Monday, October 13, 2014

Sorry I've Been Gone For So Long........

Though it may not really matter, I don't think anyone reads here anymore.

I found a new Weight Watcher app (since I'm doing it "unofficially") to use that I really like and want to share it for those that also do it "unofficially".

Value Diary Plus Wt Watcher (android) or Ultimate Food Diary Plus (iPhone) - you'll recognize it with the red heart:

Cover art

It is an app that costs and I think I paid $2.99 for it.  Just the one time fee.  I noticed at iTunes the app is $2.99 but also offers some subscription services, I don't see that with the android version.

Anyway, this one has a lot of bells & whistles and once you learn your way around is just as good if not better than the Official Weight Watchers one.

They also have a website:  Ultimate Food Value Dairy

Check it out!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Re-Start

CC and I have restarted Weight Watchers - not "officially" but on our own.  We did weigh-in and measurements at her house Thursday evening.  I'm only going to do measurements once a month (we aren't even sure we were measuring right-lol) and of course, weigh-ins once a week.  I'm going to put my weights on the side bar just like I did when I was originally losing weight the first time.  Though CC is using Sundays as her start day; I'm going to continue with Friday (day after weigh-in).  I like having my whole 49 weeklies at the start and at the time I would most likely use them.

I have some product reviews to do, both the good and the bad:


I bought this one and the chocolate one.  I had the one above for breakfast the other morning and it was absolute HEAVEN!  I'm not a big greek yogurt person (I find it very odd tasting) but this one was really good.  HOWEVER, it wasn't until after I ate it and went to calculate the points that I realized I had been deceived!  This baby came in at 6 pts. - way too much!  Why?  Well because it is not low fat or fat free - it's the real stuff; no wonder it tasted so good.  I decided to keep these as a snack in the event I have pts left and well want something else.  Of course, this paired with a piece of fruit can make a quick breakfast - but it didn't keep me full long.


I'm not a huge fan of frozen meals, especially the diet ones, but I like to keep a few on hand for emergency purposes (didn't have time to pack lunch, etc..).  I'm also not an exotic eater, I prefer regular old comfort food (which is why I love Weight Watchers so much) so when I saw the above as well as one with fish strips I bought them.

Oh this was just so wrong......  as you notice it is 8 pts.  See that huge pile of fries?  Ummmm....expect about 1/2 that amount along with TWO small chicken strips.  Crisping Tray?  It won't matter, the stuff just doesn't crisp.  Taste?  Blah.....the fries almost had that freezer burn taste to them.  What a waste of 8 pts.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Horror Of Eating Out

Eating out can bring you to some very very bad choices.  It's nice if you end up somewhere that you frequent and are prepared with what to order; or that you've had the time to research the nutritional value of items in advance.  But what happens if you're just out and about with friends and end up at some random place that wouldn't be your top choice.

You can still be prepared.

I use Evernote on my smartphone and try to list point-wise choices to have on hand.  For Example:

Panera Bread:  Half & Half Lunch....1/2 smoked turkey breast on country bread with mustard (no mayo), 1/2 classic salad with vinaigrette dressing and apple  7 pts plus (yes only 7 pts for all of that).

Cracker Barrel:  Haddock-5 pts; Grilled Chicken Tenderloins-1 pt. each; Veggie Soup- 3 pts., Chicken Noodle Soup-2 pts

Chick Fil A:  Chicken Wrap with FF Honey Mustard Dressing and fruit cup - 10 pts

KFC:  Original recipe bites (6) with mashed potatoes & gravy - 8 pts.

McDonald's:  Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap Grilled - 9 pts.

Roy Rogers:  Kids meal with roast beef slider and fruit cup - 4 pts.

Subway:  6 inch flatbread with oven roasted chicken, provolone cheese, sweet onion sauce, cucumber, spinach and pickle - 10 pts.

Get online, look up the nutritional values (most of the chain restaurants have this right on their websites) and keep yourself a list.  Even if it's a place you don't normally frequent...at least you'll have something available in the one chance you end up there!

So what happens if you end up in a non-chain place?  Remember....chicken is your friend.  Aim for baked and grilled items and avoid fried.  Stay away from items that are breaded.  Choose sides wisely - veggies are your friends.  A salad can be a wise choice if the salad dressing is a wise one - if they have no low-fat or fat free options in dressing, also go for a vinaigrette.

Monday, September 1, 2014

I Think It's Time For A Life Makeover

"I think it's time for a life makeover".....a posting on FaceBook by one of my friends.

I saw it, I liked it, I'm stealing it for this post.

Yesterday was my family reunion and CC showed up all enthusiastic because she had a weight loss idea!
Yes at the family reunion where there is a TON of no healthy food, she's talking weight loss (just gotta love her).

We've batted around the "returning to a Weight Watchers meeting" idea; but we did that last year and guess what - we paid, went, but didn't follow the program.  We both agree that Weight Watchers is our "life style change" (she's forbidden me to use "diet") and the program we want to follow; however we've both come to realize that at this time the meetings just won't do us any good.  We've been there, done it, not getting any new information.  Plus we're still ticked at WW for ditching our meeting and our leader for no reason what-so-ever....so I kind of don't want to give them any money.

But we're lifetimers and know how the program works.  We decided to stick with Thursday nights as our "weigh-in" night in CC's bathroom (that's where the scale is) and do what we normally would of done after a WW meeting - have dinner at Subway and then a movie.  We've also decided that we need to commit to one movie a week - we sometimes do more and well that healthy popcorn can add up.

At Subway we know the point values and can adjust the rest of our day accordingly; plus if we do the movie on a regular day we also can adjust our weeklies accordingly.  Now we could probably eat elsewhere if we need a change; but again we need to know the point value of what we'll be eating before getting there. Weight Loss means planning ahead.

So the new Weight Loss Journey Begins.....



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sookie



I'm sure you remember Sookie.  That little kitty who jumped up under my car at a stoplight and drove home with me?  If not or you need a refresher:

Only Me

I'm Lost....and then an UPDATE!

Kitty Update

Kitty Update 2

Another Kitty Update

This & That

Wow

50 Posts In A Row #25

It was a story so worthy of many posts!

We lost Sookie this morning.  Though she hadn't been well in several days due to an abscess (which we have no idea how that happened); she was eating and drinking and hanging around us when we were home.  We were still not allowed to touch her (she's 99% feral and never lost that instinct).  But this morning.....She was laying under the desk and I not only was able to touch her but pick her up.  Not a good sign.  Figuring she had an infection from the abscess (it had been draining); we headed to the Vet.  Once there it was determined she had no fever, so it couldn't be an infection.  Though further tests could help make a determination; it wouldn't be able to save her in anyway.

She didn't make it  :(


The Vet thinks it may have been something genetic or even a blood clot or possible an internal injury that resulted with the abscess.  We don't know, we'll never know.

I just know my Sookie is gone and I'm heartbroken.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

50

Need A Weight Loss Plan?

36.  Weight Watchers

37.  Curves

38.  Atkins

39.  Jenny Craig

40.  Nutrisystem

41.  South Beach

42.  eDiets

And to finish out the 50 Links:

Even though I didn't get to Myrtle Beach this year, CC did.  My favorite Myrtle Beach spots:

43.  Mystic Sea   Nothing fancy, not a 5 star hotel; but it's clean and ocean front.  I've never stayed anywhere else!

44.  Alligator Adventure   Go see the alligators; this place is great!

45.  Broadway At The Beach  A boardwalk away from the ocean front.  Shops, restaurants and such.

46.  Barefoot Landing  Like Broadway but in North Myrtle Beach (their site seems to be down at the moment).

47.  Captain George's  My favorite seafood buffet!

48.  Liberty Steakhouse  The one at Broadway At The Beach - our favorite place to eat!

49.  Hook's Calabash Seafood  Another great seafood buffet!

50.  Myrtle Beach Boardwalk  This is only a few years old and still growing.

I've Been To The Beach And Back

This year hubby and I had to give up our annual Myrtle Beach trip in August; but I managed to wrangle a beach trip to Ocean City, MD with my sister, nieces and great-nephews.

We went down from Sunday to Thursday and had beautiful weather.  The water was extremely cold (we're not far enough south for it to be warm) but I'm not a big "getting into the ocean" person anyway - though I LOVE sitting on the beach.

We had a really good time and to continue with the "50" Links; here's some things we did:

26.  The Crab Bag (LOVED the crabs here)

27.  Smitty McGee's

28.  Dumser's

29.  Bayside Skillet  (was totally unimpressed with this place)

30.  De Lazy Lizard (good but nothing special)

31. Happy Jack

32.  Ocean City Boardwalk

33.  Seaside Country Store

34.  Bethany Beach (love this area and the boardwalk is very nice)

35.  Thrasher's French Fries

Yeah, we ate alot!!!