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Smiling Fred

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  1. Welcome back Jenn, I myself have come back to BB just now, I've been away since August 2007. Motivation is an elusive thing, I've been away from WW for a few years now and need to lose about 15 pounds to get back to goal, and another 20 or so to get where I want to be. Keep inspired! Keep trying! Keep tracking! Don't look back!
  2. Hi Sailorwoman, thanks for the link. That tamale pie/casserole sounds great! As an aside, my wife and I just finished dinner consisting of the Core-n-Bread Pockets filled with my leftover chicken with tomatillo sauce. It was great, filling, and definitely will be on my "make it again" list!
  3. Wow. Now my mind is racing - I think you've just invented a Core tamale!
  4. This recipe just came to me when I was grocery shopping, I tried it and it was dee-lish! Its tangy, not hot, and something I'll definitely make again. - 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs - 12 tomatillos - 1 onion - 3 or 4 Anaheim chilis (or use one can of Ortega fire-roasted chilis) - fresh cilantro, chopped - fat free sour cream Set oven to broil. Remove husks from tomatillos, rinse and dry. Peel onion and slice in half. Remove stem end from chilis. Place tomatillos, onion, and chilis on baking pan and place on rack in oven close to broiler. Watch them, and when the tomatillos and chilis have blackened a bit on one side, remove baking pan from oven, turn everything over, and return to broil. After second side is blackened remove from oven and set aside to cool. After veggies are cooled to room temp place them in a food processor and process until no large chunks are left. Set aside. Lightly spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Brown the chicken on both sides, then add the tomatillo sauce and reduce temp. Simmer until sauce is reduced and chicken is tender. Serve over brown rice, garnish with a dollop of FF sour cream and a sprinkling of cilantro. Enjoy!
  5. Now THAT'S got to be the best idea I've heard in a long time. Thanks!
  6. Sorry, but it's not completely Core. You'll have to count the pts for the breadcrumbs. And make sure to use FF milk. I substitue cornmeal for the breadcrumbs to make it 100% Core.
  7. REI (a national sporting-goods chain) carries a one-ounce polyurethane squeeze bottle with a squirt cap, specifically designed for cooking oil. Price is $1.10. Here's the link: http://www.rei.com/product/605500 Here's the description: This polyurethane container with squirt cap is great for carrying kitchen or bath essentials such as cooking oil or shampoo. 0.75" diameter screw-on lid has a lift up squirt tab to dispense liquids in small, controlled amounts Reusable container is environmentally-friendly Compact size is ideal for backpacking, camping or travel They also have larger bottles as well as other nifty travel stuff.
  8. I happen to be a WW leader, and ordered a bunch for my at-work meetings.
  9. WW has started shipping their newly designed 2008 Point Finder/Point Booster sliderules. Very nice. You no longer have to take the slider out and flip it around; the calories run from 20 - 540 per serving on the one side. The new ones are slimmer, 4 1/8 inches wide by 5 3/4 tall, and are marked "FOOD" on the food side and "ACTIVITY" on the activity side. They are not supposed to be distributed before supplies of the current versions are gone, but you may get lucky as I have.
  10. Sometimes we fall into that habit because we are "points hoarders." That means we skimp on food at breakfast and lunch to make sure we have enough points for the evening. I am that way. One solution is to begin you WW day, for points purposes, right before dinner. You won't be able to eat all your day' points because the day has just begin, and you will need to keep a reasonable amount for the breakfast and lunch that follows. Doing it that way may get you the results you want. There is no rule in WW that says your day has to begin when you wake up.
  11. If your question is in reference to the personal daily points target which looks at age, gender, weight, height, and physical activity when calculating daily points, the first two digits of your weight are used in the formula so your points would decrease by 1 when you drop from 200 pounds to 199.9. For now, your points would not change.
  12. Thanks all for your comments - its a nice "sanity check" and I'll continue to eat my one "zero point" tortilla as a sandwich wrap. =) *UPDATE* I just got off the phone with WW (their 800 helpline number) and they confirmed there ARE zero points foods other than vegetables, but vegetables are the only UNLIMITED zero points foods.
  13. At our meeting last night we were asked to bring in packaging for our favorite "food finds." I brought in mine - low fat, low carb tortillas made by the Tortilla Factory. They calculate out to zero points each, if eaten individually: Serving size - 1 tortilla Calories - 50 Grams fat - 2 Grams fiber - 8 Our leader shot me down, saying the only zero points foods are vegetables. I've never heard that in all my years with WW. She says she will check it out, but I'm pretty sure she is wrong.
  14. As I remember, people were actually adding fiber (in the form of metamucil) to ice cream to bring it down to zero points, then wondering why they were not losing weight!
  15. The calcium fortified soy milk counts for dairy. Regular soy milk does not have enough calcium to count for dairy.
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