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Friday, Oct 31 2014

Weight Watchers: Tuesday Tips!..on Friday

Sorry this is so late, but here is your Tuesday Tip!

Today's Tip: Make it Fancy!

One of my all-time favorite meals is chicken with broccoli.  I can grill a mean piece of chicken and usually get one of those steam in bag broccoli florets from the store.  Put those with some rice! Delicious meal, from 8-12 points depending on how much rice and how much chicken you eat.  Sometime, I've splurged at lunch and just don't have the points to eat that meal. My favorite part of my favorite meal is the broccoli, which thankfully is point free! Often times, eating just veggies may not leave you feeling full, or in my case, not do enough to trick my brain into thinking my stomach is full.

Here's a good way to make a low-points or points-free meal make you feel full. Make it fancy! I go to the farmers market and buy one of those full heads of broccoli, the big ones, I steam one of those on the stove. I then place it neatly on a nice plate, get out a steak knife and fork, sit down very proper at my dinning room table and eat my broccoli head as if it were a prime steak! Yum. Add a candle to the table if you'd like. Doing this is enough to trick my brain into thinking it is full afterward! and my stomach is actually full, those broccoli heads are large!

So grab the good china and a cloth napkin, make that plate look good and have your veggies and save your points!


Tuesday, Oct 21 2014

Weight Watchers: Tuesday Tips!

Today's Tip: You'll look great, if you don't eat late!

One of the big "secrets" of my weight loss was having the will power to avoid eating late at night.  I, much like a lot of Americans, enjoy the late night snacking. Popcorn is my favorite nighttime snack, but just about anything late is awesome, especially fries.  Mmmmm, fries and popcorn... I've digressed. Eating late (at least for me) always leads to weight gain, you eat those calories without any time to burn them off and overnight they get stored into fat. Yuck. Being able to stay away from eating late can really help your waistline, and it will also make you more hungry for the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Roughly 10% of Americans skip breakfast, a statistic that to me is staggering, mostly because I made it up for this post. We at Weight Watchers know just how important breakfast is!

But Ben, How do we avoid eating late? What if your hungry??

Good question.  One thing I did to avoid eating late is adjusting my meal schedule. Currently, I eat breakfast around 10 am. I get to work at nine, (check facebook), get everything open, (check twitter), get settled in, (read get coffee, (check facebook again) figure out what I am going to be working on for the day, have breakfast (while watching youtube videos), then start my workday! I will make sure to incorporate some fruit with my breakfast, and tend to include a good amount of fiber with breakfast.  Most of my coworkers eat lunch at 11, way to early for me, I hold off and eat lunch around 1 maybe 2.  Most of the time I will wait as late as I can, wait until I am actually hungry for lunch.  around 4, I will have a snack, usually try to make it around 3 points.  If I need to, in between meals I will also chew gum. Another thing that helps pass the time for you bored eaters, is being busy! That's right, being a good employee is good for your diet! I will get to work and stay focused (unless I get tagged on facebook) and the hours will fly by without me eating anything.  I typically eat dinner around 6pm, and immediately follow it with dessert. Get dessert out of the way! Once you've had your sweet treat, your brain will have a better time realizing you are done for the day.

Now comes the hard part of the evening, getting from 7pm to bedtime without eating. For me, its very hard to watch tv/movies without snacking on something. Chewing gum in the evening while you are being entertained is also an option here. If you absolutely have to be snacking on something, try grapes (and pretend its wine and popcorn). If you have something around the house you can do to keep busy, do that to pass the time, maybe get some extra credit by getting more work done from home. Play with your kids, help them with their homework (even if they don't want it) and do everything you can to stay out of the kitchen.  The earlier you start the getting ready for bed process the better, go ahead and brush those teeth and put on those PJ's. The mint flavor in the toothpaste will help quell your cravings for food late. If you can, go ahead and crawl into bed, watch TV there, also gets you one step closer to sleep, and keeps you out of the fridge.

Hope you were able to find these tips helpful! As always I welcome feedback in the comments below.

Happy Tracking!


Monday, Oct 20 2014

Weekend Woes

I went to my cousins wedding over the weekend in Dayton, OH. Boy oh boy, getting comfortable around family and eating all that comfort food may have been good for my soul, but it was not good for my waistline!

Friday Night: Chicken wings, fried rice, ribs, potato chips, bacon wrapped pineapple, coleslaw, kale salad, ice cream, and cobbler

Saturday: waffles, eggs, cereal, bacon, potatoes, summer rolls, chicken stir fry, bubble tea, salmon, pasta, tortilla chips, cheese dip, pretzel bites, green beans, mashed potatoes, 3 mixed drinks, and 4 of the desert bite things.

Thankfully Saturday night I got really sick, I did not feel well at all Saturday night and most of Sunday. I say thankfully because it reminded me to get my life back together.

Sunday: Grilled white fish, grilled shrimp, steam broccoli, steam green beans, brown rice.

Back at it this week, I'd done really well last week, I look forward to continuing my progress this week.


Tuesday, Oct 7 2014

Weight Watchers: Tuesday Tips!

Today's Tip: Watch your math!

Be careful when you are tracking your items! sometimes the math doesn't work out the way you want it to because WW doesn't do half points anymore, and things get rounded in a weird way.  For example, if you eat 1 serving of Progresso Light Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese it is 2 points, but if you eat 2 servings it is 5 points! Why is that? Well its math my dear! Lets say when you plug in the nutrition facts of the soup into your calculator, the actual math works out to 2.3 points plus, but since WW doesn't do partial points, it gets rounded down to 2 when you track it.  If you eat two servings, that's actually 4.6 points plus (2.3 *2), and again, with no partial points, 4.6 gets rounded UP to 5! Most items will work out correctly for 2 portions, just about everything starts getting weird around 3-4 portions so always be careful, don't assume! sometimes you get lucky and a 2pp item will double and only be 3pp (1.6 rounded up to two, but doubled, 3.2 rounds DOWN to 3!). Be careful when eating partial portions as well, this mathematical rounding phenomenon works in the other direction too!

To sum up; always plug everything into your tracker correctly, never assume you know the points when multiplying or dividing, plug it into the tracker and let it tell you which way the scale leans!

That's all for today, happy tracking!


Friday, Sep 26 2014


"Waiting to come back to [Weight Watchers] meetings until you loose the weight makes about as much sense as waiting until your healthy to go to the doctor."

~Heather Paper


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