Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Working

Weight Watchers is working. I stuffed my face every day to make the points total, and when weigh day rolled around I had lost 2.5 pounds!
In other health news, I see a new doctor next week. One that is basically across the street from me, MUCH better than the 30 mile trip I had before.
Living here has been difficult, but after total rest for three days, the bruising around my abdominal mesh is at last subsiding. I guess I have been fighting depression triggered by not being able to do even as much as I used to (I have not crafted anything for almost two weeks, nor watched tv when on my own. Very unlike me!) I feel a bit better today, with the bruising gone, I think I can cook a little, then see how that goes. If it stays gone, I will add a bit more (maybe some housecleaning).
The unrelenting cold is getting to Oscar. I keep thinking a month from now, Spring will have begun.
I am blessed to live in a warm home with the man I love. (And Moonie cat, of course :-} )

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Going well

Weight watchers is going well. I am mostly focused on tracking my food, getting back into the habit of it. I have managed to eat my points each day, without too much 'too full' feeling. I don't have room for many veggies though, but I eat at least one large serving a day, regardless (I likes me veggies!)
The system has changed a bit. They now have program called 'simply filling' where you eat only a list of 'power foods'. If you choose to eat only those power foods for a day (or every day) you need not track. This will be a welcome respite a month or so from now, when tracking passes automatic and becomes tedious.
The list is quite generous, and includes lots of proteins like shrimp, chicken, even lean beef and pork.
You are also required to have two teaspoons of healthy oil those days.
Although I think we need to stock up on a few more whole grain items (we were in 'using up' mode before the move last month) it's not too different from what we like to eat anyway. I do have a habit of adding sugar to my tea in the morning, but otherwise don;t eat many sweets. I often just have a yogurt for dessert, and the protein in that helps buffer the effect of the carbs (in the sweetened varieties) but have purposefully gone three months straight with no sugar or simple carbs and made it fine. I can handle a day or two a week to avoid counting points, I think. A larger issue is salt. High salt foods are not welcomed on the 'simply filling' plan. I have low blood pressure, and blood tests show low sodium levels yet I adore lots of salt on my food. Time to work toward a happy medium I think.
Mostly though I am feeling well-armed for this battle.
(image is of Moo Shu Beef lettuce cups, they sound AWESOME and are well within the WW plan)

Here is the complete list of power foods from  https://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=65271&sc=3002   :


Fruits
All fresh, frozen, or canned without added sugar
Fruit canned in its own juice (drained)
Fruit salad — mixed fruits with no added sugar
Vegetables
Most fresh, frozen or canned without added sugar or oil
Potatoes — white, red, sweet
Avocados are not a Power Food.

Whole grains
Brown and wild rice
Hot cereals, cooked — without added sugar, dried fruits, or nuts
100% bran
Cream of rice
Cream of wheat
Grits
Oatmeal
Pasta, whole-wheat or other whole-grain varieties
Popcorn, air-popped, or 94% fat-free microwave-popped
Whole-grain, ready-to-eat cereals without added sugar, dried fruits or nuts, and with 4g of fiber or more per serving
Whole-grains such as:
Barley
Buckwheat
Bulgur
Cornmeal (polenta)
Whole-wheat couscous
Quinoa

Non-Fat Dairy and Dairy Substitutes

Fat-free cheeses, including fat-free cottage cheese
Fat-free milk and beverages made with fat-free milk, such as cappuccino or latte, as long as it’s sugar-free
Yogurt, fat-free, plain or flavored with artificial sweetener
Fat-free sour cream
Soy products, unflavored and plain, such as:
Calcium-fortified soy milk
Unflavored soy milk
Fat-free soy cheese
Plain soy yogurt


Lean proteins (see food list for specific cuts and grinds)
Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, veal: lean, trimmed, all skin removed
Dried beans, including canned black, cannellini, kidney, refried, and white
Dried peas, including black-eyed peas and split peas
Eggs: Whole, whites, and fat-free substitute
Game meats, including buffalo, elk, ostrich and venison
Lentils
Meat substitutes, including tofu and vegetarian burgers
Most fish and shellfish: fresh, frozen, and canned
Organ meats from beef, lamb, pork, veal, and poultry
Plus more

Breads
Light English muffins
Light hot dog and hamburger rolls
Reduced-calorie (light) breads (whole grains are the best choice)
Soups
Broth, onion, and some broth- and tomato-based vegetable soups (must contains less than 500 mg sodium per serving)

Desserts
Sugar-free gelatin

Other categories:

Beverages
Coffee (without sugar)
Tea (without sugar)
Diet soda
Club soda
Seltzer (plain or flavored, unsweetened)
Water

Seasonings and condiments
Baking powder
Baking soda
Capers
Cocktail sauce
Extracts
Fat-free salad dressings
Fat-free margarine
Fat-free mayonnaise

Flavorings
Herbs
Hot sauce (peppersauce)
Ketchup
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Mustard
Nonstick cooking or baking spray
Salsa (fat-free)
Soy sauce (shoyu)
Spices
Steak sauce
Sugar substitutes
Taco sauce
Teriyaki sauce
Vinegar
Worcestershire Sauce

Healthy oils
Include 2 tsp each day without counting PointsPlus values. Use your weekly PointsPlus Allowance for any additional oil.
Olive oil
Canola oil
Safflower oil
Sunflower oil
Flaxseed oil

What's not included on the Power Foods list
Processed meats, such as:
Hot dogs
Sausages
Luncheon meats (other than fat-free)
Fish or shellfish, canned, or packed in oil
Meats, poultry or fish with breading or added fat
Dried fruits
Fruit juices
Vegetable juices
Vegetables prepared with ingredients that are not Weight Watchers Power Foods, (for example, corn in butter sauce, dried tomatoes packed in oil)
French fries
Avocados
Sweet pickles
Plantains
Olives

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Day 1: Weight Watchers Initiated

I started weight watchers again today. It was the best vehicle for weight loss for me in the past. I was delighted to find more chair-bound exercise options listed under the activities points compared to a few years ago. It is still not perfect (it doesn't list upper body ergonometer machine workouts for example, which is my most-used exercise source) but much better than it was last time I tried. That was not the primary reason I stopped (that was financial) but emotionally, not having chair-bound options available was one more thing to overcome on an already difficult journey.
Now many of the pre-loaded points-generating activities are things like arm movements, small-scale leg movements, and even T'ai Chi (which is very adaptable to chair work) I feel more welcomed. So, this is the beginning! Glancing at my available points for each day, like the past my biggest challenge is going to be eating enough to make it over my points allowance. After a month or so as I lose weight, that will normalize :-}


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Settling in

We moved in three weeks ago tomorrow, and things are feeling more like home.
Our new vacuum cleaner arrived, with all this carpet that was a relief!
The air cleaner has taken care of the smoke smell, as far as I can tell, that, too is a relief.
I have been sick, mostly flu-like symptoms but nothing too horrible. I sleep a lot, which is the best way to get over stuff.
I have been writing reviews, and doing a little knitting and crochet. With the weather so cold, Oscar really needs the vest I have on the needles, so that is my priority right now.
Otherwise, things are slowly being put into their places, and order is emerging from chaos.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Otterwise Review: Q & A a Day; Short Attention Span Journaling

Another review posted over at my review site, this one about a fairly accessible style of journaling for those who prefer pithy prose.
Q & A a Day

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Provence, 1970 New Review

A new review is up at my Otterwise Books site, this one a glimpse into a pivotal time in culinary history. Fans of Julia Child and her ilk will enjoy it.
Provence, 1970