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  1. Jumping in here because I fit the bill as well! I was a member about 2 years ago and did very well by learning Core. Time went on, I started to not watch myself as closely and here I am back where I started... actually a little higher. I refuse to go buy myself new "fat" clothes, so I'm just going to suffer through the 3 pairs of pants that fit until I fit into the smaller stuff again. Now I'm trying to learn the new program before I "officially" start my new eating plan on the cliched January 1st! :)

  2. A tip I got from my trainer is to do a few minutes of backwards once in a while. It works a totally different muscle group!!

    Interesting! I have to try this! Does it matter what resistance it's on?

  3. Hi! I pretty much rely on the elliptical for cardio at the gym. There are a couple of other locations (NYSC) that are nicer than my "home gym" and have other cooler cardio equipment, but the elliptical is pretty much my go-to. I set the timer for 30 minutes - warm up for 5 minutes with an easy jog, then do intervals for about 15 minutes of running/sprinting, then I crank up the resistance and slow down for 10 minutes or booty/thigh/calf toning. Cool down on these machines is an automatic addition of 5 minutes and I usually take that at an easy jog like the warm up. I'd recommend following that up with a little strength training with a resistance band if you're working out and home and you'll be all set.

  4. (How funny is it that we reactivated our accounts on the same day at about the same time?!) Didn't you make the Tropical Couscous once? I thought you did... I could swear I remember you giving me some. Either way, here's the recipe. I also think the search feature isn't working.



    1 cup(s) water

    1 tsp table salt, divided

    1 cup(s) uncooked whole wheat couscous

    1/4 cup(s) fresh lime juice

    2 Tbsp canola oil

    1/2 tsp ground cumin

    1 1/2 cup(s) mango(es), fresh, cubed

    1 cup(s) pineapple, Golden-variety, chopped

    1/2 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, chopped

    1/4 cup(s) red onion(s), fresh, chopped




    • Bring water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in couscous; cover and let stand until water is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork; cool to room temperature.
    • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, cumin and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt until blended. Add mango, pineapple, cilantro and onion; toss to mix.
    • Add couscous to fruit mixture; toss to mix and coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 1 day. Yields about a heaping 3/4 cup per serving.

  5. This is so funny! I just got a Ninja Master Prep the other night and I've pretty much just been throwing random things in it and pulsing away. I was looking for a chocolate shake recipe and look - here's one FOR the Ninja! How cool is that? FYI - I tried sugar/fat free cherry jello (one of the little prepackaged cups, just spooned in) and ice in the ninja - came out to the consistancy of gelato and was SO good!


    If you're interested, you can sign up for Bed, Bath & Beyonds mailing list and get a 20% off coupon, which you can use to get a $49 Ninja and BB&B for $39. I think it's around $42 with tax. DEFINITELY worth the money!

  6. Between what I've learned with WW Online and the message boards, I'm a lot less resistant to the new program than I originally was. I have yet to be able to get out of my office for a meeting, but worse comes to worse I'll start going next week. I'm following Simply Filling, but it's been a habit of mine to journal everything anyway to keep track of my WPAs and also to remember what quantity of food I felt satisfied/full at. I haven't been sticking to it very well lately... I haven't journalled at all and I have some days OP, other days where I can't keep my hand out of the community hershey's kisses jar! So I decided the new program will be my new re-start. I went online and wiped out all my previous weights, so I'm beginning now at my current weight with a new 10% goal and all. I was sad to lose all my stars, but it's kind of cool to have a clean slate. :bcb_smile I think it'll be a good way to see exactly how well I respond to the changes in program.

  7. I also have an Omron. Mine is a Omron HJ-720ITC and it was about $30 on Amazon.com. I like that it came with software that you can use to keep track of your exercise - you can look at your number of steps by day or hour, number of steps at an aerobic rate and the distance walked. There are estimates based on info you provide of calories burned and grams of fat lost, but I don't know how accurate it actually is.

  8. No congratulations are necessary, I didn't do anything other than drink the water in Mexico. :bcb_cry: I certainly didn't stay OP, that's for sure. The trip was 100% worth the TD, but for about three days now I haven't been able to hold down any food. Liquids are finally staying down, so I've been drinking WW smoothies for the time being. Wednesday is my normal WI day, so I went today bc I haven't gone for 2 weeks. (Last week I had a dr appt and I can't remember why I missed the week before.) I'm down 5 pounds. It looks so pretty in my little book, the -5!!! lol Realistically, I know this isn't an actual weight loss, it's water weight combined with three days of not being able to eat. Has anyone had any experience with this? Should I expect to gain any or all of it back if I stay OP? Should I try kick start to maintain? I really don't want to gain after such a big (even if not real) loss. :bcb_huh:

  9. Thanks Sharyn! I saw that kind in my store but passed on it because the jar was huge... but if I like brown rice and pasta, chances are I will like whole wheat couscous.


    As far as a non-fancy instant meal, I get pre-cut fruit sold in bowls once a week from my grocery store (Waldbaums). I know I pay more for less, but I never end up cutting up my fruit and it goes bad. So tonight I'm taking pre-cooked shrimp (brushed with olive oil and garlic), pineapple chuncks, red peppers and mushrooms and putting them on skewers and on the George Foreman grill. While they grill, I'll steam zucchini and squash in the microwave with my trusty tupperware steamer. I usually throw some spices into the water in the bottom part of the steamer, but tonight I think I'll eat them plain. Should be done in 15 minutes - I hope!


    I just saw that plaintains are core, so I'm trying to figure out how to make a core version of my favorite spanish foods - chicken with rice and black beans and plaintains. If anyone has any ideas how to modify that, I'd definitely be interested!

  10. Hi Sharyn! Where do you get your couscous? I bought a package but it is semolina couscous, not whole wheat. I realized this AFTER I bought it, of course! Oh well, it's another thing to put in the foot pantry along with all of the 100 calorie snacks I don't eat anymore. :) I feel terrible that all the food I'm giving away lately is not exactly top of the food pyramid. :bcb_worry

  11. Nic, as your loving friend and dedicated co-worker, I will bring in a pair of sneakers and make a promise to do lunch hour walks 2-3 times a week with you unless it's rainy. We all know I'm a witch and I'll melt. :bcb_grin We should be able to swing it a couple of days a week... we can order our food and go pick it up rather than have it delivered - something along those lines. Trying to think of something that's not shopping! LOL


    I can vouch for her that time is a precious commodity and it's not even every day that we are able to get out for lunch. I am single with no children and I STILL have to juggle to get all my exercise in, so I give a ton of credit to all the mommies out there getting all that and more jammed into a day. :bcb_up I think parenting burns about 1000 calories a day, doesn't it?!?!

  12. Ah that DOES help, thanks! I opened the package on Friday so by Tuesday I shouldn't be surprised that it was bad. What I really need to do is stop being so lazy when I come home from shopping and seperate the meat into serving sizes to freeze individually before I put anything away. But not being lazy... that's the hurdle! :bcb_bigsm

  13. I actually wanted to add a layer of ground turkey to it (browned in taco sauce), but apparently I need to stop storing my turkey in storage bags in the fridge because in less than a week it went bad. I have no clue when it comes to stuff like how long raw meat should last, but that seems awfully quick to me. :bcb_cry:

  14. Definitely cook the rice first, it doesn't cook if it's all together. You get a crappy crunchy crust instead of rice! LOL


    Nic - I had this tonight since I got home from the gym late (actually I'm still eating it now) and I didn't feel like cooking. I got avocados on the way home and made core guacamole instead of using salsa. OMG this is the best thing ever. DUH-LISH!!!!


    I'm definitely making this a weekly staple for me too!!! :bcb_up

  15. Hey Roadtripn, we really ARE on the same track! Congratulations on your 3.2lb loss!!! :bcb_up Today was also my third meeting, second weigh in. My first week was a .8 loss, my second was a 2.4 loss. Yay! The leader also brought up activity points because she was doing myths in WW. One of the things was "I should eat all of my activity points". I was pretty much clueless to what that meant because I only just got the week 3 book, but she was pretty firmly against eating your points because she said too many people do the activity to reward themselves with food. To be honest, she really breezed through it so I'll have to read my book to understand what she meant. I think her basic point was that if you're exercising solely to get extra points, you're not doing yourself any favors.

  16. Hi KaayB! Welcome to the board. I'm fairly new too, but you'll find the information you get on this board will have you spending hours reading past posts! Congratulations on your weight loss and I hope you have continued success! :bcb_bigsm I'm from Long Island too, South Shore- Suffolk County.

  17. So the leader is telling me not to be upset about this but... I followed the plan this week to the letter. I wrote everything down that I ate, stayed at or close to 22 points (used 8 of the 35 extras), drank tons of water, exercised when I could... and yet I lost a whopping 0.8 lb. My leader said "Be happy at least you lost!" but I'm sorry, I can't. This is a program for weight loss, so I'm SUPPOSED to lose weight. I can't be happy I lost as if I had left it up to chance.

    What the heck?:bcb_confu


    I posted earlier that I wanted to go with the "health first, weight loss later" approach, so I'll be done feeling sorry for myself quickly and just be stricter for nex week. I just needed to vent!

  18. I can totally understand your situation. I weighed myself Sunday morning and was down 2 pounds, but Sunday night I was up .4 from my original WI #! It's annoying, but I keep telling myself that quick fixes didn't work in the past and I need to stick with this for more than a week. I'm going to adopt your attitude of health first, weight later. :bcb_up

  19. Thanks Roadtripn! If I don't make it this time, it certainly won't be for lack of support, I appreciate it! :salut Cindi_R, WOW! 12 weeks and 25 pounds is exactly the kind of thing I need to hear! That's awesome work, and I'm sure it has been hard work. Thanks for the boost, it's always great to hear someone with a similar goal kickiing butt!


    Stop n Shop has WW Smart Ones on sale 5 for $10. So, thinking I'll just go grab some lunches, I headed there last night. $70 later...!!! Why is eating like crap so cheap, and healthy food so pricey?!? I bought Smart Ones for lunches because I'm in Manhattan during the day and my choice is Smart ones or $12 salads. Then I bought chicken and turkey to make dinners with, salad greens, veggies... really NOT a lot of food! At least the $2 lunches will be an improvement, I just got sticker shock when I saw the total on the register.

  20. I'm taking the journal part seriously this time because that's the one thing I never bothered with any other time WW "didn't work for me" (aka I half-assed it!). So I figure now that I'm doing pretty well with staying in my points I should be good. I had .05 left over yesterday and I haven't dipped into my 35 weekly bonus points. I bought the monthly pass, so I have been keeping myself in check by putting my points online and in my handwritten journal. That may be a little overkill...??? I also developed a new little habit of clicking on the link of the dress I want whenever chocolate seems like a good idea! :bcb_bigsm

  21. Ok, so I've written everything that's gone into my mouth down today, and it has me thinking about food non-stop! Grrr! :bcb_grrrr So far I think I'm ok. I have 21 points for the day and I've used 11 between breakfast, lunch, and a snack. I have discovered the 100 calorie bag of Chips Ahoy crisps... they are phenomenal. I think I have a WW dinner at home that is 7 points, so between that and a salad, I should be set for the night. Sounds like you both are doing great... and I'm going to check out those Dole cups. Continued success to both of you! :bcb_bigsm

  22. Hey, thank you so much for the welcome and the good luck! I wish the same to you. I love that quote... it applies to so much in life. I'm going to follow your lead and stick it on my computer too and there's my motivation for the day. I'll look at it when I get my 3pm hot chocolate craving! :bcb_grrrr Fortunately I'm not busy at work today, so I have a decent amount of time to go over the books and tomorrow will be my first day of tracking points. Have you found balance to be a big problem for you?

  23. Hi, just wanted to introduce myself! I've been lurking on this board for a week or so while I made the decision to give up the low carb success/failure cycle and really commit to weight watchers. I'm 33, 5'1 and as I just found out an hour ago (and am kind of freaking out over) weigh 160.2 pounds. I figure if I admit that publicly, I'll do my best to be able to retract that as soon as possible! My WW 10% goal is 16 pounds but my goal is to get down to 110 pounds. It's not entirely a vanity goal, I have lupus so the less pressure on my joints the better I feel. I have NO EXCUSE for being this big... no kids, just a big appetite and some steroid medication that took over for a little while. I went down to 140 on Atkins, but I gained it back because try as I might, I can't cut chocolate out of my life completely. And popcorn. I love popcorn. So... my goal is foods I like in moderation and hopefully that will be the key! Looking forward to reading more of what has already been helpful advice from this forum. :bcb_bigsm

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