Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The newsletter is going on holiday this week (probably eating too much turkey) but I wanted to pop in to wish you and yours a fantastic holiday.

Remember the rules:

1. Have fun!
2. Come back!

I don't care what happens this week, make sure you're back on track and in your meetings next week.

And now, your moment of zen:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Newsletter, week of November 22nd

Last Week

Knowing the Points values of holiday food can help you decide what you'll eat, how much, and how often. Make sure you're looking up anything we didn't cover!

This Week

"But I made this just for you!" Last week was all about the logical side of holiday eating. This week is all about the emotional side of things. Does that quote sound familiar?


Yesennia received her first 5 pound star, Estella got her 5% award, Pat got a 65 pound star, and Candy is now officially down over 80 pounds. As a wonderful bonus, both Heidi and Trista reached their weight goals, having lost 117.8 and 51.8 pounds respectively. Holy cow!

WW Product of the Week

What you're eating is important, but how much you eat is also good to know. Our electronic scale not only weighs your food, but its database of foods will help you calculate Points values as well! Makes a great holiday gift, too.

Weekly Potpourri

Exercise comes in many formats. A recent study shows that a workout on your Wii can be just as good as doing "real" exercise. Now, don't think that a game of bowling can completely replace a step aerobics class, but know that you're NOT just frittering time away playing those games. You really are burning calories!

What's Hot at WW.com?

Reinforce this week's topic by checking out how to have a guilt-free Thanksgiving. Some of the tips we've discussed, but there are a couple of new ideas, too.

Quote of the Week

Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. - Marilyn Ferguson

Weekly Recipe: Healthy Stuffing

Healthy Stuffing
Serves 16

1 Tbsp light butter
14 oz stuffing bread (such as Pepperidge Farm or Mrs Cubbison)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced mushroom
2-3 cloves of garlic
2- 2 1/2 cup chicken broth
poultry seasoning to taste (1-2 tsp)
pepper to taste around 1 tsp

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a large saute pan; once heated add butter and spray with cooking spray. Add carrots and saute; add celery, onion, garlic and mushroom, cooking until veggies are tender. Remove from heat and transfer to bowl and allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl add bread stuffing and veggies; toss together, season with pepper and poultry seasoning. Add chicken broth, mixing until moist but not soaking. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Add stuffing mix and cover with foil. Bake 20-25 minutes; uncover and cook additional 10 minutes or until slightly crispy on top.

Serves around 1/2 cup each serving.

Calories: 106.1, Total Fat: 1.4 g, Sodium: 406.4 mg, Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g, Protein: 2.8 g

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Newsletter, week of November 15th

Last Week

Holiday season is about traditions - old and new ones. You might have to ask for help if you'd like to adopt some newer healthier habits.

This Week

It's back! Our annual Thanksgiving dinner meeting. Come prepared to be shocked at how quickly the Points add up! Bring a friend - they can weigh in and stay for the meeting with no obligation.


Jessica celebrated her 5% target, Trista reached 50 pounds lost, and Marianne has now been at goal for 2 years! Nice work ladies.

WW Product of the Week

Check out our cookbooks! All of the cookbooks in our meeting rooms are 50% off, so you can get a boatload of recipes for as little as $5! Consider these for holiday gifts, or just a reward for sticking with your plan through the holidays. Sale ends December 8th.

Weekly Potpourri

I mentioned in the meetings this week that there will be a Weight Watchers contingent at a few local events on Thanksgiving day. You can join our very own Fern at the Run for the Hungry 5K and 10K downtown at 8:15 on turkey day. It'll be a healthy start to the day...what you do with the rest of it is up to you!

What's Hot at WW.com?

You know it's flu season. But did you know that when you get active your immune system can get stronger? I know I keep banging the drum about getting active, but that's because it's worth it for so many reasons!

Quote of the Week

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. - Pablo Picasso

Weekly Recipe: Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

This is a recipe that Anna shared with me, courtesy of eTools

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
POINTS® value 3
Servings 12

2 pound lean ground turkey
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 medium garlic cloves, finely minced, or more to taste
12 oz cremini mushrooms, or other mushrooms, diced (about 2 cups)
1 tsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp sherry cooking wine
1/2 cup parsley, fresh, minced

Preheat oven to 350ºF and fill 12 muffin holes with liners. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray.

Place turkey in prepared bowl; season with salt and pepper, mix until incorporated and set aside.

Place butter and oil in a large frying pan and cook over medium heat until butter melts; add onion. Sauté onion over medium heat until wilted and translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms begin to give off moisture, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add soy sauce and sherry; cook until mixture begins to resemble a paste, about 5 to 10 minutes. Toss in parsley and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.

Add mushroom mixture to turkey and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Drop by heaping tablespoons into prepared muffin tins until 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake muffins until center seems firm to the touch and turkey is completely cooked through, about 22 to 27 minutes. Yields 1 muffin per serving.

These muffins can be made ahead and warmed in minutes in the microwave. Pop extras in the freezer for fabulous fast-food. The addition of 1 1/2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce per muffin increases the POINTS value to 4 per serving.

Thursday, November 05, 2009


I am so pissed at my email hosting software right now, you don't even know. I apologize for how crappy the emails from me look this morning. They just "upgraded" and while I thought it was impossible, the interface is even more unfriendly than it was before. It looks like you're seeing raw HTML.

You should hear the words coming out of my mouth right now....

Newsletter, week of November 8th

Last Week

Motivation is key to get you through the upcoming holidays. I hope you're thinking about what you'd like to achieve by the end of November. Make it happen!

This Week

Another way to keep on track through the holidays is to make sure you stay active. We'll talk about how you can keep that up, including how to add activity to your normal holiday celebrations.


This week we gave a five pound star to Velma who reached 60 pounds lost. She's worked hard on those last five pounds, so she was quite excited.

WW Product of the Week

While you're out running around on those holiday errands, you're taking steps. Our pedometer can keep track of those for you, and tally up not only how far you've walked, but if you've earned any Activity Points!

Weekly Potpourri

HEADS UP! The week of November 15th is the week we'll do our annual "Turkey Dinner" and discuss the Points values of all that traditional stuff. This year I want to make this meeting more successful than ever, so I'm putting the word out now.

If you know someone who is thinking about joining, is curious about our program, or if you're reading this and haven't been in the meeting room in a long time, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. Guests are always welcome to attend a meeting for free, but at my meetings that week (Monday, 11/16 6:30pm in Lemon Grove and Wednesday, 11/18 6:30am in Clairemont) I will allow guests and you lapsed folks weigh in with no obligation. That's not usually allowed! If any guest is interested in signing up, they'll have to pay the standard fee, but if not, they can walk out the door with no penalty. Spread the word!

What's Hot at WW.com?

Since we have been talking about the Good Health Guidelines a lot lately, I wanted to remind you about our liquid guideline. I think I posted this article before, but it's a good reminder of why that cup of joe can now count as a liquid, but that martini can't.

Quote of the Week

Every achiever that I have ever met says, "My life turned around when I began to believe in me." - Dr. Robert Schuller