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  1. Thanks for the messages on my blog posts! It's nice to see that others can resonate with these feelings and experiences!

  2. Leaving the skin on the unused part really helps. I use lots of lemon/lime juice and then cover it with plastic wrap very close to the skin and try not to let any air in. It still gets a little brown, but it's minimized. I love avacado too, and could eat them everyday...
  3. This is just what I needed to read today.
  4. CW you are in our thoughts. Much love.
  5. CW- Sorry to hear about your moms, I hope for the best. No Alcohol after Jan 1st, you say you've done it before, and that's great motivation to do it again. I give it up for a month or two every year as well, and I try to extend it too. The good thing about WW is that it severly limits my alcohol consumption, which I like. I'll have a drink or two with friends, and maybe some wine with dinner some nights, but that's about it, and for me that's the way it should be. GHG- on the new plan I'm not sure I've focused on planning my menu to get these in. I feel like I am still adjusting but this last week I certainly felt the ugency to include them (more) in my diet.
  6. I was Breakfast Challenging myself last week without posting. Why not join the party? Last week I did pretty well, I've been setting aside the portioned quick-cooking oatmeal and whatever extra (like walnuts, pre portioned) in a little bowl, and it literally would take me 3 mins to add the milk and fruit, splenda, and stir stir stir. Then I would eat as I was getting ready. Worked REALLY well This week I plan on making Apple Streusel Muffins, a recipie I saw in Fitness Magazine. I plan to have that with a hard boiled egg + fruit for a fully balanced 6pp breakfast.
  7. I think this sums up why the points are calculated as a whole for recipies with vegetables. It's right to let the weight loss be your guide, but I find it a bit perplexing that there is no ONE right way to do this? I mean, we all know what works and doesn't work for us- but what exactly is WW saying about the right way to do this? I'd like to know exactly where it says this. And, please address the salad question! That is what's stumping me the most. I normally would not put a salad into recipie builder.... but at a restaurant a salad NI is as a whole. So do we eyeball the ingrediants or count the whole NI? I don't know why I would maybe count the extras at home but not at a restaurant. Whatever it is, I think it needs to be consistent.
  8. Ok, I know fruits and (most) veggies are 0 pts to satisfaction. So when I eat them alone, or say I add a banana to my oatmeal, they retain their 0 value. However, in recipes (when you use the WW recipe builder) it adds up to points- which I sort of understand because in combination you may have some calories/fat, etc. However, I don't know where to draw the line- like making tomato sauce from scratch should be 0 but it adds up to points. For an example the new WW garden veg soup is 0 points, but my own vegetable soup (in recipie builder) comes out to 4-5 points! But the real confusion is in arrangement of foods- like a salad. Do I count points for everything- or just the extra non-0 items? What about restaurant salads? Do I have to count the nutritional for the whole dish, or can I count the non-0 items? Can someone please clarify? Leaders jump in please!
  9. 2% tastes like cream after drinking skim I too prefer 1%, but currently drinking skim until I get used to the new points system
  10. I am one of the said individuals who only received 5 more points, and I did/do find it more difficult with the points of everything going up. The truth is, even if we are told to forget everything, we naturally feel the need to go to what we know. As Kos said... And that's exactly where I am. I rejoined the meetings because I do wholly embrace the new program, but in my head I do wonder about how things are different. And my mileage does vary, but I know every day I follow and track, I get closer and closer to really loving this program. But I won't get there until I get there
  11. I too can't wait for the pineapples, mangos, and strawberries again. But I'm currently enjoying my free bananas, apples, cherries, and of course: my darling clementines!
  12. CW- congrats on the 5%! You give me great motivation Challenging: Like others, I had a bit of shock with the new points values, and have a hard time planning now because I don't innately know the point value for anything. I'm scared to eat out, because I haven't quite figured out anything great to have that will fill me up. And I am a bit confused about fruits/veggies in recipes (like vegetable soup) or in arrangements (like salads) and how they are counted. Good: On the flip side, I'm really measuring everything now- which is great. I'm not eyeballing- I'm measuring and being exact, and it's nice to know I am following the program correctly. I LOVE the free fruits and vegetables, I stocked up and I know this time my stash won't go bad- I will eat it up first! I also love the material I received at the WW meeting, and love reading through it and getting to re-know the program.
  13. Hey guys. JH has a blog on WW website, I'll provide the link: http://community.weightwatchers.com/Blogs/UserBlog.aspx?blogid=1024134 I'm unsure you'll be able to see it or not if you're not registered, but she did post a little something about what ya'll are discussing: "Hey guys, just wanted to tell you how much I love the new PointsPlus program. I was lucky to have my leader give me a special sneak peek to the plan several weeks ago. I have to admit, at first, when she told me they were changing the plan I was nervous. I had so much success with the old plan that I was afraid to change anything! We sat down and she explained it all to me and the first thing out of my mouth was "this plan is so smart." On the old plan it seemed like a better bargain to have a sweet treat over a lean piece of chicken breast even though eating protein made me fuller and more satisfied. But the PointsPlus program nudges you to choose the chicken. Everything about it simply makes sense to me. So don’t be shy, jump in and be positive!"
  14. Are you talking about the table/chart? That is still there under weight tracker/Table View tab.
  15. I absolutly agree with Shelly here. I do believe overall it's a step by step process, and it's different for everyone. I personally did not get fat from fruits and veggies, and I don't gorge on them either. But not everyone is me and I am not them, the thing is- you have to know yourself- or atleast be willing to learn these things about yourself so you can determine what works best for you. I too will practice satisfaction (god knows I need to) and will adjust accordingly if I see a negative impact.
  16. This is always a great thing! Can't wait to meet the new posters, and have bustling theads (like we have had recently)!
  17. Anyone know how extensive the dining out companion guide is?
  18. Mike, I know how you feel. I feel deep anxiety if I don't have over 10WPAs getting close to the end of my week. It's a numbers game in my head, and really for my piece of mind. Everyone is different, I suggest you trial and error and find out what works for you. If flex point allotment works, use it! I personally "save" my WPAs for events, eating out, treats, etc. Occasionally I'll dip into a few points some night of the week, but I plan my menus without them unless I know of an event coming up. But that's what works for ME. You say you overeat "because WW allows me to"- are you following the 8 health guidelines- getting in your fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc? Remember, just because you CAN overeat, doesn't mean you have to. More so- with your choice of food - you can have SO much more filling and nutritious food if you incorporate whole grains, lean proteins, fruits & veggies, rather than eating it all up in high calorie, high fat foods. Lastly, I'm not sure what version of WW you might be following, but last time I joined they had rolled out Momentum- which does not cap AP points in a day, and allows you to bank them for the week. I don't want to confuse you and also not sure this info is helpful considering the plan is changing in a week- but that changed my mindframe a bit too in keeping points "just in case". Anyways, trial and error, planning, and finding what works for you
  19. I agree with others about joining WW during this time, it's the 2nd time I've started WW during the holidays- always with the mindset "if it's not Thanksgiving, it's your birthday or that persons, or an anniversary, or... oh where does it end?!" LIFE is a challenge, no matter when you start excuses will start flying if you don't tell yourself to start NOW, whenever NOW is right for you. I couldn't get into the mindset for a long time, and when I did, it happened to be 2 weeks before Thanksgiving
  20. This year we are spending Thanksgiving at my in-laws. My DH is doing most of the cooking, I'm helping out some. I actually don't care for most Thanksgiving food, and need to remind myself of that. So my plan has always been to take more of what I want, and less of what I don't. What I do want is the sweet potato and veggies. I don't like turkey and will have very little. I'm more worried about the other food my MIL will be cooking this weekend. She is the worst kind of food pusher, she doesn't even ask or push, she just puts the food on my plate MID meal! In the past I have lifted the food out of my plate and back into the dish. She pushes (her very fattening food) on me by constantly ragging me to eat more, but never urges that of my SIL and her cousin, who are very skinny. One time I just looked at her as she was pushing and asked her why she would offer me more food and not them. And if she was not doing it to them, she should not do it to me. That shut her up (for that trip), but it's a new battle everytime. I will have to use the tactics others have mentioned here, especially about complementing and saying you have no more room. She did comment to my mother last time that I don't eat as much!
  21. goddessRu


    Is anyone doing P90x anymore? I've decided to sub all my cardio (elliptical) workouts with the p90x cardio workouts. I hope I start to see some changes in my body from this new routine! Yesterday I did Cardio X, and I have to say, I hated it. The yoga part I found to be very annoying, and the kenpo was fine and the plyo was hard. But I guess the yoga in the beginning messed me up. In any case, the workout is still hard, but I don't think I'll be doing it for a while because I'm not really a fan of it. Gearing up for a P90x weekend, will report back on what I do!
  22. goddessRu


    Hey Rich, I completly understand and know how you feel. That's why I decided not to do the program right now as well, (I have no kids, but not much time either!). I too am throwing in a P90x workout in between the gym cardio and weight machines. BTW, please call me Ru, being called goddess makes me sound vain LOL. BTW Laveta, welcome to the P90x thread! As for working out in the morning, it has never worked for me. I'm just not a morning person and I too feel very weak, and my workout efforts are therefore dimished. Intensity gets compromised in such case. Also, sleep overrides all LOL. I've tried to eat a pre-workout snack and sometimes that helps, but you have to be cautious about the choice. A banana works pretty well.
  23. I agree, a 930 or 10pm snack may be in order. How about some fruit or a glass of warm milk?
  24. goddessRu


    So Rich, did you decide that you are doing the gym and working out with P90x videos when possible instead of doing the program?
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