Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Roundup, week of October 30th

What Happened Last Week?

We figured out some pretty good strategies to handle the sweet tooth now that Halloween is almost upon us. I know you can get through this holiday successfully!

We had a bunch of great celebrations this week, which included a five pound star for Carlye, a 10 and 15 pound star for Alicia, and several 25 pound weight loss celebrations: Elizabeth, Ashley, Lynne and Amy! We also celebrated Denise's 35 pound weight loss and gave Kim a 16 week Stay and Succeed Award.

After discussing ways to get rid of excess Halloween candy in Wednesday's meeting (and yes, there is such a thing as "excess" candy!) I did some internet sleuthing.

Halloween Candy Buyback is a program that will take your leftover candy and use it for a good purpose. That website lists several dentists in the San Diego area who will accept your candy. If that doesn't work, here are a few other ideas.

So What's Coming Up?

Have you ever come to a meeting expecting a gain but ended up losing? Sometimes that may seem like permission to continue indulging, but we'll talk this week about what it can really mean.

El Cajon Reminder: Remember that we will only be open from 9am-11am for drop-in service, and there will be no meeting. We will be leaving the center promptly at the end of drop-in hours to attend a mandatory all-staff meeting. We'll see you next week for the real deal, okay?

Thought for the Week

Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them. - Frank Tyger

Weekly Recipe: "Boo"-nana Pops

File this recipe under "things I know I'll never make" but seriously, one of you needs to make these.

Frozen "Boo"-Nana Pops

Because if those aren't the cutest things ever, I don't know what-all.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Roundup, week of October 23rd

What Happened Last Week?

Have you ever lost "only" 0.2? It's all a matter of perspective, and if you appreciate the fact that those small amounts can add up to big results, it will help keep you from getting discouraged!

Those whose weight loss added up to big results this week included Mary, Maggie, Diana and Chantel, who all got their first five pound stars. Heather got her 25 pound star, and Denise celebrated over 30 pounds lost. Nancy was the star of this Wednesday's meeting, because SHE GOT TO GOAL! Who's next?

So What's Coming Up?

Halloween is coming up...and so is the potential for sweet sabotage. This week we'll discuss strategies to keep that sweet tooth in check.

El Cajon Note

I've been mentioning this in the meetings over the past few weeks, but I should probably make note here as well. On October 30th our location will only be open from 9am to 11am, and there will be no meeting that day. All our staff will be attending an annual training event. You can drop in any time between 9 and 11, but we'll have to shut it down right at 11 so we can get to the event across town. Yep, it's early, but then you can get on with your day!

Thought for the Week

You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today's the day. Say it; This is going to be my day. ~ Brendon Burchard

Weekly Recipe: Butternut Frittata

Is it time to start breaking out the squash and pumpkin recipes? The weather today tells me so, and so does the calendar, but I hear tell this weekend will be warm again. Well, close enough.

The latest recipe on my To Try list is this Butternut Frittata with Sage and Gruyere. As written the nutritional profile isn't too bad, but I'll guarantee that I won't make it with whole milk, and I'll probably sub in some Eggbeaters.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Roundup, week of October 16th

What Happened Last Week?

We talked about managing our environment. Have you made the world around you so that it's easy to make the smart choices? If not, take a look and see how you can - the easier you make it, the easier it will be to do the right thing and be successful!

Celebrations this week included stars for Emily (5), Sue (10), Patricia (20), Ashley (20) and Mary (20). We also celebrated Diane and Albert reaching their 5% target and Jackie reaching her 10% target.

So What's Coming Up?

You might think that tiny amounts of weight loss in a week are silly and insignificant. We'll recap total weight loss during our Lose for Good campaign that just ended to show that every little bit adds up. Small successes are still successes!

Thought for the Week

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. - Wayne Dyer

Weekly Recipe: No Noodle Vegetable Lasagna

Okay, so last week's recipe was a zucchini pasta dish. This is sort of in the same vein, but it's been pinned like crazy on Pinterest, so I thought it might go over well anyway. It sounds a little labor intensive, but what the heck. Once the weather cools off, this could be a great cook once-eat all week meal, since it makes 12 servings.

No Noodle Vegetable Lasagna

Friday, October 07, 2011

Roundup, week of October 9th

What Happened Last Week?

You have a wide variety of Weight Watchers tools to choose from, and if you've got the Monthly Pass, eTools is one of them. Whether it's tracking electronically or looking up a PointsPlus value on the go, eTools is a wonderful tool to keep you in line. Have you found a new feature lately?

Celebrations this week included stars for April (first 5 pounds), Albert and Jeff (both at 10 pounds lost), Denise (25 pounds!) and Kim (5% target).

So What's Coming Up?

It's tough to choose weight-loss-friendly foods when your fridge and pantry are filled with not-so-healthy options. A banana, a yogurt, or string cheese might seem like a disappointment next to leftover coffee cake, cookies, or a bag of chips. Solution? Manage your environment! Join us this week to find out how.

Thought for the Week

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb

Clairemont Members - One More Week!

This Wednesday will be the last meeting at our regular location. Meetings held on Sunday, October 16th and after will be at our temporary location. I posted a big long entry on this a few weeks ago: Clicky clicky for all the details!

Weekly Recipe: Skinny Zucchini Ziti

I have been out of sorts and out of my routine for the past two weeks or so. First I was out of town, then I was sick. Don't even ask about my exercise routine. Just...don't.

So now that I'm starting to finally feel human again, I'm ready to start my cooking routine back up, and it starts tomorrow with a bunch of new recipes. Skinny Zucchini Ziti is one of those, and will be feeding us for dinner this next week.

I'm going to throw in an onion, and bought two large zucchinis. Because I mean, really. Thirteen servings and you're going to just use one zucchini? VEGETABLES, PEOPLE.