My First Week On Simply Filling

Last Friday, I decided to switch to Simply Filling. My primary reasons were that I haven’t been able to really acclimate to Freestyle and I’m someone who eats whole grains and found that my points were gone too quickly. The final straw was when I finally looked at the Simply Filling list of foods and saw that 94% fat free popcorn was on the list – which is one of my favorite snacks. So, I felt that Simply Filling might be fore me.

However, unfortunately, I switched over without really planning for it. So, this week has been a “do the best I can with the food I’ve already got in the house” type of week. Here’s some of the things I’ve noticed this week:

-It feels freeing. I didn’t use the app all week to track food, even though on Simply Filing you are supposed to track foods you consume not on the list. So, I definitely took it further than I’m supposed to, but I justified it by making the best decisions I could make with each meal. Getting to step back from writing everything down is a nice break. Even going forward, IF I decide to start writing down the foods not on the list (I’m still deciding if I want to do this), it will be easier than it used to be.

-The list may not be perfect for me. I know, when you hear that someone wants to “tweak” the list of foods, it sounds like a cop out. But hear me out. My first tweak is to add plain, almond milk which is not on the SF list, though fat-free milk is. I have been using almond milk for cereal for a long time and think it is healthy. The other addition to the list is Ezekiel bread. Ezekiel bread is sprouted grain bread that I think is very healthful. It is filling, and the sprouted grains are supposed to be healthier than flour-based bread. So, even though it isn’t on the list, I have no concerns that eating this bread will stifle my weight loss.

-I’m having to decide carefully how to use my weeklies. Even though I am not recording point-based food right now (for my mental break from that task), it doesn’t mean I’m not carefully considering foods that aren’t on the SF list. For instance, I have Chobani yogurt each day. It is 4 points and I love it. However, it isn’t on the SF list. But, non-fat, artificially-flavored yogurt is acceptable on SF. However, it tastes vastly inferior to the type of Chobani I usually get. And, it leaves a weird taste in my mouth. So, should I continue with the Chobani though it reduces my weeklies? I have to decide. The other decision is cheese. I love cheese and while fat-free cheese is on SF, we all know it doesn’t taste as good. I haven’t tried fat-free cheese yet, but before deciding what kind of cheese I’ll use, I’m going to try some of it out.

-I’ve had to really listen to my body this week to not overeat. This is tough because in the past (on the SmartPoints program), I let the number of points tell me how much to eat. On SF, I’m having to stop when I’m full. I recognize that under stressful times, emotional times, etc, I may not have the willpower to stop, but this week I believe I did pretty well. I focused on eating foods that are filling and then stopping when I was done.

So, if Freestyle isn’t your cup of tea or you need a break, I certainly recommend Simply Filling. You can always switch back. This week I lost three pounds and I am ecstatic about that. Here’s a great list of foods on SF:  http://www.weightwatchers.com/images/1033/dynamic/GCMSImages/FillingFoodList_US.pdf

Whatever you decide, good luck to all in our journey towards health!

Last Friday, I decided to switch to Simply Filling. My primary reasons were that I haven’t been able to really acclimate to Freestyle and I’m someone who eats whole grains and found that my points were gone too quickly. The final straw was when I finally looked at the Simply Filling list of foods and … Continue reading My First Week On Simply Filling

Weight Loss Update and Non-Scale Victory

For this post, I’m going to give a weight loss update and then share a non-scale victory. Weight Watchers has asked its members to focus on not only the weight that we lose but also the non-scale victories. First, as far as the weight loss goes, I’m down around 43 pounds from when I started Weight Watchers. That’s very exciting. I started in March of this year, and I’m trying to lose another 17 before the end of the year. We’ll see if my body can do that. Actually, I’ll see if I can get through the holidays and do that. That would be something of a miracle.

So, given the weight loss I’m still glad that I chose Weight Watchers. I’m very grateful for my sisters’ support. And I’m grateful that Weight Watchers has allowed me to still have foods that I want to have, fluctuate in my weight but not go off the plan, make mistakes, but still lose overall. It’s pretty amazing this has happened.

As for non-scale victories, I have a really bad back. I’ve had times in my life when my back hurt really, really bad. When I was at my high weight, my back hurt so much that I could barely walk a block. It was so difficult, because whenever friends or coworkers would want to go on a walk, I always had to come up with a reason why I couldn’t. I really hated it. For some reason, my back would feel like my spine was grinding against itself. However, now that I’ve lost 40 plus pounds, my back doesn’t hurt nearly as much as it used to. I have to do a lot more physical activity before it starts hurting. I’m hoping as I lose more, that my back pain will completely go away. But for now I’m grateful for the improvements that I’ve already felt with the current weight that’s been lost.

So, that’s my update. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog about hitting my weight goal by the end of the year. Wish me luck!

For this post, I'm going to give a weight loss update and then share a non-scale victory. Weight Watchers has asked its members to focus on not only the weight that we lose but also the non-scale victories. First, as far as the weight loss goes, I'm down around 43 pounds from when I started … Continue reading Weight Loss Update and Non-Scale Victory

Weight Watchers – 6 Months In

I realized this week that I have been on Weight Watchers for more than 6 months. 6 MONTHS! I have tried many programs to lose weight (e.g., Atkins, raw diet, vegan, etc.). I have had varying levels of success with each of them. The problem with all of them is how to adhere long-term. Raw eating (eating your food uncooked) helped me have a lot of energy very quickly. But I couldn’t do it for more than a month because it was so restrictive. Atkins helped me drop 40 pounds quickly. I had more energy and felt healthier but didn’t find it sustainable. After stumbling through several other unsuccessful “lifestyle changes,” I ended up trying Weight Watchers. I am pretty stinking excited that I have stuck with it for so long.

Reasons For Staying

There are many reasons I’ve stuck with Weight Watchers.

1 – So far it has been helpful for me. I have lost 32 pounds and noticed other health benefits. I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t had more weight loss. Some people lose weight faster. I have lost weight faster in the past. But I feel this is teaching me about healthy eating.

2 – It’s not that difficult. I track foods, attend a meeting once a week, and try to move more. There are times I get discouraged, but that is part of the weight loss process I think. Meetings help me to relate with others. Connect

3 – I can eat anything I want to (I just can’t eat as much of it as I want to). This is what has helped the most with sustainability. As Oprah has famously said in her commercials, she can eat bread. I can eat break, cake, steak, candy, fruit, pasta, etc.

All in all, I’m happy with Weight Watchers. Weight loss is hard. Really hard. But WW helps me feel as though I’m not alone and that makes it much easier.

 

I realized this week that I have been on Weight Watchers for more than 6 months. 6 MONTHS! I have tried many programs to lose weight (e.g., Atkins, raw diet, vegan, etc.). I have had varying levels of success with each of them. The problem with all of them is how to adhere long-term. Raw … Continue reading Weight Watchers – 6 Months In

35 Pounds Down With Weight Watchers

I promise, we don’t get anything from Weight Watchers on this blog. But, you will find from time to time that we talk about the wonder of Weight Watchers because it has been such a useful program so far. That is not to say that it is easy. I don’t think any weight loss program is easy. However Weight Watchers is the best of any program I’ve ever been on. I can also say with confidence that it is the easiest way to lose weight that I have found.

There are a number of reasons for this of course, the most commonly mentioned is that you can eat whatever you want, though this is not entirely true. This implies excess is allowed, which it isn’t. It is better to say you can eat whatever you want as long as the quantities are balanced. You just have to be able to fit foods within your points. I’ve found that I can still lose weight and have ice cream every week, cakes at birthday parties, and so in. The key is that the junk food does not engulf my diet. The junk food is just a small piece of my diet.

As time goes on with Weight Watchers, I find myself wanting to find new ways to stay within my points but still have a variety of options. When I started Weight Watchers, I ate a lot of frozen dinners, especially Weight Watcher’s dinners because the points are right on the box. I think I was having a lot of sodium because I was not preparing anything at home, and yet I still lost weight. However that type of diet is not sustainable, and I think Weight Watchers knows that if you continue on the program, you will figure that out. Over time, you learn to refine your food. You learn that eating too much salt will have a negative impact on your weight. You learn that pre-packaged foods don’t fill you up as much as homemade foods. You find little gems like Velveeta cheese and whipped cream, which you can add to your fruits and vegetables and make them all the more pleasurable without raising your points too much.

But over time, I think you also start to get a confidence in yourself that you are capable of losing weight. I feel that way now for the first time in my life. I have confidence that if I continue on the program, I will lose weight. It does not always happen at the speed that I wish. In fact, this is one of the downsides of getting to eat whatever you want. The program is flexible, but because of that you’re not losing ultra-fast. When someone is overweight, they just want to drop the weight as quickly as possible. However the Weight Watchers method is vastly superior to any “quick” diet out there. The reason for this is because those diets are not sustainable, and this one is.

If you deny yourself from ever having that piece of cake at a birthday party or that piece of chocolate or that ice-cream cone, your body will continue to crave these things until one day you find yourself binging on 4000 calories. With Weight Watchers, you can have a reasonable amount of treats, smash the craving, and move on with your life.

There is a also a very supportive community with Weight Watchers. I do not attend the weekly meetings (my “online only” account is cheaper, but if you need in-person support, the meetings are great, too). Weight Watchers has a great app with an online community that is very supportive.

Bottom line (again, I get no kickback for saying this), if you are struggling, try Weight Watchers. You might be surprised. I’ve lost 35 pounds since March, enjoying yummy foods along the way.

Good luck!

I promise, we don't get anything from Weight Watchers on this blog. But, you will find from time to time that we talk about the wonder of Weight Watchers because it has been such a useful program so far. That is not to say that it is easy. I don't think any weight loss program … Continue reading 35 Pounds Down With Weight Watchers

Spaghetti Squash: You’re Missing Out

Alight y’all. If you haven’t used spaghetti squash in lieu of spaghetti, you are missing out. I don’t mean to brag (who am I kidding, I sure am!) but I make a mean spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is a good, healthy substitute for spaghetti, but you have to make it right. Below is how I made it tonight. Try it yourself and enjoy!

1 – Cook Spaghetti Squash. You can do this in the oven or the microwave. I think it is tastiest in the oven, but I live in Texas where it’s hot in the summer so the last thing I want to do is heat my house by using the oven. For the microwave, stab the squash a bunch (5-7 times) and nuke it for about 15 minutes. If the shell is soft, that’s it. If not, turn it and microwave for 5 more minutes repeatedly until soft. You want the end product to be a soft shell with squash that is soft, not crunchy. (Please note that microwave times can vary so you may want to turn and check every 7 minutes the first time.)

2 – Scrape Out The Squash. Cut the squash in half (lengthwise), scrape out the seeds and then scrape out the meat of the squash.

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3 – Mix. I like to cook ground turkey with onion and garlic and mix it with sauce (spaghetti marinara or creamy soup).

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4. Enjoy! Of course, salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I add some cheese on top.

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(For those who do Weight Watchers, the above dish is about 7 points (3 for ground turkey, 4 for cream of chicken soup, zero points for squash, onion, garlic, and seasoning). And it’s YUMMY!!!) *** Correction! With the new Freestyle plan, this dish goes down to 4 points if using lean ground turkey!!***

Note to the chef: The biggest mistake I see folks make is not cooking the squash long enough. If it tastes like squash, you haven’t cooked it enough. 🙂 Also my philosophy with zoodles.

Alight y'all. If you haven't used spaghetti squash in lieu of spaghetti, you are missing out. I don't mean to brag (who am I kidding, I sure am!) but I make a mean spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is a good, healthy substitute for spaghetti, but you have to make it right. Below is how I … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash: You’re Missing Out