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Hey, all :)
I thought since the first thread is for our goals, venting and support, I'd start this thread for ideas on cooking, cutting back, tips for snacks and excercise, etc.
I love to snack, and it's hard to find good for you foods that keep me satisfied. But I've found a few that really work for me.
1) String Cheese- this works really well for me as I can make it last a little longer than a few squares of cheese and the protien keeps me full longer.
2) My new favorite- Italian Ice ! I picked up a box out of sentimentality the other day and I'm hooked. Only 80 calories, and it takes a good 10 - 15 mins to eat one. I got the blue raspberry, and it was a fantastic substitute for ice cream. Cold and creamy, but less heavy and way less guilt!
3) Fiber One Bars - These go from 140 - 160 cals for a bar (3pts for Weight Watchers) and with a glass of water, I dont' eat for several hours after. There are 9 grams of Fiber in one bar, and it really makes you feel full.
4) Campbells' Soup at Hand- There are several varieties that are less than 100 cals! Great for a light lunch, but I've also had them as a snack when I've wanted something warm but those fries or whatever are off limits to me.
Of course, nothing beats fruits and veggies for a snack, but sometimes I just need something different and there are a few things that do the job
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Kashi makes these great protein bars, some with peanut butter, some with caramel, love them!
Always take water with you, i have a bottle in my car, at work, in my gym bag, and several at home, try to stay away from or cut back on soft drinks, even the diet ones...
have a great day
Thanks for starting this thread, Kim.
I love a scoop or two of light cottege cheese with fresh or canned (in light syurp) peaches. It's like eating dessert.
Celery with Peanut butter. Just have to watch how much peanut butter you add.
Apples with low fat carmel
Weight Watchers fudge bar
Low fat smoothies.
Deluxe Raspberry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
2/3 cup unsweetned pineapple juice, chilled
1/2 c ice
2tbs low fat plain yogurt
3 tsp wheat germ
1 tsp honey
For those of you on WW it's 5 points
No point veggie soup. I really like this soup. I usually get really starving at around 4 pm when I'm getting ready to cook dinner and having a coup of this tides me over and I am not so grouchy to those around me. :)
Makes 4 1 c servings
2/3 cup slices carrot
1/2 c diced onion
2 garlic cloves
3 c fat free broth, chicken, beef or veggie
1 1/2 c diced cabbage (you can get it already shredded)
1/2 c green beans fresh or canned
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c diced zucchini
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I got this recipe from my first WW leader, and I love it. I use it at least once a week and I've played with it to use on many different dishes.
It's a basic white sauce, and instead of using cream and butter, this uses 2% milk.
The entire pan is 5 points, or 250 calories
Whisk all the ingredients together and bring to just a simmer and it starts to thicken. I've added this to fettucini and chicken, fish, and veggies.
* When adding any other cheeses or ingredients make sure to add the points or calories to your recipe.
I've added a bag of low fat cheddar cheese and made mac n cheese. I've also added this to pasta and hamburger and made my own hamburger helper. SO many less calories, fat and preservatives.
I've played with this recipe, but it's limitless! Pepperjack cheese for a Mexican twist on a queso dip with baked pita chips is really yummy.
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I've always heard about BMI (body mass index?) and that it's an important indication of health---but I never really knew how to find out what mine is, or what the numbers really meant anyway However, I recently read a blurb that put it all into a nutshell, and I found it very eye-opening and interesting, and thought you guys might find it interesting and helpful too.
To determine your own BMI, you take your weight, divide it by your height in inches squared, then multiply it by 703.
So, if you're 5 feet tall and weigh 100, it would be: 100 lbs divided by 3600 (60" squared) x 703 = 19.527. According to what I read, this would be a very good and healthy BMI!!
However, when I calculated my own it came out to be 35.479. YIKES!! Yikes because, the blurb said any BMI over 30 is considered obese, and also, if the number is over 30 it also can take 7 years off your life! Wow. Like I said, this was very eye-opening for me. I definitely consider myself fat because I want (and need) to lose almost 50 pounds. However, to be honest, I resisted the word obese, simply because I don't want to be obese!! However, with a BMI of over 35, I can't deny it. It just makes me think of myself as a big fat lard-filled tub of goo. And I want to change that!! And it makes me all the more determined to take control.
So, anyway, just posting the formula in case any of you might find it interesting or helpful or eye-opening. I hope it might help.
Have a great week, everyone!
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Plese do not be so hard on yourself, now mind you that was an eye opener for me to but remember, half the battle here we are facing is psycholigical....so please just embrace the change don't jump in feet first with no safety net, im learning to take baby steps and be thankful for how far ive come so far, and hope fully we can start to enjoy it....i used to hate the gym, and now im starting to like it (some)!
have a wonderful day and keep up the good work!
I'm not even going to do my BMI. I think what, Paula said is good about taking baby steps. I have a lot of weight to loose (IMO) and if I focused on the big picture I think it would get discourging, so I take it one day at a time and take, "baby steps." That's kinda the thing with WW too, they have you focus on 10% at a time, so you don't feel over whelmed. So that's what I'm trying to do.
Definitely good advice! Trying to face the big picture just overwhelms me. I know that the eye opener for me was reading "Obese" on my medical chart. Me? No WAY! How the hell did that happen?! But I'm 5' nuthin and need to lose, according to the charts, about 100 lbs. But that's never going to happen if I look at it that way. I'm scared to death of failure. So I'm not going to fail. I'm going to win in small steps. I'm happy starting off with 5 and going from there.
Baby steps are the way to go. I didn't have a great week scale wise, but a Non Scale Victory was mine when I was able to button my jeans without holding my breath :) Take each time you eat a piece of fruit instead of chocolate as a victory. Keep a journal of not only what you eat, but how you feel, physically and mentally. Paula is right on the money that half the battle is pyschological. Figure out your trigger and see what you can change.
It's a daily battle, but if we see it in small victories, it's so much easier to handle and overcome it!!
Has anyone had any Non Scale Victories this past week? I did manage to not eat an entire pizza from my favorite joint when I was home visiting. Actually, I was lucky to get the one piece that I did eat! It's my total weakness and I could eat an entire pizza given the chance. But that one peice was enough for me, which was a surprise to me!
Good for you, Kim, for staying strong against the forces of pizza. Oh, I share your struggle, believe me!!
I had a non-scale victory a few days ago, similar to yours from a while back...I put on a pair of jeans that had been too tight to wear, and they went on easier. They are by no means "loose", but they were way less tight, and I felt I could actually wear them all day and not be choked. So....victory!
I don't even know what made me try them on, just one of those moments, I guess. But it gave me quite a boost, since it's only a few weeks and I'm only down about 7 pounds. But I was very motivated and thrilled.
This is a great idea, to post some victories. To focus on the positive. Anyone else had a victory?
Who misses their croutons on their salads? I stopped buying them because they had a lot of fat and calories and the serving size was 2 TBS! Hello, that's like 4 croutons! So now I make my own:
Take 2 slices light bread (fresh or stale) cut into cubes. Place on a baking sheet and spray liberally with Pam. Sprinkle with Garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. Mix up and pop in a 300* oven for 10-13 mins, turning halfway.
I usually make a big batch, and 1 cup equals 2 slices (50 cals. or 1 pt)
You can use any mix of spices you choose. I don't use salt because for some reason, it tastes bitter. I prefer the Lawry's Garlic powder with parsley flakes, it's got a great smell and taste without being overpowering.
Eating out...my downfall...points guide for weight watchers:
I found another great recipe to share!
Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Saute mushrooms, onions and spices in a medium sized skillet sprayed with Pam. Add broth and bring to a boil. Let simmer 4-5 mins. Remove from heat, let cool, and then add sour cream.
2 points or 100 cals for the entire pan! I've used this for a low-fat Beef Stroganoff and my Dad about polished off the entire thing! Can also be used to serve with Meatloaf as well.
Now, time for Dessert :)
I've made this pie time and again and it's always a favorite. No one needs to know it's a "diet" dessert ;)
Add boiling water to 1 pkg jello. Mix quickly and thoroughly til dissolved.
Add yogurt and mix in the cool whip. Fold together until creamy and smooth.
Pour into graham cracker crust and chill.
8 servings at 3 pts each (150 cals)
Use any flavor of matching jello's and yogurts, or mix and match.
I've used Lemon, Strawberry, Orange, etc. I find Lime to be the best flavored, it gives you the flavor of a Key Lime Pie :)
One thing I do that makes me feel like I'm really splurging is I make sugar-free jello. I make like 4 boxes of jello at a time and use a batter bowl (looks like a giant measuring cup) to mix it in. And then I pour it into the 1/2 cup size glad ware containers before it sets. It says the serving size is 1/2 cup so they're the perfect size and they're easy to just grab one since they're already divided into single servings.
Then I either eat it plain or add a little reddi whip, or any of the other light whipped cream brands in the can. A little cream goes a long way so it doesn't take much to fancy it up for only a few calories.
It tastes so much better than the store bought jello cups, and is alot cheaper.
Oooh, Cindy, I'm glad you liked it! We used to have to tell my Dad that he could only have the serving size, and he'd argue that the whole pie was good enough to be a serving for him! LOL I'm going to pick up the ingredients for one this weekend.