Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Roundup, week of October 31st

What Happened Last Week?

Sweets are in abundance this time of year, so the sooner we learn how to deal with them, the better. Hopefully you learned some strategies to not overdo it. But also remember to never deprive yourself. Eat food that tastes good, but ideally it'll give you some nutritional punch, too. But if not, that's exactly what those WPAs are for!

Celebrations this week included a 5 pound star for Megan, a 10 pound star and 5% award for Pamela, and Tina received her 20 pound star and 10% key chain. Most exciting was the celebration we had on Monday night for Erika, who reached HER GOAL WEIGHT! Yay!

So What's Coming Up?

There are a lot of myths out there on the topic of metabolism. This week we'll tackle what we can do for ours, so that we spend our time on stuff that matters. If there's a weight loss truism that you've always wondered about, bring it up this week and we'll see if we can't separate fact from fiction. (I may need to do research after the meeting if you end up stumping me!)

Thought for the Week

Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you plan to stop peddling. - Claude Pepper

Weekly Recipe: Stir-Fried Succotash with Edamame

The New York Times health and food sections are my most recent internet pleasure. Martha Rose Shulman comes through again with another great sounding recipe.

Stir-Fried Succotash with Edamame

This is going to be a great way for you to get in some vegetable servings. It also has the benefit of lots of color, which is something I always enjoy in my food.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Life Has Been Altered

Otherwise known as "How Trader Joes is Awesome" Volume 8,392

I love peanut butter. I mean really love it, to the extent that I have not willingly had a jar of fresh peanut butter in my house in years. A jar + a spoon = My stomach full of peanut butter.

Over the years I've tried the lower fat versions, the soy peanut versions, and even the powdered versions - I made a post a while back about using PB2 to make some peanut butter cookies. That worked, by the way, and PB2 is to me a very nice substitute for the real thing.

But something that can only be ordered online in large quantities isn't the best option is it? So imagine my joy the other day when I read this blog entry and discovered a powdered option from Trader Joes!

Today I went to my local TJs and found the peanut flour. I am here to tell you that it tastes about exactly the same as PB2, but is cheaper, and more importantly available at a local store! Hooray!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Roundup, week of October 24th

What Happened Last Week?

Celebration is a necessary part of keeping yourself motivated. I hope you thought of some new ways to recognize your success beyond the typical "hey, let's eat something!"

In the spirit of celebrations, we gave awards to Martha, Adriana and Maria for losing their first five pounds. We also celebrated Marianne's third year at her goal weight! That's a nice mix of celebrations - brand new members, and long-term members. We never stop celebrating!

So What's Coming Up?

If you have a sweet tooth, this time of year could spell Big Trouble. Halloween means candy, right? We'll learn strategies for managing these kind of temptations, to keep them manageable. You don't have to give up candy forever, but you probably need some help figuring out how not to eat ALL of it.

Wednesday morning's meeting in Clairemont will include a special "Ask a Lifetime Member" segment. You'll have your chance to ask a member who is at goal whatever you'd like. Ask them how they did it. Ask them what they eat. Whatever you need to know, these people are great resources to get it.

Thanksgiving 5K/10K

Just a reminder for you, I am getting a team together for the PureFitness Thanksgiving Run for the Hungry. If you register online, please select a team entry, so that you can select in the drop down box "Outsmart the Fat!" and be on my team. So far there's three of us confirmed, and a few others considering.

Start your Turkey Day off right! Do at least one thing healthy that day, okay? :)

Thought for the Week

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

Weekly Recipe: Beans and Rice Ole

I didn't do much cooking when I first joined Weight Watchers, but I've still managed to collect over 10 years of cookbooks. So sometimes I have to get in the Way Back Machine and pull out one of the older books to find something. This one has a terribly hokey name, which in my mind makes it TOTALLY OBVIOUS that it's a Weight Watchers recipe. But if you're looking to put together a quick dinner, here you are:

Beans and Rice Ole
Makes 4 servings

One 19 ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups cooked brown rice
3/4 cup salsa
1/4 cup minced parsley
3/4 cup shredded nonfat cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

Per serving: 302 calories, 1g fat, 646mg sodium, 53g carbs, 6g fiber, 20g protein

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Roundup, week of October 17th

What Happened Last Week?

There are aspects of a healthy lifestyle that you might find difficult. Focus on your biggest challenge and decide which tools you could use to make it easier. There are so many things that can help...just use them!

Celebrations this week included a ten pound star for Jan and a 20 pound star for Barbara. And even though I was on vacation, a little bird told me that Josh reached ONE HUNDRED pounds lost. How inspiring!

So What's Coming Up?

Do you have difficulty acknowledging your weight-loss achievements? Don't let doubt prevent you from celebrating all you accomplish. It will help keep you motivated!

Thought for the Week

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.

~Raymond Chandler

Weekly Recipe: Quinoa and Squash Gratin

I know I know, another quinoa recipe. I can't help myself!

Quinoa and Squash Gratin

I'm pretty sure Martha Rose Shulman has been around for awhile, but I've just stumbled onto her. I like her style. Maybe it's time to buy yet another cookbook?!?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Plan Ahead: Run for the Hungry

Thanksgiving is a holiday that makes many a Weight Watchers member nervous. One of the ways we can counterbalance our caloric intake is to burn it off, right? Well, before you sit down to your turkey day feast, why not do a 5K or 10K event?

I've registered myself for the Pure Fitness Run for the Hungry event this Thanksgiving. The race starts downtown near Petco Park. 10K race start is at 7:10am, and the 5K starts at 8:15am. I will be running the 10K, but you also have the option to run or walk a 5K as well. I should be able to finish the 10K in time to see the 5K start, and if you're out there to walk it, I'll hop in and join you!

If you are interested in joining me, I have set up a team "Outsmart the Fat!" If we get more than 20 team members by October 29th (who have committed by registering for the race) they will print our team name on the race t-shirts!

Run for the Hungry Event Information - at this site you can download entry forms if you wish to enter by mail. Be sure to click on the "Entry Form" link, not the "Team Entry Form" link. I've already set the team up. All you need to do is fill out the regular entry form and specify the team name in the spot above your name. Remember, the team name is "Outsmart the Fat!"

Register online at - if you'd like to register online, you can use this link. Once you click the "Register Now" button, select the option "ADULT TEAM MEMBER REGISTRATION ONLY" and when you do that, you will have the opportunity to select "Outsmart the Fat!" from a dropdown box of team names.

This could be a really fun way to do something active, and to meet your fellow Weight Watchers members outside of the meeting room setting. And if you're just beginning an exercise program, signing up for an event like this is good motivation to get out there between now and Thanksgiving to make sure you're in tip-top shape come race day. Plus...FREE T-SHIRT!