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October 2006 Archive

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A Halloween Treat – October 31, 2006

I had to run to the store today to get some extra halloween candy and I was hungry. Not a good combination. While at the check out I can across these little 1 point gems. It satisfied my sweet tooth and saved me from a disastrous halloween splurge.

I didn’t plan at all and, well, today wasn’t my healthiest day but, hey, it’s halloween! Hope you had a good one!

Food Points
All Bran bar 2
2 100 cal packs 4
small piece of chocolate 3
Lean Pocket 5
2oz of whole wheat pasta, homemade sauce and soy meatballs 6
1 HERSHEY’S STICKS! 1
Tortilla Pizza 4
Total Points 25

Comment from Val on 10/31/2006 9:09:36 PM

Your points total wasn’t bad. I don’t count points much-I’m doing Core. But had to count for a bag of WW chocolate crowns tonight as well as a pita with pb & organic jam.

Comment from Erin on 11/1/2006 9:52:51 AM

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen/heard of the Hershey’s 100 Cal snacks, but I just got some at my local Wal-Mart. They have a dark chocolate bar, and milk chocolate covered pretzels. The chocolate bar is about 1″ wide and 4″ long. The pretzels come in a pack of two. One bar or two pretzels is 2 points.

Bad Day – October 30, 2006

I got some bad personal news today and it really threw me off track. My husbands company decided they are closing his office at the end of the year. We are dealing with that together tonight and I almost didn’t post. Then I realized this is when I need to post the most. I already felt like I wanted to eat for no other reason then I’m stressed. That’s not a good position to be in. So I decided I will still be accountable and post my points today.

I ended up going to lunch today and splurging on onion rings and a couple of beers. Ouch! I didn’t realize how many points that hour cost me!! No worries I’m moving on.

Food Points
Mini-Bagel 100% Whole Wheat with Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese and Polaner Sugar Free Preserves 3
Fit & Active Yogurt 2
Maryland Crab Soup 3
carrots 1
onion rings (ouch!) 10
2 lite beers 4
100 cal pack 2
London Broil, baked sweet potato and a little corn 9
1 bag of 94% ff popcorn 4
Total Points 38

Comment from Michele on 10/31/2006 8:00:26 AM

I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s job-sending prayers your way for an even better new job. Keep up the good work -you are so inspiring to me in my own weight loss journey.
Michele

I Lied and I Gained – October 27, 2006

Well I ended up not having the turkey sandwich last night. Once I made it to the fridge I discovered a Damascus Whole Wheat Roll-Up and then all of a sudden pizza sounded good. So I made that instead. I also had some yogurt and a small piece of dark chocolate. So my daily points for yesterday was about 27.

I guess my punishment for lying to you was a 2 pound gain this week. I’m only kidding but I was a little bummed. I thought I did pretty well this week and I would stay about the same. I’m not going to let it get me down I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. It’s been working so far. ;)

Food Points
1 1/4 cup Kix with 4 oz of 1%milk 3
Multi grain minis 3
veggie sandwich with tomato, mushrooms, bell pepper, sprouts, cucumber, field greens, goat cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette in a tomato wrapper (from restaurant – estimate) (with handful of chips) 5
La Tortilla Factory – Low-Carb/Low Fat with a wedge of The Laughing Cow Cheese Light lite turkey, HORMEL® PILLOW PACKT Turkey Pepperoni, tomatoes and mustard 4
Steamed Chicken and Shrimp with Mixed Veggies from a chinese takeout place 3
Big Bag of 94% ff popcorn 4
fit & active yogurt 2
Total Points 24

Comment from mildred on 10/30/2006 11:23:27 AM

Am I counting wrong or are you underestimating the poing value of your meals?

Weird Day – October 26, 2006

OK, It’s about 8:30 PM and I’m hungry but I don’t want to eat. I know that makes no sense and I KNOW people are rolling their eyes at me right now. But seriously, I’ve eaten 17 point so far and I feel hungry but nothing sounds good. I’m going to have to raid the cupboard or make something up. All my old standby snacks just aren’t going to hit the spot.

Actually now that I’m thinking about it a sandwich is starting to sound good. I think I’m going to make a turkey sandwich on one of those bagels I have. Yup that’s it! With a pickle on the side! Ok I’m off to make it. :)

Food Points
granola bar 4
apple 1
Leftover Chili 5
SF pudding 1
Homemade Chicken stir fry with a TON of veggies and brown rice (estimate) 6
Turkey Sandwich on a light bagel (cheese, turkey, lettuce, tomato) 4
side of soy crisps maybe?? ??
Total Points 21

Out to Lunch – October 25, 2006

I went out to lunch today and ordered a veggie quesadilla from one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a HUGE serving and I’m estimating the points at 8 but honestly I have no idea how many. Here is my "points logic"… The tortilla is burrito size so I figure at least 3, the veggies are free, the cheese another 3, the beans are maybe 1 and a point for good luck? What do you think?

Food Points
Mini-Bagel 100% Whole Wheat with almond butter and Polaner Sugar Free Preserves 4
triscuits 2
Quesadilla filled with grilled veggies, Spanish black beans, sauteed Bermuda onions and melted cheddar and jack cheese in a fresh tomato tortilla. Served with salsa. 8
Salmon fillet with a side of whole wheat noodles and green beans 7
A TON of Soy crisps (I just couldn’t stop myself – these things are too good!) 5
Total Points 26

Office Splurge – October 24, 2006

Well I have a new challenge at work. A few co-workers have a new favorite place to eat, Five Guys famous Burgers. Let me tell you, this place is a grease feast! But the fries are to DIE FOR! I usually bring my lunch so it’s not that big of a deal BUT they always bring some fries back for me to nibble on. I did eat a few today so I estimated my points at 4. I figure that’s what a small fry is at a fast food place so it makes a good estimate.

Food Points
granola bar 4
carrots 1
fit & active Yogurt 2
Lean Pocket 5
greasy french fries (office splurge)(estimate) 4
apple 1
Salisbury steak and whole wheat noodles 8
watermelon 1
94% ff popcorn (split a big bag) 2
Total Points 28

Comment from Katie on 10/25/2006 7:05:35 AM

I’ve had those Five Guys french fries. They are hard to pass up!

I’m Back! – October 23, 2006

Ok, I got me life back together! I’m back to post my menus for a bit. I also updated my progress and added a new product to the food finds.

Food Points
Quaker Oatmeal Weight Control with applesauce 4
Whole Wheat prestzels 2
Tortilla pizza made with La Tortilla Factory – Low-Carb/Low Fat Large Size, 1 oz moz cheese, sauce, turkey pepperoni and diced red peppers. 4
fit & Active Yogurt 2
carrots 1
2 oz whole wheat pasta with homemade sauce and 4 soy meat balls 5
peas 1
watermelon 1
WholeFruit Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Swirls 2
big bag of 94% ff popcorn 4
soy crisps 2
Total Points 28

Comment from Val on 10/23/2006 8:47:46 PM

Glad to see you back! I also made whole wheat pasta & meat sauce today.

Comment from Danielle on 10/24/2006 3:24:54 PM

Hi! Congrats on your success but I wonder why you rely on carbs so much rather than eating more low-fat protein like meat, fish, yogurt, and so on. Just a thought!

Continued good luck to you!

MIA – October 17, 2006

Sorry guys, I’ve been missing in action this week. I have had a lot going on and I may need to take a break from posting daily. I’ve been so swamped that I missed my weigh in and meeting last week but didn’t even realize it until Sunday!

I have a few ideas on redesigning the site and may start working on that off line. I’ll be back when things calm down a bit. I’m also a bit behind on answering emails. I’ll catch up soon. I try to answer everyone’s questions but it takes some time.

I will make a meeting this week and update my weight and progress page.

Comment from Julie on 10/19/2006 4:05:06 PM

I really enjoy your site!

Comment from Jamie on 10/20/2006 11:49:53 AM

Thanks for sharing your weightloss story!! :)

Congrats on your loss

Hungry Day – October 13, 2006

I have just been hungry ALL day! I don’t know what wrong with me. Friday’s are always tough because I’m off schedule. I didn’t preplan at all so this food journal is from memory today.

I’ll try to post over the weekend but no guarantees. I’m have visitors coming in and I’ll probably be running around like a nut. I’m off to watch a movie and enjoy my popcorn! :)

Food Points
granola bar 4
apple 1
veggie sandwich with tomato, mushrooms, bell pepper, sprouts, cucumber, field greens, goat cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette in a tomato wrapper 5
2 Mozzarella sticks 3
left over Salisbury steak and whole wheat noodles 4
triscuits with laughing cow cheese 3
mandarin oranges 1
steamed shrimp with mixed veggies and soy sauce (ordered) 2
Baked Nacho Chips 3
Big bag of 94% ff popcorn 4
Total Points 30

Working on New Recipe – October 12, 2006

Watching the food network yesterday I saw a show about the pillsbury bake off contest and was inspired! Stupid I know, but I’m liking the challenge of it. They have a "brand new you" category for healthy recipes and I figure why not? So I’m working on a Salisbury steak recipe because my husband loves that meal and I would like a healthier alternative. I tried a few things tonight but it could have been better, it was a little dry. I have awhile before next years contest so I’ll be trying a few more ideas.

Anyway, other then that nothing big happened today. I did splurge on a peanut butter cookie after lunch.

Right now it’s 8:30 and I’m starving. I’ve eaten my 20 points so I’m going to have a snack but I have no idea what. I’m shooting for about 4 points. Probably popcorn again unless I can find something better. :)

Food Points
All Bran Bar 2
Apple 1
Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas (raw) 0
Leftover Chili 5
100 cal pack 2
peanut butter cookie 2
Salisbury steak with whole wheat noodles 7
ton of broccoli 0
pineapple 1
snack? Popcorn?? 4
Total Points 24

Comment from Brenda on 10/13/2006 7:22:46 AM

Just an FYI, i eat a mini bag of act 2 with 94% fat free butter and it is 1 point

Back on Track – October 11, 2006

I feel better already. Just because I tracked. I did get a nice workout in this morning and ate really healthy. I did have a case of the munches tonight but I stuck with good choices. My go to is always a bag of popcorn because it can take me a whole hour to eat it. It’s perfect for munchies like me. :)

I’m off to plan tomorrow. Good Night.

Food Points
Mini-Bagel 100% Whole Wheat with Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese and Polaner Sugar Free Preserves 3
apple 1
Celery sticks 0
Smart Ones Frozen Meal 5
Breyers Light Yogurt 2
Chicken and sugar snap pea stir fry with Brown Rice 7
pineapple 1
triscuits with Laughing cow light cheese 3
1 bag 94% ff popcorn 4
Total Points 26

Disastrous – October 10, 2006

The last 3 days have been Disastrous!!! A wedding and visitors over the weekend. Pizza, cake, bagels AACK!!! I’m going to get right back on track and start posting my food journals for the rest of the week.

Last week I started more structured exercise routines. A lot of people ask me how I work out and my answer was always "I stay active". Which is true but I feel like a need a more consistent work out routine especially with winter coming. My night time walks will be cut short and we probably won’t get out as much on the weekends. I added a new section called workouts to track my progress.

Stop back tomorrow night to see my daily food journal. Until Then. :)

I Made It! – October 7, 2006

I made it to a meeting today! I’m glad I did, I lost 1.8 pounds. The meeting was a little dry, we talked about nutrition. I’m always surprised at the lack of knowledge when it comes to food and nutritional labels. I don’t buy or eat much that I don’t make a conscience decision to eat by reading the ingredients and nutritional info. It just became a habit.

I added another product to the food finds section. I forgot about this great sugar free jelly I tried. It goes great with the bagels and cream cheese I also had recommendation from a visitor to try Alternative Bagel. I’m going to look for them next weekend but Steph said she can find them at Albertsons or Stater
Brothers
. I don’t have them buy me but I wanted to pass on the info.

Comment from Carolyn on 10/8/2006 7:44:08 AM

I have that jelly! It’s so good you don’t even realize it’s sugar free.

Comment from Angel on 10/9/2006 6:54:20 PM

Hi, Melinda! I read that you were going to your first meeting. How did you do? I just put my son (280 lbs, 12 years old) on weight watchers and we are gung ho!! Does anyone else have any experience with children and W.W.? thanks, Angel

Comment from kim on 10/10/2006 3:36:29 PM

hello, i was just joined weight watchers on 10/04/06. i have a long way to go but it helps to see success stories like yours. i really enjoyed your website. will be back again. thank you!

Comment from Jess on 10/13/2006 11:41:57 AM

Hi – let me know when you find/try the alternative bagels – I heard of them thru Hungry Girl and I can’t find them anywhere so I was going to order them online but you have to have a min order of 6 packages and if they are not good then what a waste! They have onion and blueberry – YUM! I have been over 1 year w/o having them because the pnts for a real one are NOT worth it!!!!

Comment from Kim on 10/14/2006 8:54:37 PM

The Alternative Bagels are wonderful! If you have to order them, they are still worth it. 1 pt per bagel. They make an excellent bagel sandwich with turkey and laughing cow for lunch. Good luck!

Bagels and Cream Cheese Anyone? – October 6, 2006

I didn’t make it to weigh in but I did a quick grocery shopping today. I found the BEST two products for a new quick 3 point breakfast! Check out my food finds.

Comment from roni on 10/7/2006 12:27:08 PM

test comment. I’ve been getting complaints.

Sorry, Got Busy – October 5, 2006

I’m so sorry. I had all intentions of posting my daily food journal this week but I got too busy. My weekend doesn’t look much better either. I’m not sure I’m going to make weigh in this week. Tomorrow I’m going to try and squish a visit to weight watchers in the morning. If so I’ll post an update.

Just a Day – October 2, 2006

Just a regular day. I was quite hungry this evening so I made some english muffin pizza and of course had to get in my soy crisps!

Food Points
Turkey sandwich on an light english muffin (laughing cow cheese, lite turkey breast, turkey pepperoni, lettuce, tomato, mustard) 3
Cantaloupe 1
Fit and Active light yogurt 2
Smart Ones frozen meal 5
apple 1
2 oz whole wheat pasta with homemade sauce 5
4 Meatless meatballs from Trader Joe’s 2
Soy Crisps with bean dip 3
english muffin pizza 3
Total Points 22

New Week – October 1, 2006

‘m starting a fresh week after a pretty out of control weekend. Just in a mood to munch! So today went pretty well. I made my homemade spaghetti sauce, and my husband is psyched! He loves a good pasta meal. I stick with measuring out 2 ounces of whole wheat pasta for myself and cooking it in a smaller pot. That way there is no mistakes. I can get a little nuts when it comes to pasta.

As for breakfast today I was surprised to find Kix a low point option. I bought them for my son who is getting sick of Cheerios and when I calculated the points it’s only 2 for over a cup! And that’s a lot of kix! I’m pretty impressed.

I’m off to plan tomorrows lunch I already know I’ll be having pasta again for dinner as my husbands a fiend!

Food Points
1 1/4 cup Kix with 4 oz of 1%milk 3
Tortilla Pizza Roll – 1 oz moz cheese, sauce, bake and "Roll" :) 4
BBQ Soy Crisps with bean dip 3
whole wheat pretzels 1
2 oz whole wheat pasta with homemade sauce 5
2 Meatless meatballs from Trader Joe’s 1
Small turkey sausage link 1
Breyers Yogurt with 1/2 pint raspberries 3
small bag of light popcorn 2
watermelon 1
Total Points 24


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