Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Roundup, week of November 28th

What Happened Last Week?

Thanksgiving holidays are something we've experienced before, right? So we can learn from our past - both what worked and what didn't. If you didn't like the outcome last time, figure out something different to do this time.

Weight loss awards for this week include first five pound stars for Noreen, Toni and Carmen. Pamela reached 15 pounds lost, and Marc has now lost over 55 pounds! We also gave the 16 week Stay and Succeed award to Laura, and a 5% award to Simka.

So What's Coming Up?

Pssht, there's nothing exciting happening this next week except, OH, I DON'T KNOW WE'RE JUST ROLLING OUT A BRAND NEW WEIGHT WATCHERS PLAN! But really, why would you even care about that, right?

Seriously, if there's ever a week you go out of your way to be in the meeting room, THIS IS IT. I will be discussing how the new program works, and you'll be getting all the new materials. Also, your old favorite snacks are finally going to be back on the shelves! Hooray for smoothies and mini bars!

Thought for the Week

The most important thing in life is to stop saying "I wish" and start saying "I will." Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities. ~ David Copperfield

Weekly Recipe: Lentil-Barley Soup

This is a recipe that Marta brought in to share just this morning. Some of you got copies from her, but for the rest of you, here's a link:

Lentil-Barley Soup

It's Cooking Light, yo. They won't steer you wrong.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Thanksgiving Thought

I've just finished reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals. I didn't come here to discuss the meat (heh) of his book - for about a million reasons, the greatest of which is that it's not appropriate for this particular forum - but to share a quote about Thanksgiving.

Of the thousand-or-so meals we eat every year, Thanksgiving dinner is the one that we try most earnestly to get right. It holds the hope of being a good meal, whose ingredients, efforts, setting, and consuming are expressions of the best in us. More than any other meal, it is about good eating and good thinking.

No matter what you eat (or don't eat) in the next week or so, I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I give thanks just about every day that I have you all in my life.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Roundup, week of November 21st

What Happened Last Week?

Stress is all over the place this time of year. Lots of it can be related to change, whether it's the changes in habits we're making, or the promise of change in a new Weight Watchers program. Learning to deal with stress is a valuable life skill, but will also help you stay on track.

Celebration shout-outs this week include a five pound star for Amy, a 5% award to Nina, a 15 pound star for Jan, and a 25 pound star for Daniella. You ladies are doing great! Bravos also to those of you who completed the Silver Strand Half Marathon last weekend - I know we had a few of you. You rock!

So What's Coming Up?

Been on WW during Thanksgiving before? How did it go? That experience can help shape what you do in the future. This week we'll have one last chance to share our experiences before the big Turkey Day celebration. Come share with us what's worked and what hasn't.

Thought for the Week

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

~ Samuel Johnson

Weekly Recipe: Fruit-Filled Acorn Squash

I typically turn to Cooking Light when I need a nice recipe that's light but still might be potluck or dinner party worthy. I've been meaning to cook some acorn squash since it's fall and all, and came upon an easy one. I'll be eating this for breakfast this coming week:

Fruit-Filled Acorn Squash

And yes, it does use CANNED cranberry sauce. That's what I grew up with at Thanksgiving, so while I've tried the real thing (and like the real thing), I still have a soft spot for the kind of sauce that comes from a can and has the little ribbings on the side when you slide it out. Yum.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Roundup, week of November 14th

What Happened Last Week?

We talked turkey! Turkey Day, that is. Now is the time to start thinking about your holiday strategy - what will you eat? How much? How often? Finding the Points values ahead of time can help you make that informed decision.

This week we celebrated Olivia and Nina receiving their first 5 pound stars, Amanda reaching 10 pounds lost, and Maria reaching her 5% target. Congratulations, ladies!

So What's Coming Up?

Let's be honest: as much as we might love the holidays, they bring with them all kinds of stress. And weight loss can be stressful enough, so you can see that learning to deal with stress is definitely something that will help you through. We'll work on ways to control that stress through Thanksgiving...and beyond.

Thought for the Week

Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter. ~ Bono

Weekly Recipe: Thanksgiving Options

Yesterday morning we had a bit of a recipe swap. Marta brought in tons of copies, so I think everyone on the Wednesday crew had access to them. My brief googling this morning tells me there's not a fast and easy way to link to the recipes from the 2007 WW magazine - they are not in eTools. I'd love to get them posted, but frankly I don't have the time to devote to this right now.

What I CAN get to you today, is a link to the recipe that Minna shared with us. She recommends the stuffing with sage and chives from eTools. It's tried and true for her, and she says your guests will never know the difference!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Roundup, week of November 7th

What Happened Last Week?

The word "metabolism" conjures up a lot of thoughts, feelings, and even myths. Remember that you can control your metabolism in two ways: getting your heart rate up, and building lean muscle mass. Get yourself active and become a high performance machine!

We had a bunch of great celebrations this week, particular in the Wednesday morning meeting. We gave five pound stars to Julie (5), Laura (10), Patty and Mary (15), and Susie (35). Four people reached their 5% targets: Cookie, Sandra, Martha and Norval. And finally, Barbara and Patty received their 10% key chains. Great work for that post-Halloween weigh-in!

So What's Coming Up?

Thanksgiving's coming up, that's what! This week we're going to do that much anticipated meeting in which we'll discuss the Points values of common Turkey Day food items. This is always a fun and eye-opening discussion, so make sure you're present!

We'll also talk holiday favorites, so if you have a healthy holiday recipe that you've used to cut down on Points, please bring it in! Wednesday in particular we'll be doing a recipe swap. But if you Sunday or Monday folks have a recipe you love, bring in a copy and I'll post it for everyone else to enjoy!

Thanksgiving 5K/10K

In case you're still looking for a way to burn calories on Thanksgiving day, here's the link to register for the Run for the Hungry.

It's a run OR walk, whichever you can do. It's a 5K or 10K, whichever you can do. Dogs are welcome, family and friends are, too. If you register, please select the adult team entry option and join "Outsmart the Fat!" along with the rest of us!

Why not start a new holiday tradition? Get active!

Thought for the Week

When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there. - Zig Ziglar

Weekly Recipe: Ridiculously Easy Lentil & Vegetable Stew

This week's recipe comes from a source I think I may have linked to before. A stew that features some of my favorite ingredients (quinoa, pumpkin, lots of vegetables) and is described as "ridiculously easy?" Sign me up!

I made the stew over the weekend, and it is definitely an easy recipe to make. I've been reheating portions for dinner this week, and I'm definitely enjoying the results.

Ridiculously Easy Lentil & Vegetable Stew

I know I've been featuring a lot of meatless options lately, which kind of mirrors my preferences lately. My husband disagrees, and so I've been serving these meatless stews and salads with chopped meat, sausage, or a side of chicken breast. Obviously if you do that you'll have to add the Points value. But don't discount these recipes just because they don't have meat - add it in if you need to!