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  1. Lynn - thanks for the great info! I'm counting points for this first 6 week period while I get back in the groove - only because that seems to be the WW suggestion. Of course, I may tire of it and switch to SiFi and only counting the non SiFi stuff. Honestly, most of my daily menu is SiFi like before, but it helps me get focussed to count the points for a while. Another question - last time I was here there was some discussion about recipes being made with some core SiFi ingredients and some non- SiFi ingredients ending up having to be counted as non SiFi in total. For instance, if I made a pumpkin pie with mostly SiFi, but 1/3 cup of sugar and a bit of pie crust, I would need to count the points for the whole thing (like a slice = 3 points), not just the non SiFi part (more like 1 point). Still true? Thanks again! This is FUN!!
  2. I was a newbie before, I guess I am one again! Some questions: 1) is quinoa considered one of our whole grains? I read somewhere that technically its not a grain... seems like one to me but is it or is it not? 2) fruit servings always have confused me. Does a large banana count as 2 fruit servings? (a BIG banana, I'm talkin'!) The guideline says "typically a serving of fruit is 1/2 a cup" so I'm thinking a big banana is a whole cup thus 2 fruit servings; likewise, a whole grapefruit is probably 2 servings, half a grapefruit is one serving? 3) Garbonzo beans - are those vegetables in the WW world? I vaguely remember having this discussion here before - where I come from beans are veggies, other places they are "legumes" not veggies, even though "legumes" is the french word for vegetables! Anyway, does half a cup of these (ie in hummus which I just made with some Indian spices) count as a serving of vegetables? 4) If I'm squirting canola based PAM on my frying pan, not in huge amounts, how do I estimate the points? I know its not adding up enough to meet my oil requirement (I have other ways... like I just drink the olive oil straight up if I need to make the 2 tsp requirement at the end of the day) but I wonder if a squirt constitutes enough to make a point, or half a point. Thanks!
  3. Is anyone here using a Wii video game machine (if that's what they call it!) and the "Fit" or "Fit Plus" modules in their exercise routine? I am getting a treadmill to run on, but I need something else FUN to do at home too. I have a Wii, still in the box, haven't got the Fit or Fit Plus to go with it but it intrigues me. I'm interested in all observations and input! Thanks!
  4. Hey there Leahroush, Everyone's a little different in how they lose weight, and quite often around here you see more people losing weight easily the first few weeks. Sorry to hear you're not one of them yet, but hang in there! First, are you getting all your Healthy 8s? 1. Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits each day. 2. Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible. 3. Include 2 servings of milk products (low-fat or fat free) each day. 4. Have some healthy oil (olive, canola, safflower, sunflower, or flaxseed) each day. This habit ensures that you get the essential fatty acids and vit. E that your body needs. Use the oil on salads, in cooking, or as an ingredient in a mixed dish. 5. Ensure that you are getting enough protein by choosing at least a serving or two of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dried beans, or soy products each day. Many milk products are also good sources of protein. 6. Limit added sugar and alcohol. 7. Drink at least 6 glasses of water each day. 8. Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day. Secondly, when you say "trying to get the portion sizes down to where they should be" does that mean you are actually exceeding your points allowance, or are you within it but still eating beyond just satisfaction? And finally, are you eating all your daily points plus your WAPs, and plus any activity points you've earned? Sometimes we (I've done this myself) don't eat those; by avoiding them we trick our bodies into kind of a "starvation" mode where it thinks you're trying to starve it to death so it tries like heck to hang onto everything you feed it!
  5. Thanks a bunch Luanne - that clears it up for me. YEAH BEANS!!
  6. I have been counting any type of bean as a veggie all along - limas, green, butter, etc. And also chickpeas, which are sort of beanie! I have always figured if it grows in the soil, its a fruit or veggie! I have never counted popcorn as veggie, but fresh sweet corn I do - I guess its a personal thing!
  7. Hi there, I am not really a newbie, but I have a newbie question! A cup of nice green beans - does that count as a vegetable serving? Technically, beans are listed as "legumes" and not listed in the "vegetable" section on the WW site. But in many parts of the world, a bean's a veggie as much as a green pepper is. So, am I contributing to my daily fruit/veggie requirement when I eat beans?? The word "legume" is French for Vegetable, so I think they ARE veggies and have been logging them as such all along. Thanks!
  8. I remembered this one from last year - when I was first on WW Core. As I am back again, and now armed with one of them new-fangled silicone mini-muffin pans, I modified it as follows and made perfect little Core muffins perfect for a nutritious and bulky part of my breakfast: 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin 1 can evaporated skim milk (12 oz.) 2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp pumpkin spice (1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 ginger, 1/4 cloves) 1 tsp vanilla 2/3 cup splenda or sugar 1 cup quick cooking oats 1 cup cream of wheat Combine all and beat until smooth. Pour into mini muffin pans (took me two go's as my pan holds 24 mini-muffins and this makes about 36) . Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. If you use sugar instead of splenda, and make 36 of these muffins, it ends up being 3 mini-muffins = 1 point with everything else being Core, so I might make it either way cuz I don't care much for artificial sweeteners. The ones I made today, though, with Splenda - they taste great and are pretty close to a muffin texture!!
  9. Its probably hard to say, since there are so many brands and flavours, but I checked the smuckers.com website, and they claim the sf varieties have 80% fewer calories. I checked nutritional info on Strawberry sugar free, and regular Strawberry, and yep, the sf are about 80% lower in calories. sf has 10 calories/0fat/0fiber for a tbsp, and regular has 50 calories/0fat/fiber. so Regular is 1 point per tbsp; sf is one-fifth of a point per tbsp. So I'd say it would be worth trying. Make sure DH checks the nutritional label though -there are "low sugar" and other types out there that might look diet but are not.
  10. Wow - what a nice change! Congratulations on 100+ lbs gone -that's a great accomplishment, I hope you're very proud of yourself!
  11. Nancy - thanks, yes that helps! Now I understand.
  12. That's always confused me. I have a couple of friends who achieved "lifetime" but are now 40 or 50 pounds overweight - but they still say to me "Oh, I'm Lifetime" Do they still get to go to meetings for free, or do they just have a special weight card for the meetings? I thought people lost their Lifetime benefits (free meetings) if they go over 2 lbs over their goal weight, but perhaps they retain the title of "Lifetime" and have to pay the weekly fee until they get back under that goal weight? I'm confused. And I care, because I'm intending to get to my goal and become a Lifetime Member, and stay there!
  13. Hi FrenchB! I did the C25K last summer - I did a 9 week program, and ran an official 5k run the 9th week as my "graduation" run. There are a couple of different programs out there - the 9 week is the shortest I've noticed, and there are some that are 3-4 months or so. Anyway, I picked the 9 week simply because it was the first one I saw! I'm glad I did because the pace of it was good for me, and it happened to line up perfectly with that organized 5k run I mentioned above. The first run was very tough for me - and it was run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds, repeat for about 30 minutes as I recall. Well, I was literally counting every second of each 60 second run! I had chafing skin, I was wheezing, I was sure I was going to croak! But I didn't... I kept track of the program and every run I completed on my fridge, so it was there as a constant reminder, and I never missed a run regardless of the weather. If I had tried doing this in the winter, I may not have been as diligent - but on the other hand, maybe I would have been, because I have access to a gym with a track and treadmills. In any case, I just got focussed and got it done. Each week was very daunting to me, and I remember writing here that I didn't know if I could do it - you have to run 5 minutes in a row... then the next week its 10 minutes, and I think then one week it jumps to 20 minutes or something unbelievable! But, the program eases you into it - you're basically combining short runs into slightly longer runs, then a little longer, etc. The program builds you up mentally and physically so that you CAN do it - you just don't necessarily KNOW you can do until you complete each day's run! So anyway, the good far outweighs the bad. I didn't lose a whole lot of weight because of running, but I lost INCHES, dropped pants sizes, stopped being breathless after climbing stairs, my blood pressure dropped from 140/90 to 110/70, and all this in a matter of less than 3 months. My only failing in this is that I did not keep running routinely - I ran for about 2 months after finishing the program, then fell off the wagon. In fact, I just ran 5k last night for the first time since November 11! I'm quite sore, and should probably have eased back into it using a modified C25K. But I did it. And I knew I could because I learned that I could by doing the C25K program in the first place. Good luck to ya! Oh - and yes, I tried it while pushing my son in his stroller, and its DIFFICULT! Its like pushing a sail around! And the sail doesn't want to pull you somewhere, it ALWAYS wants to push against you! And get a good pair of running shoes - you don't have to spend a mint. I got mine at a buy one get one 1/2 off sale at Shopko - I think they retailed around 60, so I spent $30 on them. They've served me well.
  14. Hi Janet!!! Welcome to BCB. I'm from Wisconsin too, right in the middle. Sounds like WW is working well for you - wow, 8 lbs in 2 weeks!!! Don't get discouraged if it slows down a bit, but until then enjoy the ride!!! Are you using the Flex or the Core plan?
  15. Hey Pat!!! You're still here - I'm so glad to SEE you!! I took a couple of months off - haven't run since the week of Thanksgiving (US Thxsgiving, not Canadian one!) So that was 6 or 7 weeks ago. Last week I started hitting the walking treadmill hard, and doing long outdoor walks - I haven't worked up to trying to run yet. Imagine this - I think I may have FORGOTTEN how to run! So, I will be doing a modified Couch to 5k to get back up to speed again. During my 2 months off, for which I have no excuse except laziness... I gained 6 pounds!!! Ugh. Fortunately though, after I started the brisk walking last week and really sticking to Core, I managed to get 3.8 of them off by this week's weigh-in. Oh, I had a strange 6 hour flu that purged me of some weight also, but I think the bulk of the weight was just being perfectly on program. (it wasn't food poisoning because my parents also got it about 2 days after they left my house!) ANyway - I can't tell you how big my smile was Pat, when I looked in the Exercise forum here and saw you still chugging away promoting the C25K program:bcb_march ! Thanks for inspiring me
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