Friday Weight Watchers Update (on Saturday)

I have been terrible with my Weight Watchers updates.

Last week I was flat – didn’t gain, didn’t lose. I wasn’t too surprised and actually expected a gain. I was terrible. I didn’t exercise at all, I didn’t track a couple days, I ate things like cupcakes and Cheetos and such. It was bad, a week where I didn’t even want to go to my meeting but I did. I did because the reason I stopped Weight Watchers in the past was because I would fall off the wagon one time and not go to the meeting because I didn’t want to see the number on the scale. Next thing I knew, a month had gone by and I had gained back all I had removed.

So I went, and was actually happy to see no change on the scale. And I was motivated to get back on track.

This past week I was better, and it was hard. I had Labor Day weekend which was full of hot dogs, funnel cake and beer. And then four high-intensity days at work where I got in early, stayed late (we’re talking 12 hour and longer days), and felt overwhelmed, stressed, panicked. Days where I wouldn’t see Emerson at all, where I wasn’t home until like 9pm and was getting up the next day at 4:30. But I brought my lunch every day except yesterday, I stuck to drinking just water, coffee, and diet soda only when I HAD to have something “bad,” and though I didn’t have time to walk or do an exercise video, I did walk down the stairs at work, park far away from my destinations, and did a couple crunches.

And because of this crazy work week, I didn’t get off work in time for my Weight Watchers meeting. I didn’t even have time to call my mom and tell her I wasn’t going – she and our leader were worried about me. So I don’t know if I lost, gained, stayed flat. But I know for sure I will be going to my meeting this coming week!

So, as for food lately…
– Has anyone tried the Laughing Cow blue cheese? I didn’t even know it existed until I saw an ad for it in… Real Simple magazine? Somewhere. Anyway I am a blue cheese addict and wonder if it’s delish. Haven’t found it in any local grocery stores, may have to ask my local market to get me some!

– Speaking of blue cheese, I have been deviating from my daily breakfasts of either oatmeal or an Eggbeaters and Laughing Cow cheese sandwich on a Thomas Bagel Thin or light English Muffin. I have been taking Eggbeaters and adding onion and a bit of shredded cheese, or just blue cheese crumbles and adding before cooking. It ends up being sort of like an omelet but creamier and really fluffy. I have had that a couple times with coffee and a side of grapes and it feels really special, like a breakfast I would get at a cozy café.

– Blue cheese is surprisingly low in points, considering you don’t need much to get much impact. It’s pretty much a point per tablespoon, and only one tablespoon is needed in my morning omlet – that’s the same points as Laughing Cow but with a whole other flavor and feeling. Since realizing that, I haven’t been afraid to add blue cheese to some dishes for more pungent impact. The other night my husband cooked scallops, we had them with a big salad and small baked potatoes. The salad was just tons of veggies, so I added one tablespoon of blue cheese crumbles on top and it made it feel more decadent. I have also used blue cheese on a baked potato and added on a sandwich of very thin deli ham and crusty bread and field greens. Weight Watchers isn’t about depriving yourself, just having portion control and balance. I have been depriving myself of blue cheese because it’s a full fat cheese, but since so little is needed for impact, it really isn’t something I need to avoid.

– I tried the Lean Cuisine meals that are in the bag… and they are far better than the regular box meals. I have been sticking to sandwiches with Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers because I find the meals to be salty, sorta yucky, and they don’t fill me up or leave me satisfied. My coworker had one of the bags and said it was good. They are easy to cook – no stirring halfway through or cooking partially on a weird level on the microwave. Throw the bag in the microwave, cook like 6 minutes, open and pour on a plate or in a bowl. I had the Chicken Alfredo and the noodles weren’t gummy and the pieces of chicken were ginormous and tender. I will definitely try them again.
Note: for you Lean Cuisine eaters, click this link to get a coupon for $1 off Lean Cuisines!  I found this when visiting the Lean Cuisine site 🙂

– I have been drinking more diet soda than I would like. I usually don’t drink soda at all unless it is a special occasion or it’s in a cocktail. I hate the artificial flavors, all the chemicals, the artificial sweetener. Well lately I have just wanted something sweet and bad, and diet soda is a point-free option. Occasionally I have stopped by 7-Eleven or on the way out of the grocery store have gotten a Diet Dr. Pepper. I sometimes snag a can of Diet Coke from the stash we have at the office for in-house lunch meetings. And this week when I went to the grocery store I bought a 6-pack of Diet Coke cans. Last night I wanted a beer, but instead went with a Diet Coke because it didn’t have points. I don’t love this habit, but think it’s something that fulfils a need now, and I will outgrow.

– I have been counting points from what I eat off Emerson’s plate. I realize more often than not, I am pretending or actually eating to encourage her, letting her feed me, taking a spoonful of something between feeding her. It’s hard to not do it, so I allot 3 points a day just from Emerson eating times. It’s a painful use of points, and is really encouraging me to not do that any more. I do find that I no longer nibble while cooking, I need to now stop nibbling when feeding Emerson.

– Wine is totally worth the points, and one glass of kick-ass wine tastes so much better than three glasses of mediocre wine. Weight Watchers is really teaching me how to enjoy the small things, and have what I enjoy be small.


  1. Angela
    September 18, 2010 / 2:13 am

    I broke the soda habit with La Croix flavored waters, which are individual cans. No sweeteners, just fizzy water and flavoring, they have grapefruit, orange, lime, lemon and cran-raspberry. They are all wonderful tasting and when I have one over ice, I feel like I’m having something special and a little decadent. Thanks for the tip on the blue cheese, I never thought about it being so low in points for an amount that packs a wonderful flavor punch. Will definitely experiment! Laughing Cow came out with three new flavors in mid-summer, including the blue cheese which I love on crackers. It’s a mild blue cheese flavor to me.

  2. kathy
    September 13, 2010 / 1:45 pm

    My problem with the wine is that I love it so much, I can’t stop at one glass. My husband and I would have almost a whole bottle (each!) on a weekend evening, and we both ended up eating too much (I crave chocolate when I have white wine) and hating ourselves the next day. So we got rid of all of the wine in the house and agreed we’d only have it on special occasions (e.g. when we go out to eat or to a friend’s for dinner) but we won’t have it in the house because we can’t just have one glass.

    Otherwise, you’re doing great. I’m glad you got on the scale and are sticking to your goals. You inspire me!

  3. September 13, 2010 / 10:32 am

    Yeah, I gained ten pounds eating off my kids’ dishes years ago…grilled cheese crusts, left over fries, you name it. I think we all go through that phase!

  4. September 13, 2010 / 10:08 am

    Oh I LOVE sparkling water! They have a brand at our local grocery and I adore the tangerine. But it’s like… I want the sweet ickiness, and think about that sweet ickiness even though I haven’t been a soda drinker in almost two decades. It’s funny when I was pregnant I craved root beer though I never liked it before – I feel like that now with diet Coke. Ew.

    But that’s a good reminder to get some more bottles of the sparkling water, at least I can try to use that instead of diet coke and see if I can be swayed. Thank you! 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    September 13, 2010 / 6:17 am

    Have you tried sparkling water as a substitute for soda? I started drinking the lime and tangerine sparkling from Trader Joe’s as a way to get off caffeine, sugar and the nasty chems but still drink something fizzy. Plain water just gets to me sometimes. Also, though it’s a total splurge, Perrier is really great!

  6. September 12, 2010 / 2:39 pm

    I have had the Laughing Cow blue cheese, and I like it. However, it seems like you are using blue cheese the right way. I used to just go to the fridge and eat a few crumbles every now and then because I too am a blue cheese fanatic, so the Laughing Cow stuff is a good substitute for that. Also because I’m a big “cool and creamy” fan, so it fills that need. It is good on crackers, although if your cracker has any sweetness in it, I don’t think it flatters it as well. Kashi crackers are good with it. Also good with grapes.
    Keep it up; you are doing great!

  7. September 12, 2010 / 9:49 am

    Stick with it! you are so lucky you didn’t go up this week – even eating funnel cake! I am envious. I am doing WW too and I did – I didn’t even think I was that bad this week! oh well…

    I actually found this website while looking for points: I’m obsessed! It has like amazing recipes all with points – basically another hungry girl, but I think the recipes are almost more family-friendly.

    To the person who asked about wine, a 4 oz glass of wine (a normal pour at a restaurant but prob a lot less than you pour yourself) is 2 pts – not too bad. But if you have 2 glasses it’s 3.5 pts. It’s funny the way WW works…

  8. September 12, 2010 / 8:58 am

    You know I haven’t been to Hungry Girl since I started Weight Watchers! Will have to go over there again and check it out! 🙂

    A serving of wine (like half a cup, enough for a normal classic sized wine glass) is 2 points. Sooo worth it! 😛

  9. Anonymous
    September 12, 2010 / 12:13 am

    How many points is a glass of wine? I think I’m scared to find out!

  10. September 11, 2010 / 11:23 pm

    Thanks for the blue cheese tip! I just started WW this week (due in NO SMALL PART to your inspiration!) and while I’ve figured out how to deal with most of my downfalls, I still can’t figure out the cheese thing, as I don’t have the self-control to not dump a small load on whatever I’m eating. But you’re right, blue cheese is kind of self-limiting! Thanks!

  11. September 11, 2010 / 9:48 pm

    I have had the laughing cow blue cheese. It is very tasty – and very strong tasting. It goes a long way.

    Have you been to Hungry Girl’s website? she has tons of yummy recipes- ones of which is egg beaters with a laughing cow cheese in a mug. Very tasty! 🙂

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