Juice

This is the other thing both my fiancé and I consume like fiends. I was able to trick him into drinking more water by buying this stuff. Then we both got really hooked. We lovingly refer to it as “juice“ so if one of us is in the kitchen the other one may ask for some juice and we know what to prepare.

Generally I drink coffee with fat-free half-and-half, filtered water at work/gym, seltzer, and of course juice. I’ve really cut back on consuming beer and wine, if I do drink I tend to go for a Bold Rock Rose Cider or a spiked seltzer.

Green Beans for Daaaays

I eat an obscene amount of green beans in a week. My favorite way: in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes then add cracked lemon pepper and sea salt. It’s my 0sp staple!

I’ve always been a “volume eater” and my eyes need to see a lot of food to feel satisfied. So getting to eat as much 0sp food on weight watchers freestyle was a real game changer for me!

January: Blue Dot Check Ins

There is no trick to weight loss. As much as I’ve worked out this month, (or even all of last year) it’s what I put (or don’t put) in my mouth that has made the difference.
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I honestly never thought weight watchers was going to work for me. The idea of counting calories and math just nooo. But the more I’ve measured and tracked other things in my life the easier it was for me to track on @ww.
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“Blue dot days” are when you stay in your healthy eating range. Usually I aim for 5 blue dot days a week. I knew my NY trip for my grandma’s funeral (Jan 10-13) was going to throw me off track, but I didn’t give up. I got back on track as soon as I got home. In the process I figured out I could still eat NY bagels we brought back and keep in the freezer, but I split one with my fiancé. It hits the spot without feeling like I over did it. My relationship with food is a complicated one, but slowly it’s changing.
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I guess what I’m trying to say just because something didn’t work once or a few years back doesn’t mean it couldn’t work if you try again. We change and evolve there fore trying something again is worth it – be it a food, workout, or habit or lifestyle change.

WW Anniversary

Exactly 2 years ago I went to my first @ww meeting weighing 204 pounds. I had sworn to myself that after losing 40+ pounds in 2010 that I was never going to be in 200s again. My highest recorded weight in early January 2010 was 222.6 pounds.
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I had considered @ww for sometime, especially since “at work” meetings are offered at my job (and at my previous job). A few months before joining while having lunch with my new friend L, she shared she attended the ww at work meetings. She assured me it was a great group and a safe space. When the next open house information came out and it went on my calendar. I showed up on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
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I would be lying if I said I follower the program and the rest is history. I lost about 14 pounds over the first few months aka couldn’t crack into the 180s to my dismay. When my busy work season really took off in June my effort to track or be thoughtful about what I ate went out the window. But I’m just happy I survived that summer in one piece.
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I was slowly getting halfway back on the ww wagon in Fall 2017 and things all changed for me when ww introduced #wwfreestyle.
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Freestyle made it all click for me, I could eat lean protein, beans, eggs, Greek yogurt, fruits and most vegetables all for 0 points. These were staples in my pre-ww healthy/weight loss diet and it was hard to see how many point they could rack up in the old smart points system.
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On December 28, 2017 I weighed 196.5 pounds and I did a BeachBody 3-day refresh to end 2017. On January 1, 2018 I committed to #wwfreestyle and here I am -23.3 pounds and counting. I’m currently down 30.2 pounds overall on ww and I’m around 1.5 pounds away from 50 pounds lost from my 2010 highest weight. I’m at just around my lowest adult weight. I’ve never got the 50 pounds lost mark, but I’ve been very close to it in 2010, 2012, and now. I really have my eyes on the 168 pound target which is a new “decade” of weight which I’ve never been in as an adult and also that would be me in the “normal” BMI range as a 5’9.5” woman.
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Thanks you @ww I look forward to a continued relationship with a focus on wellness and perhaps I may get to be a ww coach one day!

Blue Apron x WW review

I’m 2 boxes into @blueapron x @ww and I wanted to write up my thoughts so far. Keep in mind I did previously subscribe to @blueapron for 6 months in 2016 so I knew the gist of things.

So much kale and radishes! Half the meals have included these two ingredients, perhaps they are seasonal. They aren’t in my top 50 vegetables, but I have thoroughly enjoyed them in each meal. Marinating the kale with 1 tsp of olive oil and lemon juice has really made a big difference. I’m also surprised how much salad is produced from just a handful of kale leaves.

I’m not sure if it’s new to @blueapron in general or not, but the chicken they sent has been precut! I hate touching raw meat, especially chicken, so just drying the chicken with a paper towel and throwing it in the pan has been amazing!

After the first two half price boxes back to back I’m easing into every other week and see how it goes. I like the idea of having @ww friendly meals in the fridge to make in a pinch (AKA 30-50 minutes which is a downside). Since we have a good larger scale meal prep routine going I think we’re just going to use the box to augment what we eat when we have the time to make a nice single meal.

I should also note we aren’t fish/seafood people so we stick to the chicken/pork/beef/veg options. I’ve seen recipes for between 3-14 points so far. I’ve loaded my boxes generally with 2 lower point meal and 1 higher point meal because I rather eat the food I would like for higher points than pick something I wouldn’t really enjoy for less points.

If you are interested in trying @blueapron they always send subscribers vouchers for free boxes to send to friends so let me know!

Blue Apron x WW

First blue apron ww meal! It was DELICIOUS! We did Blue Apron for about 6 months back in 2016, but grew a little tired of not being able to meal prep on a larger scale. I’m really excited to have these wwfreestyle options! We’ll see how the others are, but I’m thinking we may do a box every other week for a little while to supplement larger meal preps.