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Pugdad Michael

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  1. Yay! One year ago today, I hopped on the scale at my WW meeting and reached GOAL!!! And I'm still there today! Woohoo!!!
  2. Woohoo, BB! I haven't posted much... just been lurking. But THIS deserved a WOOHOO!!! You are one of the most inspirational losers here! Bravo!
  3. Good job, Jooolz! I had a similar experience last summer! I was spending 10 days in Miami with a bunch of friends and knew that we'd be eating and drinking a lot. (Yummy Cuban food and mojitos!) I was FREAKED out! But I made the best choices I could when eating out, even leaving food on my plate a couple of times! I think one of the tricks was walking EVERYWHERE! As it turned out, the hotel I was at was working on their elevators that week. They only had one running at a time with a hotel FULL of people! I took the stairs from the 7th floor A LOT! I ended up losing 1.8 pounds that week! THAT was when I realized I CAN DO THIS! It was a huge "Aha!" moment for me! Thanks for sharing your story! It's good for people to know that just because they are going away, they can still make good choices and get in lots of activity and LOSE WEIGHT! Woo hoo! (Since Miami, I often pretend that the elevators are broken at hotels and take the stairs! )
  4. THANKS! Actually, the smile is the same size. My face isn't as chubby so my smile just LOOKS bigger! And I'm sorry to say that the pink plaid pants are long gone! I thought about having them taken in, but there would have only been one pocket on the back! So they got donated.
  5. I was just sent this link to a Women's Health article featuring five different muffins that sound YUMMY! I figured the Points, and the Carrot-Ginger Bran Muffins come to only 2 Points each! The rest are all 3 Points... except for the Date & Oatmeal ones which are 5 Points. Can't wait to try these! http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/muffin-recipes
  6. I've never heard of them, but it wouldn't hurt to give them a call to ask them!
  7. I still use my AP's first. I don't TOTALLY understand how it matters, but I like to make sure I eat enough points to replenish what I used up exercising. (Does that sentence even make sense!?! ) For me, the Activity Points are like extra daily points that I use on proteins and carbs, while the 35 WPA's are for special treats like margaritas! I didn't know about the maximum 4 activity points per day! One of the WW leaders at a staff meeting a week ago said that with her daily points, activity points, and 5 WPA's (she splits them up evenly over the week!), she gets 55 Points a day! I think she's using LOTS more activity points than 4!
  8. I tried the kettle corn, and it tasted chemically. As well as the points, I need to see if there's any Splenda in the ingredients! We gave the rest to one of Lee's co-workers!
  9. That's a good rule of thumb, CW, but would I be correct in suggesting to give yourself only 1 Point if you don't sweat at all, and 3 Points if you start sweating within 3-5 minutes? (per 30 minutes of activity) So 30 minutes of a slow stroll around the mall may earn you 1 Point, 30 minutes of a brisk walk may earn you 2 Points, and 30 minutes of running may earn you 3 Points. It's probably not exactly the WW formula, but also a pretty good guideline. Dawn, you're saying that you feel like you're killing yourself with your exercise while others may not think it's hard at all. First off... don't push TOO hard! We don't want you killing yourself! And secondly... That's OK! I've been doing pretty intense workouts for about 6 months. I got more points for them when I started because they were more strenuous for me. As I've lost weight, and the exercises got a little easier (just a little! The instructors keep upping things!), I don't earn quite as many activity points. So basically, if you were to do the exact same exercise (say a one hour brisk walk) during your whole weight loss journey, you may earn 6 points in the beginning because a brisk walk may be really strenuous! After a while, it may get easier and you don't sweat as much, so you may only earn 4 points. Then, it gets to where a one hour brisk walk is super easy and you really don't sweat much at all. That would earn you 2 points. Same exercise, but fewer points as it gets easier for you! That's why I think it's good to use how quickly/how much you sweat as an added guide. Someone please correct me if I'm way off here! I'm certainly no expert! (yet! )
  10. I've noticed that before, too! A few months ago, it was an ad for a pizza chain. Fortunately, it was a place I never liked... their pizza tasted like cardboard and rubber with toppings! But it still put GOOD pizza in my head. They can't really control WHO advertises, apparently, so we just have to be STRONG! (And we're ALL strong bootcampers here! )
  11. Dawn, you've received some GREAT advice, and it sounds like you're doing really well with the tracking points and moving more. Somewhere in this crazy BCB Forum, CW has posted the quiz you take to determine your daily points. Try doing a search for that and take the quiz. Those are your daily points. On top of that, you get the 35 Flex Points to use throughout the week as you see fit. (Have a few each day, or saving them up for a nice dinner out or a special event.) Don't be afraid to eat those points! You won't feel deprived if you let yourself have a little something special now and then! And then ON TOP OF your daily points and your bonus 35 Flex Points, you can earn Activity Points. It's important to eat all of your activity points, as others have said. You need the extra fuel to keep going! And your activity points are completely seperate from the 35 Flex Points. So you can have your 33 daily points (or whatever the quiz tells you you should have!) AND your activity points each day. If you still go over a little, THEN you dig into your Flex Points. And I must say, I thanked God, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Santa Claus AND the Easter Bunny EVERY WEEK at Weigh In for those Bonus 35 Flex Points! That's what is so great about the WW program! There's a lot of give! Just keep doing what you're doing, and you'll be just fine!
  12. Yay!!! Congratulations and !
  13. Yay! I'm just seeing this! Congratulations!!! I got a little misty-eyed myself reading this!
  14. Even though you're in Onederland, I promise I won't call you Alice. At least not to your face... um... monitor...???? Congrats, BB!!! :bcb_bravo:bcb_LOL:
  15. Congratulations!!! Pretty amazing feeling, isn't it!?!
  16. Thanks everyone! I'm getting so antsy waiting for the packet to come in the mail! I hope it's there today! I wanna get started!!!
  17. I actually stated my concern to the main Leader Training person (I forget her title, but she's one of the ones who interviewed me!). I asked if women have a problem being weighed in by a man and she said she'd never heard of anyone feeling that way and that the women LOVE the male leaders! That made me feel A LOT better! I can't wait to get started!!!
  18. I'll bet I do meet you one of these days, Luanne! I'm looking forward to it!
  19. I'm so excited! I interviewed on Sunday to become a WW leader and got a call only 30 minutes later that they want me on board! Now I just need to wait for a packet to arrive in the mail, complete whatever I need to complete, mail it back, and go through training! Amazing!
  20. Welcome Rebecca! Everyone's already explained why it's important to eat all your points! Some suggestions for you: Add a sliced banana or a tablespoon of maple syrup to your oatmeal. Have a glass of milk with your meals. You should be getting dairy anyway! Add a slice of cheese to something. (Everything's better with cheddar!) Another thing you may want to watch is eating too many of the WW SmartOnes. My leader doesn't recommend we eat more than one a day because of the sodium (which makes you retain water). They're quick and no brainers because the points are written right on the box, but you gotta watch that salt! But there are things you can fix (especially for lunch) that can be super fast and easy, too. My lunch usually is a whole wheat tortilla (1 point) with mustard (0 points), 2 oz. of turkey (2 points) and a slice of cheese (2-3 points... I don't do the low-fat or fat-free cheeses.) and then a small can of low-sodium V8 (0 points!). It just takes minutes to make and it's yummy and filling... and only 5 or 6 points! Once you find the low-point foods you ENJOY (for me it's the turkey meat, the tortillas, 1 point frozen waffles, spaghetti squash... etc.), it's not too tough to figure out how to make quick meals and to use up all your points! Sheesh! Way to ramble on and on! Good luck to you, and keep checking in and asking questions!
  21. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners (or butters or cheeses or whatever). I'd rather have a little bit of the real thing. That said... Do you think you could ever wean yourself off of the sweeteners? That's what I did. I used to get a vanilla latte each morning and asked the barrista how much vanilla they put into it. They told me three pumps, so I asked for two pumps. It was still tasty! Then, after a while, I asked for just one pump, and it was still tasty! I eventually ordered just a plain old latte with no vanilla flavored syrup, and it wasn't bad at all! Now, I never use sugar in my coffee or iced tea. (I shouldn't say NEVER.. sometimes I'll put a little sugar in my coffee at a restaurant, but I rarely order coffee at a restaurant and I NEVER put sugar in my coffee at home!)
  22. What she said! The ingredients seem better than the lemon bars and fruity nutty madness bars (which I'm going to TOTALLY miss!), but they just didn't do anything for me. I just realized that I didn't track that sample bar Monday night! Oops!
  23. I forgot to add... I was a bit nervous when I began Maintenance because everyone told me that losing was the easy part but maintaining was hard! For me, maintaining was the SAME as losing. I just upped my points a teensy bit and kept doing what I'd been doing! We all know here that this isn't a "diet" to get us to our goal weight and then we stop and go back to eating like we used to. We're Weight Watchers for life! (And PROUD to be!)
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