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  1. I agree!! These are wonderful!! I had become addicted to the Panini at Schlotzsky's which is a whopping 11 points - so I had to really plan when I wanted one! Now, these are only 6 & 7 points each. That is a points savings of 5 points and are worth every bite. I had the one with spinach, chicken, & mushrooms today and it was sooo yummy!! I found mine at Super WalMart here in Texas. Andi
  2. Hey Liz!!! Yeah, me too - time to finish what I started 2 years ago and get this last little bit off. If Jill & Christie come back on then we'll all be back! As for the hard icing, I didn't mind it because the cake itself was so tender. And, yes, do put them in the microwave for 8-10 seconds! Yum!! Especially with a 1/2 cup scoop of light vanilla ice cream! Andi
  3. Forgive me if this is redundant, but after searching high and low all summer long, I finally found the WW Lemon Cakes at Super WalMart today. They are soooo good!! All I can say is "what an excellent little cake!":) Andi
  4. I hope you were able to log on. I actually paid for the "privilege" and everything was great until the system change over. After 5 e-mails back and forth, they admitted that they could not locate my information and recommended that I call customer service to get a refund. They were very nice on the phone, mentioning that they were having a number of problems and promptly refunded my money.
  5. I loved this! I got the Fiesta Taco Salad and squeezed their sour cream on top - for a delicious 10 point dinner. I felt it was worth every single point/bite! Plus, I was absolutely stuffed aferwards! The neat thing about the Go Active Happy Meal box is that it has all of the calorie counts for every salad and every dressing on the side of it. So, you'll know exactly how to count each one. Genius idea of McDonald's! Andi
  6. I keep seeing these new videos and wondering how well they work. I have been a devoted Firm user. However, I would like to add something a little different to my workouts. Could this be it? Is it possible to sculpt muscle with those tiny little squeezy balls? Do you get a good cardio workout? Is it just kicking and punching? (that's all I see on tv). If you have any info regarding Tae Bo, please share! I'm curious! Andi
  7. Klerisa, I hate to break it to you, but for your family recipes you actually do have to figure out the ingredients! First of all, it isn't that hard, nor is it that time consuming. There are 2 ways to do it. The first one is to figure out the points for each item in the recipe, add those up and divide by how many the recipe serves. The other is to add up the individual calories/fat/fiber and then divide - then use your PointSlider. The other thing you might want to do is look into the WW E-tools. On E-tools, you can plug in the ingredients for your recipe and it will figure the points for you in a jiffy. Many times, there are specials at our WW meetings that allow us to use E-tools for a couple of weeks free. I don't eat a lot of food out of a package or box, nor am I figuring points all of the time. It is only time consuming at first as you get used to the program. Really, if you bake chicken, have potatoes and green beans - that isn't any trouble to figure! Read your Getting Started Booklet and familiarize yourself with the basics. You might also want to check out the recipe section here. The Points are already figured for you and you might find stuff close to what you prepare for your family! Andi
  8. I am so sorry! Look, I'll cry with you! You know, I really think that it takes more than a week for your body to figure out what you are doing. I have looked at my results and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to why I'll lose .6 one week and then 2 pounds the next - especially when the points are almost identical. Don't look at it as if you have done something wrong. Perhaps your body is on a "delayed release" plan and you'll lose big next week. Stay on track and see what happens! Good luck this week! Andi
  9. Calgal, I thought about my post after I posted it and I realize that much of the advice that the parents of overweight children receive comes from the adult children who grew up with an overweight childhood as their background. Therefore, much of that advice is unhelpful because it is from opposite viewpoints. The former overweight child is re-living their pain and trying to prevent another child from the same fate. The parent of the overweight child is also trying to prevent their child pain, but from a different vantage point. It is frustrating, though, as the parent of an overweight child to have people assume that the child is overweight due to sitting around all day and eating nothing but junk food. My oldest daughter was honestly less active in utero and we have worked hard as a family to be active together. When looking at her, it is obvious that she takes after my MIL side of the family - all who have a genetic tendancy to "roundness." Never once have we felt that our daughter is "less than." She is my first born and the delight of my heart! It was when she, at much the same age, came to me and asked for help that we began to look for solutions. Prior to that time, I thought that it was a "chubby" stage that she would outgrow. However, it is difficult, as someone stated above, to outgrow being 40-50 pounds overweight. There does come a time for action and there is very little help for those parents who want to help their children with this problem. I know from experience how it feels to be criticized for having an overweight child and then also criticized for trying to help her with it. My comments were not really directed at anyone per se. It was just that I could feel another mother who loves her child and wants to help her. We need concrete "step one, step two, step three" type of stuff as well as encouragement from someone who has been there. Andi
  10. Listen, my daughter has battled obesity since she was 6 years old. In the past, I asked for help and received much the same as you did. I know that you know all of what has been told to you. It has always made me laugh because this is the proverbial "everyone knows what to do with the devil but the one who has him." I, for one, find it amazing that our nation has the most overweight children and yet the only answer from the medical establishment is "let them grow into their weight." The other equally non-helpful comment is "help them be more active." Well, duh, don't we know that? I suppose all of us parents who have overweight children check our brains at the door, don't love our children enough as those with "normal weight" kids, and we just sit around the house letting them eat and eat and eat. I went the round of the doctors - no problems. I was accused by others of having "junk" all around the house. I also found that incredible since my other two children (raised in the same house with the same food) are very slender. The thing is this - if she wants to lose weight, you can help her. There is a book by Dr. Ken Cooper and it addresses obesity in children as well as being fit. I'm sorry that I can't think of the name right now, but since it is the only one he has written for children you could probably find it on a search of his books on Amazon. The recommendation for weight loss is to eat no less than 1500-1600 calories for children. Make sure that they get a multivitamin and 3-4 servings of milk products for calcium. Richard Simmons website is also a great resource for nutrition. My daughter is now 13 and has lost 20 pounds using the WW points system. She eats 27 points 5 days a week and 34 points on Friday and Saturday. She still has about 20 to lose. One other thing I did to help my daughter was to make sure that she always was dressed "hip." JC Penney plus size clothes are great! She has always felt confident in every area with the exception of her weight. She is popular and happy. I have also noticed an increase in her confidence level since she has succeeded with her weight loss. Go slow and expect some setbacks. I would also urge you to not take away all of the "fun food." There is a place in everybody's life for the occasional slice of pizza or popcorn and coke at the movies. Good luck! Andi
  11. I got this recipe from WW Just Like Home magazine cookbook. Easy Texas Chili 1 pound lean ground beef 2/3 cup chopped onion 1 garlic clove, minced 1 1/2 cups water 1 T. chili powder 1 tsp salt 1 (16 oz) can chili beans, undrained 1 (6 oz) can tomato pasted Cook meat, onion, garlic in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain in colander; return to pan. Stir in water and remaining ingredients. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. I use the extra lean ground beef that is 4 grams of fat per 4 ounces of beef. I also add 1 can of Mexican rotel tomatoes. If you cook the recipe as indicated, it is 5 points per cup. However, by making the ground beef substitution (and adding the Rotel), it comes out to 3 points per cup as per my MasterCook software. This recipe is very easy to make and very good! If you have the points to spare, top it with some low-fat cheddar cheese and a tablespoon of sour cream - delicious! Andi
  12. I know that the weight gain is scary. First of all, remember that the scale doesn't always show just one week's worth of eating/exercise/hormones/water levels, etc. It takes a good month of doing the same thing to get an accurate judge of whether something is working or not. I know that the basics of the program are sound. I like what Kelly said above. It isn't all that different. She gave excellent details of both programs for a side-by-side comparison. Why don't you re-read the new materials and "pretend" like you are a brand-new WW member who never heard of Winning Points. Work the program just like a newbie for a couple of weeks. Make sure that you are accurately accounting for those APs if you are going to eat them. Personally, I think I would stick to my target points plus the Flex Points (that's the fun part of the new program, IMO). If you start losing again doing that (and I would want a few weeks under my belt first), then I would tinker with adding the APs. Weightwatchers.com had an interesting article on FlexPoints. They laid out a week's scenario using the components of the new program. They had the fictional person eating target points only some days, eating all of the FlexPoints and on one day eating APs. That gave me the impression that perhaps the APs are the disposable points (I mean, drop eating APs before dropping FlexPoints). Let us know what you decide! Good luck! Andi
  13. I have to say that when I first had the Sierra Smoked Turkey, I thought it was so good that it had to be more than 7 points. I picked up my cell phone and dialed the 800 number on the napkin while I sat at the table! The guy on the phone gave me the numbers, I whipped out my handy dandy pointsfinder, and was relieved that it was, indeed, 7 points. It really is a good sandwich! However, I still think Subway has a greater variety and the prices are lower! :rolleyes: Andi
  14. I honestly don't know because I wondered that myself (again!) when I posted the recipe. I have made the Diet Coke Chicken and that tasted good. I wonder if it is beef - do you need the real stuff to tenderize it???? I suppose you could try it and let us know how that turns out! Actually, you would only save 3 points total or 1/2 point per sandwich - not enough to fool with when you are looking at a 12 point sandwich!! Andi
  15. This recipe is from the Weight Watchers Just Like Home cookbook. This tastes incredible - a drippy barbecue sandwich that you can buy from one of the many roadside cafes here in Texas. I know the points count may seem high, but it is worth it! Also, these sandwiches are huge and could easily be shared if you want to cut the points count in half. Chuck Roast Barbecue 1 (2 1/2 pound) boned chuck roast 2 cups chopped onion 1 (12-ounce) can cola (1 1/2 cups) - not diet 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons beef bouillion granules 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard 3/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine 6 (1 1/2 ounce) hamburger buns 24 dill pickle slices 1. Trim fat from roast. Place roast in a 4-quart electric slow cooker; top with onion. Combine cola and next 7 ingredients; stir well. Reserve 1 cup cola mixture to make sauce for sandwiches; cover and chill. Pour remaining cola mixture over roast. Cover with lid, and cook on high-heat setting for 6 hours or low-heat setting for 9 hours or until roast is very tender. Remove roast and chopped onion from cooker. Discard meat juices. Shred meat with 2 forks. Combine shredded meat and onion, toss well. 2. Combine reserved cola mixture, ketchup, and butter in saucepan. Place over medium heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over shredded meat, and toss gently. Serve on buns with pickle slices. Yield: 6 servings Points: 12 Per serving: 537 calories, 15.9 grams fat, 2.2 grams fiber
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