Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Roundup, week of May 29th

What Happened Last Week?

Exercise is a well-known recipe for good health. But sometimes we still find reasons not to do it. If you contemplate how good it feels after, does that help you take the first step? Remember, activities you enjoy are your best bet. But just getting up out of the chair is important. The less you sit, the better off you'll be!

We awarded first five pound stars to Kim, Taryn and Alicia, and gave a 10 pound star to Laurie. David reached 30 pounds lost, and Mark hit the 50 pound mark. Kim hit her 5% target, and Melissa received the 16 week Stay and Succeed award. Georgetta, Robin and Maria all received a 5K charm for their participation in the Walk-It Day 5K this weekend!

Speaking of the Walk-It Day 5K...

Mark your calendars for Monday at 8am! Yes, this Monday, Memorial Day, we will meet at De Anza Cove down at Mission Bay at 8:00 in the morning. Show up and you'll be able to start your day with a walk along with some other Weight Watchers members. This will qualify you to receive a 5K charm! You can walk as slow or as fast as you like. You're also not obligated to walk 5K - you could go more OR less. This is an informal gathering, so you're welcome to walk as you please. Bring guests, that's OK too.

So What's Coming Up?

MONDAY - remember that your meetings will be closed. You can join me on Sunday in El Cajon if you like (11am weigh-in and 11:30 meeting), or you can find another meeting during the week. If neither of those options works and you can't attend a meeting, that's OK too. We don't hold it against you when WE close for the holiday.

For those of you who WILL be at this week's meeting (and hopefully that is all of you!) we'll be talking about the people who make our journeys that much easier. Be thinking about your support network and who it is that lends you a helping hand. If you don't come up with many, don't forget our meeting rooms are here to support you!

Thought for the Week

Who I am really keeps surprising me. - Poet Nikki Giovanni

Weekly Recipe: Memorial Day Spread

Eating Well is definitely one of my go-to sources when I want something that's healthy but a little more on the "gourmet" side. In honor of the holiday weekend that quickly approaches (yay!) they've featured quite a few healthy Memorial Day type recipes. You may want to fire up your grill because there are recipes featuring chicken, flank steak, even a grilled pizza!

Happy holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Roundup, week of May 22nd

What Happened Last Week?

We talked breakfast! It sounds like most of you are already eating it, which is great. It sets the tone for a healthy day, provides fuel and energy, and keeps you from getting too hungry and doing silly things.

We had some great celebrations this week including a five pound star for Jan and Mike, a ten pound star for Roz, a 15 pound star for Anne, a 35 pound star for Karla, and a 60 pound star for Susie. We also awarded 5% celebrations to Norma and Matthew, and gave 10% keychains to Teresita, Melissa and Sherry.

So What's Coming Up?

Most of you know the benefits of activity. Yet there are any number of reasons why you still might not exercise. We'll help you identify those obstacles and explore strategies for getting past them.

Thought for the Week

Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first. ~ Frederick Wilcox

Weekly Recipe: My Quinoa Recipe inspired by Mark Bittman

Did you know that you can now share recipes in a Community Recipe Swap on eTools? There has always been a community recipe swap feature, but now the PointsPlus values are actually verified! So in theory the quality of the recipes and the accuracy of their values should be improved.

Go to the Recipe Builder and build a recipe as you normally would. When you save your recipe, you'll have the option to share it with the community. That's what I did with this week's recipe:

Orangey Quinoa from Mark Bittman

California Baking Company

This is a post based on a discussion that occurred this morning in Clairemont at my 6:30am meeting. So if it seems random to you, that's why.

California Baking Company is a bakery located in Chula Vista that sells French style rolls. Their products are carried at local Smart and Final stores. Susie brought in their package this morning and a great discussion came out of it.

The product in question is an approximately 4 ounce French roll (yes, we got out the scale and weighed it in the meeting room) that according to the package label contains only 90 calories. Using all of the nutrition information and a PointsPlus calculator, this roll apparently calculates out to ONE PointsPlus.

Before you run out and snatch the entire supply off the shelf, this would be a time to employ some common sense. Does it sound too good to be true? According to our very own Pocket Guide, a high fiber dinner roll clocks in at 4 PointsPlus for a 2 ounce roll. The folks at CalorieKing say a generic French roll that weighs 4 ounces would contain over 300 calories...far higher than 90!

I googled the company, and they have no web presence. There are several yellow page websites that list their business information (address and phone number). I found a three year old blog entry by a guy who raves about how these low-calorie rolls are helping him have a healthy lunch. I find it easy to believe that a company that can't be bothered to have a web presence (Facebook! A blog! Twitter! Anything!) in this day and age might end up with erroneous nutrition information on their food packages.

I cannot prove that 90 calories for one of their rolls is correct OR incorrect. But having held them in my own hands this morning, I do not feel comfortable eating one and assigning it 1 PointsPlus value. Something just doesn't seem right here.

Who knows if we'll ever get to the real truth here. But this is a cautionary tale - nutrition labels can be incorrect. Right Pirate's Booty? If you feel like something is too good to be true, it just might be.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Roundup, week of May 15th

What Happened Last Week?

When we change, the people around us may or may not always be receptive. We discussed some strategies to get the support we need to be successful.

Celebrations this week included a 10 pound star for Norma, 5% awards for Vicki and Jennett, and a 10% keychain for David.

So What's Coming Up?

Are you hungry first thing in the morning? Does what you eat first thing set the tone for the rest of the day? This week we'll explore the importance of starting the day with a healthy, satisfying meal.

Thought for the Week

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison. - Francis Bacon

Weekly Recipe: Two Butternut Squash Options

This week's recipes are recommendations from Richard. Here's what he has to say:

I tried the butternut squash fries and butternut squash soup (the one with 12 1pt servings) and they were both super good. We used the neck of the squash for the fries and the bulb part for a half-recipe of the soup.

Butternut Squash Fries

Butternut Squash Soup

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Roundup, week of May 8th

What Happened Last Week?

We talked about the strategies and challenges related to dining out. I think you all shared some great tips, and I hope you took plenty more from your Weight Watchers Weekly. Hey, by the way, if you weren't at a meeting this past week, you didn't get a copy - and I AM IN IT! If you're lucky, I might have saved a few (ahem, for my "files" or something like that).

We had lots to celebrate this week, including a five pound star for Noel and Janeille, a ten pound star for Stephanie, a 15 pound celebration for Melissa and Sherry, and a 30 pound star for Karla. We also gave out 16 week Stay and Succeed charms to Tiffany, Pat and Erin, and a 10% keychain to Krystal.

So What's Coming Up?

You don't live or lose weight in a bubble. The people around you can have an impact (good or bad) on your weight loss efforts. We'll explore those relationships and some things we can do to minimize sabotage and maximize support.

Thought for the Week

Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones. ~ Tim McCarver

Weekly Recipe: Creamy Quinoa with Dried Cranberries

I discovered this recipe, which is sort of a twist on the typical oatmeal for breakfast thing. As is, the recipe figures out to 10 PointsPlus values - and that's just about the high end of what I personally would find acceptable given a 29 PointsPlus day.

I fiddled around with the recipe a little bit and discovered that if you drop the quantity of the pecans and dried cranberries from one half cup to one third cup each, that will drop the PointsPlus value of each serving to 9. I considered doing without the soymilk, but I think that would take away the creamy factor, so I didn't bother to run the numbers on it. I think the dish would still taste good made solely with water, but it becomes a different recipe entirely.