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Everything posted by bethel

  1. I love Trader Joe's. Another great one-point bread is Martin's whole wheat potato bread - it's high in fiber AND protein. For me, it's the best bang for my buck.
  2. Zumba is awesome! I took my first class 8 months ago and I'm hooked. It's such a fun workout - and I enjoy the comraderie of the class (it's like a big dance party). I don't consider myself to be a dancer, but I'm having fun moving and shaking my body - and you get a really great workout. I've taken classes from four different instructors - each one will have a slightly different "spin" on steps and music - it's all good. I just recruited 5 of my friends to try a free demo class tomorrow night.
  3. I just love flan. Does anyone have a good low-point version of this recipe?
  4. My latest favorite snack (and VERY filling) is: Hard boil 3 eggs, cut each egg in half and discard the yolks. Fill the centers with 2 tablespoons of a good, spicy hummus. Total points: 2 The protein helps keep me full Another favorite: mix 1/2 cup sugar-free cherry pie filling with 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of granola. Total points: 2 And yet another: mix 1/3 cup canned pumpkin with 2 packets of Splenda, a tablespoon of sugar-free maple syrup and 1 container of sugar-free Jello caramel pudding. Total points: 1
  5. Wonderful pictures - you look great! Now you should treat yourself to some clothes that will show off your new figure - tucked in, tailored tops, snazzy slim-cut pants. You have nothing to hide!
  6. I've discovered that (after warming up) I can get my heart rate up to my target range when I walk at 3.8 mph at a 10% incline. I can also accomplish the same result when I slow jog at 5 mph. My perceived level of exertion is the same (although I feel a little less breathless doing the inclined walk). Would you say that the two workouts are equivalent? I enjoy the inclined walk a bit more. btw, I've been working out for over a year and am in good shape physically (still waiting for my "outside" body to catch up with my "inside" body).
  7. bethel


    I do 2 Zumba classes a week (at two different Y's) - it is SO much fun and the time goes by quickly. The steps aren't difficult and youj don't have to be perfect. It's really great for your core muscles (my hip-moving muscles really get a workout). It's becoming very popular here in CT. My classes have been all women but I uinderstand that men do it too. It also provides a nice break from weights, the treadmill and other cardio classes by adding variety and fun to my routine. Try it - you'll like it!
  8. Thank you, thank you, MrsS! I took the liberty of printing out your response (and personalizing it to my situation regarding an accountability partner). I LOVE the line "Accountability is denial's enemy." I've always been a "black and white" person - either perfection or total failure thinking. Your analogy with grades ("A C in exercise isn't an A but it's better than an F.") gave me another mental tool to use in overcoming this destructive thinking. I've been a WW member for 1-1/2 years and have lost significant weight (physical and mental) and have made many lifestyle changes - but yesterday was a "throwback" day for me - had a mega-eating binge. In the past I would have beaten myself up, thrown in the towel and given up in despair. However, today I thought about the wise choices I had made that day (good food choices for 3 meals and snacks, journaling, getting in my exercise) and decided that the day was NOT a complete failure. I also took time to think about what happened and decided that (for me) the combination of being alone in the house, being slightly bored, and being tired is a BAD combination for me: the food was calling and I knew I wasn't hungry. So.. next time that happens, I will choose to (1) get out of the house or call someone, (2) find something fun to do, or (3) take a nap or go to bed. I appreciate all the collective wisdom here on this board - blessings to you all!
  9. I'm confused about points for Campbells Chunky Healthy Request Grilled Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (15 oz microwavable): One serving is 130 cal, 2.5 g. fat and 3 g. fiber. - thiscomes out to 2 points. The container has "about 2" servings. If I double the NI, it comes out to 5 points. If it's less than 2 complete servings, it comes out to 4 points. How do you calculate this? What does "about 2" servings mean?
  10. Feel free to post this whever you want - hope it helps others.
  11. As much as I've learned to LOVE exercise (for all of the many benefits), there are always some days when I just DON'T want to move my rear end. I have a few strategies to handle this: 1. I'll do something completely different - for example, for every time I need to go upstairs, I'll make myself go up and down the stairs four times. I'll use a full bottle of laundry detergent to do arm exercises while I'm doing laundry. I'll do squats, lunges and pacing while I'm talking on the phone. Even though it doesn't do that much to get my heart rate up, it's still movement and I'll count it as 1 activity point. 2. I'll start a workout and give myself permission to stop if, after 10 minutes, I don't want to do it. Invariably, once I'm in my workout clothes and moving, I start "getting into it" and finish the workout. 3. I'll do a shorter or easier workout - sometimes my body is telling me to cut it some slack - I don't have to push myself to the limit every time. 4. I think of a good reward (NOT junky food!) for exercising - some time with a good book, buying myself a "little something," going to a special event or movie with a friend, etc. 5. I do a silly little mind game that works for me: I put up an "away" message on my instant messenger screen that says "Working out" - just seeing the words makes me feel like I've created an obligation and then I'm more likely to do it so I can keep my word. 6. I look at my weight loss chart or my clothes closet (I always keep a "next size down" item in there) - these things inspire me to say to myself, "If you want to get there, you have the power to do it - the choice is yours." 7. I give myself one day off a week - and if it's a day that I REALLY don't feel like exercising (not feeling well, feeling too sore from a strenuous day), I use my "Sabbath rest" option. Since it's only one day a week, it makes me think twice before giving into laziness. 8. I talk to myself: "Remember the last time you felt this way and you exercised anyway? Remember how you felt afterwards? You felt energized, de-stressed, strong, empowered, proud, and motivated. Don't you want to experience those feelings again?" Hope this helps. Would love to hear other people's ideas!
  12. I've just started using her "Your Best Body Circuit" and it's awesome. I love how she alternates the cardio and weight training so your heart rate stays elevated the entire time.
  13. Any idea how many AP's for Michelle Dozois' "Your Best Body Circuit" (60 min)?
  14. I love the tapioca pudding - it's unusual to find a pudding with 4 grams of fiber. I use a little squirt of FF whipped cream on top.
  15. That really stinks. I loved getting the turkey wrap - it was so healthy. Which of the breads is the best option, points-wise?
  16. I recently purchased Your Best Body Circuit and Slim, Strong & Sexy Body Sculpt. I really enjoyed doing the first one and will do the second one tomorrow. Has anyone here been doing these workouts? What do you think of them?
  17. I absolutely love Gilad - I highly recommend his Cuts & Curves, Core & More, and Power & Grace. Another fun one is Getting Fit in Jerusalem.
  18. I work out 6 days a week for an hour (I do weight training 2-3 days, alternating with cardio). I change my routines daily so my body doesn't get used to the same activity and I earn 4-5 AP's every day. I've been on Flex and "eat clean" but don't eat my AP's and many times don't use all my weekly points. Although I'm losing inches, my weight loss has stalled for the past three months. Is it possible that I'm not eating enough points? I've heard that your body needs more fuel in order to burn off calories. What do you suggest?
  19. I've been on WW flex for about a year and have received the new materials. I'll eventually get around to reading it all, but I just wanted to ask: Are there any changes from last year's plan?
  20. I bought a case of persimmons at Costco's and absolutely love them. They're the kind that look like a tomato (flat on the top and bottom) - I think they're called fuyu persimmons. How many points are in one?
  21. My weight loss has slowed significantly over the last 3 months - I've been sticking to my program, have varied my foods, and have upped the exercise (6 days a week, greater intensity). Mentally, I'm in a good place even though I'm losing only .2 - .4 lbs a week (instead of 1-2 lbs). According to the weight and BMI tables, I have another 24 lbs to lose. I wear a size 8 and am feeling very healthy and strong. The biggest changes these months have been in inches - just this month I lost an inch off my waist alone and people are saying that I'm looking much smaller. I've developed quite a bit of muscle definition (plus have a bit of saggy skin, but I can live with that). Has this ever happened to you? What is going on? I'm looking forward to your words of advice and wisdom!
  22. I have some high fiber low-fat wraps (110 calories, more than 4 g fiber, 3 g fat) that come out to 2 points using the on-line tracker. On the "paper" tracker it's barely at the 2-point area. Is it legitimate to count it as 1.5 points? I really don't "fudge" my points, but it seems rediculous to give this thing 2 points (expecially when 1/2 cup of Fiber One cereal, at 60 cal, is reckoned as zer points).
  23. bethel


    Kugel is a fantastic dish - and no one can tell that you made a "lighter" version of it. It's extremely versatile (can be used as a main course, side dish or dessert), has many variations, can can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. It keeps well and can be frozen. It's also one of my comfort foods. There! Have I said enough?
  24. Adding on to what has already been said: Aside from boiling the potatoes in chicken broth, I also add cauliflower into the pot - the 0-point veggie helps "stretch the potatoes, giving you more volume (and fiber). Other flavorings I've added are some dried ranch dressing mix or gourmet popcorn seasoning (they come in parmesan/garlic, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, and butter).
  25. Like you, I also eat tons of veggies daily - raw, steamed or roasted. I don't count them for a couple of reasons: 1. Eating veggies isn't what caused my weight problem to begin with - it was the candy, fatty junk food and huge portions. 2. Veggies fill me up, providing lots of fiber and good nutrients - and help me avoid eating the foods that AREN'T good for me. 3. A veggie binge won't have the advese consequences (scale-wise, physically and emotionally) as a full-blown junk binge. So, enjoy!
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