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  1. Thanks - I do like this recipe!
  2. I bought two pie pumpkins and am looking for some Core/SiFi ways of using them. TIA!
  3. When I hit the meeting where they first explained about activity points, I thought about having a T-shirt made that said "Will Work (out) for Food" Exercising is as important for maintaining as it is while in losing mode.
  4. No, although at ~14 my doctor had a talk with me, telling me that I probably would have a tendency to be heavy and then he told me what to avoid. It boggled my mind then (just not mature enough to get the connection between what I put in my mouth and the fact that it might have bodily consequences). The one I remember was fruit syrup (like what canned fruits are often packaged in). Like Luanne, I look at pictures of me (through age 29), and I really was not fat. My problems began when we moved out into the country, and if I wanted pie, I'd have to bake one, and with only two of us here, I ate too much of it! It didn't help that I got very little exercise. When I started WW, and started to learn both about normal portion sizes, and about what you have to limit if you want to lose, I think I got a pretty clear picture of why I'd gained. My mom, however "was always big" - or at least she thought so. She wasn't huge, but probably heavier then the "ideal", and I think psychologically, always thinking that hurt her.
  5. I kind of like the "military-themed" number of posts ranking system. I never felt either put down, or built up by it (or by the number of views). It kind of goes along with the bootcamp theme. If I saw that many people had viewed but few or none had posted when I asked a question, it just made me think that a lot of others were wondering the same thing.
  6. Welcome, Jason! I sincerely hope that this forum can be revived. I've gotten a LOT of help here (and written a lot in the spirit of helping others), but it does seem to be pretty dead most of the time these days. I've wondered why the big change - maybe people migrating to the social networks to get the same things? But if you can answer that question (why the dropoff in interest) and address it, maybe you can effect a turnaround.
  7. DES2

    CORE Bread

    Yeah, I can't stomach the stuff they call a Power Food! Not worth it.
  8. DES2

    CORE Bread

    I think that's a slippery slope... I can make good whole wheat bread, but it's not Core by a long shot. I was really amazed when I tallied the points. FWIW, you'll be safer just counting it (and enjoying it).
  9. Officially, WW only has you weigh once a week - preferably at around the same time. Probably better now that you're following the program, to just do it that way. If you're on program, you don't need to "resume" counting - because you already are. Even if you stick to the program scrupulously, there will be weeks when you won't lose. It's the long-term trend that's important. I was told in maintenance mode, to weigh more often (I think it was ~every 3 days), because then, you DO adjust what you are eating in order to learn what is the appropriate level you need in order to maintain. For the heck of it, I weighed myself morning and evening. It was very interesting to me that my average weight loss overnight was ~3 lbs.! And that almost has to be from water loss (from potty trips, respiration, and sweat...).
  10. I bet you're going to make it Genoa - you have the right attitude! It is all about making a lifestyle change - getting to a new normal. Like Super Bowl XLI said, after you reach goal, to maintain, you do basically have to keep doing what you did to lose the weight. I REALLY REALLY like what you said about making sure that the food choices you make now are choices you can live with indefinitely! If you want to do less point-counting, you might consider trying the Core program (but you do need to be really sure to guard against eating too much - if portion control is a problem). Don't worry about the age thing, it's just a number!
  11. Really, it's just like putting some of the fat back in that they took out to make it FF. It's actually pretty good, and since I do Core, it's all OP.
  12. Sounds like you're doing fine. Those times when I've used up my weeklies and APs and WI is several days off, I just limit myself to Core foods.
  13. Probably eating my 2 tsp. of canola oil daily (usually on a baked potato, but occasionally stirring it into a cup of ff yogurt or having it in some other non-normal way). It's something I NEVER would have thought of doing pre-WW. I'm sorry this board seem so dead now. I have gotten many wonderful ideas here, and with the way WW "poofs" any proprietary info (like points values or whether something is a power food) on their official BB, I would think people would be flocking here!
  14. Genoa, I'm so sorry for the loss of your child! Sounds like what you've been doing for the last six months is definitely the sort of "lifestyle changes" that WW is aiming for. I feel as you do about the electronic calculator (and also the cookbooks). I admire your ability to calculate the old points in your head - I always used my slider. As much as I love technology (and I DO love many aspects of it), there's something in me that really resents having to use an electronic device to figure points.
  15. My sentiments exactly! Although I think the P+ program appears to make a lot of sense, for many of the same reasons as you state above, it's unlikely I'll switch over to it. I think what's more important is to have a reasonably healthy program (which Flex, Core, P+ all are), and to stick to it. Genoa, from your stats, it sounds like if you really implemented the lifestyle changes. Congratulations and good luck - whatever program you choose.
  16. This is perfect for these cold February days! SPICY VEGETABLE CHILI Provides 38% U.S. RDA of protein per serving- 3 medium onions, sliced (1½ cups) 3 stalks celery, sliced (1½ cups) 2 green peppers, sliced (1½ cups) 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil* 2-28-ounce cans tomatoes, cut up 3-15½-ounce cans red kidney beans 1-15-ounce can great northern beans or navy beans 1 cup beer* or water ½ or ¾ cup raisins* ½ or ¾ cup cashews* ¼ cup vinegar 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon snipped parsley 2 teaspoons salt 1 bay leaf 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil, crushed 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano, crushed ½teaspoon pepper ¼ teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese* (I don’t use) Cook onion, celery, green pepper, and gar­lic in oil till tender. Stir in undrained tomatoes, undrained kidney and great northern beans, along with all remaining ingredients except cheese. Bring to boil­ing; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove cover; simmer 1 hour longer. Remove bay leaf. Top each serving with ¼ cup of shredded cheese. Serves 8. Count points for non-PF ingredients (*) or oil beyond the allowed amount.
  17. At some point, before I decided I really didn't want to do the "new program" (P+), I took the ~7 pages of corrections to the Complete Food Companion and started to make corrections in the book. In looking in the book now, I completely crossed out that citation for the 23 points for sugar substitute. Now I don't know why I didn't put a 0 there, or why I didn't put a diamond there, but I know that I wouldn't have just crossed it out on my own. This may not help you, but there it is. I think I threw out the list of corrections, but someone may have them. A large part of my decision not to do P+ was due to the fact that they rolled out the program books before they had been adequately proofread... (BTW, I follow the former "Core" program - just so you know where I'm coming from.)
  18. Thanks, Trudie. I stayed with the old version (Core/SFT) for several reasons: the old plan was working for me, there were so many misprints in the printed materials that were SOLD by WW that I got turned off, I REALLY dislike the idea of having to use an electronic calculator to figure points... Those are the ones I can think of right now - it started out as "I really don't have time right now to relearn a new program - I'll just stay with what I know", and I never did have time.
  19. Those are both good ideas! Since I am not interested in a multi-month journal, just enough to get me through the week, I played around with Microsoft Word and came up with my own version of a tracker, based on the ones I have gotten in the past from WW. It was fairly easy to do, basically I did it landscape view using three columns and in each column a 13 x3 table for recording foods, and at the bottom half of the page little tables (1x8 for water, 1x5 for vegs, 1x3 for dairy, etc.) When I had the first column (representing a day) the way I wanted it, I copied it into the other two columns on that page, into all three columns on the next page, and into the first column of the third page. Then in the second column of the third page, I made a couple of tables - one for WPA's and the other for Weekly Activity points. If I wanted a multi week journal, I'd just do one of these (3 pages) for each week. There would be room on the third page for any reward stickers, comments, etc. BTW, I am using the 2009 version of the WW program - not Points Plus.
  20. Thanks, Susan! I'll keep an eye out for them but this time won't buy them as soon as they come out, having learned that lesson last year. If you didn't get your materials right when the new program came out, maybe they corrected many of the errors before yours were printed.
  21. When WW came out with Points Plus, I went to the intro meeting and bought the books and points calculator, only to discover (as we all did) that the Complete Food Companion was riddled with misprints. Since I had been successfully maintaining on Core, I just decided to continue it. Despite this, I was VERY disappointed at WW for releasing the materials before they were ready, and felt somewhat ripped off. I also wasn't happy that I now needed an electronic device to figure out points! My prior experience with WW had been SO positive, that I really felt let down by the organization. (It didn't help that my local group has a leader I'm not crazy about and that the (different) leader who presented the new Points Plus materials essentially told me that there was NO Core-like component to the new program - I had to learn online that that information was incorrect.) Recently I've felt that I need to go back to counting points to regain a better sense of portion control, and I thought I would give Points Plus a try. My question is: Has WW corrected the mistakes in the printed materials (specifically the Complete Food Companion)?
  22. Food Porn warning: The full fat version is basically bacon (one slice per person) cooked and chopped, vinegar and water added to some of the bacon grease, chopped onions added until slightly translucent, and then the lettuce stirred in the pan briefly until it "wilts". I'm thinking that if use a non-stick pan and I count the points for the bacon and pour off all the bacon grease, and guesstimate a couple of points (I'm not doing Points Plus, so I don't know what those would be) for any bacon residue, it would be about as low-points as I could get without it not resembling wilted lettuce.
  23. I used to love making (and eating) wilted lettuce salad. Does anyone have a low-points or Core/SFT version of it? Thanks in advance!
  24. OOOH, that sounds good! I love steel cut oats, and occasionally I get a craving for chocolate. That would be a good combination!
  25. I bought walking poles a few years ago, and really like them. I don't use them exactly as you are supposed to (moving a pole with each step) - I usually do it every other step (so I'm still alternating), but even so, they help with stability on hills and make the walk easier on my knees. The only thing I don't like about them is that I can't use them when I'm walking the dog on the leash.
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