Cooking Time | 0 min
Level of Difficulty | Easy

beverages | Sweet peaches get a royal purple color and a berry tang from blackberries in this delicious smoothie. Try one for a filling breakfast that feels just a little decadent.


3/4 cup ice cube(s)
2 medium peach(es), peeled, pitted and quartered
1/4 cup blackberries
1/2 cup fat-free skim milk

Instructions

  1. Place ice in a blender container; add peaches, blackberries and milk.

  2. Blend on high until smooth and ice is completely crushed, about 3 to 4 minutes. Yields 1 serving.
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01 August 2006 @ 08:54 pm

Body Fuel: What to Eat Before a Workout

By Meredith Bergman | 7/28/2006



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It's a common refrain: "food is fuel." Just as you'd be sure to fill up your car's gas tank before a road trip, it's vitally important to make sure your body has the right fuel to sustain you during a workout. Proper nutrition is the key to "consistency and longevity" when exercising, which will help your body get more from a workout, explains West Hollywood, California-based personal trainer Warren Friendland.

So, what should you eat before going for a walk or bike ride, or heading to the gym? "A relatively high carbohydrate, moderate protein, low-fat meal is best to consume before exercise," says Suzette Kroll, a registered dietitian at the Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

High fat foods – or large quantities of any food – should be avoided just before working out because they won't digest well during exercise. Kroll recommends waiting at least two to three hours after a small meal (or three to four hours after a large one) before embarking on an exercise routine to allow time for your body to process the nutrients.

If you're squeezing a workout into a busy schedule (and aren't we all?), you may be tempted to grab a protein bar on the way out the door, but neither Kroll nor Friedland recommends this shortcut. Most bars are "glorified candy bars, often providing even more calories," says Kroll. They're also likely to be loaded with sugar, another pre-workout no-no.

Here are Kroll's suggestions for pre-workout mini-meals:

Before a Workout: Best-Bet Food Combos
Low-fat yogurt with a sliced banana
Skim milk blended with frozen fruit to make a smoothie
Low-fat cottage cheese with pineapple chunks
Small chicken or turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread
Low-fat string cheese and grapes
No-sugar-added applesauce or a diced apple mixed with low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese (try sprinkling with cinnamon)
Hard-boiled eggs, yolks removed and replaced with hummus
Half a sweet potato topped with low-fat cottage cheese and sprinkled with nutmeg (or for something savory, add a spoonful of salsa)

Don't forget that it's just as important to eat smart after the burn has subsided and you've toweled off that hard-earned sweat. After a workout, your body is like a sponge, ready to soak up the nutrients in food to restore energy and replenish your muscles, says Freidland. A mixed meal containing carbohydrates and a little bit of protein and fat soon after completing the workout is best, advises Kroll. "But go easy on things like nuts and full-fat cheese, which are high in fat and calories."

After a Workout: Replenishing Repasts
One or two poached eggs on whole-wheat toast
Bean burrito: a whole-wheat tortilla filled with black beans, salsa, and a a little reduced-fat cheese
Stir-fried chicken and vegetables (try pepper, zucchini, and carrot) over brown rice
Whole-wheat pasta tossed with chicken, broccoli and eggplant
Whole grain cereal or oatmeal, with milk and fruit (such as a sliced banana)

Of course, the right foods alone won't get you through a workout – you'll also need to maintain proper hydration as you exercise. "The idea is to drink enough before you feel thirsty," explains Friedland, who has his clients drink at least at least 16 ounces of water two hours before a workout, and about 6 to 12 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise. (An ounce is about a mouthful.)

 
 
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28 July 2006 @ 08:25 am
When you've eaten to much and can't write it down
When you feel like the biggest failure in town

When you want to give up because you gave in
And forget all about being healthy and thin......

So what, you went over your points a bit.
It's your next move that counts.... so, just Don't You Ever Quit!

It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change
It's learning the skills to get you back in your range

It's telling yourself, "You've done great up 'til now....
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."

It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal
You're going to make it, just stay in control.

To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.

But often, the struggle's just losing one's grip
Just throwing in the towel and continuing to slip,

And learning too late when the damage is done
That the race wasn't over.... You still could have won!

Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow
But, facing each challenge will help you grow.

Success is failure inside and out, the silver tint in a cloud of doubt.
When you're pushed to the brink, just refuse to submit.

If you bite it, you write it... BUT, Don't You Ever Quit!

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The Beauty of Breathing

By Megan Gressor | 3/13/2002



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Stress is the epidemic of our age. Although we view it as a problem, it's actually essential to our survival; it's how we react to it that can cause trouble. When faced with a threat, our brains release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisone, which activate the body to defend itself. Breathing quickens and muscles tense in what is known as the "fight or flight" response … our bodies are preparing to do battle, or run for our lives.

This is vital when confronted with a physical danger; but unlike our ancestors, we're less likely to run from our problems these days, more likely to sit there stewing … or reach for the cookie jar. Unchecked by physical activity, the outpouring of stress hormones can result in symptoms such as habitual over-breathing, dizziness and anxiety attacks.

Relaxation Response
Good news, though: The fight-or-flight response can be countered by what psychologists call the "relaxation response." Learning how to relax unlocks tight muscles and leaves you calm; breath control is the first step toward this blissful state.

In most cases, this means learning to breathe more slowly and evenly, because many of us hyperventilate (over breathe) when stressed or excited. Persistent rapid breathing interferes with the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our bodies, causing feelings of breathlessness and panic. This only increases feelings of stress, creating a vicious circle.

The answer: Learn to breathe slowly. Try this six-part breathing routine. When relaxed, you should take about 10 breaths a minute.

  1. Time yourself: Start off by holding your breath for 10 seconds.

  2. Then breathe out, mentally repeating the word "relax" as you do so.

  3. Now inhale for three seconds, and exhale for three seconds.

  4. Repeat for one minute (or 10 complete breaths in and out).

  5. Now hold your breath for 10 seconds, again repeating "relax" (you may also like to visualize some tranquil scene, such as a peaceful beach or quiet forest).

  6. Keep repeating this cycle until stress symptoms disappear; practice regularly every day until slow breathing becomes automatic.

Breathe Through The Pain
Chronic pain sufferers are encouraged to learn to control their breathing, as are women in labor. That's because pain increases muscle tension, which in turn increases the sensation of pain.

Controlling your breathing won't get rid of the pain, but it will reduce your perception of it by lessening that tension. It will also promote restful sleep, which also helps relieve pain.
 
 
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31 May 2006 @ 04:41 pm
Slip-Ups Happen

Have you ever dropped a dish while unloading the dishwasher causing it to shatter on the floor? Most people have. But what most people haven't done is continue to break the rest of the set of dishes just because that one plate slipped out of your hand. That would be absurd! So why would you use one small lapse in your weight-loss plan as an excuse to throw all your goals away?

Don't Let a Lapse Turn Into Collapse
You've probably heard your Leader or other meetings members discussing the fact that losing weight is a real challenge. With so many obstacles – the smell of a bakery, a pizza party, your favorite restaurant – you're bound to lapse every so often. After all, you're only human. But using all of your weekly POINTS® Allowance on a decadent dinner on a Monday night is no reason to overindulge for the rest of the week. Just like you wouldn't smash your whole set of dishes because you broke one, neither should you let one small lapse in your weight-loss plans turn into one giant collapse for a whole week, month – or worse: for good.

Being a weight-loss perfectionist is unrealistic, and will likely lead you to failure on your path toward weight-loss success. Being too strict by "banning" certain foods can lead to overindulgence. Expecting to lose weight too quickly (over 2 pounds per week), is not healthy and not a realistic goal. And letting yourself become consumed with feelings of guilt and self-doubt because of one little mistake is not reasonable.

A more practical approach would be to look at slips and lapses as valuable lessons. Just think, this is the same approach you took when you were learning to ride a bike. When you fell, you got right back up and kept trying. You didn't tip over one time and say that you would never be able to ride a bike, so why bother even learning, right? So just use those lapses as a valuable stepping stone on your way toward achieving your weight-loss goals. Learn form your mistakes, and keep going. Expect to lose a few dishes along the way, but know that you have plenty more to last you a lifetime.

At your next meeting, ask those around you how they keep their weight-loss lapses in perspective by getting right back on the weight-loss wagon after each one. And read the following articles for more ways you can learn valuable lessons from your weight-loss slip-ups.

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14 May 2006 @ 04:40 pm
Cuisine of the Day: The Burger Joint
By Leslie Fink, MS, RD | 1/14/2001

Play it smart and that burger doesn't have to make fast use of your POINTS® values. Order the smallest size possible without fancy extras like cheese, bacon or chili. Leave off the mayo and spice it up with mustard and ketchup. And ask for extra lettuce and tomato unless there's a do-it-yourself bar, where you can pile your own burger high with fresh veggies.

If you're less of a carnivore, explore some non-beef options, like a grilled chicken sandwich or a cup of vegetarian chili. Adding a salad can enhance the meal or make a low-POINTS value main course.

And if you can't resist those fries, get a small order. Better yet, do they have a kiddie size?

Wise Choices POINTS Values
Lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard 0
Side salad, without dressing 0
Vegetable salad with chicken, without dressing 2
Hamburger on bun, 1 small, fast food 6

Not-So-Wise Choices POINTS Values
French fries, 1 medium 6
French fries, 1 large 10
Onion rings, 1 large 12
Cheeseburger on a bun, 1 large, fast food 15
Fast-food fish with tartar sauce sandwich, 1 medium 11
 
 
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