Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Postcards from the Edge

Remember the last week of January? You filled out a postcard with a goal you wanted to achieve by the end of April. Well, those postcards are going out in the mail today, so you'll be receiving them soon. I know it's not the end of April yet, but it might be the kick in the rump you need to get there by the end of the month.

Also, since the cat has been let out of the bag as of Monday night, I'll confess that the real reason they were dropped in the mail today is because I will be leaving on vacation this Saturday, and will be gone for two weeks. However, just because I won't be there, doesn't mean you shouldn't be there. Come on, I know how you love shooting the breeze with each other before the meeting starts, right?

As a teaser, here's what we'll be discussing these next two meetings:

Week of April 15th: Learn how snacking can benefit your weight-loss efforts, and discuss how to incorporate satisfying sensible snacks into your food plan.

Week of April 22nd: Discuss long-term weight maintenance and how it can be done.

Sounds good, right? Make sure you're there ready to talk about it!

And lastly, so no one misses out on any hard earned glory this week, here are some of the celebrations we had in the past few days:

Shawn and Rebecca have lost 30 pounds
Leah and Kristen have lost 25 pounds
Charlette has lost 15 pounds
Nora and Michael have lost 10 pounds
Kathleen has lost 5 pounds

Great job, everybody! And when I get back, we'll celebrate those postcard goals.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Newsletter, week of April 8th

Last Week

Special occasions don't have to ruin your weight loss. Plan ahead and learn how to incorporate special times into your life. They won't go away, right?

This Week

Have you ever said "oh, I don't want to waste it" or "I'd hate to hurt her feelings" before popping food into your mouth? We'll challenge that logic this week.


This week we celebrated 7 pounds of weight loss for Debbie, 20.6 pounds for Marta, and 50 pounds for Annita. Keep it going!

WW Product of the Week

Fruities - need a little something to keep your hands and mouth distracted? Try a Fruitie! These little candies have the consistency of a jujube, and one sleeve is only one Point. Try them in strawberry, blackberry, or my favorite...cherry. $2.50 for a pack of 3 sleeves

Non-WW Product of the Week

If you've started walking, biking or rollerblading, you may be curious how far you're traveling. Well, thanks to Google, there are a couple of ways you can map out your routes online. Try Gmaps Pedometer or Map My Run and you'll get an exact mileage!

Recipe of the Week

Egg Salad
Serves 4
3 Points

4 large eggs
2 large egg whites, you’ll have to boil these as whole eggs and discard the yolks
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
2 Tbsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Put eggs in a pan and pour in enough water to cover them; bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 10 minutes, pour out the water, and place eggs in a bowl of ice water.

When eggs are cool, remove shells. Discard two of the yolks. Cut eggs and whites into 1/2-inch pieces. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until blended.

Tip of the Week

Trying to figure out where your comfort zone lies? Slow down. Take the time to chew your food. Put your fork down between bites. This gives your body time to send your brain the "I'm full" message. That way you won't accidentally bypass satisfaction and end up too full.

Quote of the Week

"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure" - Don Wilder