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November 2006 Archives

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These posts are from my old old site

Quick Update – December 1, 2006

I’ve been working on my new site all night I almost forgot to post. I just wanted to let you know that I weighed in with a small gain. I’m hoping to have to the new site up by the end of the weekend so stay tuned!

Out to Eat, Again! – November 30, 2006

Again my husband wanted to go out for dinner. We usually don’t eat out this much but as the sole cook in the house, when he offers I usually accept. This time it was fast food. Our favorite is Chick-fil-A. For some reason their food seems healthier to me. Their chicken is good and their fries have skin, that’s how I rationalize it. I have odd logic sometimes. My number one go to item is their Southwest Chargrilled Salad weighing in at 5 points with Fat Free Honey Mustard Dressing for one more. It’s a nice size and has a lot of flavor. Compared to to the other fast food places they also have one of the better grilled chicken sandwich at only 5 points.

I wanted to answer Susan’s question below. Especially considering tortilla have become a staple for me. They really have replaced bread for daily use and there are a lot of low point options. Most low carb or low fat brands are about 2 points a piece. However, you may be lucky enough to have one of these 1 point brands locally…

Personally, I have only eaten the trader Joe’s and La Tortilla factory brands. I love Trader Joe’s for tacos and La Tortilla for wraps. I try to keep them in stock, and I have froze them without a problem. I just found the La Banderitas brand but I haven’t tried them yet. They’re in the fridge right now. The other two brands I just found on the web and haven’t had the pleasure of trying. I hope that helps those on the tortilla hunt!

Food Points
granola bar 4
orange 1
leftover chili 5
Fit & Active yogurt 2
Southwest Chargrilled Salad with Fat Free Honey Mustard Dressing 6
pineapple 1
english muffin pizza (light english muffin, 1 oz moz cheese, tomato paste, peppers, turkey pepperoni) 4
Total Points 23

Comment from Kem on 12/1/2006 6:52:24 AM

You are an inspiration and motivator. You make this seem so easy, but I guess it is, if you are dedicated. I love your ideas for dinner. That is the time of day I struggle with the most. I can eat great up until 3pm in the afternoon and then I seem to fall off the wagon. Any suggestions to stay focused?

Comment from Anne on 12/1/2006 5:19:50 PM

Hi :) Thanks for visiting my blog:) you are truly inspirational! I will keep on reading!

Comment from Susan on 12/2/2006 9:20:32 AM

So funny, I didn’t know what to have for breakfast today so I decided to make those pizza quesadillas that are on this site. SOOO VERY good might I add! I ended up using the 2 point tortillas but still it was all worth it. Those turkey pepperonis rock!!

Comment from Jen on 12/2/2006 4:40:40 PM

FYI (because the ff honey mustard if my fav too) the dressing is actually 2 pts. IF you notice on the packet- the serving size is half the packet. If you use the whole packet then it’s 2 pts. How deceptive is that???

Comment from JennyK on 12/2/2006 10:02:02 PM

Roni – I can’t wait to see the new site! Thanks for all you do; you’re a huge inspiration to me (as I’ve said before. *blush* I promise I won’t start stalking you or anything!) By the way, I like your logic, heehee. :)

Restaurant Strategy – November 29, 2006

I ended up eating out for two meals today. I had lunch plans at a regular place I visit and had my usual veggie wrap. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this warp. It’s so tasty and I just swap the chips for steamed veggies for a healthy lunch.

Then my husband called and wanted to meet for dinner. We hit a local italian place and ordered mozzarella sticks to split with the baby. I also ordered chicken fingers for the little guys and a side of broccoli. Now I know he is not going to eat much and I would end up munching on his leftovers and fries so I wasn’t sure what to get. I knew if I ordered a regular meal I would end up eating at least half of mine (a pasta meal) and half of his (a fried fest) and that would be way too much. So instead I decided to order a bowl of soup and pick. That is my new strategy when I want to splurge a bit on appetizers and bread. Well the soup was HORRIBLE so I skipped it. As you can see I still ended up eating a ton of food without an order of my own and I’m estimating it at around 16 points – 3 for the mozzarella sticks, 3 for the chicken tenders, 4 for the fries, 1 for the broccoli, and 3 per roll) I’m not sure if those numbers are exact but by estimating it keeps me accountable. Plus I’ve been full all night and didn’t need a snack so I know it was a lot of calories. Just goes to show that if you want to "cheat" a bit just account for it with your meal and snacks. It’s doable without going off plan. I ate all the "not so good for you stuff" and still kept my points down to a manageable level for the day.

Food Points
Makeover Meat lovers Omelette 3
granola bar 2
veggie wrap with tomato, mushrooms, bell pepper, sprouts, cucumber, field greens, goat cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette in a tomato wrapper with a side of steamed veggies. (from restaurant – estimate) 5
Fit & Active yogurt 2
2 mozzarella sticks, 2 chicken tenders, some fries, sauteed broccoli in olive oil and garlic and 2 rolls (estimate) 17
Total Points 29

Comment from Susan on 11/30/2006 11:34:00 AM

Help! I cannot find 1 point tortillas anywhere. Any suggestions?

Thank You So Much! – November 28, 2006

What a warm welcome back! You guys are great! There are a few questions in yesterday’s comments I wanted to answer.

  1. I buy frozen tilapia and use the nutritional info on that package. I also weigh it my the gram on my scale.
  2. For a quick asparagus side dish I start a tsp of olive oil in a frying pan and toss with salt and garlic powder. It only takes a few minutes and it really good. Works well for zucchini or squash too.
  3. I’m lucky enough to be a water drinker by nature. Which is one of the reasons I don’t talk about it much. I’m one of those people, you know the ones, water bottle in hand all day.
  4. Tips for the last 5 pounds? Keep trucking! You know what works, stay on plan, have faith and ride out the plateau. You could also mix it up a bit by eating more points on day and easing the next.

I had a good day today. Lots of healthy snacking and a leftover night for dinner. Tomorrow I’m heading out to lunch at one my favorite local redcurrants. So I’m planning for that now.

On to other news. I’ve been considering updating the web site and moving to blogging software like WordPress or MoveableType. If anyone has any experience with them I would love your opinions. Is the site working as is, or should I upgrade? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Food Points
banana 2
apple 1
carrots 1
Homemade turkey soup (I’m estimating) 3
100 cal pack 2
Stretch Island Natural Fruit Leather 1
Homemade turkey soup (I’m estimating) 3
Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Tortilla stuffed with Veggie Filling, 1/2 oz of moz cheese, and tabasco green pepper sauce 3
Damascus Whole Wheat Roll-Up Pizza with tomato paste, 1.5 oz moz cheese, peppers, turkey pepperoni, and spices 5
Total Points 21

Comment from Mary on 11/29/2006 8:29:35 AM

I don’t know much about blogging, but I like the site as it is. I look forward to checking in on you everyday.

Comment from Nicole on 11/29/2006 3:40:05 PM

Love your site! No changes needed, only what makes it easier for you to maintain! Thanks!

I’m Back – November 27, 2006

Well that was a well needed break! Thanksgiving went well. I splurged a little bit on some chocolate and apple and pumpkin pie but overall kept things under control. Compared to Thanksgivings of the past I ate about 1/3 of what I normally would have.

I did make some delicious homemade turkey soup with whole wheat noodles, carrots,. celery and onion. I haven’t really been a czar with the points for it. I skimmed all the fat but it’s pretty meaty. It fills me up, I love soup season!

My Pumpkin Spice Bread went over well. Everyone loved it! Especially me. I made a second batch and split it between 2 bread pans. So each loaf was about 24 points. Not to bad. If I didn’t tell anyone it was low fat they would have never known.

I’m going post every day this week and try to stay around 20-25 points. I don’t want a big surprise at weigh in this week.

Food Points
1 package of Quaker Oatmeal Weight Control with applesauce 4
apple 1
carrots 1
Homemade turkey soup (I’m estimating) 3
bag of 94% ff popcorn 4
2 tilapia fillets 4
grilled asparagus with olive oil 1
Shrimp with cocktail sauce 2
Trader Joe’s High Fiber Frosted Multigrain Clusters mixed with a Fit and Active Yogurt 3
Total Points 23

Comment from Jessica on 11/27/2006 9:09:49 PM

Welcome back! I was kinda jonesing for an update(and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there!)

Comment from Mary on 11/27/2006 9:34:48 PM

Yes, I was definitely needing my “weight watchen” fix. Thanks to you and your tips, I still lost 2 pounds over Thanksgiving! I hope I do as well during Christmas!

Comment from Kem on 11/28/2006 7:21:27 AM

How did you come up with the points for the Talapia? Also, when you grill your asparagus, do you use a George Foreman grill, or in the oven?

Comment from Jennifer on 11/28/2006 12:51:02 PM

Oh my gosh — you look like a freaking supermodel in your 64 week picture!!! I am so jealous!!! Way to go!!!

Comment from Lisa on 11/28/2006 1:35:08 PM

Your story and your website is so inspiring! Do you track your water intake? I have to make/force myself drink water. Thanks!!

Comment from on 11/28/2006 2:30:08 PM

It’s good to see you’re back!

Comment from susan on 11/28/2006 6:08:11 PM

i have been reading your page for a couple of months now and i truly appreciate all the time you take out of your life to keep us updated and inspired. keep up the good work!

Comment from Jillian on 11/28/2006 6:28:39 PM

Hi Roni, I’ve been reading your weight watcher page for a long time now. I currently weight 132ish give or take a pound here and there, I can not break the 130 mark. Do you have any tips for the those last 5 pounds. I find it so hard this time of year (x-mas parties and get togethers).

Pre-Thanksgiving Post – November 21, 2006

Like everyone else I will be EXTREMELY busy of the next few days so I doubt I will have time to update. I also won’t have time to weigh in so I’ll be missing my weekly weigh in. :(

I’ve been getting a bunch of emails and comments recently and I want to answer a few questions.

First, that pesky Thanksgiving meal is coming up and Mary asked a great question below. So I decided to post my estimates for thanksgiving regulars. Now remember these may not be exact and depend a lot on how things are prepared but don’t worry about it.  If you use any system to track you food consumption on that day it’s progress!  At least it is for me.  :)

My Thanksgiving point estimates…

  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes 2 points
  • Turkey meat 1 point an ounce (no skin)
  • 1/2 cup candied Sweet potatoes 3 points
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce 2 points
  • 1/2 cup of corn 1 point (no butter)
  • slice of pumpkin pie 8 points
  • slice of apple pie 6 points
  • 1 ounce nuts 4 points
  • 1 dinner roll 3 points (no butter)

Ruby also added some insight below (although hard to read, sorry about that my comment feature is pretty basic).

Second, the famous been dip. Unfortunately I haven’t yet perfected my own recipe but there are a few brands out there I like.

These are my favorites, but they are also the only ones I’ve found. I experimented once with a recipe but it wasn’t as good as the store bought. I will play around with a few more ideas and report back. :)

I also wanted to tell you I tried baby arugula today because the store was out of spinach and it was GOOD! It’s has a strong flavor which was perfect for my turkey burger. If you are looking for a change or just want to spice things up this is a good option.

So I did great on points today just in time for turkey day, so I plan on eating smart and guilt free Thursday. Please do the same and remember not to stress! One meal will not throw you off your diet! Make good choices and get right back on track the next day. You and I both now that domino effect is a killer! ;)


Food Points
banana 2
Breyers Light Yogurt with blueberries 2
Leftover Chili 5
triscuts 2
Trader Joe’s Southwest Style Turkey Burgers on a light english muffin with baby arugula, tomatoes, and sweet pickles 3
sweet potato fries 3
broccoli 0
pumpkin spice cupcake 4
Total Points 21

Comment from Jennifer on 11/28/2006 12:30:54 PM

You are so awesome to take time out of your busy life to post! Thanks for all the tips :)

Even Quicker Update and New Update – November 20, 2006

It was a pretty normal day. I ate a few more points then I wanted to but, oh well, it’s the season right? Can you tell I’m just trying to make myself feel better? :)

OH! I almost forgot! I found a new food find this week.

Food Points
1 package of Quaker Oatmeal Weight Control with applesauce 4
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® 1
Leftover Red Beans and rice 5
carrots 1
orange 1
pumpkin spice cupcake (see recipe below) 4
baked salmon with whole grain rice and sugar snap peas 9
grapes 1
Light Tostitos with bean dip 4
Total Points 30

Comment from Coby on 11/21/2006 10:18:50 AM

Great site ! Question : do you make your own bean dip ? if so can you post the recipe ? Thanks ! : )

Comment from Mary on 11/21/2006 10:36:41 AM

Do you know the approximate points values for the traditional thanksgiving dishes? I am going to try to stay on plan, but need points. Thanks

Comment from ruby on 11/21/2006 6:52:57 PM

Hi Mary: We covered those pesky thanksgiving dishes in my WW meeting last week. Here’s the approximate rundown: 2 oz turkey w/gravy = 5pt mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup = 2 pts candied sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup = 3 pt green bean cassarole made with cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup = 5pts roll and butter = 5pt stuffing, 1 cup = 8 pts pumpkin pie w/whipped cream, 1/8 of pie, 10 pts So you can see, that one meal could earn you a whopping 33 pts!!! or, if you haven’t spent any of your extra WW Flex points for the week..go ahead and enjoy the whole meal! It only comes once a year.

Quick Update and Recipe – November 18, 2006

Sorry, I haven’t posted my menus the last couple of days. You know how busy it can get right before holidays. I did squish a weigh-in this morning and to my surprise I was down 2.8! I was watching really close this week because I was approaching the 140 mark and that’s my new top weight goal. I really want to stay within 135 and 140. I also went to weigh in without jeans which makes a HUGE difference. So I’m thinking that had a lot to do with it. But hey, I’ll take it especially with Thanksgiving coming up. I updated my progress page with the new info.

Speaking of Thanksgiving I tried a the cake mix recipe with a can of pumpkin and it is DELISCIOUS!!! Here’s what I did…

Mix together and bake. That’s it!! Now I tried it with the egg whites because I heard it holds the cake together better. And it did. If you make 24 cupcakes it’s only 2 point a piece. I made 12 cupcakes and put the rest of the batter in a bread pan. I have to admit with the addition of the egg whites it made a better "bread" then cupcake but either way it is YUMMY! Great for the holidays and no one will know it’s "diet".

I’ll try and post a couple of more times before Turkey day. I want to "be good" before the holiday.

Comment from Kem on 11/19/2006 9:30:04 AM

Your website has helped me so much. I frequent it everyday, especially for the menus and snack ideas, and to see how well you are doing so that I can stay motivated. Keep up the good work!

Comment from April on 11/20/2006 9:25:23 AM

Roni, I am so glad I came across your website. I check it everyday day now for your updates. You are such an inspiration & keep me really motivated. You & I started at the same weight & so far I’m down to 182 with the help of WW. Seeing your pictures & your success story helps me see that my goal is possible. Thanks alot for the tips & motivation!

Comment from jodi on 11/20/2006 10:44:19 AM

i keep hearing about recipes using canned pumpkin, one of these days i’ll have to actually try one… thanks for the tip! :o)

New Diet Blog – November 16, 2006

I haven’t been out surfing the web lately. Most of my time is spent on the same message boards, web sites and updating this site. So I thought it was time to get out there again and find something new to read. I came across What a great site! A lot if quick and easily digestible diet and health related articles. Just wanted to share.

As for my menu today. Things went pretty well. I went out to lunch and split and order of Mozzarella sticks with my husband. I’m estimating a point a stick, what do you think? Too low?

Food Points
granola bar 4
3 mozerella Sticks 3
Bowl of Maryland Crab soup 3
2 oz of whole wheat pasta with homemade sauce and 2 turkey sasauge 8
Grilled Zucchini with olive oil pam 1
Damascus Whole Wheat Roll-Up with laughing cow cheese a couple of turkey pepperoni slices, peppers slices, grape tomatoes, and baby spinach leaves 3
Total Points 22

Comment from Jen on 11/17/2006 7:19:48 AM

I think the mozzerella sticks would be more like 2 or 3. I say that because regular mozzerella string cheese at the store is 2 pts a stick. Add breading and fry it and it has to be more, right?

Comment from Roni on 11/17/2006 7:24:03 AM

I kind of had that same thought but they aren’t at long as the string cheese. I don’t think there was an ounce in each. Maybe there was??

Comment from Shannon on 11/17/2006 1:01:02 PM

On weight watchers website it shows 1 order of Arbys moz sticks as 11 points. That’s almost 3 points each. I love your website!

Comment from Meaghan on 11/17/2006 11:28:20 PM

I just wanted to let you know that I now go to your site every day and it is soooo helpful to me. Everytime I feel discouraged or lazy about going to the gym, or wanting to eat more than I should I just look at your pictures and I regain my motivation. It’s so amazing, I am so happy I found your page. You are a true inspiration.

Comment from Mary on 11/18/2006 11:25:07 AM

ditto what Meaghan said. I am also 5’9″ and when I came upon your site I thought I can way less than 150 again. i have weighed more than that since having kids 16 years ago. I look at your progress page and compare my stats to yours at the same weight. I hope to get below 140 also! Thanks for all of your inspiration and I am keeping my fingers crossed that one day you get a WW Success Story.

Site Updates – November 15, 2006

I’ve been dabbling with the site again. I added a new breakfast section, and updated the snack ideas page. I was feeling motivated after seeing doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen on Good Morning America this morning. They mentioned you should have some regular breakfast ideas in your diet portfolio to help you eat healthier and stay on plan. These are the same doctors that are on Oprah now and then. I like them, they seem really down to earth and their advice is pretty straight forward. Here are a couple of my two favorite excerpts from this morning interview.

The only way to do it (lose weight): Eat often, in the form of frequent, healthy meals, and snacks.

Plan Your Meals. Start every day knowing when and what you’re going to eat.

Food Points
Quaker Oatmeal Weight Control with applesauce 4
apple 1
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® with a handful of freeze dried strawberries 1
veggie sandwich with tomato, mushrooms, bell pepper, sprouts, cucumber, field greens, goat cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette in a tomato wrapper with a side of steamed veggies. (from restaurant – estimate) 5
Maryland CRAB soup ;) 2
Roast Pork, whole wheat stuffing and broccoli 10
glass of wine 3
Total Points 26

Comment from Jessica on 11/16/2006 6:54:22 PM

You forgot Eggo’s! I live off the blueberry Nutri- Grain ones! Those and a Light n Fit yogurt or smoothie usually tide me over. (and coffee, must. have. coffee.)

Long Post Down Memory Lane – November 14, 2006

Have you heard of or do you remember  I discovered fitday around 2001,   about a year after my post college yo-yo diet routine of losing and gaining the same 25 lbs.  It was right in the middle of the Atkins low carb craze and I was on the bandwagon.  I logged into my old fitday account today and took a trip down memory lane.  It was SCARY! 

According to my old journal in the summer of 2001 I was 174 lbs.  At this time I already lost about 40lbs of my post college weight by starving myself, using slimfast, going low carb, fasting, the negative food diet or any other fad that was out at the time.  I had food journal entries in for about 3 weeks and I must have been right in the middle of doing the low carb thing.  I was eating umpteen amounts of cheese, beef and bacon.  My calorie consumption was approx 2000-3000 and was mostly fat and protein.  At the end of that 3 week period I was 162 pounds.  So it WORKED!  Or did it?  My journal entries then died out, there was a few entries here and there sprinkled over the next year.  Some weights I posted over that year were 167, 164.5, and 162. In spring 2003 I must have been on a low calorie kick because of the 6-7 journal entries posted between March and June I never ate more then 1000 cals a day.  All of a sudden there was another surge in the summer of 2003.  I was in the middle of my best low carb run yet!  That July I made it down to 155!  That was an all time low!!  I remember that summer well and I was ecstatic.  I still wasn’t comfortable in a bating suit but I loved the way my size 10’s fit!!  That’s all I ever really wanted out of life was to be a size 10.   My excitement didn’t last long, by September 2003 I was 160, then 163 then a huge jump to 174.  I was back were I started in the summer of 2001.

It was quite an eye opening experience to see my old food journal.  It really showed me how unhealthy I was eating and how I couldn’t stick with anything.  Now after a year and a half on Weight Watchers I’m maintaining a healthy weight while eating a very healthy diet.  I don’t meant to sound like a Weight Watchers commercial but really I don’t think I’d be where I am today with out them.  They really taught me how to eat and manage my weight.

I’ve been getting a few requests for my eating prior to Weight Watchers.  That’s what inspired this post.  I also decided I would post my story and was working on it last night, which is why I didn’t post. In case you were wondering. ;)

OH! and I added archive links to the right.

Food Points
banana 2
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® 1
Can of Veggie soup (progresso) 3
carrots 1
Fit and Active Yogurt 2
homemade wrap on a La Tortilla Factory – Low-Carb/Low Fat Large Size with 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese, 2 oz chicken, tomatoes, pepper slices, carrots, baby spinach and a plash of olive oil vinaigrette 5
2 oz of whole wheat pasta with homemade sauce and 2 turkey meatballs 5
Handful of freeze dried strawberries and SF pudding 1
Total Points 20

Comment from Mary on 11/15/2006 9:57:48 AM

Have you ever considered submitted your story for a Weight Watcher Success story? I think it would make a good one!

Comment from Mary on 11/15/2006 9:59:04 AM

Sorry…considered submitting

A New Drink – November 12, 2006

I don’t go out much but when I do I usually have a few light beers with some friends. Well yesterday I went out in Baltimore and a friend of mine introduced me to Red Bull and Vodka. I didn’t think I would like it because I’m not a big mixed drink fan and I don’t particularly like Red Bull. At least that’s what I thought. It was quite good and if you order it with the sugar free Red Bull it’s only a 2 point drink!

Other then my saturday partying, the weekend was pretty low key. I did pretty good today and I’m off to plan my lunch and dinner for tomorrow.

Food Points
pineapple and grapes 1
La Tortilla Factory – Low-Carb/Low Fat Large Size stuffed with Veggie Filling, 1/2 oz of moz cheese, salsa, tabasco green pepper sauce and baby spinach leaves. 3
Can of Italian Veggie soup (progresso) 4
more pineapple and grapes 1
2 oz of whole wheat pasta with 1/2 oz moz cheese, homemade sauce, turkey meatball and a turkey sausage. 7
Grilled Zucchini with olive oil pam 1
Mini Babybel® light with Triscuts 3
Trader Joe’s High Fiber Frosted Multigrain Clusters mixed with a DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® yogurt 2
Baked Tortilla Chips with bean dip 4
Total Points 26

Comment from jodi on 11/13/2006 12:29:40 PM

ugh, my boyfriend had some red bull in his fridge and had me try one – all i could think of was cough syrup… i don’t understand how anyone can drink it but that’s just me… i’d rather have a margarita personally (yea, not very healthy but)… :-)

Comment from Lisa on 11/13/2006 2:38:12 PM

Be careful! Studies have shown that super caffeinated drinks can speed up how quickly the alcohol metabloizes in your system. Red Bull + alcohol = drunk faster!

Weighed In – November 10, 2006

I got to weigh in yesterday and to my surprise I was only up .8. I guess my 3 days of eating healthy counteractive my weekend indiscretions. My personal maintenance goal is to say under 140 lbs and my Weight Watchers goal is 149 so I have some wiggle room. Not that I want to use it. ;) I updated my progress page.

Yesterday I did well. We went out to eat at one of those Japanese steakhouses where they cook in front of you. It’s great place to go when you have to entertain a 6 month old! Anyway, I ordered the shrimp and scallops hoping there natural low calorie qualities would counteract the oil used during the cooking. I have no idea how many points the meal was but it was good! I only used 10 point before the restaurant so I had plenty of points to eat and I didn’t have any of my normal nighttime snacks.

So I’m posting a little early today. I’m a bit off my schedule and I have a challenge tonight. There is a student event I’m participating in and there will be LOTS of pizza. One of my biggest demons. So I’m saving up some points so I can have 2 slices guilt free. I made a big batch of my veggie filling to have some low points lunch and snacks today.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m planning a little outside time considering it’s going to be warm here in Maryland. I’m hoping to get some activity in.

Oh! and Jessica — Maryland Crab soup in a specialty here. I never thought about it but it must be an east coast thing. Here’s a recipe, it’s YUMMY!

Comment from Val on 11/10/2006 6:44:06 PM

Sometimes for a healthy(?) take-out my DH picks us up a whwh pita with cooked meat, lots of vegies & tsziki sauce (low pts).They cook the meat on a grill in front of you while they prepare the pita fillings.

Comment from Jessica on 11/10/2006 7:54:41 PM

Thanks for the recipie. You had it typed as CRAP soup, so i had to ask.Thought maybe it was a variation, one of those everything but the sink soups. Way to go on the weigh in!

Comment from Stacey on 11/12/2006 11:43:09 AM

Drinking a small tomato juice before pizza makes it easier for me to stay within the two slice range without feeling deprived.

Another Good Day! – November 8, 2006

Today started out with a nice workout and thoughout the day I just about followed my plan. The only thing I added was a bowl of Maryland Crab soup at the restaurant for lunch. I still don’t feel 100% from my cold but I feel tons better about myself. It’s a "back in control" type of feeling. So here is how my day panned out…

Food Points
Mini-Bagel 100% Whole Wheat with Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese and Polaner Sugar Free Preserves 3
veggie sandwich with tomato, mushrooms, bell pepper, sprouts, cucumber, field greens, goat cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette in a tomato wrapper with a side of steamed veggies. (from restaurant – estimate) 5
bowl of Maryland Crab soup 3
carrots sticks 1
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® 1
Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad with Fat Free Honey Mustard Dressing 6
Trader Joe’s High Fiber Frosted Multigrain Clusters mixed with a DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® yogurt 2
Total Points 21

I think I’m going to try and weigh in tomorrow. I haven’t really found a regular meeting that fits my current schedule so when I have a free hour or two I try and sneak one in.

Comment from Jessica on 11/8/2006 9:48:20 PM

Maryland Crap Soup? Is that a play on crab soup or something new? (maybe an East coast inside joke?)

Feeling Much Better – November 7, 2006

I did it! I stuck with my plan and I FEEL great! So much better then the past few days. I did add a late night snack to my plan. I tried something new, a serving of Trader Joe’s High Fiber Frosted Multigrain Clusters mixed with a light yogurt. It was sooo YUMMY! So here is how my day shaped up…

Food Points
banana 2
apple 1
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® over a cup of raspberries 2
Black Bean & Corn Frozen Enchiladas from Trader Joe’s 5
leftover grilled zucchini with olive oil 1
raw carrots and green beans 1
salmon with broccoli and baked sweet potato 8
Trader Joe’s High Fiber Frosted Multigrain Clusters mixed with a DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® yogurt 2
Total Points 22

Tomorrow I’m heading out to lunch and I’m working late so I’ll be bringing home dinner. Eating out is a bit tougher, but here is my plan for the day so far…

Food Points
Mini-Bagel 100% Whole Wheat with Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese and Polaner Sugar Free Preserves 3
apple 1
veggie sandwich with tomato, mushrooms, bell pepper, sprouts, cucumber, field greens, goat cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette in a tomato wrapper with a side of steamed veggies. (from restaurant – estimate) 5
carrots sticks 1
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® 1
Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad with Fat Free Honey Mustard Dressing 6
snacks?? ??
Total Points 17

I’m also going to try and and get a workout it before I leave for work. It’s amazing how one good day can get you motivated again!

OH! and I also added a Trader Joe’s section to the Shopping List page.

Hope you are all doing well. Thanks for all your support and kind messages. :)

Comment from Jenny K on 11/7/2006 9:34:01 PM

Hooray for you! I was rooting for you. You’re an inspiration to me. :)

Comment from heather on 11/8/2006 10:20:40 AM

I just wanted to say I have been reading your blog for a while and I love all the tips you add, and The fact that there are other people going through the same ups and downs as me! Sometimes you feel so silly for having to work so hard at this eating thing! Anyway thanks for putting the work into this site, I love it…Now my husband will say “does “Roni” have any good ideas?” THANK YOU!

Depressing Day – November 6, 2006

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I just can not get motivated. I had such good intentions yesterday. Today I was home sick with a sick baby and I gave into every temptation there was. I can’t help but think my mental state has something to do with not eating right. When I’m eating healthy I feel so much better but getting that state of mind back is hard work!

So here is what I’m doing. I’ve packed my lunch for tomorrow. My plan is a lot of healthy fruits and veggies to snack all day. This is what I’m brining with me and my plan for dinner tomorrow night…

Food Points
banana 2
apple 1
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® over a cup of raspberries 2
Black Bean & Corn Frozen Enchiladas from Trader Joe’s 5
leftover grilled zucchini with olive oil 1
raw carrots and green beans 1
salmon with broccoli and baked sweet potato 8
Total Points 20

I will stick by this plan! I don’t want another day to go by where I’m not in control of my diet!

Changing gears, I’ve got a couple emails regarding my excel template to track your weight loss. Apparently the BMI calculation was using my height. I realize not everyone is 5’9” so I added a height field to the file so it calculates correctly for you. Sorry about that!

Comment from jodi on 11/7/2006 12:40:03 PM

hey there, where can i find this whole wheat pizza dough at trader joe’s? i swear i could eat pizza everyday! thanks! :o)

Took the Weekend Off – November 5, 2006

Friday and Saturday were disastrous! I’m not sure why but I lost all the will to eat healthy. Friday started out OK but by dinner time I way over points and didn’t care. Saturday was no better. I didn’t even count and now if I think about it I must have eaten about 50-60 points! Having some beers with my husband didn’t help matters either. I think I might have just needed a couple of days off. There have been a lot of things going on around here and stress levels have been elevated. For as much as i don’t want to admit it, I am a stress eater. Why do we do that to ourselves?

Anyway, I’m moving on. No sense in turning 2 days of poor judgment into a 2-3 pound gain this week. So I’m going to shoot for my daily points allowance for the rest of this week considering I used all my weekly and then some.

I also got a chance to visit Trader Joe’s. Have I told you how much I LOVE this place? They just have some great things to stock up on. It’s hard to share everything because their products aren’t online but here are is a list of some of my favorites…

  • 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough – Super good, big and only 2 points a slice (makes 8 slices)
  • Black Bean & Corn Frozen Enchiladas – great lunch or dinner on the go for 5 points
  • Frozen Southwest Style Turkey Burgers – only 2 points a piece. I put mine on a 1 point english muffin with all the healthy fix ‘ins for a awesome burger! Great on the grill too
  • Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas – they are barely 1 point a piece and great for taco night. The best part is my husband LOVES them he doesn’t even know they are "diet".
  • High Fiber Frosted Multigrain Clusters – 1 point a serving!
  • Unsweetened freeze dried Strawberries – 2 points for the whole container but I use it them as a sprinkle in my lite yogurt. Adds a great crunch!

I have a few ideas for a couple new sections for the site and have been working on them. In the meantime I’ve updated a few pages including, my progress, snack ideas, and my pictures. A few people were asking for some maintenance shots again.

Food Points
omelet – 1 egg, 1 slice of canadian bacon, bacon pieces 3
1/2 cup pineapple 1
McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich no mayo with a side salad and Low Fat Family Italian Dressing 8
La Tortilla Factory – Low-Carb/Low Fat Large Size stuffed (and I mean STUFFED) with Veggie Filling, 1/2 oz of moz cheese, salsa, tabasco green pepper sauce and baby spinach leaves. 3
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® yogurt with a handful of raspberries 1
Bowl of Progresso Vegetable soup 2
strawberries 1
Soy Crisps with Black Bean dip 3
bowl of leftover chili 5
Total Points 27

Comment from Jessica on 11/5/2006 7:32:58 PM

Must be the full moon or something .I had a couple of White Castle Sliders last night. I think we all need a day off sometimes! Its amazing how physically crummy I feel after eating junky stuff. Hang in there!

Comment from Jill on 11/5/2006 8:37:18 PM

Hi Roni, You’ll probably end up losing a pound or two! It’s strange how that happens sometimes. I love Trader Joes too. They used to have a yummmy pizza. I think it was called Heaven’s Bistro. It was low points. For some reason they don’t carry it out here anymore. Anyway, glad you had a fun weekend! :-) Jill

Comment from holly williamson on 11/6/2006 10:46:14 AM

Thanks for the list of products from Trader Joe’s. One opened in Manhattan and now I have a reason to venture down there. Any other favs from there are apreciated.

Comment from Kathryn on 11/10/2006 3:00:26 PM

Roni, I have been a WW since April of 2006 and have lost 34 lbs. I am encouraged by your ww pages. I attend ww meetings, but I also look forward to reading your successes and struggles. I’m going to continue checking in daily and also telling myself that, I know I can, I know I can. My starting weight on this 5’4 frame was 196 lbs. Today I weigh 162lbs. Goal weight 146. I want to become a LIFETIME MEMBER.

Comment from Kathryn on 11/10/2006 3:00:39 PM

Roni, I have been a WW since April of 2006 and have lost 34 lbs. I am encouraged by your ww pages. I attend ww meetings, but I also look forward to reading your successes and struggles. I’m going to continue checking in daily and also telling myself that, I know I can, I know I can. My starting weight on this 5’4 frame was 196 lbs. Today I weigh 162lbs. Goal weight 146. I want to become a LIFETIME MEMBER.

Pumpkin Seed Scare – November 2, 2006

I made some homemade pumpkin seeds today with some olive oil pam and kosher salt. Boy were they YUMMY. I didn’t bother to look up the points until after I ate them. I don’t know why I just figured they were good for you. Well I hoped on one of the message boards and someone said they were 19 POINTS A CUP!! I was shocked! I mean, they are small but still I had a good handful amount. I was assuming my small snack just cost me at least 6 points! Something was bothering me though, it still seemed like a lot of points for seeds. Especially considering I use minimal oil. so I looked them up in the good old USDA national nutrient database and discovered it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Pumpkin seeds are about 3 points an ounce. That was much better.

I’m going to weigh in tomorrow. I’m not sure if I’ll see a loss but I have to admit I’ll be disappointed if I gain. :(

Food Points
granola bar 4
leftover chili 5
slice of plain pizza 6
1 oz pumpkin seeds 3
Pork Loin, green beans, broccoli, and whole wheat noodles 9
grapes 1
WholeFruit Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Swirls 2
Total Points 30

Comment from Mary on 11/3/2006 10:22:33 AM

I am really enjoying your website and find it very helpful. It gives me inspiration.

Comment from Jessica on 11/3/2006 10:37:36 AM

WOW! I have never used curry before,made the sweet potato fries, opened the curry, and thought of putting it on everything! I know they use it in ketchup and other stuff in Germany, but I had forgotten about it. I think it would be great on pumpkin seeds! I think next, I will mash it in some black beans, and make my own dip. Think positive for your weigh in. It’s never quite as bad as you make it out to be.( and it could always be worse:)

Comment from Michelle Slater on 11/3/2006 11:30:07 AM

I am new to your site…I just found you on Weight Watchers and I wanted to say thanks. I can see me in all your stories and you have helped me get back on track…I am in the right direction again and it will only get better with time. Thanks again for all your inspiration.

Lesson Learned – November 1, 2006

Why Oh Why do we go grocery shopping hungry? Today I learned my lesson. I didn’t have time to shop this weekend and I was running out of supplies so I hit Aldis on my way home from work. I was starving! While shopping I was fine but once through the check out the bag of baked Nacho chips just accidentally opened. Bad idea! I was munching the whole way home and then while putting the groceries away. I was going to estimate the points at about 5 but then I had a great idea. Why not separate the chips into serving sizes and figure out how many servings I actually ate. So I pulled out the old scale and started weighing chips and putting them in baggies. To my surprise I ate 8 POINTS WORTH OF CHIPS!! I can’t even imagine how many points that would have been if they weren’t baked! It didn’t even seem like that much.

Then I decided to make sweet potato fries for me and the baby. Well I started munching on them right out of the oven while preparing him dinner and ate a TON of them too. Man they are good! Needless to say I wasn’t hungry for dinner. So I made a batch of my Veggie Filling and decided I will have a wrap once I was hungry again.

Overall not a bad day considering my chip fiasco!

Food Points
30g of Kix with 4 oz of 1%milk 3
DANNON® Light ‘n Fit® yogurt 1
Veggie Progresso Soup 3
1 serving triscuits 2
carrots 1
baked nacho chips (OUCH!) 8
sweet potato fries 6
La Tortilla Factory – Low-Carb/Low Fat Large Size with Veggie Filling 1/2 oz of moz cheese, salsa and green chili sauce 3
grapes 1
Total Points 28

Comment from metrobabe on 11/2/2006 8:21:01 PM

Roni girl, I am back on the points again after much contemplation and many, MANY pounds regained. Here is one snack idea that could be used to satisfy your sweetooth. 2 squares of graham wafers, fat free cream cheese, and fat free strawberry or blueberry jam preserve. Very yummy, nice with a cup of tea or coffee and only 2.5 points. Keep truckin’ girl, and wish me luck. It’s quite difficult to count points especiallt since I live in Hong Kong…

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