My Progress Report – Lifestyle and Healthy Changes

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Well here it is a whole 9 days late with my weight loss progress report. A lot has been going on recently; you know; life just gets in the way sometimes. 😉

 

 

—->>> For folks that have not read my NutriSystem review, here you go; you can read that Here….Includes pics of some of the food itself and also my “before” pics 🙂

For the most part, I’m happy with my continued progress on the Nutrisystem plan. I think I should have been losing much quicker, however, hey; that’s about 75% of the population’s complaints when dieting. I have to remind myself too that I’m still in the process of menopause, yep! lol that definitely makes a bit of a difference.


Right up front, I’m still having a few days when I don’t consume enough water. I will have to practice some more discipline in that area. I always take out 2 or 3 bottles of water out of the ice box every morning after my work outs and place them on my desk right next to my to do list. (Still, it’s hard getting the water down even with it in front of me). I get so very busy with my work, and a lot of days, I just don’t drink the water I’m supposed to. 🙁

I’ve lost a total of 20.2 pounds since March 11th. I hear of various NS members losing more consistently. They could be much heavier than I am and thus, have more to lose. That does have an impact on how fast you lose.

I have about 1/2 box of food left and my next shipment will be coming soon. I’m seriously thinking of stopping the NutriSystem plan and just eat more healthy foods and eat small portions more often throughout my days.

And above ALL else, keep up with the workouts and meet that goal of consuming a certain amount of water every single day! I HAVE to do it. 🙂 I also will be eating a few Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers meals over the course of the weeks ahead.

So, here’s to some more healthy eating for 2013!

Thank you for reading my progress report! 🙂

Another Report Will Follow! 😉

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Why Chocolate is Good for You – From Weight Watchers

Article By: Sandra Gordon and Amy Leibrock AT Weight Watchers

(Photos By WeightWatchers.com)

So now, we have an excuse…it’s good for us!!!

I just had to share this article for all my readers that LOVE chocolate! 🙂

There’s a reason that chocolate inspires gotta-have-it cravings for so many of us, perhaps more than any other food: It’s good for you.

“It’s actually good for your heart and also good for your blood pressure,” says Valentine Yanchou Njike, MD, MPH, of the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center, who has researched cocoa’s effect on blood vessel function.

Researchers have also found that phytochemicals in cocoa, which is used to make chocolate, may improve blood vessel function, slow blood clotting, improve insulin resistance and have protective effects against cancer. And even though the labels say chocolate contains saturated fat, it’s actually the kind of fat (called stearic acid) that has little effect on your cholesterol levels.

But experts warn…

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Coconut French Toast

This recipe from Weight Watchers, (the WW Points Plus Cookbook) was delicious and so very easy to prepare. And only ( 4 points ) 🙂

Ingredients

Serves 4

1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 small slices whole wheat bread (baguette)
2 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoon sweetened coconut

Directions

Whisk together egg, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon in large shallow bowl or pie plate. Dip bread into egg mixture, once slice at a time, until evenly soaked.

Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add soaked bread to skillet, in batches, and cook until browned, about 2 minutes each side.

Transfer French toast to plate. Drizzle evenly with maple syrup and sprinkle evenly with coconut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dining Out Dos and Don’ts – From Weight Watchers.com

 

 

 

 

 

Afraid dinner out will ruin your diet before you even start your entrée? These 10 dos and don’ts will help.

 

 

By: Leslie Fink, MS, RD

Some people trying to lose weight steer clear of restaurants to avoid the large portion sizes, bottomless bread baskets and all those high-calorie entries. But shunning restaurants altogether isn’t a realistic approach to weight loss — and it’s unnecessary.

You can eat out and lose weight. Start with this list of tips to help you navigate the menu options at your favorite fast-food joints and sit-down restaurants.

1. Set a budget. Determine how much you’re willing to eat before looking at the menu. Give yourself some leeway by scheduling some exercise on or near days you plan to eat out. Putting in gym time or going for a brisk walk will help offset a little extra eating. And remember, be flexible. You can loosen up a bit on special occasions, as long as you eat carefully most of the time. (Just don’t let every day become a special occasion.)

2. Put on your game face. Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them. For instance:

•Skip the all-inclusive (prix fixe) menu and opt for à la carte selections. Doing so might not be as economical, but you’ll probably eat less.
•Take one piece of bread, then ask your server to remove the bread basket from the table.

3. Make special requests. Don’t be shy. You’re paying good money for that meal, so you’re entitled to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not say:

•Can I have that without butter? Grilled? With the sauce on the side?
•I’d like mixed greens instead of fries with my sandwich.

4. Practice portion control. Some restaurant portions can be two, three, even four times the “normal” size — especially super-sized fast food and chain restaurant meals. Keep your portions in check by:

•Ordering a salad as a starter and then splitting a main entrée with a friend.
•Creating your own scaled-down meal from a couple of appetizers and/or side dishes.

5. Break down (language) barriers. If you don’t know what a preparation term means, ask. In general, though, the following words translate into high-fat, high-calorie dishes:

•Au gratin, scalloped, hollandaise.
•Parmigiana, scampi, Bolognese.

6. Downsize the super-size. Super-sized fast food meal options can be loaded with calories. Either:

•Order something small, like a basic burger. After all, the first bite tastes the same as the last.
•Order yourself a children’s meal.

7. Watch out for extras. The average burger with ketchup, lettuce and tomato isn’t so bad. But one with “the works” is usually a caloric nightmare. Skip bacon, cheese and mayonnaise, and also double-pattie burgers and extra pieces of bread.

8. Don’t go top heavy. Salad bars and garden salads grace menus across the country. But those extra toppings can sabotage your seemingly diet-conscious choices:

•Go light on croutons, grated cheese and bacon.
•Opt for small amounts of low-fat or nonfat dressings on the side.

9. Don’t drink away your progress. A drink with dinner is fine, but too many margaritas may wreak havoc on your dieting resolve. Keep your appetite under control by:

•Alternating alcoholic beverages with noncaloric sodas or sparkling water.
•Not drinking alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach.

10. Resign from the “clean plate club.” You paid for it so you have to eat it, right? Wrong. Just think of the health and emotional costs of those extra calories on your body. Downsize by:

•Eating half the meal and doggie-bagging the rest.
•Pushing your plate away when you’re full.
•And remember to eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your body to recognize that it’s full.

Article Written By Leslie Fink, MS, RD

From: Weight Watchers.com